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By Chuck Baldwin
July 30, 2015
There is NO DOUBT in my mind that the biggest failure in America is the establishment church. It's a bigger failure than even the federal government. Now that's saying something.
No people in Church history had been given the rich heritage of the churches of America. The Church of America was birthed by the courage and sacrifice of men such as Jonas Clark, John Peter Muhlenberg, James Caldwell, Joab Houghton, et al. These men stood in the gap and rallied the Christians in Colonial America to dispose of a tyrannical British Crown and to help create a land of liberty such as the world had never before seen.
Alas, the courage of the patriot pastors of Colonial America has been forgotten; their sacrifice wasted. Everything they purchased with their dynamic and powerful preaching has been squandered by generations of gutless, ear-tickling men-pleasers in these entertainment playgrounds known as churches. What a waste!
However, as far gone as we are, if even a significant percentage of the 300,000-plus evangelical churches (not to mention Catholic, Episcopalian, etc.) would stand up NOW and begin sounding the clarion call of national repentance and constitutional liberty, the ship of state could yet be turned around. But there is NO SIGN of that happening. NONE!
What would it take to get the pastors of America to take a stand? One would have thought that expunging prayer and Bible reading from our schools back in 1962 and 1963 would have done it. It didn’t. One would have thought that copying the Nazi playbook for gun control back in 1968 would have done it. It didn’t. One would have thought that legalizing the cold-blooded killing of unborn babies back in 1973 would have done it. It didn’t. One would have thought that beginning the construction of a Police State back in 2001 would have done it. It didn’t. And one would have thought that the legalization of same-sex marriage would have done it. It hasn’t.
At this point, it does seem obvious that the vast majority of pastors in America are content to allow this country to nose-dive into destruction without as much as a whimper. Again, what a waste!
It is one thing to be born in an enslaved country with the weight of the state forbidding public dissent or freedom of assembly, worship, and speech. It is one thing to be born with the shackles of bondage firmly fastened around your neck from the time of your entrance into the world. It is another thing altogether to be born in a land of liberty where one’s ancestors broke the shackles of tyranny at the cost of their very lives--thus allowing us to live in a land where the freedom of dissent, the freedom to elect our civil magistrates, the freedom of speech, assembly, and worship (not to mention the freedom to keep and bear arms) are sacrosanct--only to then turn around and squander our liberty and to allow would-be tyrants to take it from us without a fight. What a waste! What a horrible, terrible, awful waste! And that is exactly what the last few generations of so-called “preachers” have done.
Think what these pussyfooting preachers have lost: they failed to preserve the sanctity of life; they failed to preserve the sanctity of marriage; they failed to preserve the sanctity of the Holy Scriptures; they failed to preserve the sanctity of liberty; they failed to preserve the sanctity of honesty and decency; they even failed to preserve the sanctity of the Church itself.
Truly, “Ichabod” is written over the establishment church in America. And, as a result, “Anathema” is being written over the entire nation. I am convinced that any spiritual renewal that might still come will mostly bypass America’s establishment churches and will be carried by nontraditional, non-aligned, unincorporated, unaffiliated--maybe even underground--fellowships. This is what is currently happening in communist--and other--oppressed countries. And America is fast becoming an oppressed country.
In fact, if the pastors in America had even a fraction of the man-stuff that the pastors in Colonial America had, they, too, would be sounding the clarion call of independence and secession. Like King George’s England, Washington, D.C., has become a corrupt cesspool of wickedness that is using every means possible to wrap its tyrannical tentacles around every State, city, hamlet, and village in the entire country. At some point, the only options freedom-loving people in this country will have are slavery or secession. And that point may come a whole lot sooner than most of us expect.
So, what has happened to the Church? How did our pastors become so timid? How could the direct descendants of the Pilgrims, Puritans, and Patriots become so cowardly? Here are the reasons:
1. The Church, which is the Bride of Christ, entered into an adulterous relationship with Caesar when it put on the state’s official wedding band: otherwise known as the 501c3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization status. At that moment, it became a “creature of the state” and left the sanctity of its spiritual wedding to Christ. That happened in 1954. In just a little over a short half-century later, the Church has lost, not only the virtue of its own spiritual institution, but also the virtue of the most fundamental institution of all: Holy Matrimony.
