Chapter 3

An Attack On Law

From the booklet America Under Attack
By Gerald Flurry

On January 27, 2013, cbs Sunday Morning aired a commentary by a constitutional law professor suggesting that for America to solve its many problems, it needs to abandon the Constitution.

“If we are to take back our own country, we have to start making decisions for ourselves, and stop deferring to an ancient and outdated document,” said Lewis Michael Seidman (emphasis mine throughout). This man teaches constitutional law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, d.c., and was speaking on one of the big three television networks!

In his most recent book, On Constitutional Disobedience, Seidman asks, “Why should we care about what the Constitution says? Should we feel obligated to obey it? How can we make decisions today based on a document created more than 200 years ago?” That kind of reasoning can and is used concerning the Bible—upon which much of the Constitution is based!

This is all about spiritual degeneration!

This type of anti-Constitution reasoning is suddenly becoming quite popular. Do you know why? It is because the Obama administration is taking actions just about every week that raise constitutional questions and that threaten to undermine America’s foundational document.

I find it intriguing that cbs broadcast this commentary right at the beginning of the second term of the most radically liberal president the United States has ever seen. This administration and the radically left Democrats are very hostile to the Constitution, and so is the media. However, our problem in the U.S. is much deeper than the radical left.

Casting Truth to the Ground

In September of 2012, a panel of experts presented a list to the House Judiciary Committee of how President Obama is exceeding his constitutional constraints. HumanEvents.com summarized the panel’s findings this way: “As president, Barack Obama has made a habit of bypassing or ignoring constitutional limitations on his power” (Sept. 12, 2012). Here are some of the examples the panel gave: his abuse of executive power in connection with the Fast and Furious scandal; his decision to stop enforcing parts of America’s immigration law; his authorization of military action in Libya in 2011 without first consulting Congress. Some legislators are calling for legal action against the president for that last decision.

One of the panel’s main points was how in 2012, the president sidestepped the Senate and made some unilateral “recess” appointments when the Senate was not even in recess. Later a federal court ruled that this move was unconstitutional.

Sen. Mike Lee, a noted constitutional scholar in Congress, “told the committee that Obama’s abuse of power by making recess appointments while the Senate was not actually in recess was a historic first” (ibid). This had never happened before in U.S. history!

This administration is pushing past the limits of executive power all the time. The New York Times wrote in April 2012, “[I]ncreasingly in recent months, the administration has been seeking ways to act without Congress.” Even the president’s allies in the media know this is happening. But very little is being done to stop it! How many people are even paying attention?

Do you realize how deadly dangerous this trend of lawlessness is? Very few people do. But it gives profound insight into the real nature of the threat facing America today.

Look again at the prophecy of Daniel 8. It describes Satan’s violence within the Church in a very telling way. It says he and his “host,” his demon army, “cast down the truth to the ground.” Their primary attack was against God’s truth and God’s law.

Satan is always working to cast the truth to the ground. He hates the truth and the law. He always wants us to transgress the rule of law. Then he can send in his demons and absolutely wreck a church or a nation!

When Satan attacked the Church, he got people in at the top who cast all the truth to the ground. It is logical that he would use the same tactics when attacking the nations of Israel. That’s the most efficient and destructive way to do it. Then he can use them to wage an assault from within on the truth and the law!

Executive Orders

In his State of the Union address in February 2013, President Obama said: “I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change …. But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future ….”

The president is taking these types of actions with greater and greater frequency.

Here is what the Washington Post wrote just a couple of days before the president’s address: “President Obama is considering a series of new executive actions aimed at working around a recalcitrant Congress, including policies that could allow struggling homeowners to refinance their mortgages, provide new protections for gays and lesbians, make buildings more energy-efficient, and toughen regulations for coal-fired power plants, according to people outside the White House involved in discussions on the issues. …

“The moves underscore Obama’s increasingly aggressive use of executive authority, including 23 administrative actions on gun violence last month and previous orders that delayed deportations of young illegal immigrants and will lower student loan payments.

“These and other potential actions suggest that Obama is likely to rely heavily on executive powers to set domestic policy in his second term” (Feb. 10, 2013).

People’s minds are getting conditioned to executive orders—which are primarily intended to circumvent Congress and the Constitution. That is the aim.

