Truths That Transform – Government: A Fearful Master


D. JAMES KENNEDY MINISTRIES
PRESENTS TRUTHS THAT TRANSFORM. IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT,
LIKE FIRE, GOVERNMENT IS A DANGEROUS SERVANT
AND A FEARFUL MASTER. HOW IS IT THAT YOUR OWN
GOVERNMENT HAS NOW BECOME A FEARFUL MASTER? FIND OUT, ON TODAY’S
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VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT DJKM.ORG. THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT
GOVERNMENT IS INSTITUTED BY GOD, AND IS NECESSARY
FOR KEEPING THE PEACE. BUT AMERICA’S FOUNDERS
ALSO RECOGNIZED THE BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE
OF MAN’S SINFULNESS. AS A RESULT, THEY PLACED
CHECKS ON GOVERNMENT POWER. BUT THOSE CHECKS ARE BEING
DONE AWAY WITH AT AN ALARMING RATE AS THE
GOVERNMENT GROWS EVER-LARGER. ON TODAY’S PROGRAM, YOU’LL
DISCOVER THE FOUNDERS’ INTENT FOR AMERICAN
GOVERNMENT, AND THE DANGER OF LETTING GOVERNMENT
TAKE THE PLACE OF GOD. AND WE’LL SHARE A NEW
RESOURCE WITH YOU THAT PROVIDES A ROAD MAP FOR
RETURNING US TO OUR CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOMS. AS WE BEGIN, MARK BELILES
IS A PASTOR, TEACHER, AND HISTORIAN WHO HAS WRITTEN
NUMEROUS BOOKS, INCLUDING CO-AUTHORING DOUBTING
THOMAS: THE RELIGIOUS LIFE AND LEGACY OF
THOMAS JEFFERSON. HE JOINS US NOW
IN OUR STUDIO. MARK, GLAD TO HAVE
YOU WITH US TODAY. THANK YOU FRANK, GOOD
TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN. GREAT TO SEE
YOU AGAIN TOO. WOW, PEOPLE LOOK AT OUR
GOVERNMENT AND SEE IT SEEMINGLY DETACHED FROM
THE CONSTITUTION IN TERMS OF ITS INTRUSIVENESS IN
OUR DAILY LIVES; THAT’S NOT WHAT THE FOUNDERS
INTENDED IS IT? ABSOLUTELY NOT, I MEAN
WHAT THE FOUNDERS WANTED TO DO WHEN THEY WROTE OUR
CONSTITUTION WAS DEFINE A FEW VERY LIMITED THINGS
FOR OUR CONGRESS AND OUR NATIONAL GOVERNMENT TO
DO, AND THEN THEY SAID EVERYTHING ELSE IS LEFT
WITH THE PEOPLE IN THE STATES. THEY WANTED TO KEEP OUR
LIBERTIES PRESERVED BY KEEPING THEM CLOSE
TO THE PEOPLE. SO THAT’S THE IDEA OF
ENUMERATED POWERS OF GOVERNMENT, RIGHT? THE CONGRESS SPECIFIES
THIS IS WHAT YOU GET TO DO, EVERYTHING ELSE IS NOT
YOUR AUTHORITY, BELONGS TO THE STATES OR THE PEOPLE,
BUT IT DOESN’T LOOK MUCH LIKE THAT TODAY. NO BECAUSE OF THAT ONE
LITTLE CLAUSE IN THERE THAT WAS TAKEN BY THE
SUPREME COURT AND SAID NOW, YOU KNOW, CONGRESS
CAN DO SO MANY MORE THINGS THAN IT EVER INTENDED. BUT THAT’S REALLY OUR JOB
AS CITIZENS, I THINK, TO REALIZE WHAT IS OUR
GOVERNMENT DOING AND US BE ALERT, AND BE INVOLVED
IN TRYING TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. SO IT COMES BACK TO US, WE
HAVE FAILED IN MANY WAYS TO HOLD TO OUR
CONSTITUTION; WE’VE ALLOWED POLITICIANS TO GET
AWAY WITH THESE KINDS OF PERVERSIONS. SOME OF THE FOUNDERS, MANY
OF THE FOUNDERS, PERHAPS, THOUGHT THAT THE GENIUS OF
