By Pastor Butch Paugh
January 18, 2014
NOTE: All scripture is taken from the King James Bible
Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the wholeduty of man” (allmen). 14. “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it begood, or whether it be evil.”
II Samuel 23:2 “The Spirit of the Lordspake by me, and his word was in my tongue.” 3. “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, he that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
Matthew 5:13 “Ye are the salt (No. 217, Strong’s Con., salt- influence, prudence) of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”14. “Ye are the light (No. 54-57, Strong’s Con., light-to shine or make manifest, luminescence, influence) of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” 15. “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” 16. “Let your light (influence) so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” 17. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
It should be obvious from the above verses that it is the duty for all men to obey God’s righteous laws, and that the church is to be the instrument that ensures that God’s laws and His will are known and fulfilled in society. Politics notexcluded.
In a recent magazine titled Midnight Call, a reader wrote to the editor Mr. Arno Forese concerning Deists and Freemasons. In the letter from C. Baksa from North Carolina, Mr. Baksa was correcting the misconception and false teaching that most of The Founders of America were Deists, Freemasons, or both. There is no doubt that some were of these groups, but as wrong as both of these “cults” are, they cannot hold a candle to the perverts we call leaders today. In Mr. Forese’s response to the letter, he stated that from his studies he found that perhaps most of The Founders were Deists and/or Freemasons.He also believed that Thomas Jefferson was at best a Deist, and at worst a blasphemer. In this article, we are not going to concern ourselves with this issue, but rather with Mr. Forese’s final statement in his response. This final sentence was written, “Mixing politics with the church is always wrong; even worse, contrary to scripture.”
Mr. Forese’s answer is a very common one today, but it is certainly incorrect to say the least. The fact is that Satan has placed this lie in the minds of the church to weaken the cause of church on earth. This fallacy takes away the effectiveness of the church the same as does the belief of Antinomianismso prevalent in most churches today.
Most people fail to understand that it is impossible to be a non-religious individual, society, organization, or nation. Every individual and group has a philosophy that is a basis for directing their lives. These beliefs or philosophiesare their religious beliefs and convictions. If their belief system is not based on the Holy Scriptures, then it is satanic in its origin. It truly is that simple! There are only two kingdoms: the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Satan. You see, my opinion doesn’t matter and neither does yours, because the only thing that matters is what thus saith the Almighty God of creation, named Yahweh or Jehovah.
All men and nations govern themselves and are governed by laws based on a religion. If those who profess Christ do not influence man’s laws, as well as keep those who call themselves leaders in check, then the law of nature will prevail. Nature itself demands that all people have a religion. Out of the lusts or deep desires of the heart of flesh a man governs himself. (Romans 1:24, Matthew 15:19, Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 6:18 to name a few scriptures.) Man’s religion (heart’s desires and thoughts) always tends to evil and even deeper evil without the “checks and balances” of God’s words. (Romans 1:30, Proverbs 6:18). So, if Christians do not get involved in politics to ensure that God’s laws are being influenced and enforced, society will deteriorate into chaos and into a total moral abyss. Witness America!
Clarifying what it means to be an influence, the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary defines “influence” as, “to move by physical power operating by unseen laws or force; to move by moral power; to act on and affect, as the mind or will in persuading or dissuading; to induce.”
If the type of pastors and Christian leaders we have today would have been the spiritual leaders of the church in America’s colonial era, then the United States of America would never have existed. The ignorance and apathy of today’s church leaders would have killed the infant country’s cries for liberty and for Christ as the only righteous king. Hosea 4:6 still is a valid scripture.
It is a deadly sin for the people of God not to influence society from top to bottom with Christian morality, righteousness and righteous judgment. This is what has killed America! (Ecclesiastes 8:11, Psalm 9:17, Proverbs 14:34) The founders and righteous people of America were determined to “influence” their government at the point of a gun to protect their God-given right of liberty. Americans today as a whole are a soft, decadent and pleasure-loving people. Our society’s condition proves out Hosea 4:6-7. The sin of this nation’s destruction lies squarely at the foot of the pulpits in America!