Yet, instead of sounding forth the message of truth regarding this attack against Western Civilization itself, our pastors stand mute and apathetic, holding onto their precious tax-exempt status with their last waning breath. In practice, our pastors are saying exactly what the Pharisees said in Jesus’ time: “We have no king but Caesar.”
2. The heretical misinterpretation of Romans 13 that teaches Christians must submit to civil government “no-matter-what.”
This fallacious doctrine has damned America. Our pastors and churches are following the Nazi playbook verbatim. True resistance to evil must, by nature, come mostly from spiritual sources, because the battle between good and evil is mostly a spiritual battle. Therefore, it is obligatory that our spiritual leaders be the ones leading this battle. Alas, for the most part, this is not happening.
In the name of Romans 13, our spiritual leaders have abandoned the battlefield. They have sounded retreat. They have waved the white flag. They have capitulated. They have surrendered. And the enemy has taken the field.
I submit that at the judgment bar of God, these squeamish milquetoast preachers are going to have to apologize, not only to Clark, Muhlenberg, Caldwell, and Houghton, but also to every courageous man and woman throughout history. Think of Gideon and Samson and Samuel and David and Vashti and Esther and Daniel and Micaiah and Jeremiah and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Think of Simon Peter and James and John, and even Paul, the man who penned Romans 13. Think of the Anabaptists, the Waldensians, the Protestant Reformers, and the martyrs of the Dark Ages. Think of the Scots and Irishmen and Americans. Think of the persecuted people of Tibet and Burma and Sudan and Saudi Arabia and China and Palestine. Think of the millions of people throughout the centuries who stood against oppressors and tyrants of all stripes and types--be they political, religious, or military--and said, “No!”
I say again: what a waste!
3. The heretical “feel-good,” entertainment-oriented Prosperity Theology that has infested America’s churches.
Men such as Joel Osteen are Pied Pipers of a sleep-walking church whose music is only serving to march these unsuspecting souls into the gulags of a modern inquisition. Yet, these sycophants lead the largest churches in the country.
“Like priest, like people.” People have heaped to themselves teachers having itching ears. They have sown to the wind, and they are reaping a whirlwind. They are like the Israelites of old who refused to listen to God’s prophets and, instead, gave heed to the hireling-prophets of Ahab.
4. Then, there are the folks who think they must help God fulfill Bible prophecy.
First, there is Mr. Warmonger himself: John Hagee. This man, and thousands like him, have convinced their churches that they must help God establish His Kingdom on the earth. They have appointed themselves judge, jury, and executioner of all things pertaining to the Middle East. Their loyalty does not reside in America; it resides in the modern state of Israel--a nation that has absolutely NOTHING to do with Biblical Israel. Their erroneous interpretation of Genesis 12 has created a climate of war and hatred that is tearing the soul out of America. All of these perpetual wars that are being fomented in the Middle East are done in the name of Genesis 12, in much the same way that our domestic internment is being facilitated in the name of Romans 13.
Folks, God didn’t need anyone’s help when He sent His Son to earth the first time, and He doesn’t need anyone’s help when He decides to send His Son to earth the second time.
Secondly, there are those well-meaning Christians (I think) who actually believe it is their God-ordained duty to do nothing to resist evil.
I received this post on my Facebook page just this week: “None of these things [the evil, calamitous things happening to our country] could have been prevented, nor should they have been. All these things must come to pass before the Lord returns. In this world, nations rise and nations fall, and this one just happens to be falling right now. Praise God! I praise God for the destruction of this evil nation! I wish the Lord would return right now! But unfortunately, he will not return until ‘everything that must happen, has happened.’ The sooner these things happen, the sooner the Lord can return.”
