By: A.M. Kisly
The Victory of Faith
Oh bring us back once more
The vanished days of yore,
When the world with faith was filled!
Bring back the fervid zeal,
The hearts of fire and steel,
The hands that believe and build.
I Samuel 7
Oh, that Samuels by the score might be raised up to induce the Church of God to put away what grieves Him, with the assurance that when she has arrayed herself in the beautiful garments of humility and purity, God will deliver her out of the hands of the Philistines.
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PUTTING BLOOD ON OUR HANDS
Because of the “urgent” status of the impending health care bill, and our governments insistence in passing it in a frenzied rush, I find myself cautioning and warning our readers to step back, slow down, know the facts and step up in making your voice count.
It is important for us to understand that this is a spiritual battle. This is not politics, this is not republican/democrat, this is a SPIRITUAL BATTLE and it is time for the Christian Church to wake up.
The overwhelming temptation to give in and give up can be completely suppressed and stamped out if we bathe our souls in the purifying waters of the Word of God, stand with faith in unwavering prayer. Dear Saints, we must wholly consecrate ourselves before Almighty God.
Wickedness is being forced upon all of mankind by powers in high places. The question is will we be faithful to stand in the day of adversity? Will we simply comply silently with wickedness while our government passes laws that make us partakers in the killing of human life? What about innocent babies and the elderly, who will protect them?
We must devote ourselves to prayer and fasting and complete consecration to God, for He is able to deliver us from such an evil.
If we as Christians do not stand for Righteousness, who will? It is our calling and responsibility.
“When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
I pray that He does.
As you are all aware, H.R. 3200 is the pending Health Care Reform Bill which is being steam-rolled through congress. As the house democrats threaten those in the opposition that they do not need their vote, nor care to negotiate, they will intentionally impose their will upon the American people, like it or not.
There are many reasons to oppose H.R. 3200, and in this article I will point out just a few but very alarming issues.
Yesterday like many of you, I received a phone call from the National Right to Life Organization.
Fact: Did you know that in this health care bill, every tax payer in America will be forced to pay for abortion. Your government would like you to pay for the murder of innocent human life.
Get the facts here: National Right To Life Fact Sheet - H.R. 3200
The law will also protect “freedom of choice” to abort even in the cases where the baby survives the procedure. Doctor’s will not be allowed to intervene and care for a live aborted baby, they will simply be set aside to die.
This is some of what you’ll be paying for:
Pro-Life Anti-Abortion Video
Urgent Radio Review with Ron Meyers and Christian Wordview’s Brannon Howse: National Healthcare That Will Euthanize America's Seniors And The Disabled
Another reason to oppose H.R. 3200:
In an article titled, “Health Care: You May Get What You Don’t Pay For”
written by: Katharine DeBrecht, she warns us to step back and take a look at how citizens in foreign countries are faring under the state run “free” healthcare system.
She states: “While Congress and the Administration are scrambling to draft a catastrophic overhaul of our healthcare system, now more than ever is the time to step back and take a look at how citizens have fared in other countries under the guise of “free” healthcare.
Government-run healthcare systems in other countries are a painful example of how good intentions can produce dire results.
Canadian, British, and European government-run health systems delay and ration care for citizens, limit access to cutting-edge diagnostic services and medications, and result in poor quality medical care, all while costs skyrocket.
It is no secret that there are tragically long waiting periods for patients to receive treatment in Canada and Great Britain. According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, 827,429 Canadians are awaiting some type of procedure, while 1.8 million people in England await hospital admission or outpatient treatment. At one point, waiting periods were so bad in Canada, that in 2005 Canadian citizens, fed up with being prohibited by law from seeking private care, took the matter to the highest court in Canada.
The high court found in favor of the plaintiffs, stating: "The evidence in this case shows that delays in the public healthcare system are widespread, and that, in some serious cases, patients die as a result of waiting lists for public healthcare. The evidence also demonstrates that the prohibition against private health insurance and its consequence of denying people vital healthcare result in physical and psychological suffering that meets a threshold test of seriousness."
In an attempt to avoid long waiting periods in Great Britain, the National Health Service (NHS) instituted “targets” using a carrot and stick approach with hospitals that have further exacerbated the decline of quality healthcare for all Britons.
