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Unmasked December 15, 2020

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The roaring voice of all the rebels, free thinkers, green warriors, and New Agers have spoken through the bullhorn of Chicago-style vote counting and the one true outsider ever elected to the presidency is replaced by the quintessential political hack and the Establishment regains control of their swamp.  And all the while the hopelessly deceived can’t see that their swallowed-whole public education indoctrination group-think mindset tells them they’ve struck a blow for freedom by empowering manipulators who will deliver the chains of authoritarianism.    

But maybe I’m being too harsh?  Just stay huddled in your home hoarding your toilet paper listening to the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media and the Tech Lords knowing they’ll tell you all you’ll ever need to know.  Don’t forget to wear your mask if you dare to go out.  And if you see too many cars in your neighbor’s driveway be sure to call the police, they might be pandemic-deniers who need some re-education. 

Look for the coming Biden Boom to decimate our economy as his family’s benefactor, the Red Emperor, leads his slave state to become the largest economy in the world.  The blessings of the Green New Deal will deliver millions of unemployed energy sector workers, four dollar a gallon gas, and rolling blackouts as a power mad bureaucracy of Gia worshipping tree huggers tell us what we can and can’t do with our own property.  The “Tear Down the Wall” chants coupled with free everything will bring an avalanche of illegals overwhelming everything.  Toss in a few new forever wars and presto-chango America First will be discarded in favor of a return to the glorious America Last policies of the Obama years. 

As the coming avalanche of shutdowns, regulations, and bowing down to China destroys the greatest economy ever known ask yourself, “If we cook our Golden Goose, do we still get the golden eggs?” 

Stand-by for coming announcements concerning those guns you thought you had a right to keep and bear.  The governmental gun grabbers will seek to impose astronomical taxes on the guns you already have, on any you try to buy, federal forms to buy ammunition, liability for all gun manufacturers for any and all victims of gun related violence, and of course we must eliminate all those hateful “Assault Rifles” which probably means anything besides a double-barreled shotgun.   

Some might say this is all a conspiracy theory but how can it be a theory when they tell us plainly what they’re planning to do

And here is the tip of the ugliest iceberg of all.  By what I am sure is just a bizarre coincidence the slogan of Placeholder Joe, “Build Back Better” is also the slogan for the Great Reset designed and promoted by the World Economic Forum.   

What is the Great Reset?  The WEF supplies the context, “The Covid-19 crisis, and the political, economic and social disruptions it has caused, is fundamentally changing the traditional context for decision-making. The inconsistencies, inadequacies and contradictions of multiple systems –from health and financial to energy and education – are more exposed than ever amidst a global context of concern for lives, livelihoods and the planet. Leaders find themselves at a historic crossroads, managing short-term pressures against medium- and long-term uncertainties.”   

Using that as a foundation they then describe the opportunity this crisis offers, “As we enter a unique window of opportunity to shape the recovery, this initiative will offer insights to help inform all those determining the future state of global relations, the direction of national economies, the priorities of societies, the nature of business models and the management of a global commons. Drawing from the vision and vast expertise of the leaders engaged across the Forum’s communities, the Great Reset initiative has a set of dimensions to build a new social contract that honours the dignity of every human being.”  Doesn’t that make you feel so honored?  

As if to highlight the use of the Covid-19 plandemic for socio-political purposes former Chief of Staff in the Obama White House Rahm Emanuel, pontificating with fellow Democratic operative masquerading as a journalist George Stephanopoulos, on ABC’s This Week said, “Never allow a crisis to go to waste.  Start planning for the future. This has to be the last pandemic that creates an economic depression. We’re going to have more pandemics, but this has to be the last economic depression.” 

Back in the days before the return of the Ancien régime we used to call this the New World Order.  Those of us stodgy enough to be hung up on our old fashioned uniquely American values and traditions thought that was a bad thing no matter how much our rulers tried to tell us it was all for our good.  But now that the Woke have followed the orders of their programmers and helped provide enough electoral cover and support for the front men of the Deep State to steal an election we’re assured the Great Reset is for our own good.  I wonder why it doesn’t make me feel so good. 

Don’t worry all you cultural Democrats and fellow travelers on your Titanic of Blind Trust in anyone not the Donald, icebergs can’t sink this ship of state if we all pretend it’s unsinkable.  While your pretending, if you can pretend masks work, please pretend I’m wearing one. 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event October 23, 2020

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When:

Friday        Oct 23              5 PM – 9 PM

Saturday     Oct 24               9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday        Oct 25              9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

Iowa State Fairgrounds

3000 E Grand Ave

Des Moines, IA 50317

Dr. Owens has three new titles published this year.

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All sixteen of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Five novels in the America’s Trojan War series, America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again, America’s Odyssey II: You must Go Home Again, America’s Steel Brigade, and America’s Armageddon. Five books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, Then Came Trump, Drain the Swamp, The Complete Encyclopedia of Socialist Wisdom, and Make America Great Again – AGAIN a book that chronicles some of the positive accomplishments of President Trump’s first term.  Five, History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (describes how the elites in America use presidential assassinations to create and sustain a secular political religion), America Won the Vietnam War! and, Skid Marks in the Sky: The Legendary Life and Hippie Adventures of Bobby Backstreet. A book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years.  And two books designed to strengthen and encourage Christians called Faith, and Hope.   

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at: https://www.amazon.com/author/drrobertowens

All That Really Matters September 14, 2020

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Back when I was an atheist and I believed this is all there is I was passionately interested in politics, economics, and current events.  I was committed to working for my side and to defeating the other guy.  Now that I’m a born-again child of God, a citizen of Heaven, and merely a pilgrim here I follow the ever-changing kaleidoscope of civic events more like a soap opera.   

Yes, I understand that within this bubble we know as the space-time continuum the ins and outs of who’s up and who’s down actually make a difference.  For example, it will have a profound impact on the United States whether we hand the government over to socialist revolutionaries or if we deliver it to capitalists.  However, in the grand scheme of things this makes about as much difference as which queen bee is laying eggs in which hive. 

I came to this level of a wokeness after years of Bible study, prayer, and fellowship with God.  Just as a caterpillar goes through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly, I believe humans go through much the same process.  Only instead of a two-stage process like a butterfly we go through three stages. 

