Through the Game of Golf...and Its Principles
Through the Game of Golf...and Its Principles
A great golf course designer needs to be a master illusionist. Designed craftily, they can get you to see things that aren’t there – they can own your mind. Sometimes, they can ignite a flaw in your game, and a particular hole can infiltrate your mind and deceive you at will. I’ve lost count over the years how many times I’ve heard golfers say, “I hit it there every time I play this hole!” Or, “This hole has my number!”Well, Alinsky and his acolytes have redesigned the course of life we play today, and half the country have immovably bought into the illusions, while many others are playing with shaky rhythms just a decision or day away from a collapse.
We saw a shaky rhythm lead to a collapse at this year's Masters. If you go back and read Round 3 of our Masters coverage, I wrote, “Patience” will undoubtedly be a virtue in today’s final round, along with an “Immovable Commitment” to each shot played. Those who waiver - will get wet and see dreams sink.” “No one may win this year's Masters; it might be given to someone due to the breakdown of focus and commitment, just like we gave our country away.”
It was a rather dull final round, and no one was really making a move. In fact, the only player that seemed to be taking dead-aim was 24-year-old Will Zalatoris. FINALLY, the momentum began to change on the 15th hole. Matsuyama arrived at the tee box with a four-stroke lead. But then, a bogey took him to 12 under par for the tournament, and Xander Schauffele made birdie. Matsuyama’s lead dropped to two strokes in a splash.
Schauffele now pumped trots to the 16th tee and quickly takes two clubs out of his bag. When I saw him do that, I grabbed the arms of my chair. Had I been his caddie, I would have grabbed those clubs out of his hands so fast and said to him, “BREATH and SETTLE DOWN – YOU GOT THIS.” Instead, a shakey rhythm and indecision took over. Schauffele waivered and, never committing, shot at an illusion, got wet, and the golf world saw those famous Augusta ripples and another dream of winning a major sink.”
Infiltration, deception, and illusions have been tools of conspirators through the ages, and the Church has been an effective battleground. After all, God warns the Church and its people, "the whole world is under the sway of the evil one." -1 John 5:19 One of his most effective schemes is to redefine God's Word and divert Christians from God’s unchanging Truth to man's shifting wants and ideals as he shoots at a target that’s nothing more than an illusion.
The Social Gospel of the early 20th century shifted the focus of many church leaders from God's unchanging Word to the world's pliable illusions. Socialist seminary professors, pragmatic pastors, and deluded idealists validated their visions with hand-picked Bible verses that "fit" their social message. "Offensive" words like sin and redemption were redefined, contextualized, or ignored—no need for the cross since all people were considered essentially good.
The world readily accepts Christian love, charity, and willingness to serve the needy. It just can't accept the source of that love. It wants the fruit of God's Spirit but transplants its roots into the soil of humanism. Naturally, as socialist ideals tore away at the old Biblical barriers to spiritual pluralism, the change process accelerated. Even "conservative" pastors -- like their purpose-driven guides -- began to view Christianity primarily as good "deeds, not creeds."
For example, God calls us to serve the poor and fills our hearts with love for the needy. Those of us in the segregated white churches must be careful as to what we consider poor. Black doesn’t mean poor. It has been my experience that they are richer in Spirit than we can only hope to be. As someone who has crossed cultures, desperately trying to unify, I observed a screeching halt in any prospects of unity when Barack Obama became president.
The segregated black churches would taste a power that would stymie any chance at any unifying momentum. Was President Obama racist? I do not believe so. I believe he set out on a laser-focused mission to change the country fundamentally, and he was now able to make that happen, and the church, as usual, would be ground zero. I felt firsthand this unifying cultural power by focusing on the color of the blood of Christ rather than skin color. I believe with all my heart; if we would rekindle what I saw a glimpse of and abandon our political biases, it would heal the country overnight.
What’s stopping us? “Those things that battle us from within,”which intellectual arrogance is currently permitting us to justify. The strategy is to create illusions that will ignite “Those things” in those held hostage by inner battles, provoking them to do the fierce bidding required only to realize later they were used.
Unfortunately, in today's world-centered church, “Money” is the primary competitor with Jesus Christ for Lordship in the lives of his so-called followers. While they find comfort in the Bible when convenient, their direction comes from the Wall Street Journal. The church today has become more representative of Washington rather than Rome. It’s a different kind of church designed to please man rather than God. It trains its leaders to hide the "offensive" truths of the gospel, not to threaten giving. In legal terms, today’s worship of those with means and the protection of their facades buys them continuances robbing them from sharing their character defects which is precisely what unites within, and it's this cleansing aroma of truth which is what those on the outside hunger for.
To succeed in this assault, those on the attack fine-tuned the following strategies.
Let's take a look at two ingenious illusions.
Yuri Bezmenov, a former KGB agent, served the KGB primarily in India, spreading Soviet propaganda and disinformation to the Western world. He eventually defected to the West in 1970 and settled in Canada, where he lectured and wrote about the KGB's techniques for subverting the West.
