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Bill Lockwood: The Bible and Illegal Immigration

The Bible and Illegal Immigration  “…those that you let remain of them be as pricks in your eyes, and as thorns in your sides, and they shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell… “

by Bill Lockwood

As illegal immigration assists dragging our culture downward into a more godless, violent and confused society, it is shocking that many preachers, who should be reflecting biblical values, have taken the position that somehow the liberal multicultural goal of open borders is beneficial for evangelism. People are becoming confused as to whether or not America should even have boundaries and borders and whether it is godly to protect those borders.

First, God Himself established borders of nations. In Acts 17:26 Paul, speaking to Greeks in Athens, stated that “God has made of one, every nation of men to dwell on the face of the earth; having determined their appointed seasons, and bounds of their habitation.

Note the several elements of the passage. (1) God has made of every nation one—or He made from one every nation of mankind. This is in direct opposition to the then current Greek belief that their own origin was superior to other races. (2) God determined their appointed times, that is, their divinely appointed periods. Nations do not rise and fall without God. It is not a survival of the fittest. (3) Boundaries of nations are divinely fixed. However modern man wishes to understand the providence of God, Paul plainly states that God has a hand in national boundaries.

The classic Old Testament text on this subject is Deut. 32:8. “When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance; When he separated the children of men …” The last comment, about “separating” the children of men refers to God’s division between peoples at the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:8).

Second, God demanded that Israel respect borders of other nations. As Israel came out of Egypt, the people were to by-pass some of the nations respecting their borders because God had given them that territory. One of those nations was Edom. “I have given Mt. Seir to Esau for a possession,” said the Lord, therefore, Israel was not to enter it (Deut. 2:5). He said the same regarding the country of Moab.

Later (Num. 20), when Israel, under the leadership of Moses, applied to Edom to pass through its territory on their way toward Canaan, Edom said no. After a second application and refusal Israel turned to go another way. A nation has the right to determine who comes into its territory and even God’s selected leader Moses could not violate that right.

On the other hand, God had prior appointed that the territory of the Amorite and Canaanite (Palestine) would be given to Israel (see Deut. 1). This was a divine judgment upon those Canaanite nations (see Gen. 15:15-16) because of their extreme wickedness including child sacrifice.

Consider also the fact that at one point in Genesis history Abraham, God’s chosen, immigrated to Egypt (Gen. 12). Abraham, however, lied about the status of his wife Sarah at one of the checkpoints. When his lie was discovered by the Egyptians he was deported! God did not step in and demand that Abraham and his family be protected at the expense of the Egyptian government.

Third, once settled in Canaan, the Israelites were sternly warned on multiple occasions to “drive the Canaanites out.” Even forty years previously, when Israel was still at Mt. Sinai, God had promised to drive out the inhabitants of the land (Exod. 33:2). Once Joshua took the leadership and conquered most of Canaan, he commanded the cooperation of the Israelites in “driving out” the Canaanites (e.g. Joshua 17:17-19).

The stated reason for driving out the nations that formerly inhabited Israel was to preserve the culture of Israel. The word “culture” itself refers to the religious presuppositions that lie beneath a society.

When you pass over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then ye shall drive out the inhabitants of the land before you, and destroy all their figured stones, and destroy all their molten images, and demolish all their high places [of idol worship], and ye shall take possession of the land …” (Num. 33:51,52)

Moses continued. “But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then shall those that you let remain of them be as pricks in your eyes, and as thorns in your sides, and they shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell” (v. 55). That Israel did not drive out the Canaanite people from Israel is the theme of the book of Judges (see chapter 1). The rest of the book shows perfectly well what occurs when a culture is not preserved.

As one professor wisely told me, “marriage is not a reformatory school”—so also “open borders is not a missionary program.” It is a recipe for the disintegration and complete annihilation of what is left of America’s Christian culture.

After Israel’s settlement in Canaan each tribe had a sovereign boundary that was detailed in the sacred record (Joshua 15). Not only was tribal territory to be respected in Israel, but private property was considered sacred and one of the sins that was prosecuted was “moving boundary markers” of someone’s property—which is the same as stealing private land. In no text in Holy Writ does anyone find the concept that people are not to own private property or that there is no such thing as Israelite tribal territory or national boundaries.

Fourth, God forbade Israelites from making any personal and marital contracts with the pagan people that formerly inhabited the land. Deuteronomy 7:1-5 is emphatic. If individual Israelites mixed in marriage relationships with the idolaters and pagans known as the Canaanites, the pure religion of Israel would be eroded.

You shall make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them; neither shalt thou make marriages with them; … for he will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods …” For this reason, God instructed, “You shall break down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars, and hew down their Asherim, and burn their graven images with fire.”

