Neutrality vs Defense of Rights
Today the church hides behind it's protective veil of the 5013(c) tax exemption. Unless you are Barrack Huseein Obama's Church. Then you can spill all manner of vile hate, ask you candidate to come in with his campaign literature which you allow him to peddle in the church lobby, and thumb you nose at the law.
Every other church should take note of that...
‘Abandonment Theology,’* is the "silence" of 3,000 pulpits on moral issues: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a time of moral crisis, maintain a position of neutrality.” The Inferno, Dante.
"Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things..." 2 Timothy 4:2-5
The Rwandan massacre took place in only 100 days as a deliberate and widespread extermination of an ethnic group. See: "Sudan: The Hidden Holocaust," documentary video based on the book, ‘Faith Under Fire,’ by Dr. Peter Hammond, a Christian missionary who brings Bibles into the Sudan despite a serious threat against his life made by the United Nations. His website is www.frontline.org.za. Where was the Church? Where were the Jews who say, "Never Again?"
Speech, October 1998, Rev. Dr. Laurence L. White of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas:
"The damage people cause to the planet is the function of demographics. It is equal to the degree of development. One American burdens the earth much more than twenty Bangladeshis…in order to stabilize the world population we must eliminate three hundred and fifty thousand people per day…” Jacque Cousteau, "The UNESCO Courier," November, 1991.
Such neutrality ultimately supports worldwide abortion, homosexuality, the AIDS epidemic, the attack upon the family, and overt and covert population control of every kind, including genocide.
“Hitler called together the most important preachers in the land. He gathered them there in the Reich’s chancellery to reassure them, to intimidate them if he could, to silence their criticism so that he could go on with his plans for the country.
“Hitler moved through the crowd that day, patting the preachers on the back, making them feel important, smiling and reassuring each their state subsidies would continue, their tax exemptions were secure, that the church had nothing to fear from a Nazi government.
“Finally, one brash, young preacher who was there, Martin Neimöller was his name, had had enough. Today we’d call him "politically incorrect." He was going to tell the truth, even when that truth was not popular.
“He pushed his way to the front of the room until he stood eye-to-eye with the German dictator, and he said,
"Heir Hitler, our concern is not for the church. Jesus Christ will take care of His church. Our concern is for the soul of our nation."
“Hitler, with a natural politician’s instinct, saw that reaction, and he understood exactly what it meant, and he smiled as he said to himself almost reflectively,
"The soul of Germany, you can leave that to me."
“And they did.
“They kept their religion and their politics strictly separate from one another, and as the innocent were slaughtered and the nation was lead down the path of destruction, the clergy looked the other way, minded their own business, and their country was destroyed.”
See: *(The Clergy and the Decline of American Christianity, published by AMERICA - A CALL TO GREATNESS, Inc., Winter Park, Florida, 1996. This book is available by calling 1-800-544-8927.)