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  • Aug26

    The Result of Deconstructionism and Poststructuralism is
    THE DESTRUCTION OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

    “The LORD has declared today that you are his people, his own special treasure, just as he promised, and that you must obey all his commands. 19 And if you do, he will set you high above all the other nations he has made. Then you will receive praise, honor, and renown. You will be a nation that is holy to the LORD your God, just as he promised.” – Deuteronomy 26:18-19 NLT

    From the verse above we can observe Yahweh’s intentions for the nation of Israel. He was saying that when a people follow His laws and commands collectively, that they would rise above all other nations. Rather profound, don’t you think?

    Regrettably, the greatest casualty of the joint influence of Deconstructionism and Poststructuralist is American Exceptionalism—the belief that America is blessed and enjoys unprecedented stability, prosperity, and liberty as a result of the institutions and policies produced by unique ideas such as God-given inalienable rights, self-government, individualism, limited government, full Republicanism, and an educated and virtuous citizenry. I believe that God has blessed America. America is an exceptional nation. This exceptionalism encompasses her great diversity of race, ethnicity, and religion, and it has benefited every American. But now, following several decades of Deconstruction and Poststructural indoctrination in education and politics, American Exceptionalism is no longer recognized, understood, or venerated. To the contrary, many American political officials now feel compelled to apologize to the world for America; they are conscious of our flaws but seem ignorantly oblivious to our matchless benefits and opportunities.

    As a college student at OSU majoring in history, my professors were down right anti-America. I still remember one history professor who was so hostile to America that he told us to pick up arms and overthrow the government with force. By the way his last name was Adolf.☺ He was a publically paid professor with my parents paying him with their tax dollars to indoctrinate us.

    The Pilgrims vision for an exceptional nation was grounded in the knowledge that God’s principles, when applied collectively, would prosper a nation and allow that nation to be a light to other nations.

    In 1620, when the Mayflower anchored off the coast of Cape Cod, William Brewster led the first Pilgrims in Psalm 100 as a prayer of thanksgiving. After 2,750 miles traveling at an average speed of just under two miles per hour for sixty-six storm-tossed days, they reached the new world. Before they went on shore, however, they knew that they must develop a working charter of how to govern themselves. They penned the Mayflower Compact believing that God’s plan was to form a Christian self-government that would be the foundation for a future nation that would be for the Glory of God.

    Thus, they started the Compact with these words, “In the name of God Amen.”…“Having undertaken, for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith and Honor of our King, and Country,…”

    What is so intriguing to me is that the Pilgrims who originally called themselves “Saints” believed the message of Christianity to be holistic and the principles would be effective and applicable for a free and accountable society. These biblical principles would not only benefit Christians but non-Christians as well.

    They learned these biblical principles about self-government from Reverend John Robinson while the pilgrims met as an underground Church in Holland. This faithful man of God inspired his fellow congregants to touch the heart of God, trained them to think the thoughts of God, and helped them practice the government of God in their homes, churches, and civil compacts.
    America Exceptionalism has been the result of the Judeo Christian ethic meshed into our national documents. What God expected from the nation of Israel reveals to me that any nation that practices God’s commandments, statutes, and precepts can flourish above any nation.

    In 1 Peter 2:9 God calls us a “holy nation.” This title is referring to Israel for this was God’s plan for them. This will be fulfilled in the millennium.

    “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 ESV

    However, at this time it seems that we can apply this to the workings of the church in the sense that we can influence a society as salt and light (Matthew 5:13, 14). Everywhere that God’s people are present and they attempt to obey God’s commandments and laws, there is a positive impact on that society in every discipline of that culture.

    In Christ,

    Dale

    Dale@DaleEbel.Org

  • Aug19

    The Second Historical Device that tears down is called POSTSTRUCTURALISM.

     

    1 “For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. … 6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. … 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.” – 1 Corinthians 10:1, 6, 11 NIV

    As David Barton in his excellent book, “The Jefferson Lies” states on page XVIII,

    “Poststructuralism discards absolutes and is “a-historical” (that is, non-or anti-historical), believing that nothing transcendent can be learned from history. Instead, meaning must be constructed by each individual from his or herself, and historical meanings may shift and change based on an individual’s personal views. Poststructuralism is especially evident in the judiciary, where judges often interpret and ascertain the meaning of the Constitution for themselves, redefining even the simplest words with new and previously unknown meanings that the judge has supposedly discovered for him-or herself.”

