Unparalleled Evil

Communism is Satanism. It is wholly, totally, demonstrably evil in every aspect, way, shape, form, and fashion. “Satanic communism” is in reality the proper term for this perverse ideology. Satanic communism, communism, Bolshevism, Marxism, Marxism-Leninism, socialism, Fabian Socialism, democratic socialism, progressivism, or whatever name you give it, has a history of unparalleled evil. No other world system or ideology has ever caused as much human misery, death, rapine, degradation, enslavement, and destruction as has the hideous brew we know as communism.

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Some may reject the idea that socialism/communism is Satanic. It is “secular” or “atheist,” they allege. True, the average communist dupe is a secularist. However, the real leaders of the movement are not. I turned this myth of communist “secularism” on its head in my books A Century of Red and Red Gadiantons. You can review my analysis, explanations, and evidence there. Suffice it to say that the international communist conspiracy has occult origins and its most notorious leaders like Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin were literal Satanists. Reverend Richard Wurmbrand said it correctly on page 108 of his impressive book Marx & Satan that “communism is collective demon-possession.” Communism, no matter the mask it wears or the label it bears, is unparalleled evil.

To understand more fully what I mean when I say that communism is unparalleled evil, let’s turn to the dictionary. Google defines “unparalleled” as “having no parallel or equal; exceptional.” It lists such synonyms as “unique,” “singular,” “unrivaled,” “peerless,” “unexcelled,” “matchless,” “in a league of its own,” “second to none,” and “unprecedented.” With these ideas in mind, let’s rephrase the thesis of this article.

Communism is unrivaled in its evil. It is matchless in its brutality. It is singular and unique in its savagery and sadism. It is peerless in its aspirations for world subjugation. Communism is second to none and stands in a league of its own when we weigh the level of human suffering and destruction it has caused. Nothing else even compares. Nothing else even comes close. Nothing else is as vile, grotesque, abhorrent, heartless, delusional, radical, sadistic, cruel, ruthless, brutal, and murderous as is communism.

Because of coordinated and constant propagandizing by the Marxist media and court historians, people’s knee-jerk reaction is to label Adolf Hitler the “most evil figure in history” and the “Devil incarnate.” Forget about Lenin, Stalin, or Mao Tse-Tung. These same ideologues claim the “Nazi” regime was the most ruthless and brutal ever conceived, even going so far as to call National Socialism “uniquely evil.” Forget the Soviet GULAG and the Chinese Laogai, the Holodomor in Ukraine, the killing fields in Cambodia, and the murdered Cristeros in Mexico.

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German anti-communist poster that reads: “The Danger of Bolshevism.”

The anti-communist, anti-Freemason, anti-international banker Hitler is held up by the communists, Freemasons, international bankers, and the global Establishment as the poster boy for evil, genocide, racism, oppression, brutality, hatred, immorality, ruthlessness, discrimination, ad infinitum. Yet they conveniently ignore statements such as this from their own political prophet, Vladimir Lenin: “We must hate – hatred is the basis of communism” (Introduced into the Congressional Record April 12, 1933 by Senator Arthur R. Robinson, 1539). As always, the communist project their sins and crimes and intentions onto other people, philosophies, and nations.

Even if we believed the verifiably-absurd accusations against Hitler’s Germany – most of which are not only fraudulent, but originated in the minds of the mass-murdering Soviets in Moscow – it is the height of ignorance to claim there is anything “unique” or exceptional about them. Indeed, the alleged German atrocities are a mere drop in the bucket compared to communist atrocities worldwide. They don’t even compare to what was done under Lenin in Russia in a few short years, to say nothing of the greater massacres and crimes under Stalin, or the still greater slaughters and enslavement under Mao Tse-tung in Red China. There was nothing unique about what the Germans are accused of doing. Indeed, the only truly “unique” evil in the world is Satanic communism.

As one who has spent many years studying the communist conspiracy, it is appalling to me how few people know or care about the greatest massacres, slaughters, and genocides in human history; namely, those carried out by the Bolsheviks during the last century. As a missionary, I walked the backstreets of Russia from 2006-2008 meeting with the human casualties of communism. They are not faceless statistics, but real people with names and lives. I have witnessed firsthand how communism breaks the spirits, deadens the souls, and hardens the hearts of entire populations. Most of those who survived the communist hell in Russia continued to live in-name-only. Everything of value had been stolen from them. For the heartache and misery they caused, the communists will one day stand to account before the Eternal Judge.

