TrueRichesRadio.com Challenging Believers to Think 2018-12-11T23:54:02Z https://truerichesradio.com/feed/atom/ WordPress https://truerichesradio.com/wp-content/uploads/images/cropped-true-riches-header-1-32x32.jpg Jerry Robinson https://truerichesacademy.com <![CDATA[VIDEO TEACHING: The Days of Noah w/ Jerry Robinson]]> http://truerichesradio.com/?p=4382 2018-11-22T12:16:25Z 2018-04-30T15:00:24Z

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VIDEO: THE DAYS OF NOAH

Date Recorded: April 28, 2018
TeacherJerry Robinson

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Video Description: Christ warns us that the days leading up to His return to judge the living and the dead will be similar to the days of Noah. In Noah’s day, people were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage, and they “knew not” until the rain began to fall and until the waters of the deep began to rise all around them.

Their judgment was sudden.

It was quick.

It was a sunny day, not a cloud in the sky.

And then suddenly

Additionally, the Bible tells us in Genesis 6:5 regarding the “days of Noah”:

“The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

That man’s wickedness was so great is interesting when you consider that, during His earthly ministry, Christ warned his disciples that the atmosphere on earth just prior to His return would specifically resemble “the days of Noah.” (Matt. 24:37) Put simply, Christ is clear that man’s wicked nature would reach its peak right before His Second Coming.

If it is true that Christ’s return is days, months or years away (as opposed to centuries away), then it is also true that man’s present state of wickedness is at, or near, its peak while every intention within man’s heart is “only evil continually.” What does this mean and how can God’s people be prepared for Christ’s sudden return?

In this challenging, but vital, prophetic teaching, Jerry Robinson explores the importance of Christ’s warning in a world that is getting darker by the day.

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Jerry Robinson https://truerichesacademy.com <![CDATA[VIDEO TEACHING: The New Jerusalem – Man’s True Hope]]> http://truerichesradio.com/?p=4351 2017-09-12T19:33:13Z 2017-09-12T19:20:38Z

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VIDEO: THE NEW JERUSALEM: MAN’S TRUE HOPE

Date Recorded: Sept 10, 2017
TeacherJerry Robinson

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Video Description: The desire for the city is resident in man’s heart and man can never be truly satisfied outside of the city.

But, because of man’s sin nature, all of man’s cities are unable to foster the environment only God can provide.

All of man’s kingdoms fail to end poverty, hunger, disease, thirst, pain, suffering, and ultimately, death.

Man’s kingdoms, his empires, his cities, as well as the philosophies that inform them, all fail to solve man’s deepest problems. 

The Lord offers you an eternal home. God will create for man what man was unable to build for himself. After man revolted against God, he set out to fulfill the desires that lie resident within his heart. But in his own effort, he has proven to be incapable of establishing a peaceful world apart from God. 

God will govern as King over his children. Our communion with God will no longer be interrupted. He will be present among men. 
In this new heaven and new earth, God will banish the things that man alone cannot eradicate in his own power. 

– There will be no more crying as God will wipe away every tear from our eyes
– God will eliminate death
– God will eliminate sorrow
– God will eliminate pain

Which of man’s governments can boast this same promise?

Therefore, let us await the blessed hope and glorious appearance of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ!

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Jerry Robinson https://truerichesacademy.com <![CDATA[VIDEO TEACHING: Love Not The World (Nor The Things In The World)]]> http://truerichesradio.com/?p=4341 2017-09-12T19:47:04Z 2017-09-05T21:06:55Z

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VIDEO: LOVE NOT THE WORLD NOR THE THINGS IN THE WORLD

Date Recorded: Sept 3, 2017
TeacherJerry Robinson

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Video Description: Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? (James 4:4) As the “god of this world”, Satan lures men to become entangled in the ways, lusts, and wisdom of this present evil age. As Christ followers, we are instructed numerous times to avoid the corruption that is in the world. But what does that mean? In this powerful one-hour Christ-centric teaching, Jerry Robinson shares the importance of knowing your true enemy and avoiding his end-times deception designed to ensnare those who lack spiritual discernment.

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Jerry Robinson https://truerichesacademy.com <![CDATA[VIDEO TEACHING: Faith in the Age of Reason]]> http://truerichesradio.com/?p=4324 2017-09-12T19:46:55Z 2017-08-28T19:39:54Z

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VIDEO: FAITH IN THE AGE OF REASON

Date Recorded: August 27, 2017
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Video Description: “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) This profound question by Jesus takes on a new meaning as Bible teacher, Jerry Robinson, compares our modern age of reason with previous generations more dependent upon faith. In this one-hour teaching, Jerry Robinson challenges viewers that rethinking history and asking the right questions is vital to battling spiritual deception. This powerful teaching concludes with four practical takeaways that will leave you inspired and will boost your faith in God.