I wonder if this Christian gentleman is going to be praising God when his children or grandchildren are put to the rack or his mother and father are tortured or his wife and sisters are molested and ravaged.
Yes, I realize that our sainted forebears often endured the most hideous treatment with spiritual and moral courage, but no one in their right mind would wish such treatment on their loved ones--especially if they had the power to prevent it. This man rejoices over his country’s destruction? This man is NOT in his right mind. The prophets of old wept over the destruction of their beloved nation. Jesus wept over the impending destruction of the city of Jerusalem.
But this is the kind of rationale one gets from these pastors and churches who use the Scripture to brainwash people into attitudes of fatalism. They are the ones who become nothing more than their own self-fulfilling prophecies. They stand back and do nothing and then claim to praise God when their own indifference grows into their own destruction. Such people are NOT in their right minds.
Famed Nineteenth Century revivalist Charles Finney is widely reported as saying, “If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.”
The Church is to blame for legalized abortion on demand; the Church is to blame for the SCOTUS decision to legalize same-sex "marriage"; the Church is to blame for the growing Police State in this country; the Church is to blame for America's war-mongering abroad; the Church is to blame for the growing influence of false religions in America.
When America is lying in the graveyard of history, the epitaph on its tombstone will read, "Here lies the United States of America: killed by the apathy and indifference of its pastors and churches."
As I again reflect on the giants who thundered forth liberty from the pulpits of Colonial America, and I see the behavior of so many of our pastors today, I can only repeat: What a waste!
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Think of them like ice-cream trucks playing a tune as they ply the neighborhood on a summer day, except they’re not selling ice cream – they’re “euthanasia vans” offering curbside service to rid the world of “far too many old people.”
That’s the vision of Katie Hopkins, columnist for the U.K. tabloid, the Sun, and former Celebrity Big Brother contestant on British television, reported Britain’s Guardian.
Hopkins, no stranger to controversy, was criticized last April for using “racist” language comparable to “pro-genocide propaganda” by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, U.N. high commissioner for human rights, after she criticized immigrants to Europe as “cockroaches” and “feral humans” in a column entitled, “Rescue boats? I’d use gunships to stop migrants.”
Her latest controversial comments on end-of-life care for the elderly came in an interview with Radio Times magazine.
Hopkins, who is launching her own show, “If Katie Hopkins Ruled The World,” next month told the interviewer, “We just have far too many old people.
“It’s ridiculous to be living in a country where we can put dogs to sleep but not people.”
So, if she indeed did rule the world, how would she resolve the problem?
“Easy,” said Hopkins. “Euthanasia vans – just like ice-cream vans – that would come to your home. It would all be perfectly charming. They might even have a nice little tune they’d play. I mean this genuinely. I’m super-keen on euthanasia vans.
“We need to accept that just because medical advances mean we can live longer, it’s not necessarily the right thing to do,” she added.
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Shock may be Hopkins’ stock in trade, but originality is not. America’s “Dr. Death” – the late Jack Kevorkian – had his “Deathmobile,” the Netherlands has been operating a fleet of euthanasia vans since March 2012 and, of course, the Nazi regime operated a fleet of “gas vans” credited with killing 500,000 – 600,000 people.
The Dutch euthanasia vans – dubbed Levenseinde, or “Life End” – were the initiative of the 130,000-member Dutch Association for a Voluntary End to Life. Employing doctors and nurses, the half-dozen mobile house-call units offered their services to individuals who had not been able to be euthanized under the country’s already liberal laws, instituted in 2002.
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The “Wall Street wing” of the Republican Party is working with Democrats and LGBT rights activists to pass sweeping legislation that would make it a federal crime to discriminate against homosexuals and transgenders in housing, education and the job market.
WND reported in earlier this month that the LGBT movement would not be content with the Supreme Court’s June 26 decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states. The real goal of the activists, with the generous help of corporate backers, is to parlay the court’s ruling into a wide-ranging civil-rights agenda that weaves its way into almost every nook and cranny of American life – schools, the workplace, even the church.