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My soul abhors communism in every particular. It is vile and grotesque, macabre and bloody, vicious and animalistic, depressing and sapping, oppressive and awful. Nothing good has ever come from it. Nothing good can ever come from it. Communism is a philosophy of hatred. It is an ideology of violence. It is a cult of cruelty. As the record proves, Satanic communism has wreaked more havoc on humanity than any and all of its predecessors and contemporaries.

More people have been lied to, abused, degraded, plundered, enslaved, raped, tortured, and murdered by communists than by adherents of any and all other philosophies in world history combined. Communism has advanced farther and more rapidly than any other ideology on record. In the space of a few short decades, the communists, using Soviet Russia as its base of operations, foisted their demonic philosophy on all of Eastern and part of Western Europe, China, and North Korea, to name just a few. And this is to say nothing of the blood it spilled in Spain, Hungary, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Afghanistan, India, Tibet, and beyond.

Communism’s tentacles swiftly reached into every nation on the globe. Directed by the Kremlin and aided by treasonous Western financing, the Communist International, or Comintern, sent its agents into every nation to infiltrate, subvert, demoralize, degrade, and destroy. Communism’s successes are simply unparalleled. In so short a time, it subjugated the majority of the globe and snuffed out the hope, aspirations, faith, and Freedom of billions of God’s children. So prevalent is socialism in our world that there is not one nation on earth whose government is not dominated by the collectivist and socialist practices, theories, and principles outlined in The Communist Manifesto.

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Just as Satan is pure evil with no redeeming features, so, too, is communism unbridled evil with not one single redeeming feature. There is no grey area with communism. There is absolutely nothing good, praiseworthy, virtuous, noble, or inspiring that the Satanic communist ideology has ever produced. The Bolsheviks have left in their wake broken promises, broken dreams, broken individuals, broken homes, broken economies, broken nations, and a broken world.

In his book Freedom and Foreign Policy, Senator Thomas J. Dodd wrote:

“Let’s get communism in true focus.

“Communism is total evil. It is all black. There is nothing gray about it. There is nothing good about it. Its ends are evil. Its means to those ends are evil.

“If, by force of circumstance, Communists are for something right, it is only as an expedient to advance their evil ends. . . .

“There is no evil so appalling that Communists would shrink from it, if it would effectively advance their ends. There is no atrocity so hideous that they would not willingly commit it if it served their purpose. . . .

“Communism is at war with the whole human race. It is based on the blasphemy that a human being is just a particle of matter, without independent mind or spirit. It seeks to destroy the family as an institution. It seeks to blot out the human conscience and to distort all concepts of right and wrong. It seeks to reduce man to a mere beast of burden, without a will, without a personality, without a home, without personal property, without knowledge of God, without hope of eternal life. . . .

“. . . Communism is fundamentally dedicated to the destruction of the Free World and of the ethical and rational bases of that world. Its fixed and unswerving objective is to destroy us. The Communists may have to postpone this destruction, they may have to adopt new approaches to it, but it remains their central objective in foreign affairs” (14-16).

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Yes, communism is total evil – evil unparalleled in scope, scale, and severity. It is Satanic in every sense of that unpleasant word. It is irredeemably evil and uncontrollably vicious. Communism is the enemy of mankind. It is the enemy.

In 1966, the esteemed Ezra Taft Benson gave us this description of Satanic communism:

“Communism is not a political party, nor a military organization, nor an ideological crusade, nor a rebirth of Russian imperialist ambition, though it comprises and uses all of these. Communism, in its unmistakable reality, is wholly a conspiracy, a gigantic conspiracy to enslave mankind; an increasingly successful conspiracy, controlled by determined, cunning and utterly ruthless gangsters, willing to use any means to achieve its end” (Benson, An Enemy Hath Done This, 110).