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Jerry Robinson https://truerichesacademy.com <![CDATA[The “Biblical” Roots of American Racism]]> http://truerichesradio.com/?p=4286 2018-11-22T12:21:06Z 2017-08-17T21:42:18Z

In our modern era of civil rights for all Americans, not just those who have white skin, the evangelical church has had to adjust to a new way of thinking about race.

From the founding, white Americans have viewed themselves as superior to “colored” people. Back when America’s God was doling out rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for those willing to take up arms against their fellow British Christian brothers, it was “self-evident” to America’s founders that such rights did not apply to blacks, Native Americans, and women of all colors.

Put simply, it was “self-evident” to early American “Christians” that the rights dispensed by America’s God at the nation’s founding were intended only for the white race and no one else. That is a sad fact that modern Christians do well to humbly remember.

The great injustices caused by racism and slavery in America eventually led the country to a full-blown civil war. (In fact, America is the only nation that I could find, in my own research, that had to take up arms against each other in order to end slavery.)

While slavery was finally abolished on December 6, 1865 with the adoption of the 13th Amendment, it only came after at least 600,000 American soldiers died in armed conflict. This was one of the worst episodes of Christian-on-Christian bloodshed (aside from the Revolutionary War) in recent memory.

Of course, the abolition of slavery did relatively little to improve the physical safety and rights of blacks in America. An honest survey of racial segregation, discrimination, and violence during the notorious Jim Crow era makes this clear.

Prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin by federal and state governments, and prior to the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage, most evangelicals, especially in the South, believed racial segregation was “biblical.” During this time, far too few evangelical pulpits challenged the validity of racial segregation as a “Christian” doctrine.

When the federal government overturned the legal basis for racial segregation, evangelical preachers were caught in a catch-22. One one hand, they realized the times were changing and that desegregation was inevitable. But on the other hand, they had codified and systematized the separation of races as a “biblical” command and therefore felt as if the federal government was persecuting them for their deeply-held beliefs and convictions.

While most writings and recordings of pro-segregationist evangelical preachers are hidden away from public view, one example can be found in the Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible (1963), which was one of the first study bibles produced within the Pentecostal community. In this clipping, you can read for yourself how many evangelicals used the Bible to defend their views on racial segregation.

“30 Reasons for Segregation of Races” (Dake Annotated Reference Bible, 1963)

1. God wills all races to be as He made them. Any violation of God’s original purpose manifests insubordination to Him (Acts 17:26; Romans 9:19-24).

2. God made everything to reproduce “after his own kind” (Genesis 1:11-12, 21-25; 6:20; 7:14). Kind means type and color or He would have kept them all alike to begin with.

3. God originally determined the bounds of the habitations of nations (Acts 17:26; Genesis 10:5, 32; 11:8; Deuteronomy 32:8).

4. Miscegenation means the mixture of races, especially the black and white races, or those of outstanding type or color. The Bible even goes farther than opposing this. It is against different branches of the same stock intermarrying such as Jews marrying other descendants of Abraham (Ezra 9-10; Nehemiah 9-13; Jeremiah 50:37; Ezekiel 30:5).

5. Abraham forbad Eliezer to take a wife for Isaac of the Canaanites (Genesis 24:1-4). God was so pleased with this that He directed whom to get (Genesis 24:7, 12-27).

6. Isaac forbad Jacob to take a wife of the Canaanites (Genesis 27:46-28:7).

7. Abraham sent all his sons of the concubines, and even of his second wife, far away from Isaac so their descendants would not mix (Genesis 25:1-6).

8. Esau disobeying this law brought the final break between him and his father after lifelong companionship with him (Genesis 25:28; 26:34-35, 27:46; 28:8-9).

9. The two branches of Isaac remained segregated forever (Genesis 30; 46:8-26).

10. Ishmael and Isaac’s descendants remained segregated forever (Genesis 25:12-23; 1 Chronicles 1:29).

11. Jacob’s sons destroyed a whole city to maintain segregation (Genesis 34).

12. God forbad intermarriage between Israel and all other nations (Exodus 34:12-16; Deuteronomy 7:5-6).

13. Joshua forbad the same thing on sentence of death (Joshua 22:12-13).

14. God cursed angels for leaving their own “first estate” and “their own habitation” to marry the daughters of men (Genesis 6:1-4; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6-7).

15. Miscegenation caused Israel to be cursed (Judges 3:6-7; Numbers 25:1-8).

16. This was Solomon’s sin (I Kings 11).

17. This was the sin of Jews returning from Babylon (Ezra 9:1-10:2,10-18,44; 13:1-30).

18. God commanded Israel to be segregated (Leviticus 20:24; Numbers 23:9; 1 Kings 8:53).

19. Jews recognized as a separate people in all ages because of God’s choice and command (Matthew 10:6; John 1:11). Equal rights in the gospel gives no right to break this eternal law.

