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Haitian migrants use a dam to cross to and from the United States from Mexico to Del Rio, Texas on Friday.
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“We are Republicans, and don’t propose to leave our party and identify ourselves with the party whose antecedents have been rum, Romanism, and rebellion.  We are loyal to our flag.”

–          Dr. Samuel D. Burchard, Presbyterian Minister and Union Civil War Veteran

The account of David’s fight with Goliath is, doubtless, the most famous case of singly combat ever.  Many people, even if they have never so much as opened a Bible have heard of their duel. 

But while the history of what took place is justifiably famous, there is at least one important detail that is often overlooked.  We read how Goliath was wont to come out and taunt Israel and how he, in so many words, double dog dared anyone from Israel’s army to come out and have a go at him one on one. 

Now among those present in Israel’s army was King Saul.  But even he would not dare to challenge Goliath.

If you stop and think about it, that must have been very demoralizing to the Israelites.  After all, a few years prior the Israelites had demanded a king to fight their battles for them like all the other nations.  Well, Israel had its king, but the king wasn’t doing his job.  He wasn’t leading Israel to victory in battle.  Quite the opposite.  He was cowering behind the lines at Goliath’s words just like everyone else.

And it got worse.

It wasn’t as if Goliath came out once or twice, got bored with disrespecting Israel, and gave up.  No, not at all.  If you’ve ever been picked on by a playground bully as a kid, you probably received advice such as, “Just ignore him and he’ll go away.”  Sometimes maybe that’s true.  But what if the bully doesn’t go away?  What if the bully comes back day after day to torment you?     

The Apostle Paul in writing to the Romans notes, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” By saying “as much as it depends on you,” Paul acknowledges that living peaceably with others does not depend solely on you.  Sometimes there are men who want to have a go at you for one reason or another, those who like to pick fights. 

Goliath was one such man.  And he wasn’t the sort of fellow to just go away.

No.  The Scriptures tell us that Goliath would come out and say, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.”  And this, Scripture tells us, he did for forty days both in the morning and in the evening. 

So twice a day for forty days, Goliath “defied” the armies of Israel.  And no one did anything.  Not Saul. Not David’s elder brothers.  No one.

Rather, we read, “When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.” 

Not very inspiring, that.

Into this courage, leadership, and ultimately faith gap strode David, who famously, by God’s grace, won the day.

Today’s American Protestants More Like Saul than Like David      

Now you may wonder why I started a column on the Babylonian Harlot’s – the Babylonian Harlot or Mystery, Babylon the Great as the Apostle John called the Roman Catholic Church-State (RCCS) in Revelation 17 – attack on the United States of America by talking about David and Goliath. 

My point is this, that when I look at the reaction of today’s American Protestant church to the obvious, in-your-face predations of the RCCS, I am reminded more of Saul’s reaction to the giant than David’s. 

It seems that the more Antichrist – the office of the papacy is the Antichrist and Son of Perdition we read about in the new testament – and his Harlot Church attack America, the more God’s people cower in fear. 

Goliath loved getting in Israel’s face.  He loved playing the bully.  And it all was going great for him until one day it suddenly didn’t.  But it took a man of faith and courage to put an end to Goliath’s proud defiance of God’s people.   

In like fashion, the RCCS and its Antichrist pope love getting in the face of American Protestants.  Since it’s football season, I’ll use a football metaphor.  It’s as if Rome is spiking the football in our face and doing a touchdown dance, and no one does anything to put a stop to it. 

The pope and his bishops, cardinals, priests, and nuns lecture American Christians constantly about their (supposed) moral duty to destroy their own nation through mass welfare migration, immigration, and refugee resettlement of people, many of whom are difficult if not impossible to assimilate.  And not only is there a moral duty, these liars tell us, for Americans to take in the people, but we have an obligation to pay for our own dispossession as well. 

And what do we hear from Protestant pulpits about this shameful, daily dissing of our faith of the nation our forefathers built?

Crickets for the most part.

