Do you want to know why pastors will not speak out against the evil practices, policies, and pontifications of our elected civil magistrates? It is the fear of violating the 501c3 statute and thereby risk losing the precious government benefit of tax exemption. Is not this tantamount to what the Pharisees did? They rejected the authority of Christ for fear of losing the benefits of Caesar.
As this column already sounds preachy to my non-Christian readers, I will go ahead and quote this passage from John 11:48: “If we [the Pharisees] let him [Christ] thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and our nation.”
Apply this verse to many of today’s pastors: “If we preach Christ alone, the government in Washington, D.C., will come and take away our tax exempt status and our position and benefits.”
Watch this: the Pharisees rejected the person and authority of Christ for fear of the retribution of Rome. And some thirty-plus years after rejecting Christ, the Romans came in 70 A.D. and completely destroyed the Pharisees as an institution, their synagogue, their power, their riches, everything–just as Jesus predicted in Matthew 24.
FK – While I admire what he’s trying to do I think it’s time to be done with kings and lords. That’s part of the problem, along with sitting around waiting for the world to end.