There’s a frequent debate in Christian circles about how much we should be interested in politics and ultimately be involved in it — whatever that means. Is reading an article on religious liberty being “involved” or “entangled?” Even the notion of paying attention to politics is sometimes met with distaste as if that were beneath even the lowest in society. I get it. But I’d like to make a case for why politics should matter to Christians: Because it does.
Before you accuse me of making a circular argument here, let me explain. The fact that something is true is different than the question of whether it should be true or whether you want it to be true. Politics does impact our lives as Christians, whether we like that fact or not.
If we really believe what we say we do — that our dystopian culture needs to hear about God — then we should care about our ability to speak openly about Jesus without fear of oppression. And frankly, non-believers should care about this right, too, lest an overreaching government decide that their pet belief is no longer authorized by bureaucrats in Washington. Last I checked, the right to speak freely on faith and politics alike is guaranteed in our country by the First Amendment:
First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
This brings to mind a quote from Pericles in the 5th century B.C. Greece:
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”
Do you find politics interesting when the government wants to keep you from going to church or the grocery store? How about when they want to force your child to get a vaccine you don’t trust or want? Whatever you believe about the Covid vaccines, shouldn’t you have the right to choose what chemicals you put in your body, or your child’s body?
Or maybe you’ll care more about politics when they start sexualizing your kids, messing with their impressionable heads with anti-science propaganda about male vs. female biology? Will you care then?
What will it take to get you to care?
Stanton has always countered that the world of politics is merely a distraction — that voting or advocating for public policy change of any sort is getting “entangled” in the affairs of this world. Yes, political conversations can be all-consuming, but so can any subject. That is more about having a balance.
And also, 2 Timothy 2:4 means no such thing. Ironically, Paul is actually hinting to Timothy that he should join Paul in suffering for the gospel full-time, and in so many words, authorizes him to take support from the flock for that full-time suffering. That doesn’t fit the Stanton narrative, does it? Read it yourself:
2 Timothy 2:2-7 – “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.”
But Stanton dodges that context and goes on to tell us that it’s God who sets up kings and brings them down, not us:
Daniel 2:21 – “And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”
But they fail to acknowledge that we don’t live under a monarchy in America. We elect our leaders (or pretend to, but that’s a different conversation) and have been given — by God, I would argue — a voice in choosing our laws and legislators. Isn’t it a sin if we know to do good and don’t do it? I could make a compelling case that it’s a sin not to vote to improve human liberty, but I won’t go there — we already have too many rules of men to live by.
Nevertheless, if we consider freedom in America to be a blessing from God — with the freedom to worship, pray, and speak publicly about our faith or anything else — we should realize that this blessing is secured by another one: The right of self-government.
God gave America the blessing of self-government. Aren’t we despising that blessing like Esau did when we don’t appreciate it and use it for good? Shouldn’t we want to positively influence the culture our kids and grandkids will grow up in?
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Great post, Kevin, Came across this splendid and interesting book. “Why God cares about Politics”. https://www.amazon.com/Why-God-Cares-About-Politics/dp/1619848643 Question is, Why were all of Americas Founders Christian, and we taught the Bible in school in 1776? How come homosexuality, abortion, birth control, and pornography were all illegal in America until 1960, and we are supposed to be sitting on our hands doing nothing? Here are what Americas Founders had to say about Christianity and virtue. http://liberty1.org/virtue.htm This fatalism is truly fatal. Just got done with a book describing how Russia was conquered by Communism, and one of the main reasons was because… Read more »
There needs to be accountability for why there was such a spectacular failure on the part of Stanton’s leadership to spot this Covid scam. This is why God warns against presumptuous leaders. They fight to be leaders, but when crisis confronts the church, they make decisions that jeopardize peoples lives and the church. How is it not perfectly obvious that it was a scam when the corrupt government orders churches and gun stores to close, but allows abortion clinics and pot clinics to stay open? The saddest part about this is there were many leaders in Stanton who lacked wisdom… Read more »
I’m sure many cult members were thrilled when there functions were shut down and or curtailed.
