Worship the State, or Else

Article Syndicated from: Cal Thomas

In totalitarian societies, governments suppress the church and religious worship. That’s because dictators believe citizens should worship them as the highest authority and not a Higher Authority, which they view as a threat to their power and position.

In the United States, the threat to religious liberty has been under siege for some time. Last week’s Thanksgiving gift to believers from the Supreme Court may be only a temporary reprieve from government’s assault on faith and conscience. The narrow 5-4 ruling serves as a warning the threat is not over.

The court majority ruled that Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York overstepped his authority and the Constitution, when he arbitrarily declared that, during the COVID pandemic, worship services must be limited to a number he created out of whole cloth.

What is it that causes so many Americans to place their faith in government over faith in God, or even faith in themselves? False gods of wood, iron, bronze and gold could not answer the prayers of ancient peoples, so why, when government fails to answer the “prayers” of so many today, do people continue to put their faith in it?

When government sets itself up as the ultimate authority on all things, including the right to gather and worship freely, other liberties can quickly be at risk. If the First Amendment is to be challenged, even watered down when it comes to faith and practice, why not impose stricter controls on speech and the press, as is done in totalitarian states? Once the principle that government endows rights is established, it is a very short step for government to take them away.

In China and elsewhere around the globe, dictators view God as a challenge to their rule. They demand total fealty, or those who seek to go over their heads with appeals to Heaven must be arrested, jailed, and in some instances murdered that the almighty
state be preserved.

One of the founding principles that brought Pilgrims from England to America was the freedom to worship God as their consciences dictated. The Constitution guarantees that right. In more recent years the term “separation between church and state” penned by Thomas Jefferson in a private letter to a friend, has come to mean the right of the government to define the meaning of “church,” restricting the practice of faith to one hour on Sunday morning and in the case of Gov. Cuomo and some other governors and mayors, dictating how many people can gather to worship Someone other than them.

A Wall Street Journal editorial commenting on the Court’s decision got it right: “The Court explains that New York’s order treats houses of worship more harshly than what Mr. Cuomo considers ‘essential’ businesses. Those include liquor stores, bike shops, acupuncturists, lawyers, accountants, and more.”

Sermons I have heard over the years have noted that in the eyes of God when one has broken one of the Ten Commandments, one has broken them all. Breaking one law, they have noted, defines one as a lawbreaker.

It is a good analogy when considering our liberties. If one is threatened, all are potentially at risk. Joe Biden has promised to name more liberal judges to federal benches. If he succeeds, expect more challenges to religious freedom and other constitutional rights, including the right to life and the right to keep and bear arms. It is a major reason why the runoff election in Georgia next month must re-elect the two Republicans so that a Senate majority can block challenges by a likely Biden administration, not just to religious liberty, but to other freedoms as well.

Michael Mooney, NACM Exec. Elder (147)

I live in Greenville SC. I am married to the woman of my dreams and we have 4 children. I have been in ministry 20+ years. I graduated from Liberty University. I have a Diploma of Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Science in Religion, Master of Business Administration, and a Master of I/O Psychology. I most enjoy camping, music production, and basking in the presence of the Holy Spirit while worshipping.

9 thoughts on “Worship the State, or Else”

  1. It is ok to be fearful of what’s to come, Jesus himself the night before his crucification pleased with God begging him for another way because his human flesh felt fear. But as God promises us if we stand true and trust in him we are saved. God gave us these emotions, it’s human to feel like that.

    As a veteran and as the many other Veterans here can speak fear happens, but it’s never turning away from Jesus that is key. Like Matthew 11:33 says “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” As long as we proclaim that Jesus is our savior and that we believe Gods Holy words to be truth we WIN!

    Like Paul tells us we have the armor of God! In Ephesians 6:11 Paul instructs us to “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” We do not fight against the delay and skin of man per say but more of the wickedness that schemes through them.

    Paul later on says in Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

    The war has long been going on we are getting closer daily to the final battles but as long as we stay true to our leader the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the one true path to salvation then we are safe for eternity.

    How amazing is that! An eternity of perfection for merely facing fear. A fear that is not even a thousandth of what Jesus felt, but Jesus the man made of flesh and bone pushed on because God told him that we were worth it.

    Now If God says we are worth that almighty sacrifice then I’d say we are lucky to be HIS soldiers in HIS army.

    And that my family is soo awesome to say. I am humble and proud to be a Christian on the front lines of this war.

    God bless you all.

  2. Yes, this provoked a train of thought. Jesus, being God wrapped in flesh. Now we know that he gave us instinctual attributes which is a healthy fear. In no way am I asserting that Jesus feared, however, in Gethsemane as he asked God, “let this cup pass from me, nonetheless let thy will be done.” I’m wondering if the flesh was instinctively dreading death?

    If so, then can we not expect to fear death and persecution from this One World Order? Is it not the nature of the flesh? But as Paul, wrote to be absent here is to be present with the Lord, as redeemed sinners, as Job said, “though he slay me, yet will I trust in him”. And Paul again, nothing can separate us from the love of God.

    Hence, we should not fear things to come but trust in him. Just a contemplation, perhaps a trick from the trickster to detour us from standing for the Lord no matter what may come. I’ve heard a few ministers suggest that by knowing our enemy is too effectively defeat him. Being called as God’s warrior as a young child and witnessing demonic deliverance by the power of the Holy Ghost working through my mother, I am convinced as with all military processions that knowledge of the enemy is crucial. Being spiritually equipped, we must also possess the knowledge of our armor, tools and be mindful of the truth that not only has Jesus given us victory but that God, (Dad) is without any doubt true to his Word.

