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It’s Not Obama, It’s Do-Nothing Christians Who Refuse To Stand Who Are Consigning Us To Tyranny

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Christians have bought a horrible lie, and as a result of the misapplication of Matthew 7:1-2, we have lost the culture and losing our liberty.

The tyranny we now suffer is a direct result of Christian Americans turning away from their responsibilities as American Citizens, weakening their own franchise and the structure of the American “composite republic” that would not have existed without a vibrant – in-your-face Christianity nor maintained without a sufficient Christian moral base.  Without an active Christian moral ethic expected in a civil society, wickedness will abound and powerful people will foist their own interests over the interests of their neighbors.

What church leaders in America are preaching, is that we have no need to confront those with an agenda who come against the faith.  They say that instead we need to show them love and compassion.  Evil sees that as surrender and a validation of their wickedness.  Those who think they can ignore, compromise or be ‘equal’ with sin – will be conquered by it. Sin is not content to co-exist alongside righteousness.  It will attempt to subjugate and eradicate the righteous so as to avoid any sense of shame for wrongdoing.

Contrary to what some preachers teach about God fighting all our battles for us supernaturally – scripture makes it clear that a People of God were required to actually stand and resist those who came against them:

Exodus 17:8-13

“Then Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for us and go out, fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set. So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.”

That sounds like combat to me.  I don’t read that God did all the fighting for them.  He may have given them the victory – but it required actual physical effort to combat those who came against them.   Something the church and Christians are now refusing to do in this culture.

Christian Apologetics is being lost – it is being surrendered to Muslim apologetics.

Pastor Chuck Baldwin makes an excellent argument of noting where the real threat to our Rights and liberties is coming from; not from those who we know are enemies of Constitutional Republicanism – but rather those who claim to be on our side, those who claim to be our leaders – who betray us all .

OUR FRIENDS ARE KILLING US

By Chuck Baldwin
November 14, 2013

 There is a prophetic verse of Scripture that records the conquering Messiah as being asked about the wounds that are in his hands. He responds, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” (Zechariah 13:6 KJV) Indeed. It wasn’t the Romans that were fixated with killing Christ; it was the Lord’s own brethren. “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” (John 1:11 KJV) In like manner, our nation is quickly losing its liberties and Natural rights, not because of our enemies, but because of our so-called friends and brothers.

Edmund Burke summarized it beautifully: “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” And, for the most part, that is what good men are doing today: nothing!

 As regular readers of this column know, I am passionate in my defense of the Natural right of self-defense. I firmly believe that the only thing standing between us and tyranny is the right of the people to keep and bear arms. The freedom of speech, the right to assemble and redress government, the right to be secure in our own homes, the right to a trial by jury, the freedom of worship, etc., all depend on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. When the people of America surrender this right, all of the other rights will quickly disappear.

 Furthermore, Daniel Webster was absolutely right when he said, “Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.” Amen!

 Not only does the Second Amendment protect the liberties of the people of the United States, the Second Amendment protects the free peoples of the world. Without the armed citizenry of the people of America, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, France, and the rest of the free world would plummet into abject tyranny and oppression. Look at how socialistic and enslaved people in these countries already are. Can one imagine how quickly they would plunge into the Dark Ages without the power and influence of the last bulwark of liberty: a free and armed United States of America?

 Daniel Webster uttered another profound truth: “There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter: from the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men and become the instruments of their own undoing.”

 Ladies and gentlemen, that is exactly what many of our so-called friends and brothers have become: “instruments of their own undoing.” It is not the liberals, socialists, amoralists, elitists, globalists, etc., who are killing us; it is the pastors, Christians, conservatives, Republicans, etc., who sit back and do nothing that are killing us.

Let me say it plainly: neocon Republicans do far more damage to the cause of liberty than do liberal Democrats. Do-nothing pastors and Christians do far more damage to the cause of liberty than do atheists and agnostics. Compromising conservatives do far more damage to the cause of liberty than do liberals.

