Persecution Of Constitutionalists: Coming To A Sheriff’s Office Near You

On the front cover of Washington State’s August 2015 “Inlander” magazine, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is shown hands on hips standing on top of the “Don’t Tread On Me” (Gadsden) flag. The title of the article is “Daring To Tread.”

The sheriff and at least one of his deputies have verbalized opinions that “constitutionalists” are threats to the sheriff’s office, the federal government, and to the country itself. Sheriff Knezovich even went so far as to compare “constitutionalists” with the Sunni Muslim terror group ISIS. The deputy indicated that the presence of armed “constitutionalists” in the county was the principal reason why the sheriff’s office was amassing military equipment. When asked to name names as to who he was referring to, Spokane County’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer (Sheriff Knezovich) named Washington State Representative Matt Shea and radio talk show host Alex Jones (who resides in Texas, not Spokane County, Washington).

Writing for InfoWars.com, Mikael Thalen reports, “The Inlander piece highlights the sheriff’s ongoing campaign against local conservative groups who he feels are pushing dangerous rhetoric. When asked to specifically name those responsible, Knezovich pointed to both Rep. Shea and ‘all those folks that created the video about the Deputy.’

“Knezovich’s statement refers to exclusive footage released by Infowars last December which highlighted unsettling comments made by a Spokane sheriff’s deputy as he stood next to the department’s mine-resistant ambush protected military vehicle (MRAP). After a local resident approached and questioned law enforcement’s need for military hardware, the deputy immediately used ‘constitutionalists’ with ‘firearms’ as justification.

“‘I mean, we’ve got a lot of constitutionalists and a lot of people that stockpile weapons, lots of ammunition,’ the deputy said. ‘They have weapons here locally.’”

The report continued saying, “‘Instead of apologizing for the comments made by his deputy, Sheriff Knezovich essentially blamed Infowars for daring to report on the issue, claiming that the quote was taken out of context while failing to explain how such a brazen statement could be taken for anything other than its face value,’ noted Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson at the time.

“Speaking with Infowars, Rep. Shea expressed outrage at Knezovich’s latest comments and also the article’s analysis on a local pastor.

“‘I fought Islamic terrorists on the ground in Iraq face-to-face,’ Shea said. ‘I lost a man–who was a Christian and who would have fit the Sheriff’s definition of a constitutionalist–under my command fighting Islamic terrorists.’

“‘It is outrageous to compare constitutionalists and Christians to ISIS! We believe in freedom. We believe in liberty. A value set that is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition. ISIS is anathema to those things. I call on every Christian and constitutionalist in this country to demand an apology from this Sheriff for his outrageous comments and demand his immediate resignation.’”

See the written and video reports here:

Sheriff Compares Constitutionalists To ISIS

Readers should know that Representative Shea served in the U.S. Army with two combat tours overseas, including eight months in Bosnia as a platoon leader, and eleven months in Baghdad, Iraq, as a company commander. Matt was awarded a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge along with other awards and commendations. Matt was also distinguished as being the top rated Captain in his Battalion. This is the man that Sheriff Knezovich says is as dangerous as ISIS.

Unfortunately, Sheriff Knezovich is illustrative of the propaganda that local and State police agencies and sheriff’s offices are receiving from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Working in tandem with the ultra-left wing hate group, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), DHS constantly feeds anti-conservative, anti-constitutionalist, anti-patriot, anti-Christian, anti-veterans propaganda to local police agencies via its numerous “fusion centers” across the country.

See this report:

The Threat To Freedom: The Southern Poverty Law Center And The Department Of Homeland Security

Add a historical and constitutional ignorance with a personal lust for power, and sheriffs and police chiefs across the country readily buy into the DHS propaganda. The result is men like Sheriff Knezovich and his deputy.

I dare say that a good many of the readers of this column reside in counties in which the sheriff feels exactly as does Sheriff Knezovich. Thank God, not all of our sheriffs and city police chiefs fall into this category. Some of them have actually read the Constitution and Bill of Rights and are devoted to protecting the liberties of the citizens in their cities and counties. But far too many of them are of the ilk of Sheriff Knezovich.

But once again, I must ask, where are the pastors? Where are the pastors in Spokane County, Washington?

Spokane County, Washington, is filled with Christians and churches. It is a God-fearing community. Why are the pastors of Spokane County not rallying their churches against the obviously anti-Christian, anti-patriot, anti-constitutionalist bigotry of this sheriff’s office? Every pastor in the county and every church congregation in the county should be demanding with protests, phone calls, emails, letters, etc., that this sheriff resign. This should continue every day in perpetuity until he does so.

I’ll say it plainly: the only reason we have tyrannically-inclined men like Sheriff Knezovich in public office is because our pastors don’t have the man-stuff to stand up against it. We have corrupt, unconstitutional civil magistrates because America’s pastors willingly, sheepishly, cowardly go along with it. Behind every Big Government toady like Sheriff Knezovich are scores and hundreds of pastors who are aiding and abetting him.

Think what could happen in Spokane County, Washington–and in counties across America–if our pastors would courageously lead their congregations to stand against this kind of corruption and abuse of power. Just think!

Did our plucky pastors in Colonial America lead the Christian people of America to cast off the tyranny of the British Crown only to have their spiritual descendants in the pulpits willfully sit back as indifferent bystanders and allow the sons of the patriots to be led into servitude like sheep? Jonas Clark, Joab Houghton, John Peter Muhlenberg, James Caldwell, and the rest of the Black Regiment must be turning over in their graves.

In the meantime, Christians, constitutionalists, and gun owners in Spokane County, Washington, have a sheriff’s office that considers them to be potential terrorists in the similitude of ISIS.

Once again, we see how DHS training and indoctrination is teaching our local police agencies to regard freedom-loving Americans as the enemy. Now you know: all of those armored vehicles and military hardware owned by your local police department or sheriff’s office are purchased for the purpose of being used against us “constitutionalists.” Be sure to watch the video report contained  in the Infowars.com news story linked earlier in this column. And then please remember what the Spokane County sheriff’s deputy said the next time you see one of those big armored vehicles rolling down the streets of your community.

How does it happen that local sheriff’s deputies can relate people who support the Constitution of the United States to Islamic terrorists? And tell me again what it was that those deputies and police officers swore an oath to, if it wasn’t the Constitution of the United States?

Then again, I remember sitting across the lunch table recently with an elected county official and asking him to tell me what the oath was he took when he was first elected to public office, and he candidly (and sheepishly) told me he couldn’t remember. It is obvious that Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich doesn’t remember, either.

 

P.S. In light of the existence of constitutionally-illiterate and tyrannically-predisposed sheriffs like Ozzie Knezovich, let me remind readers that we have just recently produced an hour-long DVD wherein my son, Attorney Tim Baldwin, lectures (complete with instructional slides) on the topic: “Police Contact: How To Respond.”

