VIDEO Let’s Celebrate Independence – Why the Founders Did Not Want a Democracy

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

July 2, 2009

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed….”

This is a well known part of the document we celebrate its signing this week.

This great country from sea to shining sea may not be perfect….but it is made up of imperfect people. Even the fellow veterans I know agree this is the greatest country on earth. We like to remind people: these colors don’t run!

In this country we have the freedom to address issues in a peaceful manner. This freedom came at a high cost. Many fought and died for our freedom. VA Hospitals are full of my fellow Vets who receive medical care. I am sure they would appreciate a thank you as could all our men and women in the U.S. military.

Yes we still have unalienable rights and I want to address liberty and the pursuit of happiness today, along with safety. If one does not feel safe then they neither have liberty nor happiness.

You should be all you can be.

There was a Bishop of the Church of England who often liked to explain what freedom really means. He came from and was a Bishop to Africa and his story is compelling. He had been kidnapped by slave traders and put aboard a ship to be sold as a slave. A British ship captured the slave-trading ship and returned all the people back to their African homeland.

The Bishop liked to tell people no one knows freedom until it is taken away. No one knows freedom unless you were shackled to other men in the bottom of a ship and have them get sick and die while shackled to you. He had been freed by the British ship and later became a Bishop of the Church of England to Africa. He knew the real meaning of freedom and was not afraid to talk about it.

I would call what happened aboard those slave trading ships torture.

Today there are people being tortured and held as slaves in their own homes.

Today we call it domestic violence. Thankfully there is a lot being done to help the victims, but not enough to stop the cycle. Perhaps the new White House appointment will address that.

Today there are many disabled who are being left out of our protection. People become disabled for many reasons, some from birth, and some by accident. The disabled seem to be on the top of the list when it comes time to cutting funds.

There are some disabilities that evoke empathy and a rush to help. There are some that people would like to hide away.

When was the last time you saw a march, rally or walk to help those suffering from a medical condition of a mental illness being covered by all the media. However if a person who committed a heinous act should is found to be suffering from a medical condition of a mental illness, then that makes headline news.

We still have unalienable rights, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and safety among them. That goes for vets, domestic violence victims, the homeless, and those who suffer from a medical condition of a mental illness to name a few.

Let us all pause and take a moment to remember we’d all like to celebrate our independence together on an even playing field.

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AUDIO God Help Us!

By Rev Bill Woods

I praise God for brave men and women who dedicated their lives to give us Freedom.

  • Many paid the supreme price so we can enjoy the benefits of a Free Land.
  • Thank you, veterans for your service!

My prayer is we don’t squander the gift given by God and our Military!

  • With Freedom comes an obligation to be the best people we can be.
  • FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!


Judges 6 begins: “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord…”

There’s a cycle we need to break if we expect blessings and victory.

    – Rebellion – Retribution – Repentance – Restoration

When God blesses America we thrive — when we thrive we forget God until we suffer.

    – Our Nation has made the complete circle many times.

    – One headline I read said, “America is getting less religious.”

     May, 201965% of Americans describe themselves as Christians down from  

     78% in 2009.  Evangelical Christians have dropped from 19% in 2009 to 16% in  

     2019. — The Pew report. 

A national survey shows the number of Americans identifying as Christians has dropped, those who don’t claim any religion have grown dramatically.

    – Someone needs to point the way back to our Constitution which was written by God-fearing founders of this Nation.

God sent Judgment on Israel when they stepped out of line — He’ll judge America too!

We need to pray the U.S. will develop a conscience about abortion, gay marriage, legalized drugs and all the sins that so easily beset us.

We need to repent for the hundreds left behind in Afghanistan to be slaughtered by the Taliban.

If you just sit by and do nothing we’ll lose our Republic!

  • GET INVOLVED IN PRAYING FOR OUR NATION!

Take a stand!  Let Government know you’re against what they’re doing!

God used the wicked Midianites to judge His people.

Judges 6:5 — These enemy hordes, coming with their livestock and tents, were as thick as locusts; they arrived on droves of camels too numerous to count. And they stayed until the land was stripped bare.

We should be terrified when we see how this parallels with terrorism of our day!

    – They’re innumerable and jumping around and impossible to defeat.