THE CONSTITUTION WAS THE SEPARATION OF POWERS. THEY HAD AN UNDERSTANDING
ABOUT THE SINFUL NATURE OF MANKIND AND FOLLOWING,
KIND OF FOLLOWING LORD ACTON’S DICTUM OF POWER
TENDS TO CORRUPT AND ABSOLUTE POWER
CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY. THEY SEPARATED THE POWERS,
BUT OVER TIME EACH OF THE THREE BRANCHES HAS
OBTRUDED ITSELF INTO THE OTHERS AUTHORITY, GIVE US
SOME EXAMPLES OF THAT. CERTAINLY, OF COURSE THE
PRESIDENCY IS SOMETHING THAT MOST PEOPLE FOCUS
UPON BECAUSE, INDEED, IT’S ONE MAN WHO TENDS TO GET
ALL THE ATTENTION; BUT THE PRESIDENCY, OF COURSE, HAS
TAKEN UNTO ITSELF SO MANY POWERS NEVER IMAGINED. LIKE, OPERATING WARS AND
MILITARY THINGS AROUND THE GLOBE WITHOUT ACTUALLY A
DECLARATION OF WAR THAT’S ONE MAJOR CHANGE; BUT
ALSO EXECUTIVE ORDERS, BASICALLY CREATING LAWS IN
EFFECT TODAY FAR MORE THAN CONGRESS DOES JUST BY
EXECUTIVE ORDERS, THAT’S THE PRESIDENCY. BUT CONGRESS ITSELF HAS
CREATED INSTITUTIONS, AGENCIES, HAS DONE THINGS
THAT WAS NEVER IMAGINED IN THE CONSTITUTION; THE
SPENDING WITHOUT ACTUALLY BALANCING BUDGETS AND
DOING THINGS LIKE THAT; AND THE COURT’S, OF
COURSE, THE SAME, ASSUMING UNTO ITSELF THE RIGHT TO
ACTUALLY STRIKE DOWN A LAW AND IN A SENSE REWRITE
A LAW JUST RIGHT IN A DECISION. SO MANY THINGS THAT ALL
THREE BRANCHES HAVE DONE THAT’S LED US TO THIS
PLACE WHERE TRULY WE DON’T HAVE THE IDEA OF
GOVERNMENT OUR FOUNDERS ENVISIONED. WAS JEFFERSON, IN HIS
WRITING, TRYING TO DRIVE A WEDGE BETWEEN
GOVERNMENT AND GOD? WAS HE TRYING TO CREATE
A TOTALLY SECULAR GOVERNMENT? HE’S ACCUSED
OF THAT. NOT AT ALL. JEFFERSON, INDEED,
IS THE MOST, I THINK, MISUNDERSTOOD OF ALL
THE FOUNDING FATHERS. HE WAS A MAN WHO WAS USED
IN HELPING TO DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF DISSENTERS IN
VIRGINIA WHO WERE BEING PERSECUTED BY
THE GOVERNMENT. HE AND JAMES MADISON,
TOGETHER, FOUGHT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, FOR
CHRISTIAN, PROTESTANT DISSENTING CLERGY; NOT
AS A DESIRE TO REMOVE RELIGION, BUT TO
PROTECT RELIGION. SO JEFFERSON’S PERCEPTION,
THE PEOPLE HAVE OF HIM, WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE, THIS PHRASE WHICH
IS IN HIS FAMOUS LETTER TO SOME BAPTIST SUPPORTERS
OF HIS, PEOPLE WHO APPRECIATED WHAT HE WAS
DOING, HE WAS AFFIRMING WHAT THEY ALL BELIEVED,
NOT SOMETHING NEW TO KEEP RELIGION OUT, BUT IT SAYS
BUT TO KEEP THE SPHERES OF GOVERNMENT AND CHURCH FROM
ENCROACHING UPON EACH OTHER AND IN THEIR SPHERES
AND PROTECT THEM IN THEIR PARTICULAR
RESPONSIBILITIES. HAVE WE BECOME SO
CONDITIONED TO GOVERNMENT INTRUSION NOW THAT WE’VE
FORGOTTEN WHAT FREEDOM LOOKS LIKE? I MEAN THE GOVERNMENT
TELLS YOU WHAT KIND OF LIGHTBULBS YOU CAN HAVE
IN YOUR HOME, HOW MANY GALLONS OF WATER YOUR
TOILETS HAVE TO HAVE PER FLUSH; THE REGULATION IS
INTRUSIVE AT SUCH A LEVEL THAT HAVE WE AS A PEOPLE
