Patricia L. Dickson Originally Published in the American Thinker
Whenever the subject of politics and religion comes up, some individuals wish to believe that the two are not connected. Yet, many people are concerned with the speed of America’s moral collapse. Throughout both the bible and world history, the two have collided (wars were fought over religion). When the Kings and Judges in the bible were godly, the people and the land flourished. On the other hand, the evil kings and judges brought famine and destruction upon the people and the land (does any of this sound familiar?) Our founding fathers were men of deep religious convictions based in the Bible and their Christian faith in Jesus Christ. America’s conflict appears to center around the Christian church and the current ruling politics
The dilemma facing the Christian church today is whether to incorporate politics in its Sunday sermons or risk losing tax-exempt status. The congregants are voting citizens that should hear where the different political parties stand on issue that may conflict with the Christian faith. However, for the past five years, there has been an elephant in the room in most bible teaching church services across the United States. The elephant is the current administration and the Democratic Party’s unyielding push for abortion and gay marriage and the infringement on the church’s First Amendment rights (i.e. attempting to force the Catholic Church to provide birth control to its employees against its religious belief). Many pastors will not publically broach the subject of the different parties’ platforms from their pulpits due to fear and political correctness that has crept into the church. The church is no place for political correctness. The entire bible is not politically correct.
The Presbyterian Church appears to have completely adopted the entire Democratic Party’s platform from gay marriage, abortion to disinvestment in companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories. The United Methodist Church has aligned with the Democrats’ platform on the homosexual lifestyle and the Affordable Care Act but has since done an about face on the latter; however, there is a split within the denomination on the issue of gay marriage. In order for a Christian church to adopt the Democrats Party’s positions, it has to outright divorce itself from biblical teachings.
The black church has become the arm of the Democratic Party. As a teenager, I remember around election time, Democrat politicians would visit the black churches. The pastors would give these politicians free rein to stand in the pulpit and address the congregation as he or she felt necessary. The speeches were usually how the opposing politician (usually a Republican) did not have our best interest in mind. (We were never told what those interests were).The pastors would continue preaching on that same theme after the politicians left. There never seem to be any resignation or fear of losing the churches tax-exempt status. In many of today’s black churches, social justice, racism and grievance replaced the message of sin and forgiveness. The social justice message removes the individual from responsibility and blames all ones problems on society. Strangely, the topics missing from the sermons are fornication, homosexuality, coveting, envy, jealousy, ungratefulness, laziness, lying, murder, and theft (except when referring to the tithe). All such sins are plaguing the black community as well as all large segments of the rest of America.
Observing the actions of the Presbyterian Church, the United Methodist Church and the black Church, I have concluded that as long as a so-called church aligns itself with the Democratic Party’s platform, there is no threat of losing its tax-exempt status. As long as the Democrat politicians can come into your church’s pulpit and disparage the Republican Party, your pastor can sleep well knowing that there is no threat of losing the church’s tax-exempt status. However, if you are a bible teaching church that refuses to give in to political correctness, it is time to give up the tax-exempt and “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’ (Mark 12:17) and get back to preaching the whole council of God. For the first time in the nation’s history, America is witnessing a government forcing its policies on the church.
Patricia L. Dickson
In Matthew 16:13, Jesus ask His disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” Jesus asked this question after He had been teaching and healing multitudes of people. There was no question that many of the people that were following Jesus did so because they heard about His power to heal the sick and feed the hungry. Jesus knew that not everyone that was following Him from place to place, were following Him because of His teaching. Nonetheless, it is possible that Jesus was trying to gauge the overall perspective of who people really thought He was.
Jesus took it a step further in verse 15 and asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” By asking His closest disciples, Jesus knew that whomever His disciple said that He is [was] is most important because they would be the ones who would convince the world (through their conduct and speech) who He really is (regardless of how the world may try to define Jesus).