But it gets even worse. 

In some cases, putatively Protestant teachers actually internalize Rome’s immigration lies and begin spouting the same socialist, nation-destroying immigration nonsense as do the popes, cardinals, bishops, priests, and nuns of Rome.

Now it may well be, and I’m of a mind to believe that it is the case this day in America, that there are 7,000 in Israel who have not bowed the knee to Baal.

But I think we need to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, what are we going to do now that the Harlot Church and her pope are in our face?  Are we going to be as Saul and his men and be dismayed and greatly afraid?

Now there are reasons, ultimately not good ones, but reasons nonetheless, to be afraid. 

First, there is a lack of knowledge.  God said, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.”  And we see this every day here in America.  If not literally perishing, many Christians, perhaps even people who sense that there’s something seriously wrong with an immigration system that threatens to replace the historic majority population of this county, lack the ideas to adequately express their concerns. 

Even in Bible-believing churches, it’s a rare day that you will ever hear any overt criticism of the RCCS or its false gospel.  It’s a rare day indeed that you’ll hear the pope identified as the Antichrist of the New Testament in plain language of the sort used in the original Westminster Confession of Faith.   

At a Bible study, I once brought up that Rome teaches the real presence of Christ in the mass.  Now this being one of the most important doctrines of Rome, I would have thought that this would be a non-controversial statement.  But it wasn’t.  There were some people in my Bible study who actually defended Rome, denying that Rome teaches this doctrine that it very clearly does teach.  I got the distinct sense that some were embarrassed that I had even brought up the point.  And it wasn’t even as if I’d called the pope Antichrist!  He is.  But I simply brought up what Rome herself teaches in her own words and found myself met with resistance in a Protestant Bible study.   

If Protestants won’t teach and believe the Reformation doctrine of Antichrist and refuse to criticize Rome for its many soul-destroying and blasphemous teachings, how can we possibly expect anyone else to do so?  This is our fight.  We’re it.  If we don’t get the job done, who will?   

Second, speaking out against Rome feels strange.  We don’t see others doing it, so maybe we start to think calling out Antichrist and his Harlot Church is a sort of social “no go” zone.  We’re told as children that you don’t talk about religion and politics. And talking about the evil of political Romanism is both of those things at once.  It’s easier to pretend not to notice what’s going on and talk instead about the weather or sports or something like that. 

Third, we can’t handle the truth.  One suspects that there are Protestants who have a sense that there is something extraordinarily, preternaturally evil about Rome, but they don’t want to go there.  They prefer willful blindness to the evil of the RCCS rather than doing a little research and reading on their own.  It’s easier for us to play hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil rather than look at the situation as it is.  Because if we know what Rome in truth is, how can we not speak out against it?  And that’s dangerous.   And we don’t want to go there.

I once had a Protestant minister say to me that he knew Rome was the Babylonian Harlot with a false gospel sending that sent people to hell, but he said he couldn’t speak out against it.  The implication seemed to be that it would cause so much controversy in his ministry that he would lose his job. 

The minister may well have been right.  But that’s not a good reason to avoid criticizing Rome.

Where Has Our Cowardice Gotten Us?

So, just where has our cowardice gotten us Protestants?  Has playing nice with Rome and calling the pope “Our Brother in Christ” mollified the pope or caused the Babylonian Harlot Church to stop kicking sand in our faces? 

No, it has not.

If nothing else, our cowardice and unwillingness to speak out against the unbiblical, unchristian, unholy evil of Rome’s philosophy, theology, politics, and economics have simply invited more blatant attacks. 

What’s going on with the migrant hordes assaulting our southern border is one of the most flagrant and in-your-face attacks by Rome this author has ever seen. 

To use another comparison, Protestants today are acting much more like Neville Chamberlain than Winston Churchill, begging Rome for “peach in our time” while the Pope and his henchmen in the church and his dutiful servant in the White House assault our southern border with what is probably the single largest wave of mass, illegal immigration in our nation’s history. 

