Monthly Archives: February 2011

Booms, Busts, and Food Prices

While silver and gold are a good way to insure your family’s financial safety, you cannot eat silver or gold. They may be listed on the ‘commodities market’ but they are still a medium of exchange. They are not commodities in and of themselves. Food, on the other hand is.

Food can be directly consumed. It can be used directly or it can be used as a medium of exchange for something else. It is very versatile. So too are things like medicine, clothing, and gasoline. Yet, you cannot eat them either.Their worth is limited. Food is the sustaining commodity of life. Without it everything else is worthless.

In his latest commentary, Gary North notes, “The price of food is rising not just in U.S. dollar terms, but in terms of all currencies. This is not a U.S. phenomenon only. This is international.”

Food prices are rising and will continue to rise. The end result, chaos, and a move for a government takeover of the more basic necessities of life, food.

Read this week’s post @ Lew


Unrest, Rebellion and The Law of God

The Intelligence Organization of STRATFOR recently posted this statement in regard to the unrest in Libya:

“There has now been some spark of unrest in places as far afield as Cote d’Ivoire and Iran. For the most part, these protests are limited in size and scope, and not all of them are connected. But are some? Are there protests unified by common themes? Are there common forces at work behind the scenes in some cases?”

Today FOX New reported that “witnesses say protesters and security forces are battling for control of central Tripoli, with snipers opening fire on crowds and Qaddafi supporters speeding through in cars, shooting and running over protesters.”

Even in our own U.S. we see the beginnings of civil unrest over Labor Union benefits and pensions. The WEEK Reported:

“A clash between Democratic protesters and Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin, over the proposed gutting of collective-bargaining rights for public-employee unions, has sparked a national debate. The protests in Madison are already being replicated in cities across the Rust Belt, with national leaders throwing their weight behind each of the causes.”

We also see similar disputes now in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and New Hampshire.

While the issues abroad seem to be distinct from the issues here, STRATFOR is correct in that they all share in one common denominator, a common theme – frustration. The people are frustrated. They are frustrated over the particular situation that they face and have become angered to the point of aggressive action.

Abroad, the people seem to be frustrated over government oppression, as in the case of Egypt, Iran, Bahrain, and Libya. In the case at home, people are actually fearful that they will be deprived of their retirement pensions and union benefits, all of which will be unsustainable at this present rate of inflation and government debt. Whether they like it or not there will eventually be no money for any entitlement program, union or otherwise.

Theologically, however, we can be assured that there is ONE common force behind these providential happenings – God Holy will and orchestration of all things.

Amos tells us, “Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil [lit. calamity] in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?”

Daniel tells us that God “changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings:”

To look beyond the physical occurrences of the world to the metaphysical, is to see it from God’s vantage point. This is wisdom.This is true intel.

God is shaking the nations. The difference in our day is that He is shaking them collectively. This is something we have not seen in our generation, or in past generations. We face a global restructuring which if not restructured God-ward will mean years of tribulation for all of us.

But let me hasten to say that this does not in any way signal the ‘end of the world’ as some might think, no matter what the Aztecs predicted. They were never privy to God’s Revelation. God has clearly stated that the end will only come when Christ, through His Body, the True Church, subdues all His enemies on earth, in time and history.

1Co 15:24-25 “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.”

The end of the world will only be signaled by the total Advancement of Christ’s Righteousness according to God’s Law. The end will come only after every knee bows to the Supremacy of the Christ and when all kings either Kiss the Son or are destroyed by Him. Scripture concludes that the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea just before the end of time. We are no where near that yet.

These global developments should rather be a signal to the saints to prepare themselves – i.e. arming themselves with the Law-Word of God – in order to give Biblical answers to the many problems facing the world. At this historic juncture Christendom is ill-prepared for the very task that she is called to accomplish. Generally speaking Christians have not led the culture but rather have been led by the culture. They have rejected the Law of God and the application of it to the real world, and thus have reaped the whirl-wind of global unrest, violence, anger, frustration and uncertainty. This must change. Christendom must provide Biblical answer to real problems.

So what are the Saints to do?

Firstly: Understand that the only way for Peace is through Covenant obedience to the Word of God. This means that the moral and judicial Law of God must be implemented to our modern world properly, and not as some would claim “tyrannically” (as if the implementation of God’s Holy, Just and Equitable Law is tyrannical).

I remember at a conference that I attended in 2001 one of the speakers was from a U.N. watch-dog group. After his speech he paused and said very soberly, and entirely unscripted, “Aside from everything I have said, I believe that the only way for world peace is through Jesus Christ.” He had it right.

Secondly: Christians need to look beyond what is happening and ask “Why” is it happening?

Third: Christians then need to seek similar situations in Scripture and use them as case-studies to see if any light is shed for solutions through these Scriptural case-studies and examples.

