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New Information for Tough Decisions

October 3, 2021 Speaker: Ray Lorthioir Series: Sermons 2021

Sermon 10-3-21

Pastor Ray Lorthioir

Trinity Lutheran Church

 

New Information for Tough Decisions

Moses was appointed by Yahweh to lead Israel out of Egypt and up to the Promised Land. Just before Moses died, Yahweh appointed Moses’ assistant, Joshua, to be the one who would lead Israel as it conquered the Promised Land. But, after Joshua died, the people of Israel were left with their local leaders. In the book of Judges we read Judges 2:10-12, 10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. 11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals. 12 They forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them.”

As a result, Yahweh allowed the neighboring peoples to oppress Israel. When the oppression became too great, Israel would finally cry out to Yahweh and Yahweh would send them a leader called a Judge. For the lifetime of the Judge, Israel lived in relative safety. But after the Judge died, Israel returned to idolatry. As a result Yahweh would let the neighboring peoples oppress them. Israel would cry out. A new Judge would be appointed and the cycle would repeat itself.

But finally there came a day during the lifetime of the last Judge, the prophet Samuel, when Israel demanded a king. Samuel was not pleased and went to the Lord. So we read in  1 Samuel 8:7,9-22, “7 And the LORD told him [Samuel]: ‘Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.’ . . . 9 ‘Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.’ 10 Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, ‘This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.’ 19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. ‘No!’ they said. ‘We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.’ 21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD. 22 The LORD answered, ‘Listen to them and give them a king.’”

We know from the books of first and second Kings that King Solomon in particular burdened the people this way. After he died, his son threatened to burden the people even more. So, the ten northern tribes rebelled against the house of David.

What Samuel told Israel illustrates the problem of all government everywhere and of every time. By its very nature, government sucks up liberties and resources like a giant vacuum. This happens until the people can stand it no longer. Then trouble breaks out. Of course, whatever government replaces the old one will eventually do the same thing — suck up liberties and resources.

In an attempt to prevent this from happening, the American Patriots at first tried a loose form of government called the Confederation of States under a document called the Articles of Confederation. But under the Articles of Confederation the national government was basically powerless. Therefore, in 1787 a new document — the present constitution — was sent to the 13 original states for ratification. The new constitution proposed a federation of states organized into a republic. It was accepted and the first federal government was sworn into office in April of 1789 with George Washington as the first president.

The original concept was a federal government with powers limited to regulating commerce among the states, defending the states against foreign enemies, making foreign treaties, and preserving the rights of citizens as enumerated in the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the constitution. The individual states were to have all other powers. The federal government originally had very limited powers of taxation. In fact, until prohibition in 1918, 75% of its revenue came from the taxation of liquor. Most of the rest came from duties on imports.

However, over an 80 year period beginning with the civil war, the concept of limited government gradually died. Later, the involvement of the government in the Great Depression and two world wars basically brought the concept of a limited federal government to an end. Therefore, from the 1930’s onward the concept of the federal government’s role in the nation’s life  has grown far beyond the constitution’s original purpose and limits. In particular, the enormous bureaucracy has become a state unto itself, acting on its own authority, much like the kings of old.

Worst of all, the bureaucracy is trained in universities that have gradually become Marxist think tanks. Many believe the Marxist ideal that government control of human activity is the path to utopia. However, as the COVID crisis has made clear, there is a great divide between those who would do the controlling and those they want to control. They say, masks for everyone — except for them, the privileged controllers — thus fulfilling George Orwell’s prescient prophecy from his 1945 book, Animal Farm: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” And so, we’re back to what Samuel told Israel that their kings would do — namely oppress and burden the nation.

In recent years it has been amusing to watch the national propaganda organ — the Marxist media — project upon conservative Americans names such as “insurrectionists” and now “terrorists”, when it is the Marxists who are the insurrectionists and terrorists. But it’s not really amusing. These people are deadly serious and they’re trying to get away with their propaganda. Accusing your opponents of the things you’re actually doing so that what you’re doing may be hidden from the gullible public is a timeworn propaganda technique.

About 1990, Eastern Europe finally loosed itself from Marxism when truly massive universal demonstrations against it erupted among the general populace. But those final demonstrations had to be truly massive and universal because in previous decades demonstrations had been suppressed with bloodshed and terror.

Fortunately, here we have not tasted the fifty to seventy years of Marxist hypocrisy and government oppression that Eastern Europe had to suffer before they had had enough. So, unfortunately, polls show that half of the U.S. seems to think that Marxism is actually a good idea. But perhaps the vast overreach of the COVID policies, the border policies, the LGBTQ policies and the Critical Race theory policies is finally awakening more of the populace to the true danger lurking in our midst. Hopefully, it’s not too late to escape the Marxist pit that awaits the unwary.

What shall we do, then? That’s the question. There are multiple fronts upon which we can attack. Conservatives are becoming more politically active, getting themselves appointed as local precinct captains, getting on school boards and boards of elections. This trend has become such a threat to the Marxists that their propaganda machine is now starting to call such actions “terrorism”. That slanderous propaganda is actually a good thing. It indicates that the Marxists are feeling an acute loss of control.

Then, there’s COVID. Marxists believe that they should never let a crisis go to waste in order to advance their goals. And they’re certainly using this one.

