Persevero
Since Jan 16, 2010

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A Christian of Calvinistic persuasion, Persevero loves lattes, homeschooling, people, literature, chocolate, and politics.

Being called a Reconstructionist is a fine compliment as far as Persevero is concerned.

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our English dead!
In peace there 's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger: Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.

-King Henry V Quote Act iii. Scene 1.

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the industrious out of it. You don't multiply wealth by dividing it. Government cannot give anything to anybody that it doesn't first take from somebody else. Whenever somebody receives something without working for it, somebody else has to work for it without receiving. The worst thing that can happen to a nation is for half of the people to get the idea they don't have to work because somebody else will work for them, and the other half to get the idea that it does no good to work because they don't get to enjoy the fruits of their labor." - Adrian Pierce Rogers

There’s little less fashionable today than praising the Puritans, especially for their egalitarian political idealism, their promotion of genuinely humane and liberating learning, and their capacity for enjoyment and human happiness. Praising the Puritans is especially difficult for us because even most of our Protestants have abandoned them. When a European calls us Puritanical we don’t say, “yes, thanks a lot, you’re right.” Instead, we either deny it, saying we’re way beyond those days. Or we admit it, saying that, “yes, we should be less capitalistic, less repressed, and more free thinking, just like you.” But the truth is that the Puritans remain the chief source of the American difference—our ability to live freely and prosperously without unduly slighting the longings of our souls. It’s the Puritans’ idealism that made and even makes Americans civilized. -P Lawler

People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated. —D.A. Carson

“In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.” - Dorothy Sayers

We must never forget that there are varieties in character, and that the grace of God does not cast all believers into one and the same mold. Admitting fully that the foundations of Christian character are always the same, and that all God’s children repent, believe, are holy, prayerful, and Scripture-loving, we must make allowances for wide varieties in their temperaments and habits of mind. We must not undervalue others because they are not exactly like ourselves. The flowers in a garden may differ widely, and yet the gardener feels interest in all. The children of a family may be curiously unlike one another, and yet the parents care for all. It is just so with the Church of Christ. There are degrees of grace, and varieties of grace; but the least, the weakest, the feeblest disciples are all loved by the Lord Jesus. Then let no believer’s heart fail because of his infirmities; and, above all, let no believer dare to despise and undervalue a brother. -J.C. Ryle

"Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." -Sir Winston Churchill

America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within. - Joseph Stalin

"PEACE IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF WAR. PEACE IS THE FULL APPLICATION OF JUSTICE IN CHARITY WITHIN A SOCIETY. Let’s use North Korea as our object lesson. North Korea has been in a state of armistice since July 27, 1953. But, the people of North Korea have been enslaved under a despotic, and frankly bat-poop crazy dynastic dictatorship ever since. The North Korean people are held in slavery to this nutty regime by a combination of engineered starvation, brainwashing, and concentration camps. If you go to North Korea it is very, very quiet and very, very orderly. But is that PEACE?"- Ann Barnhardt

You live in a world of cheating, imposition, and deception. Let no man deceive you about the necessity of repentance. Oh, that professing Christians would see, and know, and feel, more than they do – the necessity, the absolute necessity, of true repentance towards God! There are many things which are not needful. Riches are not needful. Health is not needful. Fine clothes are not needful. Noble friends are not needful. The favor of the world is not needful. Gifts and learning are not needful. Millions have reached heaven without these things. Thousands are reaching heaven every year without them. But no one ever reached heaven without “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”
~ J.C. Ryle

If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about however necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.”

To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is “square”. In the ears of the young marrieds, I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be extreme in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct.

And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to say after me: “Our Father, which art in Washington” . . . If I were the devil, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull an uninteresting. I’d threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. And then, if I were the devil, I’d get organized. I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing and less work, because idle hands usually work for me. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. And I’d tranquilize the rest with pills. If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine yound intellects but neglect to discipline emotions . . . let those run wild.

I would designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts in the land and I would get preachers to say “she’s right.” With flattery and promises of power, I could get the courts to rule what I construe as against God and in favor of pornography, and thus, I would evict God from the courthouse, and then from the school house, and then from the houses of Congress and then, in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and I would deify science because that way men would become smart enough to create super weapons but not wise enough to control them.

If I were Satan, I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg, and the symbol of Christmas, a bottle. If I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And then, my police state would force everybody back to work. Then, I could separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines, and objectors in slave camps. In other words, if I were Satan, I’d just keep on doing what he’s doing. - Paul Harvey, 1965


"Since this is an era when many people are concerned about 'fairness' and 'social justice,' what is your 'fair share' of what someone else has worked for?" -Thomas Sowell

With a single exception, every multiple-victim public shooting in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed since at least 1950 has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry their own firearms. (NY Daily News 7/25/12)

"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
Samuel Adams

“World, death, devil, hell, away and leave me in peace! You have no hold on me. If you will not let me live, then I will die. But you won’t succeed in that. Chop my head off, and it won’t harm me. I have a God who will give me a new one.” – Martin Luther

But that is the nature of faith: it does not allow the present darkness to disturb the present peace. - Iain Campbell

IMHO there is no such thing as mental illness. There is depravity. There is immaturity. There is chemical imbalance. There are neurological diseases. There is demonization. There is brain damage. There is retardation. There is emotional trauma. And there are combinations of these things. One might call these "mental illness," but it is not really illness, you can't catch it, and there is no drug or physical therapy that cures it. Some dope can take your mind off your problems, while potentially creating other problems, and some healthy living can improve and strengthen your mind.


[Here] we perceive how great is the weakness of the human mind; for not only is it unable by itself to understand what is right or true, but even out of true principles it creates errors. - John Calvin

"Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.” source?

