Foes Of Humanity

 

Introduction


"Evil has always sought world domination, the eradication of truth, the curtailing of freedom of expression, civil and religious liberty, the imprisonment or annihilation of its opposers, and has ever worked behind the scenes, hidden, destroyed or refuted evidence of its doings, worn disguises designed to fool and mislead, also presented itself as a heralder of new light, a knight in shining armour, and claimed some moral right or justification for introducing, sanctioning and implementing the injurious and self-serving."
The Author


If via looking back at certain historical things, if via serious research both secular and religious, and if via numerous quotes, articles and books you see a certain pattern and disturbing parallels, things that point to a plan, plot, threat (call it what you will) that is far from being in the best interests of you and I (though disguised otherwise), what do you do? Keep silent or share?
Hence the following poems in their various forms, each bringing something to the table, and having been very reluctantly penned, but as mentioned, built on certain evidence and history, not conspiracy theories. For example, note the following quotes, just a few from the many (and even more revealing ones) accessed  via a link under poem number seven
— that poem and poem number nine being of much significance.


“Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government.”
Dr. Henry Kissinger, Evians, France, 1991

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”
David Rockefeller, Baden-Baden, Germany 1991

"The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining super capitalism and Communism under the same tent, all under their control.... Do I mean conspiracy? Yes I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent."
Congressman Larry P. McDonald, 1976, killed in the Korean Airlines 747 that was shot down by the Soviets.

“Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)

"I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within."
General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)

"The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government, which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation...
The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties... and control the majority of the newspapers and magazines in this country.
They use the columns of these papers to club into submission or drive out of office public officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government.
It operates under cover of a self-created screen and seizes our executive officers, legislative bodies, schools, courts, newspapers and every agency created for the public protection."
New York City Mayor John F. Hylan, New York Times, March 26, 1922


"The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes."
Felix Frankfurter, Supreme Court Justice (1882-1965)

"There is a de facto “secret government” operating nationally and internationally and involved in the highest circles of the U.S. government, exercising an impact over domestic policies and economics ranging between extreme influence to, at times, outright control. This extreme influence to outright control naturally includes the Presidency."
Mike Culbert

For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence - on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Great nations are simply the operating fronts of behind-the-scenes, vastly ambitious individuals who have become so effectively powerful because of their ability to remain invisible while operating behind the national scenery.
Buckminister Fuller (1895-1983)

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments’ plans.

The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes."
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Regarding the latter: The Christian Bible (via the apocalyptic book of Revelation) when speaking of the time just prior to Christ's return, has this to say, (my own comments in the brackets):

"Then I [the apostle John] saw another beast [power] coming out of the earth [a new land]. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon [changes character]. He exercised all the authority of the first beast [a past persecuting power] on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast [fulfills the past power's historic evil intentions], whose wound had been healed [it reviving from its previous historic fall]" (Rev 13:11,12, NIV).

"He [the coming global government] was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast [the first beast], that the image [copy] of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image [copy] of the beast to be killed [here it's referring to dissenters, those who won't bow to certain demands; another type of Final Solution?]" (Rev 13:15, NKJV).

You may like to read the book of Revelation for yourself, chapter 13, verses 11 to18; and chapter 14, verses 9 to13.
This global power is clearly a Church and State power given that it has political clout and forces all to worship it; and this lending credibility to the following quotes, (of which, and as mentioned, there's a link to more of the same kind, and even more revealing, under poem seven):

"I see a very dark cloud on our horizon. And that dark cloud is coming from Rome."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

"The day is not distant, and it may be very near, when we shall all have to fight the battle of the Reformation over again"
Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850)

Regarding the book "The Transformation of the Republic" by C.T. Wilcox (2003)
"An expose of Vatican and Jesuit intrigues and interference into the political structure of the United States and Europe. It contains shocking revelations and fully authenticated documentation, much of it hidden for almost 100 years, to support the conclusion that the United States has been transformed from a beacon of light and hope into an empire with beast-like tendencies and that the world is headed for a Vatican led and instigated cataclysm while it sleepwalks towards the edge."

Once upon a time I used to laugh at people who went on about the Jesuits, but serious research (activated more by accident than design) soon wiped the smile off my naive face.

"Already the high priests, prayers and temples of the universal cult are with us. Curriculums are being drafted to indoctrinate our children in what John Rockefeller, Jr. calls “The Church of all People.”…The first step is to break down loyalty to a single religious faith…"
Edith Kermit Roosevelt, First Lady of the U.S., 1901-1909

"We must move as quickly as possible to a one-world government; a one-world religion; under a one-world leader."
"...the United Nations Charter has to be supplemented by a charter of spiritual laws..."
Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations


So how many players might there be, and all roads eventually leading to...?
Read on, for there's a lot more to come via the poems and links.


 




POEMS



1.  Conspiracy Theories

There are those people who via their naivety, are very quick to dismiss any conspiracy theory,
Seemingly unable to comprehend that the world is awash with those who are plotting very evilly.
And hence why whistle blowers are often just ridiculed, and have you noticed how many of them disappear?
That is, mysteriously, or end up in some mortuary, and as to how they died, is often unclear.

It’s clear that those who’re involved in evil plotting, or assassination, will rubbish conspiracy theories,
Or where it suits, even create one that’s a red herring, and amidst that distraction, something attempt or seize.
But for some reason, those whose naivety is even irresponsible, fail to see this reality,
And thus indirectly aid and abet those who the whistle blowers warn of via some conspiracy theory.

While some conspiracy theories are mere fiction, others contain elements of truth, truth worth picking up on,
For once dismissed, or not kept a note of, such is easily lost, and not easy to again get one’s hands on.
And often it’s only by gathering a little here and there that we discover the truth of the matter,
Which in many cases, that naivety that’s oft only worthy of contempt, would very quickly shatter.

And hence why we shouldn’t put too much faith in men, regardless of their position or seeming integrity,
For those with great evil in mind, have often hidden behind organisations and pretended piety.
After all, that’s the nature of conmen, and their preferred modus operandi, which many folk oft ensnares,
And which is also oft found in such theories, and why we need to have very informed and attuned eyes and ears.

Yes, some conspiracy theories are right on the money.

By Lance Landall




2.  Best You Know It Well


Many years ago, when I was a school boy, I displayed very little interest in history,
Considering such boring back then, but not today though, for now I view things very differently.
For I have come to realise just how important a sound knowledge of this Earth’s history is, lest we
Repeat the mistakes of the past, which we’re actually doing, and which will cost us very dearly.

However, what I’ve found is that history’s often different to the official records, and why
We need to do our own research, and extremely thoroughly, lest there as well, we also go awry.
For it’s one thing to have a lot of knowledge, but if that knowledge isn’t accurate, or some of it,
We’re sure to go amiss somewhere, somehow, for not all of the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle will fit.

The truth is, that we can’t guarantee that everything we read and hear is correct, hence my warning here,
And why even when it comes to conspiracy theories, we can’t afford a disbelieving grin or sneer.
But rather, should keep an open mind, tucking such away on our mental shelves, lest some day such prove true,
And in the meantime, (if it’s worth the time and effort), a thorough, unbiased investigation pursue.

Yes, far too many people are too accepting of what they read and hear, displaying naivety;
So sure that such and such couldn’t possibly be so — that is, when other people say differently.
And thereby, in their dismissal of such, they imperil themselves, and even those who are in their care,
And all because they believed the official line, say, rather than what others sincerely chose to share.

Yes, when it comes to history, its best you know it inside out.

By Lance Landall


"Many journalists now are no more than channelers and echoers of what George Orwell called the 'official truth'. They simply cipher and transmit lies. It really grieves me that so many of my fellow journalists can be so manipulated that they become really what the French describe as 'functionaires', functionaries, not journalists."
John Pilger, Australian journalist





This poem was penned 4th January 2012.

3.  I Love America

(So to speak)

But not some things I'm seeing.

There’re so many good Americans, (Christian and non-Christian), and good folk who’ve made America their country,
Yes, peace loving, law abiding, principled, caring people who dearly value freedom and liberty,
And who aren’t raging liberals nor religious zealots, but rather, tolerant, open-minded and fair,
Though not to the point of foolishness, and who’re thus prepared to stand up and speak out, their vision true and clear.

Such Americans love their family, home and country, and respect those offshore who love their own country too,
Patriotism not getting in the way of sound judgment, for there’s no wisdom in those who war pursue,
And nor in those who want to tether Church and State, for it’s that separation that has made America great,
A land where civil and religious liberty has shone like a beacon, and hence their loss would seal its fate.

And where to then? And that’s what I’m afraid of…

For you can’t beat good American people, and there is so much about America to like, but hey,
Something’s going on that all Americans need to do something about, for things have gone badly astray.
And hence why they can’t afford to hide their dirty laundry, nor think things couldn’t happen in America —
Whatever those things may be — and hence why they shouldn’t leave any stone unturned, for blindness never gets one far.

Yes, be it decay or behind the scenes activity, such needs dealing with, ferreting out, and quickly,
For that which is left too late often seals one’s fate, and here, such could mean the loss of freedom and liberty,
And for what? — given that there’s absolutely nothing worth exchanging for such, and who’d be careless with such?
For that’s how others have suffered, stealth evilly entering some door, seeking what it had no right to clutch.

And so it goes, which is why we all need to be on guard, for things have indeed changed worldwide, tragically,
Though America is where it’s all at — the Statute of Liberty confirming my point — land of the free!
And hence why the world is watching with concern those changes that are taking place within America,
For no other country has the same clout and influence — for better or worse — and here we are...

And where tomorrow?

By Lance Landall


"I have never been able to look upon America as young and vital but rather as prematurely old,
as a fruit which rotted before it had a chance to ripen."

Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author




4.  The Hollywood Agenda

Exactly who’s behind Hollywood is another story, but believe me, one thing is becoming clear,
And that is, that what Hollywood’s churning out is no mere accident, but rather, designed in order to steer.
In other words, we’re talking about a calculated attempt to manipulate society,
And this, in preparation for something, something that’s trying to get at our minds, and very cunningly.

Yes, the Hollywood agenda, which aside from its usual diet of sex, violence and crudity,
Is now furiously pumping out movies that promote and enthrone the occult, and this, lucratively.
Hence the growing interest these days in anything supernatural-cum-mystical, even bizarre,
And why we seem to be heading  back to those dark old days of pagan ill, seeking some kind of Shangri-la.

And seemingly one that will allow us to indulge in any selfish and wanton gratification,
Midst playing with the dangerous, mysterious and demonic — hence today’s sicker crime escalation.
And no surprises here, for look at the blood and gore-cum-ghoulish-cum-porn, snuff movies that abound today,
Such corrupting, soiling, weakening and destroying minds and hearts, and we wonder why things have gone astray.

And as I said, there’s clearly an agenda, one that’s preparing us for something that will fool and mislead,
And I suspect such being a New World Order that’s surrounded by the supernatural — ill guaranteed.
Yes, a one world government that clever trickery precedes, humanity having been prepared for such,
Courtesy of the likes of Hollywood’s agenda, and why soon some power will have all within its clutch.

I’m dreaming? Well, bearing in mind that Hollywood’s agenda encompasses what’s religious and New Age,
A religious, political worldwide power isn’t that far fetched, one that certain signs and wonders will stage.
And given how many are being taken in by certain apparitions and manifestations already,
I don’t believe I’m far from wrong, and bearing in mind that such a scene is portrayed biblically.

And hence the likes of the terribly distorted Passion of the Christ, the Twilight and Left Behind series,
Not to mention the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, just a few of the many so designed to seize.
And oh, how they do, holding millions spellbound with their religious, New Age, occult mixture that educates,
And why sound knowledge-cum-truth is giving way to fiction-cum-fantasy that wrong and error propagates.

So no, what Hollywood's churning out is no mere accident, and nor in order to just gain more money,
But rather, to captivate and prepare society for something on the horizon, and this subtly.
Yes, no coming through the front door — such too obvious — but via the back door, and oh, the power of TV,
Which those with an agenda clearly realise, but which society in general simply fails to see.

By Lance Landall


"At the rate America is decaying morally, we shall have to change our national symbol from an eagle to a vulture."
Vance Havner (1901-1986)






This poem was penned 14th September 2011.

5.  9/11 Ponderings

Brent looked at his father enquiringly. “Do you think 9/11 was an inside job — some skulduggery?”
“Well, son, there are certainly those who say so, and they’ve put forth a degree of evidence, interestingly.
But I wouldn’t like to think so, son, and more so being an American, for how could any of us act so,
Unless our allegiance was to someone else, or we, masquerading as an American — a disguised foe?”

Brent stopped chewing his lip. “Do you think we should just dismiss such, Dad, given that it seems pretty far fetched, really?
And I suspect that those Americans who're claiming that such was an inside job are in the minority.”
“No, it doesn’t pay to dismiss anything, son, no matter how oddball it seems, for life’s full of surprises,
And at the end of the day, enemies often work from within, and they can come in all kinds of disguises.

Why should we think that such couldn’t happen in America, and wouldn’t we be at greater risk thinking so?
For we’d hardly be watching — so sure of ourselves, as it were — and thus more susceptible to some stealthy foe.
Remember the wooden horse of Troy? Is it possible that we’ve let one in of a different nature, somehow,
So utterly convinced that such couldn’t happen, and not daring to think that Americans such would allow?

After all, behind the scenes activity has been going on in our country since its founding, sad to say,
Which historical and contemporary books and articles, and very informative websites, convey.
And hence why I’m never too dismissive of things, son — and besides, it’s clear that there’s something going on out there,
And given how evil’s oft wrapped to attract, and how whistle-blowers are attacked, we may well have cause for fear.

Yes, those who’re up to something, son, hardly say so, and when caught out, oft deny such, and talk of conspiracies,
All of which is why we need to do our homework, for only one who’s vigilant and informed the truth then sees.
And sometimes, son, we have to fill in the pieces, having only been able to discover so much, and then
One’s often up against the don’t-want-to-know brigade, as well as the cynics, quick with their voice or disputing pen.

No country-cum-government is beyond any foul play, son — one only has to look at America’s past:
Assassinated presidents, slavery, apartheid, the Ku Klux Klan, and there’re other things that one could unmask.”
“Like what, Dad?”  “Well, didn’t Abe Lincoln warn of Jesuits at work? * — classing them as America’s greatest threat,
And then there has been the likes of freemasonry, its secret symbols on our money, and elsewhere, don’t forget.

Yes, we’ve certainly no reason for feeling relaxed about things, son, and bear in mind that things have gotten worse,
And given our forays into other countries, illegal or not, there are those who America even curse.
Yes, one could say that we’ve created enemies, son, let alone traitors and any inside job, possibly,
And why I wouldn’t go dismissing this or that, for who knows?”  “Thanks, Dad. That sounds like pretty good advice to me.”
 
By Lance Landall


*Jesuits: See my poems number 7 number 9 and number 10 which are further down this page, and any notes that are under them. 

You may also wish to read the book “The Secret Founding of America” by Nicholas Hagger.

"In his new book, The Nazis Next Door, Lichtblau reports that thousands of Nazis managed to settle in the United States after World War II, often with the direct assistance of American intelligence officials who saw them as potential spies and informants in the Cold War against the Soviet Union."
Eric Lichtblau is an investigative reporter for The New York Times.





This poem was penned 26th July 2011.

6.  Calling It As It Is

Now please don’t go getting me wrong, for I’m not out to knock America, for much wrong exists in every country,
But what I would like to do here is, provide a degree of missing balance, which I believe is necessary.
Why? Because so often patriotism is misplaced, and even a terribly bad thing, to be honest,
And why when it comes to wars, citizens shouldn’t be in too big a hurry to support such, and nor to enlist.

Too often, those who are claiming some superiority, be such moral or otherwise, are just as guilty,
That is, they’re equally as errant and hypocritical, or at least, far from squeaky-clean — yes, far from saintly.
And so it is with America, who regularly has patted herself on the back, rather self righteously,
When the truth of the matter is, that America has a pretty murky, violent and chequered history.

And lest it be that you doubt, let me bring just a few of these evils to your attention, beginning with slavery,
And the shocking mistreatment of indigenous tribes, and then there’s the likes of the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacy,
Apartheid, mobsters, corporate crime, the secret workings of freemasonry, warned of Jesuit activity,*
And sad to say, given America’s roots, that terrible militant bigoted right-wing Christianity.

And oh, how the world’s been corrupted via Hollywood, and the health of many injured via the likes of Burger King,
Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonalds, and other such unhealthy fast-food outlets with a familiar ring.
Thus, despite any good that America has done, it has also been responsible for many ills of the day,
And behind all the patriotic fanfare, and the Statue of Liberty, there’s a shadow government, some say...

(and if that's so, I would suspect one that's worldwide, at the end of the day).

Now such wouldn’t be so bad if these ills were in the past, but such isn’t so, for much remains, unfortunately,
And America still seems trapped in an unhealthy patriotism — yes, more like a fever, actually.
And hence those preventable forays into other countries, fuelled by misinformation, self-interest and fear,
Yes, that hysteria, which is aiding the loss of liberties that Americans once enjoyed, but now less share.

But such seems lost on many, who can’t seem to see where their country is heading, thinking that it’s still on the right track,
But like so many other countries, its moral compass, and original foundation, have developed a crack.
Yes, one that is much cause for alarm, and hence why it’s heading those calls for a New World Order, (the path of folly),
Or as many folk believe, an engineered takeover of Earth — and behind it, currently disguised treachery.

Most don’t seem to realise that you can’t legislate a harmonious peaceful world, for such is a heart and mind thing,
And such can only be so where there is total freedom and liberty, and to such, we should tenaciously cling.
Thus, such can only be achieved where there is less governmental control, not more, and hence why things aren’t looking good,
For whatever spin is put on such, New World Orders will work against, rather than for, true sister and brotherhood.

