As anyone who follows history and politics knows, there has always been a very healthy debate on the issues in our country.
Yet, now that conservatives are expressing their disapproval of President Obama's proposed health care plan, liberals are suddenly very critical of dissent and debate. Earlier this week, Speaker Pelosi accused honest citizens expressing their views on health care of being "un-American." And why? Because they disagree with her on the need for a new government insurance program.
Our Founding Fathers would be very surprised by Speaker Pelosi's attempt to clamp down on dissent. This nation was founded by patriots who staged the ultimate protest in declaring their independence from a distant and out-of-touch government. The rights to peacefully assemble and petition our elected officials are guaranteed by the Constitution. What Nancy Pelosi doesn't understand is that our differences and disagreements don't make us weaker; they make us stronger.
This is a critical time for our nation, and a lot of the issues we’re debating now will affect generations to come. All of us have a duty to press on ... a duty to state our case without fear of government reprisal.
That is why I’m writing to you to take two important steps today.
First, I encourage you to make your feelings on the health care bill known by calling the White House at (202) 456-1111 and your congressional representatives at (202) 224-3121. Let them know that dissenting is the most "American" thing one can do and that you have very real concerns about the cost and scope of this legislation.
Second, I hope you will consider making a contribution to my Free and Strong America PAC today. Your generous contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, or even the maximum $5,000 will go a long way toward making sure that we push back when big government liberals like Nancy Pelosi try to stifle debate because they don't like it when ordinary Americans disagree with their far-left agenda.
Thank you again for your support and all that you do to ensure that our country remains free and strong.
"Maybe soon, I wil see God and Jesus. At least thatis what I was to d. Eternal ife does NOT depend on works. If it did, we will all be in hell. Christ paid for EVERY sin, so how can I or you be judged BY GOD for sin when the penalty was ALREADY paid. People judge but that does not matter. I was reading the Bible and The Integrity of God beginning yesterday, because soon I will see them."
According to many people who agree with this doctrine, Hitler could have had a death bed repentance, say that he believed, become born again, get baptized, and go to heaven, while all the Jews he killed would go to Hell because they never confessed their sins.
George Sodini the LA-Fitness mass murderer believed he was born again. He said "Eternal ife does NOT depend on works". Was he right? Will he see God?
Loren Franck is a person who looks for Romney news articles, and copies and pastes problems that he sees with Romney's religion. Loren Franck echoes the beliefs of George Sodini that "Eternal ife does NOT depend on works".
Loren Franck copied and pasted his anti-Mormon doctrine on a Marc Ambinder Atlantic article here. Loren Franck says, "You're Saved By Works: More than any other Mormon lie, this undermines Christ's atonement, which is the most sacred doctrine of the Bible." I can attest that this is a very big doctrinal difference between Mormons and Christians: I served a 2 year mission for the Mormon Church in Tennessee during the years of 1996, and 1997. I had thousands of crazy-eyed evangelicals tell me they were saved, they new for a fact that they were going to heaven, even though Mathew 7:21 says: "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." Sounds to me like you have to do the will of our Father in heaven in order to be saved, but then again me and Mathew are just trying to preach "Mormon Lies".
Mormons usually equate salvation with resurrection. Likewise, they refer to eternal life as "exaltation." I did both while teaching prospective converts. I relished the church's third Article of Faith, which claims, "through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel."
Trying to bridge the doctrinal divide between Mormons and Christians, I emphasized that salvation is by grace "after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). What classic Mormon double-talk. Unmistakably, the Bible says eternal life is a gift from God (Romans 5:15; 6:23) to those who believe in Christ (John 6:47), call upon Him (Romans 10:13) and receive Him as Lord and Savior (John 1:12). Contrary to Mormon dogma, this gift cannot be awarded meritoriously.
Equally clear is that salvation results from God's grace through each believer's faith, not from obeying a checklist of laws and ordinances (Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5). All who confess Christ and believe in Him from the heart shall be saved (Romans 10:8-13).
Most Mormons know little about imputed righteousness — and neither did I during my mission. Essentially, as Christians know, the Lord credits believers with His perfect righteousness and charges their transgressions to His sinless spiritual "account." Paul explains this doctrine masterfully in Romans 4 and 2 Corinthians 5:18-21.
When teaching the Mormon gospel, though, I emphatically denied imputed righteousness, which is the essence of the atonement. I stressed that eternal life is earned by perfect obedience to all gospel laws and ordinances. Yet the Bible says that "there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not" (Ecclesiastes 7:20). As the Psalmist writes: "They are all gone aside. They are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one" (Psalm 14:3; compare Romans 3:10-18).
How many Mormons perfectly obey all gospel laws? None. As the Bible asserts, even the church's current prophet can't keep God's laws thoroughly enough to merit heaven (1 John 1:8). And if he can't, how can anyone else?
14 ¶ For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
"Mormonism teaches that Jesus' death on the cross does not provide full atonement for all sin, but does provide everyone with resurrection. Some good works leading to Mormon salvation include: faithfulness to church leaders, Mormon baptism, tithing, ordination, marriage, and temple rituals. Nearly everyone, with the exception of murderers and apostates, goes to one of three heavenly kingdoms. This belief is in utter contrast to the bible."
Let me just close by saying that many, many people told me to my face that only people like George Sodini are getting into heaven that "fully believe that only Christ will can get them there, and that nothing they do is part of the process".
Very. Scary. Stuff.
Finally, a political book we can look forward to reading
Let's have a big round of applause for Mitt Romney, the latest in a long line of current and former politicians to announce they've landed a book deal! And this one won't be one of those boring "I grew up rough" (Bill Clinton) "and then got fat" (Mike Huckabee) "and never really knew my Kenyan father" (Barack Obama) sorts of memoirs about a hardscrabble childhood and triumph over adversity..thank heavens! Those types of books just bum people out.
With his wealth, his sterling family pedigree, and his resolutely scandal-free personal life, Mitt Romney has by far the least interesting biography of any prominent national political figure -- so bravo to him for figuring that out and instead concentrating on The Issues.
The forthcoming Romney tome, just purchased by St. Martin's Press for an undisclosed amount, promises to offer a steely-eyed assessment of the current state of the nation with a few choice prescriptions for the future.
Titled "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness," the book outlines what appears to be a campaign platform: Mr. Romney's views on how to create a stronger economy, military and families, and his vision on jobs, education, health care, energy and citizenship.
Number one, it's really about time somebody called out the many Americans who apologize constantly for being so awesome. Number two, by the time the book is released next March, we'll all be illiterate unemployed victims of a Mexican-style cap-and-trade socialist healthcare regime -- so critics will be able to hail Romney's book as "prescient," which is always good for sales.
Best yet, it appears that Romney may have already put in the hard work of writing the whole manuscript himself. "The manuscript is currently 304 pages," reports the New York Times' Motoko Rich, and doesn't that statement have a very different ring from the usual "Politician X will work with a collaborator (wink, wink) to come up with a manuscript sometime in the next couple of years"?
You can fault Mitt Romney for many things, but you cannot fault his work ethic. Or his hair, or his teeth.
Perhaps his writing will turn out to be half decent, as well, and then he's pretty much guaranteed the presidency in 2012.