Tim explains your rights and the law regarding police contacts in a variety of circumstances, such as traffic stops, etc. He explains the rights and protections you have under the Constitution. He presents a constitutional, legal analysis of what you should and shouldn’t do when brought into contact with a police officer, sheriff’s deputy, or highway patrolman.

Tim is a former felony prosecutor and is now a criminal defense attorney. He has seen both sides of the criminal justice system and is imminently qualified to discuss this subject. He knows that for an attorney to best protect his or her clients, they need to know how to protect themselves before and during the investigative and arrest procedures.

As his dad, I can tell you he taught me a lot! Believe me, being informed of your legal rights and responsibilities under the law is very empowering, which is exactly what America’s Founding Fathers intended. True power, true authority, rests with the People under God and the Constitution. Police officers are SERVANTS of the People and are as obligated to obey the Constitution as are each of us. Knowing these rights and protections will give you much CONFIDENCE when you are pulled over by a police officer.

Let me hasten to say that I am ALWAYS respectful to a police officer. And so should we always be. We must respect his position. But mostly, we must respect the law that he, the police officer, is sworn to uphold. But how can we respect the law if we don’t even know and understand the law? How can officers improve their law-enforcement practice unless citizens know when police are following the law? How is the legal system benefited if police can trample citizens’ constitutional rights with the consent of the people? Tim’s DVD will help tremendously in this regard.

In light of the climate that we all live in today, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that we become familiar with our constitutional rights and responsibilities. If enough of the American people would learn these constitutional principles, they could stem the growing tide of unconstitutional conduct by our public servants, including, and especially, by those in law enforcement.

Here is where you can order the DVD, “Police Contact: How To Respond,” by Attorney Tim Baldwin.

Police Contact: How To Respond

And, folks, this DVD is a bargain at whatever price. How much value do you place on your liberties?

© Chuck Baldwin

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A Suggested Survival List

I fully realize that most of us Americans cannot fathom a world in which food cannot be obtained from the supermarket or fuel cannot be obtained from the corner gas station or that the power grid could be offline for more than a few hours. Hardly anyone in the national media will even entertain the idea that anything catastrophic could ever happen in this country that would disrupt our lives for more than a few days.

Additionally, the vast majority of pastors and churches refuse to deal with any of these issues and do their best to keep people comfortably sedated. I also know that when you try to discuss these issues with church leaders, you hear such things as, “This is America–it can’t happen here,” or “God won’t let that happen,” or “The Rapture will take place first,” and other such expressions of denial. Each time I write my Suggested Survival column, I receive a plethora of correspondence from Christian people chastising me for my “lack of faith.”

Yet, I remind readers that the Old Testament story of Joseph was written “for our learning.” (Rom. 15:4) I also remind readers that the tribulations, which American Christians keep saying can’t happen to them, have been happening to Christians throughout the world for decades. I guess God must not love those poor folks as much as He loves us fat, lazy Christians in America, huh?

Most sensible people know that America’s economic outlook is bleak, the current phony surge in the stock market notwithstanding. For all intents and purposes, the U.S. is bankrupt. We are living on borrowed money and on borrowed time. Every honest economist knows this is true and is making personal preparations for the inevitable. And, by the way, so are many federal law enforcement officers. Many of you would be shocked to discover just how much “prepping” is being done by in-the-know federal agents and military personnel.

Regardless of the ostriches among us, the fact is, there are millions of people across the country that are already preparing for the “seven years of famine.” I would even dare say that God is NOW relocating much of His remnant in a way that hasn’t been seen since the Pilgrims fled Europe for the new world in America. I know, because I see it every day here in Montana; and this State is not the only place experiencing a surge of pilgrims.

I believe that the next “big event” is going to make 9/11 look like a walk in the park by comparison. A future nuclear war with Russia or China–or both–is a definite possibility. If it happens, about a dozen large American cities, which contain strategic military targets, will be flattened–as well as our key military installations and nuclear missile silos. Woe to those of us who live within a couple hundred miles of those cities and those who live directly eastward of any of these targets.

Even if my concern regarding nuclear war never materializes (I would love to be wrong about this), how long before another terrorist attack similar to 9/11 takes place? How long before there is another Hurricane Katrina or Los Angeles riot? How long before an EMP takes out the power grid? How long before major water dams dry up? How long before a major drought disrupts the food supply? How long before America’s tattered and fragile economy spawns hyper-inflation? The possible eventualities that might spark a serious national catastrophe are so numerous, it is virtually impossible to count them all.

Am I fear-mongering? Absolutely not! Anyone who knows me or who has listened to my speeches and messages knows I am constantly proclaiming, “Fear not.” It is the federal government and its puppets in the national media who are constantly trying to instill fear in the hearts of people, in order to scare us into accepting their Nanny State and Police State. They know people will surrender liberties they would not ordinarily surrender if they are frightened enough.

No, I am not living in fear, nor am I trying to instill fear in others. But I am advocating readiness. Only foolish people would sit back and do nothing to try and protect their families and loved ones in the face of danger. Twice the Scriptures say, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” (Proverbs 22:3; 27:12 KJV) I remind my Christian brethren: when it rains, it rains on the just and the unjust alike. (Matthew 5:45)

Accordingly, people from virtually every walk of life have asked my thoughts on how they should prepare. Therefore, I will, again, attempt to share with my readers some of the counsel I have given these folks.

First, a disclaimer: I am not an economist; I am not a survival expert; I am not a firearms expert; I am not an attorney; and I am not a physician. For several years, however, I have tried to learn from others. I am an avid reader. My work has allowed me to travel extensively. In fact, I have logged nearly 300,000 miles crisscrossing this great country over the last few years. I have had the privilege of sitting at the feet of–and learning from–many of America’s most learned, most trained, and most qualified experts in a variety of fields. What I write today, I have learned from others. I’ve formed my own opinions and priorities, of course, but everything I’m sharing has been said or written about before. But if I can share something in today’s column that will help someone be better prepared for the days to come, then my goal will have been achieved.

Location:

Analyze your living conditions. Where do you live? Do you live in an urban or rural environment? Is it a big city or small town? Do you live in an apartment or condominium? How close are your neighbors? Do you even know your neighbors? Would you trust them if the electricity was off and they were hungry? How easily could you secure your home? If you live in a cold weather environment, how long could you stay warm without electricity? These are the kinds of questions you need to ask yourself now.

Over the past several decades, masses of people have migrated into large metropolitan areas. More people currently live in urban areas than at any time in American history. While this may be well and good for times of prosperity, it is an absolute nightmare during any kind of disaster. Needless to say, any inner-city environment could become a powder keg almost instantaneously given the right (or wrong) circumstances. And the bigger the city, the bigger the potential problems.

