Title: Government To 501(C)3 Pulpit: Shut Up
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The Federal Government finally Is censoring 501(C)3 tax exempt churches what to say and what they cannot say, from the pulpit!
The relationship between the throne and the pulpit has always been a tenuous one at best. Since the days of Melchisedec, God intended that the office of priest and king be separate. Old Testament kings learned the hard way not to intrude into the priest’s office. God clearly intended that His prophets be free and independent men who possessed as much courage as they did faith. Reading the scriptural record of the Old Testament reveals that the prophecies and warnings of the prophets were aimed as much at the throne as at the village.
And, more often than not, these prophecies were not well received (putting it mildly) by ancient Israel’s equivalent to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Consider what some of these kings lost when trying to arrest God's prophets.
* King Amaziah commanded the prophet Amos to “prophesy not.”
* King Jeroboam I attempted to seize, with the intent to kill, the prophet. Fortunately, God miraculously protected His man.
* King Ahab looked everywhere for Elijah with the intent to kill him. Queen Jezebel tried to kill Elijah, as well.
* Ahab’s last act was to imprison the prophet Micaiah.
* Ahab’s son, King Ahaziah, tried to arrest Elijah three times and lost over 100 men in the process.
* Ahab’s second son, King Jehoram, tried to kill the prophet Elisha.
* King Joash killed Zechariah.
* King Amaziah beat God’s prophet into silence.
* King Jehoiakim killed Uriah.
* The prophet Jeremiah spent more time in prison than he did out. Israel’s kings falsely accused him, hated him, mocked him, persecuted him, and repeatedly imprisoned him. They even attempted to murder him, and without divine protection, would no doubt have succeeded.
* The prophets Amos, Micah, and Isaiah all record Israel’s kings as telling them to “prophesy not,” or in modern parlance, to “shut up.”
* So egregious were the persecutions against God’s prophets by Israel’s kings that Jesus stood outside the capital city of Jerusalem and declared, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee.” (Matthew 23:37 KJV)
* Likewise, the early church was birthed in a baptism of persecution.
* And the story of the church throughout history has, for the most part, been one of governmental persecution, oppression, and tyranny against believers. Some of them were unable to defend themselves and were led away as sheep to the slaughter. Others resisted with force. Of these, some prevailed, threw off the oppressor, and lived in peace; while some fell on the battlefield, choosing to die as free men than live as slaves.
The history of America reflects the struggle of religious men to live free of the king’s tyranny. First, the pilgrims came to these shores fleeing persecution. Then, the patriots bled and died on these shores fighting persecution. The result was a land of liberty in whose founding documents are enshrined the eternal principles of liberty.
Chief among those principles was the divine principle that the throne must stay out of the pulpit, that no more could the king tell the prophet to shut up. But there is more than one way to silence a man. If coercion and intimidation won’t work, bribery is always an option. Back in the 1950s, then Texas US Senator Lyndon Johnson cleverly employed both tactics when he introduced and helped pass what we now know as the 501c3 non-profit, tax-exempt corporation status for churches. Suddenly, free and independent church bodies became creatures of the state. Pastors, elders, deacons, etc., were no longer offices of the church; they were now corporate officers, authorized and sanctioned by the state.
Just as Ahab had his gaggle of bought-and-paid-for prophets, so, too, now Lyndon Johnson and his fellow would-be kings had successfully bought and paid for the silence of the pulpit. And the perks were good. These state-owned preachers were able to launch radio and television programs, build schools and universities, and enjoy the approbation of heads of state. Wealthy corporate heads were happy to provide vast sums of money to these state-approved “ministries.” The state even generously provided faith-based taxpayer money to their approved churches.
Compliant pastors were called to the White House for lavish banquets and private meetings.
The marriage between throne and pulpit was complete. It was a small price to pay: all the prophets had to do was “shut up".
Brothers and sisters, that’s why your pastor will not 'Cry aloud, spare not, [and] lift up [his] voice like a trumpet'. (Isaiah 58:1).
That’s why he will not rebuke Ahab or Herod. That’s why he will not talk about “politics.” That’s why he will not preach the hard sermons. That’s why he refuses to read the books or watch the videos you give him. That’s why he tells the church family to stay away from you. That’s why he warns his flock to not listen to genuine pastors and discerning teaches. That’s why he rolls his eyes at the mere mention of the word “conspiracy.” He is a hireling of Caesar. He is bought and paid for by the government’s 501c3 tax-exempt bribe.