First, we’re a fetus (in Latin fetus means little one) for approximately nine months.  Second, we’re born into this world and live here for as long as we do.  And finally, we pass from this world into eternity.  Let’s see: nine months, maybe 120 years, eternity.  Which stage do you think is the real deal?  The nine months prepare us for the 120 years and the 120 years prepare us for eternity.  Two of these stages are merely steppingstones for the main event.  Therefore, I contend that humans are in fact eternal beings who pass through two stages of development to become what we were created to be. 

All that really matters in this stage of our development is the direction we’re facing when we leave it.  Are we looking to God and putting our faith in Him?  Or are we looking to the world still grasping for all it has to offer?  Think of it this way: if when we’re a fetus inside our mother the umbilical cord is wrapped wrong or if there is a chromosomal problem we could enter life with some sort of handicap that we will spend the next 120 years dealing with.  In the same way if we enter eternity facing in the wrong direction, we will spend eternity dealing with the ramifications of that choice. 

From my personal Christian perspective here’s the 411 on how we turn from the world and face in the right direction. 

Everyone can see that this world is broken.  Evil runs rampant.  The bad are rewarded.  The good are crushed.  Sickness, poverty, and oppression are on display in every direction.  If God is good, why would He create such a horror show? 

The easy answer is He didn’t.  When He was done with creation He paused and looked around.  Surveying all that He had done and it was “Good.” 

Then man turned away from God, embraced Satan, and God cursed the world while at the same time promising that a Savior would come who would step on Satan’s head and deliver humanity from the grip of the evil we chose. 

The price was a sinless sacrifice, the good for the bad.  No human could do it because none of us has ever or could ever live a sinless life.  Therefore, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to be incarnated as a human, live a sinless life, and then offer himself up as a sacrifice for us all.  After His sacrifice Jesus descended into hell and as an eternal being suffered the punishment for every sin that had ever or would ever be committed.  Then He was born-again in the very heart of darkness, triumphed over Satan, and God raised Him from the dead.  Jesus led all those who had died waiting for this deliverance out of Satan’s grasp and emerged on the third day with the keys to death and hell. 

After spending forty days instructing His disciples on how to carry the message of the best news ever to the world He ascended into heaven.  Ten days later the Holy Spirit arrived and filled the new believers so that from then on they were no longer earth bound humans. They were instead wall-to-wall God birthed children of the Most High on a pilgrimage here with a mission to share their experience to be witnesses

There it is in a nutshell.  The word Gospel means “Good News” in old English.  So, when you get filled to overflowing with all the bad news the world vomits up every day why not turn to the good news.   

Don’t worry about what you can’t do anything about.  Do you think if you missed one news broadcast or if you stopped watching them for ever it would make any difference to what is happening on the stage of the world or would the actors just keep reading their lines and playing their parts?  The bad news impacts us more than we can ever impact it. 

It’s like a joke making the rounds: 

An English asks an Amish fellow, “Why isn’t the COVID rampaging through your communities?”  The Amish fellow says without hesitation, “Because we don’t have any TVs.” 

The TVs, radios, magazines, and papers may carry the news, but only the Bible has the Good News.  It all comes down to choices: “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  In other words no matter what, we’re all going to serve somebody.  It will either be any one of the countless gods of this world or the one true God. 

How do you make that choice?  Is it by joining the right church?  Is it by attending the correct services, worshipping in a certain way, or following any of the endless rules the world invents to complicate and build a barrier between us and the God who wants us to join His family?  No!  Not only has He made it simple He has made it easy.  All we need to do is confess Jesus as the Lord of our life and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead and we will be saved.  That’s it.  Do that and we have joined God’s family.  Then we can pour ourselves into His Word so that it’s life-giving Spirit will fill us and recreate us.   

Forget about the bad news and study the Good News instead. Let’s “Eliminate the negative, accentuate the positive, latch on to the affirmative, and don’t with mess mister in between.” 

Or to put it another way, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

Veteran’s Benefits Aren’t Entitlements  March 10, 2020

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Federal law requires everyone who enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States to take the enlistment oath.  The oath is traditionally performed in front of the United States Flag.  Everyone who has ever worn the uniform has said:

“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

When every veteran took this oath to defend our country, our Constitution, and our way of life they presented the nation with a blank check to serve and protect We the People.  That check was written with their lives, their bodies, and their sacred honor.  They pledged to give their all.  And as the saying goes, “All gave some.  Some gave all.”

Those of us who have enjoyed generations of peace need to acknowledge our country is the home of the free because of the brave.  We live our tranquil lives unmolested by hordes lurking beyond our borders who would love to pillage the richest nation the world has ever seen.  From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Normandy from Flanders Field, Inchon, Khe Sanh, Fallujah, and ten thousand nameless battlefields in-between America’s best and brightest have fought selflessly and heroically.

Often, they’ve come home and quietly taken up their lives unrecognized by those of us who reap the benefits of their sacrifice.  Sometimes they’ve been ridiculed, belittled, and even spat upon for the debt they paid for the rest of us.  Mostly they’ve been forgotten.  The benefits promised by a government swift to call and send but slow to remember were often second-rate, slow in coming, or denied all together.  Administration after administration paid lip-service to our veterans while doling out benefits with a stingy hand.

But then came Trump.

Since his inauguration President Trump works tirelessly to provide the benefits and services our brave veterans deserve.  He seeks to keep the promises made to generations of veterans.  He’s leading the charge and winning the battle to finally give our heroes the homecoming they were promised, the one they’ve earned.

President Trump has declared, “My administration is committed to taking care of every warrior that returns home as a veteran.”  As a case in point President Trump is ensuring our veterans receive the student loan and educational benefits to which they are entitled and deserve.  He has previously noted the process by which our disabled veterans apply for Federal student loan discharges is too burdensome.  Which has led to this sad reality; only half of the roughly 50,000 disabled veterans qualified to have their Federal student loans discharged have received this entitled benefit.

