Example 2 Of how the scope or design of the passage matters in interpretation

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Arthur PinkAnother passage where inattention to its scope has resulted in false doctrine being drawn from it is 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. Appeal is frequently made to it in support of the dangerous delusion that there is a class of real Christians who have forfeited all “reward” for the future, having no good works to their credit; yet will enter heaven. Such a concept is grossly insulting to the Holy Spirit, for it implies that He performs a miracle of grace in the soul, indwells that person, yet that he brings forth no spiritual fruit. Such a grotesque idea is utterly contrary to the Analogy of Faith, for Ephesians 2:10, tells us that those whom God saves by grace through faith are “His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.” Those who walk not in good works are unsaved, for “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). Scripture declares, “Verily there…

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Kris Vallotton: Just Another ‘Word of Faith’ False Teacher


Kris Vallotton ~ A minion of Satan!

Originally posted on Repent Bethel Redding:

003_Vallotton WoF (2)I’ve written extensively regarding the false gospel of Kris Vallotton. I’m grateful to friends like Bart McCurdy who regularly provide me with information regarding the Bethel Redding cult and its leaders. Bart made me aware of the image to the left, which Vallotton posted on his Facebook page. The text reads:

“The way God creates history is by anointing people to see the future from His perspective and call it into existence.”

The heretical and idolatrous notion that people can, by the force of their words spoken in faith, can literally create and call things into existence is standard jargon from a demonic movement known as “Word of Faith.”

An article posted on the GotQuestions.org website explains:

“Word of Faith teaching is decidedly unbiblical. It is not a denomination and does not have a formal organization or hierarchy. Instead, it is a movement that is heavily influenced by…

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HERESY ALERT!!  Kris Vallotton’s “”5 Tests Of A True Prophet!”

Source:  http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/07/27/epic-fail-valottons-5-non-biblical-tests-for-a-true-prophet/
By Holly Pivec

I was disturbed this week by Kris Vallotton’s article titled “5 Tests of a True Prophet.” I was even more disturbed to see that his article was published by Charisma Magazine. For those who don’t know, Vallotton is the senior associate leader of Bethel Church in Redding, California, and a bestselling author. His article in Charisma is excerpted from a curriculum he developed titled Basic Training for the Prophetic Ministry.

Not a single one of Vallotton’s five tests of a true prophet is given in Scripture. Astoundingly, he completely overlooks the three tests that are given. Here are Vallotton’s woefully inadequate tests.

Vallotton’s 5 Non-Biblical Tests

Vallotton’s Non-Biblical Test No. 1: Does the prophet believe in the redemptive work of the Son of God?

On the surface, this test may seem good. Surely, a true prophet of God would believe in Christ’s redemptive work. But if you think that, by belief in the “redemptive work of the Son of God,” Vallotton is referring to belief in the gospel of Jesus’ death and resurrection, think again. In the article, Vallotton redefines the redemptive work of the Son of God as present-day miracles. He says that people who don’t believe in the “redemptive work of the Son of God” are “people who try to tell you that Jesus doesn’t do miracles anymore.” In other words–in NAR-speak–any individual who questions the authenticity of the alleged miracles being performed by today’s NAR apostles and prophets cannot be a true prophet. Where in Scripture can this test be found? It can’t.

Vallotton’s Non-Biblical Test No. 2: False prophets do not like to listen to anyone; they believe that God tells them everything.

At first glance, this test may also seem good to some people. But Vallotton’s description of the test shows what he really has in mind. He says that a true prophet will submit to “real spiritual authority.” In the NAR, the real spiritual authorities are the movement’s prophets and apostles. This point is crucial to understanding NAR teachings. The idea that a true prophet of God must submit to the authority of contemporary NAR leaders simply cannot be found in Scripture.

Vallotton’s Non-Biblical Test No. 3: False prophets are not motivated by love, but are motivated by a need to be noticed.

In other words, Vallotton is saying that false prophets are motivated by pride, not love. Sounds true, right? Not so fast. Certainly, a true prophet wouldn’t be motivated by pride, and a true prophet would have love for others. But the verses Vallotton cites in support of this test–1 John 4:7-9 and 19-21–apply to all believers in Christ generally. They’re not criteria given as tests for determining if someone is a genuine prophet of God.

