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God created man to work. When God put man in the Garden of Eden He gave him the job of dressing and keeping it (Gen. 2:15). Out of the 290 times the word here translated “dress” is found in the Old Testament, it is translated 227 times as “serve” (cf. Gen. 15:14; Ex 1:11-14; cf. “labor” Deut. 5:13; etc.). Similarly, the word “keep” means “to hedge about or guard.” It is used of the flaming sword which kept the way of the tree of life (Gen. 3:24). It is also used of keeping God’s covenant and law (Gen. 17:9; Deut. 7:11). Thus, man was placed in the Garden of Eden to be its caretaker and keep it.
Now this was before the Lord God cursed the ground (Gen. 3:17). In the garden, man was a caretaker but the Garden of Eden was a lush, rich and beautiful place that freely released her fruits. Eden is described as the opposite of a desolate wilderness (Joel 2:3) and the opposite of a waste and desolate ruin (Ezek. 36:35) where great trees spread forth their branches (Ezek. 31:9, 16, 18) and precious jewels lay strewn about the ground (Ezek. 28:13). Man had work to do but the ground yielded with ease her fruits. After the curse, however, man’s labor was to be multiplied as the earth would no longer yield her fruits without also bearing thorns and thistles (Gen. 3:17-19). Man’s work was cut out for him. His work would be in the sweat of his face (Gen. 3:19). . . .
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America is shaking and tottering on its foundation. The words patriotism, loyalty, honesty, work, truth and sacrifice have been all but removed from our vocabulary. Terms such as “a man's word is his bond,” “an honest day's work for an honest day's pay,” “honesty is the best policy” are not any longer part and principle of our philosophy. The “old way” must go--regardless.
There is a planned program of destruction abroad in our land and throughout the world.This planned program is designed to destroy existing standards of morality, religion and politics. Anarchy is the end--if there can be such a thing as anarchy in a pure form. It is difficult to identify and label the many social, religious and political “movements” of our day! Are they related, does one grow out of the other? All these movements begin to be understood and their relationship to one another is clearly seen when they are identified by the word--LIBERALISM. . . .