Plus, as I have already noted, if you live downwind of a major military installation during a nuclear attack, you are in an extremely jeopardous situation. And, no, don’t fool yourself: not every area of the country is as vulnerable to fallout during a nuclear attack as others. I strongly encourage readers to purchase Joel Skousen’s excellent book on strategic relocation to see an in-depth, analytical review of nuclear target and fallout areas–along with other helpful information. Go here:

Strategic Relocation

If you live in the inner city, I suggest you consider moving to a more rural location. If you can afford it, now is a great time to buy a “safe house” outside the city. If you are fortunate enough to have family or some trusted friends nearby, you may want to put your heads–and some resources–together in preparation for serious upheaval. Obviously, a team of prepared people is much better than being alone.

If you must stay in your urban location, have some common sense plans in hand in the event of a major disaster. Get to know your neighbors: find out whom you can trust and whom you can’t. Keep some extra gasoline on hand, in case you need to get in your car quickly and leave. Have several exit routes planned ahead of time in case roads are blocked. Have a “bug-out” bag containing essential ingredients to live on for at least three or four days. If leaving is not an option, have a plan to secure your home as best you can. You’ll need to think about things such as food, water, medicine, warmth, self-defense, etc. But at this point, to do nothing is absolute lunacy.

Most readers probably know that my entire family and I made the decision back in 2010 to move 2,600 miles from our home of 35 years in the Florida panhandle to the Flathead Valley of Montana, which is located about 75 miles south of the Canadian border in the Rocky Mountains. And I can tell readers without equivocation or hesitation that we are so glad we made this move. For me personally, I absolutely love it here.

If readers want to learn more about what prompted our move to Montana, please peruse the information on this web page:

Baldwins’ Move To Montana

Just a word of caution at this point: making a move to a rural State such as Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska, etc., is not for the faint-hearted. I would be dishonest if I told you that such a move is easy. It is not. It is extremely difficult and challenging. If you are not absolutely serious about such a move–and prepared to deal with the hardships that will certainly follow–don’t even think about it. And if you are squeamish about cold weather, don’t even think about it. Such a move is not only a change of location; it is a change of lifestyle. If you’re not prepared for that, don’t even think about it.

Provisions:

During a major disaster, food will quickly disappear. Living for over three decades on the Gulf Coast, I can tell you with absolute certainty that whenever disaster strikes (usually an approaching hurricane, for those folks), food and provisions at the store completely sell out in a matter of a few hours. People panic, and within hours you cannot find food, bottled water, ice, generators, batteries, candles, etc. In a matter of hours, every gas station in the area will be completely out of gas. Not days. Hours!

Furthermore, almost all disasters include a complete loss of electricity. The water supply is also compromised. At that point, clean water will become absolutely priceless. Dehydration becomes a very real and present danger. I remember witnessing a man give an ice vendor $100 for an extra bag of ice after Hurricane Ivan. My wife and I went 14 days without electricity in the aftermath of that hurricane. Believe me, I got a taste of just how precious bottled water, ice, batteries, generators, fuel, etc., can become.

I suggest you have a supply of food and water to last at least three months. Many survival experts insist that a six-month supply is the minimum. Personally, I can live a long time on tuna fish or peanut butter. You can purchase MREs from a variety of sources, as well as camp-style packaged food from many sporting goods stores. Of course, bottled water is available everywhere during normal times. Stock up! Distilled water will store longer than spring water. Plus, I suggest you have some water purification tablets or a Katadyn water filter on hand. And, if you are able, prepare to grow your own food. In cold weather climates such as we have here in Montana, people quickly learn how to construct and utilize greenhouses in which to grow food. Canning food is another very helpful hedge against deprivation. If your parents and grandparents lived through the Great Depression as mine did, this was standard operating procedure.

Get a generator. Keep a supply of fuel on hand. Stay stocked up on batteries, candles, portable lights, first aid supplies, and toiletries–especially toilet paper and toothpaste. I also suggest you never run out of lighters or matches. You never know when you’ll need to build a fire. If you live in a cold weather climate, you probably already have some sort of wood stove or fireplace.

Gas masks, Geiger counters, plastic sheets for doors and windows, and iodine tablets are an absolute necessity in any kind of radiation emergency. And don’t overlook the benefits of a good knife. Plus, you can NEVER have too much duct tape.

Obviously, you need to take stock of your clothing. Do you have clothes suitable for extended outdoor activity? What about boots? During a disaster, you would trade your best suit from Neiman Marcus for a good pair of boots. Do you have gloves? Insulated underwear? What about camouflage clothing? These could become essential outerwear in the right conditions. Plus, any “bug-out” bag will need to include spare clothing. And as most folks here in Montana know, “cotton kills.” For extended outdoor wear in cold weather, wool is the only way to go.

Communication and medical provisions are also a high priority in any kind of emergency. How will you communicate with your loved ones when the phones (including cell phones) go down? Portable ham radios are a very valuable resource. But the time to buy (and train to use) one is NOW! A preordained rally point (or safe house) might be something to think about. And what about medical supplies? Do you have enough medical supplies to take care of routine (and not-so-routine) emergencies? What about your prescription drugs? How long could you function if you were cut off from your druggist for any length of time? Also, seriously consider learning about natural, herbal medicines. Those plants growing in your “back forty” might just cure a headache, stop bleeding, or even save your life. Think about it now.

And one more suggestion while we’re on this subject: the best resources in the world are of little use if one is physically incapable of making good use of them. In other words, GET IN SHAPE. During any kind of emergency situation, physical exertion and stamina become immensely important. Plus, good health will keep the need for medical treatment and prescription drugs at bay.

Commodities:

I suggest you have at least some cash on hand. Just about any and all disasters will result in banks being closed for extended periods of time. That also means credit card purchases being suspended. You need to have enough cash to be able to purchase essential goods (if they are even available) for an undetermined amount of time.

Of course, some survival gurus insist that during any cataclysmic climate, precious metals will become the only reliable currency. A little gold and silver could go a long way in a prolonged emergency. And right now is a great time to buy gold and silver. Current spot prices are extremely deflated and won’t stay this low forever.

In fact, in a disaster, what is considered a valuable commodity can change rather quickly, as the barter system takes a life of its own. What is valuable is determined by what you need and how badly you need it. In a prolonged disaster, simple things such as toilet paper, canned goods, ammunition, and clothing could become extremely valuable; while cars, video games, televisions, etc., could be reduced to junk status. In antiquity, wars were fought over things such as salt. You might be surprised to learn that there are already active barter groups in your area. I suggest you establish a relationship with these people now.

