Skip to comments.Silence of the Pulpits - Why?
Posted on 11/15/2008 5:32:16 PM PST by Penn4God
In view of the 2008 election, the Christian churches have been noticeably silent. Is this reluctance due to their fear of losing the tax exempt status?
The recent election highlights this issue quite well. Candidates held moral positions that were in direct opposition to known biblical teachings. Despite the candidates support for issues like abortion, religious leaders allowed these candidates to go unchallenged from their pulpits.
Religious leaders are fearful of losing the tax-exempt status if they speak out strongly regarding moral positions that candidates hold. Religious leaders are not directing their comments from their pulpits to influence decisions about candidates based on biblical truths. The result is the election of a pro-abortion, radical candidate for president that many christians supported.
Is it time to amend the IRS code to allow religious leaders the freedom to speak on current issues that have become politicized? The original intent of this IRS code was to silence churches in Texas who spoke out against Lyndon Johnson. The result has been the muzzling of the church by the goverment. Do we call this a free republic?
Have you seen what has been going on in California? Churches are being vandalized for speaking up against Gay Marriage. Churches led the fight to pass Proposition 8 and now the Gaystapo is punishing them for their votes. So, they haven’t exactly been silent there.
I told a pastor this just last night.
When a guest speaker in a major non-denominational church in Ft. Lauderdale made reference to the beliefs of the candidates and who was more aligned with Christian values, someone in the congregation sent a *certified letter* of complaint, as well as several phone calls with complaints. The pastor made a public apology the next week. Me thinks the churches are being monitored by those who believe in The One.
Is that when the muzzling of the churches happened? With LBJ/ tax code law? It definitely goes against the First Amendment. Many of the militia members during the Revolutionary War came from the churches. Came out of the churches, after a sermon, and joined the fight right then. Including the pastors.
It seems so wrong that the churches are silenced. In fact, must be the next fight. Of course, really only some of them are. Clinton campaigned in the black churches. The liberal ones around here MUST have supported obama (little o, not a Real God).
Yes, I believe there are spies in churches. Didn’t little o suggest that they do that? I think I remember that from a while back.
Look, it’s simple. If you’re a black church, you can say, do ANYthing.......even hosting your favorite lib candidate, especially if he’s black.
Try that in a predominantly white church in middle America; I dare you.
The black churches of Cleveland not only campaigned from the pulpit - they rented charter buses to take people to the poles. Obama materials and merchandise were handed out in the churches. I guess some “churches” get a free pass...but they won’t get it from the final authority, the one they claim to serve.
The Catholic CHurch was pretty vocal about Obama, abortion and the danger to the souls of Catholics who voted for him, as well as threating to cut off Catholic politicians ofrm the Catholic community for supporting him.
AS for the others, most of them were pretty silent or openly supported the Obamanation, or if they opposed him, were given little or no coverage.
Western Christianity is a ripe pumb ready to fall into the bloody, flithy hands of the Muslims.
This is another of those scare tactic messages.
We are standing with those churches in California—we want them to know they are not alone. Thanks for your words of enlightenment.
The Mainline Protestant churches are run by liberal democrats at the highest levels and are pro-choice. I’m sure they’re deliriously happy that Obama won.
...United Church of Christ, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterian USA...
I’m sure no one wants me to get on my soapbox but this has been foretold in the Bible about the last days events. The churches are silent because godly preaching is almost non-existent in these days. No one preaches holiness, hell, damnation, true salvation and like items.
This issue should not go away. The only way to see a change is to put pressure on pastors and religious leaders to step out regardless of circumstances. Guts are the way to go!
However, I did see alot of programs on Christian television that were absolutely anti Obama...
I am wondering if there will come a time when we Christians will have to meet, quietly, in our own homes and “upper rooms”, as it was done a long time ago, before religion got organized.
I agree, maybe the churches should give up the status and preach the word! I am sure Paul would not have cared a hoot about tax stuff when compared with the need to see people’s lives changed with the gospel of Jesus.