Christian, do you think Rome is going to feel sorry for you?  Do you think the Antichrist Jesuit Pope will have mercy on you?  Do you think the US Conference of Catholic Bishops will call off their attack dogs?   

No. 

The more we remain silent, the more we will be attacked until all is consumed and we find ourselves strangers in the land built by our forefathers. 

Reprove, Correct, and Instruct

Writing to the Ephesians, Paul said enjoined them, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (or expose) them.”  In 2 Timothy we’re told by Paul that all scripture is profitable for reproof, correction, and instruction. 

It is high time, and well past time, for us Christians to get about our job of applying the Scriptures to the evil deeds of the RCCS.  And there are so many of them.

In the past, I have thought at times that I was being overly hard on Rome.  I think to myself that I had gone overboard in my criticism of their doctrine and their evil deeds, only to find out that I didn’t understand half of how evil Rome truly is.    

The flagrant, in your face evil of what’s being done to Texas with the flood of migrants, and the weak to nonexistent response from the American Protestant church is disgraceful.  Paul ordered the Corinthians to “in understanding be men.”  Yet far too often, we Protestants prefer to remain as children.

I realize I’ve been hard on my fellow believers in this post.  But seriously, enough is enough. 

It has come down to this.  Either God’s people trust in him, believe his Word, and apply it to Rome’s evil economic and political philosophy and practices, or we lose our nation. 

It’s really that simple.

May the Lord grant that we make the wise choice and follow him. 

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All ten Democratic presidential candidates raise their hands to indicate their agreement when asked if their government healthcare plan would cover for undocumented (i.e. illegal) immigrants.  The Democrats have become the party of immigration treason.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  

Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

    – Deut. 10:19

If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.

    – 2 Thess. 3:10

Raise your hand if your government plan would provide coverage for undocumented immigrants,” asked moderator Savannah Guthrie to the ten assembled Democratic presidential candidates. All ten raised their hands in support.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) regularly lectures Americans on their supposed obligation to provide for foreigners via their tax dollars. One recent example from this organization can be found in a June 26, 2019 press release, where the bishop’s tell us, “Congress has a duty to provide additional funding to address the needs of children in federal custody.”

Another example of the Roman Catholic Church-State’s (RCCS) belief that immigrants, migrants and refugees are entitled to the support of American taxpayers is a letter from Catholic Charities opposing the Trump administration’s proposed rule change that would bar legal immigrants from getting green cards – a green card allows an immigrants to live and work permanently in the US – if they have received certain types of public assistance.

The notion that immigrants – legal and illegal – are entitled to taxpayer support is not limited to Roman Catholics and secular liberal Democrats. Organizations that claim to represent Evangelicals say much the same thing. For example, lest one thing that the USCCB and the liberal Democrats are alone in demanding American citizens be taxed for the benefit of foreigners, the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) voiced its objections. In their objection, the writers at EIT call for an immigration policy that prioritizes “the unity of the immediate family.” Since, in the eyes of EIT, the public charge law could lead to separation of families, it must be opposed.

In the four examples cited above, there is an assumption, sometimes implicit, at other times explicit, that there is a Christian, or at least a moral, obligation on the part of Americans to be taxed by their government to provide entitlement benefits to foreigners. One will often hear supporters of this view quote the Bible in support. For example, the liberal “Evangelical” organization Sojourners has a page on its website 22 Bible Verses on Welcoming Immigrants. Given Sojourners’ socialist politics, the implication is that, of course, immigrants (legal and illegal), migrants and refugees are entitled to welfare benefits.

But is Christian charity the same thing as government welfare? No, it is not. And if not, then the demands of the USCCB, Catholic Charities, the Democratic presidential candidates, EIT and Sojourners, that American taxpayers pick up the welfare tab for foreign citizens, some of whom are in the country illegally, hold no water.

 

Christian Charity is Not Government Welfare

The conspicuous lack of a welfare state in ancient Israel is a major problem for those, who – as do the Democrats, the RCS and various confused Protestants – demand that American citizens underwrite the cost of so-called entitlements for foreigners.