But, terrorism isn’t our greatest threat.

    –  It’s not The Taliban, AL Qaeda, Iran, Iraq, Russia, North Korea, Iran, or China. 

Judges 6:1 — The Israelites did evil in the LORD’s sight. So GOD handed them over to the Midianites for seven years.

   – God often uses one wicked nation to judge another.

THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICA IS WE’VE FORGOTTEN GOD!

Our “Christian Nation” has come a long way. We have freedom of religion but many twist that into freedom FROM religion.

    – Remember which religion we were founded upon by leaders with Christian values:  not Buddhists, Muslims, Shinto’s, or any of the pagan religions —

      CHRISTIANITY!  

George Washington: “While just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government its surest support.”

Thomas Jefferson: “The reason that Christianity is the best friend of Government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.”

Jefferson: “Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern, which have come under my observation, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus.”

Imagine finding these quotes in a public school textbook!

John Adams: “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”

Benjamin Franklin: “God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without this Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?”


There are many more quotes, but that’s enough to say when Americans turn their backs on God and Christianity they turn their backs on America!

    – Christian principles have made America great.

In Judges 6, God’s people are ravaged by the Midianites — they’re hiding in dens and caves.

Judges 6:7-10
6  So Israel was reduced to starvation by the Midianites. Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD for help.
7  When they cried out to the LORD because of Midian,
8  the LORD sent a prophet to the Israelites. He said, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of slavery in Egypt.
9  I rescued you from the Egyptians and from all who oppressed you. I drove out your enemies and gave you their land.
10  I told you, ‘I am the LORD your God. You must not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you now live.’ But you have not listened to me.”

They prayed for mercy — God gave them Gideon.

4 principles from Gideon’s life can help us today:

We’re also in a spiritual battle.

God needs a few good people.

1. The Principle of Encounter.

Judges 6:11 Then the angel of the LORD came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites.

Gideon was afraid and was threshing wheat at the winepress at the bottom of the hill.

    – The winepress was at the bottom so you could carry the grapes downhill.

Wheat threshing happened on top of the hill so the wind would drive the chaff away.

    – Gideon was hiding at the bottom doing the work that should be at the top.

It’s hilarious how the angel greeted him while he’s cowering down hiding.

    – Judges 6:12 — The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero,    

      The LORD is with you!”

God saw potential Gideon didn’t know existed.
    – Gideon was cynical, even rude, to the Angel showing his ignorance.

He complained and questioned God — Judges 6:13–“Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The LORD brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”

Israel had fallen back into idolatry, and subsequently God let their enemies attack them.

    –  What could they expect?

When our goals are the same as non-believers, we shouldn’t be surprised when trials come and God doesn’t intervene or answer our prayers.

  – Isaiah 59:1-2 —“Listen! The LORD’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.

2  – It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has

    Turned away and will not listen anymore.

Charles Spurgeon said, “God does not permit His children to sin successfully”.

God’s not a “permissive parent” with a tremendous lack of insight.

Gideon blamed God for the consequences of Israel’s sin.

    – God responded by announcing (in spite of what He had to work with) His

      Intention was to make Gideon a “mighty warrior”.

Judges 6:14 — Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”

Gideon was an ordinary man, not a prophet, preacher, priest, or king.

Its evident God didn’t select a born leader. Gideon wasn’t heroic, and he readily admitted his lack of qualifications.

He was the youngest, from an insignificant family and tribe.

    – He wasn’t acting courageous, but God would prepare him to grow into his valiant role.

    – “GOD DOESN’T CALL THE EQUIPPED — HE EQUIPS THE CALLED!”


Gideon resisted God’s call by asking for a sign, some tangible evidence.

Judges 6:17-21:
17  Gideon replied, “If you are truly going to help me, show me a sign to prove that it is really the LORD speaking to me.
18  Don’t go away until I come back and bring my offering to you.” He answered, “I will stay here until you return.”
19  Gideon hurried home. He cooked a young goat, and with a basket of flour he baked some bread without yeast. Then, carrying the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot, he brought them out and presented them to the angel, who was under the great tree.
20  The angel of God said to him, “Place the meat and the unleavened bread on this rock, and pour the broth over it.” And Gideon did as he was told.
21  Then the angel of the LORD touched the meat and bread with the tip of the staff in his hand, and fire flamed up from the rock and consumed all he had brought. And the angel of the LORD disappeared.