FORGOTTEN WHAT FREEDOM MEANS AND HOW
RESPONSIBILITY FLOWS FROM THAT FREEDOM? I THINK FOR SURE. WE’VE REALLY
FORGOTTEN THAT. I THINK THERE’S; IT’S
SO IMPORTANT THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT THE PURPOSE
OF GOVERNMENT, AS GOD INTENDED BEGINNING WITH
NOAH AND THE BIBLE, WAS TO BRING PROTECTION, BUT
PROTECTION IS A SIMPLE THING, AS PAUL WRITES IN
ROMANS, TO PUNISH EVIL DOERS, CRIMINALS, AND
PROTECT GOOD PEOPLE. WE’VE TURN IT INTO
SOMETHING ELSE, IT’S PROMOTING ALL KINDS OF
OTHER THINGS FOR US, AND IT NOT JUST PROTECT US,
BUT TO TURN IN A RATIONAL, A WAY A RATIONALE TO TURN
GOVERNMENT INTO SOMETHING THAT’S ALMOST LIKE A
MESSIAH, TO SAVE US. IT’S A FALSE, COUNTERFEIT
KIND OF SAVIOR, AND THE STATE GETS EVER LARGER
AS WE WANT IT TO SAVE US INSTEAD OF PERHAPS US
BEING SELF-GOVERNING PEOPLE. WELL GOOD STUFF, MARK
THANKS FOR BEING WITH US, IT’S BEEN GREAT
HAVING YOU HERE. WELL THANK YOU
FRANK, GOD BLESS YOU. THANK YOU, SAME TO YOU. IT HAS BECOME QUITE COMMON
TODAY TO NOT MERELY THINK OF GOVERNMENT AS A
PROTECTOR, BUT AS A PROVIDER, AS AN EMPLOYER,
AND AS AN ALL-PURPOSE CARETAKER. BUT GIVING THE GOVERNMENT
THAT SORT OF ACCESS TO EVERY ASPECT OF OUR DAILY
LIVES IS DANGEROUS, AS DR. D. JAMES KENNEDY
REMINDS US IN THIS PORTION OF HIS CLASSIC MESSAGE,
“GOVERNMENT: A FEARFUL MASTER.” “GOVERNMENT,” SAID ONE, “IS A DANGEROUS SERVANT
AND A FEARFUL MASTER.” THOSE WORDS WERE SPOKEN BY
GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE GOVERNMENT ABOUT WHICH HE
SPOKE WAS THE GOVERNMENT OF UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA. GOVERNMENT IS A DANGEROUS
SERVANT AND A FEARFUL MASTER. I THINK TODAY THAT WE’VE
LOST SIGHT OF THE REAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THOSE
WORDS SPOKEN BY OUR FIRST PRESIDENT. THE FOUNDERS OF THIS
COUNTRY WERE IMBUED WITH A BIBLICAL CONCEPT OF
GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THERE THUNDERED FORTH FROM THE
PULPITS OF NEW ENGLAND AND INDEED FROM ALL OF THE
STATES THE GREAT TEACHINGS OF THE WORD OF GOD,
CONCERNING GOVERNMENT. TODAY HOWEVER, I’M AFRAID
THAT THESE PULPITS HAVE BEEN MOSTLY SILENCED
ABOUT THESE THINGS AND CONSEQUENTLY WHOLE
GENERATIONS HAVE GROWN UP WITHOUT THE FOGGIEST IDEA
OF WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT GOVERNMENT, EVEN INDEED
WITH THE ARROGANT ASSUMPTION THAT GOD
HAS SAID NOTHING ABOUT GOVERNMENT AND
INDEED HE BETTER NOT. BUT THOSE THAT FOUNDED
THIS NATION KNEW THAT GOD HAD HAD A GREAT DEAL TO
SAY ABOUT GOVERNMENT AND THE TYPE OF GOVERNMENT
THAT THEY ATTEMPTED TO ESTABLISH WAS A GOVERNMENT
WHICH WAS BUILT UPON THOSE PRINCIPLES FOUND
IN GOD’S WORD. THEY KNEW, FOR EXAMPLE,
THAT THE BIBLE TAUGHT THAT MAN WAS BASICALLY EVIL AND
THAT HE NEEDED CERTAIN RESTRAINTS AND THEREFORE
GOVERNMENT WAS A NECESSARY EVIL, BUT IT COULD BE A