Consequently, on August 21, 2019 the President signed a presidential memorandum ensuring our totally and permanently disabled veterans obtain the Federal student loan debt discharges they’re entitled. The memorandum directs the Secretaries of Education and Veterans Affairs to develop a new expedited process to help totally and permanently disabled veterans have their Federal student loan debt discharged with minimal burdens.  This combined with the Forever GI Bill which the President signed into law in 2017 allows individuals to access their veteran educational benefits at any point during their lifetime.

Turning to a more general assault on the stone wall standing for too long between our veterans and their earned benefits in June of 2017 the President signed into law the Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, making it easier to fire failing VA employees and support whistle blowers.

Since the passage of this act, the VA has successfully fired more than 7,600 employees who’ve failed our veterans.  Previously the archaic rules of the bureaucratic swamp made it almost impossible to remove these roadblocks to the healthcare of veterans.   Using the new streamlined policies, the VA has instituted reforms to increase efficiency and decrease abuse.

Consequently, VA healthcare has now significantly improved since President Trump was elected and trust in VA outpatient health care has risen in all areas.

Building the foundations necessary to win the victory in his Battle for the Vets the President signed the VA MISSION Act.  This provides more healthcare options for veterans by consolidating existing programs and expanding access to care in veterans’ own communities.  Eligible Veterans can use VA health care services nationwide, including through mobile health clinics serving rural areas and via telehealth (care through a phone or computer). Under the MISSION Act, veterans have more ways to access health care.

This includes within the VA’s network and through approved non-VA medical providers in your community, called “community care providers.”  Depending on the situation for example, if a certain type of health service isn’t provided by VA the veteran may be able to go to a non-VA provider, using their VA coverage.  This is one way to break the logjam which kept so many deserving Vets waiting in line until they died.  Because of the reforms spearheaded by President Trump this is a victory for our heroes.

Stepping into a tragedy that unfolds in too many lives of those returning from service, President Trump signed a new Executive Order on a National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Veteran Suicide (PREVENTS) to address veteran suicide prevention. The executive order creates a new cabinet level task force led by VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. The task force will create a comprehensive public health road map bringing together local government along with the private sector to improve the quality of life for our Veterans and turn the tide on the Veteran suicide crisis.

“It is about pulling together the resources of the federal government, our states and localities our charities non-government organizations and coming together with a road map and resources,” said Secretary Wilkie.

The President said, “Our mission is to mobilize every level of American society to save the lives of our great veterans and support our veterans in need.”  The President added, “To every veteran I want you to know that you have an entire nation of more than 300 million people behind you. You will never ever be forgotten. We are with you all the way.”

And remembering Ronald Reagan’s famous quote, “The best social program is a productive job for anyone who’s willing to work,” thanks to the roaring Trump economy since the President’s election, veteran unemployment has been reduced to the lowest level ever recorded.

The VA Secretary Wilke also said, “I’ve said many times that the mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs is to remind our fellow citizens why they sleep soundly at night. They sleep soundly at night because of the sacrifices of a select number of their fellow Americans.”  This is a sentiment we would all do well to ponder.

The sum of all this adds up to one thing; Veteran’s benefits aren’t entitlements.  They’re payments for services rendered and the least a grateful nation can give to the faithful few who answered the call.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2020 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

 

Let Us be the Generation April 12, 2021

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It wasn’t part of God’s original plan for humans to rule over other humans.  He created us to have fellowship with Him.  We were created in His image.  However, all that got fouled up when Eve listened to the serpent and Adam followed Eve into disobedience which severed the bond between God and humanity. 

Lucifer became the god of this age and humanity started its long and dismal effort to return to God on our own terms.  First, we tried to build a tower to heaven.  When that didn’t work, we began inventing religion after religion all based on works.  We sought to climb a stairway to heaven made of rules, traditions, sacrifices, and ceremonies.  Nothing worked.  All we ever managed to do was subjugate some people to others who may have pretended to know the way but always knew in their hearts they didn’t even know where they were let alone know where they were going. 

Just as in religion man’s original and metastasizing sin led to the oppression of the masses by self-anointed elites, so too in the secular realm. Since we refused to let God lead us humanity has been set upon like sheep by the ravenous wolves of conquest, heredity, and whoever the nameless faceless bureaucracy belches up.  All hail the leaders of men! 

Might makes right plus time and traditions equal legitimacy.  For the vast expanse on human history emperors, empresses, kings, queens, lords, and ladies have run rough shod over the powerless bodies and lives of we the people.  A few tiny sparks shined for moments in the darkness.  Several of the city states of ancient Greece and the early Roman Republic presented a façade of republican freedom sitting atop slave populations like a beautiful laminate over worm rotted wood.  With these few exceptions the history of humanity until 1776 was one long parade of human degradation at the hands of powerful elites above reproach and beyond control.   

Since that watershed moment when the American Revolution lit a flame of freedom that sent sparks in all directions a flickering light of individual freedom, personal liberty, and economic independence burns like a lonely candle in a very dark cave.  Today that candle is sputtering in an ill wind promising to blow no one any good. 

The valiant attempt by we the people to carve out a space of the free exercise of those unalienable rights endowed by our creator founded the world’s first nation dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.  And what this led to and what it requires of us was summed up well by President Reagan, “If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth.  The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.” 

We have recently experienced a dramatic change in America’s direction.   

In February of 2020 President Trump was unassailable.  The strongest economy in memory, the triumphs of peace in the Mideast, the winding down of the forever wars, coupled with finally gaining control of our southern border had him cruising to re-election.   

Then in March the only non-politician outsider ever elected president allowed hysterical doomsayers to convince him to shut down the economy over a new type of flu which the CDC now says, “if you have the virus between the ages of 0 to 70, you have a 99% survival rate. And if you’re over 70, the survival rate is nearly 95%.”  This gave blue swing states the opportunity to unconstitutionally change election laws opening a pandora’s box of Chicago-style voting procedures and counting techniques resulting in the election of Place-holder Joe Biden and the President-in-Waiting Kamala Harris, the restoration of the establishment.  And thus, the wildcard win for the populists and their in-your-face leader was beaten back by the power of corporate money, media, and lemmings at the polls. 