God strictly warned the Israelites again through Joshua, the next generation leader: “For if you ever go back and cling to the rest of these nations, these which remain among you, and intermarry with them, so that you associate with them and they with you, The Lord will not continue to drive them out, but they will become a share and a trap for you; a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes until you perish from the land” (Joshua 23:12,13).

The point here is not to recommend an induction program for those seeking citizenship in the United States, but to point out that biblically speaking, the concept of sovereign borders is paramount in Old Testament Israel. The idea therefore that America should have no borders, and thereby no border enforcement, is certainly not biblical. There is nothing ungodly about having borders or boundaries around a nation and having boundaries implies that those whose boundaries they are have the right to manage them. Less than this is confusion on the face of the deep.

John Locke pointed out that unless society can provide a code of fixed and enforceable laws, man might as well stayed in the jungle (Skousen, 5,000 Year Leap, 244).

To this end it is that men give up all their natural power to the society they enter into, and the community put the legislative power into such hands as they think fit, with this trust, that they shall be governed by declared laws, or else their peace, quiet, and property will still be at the same uncertainty as it was in the state of Nature.

Is America a sovereign nation? Many on the left apparently disdain that idea and are pushing for open borders. That may be their preference, but don’t come to the Bible with such an agenda.

DACA: Blinding the Eyes of Religious Leaders

DACA: Blinding the Eyes of Religious LeadersThe DACA program was unilaterally and unconstitutionally announced by President Obama in the summer of 2012…

by Bill Lockwood

President Trump’s efforts to end Obama’s lawless DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a perfect illustration how the unconstitutional concept of welfare blinds the eyes of the people. In this case it is the religious leaders of America that are blinded, rendering them incapable of understanding real compassion. As Isaiah of old put it, “His watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark [in warning]; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep” (56:10).

According to The Washington Post “Christian leaders” react to Trump’s decision to end DACA calling it “reprehensible” and “unconscionable.” This includes the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the United Methodist Church, as well as many evangelical leaders, who have written both Congress and the White House insisting that the program remain.

The DACA program was unilaterally and unconstitutionally announced by President Obama in the summer of 2012 as his “response” to the “long failure” [read, “refusal”] of Congress to pass the “Dream Act” (Empire Justice Center). The “Dream Act” “would have provided a path to permanent resident status for non-citizens who are not lawfully here and came to the country as children.” These are the so-called “dreamers.”

Per the Empire Justice Center, which concerns the state of New York, central to DACA are public welfare benefits, including Medicaid, Family Health Plus, the Family Planning Program and overt cash assistance through the Safety Net program. Just here—at public welfare—lies the blinding agent.

Exhibit A is The United Methodist Church which rebuked Trump’s efforts in these words: “…to rescind these protections, [is] not only unconscionable, but contrary to moral work and witness.” Exhibit B is the Evangelical Lutheran Church which prayed that DACA immigrants will not “suffer undue repercussions due to the end of this program.” Moral Work? Let us see.

What is government welfare? Generally speaking, welfare is any government program that provides financial support or benefits for citizens or residents. Included in this is public education, health care, housing, food, farm subsidies, transportation, etc. The idea behind it is that government has a moral obligation to support those in need. This concept began in earnest during FDR’s New Deal Era. It was unknown during the Founding Era.

But government has no money or wealth of its own. The only “public benefits” which the government can distribute to any individual or group are those confiscated from other citizens. This is true whether it is direct taxation or inflation via the Federal Reserve. By any biblical definition or moral standard this is actually theft and redistribution of someone else’s earnings–not charity or compassion. To call this a “moral” work, as did the United Methodist Church, turns the basic biblical premise “thou shalt not steal” on its head.

The modern welfare-state philosophy, which is the cornerstone of liberal thinking, has not benefitted America. In fact, it promises to destroy it. Bayard Rustin (1912-1987), a socialist civil rights leader who later turned neo-conservative, stated it this way: The welfare-state philosophy inherent in the war on poverty is “an immoral bag of tricks” which amount to a new form of slavery. He had a clearer vision of the nature of welfare programs than do modern church leaders.

This brings us to our legislators. How charitable are they? Democrats tend to be less so, if the Obama’s and Biden’s of the world are any indicator. Their charitable giving was less than 5%. “Compassionate conservatives” like George Bush perhaps move that percentage up a few points. However—give them my checkbook and allow them to draft money out of my account—and their “charity” skyrockets. I, too, could be very magnanimous in my giving if I had access to your funds. For the Methodist Church to confuse this with “moral” work is the real tragedy.

If religious leaders wish to assist the poverty-stricken or immigrant, let them do so. But give of your own money and time; that is real charity. Travel to foreign nations and distribute what you will. Stand in your pulpits before your congregations and ask for donations of time, money, and talents.