Speaking of cars, remember that during a prolonged national emergency that might involve some sort of nuclear attack or widespread civil unrest, an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) might be employed; in which case, most every late model vehicle would be completely inoperable. Accordingly, if one can keep an older, pre-computer-age vehicle in good working order, he or she might be driving the only non-government vehicle capable of going anywhere. Of course, you might not want to drive it to town, if that is the case.

Self-Defense:

Needless to say, during any kind of disaster, your safety and protection will be completely up to you. If you really think that the police are going to be able to protect you during an upheaval, you are living in a dream world.

In the New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Ferguson emergencies, many people found that police protection was non-existent. Lawless gangs quickly took control of the streets, and people were left to either defend themselves or swiftly become the helpless prey of violent marauders. In fact, in New Orleans, some of the policemen actually abandoned their oaths to uphold the law and joined with the criminals, turning their weapons against the public.

Face it, folks: in any kind of disaster, you must be able to defend yourself or you and your family will be meat for these animals of society that will quickly descend without mercy upon the unprepared, unsuspecting souls around them. This requires that you be armed. It also requires that you be skilled enough to be able to efficiently use your arms. Therefore, I strongly suggest that you purchase firearms sufficient to keep you and your family safe, and also that you practice sufficiently to know how to use them.

Now, when it comes to a discussion of which firearms are preferable for self-defense, the suggestions are as varied as the people who proffer them. These are my suggestions:

I believe every man (along with his wife and children of adequate age) should be proficient with the following firearms: a handgun in .38 caliber or above, a .22 rifle, a centerfire, bolt-action hunting rifle, a semi-automatic battle rifle, and a shotgun.

My personal preference for a self-defense handgun is a Glock pistol in either .40 or .45 caliber (models 22 and 23 in .40 caliber and models 21 and 30 in .45 caliber). Of course, the 1911 .45 ACP (I prefer Colt or Springfield Armory) is also proven to be very effective. I will also admit to sometimes carrying a 9mm Glock (models 19 and 22) or a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver. My two favorites in this caliber are the Model 66 with a 2 ½-inch barrel and the Model 586 with a 4-inch barrel. My wife prefers to carry a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver in the snub-nose, J-frame configuration. But this is primarily due to the reduced weight of these weapons for carry purposes. If needed, she could make a good accounting of herself with the Glock 19.

If you are someone who has never owned and seldom fired a handgun, I recommend you buy a Glock. They are as simple as revolvers to operate, reliable, and almost indestructible. Plus, they provide increased magazine capacity, and are safe. They are also very easy to disassemble and clean. And, yes, I will admit that for some people a revolver might be the preferred handgun. It has no external magazine to worry about losing; it is very dependable and reliable; it is easy to clean; and it is simple to operate. In a revolver, my suggestion would be either Smith and Wesson or Ruger.

Of course, in dangerous game territory, you will need the power of a 10mm (the Glock 20 shines here), .45 Long Colt, .44 Special, .44 Magnum, or even a .454 Casull. These calibers are not for the limp-wristed, but when one is facing a brown bear, it is what one will need to survive. Plus, when your life is on the line, you’ll never feel the recoil.

For a .22 rifle, I really like the Ruger 10/22. A Marlin tube-fed .22 is also very effective. The CZ bolt-action .22 just might be the most accurate factory .22 on the market. For a hunting rifle, my suggestion is either a .270 or .30-06 caliber bolt-action rifle. I prefer the Remington Model 700 BDL or Browning X-Bolt, but there are several fine weapons in this configuration and caliber by numerous manufacturers. In dangerous game territory, a Marlin .45-70 could be a lifesaver. For a battle rifle, I suggest an AR-15-style firearm in 5.56 caliber or a .308 Springfield M1A. For a shotgun, I suggest a 12-gauge pump or semi-automatic. In a pump shotgun, I prefer a Winchester Model 1300, which is not made anymore. So, you’ll probably have to choose between Mossberg and Remington. In the semi-auto configuration, Mossberg is currently making some fine shotguns. For ladies, however, a 20-gauge shotgun is probably a better choice, and at “bad breath” range (where a shotgun shines, anyway), it is just as lethal.

Whatever you choose, practice with it to the point that you are able to use it proficiently. And be sure you stock up on ammunition (good luck finding .22). A gun without ammo is reduced to being either an expensive club or a cumbersome paperweight.

Go to your local independent sporting goods store (I don’t recommend the large national chain stores to do your firearms shopping) and get to know your hometown firearms dealer. Most of these people are kind and helpful folks who will be more than happy to assist you in finding exactly what type of firearm is suitable for you and your family.

Spiritual Power:

I firmly believe that man is created to have fellowship with his Creator-God. I really don’t know how people can face an uncertain future without the spiritual knowledge, wisdom, comfort, and power that is made available through Jesus Christ. I believe the maxim is true: “Wise men still seek Him.” I strongly suggest that you seek to possess a personal relationship with God’s only begotten Son. In truth, spiritual preparation is far and away the most important preparation of all. Accordingly, be sure to pack a copy of God’s Word in your survival gear.

And if you have not been able to find a local church where the pastor isn’t afraid to deal with the kind of issues like I am dealing with in this column, I invite you to worship online with us at Liberty Fellowship. People all over America who are tired of these 501c3, establishment churches–that have no clue as to what is going on and who wouldn’t take a stand if they did–are tuning in to hear my messages at Liberty Fellowship every Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm Mountain Time. We also archive all of my messages online.  Here is the website:

Liberty Fellowship

Plus, we recently launched the Liberty Church Project, through which we are helping pastors and churches break free from the 501c3 government church status and revive the independent patriot pulpit and liberty church once again. If you seriously want to help launch a non-501c3 church where you live, please go our website and fill out the online application. Go here:

Liberty Church Project

That we are facing challenging days is a certainty. Exactly what that means is yet to be determined. I trust that some of my suggestions will help you be better prepared for what lies before us. Plus, here is an excellent website chock-full of great suggestions and resources for all things survival. Check it out:

Survival Blog.com

I am sure that I have left out several items that others more qualified than I would include. I welcome their suggestions, as I am always desirous to learn from those who are wiser and more experienced. In the meantime, remember your Boy Scout motto: “Be Prepared.”

© Chuck Baldwin

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Do Christians And Conservatives Really Desire A Police State?

A Nazi-like, Stalin-like, Mao-like Police State is being constructed in earnest in America. It started with the Patriot Act in 2001. And it has only gotten worse every year since. And, in reality, this burgeoning Police State has no serious opposition–with the exception of 75 million + gun owners.

Democrats and Republicans alike are actively facilitating the American Police State. About the only time one party or the other opposes Police-State-type legislation is when their party is in the minority; and this is only done in an attempt to make the other party look bad. But as soon as the minority party becomes the majority party, it immediately supports the same Police-State-type legislation that it had previously opposed. A classic example is the Patriot Act itself.