20. Segregation between Jews and all other nations to remain in all eternity (Isaiah 2:2-4; Ezekiel 37; 47:13-48,55; Zechariah 14:16-21; Matthew 19:28; Luke 1:32-33; Revelation 7:1-8; 14:1-5).

21. All nations will remain segregated from one another in their own parts of the earth forever (Acts 17:26; Genesis 10:5,32; 11:8-9; Deuteronomy 32:8; Daniel 7:13-14; Zechariah 14; Revelation 11:15; 21:24).

22. Certain people in Israel were not even to worship with others (Deuteronomy 23:1-5; Ezra 10:8; Nehemiah 9:2 10:28; 13:3).

23. Even in heaven certain groups will not be allowed to worship together (Revelation 7:7-17; 14:1-5; 15:2-5).

24. Segregation was so strong in the O.T. that an ox and an ass could not work together (Deuteronomy 22:10).

25. Miscegenation caused disunity among God’s people (Numbers 12).

26. Stock was forbidden to be bred with other kinds (Leviticus 19:19).

27. Sowing mixed seed in the same field was unlawful (Leviticus 19:19).

28. Different seeds were forbidden to be planted in vineyards (Deuteronomy 22:9).

29. Wearing garments of mixed fabrics forbidden (Deuteronomy 22:11; Leviticus 19:19).

30. Christians and certain other people of a like race are to be segregated (Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 6:15; 2 Corinthians 6:14-15; Ephesians 5:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-16; 1 Timothy 6:5; 2 Timothy 3:5).

It is heartbreaking that, in times past, American evangelicals used the Bible to condone blatant racism and discrimination against their own neighbor. But it is also sad that modern evangelicals now have so little to say on the topic of race, after having so much to say in times past. Instead of reaching out to white nationalists and other wayward souls who still believe former evangelical teachings on race (many across the South), most evangelical pulpits remain silent on the topic as racial tensions rage across America.

BOTTOM LINE: We don’t need evangelical pulpits to simply tell us that racism is a sin. That is obvious to anyone who has read the words of Jesus. What we do need, however, is for evangelical leaders to lead the way in helping America heal its deep racial divide through sound teaching and condemnation of hateful attitudes with the same fervor they once used to fan the flames of racism for decades.

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Jerry Robinson https://truerichesacademy.com <![CDATA[15 Questions For Those Who Believe America is a ‘Christian’ Nation]]> http://truerichesradio.com/?p=1887 2018-11-22T12:25:25Z 2017-07-20T15:00:30Z

Today, millions of Christians believe America to be a “Christian” nation that is exceptional in many ways. But is America really a “Christian” nation?

Those who view America as a “Christian” nation often point to the country’s founding principles and speak of the need to “take back our nation for God.”

Since giving my life to Christ in 1994, I have been utterly confounded by the calls of sincere fellow believers in their zeal to “put God back into America.” Just tune into virtually any Christian conservative talk radio station in America and you are bound to hear phrases like: “We need to get God back into America again…” or “Our nation has turned its back on God…” or my own personal favorite: “We are engaged in a culture war and need to stop the liberals from destroying our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage!”

As I have surveyed the landscape of this pervasive idea of America as a wayward “Christian” nation, I have found the underpinnings of this argument to be embarrassingly idealistic at best and deceptively erroneous at worst.

While it is indisputable that many, if not most, of America’s early founders were sympathetic to Christianity, it is also clear that few of them believed the Bible to be the literal Word of God.

According to founding father John Adams:

President John Adams - The Cross an Abuse of Grief

“I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!” 

The man’s writings speak for themselves. The problem is that most modern founding-era apologists have never read them.

Let’s turn now to our most Epicurean founding father Thomas Jefferson who considered the Gospels to be utter nonsense:

We discover in the gospels a groundwork of vulgar ignorance, of things impossible, of superstition, fanaticism and fabrication. Among the sayings and discourses imputed to him by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others, again, of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being. I separate, therefore, the gold from the dross; restore him to the former, and leave the latter to the stupidity of some, the roguery of others of his disciples. Of this band of dupes and imposters, Paul was the great Coryphaeus, and the first corruptor of the doctrines of Jesus. That Jesus did not mean to impose Himself on mankind as the Son of God, physically speaking, I have been convinced by the writings of men more learned than myself in the lore.”

They probably skipped that unfortunate quip in your last Sunday school class on God and country. And I seriously doubt Mr. Jefferson’s trashtalk on Jesus, Paul, and the Bible would score him any points in any modern evangelical Sunday school class, though somehow he remains deified within those same circles. Its an interesting sleight of hand.