The international clique of Bolshevik gangsters who lord over us  have and will use “any means” to achieve their goal of total power over humanity. If it means starting wars, committing acts of terrorism, perpetrating mass shootings, infiltrating schools and churches in order to warp minds and hearts, lying 24/7 via their controlled media outlets, smearing innocent people, robbing the earnings of workers through “taxes,” exploding economies to create grief and dependency, or crushing the hope of people who just want to live their lives in peace, they do it. And they do it ruthlessly and gleefully. The bloody history of the 20th and 21st Centuries is directly attributable to communist machinations. And they are the architects of the coming world conflagration.

In their fantastic little book 100 Things You Should Know About Communism, the U.S. Committee on UnAmerican Activities said that communists “all have a craze for power” (76). In order to achieve total dominion over others, they will engage in “murder, robbery, revolution, treachery, and disaster” (89). Of the communist conspirators, the Committee concluded: “Their theory is that the more misery they can cause in the present the easier it will be for them to grab control in the future” (105). Yes, it is the George Soroses, Bernie Sanderses, Vladimir Putins, and Ji Xinpings of the world who delight in degradation and imbibe strength from suffering. They are global parasites sucking the lifeblood out of the nations.

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Communism is mesmerizingly ruthless. It is almost unfathomably evil. If you can comprehend the evil that seethes in the Devil’s black heart, you can comprehend the malevolence that is communism. The orgy of death, violence, lies, immorality, and barbarism that engulfs this earth is Satan’s doing. But we must be conscious of the fact that Satan has no real power and of necessity operates through mortals. He certainly works through anyone who disobeys God’s laws, but to bring about his agenda of establishing a one-world government as a precursor to imposing a one-world religion controlled by him, he operates through hand-picked high priests who proselytize the Bolshevik faith.

It is against these communist crusaders that humanity must fight. It is they who lurk in the shadows and pull the strings. They are the lords of chaos. It is this cabal of conspirators who slaughtered over 60 million people in the Soviet Union and some 100 million in Red China. This band of subversives has cost millions of lives from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Mexico to the sands of Syria to the plains of Europe. They have initiated wars, carried out false-flag terror attacks, assassinated dissidents, created the feminist and LGBT movements, fostered “green” environmentalist hysteria, promoted pornography, pushed drugs, depressed economies, demolished churches, wrecked homes, ruined the careers of innocent people, and deceived the globe as to who the real enemy is.

Satanic communism is strangling the life out of the world. The United States, the last bastion of resistance to the Red Plague devouring the nations, is witnessing the public advent of socialism. Bolshevik Bernie, Comrade Cortez, and the whole gaggle of traitors we currently see on the national scene are beginning to remove their masks and admit that they are – as many of us have been saying for  years – socialists hell bent on destroying everything that made our Republic the greatest, most prosperous, most powerful in the world. When we see the lifelong, avowed Jewish socialist Bernie Sanders leading the pack of Democratic presidential candidates, we know our situation is immensely dire.

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Ladies and gentlemen, know these facts: Communism is treason. Communism is evil. Communism is Satanism. Communism is the enemy. Communism is the Devil’s tool to obliterate our Faith, Families, and Freedom. Communism is unequaled evil responsible for unparalleled, unsurpassed, unmatched, unprecedented, unrivaled destruction, death, and degradation. Finally, know that communism must die for America to survive!

Zack Strong,

March 1, 2019.

Presidents Day

Today is Presidents Day. It is also, not coincidentally, the birthday of George Washington. From the glorious days of President Washington to the era of Donald Trump, the presidency has been occupied by a mixed bag of individuals. Some of been traitors and wolves in sheep’s clothing who sold out their nation and abused the U.S. Constitution and others have been honest, wise, good, faithful, and inspiring statesmen. This short article is written to commemorate and celebrate the memory of that small band of patriots who have occupied the Oval Office.

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On page 101 of the first volume of his phenomenal book series titled Leadership, Elder Sterling W. Sill wrote:

“This ability to fill ourselves and others with enthusiasm carries with it a great power of accomplishment. It is one of the most valuable abilities with which God has endowed us. But its value is still further increased because it is so rare. It is one of the potentialities which is often left undeveloped in men. there are many good men; there are many wise men; there are many industrious men. There are not many fire kindlers, not many fire carriers, not many who bring us sparks from the divine, even in a symbolic sense.”