Yes, when foxes guard the hen house.

By Lance Landall



"The U.S. is a cosmetic democracy."

John Pilger, Australian journalist

*Regarding Jesuits: See the notes under poem # 7.

Question: Why is America seriously restricting liberties at home whilst supporting lawlessness and uprisings elsewhere?



This poem was penned 4th September 2013.

7.  I'm Concerned, America

Yes, I’m concerned, America, land of the free, civil-religious liberty,
A youngish land that once spurned kings and popes — yes, a republic-cum-democracy.
And such enshrined in the Statue of Liberty, separation of Church and State,
But something is amiss, for it seems as if ill seeds have begun to germinate.

Not that your background is squeaky clean, given the past apartheid and slavery;
In other words, that mistreatment of black folk, Indian tribes too, tragically.
And hasn’t there been the Klu Klux Klan, and didn’t Abe Lincoln warn of Jesuits? *
He believing Rome a coming threat, and I just wondering if anything fits.

You’ve also many militant Christians who would like to see Church and State return,
Not that such was reigning before, but in Europe, hence such would mean an about-turn,
For so many fled to your shores to get away from such-cum-persecution,
And why I ask: Are there forces at work that are playing with your constitution?

Intrusive, restrictive laws have been introduced that once would’ve been unthinkable,
And terrorism deemed the reason, though could you have been infiltrated as well?
I mean, back doors oft work better than front doors, and then there are insiders, you know,
Those folk who have their own agenda, and yet, outwardly patriotism show.

And as well, America, you have made some very intimidating noises,
Are going after whistleblowers and are cracking down on opposing voices.
In fact, a prominent journalist said that you’re a cosmetic democracy,
And since world war two have tried to overthrow many governments — more than fifty!

Yes, you have been very busy offshore.

Militarily, I find your selective justice intriguing-cum-askew,
For you deal to certain ills whilst ignoring same ills elsewhere where justice is due.
Thus some would claim that you’ve an agenda of some sort, and not a noble one,
For how many times have you sought some pious outcome at the point of a gun?


Say, you’re not that lamb that becomes a dragon, are you? — (such mentioned in the Bible,
Revelation chapter thirteen) — a power once peaceable that turns to much ill.
One that soon demands that all bow to it, one that images a past cruel power,
And according to this prophecy, this occurring just prior to Earth’s final hour.

Yes, you’re spending such a lot on military action, such hotly debated,
For there’s all those Americans living in poverty that has escalated.
Hence the homeless, those needing medical attention, and even education,
And thus America now no longer looking like such a wonderful nation.

There’re those who think that some threats are just being created, and that there’s some plan afoot,
A global grab, and this being why many calls for transparency have gone kaput,
Or why some investigations are being thwarted, and citizens lives controlled more,
And perhaps there’s a New World Order Reformation reversal knocking on the door.

Well, you do have so much clout, America, and some folk would say far too much clout,
All being why many are now questioning what America’s really all about,
And whether pieces of some kind of jigsaw are falling into place, and then snap,
An evil scene unfolds, it only then realized, and everyone caught in some trap.

After all, evil tells no one about its intentions, or it says otherwise,
And thus why folk are led to believe that something’s for their good when it’s nothing but lies.
And why I’m concerned, America, for security’s now trouncing liberty,
And, as so many of us would say, just ushering in another enemy.

Slowly erode free speech and civil-religious liberty and what’s left behind?
A power with all the power that it needs to do whatever it has in mind.
All this being why President Reagan warned of governments having too much control,
And why the uninformed, naïve or indifferent citizen digs their own hole.

Yes, there’s certainly something that’s going on, and such why President Kennedy
Warned of those behind the scene whose interference equalled that of an enemy.
And why it would seem that some stage is being set, things worsening for the common man,
Who often throughout history has borne the brunt of some power’s self serving plan.

So, what’s happened to the American dream — and some would say too long taking,
Or was it never a reality, and now a nightmare in the making?
Shot presidents, corrupt and immoral, freemasonry, mafia, gangsters,
Ghettos, rampant violence — and still, black folk being mistreated despite nice purrs.

Then there’s 9/11, it having opened a Pandora’s box, and hence why
There’s all those questions and that finger pointing, for what they’ve been told, some don’t buy.
And no, it doesn't stop there, for there’s a whole raft of things bothering many,
And why I’m concerned, America, things looking on track prophetically.


By Lance Landall


* Regarding what's really going on behind the American scene, the Jesuits [an arm of the Vatican], Church and State, and a Reformation reversal, (and in order to avoid much repetition), see the very revealing quotes (and further information) that's accessed via the following link which contains both secular and Christian material, and in the form of four sections. A thorough reading of this article (and its four sections) will not only open your eyes but ensure that you're fully informed (as much as such brevity can):


"Is History About To Repeat Itself?"

And further very revealing information on this same subject can be found here
.
However, this isn't a blanket endorsement by me of this link, nor of any links from that site.

"It is my opinion that if the liberties of this country – the United States of America – are destroyed, it will be by the subtlety of the Roman Catholic Jesuit priests, for they are the most crafty, dangerous enemies to civil and religious liberty. They have instigated most of the wars of Europe."
Marquis de LaFayette, French statesman and general (1757-1834).

"When the United States rules the world, the Catholic Church will rule the world."
James E. Quigley, Roman Catholic Archbishop, Chicago Daily Tribune, May 5, 1903

“The Jesuits, by their very calling, by the very essence of their institution, are bound to seek, by every means, right or wrong, the destruction of Protestantism. This is the condition of their existence, the duty they must fulfill, or cease to be Jesuits.”
Footprints of the Jesuits, R. W. Thompson, 1894

"As a result, within the SS Central Security Service, an organization was created, and most of its main posts were held by Catholic priests wearing the black uniform of the [Nazi] SS. The Jesuit [priest] father Himmler [uncle of Heinrich Himmler] was one of its superior officers.”
The Secret History of the Jesuits by Edmund Paris

"Nearly every Western nation today sends an ambassador to the Vatican, a tiny enclave with approximately 800 citizens. It is a frank recognition of the pope's status as a full-fledged player in the geopolitical arena and that what the French liberals tried to achieve in 1798 has now been amazingly reversed."
Loron Wade

"...whose mortal wound had been healed [revives from its previous fall from power]” (Rev 13:12).

Further notes are under poem number nine, and the note that's in red should be particularly noted.

As far as America goes:
American historian William Blum published his "updated summary of the record of US foreign policy" —
Since the Second World War, the US has:
Attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, most of them democratically elected.
Attempted to suppress a populist or national movement in 20 countries.
Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.
Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries.
Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.
In total, the United States has carried out one or more of these actions in 69 countries. In almost all cases, Britain has been a collaborator.
Source: www.johnpilger.com

When America threatens the world with embargos to make sure that other countries do what it says, you know you’re looking at what the Bible describes as a “beast" power, one biblically predicted (Rev 13:11-18).

"...And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast [the End-time global power]; they worshiped the dragon [Satan] because he gave his authority to the beast [it effectively acting on Satan's behalf]; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him [combat it]?" (Rev 13:3,4, NASB).


"It seems that America the Beautiful has become ugly with age."
The Author

“Behind a smile, piousness, uniform, authoritative desk or glowing plan, there’s many a crook and hidden agenda.” 
The Author





This poem was penned 23 August 2009.

8.  A Letter To The Pope


(Re the encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Pope Benedict XVI)

I hear you’re calling for a New World Order — in our interests, of course,
However, given history, such a proposal I can’t endorse.
For not long ago, a religious power reigned for hundreds of years,
And savagely so, using the state’s military might — hence my fears.

In the Christian Bible in the book of Revelation, chapter thirteen,
It appears to be warning of a repeat of that same historic scene;
That most will be fooled into going along with a new order of things,
From which I understand persecution and murder once again springs.

It says that this new world wide power will act just like the other one,
Forcing its dogma on all, sometime after its reign has begun.
Obviously it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing; Satan’s vehicle, tool,
Which eventually will bring everybody under his rule.

Hence my concerns, lest you’re desiring what may fulfil this prophecy,
Which also appears to be tied in with the end of earth’s history.
Given the state of the world currently, and maybe what you’re suggesting,
Could it be earth’s end is near, and you, wrongly in such plans investing?

It appears that this new power — a New World Order, undoubtedly,
May be tied in with that past cruel religious power, intriguingly.
The Christian Bible says that the new power’s a copy of an old one,
And that this new religious power is one that all on earth should shun.

Hence why I can’t go along with calls for a New World Order, you see,
More so, one that in time would curtail civil and religious liberty.
Besides, no one body should control every nation, humanity,
And certainly not a religious one steering the military.

Yes, history often repeats itself, and New World Orders aren’t new,
At least that is, in the minds of those ones who such have tried to pursue.
After all, isn’t such the ultimate for those who’re power hungry,
Or who’re religiously deluded and unsound spiritually?

By that I mean, history is strewn with the likes, who’ve come and gone,
After having wickedly plundered, raped, tortured and stamped upon.
All in the name of religion, or some other justification,
Working their murderous way from city to city, nation to nation.

And then the world, or so they’ve hoped, and might have — but not, fortunately;
And who would have it otherwise who values freedom and liberty?
For power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,
Despite the best of intentions, or efforts of humanity.

It appears that the new power somehow gains the confidence of all,
Managing to deceive — that is, those who foolishly for such fall.
And given it’s a world wide power, a New World Order, clearly,
I’d encourage you to reconsider your proposal; Yours sincerely,

By Lance Landall


And that past religious power? Papal Rome.

“The Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind.”
W.E. Lecky, Rise and influence of rationalism in Europe, volume 2, p.32.

“Then I saw another beast [power] that rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon [deceptive in appearance because it later changes character, becomes Satanic]. IT EXERCISES ALL THE AUTHORITY OF THE FIRST BEAST [previous power] ON ITS BEHALF, AND MAKES THE EARTH AND ITS INHABITANTS WORSHIP THE FIRST BEAST [in other words, it effectively fulfills the previous powers desires], whose MORTAL WOUND HAD BEEN HEALED [it revives from its previous fall from power]” (Rev 13:11,12).





This poem was penned 23 April 2015, and upgraded 29 August 2018.

9.  A Letter To Pope Francis

Going by God’s Word, which all Christians should, all men are equal, but none Holy,
’Cause we’re fallen, sinful, mortal creatures, and thus all in need of Calvary.
Hence my approaching you as a fellow brother, for things you’ve said concern me,
Though such not all I may address, for other things bother considerably.

I as a peace loving person, and a Christian, was appalled to hear you say:

“If someone insulted my mother, I would punch them,” which is hardly Christ’s way.
Nor prudent given Papal Rome’s violent, bloody, oppressive history,
And so completely at odds with “turn the other cheek”-cum-Christianity,

And, at the end of the day, it simply not something a church leader should say.


“It’s only natural,” you said, and I thought, what about sanctification,
The Holy Spirit’s moulding and empowering — we thus a new creation —
And haven’t you condemned violence, and doesn’t violence beget violence?
Hence those brawls we see, the arrival of the police and oft an ambulance.

If someone insulted my mum, I’d show then the door, certainly speak my mind,
But punch them? No, for such a sad response would declare me hot-headed or blind.
And such would put me offside with Christ, even Paul who was once known as Saul,
A persecutor who became a pacifist, loving example to all.

Sure Christ chased the moneychangers out of the temple, (though He’d good reason to),
But His prerogatives aren’t our prerogatives, and we not reverence due.
And this, by the way, (and respectfully),
Why I question popes having ascended the throne of Caesars, effectively,
And their acceptance of adulation that only God is due, He alone Holy.

Yes, no apostle ever sat on a throne, nor amongst treasure or glory,
They treading the same humble path as their Saviour, their lives a different story.
And we not even to bow to Holy angels, let alone some earthy man,
Who, lets be honest, is worshipped by many as if he were God, rather than,

A fallen, human, mortal, fallible man.

I also heard you say that freedom of expression must have its limits, and,
Given how Papal Rome once snuffed such, I wondered, has Satan got something planned?
Well, I mean to say, Papal Rome seems to be on the upper — influential —
Its Napoleonic wound having healed, and I foreseeing much potential.

You see, there is that documented clandestine Jesuit activity,
In other words, their post-Reformation interfering with democracy,
Their counter Reformation measures, and their great hatred of democracy.

And hence why I’m so concerned, for few are protesting today, unlike before,
And thus Church and State looming closer, a New World Order knocking at the door.

And you being the first Jesuit pope — and as I understand it,
Are subservient to the Jesuit General (the Black Pope)
Who'll take over when the time is right, and as planned, on your throne sit,
And in the past, Papal Rome having used the military might of others,

And I meaning, to its own benefit.


So please forgive my frankness, but that talk of punches and limiting free speech,
Hardly gels with Scripture, God’s grace, and may say more about the Vatican’s reach.
After all, you’ve a billion followers, seem to address the world via TV,
“And the whole world was astonished and followed the beast” just seems to click with me.

That beast being a power mentioned in the book of Revelation, you see.

And there you have it, courtesy of free speech that God has granted to us all,
And no doubt Earth's greatest defender of free speech would be the apostle Paul.
He once having persecuted those who spoke contrary to what he believed,
Yes, he deludedly thinking they were wrong when it was him who’d been deceived.

All why we shouldn’t try to put our stamp on others, or encroach on free speech,
Nor throw a punch, lashing out like Peter, who a better way Christ sought to teach,
And who said, “My kingdom’s not of this world,” and why Christians shouldn’t seek power,
And rather than trust in fallen man, patiently wait until Christ’s coming hour,

He appearing in the sky, not upon Earth; and every earthly kingdom will devour.

Oh, by the way, if the Vatican is that “beast” power of Revelation
That most folk will be amazed at and follow, (thereby forfeiting salvation),
Then I’d assume there’d be some fancy footwork, smoke and mirrors, signs, wonders, and,
You, Sir, perhaps having pulled off something amazing, hailed throughout each land.

And as for the second “beast” that’s an image of this first one, I would assume
It to be another Church and State power that will also be courting doom.
One having given room to the first “beast,” and made up of Protestants, I dare say,
And as for its embryo, I’d imagine we’re looking at the USA,

A very different USA, a lamb that somehow becomes a dragon, say.

So why Protestants and the USA?

Well,

Most Americans are wildly patriotic, and that means Protestants too,
Who’re seen to tie Christianity in with their country — well, most of them do —
And many of these USA Protestants wanting Church and State tethered; and
They reaching out to you, Pope Francis, even taking your prized Mary in hand,

And some calling for reunification
and you, reaching out to them too.

Now this (against what the early Protestants believed) is where I see a link,
America and the Vatican moving closer-cum-New World Order Inc.
In other words, a religious-political “beast” power, an “image,” say,
One that will soon govern Earth, it much like that one back in Martin Luther’s day.

And I would assume that sabbatarians would be persecuted again,
Sunday observance soon being forced on all via some legislative pen.
Yes, I’ve heard you calling for a return to Sunday sacredness, and not just you,
But many American Protestants too thus showing allegiance to who?

Now, I don’t have a problem with you personally, but just biblically,
For no matter how good a man is, he’s a concern if errant Scripturally.
And hence why the Bible warns of false prophets, those whose teachings clash with God’s Word,
For God’s the God of truth (not just the God of love) who doesn't want error heard;

And I'm reminded of how Papal Rome once wrongly withheld the Bible, God's Word.

Though a pope may condemn poverty, war and evil, speak of kindness and love,
He’s still under God’s judgment if not in line with all God’s revealed from above.
In other words, God’s Law for example, it not a ceremonial law,
 But moral and perpetual, not to be touched by some interfering paw.

But what do I see you promoting, a worship day that’s foreign to Scripture,
 The seventh day Sabbath-cum-Saturday having been removed from the picture.
Yes, neither God nor His apostles commanding such, and why on Earth would they?
For there’s nothing wrong with that seventh day Sabbath, but a great deal with Sunday,

A universal day that'll soon to be hailed by all, I believe -- well, almost all.

Hence why those who’ll worship the “beast” will turn on those who worship the Creator,
Just like Cain (who worshipped wrongly too) turned on Able — murdered him, what’s more.
They keeping Sunday, remembering Christ’s resurrection, not His Sabbath day,
And nor His creatorship; enter evolution, that non-hallowed Sunday.

And oh, how Mary’s venerated, she not equal with Christ, nor above him, and
She no intercessor, queen of Heaven, nor to be worshipped, put on some stand.
And yet, popes swinging incense before her, kneeling before her, kissing her feet,
Bowing and praying to an idol of her — oh, how Christ they blaspheme and cheat!

The truth is, that Mary was never blessed above all women, but was simply
The most blessed among women, and thus such rituals meaningless, quite frankly.
And so, with respect and concern, I point you to God’s Word which has this to say:
That those who stray from the path of right and truth will have to face His judgment day.

And err Catholicism has, pagan, occultic symbols rife within her,
Including idol after idol, doctrines that aren’t Scriptural, and why, Sir,
I once again point to the Word of God which condemns all who act contrary,
All who even speak contrary to its teachings, and wrongly exalt Mary.

Neither God nor the apostles said that church ministers were not to marry,
Such but Babylonian, and nor does the Bible speak of purgatory,
And nor, by the way, does it endorse any monastery or nunnery.
So why would Catholicism teach such, unless of course, it wasn’t Christian,
Or not truly Christian, and I guess this taking me back to where I came in.

Yours sincerely.

By Lance Landall


"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Tim 2:5, KJV).

"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12, NIV).

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we [the apostles] preached to you,
let him be eternally condemned!” (Gal 1:8, NIV).

The pope and his comments in the poem above were seen and heard on TV1, 6 pm news, NZ, 'round 23 of April 2015.