In 1822, Jefferson predicted that the Unitarian faith would totally dominate the young country within a generation: “I trust that there is not a young man living in the United States who will not die a Unitarian.” Jefferson’s hope that “the present generation will see Unitarianism become the general religion of the United States” failed to materialize. But his radical democratic experiment did succeed in hastening further divisions and fractures in the Christian church. (The Unitarian faith still largely aligns with the early’s founders views on religious tolerance and acceptance of all faiths ultimately leading to the same God.) Our modern era of consumer choice and power hunger requires 8,000 Christian denominations to satiate our religious tastes and preferences. Sadly, Sunday morning is still the most segregated day of the week in America.

I have learned that if you want to understand the founder’s thinking, you must look less to the Bible (especially the New Testament) and much closer at works from the ancient Greco-Roman philosophy, John Locke, Montesquieu, Thomas Paine and many other enlightenment thinkers.

As if his sentiment were unclear about his disdain for the so-called miracles attributed to Jesus, Jefferson wrote this to his friend John Adams three years later:

“The truth is, that the greatest enemies of the doctrine of Jesus are those… who have perverted them to the structure of a system of fancy, absolutely incomprehensible, and without any foundation in his genuine words. And the day will come, when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.”

By his own admission, Jefferson believed that, if Christ was even born, his mother was certainly not a virgin. To believe such nonsense would require one to be so gullible as to believe any of the other ancient mother-son cults, such as the ancient Roman story of Minerva being swallowed by Jupiter. Is it wise to simply overlook these doctrinal deviations simply for the benefit of maintaining the facade of our modern civil religion?

As to his philosophy on life, Jefferson pledged clear allegiance to Nature’s God, the same god referenced in our founding documents, but first by ancient pagan philosophers like Epicurus:

“I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.”

Note that it was the Epicureans that Paul challenged with the gospel message during his time in Athens. (Acts 17:18)

Yet another founder, Thomas Paine, gleefully shared his atheistic leanings with sentences like this:

“It is the fable of Jesus Christ, as told in the New Testament, and the wild and visionary doctrine raised thereon, against which I contend. The story, taking it as it is told, is blasphemously obscene.”

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both rejected the doctrine of the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus. But, I guess aside from that, if you really still insist, you can call them “Christians.”

As former Europeans, the American revolutionaries were eager to prevent the “tyranny” of monotheistic Christian monarchy from encroaching upon their vision of a new and tolerant society that replaced duties to a divinely appointed king (Rom. 13:1-7) with individual rights. Initially, it was only self-evident that white men were created equal. The American God’s (or Nature’s God’s) “glorious” revival of ancient Greek pagan political philosophies were used as mighty weapons in the overthrow of monotheistic Christian monarchy.

America’s God extended life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to all, as long as you were white… and male. If you were black, native American, Mexican, or even worse, a woman, liberty and justice didn’t apply to you.

Despite deep suspicion of church/state coordination, early American laws still greatly favored the Christian faith in the the public square. Until being prohibited at the federal level, several colonies used religious tests for political office.

Thomas Jefferson, in his haste to disconnect any tentacles between church and state that resembled the Church of England, promoted an idea of “religious freedom” and “toleration” for citizens of all faiths in early America. According to Jefferson, in America “the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo, the infidel of every denomination” were now, 1800 years after the birth of Christ, granted complete freedom to worship as they wished. America’s revival of pantheism means all manner of gods can be erected and worshiped across the land. The founders ensured that no one would be able to tear down another false god again… ever. While no god is specifically endorsed, none are prevented, in direct conflict with the first of the 10 Commandments given to Moses: “You shall have no other gods before Me.” That seems like an important verse. In America, not so much. Choose your god and worship it however you please. As long as you don’t break my leg or pick my pocket, worship on. In America, all “gods” can be worshiped without reprisal. Just food for thought.

Before continuing with our 15 thought-provoking questions — that I hope many of you will print and use in your Sunday School class to stoke group discussions — let us first stop to define the word “Christian” and briefly explain what it means to use it in conjunction with a physical nation.

Aren’t “Christian” And “Christlike” The Same Thing?

According to my understanding, a “Christian” is an individual who believes Jesus Christ to be God incarnate and simultaneously the only begotten Son of God. In response to this Holy Spirit-inspired revelation, the Christian surrenders his life to God’s will and purposes. As a Christian, he values and esteems the teachings of Jesus so highly that he abandons all to follow in the footsteps of Christ. Through a consistent examination of God’s Word — the Bible — he relies upon the power of God to align his values and his ideas with those of his Savior. He trusts in the direction of God’s Holy Spirit. Finally, he submits himself to God’s divine reshaping and remolding process which will ultimately allow him to reflect the righteous character of his Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Put simply, a Christian is one who is Christlike.

However, when members of the “Religious Right” refer to America as a “Christian” nation, do you believe that this definition of “Christian” is what they have in mind? Are they really trying to say that America is Christlike?