VERY DANGEROUS MASTER. IT WAS BECAUSE OF THIS
BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE SINFUL NATURE OF MAN
THAT THE POWERS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WERE
SEPARATED FROM THE POWERS OF THE STATE. AND THE POWERS GIVEN TO
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WERE SPECIFICALLY
ENUMERATED AND WERE LIMITED. IT WAS BECAUSE OF THIS
SAME BELIEF THAT EVEN THE POWERS OF THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT WERE DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTS-
THE EXECUTIVE, THE LEGISLATIVE AND THE
JUDICIAL IN ORDER THAT NO GREAT AMOUNT OF POWER
MIGHT COLLECT IN ANY ONE PLACE. IT WAS BECAUSE OF THIS
SAME BELIEF IN THE SINFULNESS OF MAN AND THE
NEED FOR HIS RESTRAINT AND THE CORRUPTING POWER OF
SIN THAT THE PRESIDENTIAL VETO WAS GIVEN TO BE A
COUNTER BALANCE TO THE CONGRESS AND THE CONGRESS
WAS GIVEN THE POWER TO REMOVE CERTAIN AREAS
FROM THE PURVIEW OF THE SUPREME COURT. ALL CHECKS AND BALANCES
BECAUSE OF THE BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE
SINFULNESS OF MAN. WE HAVE FORGOTTEN TODAY,
THE WARNING OF OUR FIRST PRESIDENT THAT GOVERNMENT
CAN BE INDEED A FEARFUL MASTER. IN FACT, IN RECENT YEARS
WE SEEM TO BE RUSHING TO GIVE THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT MORE POWER AND MORE CONTROL OVER OUR
LIVES, BUT SINCE MAN IS BASICALLY EVIL WE NEED
TO REMEMBER THAT OUR LIBERTIES, AS FRAGILE AS
THEY ARE, ARE ONLY GOING TO BE OURS AS A RESULT
OF CONTINUAL AND ETERNAL VIGILANCE. “GOVERNMENT IS A DANGEROUS
SERVANT,” SAID WASHINGTON, “AND A FEARFUL MASTER.”
BUT THERE IS ANOTHER MASTER, A MASTER WHO IS
NOT FEARFUL, BUT FAITHFUL AND I REFER TO OUR MASTER
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO IS THE KING OF KINGS
AND LORD OF LORDS. THE ONLY AND GREAT AND
ETERNAL POTENTATE. HE IS THE ONE TO WHOM WE
SHOULD UTTERLY YIELD OUR LIVES. HE IS THE ONE WHO WILL
NEVER ACT UNJUSTLY TOWARD US. HE IS THE ONE WHO WILL
NEVER BE A TERROR TO THE GOOD. HE IS THE ONE WHO INDEED
WILL REWARD US FOR OUR FAITHFULNESS IN RETURN. HE IS THE ONE THAT WE CAN
TRUST, A ONE WHO LOVED US EVEN ENOUGH TO DIE ON
CALVARY’S CROSS THAT WE MIGHT HAVE THE FREE GIFT
OF ETERNAL LIFE IF WE WOULD TRUST IN HIM. INCREDIBLE AS IT MAY SEEM
DEAR FRIENDS, HEAVEN IS FREE, PAID FOR BY CHRIST
AND OFFERED TO ALL OF THOSE THAT WILL
TRUST IN HIM. HE IS A FAITHFUL MASTER SO
I WOULD URGE YOU TO OPEN YOUR HEART TO HIM, TO
INVITE HIM TO COME INTO YOUR LIFE. TO BE THE SOVEREIGN LORD
AND MASTER OF YOUR HEART. TO TAKE HIS PLACE, HIS
RIGHTFUL PLACE ON THE THRONE OF YOUR SOUL. THAT HE MIGHT EXERCISE HIS
DOMINION AND SWAY OVER YOUR LIFE. HIS BANNER OVER
YOU IS LOVE. AND WHAT HE PLANS FOR YOUR
LIFE IS NAUGHT BUT GOOD. AH, DEAR FRIENDS, TRUST IN
THE KING OF CALVARY AND HE WILL BLESS YOUR LIFE. A VERY FAITHFUL