    In short, Poststructuralism ignores traditional national unifying structures, values, heroes, and institutions and instead substitutes personally constructed ones.

    In large part, the Bible is a historical record of God dealing with His Covenant Keeping people. Christianity is based on the historical, verifiable accounts of the past found in the Bible. The Apostle Paul understood this and in his letter to the Corinthians makes certain that the Church of Corinth responded to the historical events from the past history of Israel.

    1 “For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact,…”

    6 “Now these things occurred as examples…”

    11 “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us,…”

    Just the other day Linda sent me a report of the concern that historians have in regard to how American History is being portrayed. We are seeing right before our eyes that biased anti-American propaganda and reconstruction history is being instituted through the indoctrination of our children. In the following case, the facts of our history are simply being left out! Here is an excerpt from the article:

    “Dozens of historians have sent the influential College Board back to the drawing board, after determining that its U.S. history exam for university-bound high schoolers is too heavy on social politics and too light on key events in America’s past.

    While the College Board can’t directly dictate what is taught in high school Advanced Placement classes, by writing the test that half a million college-bound students take each year it strongly influences the curriculum crafted by teachers. It also publishes a guide to what will be on the test, which was what raised alarms with 55 historians who signed onto a letter earlier this month criticizing the board.”

     What do we do about this?

    1. Ask your grade school and high school to show you the American History Curriculum prior to the new year starting. Remember, you are the paying customer and the school is there to serve you, the parent. Read the material that students will be reading and vet the information (or lack of information). Upon reading it make sure that certain events in our American History are going to be taught accurately and fairly. You might offer to teach an hour on a particular subject about America.
    2. You must become educated yourself in order to communicate accurate information. Here are a couple of resources:

             Original Intent, The Jefferson Lies, and The Founder’s Bible all by David Barton from wallbuilders. Go to www.wallbuilders.com to order.

    1. Buy 5-10 copies of The Founder’s Bible and give them to your lead pastor, the youth director and children’s pastors. Ask them to read five articles pertaining to our American History and how the Bible shaped the thoughts of our Founding Fathers. Ask them to develop and teach, and of course you could help teach, a 1-2 month series about subjects from the Bible.
    2. Perhaps after your pastor reads a few articles, meet with him again and ask if he found several subjects he could teach on from the pulpit.
    3. If you are part of a small group in your church, read selected articles from the Founder’s Bible and discuss several of them for a month or so. I have been doing this for half a year in my discipleship groups that consist of young Christians and not-so-young, and they have been hugely impacted. Give it a try! If your small group leader does not want to do this subject, do a short-term gathering with those in the group or others that might find the subject informative.
  • Aug15

    In the following weeks I will be clarifying five historical devices commonly used to attack and pull down what has rightly and traditionally been considered true throughout American History and in the revelation of God’s Word.

    A most intriguing verse is found in the book of Esther.

    “Since it was customary for the king to consult experts in matters of law and justice, he spoke with the wise men who understood the times.” – Esther 1:13

    As Christ followers and covenant keepers in the Kingdom of God, we must stretch ourselves to think on a macro level; we must look to the larger world around us and consider what is taking place and, therefore, discern what we ought we to be doing.

    Let’s consider the first historical device:

    #1 DECONSTRUCTIONISM

    “It is the glory of God to conceal a mater; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” – Proverbs 25:2 NIV

    The other week I was leading one of my men’s groups and one guy said that a gal in his community group from his church said, “Well, you know that Thomas Jefferson believed in slavery, because he had slaves himself.”

    This perception of Thomas Jefferson is the result of something called Deconstructionism. Deconstructionism deemphasizes, effaces (maligns and smears), the subject by posing a continuous negative critique to lay low what was once high.

    In short, Deconstructionism is a steady flow of belittling and negative portrayals of what Christians have done in the past, (like the crusades, the portrayal of the intolerant Christian Puritans or the Apostle Paul’s view of women), etc. Deconstructionism generates misunderstandings of Scripture about such subjects as: slavery, homosexuality, the right to self-defense, the life of the unborn, the Christian ethic’s negative impact on the environment, the disputed view that the Bible and science are at odds, and many other such subjects.

