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mcgrew's Journal: A preacher with a price 3

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George Duffield, pastor of the Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Philladelphia, was chaplain of the Continental Congress and the Pennsylvania militia, and a signer of the Declaration of Independance. He had a price on his head -- King George of of England offered fifty pounds sterling for his capture or death. Duffield saw England as being like Egypt in Moses' time, and Americans were likened to the Israelites.

King George didn't like him. Duffield likened King George to Pharoh, and he was famous for his anti-British preachings far and wide. I was reading a little history at lunch and ran across a remarkable prophesy this man made, which it looks to me has come to pass. On My 17, 1776, Duffield said:

Wilst sun and moon endure, america shall remain a city of refuge for the whole earth, until she herself shall play the tyrant, forget her destiny, disgrace her freedom, and provoke her God.

It certainly seems prescient to me. America was indeed once "a city of refuge for the whole earth," but sadly it has become a tyrant who has forgotten its destiny and disgraced its freedom.

Sadly, I see no way back that mere mortals can achieve. The god "mammon" has corrupted this once great nation, and that's a god no man can withstand without help.

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A preacher with a price

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  • by bill_mcgonigle (4333) * on Tuesday December 06, 2011 @01:53PM (#38283034) Homepage Journal

    Try to see the forest for the trees - there's room for optimism.

    Our systems are all turned upside down by a deliberate shift of wealth and control to the psychopaths among us (and they're good at manipulating our emotions to retain that control).

    But we are in the beginning stages of obsoleting their control mechanisms. Each of their functions is being slowly replaced. Just the fact that you and I are communicating (even if we disagree on the specifics) is indicative of this.

    It stands to reason that we can eventually expect them to catch on and wage war on the Internet to try to maintain their control. Then we win.

    • by rk (6314)

      It stands to reason that we can eventually expect them to catch on and wage war on the Internet to try to maintain their control. Then we win.

      They have been doing so for years. So many old media stories drum up fear about the internet, and many fictional works portray anyone who stands up for freedom of expression only as enablers of kiddie porn (see any episode of Law and Order SVU where there's an internet angle as prime examples).

      • Oh, interesting - thanks (I'm a bit out of touch with those media sources). "Stay off the Internet and in front of your TV," eh?

        Good point about the "kiddie porn" strategy. I'll try to be more explicit about the "submit to our control or you molest children" strategy when I talk to people.

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