When Fear Reigns
By Pastor Butch Paugh
We have all heard it said that silence is golden. There are times however; when silence can become the most vile, contemptible and cowardly evil that could ever permeate a society; when silence is the fruit of fear. When through silence a society condones any evil, silence becomes sin! When a societies laws become corrupt and the power (civil authorities) that pass and enforce these laws becomes so totally invasive and seemingly so powerful, that the evil perpetrated by them is quietly and meekly accepted by the people in that society, then “fear reigns”! Justice, judgment and truth are destroyed, evil is, at first tolerated, and eventually and inevitably embraced! The longer the deafening silence remains, the greater becomes the fear and evil and the embracing of them. And the greater the fear, the greater the silence! Fear and silence are cancers that will slowly devour the very conscience of man and will surely destroy his soul.
The scriptures tell us that fear is bondage, (Rom. 8:15) and that Christ came to deliver us from it (Heb. 2:15). Fear brings torment (I John 4:18), and will eventually cause us to be cast into eternal damnation! (Rev. 21:8) All manner of evil, unspeakable atrocities, detestable, despicable, vile and decadent evils become accepted as healthy and good! As the twins of fear and ignorance are nurtured and grown, so grows the immoral, putrid filth of what reprobate mankind will accept and embrace! Without the absolute unchangeable laws of natures Creator, nature itself becomes perverted! Mans debauchery knows no limits when once he is allowed to break the eternal immutable laws of God, and no man has the courage to correct, punish or destroy that evil! (Jer. 17:9 – Rom. 1:28)
A wise man once said, “That which we tolerate today, we will embrace tomorrow”. I think it could be safely stated that, “that which we tolerate today, we will embrace tomorrow, and that it will eventually become politically correct and “legally” protected”. At that point, society is doomed if the righteous cease being righteous through the silence of sin!
Evil can only reign through fear! Fear can only control the people when they become part of that evil through fear itself! Ignorance, fear and tyranny, both spiritual and physical, are the fruit of a complacent and cowardly society! The only “salvation” for a nation (society) that has turned from righteous foundations and started drifting toward evil, is for the righteous people of that nations society to rise up in whatever means necessary to “cut” that evil root out of their society, lest that root grow and destroy their nation! History and scripture are replete with accounts of righteous men, whether few or many (righteous men rely on God’s strength), who have protected the innocent, overthrown tyrants and destroyed evil from among them for the glory of their Creator and the sake of their future generations! A reverent fear of God will allow a “righteous” people to do no less!
Our founding fathers, which are now called “terrorists” by the wicked, vile and hateful powers that now rule by force, prove the above statement. These righteous few were willing to lose all their “stuff” and sacrifice their very lives to restore and preserve a righteous society for future generations! If we truly are the lovers of liberty as we proclaim to be, if we are part of “the” called (Rom. 8:28), and if we are truly the sons and daughters of God, we can do no less! The blood of untold numbers of righteous men who went before us and the pure, righteous blood of our Saviour is crying out to us to stand, to speak out, to fight, and if need be, to die standing against evil, no matter what “form” it may take. Evil may appear as a masked figure seeking to steal, kill and destroy! Or it may appear in a uniform, wearing a badge, a black robe or a three piece suit! It may appear in the halls of Congress in the halls of “justice-judgment”, or in the church sanctuary posing as a minister of light (II Cor. 11:15). If those that call themselves the church (called out ones) are sincerely seeking to do righteousness they will not be silenced! They will grow into the maturity and in the mind of Christ, and will be able to discern between good and evil (Heb. 5:14). If they are His bride, they will expose evil (Eph. 5:11), hate it (Ps. 37:10, Job 1:1, Rom. 12:9, I Pet. 3:11), and destroy (purge) it from themselves and their nation or it will destroy their nation.(Deut. 17:7-19, 19:20-21, 22:21, 24:7, Rom. 1:32)
I know how a lot of people who read this will think to themselves that you have quoted all, but one of the scriptures, out of the Old Testament. There are many other scriptures in the writings of the New Testament that most definitely make reference to the death penalty. One very important point that most people do not consider when studying the New Testament, is the fact that Israel was under bondage to a foreign conqueror, namely the Roman empire, because they had sinned by not following the laws of God written to them in the Old Testament! There was no New Testament when the Christ came, nor for decades after He went back to His Father. We must indeed be very careful to rightfully divide the Word of Truth (II Tim. 2:16).