Come on, folks! Think about it: who endangered the cause of independence more: King George III or Benedict Arnold? A known enemy is far less dangerous than an enemy who pretends to be your friend.

 All over America, our “friends” are selling out the cause of liberty. Every pastor who refuses to publicly repudiate the forces that are attacking our freedom is selling out the cause of liberty. Every Republican who refuses to stand firm against the forces that are attacking our freedom is selling out the cause of liberty. Every conservative who refuses to resist the forces that are attacking our freedom is selling out the cause of liberty.

 There is nothing new about big-government zealots. They have been with us ever since the Tower of Babel. They were with us in 1775 and 1776. Freedom does not depend upon the absence of would-be tyrants; it depends upon the presence of those who are willing to resist would-be tyrants. And that is what seems to be vanishing.

 Folks, this is an absolute truism: not all Christians are friends of liberty; not all pastors are friends of liberty; not all conservatives are friends of liberty; not all Republicans are friends of liberty; not all military personnel are friends of liberty; not all policemen are friends of liberty; not all attorneys are friends of liberty; not all physicians are friends of liberty; not all teachers and professors are friends of liberty; and not all gun owners are friends of liberty. Anyone who refuses to resist the forces of evil that attack our Constitution, Declaration, and Bill of Rights is no friend of liberty.

 For example, I have been a long-time subscriber to a couple of gun magazines: Guns and Ammo and Handguns. Both of these magazines are published by the same parent company. When President Obama and Senator Feinstein attempted to ban semi-automatic rifles and full-size rifle and pistol magazines earlier this year, I kept waiting for the editors and writers of these two magazines to sound the clarion call of resistance. I waited and waited and waited. Nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Throughout the entire debate, there was not one peep of protest to these egregious gun control laws proposed by Obama and Feinstein in these magazines. This in spite of the fact that practically every page of both magazines is filled with the very arms that would have been banned to the general public had Obama and Feinstein gotten their way. Had the gun-grabbing tyrants been victorious, I suppose Guns and Ammo magazine would simply have re-invented itself in order to fit into the new Amerika in much the same way that so many companies did in Nazi Germany. I guess they would simply have changed the name of the magazine to Military and Police Guns and Ammo.

I wrote the publisher of the two magazines mentioned above and explained why, after so many years as a faithful subscriber, I was not renewing my subscription. Of course, I received no reply. And now I know why.

 Writing for Breitbart.com, AWR Hawkins filed this report: “In the December issue of Guns & Ammo magazine, editor Dick Metcalf uses his ‘Backstop’ column to argue that all constitutional rights need regulation, including the 2nd Amendment.

 “TheTruthAboutGuns.com has scanned and posted a copy of the column online. In it, Metcalf explains why he chose to address the regulation of constitutional rights: ‘I bring this up because way too many gun owners still believe that any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms is an infringement. The fact is that all Constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be.’

 “Metcalf says he receives ‘bags of mail every year’ from people complaining of the myriad regulations related to concealed carry permits. He says these readers ‘typically argue’ that the 2nd Amendment ‘is all the authority they need’ to keep and bear arms, to carry a gun with them where they go.

 “In response, Metcalf writes: ‘I [wonder] whether those same people believe that just anybody should be able to buy a vehicle and take it out on public roadways without any kind of driver’s training, test, or license.’

 “Metcalf misses the point. The 2nd Amendment protects a natural right; that’s why it is not to be infringed. Owning and operating a vehicle is not a natural right, so comparing it to gun ownership is like comparing the ability to own and operate an airplane with the rights to freedom of speech and religion.

 “This is an important point because our Founders’ central reason for creating the Bill of Rights was to hedge in a body of natural rights as off-limits to government regulation and interference.

 “The 2nd Amendment says, ‘A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ Metcalf has seized on the words ‘well regulated,’ taking them out of context to the detriment of ‘shall not be infringed.’”

