“The chief danger of the 20th Century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and Heaven without Hell.”– William Booth
Brothers in Christ,
I fear that too many of the items above describe our nation and world. I lay much blame at the feet of pastors like us. We live in a difficult time no doubt, yet that is no excuse to bend at the altar of this world and fail our Lord. For far too long, preaching has been sounded without the Holy Spirit, and Christ has been left out of our everyday lives only to be picked up and put on, on Sundays.
We have told others that they needed to learn to forgive themselves without teaching them how to repent and turn from their sin. Salvation to escape the fires of Hell has replaced the recreation of becoming a new man in Christ. We were born a nation of God, by God, and for God, but have since banned Him from every corner of society, and ultimately from the laws that used to guard our nation. Finally, we proudly preach of the sweetness of Heaven for those who are born again, but shy away from telling the truth of the horrors of Hell to those who reject Christ.
There is much to say about all of these, and I’m sure we agree for the most part to each statement except when it comes to politics. In today’s society, we have allowed the lost of our country to dictate that we, as pastors or clergy, should stay away from politics. We have laid down our right as ministers of truth, and more importantly The Truth, and sat in the corner while this nation has been robbed of her stature as a God fearing nation. Friends, God did not CALL us to take a back seat while Satan wreaked havoc in our society. We were not CALLED to stand still and watch our nation be handed over to those who love sin and hate righteousness. We were not CALLED to stand behind a pulpit and allow our families, communities and nation to fall head over heels in to sin and say nothing, because we do not want to upset anyone by mixing religion and politics.
Government has become a Civil Religion. This “religion” glorifies men and creations of men instead of the true and living and Sovereign God, and elevates the rights of the collective above and superior to the rights of the individual. Its foundation is socialism, and it has the purpose of destroying self government and transferring all sovereignty to a central government. It is based on democracy rather than a republican form of government, and bases its law system on the will of the collective majority rather than the absolute unchanging laws of God, and therefore worships men rather than God.
“This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.” – Benjamin Franklin
Laws are always religious in origin. Laws govern man and society, because they establish and declare the meaning of justice and righteousness. Law is inescapably religious, in that it establishes in practical fashion the ultimate concerns of a culture. Accordingly, a fundamental and necessary premise in any and every study of law must first be the recognition of the religious nature of law.
If law has its source in man’s reason, then reason is the god of that society. If the source is an oligarchy, a court, senate or ruler, then that source is the god of that system. This is a violation of the first four of the Ten Commandments, which prohibit idolatry towards anything but the one true and living God. It satisfies all the technical criteria for being a religion.
I am sharing my heart with you, because I feel we should all seek the face of the Father. Are we following His lead when we remain silent? Is He telling us to stay silent in the pulpit to the goings-on of the day that affect our lives, and the lives of children and grandchildren? Are the men that God Himself CALLED to be the proclaimers of truth, supposed to be silent when lies are being perpetuated in our society?
by CHRIS ASHLEY