Cross-posted onsite here

Hi Mikes,

For the sake of other visitors/readers, Mikes was kind enough to return to submit again but using both his first and last name. I know people can be in a hurry and miss things no matter how much this blog attempts to make those requirements standout.

The reason Mikes knew to return was because Mikes had "friended" me on BlogCatalog. I knew he was in earnest and not spamming or just looking for commercial back links, so I left him a "shout" (little message) over on BlogCatalog. The fact that he took the extra time to return and use his real first and last name goes to his credit. I hold up his act as an example, hence this comment-cum-post.

I will also say that for one who says he's "a new Christian blogger," he sure has created a well-organized blog. Oh well, I was an adult before personal computing. It must be so much easier for those who were raised with it. My fleshly father couldn't program the VCR. Actually, he could have, but many of his generation didn't care for all the bother.

It is true though that during and after this generation, more and more people will throw off the "busybody" networking.

Frankly, many people are simply playing what my long-lost friend Bob Ellis termed "the numbers game." I don't know if he coined it, or if not, whether it was original with him. What it is though is a marketing/sales expression meaning that if one can just get the spiel to enough sales leads (supposed potential buyers), one is bound to find buyer/converts. I agree; however, the converts signify the quality/delivery. Who signifies/identifies as a Real Christian? Equally important, what's the fruit of those who make of themselves the greatest enemies of the real Church? As Jesus says, we know souls by their results. The enemy of your enemy is not necessarily your friend because Satan's house is divided; however, Satan hates the Christlike the most.

Here's the content of Mikes's first comment:

Great post indeed! I am a new Christian blogger and certainly you serve as one of my inspirations. Thanks! and May God continually be blessed with your site.

Hey, Mikes, check out the Christian Commons. I'm not the only member in spirit and I'm not the only one donating to the cause anymore. Real Christians are real immediate family. We must bring forth. Please help. Thank you, brother.



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Contributions to political campaign funds, public statements of support or opposition (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of an organization, and the distribution of materials prepared by others that support or oppose any candidate for public office all violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention.

Factors in determining whether a communication results in political campaign intervention include the following:

  • Whether the statement identifies one or more candidates for a given public office
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  • Whether the statement makes reference to voting or an election
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Many religious organizations believe, as we do, that the above constitutes a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:

  • 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.
  • Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
  • 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)

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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