Israel had no Department of Housing and Urban Development, no EBT cards, and no Medicaid. In short, there was no public dole for anyone – either Israelite or sojourner – to go on.

Now someone may ask, “What about all the verses in the Bible about welcoming the stranger and remembering the orphan and the widow?” Yes, there are quite a few verses to this effect. Here are a few more passages that Sojourners did mention:

  • When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyards, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger; I am the LORD your God (Lev. 19:9-10).
  • When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the strangers: I am the LORD your God (Lev. 23:22).
  • When you reap your harvest in your field, and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get bit; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for teh stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not glean it afterward; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this thing (Deut. 24:19-22).

So don’t these verses, all which command the Israelites to leave something of their harvest for the poor and the stranger, justify the welfare state and obligate Americans to support foreigners – whether in the country legally or illegally – with their tax dollars. No, they do not.

One important point to keep in mind is that, while these are commandments of the Lord and violating them was a sin, there were no civil penalties attached to any of these injunctions. The Bible makes a distinction between sins and crimes. The way you can tell the difference is whether civil penalties apply. Stealing was both a sin – it was prohibited in the eighth commandment – and a crime – it was punishable in the law of Moses.

There was no bureaucracy in Israel set up to go around and inspect whether farmers were adhering to the “anti-gleaning laws” found in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. There were no fines imposed upon the vineyard owner who gleaned. For him to do so was a sin, but it was not a crime.

Contrast this with the modern welfare state advocated by Democrats, the RCS and confused Protestants. Do American taxpayers have the ability to opt out of paying for these programs. No they do not? Try it sometime and sooner or later you’ll find yourself on the business end of a government gun.

What about hospitals and schools? Hospitals are already required to provide services to all, regardless of immigration status. If they don’t, they will find themselves on the business end of the government gun.

The same goes with schools. The federal government mandates that local school districts provide education to all children, regardless whether they are the children of illegal immigrants. If they don’t, they will find themselves on the business end of a government gun.

Unlike the charity called for in the law of Moses, the modern welfare state is a socialist institution that takes by force the property of one man and gives it to another. This is the nature of government welfare. It is not Christian charity, which is voluntary, but theft.

Another nail in the coffin of the socialists is Paul’s command to the Thessalonians. He wrote, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” There is no command in the Bible for Christians to support those who will not work to support themselves.

With this one command, Paul upends the entire modern welfare state’s notion of entitlement. No man is entitled to the property of another except as punishment for a crime. There is no support in Scripture for entitlement programs – whether for citizens or illegal aliens – that allow one man to live at the expense of another.

Altruism, the idea that need – whether it be the need of a citizen or the need of a legal or illegal immigrant – gives one an entitlement to the property of another, is a concept foreign to the Scriptures.

Christian Charity is Private Charity

Christian charity is always private charity. We can see this is the parable of the Good Samaritan. Here was a man who voluntarily gave of his own time and money to help a stranger in need. The Good Samaritan put himself in danger just by attempting the rescue. After all, the brigands who committed the original crime could still be in the area. He inconvenienced himself by diverting from his business trip to take the wounded victim to a town, and then he bore the cost of lodging and care of the man.

This was a private act of charity. No one forced the Good Samaritan to do what he did. And whatever giving was done was given from his own resources, not from government coffers.

As Christians, we are commanded to do our giving voluntarily in the name of Christ. But there is nothing voluntary or in the name of Christ when it comes to the welfare state. Socialism is all brute force. It’s all about the government gun. “Give us your money our we’ll come take it from you,” is the language of the bureaucrat, not the language of Christ.

Conflating Government Welfare with Christian Charity

The dishonesty of the Democrats, the RCS and the confused Protestants at EIT and Sojourners is that they attempt to conflate the notions of government welfare and Christian charity, speaking of them as if there were the same thing.