    – When fire consumed the offering, Gideon finally got the message he was talking to a Heavenly being — now he thought he was going to die!

Judges 6:22-23:
22  When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he cried out, “Oh, Sovereign LORD, I’m doomed! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!”
23  “It is all right,” the LORD replied. “Do not be afraid. You will not die.”

It was thought if someone saw an angel it meant they’d die — Gideon thought he’d seen the “angel of death”.

The angel said he wouldn’t die — Gideon built an altar, he named, “The Lord is Peace.” 

2. The Principle of Courage.

Judges 6:12 “Mighty hero…….”

    – God sees potential in you that you don’t know is there!

To prepare Gideon to lead Israel, God told him to destroy a nearby pagan altar.

Judges 6:25-32
25  That night the LORD said to Gideon, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one that is seven years old. Pull down your father’s altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole standing beside it.
26  Then build an altar to the LORD your God here on this hilltop sanctuary, laying the stones carefully. Sacrifice the bull as a burnt offering on the altar, using as fuel the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down.”
27  So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the LORD had commanded. But he did it at night because he was afraid of the other members of his father’s household and the people of the town.
28  Early the next morning, as the people of the town began to stir, someone discovered that the altar of Baal had been broken down and that the Asherah pole beside it had been cut down. In their place a new altar had been built, and on it were the remains of the bull that had been sacrificed.
29  The people said to each other, “Who did this?” And after asking around and making a careful search, they learned that it was Gideon, the son of Joash.
30  “Bring out your son,” the men of the town demanded of Joash. “He must die for destroying the altar of Baal and for cutting down the Asherah pole.”
31  But Joash shouted to the mob that confronted him, “Why are you defending Baal? Will you argue his case? Whoever pleads his case will be put to death by morning! If Baal truly is a god, let him defend himself and destroy the one who broke down his altar!”
32  From then on Gideon was called Jerub-baal, which means “Let Baal defend himself,” because he broke down Baal’s altar.

If God was to save Israel, Baal must go.

    – Gideon’s own family worshiped the false gods of Canaan.

Before God could use him, Gideon needed to destroy the idolatry in his own household.   

    – Gideon and his servants worked through the dark night, tearing down the altar to Baal and Ashura.

Gideon’s name means “hewer” or “hacker”, one who cuts down — an appropriate name for him.

The idol worshippers came for their morning devotions, and found the damage.

It didn’t take long to identify the culprit, and Gideon hid behind his father Joash’s protection.

Joash, was custodian of the altar, he told his angry neighbors if Baal’s so powerful he should’ve been able to defend himself!

The town gave Gideon the nickname Jerubbaal, meaning, “let Baal plead his case”, reminding us of God’s power and Baal’s weakness. Gideon, who tested God, cleaned up his neighborhood and passed God’s test.

Now Gideon had to raise an army.

    – Imagine going to the Post Office and seeing posters:  GIDEON WANTS YOU!

    – Gideon didn’t put up posters, he blew a ram’s horn instead.

The army was assembling, now Gideon decided to ask for a couple more tests.

Judges 6:36-40:
36  Then Gideon said to God, “If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as you promised,
37  prove it to me in this way. I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised.”
38  And that is just what happened. When Gideon got up early the next morning, he squeezed the fleece and wrung out a whole bowlful of water.
39  Then Gideon said to God, “Please don’t be angry with me, but let me make one more request. Let me use the fleece for one more test. This time let the fleece remain dry while the ground around it is wet with dew.”
40  So that night God did as Gideon asked. The fleece was dry in the morning, but the ground was covered with dew.

Gideon used a fleece: wet fleece/dry ground:  dry fleece/wet ground.

    – It seems strange that he’s still testing God after the army got there!

32,000 men answered Gideon’s call — God said — TOO MANY!                          

  • The Midianites were innumerable!

God said “No, I just need a few good men. I’ll get the glory when I do more with less!”

    – God will share anything with us except His Glory.

God told Gideon tell any who are afraid to go home.

22,000 packed up and left!

