[Rushtalk] “The Pulpit Is Responsible For It” by Chuck Baldwin, April 11, 2013

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From: Chuck at chuckbaldwinlive.com
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:39:48 -0600

  “The Pulpit Is Responsible For It” by Chuck Baldwin, April 11, 2013
                   “The Pulpit Is Responsible For It”
                            By Chuck Baldwin
                             April 11, 2013
                     This column is archived here.
  The famed 19th Century revivalist and major contributor to America’s
“Second Great Awakening,” Charles Finney, said the following: “If there
   is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the
public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it.
 If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for
   it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is
  responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the
pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the
very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is
     responsible for it.” I believe Finney was absolutely correct. 
 Notice that Finney believed there was a direct correlation between the
kind of legislation passed in Congress and the kind of preaching taking
 place in the pulpits of America’s churches. He also believed that the
 pulpits of the country were responsible for corruption in government.
                            Again, I agree.
  America’s biggest threat does not come from abortionists, gay rights
  activists, pornographers, or drug dealers. Neither does our biggest
    threat come from North Korea, Iran, Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan.
       America’s biggest threat comes from our nation’s pulpits. 
 In all candor, I'm increasingly frustrated with many of my pastor and
   Christian brethren. Over the decades, they have made a god out of
  government--especially the federal government. Their support for US
 military interventionism (justified or not) borders on worship. Plus,
they have put their absolute trust in the Republican Party to the point
 that their support for the GOP has, for all intents and purposes, made
  the Republican Party more sacred than their own churches. They would
  abandon a church, or denomination, or pastor quicker than they would
   abandon the GOP--regardless of how much Big Government Republicans
   promote. When a Republican is in office (especially the office of
  President), he or she takes on the image of a god more than a civil
  magistrate. The Religious Right was absolutely deaf and dumb to the
ubiquitous unconstitutional and unlawful conduct committed during Bush’s
  eight years in office. In fact, virtually everything that President
Barack Obama is currently doing to circumvent constitutional government
            was copied from G.W. Bush’s political playbook.
Then these same pastors and churches turn around and get all righteously
 indignant about abortion, gay rights, family decay, etc. The fact is,
 the government in Washington, D.C., is the chief culprit in America's
moral and cultural tailspin. DC is a cesspool whose leakage has spilled
over into the entire country. And the more pastors and Christians refuse
   to resist the ever-burgeoning power and influence of Washington's
    unconstitutional manipulation and intimidation of our states and
   communities, the deeper the manure gets. Yet, so many pastors and
Christians continue to quote Romans 13 as justification to sit back and
 do NOTHING to prevent DC's unlawful control over what was the FREE AND
                  INDEPENDENT STATES of this nation. 
 Forgive me, but when I hear these pastors and Christian leaders bewail
   the conditions of America, I get kind of sick. If they would stop
supporting this out-of-control federal leviathan that is swallowing our
          liberties, if they would stop preaching their pansy,
  don't-make-anybody-mad sermonettes, if they would stop sucking up to
  these corrupt politicians, most of the problems they complain about
                            would not exist.
 Why do you think your public schools are so liberal and socialistic in
their philosophy? Why do your public school textbooks promote sodomy and
   other aberrant lifestyles? It started back in 1979 when the United
  States Department of Education (DOE) was created by President Jimmy
Carter as a payoff to the National Education Association (NEA) for their
    political support. Ever since its creation, the DOE has coerced,
intimidated, harangued, and cajoled State and local school districts to
  adopt its socialistic agenda. That’s why no matter what local school
district one may find themselves living in, the textbooks, philosophies,
and instruction of the school varies nary a bit. They are all under the
thumb of the DOE. Get rid of the DOE, and local schools would be able to
teach what the people of the local school districts preferred, which in
 many school districts would mean old-fashioned American values. That’s
  why, for the most part, it doesn’t matter to a tinker’s dam who you
    elect to your local school board. The root problem is the DOE in
  Washington, D.C. But when is the last time you heard any preacher in
            America say a word of protest against the DOE? 
 Why is your county sheriff so reluctant to oppose the Obama/Feinstein
 gun control bills? Because his office is receiving millions of federal
     tax dollars (otherwise known as bribes) from the United States
   Department of Justice (DOJ). In addition, the DOJ constantly sends
    directives, policies, agendas, etc., to your local sheriff. And,
unfortunately, most sheriffs, governors, attorney generals, etc., labor
 under the delusion that individual states have no authority, power, or
  right to resist, and otherwise refuse to comply with, the wishes of
 Washington, D.C. That’s why, regardless what county you live in, your
 local sheriff’s office is not in charge. It is taking its orders from
 the DOJ in Washington, D.C. (Thank God not every county sheriff in the
  country is such a brain dead puppet of Washington. There are several
hundred sheriffs who have unequivocally stated that they will NOT comply
 with any law out of Washington, D.C., outlawing semi-automatic rifles.