And what about you? If you believe that America was, and is, a “Christian” nation, what definition are you using for “Christian?”

Is there another definition of a “Christian” that we should consider instead of Christlikeness?

Personally, I would prefer to avoid too much creativity on this definition. As J. Dwight Pentecost once wrote: “When the plain sense makes common sense, seek no other sense.” So, I feel comfortable maintaining the definition of “Christian” as “Christlike.” So, throughout the remainder of this piece, I will replace the ambiguous phrase “Christian” nation with the more lucid phrase, “Christlike” nation.”

I am fully aware that this article will provoke anger from some Christians. To those, I would say that my intentions through this article are absolutely sincere. Before coming to Christ in 1994, I was raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It took me several years of sound Biblical teaching and prayer to escape the clutches of that false cult. So, when I was born again, I came into the fold with eyes wide open. I fully understand the destructive power of brainwashing that religious leaders can wield, if they so choose. Therefore, this article is presented more as challenge to the prevailing wisdom of Christian nationalism, and less as an assault upon anyone’s deeply held beliefs.

Because we live in such an intellectually dishonest age where truth is a constant casualty, I feel that I should stress again that I am a firm believer in Christ. No one that knows me personally would ever accuse me of being a “liberal” Christian or a “liberal” politik. I believe that God’s Word is the only source of absolute truth. In theology, I am considered ultra-conservative. As a Christ follower, I believe my job on this earth is to spread His fame and glory through obedience to His commands. It is important to me that you respect this because the questions that I will provoke you with below will tempt the laziest among you to marginalize me and lead you to dismiss the importance of contemplating the questions posed in this article. I implore you to “think” and research the validity of the questions below before leaving a comment. Also, any comments that attempt to “prove” America is a Christian nation that are expressed in a non-Christlike manner will not be approved. However, I strongly welcome well-thought out comments that seek to challenge the thesis of this article, assuming they are worded in a spirit of love.

So, with all of those preliminaries out of the way, let us begin…

Below are 15 thought-provoking questions that I myself began struggling with many years ago. The purpose of these questions is to both educate and create a sense of humility regarding the human condition. I have used these questions in group settings and it is amazing what kind of reactions you get based on different perspectives.

15 Questions For Those Who Believe America is a ‘Christian Christlike Nation’

1. Prior to the arrival of European settlers, North America was home to millions of natives. These early North Americans had built numerous cities and villages, developed a legal system, and had developed a unique culture that focused upon preserving the land for future generations. How do you think these early North American families and tribes viewed the the early European settlers? Would it be normal for the Natives to view them with suspicion?

2. After a war between the Puritans and the Pequot Indians in the late 1630’s, Puritan leader John Mason wrote these celebratory words: “Let the whole Earth be filled with his Glory! Thus the LORD was pleased to smite our Enemies in the hinder Parts, and to give us their Land for an Inheritance.” Do you agree with John Mason that God “was pleased” to bring death and destruction upon the Native American peoples in order to give the land of North America to English colonists as an “inheritance?” Is it accurate to call these violent actions on the part of the early European settlers “Christlike?”

3. In the Old Testament, God tells Abraham that as the father of the Jewish people, he and his seed will be given the land of Israel as an inheritance. (Gen. 17:8) Similarly, do you believe that God “gave” North America to the early European settlers as John Mason suggests? If so, is North America the only land that God wanted to “give” to the early European settlers? What if there are more lands that God wants to “give” to Americans as an inheritance? Would you be willing to publicly support further invasions of sovereign lands today so that America could receive those inheritances? Could any of these invasions into sovereign territories be accurately called “Christlike?”

4. In 1823, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that while Native Americans (Indians) could occupy land, they were not permitted to hold title to, or own, the land. Given that America was founded on the basis that “all men are created equal,” how can the early American government’s stripping of the basic property rights of Native Americans be considered Christlike? 

5. In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into law. This law, which had the support of the majority of Americans, forced Native Americans living in Eastern states to emigrate Westward across the Mississippi river to make room for the expansion of American settlers and for gold speculators seeking virgin lands to exploit. Over 4,000 Cherokee Indians died tragically in what is known today as the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Is it possible to justify early America’s mistreatment of the original inhabitants of North America as Christlike?

6. In 1848, America’s Westward expansion, coupled with the California gold rush, led to further massacres of Native Americans. The Indians that had been forcibly moved to the Western states were now in harm’s way yet again. Native American men were slaughtered, women were raped, and children were sold into slavery. Indian boys sold for $60 and Indian girls sold for $200. Have you ever been confronted with these facts before? Would you describe these actions as those of a “Christlike” nation?

