Before I get started let me share some news that came out of Holland. With Queen Beatrix of Holland in attendance to hear the Dutch Orchestra, the conductor, a Muslim, took it upon himself to invite the Queen and the dignitaries to join Islam.
Against all Political correctness, the Orchestra got up and walked out and the conductor was removed from the building.
Kutos to the Dutch Orchestra.
There Is A Cost For Our Silence
There is very little being taught today on the subject of our Christian responsibility to help those in need. The Bible has much to say about helping those who are under persecution.
Proverbs 31:8-9 “Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”
When we see others who are “appointed to destruction,” or being persecuted by others, we are to open our mouths and plead the cause of the poor and needy. We are not to be silent about injustice and sin. If we remain silent we are in disobedience to God.
Proverbs 24:11-12 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
When we see those in danger and do nothing about it and claim we didn’t know about it, God pounders our hearts and He knows. He will render to us all according to our works. We are not saved by works, but we are saved to work.
Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
God will give us what we deserve if we do nothing. This causes me to tremble. If I don’t stand up and speak I will answer to God for my silence.
There Is A Place For Righteous Indignation
Matthew 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
Jesus saw injustice in the Temple and he Over threw the tables of the money changers. There is a place for righteous indignation and anger. I am not saying that we should go out and destroy things, we are not God, but we are to speak out against that which is not right.
We Christians have been lied to. We have been told that Christians are to be loving and never get angry. This flies in the face of what Scripture teaches. God has shown righteous anger throughout the Scriptures.
We are not God, but if we have the heart o f God some things will make u s angry. Ephesians 4:26 tells us to be angry and sin not. We know that God’s heart is breaking for the atrocities going on, should not ours also? Where is our righteous indignation? Where is the outcry from American Christians?
I know that to the problems of this world are not found in politics, but we have reached the point where we have cowardly and greedy, self-centered politicians who are allowing these problems because of our silence. Our silence makes us partakers in their guilt.
Edmond Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of Evil is for Good man to do nothing.”
Revisiting The Barna Survey
Standing for truth is never popular. Ninety percent of the pastors in America know that the Bible addresses the moral and political issues of our day. The ten percent who are willing to stand up and speak out on these issues deserve our praise. It is not an easy task. Those of us who speak out on Islam are harassed, receive threats, etc. but it must be done by someone. We can choose to be beaten into silence or we can stand up for righteousness.
While ninety percent of pastors know, only ten percent are doing. According to this survey the main reason they don’t is fear of the IRS. This means that their fear is that they will lose money.
Shahram saw this in 2010 while working on the marriage issue in Washington State. They approached seven to eight hundred churches throughout the state to say that marriage is a biblical principle, it is God’s covenant relationship. We were simply asking them to speak on the subject, simply teach the Word of God. We didn’t ask them to reference the legislation, just teach what the Word of God says on this subject. Most of the pastors said that it was a political issue and the reason they didn’t want to touch it was because of the IRS and their tax-exempt status.
Because of the issues with IRS 501C3 Shahram led his church become an unincorporated church. The IRS Section 508 1a says that if you are a church and its axillary, you are inherently tax exempt and there is no need to apply for the 501C3 exemption. We are not lawyers and cannot give legal advice, but we feel that it is time for churches to come out of the 501C program. Any church desiring to do so should get competent legal advice before going forward with this. If you desire to do this or want more information email us at [email protected] or go to our website at http://tilproject.com and we will put you in touch with resources that can help you.
It is sickening that pastors are afraid of the IRS. In our opinion it is time to move out from under the IRS, we don’t need them. It is time to stop worrying about our money and start trusting and serving God. It is time to fear God more than the IRS and the ACLU. If we can’t stand the heat it is time to get out of the pulpit.
It is our hope that we will see more Christians and pastors who will stand for God what ever the cost. Man can only hurt us in this world, God is in control of eternity. It has been said that a man is a foll to die for what he cannot keep an to ignore what he cannot lose.
Listeners, your pastors need encouragement from you. They need to know that you are behind them.
We are called to be salt and light. These both have influence on what is around them. When salt loses its savor it is good only to be cast out and trodden under foot. We are losing our influence because we don’t have the courage to stand for what is right.
Will we continue in this vain, or will we stand up and be counted?
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