Christian charity is voluntary, given from one’s own resources and done in the name of Christ. Government welfare in involuntary, takes from the resources of others, and is done in the name of some socialist theorist, Karl Marx for example.

Shifting the Focus

The various socialists mentioned in this post are masters at shifting the focus. They draw your attention to what they want you to see, and leave out those things they don’t want you to think about.

For example, the USCCB and EIT both like to beat their breasts, rend their garments and decry the conditions in migrant detention centers, especially as it affects children. They then follow their cries of outrage with a demand that more taxpayer funds be given to improve conditions in these centers. What they don’t want you to consider, however, is the distinct possibility that making the detention centers nicer than they are just may further incentivize people to do what they shouldn’t be doing in the first place: illegally entering the United States and then falsely applying for asylum as persecuted individuals.

Further, the USCCB, Catholic Charities, EIT and Sojourners don’t want to you start asking whether the massive, unchristian and unconstitutional American welfare state may lie at the root of the migrant crisis in the first place. Ask yourself this, if there were no free goodies for asylum seekers, would there be more of them, or fewer of them? Quite obviously, there would be fewer.

If you’re curious about what sort of benefits are available to asylees and refugees, to the federal government’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) website, asylee’s may be eligible to receive, “cash and medical assistance, employment preparation and job placement, and English language training.

But it doesn’t stop with this. What happens if an asylee has a child while in America? That child is automatically considered and American citizen opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the asylee to claim welfare benefits on behalf of the child.

The USCCB, Catholic Charities, the Democrats, EIT and Sojourners don’t want you to think about any this. No. They want to sell you a sob story and then lecture you about your supposed obligation to fork over your hard earned money. After all, it’s what Jesus would do, right?

Nonsense.

The welfare state is immoral and unconstitutional when its limited to Americans. How much more is this the case when foolish presidential candidates and corrupt nominal Christians seek to make the American people foot the welfare bill for all the world?

Closing Thoughts

It is this author’s contention that the conflation of the welfare state with Christian is among the most pernicious lies of the proponents of the mass, nation-breaking migration seen both in Europe and in America.

When immigration patriots say “enough is enough” when it comes to welfare for foreigners, some wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing is always standing at the ready, prepared to lecture them about how the Bible enjoins Christians to “welcome the stranger.” As has been shown above, this is nonsense. There is no command from Christ to put migrants on the public dole. And to say that there is is simply an attempt to guilt Christians into allowing their nations to be overrun by welfare seeking migrant hordes.

Were this to happen, not only would it be disastrous for the citizens of the United States and other capitalist (or at least semi-capitalist) nations, but it would not even good for the migrants in the long run. For if the altruists among the liberals and pseudo Christians get their way, the capitalist nations of the world soon will sink beneath the weight of unlimited welfare demands and end up in the same dire straits as the nations the migrants fled in the first place.

The Bible tells us that the only jobs of the civil magistrate are to punish evil doers and to praise the good. There is no Biblical command for governors to provide housing, education, medical care, food stamps or any of the other accoutrements that the socialists tell us people are entitled to.

The very term “government entitlement” is a lie.

The welfare state is not only unbiblical, it’s also, at least in America, unconstitutional. As such, it is incumbent up the government, not only to not increase benefits for migrants, asylees, refugees and immigrants, but actually to cut them.

It is bad enough that American taxpayers are robbed to provide welfare benefits for their fellow Americans. It is far worse still when Americans are robbed to provide welfare to foreigners, some of whom are in violation of American immigration law.

It is way past time for Americans, in particular American Christians, to demand an end to the great immigration welfare scam.


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Migrants_San Ysidro_November 25 2018

Migrants charge the US border at San Ysidro, CA, November 2018.

Have you ever noticed that, no sooner does someone complain about the high cost of welfare for illegal immigrants, but cries of “Illegal immigrants aren’t eligible for welfare!” cascade from on high in an attempt to shame him into silence?

While it is correct to say that illegals are ineligible to receive federal welfare benefits, in practice many do.

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