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Firearms Refresher Course

Posted by Pastor Szekely on July 29, 2008

Thomas Jefferson once said, “Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.” Consider the following a FIREARMS REFRESHER COURSE:
 
1.  An armed man is a citizen.  An unarmed man is a subject.
 
2.  A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
 
3.  Colt:  The original point and click interface.
 
4.  Gun control is not about guns; it’s about control.
 
5.  If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?
 
6.  If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
 
7.  Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
 
8.  If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any.
 
9.  Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
 
10.  The  United States Constitution (c)1791.  All Rights Reserved.
 
11.  What part of ‘shall not be infringed‘ do you not understand?
 
12.  The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.
 
13.  64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
 
14.  Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians.          
 
15.  Know guns, know peace, know safety.  No guns, no peace, no safety.
 
16.  You don’t shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
 
17.  911:  Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.
 
18.  Assault is a behavior, not a device.
 
19.  Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.
 
20.  If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.
 
21.  Only a government that is afraid of it’s citizens tries to control them.
 
22.  You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.
 
23.  Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don’t make more.
 
24.  When you remove the people’s right to bear arms, you create slaves.
 
25.  The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.
 
26.  To enslave a nation you must first confiscate all guns. (Adolph Hitler, 1936)

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Apes and Their Rights

Posted by Pastor Szekely on July 11, 2008

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s parliament voiced its support on Wednesday [June 25th] for the rights of great apes to life and freedom in what will apparently be the first time any national legislature has called for such rights for non-humans.

Parliament’s environmental committee approved resolutions urging Spain to comply with the Great Apes Project, devised by scientists and philosophers who say our closest genetic relatives deserve rights hitherto limited to humans.

“This is a historic day in the struggle for animal rights and in defense of our evolutionary comrades, which will doubtless go down in the history of humanity,” said Pedro Pozas, Spanish director of the Great Apes Project. (You can read the rest of the article here if you’d like…)

Now it is expected that this will become law in all of Spain, and on the Great Apes Project [or GAP] website, this action is already being touted as a “victory”. Oh, and BTW: Here’s part of what GAP’s “Declaration on Great Apes” says, “We demand the extension of the community of equals to include all great apes: human beings, chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orang-utans. The community of equals is the moral community within which we accept certain basic moral principles or rights as governing our relations with each other and enforceable at law. Among these principles or rights are the following: 1. The Right to Life, 2. The Protection of Individual Liberty, and 3. The Prohibition of Torture.”

Well sure, apes ought to enjoy the right to life…just like all our unborn babies in this country and in this world…oh wait, many unborn babies DON’T have that right that’s being extended to apes.

Okay…but apes do deserve their individual liberties protected…I mean, after all, their forefathers mutually pledged to each other their lives, fortunes, and their sacred honor for their nation, and many of them shed their own blood for freedom…oh wait, wrong species! Hmmm…I wonder if apes think the 2nd Amendment is unconstitutional…?

No, I don’t think apes should be tortured either, but I think they now ought to have the right to get and hold down a job and pay taxes instead of “freeloading” on the zoo-welfare system! I mean, if apes are “that much advanced”, have them GET A JOB! Oh wait – we don’t really push that “agenda” here in our country. So I guess if we see many more apes with no jobs coming to our country, the welfare rolls will swell that much more. I know, let’s just tax “the rich” and corporations, and we can also sue fast-food restaurants.

What’s wrong with this picture??? How far has man removed himself from God? Have we forgotten Genesis 1:26, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Man, made in the image of God, is a higher being than any animal. There were no animals created in the image of God, and no man evolved from any ape! That’s not boast or brag, that’s just BIBLE! Ah but wait, I’m supposing the Bible would have to be held as God’s Word and believed…but this won’t be when man is far removed from God!

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Lovers of Their Own Selves

Posted by Pastor Szekely on August 21, 2007

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves…” 2 Timothy 3:2

“lovers of their own selves” = SELFISH!

In 2 Timothy 3, God gave Paul a list to characterize “the last days”, or as it’s also referred to, “perilous times”. What was FIRST written was that people would be lovers of their own selves. People in the last days would be known as being fond of self…having self-love…SELFISH.

Now we can clearly see that this selfishness, this self-love, is normal in the human heart. In fact, it shows itself in a person as soon as that person is able to express himself! For example, no one has to teach a cute, cuddly, little baby how to throw a temper tantrum to get his own way. That selfishness comes naturally.

So…what does a people, a society, a nation do to curb this selfishness in the individual? Well, a healthy society will impose restraints on this self-love. It will recognize the need to teach children respect for authority, such as with: their parents at home / their teachers at school / their preachers at church / the law of the land. If a nation will be healthy and vibrant, it must teach children to be well-mannered and respectful of persons and the property of others.

But what is our nation doing about this? Is our society winning the battle to instill a respect for others, or is it losing ground by institutionalizing the love for self? Well…let’s ask ourselves the following:

*Are parents encouraged to train and discipline their children, or are they discouraged from it lest the children become “inhibited”?

*If a child is failing the courses at school, is he being held back, or is the grading system being adjusted lest their flunking do them “psychological harm”?

*When someone commits a terrible crime, are his rights being taken away, or do criminals still have rights, even though they’ve shown no respect for the rights of those they’ve robbed, maimed, or murdered?

*Do we have a generation addicted to drugs [and alcohol, a drug!], given over to self-indulgence, and without regard for social values?

*Does today’s “music” of the world reflect and reinforce a love of self?

*Do the “worship services” of many churches reflect and reinforce a love of self?

Selfishness [self-love] has become institutionalized in our society. Selflessness is not a hallmark in our country, although it still can be seen…but selfishness is prevalent and easy to see.

I know that evil has always plagued societies, but it would seem like Bible Christianity had acted as a restraint in our society. However today, it sadly seems like Christian standards of morality and decency are being pushed aside, and perversion is flaunting itself proudly…in many communities, colleges, communication mediums, and in our nation’s Courts.

Are we in “the last days”? I believe we are. But does this mean we should just sell everything and go hide away on some mountain or in a cave? Of course not. What do we do? I’m glad you asked…!

Let’s be men and women of character…CHRISTIAN CHARACTER! Let’s train our children in the way they should go. Let’s obey the commands of the Lord that are intended to restrain our self-love and keep us from the practice of sin…and let’s see that same obedience developed in our children, our next generation. The Lord Jesus said, “If ye love ME [not self], keep MY commandments”. Let’s put into practice selfLESSness by having J.O.Y. = Jesus, Others, then You!

Yes, it is perilous times…they’re here. But: The darker the night, the brighter the light! May you live a life that’s selfless and that honours the Saviour!

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