This poem is best read in conjunction with the poem I'm Concerned, America, and the notes that are under it.

Papal Rome is really just pagan Rome in ecclesiastical dress
— and hence the term Roman Catholic. It’s a Church and State Power with its own domain, flag, currency and stamps, along with Swiss military guards.

"The Papacy is not other than the Ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof."
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

"The Catholic Church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches than any other institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe. The pope, as the visible ruler of this immense amassment of wealth is consequently the richest individual in the twentieth century. No one can realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars."
The Vatican Billions by Avro Manhattan

When Constantine shifted to Constantinople, he left the Bishop of Rome [Pope to be] in charge of Rome. Hence how pagan Rome ended up becoming papal Rome. The beasts [certain powers] prophetically portrayed in the Bible’s book of Daniel (chapters 7, and 2) end in papal Rome (the Little Horn, Daniel 7:8,20,21,24,25, which, as also predicted, sits amongst the still divided nations of Europe, Daniel 2:41-44). Therefore, we’re effectively still in the days of papal Rome given that papal Rome (once wounded by Napoleon) is not only the last power mentioned, but one that’ll be resurrected (Rev 13:3,11-18) via an infiltrated America that’s Protestants have lost the plot, and via a Church and State tethering.

"In 1978, the year that Pope John Paul I was murdered and Pope John Paul II took over the papacy, a set of Vatican stamps was issued featuring a pyramid and an all-seeing eye."
David Icke

Note: Collier's Encyclopedia — Saturday, seventh day of the week.

"So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation" (Gen 2:3, ESV).

"Remember the
Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your  female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy" (Ex 20:8-11, ESV).

But,

"He [a past power] shall speak words against the Most High [God], and shall [did] wear out the saints of the Most High [persecuted them], and shall think to change the times and the law [God's Ten Commandments]..." (Dan 7:25, ESV).


“We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.”
Peter Geiermann, The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine p 50, (1946 ed.).

Link to
"What Happened To The Sabbath In God's Law?"

The only reason that I mention Catholicism is, because I believe that biblical prophecy refers and points to it (both past and present), and that evidence attests to it, as being in opposition to both God's Word and will, and a danger to liberty and freedom, and this, despite what Catholicism might say in its defence. Ssee the link to revealing quotes that's under my poem "I'm Concerned America.

A few books worth checking out:

50 Years in the Church of Rome by Charles Chiniquy
The Secret Terrorists by Bill Hughes
The Secret History of the Jesuits by Edmond Paris
The Transformation of the Republic by C.T. Wilcox 
 This one seriously recommended.
The History of Protestantism by J.A. Wylie
Vatican Assassins by Eric Jon Phelps
In God's Name by David Yallop
The Vatican Exposed by Paul Williams
The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop
The Keys Of This Blood by Malachi Martin
The Vatican Empire by Nino Lo Bello
The Vatican Billions by Avro Manhattan
The Vatican In World Politics by Avro Manhattan

"Come out of her, My people [they clearly where they shouldn't be], so that you will not share in her sins,
so that you will not receive any of her plagues"
(Rev 18:4, NIV).






This poem was penned 21 November 2011.

10.  The New World Order

It’s all about worship — the hidden worship of man.

Julie loved chatting with her dad, and today was no exception, though her thoughts were much more serious today.
“What do you make of the New Word Order thing, Dad? Is it just some farcical theory like many people say?”
“No, Julie, it’s for real alright. Even the pope and some U.S. presidents have endorsed such, and others too,
Thus, such is clearly on the agenda — however, a One World Government is hardly something that is new.

And lest I’m confusing you, here — they’re both one and the same thing — an order seeking control of humanity,
Not that such is said openly, but there is plenty of evidence proving so, and then there is history.”
“What do you mean by history, Dad?”  “Well, many have had their eyes on the world, and not just on other nations,
The Holy Roman Empire for one, which ruled for hundreds of years, and committed atrocious violations.

And hence the concern of many given that the pope has been calling for a New World Order quite recently,
One that he said needs to be backed by an armed force, by the way — and I hear he’s put his hand up somehow, interestingly.
At the end of the day, the Holy Roman Empire that once was, still is, despite it appearing more benign,
And that’s when something can be far more dangerous, given that it’s less obvious, and thus folk think all’s fine.

Evidence says that the pope’s just a figurehead, subservient to the commander of the Jesuit Order,
One created to reverse the Protestant Reformation via infiltration, and via crossing any boarder.
One that’s also intent on destroying the U.S. constitution, it’s said — and haven’t we noticed such?
For laws like the Patriot Act have made it much easier for inside forces to evilly liberty clutch.

Bear in mind that more and more Protestants are making overtures to Rome, and that the Vatican wields much clout,
And, by the way, has an intelligence service second to none, secret agents that its wishes carry out.
Thus, we’re not talking about imaginary things, dealing with fantasy, but in facts and reality,
And hence that concern many have, a concern that many Christians even link to some biblical prophecy.

Others are fuelling this New World Order too, some secretly, some openly — different beats, but the same drum,
And some are bedfellows — among them, Freemasonry being a major player — yes, all propelling what will come.
But despite them achieving their goal, I believe that Divine justice will have the last say, but not before much ill,
Which will catch the gullible by surprise, come those who fall for the spiel, and who willingly come under its spell.

So, I’d keep your eyes on things, Julie, watching for some political, religious merger, and set apart day,
One universally accepted and legislated as being in the interests of all — no doubt Sunday.
The truth is, we’re all being set up, hence certain political manoeuvres, behind the scenes manipulation,
As one thing’s for sure, such will be enforced whether we like it or not — the proof that it’s an evil creation.”

“What exactly do you mean by proof, Dad?”  “Well, I’m referring to force, Julie, which is always a clear-cut sign,
For no matter how noble the intent of anyone, force is contradictory, and clearly out of line.
Those with genuine hearts and minds-cum-those who cherish love and truth, never violate human rights, nor think to,
For only the deluded, those with an evil agenda, those who’re callous and indifferent, such pursue.

You see, when we use force to implement what we think is best for all, we cross a non-negotiable line,
A critical line — thereby leaving no line — and where there’s no such line, things can only but from thereon decline.
It’s that simple, Julie, hence why I couldn’t condone a New World Order, for such wouldn’t let us vote with our feet,
And that which wouldn't allow such, and having crossed that non-negotiable line, inevitably would mistreat.

And when there’re strange bedfellows pushing for the same thing, though each for their own end, of which one must come out on top,
There just has to be an eventual evil outcome — one that all the will in the world won’t be able  to stop.
That is, turnaround, for the jaws of the new 'beast' will have all firmly in its grip, they no longer free to do and say,
And all because they went along with such, perhaps even hollered for such, when they should’ve known such wouldn’t pay.”

By Lance Landall


For verification of the above, click on the link to quotes that is under my poem I'm Concerned, America which
is poem #7.
The particular pope and reference referred to here is, the encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Pope Benedict XVI.


"...And all the world marveled and followed the beast [power]" (Rev 13:3, NKJV).

“For when they shall say, peace and security: then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains
upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape.” (1Thess 5:3, Douay-Rheims Version).


You may also be interested in reading my article on UFOs (and their possible tie in) which can be found on
my Bits 'n' Bobs page.





11.  What's Really Going On?

And then comes some kind of a saviour who delivers peace, and who might that be?
But this midst humans having surrendered their liberty for security.
Yes, humanity having been frightened into submission — in other words,
The acceptance of a very controlled planet, sense having flown with the birds.

And much that’s frightened us no accident, but the work of some behind the scene,
Insiders and outsiders, some things planned or not prevented, and now routine.
And some folk asking, “Who might some terrorists actually be linked with, and,
Is it all designed to get us backing who knows what, who, such carefully planned?”

Yes,

Folk even clamouring for such security, they disregarding the cost,
Much like turkeys clamouring for Christmas, and in time, sensing that all is lost.
And such the result of ignorance or disbelief, a trust that was misplaced,
Many so naive, or their head in the sand when certain things should’ve been faced.

It’s just another conspiracy theory, folk say, and thus how they get caught,
And unwittingly the very ones who’re up to no good foolishly support.
And this because these ones they support are oft wolves in sheep’s clothing, evil men,
But men who cleverly paint themselves as noble or godly, and hence my pen.

Now if I may digress with your permission:

Could the anti-Christ that the Bible speaks of be a wolf in sheep’s clothing too,
Some person or power looking good when actually bad, thus false, not true?
Yes, appearing to be for God when against God, for man when against man, and,
Fooling via signs and wonders, some coup that has folk applauding throughout each land.

Yes, some kind of saviour who the world will follow in amazement, listen to,
But they simply beguiled by a monster of whose intention they had no clue.
And bedfellows aplenty, their plans having worked, and folk just like those turkeys,
Christmas not as they’d wished, the steam from their self-imposed pot waffling with the breeze.

So what’s really going on, or am I as mistaken as I’d prefer to be,
Given that if I’m not we’re headed for an end that folk will rue bitterly.
And this being why we should guard against anything that nibbles at liberty,
Encroaches on free speech, hinders access to truth, gives room to skulduggery.

By Lance Landall





This poem was penned 23 February 2011.

12.  Evil On The Wing

(An intriguing tale)

Zantack’s evil gaze meandered over the sea of faces under his control,
Yes, indoctrinated zealots ready to do his bidding, their hearts black as coal.
There they stood, wall to wall, trained to act without questioning, no limits to their ill,
So deluded, puppets on a string effectively, having surrendered their own will.

“Mother” he said, referring to the organization that they’d sworn allegiance to,
“Mother,” he repeated, “Is sensing success, completion, but there’s still work to do.
Therefore, let me remind you of all that you’ve been trained for, prepared and equipped for;
And the reason for this reminder? Such activities you’re to engage in far more.

Yes, you’re to up the anti — we’re almost there — then Mother will rule humanity,
And all will kneel before me — Zantack — kiss my hand, submit to my authority.
Once enthroned, no one will be free to do as they wish, no one will enjoy liberty,
For Mother’s reign under me, will leave no room for dissent, nor for democracy.”

Zantack’s evil gaze returned to his notes which he snatched at and waved above his head;
He being a fitting agent of Yantay, mortuary cold, now hostile and red.
Oh, how Yantay, (a spirit being), would be proud of him — Zantack, the devil incarnate,
Instructing his duplicitous slaves, dispensable pawns, vowed to secrecy, tight knit.

“Infiltrate every organization, every society, each religion,
Gaining key positions, unlimited access, thus working covertly within.
Use your influence and authority to further Mother’s aim, achieve her goal,
That being: Worldwide domination, indoctrination, lock-stock-and-barrel control.”

Zantack surveyed the sea of faces again, forehead furrowed, jaw set, chin raised high,
And then, as if he’d not paused, continued on, hatred and fury blazing from each eye.
“Infiltrate the education system, seats of learning, and every media,
Cleverly enlist the help of others who’ve wealth, influence, power and charisma.

Infiltrate the armed forces, councils, courts, governments, unions — yes, everything you can,
Always keeping in mind that civil unrest, riots and mayhem are part of the plan.
Scare the population via terrorism, and via warnings of coming attacks,
Yes, bombings and the likes, which unbeknown to them, are often our calculated acts.

Such will have them forgoing certain liberties for the sake of security,
And we'll convince them that we’ve the answer, which they’ll accept only too willingly.
Yes, all carefully orchestrated, ensuring things eventually go our way,
Whereby the dictates of Mother, overseen by me, everyone on Earth will obey.

Yes, amidst it all, you're to fool the masses, have them thinking that you're on their side,
And that — unfortunately — certain actions are necessary, and justified;
That you're working to illiminate injustice, oppression, war — bring about peace,
Doing all that you can to see that poverty and any suffering decrease."

Yantay, watching from his realm, would make an appearance at some stage, fortuitously,
A dazzling entry, verifying Zantack’s claims and Mother’s rule, advantageously.
But not in his usual form though — no, Yantay would impersonate the Pure One,
Deceiving nigh on all, who would fall for the signs and wonders, the falsehood spun.

Zantack tugged at his black robe. “One ruler, one power, one ideology!” he cried,
And all those present rose together, shouting, “Zantack! Zantack!” and beaming with pride.
He turned and left the stage, leaving behind a sea of salutes from disguised assassins,
Yes, cold blooded killers, who in the name of Zantack, would commit countless bloody sins.

But the Pure One watched too, for He as well, would make an appearance, ultimately,
One far more spectacular, one that would light up the sky, signalling great majesty.
And He would bring an end to Mother, Zantack and Yantay, their evil and misery,
And all who submitted to their beastly rule, thereby giving Yantay the glory.

Glory that belonged to the Pure One, (a spirit being too), for only He was worthy,
Yes, not Yantay, the rebellious one, oft seeking to gain control of humanity.
Yantay, since his expulsion from the Pure One's realm, had been seeking partners in crime,
Partners who'd see that more victims came his way -- and Yantay hoping, all on Earth, this time.

Meantime, despite knowing that most would be hoodwinked by Mother, Zantack and Yantay,
And knowing also, that most would go their own rebellious way, rather than His way,
The Pure One, (and out of love), despatched certain messengers, who, via various means,
Would warn of the cunning, evil, and deadly snare that was afoot, midst Earth's closing scenes.
 
“Shame so many would be fooled,” mused the Pure One, grieved to think that such would be the case,
But the multitudes have always wandered after delusions, and such, still embrace.
And as a result, don’t see what’s right in front of their noses, nor give things due thought,
Until deep within the web of some Zantack stronghold, they are well and truly caught.

By Lance Landall





13.  Notes From Adolph

Adolph Hitler (1889-1945), dictator of Nazi Germany

"Why was I so successful? Because I was able to manipulate the masses via my clever spiel,
Another word for propaganda, and I well versed in mind control, and thus certain things able to instil.
Hence that passion seen in the youth whose “Hail Hitler” came from the heart, their minds having been captured well and truly,
They thoroughly indoctrinated, hence their blind allegiance, their dobbing their parents in, and willingly.

But you know, convince folk you’re working in their best interests, and that their best interests are threatened, and
You not only have them getting behind you and supporting what you’re doing, but eating out of your hand.
What helps, of course, is that people seldom think or study for themselves, thus ignorance oft  being their downfall,
And they treating the News as gospel, the manipulating of such being a dictators first port of call.

To be honest, my passion was fuelled by my personal issues, such coupled with an ideology,
Hence my ferocious far reaching agenda, my Storm-troopers, my total control of the military.
I established a secret police — the Gestapo — to spy on the people, and I singled out the Jews,
And an economic crisis and the political confusion of the times was very quick to use.

Yes, I played on the people’s fears, conveniently created incidents, then promised them security,
They not realising such were inside jobs designed to erode freedoms and secure my grip politically.
I became the Führer, (leader of the Nazi Party), worshipped by many, hailed by the majority,
My iron fist rule soon establishing concentration camps, let alone my forays militarily.

Yes, ultimate control was my intention, the constitution given the side shoe shuffle, and smartly,
I not wanting anything to get in the way of my plans for Germany, and indeed humanity.
Hence the hysteria I whipped up, thus ensuring the eroding of opposition, (soon paralyzed),
All of which — and this, discovered far too late — ensnared every single citizen and horribly surprised."

By Lance Landall


"How fortunate for leaders that men do not think."
Adolf Hitler  





This poem penned May 2016.

14.  Donald Trump?

Personally,

I can understand some Americans considering this man, but dear me,
He’s far from the calibre of one who should be seeking the presidency.
For what comes from the mouth reveals the heart, and why I’m not liking what I see,
And nor that ill coming from others who’re also seeking the presidency.

The negative talk and behaviour that we’re hearing and seeing currently,
Is what has brought about much ill already, ISIS for one, undoubtedly.
In other words, that swaggering, gun-toting, “We’ll smoke ’em out,” mentality,
Which, though certain action is needed, will only lead to further tragedy.

I fear the days of presidents like Lincoln are over, it a whole new game,
And it has been for some time, America a country that’s hardly the same.
And why Americans need to be looking at where the rot’s been coming from,
Given that moral decay, crime and violence are themselves a ticking bomb.

All why many would say that it’s time you cleaned up your own backyard, and quickly,
And this, before you point any finger, preen yourselves patriotically.
For you’ve certainly a checked past, and are looking pretty shabby today,
Hollywood reflecting your shame, how you’ve lowered the bar and gone so astray.

It concerns me how many of you can’t seem to see what the rest of us see,
We more objective, I guess, our country not seen as if the world, quite frankly.
In other words, America having become too proud, the land of the free,
Which a sound Australian journalist calls a cosmetic democracy.

Well, you’ve lost so much, haven’t you, perhaps too distracted, and out with the old,
Your real enemy working within and behind, and this you have long been told.
But somehow it all alludes you, and once again you’re rushing for a saviour,
Your strong desire for needed change ignoring dangerous words and behaviour.

Who will you call on next? The pope? And isn’t that what Abraham Lincoln feared?
So when will you learn that men, (or women), aren’t the answer? Obama once cheered.
All why Solomon said, there’s nothing new under the sun, hence why I’d take care,
For those things that you’re failing to see are what I believe you’ve more cause to fear.

By Lance Landall



"I see a very dark cloud on our horizon. And that dark cloud is coming from Rome."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951)

"I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish — where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source — no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials — and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all."
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


Read my poem I'm Concerned America and the notes that are under it.

You may also wish to read my poem A Woman Commander-In-Chief? which is found in the orange box titled Beauty Beware.




This poem was penned 20 October 2016, and added to 21 October 2016.

15.  Can We Look Now, America?


Okay, so you’ve had your fun, or is it actually a nightmare, and how,
Because we can’t believe what we’re seeing, and why I’m asking, “Can we look now?”
It’s like a Punch and Judy show that’s run amuck, something we’ve not seen before,
And America looking like it’s lost the plot, and oh, what else is in store?

