30 Pieces of Silver: An indictment of American ChurchesSubmitted by Denise B on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 14:59
WARNING!: This article is intended for a specific audience (Christians). If you are not a Christian and topics of a religious nature offend you, please read no further and return to the main page. I am posting it to the DP, because there are a number of Christians who frequent this site and I believe it is a topic of vital importance that has played a pivotal role in the loss of liberty in this country. I think it is one that all Christians should be aware of and should respectfully and prayerfully speak with their pastors about.
I want to start this essay by giving all Glory, Honor, Thanks & Praise to my Heavenly Father, who by His might created all the Heavens and the Earth and who sent His only begotten Son, My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to bear the sins of the world upon His shoulders that we who believe in Him may have everlasting life in eternity with Him.
I write this essay with much fear and trembling. Indicting God’s church is not something that should be done on a whim, or without much prayer and direction of the Holy Spirit. I would not publish this essay without a firm conviction that what I am about to say is truth, in accordance with His Word. I pray for God’s mercy and that my words will be heeded:
American Churches have sold out, for 30 Pieces of Silver, and have taken America down with her. Many decades ago, the Churches decided that God’s voice was not needed in the political arena and traded their God given freedom of speech for a (501)c3 tax exemption. For those of you who are not aware, churches are given this exemption, by their master’s the IRS, in return for staying out of the political arena...No political speech or mention or endorsement of political figures is allowed by the clergy, lest they lose their coveted tax exemption. Look around you today and you will see the dire consequences of their ill-advised action. When God’s voice is removed from the governing authorities, the inevitable result is a removal of His voice from all corners of that society. Many people will claim that if we do not curb the rampant spread of immorality in our society (divorce, abortion, homosexuality, promiscuity, fraud, deceit, corruption, etc.) we risk judgement from God; however, I assert to you that these things are merely proof that God’s judgement is already upon us. Did we really believe that we could turn a blind eye to the sinful men that have unlawfully set up their authority over us and suffer no consequence?
I am fully aware of the Romans 13 argument and I assert to you that, as it is used for justification for looking the other way while Satan reigns over us, it is a false argument, a coward’s argument that flies in the face of logic. It is true that Romans 13 states that we are to “be in subjection to the governing authorities”; however, this statement is further qualified with the statement that “rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil”...and further that governing authority is “a minister of God to you for good”...and also that “for because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.”
In this country, we have but one properly enacted, God-ordained governing authority and it is called the United States Constitution. In reference to our federal government, it is the single governing document from which all of our governing bodies derive their just powers from. It is the document that each of our public officials take an oath before God to protect and defend from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. When it is followed, it truly is a document that requires governing authority in this country to be “ministers of God to you for good”. It protects our rights in many aspects, not the least of which is our right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion and freedom of worship. I submit to you that it is our First Amendment Rights which guarantee us the right to follow God’s greatest Commission unimpeded; spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We see even today, first hand, what happens in countries where no such rights are guaranteed and I have read many a story of believers jailed and even murdered for seeking to do nothing more than preach the Gospel to those in desperate need of it.
But what happens, when our public officials, acting outside of the boundaries of their lawful authority, no longer serve as “avengers who brings wrath on the one who practices evil”, but instead become the ones who are practicing evil themselves? How is God’s Church to react to this? Are we then to ignore our God-ordained governing document, the U.S. Constitution and look the other way while evil and unjust authority rule over us? God forbid such a conclusion!
Should not the correct response to this by God’s people be to expose our public officials for the lawbreakers, oathbreakers and usurpers that they have become? Should we not seek to have them removed from their unjust authority and replace them with those that will honor their oath sworn on the Bible before God? Oh that’s right, we can’t do that without violating our “contract” with the Devil...oops, I mean the IRS and losing our sacred tax exemption. That’s all right, I am sure that God will understand....
How does any God-fearing Christian think that it could ever be preferable to God that His Church keep silent about tyranny, injustice and oath-breakers in return for mere monetary gain?! I would assert that those who feel it is better for the church to have a few extra dollars rather than the ability to speak the truth has no faith in their Creator to provide for them at all. I can imagine no circumstance where the Almighty God of the Bible would need an agency such as the IRS as a means of providing for His people - at the high cost of the ability to speak the truth about those that would seek to represent them...unless of course it was as a form of judgment for their failure to do what is right in His eyes.
This country, like all others before us, stands on a precipice. Once again, humanity has shown it’s inability to achieve anything but utter destruction when it wanders from the path that God has laid out for us. Show me where in the entire Bible that God’s people have ever been exempt from reaping the often painful results of sinful actions. I assert to you that serving monetary needs over matters of truth is a sinful action in God’s eyes. God is perfectly capable of providing for His church and He does not need an IRS tax exemption to do so!
While, for some of us, our souls may be saved, (hallelluia!), that does not guarantee that our children and grandchildren will not reap the results of our failure to be watchmen on the walls for them. Our churches have allowed themselves to be bribed and deceived by the enemy and the point of this essay is not to call a fallen world to Repent and be Saved (as vital as that also is), but to call God’s church to Repentance and Forgiveness for allowing their voices to be silenced for monetary gain, lest we continue to bring God’s Just Wrath upon our nation as a whole. It will be our children and grandchildren who pay the heaviest price of living under an unjust governing authority that knows not God, nor the rebuke of His people. Luke 16:13: “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Choose your master wisely and I beseech God’s churches to stop allowing the enemy to buy your silence for any price! We are God’s people, we are to boldly speak the truth and fear God, not any man or agency of the Devil!!