7. Regarding the extermination of the American Indians and the expropriation of their lands, President Theodore Roosevelt said that it was as ultimately beneficial as it was inevitable. Such conquests are sure to come when a masterful people, still in its raw barbarian prime, finds itself face to face with the weaker and wholly alien race which holds a coveted prize in its feeble grasp.” Do you agree with the former U.S. President that the genocide of the Native Americans was “beneficial” because white Americans were a more superior and “masterful” race than the “weaker” Natives? Are there any discernable differences between Roosevelt’s speech and the anti-Semitic rhetoric of Nazi Germany?

8. According to Holocaust scholar, Dr. David Cesarani, in terms of the sheer numbers killed, the Native American Genocide exceeds that of the (Nazi-led) Holocaust.” Should modern day Christians excuse the murder, rape, and destruction of America’s indigenous peoples by early American colonists, even if it was done in the name of Christ?

9. Some might argue that America’s mistreatment of the Native Americans was rooted in a basic ignorance of scripture. But how could early America be coined a “Christian” nation without its leaders having a basic understanding of Christ’s teachings as found in Holy Scripture?

10. Others might argue that the mistreatment of Native Americans by early European settlers was strictly based upon self-defense. However, a proper reading of history demonstrates that the Native Americans did not seek out the Americans to do them harm but were instead themselves invaded by outside colonizers who sought to conquer their land. Therefore, it was the Native Americans, not the European colonists, who viewed their struggle as an act of self-defense. Which side do you personally believe was truly acting in self-defense? The natives who had inhabited the land for over a millenia, or the European settlers who had come in search of a better life, and in later years, in search for gold?

 11. Can you name one other country besides America which, as a matter of national policy, sought to wipe out its indigenous population? Can you name one other country where “Christians” had to kill “Christians” to create their country and, again, to eradicate slavery?

 12. If America were to be officially declared as a “Christian” nation, which of the nearly 8,000 Christian denominations would represent the national Christian faith?

 13. Early church history reveals that, while the first Christians respected the governing authorities, they in now way condoned violence and bloodshed, even through the use of military force. Consider these words by renowned church historian, Kenneth Scott Latourette: “For the first three centuries, no Christian writing which has survived to our time condoned Christian participation in war. Some Christians held that for them all bloodshed, whether as soldiers or as executioners, was unlawful. At one stage in its history the influential Church of Alexandria seems to have looked askance upon receiving soldiers into its membership and to have permitted enlistment in the legions only in exceptional circumstances.” (A History of Christianity, pp. 242-243) Given these facts, what type of attitude do you believe the American church should have towards the U.S. military?

14. Early Christians were opposed to involvement in the military for many reasons. Several of these reasons were summarized by Adolf von Harnack when he wrote: “The shedding of blood on the battlefield, the use of torture in the law-courts, the passing of death-sentences by officers and the execution of them by common soldiers, the unconditional military oath, the all-pervading worship of the Emperor, the sacrifices in which all were expected in some way to participate, the average behaviour of soldiers in peace-time, and other idolatrous and offensive customs — all these would constitute in combination an exceedingly powerful deterrent against any Christian joining the army on his own initiative.” Do you think that early Christians were wrong to avoid entangling themselves in the world’s military disputes over territory and natural resources? How about today?

15. Is it possible for a country to be “Christlike,” and at the same time, possess the largest armed forces and weapons arsenal in world history?

There are many more questions we could ask. But these 15 questions are designed to get you thinking about what you believe and why you believe it.

If you have read this far, this article must have connected with you in some way. Please share your thoughts, questions in the comments section below.

Blessings,
Jerry Robinson

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Jerry Robinson https://truerichesacademy.com <![CDATA[TEACHING: Is America a Christian Nation?]]> http://truerichesradio.com/?p=4150 2017-04-21T19:50:07Z 2017-04-21T19:46:14Z

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VIDEO TEACHING SUMMARY: In this second teaching, the vital difference between the Kingdom of man from the Kingdom of God.

America was birthed in rebellion, built on slave labor, enriched by its two largest exports of rum and tobacco and divided over its own founding claims of “equality for all” in the Civil War.

In my own research, I was unable to identify another country in history whose inhabitants engaged in a full-blown civil war to protect the practice of slavery.

Any historical examination of America’s origins, which fails to incorporate its pagan Greco-Roman philosophical heritage, its savage genocide of the native population centers, its dependence upon the subjugation of African slaves, and its violent opposition to, and overthrow of, monotheistic Christian monarchy, are merely myths created to soothe men’s conscience.

In his autobiography, Benjamin Rush shares unusual memory he had of Charles Thomson, the Secretary of the Continental Congress. Rush recalled Thomson as “a man of great learning and general knowledge.”

According to Rush, Thomson “was once told in his presence, that he ought to write a history of the revolution. ‘No (said he), I ought not, for I should contradict all the histories of the great events of the Revolution, and show by my account of men, motives, and measures, that we are wholly indebted to the agency of Providence for its successful issue. Let the world admire the supposed wisdom and valor of our great men. Perhaps they may adopt the qualities that have been ascribed to them, and thus good may be done. I shall not undeceive future generations.’”