And it will be corporate America that plays the role of difference-maker in getting U.S. politicians to implement the plan.
The bill introduced last week in both houses of Congress is called the Equality Act.
Forty senators, led by Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced “historic, comprehensive federal legislation to ban discrimination against LGBT Americans,” Merkley reported on his website.
The legislation was filed simultaneously in the House by 158 lawmakers led by Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I.
While all the co-sponsors are Democrats, don’t be fooled. The collective power of America’s corporate behemoths – names like Apple, Nike, General Mills, Facebook, Google, Dow Chemicals, Levi Strauss and American Airlines – have a history of getting their way when bringing pressure to bear on Republican politicians.
Just ask Indiana’s Republican Gov. Mike Pence.
Back in March when he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the full weight of corporate America came down on his shoulders. Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is openly homosexual, scolded him on morality. Threats to leave the state poured in from Indiana-based businesses Ely Lily, NASCAR, General Electric and Salesforce.
Perhaps the most aggressive stance came from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, who said his company was helping employees uncomfortable with Indiana’s new law transfer out of the state.
“CEOs have a lot of power and control over investments in states,” Benioff told CNN. “And we want to invest in states where there is equality. One thing you’re seeing is there is a third political party in this country, which is the party of the CEOs.”
Not to be outdone, the NCAA threatened to pull its lucrative college basketball tournaments from the state.
Sensing a mutiny over the issue, Pence caved. He inserted new language into the law, essentially gutting its protections for religious freedom and turning it into an LGBT rights law.
In June, along came the blowup over the Confederate Flag following the tragic shooting that left nine people dead at a black church in Charleston.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who has never expressed any interest in wading into the flag controversy, suddenly announced the flag would be removed from the Capitol grounds. The New York Times reported that “pressure from the South Carolina business leaders,” encouraged her to take action.
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Fast-forward to July and the next big controversy to take center stage was Planned Parenthood, caught trafficking in the body parts of aborted babies in three undercover videos. It was revealed by WND and others that 39 corporate giants including household names like Nike, Levi Strauss, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Converse, Dockers, ExxonMobil, Macy’s, Microsoft and Ford Motor Co. had for years been donating directly to Planned Parenthood’s operations. Only after the recent bad publicity did Ford, Xerox and Coca-Cola announce they would no longer donate to the nation’s largest abortion provider.
Now TIME magazine, in an article Tuesday, said the corporate giants, “long supporters of gay rights,” are coming out of the closet to lobby Congress for the new Equality Act legislation.
What happened in Indiana is “a model that organizers are hoping to replicate with Congress,” according to the Time article. “Federal lawmakers now are considering a sweeping non-discrimination law that would bar individuals from being denied services — including housing and jobs but also mortgages and education — based on their sexuality or gender identity.”
What’s good for gays is good for business
So now, according to TIME, anyone who opposes the LGBT agenda will find themselves not only branded as homophobic but “standing opposed to business interests.”
The roles have essentially been flipped. Conservative, family-oriented Americans traditionally found themselves on the same side as the business community when it came to politics. Now, those who hold onto those values find themselves at odds with those who sell the necessities of life.
Corporate America has cast its lot with the LGBT activists and Planned Parenthood, apparently deciding it has more to lose by siding with traditional family values.
Visa, Gap, Miller, Spotify USA, Starbucks, Whole Foods Market, Absolute Vodka and countless other companies sent congratulatory tweets from their official Twitter accounts following the June 26 Supreme Court decision. Some changed their logos to “Love is Love,” or “#Love Wins,” the slogans of the “marriage equality” movement.
Chobani Yogurt and Wells Fargo, among other companies, ran national TV ads leading up to the June 26 ruling that clearly let the court know whose side they were on. The Chobani ad showed two naked lesbians in bed, eating yogurt.
Scenes from the Chobani Yogurt ad last month featuring two lesbians in bed.
Scenes from the Chobani Yogurt ad last month featuring two lesbians in bed.
