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Pulpit politics: Tell us how you feel, preacher


Reported by Bill Bumpas, Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com) | Wednesday, October 17, 2018

church congregation (rear view)A Christian law firm says when it comes to politics and elections, silence isn’t an option for pastors. A recent survey indicates, however, that a substantial percentage of them are still unwilling to jump into the political fray and express their feelings about President Trump.

Liberty Counsel says pastors and church leaders are free to speak up regarding biblical and moral issues relevant to the upcoming election, including educating their members about the positions of candidates.

“Pastors can preach on any topic at any time, no matter whether this is a political discussion at that moment,” explains Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. “You may educate the people on these biblical topics and then explain to the people the candidates’ positions on these topics. You can do that by the distribution of voter guides or other means.”

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Staver adds that candidates may also speak at a church. “You may acknowledge candidates who are attending your church and you can have candidates engaged in a forum or debate at your church,” he continues. “You can encourage people to register to vote. You can actually bus them to the polls.”

The bottom line, Staver says, is that pastors and church leaders must be empowered to confront what he calls the “assaults” on culture, faith, and freedom.

“This is not about politics [but rather] biblical and moral issues that have become politicized,” the attorney stresses. “The truth is [that] no church has ever lost its tax-exempt status for either endorsing or opposing any political candidate. Nor has any church lost its tax-exempt status for supporting or opposing local, state, or federal law.”

Are some pastors really ‘undecided’ – or are they just unwilling?

On the annual National Day of Prayer in 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that promotes free speech and religious liberty, making it easier for churches to participate in politics. He has also loosened the unenforceable IRS restrictions on churches regarding political activities, effectively weakening the “Johnson Amendment” enacted in 1954.

LifeWay Research October 2018Despite those decisions by Trump, a recent survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors indicates they remain divided when it comes to assessing how they feel about his Oval Office performance. The results of the survey by LifeWay Research show a slim majority of pastors, 51 percent, approve of how Trump is handling the job; 28 percent say they disapprove of the president’s performance; and 20 percent are not sure.

Pointing to the number of those who are uncertain, Scott McConnell, executive director of the Nashville-based evangelical research firm, says when asked about politics typically some pastors are just reluctant to commit.

“When we asked about the approval of President [Barack] Obama during his first time, we saw that nine percent of pastors were not sure, were not willing to say one way or the other,” he recalls. “But we see twice that many today giving that kind of response related to President Trump.”

McConnell continues: “There’s definitely no lack of information on how the White House is doing and the decisions they’ve been making; and so the undecided posture really seems to be an unwillingness to kind of jump into the political fray at all or to pick sides in how the president is doing and really the current state of American politics.”

McConnell, Scott (LifeWay Research)He says younger pastors are least likely to approve of the president’s performance, explaining that it appears they are a little less tied to political identities.

A LifeWay Research survey conducted prior to the 2010 midterm elections found 30 percent of Protestant pastors approved of President Obama’s job performance. More than six in ten (61%) disapproved and only nine percent said they were not sure. By way of comparison, another survey by LifeWay Research – taken in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election – found that only 32 percent of Protestant pastors were planning on voting for Trump while 19 planned on voting for Hillary Clinton. A full 40 percent were undecided.

ISIS Kill List Names 15,000 American Christians Targeted for Death


waving flagBy Bethany Blankley August 4, 2016

According to a report recently made public, early this year, ISIS specifically identified 15,000 Christian Americans for death and instructed jihadists already in America to begin widespread murder.

The Kill List report comes in the wake of ISIS already publicly warning American and British Christians that “they were next.” British police last week publicly warned its 5.4 million Christians to be on alert and in some areas increased security.

But, Circa News reports that the FBI did not notify American Christians who are on the ISIS “Kill Lists.” On its website it states:

“The FBI did not alert numerous Americans that they were placed on secret Islamic State kill lists or notify their local police about the potential dangers, a lapse in the government’s efforts to combat the terrorist group’s evolving strategy to target everyday citizens.

“To date, the terror group that goes by the acronym ISIS has published on encrypted web sites several hit lists naming more than 15,000 people it would like to see killed by sleeper cells or lone wolves in New York, Texas, Florida and California.”Christian Persecution

Circa News was able to obtain copies of some of the lists and several individuals named on the lists. In Texas, for example, Circa News contacted 24 people marked for death. Of them, 22 had no idea that there was such a list or that they were on it.

It is believed that the list was purportedly created from an Internet search of church directories.

Michael Snyder of Charisma News remarked that the FBI did inform him that he and his wife are on the list. After further research, they discovered that his pastor and other members of his church were also on the ISIS Kill List.