Finally: Any solution to any problem that is not explicitly Biblical can never solve the problem. At best it may alleviate it for a season but it can never solve it long term. Most times, when solutions are presented apart from Scriptural sanction, the result is further oppression and unrest. The situation goes from the frying pan headlong into the fire of God’s Judgment. The Justice Equity and Righteousness of God’s Law is the only hope for our unsettled world.

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Fairness Doctrine: Unfair and Unconstitutional

U.S. Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) and U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) introduced the Broadcaster Freedom Act to prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstating the blatantly unfair “Fairness” Doctrine.

Like most laws Congress enacts that actually does the reverse of what the law’s name pledges, the “Fairness” Doctrine suppresses free speech by giving government the right to monitor political views (when they wished to exercise that option) and decide what constitute fair political discourse—and force the radio or TV host to provide his or her audience by giving equal time to those whose views he or she opposes.

Pence, a former broadcaster, said: “The American people cherish freedom, especially freedom of speech and of the press. Bringing back the ‘Fairness’ Doctrine would violate the 1st Amendment’s free speech clause by granting government the right to censor political views expressed over the public airways. We must pass the Broadcaster Freedom Act and bury the ‘Fairness’ Doctrine once and for all.”

Thank you Mr. Pence and Mr. Walden


Related Blog Post: Politics, Tyranny and the Christian Statesman

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Family-Based Entrepreneur Conference

Generations with Vision – a national ministry for homeschool families – will be hosting a powerful, vision-casting conference in Raleigh, North Carolina in March of 2011.

I have always said that now is the time to set up a biblical system of family-based economics now, before it’s too late! While families are failing, the present agricultural systems are hardly sustainable, and our debt-based economies are cracking, this conference is suggesting an alternative plan based upon Scripture.

And while almost every developed nation today reports social and economic decline on the macro scale, our families can thrive in the midst of it all, if they remain faithful to God’s Biblical model.

I will be there with Rev. Mark Rushdoony at the Chalcedon booth discussing R.J. Rushdoony’s works and introducing some of the new courses and direction for the New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy.

Below is a list of Speakers that will be at the event.

Speakers and Schedule

Doug Phillips, Erik Weir, Stephen Beck, Kevin Swanson, R.C. Sproul Jr., Scott Brown, and more.

Please check out the full schedule available online for detailed information. Make sure to check out the special panel on “Family Based Entrepreneurs” where real families will be sharing their stories on how they have created family businesses in various areas including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, sales, and more!

The speakers will cover many topics pertinent and timely to our current economic and social decline, including:

* Unemployment: What to Do When There’s Nothing to Do
* The Proverbs 31 Family
* What Every Family Should Know About Starting Their Own Business
* A Vision of Victory for the Family
* The College Paradigm and the Family Economy
* How to Train Your Son to be Financially Prepared for Marriage
* Sacrifice or Slavery – Building a Christian Community for the Hard Times

NOTE: As a special for HEAV families, register online and receive an exclusive HEAV discount on the already low registration price. Simply enter “HEAV” into the coupon code field on the online payment page. There are less than 300 seats remaining before the conference is filled to capacity, so register online today while there’s still room!

Family Conference 2011

Virginia Looks at an Alternative to the Dollar

The buck stops here? Virginia eyes switching off dollar Cites ‘inevitable destruction of the Federal Reserve System’s currency’
Posted: February 01, 2011 8:42 pm Eastern

Kelly O’Meara © 2011 WorldNetDaily

Virginia Delegate Robert G. Marshall

WASHINGTON – Virginia state Delegate Robert G. Marshall has introduced legislation to study whether the Commonwealth should make the preparations now to switch suddenly to an alternative currency in the event of an implosion of the Federal Reserve System and the destruction of the dollar.

House Joint Resolution 557 is another piece of a growing movement among state legislators who are concerned about the dollar’s demise. Ten states have considered similar bills, recommending a return to some form of a commodity-based currency, using either silver or gold.

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Marshall’s Resolution 557 offers a list of worst-case scenarios to support the need for such a study, including:

* “Many widely recognized experts predict the inevitable destruction of the Federal Reserve System’s currency through hyperinflation in the foreseeable future.

* “In the event of hyperinflation, depression, or other economic calamity related to the breakdown of the Federal Reserve System, for which the Commonwealth is not prepared, the Commonwealth’s governmental finances and Virginia’s private economy will be thrown into chaos…”

* To avoid economic, social and political shocks Virginia can adopt an “alternative sound currency that the Commonwealth’s government and citizens may employ without delay inthe event of the destruction of the Federal Reserve System’s currency.”

“Inevitable destruction,” “economic calamity” and “chaos” are not words used lightly when considering the fate of the nation’s currency.

Marshall chose them for good reason and tells WND, “I read the financial pages and I see the coverup that the Obama administration is engaging in, eliminating the cost of food and energy from CPI to fool the public (about the rate of inflation), and the fact that China is seeking to become an international currency and Russia, Japan, Saudi Arabia and China have all met to discuss this possibility.”

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