 Guns & Ammo Editor: All Constitutional Rights Need Regulation, Even 2nd Amendment

Hooray for Mr. Hawkins! He has a grasp of Natural Law. That is something that Dick Metcalf obviously doesn’t possess. The sad thing is Mr. Metcalf occupies a very trusted and influential position that should be utilized to protect the Second Amendment. Instead, he is using his position to help destroy the Second Amendment. Like I said, not all gun owners are the friends of liberty.

 But as long as Guns and Ammo magazine is rolling in the dough, don’t expect any change. I, for one, am not going to help pay a gun magazine editor’s salary that is using the money I send him to use the pages of the magazine to facilitate the destruction of the liberties that keep my children and grandchildren free. That means I have kissed my subscription to Guns and Ammo and Handguns magazines goodbye.

By the same token, how long are Christians today who say they believe in the Second Amendment (and the rest of the Bill of Rights) going to keep sending their tithes and offerings to these churches where the pastors refuse to publicly resist these draconian gun control bills such as were recently introduced by Obama and Feinstein? How long are they going to keep filling the pews of these do-nothing churches? As long as these say-nothing pastors see their pews and offering plates full, don’t expect anything to change.

I will say it plainly: if you attend a church and didn’t hear your pastor oppose the Obama/Feinstein gun control bills from the pulpit earlier this year, YOU NEED TO GET OUT OF THAT CHURCH. The only thing holding this republic together is the people’s right to keep and bear arms–especially semi-automatic rifles with large-capacity magazines. By refusing to resist evil, your pastor has become an enemy of liberty.

Wittingly or not, he is helping to put the chains of slavery around the necks of your children and grandchildren. Why would you stay and support such a pastor and church?

As Christ was betrayed and rejected by His “friends,” so, too, the liberties and freedoms of our country are being betrayed and rejected by its “friends.”

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Liberty’s Absent Warriors

Where the heck is the Christian Church while America is being turned into a Godless totalitarian society??

America is being transformed into a Godless MarxoFascist Police State right in front of our eyes – and outside of some radio talk-show hosts ranting about it every weekday – the country is largely silent about where Obama is taking the nation while our liberties and rights are being systematically stripped away from us.  Where is the Christian church?  With the exception of some high-profile examples of companies like Chick Fillet and Hobby Lobby standing against the infringement of their right to the exercise of faith in how they run their businesses, church leadership is dead silent as evil is being declared good, and righteousness is being legislated into an evil.

God is speaking with warnings to His Servants who are attempting to wake up a lukewarm church to impending judgement.  They appear to be voices shouting from the wilderness as the larger extent of Christians in America continue to ignore or shut their ears to the warnings.

Chuck Baldwin and Dave Daubenmire today share sentiments that match mine, nearly verbatim.  Sadly to answer the question “Where is the church?” – appears most Christians only want to hear smooth and easy things.  The happy-happy, joy-joy theology from the mega-church memes of Joel Osteen and Rick Warren, is what the vast majority prefer to hear rather than the sound biblical principles that once forged our nation’s society.  Pastors do not want to rock the offering plates and tithes, or raise the ire of the government and potentially risk their 501C-3 status.

Liberty was first fought for from the pulpits in the Colonies.  It has to be defended in like manner.  If the church refuses to stand on biblical principles against tyranny – then this people have no hope of ever retaining what liberty they have left.

A people who refuse to be governed by God and who stand to defend that right at all costs, will be ruled by the tyranny of men, and subjugated by the same.

Christians, Please wake up!  America is in the throes of a burgeoning Police State

What is it going to take for pastors and churches to wake up and realize that America is in the throes of a burgeoning police state? Ladies and gentlemen, the long-standing veneration for law and order does not include blind submission to governmental abuse of power. Yet, it seems that very few Christian conservatives are even paying attention to what is happening before their very eyes.