Leaders of Christian organizations and Christian pastors should contact their local FBI and law enforcement to cp 11investigate if they are on the list and also request that security measures be taken to protect their congregation.

Despite the warning, good news does exist. Snyder pointed to a Detroit News article that describes how a 21 year-old Islamist from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, Khalil abu-Rayyan, decided that because he couldn’t commit Jihad overseas—he would find a mega-church in Detroit.

He purchased a gun and identified his target—which seats up to 6,000 people. But the God of the Bible had other plans—an undercover FBI agent who had been in correspondence with him since last year was able to thwart abu-Rayyan’s plans.

The Detroit News reported that according to court records, abu-Rayyan said he didn’t know the name of the church but knew it was one of the largest churches in Detroit. He bragged:

“I had it planned out. I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced a lot with it. I practiced reloading and unloading. But my dad searched my car one day, and he found everything. He found the gun and the bullets and a mask I was going to wear.”

The Detroit News also mentions that abu-Rayyan “told an undercover FBI employee that attacking a church would be ‘easy’.” According to a court affidavit, abu-Rayyan claimed:

“A lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news. Everybody would’ve heard. Honestly I regret not doing it. (If I) can’t go do jihad at the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here.”

He also told the undercover FBI agent that he carried a “large knife or sword in his car” and if he got into a fight, said, “it is my dream to behead someone.”

His arraignment occurred around the same time that Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced the need to ban Muslims from entering the country. Incredibly, Trump’s assertion continues to be criticized even though existing federal law already prohibits providing any aid, visa, Green Card, citizenship status, or rights to Islamists seeking entrance into the country—since 1952.CP 01

The Obama administration and previous administrations have intentionally and repeatedly chosen to break the law. In fact, the last TEN presidents chose not to secure the U.S. border.

The intentional ongoing failure to uphold the U.S. Constitution has obviously created the dire situation in which Americans, and especially Christians, find themselves.

But what the local church can teach ISIS and America’s failed government, is that the church is where people turn first in times of crisis. The refuge they seek is only found in the eternal God who promises to shield them in times of trouble with the shadow of his wings. The safest place for the church is the church itself.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Bethany Blankley

Bethany Blankley is a political analyst for Fox News Radio and has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide. She writes about political, cultural, and religious issues in America from the perspective of an evangelical and former communications staffer. She was a communications strategist for four U.S. Senators, one U.S. Congressman, a former New York governor, and several non-profits. She earned her MA in Theology from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Follow her @bethanyblankley facebook.com/BlankleyBethany/ & BethanyBlankley.com.

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Coalition of African-American Pastors Threaten Civil Disobedience If Supreme Court Passes Gay Marriage Law


waving flagBy Vincent Funaro , Christian Post Reporter, June 25, 2015|2:20 pm

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Rev. Bill Owens, the president and founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors. (Photo: Facebook/Bill Owens)

A coalition of African-American pastors vowed this week that there will be massive civil disobedience if the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage in a ruling on the matter expected this month. At a press conference in Memphis, Tennessee, members of the Coalition of African-American Pastors joined Christian ministers at the Church of God in Christ’s historic Mason Temple to warn the Obama administration to prepare for massive civil disobedience among pastors and clergy if state bans on gay marriage are deemed unconstitutional.

“If they rule for same-sex marriage, then we’re going to do the same thing we did for the civil rights movement,” said Rev. Bill Owens, president and founder of CAAP. “We will not obey an unjust law.”

“The politicians and courts have tried to take God out of this country,” continued Owens. “This country was founded on Godly principles. We will not stand back.”

Rev. David Welch, president of the Pastor’s Council in Houston, Texas, spoke out at the conference explaining the lengths people of faith might go to resist gay marriage.

“God created marriage between a man and woman and no Supreme Court jurisdiction can define this,” said Welch. “We stand clearly saying we will acknowledge God’s law no matter what the cost, no matter what the price. If they want to fill jails with pastors across the nation of every color, denomination and every size who will stand for the laws of God and His truths.”burke

Welch also compared Christians resisting gay marriage to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and encouraged pastors to fight for their right to worship freely.

“If it comes down to declining to perform same-sex weddings, that we will be charged with a civil or criminal penalty, then we will accept the penalty,” said Welch. “But this isn’t just about the wedding ceremony itself. This is a core, fundamental issue of our First Amendment freedom that the court is toying with right now. Either we have the right of freedom of conscience and religion and the freedom to practice it, or we don’t.”

