DOMA Crumbles Along With The Church?

June 28, 2013 6:13 pm 0 comments

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Bill Kneer

Around the time our U.S. Constitution was compiled, John Adams made the statement: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

He’s likely rolling in his grave, because on June 26, 2013 the US Supreme Court stuck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA was passed into law by our elected representatives and signed into law by Democrat president Bill Clinton. Rather than redefining marriage, it affirmed the traditional Biblical view of marriage between one man and one woman. The sanctity of marriage has now crumbled.

This nation, regardless of what people say, was founded upon the Judeo-Christian ethic and is the reason why we have done so well for so long. Until recent decades we were a moral and religious people by no means perfect, but our forefathers had an understanding of basic Godly morality and human decency.  They wrote the Constitution for principled people.

Lyndon Baines Johnson in retaliation against a few courageous Baptist ministers added an amendment in an appropriations bill that passed without debate, giving churches tax-exempt status in the form of a 501(c)(3). The devil is in the details, for in exchange for tax-exempt status churches sold their right to preach the truth about American culture and our society. They were no longer able to speak out against our immoral government. To this day they are gagged and censored.

From the time the church sold out, America has been on a decline. Our public schools indoctrinate students in subtle—or not so subtle—socialist propaganda. We have now killed millions upon millions of babies in the womb. And in June 2013, the Supreme Court declared the Bible unconstitutional by saying that we do not have the right to define marriage as it is laid out in the scriptures.

In Romans 2:15 Paul states, “For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them.”

The United States Supreme Court cannot overturn what God has written within the hearts of believers who know what is right and what is wrong. We must support basic moral values regardless of what the US Supreme Court says. But the real problem is not with the elected in Washington DC or unelected US Supreme Court justices. I lay the nation’s problems directly at the feet of the ministers of the United States of America.

It seems to me that the clergy have sold their right to free speech in favor of a tax-exempt status… and have done NOTHING to unshackle themselves from the inherent gag order. They fear their churches will fold. They fear financial ruin. But what if the exact opposite happened? What if America embraced a church with the guts and gumption to strip itself of government oversight? Imagine a church emancipated from censorship and free to preach the Gospel while condemning the devil—a devil in the form of Big Brother.

It is time for churches to stop cowering behind the pulpit and using their 501(c)(3) status as an excuse. At this point they look like captives on the way to Babylon, and it’s a shame. There is no law that man can write that can ever be used to silence what is right. And it’s time that preachers, pastors and priests support what is really written in the Bible. They need to rise up, be vocal, and fight against the nation’s immorality. The pulpit is not a shield to save us from the world, but rather is a platform to steer the sheep in the ways of righteousness.

The flock needs shepherds who do not operate out of fear. After all, God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control. Ministers of this great nation are responsible for the flock, and God will hold them personally responsible for not proclaiming the full truth of the gospel of Christ. If the churches refuse to stand up and do what is Biblically right, then who will stand up and who will face the enemies of God? Who proclaim the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth of Gospel to the masses without fear?

Our job is not to sit at home watching TV as the world goes to hell. As Christians, all of us are called to stand up and voice the truth. The enemies of God have for many years worked tirelessly in their efforts to silence God’s Word. They’ve worked to put theory into the pastorate. They have used legal means to silence us all and resorted to religious divisions—all to keep the church in upheaval. The evil ones also know the Gospel, and they know that a house divided cannot stand. Therefore they worked to divide the Bride of Christ.

The hearts of the people within these United States are starving for revival, which starts with each and every one of us. This revival must take place in the pulpit, in the pews, and in the hearts of all believers. Once our hearts are right and we start working against the enemy and bring unity within the church, we will be better equipped to turn the nation around.

Our Lord forewarned in Matthew 13:24-30 of our current situation. His parable of the wheat in the tares describes a farmer who planted wheat, and while he was sleeping the enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat. As time went on in the field began to grow the workers noticed the weeds. They asked the farmer, “Did you not planted the seed?” And the farmer indicated that he did indeed plant good seed, but the enemy sabotaged the crop. This parable is a perfect embodiment of today’s church. Jesus himself is the farmer and the church is his field. He planted good seed, and the enemy infiltrated. In other words, Jesus offers “wheat” to his people, while Satan offers “weeds.” Why do we settle for weeds?

Jesus teaches us in another parable that a just a little leaven poisons the whole lump. We all know that the leaven is sin, and it spreads through whole body of Christ. Each individual church is responsible for the body—each is a part of the body. And the body flees or makes due with weeds because they are not being fed the “wheat” of Jesus. Congregations diminish as worshipers fall away, starved for the real Word of God. Today, ungodliness is allowed within a church when it caters money, deep pockets, or government censorship. Churches are also assaulted with moral relativists who attempt to “guilt” us into a sanitized, feel-good false doctrine.

We need to revive the hearts and minds of the American people. We need to turn back to the truth, and this does not start with our neighbors. It starts with each of us individually. You and I need to first be revived so we can be better equip our neighbors and our churches.

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