I remember standing with former congressman and former Libertarian Party presidential nominee Bob Barr against the Patriot Act at a rally in Florida. I clearly recall Bob noting that when Bill Clinton was President, Democrats tried to pass the Patriot Act (under another name)–but it was rejected by a Republican Congress. But when George W. Bush proposed the same bill under the name of The USA Patriot Act (which Congressman Barr said was almost word-for-word the same bill that the GOP had defeated just a few years before), a Republican Congress quickly passed it.

That’s the way things work in Washington, D.C. Neither party cares a flip about the Bill of Rights or the Constitution. All they care about is power. Face it, folks: both parties are working in tandem to turn the United States into a giant Police State. Furthermore, the national news media (including FOX News) is in total lockstep with this proliferating Police State.

Writing for GlobalResearch.Ca, Stephen Lendman reports: “Freedom in America is being systematically destroyed: one police state law at a time–with most people ignorant and/or indifferent about what happening.

“Washington’s criminal class is bipartisan–in lockstep against government representing everyone equitably and fairly, serving privileged interests only.

“S. Res. 1705: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 compromises free expression and privacy rights already gravely eroded.

“If enacted, Section 603 will require online companies to inform Washington of any ‘actual knowledge’ of ‘facts and circumstances’ related to undefined ‘terrorist activity’–meaning warrantless searches and seizures of personal electronic content will be authorized, potentially subjecting countless numbers of innocent people to unjustifiable scrutiny.

“Vague language makes independent journalists, political, anti-war, and social justice activists, academics and students doing legitimate research, as well as others vulnerable to being called suspected terrorists.”

The report continued, saying: “One definition of terrorist activity can be another’s way of describing freedom fighting. Legitimate government criticism could be misinterpreted and misused.

“Anyone ideologically opposed to US policies could become vulnerable to arrest, prosecution, conviction and imprisonment for expressing their views online. Police states operate this way.

“Provisions like Section 603 violate fundamental constitutional and international law guaranteed rights. At stake is further erosion of First and Fourth Amendment freedoms.

“Senate members overwhelmingly support S. 1705. Before recessing until September, they were set to pass it by voice vote [meaning automatic passage with no recorded votes of individual senators] until Senator Ron Wyden objected.”

The report goes on to say: “He [Wyden] knows of no law enforcement or intelligence agencies suggesting Section 603 will help identify terrorists. He urges revision or elimination of this section altogether.

“Thirty-one civil liberties organizations and trade associations expressed opposition to Section 603 in a letter sent Senate leaders.

“They include Project Censored, the Media Freedom Foundation, the ACLU, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Consumer Federation of America, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and American Library Association among others.

“They warned of concerns raised above. Innocent people committing no crimes would be at risk. ‘Complying with Section 603 would create a chilling effect on constitutionally protected speech and would impermissibly burden individuals’ First and Fourth Amendment rights,’ they said.

“‘Whether a given comment is a true threat of violence, an expression of a sincerely held religious belief, or a simple joke among friends is a determination that providers are ill-suited to make, particularly when the consequence is reporting a person to the government under the suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities.’”

See the report here:

Spying on Americans: Senate Intelligence Authorization Act, Would Allow Arrest of Journalists, Anti-war Activists, Academics and Students

If it wasn’t for independent Internet news sources such as the one quoted above, most of us would not even know anything about Section 603 of the Senate Intelligence Authorization Act. No more than most Americans know anything about Sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA that authorizes the indefinite detention of American citizens based purely on the federal government’s suspicion of undefined and vaguely-described “terrorist” activity–an unabashed totalitarian provision that was passed by both Democrat and Republican congresses. The national news media (including FOX News) is completely apathetic to informing the American people about the constant and deliberate manufacturing of a Police State by our federal government.

See this two-part report on sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA:

The NDAA Explained

And this review by Congressman Justin Amash (R-Michigan):

The Truth about the New Detainee Policy

And also this review in the Harvard Law Record:

Indefinite Detention Under the NDAA: the Great Attack on Civil Liberties You May Not Have Heard About

But the thing that really galls me is the apathy and indifference to this proliferating Police State by my fellow Christians and “conservatives.” I looked at the complete list of the organizations sponsoring the letter of objection to senate leaders referenced above, and the majority of them would be considered “liberal” by most folks. One notable exception is Ron Paul’s Campaign For Liberty. And, yes, there are a few others.

What is it with most Christians and conservatives? Do they really desire a Police State? Do they have a death wish for America? Is the Church’s misinterpretation of Romans 13 truly sedating Christian people into accepting a draconian Police State in this country? I believe the answer is a resounding “YES!”

For at least the last half-century, America’s Christians have had “obey the government” beat into their heads like Chinese water torture. The result is an omnipresent attitude among Christians that we must ALWAYS submit to government–no matter what. This helps explain many things, doesn’t it?

Since Christians are taught to not resist government, they don’t believe they should resist legalized abortion, or legalized same-sex marriage, or legalized anything else–including a legalized Police State.

Most pastors and Christians will not be willing to admit it, but the erroneous “obey-the-government-no-matter-what” interpretation of Romans 13 has made idolatry fashionable in most churches. In reality, the Hitlerian interpretation of Romans 13 commonly taught in America’s churches today means government, not God, is sovereign. This makes Christians who embrace such a doctrine practicing idolaters.

I again remind readers that my attorney son and I co-authored a book entitled, “Romans 13: The True Meaning of Submission.” In this book, we expose the myth that the Bible teaches unlimited submission to civil government. We show from both testaments that God NEVER expected that His children should voluntarily submit to tyrannical government. Find the book here:

ROMANS 13: The True Meaning of Submission

Think of it: if your pastor did not warn you about the legalization of murdering unborn babies, and if he did not warn you about the legalization of same-sex marriage, what makes anyone think he would warn you about the creation of an American Police State? He didn’t; he hasn’t; and he won’t.

Plus, in the minds of millions of Christians around the country, if FOX News doesn’t cover it, it must not be important. And, except for John Stossel (on FOX Business News), FOX News is not saying diddly squat about the burgeoning Police State taking shape in our country. Nada. Zilch. Nothing. You noticed the subject was never broached by the FOX News moderators during the recent Republican presidential debate.

Where is James Dobson? Where is Pat Robertson? Where is Charles Stanley? Where is Joel Osteen? Where is Rick Warren? Where is Bill Hybels? Where is Jonathan Falwell? Where is Bob Jones University? Where is Pensacola Christian College? Where is Oral Roberts University? Where is Franklin Graham? Where is Benny Hinn? Where is Kenneth Copeland?