This is quickly moving us toward rule by a dictatorship or a tyranny.

President Obama’s use of drones has come under criticism because it is also expanding his grip on power. First, he has launched five times more drone strikes than President Bush did, and in half the time. But critics are especially concerned that, according to a 16-page document the Department of Justice leaked to nbc, the administration believes it is above the law and has power to kill any American citizens it considers a threat.

Here is what Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote in the Washington Times: “Mr. Obama has argued that he can kill Americans whose deaths he believes will keep us all safer, without any due process whatsoever. No law authorizes that. His attorney general has argued that the president’s careful consideration of each target and the narrow use of deadly force are an adequate and constitutional substitute for due process. No court has ever approved that” (Feb. 7, 2013). Napolitano pointed out that this practice breaks state and federal laws, executive orders prohibiting assassinations, language in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Perhaps many or even most of the people targeted in these attacks are threats to the United States. But I am deeply troubled by an administration so disdainful of the law that it is supposed to uphold!

This trend toward lawlessness is deadly! And I guarantee, based on biblical prophecy, that it is going to get far worse.

Will Worship

We must open our eyes to recognize the evil spiritual force that is behind this push to undermine the law!

We have been protected in America for a couple hundred years because we are recipients of the blessings God promised to faithful Abraham. We have not experienced the turmoil that many other nations have. Yes, we were involved in a civil war and two world wars, but God has given us victories and a lot of peace.

As a result, our people have kind of settled into an unreality about what is really happening around us. They don’t understand how deadly dangerous it is!

This is not God’s world. There’s a lot of evil in this world. It is full of tigers waiting to tear somebody apart. It has always been that way. As Winston Churchill said, the history of man is the history of war. Yet somehow we can’t come to grips with that today.

Are you willing to face reality? Most people are not. A haze of deception enshrouds our world. It’s absolutely stunning how easily the people in this land today are duped.

Adolf Hitler said that if you tell a big lie and repeat it enough, eventually people will believe it. They certainly did in Germany.

We are seeing bold, blatant lies become a bigger and bigger part of today’s political landscape. This is a sure sign of Satan’s growing power. We are seeing the work of this lying murderer at his worst! He is the father of lies; there is no truth in him (John 8:44). But he will still look you boldly in the eye and insist that everything he says is the truth!

We experienced that in our court case with the leaders from the Worldwide Church of God. Even our lawyers said they had never seen such skilled liars in their lives. It was different from anything they had ever experienced! That is because nothing like this satanic attack had ever happened before.

When the president was campaigning for a second term, he said, “You may be frustrated sometimes with the pace of change. I’m frustrated too sometimes. But you know where I stand. You know what I believe. You know I tell the truth.”

Does the president tell the truth? Is anyone paying attention?

Here is how Glenn Beck responded to the president’s statement: “This is more a judgment on America and the press. I’ve never looked back and marveled at how many people will fall for and accept, knowingly accept, a falsehood. I’ve never seen it before in my life.”

That is because times are different! None of us has ever seen anything like this before! You can’t explain this unless you go to the Bible and realize that Satan has been cast down and that his influence is greater than ever!

Hitler said, “What you tell people in the mass in a receptive state of fanatic devotion will remain. Words received under a hypnotic influence are radical and impervious to every reasonable explanation.”

This is the type of influence we see holding a grip on many people today. This hypnotic influence cannot be explained reasonably.

Hitler continued: “A new age of magic interpretation of the world is coming, of interpretation in terms of the will and not of intelligence.” That same spirit saturates the radical left in American politics!

The Apostle Paul talked about this very subject. He warned, “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of [demons, it should read], intruding into those things which he [has] seen [that is the correct translation], vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind …. Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship …” (Colossians 2:18, 23). Will worship. That is exactly what Hitler was talking about, but on another level: “magic interpretation … in terms of the will.” He said, Look, this is what it’s all about now. Your reasoning isn’t going to stop us. That doesn’t mean anything to us. We follow this magic interpretation today.

“Will worship” essentially comes down to worshiping demons. That is the new age Hitler wanted to usher in. That’s the world Satan wants. That is what the leaders of God’s Church got into after Mr. Armstrong died: They didn’t look to the Bible for answers; they just had a magic interpretation of things and said, by implication, Just follow our will—which happened to be Satan’s will. Sadly, most of God’s people followed.