Vallotton’s Non-Biblical Test No. 4: False prophets commonly use fear to motivate people.

Vallotton says that “‘doom and gloom’ tend to be the central theme of a false prophet’s message.” Yet, numerous true prophets of God in Scripture had the sober task of delivering “doom-and-gloom” messages about sin and judgment. Though their messages held out hope for forgiveness and restoration, their major themes also included grim realities. For example, the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah was given the following gloomy message from God regarding the unfaithful Israelites:

“Do not pray for the welfare of this people. Though they fast, I will not hear their cry, and though they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume them by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.” (Jeremiah 14:11-12)

Not a happy-go-lucky message, to be sure. In contrast to his downer message, the false prophets delivered upbeat words: “‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place’” (Jeremiah 14:13). Yet, according to Vallotton’s test, it is they who would be the true prophets of God, and Jeremiah would be a false prophet. Go figure.

Vallotton’s Non-Biblical Test No. 5: False prophets are not in a covenant relationship with the body of Christ.

This test–that a true prophet attends a local church–is not given in Scripture. While every believer should attend a local church and strive to have a healthy relationship with the membership, this is not a test given for determining whether someone is a true prophet.

In short, Vallotton gives five tests for a prophet that aren’t given in Scripture. The passages of Scripture he cites in support of his tests say nothing about prophets. They’re passages that apply to all believers.

Why wouldn’t he want to address those passages of Scripture that apply specifically to the evaluation of prophets? They’re the obvious go-to passages when teaching about prophets. Is this mere oversight on his part? If so, such oversight is inexcusable for a teacher with his influence.

So what are the key tests of a true prophet of God? The Bible gives three. These three tests are explained in detail in two recent books I co-authored on the NAR. I will explain them briefly here.

The Bible’s 3 Tests

 The Fulfillment Test

The fulfillment test, given in Deuteronomy 18:21-22, requires that a prophet’s predictions must come true. Though Scripture gives this test for a true prophet, oddly, Vallotton does not. In fact, his article seems to allow for the possibility that true prophets will err in their predictions where he writes: “We will make mistakes, mess up, and even fail at times.” The idea that true prophets of God can deliver erroneous prophecies is a common teaching in the NAR. This explains why NARprophets continue to be regarded as genuine by their followers even after making erroneous predictions.

The Orthodoxy Test

Another test Scripture gives for prophets is the orthodoxy test, which requires that a prophet’s words must line up with the revelation God has already given. This test is found in Deuteronomy 13:1-5. It shows up again in the New Testament, where we see that all teachings in the churches –including teachings given by prophets–were held to the standard of teaching that had been handed down by the apostles of Christ. Why has Vallotton omitted this crucial test? Could it be because of the fact that so many NAR teachings do not line up with Scripture?

The Lifestyle Test

A third test Scripture gives for prophets is the lifestyle test. Jesus said that false prophets could be known by their bad fruit–that is, by their lawless conduct (Matthew 7:16-23). Why does Vallotton omit this test? Remarkably, some of the most influential NAR prophets have confessed to significant moral failures, including Bob Jones and Paul Cain. Yet, they have continued to be regarded as genuine by many in the NAR.

It’s baffling that Vallotton would give five tests for a prophet that are not given in Scripture and completely ignore the three tests that are given.

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On Tongues Subsequent to Conversion

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On speaking in tongues, Acts 10:44-48 states the Holy Spirit fell upon the Gentiles upon hearing the Word of God preached by Peter. That the Gentiles were speaking in tongues was the immediate evidence to the Jews that God had given the Gentiles the same gift of the Spirit as He had the Jews. It should also be noted that the Gentiles received the Spirit before they had been baptized by water, but that is another discussion. Let’s review the passage:

While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have…

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The Danger of “New Revelation”

The Danger of “New Revelation”
Source: http://www.letusreason.org
Paul writes in 1 Cor. 4:6, “that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.
Once someone is allowed to tell people stories like; Jesus appeared to them in their room or they visited heaven and they were given new revelation, the rest comes easy. They become as if lost at sea, adrift with their fantasy revelation that makes them more important. They have something to say that no one else does because they were chosen.
The reality of demons should not be dismissed, or underestimated, they are deceptive. They have one think they are in contact with God and pride is always the bait on the hook. Encapsulated in their new teaching is God is with me as they present to the hearers their new revelation.
Unsubstantiated claims from revelations is opening people up and giving legal access for spirits to deceive them, the same ones that deceive the presenters of new revelation. This accepted methodology is introducing an occultic teaching inside the church that has gained far too much traction, yet we are warned in Scripture that it would take place.

