HIS-story with Dr. Eidsmoe
You have heard the saying, "getting an earful". Probably most often in a negative sense. Well I'm going to use it in the positive to refer to what I received last Friday and Saturday(Oct. 21 & 22). And through that earful I received a brain-full of knowledge from men who have their brains full of Godly wisdom and knowledge of history. These men were Dan Ford and John Eidsmoe, the speakers at "Our Christian U.S. Constitution" conference, which was hosted by Brian Ervin and the Five Lakes Fellowship. The goal of this conference was to give God's people a better knowledge of our Christian heritage, and, at least for myself, it did just that.
The first speaker of the first evening of the conference was John Eidsmoe(voice from back of mind-
"It's Dr. John Eidsmoe to you buddy!") Yes, Dr. John Eidsmoe. He is also a retired Lt. Colonel of the Air Force, a Colonel and Chaplain in Alabama's Defense Force, and a teacher of Constitutional Law at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. He also could go by the titles "Pastor," "Professor," "Attorney," and "author". Of his slightly less serious accomplishments, Dr. Eidsmoe is a 3rd degree black belt in Tai Kwan Do, and an avid skier and horseback rider.
But I digress. Back to the conference. In all of his lectures Dr. Eidsmoe dealt with law, going from what is the true origin of law in his first lecture, to how we can restore the standard of law in our nations republic.
The first lecture on Friday evening was as I said previously a historical look at the Origins of Law. He showed the different views of law's origins that men have had, including that of John Locke, whose opinion our founding fathers most agreed with. Once Dr. Eidsmoe had set Law's origins, he traced it through History from ancient civilizations, (which he showed were quite developed, ruining the evolutionistst theory), to the time of Christ. The most refreshing thing about this lecture was the way Dr. Eidsmoe always brought everything back to showing how God is the Maker of Law, not the state, and that there ARE absolutes in law.
After a just-as-wonderful lecture by historian Dan Ford, (see Joshua's report below) we closed up the evening with a Q & A time.
Both Mr. Ford and Dr. Eidsmoe were asked some very intriguing questions, and both gave us another load of knowledge with their detailed answers. Some most enjoyable one-on-one opportunities with the speakers were available afterward, as all picked up and headed home around the early hour of 11 PM.
Now it is not easy to sleep with a full brain and so there was a large number of droopy eyelids and coffee sipping Saturday morning as we began the second day of the conference. Dan Ford started us off with another excellent speech. I just love the way he whisks around
those documents to show us our great Christian heritage! His lecture prefaced Dr. Eidsmoe's following one, very nicely. Dr. Eidsmoe went back into history again, especially showing the mindsets of the crusaders and conquistadors, and how it influenced the revolution and western America. He then came forward to show the Biblical basis of our own Constitution that our Founders believed in.
Taking in a lot of info makes one hungry, and on behalf of my family, a BIG thank you to the Eddy Family for providing a sumptuous lunch for us before we dove into the final stretch of lectures.
After Mr. Ford gave his final lecture, Dr. Eidsmoe spoke on how the Ten Commandments were the moral foundation of law. Ironic isn't it, that the judges that are supposed to be upholding the Law and the Ten Commandments instead throw any symbol of the Ten Commandments away from Law Courts and punish those who try to honor the true law! Dr. Eidsmoe showed that until today the Ten Commandments have been recognized as the basis of laws. He also refuted the myth that the founders were primarily Deists (actually only about 3 out of all). He showed how the Bible was the most quoted book of the signers and Christian men like Blackstone were next. Also given was the Five-fold formula for freedom which our Founding Fathers firmly believed in.
In his final two lectures Dr. Eidsmoe spoke on how the Constitution is being infiltrated by this world's humanistic philosophy, and stretched to mean things it does not. Also on how we are to "Restore the Republic". It is our duty as Christians to stand up for what is right according to God. We need to fight as our fathers did to free ourselves from those who call evil good and righteousness bad.
So, if I had to summarize this conference in Five words or less? Well first I would say that that is really impossible, but to take a shot at it "HIS-story is Very Important!" We need to have vision for the future; for the future of our families, God's Church, and our Nation, And in the words of Mr. Rushdoony, "An interest in the past shows a concern for the future."
In conclusion I would like to thank the DeLadurantey and Ervin families for organizing this conference. Doing so shows that you are interested in HIS-story and have a plan for the future. To Mr. Ford and Dr. Eidsmoe, Thank you for coming and sharing your brain full of knowledge. May God bless you both. Thank you to the Eddy and Marshall families for opening your homes to those who had to travel a long distance. May the Lord bless the earfuls we received so we may tell others and start a reformation in our country!