Opponents of gay marriage around the U.S. are going to different lengths to resist it. Texas Republican lawmakers proposed a bill that would seek to enforce a ban on gay marriage even if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to declare such bans unconstitutional, While it was co-signed by 87 Republican members of the House, HB 4105 wasn’t brought to the floor for debate before the midnight May 15 deadline, which rendered it dead. Democratic lawmaker and businesses such as Dell, Celanese and Dow Chemical lobbied against the bill.

Lawmakers in the state Senate, however, managed to pass a bill known as the “Pastor Protection Act,” which goes into effect Sept. 1, and allows clergy to refuse to conduct marriage ceremonies that violate their religious beliefs.

“Freedom of religion is the most sacred of our rights and our freedom to worship is secured by the Constitution,” Abbott said at a June 11 signing ceremony, according to the Texas Tribune. “Religious leaders in the state of Texas must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that religious freedom is beyond the reach of government or coercion by the courts.”

On April 28, the Supreme Court heard arguments on an appeal from the Sixth Circuit of Appeals regarding four state-level gay marriage bans. Many experts have said the Supreme Court will narrowly rule this month that all states must allow same-sex couples to obtain a state marriage license.

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It’s Time for Pastors to Enter the Battle Against Tyranny


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There are tens of millions of evangelical Christians in the United States, and millions do not participate in politics even though the Bible says that the civil magistrate is a “minister of God” (Rom. 13:4). Millions of these Christians don’t participate in the political process because their pastors are either afraid to address political issues or they believe that Christians would not get mixed up in politics.

Either reason is contrary to the Bible and the history of this once-great nation. “To the pulpit, the PURITAN PULPIT, we owe the moral force which won our Independence,”1 John Wingate Thornton wrote in The Pulpit of the American Revolution. Too many Christians don’t believe or know this history.APPROVED SCHOOL READING MATERIAL DIFFERENCES

Many Christians believe they can be neutral. But there is no neutrality. By not engaging culture at the political level, another worldview dominates and impacts all of us. We must then live under their standard, as we are doing today.

Founding American ministers of the gospel confronted the issues of their day by appealing to the people in terms of the Bible. The annual “Election Sermon” still “bears witness that our fathers ever began their civil year and its responsibilities with an appeal to Heaven, and recognized Christian morality as the only basis of good laws.”2 In addition, the clergy were often consulted by the civil authorities in the colonies, “and not infrequently the suggestions from the pulpit, on election days and other special occasions, were enacted into laws. The statute-book, the reflex of the age, shows this influence. The State was developed out of the Church.”3

The diminishing light of civil liberty in this land is linked directly to the lack of preaching on it in today’s pulpits. Dr. Alice Baldwin’s wonderful book The New England Pulpit and the American Revolution is a welcome antidote to the problem of a supposed neutrality, should we be willing to take it.

 

From American Vision — $14.95

Dr. Baldwin illustrates how the preachers of the early American era thought and practiced just the opposite as today. Mountains of research in colonial sermons, tracts, pamphlets, and other publications, reveals how the pulpits of colonial America rang constantly on all aspects of the public square: good rulers, good laws, good forms of government, and the blessings of liberty. We especially hear of those choice values of biblical order that became the battle cries of American independence.

Commenting on the classic paraphrase of “life, liberty, and property,” Baldwin proclaims, 

No one can fully understand the American Revolution and the American constitutional system without a realization of the long history and religious associations which lie behind these words; without realizing that for a hundred years before the Revolution men were taught that these rights were protected by divine, inviolable law.

Covering the entire revolutionary era, she concludes that the central force behind it all was the pulpit’s application of the Word of God to politics and government. She says, “It must not be forgotten, in the multiplicity of authors mentioned, that the source of greatest authority and the one most commonly used was the Bible.” And she proves that “from the law of God they derived their political theories.”

It is long past time to recover the great and powerful preaching of our founding era—a time when pastors did not fear to preach politics, resist tyranny, and found their governments on biblical precepts. Dr. Baldwin’s nearly-forgotten book is a powerful resource toward that end. We recommend it to every pastor and every Christian in hope that they follow the example of its subject matter even more.burke

You can order a copy of The New England Pulpit and the American Revolution from American Vision here. Order one for your pastor as well.freedom combo 2

AMERICA’S PASTORS AND DERELICTION OF DUTY


 

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By Coach Dave Daubenmire
August 28, 2014
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Allow me to begin by saying, if the shoe fits…wear it.

Now please don’t email me about how wrong I am for pointing out the obvious; the glaringly obvious even. Please don’t tell me how harsh I am, or how your pastor is a great man of God, or how your church is the best thing since sliced bread. If you attend a church with a real pastor, you are truly one of the lucky ones. But the odds are, your pastor isn’t all that great. He has just convinced you that he is.

