The Current Cowardly Church Needs a Mega Dose of the Rebel Spirit – Doug Giles

While I don’t agree completely with Doug’s points here, I think his main thrust is correct. We have far too much of ‘go-along-to-get-along’ Christianity in this country, and not only in the Evangelical movement. It’s seems like many are more concerned with their tax-exempt status than with the status of their souls. It is no sin to render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s but, it is sinful to not render to God that which is God’s.

Nobody ever said that Christianity is supposed to be easy, or comfortable, or even profitable (in this world). Because of its moral teaching, the Faith is a rigorous school, teaching the difference between right and wrong, or good and evil, if you will. If it is not, it is failing in its duty to both God and man.

The Catholic bishops have shown the way, the rest of our pastors, preachers, reverends, and leadership, as well as us, individually need to follow their lead and bring the Faith back into the public square. This does not mean that the church should be a political arena but, when the government infringes on the beliefs of the churches, they should say so.

If the Faith doesn’t respect itself enough to stand on its beliefs, why should anyone else respect it.

Here’s Doug.

Whenever the ends of Government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the People may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new Government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind. –Declaration of Rights, Maryland

Unlike America’s original rebel Christians who dumped the Brits’ taxed tea into Boston Harbor and told King George that he could kiss their King George, today’s evangelicals, I believe—especially the dandy ministers who love to be loved—would have folded like one-ply toilet paper before British oppression. We’re a timid tufted titmouse compared to our rowdy founding forefathers.

Here are four reasons why I believe today’s evangelicals would have melted like little bon-bons during the American Revolution:

1. Some dainty saints of today think rebellion against tyrants is disobedience to God, when the converse is actually true.

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24 Responses to The Current Cowardly Church Needs a Mega Dose of the Rebel Spirit – Doug Giles

  1. loopyloo305 says:

    Amen and amen!

    • Thanks, Loopy.

      • loopyloo305 says:

        You are welcome my friend, this is so important and our Spiritual Leaders had better start leading!

      • That is exactly what I believe.

  2. loopyloo305 says:

    Reblogged this on My Blog and commented:
    Truth here my friends and if the Pastors and Preachers in this country are not willing to stand for God, they are going to fall!

  3. JessicaHof says:

    Instead of standing anything, our pastors should stand up for God.

    • Agreed, and well said.

  4. One thing I would add to this is that Jesus Himself basically said only 20% of those who hear the Word will stay true. Read the parable of the sower. Our job is to be part of that 20%

    • That is true, and that is our job.

  5. Eddy says:

    I’m wondering just how “The Catholic bishops have shown the way…?” Would you please explain this to me?

    • If you hadn’t noticed, the Bishops mobilized a very strong response to the government when the government attempted to infringe on their constitutional rights. The rest of us need to join with them.

  6. It would seem at least that the Catholics are going be in this fight…for a fight it is for the survival of our Constitution.

    • indeed

  7. Citizen Tom says:

    If the people in the pews are unwilling to take a stand, there is little use in blaming the pastors. Here is how culpable we are. Does it take a Bible scholar to figure out that a great many of our leaders have violated their oath to support and defend the Constitution? Nonetheless, we keep voting for these oathbreakers.

    Where do our pastors fail us? They would do well to remind us that by failing to choose and stand by virtuous leaders we punish our children and grandchildren.

    • Are the people in the pews unwilling to take a stand? Or do they just not understand the issues? The pastors claim to be the Shepherd’s assistant, there fore they need to state the issues and lead.

      • Citizen Tom says:

        In general, most pastors do not know any more than the people they serve. We should expect them to exhibit a greater degree of morality, but we have to demand it by choosing good people and holding them accountable. When we are not doing that with our political leaders, why should it be any different with our church leaders?

        What a pastor does — if he is doing his job — is to instruct the people in the pews about the Bible. Where a pastor errs is when he fails teach the whole Word of God. Where the people in the pews err is when they either do not replace an erring pastor or they keep going to the same church.

        Are there some issues where the churches need to take a stand? Yes, but the fault is ours. Just as we choose of political leaders, we also choose our church leaders. That is, we get the leaders we deserve.

        • Nothing to argue with there, I disagree to a point on some things, like how pastors are chosen, this may well be nothing more than a difference in churches, however, and unimportant.

  8. Great post, Nebraska. I agree with the sentiments and Citizen Tom’s, as well. Pastors that preach the Bible (and not just the feel-good Love thy neighbor and Turn the other cheek) but all of it, are the ones that do a service to their congregations. I believe there has been a falling away from attending church (though not necessarily from Christian principals) because too many churches seem to be all about service and missions and spreading the word –which are of paramount importance–but they refuse to acknowledge that our country is sinking fast and in many respects we cannot pray our way out of it. It requires preaching the hard truth and action. II think men, especially, get fed up with the, dare I say it? feminization of male churchgoers.

    • Very good points there, Freedom. WRT your last thought, I sure do.

  9. mjdar says:

    Ditto on the Rabbis, N.E., Messianics inc.

    • That’s my opinion also but, it’s not my tradition and I don’t feel qualified to preach to that particular choir.

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  11. jackcurtis says:

    Historically, seems churches gradually accommodate government or are forced into it; some social breakdown loosens things, fundamentalists arise, martyrs are made and when dire enough, people gather again around the reinforced organism. Unless the church disappears, of course. Churches, as rivals of government, need a lot of support.

    I think we’re seeing whether Christianity as we’ve known it will be reinforced, or disappear…

    • There’s truth in that, Jack. And we are starting to see the liberal branches of Christianity whither, I believe it will go on. traditionally, especially in the US, hard time have been good for the more rigorous parts of the tree.

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