For example, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has purchased over 2 billion rounds of hollow-point ammunition (enough to wage a 30-year war); the DHS has purchased over 7,000 AR-15s. The DHS calls them Personal Defense Weapons (PDW). These are the same semi-automatic rifles with high capacity magazines that when you and I buy them are called “assault rifles.” Plus, the DHS has purchased over 2,700 armored vehicles, the same kind that the US military uses in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Department of Defense (DOD) calls them MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected). They carry .50 caliber weapons that fire from inside the vehicle. The vehicle itself is impervious to mines and small-arms fire. They are the vehicle of choice for our combat troops in the Middle East.

Pray tell, why does the DHS need that kind of firepower? And who do they anticipate using all of this firepower on?

If all of that isn’t disconcerting enough, we have now learned that the DHS has spent 2 million dollars on producing shooting targets of American gun owners. These are called “non-traditional threat” targets. They include pregnant women, elderly citizens, mothers in playgrounds, and even little children. These targets are produced by a company called Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. The company calls these targets “No More Hesitation” targets.

DHS targets

What is the DHS planning to do? Turn the entire continental United States into one big giant Waco?

Can one imagine the reaction by the DHS if a company was producing shooting targets depicting law enforcement officers?

I guess another question I have is who are the people whose faces appear on these targets? Did they know they were being photographed to be used on a shooting target? Or were their images photoshopped? Whose mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, daughter, son, and child are being used for these targets? I wonder how many Americans whose loved ones appear on these targets know that the photographs of their family members are being used as targets for DHS agents to shoot at. And how would any of you like it if those targets bore the photographs of YOUR loved ones?

This is bizarre! If this wasn’t so very, very real, one would think that it was one big practical joke. But it is no joke!

While our own domestic federal police department (a blatantly unconstitutional entity, by the way) is arming itself to the teeth, our President and Vice President are in a full-court press trying to disarm the American citizenry of their most effective and efficient self-defense tool: the semi-automatic rifle. Are we supposed to believe that all of this is mere coincidence? It is true that I was born in the morning, but it was not yesterday morning!

Adding to our cause for concern is the way our veterans are being treated (or should I say mistreated) by the federal government. As far back as 2009, returning Iraq and Afghan War veterans have been labeled as potentially “dangerous extremists” by the DHS (along with people who are pro-life; people who support Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and yours truly; people who believe the US should get out of the UN; people who are opposed to the “New World Order;” people who believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ; etc.). Today, more and more veterans are being labeled with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and other such names, and being told that they are not fit to possess a firearm.

In addition, under President Obama’s recent Executive Order, physicians, both military and civilian, are quizzing their patients regarding firearms and have the potential authority to write a derogatory diagnosis about a patient that could be used as an excuse for the government to deny his or her right to keep and bear arms. (If you have a physician that asks you any questions regarding firearms, my advice is to find another doctor immediately!)

My friends, our country is being transformed into an Orwellian society right before our eyes! All the while, most pastors and churches seem to be completely oblivious to it. And, of course, most of the reporters and journalists in the mainstream media are nothing more than compliant propagandists for anything Big-Government. The same is true for most educators in our major colleges and universities.

But it is the apathy, indifference, and blindness of our pastors and churches that is the most disconcerting. The most influential group of leaders in America is still the pastors–the trend away from traditional churches notwithstanding. There are over 300,000 evangelical churches in the United States. Can one imagine what would happen in this country if half of these pastors would get up in their pulpits this Sunday and sound the clarion call to stand up and fight these insidious encroachments against our liberties? What if 25% would? What would happen if only 10% would rise up and take a stand?

Dear Christian friend, how can you stay in a church where the pastor will not take a stand for your liberties? How can you give such a church your tithes and offerings? Do you not realize that any pastor and church that refuses to fight and protect your liberties is helping to put the shackles of tyranny and oppression around the necks of your families?

Regardless of how sound you believe your pastor to be doctrinally, or how educated he is, or how much Hebrew and Greek he knows, or how warm and caring he is, or how much you personally like him, if he is not willing to take a public stand for your liberties, he is a willing accomplice to the demise of our republic and the rise of totalitarianism in this land–as surely as the pastors of Germany were accomplices to the rise of Hitler’s Third Reich!