Many of these revelators do not go deeper but go above, using their own revelation to interpret the word. These men and women become Prophets who know better than God! Seems like an oxymoron statement but this is what is taking place today. They speak for him when He has not spoken. After prophesying something right they feel confident on their own. Look at Peter, he spoke a revelation he received from the Father and the very next thing said is from Satan which was against the plan of God. He thought he knew what God wanted, to preserve Jesus. Even later at the arrest of Jesus he is still going to prevent this from happening. Which meant that he did not take to heart what Jesus said to him as a rebuke in Mt.16.
They are not only false prophets we were told would come into the church (Mt.24:11,24; 2 Pt.2:1) These are the Nicolaitan’s we were warned about from Jesus “Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate” (Revelation 2:15). A Nicolaitan is one who rules over the common people by intimidation or manipulation. A two-class system is created where you have the revelator given prominence over the other believers who hold to scripture;
This is nothing to dismiss, it was serious to Paul who wrote “Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind” (Col 2:18).
They may not be worshipping angels but Paul is also describing a type of person goes into great detail about what he says he has seen, and his false spiritual experience puffs him up into an importance. That’s exactly what’s going on today in an unprecedented scale. People claiming to go to heaven or someone from heaven visiting them
Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. (2 John 9–10)
If you are living by the Scripture and someone enters speaking contrary to it you are not to listen to them, you are especially not allowed it to spread. It does not matter what kind of a friend he is to the pastor, or how successful he is in ministry or that he has been doing this ministry for longer than everyone else, he is not to introduce strange doctrine (Heb.13:9). Today there is no lack of the strange… 
We have an obligation to keep to what is revealed and protect ourselves and others from what is not revealed. Because there is no way to know if it is true or not. A subjective experience can feel real but it does not mean its true. 
This is simple to understand.
When these type of people get in authority and their words are accepted it leads people away from the truth that was spoken by the eye witnesses. Their followers no longer need the Bible but only what they say “about the word,” and their experiences. Nicolaitans use their place of authority to rule over others. Like mystics and The Gnostics, they do not teach the written word of the apostles but their special revelation. They consider themselves rich in the spirit and chosen to carry special revelatory messages as the end unfolds. 
Our spiritual walk is not to be guided by fresh “words from the Lord” or “new revelation.” When the Word of God is substituted by other men’s words, you begin to lose any spiritual understanding you had of the Word, we become dependent on certain men’s teachings.
Mark 4:24-25 Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. “For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”
This is the spiritual principle of the word and walking it. One can go from light to darkness and think the darkness is still the light. 
John 8:47 “He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
John 10: 8″All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.” His sheep do not listen to those who come after either (Mk.13:6; Lk.21:8). 2 Peter 2:2: “And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.”
John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
Hearing another voice that does not expound the scripture separates you from hearing God’s voice in His word. Just as Eve listened to the Devil explain what God had meant about the fruit tree and when she listened she then convinced her husband Adam. Most will not say they are following a certain teacher or their revelation, but they are if they spend their time reading their books, listening to their videos and attending their gatherings and not taking time in the word. In fact if they spent the time in the word that they do at these Nicolaiten prophets meetings, they may not be tempted to go.
The apostle wrote “They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.
We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error” (I Jn. 4:5-6)
On the road to Emmaus Jesus explained the word to two disciples. He “expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Because he gave them understanding to comprehend the Scriptures their hearts burned within them (Luke 24:27, 32).
It’s ironic that Isaiah who saw a vision of the Lord on his throne. He was made clean to speak to the people and is quoted by Jesus “And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.'(Matt 13:14-15)
Hearing what? Jesus had referred to the Old Testament Scripture.
In Mark 4:10 after Jesus gives the parable on the sower; the seed and the soil. He explains to them of the need (vv.13-14) to understand this parable, as it is the key to all the parables. “The sower sows the word.” In Matthew 13:18-23 Jesus explains the seed is the Word and how the people need ears to hear, so they can understand the spiritual meanings of the Word and be fruitful. There are four examples of soil given, only one has the seed grow up to eventually bear fruit, the other three do not. Jesus explains Mark 4:20: “But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirty fold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” 
The Word of God brings the fruit of the Spirit in one’s life in various degrees when it is understood correctly, when misapplied it can bring ruin. Jesus is pointing to the Scripture, not tradition, nor new revelation. Our new life begins in the word and is dependent on understanding and living out His written Word.
As Isaiah also spoke “These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding, and those who complained will learn doctrine” (29:24). The Holy Spirit will give us understanding of what is written, not new revelation; for the simple reason He is not giving it. If you profess to love Jesus, show it by continuing in his word (Jn.14:23-24).