I’ve heard many say, “Well, that’s Americans for you,” as if you’re all odd folk,
And now America having become the butt of a very scary joke.
Some simply wanting a woman president, as if that’s the answer, dear me,
And others supporting a renegade, though both embroiled in controversy,

And hey, women capable of being just as treacherous, cruel and deadly.

Yes, I’m all for free speech, but what’s happened to America the Beautiful,
Because what’s going on isn’t admirable, but to be frank, farcical.
I guess it’s a sign of the times, and we thought Disneyland was in Anaheim,
And that it was only adolescents who were into such stunts and pantomime.

So what’s up, America, because we’re all scratching our heads over it all,
One hardly a knight in shining armour, nor the other the belle of the ball.
And the Statute of Liberty already embarrassed, and as for Abe, well,
He’d surely be turning in his grave, yanking on the lid to keep out the chill.

No,

 It’s hardly a laughing matter, but what America seems to have come to,
Though we’re sure such isn’t the case with all of you, and why we’re sorry for you.
For come voting time, it seems you’re caught between the devil and the deep blue sea,
Because something’s gone terribly wrong with your seemingly hijacked country.

So when will it be okay to look, America, or will it never be?
Something disturbingly systemic having infected your once proud country.
“I didn’t have sexual relations with...,” the tip of the iceberg, it seems,
Hence WikiLeaks having a field day, your country coming apart at the seams.

Land of the Free, huh, but what good is a country without any dignity?
Corruption, immorality and right royal gaffes dogging the presidency.
Yes, it such a tragedy, our hands over our eyes, and we counting the cost,
And wondering just how much more what-once-made-America-great will be lost.

Okay, so the world’s in a mess, but given what America has stood for,
And its power and clout, it’s rather alarming and pretty hard to ignore.
So please, wake up before you’re fooled by some sleight of hand, and return to your roots,
Scrutinizing with the eyes of an eagle, because you’ll know them by their fruits.

But to be honest, America, and frank, who’s really running your country,
Those you see or don’t see? Is America a cosmetic democracy?
Yes, too many Americans otherwise absorbed, indeed humanity,
Folk too caught up with fantasy, rubbish TV, rather than with reality,

And the fox already in the hen house, it not just about Punch and Judy.

By Lance Landall





This poem was penned 18th July 2016

16.  Letter To America

(Sorry Alistair Cook, author of Letter From America)

From the moment folk sought the shores of what would become America, safety,

Freedom from persecution, despots and zealots, that Church and State tyranny,
Hence the Statue of Liberty,
There were those who sought the opposite, hence Lincoln’s well-founded fears, you see,
They heartless, callous, fanatical, militant, and a cunning enemy.

They also religious and political, ravenously power hungry,
With global aspirations, European connections, unsurprisingly.
Yes, they very dangerous, very busy in America, but disguised,
Artful blenders, chameleon-like infiltrators, and thus not recognised.

And therefore, they not only behind much, but hidden behind much, silent foes,
They donning different masks, wolves in sheep's clothing, and inflicting many woes.
And such hasn’t stopped, they having almost reached their goal, and thus why we now see,
A changed America, and such the fulfilment of biblical prophecy.

Yes, America having got in the way of their plans, control of mankind,
And why since America’s founding there’s little that they haven’t been behind,
The destruction of the American constitution in their evil mind.
Such known and documented, but everyone looking elsewhere, seemingly,
Distractions, nonsense, ignorance alive and well, and why what will be will be,

Que sera, sera.

So often folk don’t spot the obvious, just can’t be told, don’t learn from the past,
Contemporary views and thoughts having dulled and blinded, and there goes their grasp.
So too those ancient paths and the good way, enter deception and trickery,
A lamb that will metamorphose into a dragon, goodbye democracy,

Or was it only cosmetic, anyway?


By Lance Landall





This poem was penned 10th November 2016.

17.  Make America Great Again?

It’s my strong belief that the world is really run by those who’re behind the scene,
And who will use any person or any vehicle, but remaining unseen.
So any attempt to “drain the swamp,” or some, “Come together,” movement, won’t stop them,
And may even suit them, pleasing rhetoric and some clever cover aiding them.

Their end being: Earth their way, and it under their total control — yes, you and I,
All eventually forced to succumb to their will — otherwise, will suffer or die.
But most fooled by the rhetoric, even seeming progression, they willing lackeys,
Unable to discern the truth of the matter, thus only too willing to please.

Oh, how many so-called Saviours we’re seen already in the form of mortal men,
Or women; their failure, betrayal or corruption more fodder for the writer’s pen.
And world domination no new thing, but this time more subtle and clever, maybe,
And by the way, such a scenario predicted via biblical prophecy.

So,

“Make America Great Again,” could be a Trojan horse, and one day, enter force,
Though even if such were an innocent movement, it turning nasty in due course.
The world forced to follow suit, one way or another, and who knows where that might end,
And why I’m less excited and more concerned, and thinking, you should be too, dear friend.

And bear in mind those assassinations, and I thinking of John F. Kennedy,
Lincoln too, and how their deaths shattered many dreams, left folk feeling angry, empty.
All why excitement can be premature, those behind the scene planting or felling,
Though many so-called Saviours promising us things when something just isn’t gelling.

And it's no wonder, the characters of some of these saviours seriously flawed,
And skeletons hanging in their closet, and why too quick folk are seen to applaud.
They too accepting of words and actions that should be a warning, and why it is,
They’re soon disappointed by that failure, betrayal or corruption that’s hers or his.


By Lance Landall


See the notes that are under my poem I'm Concerned America.

Might Donald Trump set the scene for somone else?



“And at another moment I [God] may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it [bless], but if it does evil in My sight, not listening to My voice, then I will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it” (Jer 18:9,10).

“For when they shall say, peace and security: then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains
upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape.” (1Thess 5:3, Douay-Rheims Version).






On the 18 October 2018, this poem (previously titled "In God We Trust?") was altered, added to and blended
to some degree with another poem of mine (now deleted) called "You Voted, America."

18. In God We Trust, I Hear You Say

In God we trust, I hear you say, America, but hey, come certain clouds of grey,
You rush for mortal saviours, even clutch at Church and State along the way;
 But God not having given you such a mandate, you not a theocracy,
Never were and never will be, but a mixed multitude, in reality.

God isn’t into earthly kingdoms any more, ancient Israel since divorced,
And deluded power-hungry governments always having oppressed and forced.
Your new look government looking like one too that wants to put its stamp on things,
And hence that alarm bell that in the mind of many concerned observers rings.

I’m reminded of Constantine, who, in order to prop up his ailing kingdom,
Blended Church and State, and I see Americans suffering from the same fate.
For suffering there will be — well, eventually, if such proves to be true,
’Cause no matter how bad things appear, there are some things that we shouldn’t pursue.

Yes, we know where things went after Constantine blended Church and State; Papal Rome,
And hundreds of years of persecution, all why many called your shores their home.
And the last thing they would've wanted is an American version, which one day,
Given America’s clout, could be forced on the world, starting with shades of grey.

So who might that second Constantine be? A born again President, maybe,
Constantine’s conversion dubious too, and why things that hardly gel we see.
“You’ll know them by their fruits,” the Bible warns, and there’s no time like now for scrutiny,
’Cause Church and State have been busy courting, and why a wedding I’m sure we’ll see.

When leaders surround themselves with those who nod and bow, “Yes” men and women, and
Quickly remove criticizers and opposers, those who might know what’s really planned,
And when leaders don't want their sins known, and malign speakers of truth, then is seen
Not just hypocrisy, 
but a threat to liberty and freedom, a past scene.

You can blame this or that for Trump winning the election, but win he did,
No one needing to be duped, all able to do their own homework, lift that lid.
But failure to do so having had consequences, though that’s democracy,
Something that’s put at risk where there’re changes for the worst within society,

And where wisdom's gone the same sad way as selflessness, truth and morality.

Swing the pendulum too far left and there will be a backlash to the right, and
Swing the pendulum too far right and there will be a backlash to the left, and
Maybe the pendulum getting stuck one day, though either swing detrimental,
A real threat to democracy, and as for Trump — well, things are starting to tell.


By Lance Landall



“The unholy alliance of religion and politics collaborated in finding Jesus guilty.”
Eugene H. Peterson

“Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: why would we trade a system that has served us so well for one that has served others so poorly?”
Sandra Day O'Connor

“We establish no religion in this country. We command no worship. We mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are and must remain separate.”
Ronald Reagan

“Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the
political power to do so.”
Robert A. Heinlein


The following is an online Time article, Jeff Nesbit, August 15, 2016

With Donald Trump’s campaign losing ground among independent voters in recent weeks due to a series of well publicized mistakes, the GOP presidential nominee has tripled down with the one base of political support that has steadfastly remained with him—white, evangelical voters—by promising to dismantle the laws that separate church and state in America.
It is a provocative move designed to energize a key conservative demographic vital to the national Republican Party, but one that could potentially anger moderate and independent voters once it becomes more widely known.
In a startling off-the-cuff speech to a gathering of pastors in Florida last week, Trump threw away his prepared remarks and promised, over and over, to give evangelical churches the power to essentially spend unlimited sums of tax-exempt money on politics. Nearly 80% of evangelicals already support Trump. It is one of his largest supportive demographics—and one of the GOP’s most reliable voting blocs.
“I said, ‘I’m going to take this into my own hands and I’m going to figure a way that we can get you back your freedom of speech,’” Trump told the evangelical pastors. “It will be so great for the evangelicals, for the pastors, for the ministers, for the priests, for America.”
Trump promised that one of his first efforts as president would be to dismantle laws that keep Christian churches from spending tax-exempt money on political advocacy. He promised to vigorously attack a law established in the 1950s—from legislation sponsored by then-Senator Lyndon Johnson amending the U.S. tax code rules—that prevents tax-exempt organizations such as churches or educational institutions from endorsing political candidates. The ban on 501 C-3 charitable organizations from engaging in political advocacy has come to be known as the "Johnson Amendment."
“If I get elected President, one of the early things, one of the absolute first things I’m going to do is work on totally knocking out the Johnson Amendment,” he said. “The power you have is so enormous. It’s not like you represent two percent of the country and it’s going to be difficult. You’re probably 75, 80 percent. If you want to put your full weight … I mean, can you imagine if all of your people start calling up the local congressman and the local senator?”
Trump promised the evangelical pastors that, by abolishing the prohibition on churches spending tax-exempt money on political advocacy, it would reverse the slow, steady decline in church attendance and public attitudes toward Christian beliefs in the United States.
“And if you look what’s happened to religion, if you look at what’s happening to Christianity, and you look at the number of people going to churches—and evangelicals know this also—it’s not on this kind of a climb, it’s on this kind of a climb of slow and steady in the wrong direction,” Trump said. “A lot of it has to do with the fact that you’ve been silenced. You’ve been silenced like a child has been silenced.”
Trump told the pastors that evangelical voters would make the difference in key battleground states like Florida, Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. And if white, evangelical Christians put him in the White House, he promised to return the favor.
“You have a chance to do something that will be earth shaking,” he said. “I literally mean it: earth shaking. You got to get your people out to vote.”
Trump, whose religious background consists of childhood visits to Sunday school, also told the evangelical pastors that he was their best hope in the 2016 presidential election. He paraphrased evangelical megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, who has said the Bible has called for a strongman such as Trump in the White House—and his characterization of him to make the point.
“’Donald Trump may not be perfect, but he knows how to win. Maybe he’s not as good and maybe he’s not as perfect on the Bible,’” Trump said, quoting Jeffress. “But I did go to Sunday school for many years. I want to tell you that. Okay? He said, ‘He may not be perfect, but he’s ours.’”
Much of the media coverage of the Trump candidacy in the past few weeks has focused on mistakes (like his remark on “Second Amendment people” and Hillary Clinton). But Trump’s stunning proposal to change the 501 C-3 tax rules so that white, evangelical churches can spend money on political advocacy as an arm of the national GOP isn’t a mistake—it’s a move designed to save his presidential campaign at the expense of a time-honored principle of American democracy.


"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951)





This poem was penned 12 July 2009.

19. The Obama Syndrome


(With due respect to Barack Obama.)

Dear friend. It never ceases to disturb and amaze me
How people put great faith in a man (or woman) foolishly.
Was Barack Obama a saviour? No. Nor could George Bush be,
So, let’s not kid ourselves, and face up to reality.

The answer lies outside ourselves, we’re ships in a bottle,
And there we will remain despite whose hand’s on the throttle.
Even Christians surprise me looking to men longingly,
For things will not get better it’s stated biblically.

Now, forgive me preaching, but as far as Earth goes, friend,
It’s very clear that its lifespan is racing to an end.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work that out,
So, I’d give this much thought, for that it needs it, there’s no doubt.

By all means let’s do what we can to make Earth a better place,
But the reality that Earth’s on borrowed time all should face.
Personally, I have a hope beyond, see a way through,
And the question that I would like to ask, friend, is, “Do you?”

You see, for me it’s God, obviously, but what about you?
Is it chance, fate, blind faith in man, for that will hardly do.
We all know deep inside that something’s up, it’s on our lips,
Yes, Armageddon some call it, or the Apocalypse.

Neither Barack Obama, nor those who've come after him, can
Provide an answer to this dilemma that’s facing man.
And this, all will eventually see, if not before, so,
Should we put faith in popes, kings or presidents? I say, “No!”

Whoever’s in power at any time may well be a good man,
Or woman, but no human can come up with a rescue plan.
Ultimately such is beyond us — forget Superman

And don’t hold your breath should someone say, “Hey, I’ve got a plan.”

Yes, there is hope, but it doesn’t lie here, nor with man.

By Lance Landall


“While they are saying, “Peace and Safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly
like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape” (1 Thess 5:3, NASB).

"Then I [John the apostle] saw [in vision] another beast [power] coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon [changes character]. He exercised all the authority of the first beast [the past power] on his behalf [via legislation], and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast [thus fulfilling the past power's historic intentions], whose wound had been healed [it reviving from its previous fall]" (Rev 13:11,12, NIV).


For the biblically predicted "signs of the times" see my page I Saw Beyond It All.






This poem was penned 2 February 2017.

20.  A Word In Your Ear, Donald

I heard you say you’re a Christian, yet Christ never mistreated anybody,
And in fact, condemned those who did, telling everyone to act humanely.
Yes, “If you hurt anyone, you hurt Me too,” He conveyed, and spoke of a day,
One when He’ll judge the words and acts of all, because harming isn’t His way.

All why He died to save, and thus wants everyone treated with dignity,
Persecution and torture angering Him, likewise hatred and bigotry.
And this why we should mind how we feel, mind what we say and do, and such we will
If love truly beats within us, and the same strong disgust for evil and ill.

God made the Earth, not countries, nor borders, and He came to break divisions down,
Promising the contrite and faithful He’d wrap them in His righteous, gracious gown.
He the humblest of all despite His majesty, full of loving, tender care,
Not one who rants and rages, nor one who thumps His fist, for there lies ill and fear.

Though His followers call themselves Christians, it doesn't mean that all of them are,
Nor that Christ doesn’t love those outside His flock, and why on each hand there’s a scar.
And so, be one a Muslim, Jew, atheist or Christian, they’re still His children,
One way or another, and harming any of His children is called a sin.

All why, despite opposing views and beliefs, and the freedom to express them,
We’re to show the same love as Christ — and with tears in our eyes, any wrong condemn.
We’re not to  stamp our feet, nor pridefully wave our country’s flag as if to say:
“This is our land! So stay away!” — for who made the Earth, formed humans out of clay?

And say, if my child murdered someone, would you interrogate and torture me,
Or if it were some members of my church? — the errant always midst society.
Oh dear, for how unfair, folly at its best, wisdom at its worst, and one cursed,
’Cause such isn’t the way of Christ, who one day soon, will see that it’s all reversed.

All why I’m glad, because we’ve seen it all before, old failures dressed as new,
Anything but the better way; a different car, but same old avenue.
So, call yourself a Christian, but if you’re veering from the ways of Christ, I’d mind,
Because you won’t receive His blessing, but one day, something less welcoming find.

And,

Especially if what some women have said is true, and you haven’t confessed,
Nor done your time, for God’s recorded every secret thing, which will be addressed.
Yes, no matter what good you may do, and more so if saying you’re born again,
For God will only be saving repentant, truthful and honourable men.

It may well be that God has allowed your ascension, but hey, that doesn’t mean
You automatically meet His approval; it simply the End-time scene.
In other words, your presence a rebuke, because America’s gone astray,
And just like ancient Israel,
Americans too, have serious lessons coming their way, and cause to wail.

“I’m going to be the best president that God ever made,” I heard you say.
Well, “Pride goeth before a fall,” it’s said, and God’s grace not covering foul play.
Hence this word in your ear, and why I would mind any advisors, false prophets,
And remembering that the Holy God above strongly condemns hypocrites.

By Lance Landall


"For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil" (Eccl 12:14, NIV).

"Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops" (Luke 12:3, NASB).

“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins [God’s grace is made void], but [rather] a fearful expectation of judgment [unless we genuinely repent, put things right where we can]...” (Heb 10:26,27, ESV).





21.  Come On, America


It appears that within America there’re still those who have that wild west mentality,
They toting or hoarding guns, and deludedly thinking that such are a necessity,
Unlike the rest of us who’ve managed fine without such, even with a police force gun free,
And we just as protective of the rights of all when it comes to freedom and liberty.

The truth is, that owning a gun doesn’t guarantee a thing, for one thing’s clear, believe me,
There’s more than one way to skin a cat, as they say, one’s rights being eroded very subtly.
Sure tougher gun laws, or the removal of guns, may well precede some evil agenda,
But such not really necessary, Trojan horses oft being the ploy of the offender.