Prediction: With the final passage of HR 1 and its companion S 1, or as our tongue-in-cheek Congress call it the “For the People Act of 2019” President Harris will win the election of 2024 by the biggest landslide in America.  She may even carry all 52 states.  And that long dark winter President Biden promised during his mail-it-in campaign will fall like the polar vortex over what was once the land of the free and the home of the brave. 

One leader is gone, and people are no longer terrified by his mean old tweets.  A new leader has left his basement in Delaware and is shuffling around in the White House signing whatever is put in front of him and answering preapproved questions from notes.  We’re all once again safe and secure in the arms of the perpetually re-elected and their civil service nomenklatura with their life-time sinecure, top-shelf benefits, and golden parachute retirements.  The terrible orange man is gone, and mediocracy once again settles like a fog over Moscow on the Potomac.  

There are basically two types of leaders.  Those who use people for their own interests and those who sacrifice themselves for the interests of the people.  The first type represents worldly authority, the second godly. 

The Pharoah in the story of the Exodus is the archetype of a worldly leader.  He was willing to let his whole nation be destroyed even up to the death of the first born of every family just to preserve his own power and privilege.  In this same biblical story Moses is the shining example of godly leadership.  As the Israelites wandered through the desert, they rejected and resisted Moses.  Yet Moses loved the people so much he offered to give his own life to appease the wrath of God so that they might live.   

Today this kind of godly leadership is based on the example of Christ.  Paul tells us in Philippians what Christ sacrificed to lead us into eternity: 

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.  

Or as Matthew tells us, “And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” 

Worldly leadership is all about the leader.  Grasping for and holding on to power is not just the main goal, it’s the only goal.  For the worldly, leadership is an opportunity for self-aggrandizement and profit.   

For the godly it’s an opportunity for self-sacrifice and service. 

President Trump, who made his money building things, changing the skylines of cities around the world, running multitudes of businesses, and employing thousands of people lost more than a billion dollars while serving as America’s leader.  By contrast, President Biden, Middle Class Joe, who has worked for the government his entire adult life or cashed in on the benefits of doing so is worth approximately nine million dollars. 

The Great Communicator, Ronald Reagan left us some wisdom that might help us gain a perspective of where we stand. 

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” 

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.” 

If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.” 

I believe with all my heart that standing up for America means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land. We need God’s help to guide our nation through stormy seas. But we can’t expect Him to protect America in a crisis if we just leave Him over on the shelf in our day-to-day living.” 

Let us strive not to be the generation that dropped the torch.  Instead let us be the generation that turned back to God so He would heal our land. 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2021 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Parler, Facebook, Twitter, Gab, or MeWe @ Drrobertowens, or visit Dr. Owens’ Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event March 25, 2021

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When:

Saturday      March 27  8 AM – 5 PM

Sunday        March 28  9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

KCI-Expo Center

11730 N Ambassador Dr

Kansas City, MO 64153

Dr. Owens has three new titles published in 2020 and one new one so far this year.

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All Twenty of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Five novels in the America’s Trojan War series, America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again, America’s Odyssey II: You must Go Home Again, America’s Steel Brigade, and America’s Armageddon. Five books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, Then Came Trump, Drain the Swamp, and Make America Great Again – AGAIN a book that chronicles Thirty-three of the positive accomplishments of President Trump’s first term that the media buried and the Biden Administration is erasing from History books.  Five, History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (describes how the elites in America use presidential assassinations to create and sustain a secular political religion), America Won the Vietnam War! and, Skid Marks in the Sky: The Legendary Life and Hippie Adventures of Bobby Backstreet. A book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years.  Two books designed to strengthen and encourage Christians called Faith, and Hope.   A book of poetry Every Farmers Got a Gas Pump.  And The Complete Encyclopedia of Socialist Wisdom

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at: https://www.amazon.com/author/drrobertowens

The Most Insidious Thing About Socialism March 24, 2021

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Some things are blatantly evil.  When we hear of the Nazis’ Kristallnacht and their Final Solution, the Soviets’ Forced Collectivization and their campaign to eliminate the Kulaks, or the Chinese Cultural Revolution and their campaign to re-educate the Uighurs we can easily see the hand of man’s enemy sacrificing life on the altar of death.  Other things just as evil are hidden in plain sight such as America’s on-going genocide of the unborn euphemistically called “The Right to Choose.” 

The first six examples above of evil were and are manifestations of socialist governments imposing their visions of utopia upon disarmed and vulnerable victims.  The last example is presented as a constitutional right of free people in the present-day Sodom and Gomorrah still known as the United States of America.  For generations we have stood for liberty and against the evil of socialist authoritarianism willing to “… pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” 

American education has been hijacked by the cultural Marxist acolytes of the Frankfurt School.  They have captured the schools of education across our land and their weaponized graduates have raised up generations of Americans embarrassed of the history who hate their own country.  Many of todays indoctrinated students claim to be socialist and they cannot define socialism.  Electric car driving ecology warriors plugging their mobile lithium battery bombs into coal fired power plants while following leaders riding in limousines, flying in private jets, and burning down the rainforest to make parking lots for their latest mega doner event for climate change. 

And the funniest thing about this dystopian scene is that the useful idiots can’t see it at all and get mad if anyone tries to point it out.  Not funny Ha-ha funny unbelievably sad.   

Satan’s greatest victory is when people believe he doesn’t exist, that there is no sin, and I’m okay – you’re okay.  And the greatest victory socialism has is that it masquerades as an angel of light and is therefore called good instead of evil.  And therein lies the rub. 

The Psalms tell us to “Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy.”  In Proverbs, the book of wisdom we’re told, “Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the misfits.  Speak out for justice!  Stand up for the poor and destitute!” The Lord Himself told us that we should care for those who cannot repay us.  The Apostles when they gathered to review the gospel as preached by Paul told the early church to remember the poor. 

Since this is what God tells us over and over that we should do, the desire to do it is a part of humanity’s spiritual DNA.  Just as we have a God sized hole in our heart that only God can fill so too, we have an innate desire to protect the weak and provide for those who cannot provide for themselves.  If we ignore this desire, we have a constant feeling of disappointment that we’re not doing what we’re supposed to be doing, because we aren’t.   