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The Cell Church  by Marsha West (New Apostolic Reformation ~ NAR)

July 12, 2015

NAR’s Seven MountainsOver twenty years ago Sarah Leslie of Discernment Ministriesbegan doing research on the early stages of the New Apostolic Reformation which was being launched by C. Peter Wagner. In her research she covered what she refers to as the networking hierarchical cell church structure. In this piece she tells us exactly what this all means. This is not the local church, says Sarah, “This is also the structure of a city-wide church (ecumenical) as envisioned and described by the cell church architects. It is also the structure of the multi-site church of Leadership Network.” Before we continue, those of you who are unfamiliar with Leadership Network (LN) should know that this group is the foremost training agency for Christian leaders. LN has trained a generation of “change agent” pastors. That’s right. Change agent pastors. That’s why it’s extremely important for the discerning Christian to discover who LR’s leaders are, the people they’ve trained, and the purpose of their training. Speaking of “purpose” one pastor who went through LN’s training is none other than the Purpose Driven Pope, Rick Warren.
Back to what Sarah was saying: “It would become the model for C. Peter Wagner’s hierarchies — now called the 7 mountains (quite literally a pyramid marketing structure) for apostolic dominion.”
What this is about is transforming the Church through an army of modern day prophets and apostles. These people are highly organized — and they mean business.
Much has changed since Sara started her research twenty-five years ago:
For example, we weren’t sure if we were looking at a multi-headed hydra or a one-headed octopus. The downline networks that were forming in Christendom seemed to be independent of one another, yet there was an ongoing call for unity. It seemed destined to culminate in a one-world church. … For example, the false prophets of the NAR had been calling for a merging of streams into rivers for several decades.
It is now quite obvious that the downline networking model functions by stealth, superimposing its own structure on top of an existing model (such as denominations), until it sucks the old life out of it and ends up totally controlling it. Parachurch organizations such as Leadership Network, trained pastors and leaders across a global spectrum in this new model of church governance. The excessive evangelical fascination with leadership has given rise to cult-like status for its superstars and created lockstep blind followers. (emphasis added)
We hope you’ll visit Herescope to read Sarah Leslie’s informative and fascinating piece. She has provided the reader with a number of charts and graphs.

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U.S. Has Established a State Religion: What Now for Christians?By Fay Voshell

July 12, 2015
Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/07/us_has_established_a_state_religion_what_now_for_christians.html#

The rainbow colors lighting up the White House immediately after the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage seem to indicate loyalty to a new flag of faith that signifies supremacy over the traditional stars and stripes of the American flag — or any other flag, including the Christian banner.
The acts of our president and the decision of the Supreme Court are strong indications the current administration and SCOTUS are disregarding entirely the First Amendment and are setting up a state religion based on sexual identity politics. Their actions endorse a cult characterized by an extraordinarily reductionist view of the human being, who is now to be defined only in terms of sexual inclination and practice. Absolute sexual “freedom” now heads up a new Bill of Rights.


