Whatever the State can license, the State will weaponize to the benefit of the State.
Whatever the State can control, the State will use to secure and expand the power of the State.
Whatever the State is allowed to oversee or manage, the State will oversee and manage in a manner that facilitates increased dependence upon the State.
The State will always license, control, oversee, and manage in a manner that undermines potential competitors and perceived threats to the State dependence/power matrix, with particular focus on the greatest threats to its god-like position: mature individuals, healthy families, and biblical churches. Undermining families and the true church so that their spheres of responsibility can be more easily absorbed by the State is a primary function of the anti-Christian religion and worldview of Statism, and the American flavor of Statism is certainly no exception to that rule.
In this light, we should have little trouble seeing that when we decided that the State should have the power to license, monitor, and manage pastors, preaching, and churches, we took a major lurch toward the cultural hellhole in which we now find ourselves.
When the speech, advocacy, and conduct of pastors and the church was made subject to things like State-crafted (and therefore inherently State-serving) requirements, licensure, and certification, we secured for ourselves an American culture in which the professing Christian church therein would be an institution largely consecrated not to the everything-touching Gospel-fueled Great Commission of Christianity, but instead to the State-centered religion of American Statism.
So it is that most professing Christian churches in the land are (and have for a while now been) openly about justifying and enabling all manner of wildly unbiblical life- and culture-shaping practices of the American State rather than standing, confronting, and correcting the darkness sweeping over the land in accordance with the aforementioned Gospel and Great Commission – an everything-impacting Gospel that most “conservative Christian” Americans openly reject and a Great Commission that most “conservative Christian” Americans believe simply cannot be accomplished.
And why do these “conservative American” Christians think this way?
Why do they reject the comprehensive lordship of Christ? Why do they openly mock and deride the notion of Christ ruling in detail over the realms of law, economics, art, and education right here and now on His earth?
Why do they rail against the everything-touching nature of the true Gospel?
Why do they openly dismiss the viability of the Gospel-fueled Great Commission?
Because that’s what they’ve been taught to do.
That’s what they’ve been programmed to believe.
That’s how they’ve been led.
That’s what they’ve been conditioned to accept as “Christianity”…by State-licensed “Pastors” in State-licensed “churches” all across the fruited plain.
This is why the American State now assumes the role of prophet, priest, provider, mommy, daddy, and Big Brother.
This is why most professing Christians have for generations freely handed over their children to the State for daily immersion in an explicitly anti-Christ approach to education built upon a theory of knowledge lifted directly from the Serpent’s tongue in Genesis 3.
This is why most professing Christians herald a satanic counterfeit of “religious freedom” to the point that politically active “Christians” openly campaign for the “religious liberty” and “God-given ‘rights'” of…Muslims to openly worship Allah and Satanists to openly worship, well, you know.
This is why the vast majority of so-called Christian churches and organizations in the land are so laughably innefective and impotent in the face of the most serious threats to the culture. The ongoing LGBTQ wave seems to accomplish more to fundamentally mold the culture for its anti-Christian constituents in any given year than the modern American church accomplishes in a generation (or two), while “professional” (and, once again, supposedly Christian) “pro-life” organizations are now often finding themselves in the revealing/damning position of “fighting off” serious efforts to actually treat abortion as murder.
This is why so many American “Christians” are counting on Donald Trump to “save” them and their precious idol: America.
The State wins from every angle in this scenario.
The only way to change this is to repent and submit to Christ as Lord in detail. The “in detail” part there is a redundancy, I know, but these days – again, thanks to so much State-licensed “preaching” having gone on for so long around here – there’s this nonsensical notion in people’s heads that they can somehow coherently claim Christ as Lord without actually striving to submit to Him as Lord in practice in every detail of life, from law, civics, economics, and education to art, politics, science and everything else.
Through a State-managed multigenerational evangelism process, American professing Christians have been convinced to trade in King Jesus for the American State, and the conversion has been so complete that we now love our new god! We openly worship it. We love and look to America in ways that are so far across the line of rank idolatry that it’s hard to even imagine anyone arguing against the wrongness of how most American “Christians” openly idolize, worship, and depend upon the American State.
But because they love their idol, they will defend their idolatry.
At all costs (which we are now watching mount all around us).
And they will be encouraged to do so by the State-licensed “pastors” in the State-licensed “churches” scattered all across the land.
So what do we do about this?
How do be begin to fix this problem?
How do we lance this giant, life-wrecking boil and get things moving in a truly positive direction again?
Thankfully, the first steps are simple and clear (not to be confused with easy or painless).
Last August in A simple, foolproof solution to the 501(c)(3) church problem., we made the following simple suggestion:
“For American churches experiencing some angst over what to do about preserving their precious State-sanctioned 501(c)(3) status, and for those who think Donald Trump is really on to something awesome with his recent pitch for adjusting the rules for State-sanctioned preaching, I respectfully offer for your consideration this simple, foolproof, and utterly biblical solution to the 501(c)(3) problem:
Stop licensing your preaching with the American State.
Stop filtering your preaching for a tax break from the American State.
Stop building your “church” on business models and bean-counters’ obsessions with the bottom-line.
Stop serving mammon.
Start serving the King without State-imposed filters or limits, and let the tax brackets fall where they may.
That is all.”
And that is still all.
So just stop with the State-licensing thing.
Stop playing religion by the rules of the State, and start preaching the everything-touching Gospel-fueled Christianity that inherently confronts and breaks the bonds of Statism and every other form of idolatry that rears its ugly head.
Put another way: Choose this day whom you shall serve….and live (or die) accordingly.
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