The author had me; great article...direct election of Senators ruined things in a huge and un-understood way...but...then he closes.... I trust that you will remember the end of Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount: That it is not those who call upon his name who will be saved, but only those who DO the things he said.Likewise in this situation, our only hope of salvation lies in DOING.
Doing the will of the Father, obeying His commandments and observing His statues is Christian FRUIT....salvation is NOT of works....evidence of salvation is seen by the non-believer as he observes a man wrestle against his flesh in obedience to Christ.
Others see him and say "I wish I had that kind of self control"....victory over sin, vice, etc. is in having the mind of Christ, knowing the Word...not in obeying the commandments "in the flesh", that can't be done unto earning salvation; there's no working your way to heaven! And, scripturally speaking, the flesh hasn't the will to obey(do) the commands of Christ, in it's spiritually dead condition(unreconciled to God, dead in trespasses and sins, unforgiven, unregenerated).
1 John 2:3 "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.(4) He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." This passage, of course, is written to believers; so that they may know who among them(or whomever names the name of Christ), is a true believer!
Do born-again believers sin, yes they do! The observation then becomes, do they STRUGGLE with that sin, do they take it to the Lord, will they accept correction from the scriptures by the mouth of two or three witnesses privately rebuking that sin, is church discipline exercised against them so that they receive a public rebuke from even more believers in hopes that they personally come to bare the fruit of repentance, and are restored, yes!
See, so many Americans flippantly, carelessly, ignorantly, and foolishly use the word "Christian" to define themselves and judge others...and I have observed how easy it is for libertarians to just reject the value of biblical Christianity because they judge it's validity and truth by the behaviors of hypocrites and habitual violators of obvious Christian tenets such as don't lie, cheat, steal, or murder...which all our "Christian" politicians, and fascist businessmen running the state do!(save Ron Paul and a handful of others).
For all intents and purposes, Obama should be held up as a prime example; he is for abortion and homosexual rights and the destruction of the family(right in front of his own daughters, elevating his LBGT agenda ABOVE the Boston bombing, sending out an update last week; http://pfox-exgays.blogspot.com/2013/04/white-house-lgbt-upd...), He says he is a Christian?...the point is not that he is then a Muslim by default, or, that he is a hypocritical example insomuch as all of biblical Christianity therefore must be a ruse because he is our most prime example of ALL....the point is Christians bare Christian FRUIT, enter Ron Paul....
Ron Paul is not working his way to Heaven, earning the Father's favor and therefore entrance; Ron Paul, at one point in his life accepted the Gospel truth; that Jesus Christ left His throne in Heaven, was born of a virgin, lived, preached, healed, fulfilled prophesy, was hated, was put to death yet ROSE AGAIN, and now offers salvation as a FREE GIFT to all men, Jew and Gentile if men will believe on Him, coming to Him in repentance and faith, to be reconciled to the Father!
We are drawn to Ron Paul because of his Christian fruit...from Air Force flight surgeon, to champion of End the Fed; courageously risking his life by exposing our fraudulent monetary system in such a wise way, with more patience and longsuffering than I have(because our time to turn it around is even SHORTER now, than it was in the fall of 2007 when I got on board).
Good men are not going to come along and save us, but good men are coming along and ASKING for our support so they can go FIGHT for us, and save our nation from the despotism brought upon us all by tyrants...will we support them? Will anyone support me? Send me into the legislature, I'll go#
Ron Paul is a Christlike example by fruit, not of works alone...when he settled the matter in his own heart and mind, that Christ is the Creator, and Ron Paul received Him as his personal savior; Ron Paul was set apart UNTO good works by His heavenly Father...Ron Paul, like Christ, " increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man."(Luke 2:52)
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