“Will Our National Day of Prayer Prevail To Apply The Bible To Civics?”
by Pastor Earl Wallace 5/7/19
Have you ever been reading your Bible, and thought, “I can’t think of it that way because of “‘separation of church and state’”?
Have you ever been preparing a Bible message and thought, “I can’t speak of it that way because of “‘separation of church and state?’”
Have you ever wondered where the concept “separation of church and state” originated, and what empowered this man-made concept to determine how we interpret Scripture?
Have you ever challenged yourself to read the Bible, as God intended, free from the constraints that the concept of “separation of church and state” places upon our ability to interpret Scripture, which reveals Who God Is, What He Truly Is Like, and How He wants us to live?
Have you ever wondered why we falsely confine ourselves within the concept “separation of church and state” when God drowned Pharaoh’s army in the sea, when that ruler led his state to disobey HIm? Is not the God of The Bible, the God of everything? Should not His Bible apply to every aspect of life, including civics — the affairs of the state? Will not God judge the nations, and has not separated from them (Psalm 9:19, Psalm 110:6, Isaiah 2:4, Micah 4:3)?
Have you ever wondered why fifty-one weeks a year we use “separation of church and state” as a reason either to not care about certain things; not speak up about certain issues, and then one week a year, in connection with The National Day of Prayer, we implore God to intervene in the state from which we say He should be separate the rest of the year?
James 1:7-8 tells us that the double minded man is unstable in all his ways, and should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
Because of the concept of “separation of church and state,” worldly people are using America’s government power and media influence to control the national dialogue and suppress the application of The Bible to our civics? The concept of “separation of church and state” has been used to silence the church on Biblical issues and sins that the government now grabs and proclaims as “human rights”?
While we do not want the church working through state power to abuse people, as what happened with the Spanish Catholic Inquisition and King Henry VIII putting his military might through the Anglican Church of England to persecute Protestants. The Pilgrims and Puritans had to flee to America for the religious freedom to live out the Bible publicly. So, we do want government to treat we-the-people according to God’s Ten Commandments and the Sermon on The Mount!
Let US (pun intended) use this National Day of Prayer time to throw off the 1954 IRS shackles of “separation of church and state,” because that phrase neither appears in the U.S. Constitution, nor in The Bible! We are acting as if we believe that when we took on the job title of “pastor” or “Bible teacher,” or “Seminary professor,” or took on the mantle of deacon, elder, evangelist, or prophet that we somehow gave up our U.S. First Amendment free speech rights, guaranteed to all citizens.
America’s Christian Founders linked in America’s First Amendment the rights of freedom of religion and freedom of speech because you need both to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission!
America’s Founders gave America an automatic tax exemption through The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, laws passed by Congress, which never have been repealed, nor reversed, which would require a Constitutional Convention of the States. The so-called “Johnson Amendment” is not an amendment at all, as there was no Constitutional Convention in 1954 that made IRS 501(C)(3) the law of our land. Constitutional law is actually America’s First Amendment. IRS Publication 1828, which anyone can review and obtain as a free pdf, acknowledges this as follows:
“Congress has enacted special tax laws that apply to churches, religious organizations, and ministers in recognition of their unique status in American society and of their rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. Churches and religious organizations are generally exempt from income tax and receive other favorable treatment under the tax law; however, certain income of a church or religious organization may be subject to tax, such as income from an unrelated business.”
Thus the IRS acknowledges in the section “Automatic Exemption for Churches” that “Churches that meet the requirements of IRC Section 501(c)(3) are automatically considered tax exempt, and are not required to apply for and obtain recognition of tax-exempt status from the IRS.” Under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, our contributions to our churches are tax immune and deductible. But even if they were not, why would we let man-made policy bribe us out of applying the Bible to every aspect of life?
The IRS deceitfully convinces us to voluntarily limit our God-given free speech rights to apply the Bible to every aspect of life, including our nation’s civics. That ruse is in a section of publication 1828, titled “Jeopardizing Tax-Exempt Status.” Since Christians must obey God and not man, why would we voluntarily sign up to participate in a policy that limits our rights to apply The Bible to every aspect of life? Is not our God, the Lord of everything? Or do we have Him artificially compartmentalized, relegated to some areas of our lives, but not others?
If the leaders of God’s righteousness on earth do not occupy America’s political space, but instead abandon it, then these phenomena take place:
We teach the Bible absent of how Daniel and other prophets, including John the Baptist and the Apostles, Paul, Peter, John, and others had interactions that called the political classes and the religious people they appointed over the nation to repent and come to God to administer their roles and responsibilities in conformance with His will.
Bible-believing Christians are not encouraged nor taught to engage the political culture, when we are the only ones who operate under the cleansing conviction of the Holy Spirit that motivates the securing of the God-given “unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which are endowed by our Creator” as referenced in America’s Declaration of Independence.
Our “unalienable rights” are those that God secures in the Ten Commandments, which only Bible-believing people most appreciate, and will strive to live by and administer their jobs in ways that are consistent with them. These Ten Commandment rights are …
to worship God publicly the way he says he wants to be worshipped in the Commandments #1-4.
to enjoy our family privacy and sanctity (#5), providing we don’t violate the other nine commandments while doing so.
to not be murdered (#6), sexually mistreated (#7), stolen from (#8), lied to nor lied about, nor slandered (#9), and not have our persons, people, positions or possessions coveted by evil people who bring forth such behavior and policies from the evil within their unconverted and unregenerate hearts (Matt 12:35 and Luke 6: 45)!
Despite how our world up until recent times, as defined by Biblical Christianity, governments everywhere have been taken over by people who have no respect for the God of The Bible, and actually work to suppress His Gospel — the Good News of Christ dying for our sins, which was realized by believers to be so significant that we divided our calendar into BC, “Before Christ” and AD, After the Year of Our Lord’s advent of the virgin birth. Now, this significance is being suppressed by the concept that the time we live in is called the “Common Era.”
When governments use their vast powers and finances to suppress the Gospel of Christ, they have become agents of Satan to send tens and hundreds of millions of people to a “Christ-less” eternity!
People do not get the opportunity to experience the individual and societal liberating effects that being born again in Christ provides for us individually and as a society!
To comprehend and appreciate the full positive impact of the Founders “original intent of both America’s Declaration of Independence and First Amendment of the US Constitution they must be read as statements of religious doctrine of how the Bible applies to civics.” They explain how Biblical Christianity was the foundation and safeguard of our Constitutional Republic!