    – WOW!  Only 10,000 remaining. God doesn’t use the fearful.

      – He hasn’t given us the spirit of fear.

3. The Principle of Wisdom.

   – Courage needs to be balanced with wisdom.

     Judges 7:4-7 — God said, “STILL TOO MANY!!”

       – Gideon’s sweating by now!  Doesn’t God know how big the problem is? 

The first purging: “All you chickens go home” — 22,000 did!

God said, “Go to the creek and drink — those who lap like a dog — go home!”

    – Those who drink from their hand — stay

    – It was a little test — 9700 failed!

    – Now he’s down to 300!

Gideon must’ve felt like telling the angel, “Why don’t you and I just go down and whip those guys and leave these men here!”

4. The Principle of Strength.
Judges 7:9-14
9  That night the LORD said, “Get up! Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have given you victory over them!
10  But if you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah.
11  Listen to what the Midianites are saying, and you will be greatly encouraged. Then you will be eager to attack.” So Gideon took Purah and went down to the edge of the enemy camp.
12  The armies of Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east had settled in the valley like a swarm of locusts. Their camels were like grains of sand on the seashore—too many to count!
13  Gideon crept up just as a man was telling his companion about a dream. The man said, “I had this dream, and in my dream a loaf of barley bread came tumbling down into the Midianite camp. It hit a tent, turned it over, and knocked it flat!”
14  His companion answered, “Your dream can mean only one thing—God has given Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite, victory over Midian and all its allies!”

God told Gideon to hide in the shadows and see what he’d learn.

    – This dream showed God doing something extraordinary using a very ordinary man.

    – It wasn’t Gideon’s strength, but God working through him.

Judges 7:15 — Encouraged, Gideon worshiped God, then went to rouse his army. 

   – The army was ready!

Get the picture of how they got ready — 300 soldiers had to go home to get a pitcher, a torch, and a trumpet!

– I can hear the wives, “You can’t take that pitcher, it’s my best one!  It was a wedding gift!”

    – “No!  Leave that candle here!  I don’t want to be left in the dark!”

    – “You can’t take that horn!  You know Junior has band lessons!”

   “Besides!  My Daddy was in the army.  He used swords and spears, not kitchen utensils!   Who ever heard of something so ridiculous?”

Each soldier begged, “Please, Sweety, let me take these!  We’re going to fight tonight and I’ll be the only one without a pitcher!”

Finally she said, “O, all right, but you bring that pitcher right back — don’t break it and don’t get your good clothes dirty!”

Judges 7:15-22:
16  He divided the 300 men into three groups and gave each man a ram’s horn and a clay jar with a torch in it.
17  Then he said to them, “Keep your eyes on me. When I come to the edge of the camp, do just as I do.
18  As soon as I and those with me blow the rams’ horns, blow your horns, too, all around the entire camp, and shout, ‘For the LORD and for Gideon!’”
19  It was just after midnight, after the changing of the guard, when Gideon and the 100 men with him reached the edge of the Midianite camp. Suddenly, they blew the rams’ horns and broke their clay jars.
20  Then all three groups blew their horns and broke their jars. They held the blazing torches in their left hands and the horns in their right hands, and they all shouted, “A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!”
21  Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran to escape.
22  When the 300 Israelites blew their rams’ horns, the LORD caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords. Those who were not killed fled to places as far away as Beth-shittah near Zererah and to the border of Abel-meholah near Tabbath.

What a powerful victory story!  300 unarmed men and God taking on a huge army!

See the proud soldier as he marches off with a trumpet in one hand, a torch covered with a pitcher in the other hand.

The trumpet stood for boldness – it announced we’re here and not backing down.

It’s time for Christians to stop rolling over and playing dead…let your voice be heard. Say to the elected officials in Washington D.C., if you vote against morality and common sense, we’ll vote you out!

The clay pitcher stood for brokenness – God placed His treasure in earthen vessels but we must be broken before Him.

The torch stood for brightness – “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works…”

It’s time Christians get bold, broken, and bright…and if we do, we can take America back for God!

It only takes a few good people with God’s help to have victory as we lift high the sword of the Lord!

Gideon’s fear became faith after hearing the Philistine explain his friend’s dream.

    – Gideon’s eyes turned from his enemies and focused on God.