If, as Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, stated, churches are concerned “about the fear and insecurity” that might be created by a reversal of DACA–by all means, pour your efforts into Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and the other countries of “dreamers” origin. But quit confusing confiscation and redistribution of others’ money as your charity.

Jesse Lee Peterson: Lyin’ Democrats use illegal immigration to destroy America

Lyin’ Democrats use illegal immigration to destroy America- Jesse Lee Peterson blasts leftists for callous disrespect for law, citizens

by Jesse Lee Peterson

Liberal Democrats are at war with President Donald Trump. They are preparing to sue the Trump administration over the president’s latest attempt to punish “sanctuary cities” that harbor illegal aliens.

Last month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned that cities that do not assist federal immigration agents seeking to deport illegals would no longer receive funding.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra – along with other California city and county attorneys – is considering suing the Justice Department to stop the funds from being taken away from sanctuary cities and states. California was allocated nearly $18 million under a grant program in 2017.

Obama crony Rahm Emanuel also announced that Chicago is going to sue the Trump Justice Department over its new sanctuary city rules. Chicago has had more than 400 homicides this year and is on pace to surpass last year’s death toll. Yet, Emanuel is putting the Democratic Party and his selfish political aspirations over the safety of Chicago’s black residents. Shameful!

Democrats want America overrun by hordes of illegal aliens that don’t share our Christian values. They’re enticing them with handouts in exchange for their vote in the future. This is the same way they seduced black Americans. It’s all about power and votes for the Democratic Party.

This was evident on a recent forum I participated in at Politicon. I appeared on an immigration panel titled, “Mr. Trump, Tear Down This Wall.” Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.; Hector Villagra, executive director of the ACLU of Southern California; Julissa Arce, CNBC and Huffington Post contributor; and Vann Newkirk, writer for the Atlantic, joined me on the panel. Former MSNBC host Krystal Ball was the moderator.

The panel was stacked with four highly educated and intellectual liberals. I was the lone conservative. Even the moderator was liberal and pro-illegal immigration. During our discussion, Hector Villagra of the ACLU and others made the bogus claim that there is a direct connection between the prison industry complex and law enforcement going after illegal aliens. I told the sly Villagra that the ACLU is un-American and all it does is lie!

I asked Villagra if he was troubled that law-abiding black Americans are being adversely affected by the influx of illegal aliens. He refused to answer. Moderator Krystal Ball allowed the liberal panelists to personally attack me, but when I defended myself, she repeatedly interrupted.

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All the liberals on the panel said a border wall is “too expensive” and “ineffective.” I made the point that illegals are receiving more food stamps and handouts than ever before. Therefore, we should stop paying for illegals and put that money toward securing the border. According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers $113 billion a year!

Julissa Arce and the moderator agreed with me that we need to know who is coming into the country, but Julissa said building a wall won’t keep us safe because people will still find ways to come in illegally.
Liberals claim a border wall won’t keep out criminal aliens, yet they have no problem putting up walls around their homes to secure their properties. So I asked Julissa and the rest of the panel whether they have walls around their homes. They refused to answer.

Krystal Ball said illegal immigration is good for America, including blacks. The elitism, dishonesty and callousness that these liberals showed for American citizens and the law are shocking. They intentionally blur the lines between legal and illegal immigration. I told them, unlike liberals, I don’t lie. And I made the point that we’re talking about illegal, not legal, immigration.

Democrat Ted Lieu and ACLU’s Hector Villagra said illegals commit fewer crimes than natural-born citizens. I called them out on their lies.

The Heritage Foundation reported that the Government Accountability Office released two shocking reports in 2005 on criminal aliens who are in prison for committing crimes in the U.S. and issued an updated report in 2011. The first report shows that non-citizens commit federal crimes at three times the rate of citizens. The second report was even more disturbing.

Rep. Lieu openly admitted that the goal of Democrats is to get new immigrants registered to vote. I told the audience the reason most immigrants end up voting Democrat is because the party seduces them with taxpayer-funded handouts and Obama phones!

Hector Villagra claimed Obama was the “deporter in chief.” Again, I told him he was wrong, wrong, wrong! And that he was a dishonest man. The Obama administration did not deport large numbers of illegals from the U.S. interior. It fudged the numbers by counting illegals turned away at or near the border by ICE as deportations – typical liberal deception.

Despite the Democrats’ lies, Trump’s leadership is making America great again. Republicans in Congress recently introduced bills that would put tens of billions of dollars toward completing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump is making gang eradication a priority. He is urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to get real tough with vicious illegal-alien criminal organizations like MS-13. Securing the border is a top priority for this president. Republicans must fight with him and follow through on their campaign promise to stop the illegal invasion.

WND: http://www.wnd.com/2017/07/madness-as-power-crazy-politicians-fuel-black-murders/#PgBsiIUwYJKsxi54.99

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