This is exactly the kind of influence we see taking over America’s political scene today!

Can you recognize it? The U.S. government is casting aside the foundational law of the land and telling us, Look—that is just getting in the way. We don’t need that old law. We know what justice is. You can trust us!

That reasoning paves the way for tyrants! And every tyrant is a special tool of the devil—even more so after he was cast down!

The Reason for the Second Amendment

Look at the way the administration is handling the gun-control debate in America today.

On December 14, 2012, a young man named Adam Lanza killed twenty 6-to-7-year-old children. He had some serious mental problems; he almost looked like a young girl; his parents were divorced; he was living with his mom and his father wasn’t around. Nearly every time a tragedy like this happens, there is a dysfunctional family in the background. Something is wrong with our families!

Yet what is the solution, according to the politicians and the media? Ban the guns!

The radical left wants to take away people’s guns—at least, the guns of law-abiding people. The criminals are not about to give up their guns.

After football player Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself, Bob Costas said on an nfl broadcast on nbc that this wouldn’t have happened if Belcher hadn’t had a gun. A linebacker is big enough that he could have killed her without a weapon. But they’re going after guns.

I’m told that nbc has some of the bloodiest movies on television! Yet it’s trying to tell Americans to get rid of the guns. Why don’t we start with getting rid of the bloody television programs? Is it possible that’s a bigger problem?

The Second Amendment in the U.S. protects the people’s right to bear arms, but for what? If you listen to the left, you would never know. To hear them talk about it, its purpose is so Americans can go out and shoot deer.

That isn’t the reason for the Second Amendment at all. The main point was to protect the citizens from government tyranny. The government might decide to take over, and if you don’t have guns or something to defend yourself, what are you going to do (unless you have God’s protection)?

Why won’t the radical liberals mention that? That is the real world that our Founding Fathers came out of! That is the real world today! But the liberals won’t even mention that. Oh, please! they say. You know that could never happen!

But government tyranny is routine in human history, and they know it! Why are they so deceitful? Is it because they have an ulterior motive? Let’s not be naive and think something like that could never happen here. Our forefathers weren’t stupid. They wanted to guarantee Americans’ freedom. They really knew that God was a God of freedom; He wants us to be free. That’s a gift from God, and they understood that!

Do you remember how we gained our freedoms? A lot of people bled and a lot of people died to give us the freedoms we have today. And they wouldn’t have gotten it without guns, unless God just gave it to them.

I wonder how many Americans even know that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It is similar to how the Ten Commandments is the supreme law of God’s Church and the foundation of the entire Bible. It works beautifully if you just apply it.

More Executive Actions

In 1938, just before World War ii, Hitler made this executive order: “Jews are prohibited from acquiring, possessing and carrying firearms and ammunition, as well as truncheons or stabbing weapons. Those now possessing weapons and ammunition are at once to turn them over to the local police authority. Whoever willfully or negligently violates the provisions will be punished with imprisonment and fine. This regulation is valid in the state of Austria and in the Sudeten German districts.”

He added “Sudeten” because Germany had already been “given” that land by Britain, and the Czechs had to go along with it. Britain and France felt that this concession would bring peace. When Neville Chamberlain returned from negotiations with Hitler proclaiming “peace in our time,” the public went almost hysterical with happiness! But we know what happened. There wasn’t any hope this would bring peace, but the people wanted it so badly!

The same is true today. The devil is always willing to “negotiate”—as long as it moves his agenda toward total surrender.

On January 16, 2013, President Obama signed 23 executive actions on gun control, and then urged Congress to pass even stricter gun laws. When he signed those orders, he surrounded himself with little children who had written letters to him asking, Mr. President, would you please do something about the violence in schools? Who wants to debate with him when he has little children all around him?

The president is so eager to restrict guns. But what is he doing to stop drug cartels making inroads into America? What about stopping the drug wars between gangs in America’s big cities? What success has he had in stopping Chicago, his home town, from becoming the murder capital of the world?

I am sickened by what Adam Lanza did. But what makes me sicker is somebody using that massacre to promote a political ideology! I think those 23 executive orders are really about getting around the Constitution and conditioning the minds of the people to accept the president saying, Don’t worry about the supreme law of the land! Listen to me! Just like Antiochus did!

