Welcome to Freedom Focus Academy.
This is a journey for those who desire to learn more about the topics of government, freedom, American History & the global spiritual war.
May your exposure to these simple truths forever change your view of nations, governments and power.
Lesson 1: What is Freedom?
Many believe freedom is the ability to do whatever you want. In reality, freedom is being loosed from the chains that enslave you. Freedom is not permission to do anything, right or wrong. Freedom is being able to live without being under the control of evil.
FREEDOM IS PERSONAL
True freedom starts in the heart. When you are no longer a slave to lust, you are free. When you have victory over bitterness, hate, revenge, and despair, you are free. When you are no longer controlled by the addictions of drugs, alcohol and pornography, you are free.
There is only one way to be delivered from the power of these vices. Something or someone that is stronger is going to have to destroy their grip. Man has proven that he is not able to do this on his own. The best and brightest of men have been slaves to greed, alcohol, fornication and every other lust. Without help, man simply endures these conditions, and their consequences, without ever really experiencing victory.
Paul said, “O wretched man that I am. Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24) He felt the powerful grip of lust and sin. He understood the spiritual struggle, and the hopelessness of “trying harder”.
Thankfully, he also found the way to victory! The following verse says, "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord”! To the Corinthians he wrote, “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 15:56-57)
FREEDOM IS POLITICAL
When you understand personal freedom, you can truly begin to understand and appreciate political freedom. Political freedom is when government does not stand in the way of pursuing life, God, or your God-given dreams and potential.
Many governments through the centuries have not allowed their citizens to have religious freedom. The founders of America considered religious freedom to be the most sacred of all rights. It was listed as the first of the freedoms in the first amendment of the Bill of Rights! If we do not have religious freedom, then we are not really free.
Every other right and freedom grows out of our religious freedom. As the individual is free to worship, he is also free to express himself, to assemble with others, to write what he thinks, to petition government based on those beliefs, to defend himself and so on.
As a general rule, those governments who oppose God also oppose religious freedom. Those who oppose religious freedom, oppose individual liberty. It’s all connected. At least that’s how America’s founders saw it.
"Now the Lord is that spirit: and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
II Corinthians 3:17
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free..."
"As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of malisciousness, but as the servants of God."
I Peter 2:16
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
"...proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof..."
"The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings... to proclaim liberty to the captives..."
"Almighty God hath created the mind free. All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burdens...are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion.”
"The right to freedom being the gift of the Almighty…The rights of the colonists as Christians…may be best understood by reading and carefully studying…the New Testament.”
"I am for freedom of religion... for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents."
"...if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
II Timothy 2:25-26
"While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage."
II Peter 2:19
"Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple not to call him an enemy of his country."
"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual….Continue steadfast, and with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man out to take from us."
Provincial Congress of Massachusetts
"Our forefathers passed the vast Atlantic, spent their blood and treasure, that they might enjoy their liberties, both civil and religious and transmit them to their posterity…. Now if we should give them up, can our children rise up and call us blessed?... Let us all be of one heart, and stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free; and may he, of his infinite mercy grant us deliverance out of all our troubles."
William Prescott (to the men of Boston after the British blocked the Boston Harbor to starve the citizens because of the Boston Tea Party)
"Posterity— you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."
John Quincy Adams
"Our Founding Fathers did not invent the priceless boon of individual freedom and respect for the dignity of men. That great gift to mankind sprang from the Creator and not from governments...Today the Socialist virus and poison gas generated by Karl Marx and Friedreich Engels have spread into every nation on the earth. Their dogma... defies truth and religious faith.... If our youth is rightly instructed in the faith of our fathers; in the traditions of our country; in the dignity of each individual man, then our power will be stronger than any weapon of destruction that man can devise.
God has blessed us with another wonderful word--heritage. The great documents of that heritage are not from Karl Marx. They are from the Bible, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Within them alone can the safeguards of freedom survive…."
"...the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans... proud of our ancient heritage--and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights... Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. This much we pledge--and more..."
John F. Kennedy
Lesson 2: Enemies of Freedom?
The enemies of God are the enemies of truth. The enemies of truth are the enemies of freedom. The enemies of freedom are the enemies of America.
THE ENEMIES OF GOD ARE THE ENEMIES OF TRUTH
There is an intense spiritual war going on that is universal and global. Since the Garden of Eden, there has been a battle. Adam and Eve had to decide if they believed God was telling them the truth. Satan questioned God, “Yea, hath God said…?”, and then accused God of lying, “Ye shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:1,4). The enemy of God was the enemy of truth.
Jesus later said, “Ye are of your father the devil… He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him… he is a liar, and the father of it.” There are only two sides in the battle of good and evil- good or evil. Those who do not line up on the side of God and good have only one alternative. Jesus was warning us that those who are against God will also be against the truth.
The devil doesn’t mind lying, and those who line up on his side don’t mind lying either. In fact, they think you’re supposed to lie if it helps you achieve your goals. The enemies of God have a problem with the truth, whether its about God’s Word, science, American history, etc. They also do not want to be challenged as they go about ignoring or revising history.
The biggest problem seems to be with God and the truth He gives us. Romans 1:24-26 “Wherefore God also gave them up… Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen."
THE ENEMIES OF TRUTH ARE THE ENEMIES OF FREEDOM
Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) Truth brings freedom. Those who are the enemies of truth, consciously or not, are the enemies of freedom. In their attempt to silence the truth, they are attacking freedom. "You can’t say that.” "You can’t offend people that way.” "You can’t hold that position." Instead of promoting discourse and debate in the arena of ideas, they are trying to silence those who speak the truth, especially as God has declared it. This does not lead to freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and the freedom of conscience, but instead to threats, intimidation and whatever else it takes to silence opposing views.
