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April 08,2012
Politics and Easter

Easter tells the story of God as the source of truth and moral law with power over death. The adoption of the Declaration of Independence created the United States of America and recognized God as man's Creator and that it was "self-evident" that God was the source of moral truth and moral laws.This new nation was to have a government which complied with those moral truths. For nearly 200 years there was Bible reading and prayer in our schools. Marriage was between a man and a woman; killing of an unborn human was murder; sodomy was a criminal offense as was pornography and yes unwed cohabitation.

Easter season of 2012 is in a presidential election year and the nation faces enormous and fearsome problems of national and international origin. God, however, has been banished as the foundational basis for government. When God is not the foundation, government becomes "god" and the source of moral law. "Moral law" cannot be the product of the political or judicial process otherwise all is relative and there is no right or wrong; indeed, as a matter of fact, there is no law.

Arbitrary power has invaded America step-by-step with lies and half-truths tearing down the Constitution of this nation. Following are current stark illustrations.

"ObamaCare" has been in operation two years. The original cost estimate has been doubled to a taxpayer burden of $1.76 trillion. It is the biggest funding of abortion in American history. It gives government bureaucrats say over your healthcare and imposes severe penalties if you don't obey government rules. (It is pending an opinion on its constitutionality by the U.S. Supreme Court after three days of oral argument.)

The new mandate attacking the Christian faith is another dictatorial step. It demands that all employers be required to offer contraceptive and abortion services including those of faith-based religious institutions, charities, schools, or hospitals holding sincere religious objections to abortion. The executive order of March 16, "NDPR", gives the president the power to take and control just about anything, whether public or private, including healthcare, which he decides is necessary for "National Defense."

I suggest every officeholder and those seeking an office should voluntarily sign the Declaration of Independence pledging on their sacred honor to uphold the moral principles set forth set forth therein.

Today the storm warnings of disaster are whipping across this nation and it is my conviction that unless America has a return to the moral truths of God, America will not survive as a free nation.

The story of Easter not only recognizes the reality of God and his power by sending His Son Jesus Christ to a cross to be crucified for our sins, and then raising him from the dead to show that he has the power to do so. It demonstrates how much God really loves us as individuals than that if we confess we are sinners and acknowledges death as payment for that sin and take him as our Lord and Savior, he promises forgiveness and eternal life. We have to each realize the absolute personal reality that we are all on a walkway "hurtling" toward a door marked death through which we will step at some point in time into the eternity of our choice.

Our destiny as individuals and as a nation could be just around the corner.

Jan 01, 2010
Historical Evidence of America's Past
By Bernard Reese

Historical Evidence of America's Past By Bernard Reese The historical record establishes the United States is recognized as a Christian nation. Our founding constitutional document, the Declaration of Independence, conceived in prayer and Bible study, declared that man was created equal by God to live in freedom with certain unalienable rights governed by God's moral laws, defined in the Declaration as "Laws of nature and nature's God." The founders unanimously agreed that represented the only reliable basis for the continued existence of the United States as a stable society under a moral system of justice.

"Moral law" cannot be the product of the political or judicial process. If that is attempted then all is relative. There is no right or wrong; indeed as a matter of fact, there is no "moral" law. Roger Sherman, signer of all four founding documents, believed: "God commands all men everywhere to repent and he also commands them to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ."

President Jackson held: "The Bible is the rock on which our Republic rests."

Commending the founders and the Declaration of Independence, President Lincoln declared: "… (T)hey erected a beacon to guide their children, and their children's children, (T)hey established these great self-evident truths that … their posterity might look up again to the Declaration of Independence and take courage to renew that battle which their fathers began, so that truth and justice and mercy and all the humane and Christian virtues might not be extinguished from the land."

President Reagan affirmed that the United States came into existence resulting from a "Divine plan" and "Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation going under."

Newsweek, Dec. 27, 1982, page 44, observed that the founders quoted the Bible more frequently than any other source. "Historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our founding document."

The divergent current administration: George Mason, father of the Bill of Rights, asserted: "As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, so they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities."

Isaiah 59:13 "(There is) rebellion and treachery against the Lord, turning our backs on our God, fomenting oppression and revolt, uttering lies our hearts have conceived, justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter, truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey."

America's future is shrouded in nuclear storm clouds and stalked by godless terrorists. God is banished by the current administration from our government and specifically from our schools where we train and teach our young people to think. That destroys our heritage and culture.

President Obama tells the Muslim world we are not a Christian nation. He avows to change the Constitution and discard the Declaration of Independence. He writes in his book, that the Constitution contains a "tyrannical consistency that might lock future generations into a single, unalterable course …"

We are at war with radical Islamic terrorists. Our economy is in a free fall. Viciousness sweeps this nation as well as disease, illness, and natural disaster. Our schoolchildren live in danger and an environment of drugs and sex. Families are breaking up. The God-ordained institution of marriage is under attack.

A "health care bill," debated behind closed doors, is not only unconstitutional but tyrannical. Congress lacks authority to mandate insurance coverage for individuals or private businesses or to require government to pay for the godless practice of abortions.