MASTER INDEED. YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TAUGHT
TODAY THAT IF THEY WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THEY
SHOULD GO INTO GOVERNMENT. THAT’S BECAUSE GOVERNMENT
HAS INCREASINGLY BECOME THE CONTROLLING FORCE
IN EVERY AREA OF LIFE. BUT THE GREATEST LEADERS
IN AMERICAN HISTORY KNEW THAT GOVERNMENT AND
POWER WERE A DANGEROUS COMBINATION, NONE MORE SO
THAN THE MAN DUBBED “THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY,”
GEORGE WASHINGTON. OUR OWN DR. JERRY
NEWCOMBE HAS MORE. WHEN WASHINGTON WAS
TALKING ABOUT WHAT THE COUNTRY NEEDED, HE SAID,
WE NEED TO LOOK TO CHRIST. HE HELD TO THIS VIEW
THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE AND THROUGHOUT THE REVOLUTION
THAT THE HAND OF GOD WAS IN HOW EVERYTHING
DEVELOPED. AND HE CALLED IT
AS A RESULT OF THE INTERPOSITIONS
OF PROVIDENCE. AND SO, HE REALLY SAW THAT
GOD’S HAND WAS THERE. GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS AN
OUTWARDLY RELIGIOUS MAN. BUT IN THE LAST SEVERAL
DECADES, MANY SCHOLARS HAVE LABELED HIM AS A
DEIST AS OPPOSED TO AS A CHRISTIAN, DESPITE THE
FACT THAT HE ATTENDED CHRISTIAN WORSHIP SERVICES
THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE- EVEN WHEN IT WAS
INCONVENIENT TO DO SO. WELL GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS
VERY SERIOUS ABOUT HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH AND HE
EXPRESSED THAT IN HIS OFFICIAL ORDERS, HE CALLED
FOR DAYS OF PRAYER AND FASTING IN THE ARMY. WHEN HE WAS SWORN IN THE
FIRST INAUGURATIONS HE SET A TRADITION THAT’S BEEN
FOLLOWED TO THIS DAY BY ADDING TO THE SWEARING-IN
OATH, SO HELP ME GOD AND THEN HE CONCLUDED THAT
CEREMONY BY BENDING OVER AND KISSING THE BIBLE. SO THIS WAS CLEARLY A MAN
TO WHOM CHRISTIAN FAITH WAS PARAMOUNT AND IT WAS
REALLY THE DRIVING FORCE AND FOUNDATION OF
WASHINGTON AND HIS PERSONAL APPROACH TO
LIFE AND TO LEADERSHIP. I LOVE GEORGE WASHINGTON
AND SINCE I’VE STUDIED HIM THROUGH THE YEARS. AS THE GENERAL OF THE NOW
VICTORIOUS ARMY, HE WAS WRITING TO THE 13
INDEPENDENT GOVERNORS AND HE SAID, “I NOW MAKE
IT MY EARNEST PRAYER THAT GOD WOULD HELP YOU TO DO
JUSTICE, AND LOVE MERCY. AND AS HE’S QUOTING MICAH
6:8 HE DOESN’T SAY, “WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD
AS WE WOULD EXPECT.” HE SAYS, “DO JUSTICE AND
LOVE MERCY AND IMITATE THE DIVINE AUTHOR OF OUR
BLESSED RELIGION. HE’S TALKING ABOUT
JESUS CHRIST. AND HE SAYS, IF WE DON’T
FOLLOW HIM, AND HIS BASIC MORAL PRINCIPLES OF
CONDUCT, WE’LL NEVER BE A HAPPY NATION. NOW, THAT’S AMAZING. I’M REMINDED OF GEORGE
WASHINGTON’S FAREWELL ADDRESS; THIS IS HIS
PARTING ADVICE TO THE NATION IN WHICH HE SAYS:
OF ALL THE HABITS AND DISPOSITIONS WHICH LEAD
TO POLITICAL PROSPERITY, RELIGION AND MORALITY ARE
INDISPENSABLE SUPPORTS. AND SO WASHINGTON BELIEVES
THAT IF WE’RE GOING TO THRIVE AS A NATION, IF
WE ARE GOING TO BE A POLITICALLY,
