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Inside the Four Walls

November 03, 2016
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There has been much talk within fundamental Christian circles along with a group of main stream conservative political talking heads that says our First Amendment rights could be greatly jeopardized in the years and decades ahead. At the very least, they say, our religious rights could be severely curtailed to the four walls of a church building. In other words, our religious freedoms could be limited to worshipping our Lord and Savior within the confines of the church building itself. Anything beyond this (witnessing, evangelism, and other forms of so-called proselytizing) may be regarded as discriminatory or held to be inciting hatred (hate crimes) to those who do not share our beliefs. They argue that the possibility still remains that adherence to Christian values in the marketplace will be shunned, looked down upon, and recognized as unlawful in the future. Some believe that evangelicalism and fundamentalism will be kicked to the curb and discarded because Christians will fear legal retribution in the marketplace and cower to their demands. 

It also appears, based on recent rulings, that the argument is true and is being played out across America today! Currently, laws are being enacted that are directly opposed to God’s principles. This, coupled with the potential for the next President of the United States to appoint up to three additional Supreme Court Justices, is of the utmost concern. Any legislation that would require us to submit to anti-God laws (defined as laws that force us to contradict our deeply held scriptural beliefs) along with a Supreme Court makeup that could be activist in nature instead of taking an “originalist” view of interpreting the constitution is worrying.  An activist court would be in a position to enforce the anti-God pieces of legislation described above. A combination of these two factors would be disastrous to the religious landscape of America for generations to come.  We are already seeing evidences of this phenomenon in numerous legal proceedings around the country. Small businesses and other Christian entities in the marketplace are being told to conform to the anti-God laws of the land, or else. If they don’t, the government will fine them, shut their organization down (one way or another), send them to jail, or potentially all of the above. A very chilling and concerning environment for fundamental Christians who want to actively live out their faith in the marketplace according to biblical commands and precepts. What ever happened to the notion of limited government? In the verses below we have clear biblical mandates that we should obey God first, rather than man, and render unto God the things that are God’s.

“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)

“They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21)

So what will you do in the months and years ahead? When laws are enacted that force you to obey man or God, who will you choose? Will you stay true to God’s word or will you find a convenient way to rationalize your acceptance of the world’s “new normal? How committed will you be when push comes to shove? In addition to the Bible, the laws of the land as described in the First Amendment to our Constitution by our forefathers seem to be clear cut as well. Congress can’t make any laws that prohibit the free exercise of religion. End of story, or is it?

Congress adopted the First Amendment in 1791 and it reads as follows:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Isn’t that what many of the recent laws that have been passed are forcing us to do? The recent laws are prohibiting the free exercise of our deeply held religious beliefs. They are forcing us to obey man rather than God. For example, we are being forced to accept a redefinition of marriage that is contrary to the Word of God, and are forced to provide marketplace patronage, in ways, and to those who violate our religious liberty of conscience. Our government is passing laws that are in direct conflict with our religious convictions and is forcing a showdown of the highest magnitude. This issue is also showing itself in corporations across America. Christians are being forced to adopt corporate policies that are in direct opposition to their religious beliefs. In the future, it will almost be impossible for fundamental Christians to rise to the top of corporate organizations, outside of pandering to their social causes under the shadow and cover of “inclusivity.” As this issue explodes across the United States, all one has to do is “follow the money” to find out where it will land next. When there is money at stake, there will be pandering to the world’s agenda. Ultimately, it will be the difference between obeying God and obeying man. Rationalize as you will, but those are the facts!

Many of the arguments that we hear above about the infringement of religious liberty seem to make sense, with the exception of one. Historically, we have looked to those on the opposing side of the religious liberty issue and have consequently laid the blame at their feet. It is their fault. It is those who are driving the anti-God agendas that we should blame. I take exception to this. There is no other place that we should look except to ourselves. The religious liberty issue rests squarely on our shoulders. As a Christian nation and body of believers, if we feel that laws are being passed that are an affront to our beliefs, then we should rise up and do something about it. We should not sit back and blame others for what we have allowed, and indirectly helped to create. We should not throw our hands in the air and just be satisfied that the course of America (the Bible tells us that the end times are coming) will take place with or without our direct involvement. Make no mistake, this is our collective mess. As a Christian nation, we have sat idly by and watched from afar the progress of Satan and his minions on this issue.  We have been content in the secure confines of our homes with material abundance, to cast a blind eye to the fiery darts of Satan. Christian, this is your country. What are you going to do about it? Will you do every lawful thing possible on the front end of this issue, before the ultimate moments of truth come? If you do not act now, there will be a time coming in the short-term, where you will be forced to choose. Will you make the necessary adjustments and provisions now to stop the encroachment of Satan on the lands of America?  As a Church, what do you think would happen in America if we voiced our collective displeasure about anti-God legislation? I believe that the politicians and power brokers in this great country would melt faster than Frosty the Snowman. They would fall prostrate before an Almighty God, acknowledging the power of the Holy Spirit and the decisiveness of the horizontal covenant relationship among Christian believers. They would try to hold onto their power bases like a cowboy does when riding a bucking bronco. As a Christian nation, we must act, this is our duty! How will we be able to fulfill the Great Commission’s directives if our evangelical voices are silenced?

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

A.W. Tozer made three distinct statements that I believe support the narrative in this article.

“People think of the world, not as a battleground, but as a playground. We are not here to fight; we are here to frolic. We are not in a foreign land; we are at home. We are not getting ready to live, but we are already living, and the best we can do is rid ourselves of our inhibitions and our frustrations and live this life to the full.”

“But when whole regiments of professed believers are too timid to fight and too smug to be ashamed, surely it must bring an astringent smile to the face of the enemy; and it should bring a blush to the cheeks of the whole Church of Christ.”

“The average Christian today is a harmless enough thing. God knows. He is a child wearing with considerable self-consciousness the harness of the warrior; he is a sick eaglet that can never mount up with wings; he is a spent pilgrim who has given up the journey and sits with a waxy smile trying to get what pleasure he can from sniffing the wilted flowers he has plucked by the way.”

Christians should be resolute in not allowing our Christian faith to be painted inside the boundaries of the four walls of a church building. If allowed, the very foundation of our great country will be changed forever. Satan is very clever and he is currently experimenting with alternative ways to shut down our Christian voices. We can’t let this happen!

So what do we do? We must fully utilize the second half of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States to let our voices be heard.

“or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

  • Voice your opinions
  • Utilize the press
  • Call your politicians at the state, local, and federal level
  • Assemble peaceably
  • Petition the government
  • Never stop being engaged in the political process
  • Vote for those who you feel will best represent our country

Please pray that God will work miracles in the hearts of American Christians and beyond. Amen!   


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