Those that lit up their buildings in rainbow lights following the decision included Niagara Falls, the Cinderella Castle in Disney World, Terminal Tower in Cleveland, the Empire State Building, Penn Station, the Seattle Great Wheel, the U.S. Great Hotel in San Diego, the Alamo in San Antonio, San Francisco City Hall, Grace Cathedral, Playhouse Square in Cleveland, the Davis Building in Dallas and of course the White House.
Everyday products like the Snickers candy bar and a box of Tide detergent got wrapped in special rainbow packaging to celebrate the big win at the court.
takedown-coverDr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College and author of the book “Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left has Sabotaged Family and Marriage,” said in an exclusive interview with WND’s Michael Thompson that the LGBT movement has showed signs of being adopted by corporate America, with its slick marketing logos, its clever slogan, “Love is Love,” and the co-opting of the rainbow colors.
Like all good marketing ploys, the LGBT strategy is to appeal to the emotions rather than sound logic.
“It’s a brilliant idea. I mean, this is how you win campaigns like this, by coming up with the right slogans,” Kengor said. “In fact that’s something that corporate America understands really well. And this idea that love wins, and who are you to deny people who love each other the right to marry, that held sway with an awful lot of Americans. It’s a very flawed premise. Because if you’re arguing that love wins and that’s how you define marriage, then that’s going to create all sorts of problems with marriage that not even the left would support, or at least not all same-sex marriage advocates would support. For example, if love defines marriage, you could use that same argument for polygamous marriage… consenting adults, it could be plural, why stop at two, it could be three.”
Watch the full interview with Paul Kengor.
He said some executives inside these corporations are no doubt sympathetic to the LGBT cause. But others are merely intimidated by the power of the LGBT lobby, which has the corporate media ready and willing to "shame" them if they don't play along.
"You have to wonder, why are these companies doing this? I really can't give you an honest answer, and I think that in part it's because obviously some of the companies, some of the people support this but I think too it's because they're probably reacting to threats, threats of boycott, intimidation and if I was on the left and I supported same-sex marriage I wouldn't want the support of people who are forced to support me, because that's inauthentic, but I think there is probably a lot of that going on."
'Gay is the new black'
Another Christian scholar who has investigated the corporate ties to the LGBT movement is Michael Brown, who holds a Ph.D from New York University in Near Eastern Languages and Literature and is the author of more than 25 books including his newest, "Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide."
WB289"Although some companies fear the backlash of upsetting LGBT groups, I believe most really believe it's the right thing to do, having drunk the Kool-Aid of 'gay is the new black,' and with so many well-placed LGBT employees, they believe pragmatically, it's the best thing to do," Brown told WND. "In the end, however, it will result in trumping the freedoms of the majority to cater to the desires of the minority."
In his book, Brown writes:
"Corporate America will embrace every aspect of non-heterosexuality (including bisexuality, transgender, and beyond) – calling for the dismissal of those who refuse to follow suit. And religious groups will no longer be allowed to view homosexual practice as immoral, branding such opposition as 'hate speech.'"
'A fundamental transformation'
Kengor said the corporate elite have definitely switched sides, opting to join President Obama and the government, which they see as the winning team.
"This is a fundamental transformation," he said. "That's what it is.
"Barack Obama talked about fundamentally transforming America and in the six, seven years since he said that, that's exactly what we've gotten. Not an economic transformation, not a transformation of class or anything like that, but a fundamental transformation of the culture and especially in sexual gender issues."
Kengor quotes David Axelrod, one of Obama's closest advisers, saying that Obama supported same-sex marriage back in 1996 as a state senator in Illinois. But he had to conceal those views to gain the votes of black Americans.
Brown encourages believers to stand in resistance to these changes, to stand in love and not hate, and to realize this will be a multi-generational battle.
In his book Brown offers the words of Episcopal Seminarian William Frey, who said, "One of the most attractive features of the early Christian communities was their radical sexual ethic and their deep commitment to family values. These things drew many people to them who were disillusioned by the promiscuous excesses of what proved to be a declining culture."
“If you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday.” (Isaiah 58:10)
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