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The title of this column is an excerpt from Luke’s Gospel, chapter 24, verses 1 – 6:
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen. (KJV)
The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is not only the cornerstone of Christianity; it is the cornerstone of Western Civilization—and the United States in particular. There is absolutely no denying that the people who initially brought Western Civilization to the North American continent were almost exclusively strong adherents of Christian societies who were motivated by the love of God and the desire for religious liberty.
Thankfully, none of the Pilgrims, Puritans and Patriots of early America had ever heard of C. I. Scofield and his “Christian Zionism” heresy. If early Americans had been brainwashed by Scofield, as 80% of evangelical Christians are today, the United States would have never come into existence.
America’s Christian founders such as Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, James Madison, Benjamin Rush, Daniel Webster, Noah Webster, et al. had not been duped by Israel-based, Old Covenant-based, death-based Dispensational Futurism. They didn’t come to this new land seeking to find “the living among the dead.”
After the Declaration of Independence was signed, Samuel Adams declared:
We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.
That is not a political statement; that is a New Covenant theological statement.
In his will, Adams wrote:
Principally, and first of all, I resign my soul to the Almighty Being who gave it, and my body I commit to the dust, relying on the merits of Jesus Christ for the pardon of my sins.
Patrick Henry proclaimed:
It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.
James Madison, America’s 4th president and the architect of our U.S. Constitution, said:
Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.
Benjamin Rush (signer of the Declaration of Independence and Surgeon General of the Continental Army) said:
I have alternately been called an Aristocrat and a Democrat. I am neither. I am a Christocrat.
Daniel Webster said:
If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instruction and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.
Noah Webster, the father of American education, said:
Education is useless without the Bible.
The Bible was America's basic text book in all fields.
God's Word, contained in the Bible, has furnished all necessary rules to direct our conduct.
In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed....No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.
The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His apostles, which enjoins humility, piety, and benevolence; which acknowledges in every person a brother, or a sister, and a citizen with equal rights. This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free Constitutions of Government.
I could go on and on.
The men and women of America’s founding generations built a new country on Christ’s New Covenant.
Tragically, the unadulterated New Covenant Gospel has not been popularly taught in the United States since before the early twentieth century when Scofield’s Reference Bible immersed America’s churches and Christian schools in atheistic, occultish Zionism. For over 100 years, evangelicals have been taught a convoluted mixture of Old Covenant legalism, Israel-based futurism and works-based salvation to the point that the vast majority of today’s churches do not even resemble—either in faith or practice—historic Christianity.
The faith of most churches more resembles mysticism—and pastors more resemble mystics.
Hear Noah Webster again:
No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.
The true Christian faith is centered in Christ’s New Covenant. It was the preaching and teaching of the New Covenant that spawned the greatest political experiment in government-protected Liberty ever attempted on earth. And the basic reason that the government no longer sees itself as the guardian of Liberty is due to the fact that America’s pulpits no longer see themselves as guardians of the New Covenant. The further the pulpit removes from preaching the New Covenant, the further the government removes from protecting Liberty.
Listen to the Apostle Paul:
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament [covenant]; not of the letter [old covenant], but of the spirit [new covenant]: for the letter [old covenant] killeth, but the spirit [new covenant] giveth life. But if the ministration of death [emphasis added], written and engraven in stones [old covenant], was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away [old covenant—emphasis added]: How shall not the ministration of the spirit [new covenant] be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation [old covenant—emphasis added] be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness [new covenant] exceed in glory. (II Corinthians 3:6 – 9 KJV)
The rejection of liberty-giving, life-giving New Covenant teaching and the acceptance of the ministration of death and condemnation of Old Covenant teaching (popularized by C. I. Scofield) by America’s pastors and churches has shackled and enslaved the governing institutions of our country and, hence, the public lives of our people.
Accordingly, THIS SUNDAY, April 9, on Resurrection Sunday, I will deliver Prophecy Message Number 15 entitled The Seventh Trumpet: The Fall Of Jerusalem And Rise Of The New Covenant Kingdom.
This message is taken from Revelation Chapter 11, which is the most important chapter in the entire Book of Revelation.
As I have said before, the Book of Revelation is not as much a book about prophecy as it is a final exclamation point to the majesty and glory of the New Covenant contrasted with the death and destruction of the Old Covenant.
I invite readers to tune in this Sunday, April 9, at approximately 2:30pm Mountain Time to watch this message: The Seventh Trumpet: The Fall Of Jerusalem And Rise Of The New Covenant Kingdom.
Last Sunday, I told the true story of how a satanic attack took me to within minutes of death. The message title is Satan’s Attack Against These New Covenant Prophecy Messages.
I urge readers to watch this message before watching the message this Sunday.
The forces of evil hate the New Covenant Gospel message more than anything in this world, and they will stop at nothing to try and stamp it out. And, sadly, they have largely succeeded in removing true New Covenant teaching from a majority of today’s evangelical churches.
People who are going to these Old Covenant “churches” are like the disciples who were looking for Jesus in a graveyard: They are seeking life among the dead.
© Chuck Baldwin
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