This month the Daily Telegraph reported that emergency room patients suspected of having cancer are forced to the back of the line. These sometimes critical emergency patients do not “count” towards the targets as do other cancer patients referred by GPs and are therefore subjected to longer and often painful waiting periods.
This past spring the Daily Telegraph cited a report by Britain’s Healthcare Commission regarding the conditions at Staffordshire hospitals where between 400 and 1200 more patients died than expected during a three year period. According to the Daily Telegraph the investigation found “overstretched and poorly trained nurses who turned off equipment because they did not know how to work it, newly qualified doctors left to care for patients recovering from surgery at night, patients left for hours in soiled bedclothes, reception staff expected to judge how seriousness of patients arriving at A&E (emergency rooms), patients left without food or drink, others who received the wrong medication or none at all, blood and faeces left on lavatories and floors, and doctors diverted away from seriously ill patients in order to treat minor ones who were in danger of breaching the four hour waiting time target.”
Hospital Chairman Quits Over Dangerous Targets
The head of one of Britain’s largest hospital trusts has resigned over his fears that patients’ lives are being put at risk by an obsession with government targets.
Read Here: Hospital Chairman Quits Over Dangerous Targets
If Obama wants to have a state run healthcare system like Canada, England and Europe, it would be wise to find out just how the citizens of these countries are faring under their healthcare systems.
Neil Cavuto: Ted Kennedy hints at health care rationing…watch video:
Another reasons to oppose H.R. 3200:
Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important, but enforcing uniformity goes too far.
Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties. “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (511, 518, 540-541)
What penalties will deter your doctor from going beyond the electronically delivered protocols when your condition is atypical or you need an experimental treatment? The vagueness is intentional. In his book, Daschle proposed an appointed body with vast powers to make the “tough” decisions elected politicians won’t make.
The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal, Daschle’s book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.
In England anyone over 59 cannot receive heart repairs or Stents or bypass because it is not covered as being too expensive and not needed.
Elderly Hardest Hit
Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.
Medicare now pays for treatments deemed safe and effective. The stimulus bill would change that and apply a cost- effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council (464).
The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board discussed in Daschle’s book. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.
In 2006, a U.K. health board decreed that elderly patients with macular degeneration had to wait until they went blind in one eye before they could get a costly new drug to save the other eye. It took almost three years of public protests before the board reversed its decision.
Please note this: Senators and Congressmen have their own healthcare plan that is first dollar or very low co-pay which they are guaranteed the remainder of their lives and are not subject to this new law if it passes, the rest of America is.
Back to 1 Samuel 7. . .
Excerpts By: F.B. Meyer
The Convocation at Mizpeh
The movement to which we have referred at last demanded a public demonstration, and Samuel summoned all Israel to Mizpeh~which means watchtower, and is evidently a commanding summit that can still be identified in Central Palestine today.
The day was devoted to fasting. The people confessed their sins, afflicted their souls, and humbled themselves before God.
Water was brought from a neighboring well, and solemnly poured out before the Lord at the Feast of Tabernacles.
When the great festival had just about run its course, it was custom for the priests to go forth to the Spring of Siloam and bring the water in a golden vessel which was poured out at the foot of the altar at the hour of the morning sacrifice. The singers proclaimed in Isaiah’s words “With joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
It is not until we pour forth from our full hearts floods of penitence and tears; and the desire by the heaviness of our grief to wash our land free from the accumulated evil of the past years; that we realize our helplessness and abandonment to God.
Samuel, as the representative of his countrymen, brought the whole nation back to true loyal allegiance to the God of their fathers.
Who shall induce the professing Church of God to put away the evil things by which her testimony is now impaired.
What would not be the blessed result if the children of God would come to another Mizpeh and confess, as Israel did, “We have sinned against the Lord!”
Saints, there is but one hope: God must arise to his people’s help or they will be trampled as the leaves of autumn beneath the heel of the conqueror.
What could timid sheep do against wolves? What could unarmed peasants do against such soldiers? How could the nation withstand against the bitter foes of our God?
“Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us,” the people said to Samuel, “that He will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.”
This is the only hope for our once Christian nation, America.