13 Now when Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is?
14 And they answered, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
15 He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am?
Although it has been over two thousand years since Jesus walk on earth, died on the cross, rose from the dead and ascended to the right hand of God the father, the world is still asking the question of who was/is this man called Jesus. Mainstream publications such as Time Magazine has displayed on its cover a depiction of Jesus with the words “Who was Jesus”. It is as though after all these years, no one has been able to define to the world who Jesus really is. If that is truly the case, how can that be with thousands of people in the United States and around the world professing Christianity (followers of Jesus Christ)? The answer to that question lies in the response that Peter gave and what Jesus said in response to Peter’s response.
16 Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and [d]to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.
When Peter declared that Jesus was indeed the Christ (Messiah –Savior) and the Son of God, he acknowledged that he knew not only who Jesus was, but also Jesus’ true purpose (to save humankind from our sins and reconcile us back to God the father). Jesus’ response to Peter that men did not (cannot) reveal these truths to him, but only God the Father could, reveals the true salvation experience. The Christian lifestyle is entirely spiritual and can only be successful through a genuine relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ.
Some people, who claim to be following Jesus today, may be attracted to Jesus because of what they believe He can do for their physical needs (i.e., money, material goods). Many of today’s Pastors are preaching a prosperity message that focuses on the material blessings of God. These Pastors preach and teach as though God is some kind of a sugar daddy. This type of preaching may short circuit sinful man’s path to redemption by appealing to his/her physical needs and desires, while neglecting the spiritual. That is what happened to Eve in the Garden of Eden. Satan’s first attempt at man will always appeal to man’s carnal (fleshly) desires.
4 But the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die,
5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate.
When men are only concerned with his physical needs and desires and not his spiritual, he is unable to have a genuine relationship with God. Our sin is what separates us from God and only a spiritual transformation will reconcile us back to God. This spiritual transformation can only take place through the repentance of sin, believing in our hearts and confessing with our mouths that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. This transformation is a spiritual rebirth.
5 Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [[a]even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God.
6 What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Only a born again Christian is able to live a spirit-filled life that enables the light of Jesus to shine through to the world. Jesus is the light of the world! The Christian’s conduct and speech will reveal to the world who Jesus is. The Christian is responsible for teaching the world who Jesus is. Have we become so focused on our carnal needs and desires that we have neglected our spiritual relationship with God? Is the Church so backslidden that it cannot define to the world whom Jesus is? The Church is giving the world a free pass to define Jesus as it sees fit because our conduct and speech has not truthfully defined Him.
How has the Churches’ conduct and speech falsely defined Jesus to the world? Are we bound by the same addictions as the world? Are we too addicted to nicotine, alcohol and pornography? If we are truly born again Christians, we have the power through the blood of Jesus to defeat carnal addictions.
I John 3:9
9 No one born (begotten) of God [deliberately, knowingly, and [h]habitually] practices sin, for God’s nature abides in him [His principle of life, the divine sperm, remains permanently within him]; and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God.
When we are facing a problem, is our speech (in the presence of nonbelievers) full of doubt and fear? The world has no other way to respond to trouble except fear. We as believers have a savior who is sitting at the right hand of God the Father, interceding on our behalf. God has said that He will never leave us nor forsake us. God the Father will fight for us.
10 Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.
Do we rightfully give thanks to God for everything that we have in the presence of unbelievers? I remember making an “A” on a final exam in one of my college course and I immediately said “Praise God and Thank you Jesus”. My instructor looked at me and said, “You were the one that did the hard work and studied”. I responded by telling her that it was God that gave me the mind to be able to retain the information in order to pass the exam. She sat there speechless. When the Church gets back to cultivating our spiritual relationship with our God and Savior, there is no way that the world will be asking, “who is Jesus”. When we allow His power to be manifested in our lives, even the demons will tell the world who Jesus is.
28 And when He arrived at the other side in the country of the Gadarenes, two men under the control of demons went to meet Him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce and savage that no one was able to pass that way.
29 And behold, they shrieked and screamed, What have You to do with us, Jesus, Son of God? Have You come to torment us before the appointed time?
The world is still asking, “Who is Jesus”? Who Do We Say He Is?