Yes, there are many decent people, many who work hard, and many who have abundant stores of knowledge, but how few men are true leaders who possess the ability to inspire nations! How few are able to really inspire and stir our souls! How few can be called “fire carriers . . . who bring us sparks from the divine”!

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Without question, the most important position of public leadership in our Republic is the office of president. People look (far more than they should) to the president for guidance – and not merely in politics, but in social, cultural, and moral issues. The president bears a tremendous burden to lead by his stalwart example, inspire with the soundness of his ideas, and kindle the fire of patriotism, virtue, and civility in his People with the moral force of his own character.

That most presidents have not lived up to this high charge is lamentable. However, a few good men have lived up to their duty and have been true leaders who inspired the nation. It is on this small band of Sons of Liberty that we focus today.

This article is not a list of good and bad presidents. I previously wrote a piece on that subject which you can find here. Rather, we seek to draw inspiring quotations from some of the great men who have borne the title President of the United States.

My favorite president was the Sage of Monticello, the great Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson gave us some of the most inspiring words ever penned by an American. It was Jefferson who wrote:

“I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

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It was this same super-patriot, whose lifelong devotion to Liberty is archetypal, who declared in the original draft of The Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independant, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these ends, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government shall become destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, & to institute new government, laying it’s foundation on such principles & organising it’s powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety & happiness.”

Surely few passages of text have ever inspired more people to noble sacrifice and heroic action than did The Declaration of Independence! The Declaration was the first bookend of the American story of Liberty. Yet, even before the Declaration was published to the world, Jefferson had made his views on Liberty and leadership public and plain. In “A Summary View of the Rights of British America,” Jefferson had written:

“The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counsellors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail . . . The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”

Thomas Jefferson always put his nation first above his own leisure and desires. I was willing to sacrifice anything to ensure American Freedom. In a letter to John B. Colvin, he voice sentiments which show his devotion to the Republic. Said he:

“The question you propose, whether circumstances do not sometimes occur, which make it a duty in officers of high trust, to assume authorities beyond the law, is easy of solution in principle, but sometimes embarrassing in practice. A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means.”

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When we judge leaders, it is well to judge them, at least in part, according to whether they did all they could to ensure the security, sovereignty, Liberty, and happiness of America. I thank the Lord for men like Thomas Jefferson who, like the north star, still point out the course which our People may travel to arrive safely in the harbor of peace, Freedom, and happiness.

Another great man who occupied the White House was Andrew Jackson. Jackson was and still is hated by the Establishment because he took a stand against them and, at least in his day, thwarted their agenda to enslave this Republic. Jackson was rabidly pro-American. He was also the only president to eliminate the national debt and presided over a period of prosperity. And, notably, he spent much of his time trying to kill the insidious national bank and eliminate its poisonous effects on our nation.

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In his First Inaugural Address, President Jackson stated:

“As long as our Government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of person and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending; and so long as it is worth defending a patriotic militia will cover it with an impenetrable aegis. Partial injuries and occasional mortifications we may be subjected to, but a million of armed freemen, possessed of the means of war, can never be conquered by a foreign foe. To any just system, therefore, calculated to strengthen this natural safeguard of the country I shall cheerfully lend all the aid in my power.”

In his Farewell Address, and in the context of denouncing the “moneyed interest” which sought to dominate and strangle the nation, President Jackson reminded the American People:

“[Y]ou must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.”

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President James Monroe was another good man whose political views have helped guide and steer our ship of state for generations. In his First Inaugural Address, Monroe spoke of the need for the United States to stand up and defend itself against the encroachments of foreign powers in our sphere of influence:

“Dangers from abroad are not less deserving of attention. Experiencing the fortune of other nations, the United States may be again involved in war, and it may in that event be the object of the adverse party to overset our Government, to break our Union, and demolish us as a nation. Our distance from Europe and the just, moderate, and pacific policy of our Government may form some security against these dangers, but they ought to be anticipated and guarded against . . . We must support our rights or lose our character, and with it, perhaps, our liberties. A people who fail to do it can scarcely be said to hold a place among independent nations. National honor is national property of the highest value. The sentiment in the mind of every citizen is national strength. It ought therefore to be cherished.