Since most people in today’s secular America are devoid of a biblical reference to God’s revelation, they’ll experience this drumbeat of personal disappointment as a longing for something they can’t quite put their finger on.  And the never-ending avalanche of commercials are right there to tell us the next best thing will surely make us happy.  And it never does. 

This brings us to the most insidious thing about socialism.   

Caring for the poor and needy was always the province first of the family and a primary mission of the Church.  In the reality-based version of Norman Rockwell’s America families cared for each other.  Multigenerational households were common.  Families socialized together, worked together, and were there when a helping hand was needed.  People gave to their churches as the storehouse to provide help to the orphans and widows, the homeless, and the loveless.  This is how God intended for it to work.  People are asked by God to give freely not grudgingly, or of necessity.  If we follow Him He gives us the desires of our heart and we find fulfillment when we follow and at least attempt to accomplish those desires. 

Socialism short circuits all this.  By assuming the role assigned to individuals to help others and claiming to do it for us the Big Brother of government makes people feel as if the burden has been lifted and they have done all they need to do.  Our corporate feelings of emptiness and failure speak volumes to the fact that this isn’t true.   

The big government and authoritarian policies required by socialist redistribution on the side of the Haves, swallow the resources and smother the sense of responsibility of those caught in its maw.  And on the side of the Have-nots its drip-drip-drip of free benefits kills incentive, smothers the drive to achieve, and incubates rage. 

The siren song of, “From each according to their abilities to each according to their needs,” lures many into the spiritual stupor of the bread and circus mentality basking in the SOMA induced trance of, “It’s not my problem.”  We see the poor all around us and since our taxes supposedly are used to treat, but never solve the problem, it’s easy to drive right by thinking, “Someone else will do it.” 

Now here’s the hidden part of it, like the portion of an iceberg that’s under water.  It doesn’t ever work.  After generations of a war on poverty, trillions of dollars in transfer payments, and millions of people trapped in a government Rube Goldberg machine there are about the same percentage of Have-nots living in poverty as there were before we fell down LBJ’s rabbit hole.  But at least the Haves feel better about themselves because they, “Gave at the office.”   

And anyone who has ever traveled through the wormhole of trying to get some help from the bureaucrats running the give-away machine knows, being treated like trash isn’t a fun or edifying experience.  To sum up, ever since the government took over welfare it isn’t well, and it isn’t fare. 

Yes, the government may tax us.  Yes, they say they’ll take care of everyone.  However, this does not absolve us of our God given duty to minister to those who need help.  Give and it shall be given unto you.  It’s better to give than to receive.  Reach out to help and your hands become the hands of God.  Speak an encouraging word to the downtrodden and yours can be the voice of Christ in their lives.  Protect the defenseless, share the gospel of Christ in a dying world, and watch the light of God illuminate the darkness.  This is the most glorious thing about faith. 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2021 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Parler, Facebook, Twitter, Gab, or MeWe @ Drrobertowens, or visit Dr. Owens’ Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

Dr. Owens’ Next Book Signing Event March 20, 2021

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When:

Saturday      March 20  9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday        March  21 9 AM – 3 PM

Where:

Hawkeye Downs

4400 6th St SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Dr. Owens has three new titles published this year.

Bring in a book to be signed or purchase one new.  All Twenty of Dr. Owens’ titles will be available.  His books include: Five novels in the America’s Trojan War series, America’s Odyssey: You Can’t Go Home Again, America’s Odyssey II: You must Go Home Again, America’s Steel Brigade, and America’s Armageddon. Five books on Political Science: The Constitution Failed, Constitutional Philosophy in Action, Then Came Trump, Drain the Swamp, and Make America Great Again – AGAIN a book that chronicles Thirty-three of the positive accomplishments of President Trump’s first term that the media buried and the Biden Administration is erasing from History books.  Five, History Books: America Vol. One: Colonial History, The Azusa Street Revival, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (describes how the elites in America use presidential assassinations to create and sustain a secular political religion), America Won the Vietnam War! and, Skid Marks in the Sky: The Legendary Life and Hippie Adventures of Bobby Backstreet. A book on Leadership: COGIC History: The Dark Years.  Two books designed to strengthen and encourage Christians called Faith, and Hope.   A book of poetry Every Farmers Got a Gas Pump.  And The Complete Encyclopedia of Socialist Wisdom

All of Dr. Owens’ books are available in paperback and kindle at: https://www.amazon.com/author/drrobertowens

The Great Reset Verses the Great Reversal March 17, 2021

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Many people who are politically engaged are aware of the latest version of the New World Order.  This is the so-called Great Reset being pushed by the economic avatars behind the annual billionaire networking show in Davos.  For the last several years they’ve evangelized the leaders of secularism in the need to reset the world from a rustic attachment to freedom to a more advanced submission to socialism. 

The Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media portray the Great Rest as a conspiracy Theory.  And we all know that only tinfoil hat wearing white supremacists believe in conspiracy theories.  I want to know, how can it be a conspiracy theory when the people proposing it tell everyone exactly what they want to see happen? 

There is no better way to expose how much this is a part of America’s political scene than to learn that the motto for this revisioning of everything is, “Build Back Better.”  If that sounds familiar it’s because that was the campaign slogan for the Biden/Harris campaign.  A mere coincidence?   If you buy that, I have a slightly used bridge in Brooklyn and I’m willing to sell it at a bargain basement price. 

The devastation caused by the Great Plandemic is the starting point for the Democrat plan to rebuild on the wreckage they’ve caused: an America that bows its knee to the false god of government. 

The Democrat Governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, expresses his hopes for the aftermath of the plandemic, “this has always been an economic opportunity … we should not be intimidated by people who say you should not use this COVID crisis to peddle a solution to climate change … we can’t use COVID as an excuse for inaction on climate change … they’re both so similar … based on an understanding of science.” 

Sen Bernie Sanders sees an opportunity for empowering government in the COVID shamdemic, “If there is any silver lining in the midst of this terrible, terrible and unprecedented moment in American history in terms of the economy, in terms of the pandemic, it is that maybe we start rethinking some fundamental tenets about the way our government and society works.” 

According to Hillary Clinton, “This would be a terrible crisis to waste as the old saying goes.” 

