I received a comment on my post “Borders and Culture”:
Ted R. Weiland December 12, 2015 at 5:13 AM
Eliminate the genesis for Muslims here in America and deport all practicing Muslims back to their home countries.
CLUE: There were no practicing Muslims, no Mosques, no Sharia, and no Islamic terrorism in 17th-century America whose governments of, by, and for God were established upon His unchanging moral law, beginning with the First Commandment.
Biblical immigration and border policy begins with the First Commandment, which, in turn, demands all immigrants leave their gods, their culture, and their laws at the border or suffer the consequences. No Muslim would ever agree to such law.
QUESTION: So, WHAT was it that changed America from what it was in the 17th-century to what it is now--arguably the most polytheistic nation to exist, including Islam?
ANSWER: The First Commandment was replaced with the First Amendment's First Commandment-violating Free Exercise Clause.
It's one thing to allow for individual freedom of conscience and private choice of gods (something impossible to legislate to begin with). It's another matter altogether for government to enable any and all religions to proliferate through the land evangelizing our posterity to their false gods.
For more, Google online Chapter 11 "Amendment 1: Government-Sanctioned Polytheism" of "Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective."
bionic mosquito December 12, 2015 at 7:05 AM
“The First Commandment was replaced with the First Amendment's First Commandment-violating Free Exercise Clause.”
And this was done, per your own observation, before there were any practicing Muslims in America.
The problems in America are not due to Muslim influence. The problems in America are fundamentally due to the actions and beliefs of those who can loosely be labeled WASPs.
It is from this group that the Constitution came; it is from this group that slavery was upheld; it is from this group that Indians were slaughtered; it is from this group that hundreds of thousands of Filipinos were killed; it is from this group that the Middle East was carved into nonsensical borders; it is from this group that carpet-bombed hundreds of thousands of non-combatants; it is from this group that two Japanese cities were turned to ash; it is from this group that the two main regional enemies of civilized Arabs/Muslims gain their support - Saudi Arabia and Israel; it is from this group that – for at least three decades – overt war has been perpetuated on Arabs and Muslims.
None of this will be solved by “deport[ing] all practicing Muslims back to their home countries.” It is attitudes such as this that convince many Muslims that they are once again dealing with holy crusaders.
Who is Ted R. Weiland?
Ted R. Weiland pastors Christian Covenant Fellowship in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and is the evangelistic head of Mission to Israel Ministries.
His “Mission to Israel” does not appear to be what you might conclude on the surface. On his site, he offers a survey; really more like questions designed to lead the witness:
Did you know according to many Jewish authorities, such as the 1980 Jewish Almanac, that most of today's Jews, including those living in the Holy Land, are not even Israelites, but are merely proselytes to Judaism?
Did you know that according to the Jewish Encyclopedias and other Jewish authors, such as Arthur Koestler, most of today's Jews are not descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but are, instead, descendants of the Turkish, Mongolian, Khazar tribes that converted to Judaism between the 7th and 9th centuries AD?
Did you know that in Revelation 2:9 and 3:9, God forewarned of impostors masquerading as Israelites?
Did you know that according to the Bible, archaeology, history and even many Jews, it is the Anglo-Saxons, Germanics, Scandinavians, Celts and kindred peoples who are descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and are, therefore, Israelites by ancestral descent?
He then offers a book that apparently will demonstrate the truth of these “facts.”
So, this Mission to Israel is a mission to descendants of the Germanic tribes (including, of course, Americans), who are apparently descendants of the Israel of the Bible.
What is Weiland’s mission to these descendants?
We believe Yahweh’s laws are still in effect under the New Covenant, not for justification, but for sanctification and as a means for His people to govern society (Deuteronomy 4:5-8, 28:1-14, Psalm 19:7-11).
And Yahweh’s laws?
The law of YHWH is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of YHWH is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of YHWH are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of YHWH is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of YHWH is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of YHWH are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:7-11)
Behold, the days come, saith YHWH, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah. …this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith YHWH, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:31-33)
According to Jeremiah (and the author of Hebrews, who quoted this prophecy in Hebrews 8:8-10), the New Covenant consists of Yahweh’s laws written on the hearts and minds of His people,7 for the purpose of putting them into daily practice. It is impossible to be a New Covenant Christian without pursuing Yahweh’s laws both individually and societally.
Weiland points to the laws before Moses – Abrahamic laws, God’s unchanging laws followed voluntarily. It is these laws that must be restored, in America, today.
NB: I do not intend to get into the difference of Abrahamic vs. Mosaic Law, nor the theology of Christ’s salvation as applicable to either. Nor do I want to dive too deeply into Weiland’s message. These are well beyond the scope of this post and my interests.
Implementing God’s laws as given before Moses will solve all of our ills, according to Weiland:
Unchecked crime and immorality
Repressive government and crooked politicians
Corrupt juridical system
Special interest groups
Licenses and permits
Prisons and their exorbitant costs and myriad problems
A fraudulent economic and banking system
The Federal Reserve
The Internal Revenue Service
Socialistic welfare system
Unethical insurance system
Multiculturalism, pluralism, and polytheism
This seems a stretch. God’s laws as revealed to Abraham didn’t take root the last time – and this was with a much smaller community and with the reality of escape from bondage in Egypt. Human nature has not changed so much since then, has it?
The good news for some, at least, is you don’t have to comply; compliance is voluntary for those under the God’s grace through Jesus:
The major difference between the Abrahamic and Mosaic Covenants was voluntary versus compulsory compliance. Paul wrote to the Galatian Christians that the law – the Mosaic Covenant – was added because of Israel’s transgressions.
What about those not under God’s grace? I need look no further than Weiland’s comment to my earlier post, noted above: he wants them deported.
My theology? If God wants me to stone prostitutes or sacrifice a lamb, He will have to tell me Himself when I see Him. If He wants me to deport Muslims – as Weiland suggests – I guess I will hear about it in my next life.
Further, if Anglo-Saxons are the Jews of God, then it is self-evident that geography isn’t sacred; therefore, there is nothing sacred about this land mass that sits in the northern hemisphere between two vast oceans. So who gets to deport whom?
Consistent with my earlier posts on borders, culture, etc., those who believe as Weiland does should be free to form such a community – unbound by any laws to the contrary. If they don’t want Muslims in, don’t let them in.
This isn’t for me. In this life, God calls me to peace. I hope this is sufficient.