“To secure us against these dangers our coast and inland frontiers should be fortified, our Army and Navy, regulated upon just principles as to the force of each, be kept in perfect order, and our militia be placed on the best practicable footing. . . .

“But it ought always to be held prominently in view that the safety of these States and of everything dear to a free people must depend in an eminent degree on the militia. Invasions may be made too formidable to be resisted by any land and naval force which it would comport either with the principles of our Government or the circumstances of the United States to maintain. In such cases recourse must be had to the great body of the people, and in a manner to produce the best effect. It is of the highest importance, therefore, that they be so organized and trained as to be prepared for any emergency. The arrangement should be such as to put at the command of the Government the ardent patriotism and youthful vigor of the country. If formed on equal and just principles, it can not be oppressive. It is the crisis which makes the pressure, and not the laws which provide a remedy for it. This arrangement should be formed, too, in time of peace, to be the better prepared for war. With such an organization of such a people the United States have nothing to dread from foreign invasion. At its approach an overwhelming force of gallant men might always be put in motion.”

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Pursuant to these very ideas of national honor and self-defense against foreign despotism, it was President Monroe who established, with the advice and aid of Thomas Jefferson, the Monroe Doctrine. The Monroe Doctrine was designed, as Jefferson penned in a letter to President Monroe, to ensure that America:

“should therefore have a system of her own, separate and apart from that of Europe. While the last is laboring to become the domicil of despotism, our endeavor should surely be to make our hemisphere that of freedom.”

Under the Monroe Doctrine, Latin America was preserved for a time as a land of Freedom. Today, however, we have largely abandoned our role of defenders of this “hemisphere of freedom” and Marxism has infiltrated and taken deep root. We need only look at the communist “paradises” of Cuba and Venezuela to know how precarious the situation has become. Yet, President James Monroe charted our national course in this regard and it is our duty to steer the American ship of state back into safe waters that this hemisphere might truly become a hemisphere of Freedom once more.

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We ought to cherish the memory of all the great men who have served as the first officer of our government – men like Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and Jackson. We need to rekindle and fan the flame of patriotism, piety, and Liberty those noble statesmen lit and carried in their day.

We also ought to support the efforts, however feeble and at times misguided, of President Donald Trump to “make America great again” and fight against the increasing threat of socialism. President Trump did not collude with Russia or communists, as lying and ignorant ideologues claim. He is also not cut from the same cloth as men like Jefferson and Washington. However, he is the first president in my lifetime to make a dent in the Establishment’s control over our Republic. More importantly than anything he has personally done in office, President Trump has inspired people to stand up, speak out, and be counted in favor of Freedom and traditional Americanism.

I pray to our Father in Heaven that the cause of American Liberty will prosper, that the modern Sons of Liberty will never lose hope, and that leaders will step forward to kindle the flame of Freedom in more American hearts. When we each do our part, however small, we help to pave the way for a future return to our true American heritage. We can begin our journey back to our roots of greatness when we remember those stalwart men who have gone before us who carried the torch of Freedom, who inspired the hearts of their countrymen, and who put the Republic and its preservation in happiness, peace, and Liberty above all else. God preserve our Republic!

Zack Strong,

February 18, 2019.

Thank God that You Are an American

On this Thanksgiving, I want to forego all negativity and simply express my gratitude for the unsurpassed blessings we enjoy as Americans. In a letter written from France, a nostalgic Thomas Jefferson exclaimed: “My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!” (Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, June 17, 1785). My sincerest feelings echo Jefferson’s. Fellow American – you possess more blessings, privileges, opportunities, power, and influence by virtue of your citizenship in the blessed United States than the people of any nation, kingdom, or empire now or in the past have ever enjoyed.

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America is great because of the generous blessings of Almighty God. Our forefathers were righteous men and women who worshiped Jesus Christ and lived according to the noble principles of the Bible. Contrary to what the detractors claim, America was founded as a Christian confederation – a shining city on a hill. The first Pilgrims covenanted with each other to establish a new nation “for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith.” From day one, America was dedicated by its humble settlers as a Christian country.

Because early Americans possessed a heartfelt witness of their peculiar place in history and the bounty of blessings their Creator had bestowed upon them, they lived righteously and Heaven showed her blessings upon them. Early Americans understood that “righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Because they were righteous and cherished public virtue, the Lord richly blessed the colonies and, later, the American Republic. Without the faith in Christ burning in their hearts, our forefathers simply would have never advanced as they did but would have become like the stagnant, degenerate, unfree fiefdoms of Europe.