From Roman emperors to Adolph Hitler, dictators and tyrants have historically burned books and Bibles, in an attempt to silence the truth. The truth is still under attack today, which is an attack on freedom.
THE ENEMIES OF FREEDOM ARE THE ENEMIES OF AMERICA
There are those in this world who do not want man to live free. America's founders built this nation on the cornerstone of freedom. They believed the freedom of conscience, and more particularly, the freedom of religion, was a fundamental and inalienable right that every man was born with. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights acknowledges and defends the dignity of the individual. Each man could and should worship as he sees fit. No one, especially the state, can force others to worship a certain way or to worship at all. This is completely between that individual and God.
It is interesting to note that modern enemies of freedom have a natural enemy in America.
Karl Marx said, “My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.” He certainly stood against religious freedom. He said, “a requisite to the happiness of man is the abolition of religion.” Interestingly, he also despised capitalism. Capitalism is simply economic freedom. A capitalist is able to buy, build and sell things. He can then take the profit and invest it in any endeavor that seems appropriate to him. This is freedom. This is America. Karl Marx, accordingly, saw America as a great enemy. The spirit of Marx, alive and well today, still attacks America as the leader of the free world.
ISIS and other religious/political groups under the banner of Islam are today burning the flag of the United States of America. It is a part of their culture to scream “Death to America!” They teach their children to hate America and identify her as the “Great Satan”. They are against freedom, and as a result, they are against America.
The major forces moving on the globe today could be divided into two groups: those for freedom, and those against freedom.
Lesson 3: What is a Nation?
By definition, a nation is a people group that has banded together to form a civil society.
Why do we have nations? Maybe you’ve never really thought about that. We have many nations (at this point, 195 of them). We probably assume that we always have. But why?
The first time nations are mentioned is in Genesis 10. This is right after Noah’s flood. The Bible is listing all the descendants of Noah and mentions in verse 5, “By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.” It goes on to mention Nimrod in verses 8-10.
NIMROD AND THE BEGINNING OF NATIONS
In Genesis 11, Nimrod (whose name means “rebellion”) is described as a “mighty hunter”. The Hebrew word here actually means “powerful, by implication, warrior, tyrant”. Nimrod, in defiance to God, lead the people to build a tower so high they could survive another flood if God should ever choose to judge them again. God saw that it was not good for man to be so easily unified, and enslaved under one tyrant.
God's response was to confuse man's languages. (Interestingly, evolutionists have no viable explanation for the origin of language, or the fact that there are hundreds of different and distinct languages.) This was God’s way of scattering the people, and as a result, forcing them into small people groups. These people groups, or communities, became nations. Genesis 10:31 says “after their families, after their tongues [languages], in their lands, after their nations.”
God knew that having many smaller nations would help mankind, by creating multiple firewalls against future global tyranny.
EACH NATION FORMS ITS OWN IDENTITY
Each group of people would then, by necessity, learn to live together. They would work, play, buy, sell and trade with each other. Over time, they would develop traditions and customs that would embody their values and beliefs. They would develop a code of law which would be built upon their moral convictions and sense of justice.
Each nation would really develop its own personality. Would they treat others with dignity and respect or be basically selfish and cruel? Would they promote honesty or tolerate a culture of lies and deceit? Would bribery become acceptable and normal, or would true justice be expected? Would drunkenness, laziness and immorality be glorified, or would the virtues of hard work and self-reliance be encouraged in every citizen? What about God? Would He be acknowledged? Would He be honored and obeyed? Would He be ignored or even rejected? The answers to these questions would determine the character and personality of each nation.
GOD DEALS WITH NATIONS
As each nation developed into its own identity, they would be affected by the same natural laws that affect individuals. The laws of sowing and reaping are true for nations, just as they are for individuals. Proverbs 14:34 “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Nations do not escape the laws of God.
In fact, God tells us that He will deal with nations. He will bless them. Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD…” He will judge them. Psalm 9:17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”
WE ARE THIS NATION
Who is the nation? We are. The nation is not the governmental leaders or some other group of elites or educators. It is the people. This is OUR nation. The personality of this nation is determined by its people. The personality of America is a result of what we allow, what we promote, and what we condemn.
We have every right to influence the personality of this nation. After all, this is where WE live. This is where our children and grandchildren live. Someone is going to influence the direction of this nation. Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid... Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” He said, “Ye are the salt of the earth…"
WE HAVE TO CARE
We are expected to influence our culture, our nation. We, as Christians, are to be the preserving qualities of salt and light which any nation needs in order to be blessed, happy and prosperous. We have to speak up. We have to act. This is our nation. If we do not influence its direction, it is certain that others will.
God cares. He is bound by His own laws to bless or judge us. He desires to bless. The principle He gave to Israel in Deuteronomy 30:19 was an example for all nations, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live."
"By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations."
"Declare his glory among the heather; his marvellous workds among all nations."
I Chronicles 16:24
"The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God."
"Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men."
"Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people."
"And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it... And... bring the glory and honor of the nations into it."
"Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God... What a utopia, what a paradise would this region be."
"In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered... And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in the political building no better than the builders of Babel; we shall be divided by our little, partial local interests; our projects will be confounded; and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing government by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war, or conquest. I therefore beg leave to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing on our deliberation be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business.”
"That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for His kind care and protection of the People of this country... and the favorable interpositions of His Providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war... for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed... and in general for all the great and various favors which He hath been pleased to confer upon us."