The al-Qaida attacks in Fort Hood killing 13 American soldiers, and the al-Qaida attack made again on Christmas Day as Northwest Airlines Flight 253 prepared to land in Detroit, demonstrate our security is in jeopardy.

It's time now. We must look to God, not man, for direction and protection. Christ's birth divided the calendar into B.C. and A.D. This will continue until the end of time, a monument to the birth of Jesus Christ. Each of us is looking at eternity. Christ offers man a new birth and a new start. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold all things are become new." II Corinthians 5:17

Government needs to be required to reclaim its heritage of faith in God as set forth in the Declaration of Indepedance.. The Rockford City Council, along with the politicians running for office, should be admonished that a resolution be adopted proclaiming the Declaration of Independence as the city's foundational rule of law. Perhaps this could ignite a flame burning across this nation. Let's join together to cry out to God.

Bernard Reese of the law firm Reese & Reese is a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society.

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U.S. should use philosophy of government in Declaration

Jan 20, 2008 @ 12:01 AM
By Bernard Reese


Most American citizens would agree that the moral climate in the United States has dramatically deteriorated since 1960. The U.S. government is predicated upon two documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Those documents create our absolute foundation consisting of moral laws and truths that the officeholders are required under their oath to recognize and honor. The country's name, “ United States of America ,” was first used in the Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration of Independence contains the foundational Rule of Law, synonymous with “Philosophy of Government,” upon which the legal fabric of this nation was constructed and was incorporated into the Constitution and its subsequent amendments.

There is a fundamental distinction between this nation's legal philosophy of government and religion.

Consequently a “philosophy of government” is built upon a foundation that establishes the source of rights, the purpose of and restraints on government, the source of power of government, and the source of a standard of morality to be incorporated into its legal system.

Quoting James Madison from the Virginia Constitution, “Religion is defined as the manner of discharging our duty to our Creator, and is to be specifically distinguished from a philosophy of government.”

The pronouncement of the United States Supreme Court in Davis v. Beason (1890) resonates the distinction between religion and the Rule of Law that is the in the Declaration.

“The term religion has reference to one's views of his relations to his Creator, and the obligation they impose of reverence for his being and character, and of obedience to his will.” Davis v. Beason .

Justice Douglas in McGowan v. State of Maryland , (1961): “The institutions of our society are founded on the belief that there is an authority higher than the authority of the State; that there is a moral law which the State is powerless to alter … and the body of the Constitution as well as the Bill of Rights enshrined those principles.”
John Quincy Adams stated on April 30, 1839:

“The Declaration was America 's charter … the act [Constitution] … forming with it one entire system of national government. … All this is by the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God, which of course presuppose the existence of a God, …. that was the platform upon which the Constitution of United States had been erected … consisted in its conformity to the principles proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence ….” 

John Jay, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, said, “Natural law was given by the Sovereign of the universe to all mankind, nature is a rule of conduct … established by the Creator … denominated in Scripture. …”

President Truman stated after World War II that our greatness was because of our legal system:

“The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul . I don't think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don't have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State!”

The Congressional Record on the adoption of the 1954 amendment to the Pledge of Allegiance adding the words under God: “This is not an act establishing a religion … a distinction must be made between the existence of a religion as an institution and the belief in the sovereignty of God. The phrase under God recognizes only the guidance of God in our national affairs.”

Speaking before the Massachusetts Legislature in 1791, Chandler Robbins declared:

“The Supreme Governor of the World rewards or punishes nations and civil communities only in this life…. Political bodies are but the creatures of time. They have no existence as such but in the present State; consequently, are incapable of punishments or rewards in a future. We can conceive no way in which the Divine Being shall therefore manifest the purity of His nature.     ... toward such societies but by rewarding or punishing them here, according to their public conduct.”

President George Washington warned this nation in his Inaugural Address of that principle: “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven Itself has ordained.”
What are we educating the minds of our young people with and where are we going as a nation?

It is time that we returned to the philosophy of government established in our Declaration of Independence or reap the consequences of “man-made reason” exercised without that foundation. The following is an illustration of man-made reason.

Hitler's objective was to capture the minds of the young people of Germany . His words, which are hung on a wall in Auschwitz, one of the barbaric torture chambers in Germany during the Nazi reign, reminds the visitor of the hell unleashed on the world when Germany's goal was realized:

“I freed Germany from the stupid and degrading fallacies of conscience and morality. … We will train young people before whom the world will tremble; I want young people capable of violence — imperious, relentless and cruel.”

Bernard Reese of the law firm Reese & Reese is a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society.

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August 15, 2011
IS THIS THE LAST GENERATION BEFORE JESUS CHRIST RETURNS ?