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The historical record is proof that God has loved, favored, and blessed America above all other nations. Never has a nation risen to greatness so quickly as did the United States. Never has a nation achieved such global power and influence. Never before has a People claimed as many rights and Liberties as has the American People. No people has ever enjoyed the same level of prosperity and wealth as ours. Never has a land possessed so many raw resources and cultivated them into useful products. Never has a people been so industrious and consequently been placed in such a lofty position to benefit others as has ours. Never has a nation possessed a written Constitution that has provided for a stable government for so many years.

Furthermore, many of the world’s greatest inventions have come from the United States. The car, airplane, light bulb, radio, telephone, cotton gin, thresher, assembly line, suspension bridge, electric guitar, air conditioning, refrigerator, frozen food, washer and dryer, computer, CD, internet, GPS, atomic energy, laser technology, machine gun, Kevlar, fiber optics, and a thousand other useful technologies found their birth in our great nation. No nation has given so much to the world. And it all comes back to the righteousness of our American forefathers, for which they were blessed bountifully by Heaven.

Do we take these blessings for granted? Do we take our privileged and blessed lifestyle for granted? Or do we consciously acknowledge how blessed we are? Do we fall to our knees and thank God for what He has done for our forefathers and what He has done for us? Do we remember to be grateful in our daily prayers? Do we feel true gratitude in our hearts for the unsurpassed blessings we enjoy – blessings which most of the world cannot even fathom?

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When you take to the internet to complain about your government, do you ever stop to think how blessed you are that we have a Constitution that defends our right to speak out? When you hop into your car and drive to the store, do you think how easy travel, getting food, and exchanging goods has become? When you prepare a Thanksgiving feast for your family, do you pause to reflect how all of these good foods ended up on your table and how easy it was to obtain, preserve, and prepare them? When you flip on the TV or flip a light switch, do you remember your ancestors who struggled and toiled to give them to you? Do you pause in the rush of modern life to give gratitude to God for all these things that you take for granted, but which not even the greatest kings in ancient days could have imagined having?

This Thanksgiving day, let’s remember our ancestors. Let’s remember the God-fearing Pilgrims who settled this land, the Sons of Liberty and Founding Fathers who won American Independence with their blood, and all of our forefathers who built such an amazing, unsurpassed, unequalled edifice of greatness and handed it to us on a silver platter. Let us not begrudgingly give thanks to our God for His innumerable blessings upon our People. Rather, let’s give cheerfully, for “God loveth a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

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On this Thanksgiving holiday, let’s turn our hearts to Jesus Christ. Let’s draw our families close around us. Let’s pray together and give thanks together for the glorious Freedom we enjoy. Let us never be guilty of ingratitude; no, not to our stalwart ancestors and not to our loving Heavenly Father. When you get on your knees to pray today both as an individual and with your families, thank God that you are an American. Thank Him that He has bestowed so many blessings upon this Promised Land, that He freed our People from European tyranny, that He has preserved us as a unified nation for all these years, that He has allowed our inspired Constitution to remain the supreme law of the land, and that He has poured out an unequalled flood of light, knowledge, and truth upon our People.

God bless America! God bless you and your family! And God preserve us in Liberty so long as we turn to Him and remember to thank Him for our daily blessings – blessings which no other nation on earth enjoys in such abundance.

Zack Strong,

November 21, 2018.

Festival of Freedom

“My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!” – Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, June 17, 1785.

The United States of America is the greatest nation on earth! With all of our numerous flaws and serious disruptions and contentions, this Republic is still, without question, the best nation in the world and the last hope for mankind. No other country has as much raw potential as the United States. And certainly no other nation has as glorious a heritage of Freedom, rule of law, and godly society as does America. We are a blessed land with a special mission to fulfill.

In order to fulfill our singular mission, however, we must recognize and be grateful for our unsurpassed blessings, embrace our unique American heritage, revive the principles and ideals enshrined in our founding documents, and press forward in faith. We must defend our faith, families, and Freedom against all attacks – both from within and from without. We must imbibe the same spirit our forefathers possessed that caused them to risk life and limb to forge a free nation. Independence Day is the perfect time to do just that.