Compare the broadside bromides of these guides to an imagined Venezuelan style worker’s paradise with the comment of Fox News commentator, Tucker Carlson who said, “As long as public health bureaucrats are throwing around oxymoronic, doublespeak, like social distancing and flatten the curve, politicians have the cover they need to empower themselves and their friends and that’s exactly what they’ve been doing.” 

Can you see what’s happening? 

This may all be depressing.  It is undoubtedly discouraging.  But none of it should be a surprise.  Personally, I’ve been speaking and writing about this for decades as have many others.  The watchmen have been calling from the walls, “The storm is coming.” 

If you are not prepared get prepared.  Toilet paper might be a nice thing to have but food is essential.  So is water.  A place to grow your own food is optimal.  And it doesn’t take great fields to grow food.  A small yard can produce an amazing amount.  The Lord tells us plan for the worst and trust God for the victory. 

And upon that turns the tale. 

In the natural this threatened Great Reset may loom like a hurricane on the horizon.  It may look as if it will engulf the world and submerge America in the abyss of socialism where equality is swallowed by equity and freedom is ground under the heel of regimentation.  As the Democrat/Socialists leverage their bare majority in Congress into an unconstitutional federal mandate ensuring victories forever more, as fences and troops turn DC into their fortress of solitude, and as an avalanche of Executive Orders makes ruling by decree appear to be the order of the day don’t lose heart.  Remember, tears may come in the evening, but joy comes in the morning.  All this is about things.  That is all these people can do, take away things.  They have no power over our souls.  The Lord tells us numerous times in His Holy Word, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  We can depend on that. 

The world and all that is in it is passing away.  Don’t become obsessed with the fact that America is passing under judgment.  When you look at the ever-mounting death toll in our abortion mills or at the open sewer society flourishing all around us is anyone really surprised that our all holy God has lifted His hand from us? 

The Great Reset is coming.  Our government of themselves, by themselves, and for themselves is working day and night to see that it does.  But that will only rearrange the City of Man.  We who have confessed Jesus as Lord and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead have already become citizens of the City of God, and there we stand witnessing and waiting expectantly for the Great Reversal, where the first shall be last and the last shall be first. 

Love is our currency.  We never have a deficit budget, for all we ever owe anyone is to love them.  And since we’re filled up wall-to-wall with Spirit of God we never run out of that precious commodity. 

It’s hard not to mourn the passing of mankind’s last best hope on this planet for individual freedom, personal liberty, and free enterprise, but we must see the bigger picture.  Paul and the other Apostles labored under one of the most oppressive military dictatorships of all time: the Roman Empire, and yet they never called for a violent revolution.  They kept their eyes on the prize and counseled all to turn to Christ and find life. 

Here we are caught upon the horns of a dilemma.  Our democratic process has belched up a faction of authoritarian wannabees determined to impose socialism, its economy, and destroying fever dreams.  They control all branches of the federal government, and there’s nothing to stop them from passing anything they want.   

We’ll never be able to stand up to them until we’re on our knees praising God and thanking Him for the salvation He’s given us in Christ. 

Don’t let the judgement of God bring you to despair.  God corrects those He loves. 

And there is a way out of this season of darkness, “… if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 

If we’ll follow this advice, we’ll receive this promise.  Then we can leave concern about the Great Reset in the secular sewer where it belongs and praise God for the Great Reversal. 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2021 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Parler, Facebook, Twitter, Gab, or MeWe @ Drrobertowens, or visit Dr. Owens’ Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

The Paradox of Free Will March 3, 2021

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How can we possibly believe in free will since Christians believe in His Omniscience God knows everything we’ll do in advance and we also believe He has a plan for our lives before we’re born?  So where is the free will?

God has perfect foreknowledge.  This means He knows the end from the beginning and thus He knows what everyone will do in the future and what any individual will do in any given situation. God has a complete plan for everyone’s life.  He knew how He wanted the universe to end before He created it and so He had a plan for every action needed to reach that end before the foundation of the world. 

If God wants a particular thing to happen, He knows who will choose to do it, when they will choose to do it, and under what circumstances they will choose to do it.  However, just because God already knows what choices we will make this in no way removes our free will. 

You see God is outside our space time continuum.  He is ever always in the now of eternity.   And in this bubble, we call reality we are the ones making the choices.

One example might be to think about our own foreknowledge of History.  We know how World War One ends.  If we could go back in time to July of 1914 the fact that we already know how the War will end would not force anyone to do anything.  Our knowing that the assassination of the heir to the throne of Austria would knock over the first domino ending only with the Treaty of Versailles wouldn’t stop Gavrilo Princip from shooting Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

God created us with free choice.  That’s why He told Adam and Eve not to eat of the fruit of the trees in the center of the garden.  He told them not to do it, but He wouldn’t have said “Don’t do it,” if they couldn’t do it if they chose to.  Free choice means not only that we can choose to ignore God’s commands it also means we can freely choose to confess with our lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead and so be saved.

It all hinges on free choice.  God is looking for children who choose to love and follow Him, not robots who have no choice.

God’s knowing what we will freely choose doesn’t mean that we are in any way forced to make that choice.  You can choose to believe this or not.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2021 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Parler, Facebook, Twitter, Gab, or MeWe @ Drrobertowens, or visit Dr. Owens’ Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

In the Presence of God February 22, 2021

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We are no longer strangers we can come boldly into the throne room of God.

https://www.podserve.fm/dashboard/episode_player_2/24604

Dr. Owens’ Newest Book February 15, 2021

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Dr. Robert Owens announces the publication of his first ever book of poetry.

Every Farmers Got a Gas Pump / Available at Amazon

He started writing poetry before he ever heard of poetry.  There are poems in this book he wrote while in grade school and there are poems in this book, he wrote in 2020.  Therefore, it took more than sixty years for this book to mature from pen to print from swirling thoughts to a book in your hand.

What is poetry? Is it just alliteration, imagery, rhyme, rhythm, sound, stanzas, tone, and meter? Or is it something other. Something shimmering between reality and realization?  Is it the charismatic sister of prose encapsulating enchantment bringing substance to what is known intuitively? 