Above all others, Christ followers should understand the true spiritual nature of the deception that surrounds us.

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Jerry Robinson https://truerichesacademy.com <![CDATA[TEACHING: The Curse of the Fall]]> http://truerichesradio.com/?p=4144 2017-04-21T19:42:20Z 2017-04-21T19:23:26Z

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VIDEO TEACHING SUMMARY: This is the first in a series of six lectures focused on Biblical wisdom for our dangerous hour.

The Bible is a unique book. Unlike its competitors, the Bible portrays man as inherently wicked and diseased by sin. It describes the plight of mankind as utterly hopeless apart heavenly intervention. It paints man as a desperate created being subject to evil forces. The Bible does not promote mankind’s philosophies or his political systems.

Most of the religious books that fill modern Christian bookstores are written by men in an attempt to increase their understanding of God. However, it is more instructive to read the Bible to discover what God thinks of man.

The Bible’s unflattering portrait of humanity’s achievements and philosophies collides head-on with modern man’s own view of himself. Like the rich young ruler, modern man cannot fathom, let alone admit, his spiritual defects. When faced with a choice of which belief about man to build their future concepts, philosophies, and dreams, they opted for a positive view of man. The depravity of man is largely ignored by modern man. Instead, he operates and functions under a generally optimistic view of man’s achievements, ingenuity, and tower-building prowess.

Early 21st century man is perhaps the first generation that could rightfully rival and, thus replay, of the tragedy of Babel. God’s merciful intervention into early man’s efforts at self-promotion – which is the first way to get humbled by God – spoiled the unification of all men. The Bible predicts that Babel will once again arise just before judgment day. Only this time, God’s merciful intervention is replaced by vengeance. In the ultimate tragedy, man will finally get what he always wanted. Utopia will appear within reach to all of humanity. For it is “when they say peace and safety” that “sudden destruction shall come upon them.”

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Jerry Robinson https://truerichesacademy.com <![CDATA[Stars in the Bible: 60 Bible Verses About Stars]]> http://truerichesradio.com/?p=3030 2018-11-22T12:37:21Z 2017-03-01T16:00:45Z

Throughout most of the Old Testament, the word “star” is translated from the Hebrew word, kokab. (Pronounced ‘ko-kawb’)

The Bible makes several mentions of “stars,” comparing them to Old Testament saints, angels, and even church leaders. Stars in the Bible are a common occurrence.

In ancient times, it was not uncommon for the illiterate and unlearned masses to worship heavenly bodies. After all, the Sun dominated the sky during the day, giving life to their crops. Meanwhile, the Moon dominated the night, providing adequate lighting for travel and leisure activities.

But it is the stars that invoked humanity’s greatest creative and intricate legends and myths. The ancients enjoyed the most unobstructed celestial view. Void of modernity’s artificial light pollution, the network of stars that filled the night sky must have been stunning to the ancient mind. As they gazed upon the stars, they looked with eyes seeking familiar objects.

Both the Egyptians and the Babylonians assigned stars to their myriad of deities. The practice of star worship also thrived under the Assyrians and especially the Chaldeans.

Spiritual experiences often included worshiping the heavenly bodies, such as the Sun, Moon, and stars. This form of idolatry of astral bodies has been appropriately dubbed “Astrolatry.”

The Bible is clear that God does not approve of His people engaging in the worship of the celestial spheres. In fact, after warning His people time and again not to worship the hosts of heaven, this practice inevitably weakens Israel to the point that God gives them over to their enemies. Consider this stunning description of the transgressions that led to the downfall of Israel in 2 Kings 17:16-20:

“They forsook all the commandments of the LORD their God and made for themselves molten images, two calves, and made an Asherah and worshiped all the host of heaven and served Baal. Then they made their sons and their daughters pass through the fire, and practiced divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him. So the LORD was very angry with Israel and removed them from His sight; none was left except the tribe of Judah.

Also Judah did not keep the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the customs which Israel had introduced. The LORD rejected all the descendants of Israel and afflicted them and gave them into the hand of plunderers, until He had cast them out of His sight.”

One of the most egregious forms of celestial worship described in the Bible is Sun worship. This is one of the practices that God finds abominable. Consider the stunning vision given to the prophet Ezekiel concerning this practice in Ezekiel 8:16-18:

“Then He brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house. And behold, at the entrance to the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, about twenty-five men with their backs to the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east; and they were prostrating themselves eastward toward the sun. He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? Is it too light a thing for the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they have committed here, that they have filled the land with violence and provoked Me repeatedly? For behold, they are putting the twig to their nose. Therefore, I indeed will deal in wrath. My eye will have no pity nor will I spare; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, yet I will not listen to them.”

