AMERICA'S PASTORS: PREACHERS OF TRUTH OR
PROMOTERS OF TYRANNY?
By Pastor Chuck Baldwin
the burden of responsibility to help maintain America's liberty rests upon the
shoulders of the men in the pulpits. That should not surprise us, because it has
always been this way. Part of what made America great was old fashioned,
tell-it-like-it-is, no-nonsense preaching. Most of what we hear today is a bunch
of mealy-mouthed, pussyfooting, ear-tickling, don't-offend-anyone preaching,
which has largely contributed to America's current slippery slope into the
sewer. But if you thought it could not get any worse, guess again.
television news report from Shreveport, Louisiana has revealed a sinister plot
hatched deep inside the diabolical brain cells of the Bush administration to use
America's pulpits as promoters of tyranny. That is a strong statement, I know.
But it is true.
KSLA television in Shreveport, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intends
to use America's preachers to help pave the way for martial law (martial law does NOT suspend any constitutional rights of any American - thegodkind.org) in the event of
another terrorist attack upon the United States.
report (which you can
read for yourself here) begins, "Could martial law ever become a reality in
America? Some fear any nuclear, biological or chemical attack on U.S. soil might
trigger just that. KSLA 12 has discovered that the clergy would help the
government with potentially their biggest problem: Us."
continued by saying, "[G]un confiscation is exactly what happened during the
state of emergency following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, along with forced
relocation. U.S. Troops also arrived, something far easier to do now, thanks to
last year's elimination of the 1878 Posse Comitatus act, which had forbid
regular U.S. Army troops from policing on American soil.
law were enacted here at home, like depicted in the movie, 'The Siege,' easing
public fears and quelling dissent would be critical. And that's exactly what the
'Clergy Response Team' helped accomplish in the wake of Katrina."
went on to say: "[C]lergy response teams would walk a tight-rope during martial
law between the demands of the government on the one side, versus the wishes of
the public on the other. 'In a lot of cases, these clergy would already be known
in the neighborhoods in which they're helping to diffuse that situation,'
assured Sandy Davis. He serves as the director of the Caddo-Bossier Office of
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
clergy team, one of the biggest tools that they will have in helping calm the
public down or to obey the law is the bible itself, specifically Romans 13."
are you getting this?
In order to
convince American citizens to surrender their firearms to the government during
a time of martial law, DHS is enlisting the assistance of America's pastors.
According to the DHS, my job as a church pastor, is to tell my congregation
that, according to Romans 13, they must surrender their firearms when the
government asks them to do so.
faithful readers of this column know that I have already addressed the Romans 13
question. See [Read]
For those who
are ignorant of Romans 13, let me address the issue bluntly: According to Romans
13, every citizen is only bound to obey his or her governing official to the
degree that the governing official does not violate the duty of the citizen to
obey the "higher powers" which, for Americans, are God and the U.S.
Constitution. In other words, no Christian can be ordered to disobey God, and no
American citizen can be ordered to disobey the U.S. Constitution. Properly
understood, Romans 13 teaches that each and every governing official (including
the President of the United States and all those under him) must submit to the
Paragraph. 3. of the U.S. Constitution states, "The Senators and Representatives
before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all
executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several
States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution."
So, what does
the Constitution say regarding the disarmament of American citizens? The Second
Amendment of the U.S. Constitution could not be clearer: "A well regulated
Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the
people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Did you get
that? "[T]he right of the people to keep and bear Arms, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED."
[Emphasis added] (Please see 2 Amendment Legal Memorandum Opinion For The U.S. Attorney General - thegodkind.org)
attempt to disarm the American people must be viewed as an act of tyranny and
must be resisted.
The right to
keep and bear arms is rooted deep in American history. I remind readers that it
was the attempted gun confiscation of the colonists' arms, which had been cached
at Concord, Massachusetts, that directly precipitated the beginning of America's
fight for independence.
founders were clear on this subject. Our first President, George Washington,
called our firearms "the people's liberty teeth." Our third President and author
of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, said, "No free man shall
ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain
their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves
against tyranny in government."
founders spoke unanimously on the subject. Patrick Henry said, "The great object
is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun." Samuel Adams
said, "The said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to
prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping
their own arms."
And what did
the Lord Jesus Christ tell His followers on this subject? Jesus said in Luke
11:21, "When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace." Did
you see that? Jesus said that in order for a man's goods to be "in peace" it was
necessary that he be ARMED. Now, I don't know about you, but I will take the
word of Jesus over the word of a DHS official anytime.
Jesus told his disciples in Luke 22:36, "[H]e that hath no sword, let him sell
his garment, and buy one."
the words of Jesus, Simon Peter responded by saying, "Lord, behold, here are two
swords." (vs. 38) That means at least two of Jesus' disciples were armed with
swords (the 1st Century equivalent of a modern handgun, something used for
personal protection), and Jesus did not rebuke them or ask them to surrender
their swords. He merely said, "It is enough."
I realize that
after Simon Peter used his sword to cut off the ear of the man as soldiers came
to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus told him to "put up thy
sword." But notice, He did not tell him to "give up" his sword; he merely told
him it was not time to use it, because it was in the plan and providence of God
that Jesus be taken to Pilate, that He might be crucified for our sins.
Don't tell me
that the Bible teaches pacifism, because it doesn't. I am a Christian, and I am
a pastor. And I agree with Charlton Heston who said that they could have his
guns "over my cold, dead hands." If DHS believes that I will ask my congregation
to give up their firearms, they are grossly mistaken.
It also needs
to be pointed out that, apparently, DHS must already be planning to declare
martial law in the United States or else this kind of advanced strategy would
not even be necessary. Why would they already be asking pastors to be prepared
to request their church members give up their guns it they did not intend to
declare martial law?
every single church-going Christian in America should immediately find out for
themselves is, What does my pastor intend to do? Will he ask me to surrender my
guns, or not? I highly encourage every reader who currently attends church to
ask your pastor this question RIGHT NOW.
Of course, the
next question Christians need to ask themselves is, What will I do if my pastor
says he would ask me to surrender my guns to the government? I suggest that
every church member in America settle this matter right now. And if you discover
that your pastor would indeed ask you to surrender your guns (or equivocate by
saying he would have to "pray about it") if asked to do so, you should
immediately leave that church and find a pastor who believes the Bible and
supports the U.S. Constitution. Furthermore, if you do not currently own a
firearm, you might want to heed the words of Jesus and go buy one.
again, the burden of responsibility to help maintain America's liberty rests
upon the shoulders of the men in the pulpits. Will we be preachers of truth or
promoters of tyranny?
© 2007 Chuck Baldwin - All Rights
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