Just as Pharaoh had the religious wizards Jannes and Jambres to withstand Moses, modern heads of state have their religious wizards to stand against those patriot-pastors who dare to oppose them. These hireling-wizards even dare to proclaim that America’s Founding Fathers were sinful when they resisted the tyranny of King George. They mingle the magic potion of pacifism by twisting Romans 13 and other scriptures to promote the damnable doctrine of submission to oppression. If they mention the great Swiss reformer Zwingli at all, they fail to mention that he died on the battlefield--sword in hand--defending religious liberty.
They condemn the heroic efforts of courageous preachers such as Germany’s Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Niemoller. They cast aspersion upon the sacrifices of American patriot-pastors such as Jonas Clark, James Caldwell, John Peter Muhlenberg, Joab Houghton, John Witherspoon, and John Leland. Yes, they are willing to sacrifice the lives and liberties of their own offspring in order to eat well at the king’s table. And eat well they do . Everyone now seems concerned about the way the IRS sought to intimidate and punish “conservative” non-profit groups.
But why should this surprise us? The IRS has been the chief instrument of coercion against America’s churches for over a half-century. And where is the outrage among America’s Christians for the way their pastors have been intimidated and bribed into silence by this monstrous agency? If America’s churches had any guts, they would stand up now and demand that the IRS, along with its infernal 501c3 code, be forever abolished.
Jesus said that a man cannot serve two masters--neither can a church. The church cannot be the property of the state and the property of Christ at the same time. Its loyalty is to one or the other. A pastor cannot be the prophet of God and the hireling of men at the same time. And the scripture is clear: 'Be not ye the servants of men'. (I Corinthians 7:23)
There was a time in America when we had pastors and preachers in the similitude of Old Testament prophets. They were men who helped forge a land of freedom. Furthermore, they helped insure that in the United States there was 'No king but Jesus'. They feared no one but God, and they loved liberty from the depths of their souls. And they made sure that in this country no civil magistrate could ever tell the pulpit to 'shut up'.
What ever happened to those men? (Guest Column by Pastor Chuck Baldwin)
Sadly, the same pastors who have led the Church into grave Apostasy have been the 501(C)3 pastors who have loved the material benefits of being tax exempt churches. Further, many of these pastors are so lacking in faith that they worry that, if they shed the tax exempt designation, their members would stop giving! Thus, these pastors impugn the faith of their members! These pastors really do not believe God when He promised that He would never leave His children or His leaders, not ever. Listen to some of these wonderful promises:
"Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money, including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions, and be satisfied with your present circumstances and with what you have; for He, God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down, relax My hold on you! Assuredly not! (Hebrews 13:5; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)
NOTE: "Three negatives precede the verb". Therefore, the correct English translation is " I will not, I will not, I will not"!
"I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." (Psalm 34:4; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)
"The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing." (Psalm 34:10; Ibid)
I love the Godly revelation of these two verses in Psalm 34. God allows us to "inquire" and even "require" Him based upon two factors: 1) Our need, which is created by God when He created mankind ; 2) On the Authority of His Word! These two verses speak boldly and plainly of a powerful faith in the promises of God, literal promises upon which we can boldly step out upon all during our lives.
"When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles." (Psalm 34:17; Ibid.)
"The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent. Many evils confront the consistently righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all." (Psalm 34:18-19; Ibid.)
One of my most favorite promises is found in Exodus 14.
"Moses told the people, Fear not; stand still, firm, confident, undismayed, and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today ... The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest." (Exodus 14:13-14; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)
If these 501(C)3 pastors truly believed in the Divine working of God's precious promises, they would scorn any "assistance" from government agencies and depend upon God's provision, either directly or working through God's elect.
When Cutting Edge was set up in November, 1995, we did so as a 'for-profit' organization. In 1998, a person suggested that we could get significant monies if we converted to 501(C)3. We listened to the siren call and filed anew with the IRS to be a tax exempt ministry. But, that came to a screeching halt in May, 2000; the Cutting Edge accountant has paid good money every year to attend the annual IRS seminar for Certified Public Accountants. These accountants learn the changes in the tax code the previous year and then are given a computer program containing all the tax changes.