Great points made, and good article, Kevin! This coronavirus was an eye-opener. Time tells all tales, and indeed, the more time that passes, and the more events that happen, the more it becomes very clear, that Stanton‘s ideology that they are the only correct church, 1500 strong, in a world of 8 billion, becomes more and more incredulous. If your church was the only one on this earth, you definitely should be able to see through any scam that the world sent your way. And Stanton‘s leadership miserably failed to adequately address this coronavirus scam. Churches were shutting down, members… Read more »
The bible is a gold mine of wisdom. One metaphor for the human heart is that of a well. Some wells are full of fresh sweet water and some wells are full of salty bitter waters, and some wells are dry. Sometimes freshwater wells can be poisoned with salt water and what poisons the human heart but worldly study material? The evil eye is a metaphor for the disapproving heart and the righteous eye is a metaphor for the approving heart. Judas used the evil eye against Mary when he spoke against her annointing Christ with a very costly ointment… Read more »
God doesn’t care why people disobey. 2 Samuel  Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.  And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.  And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the… Read more »
In the example of Uzzah being struck dead we on the surface see little of the reasoning behind such a harsh punishment for a seemingly small infraction, but upon deeper examination we see the leadership style of wicked humans in the hands of an angry God. This pattern or leadership style is seen in Acts 5:1-11 with Peter and the death of Ananias and Sapphira, in the beginning God uses fear to establish obedience amongst his followers. Do leaders today use such harsh measures against their own followers? Yes they do, but it leads to either the rebellion against and… Read more »
In the example of Uzzah their is a thinly veiled death threat. Violence in the old testament was both commanded by God and acceptable, it is metaphorically “old wine” but violence is forbidden in the new testament, a Christian is a “new bottle” and when a Christian resorts to the brutish behaviors of intimidation and violence both the christian and violent behaviors are rejected, that is broken bottle and spilled wine. The disciples told Christ once that they found someone casting out demons in his name and they forbad them but Christ reproved them saying no man can cast out… Read more »
There are three ways of thinking and there are three motivations that go with them; pride wants to look good, lust wants to feel good, and the meek want to do good. When seeking to reprove someone you would say to the arrogant that this looks bad, to the lustful you would say this feels bad, to the meek you would say this is hurtful to others and this is bad. How a leader reproves his followers tells you from which motivation he is speaking and how to respond to make the leader happy. There are eight defenses for pride… Read more »
Well it is Tuesday February the 14th 2023 and I am still alive and have not been killed like Uzzah. Extortion is defined as the practice of obtaining something through force or threats. Silence can be obtained through making death threats and as such is extortion and extortion is walking disorderly and should be withdrawn from. I use to work with a man who was extortioner in Phoenix at a company called MSC distribution who at the Wyndham hotel in metro center at a Thursday non member class threatened me saying “if you ask for overtime I am going to… Read more »
In Proverbs 8:10 Solomon gives instructions to choose edification over money and when you take this abstract principle and apply it to Judas and his betrayal you get a very clear understanding how Judas should have asked Wisdom (Christ) if what he was planning was the right thing to do or not. Many make plans about how to get money but without wisdom the money you obtain brings a curse with it. I will get all the overtime for my greedy self through the use of threat of violence and nothing bad will come with it, ask Judas how that… Read more »
To show just how blinding greed is consider that the company MSC distribution told employees that there is no raises because the company did not make a profit at the same time the warehouse man was passing out paychecks found and extra paycheck to someone that had the same last name as the owner but no one had ever heard of before and when told the owner said it was a cousin that had done some work for the company but in reality the owner and his wife were putting fake relatives on the payroll to show no profit so… Read more »
Part 1 This is a stubborn teaching that has persisted from the time of Merie Weis starting Stanton. This comment posted is very good, and its gladdening this is posted. It was this ‘non-violent’ resistance attitude that Tolstoy preached in Russia prior to the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, that was funded by “J****h” bankers, namely Jacob Schiff of “Kuhn, Loeb, and Co”, where he had been sent right after the Civil War with four goals. 1) Destroy Christianity (He created anti-Christian Anti-Defamation League (ADL), ACLU, and many other non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) targeting Christianity 2) Put Rothschild puppets into positions of… Read more »
When a leader adresses the annual meeting attendees as ‘THE CREME DE LA CREME’; the best of the best; there is a huge problem. Interesting that October’s creme de la creme can become February’s ‘dirt de la dirt’ yet the curch is required to take their counsel; never mention even one word of disagreement or dissatisfaction for fear of withdrawal. The example of Korah is NOT a scriptural reason to withdraw from a mere mortal for disagreeing with another mere mortal. Teachers are NOT Moses and do not have direct revelation but they act like they do, especially when instituting… Read more »