    Deconstructionism is alive and well in our grade schools, high schools, colleges and university campuses. It is the constant demeaning of the foundations of America including misinformation about the founding fathers religious views, position on slavery, and their rebellion against England. America is blamed for most everything that has gone wrong in the world. According to deconstructionism, the wealth America has achieved is because we stole it from Native Americans, Mexicans, and from African Americas through slavery. This mantra is repeated over and over again and, as a result, more and more people are buying into these falsehoods. The deconstructionists make their living by telling only part of the story and spinning it negatively; manipulating others into supporting their views and objectives.

    Deconstructionism is the reason most Americans can recite more of what’s wrong with our nation than what’s right. They can identify every wart that has ever appeared on the face of America over the past four centuries, but not what has made America the envy of every people in the world—every people that is, except America.

    The best way I know to refute Deconstructionism is with accurate information. Here are some facts with regard to Thomas Jefferson and the accusations that he was a racist and condoned slavery.

    • Thomas Jefferson inherited 187 slaves when he was 14 years of age. Why didn’t he release his slaves? The answer is the Virginia law. In 1799, Virginia allowed owners to emancipate their slaves on their death; in 1826 state laws had been changed to prohibit that practice in large part because George Washington allowed for the freeing of his salves at his death in 1826. Virginia was rigid in its proslavery laws and had been so for more than a century before Jefferson. As early as 1692, it began placing significant economic hurdles in the way of those wanting to emancipate slaves. (For more information, read the well-documented book: The Jefferson Lies by David Barton)
    • Under Deconstructionism students are taught about the “intolerant” Christian Puritans who conducted the infamous Witch Trials. I remember learning about this in grade school here in Portland, Oregon. Always, the Puritans were cast in an unfavorable light along with America that would tolerate such injustice.
    • Did you know that only 27 individuals died in the Massachusetts witch trials?  Almost universally ignored is the fact that witch trials were occurring across the world at that time; in Europe 500,000 were put to death. - See William Warren Street’s The Story of Religion in America (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1950), 61. Of the 500,000 executed,  30,000 were from England, 75,000 from France, and 100,000 from Germany. See Charles B. Galloway’s Christianity and the American Commonwealth (Nashville: Publishing House Methodist Episcopal Church, 1898), 110. Additionally, the American witch trials lasted eighteen months, but the European trials lasted for years. In addition to this, the Massachusetts witch trials were brought to a close when Christian leaders such as the Reverend John Wise, the Reverend Increase Mather, and Thomas Brattle challenged the trials because the Biblical rules of evidence and due process had not been followed in the courts, thus convincing civil leaders and the governor to end the trials. (Dictionary of American Biography, ed. Allen Johnson, (New York: Charles Scribber’s Sons, 1929).

    One such verse that was used by the two pastors was John 7:51:

    “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?”

    Stay tuned for the second historical device we will look at in a few days!

    In Christ,

    Dale

    dale@daleebel.org

     

  • Aug1

    Within the modern Institutional Church today it seems that when a person mentions the need for Christians to be involved in politics, that person has just committed the unpardonable sin. No area has been more sidelined from a pastor’s teaching than in arena of politics. How sad that we have become so myopic we don’t think we ought to engage in this topic in a meaningful and reasoned way.
    Let’s consider for a moment the covenant keeping godly people of old who boldly entered this arena in their day:

    — Elijah confronted King Ahab and Queen Jezebel over issues, such as the unjust use of eminent domain and religious persecution (1 Kings 18:18; 21:1-24).

    — Azariah (along with eighty other priests) confronted King Uzziah for usurping religious practices through an improper expansion of government powers (2 Chronicles 26:16-21).

    — Ezra gave counsel on marriage measures (Ezra 9:1-3; 10:2-12), and Governor Nehemiah implemented that counsel into public policy (Nehemiah 8; 13:23-31).

    — Paul provided civil leaders with guidance during times of impending disaster and natural calamity (Acts 27:9-44).

    — Isaiah provided guidance on national security issues and foreign policy to King Hezekiah (Isaiah 37).

    Charles Finney, a famous minister in the Second Great Awakening, warned:

    “The Church must take right ground in regard to politics…. The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics… God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for unless the church will take right ground. Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God. It seems sometimes as if the foundations of the nation were becoming rotten, and Christians seem to act as if they thought God did not see what they do in politics. But I tell you, He does see it, and He will bless or curse this nation according to the course they take.” – Charles Finney, Lectures on Rival of Religion, (New York: Leavitt, Lord and Co., 1835), pp. 274-275, “Lecture XV: Hindrance to Revivals.” Look to the Founder’s Bible article titled: The Key To Good Government pp. 987-992.

