" and nothing will hold us back." -- George W. Bush at Republican National Convention in New York City - September 2, 2004

" and nothing will hold us back."
-- George W. Bush at the Republican National Convention
New York City - September 2, 2004

Candidates aspiring for elective office or seeking reelection to an office already held attempt to be as positive as possible in terms of what they promise regarding the future of United States citizens.

Likewise they are about as negative as possible when it comes to their opponents and paint a very bleak picture of what the future holds if the opponent should be elected to office.

President Bush in a lengthy speech at the Republican National Convention in New York on September 2, 2004 repeated a certain phrase four times. Here are those phrases:

  • "We will build a safer world and a more hopeful America -- and nothing will hold us back."

  • "America's schools are getting better, and nothing will hold us back."

  • "Soon every senior will be able to get prescription drug coverage, and nothing will hold us back."

  • "Because we acted, our economy is growing again, and creating jobs, and nothing will hold us back"

The statement, "nothing will hold us back," can be seriously challenged on the grounds of solid evidence which is everywhere to behold.

There is no doubt that the president is very sincere in the use of that particular phrase and that he likely believes the future to be very bright indeed if he becomes the one chosen to lead our nation for another four years.

BUT there are a number of things which are not only holding us back, but will contribute to future chaos and ultimately the judgment of a holy God on this nation if a 180 degree turn in the form of individual and corporate repentance does not take place very soon!

Take a look at the list of the "hold-backs:"

our mistaken attitude, actions and judicial rulings which declare that God must be banished from the public arena -- any reminders of God or references to God are completely out of order! Religion is strictly a private matter and has nothing to do with what we do in our public lives -- therefore, it is to be kept private. That way it will not be a troubling thing to others around us and thus become a disruptive element in a public setting.

As a result of such stupidity, we have fallen into the trap of a very perverted and erroneous doctrine called "separation of church and state" which will prove to be our undoing.

our dismal failure to properly respect and honor the day which is to be specifically set apart in providing families the opportunity to be renewed spiritually and to publicly worship Almighty God.

Sabbath has lost all sense of meaning to the majority of U.S. citizens. Less than half of our population is able to make it to a place of worship on Sunday, and for a substantial number of these, it is then off to shopping, fun and games after a few minutes have been given to God.

Obviously God does not rank very high on the "must do list" for Sundays throughout our republic.

It is noted in the Scriptures that in the end times prior to Jesus' return to earth that the human race will be caught up in an aggressive pursuit of pleasure -- "lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God" - (2 Timothy 3).

our many and varied expressions of sexual immorality which are to be likened to the proverbial snow ball rolling down a steep hill with a giant oak tree directly in its path -- the longer it goes, the faster it goes and the bigger it gets until it collides with the oak tree and is demolished!

Time and space do not permit extensive details of forces which pressure our citizens of all ages to express themselves sexually in every possible way with whomever they desire under all kinds of circumstances.

Movie, TV and music industries are saturated with immoral sexual themes. And the "icing on the cake" is a rapidly expanding pornography industry which is easily accessed on the internet by persons of all ages.

One happening perhaps says it as well as any in reminding us that we have in our republic a moral crisis of pandemic proportions which is raging out of control.

The mother of a junior high student was greatly shocked and at a loss to explain her daughter's actions. Officials at the school informed the mother that her daughter and a classmate had engaged in a "contest" one morning on the bus as they were traveling to school. And what was the nature of the contest? Just this -- the girls were competing with each other to see which of them could give oral sex to the most boys before arrival at school!

No mention was made as to how the "contest" turned out as a mother struggled to find an answer as to how her daughter had come to this point in her sexual experience at such a young age.

Could exposure to powerful and enticing visual images, the listening to certain sounds and words and the reading of certain types of material have some bearing on why a junior high student chooses to engage in sexual activity, not to mention peer pressure and the commonly accepted "Everybody does it." philosophy?

our widespread idolatry which moves far beyond the crude carved images of wood, stone or metal of heathen cultures past and present.

An idol is anything or anyone which replaces God as being prominent and dominant in the daily experiences of life.

In U.S. culture the idol which is far out in front of all others is money with greed and selfishness being the prime motivating forces at work. The bitter fruit is seen in how people treat one another, how professionals pursue careers and how corporations and their executive heads conduct business.

Prophetically, the Bible lists the "love of money" as being a major characteristic of the human race as we approach the direct intervention of Jesus Christ in human affairs. (2 Timothy 3).

finally, the one thing that will absolutely hold us back and do more than any other national act of transgression to bring upon us the undiluted wrath of God is our relentless destruction of unborn children! We have done absolutely nothing to stem the tide for over 3 decades. Note the bloody record at this point in time:

Unborn Babies Brutally
Mutilated and Murdered

since Roe vs. Wade
January 1973

Watch this for 60 to 90 seconds and see what happens!

Now note the tally since George Bush became president:

Unborn Children Brutally
Mutilated & Murdered in USA

since George W. Bush took the
oath of office as the President
of our Republic on

January 20, 2001

Watch this for about 60 to 90 seconds
and see what happens!

Note the tally since John Kerry became a member of the U. S. Senate -- the body that should exhibit a strong moral conviction and begin an initiative to bury the Roe v. Wade decision permanently:

Unborn Babies Brutally
Mutilated and Murdered

since John Kerry entered
the United States Senate
January 1984

Watch this for 60 to 90 seconds and see what happens!

And now note the tally since we launched a pre-emptive military strike against Iraq to remove a brutal and ruthless dictator, Saddam Hussein, from power:

Hey! Look at the Number
of Unborn Children Brutally
Mutilated & Murdered in USA

since the USA started "liberating" Iraq
from the brutality of Saddam Hussein!

March 19 2003

Watch this for about 60 to 90 seconds
and see what happens!

In spite of political rhetoric in a crucial election year, there are most definitely some very significant things which are holding us back. And not merely holding us back, but leading us to destruction unless monumental changes are made in the ethical, moral, and spiritual experiences of us citizens and our leaders, political and church!

What are you doing to turn back the giant tide of evil and massive defiance of all that is holy and sacred which has been clearly revealed by Almighty God?

And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Son of man, say to her: 'You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.' "The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured people; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst. Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain. Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, 'Thus says the Lord GOD,' when the LORD had not spoken. The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger. So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads," says the Lord GOD.
-- Ezekiel 22:23-31

A Significant Selah Moment!

O LORD, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? even cry out to You, "Violence!" And You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.
Habakkuk 1:2-2 (NKJV)

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness....

It is time for You to act, O LORD, for they have regarded Your law as void. Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold! Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way.

Romans 1:18; Psalm 119:126-128 NKJV

September 14, 2004
Clayton D. Harriger
Elder in Full Connection
Western PA Annual Conference
The United Methodist Church
and presently pastor of
Gipsy Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Gipsy, PA
AND Non-Affiliated registered voter, Cambria Co. PA

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