Pastor Roger Anghis
October 23, 2011
4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove,
rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
(3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
(4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
We have entered into a time where biblical prophecy can be found in the daily news paper on a daily basis. One of the things that is spoken of in scripture is the actions of the ‘social church’ in the last days. The ‘social church’ is not the true church as the true church will hold strong to the precepts of God. The social church will lean heavily towards what society accepts. Today’s society has accepted people living together without the benefit of marriage. In the social church this subject is very rarely talked about and many in that church are living together without being married. Today’s society has no problem with divorce for almost any reason. In the social church the divorce rate is actually higher than in the world. Society does not have a problem with alcohol and I have seen the social church actually serving alcohol on church property. Society is beginning to accept same-sex marriage and all that it brings with it. We have many denominations that are now ordaining practicing homosexuals to lead their churches.
These insane actions from today’s so-called churches do nothing but confuse the parishioners. When the Bible says one thing about a subject but the preacher teaches something entirely the opposite, this causes confusion. 1 Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” Now that we have verified where the teachings that are contrary to the Bible are originated we can understand why too many ‘churches’ are so far away from what the Bible teaches. When the church ignores the laws and precepts of God’s Word, the church becomes ineffective in the society that it exists in.
The church in America was the center of government, education and enforcement during the founding years. These churches relied on what God required and then acted accordingly. That philosophy created the greatest nation the world will ever see. It was only when the church began to allow the philosophy of the worlds system into the church that the church began to lose its influence in the society where it once flourished. No system of governing that man has devised has ever been successful. The fall of all empires, the Greek, Persian, and Roman and even Russia are perfect examples. America’s system, based on biblical principles, has been the most effective, prosperous and successful for its people than any form of government this world has ever seen. Yet, we no longer embrace the values taught in scripture. The decline was gradual until 1954. At that time then Senator Lyndon Johnson attached an amendment to an IRS bill that made it illegal for a 501(c)3 corporation to be involved in the political arena. When the church was taken out of the political arena, the influence of godly principles began to fall exponentially.
Today most pastors don’t know that the church was ever involved in politics. This is disturbing because when you study the Bible God always had a man of God in a position of influence to those in government, always. That should give some pastors a hint that this should still be happening. I have spoken with many pastors about being involved in the political arena by preaching the importance of godly men in office, something that our Founders were very strong concerning and they look at me with terror in their eyes because of the fear of losing their precious 501(c)3. The Bible tells us that we are to have godly men in authority over us: Exodus 18:21 “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:”. This is the verse the Founders used to establish the different levels of government; local, state and federal. Then we are told to pray for those in authority over us; 1 Timothy 2:1 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
(2) For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. What sense does it make to put ungodly men and women in authority over us and then spend all our time praying that they do godly things?
The church has been so slack in standing for the things of God that we have allowed our rights and freedoms to be taken from us mostly without a fight. In 1947 the Supreme Court reversed the meaning of the 1st Amendment stating that there should never be a biblical influence in government instead of never having governmental influence in the church and the church did nothing. In 1954 they stood by and let our freedom of speech and our right to participate in the political process be taken away and the church did nothing. In 1962 they made it illegal to pray in school and the church did nothing. In 1963 they took the Bible out of the school and the church did nothing.
Now there is a case before the Supreme Court that, if decided in the governments favor, will allow the government to tell the church who they can hire for ministers and even if they will allow a minister to hold certain positions in the church. Little by little we have lost our rights and freedoms because the church has refused to stand for what is right.
Pastors no longer have the backbone that the pastors had in the founding era. An excerpt from my book, American Exceptionalism, speaks about the influence that the pastors of the founding era had: “Historian B.F. Morris stated: The ministers of the Revolution were, like their Puritan predecessors, bold and fearless in the cause of their country. No class of men contributed more to carry forward the Revolution and to achieve our independence than did the ministers. . . . [B]y their prayers, patriotic sermons, and services [they] rendered the highest assistance to the civil government, the army, and the country. Alice Baldwin went one step further when she stated: The Constitutional Convention and the written Constitution were the children of the pulpit.”