Christian, please wake up! A police state is being constructed before your very eyes. Your liberties are being systematically expunged. While you are waving your hands and praising Jesus, the enemies of liberty are laying the nets and traps around your homes and communities that are going to be used to enslave you. While you are fixated on your pastor and church staying doctrinally pure, the barbed-wire fences are being built around the camps in which your children and grandchildren will be incarcerated. While you sit comfortably on the padded pews in your heated and air conditioned church sanctuary and listen to an inspiring sermon that makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over, the sacred principles that protect your right to freely worship, and speak, and defend your family are disappearing.

Beyond that, not only are many thousands of pastors not resisting this emerging police state; they are actively and enthusiastically joining with the big-government toadies in helping to eviscerate our freedoms. Is your pastor one of these? If so, you might as well be listening to sermons written by Joseph Goebbels.

Big-Government propagandists love to couch submission to oppression under the guise of patriotic duty to law and order. But submission to oppression is not patriotic; it is imbecilic! And make no mistake about it: the attempt to outlaw, ban, and confiscate our firearms, especially our semi-automatic rifles, has nothing to do with law and order; it has everything to do with overt oppression. To such an egregious encroachment against our liberty there can be no submission, only determined, resolute resistance.

And a similar cry from Coach Dave Daubenmire today also.  Where I differ from him in understanding, is that his optimism of ‘rebuilding a nation’ after we are rendered to dust is not biblical.  We SHOULD NOT attempt to rebuild that which God Himself allows to be torn down.  This is as true of a nation as it was for the Temple system in Jerusalem.

OUR SILENCE IS DESTROYING THIS NATION!

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. –Rom 1

We have no one to blame but ourselves.

To put it as the Bible does, we are without excuse.

We. Me and you. Our silence, our cowardice, and our unwillingness to take some heat has cooked our own goose.

We won’t be able to say we didn’t see it coming, because we did.

We won’t be able to say we couldn’t have done anything about it because we didn’t even try.

We won’t be able to say it wasn’t our fault, because it was.

Silence isn’t golden, it’s yellow. The only thing necessary for evil men to triumph is for good men to do nothing. To permit is to participate. For he who knows to do right and not to do it, to him it is sin.

Sin. There is that word. Our silent acquiescence to the destruction of this nation is without excuse.

Sin. A word we have stricken from the public discourse in America, and a word that has been put in the closet in most of our churches.

Sin. The cause of every misery this nation is about to endure.

“Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.” –Isaiah 1:4

We knew better. We knew that the road to hell was paved with good intentions, yet we permitted the god-haters to lead us down the yellow-brick road only to discover that OZ was only a figment of someone’s imagination.

We didn’t hand-off to our children what had been handed off to us and as a result we wake-up daily to a nation that we no longer recognize.

We love to blame the government, or the Congress. We point our fingers at the senators, or the courts. We blame the Devil, or the Devil’s spawn in the Whitehouse. We blame TV, and the media. We throw our stones at “rock music” or violent video games. We blame guns and drugs, divorce and debauchery, or race and religion.

But we never blame ourselves. We never look deep in the eyes of the man in the mirror, and trace the wrinkles carved on the surface of our skin to the self-inflicted wounding of turning from Biblical principles as the cause for the deep scars in America’s soul.

We did it. You and I. We spent so much time looking the other way that we can no longer find our way. We have watched our children walk the well-intentioned path for so long that it is almost impossible to rescue them as this nation slides into hell.

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” –Psalm 9:17

One nation under God. In God we trust! God bless America!

Who are we kidding?

Why should God bless America?

We are a deluded nation. Everything that we see in this nation is false.

The stock market is soaring as the nation sinks. Economic prosperity is an illusion. We produce nothing in America any longer except for porn and debt. The market will tank. It happened before and it will happen again. Yet you remain in the market. You think things will get better because the government tells you it will. You are deluded.

Education expenses are skyrocketing in America. The more we spend on education, the more sheep-like our children become. We teach them that debt is the path to the American dream. Schools teach our children foolishness and we continue to pay for it…the higher the education the lower the wisdom. Professing ourselves to be wise we have children who have become fools.