Now the federal government will proceed to do everything possible to promulgate the new faith. 
Some may protest, saying the Left’s promulgation of the LGBT movement as well as the federal government’s endorsement of the special interest group has been and still is about civil rights. 
Not so. 
The extremists of the LGBT movement display all the characteristics of a cult-like religion, including opposing critical thinking, severely penalizing any opposition, demanding complete and unwavering acceptance of its doctrines, putting loyalty to the cult above family and any other institution, including the Church, disallowing any member the right to change one’s mind and leave or seek change without dire consequences, as well as essentially demanding complete capitulation of conscience of doubtful converts. 
Just as importantly, the LGBT movement deals with ultimate questions belonging to theology. The movement holds to theological doctrines concerning the nature of the human being, sexual identity and behavior, the definition of marriage, the family and the place of children, the role of government, and the transformation of traditional American institutions and documents adhering to Christian principles, particularly the Church — and the US Constitution. It has set itself up as a new sexual orthodoxy that usurps the place of orthodox Christianity and Judaism.
In brief, the establishment of the new state orthodoxy, the genesis of which can be found in ancient pagan phallic cults, is the culmination of several generations of efforts to displace Christianity and Judaism in America. Now that the modern sexual creed is woven into the very fabric of the executive and judicial branches, both will accelerate attempts to promulgate the sex cult, increasingly targeting Orthodox Christians and Jews.
As noted, the LGBT movement is characterized by severe and draconian reductionism. Only one aspect of what it means to be human – sexuality — is emphasized.
Reductionism is always tyranny’s handmaiden. People are much more easily categorized and then punished when they are seen through only one prism or measured by only one characteristic such as race or sexual proclivities. Dissenters are far more readily judged to condemnation by only “incorrect” belief. That is why tyrannical ideologues take one or two favorite doctrines deemed as infallibly central to their power plays, separate people out according to belief or disbelief in those tenets, and then punish or completely eliminate any who oppose them.
The litmus test of the new creed can be race, a single ideological tenet, or the equivalent of a password. “Are you more than 50% Jewish?” “Do you believe in Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book?” “Stomp on this image of Christ.” 
No? You are anti-government and a threat to civil society. Justified oppression awaits you.
The new state sanctioned cult also has its litmus tests.
“Will you or will you not bake a cake for our gay wedding and thus participate in a service of a faith that is in diametrically opposed to your own beliefs?” No? You are fined $135,000 and must obey a gag order. 
“You object to having your sixth grade daughter fitted with an IUD?” You must adhere to a strange morality diametrically opposed to the tenets of our cult. You are a Christian? Your parental rights and your consciences are overruled by what your little girl and we choose.
“You don’t want your children to receive lessons on anal sex and incest? You object to your school’s goal to teach students about homosexual, bisexual, and transgender identity?” You probably should be visited by Social Services.
Very importantly, the new passwords and litmus tests of the new American state religion will make it relatively easy for a tyrannous United States government to persecute and prosecute the Christian Church, raiding it for its wealth by taxation and eventually seizing its assets, much as Henry VIII confiscated the wealth of the monasteries when he made himself the supreme head of the Church of England. 
All that has to be done is to apply the sex cult’s litmus test to pastors and the congregants: “Will you marry same sex couples?” An answer in the negative will automatically make the church and every member within an enemy of the state and therefore worthy of exploitation of assets and, ultimately, complete destruction. 
Hyperbole? Scarcely. 
History is replete with efforts to make the gods of the state ascendant and without competition, complete with forced compliance to new mores, dictates and “rights,” sexual and/or otherwise. The question of “Will you marry same sex couples” amounts to the older, perennial challenge to dissidents of any era: “Will you bow down and worship Caesar?”
Caesar has many guises by which he has time and again attempted to enter and conquer the sacred temple, bringing his statues and religion with him. So there is nothing new in the attempt of the LGBT movement to insert the doctrine of gay marriage as a scared rite within the Christian Church, forcing the Church to alter one of its most sacred ceremonies in order the liturgy and doctrines be retrofitted to the new dogma.
After all, Jews of the Maccabaen era found out just how far Caesar would go when Antiochus IV decided to destroy them and their religion, supplanting Judaism with Greek culture, including Greek mores and Greek gods. As Bible History Onlinerelates: 
“The most radical Hellenizers felt that things were not moving fast enough…. It was now the goal that Judaism was to be destroyed. In the mind of Antiochus to be un-Hellenized was stiff-necked nonsense. If Judaism stood in the way then Judaism was to be destroyed so he gave the orders. 