    In view of the latest ruling on gay marriage from the Supreme Court, I would suggest that you go to your church and ask the leadership to have a voter turn out campaign in your church for the 2016 election, preparing God fearing people to get out and vote and get their friends to vote. Encourage them to vote according to their Biblical conscience and vote for the candidate that is closest to the Biblical standard. If the Pastor of your church refuses to initiate a voter emphasis, withdraw your giving or tithing to that church and let the leadership know that you are doing so. There are so many wonderful ministries that you can invest in. The only way a church will change is when they lack the resources to finance their staff salaries, and buildings.

    In Christ,

    Dale

    Dale@DaleEbel.org

  • Jul28

    “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people” – Proverbs 14:34 NASB

    America’s Founding Fathers were concerned not just about their own generation but also about posterity—about future generations. In fact, when they wrote the U.S. Constitution they candidly acknowledged that they had done so in order to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Reflecting this concern in an Election Sermon preached to the Connecticut legislature, the Rev. Mathias Burnet admonished citizens and leaders:

     

    “To God and posterity you are accountable (for your rights and rulers)… Let not your children have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions which your father delivered to you.”

    - Matthew Burnet, An Election Sermon, Preached at Hartford on the Day of the Anniversary Election, May 12, 1803.

    He reminded citizens that while they would give an account to God for whether or not they had preserved the rights He had entrusted them, they would also answer to posterity (the next generation).

    Now let me just ask:

    When was the last time you heard from your pastor that you and I –  as the present congregation – will be held accountable to God for the legacy we are leaving our children… not only as individual families but also as churches and how we are making an impact on society?

    There was a godly understanding among our Founding Fathers that they were responsible for leaving a legacy that would not only provide a better society, but one in which future generations could look back and thank their parents for protecting our schools, government, churches and civic institutions.

     

    “Patrick Henry held identical sentiments. When he passed away in 1799, his personal legal documents and his will were opened and publicly read by his executors. He also included an original document of the 1765 Stamp Act Resolutions (early precursors to the American Revolution) passed by the Virginia legislature, of which Henry had been a member. On the back of those resolutions Henry penned a handwritten message, knowing it would be read at his death.” (This paragrah taken from The Founder’s Bible, page 957.)

     

    “Whether this [the American Revolution] will prove a blessing or a curse will depend upon the use our people make of the blessings which a gracious God hath bestowed on us. If they are wise they will be great and happy. If they are of contrary character, they will be miserable.

    Righteousness alone can exalt them as a nation (Proverbs 14:34].

    Reader!—whoever thou art, remember this!—and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself and encourage it in others. P.Henry.” – Patrick Henry, Patrick Henry life, Correspondence and Speeches, ed. William Wirt Henry (New York: Charles  Scribner’s Sons, 1891), Vol. I. pp. 81-82.

     

    Whether or not America will prosper into the future depends on its righteousness today. But how is national righteousness measured? Dozens of Bible passages (Deuteronomy 28; 1 Kings 18; 1 Chronicles 21) affirm that the righteousness of any nation is defined by its public policies and how well they conform to God’s standards.

     

    As Samuel Adams affirmed, only God-honoring policies can exalt a nation:

    “[Divine] revelation assures us that “Righteousness exalteth a nation.” Communities are dealt with in this world by the wise and just Ruler of the Universe. He rewards or punishes them according to their general character.” – Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, ed. Harry Alonzo Cushing (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1907, Vol.III, p. 286, to John Scollay on April 30th 1776.

     

    So, I guess public policies do matter! I think the only solution in the future for our country is more than a spiritual revival, it is an awakening of Christians to elect men and women to office that have the moral fortitude and devout courage to place righteousness above economics into the policies of our day. I don’t doubt that God will help us, it is whether we will be obedient to exercise our freedom for righteousness.

     

    Ask your pastor if he’d be willing to give two or three election sermons about two months prior to the 2016 Election.

    We must start changing our churches. Also, start your own website and write teaching articles about various subjects. Suppose three hundred new website appeared with healthy Biblical information on them week after week? Let’s get the information out there!

    For Righteousness Sake,

    Dale

    Dale@DaleEbel.Org