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During an Independence Day oration in 1826, George Bancroft referred to this exceptional holiday and stated:

“The festival which we keep is the festival of freedom itself – it belongs not to us only but to man. All the nations of the earth have an interest in it, and humanity proclaims it sacred!”

Independence Day is not just another day. It is a special day; a sacred day. It was the opening of a new epoch. This holy day marks the founding of the first free nation in modern times – a nation which grew from its humble beginnings to become the greatest nation in recorded history. America is not just another nation, and her birthday is not just another day.

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In 1796, a full generation before Bancroft delivered his oration, John Lathrop gave an Independence Day address wherein he affirmed:

“Liberty descended from Heaven on the 4th of July, 1776. . . .

“The first promulgation of the Gospel of Liberty was the declaration of American independence . . . the Americans were elected by God to redeem from bondage the miserable victims of arbitrary power.”

America was the vessel which the Lord designed to carry Liberty to a safe harbor. When fifty-six men signed their names to the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and proclaimed their reliance upon “the protection of Divine Providence,” Freedom began to burst forth. America is the modern birthplace of Liberty and has remained its sole incubator for 242 years. Truly, Independence Day is no ordinary day.

John Quincy Adams, in an Independence Day speech delivered in 1837, rhetorically asked:

“Why is it that next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day?”

He went on to provide the answer:

“Is it not that in the chain of events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? – that it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? – that it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?”

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To our forefathers, the birth of America was not a raucous “rebellion,” but a sacrosanct religious event. It was an act of Providence. It was a fulfillment of ancient Biblical prophecy. So many profound miracles poured forth from Heaven that General George Washington, in the heat of the conflict with tyrannical Britain, wrote to a fellow general that:

“The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations” (George Washington to Thomas Nelson, August 20, 1778).

Speaking in 1793, just a few years after Washington penned his letter, Elias Boudinot told an audience gathered for their Independence Day celebration the following:

“The late revolution . . . is big with events that are daily unfolding themselves and pressing in thick succession to the astonishment of a wondering world!

“It has been marked with the certain characteristic of a Divine overruling hand in that it was brought about and perfected against all human reasoning and apparently against all human hope – and that in the very moment of time when all Europe seemed ready to be plunged into commotion and distress.

“Divine Providence, throughout the government of this world, appears to have impressed many events with the undoubted evidence of His own almighty arm.”

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On April 30, 1789, newly elected President George Washington delivered his First Inaugural Address. In it, he stated:

“[I]t would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own; nor those of my fellow-citizens at large, less than either. No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.”

Through the intervention of Almighty God, the American Republic came into being. Without His divine aid, our War for Independence would have floundered, our Founding Fathers would have been hanged as traitors, the U.S. Constitution would have never come into being, and America would have been once more subjected to European tyranny. Yet, God did intervene, America did win her bid for Independence, and the Founding Fathers went on to draft the U.S. Constitution under inspiration and set America on the path to unrivaled greatness.

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Today, how many of us stop to remember and express gratitude for the Lord’s hand in our nation’s birth and progress? How many of us truly comprehend how significant Independence Day was in the course of world history? How many of us understand the great mission America has been given – the mission of preaching the Gospel of Liberty to mankind? How few of us thank our God for His bountiful blessings upon this special land!

As Americans, we are unique. The eyes of the world are, and truly have been, upon us. No other People has a history and a heritage like we do. No other nation boasts such a large group of Founding Fathers so thoroughly brilliant, honorable, and wise. No other nation has founding documents as inspired as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. No other country anywhere witnessed such conspicuous intervention by Deity in its founding. The American Republic is not just another nation, and her birthday is not just another day.

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Be proud to be an American. Be proud of your unmatched heritage of Freedom. Feel honored you were born here in the cradle of Liberty and that you have the privilege of participating in this ongoing struggle. Defend your faith, family, and Freedom against all attacks. Cherish the history of the American founding and the memory of the men who sacrificed so much for this Republic. And never take for granted this special day, this Independence Day, this festival of Freedom. Long Live Liberty!

Zack Strong

July 1, 2018.