Meantime, where there’re guns, and in times like these, there’ll be those single and multiple casualties,
Many folk harbouring grievances, and then there’s that violence on TV that one sees,
Let alone those computer games that kind of set kids up — well, certainly the disturbed ones —
Who engrossed in such, and so irresponsibly fed such, soon pull those triggers on real guns.

Yes, it’s really quite simple, and why guns should never be made available publicly,
And why there should be just as bigger hue and cry over what’s daily dished up on TV,
Not forgetting those violent games — but hey, who’s to blame, those who make such, or those who buy such?
And just look at those parents who such weaponry and harmful celluloid eagerly clutch.

So come on, America, your love affair-cum-obsession with guns is costing lives, and,
Rather than being a blessing, is more like a plague that’s once again stalking your troubled land.
And hey, what mixed signals are you sending your children, and more so those of you who’re Christians,
For isn’t it the devil who loves weaponry and violence, and thereby surely wins?

Oh dear, “In God we trust,” they sing, and yet hanging onto their guns just in case He may not,
Or lest somebody pose a threat, and then there is hunting, hence that hypocritical shot.
Yes, they calling violence and killing bad, except where they seem to deem it isn’t so,
And why their Saviour — Christ — must shake His head, for didn’t He tell them to stop such long ago?

Yes, guns aren’t the answer, even laws, but changed hearts and minds, a seeking after truth and right;
All why a form of religion won’t suffice, and more so one linked to military might.
But rather, all turning from wrong, repudiating any kind of force having seen sense,
Otherwise we’ll just be looking at a sham, smoke and mirrors-cum-nothing more than pretence;
And the ill that we’re seeing now, (and clearly much more to come), will be the sad consequence.

By Lance Landall


The poem was penned 1 January 2013.


The following may be of interest:

"Christendom is not the same as Christianity, as the Danish theologian and philosopher Kierkegaard pointed out. Christendom's violence was not Christian, for the simple reason that it was diametrically opposed to what Christ himself taught. People who engage in violent and cruel activities at any time, in Northern Ireland or the Balkans or anywhere else, while invoking the name of God, are certainly not obeying Christ when they do so, whatever they may say to the contrary. After all, the name "Christian" means a disciple or follower of Jesus Christ. Following Christ means obeying his commandments. And one of those commands was the explicit prohibition of the use of force to defend Christ or his message. That command has been very well known since it was issued at a point of high tension in the Gospel narrative, the arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus taught his followers not to hate their enemies but to love them; and he acted accordingly when the armed crowd came with Judas to the Garden of Gethsemane to arrest him. In that historic encounter he specifically forbade his disciples to use violence. Jesus rebuked one of his disciples, Peter, who, untrained in swordsmanship, swung wildly with his sword and cut off the ear of the High Priest's servant, Malchus. "Put your sword back into its place," Jesus said, "for all who take the sword will perish by the sword" (Matt 26:52, ESV). He could not have made it more plain. To take the sword, gun, or bomb in Christ's name is to repudiate both Christ and his message. He will have none of it. Gunning for God, in the sense of taking a weapon into one's hands on God's behalf, is a contradiction of and an affront to the Christian message."
From the book "Gunning For God" by John C. Lennox.

"We Christians may not do as Americans something that we must not do as Christians. As we listen to and debate arguments about going to war, note how often our Christian identity is subordinated to our American identity. We have been so formed by the collusion of the church with America that we find it difficult to even distinguish between Christian and national identity, and harder to subordinate our national identity to our identity in Christ."
Jonathan R. Wilson





The following poem relates to a certain type of Christian, not all American Christians.
 This poem, by the way, is not devaluing the importance of one's denomination,
nor ones attachment to ones country.


22.  Those American Christians


Far too many Christians are putting too much store in their denomination,
Just like the ancient Israelites foolishly did regarding their nation.
They both missing the point, that one’s faith must be built on Christ and His Word, and thus
Should their denomination or nation fall, no problem, they’ve still got Jesus.


And as mentioned, with Jesus comes His Word, it reliable and trustworthy,
And it’s that Word that Christians should put their trust in, not their Church or their country.
The latter how many American Christians are erring too, come Church and State,
And that patriotic fever that too oft has even given way to hate.

Yes, the Jews despising Gentiles, seeing themselves as more than just a cut above,
And pridefully guarding what they weren’t meant to keep to themselves, but share with love.
Their trust not in God but their own efforts, and the same kind of thing’s seen today,
Given those American Christians who seem to be acting just the same way.

Earth’s not where the Christian’s hope and trust is meant to be, nor in those plans of man,
Because only Christ’s their answer, and Christians should know this, scrapping any plan.
In other words, they leaving things in His hands, their job just to impart and shine,
Church and State and patriotic fever being where such Christians cross the line.

In God we trust, huh, but it not seeming so, more store in presidents, I say,
Or that Church and State scenario that many are wishing would come their way.
God not found in either, but in faith and trust, that daily walk that stands alone,
Because the plans of humans and nations will always leave us with cause to groan.

How would Daniel have fared in Babylon with the very same mentality,
His nation shattered, but not his faith, his focus on the Word and heavenly.
He adapting to the circumstances but not conforming, he stout and true,
A witness, a blessing, and God protecting; it not his nation he clung to.

No confusion in Daniel’s mind, though ancient Israel was a theocracy,
It directed by God Himself, and so, Daniel’s trust being in God Almighty.
And so it should be with Christians, whom God has given no theocracy to,
Nor told them to bear arms, but rather, the lost, suffering and dying pursue.

By Lance Landall


“For when they shall say, peace and security: then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains
upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape.” (1Thess 5:3, Douay-Rheims Version).





23.  Christians Who Won't Be Saved


Earth’s evil isn’t the only reason why God’s removing His restraining hand,
But Christians acting as if grace gives them a licence to sin, which God never planned.
His Law supposed to be written on their hearts — love, truth and obedience foremost,
And thus rather than rebelling still, they acting like the righteous heavenly host.

So woe errant Christians, your fate just the same, you not given some immunity,
But called to a much higher standard, or you too, missing out on eternity.
So mind that smirking at non-believers, and that taking things into your own hands,
Instead of leaving them in God’s hands, and putting all your trust and faith in His plans.

Oh yes, God’s judgments falling on you too, unless you come to your senses, that is,
It hardly your right to set up this person or that, move hills or mountains, but His.
You're not God’s Rottwheiler, gun-toting onward Christian soldier, but ambassador,
You representing Him via your Christ-likeness, living up to that embedded law.

Yes, it written on our hearts, remember, otherwise Christ would’ve just died in vain,
He not dying that sin might continue, but be forsaken, ending Satan’s reign.
So out goes pride, that patriotic fever, that holier-than-thou attitude,
That “lets smoke 'em out” mentality, ’cause such Pharisees God’s kingdom won’t include.

In other words, such are the Christians who won’t be saved, they as lost as false prophets,
False teachers and messiahs, because at the end of the day, they’re fakes, hypocrites.
They so prone to turning to human means, and there’re those who’d even kill in God’s name,
Despite such being blasphemy, God having naught to do with such bigotry and shame.

So if you are one of them, listen up, because failing to do so will cost you,
We having been told to stop erring, and this why that Law in your heart God points to.
It there for a reason, one that should show, and why the will of God you’d better know,
Rather than listening to fools, continuing in the same manner as our foe.

Yes, God’s slowly removing His restraining hand, though quicker now, evil gaining,
The world in turmoil having forsaken right, and so, those warned of plagues soon raining.
Man’s cup of iniquity about to overflow, many Christians guilty too,
Who, instead of the love of God, and dictates of His Law, an erring path pursue.

By Lance Landall


“Many [Christians] will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity’ ” (Matt 7:22,23, KJV).

“The children of God and the children of the devil are revealed in this way: all who do not do what is right
are not from God, nor are those who do not love their brothers and sisters” (1 John 3:10).

“ ‘Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven’ ” (Matt 7:21, NKJV).

“For if we willingly persist in sin after having received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer
remains a sacrifice for sins [God’s grace is made void], but a fearful prospect of judgment…” (Heb 10:26,27).

“Do we then overthrow [make void] the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law [the standard of Christian conduct]” (Rom 3:31, ESV).

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God and they shall be My people” (Heb 8:10, ESV).





This poem was penned 6 October 2018.

24.  With The Kavanaugh Case In Mind


It’s not for me to say whether Brett Kavanaugh is guilty or not, but hey,
Those who say they aren’t when they are, might very well seal their fate that very day,
Should some bus come their way,
’Cause God will bring every secret thing into judgment, good and bad, and thus,
Those who’ve lied, not confessed, nor done the time, hardly saved by the grace of Jesus.

No good confessing to a priest, by the way, ’cause only God can forgive sin,
And then, it’s supposed to be rebellion out and His Law governing within.
It written on one’s heart, and after confessing, we paying the earthly price,
God having appointed such authorities, yet some with their salvation dice.

So,

No matter how good we’ve otherwise been, a lie, such as in this case, if so,
Covers a grave sin, maligns that other soul, victim, and hides behind that “No.”
“Yes, I am guilty,” one’s only hope, a lie here being double injury,
Any brave woman or women held up to contempt rather than he,

If he has lied, say, which would beg the question: What kind of judge would he be?

Yes, God showed grace to Adam and Eve, but they still paid for their sin, and so too
Should anyone who rapes, God’s grace not removing justice any victim’s due.
God not winking at lies, and more so double injury, grace no cloak for sin,
But covering the “I’ll put it right” repentant one who’s truly changed within.

God’s not just the God of love, but truth and justice, hence His coming judgment day,
A time when the heavenly judge — Jesus Christ — will screen each life and have His say.
Such being love’s duty, because no one should get away with unconfessed ill,
That lie that turns a knife in some victim’s wound, and God’s heart, which pained when man fell,

And gushed blood-red on Calvary’s hill.

Many perpetrators are protected by earthly position and power,
Hence how they get away with their crimes, and why there needs to be that judgment hour.
Our God no fool, liars not tip-toeing into Heaven, and nor jail breakers,
Who take their life-robbing little secrets all the way to the undertakers.

Enter the hour of God’s judgment, He coming soon, His reward or penalty
With Him, and any attempted rape not missing His justified scrutiny.
Nor any cover-up, whatever the excuse may be, ’cause none will suffice,
A crime’s a crime, thus even the repentant saved one having to pay the price,

And then, only then, having put things right, Christ letting them enter Paradise.

By Lance Landall


"...Only God can forgive sins!" (Luke 5:21, NLT).

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all lunrighteousness (1 John 1:9, NIV).

"For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Tim 2:5, ESV).

“ ‘And the King [Christ] will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ ‘Then He will say to those on the left hand ,‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire [meaning total annihilation] prepared for the devil and his angels’ ” (Matt 25:40,41, NKJV).


“For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing...”
(Eccl 12:14, NKJV).

"Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops" (Luke 12:3, NASB).

“ ‘Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven’ ” (Matt 7:21, NKJV).

"Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment" (Rom 13:1,2, ESV).


And also check out the texts under poem number 24.
The "confessional" is completely unbiblical, nothing but a Catholic invention.





25.  When They Cry "Peace And Safety"


Going by God’s Word, it appears a time may come when regarding the world, Earth,
Things might seem safe again, and peace reigning, but just like labour pains that give birth,
Sudden destruction coming out of nowhere, and there’s got to be reasons why,
God obviously still not happy with things, everyone been fed a lie.

All why God’s Word says, “Here’s a call for the endurance of the saints,” God’s people,
“Those who keep the commandments of God,” thus all not well under each church steeple.
God’s Law having been done away with, supposedly, some Christians selling out,
All why they’ll have cause for fear too (like those scoffers) come Christ’s returning shout.

Yes, society having bought a lie, and many Christians too, it appears,
Hence why come that unexpected sudden destruction, there’ll be much cause for tears.
God not having said there’ll be peace on Earth, except for a manufactured one,
maybe,

And safety too; the only peace and safety coming with the returning Son.

So mind any efforts being made, Christ having warned that they’ll come to naught, and
That our hope lies in Him, not the plans of men, who before God’s judgment will stand.
They having formed their own religion, a hybrid designed to suit everyone —
Well, most, that is — thus shunning the apostolic gospel once shared by the Son.


By Lance Landall


“For when they shall say, peace and security: then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains
upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape.” (1Thess 5:3, Douay-Rheims Version).

"We must move as quickly as possible to a one-world government; a one-world religion; under a one-world leader."

"...the United Nations Charter has to be supplemented by a charter of spiritual laws..."
Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations


This poem was tweaked 11 October 2018.





26.  So Sure, So Sure, But So Wrong, So Wrong


Perhaps it started with Peter loping off an ear, as if Christ’s body guard,
But Jesus having nothing of it, He not wanting His earthly mission marred.
However, despite Christ rebuking Peter, there are Christians who follow suit,
Enter same pit bull soldiers, the born again enforcer, sock it to them brute.

No, never saw Christ acting that way, just errant followers of His, sadly,
Oh, the things done in His name, when He said, “Hands off, you mustn’t act so badly.
People will judge Me by what they see of you, and why I’ve tried to make things clear,
Love the only way, and righteous living, and that cross that I’ve asked you to bear.

Yes, leave things in My hands, fallen men only messing things up, their ways not Mine,
Hence why more often they cast a cooling shadow when I’m wanting them to shine.
It’s My reflection I want seen, you My ambassador, no weapon, no force,
My kingdom not of this world, and why I warned my disciples off taking that course.

If it’s not the Church being hi-jacked, it’s Christians being misled, or straying,
They turning to earthly means, or listening to men and not what I’m saying.
Oh, how they put their trust in others, revere them too, though I’ve told them not too,
And this how Satan gets his hands on things, and how the wrong things Christians pursue.

Yes, so sure, so sure, but so wrong, so wrong, even prepared to kill in My name,
A right that no man’s to claim; and how the God of love, truth and justice they shame.
It all a mess, they following strange shepherds, opening the door to wolves, and
Going by feelings rather than My Word, their new theology built on sand.

Out with the old, in with the new, a gospel that the apostles never knew,
Christians saved though still rebelling, a holy and unholy mix sanctioned too.
And many no longer believing in the separation of Church and State,
Thus handing Satan the keys of the past, coming heads on a historic plate.

Depart from Me, I’ll tell them, that time near, a lamb becoming a dragon, oh,
They’ll see too late, politics and religion being how they’ll seal their fate, so
Leave such alone, I’ve said, but meddle they have, some New World Order not of Me,
I only coming to open graves, not stay, hence My pointing to the heavenly.

So don’t waste your time on any wrong means, but seek the lost, set an example,
Making sure your beliefs are correct, that you’re on the way to Heaven, not Hell.
Not that Hell exists, of course, just the destruction of the wicked, false Christians,
All why you’ll know them by their fruits, and in this case, their erring path, wilful sins.

Yes, once they pick up some weapon, or flex their muscles, you’ll know they’re not of Me,
I speaking via My Word, never enforcing anything legislatively.
Render unto Caesar what’s his, I’ve said, and render unto Me what’s Mine, and
Before you sit in judgment, remember those things that I once wrote in the sand.

You know I shunned government involvement, so why would I go saying to you
Do otherwise? — Church and State operating differently, opposites too.
Christians encouragers, not enforcers, the State worldly, the Church heavenly,
And I having only sanctioned one theocracy (lost in antiquity).

So sure, so sure, but so wrong, so wrong, My example cast aside seemingly,
And My prerogatives seen as being theirs too, usurping My majesty.
Many only too happy to crack a whip, enact My judgments, use My name,
When in their hearts, I want humbleness, selflessness, gentleness and trust to reign.

I could’ve said love instead of trust, but love I’ve already said, and hence trust,
’Cause many have turned to chariots and horses, success soon lost in the dust.
Yes, many having taken things into their own hands, convinced that I said so,
When had they rechecked My example, rightly read My Word, they would’ve seen, No!

When the world embraces the New World Order and it’s universal rest day,
Just like the Jews who said, “We know no king but Caesar,” and shoved Me out the way,
You’ll see another kind of tearing of curtains in that temple man has built,
His probation period ended, dreams and hope left lying in Earth’s silt."

By Lance Landall


“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord!” Isa 31:1, ESV).


"Lamb becoming a dragon," see Rev 13:11.

This poem was penned on 12 October 2018, and added to on the 27th.
This same poem has been placed in my Christian section but with three extra verses.





This poem was penned 30 October 2018 and added to on the 31st.

27.  I Believe It's You, America


In Revelation, the Bible’s apocalyptic book, a power is seen,
One that changes character around the time of Christ’s return, becoming mean.
Once peaceful, innocent like a lamb, but then nasty like a dragon, and which
To an errant, baleful religious cart its political horses will hitch.

I believe this power’s you, America, ’cause, my, haven’t you changed. Greatly!
Things going on that once were unthinkable, clamps on freedom and liberty.
Loud, angry, threatening, demanding, White House voices, self-serving choices, and
Fear, anxiety, unrest now stalking your once far more democratic land.

You’re globally positioned, speak of a New World Order, have cosied up to
Certain evangelicals, those who (wrongly so) Church and State wish to pursue.
They as loud as those sounds coming from the White House, some seeming to come from there,
A White House surrounded by clouds of controversy, and plans afoot, I fear.

Eventually, this power the Bible speaks of, demands all worship it,
No surprises there, and why with you, America, the pieces seem to fit.
In God we trust, you’ve shouted, so many of you militant, gun toters too,
Your hand shaking hands with a past power that’s assaults and murders weren’t a few.

Oh, America, you’ve made the world sick with your junk food, corrupted our minds too,
Hollywood a cesspool of immorality — oh, how what’s right you poo hoo.
You’ve been so prideful, unhealthily patriotic, and a warring you’ve gone,
Yes, places you shouldn’t have, and now the rest of the world you’re setting upon.