You might find the answers to these and other questions in Every Farmers Got a Gas Pump

Available at Amazon

The 5th Law of Thermodynamics February 10, 2021

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Whether we call it “Flipping the switch,” or “Mashing the button,” when we do it, we expect the light to come on.  But if there’s no power all we end up with is a futile finger exercise.  Even a flashlight needs batteries.  No power no light.  It is the power of the sun’s thermonuclear inferno that provides the natural light illuminating life on earth.   

In the arcane world of physical cosmology and astronomy the debate about Dark Matter and Dark Energy consumes the attention of the best and the brightest even though this has about as much every day walking around relevance as the ancient question, “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin.”  We’re told that which is invisible is measurable.  Some scientists go so far as to say that only 4% of the universe is physically observable, made up of matter.  The remaining 96% they say is dark or invisible. 

We’re told if these unknown and unknowable quantities aren’t factored into our calculations our accepted laws of physics, at the universal and the infinitesimal ends of the scale, don’t work.  They just appear to work within the observable bubble scientists call “The Space-Time Continuum” or as we call it out here in the work-a-day world, “Reality.”   

In other words, though these intricate Laws of Physics may look and are presented as rock solid, they aren’t.  It’s good to remember these and all Laws of Science are just theories constantly in search of either affirmation or repudiation. 

What this tells us about the reality we observe is that science says it isn’t what it seems.  If the Dark Matter – Dark Energy theory is correct most of what is – is invisible to us.  If it isn’t true, we’re relying on science based upon physics which we know is incomplete, imprecise, and fundamentally wrong.  If the foundation is bad how can the structure built upon it be good?  If the basic assumptions of science are faulty how can we trust it to reveal the universe around us? 

Some people believe that science is based on fact and religion is based on faith.  When we learn that once quantum physics intersects with normal physics and once Dark Matter and Dark Energy collide with observable matter the claptrap of the modern scientific edifice is shown to be a house of cards built upon multiple leaps of faith disguised as logical assumptions. 

If some want to embrace theories as dogma acting as the Apostate Apostles of Scientism preaching a religion of materialism that is their right.  However, I do find the way the “If I can’t feel it, see it, or hear it; it isn’t real,” crowd twist themselves into prattling pretzels over the problem of Dark Matter and Dark Energy extremely interesting. 

The many atheists in the religion of materialism tell us Christians that believing in a world we can’t see all around us making that which we can see possible is drivel.   At the same time, they use their incantation of equations to prove that the world we see is made possible by that which we cannot see.  One of the most fascinating phenomena I’ve ever witnessed is the fact that these evangelists of physical evidence can’t see the hypocrisy of their cult-like adherence to their anti-deity dogma in the face of believing and espousing basically the same set of facts. 

Just a few questions for the High Priests of Pragmatism: 

If the universe has an end than it must have had a beginning.  Every beginning has a cause.  What was the primary cause of the universe? 

Or, if the universe is never ending doesn’t that in and of itself prove the existence of eternity? 

If the universe is infinite yet expanding where would something that is infinite expand?   

If the universe is finite yet expanding into what is it expanding? 

Our solar system is powered by the sun.  Without the sun there would be no planets, no life.  If our sun was not there, there would be no here.  

I am speaking of physical power, physical light, and physical life. 

If we turn our attention to the spiritual reality, God is the source of everything.  And Jesus Christ as the Son of God and His incarnation is the perfect physical expression of God.  Coming to sinful man Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death, rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven where He is seated right now on the right hand of God the Father.  If we repent of our sins accept Jesus as our Savior, He will cleanse us of our sin nature and unite us with Himself.  We will become one with all other believers and one with God.   

Jesus is the power of God.  And without that power there is no light and we walk in darkness.  For Jesus is the light of the world.  He is the light that shines through the darkness and the darkness can’t understand it.  We are descended from our father Adam , and we enter this world with a sin nature separated from God whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.  Unless and until we turn from the material world and embrace the spiritual, we cannot even  understand what has just been said.  It will be gibberish, the ranting of a fool.  For the spirit cannot be understood with the natural mind. 

Forsake the world of darkness and embrace the light.  Leave the City of Man and be translated to the City of God.   

The Laws of Thermodynamics are: 

The Zeroth Law: If two systems are both in thermal equilibrium with a third system, then they are in thermal equilibrium with each other. 

The First Law: The energy gained (or lost) by a system is equal to the energy lost (or gained) by its surroundings. 

The Second Law: Natural processes tend to go only one way, toward less usable energy and more disorder. 

The Third Law: A system’s entropy approaches a constant value as its temperature approaches absolute zero. 

Even in the natural scientists say that the visible is dependent upon the invisible.  That is based on their conjectures.  Christians base their beliefs on the revelation of God.  Though He reveals Himself in all creation we cannot think our way to Him.  We cannot deduce Him or imagine Him apart from His revelation for He is eternal, infinite, omnipotent, and omnipresent.  These are all attributes beyond the grasp of our finite minds.  However, because He has chosen to reveal Himself to us in and through Christ, we know the material is dependent upon the spiritual.   

Scientists say there are three laws, but we all see four.  Which brings me to, the 5th Law of Thermodynamics: No power no light.  Turn from the beggarly forces of the physical and embrace the infinite power of God and let the light of Christ blaze forth in your spirit.  Then let your life become a beacon as that light illuminates the world around you.  

No Jesus no peace.  Know Jesus know peace.   

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2021 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Parler, Facebook, Twitter, Gab, or MeWe @ Drrobertowens, or visit Dr. Owens’ Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

The Third Great Awakening February 1, 2021

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As we stumble into President Biden’s Dark Winter I want to speak to my fellow believers.  Don’t despair.  Don’t allow being out maneuvered in a partisan political process to crush your spirit.  Our God, the God of all creation, the God of Angel Armies has spoken to us and His Word shall forever be true.  Weeping may endure for an evening but joy comes in the morning.  When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.  A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you

Often a look at History opens the mind to see the future. 

The First Great Awakening occurred in the 1730s and 1740s in Protestant Europe and British America and especially the American colonies.  This move of God brought revitalization and an increase in evangelical zeal to the Protestant church.  It has had an especially powerful and lasting impact on American Protestantism. 

This mighty move of God came at a time when secular rationalism, or as we call it today secular humanism with its reliance on human reason was being emphasized, and most of the passion had evaporated from organized Christian religion.  Legalism had taken the place of spiritual vitality.   

