By Michael Hernandez
CHINO HILLS—”We pray for these United States—a nation that you have blessed,” said Calvary Chino Hills Pastor Jack Hibbs during his opening prayer at Sunday’s in-person church service. “Forgive us, a people that have forgotten you. Forgive us our sins as a nation. We pray that we would respond to your will and we beg you that in this coming election, righteousness would sweep this land and that you would be merciful to us.
“We pray for the health of our nation and the results of this election. We pray against evil, whatever satan has planned, turn it about to be the opposite,” prayed Pastor Hibbs before introducing historian William J. Federer.
“We are in a crisis opportunity to show if we are on God’s side,” said William Federer. “God wants to hear some words out of our heart and see some actions. Are we, One Nation Under God and accountable to Him?
“God gives commands to individuals, families, businesses, and the church. It is the church commanded to take care of the poor. There is no commandment for the government to protect the poor or provide health care. Government is to protect the innocent and deal with the guilty.”
Anthropologist J. D. Unwin wrote in his book “Sex and Culture” (1934) what we could learn from 80 civilizations over 5,000 years: “Loosening of sexual restraints always leads to civilizational decline” caused by “promiscuous, indulgent, undisciplined, lawless, weakened” behavior.
President Harry S. Truman said in 1951: “Without a firm moral foundation, freedom degenerates quickly into selfishness and anarchy.”
“The main characteristic of democracy is tolerance,” but there are consequences when “the young man passes into unnecessary pleasures” and when “he has parted company with all shame,” explained Plato in his Republic written in 380 BC.
“People look for someone to fix the unstructured mess in the city-state.” This is when “a governor comes along saying, I can fix it. I just need emergency powers!” According to Plato, this accounts for the rise of the tyrant: “In the early days of his power, he is full of smiles. If any are suspected of resistance to his authority, he will have a good pretext for destroying them.
“The protector…standing up in the chariot of state and the reins in his hand—a tyrant absolute. Having a mob entirely at his disposal, he is not restrained from shedding blood.” According to Plato, “Democracy is doomed to fail because it is based on people having virtue. If people have a choice of giving up their life or giving up their virtue—they will give up their virtue to save their life. If a truly just man lived…let him die as he has lived. I might add that the just man will be scourged, racked, bound and will at least be crucified.”
The Ruling Class
The ruling class believes they are “above the law” while the ruled class now no longer can “own property; have families; the Government decides who gets to have children; the Government takes children from parents; children are ‘socialized to obey/serve the ruling class.’”
Plato explained “the tyrant will institute a structured society” and “they will take possession of the children, who will be unaffected by the habits of their parents; these they will train in their own habits and laws” and “taught noble lies.”
Plato’s structured society on the Island of Atlantis would inspire Sir Thomas More “Island of Utopia” in 1516 which talked about “free healthcare; free identical clothing; and everyone receives free welfare” with “all goods stored in (a) communal warehouse; no places for private gatherings; no privacy; everyone tracked; the government deciding everyone’s careers; childbearing regulated by government (i.e. Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger saying: ‘No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child without a permit.’”). Over a century later, Sir Francis Bacon would write in his “New Atlantis” (1626) about a more scientific ruling class.
Federer said these writings would impact the Pilgrims as seen by the Plymouth Company bylaws where “everything was owned in common.” Yet, when they “tried it, (they) almost starved” which caused Governor William Bradford to call this “the failure of that experiment of communal service” which bred “much confusion and discontent and retarded much employment” especially among “young men.”
“The strong man or the resourceful man had no more share of food, clothes, than the weak man who wasn’t able to do a quarter the other could. This was thought as injustice” and the answer was for “each man to plant corn for his own household so every family was assigned a parcel of land and this was very successful.”
The Puritans began to study Israel’s Covenant with God: Israel had “individual rights from God and they were accountable to God.” They had learned what Lord Acton said: “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” They knew that God watched everyone; wants you to be fair; will hold you accountable and this led toward developing a conscience.
The slogan of the French Revolution was “liberty, equality, fraternity” said Federer. The French philosopher Voltaire, known for his hatred of Christianity in 1728 formed a “systematic design to destroy Christianity as he pushed for adultery, assassination, infidelity, immorality and obscenity in order to destroy our Sabbath and seduce us from the house of God.”
The French ruling class would close their churches; ban religious meetings and Christian schools and not allow public or private worship as well as forbid the wearing of Crosses as the nation turned to worship the “goddess of reason.” The tyrant that would rise would be Napoleon Bonaparte.
The French Revolution would lead to a “deconstruction” mentality that would bring about a “secular LGBT present and a sharia/socialist future” in Europe. Other tyrannical regimes would call for erasing of history and book burning such as Mao Zedong during China’s “Cultural Revolution”; Pol Pot during Khmer Rouge in communist Cambodia; and Caliph Omar with book burning of the Alexandria library. A deconstruction mentality is seen through socialist Howard Zinn in his writing the “Peoples’ History of the United States” which became the basis for the 1619 Project by the New York Times.
The philosopher Wilhelm Hegel would arise in Germany and teach: “The state is god walking on earth” and would teach “we must worship the state” since “all the worth which the human being possesses; he possesses only through the state.” Hegel would develop the notion that the “ends justify the means.” Hegel wrote that “the state recognized no authority but its own.”
Rousseau would develop “The Social Contract (which had “no god” with socialism determining the “state is god”) and in 1933 the Nazi Ministry of Justice would authorize physicians to end the sufferings of the incurable patients.”
In the 1920s, Hitler started the National Socialist Workers Party in Germany (the Weimar Republic). Hitler would use his Brownshirts in 1933 to riot and destroy cities and smash Jewish businesses. What the Nazis did would be used by the KGB to bring about Russian communism to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania in 1940; in Yugoslavia in 1945; in Hungary and Romania in 1947; in Czechoslovakia in 1948; and in Cuba in 1953. Lenin called “socialism a transition phrase to communism.” In America, the Socialist Party of America would split off from the Communist Party, USA. Former Communist Manning Johnson in 1958 would declare “Jesus” as a Communist.
Socialism vs. God
According to American journalist and poet Carl Sandburg: “When a nation goes down…one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from.” President Calvin Coolidge said: “It does not follow that because something ought to be done the National Government ought to do it.” President Gerald Ford would say: “Do you realize that a government big enough to give us everything we want is a government big enough to take from us everything we have?”The essential question is: “Do rights come from government or a source higher than Government?”
According to President Dwight Eisenhower: “The founding fathers had to refer to the Creator in order to make their revolutionary experiment make sense. It was because all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that men could dare to be free. Ambitious politicians create or capitalize on ‘discord and chaos.’
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133.1) and Proverbs 6:16: “Six things doth the Lord hate: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands swift to shedding innocent blood…he that soweth discord among the brethren (Proverbs 6:16).”
According to Rahm Emmanuel, advisor to President Barack Obama: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. It is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” Hillary Clinton would chime in: “Never waste a good crisis.”
Pastor Jack Hibbs Closing Prayer
“One (party) saves babies lives, religious freedom and this nation’s covenant with God. The other clearly declares the opposite. Forgive us for sleeping. We ask for mercy for the United States of America and radical mercy upon the State of California.”
(Editor’s Note: To view the Sunday message given by William Federer go to: https://livestream.com/ccch/live,)
Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].
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