We must turn our eyes from our enemies and focus on Almighty God!

    – We can spend our lives looking at the terrorists or the political imbeciles in

      Washington D.C. and be afraid or turn our eyes to our never-failing God!

Christians that fear God can face any foe.

  • 2 Timothy 1:7 — “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Tim Bowden, in his book, One Crowded Hour, about cameraman Neil Davis, tells
about what happened in Borneo during the confrontation between Malaysia and Indonesia in 1964.

A group of Gurkhas from Nepal were asked if they’d be willing to jump
from transport planes into combat against the Indonesians if the need arose.

The Gurkhas could turn down the request because they’d never been trained as paratroopers. Bowden quotes Davis’s account of the story:
“The Gurkhas usually agreed to anything, but this time they provisionally rejected the plan.

But the next day one of their NCOs sought out the British officer who made the request and said they’d discussed it further and would be prepared to jump under certain conditions.

“What conditions?” asked the British Officer.

The Gurkhas said they’d jump if the land was marshy or reasonably soft with no rocky outcrops, because they were inexperienced in falling.

The British officer said the dropping areas would be over jungle, and there wouldn’t be rocky outcrops, so that seemed all right.

Was there anything else?

“Yes,” They wanted the plane to fly as slowly as possible and no more than 100 feet high.

The British officer said the planes always fly as slowly as possible when dropping troops, but jumping from 100 feet was impossible, because the parachutes wouldn’t open in time from that height.

“Oh,” said the Gurkhas, “That’s all right, then. We’ll jump with parachutes
anywhere. You didn’t mention parachutes before!”

God could use such Gurkha-like commitment and courage.

DON’T YOU THINK IT’S TIME TO GET BOLD ENOUGH TO DO SOMETHING FOR JESUS? 

  • HE USED GIDEON AND HE CAN USE YOU WHEN HE HAS YOU!!

You ask, “What can I do?”

Pray for our country!  Witness for Jesus Christ.  Win souls!

Find out what your kids are learning at school.

Speak out to your Representatives and Senators.

Vote!

If we do nothing we will certainly lose our beloved Country to Pagans that are now running our Government.

When China fell to the Communists they confiscated the guns first.

Neighbors were encouraged to report neighbors for questionable activities  if they thought they were violating government rules. 

 –  People were divided and pitted against each other.

School children were encouraged to write essays about what their parents were doing in the home, what they read or listened to on the radio.

People had to register with the government.  Papers were required to buy, sell, and travel. They had to comply with government edicts or face dire consequences.  Uncooperative citizens were put in prison camps.

The Nazis used much the same techniques when they took over Germany.  They confiscated the guns, they taught The Critical Race Theory and isolated Jews from the rest of the population.    Papers were required for buying, selling, traveling, etc.  Jews had to wear a Star of David to identify themselves.

  • Jews were put in prison camps where they were tortured and slaughtered.

Today, Australia has gathered guns, and are restricting travel, locking people down in their homes and putting non-compliance people in “Wellness Camps!”

Think about our Nation!  We are losing our Freedoms wholesale!

  • Covid 19 has supplied the excuse needed to surrender our rights!
  • We were locked in our home for a year and there is talk of another lock- down.
  • Children couldn’t attend school (to their detriment).
  • Our right to worship was denied for months when we were told not to attend Church!  (Satan loved that!)
  • Our right to attend sporting events were denied for over a year.
  • Businesses were forced to close and many were destroyed because of the lock-down.
  • Jobs were lost!  Incentive to work has been destroyed!
  • Biden has ordered people be vaccinated or lose their privileges to shop, travel, attend social events.  (Talk of a vaccinated passport–Papers!)
  • The population is being divided to the point of violence!

OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE PUSHING US TOWARDS SOCIALISM AND THEN COMMUNISM!

Again, the Question, ‘WHAT CAN I DO?”

I point you to the advice by Edward Everett Hale

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” 

If I just say, “I don’t want to get involved or rock the boat!”

Martin Niemöller, a German Luthern Pastor who suffered 7 years in a Nazi Prison Camp gives us a warning!

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me.  

GOD HELP US!


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The updated version of Rev Bill Woods’ book “There Is Still Power In The Blood” will be available soon.

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