HOW WEAK AND APATHETIC WILL THE CHURCH GET?
Pastor Roger Anghis
January 4, 2015
I just listened to a video of Dr. D. James Kennedy and though I am not of his denomination I know of very few others that stand in the pulpit that have taken the stand that he did on retaining the principles of the Founders not just in the church, but in business and government. Don't send me emials about the separation of church and state because our Founders never practiced it, they never believed in it and they never expected us to either. It is NOT in the First Amendment nor anywhere in our Constitution. It can only be found in the uneducated liberal minds of those that do not wish to see America prosper and those that refuse to accept the real history of America.
For those of you who have read my book, Defining America's Exceptionalism, you will know the role that the pastors played in the decades leading up to, during and after the Revolutionary War in establishing the foundation our Founders stood on in demanding liberty. The pastors from the first settlement in America were usually the most educated person in the town or village. He usually wrote the charter for the settlement, he educated the people, he was the man everyone looked up to for guidance and wisdom. It was in the house of Pastor Jonas Clarke the day before the Concord-Lexington Battle, where the shot heard around the world was fired, that John Hancock asked Pastor Clarke if war broke out with Britain would the people fight? Pastor Clarke's answer was straight forward and to the point, 'This is what I have trained them for!' The pastors of the Founding Era and those that were before were pastors that stood for what is right and for what is moral. Oh to have pastors that do that today.
We have pastors from virtually every denomination that support the homosexual lifestyle declaring that God loves everybody. They are half right. God does love everybody but just like an earthly parent He loves the child but does not condone everything that that child does. God set up His principles and liberties that man was to live by. We love the liberties but we don't really care for the boundaries He set for us. The pastors during the Founding Era were men of integrity that were not afraid to stand up to tyranny. I did a series on NewWithViews concerning the pastors during the Founding Era you can see starting here, and with these pastors they were not afraid to preach directly to elected officials and remind them of their responsibilities to the people they represented. Pastors today will no more do anything like that because they are afraid they might offend someone.
As a representative of the gospel of Jesus Christ and a political activist I am often asked my opinion concerning political candidates and social issues. This last election I had a person of color ask me about some issues and I mentioned that we, as Christians, had to look at these issues from a particular point of view and support the Republican candidates as they were the ones that most generally support biblical principles. This was a good friend that I had known for several years. He became offended that I had spoken against his political party. I tried to point out to him how that party had fought against the Civil Rights Bill and only supported it when they realized how it would keep blacks under the control of the Democrat Party. I also pointed out that Obama's policies were 100% anti-Christian. All he could see was I was a racist and didn't like Obama because he was black. I never said anything of that nature, I stated I didn't like him because of his policies. I didn't like Carter or FDR or Woodrow Wilson because of their policies. Does that make me, a white guy, a racist?
We have pastors that do the same thing. Many world renowned black pastors totally ignored Obama's ungodly policies and openly supported him even though he was against all the biblical principles that pastors of the gospel of Jesus Christ are supposed to support. In the video by Dr. D. James Kennedy he brought out many points that the church has either forgotten or they willfully ignore. I will bring out a few of his points but you can watch the video here: Will the Church Forget . I don't know the year that he made this video so I am sure that the figures have changed and not for the better, I know the abortion figures are much higher. 4,000 abortions occur daily yet 300,000 pulpits are silent. (I believe that today abortions on blacks alone are around 5000 a day.) TV programs have embraced the homosexual lifestyle and portray it as normal and acceptable, and 300,000 pulpits are silent. News casts call those that stand for morality and righteousness as 'extremists', and 300,000 pulpits are silent. Christian morality is outlawed in our public schools but atheistic immorality is taught and 300,000 pulpits are silent. Rape is up 700% in the last 50 years, yet 300,000 pulpits are silent. Rock music that embraces immorality of all kinds, and 300,000 pulpits are silent. I'll go one step further and state that in 1954 when the Johnson Gag Order was passed taking the church out of the political arena for the first time in over 350 years, the pulpits were silent.
For some reason the pulpits today have become cowards. They won't confront the issues of the day nor will they oppose the sin that has overtaken much of the church. The pulpits of the Founding Era were much different. They did not back away from things that came against the principles of God. One pastor during that era, John Peter Muhlenberg, warned that because of the overreach of the royal crown, there was a threat of America losing their liberty to worship the way they believed they had the right to. He stated: "Brethren, we came to this county to practice our religious liberties, and if we don't get involved, we're going to lose them." He also became deeply involved in the Revolutionary War. "John Peter Muhlenberg: He had followed his father into ministry and as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses he preached on the Christians responsibility to be involved in the securing America’s freedom from Britain. In a message on January 21, 1776 to his Virginia congregation he spoke about the political climate that was facing America at that time. He reminded them that America had been founded because the people were seeking civil and religious freedoms and because of mounting suppression from Britain they were in grave danger of losing the freedoms they had come to America to practice. His message was preached out of Ecclesiastes 3:1 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven; vs. 8 . . . . a time of war and a time of peace.” As he closed the message he stated:
In the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things. There is a time to preach and a time to fight. And now is the time to fight.
At that point he took off his clerical robes to reveal a uniform of an officer of the Revolutionary Army and called for the men in his parish to join him. He left that afternoon with 300 men and joined Washington’s. He became a Colonel of the 8th Virginia Regiment."
There are too many preachers, and I use that term loosely, that are more afraid of the IRS than God. They are afraid of losing congregants if they preach against a political party. We have churches that have men on their board that that support ungodliness and the politicians that push it setting on their boards simply because they have money. God says in Isaiah several times that it is not good to support evil: Isaiah 3:11 "Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him." Isaiah 5:20 "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" To those in power that make laws and decide laws God says: Isaiah 10:1 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed.
God even has a stronger message to the pastors as they are the shepherds of God's people. They have a bigger responsibility to ensure that the people understand the true will of God and not the theology of some dnomination. I have had many preachers tell me that nobody really knows the will of God and my response to that is only those that don't study God's Word are ignorant of His will. Jesus Himself stated in Mark 3:35 "For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother." If no one can know the true will of God, Jesus would not have made that statement! So to tell the people that same-sex marriage is okay with God is an outright lie. To say that abortion is okay is a lie and God will hold them accountable for those lies. In Jeremiah 23:1 God says: "Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD."
These pastors no longer teach the true Word of God. They no longer confront the social issues of the day that are destroying our society and by doing so they allow sin to increase. They don't see that we are in the last days and that time is short. In Amos 6:1 God says: "Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!" The church is not even a fragment of what it used to be. There are a only handful of churches that will still stand for righteousness.
I believe that God has given us the opportunity to take America back in this last election. He gave us the start, but we have to finish it. We have to stand up and say No more! We need to reestablish our liberties and our freedoms and moral principles. If we don't take this opportunity we may be looking at what Reagan warned us about: "Somewhere a perversion has taken place. Our natural, unalienable rights are now considered a dispensation of government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment."
We either stand today or lose it all tomorrow.
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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 BuildingtheTruth, BuildingtheTruth.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching 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-42 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
Web site: BuildingTheTruth.org
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