Friday, June 7, 2013

Where Have All the Men Gone?

"But there is more than one way to silence a man. If coercion and intimidation won’t work, bribery is always an option. Back in the 1950s, then Texas US Senator Lyndon Johnson cleverly employed both tactics when he introduced and helped pass what we now know as the 501c3 non-profit, tax-exempt corporation status for churches. Suddenly, free and independent church bodies became creatures of the state. Pastors, elders, deacons, etc., were no longer offices of the church; they were now corporate officers, authorized and sanctioned by the state."

I am not as apt an orator as I consider Pastor Chuck Baldwin to be, hence the quote above and the link to the full article below.

What I am, however, is as determined as he is to decry the resident evil that has so boldly and blatantly manifested itself in recent times. 

It's past time for the men of my profession to stand on the Principles of Liberty and proclaim them.  It will cause a number of things among which are: 1) a lower Sunday crowd, 2) consequently lower offerings, 3) ire and mistrust of some of "the faithfu;", 4) possible ousting from the pulpit by that same group of "the faithful", 5) very likely "routine auditing" by various .gov agencies which may or not have anything to do with tax exempt status.  All of these things matter - IF one is more concerned with the "temporal" side of pastoring than with the spiritual mandate of "... preaching the word..." and being "... instant in season, out of season..." 

There is a decision to be made, not only by Johnny Q. living on Main St, USA to stand and live in Freedom and to resist those who would deny that right, but by those men who stand in America's pulpits.  The mandate, the charge, the responsibility is for "... a man (to) be found faithful."  and that NOT to Caesar but to the King of Kings, "... who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus..."

"And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word." 1Kings 18:21

Why are you silent as those of Israel in Elijah's day? Is it because, as then, you've forgotten Who has redeemed, sanctified and called you to be His Oracles here in this present world? 

As the depth of evil in this nation is revealed, it has become impossible to continue to hide behind Romans 13 any longer.  You, preacher, stand in the precarious position of either deciding to make a stand for the Liberty this nation was formed in by God's Own Hand or call the actions of our Forefathers sin...

Decide my brethren - time is short...

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