America's Pastors: Preachers of Truth or Promoters of Tyranny?

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Once again,
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.

A startling
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.

According to
KSLA television in Shreveport, the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) intends to use America’s preachers to help pave the way for
martial law in the event of another terrorist attack upon the United
States.

The
KSLA report
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."

The report
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.

"If martial
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."

The report
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.

"For the
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."

Dear Reader,
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.

Of course,
faithful readers of this column know that I have already addressed
the Romans
13 question
.

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 U.S. Constitution.

Article VI,
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]

Therefore,
any 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.

America’s 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."

America’s 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.

Furthermore,
Jesus told his disciples in Luke 22:36, "[H]e that hath no
sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one."

Upon hearing
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 if they did not intend to declare martial law?

Now, what 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.

So, once 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?

August
23, 2007

Chuck Baldwin [send
him mail
] is a talkshow host and pastor. Here
is his website.

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