Think what could happen if just a few of these men would start being watchmen on the wall for freedom in this country and begin calling our politicians (of both parties) to task for their willingness to facilitate a form of government resembling those created by Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. The time to do something about it is before the curtain falls, folks. Not after.

Winston Churchill once said: “If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves.”

It appears that many of our pastors and Christians would rather live as slaves.

Churchill also said: “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

Is that what our pastors and churches are hoping? Are they really hoping that by feeding the alligator of a burgeoning Police State, they will be eaten last? It appears so.

When it comes to the Bill of Rights, including the Fourth Amendment, Fifth Amendment, etc., there is no such thing as “liberal” or “conservative,” or Democrat or Republican; there is only freedom or slavery. So, I don’t care if Oregon’s Senator Wyden is a “liberal” Democrat; he stood up for the Bill of Rights when he opposed Section 603 of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. I wish our “conservative Republican” friends in the Senate had the guts to do the same thing.

P.S. In addition to the book, “Romans 13: The True Meaning of Submission,” I have a DVD containing four messages on the same subject. The DVD is entitled, “The True Meaning of Romans 13.” If you would rather watch the DVD, it can be ordered here:

The True Meaning of Romans 13 Series-DVD

The four-message DVD is a highlighted digest of the more detailed book. So, actually, the book and DVD combination would make a great set.

Again, to order the book “Romans 13: The True Meaning of Submission,” go here:

ROMANS 13: The True Meaning of Submission

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Cecil The Lion, The Fire Of Molech, Dr. Mengele, And Planned Parenthood

While the propaganda media and their friends in animal rights extremism are going bonkers over the apparent accidental harvesting of a lion in Zimbabwe, the video evidence of Planned Parenthood doctors selling aborted baby parts barely rates a mention. In this absolutely convoluted, confused, and crazy society in which we find ourselves, timeless, tested, and traditional values have been turned completely upside down.

It is no hyperbole to say that when a nation loses the moral conscience that serves to protect the lives of its own children, that nation cannot long endure. It has been over 42 years since the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion on demand was rendered. Think of it: no American under the age of 42 can even remember a time when their country protected the lives of unborn babies. This has resulted in a society whose conscience has been seared and whose values have been skewed.

In the minds of multiplied millions of Americans (including many lawmakers, journalists, television pundits, college professors, high school teachers, judges, and even pastors and ministers), an animal’s life has more value than a baby’s. Truly, did the Apostle Paul warn: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.” (Romans 1:22, 23)

Only human beings are made in the image of God. Only human beings have eternal souls that will live forever in either Heaven or Hell. Only human beings have a God-consciousness and moral makeup in their hearts. Only human beings live together under a moral code of conduct.

Find two people copulating in public, and they will be summarily arrested. Find a man who kills his fellow man, and he will be summarily taken by authorities to face a court of law. Find a maniacal murderer like Jeffrey Dahmer, who kills and then eats his victims, and the outrage of human justice will be swift. Yet, these behaviors are daily occurrences in the animal kingdom. What’s the difference? One group is comprised of people made in the image of their Creator; the other group is comprised of beasts.

In fact, both Natural and Revealed Law teaches us that our Creator intended that man have dominion over the animal kingdom. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)

Animals have served the needs of mankind since man was first created. In the Garden of Eden, God killed animals for the purpose of clothing a spiritually-fallen Adam and Eve. Animals have been used to clothe man, feed man, prosper man, protect man, please man, sustain man, ad infinitum, ever since the dawn of human history.

Our grocery stores are filled with the flesh of animals, which are bought and sold for one man’s profit and another man’s sustenance. The furs of animals have both adorned and warmed the bodies of human beings from time immemorial. Animals (along with fish and fowl) have plowed our fields, provided our milk and eggs, eased our journeys, and assisted our medicinal needs ever since God created them. Indeed, they were created specifically for that very purpose.

Even hunting animals serves a meaningful purpose: not only does hunting bring self-sufficiency and sustenance to man, but it greatly helps to preserve the animal species being hunted. Every State in the Union has game management programs that allow citizens to harvest animals in such a way that preserves the animal species being hunted. If suddenly men were unable to hunt wildlife, many of those species would soon disappear. Hunting and harvesting animals is just one way in which mankind exercises his God-ordained dominion over the animal kingdom.

Would we condone or authorize men to hunt and kill their fellow man? Would we authorize men to take the skin off of slain human beings and sell them? Would we condone barbaric men who would kill their fellow man for the express purpose of harvesting and selling their organs? Such a thought is repulsive beyond description to any sane, rational human being. Yet, that is exactly what the abortion industry is doing to the most innocent and helpless human beings of all: unborn babies in the wombs of their mothers.

All of us are now aware of the videos showing Planned Parenthood abortion doctors bargaining over the sale of aborted baby parts–like an auctioneer would bargain over the sale of cattle. This is NOT a recent development. I remember talking about these types of news stories on my radio talk show during the Clinton years. How long before that it has been taking place, we can only guess. Probably from the inception of legalized abortion.

Currently, a variety of products commonly consumed in the United States contain aborted fetal material, including spices and seasonings from the Ajinomoto Company; refrigerated coffee creamers from the Nestle Company; and Maggi brand instant soups, bouillon cubes, ketchups, sauces, seasoning, and instant noodles. The Neocutis Company uses aborted baby material in their anti-aging skin creams.

A host of vaccines contain aborted baby material, including MMR II for measles, mumps, and rubella (Merck); ProQuad: MMR plus Chickenpox (Merck); Varivax for Chickenpox (Merck); Havrix for Hepatitis A (Glaxo SmithKline); Twinrix for Hepatitis A and B combo (Glaxo); Zostavax for shingles (Merck); Imovax for rabies (Sanofi Pasteur); Acambis 1000 for Smallpox (Acambis); etc.

See the report here:

U.S. Aborted Fetal Products

Also see this report:

Morally Tainted: Products Made Possible by the Killing of Innocent Human Life

Those who choose to donate their organs to medical science after their natural death are certainly morally justified. If a baby dies from natural causes and the parents decide to donate the baby’s organs to medical science, they, too, are morally justified–but to purposely murder a human being (born or unborn) for the intention of financial profit must be placed among the most evil and wicked of crimes.

The ancient pagan nations of the Canaanites, Ammonites, and Baalites would take their own children and burn them to death as sacrifices to the god Molech. Have you ever researched what a saline abortion does? Using this method of abortion, the unborn baby is chemically burned to death. And what is the god that these precious babies are being sacrificed to? The god of convenience, maybe? Oh, yes, and the god of money, for sure!

Dr. Joseph Mengele was the notorious Nazi doctor who is reputed to have superintended over the deaths of more than 400,000 people at Auschwitz. He also reportedly kept thousands of people alive so as to perform merciless and tortuous experiments on them. And all of this was done in the name of “medical research.” Eyewitnesses said that during his experiments, he would often cut living babies out of their mothers’ wombs and simply toss them into the oven.