The dollar is being destroyed before our very eyes. Folks find nothing strange about believing in the security of the stock market or the American dollar, yet laugh at the accumulation of silver and gold, the only real money in the world.

Lunch is always free…at least for awhile. Eventually someone has to pick up the tab. Nearly half of Americans are eating lunch for free yet we don’t understand the consequences of the bill coming due. We live off of credit in our personal lives, so government borrowing is no big deal.

Drones are now flying over America. They tell us that the drones will never be used against American citizens. The government is purchasing so many rounds of ammo that the shelves in our local gun shops are empty. If guns are so bad, why does the government have so many? Tanks? The DHS is purchasing freakin tanks!! Thousands of them…wonder why?

The wrath of God is being revealed.

Dorothy’s emerald shoes have rusted. Instead of “there’s no place like home” we find ourselves chanting ‘there’s no place at home.” What do you do when home sweet home is no longer so sweet?

Those of you who read my writings regularly know that I am a glass-half-full kinda guy. I trust in the faithfulness of the Lord and His promise to never leave us or forsake us.

But we have forsaken Him. We have forgotten God. Singing “God Bless America” will not make it so. He has blessed us…more than any nation in history…but we have spent the inheritance.

We have done it to ourselves. We are complicit in the suicide of a super-power.

So, what do we do now?

Calamity is certainly in our future. How it will play out I really don’t know. But are you going to prepare to make it to the other side?

The other side of what, you may ask. The other side of whatever is coming. Is it possible the calamity comes before Jesus returns? What will it look like? Are you prepared?

I have come to the conclusion that we cannot stop whatever is coming. Only the chastening of the Lord will return us to our senses. Because he loves us, he must discipline us. God’s love will hurt.

But there will be an “other side” of this whole mess. We will not be the first nation to have gone through such chastening. It will be time to rebuild. I pray I, and you, are up to the challenge.

Prepare now. Prepare your hearts. Read while you still can…especially the Word. Find and connect with like-minded believers. Hundreds may be depending on your person preparedness.

When the dust settles…if it ever does…folks will be looking for those that they can trust. Those with a plan…those with an answer…those who can lead with righteous judgment…those people will be more important than bullets, beans, or money.

Something horrible is coming. You can feel it…we know something is amiss…the wrath of God is soon to be revealed. We traded our children’s future for a pot of stew…

We will be without excuse…

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Good For Nothing Christians

There is very little of late that I have agreed with Chuck Baldwin on.  But in his latest essay – he hits the nail on the head and through the wood about the very thing many of us have noted and have been busy railing about for the last several years – largely to deaf and stopped-up ears.

When you consider this culture, and the charge of both Christ to the Church, and what our nation’s Founder’s expected of Christians – Baldwin’s essay is just one more indictment of the lukewarmenss, plaguing the Christian Church in this country.

America’s churches are filled up with those who only want to hear the smooth and easy words of Joel Osteen or Rick Warren, fulfilling once again,  Isaiah 30:9-11 to the letter:

For it is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of The Lord that say to the seers, “Stop having visions!”; and to the prophets, “Don’t tell us what is right!”, that say: “tell us smooth things, tell us deceitful things, get out of the way, turn aside from the path, and get rid of the Holy One of Israel from being seen among us”.

The modern American Christian is fast becoming good for nothing, even when they think they are something.

 

Good For Nothing Christians 
by Chuck Baldwin 
July 10, 2009 

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men,” Matt. 5:13 KJV.

Jesus said that salt without savor is “good for nothing.” Savor is the ingredient, the character that gives salt its quality–and its value. When salt is as it should be, it is a most precious commodity. Not only is it used as a seasoning; it is, more importantly, a preservative. As most everyone knows, salt was the primary source of food preservation before the days of refrigeration. Salt has been deemed to be so valuable at times that wars have actually been waged over it. During times of unusual deprivation, salt can be even more valuable than precious metals. But when salt loses its saltiness, it is absolutely worthless; it is “good for nothing.”

