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Dwight Eisenhower: A Good Man, Well-Intentioned but Mistaken

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The 20th Amendment to the Constitution set January 20th as the official inaugural date. Because January 20, 1957 fell on a Sunday, President Eisenhower took the oath of office for his second term in a private White House ceremony. He repeated the oath and was formally inaugurated again in public on Monday, January 21. Dwight David Eisenhower thus began his second term by placing his hand on Psalm 33:12 as he took the oath of office. Psalm 33:12 reads:
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."
There is no doubt he is one of the most respected presidents of the 20th Century. He was certainly a sincere and God-fearing man. His presidency had no taint of scandal like some others.
However, with all due respect to him, and no desire to dishonor his memory, his choice of verses, though admirable as an aspiration, is not applicable to the United States. Two reasons.
(1) America's God is not the LORD. While some vestige…

Three Enemies of Truth

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Three Enemies of the Truth

1. Appeasement    To conciliate or pacify by making a sacrifice of a moral or spiritual principle.

    * The world made this mistake with Hitler, then with Communist Russia, and so on. In the churches it only allows evil or rebellion the time it needs to put down roots, and spread and affect more people, making more difficult and painful the work of cleansing, discipline and correction that must inevitably be done anyway. Nothing is gained by appeasement, and in the long run more is lost.

2. Compromise     To come to an agreement by concession or consensus; yielding; or conceding.

    * This is the idea of democracy, the will of the majority, but it is not set forth in the Bible as a Scriptural pattern to follow. There was no voting or ceding to the consensus, but rather an earnest seeking of the will of God, which must be done even though all are not in agreement. The Scriptures teach us to be of one mind, but not to give in to a majority vote. The majority doe…