This web page "Cowards In the Pulpit" was first posted at this site in July, 2012
Greetings in the Wonderful Name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
The primary reason why America has fallen into moral decay and subject to God's judgments is because American "Christian" pastors and other leaders of ministries have failed to promote Godly, Bible-believing and obeying Christian men as leaders in local, state and federal government, including elected judges. The majority of pastors and other church leaders in ministry in America are state incorporated in the 501 (c) 3
non-profit IRS status which was made law in 1954. Their allegiance of obedience is to the State and not to the Word of God. They are state-controlled churches and ministries and not the Church founded on Jesus Christ the Rock.
The word of God clearly states in three scriptures that the Christian Church living under heathen government rule is commanded to pay the temple tribute (tax) and the government tribute (taxes) so as not to offend the religious government or the secular government in order to remain independent from any religious government or secular government interference in Church matters. Even Jesus paid tribute (taxes) to the local authorities.
In Matt. 17: 24-27. Interesting to note in this Scripture Jesus had Peter to hook a fish, the symbol of Christianity, and take the money from its mouth. to pay for both Jesus' and Peter's temple tax.
Matthew 17:24-27 New King James Version (NKJV)Peter and His Master Pay Their Taxes
24 When they had come to [a]Capernaum, those who received the [b]temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?”
25 He said, “Yes.”
And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?”
26 Peter said to Him, “From strangers.”
Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a [c]piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.
In Matthew 22: 16-22, Jesus instructs his followers and the Pharisees to pay taxes to Caesar (Government).16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not [a]regard the person of men. 17 Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
18 But Jesus [b]perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show Me the tax money.”
So they brought Him a denarius.
20 And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”
21 They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”
And He said to them, “Render[c] therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.
In Romans 13:4-7 Paul writes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to pay taxes to the government authorities:
4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
Even before 501 (c) 3 the Church did not pay taxes to the government.
So how is it that even before 501 c 3 was made law in 1954 that the Church did not have to pay taxes? The reason is that our nation was founded by God-fearing, bible-believing and obeying Christians who knew the content of the bible. In Matthew 17: 25-26 Jesus said that the children of the King are free from paying taxes. This only confirms and was understood by our founding fathers taking for granted that our nation was a Christian nation and that the Church, called the bride of the King (Jesus), did not have to pay taxes. Our founding fathers conducted the first separation of Church and State by declaring that the government could not tax the Church.
Now, thanks to the 501 c 3 gaggings of the pastors, and silencing the Church in October, 2012 the American Christian voter had two non-Christian Presidential candidates to choose to lead America in these critical immoral times for our country.
President Barack Obama, who on, January 23, 2009, his second day of in-office signed an executive order reversing the ban on federal taxpayer money being spent on promoting abortion in other countries know as the Mexico City Policy.
The Mexico City Policy, also known by critics as the Mexico City Gag Rule and the Global Gag Rule, was an intermittent United States government policy that required all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive federal funding to refrain from performing or promoting abortion services, as a method of family planning, in other countries. The policy is a political flashpoint in the abortion debate, with Republican administrations adopting it and Democratic administrations rescinding it. The policy was enacted soon after Republican President Ronald Reagan took office in 1984, rescinded by Democratic President Bill Clinton in January 1993, re-instituted in January 2001 as Republican President George W. Bush took office, and was rescinded January 23, 2009 by Barack Obama, 2 days after the Democrat President took office.
President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order on January 23, 2017, reinstating the “Mexico City Policy,” which bans all foreign nongovernmental organizations receiving U.S. funds from performing or promoting abortion as a method of family planning in other countries.
This web page "Cowards In the Pulpit" was first posted at this site in July, 2012. See Franklin Graham's following video: Franklin Graham preaching at the Watchmen on the Wall conference almost two years later on Thursday, May 22, 2014 in Washington DC You Tube"God Hates Cowards"
To be continued.