I get around. I visit a lot of churches. I know of that which I speak. When I leave a service, it is not unusual for me to look at my wife and ask her how the people can sit in that place week after week and listen to the bilge.

Oh yeah, your pastor is a good one just like your congressman is a good one. Everyone hates congress, but they love their congressman. Nearly 90% of them get re-elected. It’s that Democrat congressman that’s the bad one. Your guy is a good conservative.

Compared to what? Compared to whom?

  • If your congressman is so good, why is our nation in such a mess?

  • If your pastor is so good, why is America in such a mess?

People love to blame the politicians. I blame the pastors. Recent studies show 90% are derelict in their duty.

Politicians ride the wave that culture creates. The church used to be the tide upon which the politicians surfed. Politicians want to get elected. They ride whatever wave is breaking. The pulpits have gone soft. There is no “God wave” to trouble the waters of political correctness.

2 Chron 714 RevivalChurches have become impotent because the pulpits have turned soft. Everyone wants to model Joel Osteen and Rick Warren. Those dudes aren’t pastors, they’re book merchants. Congregations around this country have traded the Bible for the “self-help, purpose-driven, best-life-now” doctrine of demons currently flooding our churches. The people in the pew can no longer recognize the truth for themselves. They need a shepherd to lead them to truth.

Jesus told us that He is the Good Shepherd and that His Word is the guide. Warren and Osteen are blind guides, and America has fallen into the ditch.

Here is Litmus Test 101 for your church. This is merely the first qualifying factor. If you don’t answer yes to this question, then you can bet that yours is a church that I am referring to. Here’s the question:

Is carrying the Bible to church and actually opening it a requirement at the church where you attend? Some of the more progressive churches are kind enough to put the words on the big screen for you, saving you the embarrassment of having to find Malachi on your own.

Politicians get elected by saying what the people want to hear. Pastors build churches by teaching what the people want to hear. There’s no difference. Politicians and pastors both tend to be man-pleasers.

The prophets prophesy falsely and the priests bear rule by their own power; and the people love to have it soJeremiah 5:31.

The current administration was placed into power with the vote of 40 million Christians. They conveniently called it “faith based support.” Coming out of the DarknessObama is pro-homosexual, pro-abortion, pro-big government, pro-lying and pro-Islam. How could Christians possibly support such anti-Biblical positions? Who is teaching them this crap? Who indeed…

Our pastors are traitorous, both to their Lord and to their nation. There is simply no nice way of saying it. When a football team plays poorly, they fire the coach. When churches start to fail, they change playbooks.

Traitor—one who betrays another’s trust or is false to an obligation or duty.

There are a lot of reasons why pastors act the way they act, but no amount of rationalization can justify their dereliction of duty. In the end, they will answer to the Lord, not to the Government. Their corporate identity and their denominational affiliation will not be much of a defense as they stand before the Lord.

If you haven’t already done so, please take the time to read Pastor Chuck Baldwin’s recent commentary regarding George Barna’s survey that reveals the fact that 90% of America’s pastors are purposefully keeping the people in the dark. (And this one that just came out today). They are concerned with hurting the growth of “their church” by talking about “controversial” issues.

Who was it that classified marriage, abortion, un-holy wars, tyrannical government, government thievery, unrighteous taxation, dishonest courts, drug legalization, deviant sexual behavior, indoctrination of children, and public filth as ”controversial” issues? The church used to be the “wave machine” on all of these issues, but alas: The salt has lost his savor.

Although I’m sure you’re familiar with them, I believe that the words of Charles Finney are worth repeating:

“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.”

Martin Luther declared:

“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”

Flight and disgrace are the fruits of abandonment. Abandonment is treason. Those who commit treason are traitorous. If Barna is correct, can any ankor-vine-coming-down-into-darknessother term be more appropriately applied to America’s churches where 90% of the pulpits are filled by traitorous, cowardly men? It is not the politicians who are to blame. It is the pastors…the pulpits. Stop giving them your money. That is all they understand. Find a mission worth supporting and direct your giving there.

We are a nation adrift…meandering down the river of history…rudderless…devoid of propulsion… drifting wherever the current might take us. There is a waterfall ahead. Who’s steering the ship? Is your family willing to blindly follow the captain over the cliff?

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WARNING TO PASTORS: A Greater Level of Responsibility

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Posted on September 5, 2014

by Dave Daubenmire

Okay, I have no one to blame but myself. I should have seen it coming.