By their fruits you shall know them! A truly born again individual cannot remain silent. If he does not stand for truth (John 14:6) then he knows that hell is his doom! (Mt. 10:33) Many will cry, “Lord, Lord!” and honor Him with their “lips” but their hearts are not with Him! (Mt. 7:22-23, 15:8) Through the fear of man shall the masses be deceived into Hell! (Mt. 15:28)
Let’s get back to discussing the paralyzing fear that now grips and controls our society, including the modern day church in America. I have been told by many that I am a brave man, but to be bluntly honest, I am just an ordinary man with all the weaknesses of others. The only difference is the strength and courage that comes to me from an absolute faith I have in my Saviour and sovereign God! Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the overcoming of fear through faith!
The complacency and compromise we see in the church today is the result of generations of false teaching, both outside and inside the church walls. Government controlled public schools and seminaries have, through lies and false teachings, destroyed the knowledge of truth in scriptures and history. We now have the product (fruit) of generations of a deliberate dumbing down of society. An ignorant, apathetic, spineless, mindless, soulless, mass of humanity that only desires one thing (Hos. 4:6): security! They have sold themselves into a total tyranny for a bowl of “soup”. Now we have become a people that are willing to accept anything the powers that be determine to be “good”. Our civil leaders and ignorant or perhaps willfully ignorant pastors have taught us that to obey man’s laws is the only way to please “God”. Civil government has become totally decadent because the “social” church has become complacent and has sinned unto silence! Not only has civil authority ignored and tried to destroy the eternal law of God, but the church itself has become totally antinomian, (without law). They have taught that the law has been done away with, contrary to scriptures themselves! (Mt.5:12) Without law, there is no sin (Rom. 3:20, 4:15, and 5:13). Christ did not free us from the law, but rather from the curse of the law, sin and death! (Rom. 8: 1-15) To break God’s law makes you a sinner even if you go to church and profess Christ! (I John 3:4, Rom. 3:31) Fear itself is a fruit of sin! (Rom. 8:15) We who walk after the Spirit and are of God overcome the spirit of fear! (II Tim. 1:7) Perfect (mature) love cast out fear and the torment that comes with it! (I John 4:16)
So then, why are those who call themselves the redeemed of God, afraid to even speak the truth? We have become a people so fearful of offending evil, fearful that we may be persecuted and or prosecuted for even speaking the truth that we have fulfilled Mt. 5:13 because of our sinful silence!
We are so pleased to speak of forgiveness, meekness, humbleness and “love” that we have forsaken teaching the very essence of forgiveness and salvation! Repentance! How does society know to repent if no man has the Godly courage to expose their sin!?
Why has the church become so politically correct, which is simply a term for complacency and compromise, that we don’t call sodomy, murder, adultery, fornication, stealing, covetousness, and all other things contrary to the righteous laws of God what they are!? Sin! Abominations!? Evil!? Decadence and immorality!? Why does the “church” remain, in reality, silent on these matters!? Do we not know that we are going to give account for the evil that we tolerate!? Because we say that we know God and call ourselves the people of God, and confess that we love Him with our lips, but we fail to stand against evil it will bring a greater damnation on us!? Are we not just making pretense of righteousness? (Mt. 23:14, Pro. 24:10-12, Luke 12:47-48) How are we not like the Pharisees that Christ called the sons of Satan? (James 4:17, Mt. 23:24-33)
We have become such a wicked and perverse generation, just as spoken of in the scriptures, that we now call good evil and evil good (Is. 5:20). Why does our society, and even most “Christians” lament the death of a murderer of 60,000 innocent children (abortionist Tiller), and condemn the one who had the Godly courage to stop the slaughter of the innocent while weeping and wailing over the early death of a man who help “pervert” the minds of millions?! A man who paid at least one family $15 million in hush money so they wouldn’t expose his perversion with children! These two instances are irrefutable proof of the conditions of society in America!
The “church” today prefers to “pick and choose” the scriptures they want to believe and live by! They ignore the manifold scriptures that condemn murderers, sodomites, lesbians, adulterers, fornicators and others to death! Both in the Old and New Testaments! They choose to ignore the scriptures in Numbers 25 where one man had the courage to do what was right while the civil and church authorities sat by and did nothing! And by doing what was right, saved an entire nation. Or when the head preacher of his day (high priest) in II Kings chapter 11, overthrew the civil authority even with being charged with treason and reinstated “lawful” government! The “preachers” stepped up to the holy call to stop an unrighteous civil government and set a whole nation free from an ungodly tyrant! Just like the preachers and clergy of the Revolution in America!
Our time is fast coming to close for a chance of repentance in America! We may have already crossed the line according to II Kings 24:4 with the holocaust of abortion (killing) of 60 million children! Be that as it may, we are still accountable to a Holy God for our sin of silence! Our silence and inaction has been and will continue to be, judged both now and in eternity!