How does same-sex "marriage" affect you? This is how. It makes being a Christian a legal liability.

All law is legislated morality; each law will infringe on somebody. Law cannot regenerate men; it can, however, restrain them. Furthermore, law can help restrain the STATE ITSELF. - Gary North

"For the question remains, do women want abortion? Not like she wants a Porsche or an ice cream cone. Like an animal caught in a trap, trying to gnaw off its own leg, a woman who seeks an abortion is trying to escape a desperate situation by an act of violence and self-loss. Abortion is not a sign that women are free, but a sign that they are desperate." Frederica Mathewes-Green


"There was a time that I considered myself to be a patriotic American.

My father used to tell me that to be a good Christian in our country one should be patriotic and to be a good patriot one should be a good Christian. For him, the two went together.

Today, most people who do not understand the marked change that happened in the 1960’s would consider his sentiments as extreme, but that is because they don’t know what America underwent in those days.

The student movement on university campuses was much more of a cultural change agent than today’s Occupy Wall Street or Black Lives Matter movements will ever be. At the heart of it was radical change fueled by a mixture of Marxist atheism, socialism, anarchy, and hedonism. Patriotism in those days was mocked because it represented the old view of America, a view that was rooted in values that came from a shared vision that was shaped by a Christian consensus. So all things Christian had to be dismantled.

The Supreme Court fueled this by their rulings which eliminated Bible reading and prayer from the public schools. At the same time flags were burned in the streets in open ridicule of the symbol of liberty and honor that traditional Americans waved in their shows of patriotism.

Patriotism was out. It was mocked in music and movies. It was considered an anachronism, certainly out of favor and out of date. But then these radicals of the sixties began to take control of the government and continued to promote their “progressive” agenda through legislation and the courts. And they have rediscovered a new patriotism. They are “fundamentally transforming” America so that what were once basic virtues are rejected and being replaced with a whole new set of values.

These new values are being pushed on a reluctant populace that have been led by either lethargy or deception into allowing and then adopting an ideology that is completely foreign to that what it once was. Hence, blasphemy and profanity are mainstream (even with some presidential candidates), marriage is redefined, that which is perverse is defended, unborn children are killed with their little bodies auctioned off by a Planned Parenthood that is funded by our Congress and blessed by our President. To raise a voice in protest to these atrocities is to be labeled as hateful and “not who we are,” or in a word, unpatriotic.

This new “patriotism” would be completely foreign to my father… and is to me. I confess that what the flag represents now fails to raise the emotional inward response that it once did. The legendary “Ragged Old Flag” honored by Johnny Cash represented the honorable, the pure, the brave, and the true. It reflected freedom as the Founding Fathers envisioned it. Now, rather than that “lump in the throat” emotion at a Fourth of July parade as Old Glory is unfurled in the breeze, I have a rather empty, sad feeling.

With the advent of the new “patriotism” its honor has been degraded. Our leaders are exporting abortion and gay marriage as the new values and are pressuring nations of the world to embrace a view of life which is abhorrent to decency and dignity, while at home our government-controlled educational system mocks the God of creation. In short, this new “patriotism” has left me behind. So instead of considering myself a patriotic American as I once did, I would rather consider myself to be a Christian American.

As a Christian American, I will maintain the virtues that are defined by the same Creator who endowed us with certain inalienable rights.

As a Christian American, I will promote freedom of speech even when the speech is deemed to be unfashionable (i.e. politically incorrect). I will defend the truth that is in Jesus, and not be ashamed to say that not all religions are morally equivalent. To equate “Love your enemies” that Jesus taught with “Kill the infidel” that Mohammed taught is mindless, if not madness. Therefore, I will defend the right of Christians to tell the story of Jesus to others, even when society rails against “proselytism.”

As a Christian American, I will insist on the free exercise of religion, which is not to be regulated by a hostile government, nor redefined as only freedom of worship, nor prohibited from the government schools, the majority of whose funds come from people of the Christian faith.

As a Christian American, I will not allow changing cultural notions to change timeless truths about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Life is a gift from God valuable in the womb (Ps. 139:13; Jer. 1;5). Men and women are at liberty to be joined in marriage which is honorable as God intended (Matt. 19:5). Pursuing happiness must necessarily include following holiness, not only in worship times but also in the public square, involving employment such as baking or flower arranging.

As a Christian American, I will do my duty to vote, and will be informed by Biblical values to make my choice, including choosing civic leaders as Moses instructed, who were “able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness.”

As a Christian American, I will oppose godlessness, falsehood, and greed whether in Wall Street, the White House, in the community, or on the campaign trail. I will oppose the cozy cabal of government, Hollywood, and big business.

As a Christian American, I will resist the pressures of the libertines who have hijacked liberty and turned it from freedom to fulfill aspirations for voluntary service and charity, to license to do evil supported by the government forcing tolerance and acceptance of that which is perverted and deranged.

As a Christian American, I will defend what the God of the Bible defends and oppose what He opposes.

These statements are not a defense of being hateful or bigoted. They are statements that allow me to be who I am and maintain a memory of what this nation once was. During my time at Penn State University, as a student and then as a campus missionary, I made some friends who were certainly not of my philosophical perspective. One was an avowed Marxist, one an aggressive black power advocate, and one was a libertarian. What we all had in common was that we were all radical. To each of them, I presented the claims of Jesus of Nazareth and the message of the gospel. In turn, they defended their beliefs and mocked the Christian faith. Yet all of them indicated respect for me as a person, as well as I for them. I lost track of them, but years later the libertarian found me on the street and said, “Remember the talks you had with me? They were not wasted. I’m a believer and attending church now.”

We may not be remembered as flag-waving Americans, but let us be remembered as Bible-believing Christians in America. That is a worthy legacy." -Dr. David Gordeuk