Praise God for them!) Get the DOJ off the backs of your county sheriff’s
 office and you will see honest law enforcement return to your county.
But when’s the last time you heard any preacher in America say a word of
                        protest against the DOJ?
 The reason you cannot afford to build a new home is because of federal
  departments such as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration
   (OSHA). The reason you cannot afford to buy property or do much of
  anything with the property you own is because of federal departments
such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The reason you cannot
 get a loan at your “local” bank--or the reason you lost your business,
   house, or job during the past five years--is mostly because of the
draconian and damnable decisions of the Federal Reserve. But when is the
   last time you heard any preacher in America say a word of protest
            against OSHA, the EPA, or the Federal Reserve? 
 Where did abortion-on-demand come from? Did you vote for it? Did your
 State legislators and senators vote for it? No! It was forced upon the
states by the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Yet, when Congressman
 Ron Paul of Texas introduced (several times) the Sanctity of Life Act,
  which would have, in essence, overturned Roe vs. Wade and given the
states the authority to restrict or outlaw abortion-on-demand, what did
 America’s pulpits do to support it? NOTHING! The GOP leadership didn’t
  support Dr. Paul’s pro-life bill, so neither did America’s pulpits.
    And where are America’s pulpits regarding the current attempt by
  Washington, D.C., to make criminals out of God-fearing Americans who
believe in the Second Amendment and who own a semi-automatic rifle? They
 are AWOL! They are deserters from battle. They are traitors to freedom
and the Bill of Rights. They follow constitutionally-ignorant Christian
leaders such as Franklin Graham and Richard Land. (By the way, Land is a
member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a notorious Big-Government,
       globalist organization. I just thought you should know.) 
 Oh, trust me, I know that there are a handful of courageous preachers
(true men of God) around the country who actively resist the tyrannical
tentacles of the Beast in Washington, D.C., but, unfortunately, they are
   a small minority of the hundreds of thousands of preachers across
 Again, what do you hear from the vast majority of our pulpits? “Romans
   13.” “Obey the government.” “Don’t resist the government.” And by
    “government,” they almost always mean the federal government in
Washington, D.C. So, our pastors and churches actively support the DOE,
 the DOJ, OSHA, the EPA, the Federal Reserve, etc. By their complicity
    with Big Government zealots in Washington, D.C., our pulpits are
culpable in the escalation of virtually every piece of vice and villainy
 that currently engulfs our country. Every bit of it can be traced back
  to the manipulation, coercion, intimidation, regulation, oppression,
bastardization, calculation, constriction, repression, and contamination
                  spewing forth from Washington, D.C. 
  This is why when I hear these preachers lamenting the deteriorating
                 conditions in America, I get nauseous!
 Give pulpits back to honest and courageous pastors who will preach the
  Bible without fear of losing the tax exempt status that Washington,
D.C., hangs over their heads, and give America back to the states and to
   the people who could enact their own civil laws and cultural norms
 without interference from Washington, D.C., and watch the re-birth of
freedom take place; watch tens of thousands of communities return to the
streets of Mayberry; watch the crime rates drop like an anvil; watch the
 demand for abortion drop; watch education test scores skyrocket; watch
   people go to work; watch houses being built; and watch prosperity
  Sure, I realize that there would be hundreds of communities (mostly
 large, metropolitan areas and socialist-dominated states controlled by
   large, metropolitan areas) that would continue to promote the same
   Big-Government programs and policies that we see now. So be it. If
  people want to live in those pig pens, let them. But give people an
     opportunity to choose for themselves communities that respect
  old-fashioned decency, honesty, integrity, limited government, true
    republicanism, etc., and see how many people would flee to these
  refreshing, modern-day Cities of Refuge. Instead of gun free zones,
  America needs “Washington, D.C., Free Zones.” After all, that’s what
America was intended to be; that was the purpose of the Tenth Amendment,
                    and rest of the Bill of Rights.
  By refusing to resist the Big-Government machinations of Washington,
      D.C.; by hiding behind an erroneous, passive, and compliant
interpretation of Romans 13; by fearing the IRS more than they fear God;
  by worshipping the state more than they worship God; by refusing to
  teach their congregations the Biblical and Natural Law principles of
 liberty, America’s pulpits are the ones that are the most culpable in
  the deterioration and destruction of our blessed country. Instead of
blaming the abortionists, gay rights activists, pornographers, and drug
           dealers, they need to be looking in the mirror.  
 Charles Finney was right: “If Satan rules in our halls of legislation,
the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that
   the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the
                     pulpit is responsible for it.”
P.S. Now that 14 people have been injured in a multiple-stabbing attack
at a college in Texas, will Barack Obama and Dianne Feinstein call for a
ban on “assault knives”? And will Franklin Graham and Richard Land call
for national registration and universal background checks for all knife
 buyers? And if not, why not? I guess we had better watch out for those
        “assault rocks” and “assault baseball bats” next, huh? 
                           (c) Chuck Baldwin
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