This is the last time I am going to write about church leadership for a while. At least that is my plan. But I feel an urgency to awaken the shepherds.Men Love Darkness 01 God will hold them accountable. I’m sorry if my words hurt their feelings.

Last week I wrote about how the pastors of America are derelict in their duty. If you haven’t had the time to read it, I suggest you take the time to do so. It might make this commentary seem a little more coherent.

My inbox filled up, as I suspected it would. But what was surprising was that many of the comments were “atta boys.” Lots of folks are beginning to see the big picture.

America is in a mess, and even those who listen to Limbaugh are starting to figure it out. I call them “low-information listeners.” They are the ones who actually think Rush is having an impact on America. They don’t realize that he is merely a pressure valve who makes the listeners think everything is going to be fine once we can fill all of Congress and the White House with “conservatives.” Just like the pastors, Rush confuses talking with doing.

How long has he been on the air? I believe that it’s right around 25 years now. Have things gotten better or worse since he has been giving us “advice”? Things get worse, yet his listeners feel better. Give me his time slot for three hours a day and folks would be brandishing pitchforks by now. Just saying…

But, as I forewarned myself before I started typing my former commentary, the pastors don’t take criticism very well. “You wouldn’t write such harsh stuff if you had any idea how hard it was to ‘build a church’”, they tell me. Therein lies part of the problem. God never called anyone to “build a church”. He called us to build a Kingdom. HIS Kingdom! HIS church? He said HE would build that.

“Pastoring is hard”, they tell me. “You’ve never been one”, they tell me. “People won’t listen”, they tell me. “Your criticism of the pastors is only hurting the body”, they tell me.

Good thing Jesus isn’t around, I tell them. He called the church leadership all kinds of unflattering names, I tell them. Jesus said it would be better to be thrown in a river with a rock around one’s neck than to continue to mislead the flock, I tell them. Jesus taught that no one can serve two masters, I tell them. Trying to please men is like having your foot caught in a trap, I tell them. Pastoring would be so much easier if you told the people the truth, I tell them. At least you would sleep better at night, I tell them. I sure do. And I often snore.

“What would you have us do?” one particularly whiny leader wrote me. “Man up!” I wrote back. Start preparing your people for what is coming down the road. You think folks are ticked at you now, just wait until they find out that you have been feeding them Pablum while the wolf was marching towards their door. Do your job!

“Do what job?” he asked. “[T]he perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Eph. 4:12. Most Christians have no works to show for all of their faith. No one has shown them what to do.”

Oh, they all can preach up a storm: I am sure of that. As if preaching was actually making a difference. I compare it to pre-game speeches in the locker room. Shakespeare said they were “full of sound and fury signifying nothing.” No pre-game speech ever won a football game and no Sunday morning sermon will do the job either. The pre-game speech and the Sunday sermon both only last until some snot-snorting linebacker smacks you in the face.

The Muslim leadership is actively preparing their men for war. They are currently slaughtering Christians around the globe. Now they are warning us that the “religion of peace” is heading our way. Pastor “What, Me Worry?” has no strategy for how to deal with these monsters. They teach men to love their enemies more than they love their own families.

The world’s economy is teetering on the edge of the abyss. We are but one calamity away from a devastating financial collapse, yet not a word is spoken about “prepping” for the hard times that lie ahead. Instead, they offer Financial Peace University classes with Dave Ramsey. They say peace, peace, when there is no peace…and the people remain clueless. Who will warn them if the pastor won’t?

Our government is lying to us. We recently found out that the CDC has been lying for years about vaccinations and autism. What else have they been lying to us about? Chemtrails and weather manipulation? Abortion and the breast cancer link? 9/11? Common Core and how good it is for education? The public schools are a hell-hole and not one pastor in a hundred dares speak against them. Pastoring is hard alright.

  • Our liberties are being stolen right out from under us in the name of security.

  • Illegal immigrants receive for free what hard-working pew-sitters work hard to provide for them.

  • Food prices are manipulated,

  • inflation is about to go nuclear,

  • our oceans are dying from Fukushima and the Gulf oil spill,

  • California has been in drought for 6 years and is running out of water,

  • Christianity is being criminalized,

  • and 2.5% of the American populace is controlling the sexual agenda.

“Hey have you guys seen the movie Left Behind? It’s awesome!! We’re gonna show it next Sunday night at service!!”

Here is where the buck stops, my friend, and there is no denying it: Christianity has become “good for nothing” (Words of Jesus) because the “salt men-loved-darkness-HooRay-paintinghas lost His savor.” There is a total disconnect in most churches between what is being talked about from the pulpit and what is actually going on in the world. The ignoring of “politics” in the name of “religion” is exactly the mind-set the enemy has tried to impress upon church-goers….and he’s succeeding.