This first Great Awakening is attributed to powerful preaching by such leaders as Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield.  Their preaching birthed a deep sense of personal revelation and of their need for salvation by Jesus Christ.  Though both ordained ministers and pastors they taught that the church needed to pull away from ritual, ceremony, sacramentalism, and hierarchy.  They sought to make Christianity intensely personal to people by promoting spiritual conviction, the need for redemption, and by encouraging soul-searching and individual commitment to a purely Bible-based standard of morality. 

This was a widespread movement sweeping all along the east coast and penetrating deep within the British colonies.  Other prominent pastors and leaders during the First Great Awakening included David Brainard, Samuel Davies, Theodore Frelinghuysen, and Gilbert Tennent.  The backgrounds of these many leaders differed; however, their messages all served the same purpose: they sought to awaken the Church and return it to a religion relevant to the people of the day. 

Some of the major themes of the First Great Awaking included: 

  • All people are born sinners. 
  • Sin without salvation will send a person to hell. 
  • All people can be saved if they confess their sins to God, seek forgiveness and accept God’s grace in and through Jesus Christ. 
  • All people can have a direct and emotional connection with God through Christ. 
  • Religion shouldn’t be formal and institutionalized, but rather casual and personal. 

The Second Great Awakening 1795 to 1835 

After the Revolution and the founding of the United States many people no longer attended church on a regular basis. There were several reasons why this occurred. Some people thought God was not interested in their everyday walking around life.  They felt that God was unconcerned with a person’s church attendance instead they would be judged on how they lived their life.  To them there was a scale. Did the good outweigh the bad? This was their standard thus seeking salvation through works.  Others became consumed with earning a living and felt they had no time to worship or even acknowledge God.   

To combat this spiritual falling away many denominations sponsored revivals. These were held in churches and especially in rural areas camp meetings where people would bring their whole families and often stay for days listening to various preachers call them to return to Christ.  These revival preachers emphasized our utter dependence upon God, that we would not be saved by works or religious ceremonies but instead by faith. 

Charles Finney, who is often called “America’s foremost revivalist,” was the acknowledged leader of the Second Great Awakening.  After experiencing a dramatic personal conversion from rationalist skepticism to a burning and vital Christian faith he employed his training as a lawyer to convincing his audiences of their personal guilt and their need for Jesus Christ as their Savior.  His methods, which he called the “scientific method” or “New Measures” have served as a template for revivalists ever since.  He led a shift in American religious practice from “wait on the Lord” to “make your decision now.”  

Finney was best known for his extemporaneous preaching.  

He didn’t come across as some super spiritual theologian pontificating from on high.  He spoke to the people as an attorney for the Gospel.  He outlined his argument just as he would have to convince a jury.  He used logic and persuasion as he played on the people’s emotions of hope and fear. He rejected the view of the Gospel as complex theology, and instead presented it in a simple form. One early admirer is reported to have said, “Bro. Finney doesn’t preach; he just explains what all the other fellows are preaching about.” 

According to Finney the gospel taught that people were not saved by works but once people were saved, they had work to do.  He and his followers took this to mean cleaning up America’s overly secularized society so he and those who listened to him began working to make the United States a Christian nation.   

Taking what was a brave and controversial stand for the times Finney, a strong abolitionist himself, encouraged all Christians to work tirelessly in the antislavery movement.  Following his lead Christians began working to become leaders in many areas of American life such as education, prison reform, temperance, and women’s rights.  This large influx of Christian workers for social reform became so influential they and the organizations they founded became known as the Benevolent Empire.  The Second Great Awakening had a greater effect on society in America than the First. 

The Dark Winter is coming.  The levers of power are all concentrated in the hands of a party that believes government is the answer to every problem.  And unfortunately, anyone who opposes them seems to be the problem.  According to the language of the The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, The new regime will create “dedicated domestic terrorism offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to analyze and monitor domestic terrorist activity and require the Federal Government to take steps to prevent domestic terrorism.”  And by domestic terrorism they don’t mean the Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) people who have been rioting throughout America for many months.  Instead, they mean all MAGA supporters. 

This all may sound scary and it is in the natural.  The power of the state is enormous.  They have the sole right to use force against their opponents.   And seeing the speed with which they’ve been rounding up people who entered the capital as opposed to the way in which the Antifa and BLM people have been ignored it appears they’re dedicated to doing what they want to do and do it quickly.  

Some people who actually believe the public statements of the most radical of the leaders of the Democrat party about compiling listsde-programming, and re-educating MAGA people can’t be blamed for looking forward to a midnight knock on the door, a ride in a Black Maria, and a free vacation in a government camp.   Whenever a socialist one-party regime has been imposed on a country whether through revolution, conquest, or election there has been a purge of anyone seen as standing in the way of the long march to a worker’s paradise.  

While this is called the stuff of conspiracy theories it’s hard to see it as such when the people in power are the ones talking about it openly.  And though these thoughts are chilling, which is what they are meant to be, they should not be debilitating for those who are members of the Body of Christ.  For we can rest secure in Him since no one can snatch us out of His hand.  And we know that no matter how it looks He wins in the end.   And no matter how bad it gets we should pray, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” 

And no matter how much anyone will try to hem us in, tie us down, or persecute us we know we are free.  Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth. 

No matter what those who wish us harm may do we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 

So be of good cheer, God has a plan for us plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.  And we also know the way out of this Dark Winter, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.   

If we will do this, and I believe we will, this will bring about the Third Great Awakening.  As the people of God finally discern the hand that is behind all of this they will cry out to their Father through His Son and He will deliver us.  Believe with me for a born-again nation giving glory to God and together we shall watch the rising of the Son. 

As far as all the chatter on Fakebook and Quiver dripping with anger and hate we can find better things to do than read it or respond to it.  Don’t waste your time arguing with fools it only makes you look foolish.  For the fool has said in his heart there is no God not knowing that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  For when all is said and done, we will see that it was all done just like He said. 

Keep the faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome. 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2021 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Parler, Facebook, Twitter, or MeWe @ Drrobertowens, or visit Dr. Owens’ Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

 

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