To date, the best information I’ve seen on COVID indicates that unlike any other coronavirus seen before, this one kills through blood clots. The “vaccines” for COVID reproduce part of the COVID shape using the cells of our bodies so that our immune systems can get ahead of the virus. But because COVID produces blood clots, some people are dying of blood clots caused by the vaccines. Therefore, I’ve seen one competent physician strongly recommend that anyone either diagnosed with COVID or about to be vaccinated immediately start a regimen of one adult aspirin daily to act as a blood thinner. Of course, if you’re already taking blood thinners, this isn’t necessary.

Throughout the last year and a half the Marxist media has propagandized extensively against two drugs found to be very effective in treating COVID if properly used in the very early stages of the disease. These are Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin. Because of the propaganda, it’s almost impossible to get a doctor to prescribe these for you. However, I’ve listed in the bulletin an online organization of doctors who will diagnose you online and prescribe these medications. Insurance does not cover their services. You will have to pay directly. Another effective treatment I’ve heard of is Monoclonal Antibodies. But again it may be difficult to get this treatment.

We know that the powers that be have put all their propaganda muscle into the experimental vaccines. They’re also beginning to put legal muscle into it, forcing the firing of unvaccinated employees in both business and government. There’s even a crisis now in health care with the firing of unvaccinated hospital workers. In a free society, this ought not to be. Such mandates should be fought.

But, at the same time, we may be ill served by conservative media. For some strange reason conservative media lately has been making much ado about the fact that these vaccines don’t prevent COVID, when that was very clear from the beginning. The one thing these vaccines were designed to do was to train human bodies to deal with COVID when it comes. They were not designed to prevent COVID. That was clear from their rollout. Why, then, this silly noise that they don’t prevent COVID?

Respected conservative columnist John Nolte has run a series of columns recently pointing out another fact that we’re not being shown in conservative media — the death rate from COVID. The number of COVID cases means nothing. It’s the death rate. Or as he writes: the death rate, the death rate, the death rate. He writes that in blue states with high rates of vaccination, the death rate is 10 in 100,000. In red states with a lot of people unvaccinated, the death rate is 47 in 100,000. What does that tell us? Even though the vaccines are more dangerous than normal vaccines, they save lives. And as already noted, the most dangerous aspect of the vaccines — blood clots — can be mitigated by taking aspirin, or if you’re already on blood thinners, no problem.

John Nolte raises another serious question. Is the Marxist shaming of the unvaccinated designed to make conservatives resistant to taking the vaccines on principle and thus killing us off in greater numbers via the disease? Knowing Marxist rhetoric that conservatives in general should perish from the face of the earth, I think he’s onto something. He asks how we propose to stick it to the Marxists from the grave? How are we going to show ‘em all from six feet under? 

His advice? Fight the issue by taking political action, not by viral action in our bodies. There’s no reason to resist a vaccine simply because the powers that be are trying to shame us into taking one. The statistics say that despite the dangers, the vaccines save conservative lives. Therefore, it’s no shame to be vaccinated, even if it’s forced on you. Live. Live to fight those who would trample your God-given rights. I think his advice is worth considering.

As for me, I would have you note one other thing. From March of 2020, we have prayed Psalm 91, a psalm of deliverance, over this congregation. We have not done this arrogantly. We have done so as children looking to their loving heavenly Father for His divine protection. That’s the biblical way to pray. And that’s how we’ll continue to pray. In regard to the disease, Yahweh truly has been gracious to us. He has protected us. So, I ask. If our Father is willing to protect us from the deadly disease itself, will He not also protect us from the dangers of the vaccines?

I say this not to promote the vaccines. There is danger in them. The decision is yours, as it was mine. It’s just that some new secular analysis has emerged that is worthy of our consideration. And spiritually there is an aspect of Yahweh’s protection that we have not realized before. I wanted those of you who are under pressure regarding vaccination to hear it.

As far as our government goes, the goals of the Marxists can be resisted by the vaccinated and unvaccinated together. For, the place to stand and fight is over all the COVID mandates. Even more important is the struggle over the effective and inexpensive methods of treating COVID that have been developed. This is where our freedoms are being compromised the most. For, if these treatments were readily available, we could have greater confidence that we would survive the disease without vaccination. This would make the decision to vaccinate or not vaccinate much more free. But these treatments are being withheld by the government medical system. And physicians within the government medical system will be penalized if they prescribe these treatments. This is another reason why we also need to get rid of Obamacare. Like anything government, Obamacare is an entrenched political animal. Therefore, it would rather kill people than let qualified doctors develop effective procedures apart from the politics of the bureaucracy — COVID being the prime example of why we need to be rid of government medicine.

And finally, there is the spiritual warfare we can engage in. Marxists are atheists. There is a cure for atheism known as the grace of God. When our Lord turns His great favor even toward atheists, they are challenged. His favor will push them along to seek Jesus and find Him. We are commissioned to make disciples of all nations. Therefore, let us intercede that the Lord will show atheists the emptiness of atheism and the viciousness of Marxisn;  that He will show them exceedingly great favor; that they will seek the Lord and call upon His Name; and that we would be ready to receive the harvest and make disciples. Amen.

 

All Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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