As I heard a friend say the other day, the world has become so churchy and the church has become so worldly it is hard to tell the two apart. Or, as I like to put it, the world has become the salt of the church.

But I don’t want to fix the blame on anyone; I want to help turn this ship around. But if the church who is supposed to be the salt of the earth has lost its impact in the world, who’s to blame for that?

When football teams fail, they fire the coach. When churches stop being effective, they try a new program. If a coach trains players, who do pastors train? Do coaches talk to their players about playing the game or do they take them out on the field and train them HOW to play the game?

  • By the hundreds, Christians are being slaughtered around the world.

  • Whole congregations are being lined up and beheaded.

  • When ISIS comes to beat in the door at your church,

  • or the militant homosexual lobby shows up demanding marriage, they know they will have nothing to fear. The congregation will be busy watching the Super Bowl, listening to Dave Ramsey, or studying The Purpose Driven Life.

God will hold leadership to a higher standard. I see it coming. I just felt it was my duty to warn them.

 

NEW RESEARCH: PASTORS DELIBERATELY KEEPING FLOCK IN THE DARK

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By Chuck Baldwin
August 7, 2014
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George Barna is the foremost researcher of modern Christianity in the country. He recently spoke about a two-year research project studying why cp 11modern-day pastors and churches are so silent regarding political issues. The result of his research only confirms what I have been trying to tell people for years. But there was one thing his research uncovered that did somewhat surprise me. OneNewsNow.com covered the story:

“On Thursday, George Barna–research expert and founder of The Barna Group–shared with American Family Radio’s ‘Today’s Issues’ about new information he’s compiling at American Culture and Faith Institute over the last two years, gauging where theologically conservative pastors are at politically.

“‘What we’re finding is that when we ask them about all the key issues of the day, [90 percent of them are] telling us, Yes, the Bible speaks to every one of these issues. Then we ask them: Well, are you teaching your people what the Bible says about those issues?–and the numbers drop…to less than 10 percent of pastors who say they will speak to it.’

“When researchers ask those pastors what else they are willing to do to get their people active in the political process, Barna said ‘it’s almost nothing.’

“‘So the thing that struck me has been that when we talk about the separation of church and state, it’s that churches have separated themselves from the activities of the state–and that’s to the detriment of the state and its people,’ stated the researcher.”

That 90% of America’s pastors are not addressing any of the salient issues affecting Christian people’s political or societal lives should surprise no one–especially the readers of this column. It has been decades since even a sizeable minority of pastors have bothered to educate and inform their congregations as to the Biblical principles relating to America’s political, cultural, and societal lives. But the part of the research that did somewhat surprise me was this statement by Barna:

“What we’re finding is that when we ask them about all the key issues of the day, [90 percent of them are] telling us, Yes, the Bible speaks to every one of these issues. Then we ask them: Well, are you teaching your people what the Bible says about those issues?–and the numbers drop…to less than 10 percent of pastors who say they will speak to it.”

Did you get that? Ninety-percent of America’s pastors say they KNOW that the Bible speaks to all of these issues, but they are deliberately determined to NOT teach these Biblical principles. That is an amazing admission!

It would have been one thing if the pastors had said that these political issues were not relevant to scripture, and, therefore, they didn’t feel called to address them. But the pastors are admitting that, yes, they KNOW that the scriptures DO relate to our current political issues, but they are deliberately choosing to NOT teach those scriptural principles. Holy heads-in-the-sand, Batman!

I confess: this statistic caught me off-guard. So, we can forever dismiss ignorance as justification for pastors remaining silent.

Now, all of the church members out there who have been forgiving of their ministers for not speaking out on the issues by saying things like, “He CP 01really doesn’t understand what’s going on,” need to reevaluate their leniency–if they are intellectually honest, that is–and if they truly care about the future of their country.

Church member, admit it: that pastor of yours who refuses to speak out on the issues KNOWS the Bible speaks to these issues, and he is DELIBERATELY refusing to teach those Biblical principles to you and your family.

So, we are not dealing with IGNORANT pastors; we are dealing with DELIBERATELY DISOBEDIENT pastors. They are PURPOSELY CHOOSING to remain silent. Will that make any difference to the Christians in the pews who say they want their pastor to take a stand but are willing to overlook his “ignorance?” Probably not. But, at least, we now know what the real issue is, don’t we?

The report goes on: “Why the disconnect? According to Barna, the answer is simple. He suggests asking pastors how someone would know if their church is ‘successful’–which he did.”