Say, where have all those values gone? And yet, high and mighty you’re still seen to stand,
Hypocrisy glaring, racism and bigotry plaguing your blood-spilled land.
Much looking just like a form of godliness, not the real thing, unlike before,
When a very different USA, and very different way, we saw.

Now I’m waiting for that day when your form of godliness will pronounce a day,
One that some time after its introduction, to further enforcement will stray.
Yes, all forced to worship this power, we’re told, and many desiring Sunday,
And all roads leading to Rome, as they say, an “image” all will have to obey.

Yes, it’s all too late America, your sad course predicted via prophecy,
And biblical prophecy is always bang on the money, it not funny.
Hence those sorrows throughout your land, and indeed the whole world, it way off track too,
And soon to fall into line with that “beast” power that very clearly is you.

Hence why God is removing His restraining hand, and not all woes random, but
No doubt the work of those with plans afoot, and upon whom Heaven’s gates will shut.
Yes, they too will suffer God’s judgments, His righteous sickle in His coming hand,
He will aware of those End-time events both errant men and Satan have planned.


By Lance Landall


"For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men..." (Mark 7:8, KJV).


"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951)

“Catholics will dominate the future of America because of sheer numbers. Immigration from Mexico and family sizes means the old Protestant America is throwing itself off a demographic cliff. Tomorrow’s America will be far less Protestant and far more Catholic. At last, Catholics will have a prominent role in the future of America..."
The National Catholic Register, May 15, 2007, and these comments by the editors.

“Long before I was ordained a priest, I knew that my church was the most implacable enemy of this republic [the United States]. My professors of philosophy, history and theology had been unanimous in telling me that the principles and laws of the Church of Rome were absolutely antagonistic to the laws and principles which are the foundation-stones of the Constitution of the United States.”
Fifty Years in the Church of Rome by Charles Chiniquy

See the links under poem number 7 for more revealing quotes.






28.  Soon We'll See Who's Right


When Church and State are wed — Hello, America — we’ll once again see bloodshed,
And why the Bible warns of such, prophesies such, and that time’s just ahead.
Those who forget the past so bound to repeat it — “But things are different now,”
Well, so some like to think, lambs to the slaughter, the fox in the henhouse, and pow!

Sharp eyes seeing it coming, just like the Bible predicts, and why soon we’ll see
Protestants and Catholics leading the charge together, so disastrously.
’Cause then, just like we’re told, legislation following in their footsteps, and why
Persecution will arrive again, and liberty out the window will fly.


By Lance Landall


"Then I [John the apostle] saw [in vision] another beast [power] coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon [changes character]. He exercised all the authority of the first beast [the past power] on his behalf [via legislation], and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast [thus fulfilling the past power's historic intentions], whose wound had been healed [it reviving from its previous fall]" (Rev 13:11,12, NIV).

"He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak [via legislation] and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed" (Rev 13:15, NIV).





29.  Why I Don't Believe In Kings And Popes


Originally, humans weren’t governed by kings, such but the result of man’s fall,
And the legacy of Cain’s descendants who inevitably made that wrong call.
Such never God’s intention, and hence why when ancient Israel clamoured for one too
(Like those pagan nations around them), God was upset, and such they were to rue.

Oh yes, bad king after bad king plagued the nation of Israel, which God knew would be,
But it was they who sadly chose a human to rule over them rather than He.
And hence those bad popes that we’ve also seen, popes hardly of God but Constantine, who
Left the Bishop of Rome in charge of Rome, who placed his stamp on things, just like men do.

And thus history soon attesting to the errors and injury of both, who,
Via such, effectively gave rise to republics, where things can still go askew.
But only where the people lose sight of the past, and vigilant soon cease to be,
Appointing those that they shouldn’t appoint, and as is said, the rest is history.

Had Israel never clamoured for a king, nor apostatised, one thing’s very clear
God would still be ruling her, and there’d be no kings or popes who same glory would share.
Yes, both honoured and revered as only God should be, and how He was meant to be,
Fallen man so undeserving, and more often a real threat to humanity.

Constantine’s profession of faith dubious, his Church and State blend hardly Divine,
But a marriage of convenience that paganized the Church, took it cross the line,
Thus servant pastors metamorphosing into power wielding popes, who today,
Despite their biblical errancy, over a billion followers still hold sway.

Yes, be it kings or popes, there’s no safety in one ruler, as history’s shown,
Hence why where such has been the case, liberty and freedom has soon up and flown.
It was prophesied by Moses that Israel would choose a king, and which they’d rue,
God telling Samuel to warn them of how that king would act, just like men do.

By Lance Landall


"But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them" (1 Samuel 8:6,7, ESV). Worth reading further.


This poem was added to on 3 November 2018.






30.  I'm A Writer, Not A Fighter

“I’m a writer, not a fighter,” Gilbert O'Sullivan sings, and yes, me too, I’m glad to say,
For there’s nothing good about fighting, and at the end of the day, I’ve better things to pursue.
But you know, I don’t think I’m all that different to the majority of people out there,
Who, just like me, desire to live in peace and harmony, and freedom and liberty hold dear.

Yes, fighting's not for them, nor force their way, they letting everyone do their own thing, as with me,
For I’ve no desire to encroach on the rights of others, I believing that all should be free.
Hence why I’d never endorse anything that might somehow or other ensnare humanity,
Or pit someone against another, my fellowman being my brother, and all, my family.

And hence the less restraints upon us all, the better, and therefore, no global authority,
Each nation governing itself, and each government having less sway in each society.
For the greater the grip that governments have, the greater the risk to freedom and liberty,
And even more so should their be a worldwide governing body with total authority.

Yes, most of us just want to be left alone, we being no party to engineered treachery,
For such is as old as history, and is oft packaged deceptively-cum-beguilingly.
Hence why I’m not a fighter, nor a plotter, all of which won’t end until all refuse to fight,
And why I’m a writer, one who is hoping that all will see the light, for danger’s within sight.


By Lance Landall


"Government is never more dangerous than when our desire to have it help us, blinds us to its great power to harm us."
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)





31.  Sorry, Michael

Yes, sorry, Michael, but we aren’t the world, for it’s much bigger — a universe —
And why we can’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again, and only nurse.
And why it’s best we not fall for some “come together” delusion, man-made plan,
For look at history, and all those clever disguises so common to man.

In fact, the Bible talks about the whole world wrongly following some power;
In other words, a global system operating prior to Earth’s End-time hour.
So, while the idea of us all joining hands sounds nice, it’s more a fantasy,
As a majority’s as much a threat as a powerful minority.

And hence why we should shun both dangers, opting for what has generally been,
Rather than some new kid on the block connected to a past and ugly scene.
Or a global village that lumps all together like it or not, and why we
Should prize civil and religious liberty and individuality.

No, we aren’t the world, Michael, just a part of it, so let’s not get carried away,
For all the kings horses and all the kings men can’t do a thing, despite what they say.
Best we work on ourselves and await the return of Someone who can fix things,
For out of any pious words and actions of men, evil somehow still springs.

By Lance Landall








ARTICLES



Regarding The One World Government



“For when they shall say, peace and security: then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains
upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape.” (1Thess 5:3, Douay-Rheims Version).


Why I believe the coming New World Order (one world government) is a very bad thing for humanity:


The NWO is incompatible with the notion of limited government, and is too much power in the hands of too few.

Given that no human or system can be trusted with the death penalty given how flawed both humans and systems are, how could such be trusted with total control of our world?

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

There is no option of "voting with your feet" under a one world government. People will not be able to question such once it's in place. Such will be too big and powerful to oppose, too big to turn around once in place.

The NWO will force all to go along with it — won't abide dissenters. Such is a clear attack on one's say and freedom.

Such creates the potential for a master stroke — that being, the total lock-stock-and-barrel control of all.

No matter how benign or hopeful a one world government may look, bear in mind what it could turn into later down the track. Something irreversible? A risk that is far too great to take. Imagine the potential for evil. Such a one world government will place all countries in a position where they could easily be manipulated, pressured and forced to conform to a certain line or law, be such via embargoes or other.

A NWO can't change hearts which is where the real problem lies within humanity.

Ask yourself, why is such coming on the heels of less freedom, loss of certain liberties, a dampening of free speech, greater restrictions, and more government control? Surely that should ring alarm bells.

Such can play into the hands of those with a behind the scenes agenda, those operating behind the face that we see. There are those (some of note) who are saying that certain ones who are calling for such are the very ones causing the problems, that certain problems are deliberately being created and specifically crafted to bring about restrictive legislation and a desire for the so-called security of a NWO — a slow progression that has taken place over a long period of time to avoid revolution.

A new world order can set the stage for a return to Church and State. Are we seeing certain overtures being made to certain religious personages? Or the other way round? The Christian Bible predicts that a worldwide religious-political persecuting power will be ruling the earth just prior to Christ’s return, one that forces all to worship it, one that emulates a past persecuting power (Revelation 13:11-18).

And there you would have the biggest cult ever, and the death penalty playing into its hands.

The Christian Bible when speaking of the time just prior to Christ's return, and the global government, has this to say:

"He [the coming global government] was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast [a past persecuting power], that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed [here it's referring to dissenters, those who won't bow to certain demands]" (Rev 13:15, NKJV).


"At the end of a century that has seen the evils of communism, Nazism and other modern tyrannies, the impulse to centralize power remains amazingly persistent."
Joseph Sobran (1946-2010)

"A one world government-cum-New World Order can only but sneer at the Statute of Liberty which
would be holed as surely as the Titanic."
The Author




32. Long In The Planning


It’s not some made up story, but a fact, that behind the scenes there’re those who’re plotting to control humanity,
And who’ll no doubt succeed due to most thinking that such a scenario is just a conspiracy theory.
Well, such certainly isn’t a conspiracy theory, for there is evidence clearly showing otherwise,
And remember: That those who evilly plot and scheme, such hardly advertise, but rather, cleverly disguise.

Yes, such is packaged to attract and thereby fool, which ignorance aids and abets, and that disbelief we see,
For which there’s no excuse given the information that can be found, and despite the media piracy.
That is, the manipulation of any form of media by those who get control of such in some way,
In order to ridicule those who’re telling the truth
and in truth’s place, nothing but cruel lies and half truths convey.

There has always been those who wished to control the world, and it’s no different today, hence that attempt being made,
And which has been long in the planning, and which now is dressed in rather pleasing rhetoric in order to persuade.
And persuade it no doubt will given we don’t seem to learn from history, lost in pleasures and naivety,
Unable to see that some New World Order (pursued by all or a few) is the craziest absurdity.

Yes, best each nation do its own thing — rightly and fairly, that is — and not buy into some global piracy,
That is, some cleverly disguised world power that’ll force its dictates on all eventually, and wickedly.
No, we’d never be able to vote with our feet, for such centralised control would soon end such, which is why we
Should oppose any One World Government — any agency, people, or course that desires that such a thing be.

By Lance Landall






The Death Penalty


"He [the coming global power] was granted power to give breath to the image [copy] of the beast [a past persecuting power], that the image [lookalike power] of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed" (Rev 12:15, NKJV).


Why the death penalty is wrong:

The death penalty gives the State far too much power and is incompatible with the notion of limited government.

No human or system can be trusted with such a decision given how flawed both humans and systems are and always will be.

The death penalty violates the religious and ethical convictions of many citizens.

The death penalty violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The death penalty is not the hallmark of an enlightened and sophisticated society, but rather, the hallmark of a backward and vengeful one. The death penalty is killing that is committed not as an act of defence (which is what armies are for), but only for the purpose of exacting revenge. We need to move away from such an "eye for an eye" mentality if civilization is to advance. The death penalty is a barbaric act that has more in keeping with the likes of tyrants and dictators, and such is effectively imitating the killer. It's not only hypocritical to down cry violence and yet use violent means, but it also sends a confused and distorted message to society, whilst corrupting and brutalising. Society and government should be more nobler and righteous than a murderer.

Two wrongs do not make a right. Any law that's based on revenge is a bad law.

It dehumanises the participants who are simply State sanctioned killers.

The death penalty is no more effective than life imprisonment in deterring murder. People don't think about the death penalty before they commit a crime. The death penalty hardly makes the accused suffer for their crime in the sense that their execution actually frees them from any suffering. Thus, life imprisonment is a far worse punishment. The fact that those who are closest to these crimes would favour such barbaric punishment, is the very reason why we have laws and courts to decide what is just. Emotions cloud our judgment.

The death penalty denies the sacredness of human life. The destruction of a human life can never be right. A nation can hardly affirm the sanctity of life while upholding the death penalty. The death penalty simply increases disrespect for life.

The death penalty can even create sympathy for the perpetrator, even turning them into heroes.

Innocent people have and may be executed. Such is a wicked crime, and all involved in such are guilty of it. Such a mistake cannot be remedied. Some people are executed despite strong mitigating circumstances. Some jury members are reluctant to convict in murder trials because of the possibility of executing an innocent person. Thus, a killer may go free and not be punished.

In a Church and State setting, should such arise, there is the possibility that the death penalty could become extended to encompass those that were seen as some sort of religious threat or other.

The narrow focus of capital punishment diverts our attention away from the systemic evils that permeate our society at all levels.

The death penalty prevents rehabilitation which should surely be our first and foremost goal. Punishment should never be about revenge but about ensuring that society is safe by punishing and rehabilitating.

And Christian wise:

Such is playing God.

The Old Testament cannot be used as validation for such given that the ancient Israelite nation was once a theocracy ­­— that is, God ruled it directly. They were a people that God took where He found them and over time sought to show a better way. Meantime, certain allowances were made and certain instructions given that were designed to improve the then state of things. The Old Testament shows that God's allowances weren't always His desires. Thus, certain instructions that God gave them, and then, don't apply to us, nor to today.

The New Testament declares a better way.

By killing someone before the time when they would have naturally died, we are eliminating any chance that they might have of salvation in the sense that later in life they might genuinely repent of their wrong.

Surely Christians whose founders (of the Christian religion) were nearly all convicted and executed for what were essentially deemed crimes against the state, should be more alert than others to the potential for corruption inherent in the capital punishment system. How can a Christian support that which took the life of their Saviour?

"Capital punishment feeds the cycle of violence in society by pandering to a lust for revenge. It brutalizes us, and deadens our sensitivities to the precious nature of every single human life."
David B. Thompson

"Death is not only an unusually severe punishment, unusual in its pain, in its finality and in its enormity, but it serves
no penal purpose more effectively than a less severe punishment; therefore the principle inherent in the clause that prohibits pointless infliction of excessive punishment when less severe punishment can adequately achieve
the same purposes invalidates the punishment."
William J. Brennan (1906-1997)

“Though every other man who wields a pen should turn himself into a commentator on the scriptures—not all their united efforts could persuade me that executions are a Christian law….If any text appeared to justify the claim, I would reject that limited appeal, and rest upon the character of the redeemer and the great scheme of His religion.”
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)


Drawn from various sources.





Torture Can Never Be Justified



Torture is the ultimate depravity. It’s the practice of the depraved, not the just. It's morally repugnant. It’s usage corrupts, degrades, and dehumanises the torturer; disgraces, undermines, and damages a country’s reputation —
Such grants a certain legitimacy to the use of torture by other countries.
Torture generates a deeper hatred in both the tortured one, his comrades, and his allies. It creates a desire for revenge. Troops from a country that tortures, and who’re taken prisoner, will face pay back.
When a country tortures, such can be used as a recruitment tool against that country that is doing the torturing, (or those who are doing the torturing) — in other words, such provides the enemy with something they can exploit for propaganda.
A free informant might be afraid to talk about what they know lest they end up being tortured too
The use of torture removes integrity and the moral high ground — it damages the moral authority of an institution.
Torture is against human rights and the Geneva convention.
Civilised people do not torture.
No one can truly be trusted with such power — legalised or permitted torture leads to abuse. Evil done behind the scenes is evil kept behind the scenes. Legalised torture just creates legalised criminals.
The torturer can never be sure they’re getting the truth. Under torture, an innocent person may confess to avoid their misery, or may be made to confess to something that they are innocent of.
Torture actually invalidates confessions, because it creates "evidence" that cannot be used in a court of law.
Torture can generate false leads that can derail or hold up ongoing investigations.
Torture can lead to death or permanent emotional or physical injury — an even greater crime should the one who’s being tortured be innocent.
Some torturers may enjoy or begin to enjoy inflicting such pain. The work of torture attracts sadists who are more interested in torturing than they are in getting information —
On the other hand, torturers can suffer Reverse Stockholm Syndrome, (known in some circles as remorse).
Torture can create sympathy for people who would otherwise be scorned and shamed.
The 'Ticking Time Bomb' scenario that has been put forth by Alan Dershowitz, and that endorses the use of torture under certain circumstances, is one that's seriously flawed, and almost a subject on its own. Besides, it's naive to believe that laws against torture would have any significance in a true "ticking bomb" scenario, though it needs to be said that real life doesn't present "ticking bomb" situations. But where does one draw the line? When ten thousand people are at risk or ten? Morally you can't have a trade off. Yes, hard cases make bad law.
For the Christian it’s always a case of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We're all God's children. But at the end of the day, torture is wrong because it is wrong, and two wrongs don't make a right. Torture mistreats the vulnerable and violates the demands of justice. Torture is wrong because it inflicts unspeakable pain upon the body of a fellow human being who is entirely at our mercy. It treats the victim as a thing, returns us to the dark ages. Torture turns us into hypocrites. And always remember that what is introduced to extract information or to punish can be used on the innocent -- the tougher the prison, the harder it is on the inmate who's unjustly incarcerated. Yes, that could become you. Oh, it's also worth remembering that the person who is tortured is someone's spouse or child.