Patricia L. Dickson
Every member of the body of Christ should be filled with righteous indignation because of the daily onslaught of attacks on Christianity. Scripture tells us that in the last days good will be considered evil and evil will be considered good. We are currently witnessing the good being called evil whenever a believer verbalizes his/her Christian beliefs in public, those beliefs are labeled controversial. When we witness the breakdown of the traditional family unit, we know that the end is near. The traditional family consisting of a husband, wife and children is frowned upon while the new modern family that consists of a slew of mixed matched people is considered the norm. When Christian children raised in Christian homes are told that they can read any book except the bible during free reading time at school; the church should be full of righteous indignation! Any Christian that’s a CEO or host a television program that speaks out against gays and abortion are fired or their TV show gets canceled. Some pastors have allowed political correctness to creep into their church and bully them into not preaching the unadulterated word of God out of fear of having their tax exemption revoked. How long will the Church of Jesus Christ take this abuse? What is it going to take for the Church to fight back? Why does it seem like we are afraid to fight this giant enemy called the world? When I witness the constant bullying coming from the world, I am reminded of the Army of Israel, David and Goliath. When David heard Goliath defy Israel’s army and in turn witnessed the cowardly response from the King Saul and his men, David was filled with righteous indignation. He perceived Israel’s fear and silence as a reproach!
I Samuel 17:26 And David said to the men standing by him, what shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?
I, like David, am wondering how the church could be cowering behind our four walls when we are supposed to be fighting in this battle head on with our all-powerful God. I have often wondered why King Saul and his men did not respond in anger at being mocked by Goliath the way David did. I have considered the following reasons why:
King Saul and his men did not have the intimate relationship with God like David.
Neither King Saul nor his men had been in communication with God, therefore they could not receive God’s guidance nor could their faith be increased. Because they had little or no faith, they were afraid because they were continually seeing and hearing the enemy defy them and their God. (Goliath and the Philistines).
I Samuel 17:11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
It was evident that Saul had long ceased seeking God for guidance by his own admission to the prophet Samuel.
I Samuel 13:12 I thought, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord. So I forced myself to offer a burnt offering.
Has the body of Christ neglected our relationship with God? The less time we spend with our captain (God), our faith gets weaker and we allow fear and doubt to set in.
Saul and his men did not have the same intense love for God as David.
The Church cannot fight the enemy without guidance from God. We can only get clear guidance from God through prayer and reading His word. What does a lack of communicating with God reveal about us? It can reveal that we have sin in our lives. It is difficult to have an intimate relationship with a Holy God when we have sin and disobedience in our lives. Sin separates us from God. Neglecting to spend time with God can also reveal our lack of true love for God. David had such an intimate relationship with God that God rejected Saul for David because God knew that David loved Him and would seek Him for guidance.
I Samuel 13:13-14 And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly! You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God which He commanded you; for the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever; But now your kingdom shall not continue; the Lord has sought out [David] a man after His own [b]heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince and ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.
Saul and his men unlike David, saw Goliath (the enemy) as bigger than their God.
Saul magnified Goliath and minimized God. King Saul could not imagine that he and his men, let alone little David, could defeat Goliath. When we focus on our problems they become bigger than they really are. David probably didn’t even realize Goliath’s size because he was focused on God and how God had delivered him in the past. God had already delivered David from a lion and a bear. Where David remembered how God had delivered him in the past, Saul did not or was not able to recall how God had delivered him and his men in the past.
I Samuel 17:36-37 Your servant killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God! David said, The Lord Who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Go, and the Lord be with you!
When we witness the constant attacks on faith and the traditional family, it is easy to just give up and cower down. It is easy to say that the Liberal media, Hollywood, ACLU, GLAAD and Planned Parenthood are giants that are too big to defeat, but we must remember who our God is, who we are and what our mission is. We must get back to spending time in prayer and studying God’s word because the times are only going to get worse. The church might need to consider giving up its tax exempt status that which I believe has become a shackle around the church to prevent it from preaching against sin (mainly homosexuality). The Church must face its Goliath head on while lifting up the name of the Lord our God. The battle has just begun!