“‘There are five factors that the vast majority of pastors turn to [when asked that question],’ he explained. ‘Attendance, giving, number of programs, number of staff, and square footage.’”

There you have it: pastors are more concerned about being “successful” than they are being truthful. They believe if they tell their congregations the truth, their churches will not be “successful.” And it is so refreshing to see Barna directly ask pastors what “success” means to them. So, now we know (as if we didn’t know before; but, at least now there is definitive research to back it up). The vast majority of pastors believe church success lies in:

Attendance
Giving (money)
Number of programs
Number of staff
Square footage (of facilities)

Shazam! Where did pastors come up with this definition of “success?” You know where: from men such as Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, cp 12et al.

The megachurch phenomenon of the last several decades transformed how pastors think and behave. Pastors read the “successful church” books and publications; they attend the “successful church” conferences; they watch the “successful church” videos, etc. They, then, try to mimic the tactics and strategies they have been taught. And if there is one constant theme promulgated by the likes of Osteen, Warren, and Hybels, it is pastors must avoid controversy like the plague. Again, one must realize that the goal is NOT being faithful to Biblical principles; the goal is building a “successful” church as noted above.

It is time for Christians to acknowledge that these ministers are not pastors; they are CEOs. They are not Bible teachers; they are performers. They are not shepherds; they are hirelings. It is also time for Christians to be honest with themselves: do they want a pastor who desires to be faithful to the scriptures, or do they want a pastor who is simply trying to be “successful?” BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF, CHRISTIAN FRIEND.

Barna’s research blows the “ignorance” excuse out of the water. Again, it is not ignorance; it is deliberate disobedience.

Barna goes on to say, “Now all of those things [the five points of success listed above] are good measures, except for one tiny fact: Jesus didn’t die for any of them.” Wow! You nailed it, George!

See the report: Barna: Many Pastors Wary Of Raising ‘Controversy’

Where do you find anything in the New Testament that measures a pastor’s success;

  • by the number of people attending his church?

  • Or by how large his offerings are?

  • Or by how many programs his church has?

  • Or by how many staff members he has?

  • Or by how large his facilities are?

In fact, the early New Testament church didn’t even own property or buildings.

When the Apostle Paul listed his ministerial pedigree, here is what it looked like (II Cor. 11):

Stripes above measure
In prisons frequently
In deaths often
Beaten with rods
Stoned
Perils
Weariness
*Painfulness
Hunger and thirst
Cold and nakedness

I don’t see attendance, offerings, programs, staff, or square footage in that list at all, do you?

When Paul wrote his own epitaph, it read, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (II Timothy 4:7). He didn’t say, “I had a large congregation, we had big offerings, we had a lot of programs, I had a large staff, and we had large facilities.”

In the world of Osteen, Warren, and Hybels (and 90% of America’s pastors), the Apostle Paul’s ministry must have been a dismal failure. And how many church pulpit committees would even consider the pastoral résumé such as the Apostle Paul wrote above?

Please understand this: America’s malaise is directly due to the deliberate disobedience of America’s pastors–and the willingness of the Christians in the pews to tolerate the disobedience of their pastor. Nothing more! Nothing less!

Oh, and get this: according to the survey conducted by Barna, guess what the number one reason is why pastors choose to be “successful” and not “controversial?” You guessed it: fear of the IRS 501c3 tax-exempt status. Who would have thought it? (Yes, that question is deliberately facetious.)

The release of this research by George Barna could not have come at a more opportune time. I announced just last week that we have officially launched the Liberty Church Project, whereby we will be helping people around the country to establish non-501c3 churches. I invite folks (pastors or laymen) who are serious about starting new non-501c3 churches–or helping to resurrect patriot pulpits within existing churches–to fill out our online application. We already have several groups that we intend to help and are looking for others. If you are someone who is serious about such an endeavor, and seeks our assistance, please fill out the online application here on: Liberty Church Project

And, in case you missed it, here is my column announcing the launch of the Liberty Church Project: We Are Launching

I want to commend George Barna for his research. I suspect that the vast majority of pastors and churches will ignore it, but, at least Christian Persecutionnow we know the painful truth of the matter: by in large, pastors are deliberately choosing to not teach Biblical truth to their congregations for the selfish goal of being “successful.” But as we come to grips with this reality, we must also acknowledge that pastors are simply (and shamelessly) putting their fingers to the wind and finding that the people in the pews are more interested in their churches being “successful” than faithful to the teaching of Holy Scripture. As Barna noted, it is the churches, themselves, that have chosen to separate from the political affairs of their country.