The choice is ours! We will all answer individually on the Day of Judgment! (II Cor. 5:10)
It is the whole duty of all men to obey God! (Ecc. 12:13-14) How much more to those who confess Him as Saviour!?
Accountability to a Holy God is not optional! America, repent or perish!
Pastor Butch Paugh
Thou Shalt Have No Other God before Us
(Friday, 26 June 2009) - Contributed by Collin Houseal - The League of the South
“And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods [Strongs Concordance No. 430-433-410 “Eloheem - defference to “magistrates” – deities, idol, power.”] before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”
— Exodus 20:1-6 (KJV)
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me...” — Isaiah 46:9 (KJV)
One of the rationales I often hear when discussing the present state of things goes something like this: Like it or not, we must continue to submit to the State unless and until it commands us to do that which God forbids, or forbids us to do that which God commands.
A worthy point to ponder—except the State passed that threshold long ago.
Let’s get one thing straight: The State sees itself as God. It demands that you acknowledge it as God. And it most certainly wants your children to see it as God. There is not one aspect of your life—personal, professional, religious, domestic or otherwise—into which the State does not inject itself; not a single nook or cranny of your very existence it does not consider its jurisdiction.
The ravages of multi-culturalism aside, movements to rid public life—even private life—of any mention of Jesus Christ, God, prayer, or anything beyond the most generic and impotent concept of “faith” are all rooted in this one fact: Those presently in power cannot abide the notion that there is an Entity greater than themselves, that there is an Authority which supersedes their own.
The State sees itself as God. According to it, the First Commandment now reads: Thou shalt have no other God before us.
Of course, this stems from the very core of man’s sinful nature. It began in the Garden of Eden when the serpent tempted Eve to eat of the tree which God had forbidden. “And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)
No, man cannot long endure the temptations of power and authority.
RENDER UNTO CAESAR
Looking around at the present state of modern American Evangelicalism, it is increasingly evident that the vast majority of those who call themselves Christians fear the wrath of Caesar far more than they fear the wrath of God.
“And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 12:17) Before we can endeavor to obey Christ’s command, we must first consider: What rightfully belongs to Caesar? More importantly, what rightfully belongs to God?
Without question, civil government is a God-ordained institution. But that does not mean the State has universal and limitless jurisdiction—morally, ethically, constitutionally, or (most importantly) Biblically. Yet the State has all but openly subverted the words of Christ and declared: Render unto Caesar everything it demands, then sit down and shut up. (If there’s anything left, you can give that to God as long as you’re quiet about it.)
When the State claims jurisdiction over something it has not been rightfully given, it subverts God’s infallible design and order. It positions itself as God, demanding that we render unto it things that are, in fact, God’s.
When the State claims control and jurisdiction over marriages—via the marriage license—it inserts itself into a relationship where it has no business. When it subsequently claims jurisdiction over the fruit of that marriage—children, and especially the education of those children—it upends the direct commandment of God to parents to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4) God gives children to parents, not to the State. All education is religious by nature, and God enjoins parents to train up and educate their children. It is not, nor has it ever been, the State’s responsibility. It cannot be.
The State “legalizes” the murder of children yet born, and in so doing declares good evil and evil good. It attempts to supersede God’s law for the sake of expediency and “choice.”
The State claims jurisdiction over your health and the choices you make regarding food, nutrition and medicine. It has none.
The State claims ultimate title to your land and property, and reserves unto itself the power to tax both. It has no basis other than its own mere declaration.
The State claims an ever-increasing portion of the fruit of your labor and the application of your God-given talents and abilities. It has no right.
Your marriage does not belong to Caesar. Your children do not belong to Caesar. Your property does not belong to Caesar. Your wealth and the fruit of your labor do not belong to Caesar. Certainly, your very life does not belong to Caesar.
OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN
That the State claims jurisdiction in all these areas—and arrogantly acts as if the matter is wholly without question—does not in any way change the simple fact that it has none. Read that sentence again and make sure you understand it. All the attorneys, judges, courts, legislative acts, treaties, and even constitutions in the world cannot change what God hath ordained. That a cadre of corrupt men and women declare it so, does not make it so. The opinions of nine unelected oligarchs in black robes do not supersede God’s sovereign law and judgment.
Man is man, and God is God. Whom do you fear more?
Rest assured that State which declares itself to be God will be judged accordingly. But take care that you do not let its claims stand quietly unchallenged, even in this life. In the words of Peter when confronted by the high priest and officers for defying the commandments of those in power at the time: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)