Introduction: Are we really living in the last generation before Jesus Christ returns? In Matthew 24 Jesus describes to his disciples the "things" that will be evidence of the last days. In verse 24 using the parable of a blossoming fig tree Jesus says: "Verily I say unto you this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." Wilkerson asserted in April 1973 that his vision was a warning to the "prepared and the unprepared" of God's coming judgment. Some of the events would come to pass in the "very near future", and some were "more distant," but he believed that all the events would happen in this generation'. That message was contained in The Vision, printed in 1974 and reprinted in its entirety in 2003 in The Vision and Beyond. Wilkerson believed the events that he saw in his 1973 vision depicted the approaching end of time. He said he had "tested the vision by the word of God, and Scripture corroborates its message." . At that time the world was moderately peaceful. The future for the United States looked reasonably bright , prosperous, and peaceful. Wilkerson's prophesied events then began to occur. By 2011 most of his predictions have come true. They have developed so slowly, however, and have gradually become such a part of modern life that a complacency exists and an outright rejection of the idea of an end of time. This column is written to startle myself, and each one of us, to the reality of the current existence of evidence of the events which precede the end of time and the coming of Christ, realistically in this generation. David Wilkerson and His Vision. Wilkerson's first "vision" was in 1958 which took him from a little town in Pennsylvania to New York City to evangelize teen gangs and drug addicts. It resulted in a book and a movie entitled, The Cross and the Switchblade. In 1965 the movie was shown in Rockford, Ill. at both East and West high and brought Wilkerson to Rockford for a three day crusade resulting in a revival among teenagers. It was not a false vision. It's reality is demonstrated by "Teen Challenge" youth centers spread all over the world. Many evangelists came out of the gangs one of them being the prominent Nicky Cruz one of his first converts. His second vision came in April of 1973 while in prayer late one night. He says he saw no blinding lights audible voices or an Angel, but the impact was so real he could do nothing but "take it all in." The vision was "more like chilling fiction than truth." He saw powerful coming earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, famine, epidemics, wars, uprisings and chaos. An economic crash would result in bankruptcy of major companies and threaten world economy. Government would not have a clue to the answer. There would be a moral landslide of filth with violent and vicious pornography even on the newsstands and TV; immoral sex education in high school and colleges. There would be mass killings, parents killing children and children killing parents; divorce would become rampant even in the church, and couples would be living together without the benefit of marriage. There would be a proliferation of illegitimate births as well as a breakup of the family. There would be a homosexual explosion which sweeps across this country. The nation would totally turn its back on God. Christians will "become comfortable in their addiction to off-color movies, numerous parties, socials, wine tasting events and lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God." In substance they would ignore their spiritual responsibility to their family and waste their time in selfish activities, time that could be spent in reading God's word or in the secret closet talking to the heavenly father. The Fulfillment of Wilkerson's Prediction and the Word of God:, In 1973 the Supreme Court in Roe v. v. Wade, legalized abortion and the killing of unborn children commenced. Today we have killed over 50 million unborn human beings. In 2003 in a 6 to 3 decision the United States Supreme Court decided Lawrence v Texas, which struck down the sodomy law in Texas thus affecting every state in the union. The floodgates of homosexual penetration in our society have opened wide invading grade schools, high schools and colleges with educational courses and depicting approved alternative lifestyles; and homosexuals serving on the bench and in high government positions. Contrary to the foundation of this nation contained in the Declaration of Independence, God is no longer recognized. A viciousness sweeps across the nation with mass killings, parents killing children and children killing parents. Divorce is rampant with broken homes and children born to unwed mothers. People are living together without the benefit of marriage, as well as couples of the same sex. The headlines in the Sun Times on July 17 stated concerning child pornography: "Three of thousands of people convicted of child pornography in the United States--the numbers are so big they turn your stomach," and the article asks "what's going on." Wilkerson states: "God, in His love and mercy, is allowing disasters to strike the Earth to warn all who will hear that Jesus is coming back and that it's time to get ready… These disasters are a kind of countdown, too painful to ignore, choreographed by God to set the stage for the final moments of time… " He says "I believe the prepared Christian is going to face a time of sorrow and tribulation. I believe he will be tested, tried, and tempted. I believe true Christians are going to witness many of the horrors described in this vision…. Prepared Christians…wake-up." The entire prophecy is predicated upon God's offer of salvation to the lost. Jesus wants you to come to Him and He is will meet your honest heart and change your whole lifestyle. By faith, you can pray a simple prayer such as: "Lord Jesus, I need you. I confess that I am a sinner and repent of my sins and ask you Jesus Christ to become my Lord and Savior. I open the door of my life and ask you to come in and be the absolute and unconditional Lord of my life. Lord Jesus, as you advocate in your word, I will study the word of God to be able to be an ambassador for Christ, ' a workman that does not need to be ashamed , correctly presenting the word of truth.'" ( 2nd Timothy 2:15) The prophecy of 1973 is contained in its entirety together with the added chapters 7 and 8 in 2003 in The Vision and Beyond printed by Fleming H Revell Company, Old Tappan, New Jersey, 0765, and may be obtained by writing world challenge publications, PO Box 260, Lindale, TX 75771.

Bernard Reese of the law firm Reese & Reese is a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society.

 
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