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Verse of the Week

So says Yahweh: Keep justice and do righteousness, for My salvation is coming and My righteousness revealed.

(Isaiah 56:1)

Thought for the Week

It is said that freedom in the US is based upon three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the ammo box. The actions of the Federal Government against the people and the States on such issues as marriage and abortion (e.g. Planned Parenthood) increasingly indicate that the Federal Government no longer recognizes the people’s use of the ballot box or the jury box. Those protections are failing fast. It is also obvious the Federal Government is trying very hard to eliminate the ammo box as an option to prevent its increased implementation and use of tyranny over the people.

As morality crumbles and tyranny increases the issues concerning the use of force to protect oneself from the government are becoming a more common topic. At the purely secular level the use of violence to protect oneself against violence has always been a recognized right by a free people; and, against tyrants even preemptive acts have been considered both a right and a duty. As the US increasingly becomes tyrannical the use of force against such tyranny may be the only option left. Since the US is also increasingly persecuting Christians the use of force by the children of YHWH needs to be addressed.

A slap on the cheek, which Jesus refers to in Matthew 5:39 and Luke 6:29, is not an assault on a person’s life but it was and still is considered an insult to a person’s honor. Jesus was making it clear that violence was not to be used to defend our own pride. The use of force for protection of life is a different matter and I will write a more in depth article in the near future. For now suffice it to say that the children of YHWH are indeed authorized to use force for self-protection and for the protection of others. I do not make such a statement lightly, nor should any person that tries to teach or lead among the children of YHWH, knowing that those who would lead are held to a higher standard of accountability:

My brothers do not be many teachers, but know that we will receive 
          a greater judgment.

(James 3:1)

So I ask that my readers consider that there is an often overlooked aspect of self-defense and it is one that we should each individually always bear in mind.

          YHWH spelled out very clearly why David could not build YHWH’s temple:

But God said to me, You shall not build a house to My name, for you are a man of battles, and you have shed blood.

(1 Chronicles 28:3)

But the Word of YAHWEH was against me, saying, You have shed blood in abundance, and you have made great wars; you shall not build a house to My name, for you have shed much blood to the earth before Me.

(1 Chronicles 22:8)

Human life is very, very precious to YHWH. Taking a person’s life has consequences even when permitted or commanded by YHWH. Even accidentally causing the death another person has consequences - hence the system of Cities of Refuge (e.g. Numbers 35:11).

          Yes, we are permitted to take life to defend life; but, we will still answer for it if we do. The children of YHWH escape the second death. We do not escape judgment.

 

NOTE: Have you ever heard the expression, “do not mistake my kindness for weakness”? There are many stratagems against oppression even when killing is a last resort. You can weaken the opposition’s ability to oppress (e.g. thru the destruction of transportation and communication networks, etc). You can weaken the oppositions will to oppress by making the price too high (e.g. deprive them of comfort and safety). And, most of all, if they cannot find you they cannot stop you from spreading the Gospel.

 

Quote of the Week

There are not enough jails, not enough policemen, not even enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.  -- Hubert H. Humphrey

Comment: I would differ with Humphrey on a simple point by changing “not supported” to “not permitted”. The sheeple simply surrender to the will of the tyrant and forego justice. The children of YHWH surrender only to the will of YHWH and proclaim His justice.

 

                                                                      Did You Know

15-year-olds attending U.S. public schools no longer rank in the top half in math or science among industrialized nations. COMMENT: I wonder if “they” rate English language proficiency. I would not be surprised if the average 15 year old German could not read and write in English better than most 15 year old Americans; but, all is not lost since we would probably rank high in Spanish language proficiency (as nations go the US is now ranked as having the second largest Spanish speaking population).

Hermetically sealed, which means airtight, is from Hermes Trismegistus, a magician in ancient stories who invented a way of keeping air out of containers. He is also regarded as the father of the Hermetic Art - AKA Alchemy.

 

 

 

EXTRA: From the guest book:

Pamela Hirsch said: August 14th, 2015 5:38 am

I can't help noticing that Gospel tracts feature mostly the letters of Paul with quotes from the old Testament and perhaps one from the Gospel of John; nothing from Mathew Mark or Luke. Why? seems to me that the Gospel according to Paul is being offered in stead of the Gospel according to Jesus. Good to find this website!

Dear Pamela,

          Thank you for the feedback. You pose a very valid question and one I have struggled with. At one point I was going to delete the entire page but have hesitated.  Instead I continued to search for tracts that do not contain the words of Paul and have yet to find them. I decided, so far, to leave the page as was until I could either find better tracts or make them myself. If anyone knows of appropriate tracts that I can post for free please let me know. Should I delete the page until I find what is needed? Your feedback is appreciated. Email: feedback at thepathtolight dot com. If a tract is needed asap to cover a particular topic let me know and I will try to get it done.  Also, is there any interest in a forum here on this website?

PS: Thank you to all those that prayed for me. The VA has at last acted by correcting one of their two errors that almost left me in the street. I just ordered proof copies of The Abridged New Covenant Study Bible (without the writings of Paul but with the OGM, the Didache, & Study Guides) and the final editing phase is underway!

I will continue to work on my next project too: A How-to Manual for a Christian Underground.

  
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