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And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. Romans 13:11-14
Robert McCurry, Editor & Publisher
September 15, 2012
"Politics, Pastors and Business as Usual
by Robert McCurry
The 2012 Republican and Democratic Conventions are now history. Reports indicate these were the most bizarre episodes of political chicanery ever as their cheerleader spokespersons touted the illusion that their political party is the solution to what ails you, your family and the nation. It’s ‘politics as usual’ today and tomorrow, ad infinite.
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
Alas! The masses are fooled again and again and again and again by believing their political candidate/party is the all-inclusive savior and protector.
Interestingly, religion is now a frequent reference point in today’s political rhetoric that at times includes a Christian biblical quote. We are warned not to be deceived by false prophets. Shamefully, many Christians do not understand that all ‘false prophets’ are not ‘Bible toters’ or ‘theological gurus.’ ‘False prophets’ are also found in the field of politics, academics, economics and psychology, as well as in religion.
God’s Word, the Bible, is to be the point of beginning to test every subject. A recent article, ‘Bible given little importance at election time’ reports the American Bible Society does an annual survey of the State of the Bible, and this year it tested attitudes toward the upcoming election. Lamar Vest serves as president of the Society.
"Twenty-five to thirty years ago, we did a survey with Gallup that shocked us all that basically indicated that people going to church on a regular basis had little to do with the way they lived their lives," What the latest survey shows is that people suggest they believe the Bible is divinely inspired, but it has little to do with the way they vote in the election. Vest says that one of the shocking statistics was that about half of those surveyed said they would vote for an atheist as president. Only 49 percent would vote for a candidate based on whether they use a Bible. Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)Thursday, September 13, 2012
Pastors and churches
God could have chosen to reveal Himself and to speak to man on a one-by-one basis or by angels; He chose rather to speak to man by men whom He called and empowered by the Holy Spirit to ‘Preach the Word.’ For example, when He spoke to the seven churches in Revelation two and three, He spoke through His pastors. The kindest thing God can do for anyone, other than their personal salvation, is His gift of a God-ordained pastor.
Since pastors today have access to speak to the largest number of people more frequently than anyone else they have the opportunity to effect a life-directing influence. Sadly, not every pastor is a God-ordained pastor; many are only religious facilitators. Sadly also, not every ‘church’ is a Lord’s Church; most are government licensed ‘State Churches.’
Most pastors and churches either don’t know or don’t care about what I just said and will continue ‘business as usual,’ as will the few churches who do know and care and have allegedly ‘fixed’ their ‘legal status’; they will all continue their weekly worship meetings; annual ‘Christian’ conventions, conferences, Camp Meetings, etc.—similar in purpose to the Republican and Democratic Conventions. Let’s ‘meet, eat and rejoice as we rehearse our favorite doctrines, notwithstanding the 4000+ babies murdered by legalized abortion every day.
When the last amen has been said and the people depart, as blessed and inspired as they may have been, nothing will have changed in America and the murder of 4000+ babies will continue every day thereafter.
We are at war
The enemy is not coming. The enemy is here.
If the pre-American Revolution pastors had been of the same mentality of today’s pastors, we would still be under British rule.
During the War of Independence there was a group of heroic men referred to as the "Black Regiment". The very name enraged the British armies. As heroes in the war, their courage and leadership were hailed throughout the colonies from Massachusetts to Georgia. As a "regiment", they never once drilled together, yet the strategic impact of their highly disciplined attacks was overwhelming. As a unit, they never fought together on a particular field of battle, yet without question, their leadership provided the spark which ignited victory after victory.
This "Black Regiment" was responsible for providing the conviction and wisdom necessary for winning a war against the cruelty of an unjust government. What was the "Black Regiment"? Actually, it wasn't a regiment at all. It referred to the American Presbyterian, Congregationalist, and Baptist clergy.
British sympathizers (Loyalists), so named them because of the black robes worn by the ministers when they ascended their pulpits each Lord's Day. The name "stuck". Colonial enemies knew that the seeds of what the British called "sedition'' or "revolution" were being sown in the pulpits of America.
The Black Robe Regiment had its beginnings with Reverend Peter Muhlenberg in 1776 concluding his Sunday sermon by declaring, "In the language of the Holy Writ, there was a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away. There is a time to fight, and that time is now coming!" Muhlenberg then removed his black robe revealing a full military uniform. Marching to the rear of his church he declared, "Who among you is with me?" On that day 300 men from his congregation stood up and joined Muhlenberg in the fight for liberty.
Without the outspoken, tenacious and courageous leadership exhibited by the pastors of the "Black Regiment", it is doubtful whether American independence could ever have been achieved.
The battle today is a spiritual battle and does not require physical armaments. But God’s ordained pastors and God’s redeemed covenant people are armed with a weapon—God’s Word—the Bible—the Sword of the Spirit (Eph 6:17).
"For the word of God is alive, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword” (Heb 4:12).
‘Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war!’
Wake-up, Pastors! Wake-up, Christians!
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