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Posted By: Pilgrim Freedom - Thu Jul 01, 2021 11:28 AM
On July 4th, the United States officially celebrates their "Independence Day". Through much thought, discussion and eventual action which resulted in the the loss of material goods and even life itself, the country gained their freedom from tyranny. Yes, there are far too many in the U.S. right now that hate the freedom which has been given to them by the great cost of others, for they love that which those before them yearned to be set free; the bondage of oppression of evil men.

That freedom, however pales in comparison to the freedom which true Christians possess, which is a freedom that liberates not only the oppression of evil men, but of evil itself; the evil of a corrupt and sinful nature, the power of the Evil One, and the punishment due to all who do evil. Those who are born again by the sovereign power of the Holy Spirit are brought irresistibly to their Redeemer to be clothed in His perfect righteousness and receive a complete pardon due to His paying the infinite debt owed to the thrice holy God. That freedom given to believers cost Christ Jesus everything too including His life. Freedom is never "free". (cf. Jh 8:31,32,36; Rom 6:12-18,22; 8:1ff; 1Cor 7:21,22; Gal 5:1)

Therefore, if you are one of those who often echoes the words from the heart that the apostle John wrote: "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:" (1Jh 3:1a) then celebrate the Conqueror who set you free from the power of sin, the penalty of sin, and the eventual complete presence of sin, by a life of worship to Him.
Posted By: Anthony C. Re: Freedom - Sun Jul 11, 2021 6:46 PM
Based on these portions of Jefferson's letter (featuring a perverted view of Christianity), is it surprising that there exists ideologues behind the scenes conspiring to produce a more perfected form of humanity (transhumanism coupled with eugenics)?

I have lately by accident got a sight of a single volume, (the 3d.) of the Abbé Barruel’s ‘Antisocial conspiracy,’ which gives me the first idea I have ever had of what is meant by the Illuminatism, against which ‘illuminati Morse’ as he is now called, and his ecclesiastical & monarchical associates have been making such a hue & cry.... Wishaupt seems to be an enthusiastic Philanthropist...he is among those (as you know the excellent Price and Priestly also are) who believe in the indefinite perfectibility of man...he thinks he may in time be rendered so perfect that he will be able to govern himself in every circumstance so as to injure none, to do all the good he can, to leave government no occasion to exercise their powers over him, & of course to render political government useless...this, you know is Godwin’s doctrine, and this is what Robinson, Barruel & Morse have called a conspiracy against all government. Wishaupt believes that to promote this perfection of the human character was the object of Jesus Christ...that his intention was simply to reinstate natural religion, & by diffusing the light of his morality, to teach us to govern ourselves. his precepts are the love of god & love of our neighbor..and by teaching innocence of conduct, he expected to place men in their natural state of liberty & equality. he says, no one ever laid a surer foundation for liberty than our grand master, Jesus of Nazareth...he believes the Freemasons were originally possessed of the true principles & object of Christianity, and have still preserved some of them by tradition, but much disfigured. the means he proposes to effect this improvement of human nature are ‘to enlighten men', to correct their morals & inspire them with benevolence.
-Thomas Jefferson to Bishop James Madison, 31 January 1800

This is why we are well served maintaining a pilgrim's mentality with a rational, skeptical eye toward bad news and big solutions.

Posted By: Anthony C. Re: Freedom - Mon Jul 12, 2021 10:54 AM
.... Jefferson was not a big fan of Calvin in particular.
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