To this, Matt Barber writes: “Cryin’ shame. Were he [Mengele] alive today and working for Planned Parenthood, Mengele’s abortion could have easily yielded an extra $300 for this ‘intact specimen.’”

See Matt’s column here:

No Difference Between Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies for Research and Josef Mengele

But even after the video evidence of Planned Parenthood abortionists bargaining over the sale of aborted baby parts, our U.S. Senate cannot even muster enough votes to defund this sadistic organization. And the House of Representatives decided that taking a recess was more important than even voting on the matter. Yes, folks, your tax dollars and mine are supporting the abortion doctors at Planned Parenthood.

And lest my devout Republican friends immediately argue that the majority of senators who voted to not defund PP were Democrats, let me remind you that for half of G.W. Bush’s eight years in office, the Republican Party controlled the entire federal government: the White House and both houses of Congress. Yet, the GOP made absolutely NO ATTEMPT to defund Planned Parenthood. Republicans had plenty of opportunities to defund these baby killers, but they chose to do NOTHING. In truth, both parties in Washington, D.C., are dripping with the innocent blood of millions of innocent unborn babies.

Legalized abortion has seared the conscience of America. Is it any wonder that SCOTUS recently legalized same-sex marriage? Over four decades of the callous slaughter of unborn babies has warped our country’s entire value system.

Right after the verses in Romans chapter one that I quoted earlier come these verses: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” (Vss. 26, 27)

The legalization and social promotion of sodomy is the direct judgment of God upon a people whose value system places the lives and worth of beasts above the lives and worth of human beings who are created in the image of God.

Certainly, no man filled with the love of God will deliberately and purposely mistreat a family pet or even a wild animal. “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast.” (Proverbs 12:10)

Ethical hunters desire a clean kill. Follow-up shots on a downed, wounded animal are for the intent of ending its misery. I’m sure this was the case for the dentist who accidentally killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe.

In my mind, the doctor is telling the truth when he says he didn’t realize that the lion was protected. Remember, the man had paid over $50,000 for his lion hunt in Zimbabwe. Big game hunting is a major industry there. Remember, too, that he had a local guide. It was the guide’s responsibility to make sure that his hunter/guest followed all of the regulations and protocols relative to the animal he was hunting. If we are going to be outraged at the killing of this beast, we should be outraged with the Zimbabwean guide. On a guided hunt, no hunter takes a trophy without the express permission of his or her guide. To think that this dentist would pay that kind of money and submit himself to the instruction and supervision of a local guide and then turn around and deliberately defy his guide and harvest an illegal animal is ludicrous. Truly, if the American hunter failed to realize the animal was protected, it was positively the guide’s fault.

As it is, this dentist is in hiding for fear of his life and is the subject of just about every type of verbal, emotional, and personal abuse possible. At the same time, however, the baby killers at Planned Parenthood receive the approbation, and even federal funding, of the U.S. government, and enjoy the politically-correct protection of the mainstream media–as well as many celebrities, entertainers, college professors, and even State governors, legislators, and attorney generals.

Folks, we are watching a nation die in front of our very eyes. People who cannot tell the difference between human life and animal life, people who value animal life above human life, and people who are outraged over the accidental killing of a lion, but who, at the same time, condone the wanton and deliberate murder of innocent unborn babies, are people who are void of any semblance of a civilized mind.

America is following the path of condemned nations before us. Meanwhile, the churches of America continue their fun, frolicking, and frivolity. So, tell me again who is really to blame.

P.S. I am again featuring my four sermon video series on “The Church And Israel.” This is one of the most-requested DVDs we have ever offered. Some of the questions addressed on this video include: Does Genesis 12 (“I will bless them that bless thee…”) refer to the modern state of Israel?; Is the modern state of Israel synonymous with Biblical Israel?; Are modern Jews “God’s chosen people”?; Should U.S. foreign policy favor the modern state of Israel on scriptural grounds?

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The Church And Israel

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Guess Which American Institution Is A Greater Failure Than The Federal Government?

There is NO DOUBT in my mind that the biggest failure in America is the establishment church. It’s a bigger failure than even the federal government. Now that’s saying something.

No people in Church history had been given the rich heritage of the churches of America. The Church of America was birthed by the courage and sacrifice of men such as Jonas Clark, John Peter Muhlenberg, James Caldwell, Joab Houghton, et al. These men stood in the gap and rallied the Christians in Colonial America to dispose of a tyrannical British Crown and to help create a land of liberty such as the world had never before seen.

Alas, the courage of the patriot pastors of Colonial America has been forgotten, their sacrifice wasted. Everything they purchased with their dynamic and powerful preaching has been squandered by generations of gutless, ear-tickling men-pleasers in these entertainment playgrounds known as churches. What a waste!

However, as far gone as we are, if even a significant percentage of the 300,000-plus evangelical churches (not to mention Catholic, Episcopalian, etc.) would stand up NOW and begin sounding the clarion call of national repentance and constitutional liberty, the ship of state could yet be turned around. But there is NO SIGN of that happening. NONE!

What would it take to get the pastors of America to take a stand? One would have thought that expunging prayer and Bible reading from our schools back in 1962 and 1963 would have done it. It didn’t. One would have thought that copying the Nazi playbook for gun control back in 1968 would have done it. It didn’t. One would have thought that legalizing the cold-blooded killing of unborn babies back in 1973 would have done it. It didn’t. One would have thought that beginning the construction of a Police State back in 2001 would have done it. It didn’t. And one would have thought that the legalization of same-sex marriage would have done it. It hasn’t.

At this point, it does seem obvious that the vast majority of pastors in America are content to allow this country to nose-dive into destruction without as much as a whimper. Again, what a waste!

It is one thing to be born in an enslaved country with the weight of the state forbidding public dissent or freedom of assembly, worship, and speech. It is one thing to be born with the shackles of bondage firmly fastened around your neck from the time of your entrance into the world. It is another thing altogether to be born in a land of liberty where one’s ancestors broke the shackles of tyranny at the cost of their very lives–thus allowing us to live in a land where the freedom of dissent, the freedom to elect our civil magistrates, the freedom of speech, assembly, and worship (not to mention the freedom to keep and bear arms) are sacrosanct–only to then turn around and squander our liberty and to allow would-be tyrants to take it from us without a fight. What a waste! What a horrible, terrible, awful waste! And that is exactly what the last few generations of so-called “preachers” have done.

Think what these pussyfooting preachers have lost: they failed to preserve the sanctity of life; they failed to preserve the sanctity of marriage; they failed to preserve the sanctity of the Holy Scriptures; they failed to preserve the sanctity of liberty; they failed to preserve the sanctity of honesty and decency; they even failed to preserve the sanctity of the Church itself.