Ignoring the Constitution

At the same time the president is putting more restrictions on guns among the populace, his administration is arming itself to the teeth! What is going on here?

Investor’s Business Daily editorial writer Andrew Malcolm wrote February 8, 2013, about how the Department of Homeland Security had just placed an order for 21.6 million bullets. Several government agencies have been buying massive amounts of ammunition—even the Social Security administration, of all things. As Malcolm wrote, the government’s total store of ammo amounts to “sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times.”

Why does the government need to be so heavily armed but not the people?

This government is showing its tendency more and more to force its will on the public.

It passed its health-care plan even though most of the people said they didn’t want it, and not one Republican voted for it. Even though the administration had promised to always be transparent, it made all its decisions behind closed doors, and assured us, Don’t worry—we’ll take care of it. We know what’s good for you. Do they know what’s good for us? That bill will result in many more problems than it purports to solve.

The president went around the Constitution on the Libyan war. He didn’t consult Congress; he just up and did it, essentially saying, I don’t need any counsel! I know what I’m doing! I know what’s best for America! Look at Libya today. That country is allying itself with Iran, as the Bible prophesied it would. Would you say that executive decision had a good outcome?

The president made some deep-seated immigration rule changes without going through Congress. He doesn’t have the right to do that, but what can you do about it? The Republicans don’t have enough power to stop it.

After a while, these incidents remind me of the old story about the frog in the pot: Turn on the stove burner and let the water heat up slow enough, and before he realizes what is happening the frog has boiled to death.

These people on the radical left hate the supreme law of the land.

Racism Everywhere

The 2008 election contest was for the most powerful office in America at a critical and dangerous time in our history. Yet news anchor Tom Brokaw admitted that the press never did vet candidate Barack Obama. They never conducted a rigorous evaluation of this man. Why not? This man was never vetted, never subjected to scrutinyand he won the highest office in the land! Twice! The media admits it! Can you think of a better way to commit national suicide?!

If you recall, many people said having a black leader would solve our nation’s racial problems. Has it? It has done the opposite!

Mr. Obama had attended an anti-Semitic, anti-white church for 20 years! Barack Obama sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for 20 years hearing him rant about his malicious hate toward this country. And Republicans were—and are—afraid to go after him. Why? Because the by-now very powerful liberal left would accuse them of racism.

Then he ran for president, and the majority of Americans who voted chose him. He held power for four years, and then was voted in a second time. Yet the radical-left bomb-throwers still haven’t stopped: Racist accusations are flying and getting far worse each year!

Every week it seems, mainstream media and radical Democrats are talking about Republicans being racist. In almost every case, they’re lying and they know they’re lying. That is sick and satanic to the core!

Today we frequently hear racist remarks on television and radio. One black tv commentator on nbc said, “This is no country for young black men!” Won’t that stir up hatred? That is a very ugly and dangerous statement.

What will be the outcome of such racist remarks? When you accuse people of racism without any proof—which most of them don’t have, they just spout out the words—you are filling your country with hatred and division that lead to race war, civil war and violence! These commentators are either ignorant of what they are doing—or they want a race war. Some extremists do want a race war. And Bible prophecy tells us that they are going to get one.

Brace Yourself

After World War ii, attention shifted away from the threat of Nazism and toward communism. Herbert W. Armstrong, while warning that Germany would rise up to dominate the world again, also recognized that there was a genuine threat emerging from Russia that could do considerable damage to the United States.

In 1956, he wrote about how Russia was waging a kind of World War iii against America, “a psychological warfare of propaganda, infiltration, subversion, demoralization. It is a warfare that has attacked our minds, our moral and spiritual values, rather than our bodies and our earthly possessions.”

Mr. Armstrong said that this warfare is actually described in biblical prophecies. “It’s a kind of warfare we don’t understand or know how to cope with. It uses every diabolical means to weaken us from within, sapping our strength, perverting our morals, sabotaging our educational system, wrecking our social structure, destroying our spiritual and religious life, weakening our industrial and economic power, demoralizing our armed forces, and finally, after such infiltration, overthrowing our government by force and violence!”