We had a Tuesday class and the class was about the double honor , one of the teacher ( woman) say that double honor could be ,to pay the needs of the evangelist when they got really old .The guy from the pulpit said that he wasn’t agree on that point of view because Honor is not only money . That guy was sat down from his duties as a preacher for a while because he contradicted a teacher . By the way the same contradicted teacher sat him down . I saw the pride and anger because she was… Read more »
If you take an eighty year time span and divide it up into twenty years groups you have the four seasons. 0 to 20 is the spring of life, 20 to 40 is the summer of life, 40 to 60 is the fall of life, and 60 to 80 is the winter of life. An elder would be someone in the winter of life. In northern New Mexico on the Navajo reservation they do not use the terms grandma nor grandpa but rather tribal elders. There are younger widows and there are elder widows (60 years or three score 1… Read more »
I am agree with you with the double honor but my point is the teacher was sharing her point of view , just an opinion; not a excuse to sat down a preacher because he couldn’t see it in the way that she see it . That’s oppression
It is a power game for sure and played inside the one true church. A study of psychological violence or psychological harassment reveals many of the tactics used against the unsuspecting. If you take the ten commandments and apply them to a leadership role you will see the errors. An example is the commandment thou shalt not kill, King Saul killed, King David killed, and King Solomon killed, but if you apply Luke 16:19-31 with the withholding of needed food this is murder by neglect now how many times has needed instructions been withheld by a spiritual leader resulting in… Read more »
What is psychological harassment? Challenging someone to the point of breaking them psychologically, or mentally, or emotionally. How many forms of psychological harassment are there? There are many forms of psychological harassment. What is the most common form of psychological harassment? Verbal harassment in the form of public humiliation, mockery, weaken the morale of individuals through constant criticism, and mobbing. What is mobbing? It is a collective form of psychological violence in which many individuals unite to persecute an individual by making constant negative comments, repeated criticisms or sarcasms, threats, intimidation, insinuations, attempts to humiliate, circulate false information concerning the… Read more »
To give an example of mobbing in the COC: there was a woman teacher in a Montana congregation who was not just a local teacher but a regional counselor as well who had a preacher, a single man with four daughters at that time of whom it was said that he gives great lessons but he is full of unbelief and is going to fall away any day now. I met the man one day at a meeting in southern California and told him of this and he said he had wondered why they would baptize people and at first… Read more »
Another question one must ask when being accused of wrong doing from the pulpit is when did this happen? I was constantly being reproved for things I did one time years earlier. You could do a load of laundry every now and then, which I had to wonder what they were talking about as I helped my wife around the house everyday. I have come to realize that once an accusation is found that works it will be used repeatedly whether or not it is still valid. My son, now 28 tells me that the ex-wife is complaining that I… Read more »
One of the greatest gifts I was given in the SCOC was the teaching of daily study. I still study every day and not just the Bible but people as well, to me people are just like books. I learn the beginning, the middle, and the end of a person and it reveals so much than just surface knowledge. An eclectic is a person who does not study deeply but draws from many different surface sources and many appear to have understandings but when asked the source for their knowledge or how to apply the knowledge in different areas of… Read more »
There is no such thing as private counsel with the cult. Counsel is shared and even the more so if you leave the cult.
If you’re talking about DWC being the regional counselor who fell away; she didn’t fall away; she was permanently ousted and told never to return. She had no choice in the matter of attending once this ‘punishment’ was instituted.
The title or idea of a ‘Regional counselor’, who is set up by man to have some sort of extra knowledge and understanding and must be obeyed, is erroneous and unbiblical.
Not DWC she was in Des Moines, the other wicked false female teacher was in Great Falls Montana. (BD)
Plandemic is right. And for those who think that Stanton is justified in obeying the lying media and government and submitting to mask mandates, getting vaccines, and suspending at least 1,000 classes and personal work events, combined, where is your justification. While many in Stanton claim they did nothing wrong, how is it right to submit to a tyrannical government that essentially ended nearly all of Stanton’s door knocking efforts with a fake virus hoax? Does anyone believe that Jesus, Paul, or any apostle would have obeyed the lying government today and allowed themselves to be silenced? And it’s the… Read more »
Quick question. Why do you call the virus a hoax? I have 4 friends who died from it. Please don’t jump all over me about this question. I really don’t understand.