SELF-SUFFICIENT, IF WE’RE GONNA BE A SELF-GOVERNING
PEOPLE WE HAVE TO BE A MORAL PEOPLE AND RELIGION
IS THE WELLSPRING OF THAT MORALITY. AND OF COURSE IN THE
CONTEXT OF THAT DAY IN 1796, RELIGION WAS
SYNONYMOUS WITH CHRISTIANITY. THIS IDEA OF THE
IMPORTANCE OF RELIGION AND MORALITY IS A THEME
THAT WE FIND THROUGHOUT WASHINGTON’S VARIOUS
WRITINGS, THIS IS NOT AN ISOLATED MOMENT WHEN HE
EXPRESSES THIS IDEA. THROUGH WASHINGTON’S
LEADERSHIP, THE RAGTAG AMERICAN ARMY WAS ABLE TO
DEFEAT ONE OF THE GREATEST SUPERPOWERS HISTORY
HAS EVER KNOWN. IN 1781 CAME THE VICTORY
AT YORKTOWN, THAT MIRACULOUSLY ENDED THE
WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE. HIP HIP HUZZAH. GEORGE WASHINGTON
SAID AT THE END OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR AS HE
WAS SAYING GOODBYE TO HIS TROOPS, HE SAYS, “THE
PRESERVATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY IS NOTHING
SHORT OF A STANDING MIRACLE.” NO WONDER GEORGE
WASHINGTON WOULD LATER SAY THAT NO NATION SHOULD BE
MORE GRATEFUL TO GOD THAN THE UNITED STATES,
AND THAT: MEANWHILE, LONG BEFORE HE
SERVED AS PRESIDENT, THERE WAS AN INCIDENT WHERE
GEORGE WASHINGTON PROVED THAT HE WAS NOT A
POWER-HUNGRY INDIVIDUAL, BUT RATHER A HUMBLE
SERVANT OF THE NATION. IN 1782, A YEAR AFTER THE
YORKTOWN SURRENDER BUT BEFORE THE OFFICIAL PEACE
TREATY WITH GREAT BRITAIN, THE CONTINENTAL DOLLARS IN
WHICH THE SOLDIERS WERE PAID WERE BECOMING
WORTHLESS. THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
WAS EXCEEDINGLY WEAK. THINGS WERE
GETTING RESTLESS. THE TROOPS HAD NOT
BEEN PAID FOR A YEAR. WE HAD ARTICLES OF
CONFEDERATION, AND THAT GAVE NO POWER TO THE
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT SO THEY COULDN’T TAX AND SO
THE SOLDIERS WENT TO WASHINGTON AND SAID,
“LOOK, YOU DECLARE YOURSELF KING,
WE’LL BACK YOU.” AND HE COULD’VE BEEN KING. AND HE SAID, “I DID
NOT FIGHT THIS WAR TO ESTABLISH A THRONE
IN AMERICA.” AND INSTEAD, HE GAVE UP
POWER AND HE FOUGHT FOR A CIVILIAN RULE AND THE
POWER OF THE CONGRESS, SO THAT THERE MIGHT BE
ORDERED LIBERTY, ONE OF THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS
OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE WORLD. AND HIS RESPONSE WAS TO
RESIGN HIS COMMISSION. AND, SO WE SEE THAT HE
TRULY HAD A DIFFERENT CHARACTER, GOES BACK TO
THE ROMAN CINCINNATUS, THAT DURING THE ROMAN
REPUBLIC PERIOD, THEY WERE BEING INVADED. THEY GOT A FARMER NAMED
CINCINNATUS WHO GOT THE ARMY TOGETHER, DEFEATED
THE ENEMY, AFTERWARD, WENT BACK TO HIS FARM. AND THEN THAT HAPPENED A
SECOND TIME WHEN HE WAS 80 YEARS OLD. AND SO GEORGE WASHINGTON
AND MANY OF THE FOUNDERS MADE IT A THING OF HONOR
TO BE A MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF CINCINNATUS, THIS
IDEA THAT POWER IS NOT SOMETHING YOU COVET. AND HE WENT HOME