Think seriously about that statement. In a sense, this plan has been coming to pass in America. I don’t claim to know the degree to which the Communists organized it, or that the president fits a Communist plan (though there is some evidence to suggest that).

But I do know about the devil! And I know he is doing everything he can to sink America. And I have seen him use a man at the top—an Antiochus—to bring down an organization. And I’m watching as this government takes one step after another that is weakening this country and hastening the fulfillment of some of the most terrifying prophecies in the Bible! And I know that the devil, who is a liar and who hates law, is behind that!

Isaiah said this about our people today: “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward” (Isaiah 1:4). Again, it is because of our sins that God is allowing evil to descend on us! Israel has had so many blessings for so many years. But this is already changing—and God is warning it is about to get unimaginably worse!

And notice the end-time prophecy in verse 7: “Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers [Gentiles] devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.” This is talking about massive race wars swallowing up our cities!

Cities in Israel are going to burn. Ezekiel prophesied about one third of the people of America, Britain and Israel dying (even before they are conquered by the Holy Roman Empire) (Ezekiel 5:2). Can you even conceive of such violence? God warns that it is coming. You can prove this from our free book Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet.

Ezekiel’s prophecy says this explosion of violence will occur “when the days of the siege are fulfilled.” This is the economic siege mentioned in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28. America’s enemies are securing sea gates and shipping lanes and creating economic alliances that will very soon enable them to choke off America’s supply lines! It will be aided by decisions from within. When that happens, problems inside America and Britain, and in Judah, are going to multiply exponentially! Whenever people are fighting to survive and emotions are flying, the devil is going to exploit that every time!

The president says his goal is to round up the guns to stop the killing of little children—even just one little child. But biblical prophecy warns us that we are about to see many millions of them slaughtered! The president and the radical left are hastening the fulfillment of those prophecies!

Satan first destroys God’s Church, and then he destroys three nations from within—and it even gets more specific than that. Then will come the final blow, leaving our big cities “without inhabitant” (e.g. Isaiah 6:11; Jeremiah 2:15).

We all need to realize that this scenario is coming, and fast! Don’t be ignorant of Satan’s devices. You can see his fingerprints all over what is happening in our nations today.

Time Is Short

What is happening to America’s leadership, its domestic policy and foreign policy is not just a quirk of history. The fact that Americans are casting the Constitution to the ground and encouraging lawlessness in their marriages, in their government and in their policy toward other nations has a very definite cause. The worst of it traces back to Satan having been cast down.

Now all those millions of demons and Satan the devil are confined to this Earth. That is making an astounding, dumbfounding difference in what’s happening on Earth. We saw what happened to God’s Church, and now we are seeing what’s happening to three nations of Israel in particular, three of the 12 stars spoken of in Revelation 12:1.

God will abase the nations of Israel until they wake up and see what is happening to them and how vulnerable they have become to Satan the devil because of their rampant sins.

The radical left is not our big problem. It is only leading the way. God is against three nations of Israel because of their unparalleled rebellion (Ezekiel 5:8). Not only is God not helping us, He is against us!

Many people scoff about there even being a devil—while he’s tearing them apart! They don’t understand anything about God, nor do they know the devil. Until they do, the problems will only intensify.

The only solution to our massive problems is repentance toward God (Ezekiel 33:11).

Satan’s growing wrath against the nations of Israel as his time grows shorter will climax in the worst suffering in human history—what the Bible calls the Great Tribulation. After 2½ years will begin the Day of the Lord, a full year of God’s punishment on the nations.

The good news, though, is revealed right there in the very same prophecies that explain these events to us. Right after the Day of the Lord, at last will come the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to solve all these problems forever! In Daniel 8:23‑25, when it speaks of the Satan-inspired political Antiochus leading the Holy Roman Empire, it gives this stirring conclusion: “he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes”—that’s Jesus Christ! Inspired by the devil, this evil man will actually try to take on Christ Himself! And what will be the outcome? “[H]e shall be broken without hand”—that is, broken by the power of God!

The events we see around us are deeply sobering. But they should also fill us with hope—and anticipation of the great event they lead to: the Second Coming of Christ to this Earth!

Once Christ banishes the devil and takes His rightful place on the throne over the Earth, we will have joy and happiness and peace for the rest of eternity!

Thank God for that!