No problem, great book is “Covid 19 and Agendas to come, Redpilled” by James Perloff. Hope that helps, if not, there is a useful website Henry Makow dot com. There are many more sources of those don’t help. Pretty sure it was the 5G towers behind the coronavirus. They were turned on at the same time and place the coronavirus started, Wuhan China, October 2019. We are electrical creatures, and 5G is a dangerous frequency which interferes with our bodies ability to breath. As expected, the older people and those with pre existing conditions were affected first. Consider, you cannot… Read more »
Are you ready for the third banker World War?
July 28, 1914, first day of World War 1.
September 1st, 1939. First day of World War 2
February 24th, 2022, Russia invades Ukraine
China and Russia will likely team up against America.
Highly likely America will be in World War 3 in a year.
All countries are likely run by the Zionists who run Israel.
Exactly what the Jews are doing today. Whining about being victims, while they try to plunder and loot the entire earth. “However, this Christian opposition to racial discrimination is very skilfully utilised by the Jews; and in the shadow of the same they weld their devilish intrigues against the Catholic Church and all Christian order, by their forming the Communist system, where there is neither God nor church nor supersensual norms of any kind. As soon as they are attacked, they protest with crying lamentation and show themselves as victims of inhuman racial discrimination, only for the purpose of crippling… Read more »
1929, Jewish bankers crashed Wall Street, with their manipulation of the Federal Reserve. By removing money from circulation, and calling in loans, it brought on the crash of 1929. Afterwards, it brought on the Great Depression, where millions were pushed into joblessness and homelessness, after easy credit had been granted in the 1920’s. When Americans were nearly helpless, the Jew bankers staged Pearl Harbor, and started dumping billions of dollars into the economy again, to fund the war. Likely they controlled both sides, and were funding Germany and Russia. They gave billions in war supplies to Communist Russia at China,… Read more »
According to the Jewish Talmud, every woman who isn’t a Jew is a prostitute.
Their disdain towards other peoples goes so far as to assert: “What is a prostitute? Every woman who is not a Jewess.”5
And every person who isn’t a Jew is a beast.
“You, Israelites, are called men, while the peoples of the world do not deserve the name of men but that of beasts.”3
So, to Jews, the women in our families and friends are prostitutes, and all of us are beasts.
From “The Plot against the Church”
1 Samuel 15:23 or rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king What does witchcraft look like today? “We have a brother in a congregation…….” That’s what it looks like. The sentence is followed with some wrongdoing done by some Christian man in the church of Stanton. When this is done by a woman teacher, which it has been done hundreds, if not thousands, of times in Stanton‘s history, you are listening to rebellion. These are some… Read more »
How is an older woman going to instruct a younger woman to love and obey her husband, and to raise her children, of the older woman never learned herself, and isn’t practicing it? She can’t, can’t give to others what we first don’t have ourselves. Sadly, as the women in Stanton were never trained on proper submission, which means women never sharing in Bible classes, and only teaching other women in ladies classes, or teaching kids in kids classes, obeying their husbands is a very difficult task. And this leads to the lust problem in our society getting even worse,… Read more »
Merie Weiss, women teachers, and lust. There is absolutely no arguing the fact that there has never been, in the history of humanity, a time when there was more temptation for lust then exists today. Never before has the temptation for lust been so anonymous, so aggressive, so affordable, and so accessible, which are the four A’s driving the pornography industry today. Now, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out, that when man’s chances for marriage are severely decreased, that the probability that a man will fall into lust will go up dramatically. As a matter of… Read more »
Trusting in women and teachers There are very good reasons why God wanted men to be preachers, men to be teachers, men to be elders, men to be deacons, men to be bishops, and meant to be a evangelists. He did not want women for these positions for very good reasons. Why is this? Because, women’s nature is they are fickle, they are emotional, and they are very really unreliable when it comes to dealing with problems that men frequently come across. Think about it, do women really want to marry a man who constantly comes to them for help… Read more »