In May, 2000, a top IRS official told the CPA's at the meeting that the time was "coming soon" when the Federal Government would begin to censor 501C)3 ministries. After all, this official said, a 501(C)3 pastor and his entire board really work for the Federal Government, and the time is coming soon when they will realize this reality very clearly.
The World Is On Fire In The 'Non-Integrating Gap'
Just a little over a year later, the attacks of 9/11 occurred, followed by the nonsensical invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. I have always been amazed at how many Fundamental and/or Baptist pastors stood Sunday after Sunday in their pulpit, crying out that Bush's wars were "Just Wars" and that the Christians in the pews must support this "christian" President.
Such pastors also stoutly resisted any truth that would show how false their beliefs about President Bush were; they refused to believe that he might be a devout Skull & Bones Adept, thus making him a worshipper of Lucifer. But, now, the fruits of his evil wars in Afghanistan and Bush are becoming known. "W's" constant use of Depleted Uranium Munitions will produce about 1 billion deaths of civilians throughout the entire 'Non-Integrating Gap', pictured above.
In the guise of "liberating" the Islamic peoples of this region from repressive governments, and spreading "democracy", President Bush actually escalated the war against Islam which his Father started in February, 1991. Christian author, Constance Cumbey, stated in her book, "The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow", (published 1984) that the Illuminati had decided that all adherents to Monotheistic Religions must die, for their people could never accept the polytheistic claims of The New Age Christ.
Cumbey said that the people of Islam would be eradicated first, because of their sheet physical numbers! That war began in February, 1991, as President H.W. Bush -- also Skull & Bones -- used a Depleted Uranium army to drive Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. Then, President Clinton enforced a United Nations "no fly zone" using D.U. weapons; finally, President George W. Bush invaded both Afghanistan and Iraq using very deadly D.U. weaponry.
And, I will always be convinced that America's Fundamental Pastors were silenced by a phone call from the IRS threatening to shut the doors to their church if they did not "shut their mouths". The message, I am sure, was plain: adhere to the Administration's theme from their pulpit and urge his people to support the war effort, as well. The incredible spiritual blindness of these pastors in also teaching that George W. Bush was a Christian still rankles me greatly, because monstrous levels evidence existed in the public arena that disproved that Bush was a genuine Christian.
Returning back to the subject of Cutting Edge and our 501(C)3 status, my accountant called me from home just as soon as he got home from the IRS seminar, to tell me that he was starting the paperwork to dissolve our tax exempt status and file us again as a "for-profit" S Corporation. Obviously, if Cutting Edge came under government censorship, our government censorship -- as this Illuminati Card portrays as the Plan -- our ministry would be dead in a hurry.
When we told our readers in Summer, 2000, that we were changing our status so we could continue boldly teaching the truth during the End of the Age, our readers strongly supported us. Donations and bookstore purchases increased until the Bush recession set in during the year, 2007.
The Church is sliding into the prophesied Abyss of apostasy today, and one of the largest reasons for that slide has been that Fundamental Pastors who know better have been bribed / coerced into "shutting their mouths" at the time when they should have been shouting the warning as "Watchmen on the Wall". Let us finish with this Scripture.
"But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand." (Ezekiel 33:6; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary))
"[Israel’s] watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; dreaming, lying down, they love to slumber." (Isaiah 56:10; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)
Since the planned attacks of 9/11 , the religious watchmen on the wall have ignored the coming sword, and have refused to warn their people. They have poked fun at those few discerning Americans who dared know and speak the truth, and have wilfully closed their eyes. Therefore, they are "blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; dreaming, lying down, they love to slumber."
Today's pastors and teachers are part of the problem, refusing to be part of the spiritual solution.
Truly, the End of the Age is upon us. Are you spiritually ready? Is your family? Are you adequately protecting your loved ones? This is the reason for this ministry, to enable you to first understand the peril facing you, and then help you develop strategies to warn and protect your loved ones. Once you have been thoroughly trained, you can also use your knowledge as a means to open the door of discussion with an unsaved person. I have been able to use it many times, and have seen people come to Jesus Christ as a result. These perilous times are also a time when we can reach many souls for Jesus Christ, making an eternal difference.
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