TO BE A FARMER. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN AN
IMAGE OF A SERVANT LEADER OF THE PARALLEL OF GEORGE
WASHINGTON IN HISTORY, FOR AFTER ALL, THE ONE WHO
TAUGHT SERVANT LEADERSHIP, WAS JESUS CHRIST, HIMSELF. BENJAMIN WEST, AN
AMERICAN-BORN PAINTER, BUT HE WAS A BRITISH CITIZEN
IN ENGLAND, PAINTING A PORTRAIT OF KING GEORGE
III, AND KING GEORGE SAID, “WELL, WHAT’S THE WORD ABOUT
THIS GEORGE WASHINGTON? WHAT DOES HE PLAN ON DOING
NOW THAT HE HAS DEFEATED THE KING’S ARMY?” BENJAMIN WEST SAID, “THEY
SAY, YOUR HIGHNESS, THAT HE’S GONNA RETURN
TO HIS FARM.” THE KING STOPPED AND SAID,
“IF HE DOES THAT, HE TRULY WILL BE THE GREATEST
MAN IN THE WORLD.” KINGS KILL TO GET POWER,
KINGS KILL TO KEEP POWER. WASHINGTON HAD THE
POWER, AND GAVE IT UP. GEORGE WASHINGTON AND
THOSE WHO FOUNDED OUR NATION WERE COMMITTED TO
LIMITING GOVERNMENT SO THAT AMERICANS
WOULD BE FREE. THEY GAVE US A
CONSTITUTION THAT ENSHRINED OUR GOD-GIVEN
RIGHTS AND PROTECTED THEM FROM GOVERNMENT INCURSION. BUT FOR DECADES NOW, THOSE
RIGHTS HAVE BEEN UNDER ATTACK AS GOVERNMENT
GROWS EVER LARGER. HOW DID WE GET HERE? AND WHAT CAN
WE DO ABOUT IT? WE HAVE SOME RESOURCES
THAT WILL ANSWER THOSE VITAL QUESTIONS, AND
HERE’S MY VERY DEAR FRIEND JENNIFER KENNEDY CASSIDY
TO TELL US MORE. JENNIFER WELCOME. THANK YOU, FRANK. THE FIRST OF THOSE
RESOURCES IS A BRAND NEW BOOK WE’VE PRODUCED CALLED
A STRONG CONSTITUTION: WHAT WOULD AMERICA LOOK
LIKE IF WE FOLLOWED THE LAW? BY ROBERT KNIGHT. IN THIS SHORT BOOK,
YOU’LL DISCOVER HOW THE CONSTITUTION HAS BEEN
IGNORED- OR COMPLETELY DISOBEYED- BY THOSE IN
POWER, WHETHER THEY’RE REDEFINING MARRIAGE OR
REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH. AND YOU’LL FIND A ROADMAP
FOR RETURNING US TO OUR CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOMS. IN TODAY’S AMERICA,
CHRISTIANS ARE HAULED INTO COURT FOR EXERCISING
THEIR CONSCIENCE ON NOT PARTICIPATING IN
SAME-SEX WEDDINGS. THE IRS HAS TARGETED
CHRISTIAN AND CONSERVATIVE GROUPS FOR AUDITS AND
PENALTIES BECAUSE OF THEIR VIEWPOINTS. THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
WHEN A GOVERNMENT BEGINS TO GO OUT OF CONTROL AND
LEAVE ITS CONSTITUTIONAL BOUNDARIES BEHIND. FIND OUT WHAT HAS GONE
WRONG, AND HOW WE CAN FIX IT IN THIS BRAND NEW BOOK,
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FATHER, DR. D. JAMES KENNEDY, CALLED THE BIBLE
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ACADEMICS, AND PUNDITS TRY TO DENY AMERICA’S
CHRISTIAN FOUNDATIONS. GET THE TRUTH IN MY DAD’S
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UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN
THE PROCESS OF REWRITING THE CONSTITUTION TO SUIT
THE POLICY GOALS OF ITS UNELECTED MEMBERS. THE LATE JUSTICE ANTONIN
SCALIA ONCE LAMENTED ABOUT THAT IN A DISSENT, HE
SAID: “DAY BY DAY, CASE BY CASE, THE COURT IS BUSY
