January 2016 Dinner Topics Newsletter: Clear Vision
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“EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO HIS OWN OPINION, BUT NOT TO HIS OWN FACTS,” said Daniel Patrick Moynihan. We are living in an era where opinion reigns supreme—never mind the facts. If you don’t agree with the ruling opinion, even if that opinion is an outright lie; or if you speak one word that offends, you are persona non grata, enemy of society, etc., etc.
Have you ever wondered why some people wholeheartedly defend false doctrines and evil practices, even though such have been proven to be blatant lies, or revealed to be utterly barbaric? How can they believe lies and be so dedicated to evil that it is like a religion for them? How can they be so blind to truth as to actually hate truth, and even to the point they seem to be in bondage to the father of all lies? Those who cast aside the shield of faith lose protection against the buffetings of the adversary.
Someone said that there are many on the earth … who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it.
Jesus Christ warned that in our day there would be many false teachers, so convincing that they might deceive even the very elect, meaning us—we who have chosen to follow Christ. It’s obvious that truth is being covered up by many, and deceivers are everywhere. How can we avoid the traps of deception so rampant in our society today? How can we keep a clear vision through the murky mists of deceit that surround us?
Jesus told us, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” But at times, truth seems elusive—where can we find it, and how will we know it when we do find it?
The Savior did not leave us to face these perilous times unprotected.
First, He taught us how to discern a false teacher. “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:16) We cannot look to words or personality alone to determine truth. We must study history, and examine people’s choices and actions. Do they speak the truth and let the consequence follow, or do they engage in moral equivocation, in order to please whomever they are speaking to at the moment? Do they truly care about what’s right for our country, or do they just care about getting votes?
Even so, it is still hard to sift through all the rhetoric. There is one other defense that we have, that is the only key to our survival in these turbulent times. That key is the Holy Spirit. The Spirit will help us find the truth, and will free us from the bondage of sin. However, there is a condition. If we keep the commandments, the Spirit will abide with us. If we yield to sin, the Spirit will withdraw.
This is why we see some defending evil so ardently. They have so seared their consciences that the Spirit has withdrawn, and they are left on their own.
We all sin and fall short, but if we do our best, mend our ways when necessary, and trust in the redeeming power of our Savior, then He has promised the Comforter to abide with us. This promise is stronger than death; and a power that our persecutors will never know.
Fear not, though the enemy deride. Courage, for the Lord is on our side.
We will heed not what the wicked may say, for the Lord alone we will obey. ~Evan Stephens
- Don’t give up; Keep fighting for Judeo-Christian culture
- Defining Political Front Groups
- Book Reviews: Snapping of the American Mind; Antidote to Culture Wars; What if Mafia gangs took over the Government?
- Fun Political Cartoons
- Bible Story: Samuel warns of the perils of having a king
Keep Your Eyes Wide Open,
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News and Updates:
This year, this section will contain Truth Zone posts. The mainstream media is now blatantly lying, savaging only those Americans who speak truth and truly want to protect our country. They ignore history and facts. The wicked take the truth to be hard.
It isn’t about ideology anymore. It isn’t about conservatism and being thoroughbred conservative. It’s about stopping what has been put in play by Barack Obama and the Democrat Party. A majority of the American people continue to hear Barack Obama and the Democrat Party and Hillary Clinton, and they know that if this party continues to win, the things that have been done that damaged this country are going to continue. ~Rush Limbaugh
TRUTH: Immigration moratorium is already part of U.S. law. There is nothing illegal or unconstitutional about it.
If you are wondering if it is wise to temporarily ban Muslim immigration so that potential terrorists can be properly vetted, here are some facts you need to know.
Theme Quotes for January: Clear Vision
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. ~Matthew 24:24
We need people “who can detect deception in all of its forms.” ~Russell M. Nelson
The commandments of God are like signposts along the road of life. They keep you out of the danger zones.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. ~James 1:22,25
Where there is no vision, the people perish. ~Proverbs 29:18
There are many yet on the earth … who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it. ~Doctrine and Covenants 123:12
Even if “everyone is doing it,” wrong is never right. Evil, error, and darkness will never be truth, even if popular. In fact, 50 million people can be wrong—totally wrong. Immorality is still immorality in the eyes of God. ~Russell M. Nelson
Remember: sin, even if legalized by man, is still sin in the eyes of God! ~Russell M. Nelson
I give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations. ~ Doctrine and Covenants 52:14
“The face of sin today often wears the mask of tolerance. Do not be deceived; behind that facade is heartache, unhappiness, and pain. … If your so-called friends urge you to do anything you know to be wrong, you be the one to make a stand for right, even if you stand alone.” ~Thomas S. Monson
To understand or know something through the power of the Spirit. The gift of discernment is one of the gifts of the Spirit. It includes perceiving the true character of people.
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” ~Daniel Patrick Moynihan
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. ~George Orwell
“You must have eyes that know what to look for.” Gandalf, Lord of the Rings
Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. ~Edmund Burke
Therefore my people are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge.~Isaiah 5:13
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” Thomas Jefferson
We know that “a double minded man is unstable in all his ways” 16 and that we cannot “serve two masters.” 6 Some, I fear, are attempting to do what President Marion G. Romney described as trying to “serve the Lord without offending the devil.” 7 ~Larry Gibbons
Take heed that no man deceive you. And many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many; And whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived. ~Matthew 1:5,9,37 Joseph Smith Translation
Let not that which I have appointed be polluted by mine enemies, by the consent of those who call themselves after my name. ~Doctrine and Covenants 101:97
We may be bucking a strong tide, but we must teach our children that sin is sin. ~Spencer W. Kimball
Stress Relief Tip of the Month: In God We Trust
You can rely on the Word of God. The commandments of God are like signposts along the road of life. They keep you out of the danger zones. Moral relativism undermines justice, thus threatening the peace of civilized society.
Moral absolutes provide us with “internal government”. If everyone restrains themselves, then we maintain civilization. Keep the commandments, in this there is safety and peace.
Classical Music this month provided by: Mozart and Schubert
The Dinner Topic Theme January: Clear Vision
The Parenting Value for this month: Responsibility and Loyalty
Defining Moment: What are “Front” Organizations?
Famous Birthdays: Lorenzo de Medici, Cicero, Tolkien, Alexander Hamilton, Edmund Burke, Benjamin Franklin, Charles de Montesquieu, Robert Morris, Mozart, Schubert
Bible Story: the prophet Samuel warns against the perils of a king
Book Reviews: Disinformation, Antidote
Culture Wars: Keep Fighting for our culture
The Moral Vacuum in our Government
Faith: God is at the Helm
Jesus’ teachings of good vs. evil
Imprimis: Restoring a Constitutional Congress
History: Supreme Court justice raises Nazi model
Moral Support—always looking for reasons for optimism: Americans are pushing back against corruption
Truth Zone: More facts on Immigration, issue of the century
You will see added emphasis in Truth Zone from now on. We hope you will find that we are a reliable source of Truth in your search for information amidst the sea of lies, corruption, mass deception, and cover-ups spewing from politicians and media. Instead of Tea Party updates, we will highlight important news items.
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