The following worthy comments are by Cesare Beccaria, an Italian economist who published, Essay on Crimes and Punishment, in 1764. 

A cruelty consecrated among most nations by custom is the torture of the accused during his trial, on the pretext of compelling him to confess his crime, of clearing up contradictions in his statements, of discovering his accomplices, of purging him in some metaphysical and incomprehensible way from infamy, or finally of finding out other crimes of which he may possibly be guilty, but of which he is not accused.
A man cannot be called guilty before sentence has been passed on him by a judge, nor can society deprive him of its protection till it has been decided that he has broken the condition on which it was granted. What, then, is that right but one of mere might by which a judge is empowered to inflict a punishment on a citizen whilst his guilt or innocence are still undetermined?
The following dilemma is no new one; either the crime is certain or uncertain; if certain, no other punishment is suitable for it than that affixed to it by law; and torture is useless. If it is uncertain, it is wrong to torture an innocent person, such as the law adjudges him to be, whose crimes are not yet proved.

"The barbarous custom of having men beaten who are suspected of having important secrets to reveal must
be abolished. It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to torture,
produces nothing worthwhile."
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

The following has been drawn from various sources.





The Pacifist, Pacifism, Violence And War



A dictionary search:

Pacifist:
One who opposes war or other violence.
Pacifism:
The belief that peaceful methods should be used to settle differences among nations. Opposition to war or violence as a means of resolving disputes nationally (or personally).
The principle or policy of universal peace; settlement of all differences between nations by peaceful means; opposition to war.

The pacifist:

A pacifist is someone who believes that violence is:
The way of weakness, not strength.
The result of failure, not success.
The path to estrangement, not reconciliation.
The partner of crime, not law and order.
The creator of misery, not happiness.
The perpetuator of evil, not good.
The consideration of fools, not the wise.
The outpouring and outcome of hate or anger, not love and peace.
The violator of rights, not the protector of.
The debaser of offenders, not the uplifter of.
The lover and promoter of weaponry, not the reducer or destroyer of.
The raider of marriages, families, and communities.
The tool of bullies, dictators, warmongers, and despots.
And is something to shun, never embrace. 

One's approach:

Bear in mind that there are pacifists and pacifists.
For example:
As a pacifist by stance, one might defend themself or their family if attacked by an assailant, and run to the aid of someone being attacked by an assailant, but not bear arms with the deliberate premeditated intention of taking another’s life, as in war.

Does one's country need a defence force of some sort, lest it be attacked?
Currently, and given this world we live in, reality would have to say, “Regrettably, yes.” Unfortunately though, defence forces have a way of crossing the line.


In general:

Pacifism does not equal passivity.

Given that it is claimed by many that wars, (and more so modern wars perhaps), are the product of misguided men, propaganda, and agendas, it could be argued that the conscientious objector who won’t bear arms but will assist medically say, is simply aiding an evil war machine, and patching up soldiers so that they can go back and continue killing, which inevitably includes the raping, torturing and murder of innocent citizens. That being so, the conscientious objector would surely also have blood on his/her hands.
Were it a so-called just war, it could be argued that the conscientious objector would still have blood on his/her hands, and given that they won't bare arms, (in other words, kill), are thus acting hypocritically.

One could ask: Is taking the conscientious objector position, (assisting but not bearing arms), a compromise in order to not upset the governing authority and to prevent ridicule and outrage from fellow citizens?

At the end of the day, any participation in war makes one an accomplice — a dilemma for the conscientious objector who won’t bear arms but will assist the war machine in some other way.

Yet another reason why pacifism is the only solution that offers humanity hope. Otherwise, it's war and more war.

Quotes regarding pacifism:

What is called the utopian dream of pacifism is in fact a practical policy 
– indeed the only practical, the only realistic policy that there is. 
Aldous Huxley

War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and 
prestige that the warrior does today.
John F. Kennedy

The question is not what pacifism has achieved throughout history, but what has war achieved?
William Blum

Reasons why war is wrong:

1) Life is sacred. No one has the right to take someone else's life — that is, to murder.
2) War kills innocent people. Ninety percent of those who’re killed in a war are civilians who pose no threat.
3) War creates refugees. Millions of refugees exist worldwide as a result.
4) War creates poverty and starvation.
5) War disables healthy people, physically, mentally, and emotionally. War leaves terrible scars.
6) The results of war can continue for years.
7) The likes of landmines and cluster bombs cause death and destruction long after a war has ended. Large areas of land become uninhabitable, poisoned by dangerous chemicals.
8) When war is officially over, huge sums of money are needed to deal with the damage done.
9) War creates fear and uncertainty.
10) War separates families, and orphans children.
11) In wars great evils take place, like rape, pillage, wanton destruction, general brutality, and torture.
12) War makes it difficult or impossible for people to grow food to feed themselves and others.
13) War contributes to the spread of diseases.
14) War causes tremendous - even permanent - harm to the natural environment.
15) In certain countries children are forced by the government or self-appointed leaders to join in the fighting and commit brutal acts.
16) War brings out the worst in us.

17) War violates human rights.
18) War is a terrible wastage of talent, ability, and skill, let alone human life.
19) War corrupts, dehumanises, desensitises, and traumatises soldiers, who suffer from the likes of flashbacks, nightmares and depression, and all of which leaves their family having to deal with the unfortunate results -- domestic violence, substance abuse and suicide.
The following comment is from the book "The Christian Pacifist" by David Ramanauskas:
An article in the Spring 2010 issue of Abolish War, the newsletter for the Movement for The Abolition of War, stated that in the US over 6,500 veterans commit suicide each year, and in the UK there are an estimated 20,000 veterans in the criminal justice system, with 8,500 behind bars – almost 1 in 10 of the prison population. 
20) In war zones law and order disappear and no one is safe.
21) Huge sums of money are spent on weapons which not only affects the warring country’s economy but also its social services that many of its citizens are badly in need of. An unnecessary war is not only a criminal act in itself, but an even greater crime when it deprives many citizens of their needs.
22) As a consequence of war, war is glorified in books and movies, seen as entertainment, when it should be abhorred.
23) War is the worst possible solution to whatever problem we’re trying to solve.
24) Using physical brutality as a method to reach a conclusion is not only uncivilised but folly. No court in this world would accept a fight as a proper method of reaching a verdict.
25) War simply opens the door to further hatred, violence and murder.
26) It's hypocritical to condemn violence and talk of love and compassion on the one hand, and on the other hand to go warring. Violence is violence.
27) War is by its very nature evil.
28) Truth is the first casualty of war.

Bear in mind that those with war in mind will always malign the pacifist stance via their propaganda.

Many who knock pacifists are nothing more than obedient patriotic slaves who fall for, and bow to, the propaganda of their warring or misguided leaders.

(The reasons above were drawn from various sources)

Quotes regarding war, (violence):

The worse the man, the better the soldier.
Napoleon Bonaparte

War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.
General Smedley Darlington Butler of the USMC (Highest Decorated Marine).

The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. 
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Distorted history boasts of bellicose glory . . . and seduces the souls of boys to seek mystical bliss in bloodshed and in battles.
Alfred Adler

No war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people.
Eugene Debs

People do not make wars; governments do.
Ronald Reagan

Whoever wants peace among nations must seek to limit the state and its influence most strictly.
Ludwig von Mises

What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.
Aldous Huxley

The only antidote to the poison of war is the public's courage to disagree with their leader.
Ramman Kenoun

We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The only security for the American people today, or for any people, is to be found through the control of 
force rather than the use of force.
Norman Cousins

War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder.
Alexander Berkman

They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason. 
Ernest Hemingway

Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.
Gandhi

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its labourers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.
Omar Bradley

Wars will stop when men refuse to fight.
Albert Einstein


Evil means corrupt good ends.
Quaker pacifists, 1955 document

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr

Force always attracts men of low morality.
Albert Einstein

The definition of civilized is to be capable of violence but able to restrain yourself from employing it.
Robb Allen

There is no way to peace: peace is the way.
A.J.Muste

From a Christian perspective:

A) Christ, plus
B) The flawed Just War theory
C) Texts
D) Worthwhile articles

A) Christ, plus

1) Christ never advocated war.
2) Christ never praised freedom–fighters.
3) Christ taught people never to retaliate or avenge.
4) The gospel of Christ condemns violence.
5) Christ preached a gospel of peace, and taught a new way of doing things.
6) Christ commanded us to love our enemies. Christ's cross serves as a model for His followers.
7) Christ commanded us not to murder.
8) Christ taught co-operation and reconciliation.
9) Christ said "Blessed are the peace makers".
10) Christ embodies a broad and deep vision of life that is thoroughly pacifist.
11) Christ himself practised pacifism, never striking anyone nor participating in or instigating revolutions. The Bible never says that when He drove the money-changers from the temple that He actually used the whip on the people themselves. Thus, He no doubt merely flailed it about. And don't forget that there were animals there too. Given that He is God, such is His divine prerogative, and not necessarily an example for us to follow.
12) It's hypocritical for Christians to preach Christ's gospel of love on the one hand, and on the other hand to go warring.
13) Christ rebuked Peter for severing the ear of the servant of the high priest. Peter was told to put his sword away.
14) Christ warned that those who take up the sword will perish by the sword (Matt 26:52).
15) Even when need necessitates the destruction of those who're evil, it's still considered as His strange act (Isa 28:21).
16) When Christians go to war they abandon the fruits of the Spirit.
17) Christian pacifism is grounded in theological affirmations.
18) Pacifism is in fact the original (or default) position of Christianity.
19) Constantine's arrival on the scene was responsible for the end of pacifism as the characteristic position of Christianity. Constantine, (who indulged in brutality, and who was baptised shortly before his death when he knew his life was coming to an end), made taking up arms and going to war an acceptable part of Christianity. Much rot within Christianity can be laid at Constantine's door and his Church and State fusion  such was the beginning of the worldly Church and secular Christianity. Constantine's measures, furthered by the persecuting Holy Roman Empire, saw pacifism ignored, discarded, and ruthlessly and brutally persecuted from the Christian faith. Some refer to Constantinianism as caesaropapism. 
It was Augustine who first began to define when it was right for Christians to fight in wars. Augustine was responsible for many false teachings. Hardly a man to put one's faith in.
Is it any wonder now that “The only people who do not think Jesus was pacifist are Christians”  quote by Hindu Mahatma Gandhi.
20) Over time, the pacifist convictions of many Christians have unfortunately been dwarfed by the militaristic and nationalistic “Christianity” of the “Christian right”, so prone to misinterpreting Scripture in favour of its war stance.
21) A soldier is required to act without questioning, something that the sound Christian (who's to be obedient to his Lord first) should never do.
22) How can a Christian in all conscience shoot another Christian who's on the other country's side?
23) It needs to be remembered that Christians aren't living under a theocracy like ancient Israel once was, but rather, amidst a mixed multitude, which here, they join at their peril. What the world (or the State) does, and what the Christian should do, are often two different and contrary things.

(The above facts were drawn from various sources)

Professor Jonathan R. Wilson makes some very good points in the following comments regarding American Christians:

"
We Christians may not do as Americans something that we must not do as Christians. As we listen to and debate arguments about going to war, note how often our Christian identity is subordinated to our American identity. We have been so formed by the collusion of the church with America that we find it difficult to even distinguish between Christian and national identity, and harder to subordinate our national identity to our identity in Christ."

"Gospel pacifism believes that God primarily works in the world through the church, not the nation. The church, as the community of disciples, is called to bear witness to the one hope that we have: Jesus Christ. Most of the debates about war, even in the church, are about what the United States should do. This is natural for those who primarily find their identity as Americans. But for Christians, our debate should be about what the church should be doing."

"Gospel pacifism argues that the church compromises its mission, corrupts its life, and abandons its witness when it follows the way of death by acting out of national, racial, and cultural identity. If this is the case, God's judgment looms over the church in the West and elsewhere."


B) The flawed Just War theory

1) The Just War theory has no basis in Scripture despite some claiming otherwise.
2) The Just War theory is grounded on the assumption that those political leaders who take such a step are wise and just men. We have no good reason for such faith in authority, even be that authority made up of Christians, and given history, even less so perhaps.
3) From the time of Constantine, the Just War criteria has been bent, broken, or completely discarded, and has led to crusade after hellish crusade — yes, far from just.
4) The Just War theory is rooted in a Constantine-ised attempt to make a war seem okay when it's still in fact evil.
5) The Just War theory does not teach people the will of Christ on when to kill but instead teaches what leaders in the fallen Church taught.

The following is an extract from the book "The Christian Pacifist" by David Ramanauskas.

Philip Dransfield a member of the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship in his article The Just War, writes: 
For many Christians the concept of the Just War was exploded with the atomic bomb in 1945. Any war which could destroy thousands of defenceless people so callously must be condemned as cruel and barbaric in the extreme. 
Thousands of people were killed outright but thousands also were terribly burnt by fire or radioactivity and were left to die slowly without aid after the inferno. 
Has the Christian Church ever repented of its tacit assent to this fiendish new development of warfare? Has it yet wakened up to the terrible fallacy of supposing that evil has sometimes to be done that good may prevail? Can it honestly claim that the cause of Christ was advanced in any possible way by such brutality? 
It comes as something of a shock to find that there are a few people who still argue for the Just War. After Hiroshima and Nagasaki many found confirmation of the view that justice and war can never go together. But let us take the advocates of the Just War to be judged by their own principles and moral values. 
The conditions which have to be fulfilled for a war to be called "Just” have been defined. Regrettably the Christian Church has tended to accept these conditions rather uncritically. Here they are with critical comments. 

1. The methods employed must conform to the demands of moral law and non-combatants must be spared.
At Hiroshima and Nagasaki, they were cruelly destroyed. If atomic weapons are used again the same would inevitably occur. So logically no war in which atomic weapons are used can be a Just War. 

2. There must be reasonable hope of bettering conditions as a result of the war.
No sane person can believe that conditions can ever be improved by atomic war or by the other destructive weapons of modern warfare. It can only make them worse. Here again there can be no Just War. 

3. There must be a moral certainty that a right has been violated.
Here we are in the rarefied atmosphere of the medieval schoolmen with their “finer education of less or more”. Who can talk of “moral certainty” when intrigue, duplicity, collusion, espionage and secret diplomacy have all been demonstrated as part of the political activity of all well-armed countries? What are the “rights” referred to? Each country determines its own “rights” in conflicts with other countries, and also makes its own decisions as to when their “rights” have been “violated”. As someone has said, “In war a country is its own judge, jury and executioner”. The accusation of “violation of rights” is often a cloak for national greed and national pride. 

4. All attempts at peaceful settlement must have been tried and failed.
It would be unforgivable today for modern war to be inflicted on the world if this condition were not complied with. But who determines when “all attempts” have been made? Here again all that happens is that national leaders make their own decisions on the basis of self-interest. 

5. The real motives for which the war is waged must be morally justifiable.
The sincerity behind this condition must be matched against its pathetic impracticability. We are with the schoolmen again and the angels dancing on the point of a needle. Who can assess the “real motives” for war? Motives of all the combatant nations in war are so mixed and tarnished that this condition can never be honestly complied with.  END

A quote from the same book: "Any Christian country that expects Christians to disobey the laws of Christ is not a Christian country".
Loyalty to Christ and His kingdom transcends every other loyalty. 

I'm unsure of the source of this quote: 
“It is wrong for a nation to be exclusively concerned with its own well-being in deciding whether to go to war; it must demonstrate concern for the well-being of the world as a whole--including the well-being of the nation it is attacking.” 

I find it very interesting that a "Christian" country, and it being the "land of the free",  was the first to develop the scourge of nuclear weapons.

C) Texts

Text one:
"Then Jesus asked [his disciples], “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.” The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.” “That is enough,” he replied" (Luke 22:35-38, NIV).

Interpretation:
Here, Christ is speaking figuratively, warning the disciples of the persecution that lay ahead that they and their converts were to suffer. After all, the period of popularity that the disciples had enjoyed had changed. The disciples obviously misunderstood Christ and were ready to take literally what He had said, hence their producing of two swords. It's noteworthy, that an hour or two after Christ had spoken of such, he warned Peter to put his weapon away. Christ's statement, "That is enough", no doubt refers to the discussion, not the swords, given that this was no time to be arguing a particular point. Christ would hardly make the comments that He did about turning the other cheek, loving your enemies, doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, drawing the sword leads to dying by the sword, and so on, if he condoned the use of weapons and physical force.

Text two:
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience” (Romans 13:1, 4-5, NIV).

Interpretation:
Okay, let's see what this text is really saying: 
No human authority exists except by God's permission and under His control. Their rise and fall is in His hands. Therefore, Christians must not take it into their own hands to resist or to dispose of such authorities just like the Jews did via certain revolts that took place in Roman times. Such would bring reproach upon the Christian Church and its message of peace and brotherly love. If the Christian leads a peaceable life, he or she has no need to fear the wrath of such authorities. The use of the word "sword" here is simply symbolic of the ruler's legitimate authority to inflict due and rightful punishment, such as via the courts regarding crime. After all, society must have rules to safeguard its citizens. This power that such authorities wield is entrusted to men by God according to His own purposes for man's welfare.
Paul is not implying that God always approves of the conduct of such authorities. Paul is not saying that it is the Christian's duty to always submit to such authorities. On the contrary, where the requirements of any government are contrary to the law of God, the Christian is to "obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29).

Text two:
"'...a time for war...' (Ecclesiastes 3:8, NIV)

Interpretation:
The above is not presented as truth, but as the writer's (Solomon's) speculation as he searches for truth.

