I am absolutely convinced that the only way we are going to achieve any semblance of a genuine solution to our country’s ills is to resurrect patriot pulpits and liberty churches. There is no other solution. The Republican Party is just as much a part of the problem as is the Democrat Party. Conservatives are as culpable as are liberals. Christians are as problematic as are unbelievers. If we do not see a resurrection of patriot pulpits and liberty churches, everything else is merely a Band-Aid. As the pulpits go, so goes the nation. America’s problem is not the White House; it is the church house.
I am also aware that what I am doing as the pastor of Liberty Fellowship in Kalispell, Montana is way out front of (or outside the box of, however one wants to say it) the understanding of the vast majority of professing believers. However, if one would take the time to read the sermons of Colonial pastors such as John Leland, John Witherspoon, James Caldwell, John Peter Muhlenberg, Elisha Williams, Charles Chauncy, Jonathan Mayhew, Isaac Backus, Samuel Sherwood, Jacob Cushing, Samuel Cooper, Samuel Langdon, Enos Hitchcock, Ebenezer Baldwin, etc., one would discover that my sermons track much closer to their sermons than those one would hear preached in ninety-five percent of America’s churches today. But, the problem is that the vast majority of today’s pastors and preachers have completely lost sight of that kind of preaching. The result is, such preaching seems odd–even unbiblical–to most Christians.
For one thing, the patriot pulpits of Colonial America did not subscribe to the fallacious “Obey-The-Government-No-Matter-What” claptrap that the vast majority of pastors teach today. Secondly, they were not encumbered and muzzled into silence by any such thing as a 501c3 IRS tax-exempt status. Those two things have been the one-two knockout punch that has literally left America’s pastors–the watchmen on the wall–lying unconscious on the canvass. And even though I often feel like I’m trying to drain the Pacific Ocean with a teacup, the reality of the comatose condition of America’s churches forces me to not rest without doing everything in my ability to help resurrect the patriot pulpit and liberty church.
And, at this point, let me hasten to acknowledge that I fully recognize that I am not the Lone Ranger in this fight. Pastors such as Dr. Greg Dixon have been on the front lines of this endeavor a lot longer than I. The problem is, these men are far and few between. Celebrity-preachers such as Joel Osteen and Rick Warren, along with hundreds of “mega-church” pastors, have become the de facto leaders of the modern church–and they have turned our churches into little more than entertainment centers and financial corporations. The largest “mega-churches” have much more in common with Disney World and Wall Street than they do the church in the Book of Acts.
Somehow, someway, we must resurrect patriot pulpits and liberty churches in this country. America’s very survival depends on it.
I certainly do not pretend to know all of the answers on how to accomplish this gigantic task. And I’m also sure that I am not doing the job as perfectly as it needs to be done. I have made mistakes; I will make more. But as long as God’s sovereign grace protects and strengthens me, I intend to take the liberty message to the length and breadth of this country. Obviously, I cannot do it alone; I need like-minded liberty-lovers in the Body of Christ to help me.
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