“The Syrian army marched into Jerusalem and many of the people were killed and others escaped to the hills…Orders were given: NO Sabbath, NO Holy Days, and NO Circumcision. A Statue of Zeus/Antiochus was placed in the Temple above the altar. The most detestable animals (the pig) were brought and sacrificed on the altar.”
The outrages of Antiochus IV would be repeated by Caligula, who proclaimed himself a god. He sent Petronius with an army to Jerusalem to place his statue in the very Temple of the Jews. Petronius was to kill all who opposed the emperor’s decrees.
In modern times, Caesar — in the guise of fascism, communism, Islamism and progressivism — has demanded and is demanding Christians and others who will not worship the contemporary gods of their particular religious movement bow down and worship the gods of the State or be destroyed.
Once again, but this time here in America, the whole culture is to be fundamentally transformed by worship of Caesar’s gods. Violence toward dissenters is and will be the inevitable result.
Need we look far for contemporary examples of how Caesar’s newly established sex cult demands all bow down and worship? Lifesite News reports:
“Businesses that disagree with gay marriage are being forced to shut down. Churches in Denmark have been ordered to perform gay weddings. Our tax dollars are used to fund Pride Parades that are starting to look like public orgies. The Sexual Revolutionaries are not, for the most part, about living and let live—only look at the Trinity Western University case. They are about compulsory acceptance. Sexual rights, in other words, take precedence over all other rights.”
Bryan Fischer warns American Christians may soon be disqualified from holding public office:
“Mark my words on this. The ultimate outcome of this unconscionable act is that one day, before too long; it will be officially illegal for Christians to hold public office in the United States.
“How will this happen? It’s simple. Every holder of public office takes a solemn and sacred oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Liberals will argue that since June 26, 2015, our Constitution has been amended to include the right to marriage based on the infamous crime against nature.
“The left will argue that if an individual is not prepared to swear that they wholeheartedly support sodomy-based marriage, they have no right at all even to take the oath of office. An individual’s opposition to same-sex marriage will be (falsely) interpreted as opposition to the Constitution itself.”
It is clear that just as in the days of the hellenization of the Jews, just as in the days of the Caesars and all the rest of history’s tyrants, the battle lines are being drawn. The Christian Church will be required to stand for orthodoxy or be reduced to exile and ultimately total irrelevance.
But can Christians fight, even when in exile?
The answer to that question is, “Yes.” They must.
The Church can remember it is called to resist earthly authorities when those authorities exceed their God-ordained limits. Civil disobedience is a means of resistance against those who would force the Church to go against its conscience. 
In Philadelphia, Liam Goligher, the pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church, which the author regularly attends, has written about Tenth Presbyterian’s response to the SCOTUS decision:
“We believe that God will use this challenge to purify his church in the world. There are already conversations afoot to take away our non-profit status, which will undoubtedly have a huge effect on our work. Already there are threats that if we oppose the ruling of the Supreme Court we will be held guilty of hate speech. So be it. Our consciences are tied to the Word of God and we must stand there.”
In so writing, Dr. Goligher and others — Franklin Graham among them– standing against the predations of the State against Christian orthodoxy and conscience, echo the words of Martin Luther, who when called on to recant his “heretical” position, said:
“Unless I am convicted by scripture and plain reason — I do not accept the authority of popes and councils for they have contradicted each other — my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise, God help me. Amen.”
All Christians who adhere to orthodoxy and to their consciences, be they pastors, theologians or congregants, will find an example in the apostle Peter. When he was told to shut up and stop preaching and standing for the truths of Christianity, Peter the Rock said, “We must obey God rather than men.”
At one time Christians in America were free to say, “We must obey God rather than men.” They were even free to put into practice the belief “We must obey God rather than men.” There was great glory in that belief. There were great deeds and great reforms stemming from it, as the abolition and civil rights movements were to reveal.
Now, under increasing duress from the State concerning religious liberty, Christians must stand and say it again and again and again:
“We must obey God rather than men.”
Fay Voshell is a frequent contributor to American Thinker. Her articles also have been published in online magazines such as National Review, RealClearReligion, PJMedia and many more. She has been interviewed about her articles on talk show radio and has given lectures on politics and religion. She may be reached at fvoshell@yahoo.com


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