The Bible is clear that there are severe consequences for choosing to worship creation over the Creator.

Below, you will find nearly 60 Bible verses associated with the word “star” or “stars”.

1. God created the stars.

“God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; the stars also. (Genesis 1:16)

 

2. God established the stars in their place and He alone controls them.

“Who commands the sun not to shine, and sets a seal upon the stars;” (Job 9:7)

“Is not God in the height of heaven? Look also at the distant stars, how high they are!” (Job 22:12)

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained;” (Psalm 8:3)

“Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; The LORD of hosts is His name.” (Jeremiah 31:35)

 

3. God promised to multiply Abraham’s seed as the stars of heaven.

“And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” (Genesis 15:5)

“Indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.” (Genesis 22:17)

“I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;” (Genesis 26:4)

“Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'” (Exodus 32:13)

“The LORD your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are this day like the stars of heaven in number.” (Deuteronomy 1:10)

“Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons in all, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.” (Deuteronomy 10:22)

“Then you shall be left few in number, whereas you were as numerous as the stars of heaven, because you did not obey the LORD your God.” (Deuteronomy 28:62)

“But David did not count those twenty years of age and under, because the LORD had said He would multiply Israel as the stars of heaven. (1 Chronicles 27:23)

“You made their sons numerous as the stars of heaven, And You brought them into the land Which You had told their fathers to enter and possess.” (Nehemiah 9:23)

 

4. In dreams and visions, the twelve tribes of Israel are represented as stars.

“Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” (Genesis 37:9)

“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; (Revelation 12:1)

 

5. The Jewish Messiah’s initial appearance is heralded by a star.

“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; A star shall come forth from Jacob, A scepter shall rise from Israel, And shall crush through the forehead of Moab, And tear down all the sons of Sheth. (Numbers 24:17)

“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 2:2)

“Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. (Matthew 2:7)

“After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. (Matthew 2:9)

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. (Matthew 2:10)

 

6. God warns his people not to worship the stars.

“And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven. (Deuteronomy 4:19)

 

7. The Bible refers to angels as stars.

“The stars fought from heaven, From their courses they fought against Sisera. (Judges 5:20)

“When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Job 38:7)

“But you said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. (Isaiah 14:13)

“Though you build high like the eagle, Though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down,” declares the LORD. (Obadiah 1:4)

“In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. (Revelation 1:16)

“As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. (Revelation 1:20)

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this: (Revelation 2:1)

“And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child. (Revelation 12:4)

 

7. Every star has been given a name by God.

“He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. (Psalm 147:4)

“There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. (1 Corinthians 15:41)

 

8. Astrologers and those who “read” the stars are powerless before God.

“You are wearied with your many counsels; Let now the astrologers, Those who prophesy by the stars, Those who predict by the new moons, Stand up and save you from what will come upon you. (Isaiah 47:13)

 

9. The wise witness of Jesus will shine as brightly as the stars forever.

“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)

 

10. Just prior to the Second Coming of Jesus, the stars will lose their brightness and fall from heaven.

“Before the sun and the light, the moon and the stars are darkened, and clouds return after the rain; (Ecclesiastes 12:2)

“And when I extinguish you, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud And the moon will not give its light. (Ezekiel 32:7)

“It grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down. (Daniel 8:10)

“Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. (Joel 2:10)

“The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. (Joel 3:15)

“For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not flash forth their light; The sun will be dark when it rises And the moon will not shed its light. (Isaiah 13:10)

“But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Matthew 24:29)

“AND THE STARS WILL BE FALLING from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken. (Mark 13:25)

“And the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. (Revelation 6:13)

“The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. (Revelation 8:10)

“The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter. (Revelation 8:11)

“The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way. (Revelation 8:12)

“Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him. (Revelation 9:1)

 

11. The ancients often assigned specific stars to false idols.

“You also carried along Sikkuth your king and Kiyyun, your images, the star of your gods which you made for yourselves. (Amos 5:26)

“Wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever. (Jude 1:13)

“To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. (Revelation 3:1)

 

12. Jesus is called the bright morning star.

“And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (2 Peter 1:19)

“And I will give him the morning star. (Revelation 2:28)

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star. (Revelation 22:16)

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Jerry Robinson https://truerichesacademy.com <![CDATA[VIDEO: The Secrets of the Blessed Man]]> http://truerichesradio.com/?p=4132 2018-11-22T12:39:30Z 2017-02-02T21:38:03Z

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Video: The Secrets of the Blessed Man

Date Recorded: Feb. 2, 2017
Teacher: Jerry Robinson

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Video Description: Many Christians are losing hope today because they ingest more propaganda than revealed truth on a daily basis. But we don’t have to lose heart.

In this brief, yet powerful, 12-minute video, Jerry Robinson shares the Biblical steps toward living — and staying — in God’s blessing, even in our own current age of turmoil.

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