Truly, “Ichabod” is written over the establishment church in America. And, as a result, “Anathema” is being written over the entire nation. I am convinced that any spiritual renewal that might still come will mostly bypass America’s establishment churches and will be carried by nontraditional, non-aligned, unincorporated, unaffiliated–maybe even underground–fellowships. This is what is currently happening in communist–and other oppressed–countries. And America is fast becoming an oppressed country.

In fact, if the pastors in America had even a fraction of the man-stuff that the pastors in Colonial America had, they, too, would be sounding the clarion call of independence and secession. Like King George’s England, Washington, D.C., has become a corrupt cesspool of wickedness that is using every means possible to wrap its tyrannical tentacles around every State, city, hamlet, and village in the entire country. At some point, the only options freedom-loving people in this country will have are slavery or secession. And that point may come a whole lot sooner than most of us expect.

So, what has happened to the Church? How did our pastors become so timid? How could the direct descendants of the Pilgrims, Puritans, and Patriots become so cowardly? Here are the reasons:

1. The Church, which is the Bride of Christ, entered into an adulterous relationship with Caesar when it put on the state’s official wedding band: otherwise known as the 501c3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization status. At that moment, it became a “creature of the state” and left the sanctity of its spiritual wedding to Christ. That happened in 1954. In just a little over a short half-century later, the Church has lost not only the virtue of its own spiritual institution, but also the virtue of the most fundamental institution of all: Holy Matrimony.

Yet, instead of sounding forth the message of truth regarding this attack against Western Civilization itself, our pastors stand mute and apathetic, holding onto their precious tax-exempt status with their last waning breath. In practice, our pastors are saying exactly what the Pharisees said in Jesus’ time: “We have no king but Caesar.”

2. The heretical misinterpretation of Romans 13 that teaches Christians must submit to civil government “no-matter-what.”

This fallacious doctrine has damned America. Our pastors and churches are following the Nazi playbook verbatim. True resistance to evil must, by nature, come mostly from spiritual sources, because the battle between good and evil is mostly a spiritual battle. Therefore, it is obligatory that our spiritual leaders be the ones leading this battle. Alas, for the most part, this is not happening.

In the name of Romans 13, our spiritual leaders have abandoned the battlefield. They have sounded retreat. They have waved the white flag. They have capitulated. They have surrendered. And the enemy has taken the field.

I submit that at the judgment bar of God, these squeamish milquetoast preachers are going to have to apologize, not only to Clark, Muhlenberg, Caldwell, and Houghton, but also to every courageous man and woman throughout history. Think of Gideon and Samson and Samuel and David and Vashti and Esther and Daniel and Micaiah and Jeremiah and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Think of Simon Peter and James and John, and even Paul, the man who penned Romans 13.  Think of the Anabaptists, the Waldensians, the Protestant Reformers, and the martyrs of the Dark Ages. Think of the Scots and Irishmen and Americans. Think of the persecuted people of Tibet and Burma and Sudan and Saudi Arabia and China and Palestine. Think of the millions of people throughout the centuries who stood against oppressors and tyrants of all stripes and types–be they political, religious, or military–and said, “No!”

I say again: what a waste!

3. The heretical “feel-good,” entertainment-oriented Prosperity Theology that has infested America’s churches.

Men such as Joel Osteen are Pied Pipers of a sleep-walking church whose music is only serving to march these unsuspecting souls into the gulags of a modern inquisition. Yet, these sycophants lead the largest churches in the country.

“Like priest, like people.” People have heaped to themselves teachers having itching ears. They have sown to the wind, and they are reaping a whirlwind. They are like the Israelites of old who refused to listen to God’s prophets and, instead, gave heed to the hireling-prophets of Ahab.

4. Then, there are the folks who think they must help God fulfill Bible prophecy.

First, there is Mr. Warmonger himself: John Hagee. This man, and thousands like him, have convinced their churches that they must help God establish His Kingdom on the earth. They have appointed themselves judge, jury, and executioner of all things pertaining to the Middle East. Their loyalty does not reside in America; it resides in the modern state of Israel–a nation that has absolutely NOTHING to do with Biblical Israel. Their erroneous interpretation of Genesis 12 has created a climate of war and hatred that is tearing the soul out of America. All of these perpetual wars that are being fomented in the Middle East are done in the name of Genesis 12, in much the same way that our domestic internment is being facilitated in the name of Romans 13.

Folks, God didn’t need anyone’s help when He sent His Son to earth the first time; and He doesn’t need anyone’s help when He decides to send His Son to earth the second time.

Secondly, there are those well-meaning Christians (I think) who actually believe it is their God-ordained duty to do nothing to resist evil.

I received this post on my Facebook page just this week: “None of these things [the evil, calamitous things happening to our country] could have been prevented, nor should they have been. All these things must come to pass before the Lord returns. In this world, nations rise and nations fall, and this one just happens to be falling right now. Praise God! I praise God for the destruction of this evil nation! I wish the Lord would return right now! But unfortunately, he will not return until ‘everything that must happen, has happened.’ The sooner these things happen, the sooner the Lord can return.”

I wonder if this Christian gentleman is going to be praising God when his children or grandchildren are put to the rack, or his mother and father are tortured, or his wife and sisters are molested and ravaged.

Yes, I realize that our sainted forebears often endured the most hideous treatment with spiritual and moral courage, but no one in their right mind would wish such treatment on their loved ones–especially if they had the power to prevent it. This man rejoices over his country’s destruction? This man is NOT in his right mind. The prophets of old wept over the destruction of their beloved nation. Jesus wept over the impending destruction of the city of Jerusalem.

But this is the kind of rationale one gets from these pastors and churches who use the Scripture to brainwash people into attitudes of fatalism. They are the ones who become nothing more than their own self-fulfilling prophecies. They stand back and do nothing and then claim to praise God when their own indifference grows into their own destruction. Such people are NOT in their right minds.

Famed Nineteenth Century revivalist Charles Finney is widely reported as saying: “If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, 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 Christianity, 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.”

Amen!

The Church is to blame for legalized abortion on demand; the Church is to blame for the SCOTUS decision to legalize same-sex “marriage”; the Church is to blame for the growing Police State in this country; the Church is to blame for America’s war-mongering abroad; and the Church is to blame for the growing influence of false religions in America.

When America is lying in the graveyard of history, the epitaph on its tombstone will read: “Here lies the United States of America: killed by the apathy and indifference of its pastors and churches.”

As I again reflect on the giants who thundered forth liberty from the pulpits of Colonial America, and I see the behavior of so many of our pastors today, I can only repeat: What a waste!

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