So to speak, in the Spitzer probe, as described by The New York Times just now, which noted that IRS investigators conducting a routine examination of suspicious financial transactions reported to them by banks "found several unusual movements of cash involving the governor of New York, several officials said. ...The money ended up in the bank accounts of what appeared to be shell companies, corporations that essentially had no real business. The transactions, officials said, suggested possible financial crimes — maybe bribery, political corruption, or something inappropriate involving campaign finance. Prostitution, they said, was the furthest thing from the minds of the investigators. ...
"Because the focus was a high-ranking government official, prosecutors were required to seek the approval of the United States attorney general to proceed. Once they secured that permission, the investigation moved forward.
"At the outset, one official said, it seemed like a bread-and-butter inquiry into political corruption, the kind of case the F.B.I. squad, known internally by the designation C14, frequently pursues. But before long, the investigators learned that the money was being moved to pay for sex and that the transactions were being manipulated to conceal Mr. Spitzer's connection to payments for meetings with prostitutes, the official said."
RLCC: "Revelations Began in Routine Tax Inquiry," by WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM. The New York Times. Published: March 11, 2008.
Eliot Spitzer has admitted his wrong-doing.
People have just got to stop leading double lives not for fear of getting caught and ruined or at least damaged thereby preventing them from rising but rather because unfaithfulness really does carry over into all aspects of the life of the soul and of souls. It ripples out just undermining all the good that could otherwise result.
Eliot Spitzer was a prosecutor, an accuser, a punisher. Coercion was his stock and trade.
Whether Democrat, Republican, preacher, or atheist, the mainstream is a mess. The system and culture are irrevocably broken. We all need to come together under the new spirit Jesus is still teaching. It's the only way. Coercion doesn't work. It's hardhearted and hypocritical, hence Spitzer's further fall.
The only reason this happened was on account of Eliot's not overcoming his selfish, fallen, harmful urges. If you don't think it's harmful, you aren't thinking about all the families involved. People have been hurt by this. Pray that they don't harden.
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- The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
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- We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
- It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
- We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
- We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
- When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
- We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)