You may also wish to read my secular poems, "Pacifism — A Noble Stance" and "Pacifists" found under my secular poem "When Will It Stop." Or, if a Christian, you may also wish to read my Christian poems, "Pacifism, My Take",  "The Christian And War", and the article, "God, War, and Violence" , the latter being on my Biblical Potpourri page.

D) Worthwhile articles

Christian Pacifism by Myron S. Augsburger 

Jesus said, "Put your sword back in its place ... for all who draw the sword will die by the sword" (Mt. 26:52). And again, "But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also" (Mt. 5:39). The Old Testament prophet said, "They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks" (Mic. 4:3), a prophecy fulfilled where the people take the way of Christ and his Spirit seriously. And the way of Christ is best found in his own words. 
In Luke chapter six, we read, "But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you do lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners.... But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful" (Lk 6:27,36). 
In John 18:36 Jesus says, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews". Again in Matthew 5:9, Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called [known as] the children of God". 
These passages serve as a frame of reference for the discussion of non-resistance and pacifism. The discussion that follows takes as its foundation the explicit teachings of the New Testament rather than its silences. There are those who argue from silence--that since Jesus did not expressly condemn the centurion for being a soldier, it follows that military participation is right for the Christian. By the same logic one could argue for the practice of slavery, a stance taken earlier in American history. But the explicit teachings of the New Testament introduce a principle of love, a practice of respect for the ultimate worth of each individual, which when followed makes participation in both slavery and war antithetical. 
The problem of the Christian and war is not one which can be viewed simply from the perspective of one's responsibility to his or her nation. We are now a global community in which we face the question of what violence does to all humanity. The increase of population, the problems of adequate food production and distribution, of meeting the basic necessities of life have made violence a way of life. Christians must have answers as they face problems of new dimensions in their relationship to other people around the world. 
Furthermore, in viewing the question from the standpoint of our responsibility to our own nation, it appears impossible that there could be such a thing as a "just war" in a nuclear age with a world community. The arguments for a just war in history appear to be quite irrelevant in an age of modern, mechanized and nuclear warfare. But, theologically, the Christian must also face the meaning of the biblical affirmation, "as he is so are you in the world," or again the words of Jesus, "as the Father has sent me, even so send I you" (Jn. 20:21). Ours is a mission of announcing the good news of reconciliation to God, and through him to one another. 
Minority Movement? 
As Christians we are not here to provide an ethic for society or the state, but to clearly define an ethic for disciples of Jesus Christ. 
In the American system of government it is difficult for this stance to be understood. We operate with the myth of being a Christian nation, and we seek to interpret for society an ethic that we can bless as Christians. We need a new awareness of the pluralism of the New Testament, that the crucial issue is the difference between the church and the world, and that the church operates "within the perfection of Christ," while the world operates outside the perfection or will of Christ. Christians influence the state for good through Christian ethics and integrity, but they do not equate church and state. Only an in-depth understanding of this issue can save us from a cultural and a civil religion. As one who believes in New Testament non-resistance, or New Testament pacifism, it is important to me that this stance be clearly interpreted as an evangelical and biblical stance, not as the stance of humanistic or moralistic pacifism. Theologically, this position begins with the reality and priority of membership in the kingdom of Christ. This entails living by the way of love, a spirit of brotherhood and reverence for life. While brotherhood is an important concept, kingdom membership has first priority in New Testament non-resistance. 
The question of the Christian's attitude toward war is viewed best by beginning with the New Testament, with Jesus Christ. This is to affirm that Jesus Christ brought the full meaning of God's will for us. All the way through the Old Testament God had something further to say about himself, about the will of God for humanity, and we see this fully in Jesus Christ. One can find numerous incidents in the Old Testament where Israel as the people of God was involved in war, enjoyed the blessing of God in victory and experienced defeat when out of favour with God. But a study of the context makes clear that God was meeting the Israelites where they were, demonstrating to people who worshiped their tribal gods that Yahweh, the God of Israel, was and is the true God. This is not to say that the full revelation of the will of Yahweh was then present. Rather, we see that there is progress in this revelation. Throughout the Old Testament God always had something further to say - until the New Testament. We read, "But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son" (Gal. 4:4), and that "in these last days [God] has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things" (Heb. 1:2); that is, the One in whom the whole comes to its culmination. In Jesus' words, "Think not that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them" (Mt. 5:17) - that is, to fill it full of meaning. 
With this perspective we must recognize that peace is a holistic concept. Peace is not simply the absence of war. It is far more - it is positive, active peacemaking. The Hebrew word shalom contains in it the idea of wholeness or soundness. 
To affirm that one is a member of the kingdom of Christ now means that loyalty to Christ and his kingdom transcends every other loyalty. This stance goes beyond nationalism and calls us to identify first of all with our fellow disciples, of whatever nation, as we serve Christ together. This is not a position which can be expected of the world nor asked of the government as such. The Christian respects rulers as God ordained them, to "protect the innocent and punish the evildoer." The Christian can only encourage the government to be the government and to let the church be the church. We ask the government to be secular and to let the church be free to do its work in society. The church enriches society by the many things it brings to it, and in its respect for government it does not subordinate itself to any particular social order but is in allegiance to its one Lord. 
Properly read, Romans 13 is telling us that God ordains political institutions for ordering the society: But since God ordains the powers he remains above them. In that light our response on many occasions will be that as Christians, "we must obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29). We cannot assume that since God ordains government we are always obeying God in our obedience to it. We are not to be lawbreakers, for Paul says that the authorities do "not bear the sword in vain" (Rom. 13:4). But we also cannot disobey a divine law to obey a contrary law by the government. The passage in Romans 13 calls us to be "subject to" the powers, but it does not use the term "obey." Our ultimate allegiance is to the God who ordains nations to function for order in society. Any serious attempt to resolve the question of a Christian's participation in war hinges significantly on this issue. 
A Global Community. 
Grappling with the problem of war is not an isolated issue but has to do with the problems of the whole human community, involving race, poverty, equal opportunity and the freedom for persons to be individuals. To face this matter honestly we must look at the larger question of sin. As Samuel Shoemaker has said, "You do not wait for a war to look at the problem of evil, war is simply the problem of evil writ large." 
Closely associated with the preceding is the fact that war is quite often for the protection of property. As Christians we will respect the right of the government to declare war to protect its own territory. But the Christian who is a conscientious objector to participation in war must be consistent with respect to his or her own attitude toward material things. The Christian must take seriously Jesus' teachings in the Sermon on the Mount that personality is more valuable than material goods and that we do not sacrifice life for the sake of goods [Lk. 6:29,35]. This means that as Christians under a government which enables us to become wealthy we cannot ask the government to sacrifice people's lives in protecting our goods. The Christian attitude toward material possessions is not that of a legal right but that of responsibility, of a moral obligation to use the things he has acquired to help others. 
In our society another question we must ask is, What are the guidelines for Christians participating in government? In an attempt to be consistent with the premise just stated, it would appear that Christians may serve in political positions so long as they do not try to create a state church. It is our responsibility as Christians to call the government to be secular and to respect the freedom of Christians to serve in loyalty to their own king. Christians will help interpret to others who hold political power why the Christian must constantly say, "Caesar is not lord; Jesus Christ is Lord." Thus, Christians should only serve at government levels where they can honestly carry out the functions of their office without compromising their fidelity to Jesus Christ as Lord. They should not consider holding positions where they could not both fulfil the obligations of the office and remain consistent with their membership in the kingdom of Christ. To fulfil their obligations and violate their commitment to Christ would be wrong. Likewise, to live by their convictions and not fulfil the functions of their office with respect to the society which creates the office would also be wrong. The Christian in a political position serves the goal of effective government just like a secular person, but the Christian is a witness to the higher values of Jesus Christ. Christians ought never to use a powerful government position as a means to achieve Christ's goals for humanity. For the Christian, the desire to "rule" is always wrong; our stance is one of serving. This awareness will keep us from the struggle for power, a struggle which Malcolm Muggeridge has called "a pornography of the will." 
One who accepts this stance - that New Testament non-resistance is the claim of Christ upon his disciples as an expression of the reality of his kingdom - will also follow other evangelical premises of faithfulness to Christ. For example, can one participate in war and take the life of a person for whom Christ died when our basic mission as Christians is to win that person to become a brother or sister in the Lord? Or, since the kingdom of God is global and transcends every national, racial and cultural distinction, when one's country is at war with another country can Christians participate knowing that by so doing they may be at war with persons who claim to worship and follow the same Lord? 
To go back to the early church itself, according to several writers of history, there was in the church a significant percentage who renounced conflict and everything that produced war. The one thing Christians were armed with was love. E. Stanley Jones wrote that we search in vain during the early years of church history to find Christian people engaged in warfare. He states that Christians did not become soldiers. If they were in the army when converted, they resigned. Jones describes the early believers as saying, "we will match our power to suffer against your ability to inflict suffering, we will wear you down by our spirit, by soul force against physical force, by going the second mile, by turning the other cheek," until Rome finally stopped torturing Christians. That perspective on history underscores the New Testament emphasis that we go out not by force but by love; we seek to make our world an understanding community. 
This disdain of military service held true until the period of Marcus Aurelius, emperor of Rome until about A.D. 180. After Constantine's time, who from our perspective instituted a "fallen church" of which everyone was forced to be a member, there were many "Christian" soldiers. 
In our own era, Martin Luther King, Jr. brought into the American scene a now synthesis. It was not novel in terms of what he emphasized from the New Testament, but because he borrowed from Gandhi's philosophy. He created a new synthesis by enhancing New Testament non-violence with Gandhi's strategy of non-violent resistance and applying these to the nineteenth? century liberal idea of "the kingdom of God in America." What King did was to confront society with this new dimension, and it shook the country to its roots. 
King's philosophy is expressed in five points: (1) Non-violent resistance is not a method for cowards. It takes more strength to stand for love than to strike back. (2) Such resistance does not seek to defeat or humiliate the opponent, but to win friendship and understanding. (3) The attack is directed against forces of evil rather than against the people doing the evil. (4) Non-violent resistance is a willingness to accept suffering without retaliation, to accept blows from the opponent without striking back. (5) This resistance avoids not only external physical force, but also internal violence of spirit. 
On the premise that we cannot kill people for whom Christ died, John Howard Yoder emphasizes in his significant writings on pacifism that the cross has made a difference. Christ has come into the world to redeem all people and has acted for the sake of every person on the globe. We cannot kill a person for whom he died and rob him or her of the privilege of knowing the fullness of life that Jesus Christ offers. This calls us to express a pacifist position not by a negative but a positive stance. Ours is to be an active penetration into society with the redeeming love of God. Above everything else, we want our fellow men to become our brothers in Christ. When Jesus stated that the first commandment is to love God and that the second is just like it (to love your neighbour as yourself), he was asking that we bring to bear on the life of our neighbour that which we find most important in our own relationship with God. 
From an evangelical perspective it may be said that wherever a Christian participates in war he has abdicated his responsibility to the greater calling of missions and evangelism. The way for Christians to change the world is by sharing the love of Christ and the good news of the gospel rather than to think we can stop anti-God movements by force. Jesus made this point ultimately in the Garden of Gethsemane and on Calvary's cross. As Christians, our answer to the violence in the world is simply that we don't have to live; we can die. This is the ultimate testimony of our belief in the kingdom of Christ and the resurrection. It is this same conviction which has motivated many people to go into unknown or violent areas of the world from which they may never return. 
A Matter of Obedience. 
Another evangelical premise that leads to a non-resistant view is that we regard Christ's Word in the Scripture as final. Having said that the New Testament is a culmination of God's will known in Christ, then it follows that his Word is final. He corrects the understanding of the old "eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" attitude. God gave that position to limit violence, that is, only an eye for an eye. But now he declares that we are to love our enemies. He tells us that we will be better for the loving. We will be better people, better neighbours, better friends when we live by love. In answer to the question of whether this will work in our society, he showed us that we do not have to live; we can die. In dying we may sometimes do more for enriching the world than we would have done by living. We cannot answer the question of war on the basis of whether or not someone must suffer. Of course they will, one way or another. The question is, Which kind of suffering will we choose - that imposed by war or the suffering which comes because of love? 
When troops move to take a beachhead, they do so with the conscious plan that they will sacrifice thousands of men. What if the Christian church moved into the world with the same conviction? What if we had a conscious plan to follow even though it might cost many lives? While there are conditioning factors to this comparison, it would appear that before the Christian church justifies giving the lives of so many of its people in military involvement it should look at the greater sin of being unwilling to sacrifice lives of affluent ease for the cause of building the kingdom of Christ. 
Jesus says, "Put up your sword," and history has proven that warlike nations perish. When people take the course of violence, they suffer the consequences. This is seen in the image that America is creating in the world today. We are no longer looked on as a friendly, gracious people. We are looked at in terms of power. We have established a pattern of using force to answer the world's problems. 
Whose Citizen? 
As Christians we regard membership in the kingdom of Christ as our primary loyalty. Such an outlook is even more basic to the New Testament than the principle of love. Jesus himself said that he came to introduce another kingdom. Its spirit is one of love, but its platform of operation is loyalty to another Lord, an authority separate from any earthly power. This premise, which says that our primary loyalty is to the kingdom of heaven, underscores the fact that we answer first of all to Jesus Christ and his mandate alone. 
This is true with respect to any given culture or nation in which a Christian lives. A believer will seek to be a good citizen, but with the awareness that there are many valid contributions Christians can make for the good of their fellow citizens when they give of themselves in a positive way. This should not be overlooked by those who imply that if one does not participate in military action he or she is not contributing to the nation. We carry an ethical responsibility to demonstrate that the position of conscientious objection to war is not something that you "turn on" during a war, as though this is the way to avoid several years of military service. Non-violence is a total way of life. It means that we give ourselves in service to others. We are not to build status as people who give themselves to a materialistic power struggle. 
Some readers may ask, Does Augsburger not understand that God used war in the Old Testament and blessed it? The answer is simply yes, this is well understood, but interpreted in relation to the "unfolding revelation" in which God moved men to higher levels of understanding of his will. I say this with a deep conviction in the full inspiration of Scripture. There are no contradictions of meaning in the Bible. But I am also convinced that the Bible is not a flat book. It is rather an unfolding revelation of God's will in Jesus Christ. God is no longer using a nation to achieve his purpose, but rather using the fellowship of believers, the church of the reborn. Instead of using a nation, Jesus Christ has given us the Great Commission to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. This is our mission: discipling people to become members of the kingdom of Christ, not helping to justify participation in war. David Ben Gurion's question still confronts the Christian church: "When are you Christians going to begin working for peace?" 
The love that is basic to the Christian's relationships with others is a volitional as well as emotional love. This means that we as Christians must find the way to build bridges of understanding. One problem that we face is to discern the course of love. A further problem is how to express that love. Certainly this involves more than merely talking about the problems. Many young people have given themselves through alternate service to the promotion of brotherhood, of peace and of understanding through rehabilitation and aid for those who are suffering. Non-resisters are not simply protesters. 
Service in love must become a part of our whole philosophy of life. Our choice of vocation as well as our other involvements should be an expression and extension of the love of Jesus Christ. To open one's life to another makes the question of peace inescapable. Instead of waiting for a catastrophe to happen, we should be penetrating our world with acts of love to help alleviate its ills. 
As Christians we believe in the infinite value of every human life. As Kant said, we should treat each person as an end in himself, not as a means to an end. We thus oppose any kind of revolutionary tactic which sacrifices persons for the sake of goals. Rather, from our Christian perspective we believe that deterioration occurs when people follow a course of violence as an answer to the world's ills. Believing in the sanctity of human life, we cannot be involved in anything, whether it is social injustice, violence, war or poverty, which interrupts a person's opportunities for a full life. 
Committing oneself in ultimate loyalty to Jesus Christ means becoming a conscience to society, where that society operates beneath the level of the will of God. As members of the kingdom of heaven, obedience to Christ is the basic aspect of our approach to the question of war. The story of the good Samaritan highlights what it means to be a member of the kingdom of heaven. The interesting thing in this account is that it stands in judgment on everyone. 
The story of the good Samaritan addresses the priest and the Levite as churchmen, and then shows that while these people could sit and talk about issues, when it came to concrete experience, they could not walk across the road to help a man who had been robbed and beaten. One of the sad facts about our life as a church in American society is that we can often talk about loving humanity in general, but not do anything about loving individuals. We can love people across the ocean and not walk across the street to help someone in need. The real consistency of our objection to war has to do with more than simply being opposed to war. 
There are at least three other views of war held by the modern Christian church. One is that war is the lesser of two evils, and we cannot avoid it as an option. Another is that we turn to war only as a last resort. And another is that the Christian should be able to move beyond hate and kill in love. But from my perspective the issue is not answered by any of these, rather it is to be faced by the people of God on the basis of the character of his kingdom. 
My intent here is to call for a Christian conscience to counteract violence by positive actions of love and thereby to promote peace in our society and in the world. Such activity is not a neutralizing of relationships, but an active expression of the love of Christ which treats every person as having ultimate worth.




Prose by Edna St. Vincent Millay:

Conscientious Objector 

I shall die, but 
that is all that I shall do for Death.
I hear him leading his horse out of the stall; 
I hear the clatter on the barn-floor.
He is in haste; he has business in Cuba,
business in the Balkans, many calls to make this morning.
But I will not hold the bridle
while he clinches the girth.
And he may mount by himself: 
I will not give him a leg up. 

Though he flick my shoulders with his whip,
I will not tell him which way the fox ran.
With his hoof on my breast, I will not tell him where 
the black boy hides in the swamp.
I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death;
I am not on his pay-roll. 

I will not tell him the whereabouts of my friends 
nor of my enemies either.
Though he promise me much, 
I will not map him the route to any man's door.
Am I a spy in the land of the living,
that I should deliver men to Death?
Brother, the password and the plans of our city 
are safe with me; never through me shall you be overcome.