DESIGNING A CONSTITUTION FOR A COUNTRY I
DO NOT RECOGNIZE.” RECENTLY, RETIRED JUSTICE
JOHN PAUL STEVENS FINALLY PUT ALL PRETENSE ASIDE. WRITING IN THE NEW YORK
TIMES, FORMER JUSTICE STEVENS CALLED OUTRIGHT
FOR THE REPEAL OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT
PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS. HOWEVER, ONE CAN’T HELP
BUT THINK IT’S MERELY A REFLECTION OF
HIS LOST POWER. WHEN HE WAS SITTING ON THE
HIGH COURT, HE AND HIS FELLOW LIBERAL JURISTS
NEVER CALLED FOR AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION, WHICH
BY THE WAY IS EXACTLY THE PROPER PROCESS THE
FOUNDERS GAVE US FOR CHANGING THAT
AUGUST DOCUMENT. INSTEAD, THE JUSTICES
SIMPLY REWROTE IT IN THEIR RULINGS TO MAKE IT FIT
THEIR OWN PREFERENCES. AS A RESULT, A RIGHT TO
MURDER CHILDREN IN THE WOMB WAS SUDDENLY
DISCOVERED NEARLY 200 YEARS AFTER THE
CONSTITUTION WAS WRITTEN, FOLLOWED BY SO-CALLED
RIGHTS TO HOMOSEXUAL SODOMY AND MARRIAGE. AND AT THE SAME TIME, THE
COURT DECIDED THAT THE FIRST AMENDMENT
GUARANTEEING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM MEANT THAT SCHOOL
STUDENTS SHOULD NOT PRAY PUBLICLY BEFORE A FOOTBALL
GAME OR OTHER ACTIVITY- A DECISION BY THE WAY
WRITTEN BY JUSTICE STEVENS HIMSELF. ONE THING THAT BECOMES
CLEAR WHEN LOOKING AT THE LAST 70 YEARS IS THAT THE
AMERICAN LEFT HAS VERY LITTLE USE FOR THE
CONSTITUTION AS IT ACTUALLY STANDS. BECAUSE IT HAS INHIBITED
THEIR GOAL OF AN ALL-POWERFUL SECULAR
STATE, THEY HAVE TRIED TO UNDO IT WHEREVER THEY CAN,
USUALLY THROUGH ACTIVIST COURTS. THANKFULLY, THERE IS
EVIDENCE THAT THIS IS CHANGING. ELECTIONS DO MATTER, AND
THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION HAS ALREADY NOMINATED
AND GOTTEN CONFIRMED A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF
JUDGES WHO HAVE VOWED TO INTERPRET THE CONSTITUTION
AS IT IS ACTUALLY WRITTEN- NOT AS UNELECTED JUDGES
MIGHT WISH IT TO BE. D. JAMES KENNEDY MINISTRIES
IS STANDING FOR TRUTH AND DEFENDING YOUR FREEDOM. I’M FRANK WRIGHT. THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR
THIS EDITION OF TRUTHS THAT TRANSFORM, WE’LL
SEE YOU NEXT TIME. NEXT WEEK ON TRUTHS
THAT TRANSFORM. TODAY, NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE
MANY WHO HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD, WE HAVE MANY WHO WOULD
DENY THAT THERE EVEN IS A GOD TO FORGET. IT TAKES A SPECIAL
BRAND OF HUBRIS FOR AN ORGANIZATION TO SAY THAT
WE’RE GOING TO TELL YOU HOW TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO
FOUGHT BESIDE YOU AND SAY THAT YOU CAN’T REMEMBER
THEM WITH A SIMPLE CROSS. THAT’S NEXT WEEK. TODAY’S PROGRAM IS
AVAILABLE ON DVD FOR YOUR GIFT TO THIS MINISTRY
OF ANY AMOUNT. PLEASE CALL, WRITE, OR LOG
ON TO OUR WEBSITE TODAY. THIS HAS BEEN A
PRODUCTION OF D. JAMES KENNEDY MINISTRIES

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