Declaration of Independence

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.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Message in Congress

                About 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, a strange thing happened in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Dianne Reidy, a floor stenographer for the U.S. House of Representatives, went to the microphone and delivered a message to the members of the House and to the nation.  She was forcibly removed from the dais by two members of the House security force and taken to the hospital for mental examination.  She was checked and released.

                According to Doug Hagmann, Reidy’s message is as follows:  “God will not be mocked.  The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God.  It never was.  Had it been, it would not have been.  No.  It would not have been.  The Constitution would not have been written by Free Masons.  They go against God.  You cannot serve two masters.  You cannot serve two masters.  Praise be to God, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Praise forever.”

                Hagmann described an interview with Reidy’s husband that is very interesting.  According to the interview, Reidy “prepared” for the delivery of her message by studying the Bible but did not discuss any of it with her husband.  Hagmann described Reidy as being “calm” previous to and during the delivery and at “peace” following the delivery.  She apparently was a “messenger” who had a “message” to deliver, but we should know the answers to the following questions.  Who was she a messenger for?  Why this message?

                There are parts of the message with which I completely agree and others that I question.  In fact, I believe it is a mixed message with both truth and untruth.  Satan often deceives us by telling us a truth accompanied by a lie.  When Satan spoke with Eve in the Garden of Eden, he told her that she would not die if she partook of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but would be like the gods.  He lied when he said she would not die; she would in fact die because the fruit changed her body from a terrestrial state to a telestial or mortal state with blood running through her veins.  The truth was that she would become like the gods because she would know the difference between good and evil, something she did not know previously.

                It is true that God will not be mocked.  We cannot pretend to be doing the Lord’s work while doing evil.  We may fool some of the people some of the time but we cannot fool all the people all the time; we can never fool God because He knows everything.  He gave us commandments to help us return to His presence.  Every blessing from God depends on obedience to His commandments.  He will eventually hold us accountable for the things we do and say, whether they are good or evil.

                It is true that we cannot serve two masters.  Jesus Christ taught this truth:  “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.  Ye cannot serve God and mammon [idolatry, treasure, worldliness]” (Matthew 6:24). 

                Alma, an ancient American prophet, spoke to “workers of iniquity” and explained the impossibility of good sheep following an evil shepherd or vice versa.  Alma told the workers of iniquity that they were “puffed up in the vain things of the world, ye that have professed to have known the ways of righteousness nevertheless have gone astray.”  Alma told them that the “good shepherd” was calling after them, “but ye will not hearken unto his voice!”  If they were “good sheep,” they would hear the voice of the “good shepherd.”

                “Behold, I say unto you, that the good shepherd doth call you; yea, and in his own name he doth call you, which is the name of Christ; and if ye will not hearken unto the voice of the good shepherd, to the name by which ye are called, behold, ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd.
                “And now if ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd, of what fold are ye?  Behold, I say unto you, that the devil is your shepherd, and ye are of his fold; and now, who can deny this?  Behold, I say unto you, whosoever denieth this is a liar and a child of the devil.
                “For I say unto you that whatsoever is good cometh from God, and whatsoever is evil cometh from the devil” (Book of Mormon – Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Alma 5:37-40).

                It is false that the United States Constitution goes against the teachings of God.  In fact, modern scriptures tell us that the Constitution was inspired by God.  In the early days of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Prophet Joseph Smith received revelations about the Constitution.

                “And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me” (Doctrine and Covenants 98:5; emphasis added).
                “According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles….
                “And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood” (Doctrine and Covenants 101:77, 80).

                It is true that we are not “one nation under God” at this time because of the great division between Democrats and Republicans, between good and evil, and between the politicians in Washington and We the People.  We know American colonists were divided in their viewpoints about whether or not they should be independent from Great Britain.  We know there were great discussions about whether or not to ratify the Constitution.  We know that we fought a great Civil War that threatened to destroy the entire nation.

                Even though there has been division in our nation, the States have always stood united when facing a foreign enemy.  When faced with real trouble, American citizens forget our differences and stand together.  A great example of this is actions we took individually and collectively on 9/11 and 9/12.

                The fact remains that the United States of America became a great country and remained great for more than 200 years under the guidance of the Constitution.  The fact remains that Americans are among the most free people to ever live upon this earth.  These facts tell me that the Constitution was – and still is – good.  Everything that is good comes from God, and everything that is evil comes from Satan; therefore, the Constitution of the United States came from God.  Since Americans are divided about the Constitution, we have to wonder who their “shepherds” are and where their “messages” are coming from. 

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