Patricia L. Dickson
I have recently run across Christian articles presumably outlining ways to not be Biblically offensive. These articles run the gamut from basically how to be more politically correct when teaching what the Bible teaches about the homosexual lifestyle to insinuating that Christians becoming pacifist. Is there really a way to not be Biblically offensive? Can the whole counsel of God be preached without offending someone? Are we Christians supposed to even be concerned about the Bible being offensive to unbelievers? The Bible teaches us that all have sinned; therefore the bible (the unadulterated word of God) can’t help but be offensive to the sinful man. I am not advocating that believers use the bible as sword to cut up people’s spirit or as a means to win arguments. Nonetheless, we are not to shy away from teaching God’s word in fear of offending someone especially during such a time as this when the world desperately needs saving. Hebrews 4:12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the [g]breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
Witnessing today’s persistent moral decaying, it appears the current times are worse than the days of Noah. Any Christian can read scriptures and discern that we are living in the end times. However; no matter how evil this world becomes, God always calls someone to proclaim His word loud and clear. God will never allow mankind to be destroyed and descend into hell without giving every opportunity for his salvation. He sent Jonah to warn Nineveh. He sent Ezekiel to warn Israel. God loves man! God loves us so much that He gives us the freedom to choose life (salvation) or death (sin and destruction). Deuteronomy 30:15, 19  See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil.  I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live.
Surely the heart of God bleeds as He sees the destruction that man has caused and is causing, just like in the days of Noah. I am afraid though, that God has noticed that our churches are filled with people, yet the destruction continues and He is seeking someone to sound the alarm and stand in the gap before He renders His judgment on this world just like in Ezekiel 22:30  And I sought a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. Are you willing to stand in the gap? God does not look for the individuals who are physically strong, attractive or one who possess great oratory skills. God does not need one to be strong in his/her own strength. God equips and sends the one who is willing to go! Are you willing to go? God chose ordinary individuals like Gideon, Deborah, David, Esther, Moses, Isiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Jonah. Surely God wants to use each and every believer in these end times, regardless of our or weaknesses and faults. When God calls on some of us, we respond like Gideon, Moses and Isiah. Judges 6:15  Gideon said to Him, Oh Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Behold, my clan is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. Isiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts! Exodus 4:10  And Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I am not eloquent or a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and have a heavy and awkward tongue.
How much longer are we believers going to stand on the sidelines and wait for someone else to go? You may be thinking that you cannot preach God’s word unless your pastor sends you. We do not need man’s authority to preach and teach God’s word. Every believer has been given the power through the Holy Spirit and called to preach salvation to the lost. Mark 16:15 And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole [e]human race].We must use whatever gift that God has given us as a tool to evangelize. I have discovered that one does not need a church pulpit or a large following. People (regardless of their social economic status) are seeking spiritual answers to their problems. Every believer has the answer that money cannot buy. All of us can reach one person at a time, whether it is a neighbor, co-worker or stranger in a store. If not you, then who? If not now, then when? We must say to God, “Lord here am I, use me, send me”. Will you stand in the gap?
Patricia L. Dickson
According to a study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, there were 1.06 million abortions performed in the U.S. in 2011. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Vital Statistics is reporting that in 2012, there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born there (24,758), and the black children killed comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in New York City. Approximately 50% of all American marriages end in divorce resulting in kids being shuttled between two households. The Homosexual community has made major inroads into every institution (including some so-called churches) in America. Only 70% of U.S. students graduate from High School. The Public School system has dumbed down our kids by replacing Reading, Writing and Arithmetic with graphic sex education classes with an emphasis on the Homosexual, Bisexual and Transgender lifestyle. In the meantime, the state of Colorado has passed laws legalizing marijuana and other states are threatening to follow suit. All of these things are taking place despite there being a church on every corner in America.
