Thursday, March 5, 2009
Church Document Encourages Congregation To Obey Government
Shocking perversion of Romans 13 claims that pro-abortion Obama is “God’s minister”
Paul Joseph Watson
March 4, 2009
A shocking document has come to light from a church in Ohio which educates its congregation that Barack Obama’s presidency is appointed by God and that Obama himself is "God’s minister," in another perversion of Romans 13, the bible verse cited as an excuse for Christians not to oppose tyranny.
Ohio District Superintendent Rev. John Wootton was responsible for distributing the pamphlet, which was handed out at the Assembly of God church in Ohio, according to a reader who forwarded the document to us. Click here for the PDF file.
"This was handed out at the Assembly of God church that my fiance and I used to attend. We immediately stopped attending after getting this flier about ’submitting to Obama and the government,’ states the reader.
"The pastor even brought children to the front of the church, encouraging them to submit to teachers, firemen, and the police. It was insane."
"I confronted the pastor about his stance on Romans 13, a year prior, and he assured me that he would never sell out his church. This sermon was given on the immediate Sunday after Obama’s election win. Please post this and inform others about it. I never, ever thought this would happen in the church I was attending, but thankfully, we were informed enough to leave this church," he concludes.
The document cites Romans 13 verses 1-4 and claims that the following "paraphrases" can be interpreted from the bible.
- Barack Obama’s presidency is appointed by God. (v 1)
- Christians should lead the way in supporting Barack Obama’s presidency. (v 2)
- Barack Obama’s presidency can be a force for good and a deterrent against evil. (v 3)
- As president, Barack Obama is God’s minister to you for good. (v 4)
The document concedes that a majority of practicing Christians probably didn’t even vote for Obama because of his pro-abortion policies, indeed one of Obama’s first acts as President was to issue an executive order which ensured that millions more black babies are aborted in third world countries, with American taxpayers picking up the tab.
Obama himself has also scoffed at Christians in the past, arrogantly stating that people "cling to guns or religion" in tough times.
Despite this, the document urges Christians to "support loudly" Obama’s policies and "remember who is in control".
Romans 13 has routinely been cited by tyrants throughout history in an attempt to prevent Christians from opposing their rule, indeed, it was Hitler’s favorite bible verse. Religious groups such as the Catholics in 1930’s Germany also used the verse as an excuse not to rise up against the Nazis when they were still a minority political party.
A large number of mainstream church representatives claim that Romans 13 means Christians should obey the ruling authorities no matter how tyrannical they are, and yet the bible itself is full of examples of men standing up to corrupt authorities and attempting to change the system - Jesus, John the Baptist and Moses being the prime examples.
Should Jesus have refrained from throwing the money changers out of the temple? Should Moses have cowered from standing up to the Egyptian slave masters? Should John the Baptist have kept quiet about the sinful practices of Herod Antipas, his condemnation of which led to his beheading?
The fact that large churches in America are encouraging their congregation to all but obey the government and support their agenda even if it opposes basic Christian principles is a shocking indictment of how much control the state now exercises over the church through the carrot of the 501(c)(3) Status dangled in front of corruptible pastors and preachers.
Ominously. as we first exposed in 2006, FEMA is training pastors and other religious representatives to become secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to "obey the government" in preparation for a declaration of martial law, property and firearm seizures, and forced relocation. The bible verse that FEMA encourages religious representatives to cite while undertaking this role? Romans 13.
The individual who forwarded the document noted that around the time the sermon was given, the church seemed to have an influx of funds.
"This church has a new stage with flat screen monitors, updated church vans, and is talking about expanding the church by building a new church, which all occurred around the giving of this sermon. Mind you, we were having a hard time buying new chairs for our church, no more than a year ago. Coincidence?" he writes.
by Larry Simons
Incase the average sane, thinking person who read Paul Watson’s article wants to know what exactly Romans 13: 1-4 says, here it is (my analysis in purple):
v. 1 "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God."
(So, Rev. Wootten thinks that just because the Bible says we should submit to authorities because they have been established by God, this means we should surrender allegience to Obama? I guess Wootten has never heard of people like Hitler, Mussolini or even Pontius Pilate. Even in my agnosticism I can clearly understand that this verse is implying that we should obey governing authorities as long as they are moral. This is EXACTLY why the founding fathers wanted the church and government to function SEPARATELY, because of morons like Wootton.)
v. 2 "Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves."
(Again, I don’t think the Bible is saying here that, for example, if the governing authority says every citizen must murder someone that this means if we disobey that, we are rebelling against God. But, apparently, Rev. Wootten thinks so!)
v. 3 "For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you."
(Of course, this verse is implying that the authority is moral, so this throws out just about every leader outside of America and every President of the U.S. since our founders. It sure as hell isn’t referring to Obama!)
v. 4 "For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer."
(Again, implying the authority is moral. Where did Wootten see the connection between Obama believing in abortion and him being moral? Obama supports gay marriage as well, and the Bible condemns homosexuality. Again, where’s the connection? I guess all Wootten had to see was Rick Warren speak at Obama’s inauguration and that sealed the deal. If Rick Warren speaks at an Obama event, then poof… Obama is a Christian! My question is, where are the verses that tell us what we should do if the authorities are immoral?)
I don’t blame people like John Wootten. Religion will always produce the occasional delusional nutball, but when others (in congregations) follow the nutballs, that makes them bigger nutballs and hence, that’s religion for you: the nutballs leading the bigger nutballs. They already believe that snakes speak to humans, so that, in and of itself, makes their insanity limitless.
What makes me angry is when these religious buffoons cross the line and begin bringing politics into the pulpit and further indoctrinating their mindless herds so that only the inevitable will happen: these zombies follow and obey in ways that would make George A. Romero proud.
The major problem with most religious people is their view of the world. They believe that God is watching over America and it’s leaders. Look how many buffoons believed Bush was a Christian! They believe that since America is a free country and falsely believe that our founders were Christians, that God would never let anything bad happen to America. But ironically, it will be the religious people (along with multitudes of others who are uninformed) that will be the ruination of this country.
Some religious people don’t even care what happens to America and our way of life. When I have confronted other religious people I know and ask them, "Don’t you care about what’s happening?", they answer, "We should set our minds on heavenly things, not earthly things." I can’t even begin to explain how dangerous that thinking is. I’m not against religious people. I’m against uninformed, do-nothing "because they care about heaven more" religious people.
If every religious person was like John Malkovich’s character in Changeling, then I would have a more positive outlook on the future of America. Unfortunately, most religious people are uninformed, head-in-the-clouds, mindless blobs.