Francis Shaffer tried to warn America in the 1970s of what this nation was going to face in the near future. He said this to all who would hear, butsadly, few would listen. “There are times in which anyone with a shred of moral principal should be profoundly angry. We live in such times.” This was spoken in the 1920s! We are still people without much moral conviction. Thank God for the few still trying to righteously influence society. They are all that keeps the righteous God of Glory from totally destroying this nation in righteous judgment. But time for repentance for those who will hear the truth is quickly running out. America is not redeemable. She crossed the line of no return decades ago. (See my article “To Sin Beyond Repentance”.) Soon, only the righteous few will be delivered with no hope for the masses. (Ezekiel 14:14)
John Adams expressed that the church is the moral compass of society. Looking at the churches today, it is easy to understand why there is no hope for America. Remember, we’ve been told that wecannot have the church mixing in politics. What damnable stupidity and ignorance of all that is righteous and holy has cost this nation already.
To further reinforce my point, I have included several quotes from men far more qualified to correct Mr. Forese and the countless others who have fallen into the lies and deceptions of Satan in neutering the church’s desire and moral duty to demand a righteous government, therefore influencing politics.
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” –Patrick Henry
“Let Mr. Madison tell me when did liberty ever exist when the sword and the purse were given up from the people? Unless a miracle shall interpose, no nation ever did, nor ever can retain its liberty after the loss of the sword and the purse.” -Patrick Henry
“For men to stand fast in their liberty means revisiting the attempts that are made against it, in the best and most effectual manner they can.” -Simeon Howard, Election Sermon (1773)
“It cannot be emphasized too often or too strongly that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” -Patrick Henry
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and the interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” -John Jay (Deuteronomy 17:15)
“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” -Albert Einstein
“All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke
“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive… The People are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” -Thomas Jefferson
“… The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations… This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.” -John Adams
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Truth doesn’t always make you comfortable. If may very well fly in the face of all that you have been taught, lived by, and grown accustomed to, but it is still the truth. If you wish to remain honest and sincere in your actions and life you must confront and conform to it.” -Pastor Butch Paugh
“If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, 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 religion, 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. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.” -Charles G. Finney
“When those not wronged are as indignant as those who are, justice prevails.” -Unknown
“Of the 22 civilizations that have appeared in history, 19 of them collapsed when they reached the moral state of America today.” - Arnold Toynbee, author of the 12 volume A Study of History
“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point with the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” -Martin Luther (1483-1546)
“People who fight may lose. People who don’t fight have already lost.” -Bertolt Brecht
“People with integrity expect to be believed. When they are not, then they allow time to prove them right.” -Unknown
“There is tranquility in ignorance, but servitude is its partner.” –Unknown
“In our day, religion may be very precious to some persons, but hardly important enough to cause division or risk hurting anyone’s feelings. In all our discussions, there must never be any trace of intolerance, we are reminded; but obviously we forget that the most fervent devotees of tolerance are invariably intolerant of everyone who speaks about God with certainty.
And there must be no bigotry—which is the name given to spiritual assurance by those who do not enjoy it! The desire to please may be commendable enough under certain circumstances, but when pleasing men means displeasing God, it is an unqualified evil and should have no place in the Christian’s heart.
To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men. This is such a common truth that one hesitates to mention it, yet it app-ears to have been overlooked by the majority of Christians today.
There is a notion abroad that to win a man we must agree with him. Actually, the exact opposite is true!
The man who is going in a wrong direction will never be set right by the affable religionist who falls into step beside him and goes the same way. Someone must place himself across the path and insist that the straying man turn around and go in the right direction.” -A.W. Tozer
Tozer was right. So was Paul in Ephesians 6:13 when he said, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
Alexander TylerAmerica should give heed to Alexander Tyler’s “A Bird’s-Eye View of the Evolution of Nations” that describes the rise and fall of a nation.
A Bird’s-Eye View of the Evolution of Nations
1. From bondage to spiritual faith.
2. From spiritual faith to great courage.
3. From courage to liberty.
4. From liberty to abundance.
5. From abundance to selfishness.
6. From selfishness to complacency.
7. From complacency to apathy.
8. From apathy to dependency.
9. From dependency back to bondage.
The Godly knowledge and wisdom quoted above is more than enough to prove to anyone who wants to see the truth that Christians were and still are to be involved in and to influence politics in every way. The church’s duty is to demand a righteous Godly government!