Many Americans fill our churches on Sunday mornings where they sing songs of Praise and listen to sweet sermons. However, once these same individuals and families leave the four walls of their church, they seem to resume the same behavior as though they have no power to break free. Many parishioners feel as though their problems (and sins) are insurmountable. Many pastors stand in their perspective pulpits Sunday after Sunday giving pep talks, talking about prosperity and telling touching stories, refusing to mention the word sin out of fear of offending someone. They teach about the love and mercy of God, daring to mention God’s judgment. I remember traveling through a city in my car and hearing a local pastor advertise his church on the radio. He said that everyone was welcome to attend his Sunday morning service and that he promised not to beat up on anyone. In other words, he would not remind you of your sin. Pastors are delivering a cafeteria style gospel where they pick and choose parts of the Bible. Pastors are called to preach and teach the whole truth of God’s word just as the Apostle Paul wrote in Acts.
Acts 20:27 27
For I never shrank or kept back or fell short from declaring to you the whole purpose and plan and counsel of God.
How can the church grow and be equipped to obey the Lord’s commandment to spread the Gospel throughout the four corners of the earth if we ourselves are weak and burdened down with sin? The word of God proclaims that we (Christians) are the salt of the earth, but if we have lost our saltiness, what good are we to the earth (world)?
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.
What is the church? The Bible teaches us that the church is the bride of Christ and that Jesus will return for His bride, a church without spot or wrinkle. If Jesus were to return today, would the church be hiding in shame just like Adam? Will Jesus have to call out to us “Church, where art thou?” How did the church end up in this condition? When the church stopped preaching the word of God and substituted it with man’s words, it became powerless! The Bible proclaims that there is power in the word of God. If we read the book of Acts, we will find that AFTER the preaching of the word, salvations and miracles happened. People’s lives were transformed! All throughout the Bible we see transformations and miracles taking place after the preaching of God’s word. Look what happened in the city of Nineveh after Jonah proclaimed the word of God. The king and all the people repented of their sins.
4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown!
5 So the people of Nineveh believed in God and proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth [in penitent mourning], from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
6 For word came to the king of Nineveh [of all that had happened to Jonah, and his terrifying message from God], and he arose from his throne and he laid his robe aside, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes
7 And he made proclamation and published through Nineveh, By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; let them not feed nor drink water.
8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth and let them cry mightily to God. Yes, let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands.
The church has become passive to sin (claiming not wanting to judge) instead of aggressively preaching God’s word unapologetically with authority. According to Hebrews 4:12, the word of God judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart.
12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the [g]breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
The world has a kindred spirit with the church because it feels so comfortable amongst the so called people of God. Sinners should instantly feel convicted when they come into God’s house because the presence of the Holy Spirit should be there. Instead, celebrities who openly display their hatred for God through their music and movies, can walk into our churches and sit on the front row or be invited in our pulpits and not feel any convictions. Many of the pastors are more concerned about money than souls, therefore they will not preach about sin because it might offend someone and cause them to leave the church and take their tithe with them. The Bible says that anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. The Bible also teaches us that if we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. What joy it is to know that my sins can be washed away!
I John 1:9-10
9 If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].
10 If we say (claim) we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be false and a liar, and His Word is not in us [the divine message of the Gospel is not in our hearts].
13 For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.
14 But how are people to call upon Him Whom they have not believed [in Whom they have no faith, on Whom they have no reliance]? And how are they to believe in Him [adhere to, trust in, and rely upon Him] of Whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?
15 And how can men [be expected to] preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings! [How welcome is the coming of those who preach the good news of His good things!]
My question to pastors is what else is more beneficial for your congregations than the teachings of the bible? There is no issue in our lives that the bible does not have an answer.
By not preaching God’s word, we deny God’s power to manifest. The preaching of the word brings the repentance of sin
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),
17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.
. God has commanded us to preach His word, He is responsible for proving it. The bible teaches us that God’s word will accomplish what it was sent to do and want return void.
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
When I witness the constant moral decaying of the world, I can only place the blame where it belongs, at the feet of the church. Church, where art thou?