    Therefore, in using the name of Jesus Christ must we not also realize that when we use his name by which everything in heaven, on earth, and under the earth now? Knowing that when we say the name of Jesus Christ we are proclaiming every miracle, healing the sick, resurrecting the dead, the work he completed on the cross through his own resurrection, this is as I comprehend the first realization in gaining knowledge of the power of our tools. For me, knowing this is realizing the boldness of the power of the Holy Ghost who imparts this gift to us. If we do not know our enemy and the power, strength, and authority imparted to us certainly we are of no threat to our enemy.

    So, be encouraged for he has overcome and made us overcomers. Trust in the Lord, be not afraid as the thoughts and ways of God are superior to any and all things. His will prevails, Lord God, I ask that your will and purpose prevail in my life as you will in Jesus Christ name, amen! To God be the glory, honor and praise for ever and ever.

    • Bless you Brother Conklin,

      I appreciate your input on this subject and realize it is close to your heart. My dad was one of the ‘Silent Soldiers’ from WWII. I couldn’t imagine what you veterans face. In the late 1940s, PTSD wasn’t recognized by the medical profession, as far as I know. Dad relived the war nightly, I remember hearing how he wrestled almost every night during his sleep. He was highly decorated, however, this was worthless, in comparison to how much he suffered and the price he and his family paid for that war. I have a tremendous heart for veterans and would love to minister, support, and offer some sort of encouragement if possible and God wills me to this call.

      As the youngest of his five children, (my dad), I did not understand the cause of his behavior as well as my four siblings. Mom was a devout Christian for 60 plus years, she had no understanding of dad either. And as you probably are aware, WWII vets never spoke of the war, or at least dad didn’t.

      Growing up in the Pentecostal denomination, mom believed dad to be possessed. They were opposite and if asked, all of his children would agree that mom and dad were not good for each other. I’m not certain of what was with the Christian faith in those days, but God was thought to be just another angry parent, or perhaps it was due to our traumatic environment. When Jesus said, John 15:19 If you were of the world, it would love you as its own, instead, the world hates you because you are not of the world but I have chosen you out of the world. The church then took this passage literally, hence, the church was bitterly judgemental, scornful to the lost instead of ministering to them. And Lord have mercy, we as children were stifled, put into a box to the point that we couldn’t cut our hair, wear blue jeans, or have friends outside of the church just to name a few restrictions. I suppose you could say we as children were constantly trying to figure out how to live within this environmental dysfunction.

      This doctrine drove dad and us away from the church as we left home. The atmosphere of our home was volatile and hostile, mom would try to deliver dad from what she thought to be demonic possession. Her actions resulted in dad becoming physically and emotionally abusive. Anything could happen at any time and it did, the dinner table being turned upside down during dinner was normal for us. Dad chasing mom out of the house with a loaded rifle was normal.

      So when we were of age and left home, we turned our back on God and resented our parents, who finally divorced. I divorced a husband because he wasn’t abusive, hence, I didn’t believe he loved me. So dad’s PTSD along with the bad rep of the church was our foundation. As young adults, we were unequipped with lifecoping skills. Eventually, after many wrong and destructive paths, all of us except for one found a completely different God than that of the one we grew up with. I can’t express the joy of finding the true living God who is loving, merciful, faithful, and forgiving, Jesus was no longer a name by which we would grit our teeth.

      Through all of this, God has worked miracles, yes, I said MIRACLES. The Lord taught me how to love rather than hate and judge, how to treat, encourage, and love others. Along with the rest of my siblings, we were diagnosed with PTSD, depression, some were diagnosed with bipolar disorder and a few spent a fortune on therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Some turned to chemical relief, this was an additional diagnosis of chemical dependency.

      So, as of current, we have three ministers, one new convert, and one who worships the universe. I am positive that the Lord will draw the last into the fold. As it all turned out, dad received help and support from other vets and eventually converted, he was a completely different person many years before he passed away. As for the church, some sort of transformation happened or again perhaps we (the children) finally having the ability to see things without the constant fear. The Bible was no longer taught literally and out of context. Mom never married again as Jesus was more than enough for her. I married one last time before I was healed of cancer and delivered from alcoholism. This husband left and to this day I am not certain of his reasons, it could have been due to a season of personal losses I experienced prior to my re-commitment to Christ.

      I share this with you simply because you are appreciated and I want you to know that we are not ungrateful for your sacrifice. Thank you and the Lord bless, comfort, and strengthen you as you prevail in your much-needed ministry, in Christ Jesus name amen.

  3. The Book of Revelation tells us of the New World Order and all that it will entail. That is already in construction, it simply has to be completed. It speaks of the atrocities of the Roman Catholic Church, the Popes, The Inquisition, the Crusades and all that is past and is to come. We are to expect these things to come to pass. It’s all much bigger than the last or next President, a political party and it’s platform. It’s much bigger than the lost rights of the Indians or the Slaves or the Japanese. It’s much bigger than an Amendment. It’s about God and Satan! The threat of religious liberty came under siege in this country when it was taken from the Indians. The world isn’t going to change just because we are in it. We are to be in it and not of it. Wait until one can’t buy or sell without the mark of the Beast or the name of it. Worldwide loss of all freedoms, not just of an Amendment or of what we want to believe that we have a right to. Just like everyone else in this world, we have a right to live and die, and we have a right to choose today who we will serve, even at the cost of our lives. Everything else is simply wishful thinking.

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