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Independence Day

Independence Day

By Eric Carlson in 07_2023-1 on July 1, 2023

As we enter into this 4th of July holiday weekend, I believe it is one of the most critical Independence Day celebrations America has experienced in 247 years.  This remembrance has become a time of fireworks, picnics, and long weekends while few actually know what this day is about.  The Continental Congress, comprised of 56 representatives from the 13 Colonies, met under duress to discuss their current moral and ethical situation in the Americas.  They were suffering grievances, injustice, and wickedness from their own Government.  Those 56 representatives were Godly, righteous, upright men who knew the Holy Scriptures very well, most of them had intimate relationships with God. 

The 4th of July holiday commemorates the initiative, the drive, the boldness, and the character of those founding fathers.  Suffering grave infringements upon their liberty, freedom, happiness, and prosperity these righteous men composed and wrote a letter of grievances to the King of England explaining their heart and what their issues were because the very foundation of their beliefs and livelihood were being revoked and attacked. 

Psalms 11:3. If the foundations (shathah {shaw-thaw’}: foundations, supports, stays) are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

What do the righteous do?  They take action! Here is what they wrote 247 years ago and signed in unity on the 4th of July 1776: 

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. 

    Our current nation, government, and society is under siege by those who seek to remove our freedoms! As you are all quite aware, we live in a world that’s immersed in gender dysphoria, non-binary references, preferred pronouns, with Federally mandated inclusion training for dysfunctional sexual minorities whose immoralities are normalized and celebrated. Meanwhile, propaganda says with bold confidence that science proves that a certain percentage of people are born gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered. When did sexual orientation become a variable, merely a psychological choice, changeable with drugs and surgery? When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? 247 years ago our ancestors, Jew and Gentile alike through off the restraints of unrighteousness, evil, and wicked deeds and took a stand against it. We too must now fight!

    When in the course of Human Events when humanity is caught between righteousness, holiness, and subservience to God and the wicked decrees of a worldly, secular government, there are no viable choices for the holy servants of God but to stand upon the absolute truth of God’s word and defy, denounce, and fight any law, tenant, proclamation or decree that would require us to accept, condone, or participate in any wickedness, evil, sin, or ungodliness.  As for me and my houses (Both my home and Congregation Zion’s Sake); We will serve the Lord! 

This is a rally cry for all believers no matter what your theology is. We have a heavenly mandate to lay down all fear, to not succumb to political correctness, Wokeness, the LGBQT agenda, or governments to both stand and proclaim the truth of God’s word, to stand with us and fight!  Here is the truth, and remember, truth is truth regardless if one believes it or not: 

Leviticus 18:22. “‘You are not to go to bed with a man (yishkav: to lie with in sexual relations, to be lain with sexually, to ravish, rape, to take forcibly) as with a woman; it is an abomination (to’evah: a disgusting thing, abomination, abominable both ethically and ritually).

In fact, this sin is so severe that GOD – who? God decreed that this is a capital offence, the punishment is death.

Leviticus 20:13. If a man goes to bed (yishkav: to lie with in sexual relations, to be lain with sexually, to ravish, rape, to take forcibly) with a man as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination (to’evah a disgusting thing, abomination, abominable both ethically and ritually); they must be put to death; their blood is on them.

It’s not what I think or feel, it’s not homophobia, it’s not religious intolerance, or hatred. We clearly see that God states this is a sin, an abomination before Him. It’s not what any special interest group thinks, it’s not what the US Supreme Court thinks, what the United States Government thinks, or what the United Nations thinks, it’s what God says and what God commands that matters. What’s occurring, what we’re experiencing today, is exactly what Yeshua told us would happen:

Matthew 24:12, 37-38. and many people’s love will grow cold because of increased distance from Torah.

37-38. For the Son of Man’s coming will be just as it was in the days of Noach. 38 Back then, before the Flood, people went on eating and drinking, taking wives and becoming wives, right up till the day Noach entered the ark;

What were those days of Noach? What were people doing back then?

Genesis 6:5. ADONAI saw that the people on earth were very wicked (ra’at: bad, evil, wicked, malignant, calamity), that all the imaginings (vechol-yetser; Vechol: The Whole, everything, all. Yetser imagination, mind, handiwork, intentions) of their hearts were always of evil only.

Their hearts were wicked, bad, sinful, malignant, their thoughts, their actions, all of their work was wicked. America is heading down this path both morally and socially. Remember, our thoughts and God’s thoughts are not the same. Without the guidance, discipline, morality, and ethics of God’s word and His Kingdom people will fulfill the desires of the flesh. America is doing what it thinks right according to its own eye not only without consulting God, but in defiance of God. America has literally challenged God’s authority, defiantly challenging His sovereignty, attempting to alter the covenant meaning of the Rainbow that Adonai would never flood the earth again to represent a sexually deviate, immoral movement!

Unfortunately, many people (Believers) have bought into the theological lie that that Old Testament is done away with, so they agree with this ruling and have sympathy towards the LBGQT community.  Many, and I mean many religious leaders today share the blame for this sin and failure through their false theologies, cherry picking of scripture, and teaching people that the Tanach, Old Testament is done away with. 

Here is what we must uncover and understand. The Homosexual – LBGQT agenda truly doesn’t seek marriage or equal rights, they seek to silence us, they seek to silence the voice of morality and righteousness, they want to eradicate us. You, the righteous man and woman of God are the only hindrance to their sin, you are the light in the darkness and they want it removed, the darkness hates the light. For those that are sympathetic to this wicked Gays rights agenda the word gives a stern warning:

Proverbs 14:12. There can be a way which seems right to a person, but at its end are the ways of death.

In fact, to sit back and do nothing at this juncture is a sin:

James 4:17. So then, anyone who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it is committing a sin.

We’ve been prisoners of this wickedness long enough! The Good News in all of this is that its always darkest before the dawn! We have a biblical promise of one last great outpouring of God’s glory before the end, before the final judgment! Are you ready! It’s once again time to stand for freedom, justice, and righteousness. It’s time to restore truth and purity back into the Body of Messiah and our society! It’s time once again to let Freedom Ring!

Shalom and Blessings,


Rabbi Eric S Carlson