In the end, it always comes down to We the People, doesn’t it? If you want a church where the pastor is willing to teach the Biblical principles that relate to our everyday lives–including our political lives–you might have to vote with your feet and go find one. That is, if that kind of thing is truly important to you.

© 2014 Chuck Baldwin – All Rights Reserved

Chuck Baldwin is a syndicated columnist, radio broadcaster, author, and pastor dedicated to preserving the historic principles upon which America was founded. He was the 2008 Presidential candidate for the Constitution Party. He and his wife, Connie, have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Chuck and his family reside in the Flathead Valley of Montana. See Chuck’s complete bio here.

E-mail: chuck@chuckbaldwinlive.com

Website: ChuckBaldwinLive.com

Congress is Full of Crooks Because Our Pulpits are Full of Cowards!


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While visiting Montana, I ran across a church sign that said this: “Congress is full of crooks, because our pulpits are full of cowards.”

My immediate reaction was to, as the kids say, LMFAO. And then I said, “Amen!”

I got to visit with the elders of that church, and they explained that this particular message had not been terribly well-received by the pastors of the other, local churches. A few of these pastors were worried that the sign had been made with them in mind, specifically. My reaction to that was, well, if the shoe fits, buddy.

American Christians have been taught since the middle of the 19th Century, with the rise of Dispensationalism, that the church founded by the Lord Jesus can count on increasing defeat around the world in time and history. This expectation of the progressive worsening of all things caused the bulk of them to withdraw from “secular” pursuits like political involvement.

Recent, popular Bible teachers have said things like, “You don’t polish brass on a sinking ship!” And, “All you’re doing is making a better world for people to go to hell from!”

The thinking is that things are so bad, the return of Jesus and the Rapture of the church must be just around the corner.  (This corner has proven to be like those haunted house hallways in the scary movies, that keep getting longer and longer.) So why focus on stuff that’s about to burn, like society, or art, or literature, or politics, or schools? All we’ve got time for is the preaching of the gospel of individual salvation. Frankly, there’s not even time for that, at least not to do it well (apparently) so American evangelicals have truncated the gospel itself down until it’s nothing more than a short sales pitch aimed at getting folks to half-heartedly say a repeat-after-me prayer that they can then think of as their eternal Get Out of Jail Free card thereafter.

Politics is dirty, dirty business. Thus, I’m told, good, clean Christians ought to stay out of it.

But maybe the reason it’s dirty business, and full of every kind of corruption, is because those who are meant to be salt and light in the world have voluntarily left the field?

The Christian landscape in America is “fair teeming” (my nod to Tolkien) with egoistic entrepreneurs masquerading as ministers, building their own kingdoms on the backs of well-meaning dupes who continue to stuff their coffers for them. And since one key to business success is to appeal to the widest possible marketplace, these posturing prosperity poofters shy away from speaking about anything that might sniff of controversy. If they start talking about the strange brew of Islamo-facism and race-baiting communism that animates our President, that may not be good for business: they may wind up preaching in the same sort of tiny congregation I serve.

That would be sad, since the pastor’s salary at that kind of place will not pay to feed and house an average family, much less purchase a fleet of luxury jets. (I’m okay with working three jobs, though, and most of these soul-patch and skinny jeans preacher boys have never worked a full day in their lives. And no, eight hours on the couch with Call of Duty does not count as work.)

What kind of pastor do you have? Is he all about the rock band worship team, Power Point, sandals, and patchouli? Sermons based on movies and tv shows? When was the last time he explained to you where individuals get the right to private property, from the Bible? Has he ever even mentioned the fact that every civil ruler is accountable to God for how they use their authority? When did he last mention abortion in a sermon, or the evil of unlawful war? Gun control? NDAA’s warrantless indefinite detention provision? The Welfare state? The Presidential Kill List? Fiat money?

A thundering heir of the stout-hearted Black Robed Regiment? Or a guy who fears nothing more than that he might come off sounding like he has an immovable opinion on something?

Is she/he focused on you having your best life now? Have his messages tended to communicate the idea that the Gospel has no real effect on anything that is actually going on in the world?

Some Christians, because of the thin soup they are regularly fed, would be surprised to find that the Bible really does contain clear principles that would address and fix all the things listed above. They desperately need to find a different church, one where the pastor understands that and has been filled with the spirit of the prophets to forcefully declare such things. Please pass along this hint to them: the church they’re looking for will probably be small, because spiritual truth has never been terribly popular with the masses.

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Gordan Runyan is a pastor and author who hides out in the high plains desert of New Mexico. He recently preached the fourth Historic Election Sermon from the State Capitol rotunda in Helena, Montana. That sermon can be heard HERE.

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