In 1985 Bezmenov was featured in a television interview. During the interview, Bezmenov explains the KGB's activities are less about espionage (only 15 percent) and more concerned with "Ideological Subversion" (85 percent), which is used to undermine the American government through psychological warfare secretly. The key to this program is to change the perception of realityusing subliminal brainwashing techniques over an extended period. People act on their perceptions of reality, regardless if it is correct or fallacious. They are not so much concerned with facts as they are in perspectives and self-interests. By controlling people's perceptions, they become more prone to make erroneous conclusions, thereby simplifying the manipulation of the masses. Therefore, the objective of the KGB is to program people into dismissing actual facts as fallacious even in spite of the obvious.
"America is like a healthy body, and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within." - Joseph Stalin
Communitarian systems are based on networks of "partnerships" between the public sector (government), private sector (business), and social sector (civil society, including churches). In other words, social sector "volunteers" would serve the government, providing most of the "social services" needed for the global welfare state.
The catch? The private and the social sectors must conform to the standards (personal, performance, development, etc.) determined by the public sector (the government). Instead of owning everything, it would just control everything. Its standards already include "mental health," which involves pluralistic guidelines for religion and values." So within this "compassionate" and "tolerant" socialist system, Christians would no longer be free to serve God as He leads. And this is just the beginning!
In the Spring of 1997, a dear friend and mentor, Dennie Welsh, agreed to speak to a lunchtime crowd at a Christian business luncheon Game of Life was hosting. Dennie at the time was the heir apparent Lou Gerstner as the next Chairman of IBM. Dennie’s message was delivered with valuable information and great caution concerning the future of the World Wide Web.
At the outset of this segment, we wrote, “A great golf course designer also needs to be a master illusionist. Designed craftily, they can get you to see and believe things that aren’t there. Sometimes, they can ignite a flaw in your game, and a particular hole can infiltrate your mind and deceive you at will.” Think that applies to “Big Tech” as they have come to be known?
Today’s Social Media Dilemma is Big Tech’s “El Chapo.” Big Tech “pushes as much on us it can, creates a reality – then, there’s no talking to us. Everyone else is wrong, and we’re right. It dominates our days, making us so powerless we can’t stop if our lives depended on it – and now they do. It isolates causes pain and estrangement in families and the demise of long-time friendships. Be on the wrong side of this dependence, and it will now cost you your livelihood.
It’s worth repeating. Infiltration, deception, and illusions have been tools of conspirators through the ages, and the Church has been their Fort Sumter. Who is to blame? WE ARE! COME ON! THAT’S RIGHT – WE ARE, AND IT’S FOR THIS EXACT REASON AND THE ILLUSIONS WE HAVE BOUGHT INTO THAT WE MIGHT HAVE TO PICK UP OUR BALL AND WALK OFF THE COURSE.
NEXT ON "Y.O.!" WE'RE PLAYING THROUGH: "I Came To Divide…" - NOT YOU!
“For golfers, beginner, intermediate and advanced, who want to improve their games, both on and off the course."
"To impact the lives of our students through the game of golf and it’s principles, shaping a purpose-filled, fruit-filled, and joy-filled life.”
“To shape our students to play life-on life’s terms through the development of spiritual reflexes which guide them in their daily affairs, turning their convictions into action no matter what hazards they may face.”
Game of Life Foundation, G.O.L.F., is a holistic coaching and training environment. G.O.L.F. focuses on developing the “whole” person beginning with the shaping of fundamentally sound basics. Our students develop a rhythm and balance to life leading to purpose-filled, fruit-filled, and joy-filled lives.
For nearly 30 years, G.O.L.F. has a proven history in the ongoing development of coaching and training systems shaping the lives of those committed to our motto, “doing the things most won't, and, enjoying the things most never will.”
First introduced in 2003 in book form, The Country Club of Life (here-in-after referred to as “The CC of Life,) is now a virtual training environment whose coaching and training techniques are rooted in the belief in Intelligent Design.
The CC of Life is registered with the United States Golf Association, USGA, as a “Club Without Real Estate.” In this capacity, The CC of Life is listed in the USGA’s directory along with 8,000 clubs throughout the US.
G.O.L.F. prides itself on its partnerships with various like-minded community organizations and affiliate relations.
2011 - 2015
This four year period would be a recessionary period coupled by an antagonistic attitude toward faith-based organizations and their tax-exempt status.
Collaboration efforts began to dwindle and eventually ceased as survival became the focus.
This would put an enormous demand on us for coaching. People looking for direction on re-inventing themselves and just plain looking for coping mechanisms.
2016 - 2020 - Inactive
As time moved on, we too were in survival mode. With resources being tight, we were becoming an unfair burden on a handful of contributors. After an agonizing period of reflection, we made the decision that we had our season and it was time to dissolve the organization.
Upon discussing our decision with our accountant, it was suggested we put the organization in an "inactive" status since if we wanted to iresurrect things down the road, getting another non-profit status might be difficult and expensive.
Over the last five years, I have been working The Country Club of Life Virtual Life Training and Coaching System. Spending this time consulting several small businesses, it was extremely eye-opening observing people and testing my coaching theories.
The re-launch will be primarily virtual. I'm excited about getting the message I was given out.
Sign up to hear from us about specials, sales, and events.
Copyright © 2021 Game Of Life Foundation, G.O.L.F. - All Rights Reserved.