Jesus plainly proclaimed that He viewed His disciples as being the salt of society. In other words, when believers have the character they should have, they provide the preservation of the land. They hold back and retard the putrefying properties of spoilage and decay. But when Christians lose their character, when they lose the internal resistance to decay, they become “good for nothing” and the result is, the land is “trodden under foot of men.”

It grieves me to say that, for the most part, the modern Christian, the modern pastor, and the modern church have lost their savor. Taken as a whole, we have lost our inner character: the ability to resist decay and preserve the land has long departed, and America is fast being “trodden under foot of men.”

Our churches are no longer places of respite from the world: they are mirrors of it: the same dress; the same attitudes; the same carnality; the same spirit; the same stubbornness; the same pride. Churches are no longer bastions of truth: they are glorified social clubs or mere corporations, where Christianity is never allowed to interfere with business. Instead of being watchmen on the wall, our pastors are CEOs or, even worse, politicians. Popularity and personal ambition far outweigh commitment to truth and an independent mind. And as for Christian homes, forget it. The modern American home is straight out of Isaiah chapter three: “babes shall rule over them.” In the average “Christian” home, children rule the mothers, and mothers, in turn, rule the fathers. Discipline and instruction are out; leniency and ignorance are in.

We have a pandemic all right, but it’s not the swine flu: it is a pandemic of spineless Christianity. Parents who cannot stand up to their own children; pastors who cannot stand up to their own congregations; religious leaders who cannot stand up to politicians; and churches that cannot stand up to unconstitutional government.

Our so-called “conservative Christian” special interest groups are far more concerned about not losing financial contributions than they are about confronting the real evils of society. And as far as the Religious Right is concerned, it lost its soul somewhere early on in the first administration of George W. Bush.

If one is looking for someone to blame America’s demise on, don’t look to the prostitutes, drug dealers, or crooked politicians: look no further than the doorsteps of America’s churches. While the ominous clouds of oppression and tyranny boil overhead, our churches are content to play kid games and wallow in their own materialism and laziness. I realize there are exceptions to the rule, of course, but they are few and far between.

Sadder still is the lack of anything on the horizon that points to any kind of spiritual awakening. Look at the churches that are growing: for the most part, they are of the Joel Osteen and Rick Warren variety, where conviction has been replaced with compromise, and popularity has replaced principle. Genuine Bible prophets usually occupy the pulpits where hardly anyone attends. Truth has been replaced with entertainment, and calls for repentance are drowned out by the clamor for prosperity theology.

I can tell you from personal experience that, in more than 34 years of Gospel ministry, it has never been harder to continue to carry the torch of truth than it is today. It takes a toll on one’s physical health and emotional being, and even on one’s family. Any pastor desiring to carry the torch of truth today need not expect to have many friends. And any evangelist desiring to carry the torch of truth today need not expect to get many meetings. Truth is about as popular as a bad case of the measles, and yes, I mean among today’s professing “Christians.”

Should it surprise us, then, that we see the encroachment of our liberties and the erosion of constitutional government coming hard and fast? Should it surprise us that America is losing its conscience–not to mention our heritage? Should it surprise us when we see hundreds of large, empty internment camps popping up everywhere? Should it surprise us when we read of would-be tyrants in Washington, D.C., trying to pass egregious legislation that would strip us of our Bill of Rights? Should it surprise us when we see multinational corporations working with foreign governments to erode the sovereignty of these United States? Should it surprise us when we see both Republican and Democratic Presidential administrations look the other way while our borders are being invaded and even erased?

When the salt loses its savor, it is “cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” And that is exactly what is happening to us today.

Does all this make me fatalistic? Not at all. I am absolutely convinced that God will always reserve to Himself a faithful remnant and a land of liberty for those who desire it. But before we talk about the land, we must be sure that our hearts are willing to pay the price to obtain it. We’ll leave that discussion for another time.

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