Where is that fortitude today? Very few pastors are willing to stand up for what our Founders fought and died for. They have become pacifists and pansies. They have forgotten that they will stand before God on judgment day not the IRS. Another excerpt from American Exceptionalism: “These men were men of honor and integrity. They preached that Christians should live in the fullness of God’s Word. There were sermons on the deity of Christ, on Christmas, on Easter, but there were also sermons on other varied topics that you would not hear preached today such as sermons on bridges [architecture], earthquakes, taxes, elections, even executions.
Whatever was in the forefront of the people’s daily lives, the pastors would address it from a Biblical perspective. They were always out front in the fight for freedom. They helped write state constitutions, were the founders of most of our colleges and universities such as Yale, Harvard, Columbia [Kings College], Princeton, William and Mary, Dartmouth, and Rutgers University. By 1860 there were 246 colleges founded and all but 17 were founded by different religious denominations. They were the ones taking care of the wounded in battle and even served in state legislatures and Congress.
These pastors were very astute concerning God-given rights and would be very vocal about any attempt of government to encroach in those areas. They were vocal on things that involved liberty and freedoms and taught constantly about resisting any form of tyranny. Church historian Charles Galloway regarded the pastors of the Founding era to be the pillars of the community. He declared: Mighty men they were, of iron nerve and strong hand and unblanched cheek and heart of flame. God needed not reeds shaken by the wind, not men clothed in soft raiment [Matthew 11:7-8], but heroes of hardihood and lofty courage. . . . And such were the sons of the mighty who responded to the Divine call.”
Today churches allow almost anything inside the church. Recently we have seen the worst ‘marriage’ that we have ever seen. That is the Christian church embracing the teaching of Islam. There can be no more a foolish, not to mention stupid, thing that the church could do. The Bible is the light to all the world. Islam is darkness personified. Have they not read scripture? 2 Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” I have seen the Pope kissing a copy of the Quran! That is insane. A few months ago there was a Sunday where churches all over America combined Christian worship with Islamic worship and preached sermons and held Sunday school lessons on the founder of Islam, Mohammad, whom Muslims consider a prophet. Why are we teaching about Mohammad in our churches instead of Jesus?
The Quran is diabolically opposed to the Holy Bible. Many state that Christians, Jews and Muslims worship the same God. Not so! If that was true then God is a psychopath. In scripture God tells us how to treat an enemy: Romans 12:20 “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.” The Quran gives a different command: Quran (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them." If this was the same god giving these instructions, that god is contradicting himself. Islam will do anything to get their ‘foot in the door’. Lie, cheat, steal or deceive. They are masters at deception and the Christian church does not even to make an effort, it seems, to understand how the Muslims work.
History tells us that at no time in history have muslims assimilated into any society that they have immigrated into. Their purpose is to take that society over and install shariah law. Look at the largest muslim community in America, Dearborn, MI. In that muslim community it is illegal to pass out tracts to muslims. That is a violation of our religious freedoms and freedom of speech. Church bells are illegal in Dearborn. In Hartford, CN the muslim leaders met with the city council and informed them that there would be no passing out of tracts within four blocks of a mosque! They gave no regard to our constitutional rights.
This is what we are dealing with. They will say and do anything to get into our society and then demand that that society comply with their shariah law giving no regard to our national constitution.
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We can no longer allow the church to go any direction it wants. God has set the guidelines and they must be followed. The church in early America followed them and we all know how America prospered. It wasn’t until the church backed away from her proper role that we started to see America go down the wrong path. In scripture we see that however the faith of the leaders went, so went Israel. The church was the center of everything in the founding era and it was strong and bold. Today it is weak. There are many churches that have not gone down that path and have held strong to the true call of the church. But far too many have forsaken the call and have now put the future of America in jeopardy.
I challenge pastors to get back to what God has called the church to be. Forget your political correctness because if you are political correct you are more than likely biblically wrong. Become again what God has called us to be.
© 2011 Roger Anghis - All Rights Reserved
Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.
President of The Damascus Project, TheDamascusProject.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching pastors and lay people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-37 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
Web site: RestoreFreeSpeech.org