In November of that year, Joe Sutherland of Gilbert, Arizona, was given a cease-and-desist order for church meetings in his home because it violated the city's zoning code. The city council revised the code the following March to allow the meetings.
In essence, these are underground churches right here in the country where we have the First Amendment, and also religious liberty clauses in our state constitutions. In reality, these guarantees of religious worship are not worth the paper they are written on. Dare we ask why? Is it possible that our Constitution has been replaced with another one without our realizing it? Let's examine the issue more closely.
In our opinion, outside of the Bible, there has never been a document equal to the U.S. Constitution in the history of the human race, in the area of civil government. But it is still a manmade document, subject to interpretation by whoever has the power on their side, whether it be Congress or the Courts. Article VI paragraph 2 is a good example.
"This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; AND ALL TREATIES (emphasis mine) made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."
This is based on the ancient principle of "Treaty Law" that has become known as the "Law of Nations", based on the concept of Israel's compact with the Gibeonites found in the 9th chapter of Joshua. The city of Gibeon was next in line to be exterminated by the armies of Israel. The elders hatched up a plan to send an ambassage to Israel with old clothes, shoes and stale bread as if they had travelled from afar. They appealed to Israel's pride. They said that they knew they had destroyed all the other cities and begged them to spare their city, which Joshua and the elders agreed to. When they found out that they were only the next city in their path, they knew that they had been had, so to speak. The people of Israel were really upset with the leadership and told them so, in no uncertain terms, but it was too late to back out of the deal. Here is what was said:
Joshua 9:18-19 And the children of Israel smote them not, because the princes of the congregation had sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel. And all the congregation murmured against the princes. But all the princes said unto all the congregation, We have sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel: now therefore we may not touch them.
In other words, "Treaty Law" became the "Supreme law of the land." Obviously, elected officials should not make treaties that supersede the U.S. Constitution. However, they do it all of the time. In our opinion, the worst was in 1945, when the U.S. Senate ratified the U.N. Charter. In essence, it superseded the U.S. Constitution, and ever since then, our U.S. Congress, the state legislatures, and county councils have been moving slowly to bring U.S. laws into sync with United Nations or International Law, and the Federal Courts have been making their decisions, for the most part, on this same basis. Judges like Ruth Bader Ginsburg are not even masking their goals any longer with statements that she has made recently that we should bring America under "International Law." Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, recent Obama appointees, would take the same position, based on their stated philosophy. The fact that Clinton nominated Ginsburg and Obama nominated Sotomayor and Kagan should show to all where these men are in the area of world governance.
Following is the U.N. Charter on Religious Rights, which, according to U.N. statements is an ongoing process on the part of this world body, called "evolving law."
U.N. Charter on Religious Rights
It includes declarations on the topics of: * religious intolerance * freedom of religion * discrimination on the basis of religion or belief
Resolution Adopted By The General Assembly. 36/55.
Declaration On The Elimination Of All Forms Of Intolerance And Of Discrimination Based On Religion Or Belief
1. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have a religion or whatever belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.
Discriminate: a : to make a distinction
My contention is that the U.N. has a goal to not only unite the world under a One World Government and a One World monetary system but also under a One World Religious system, which the Bible predicted nearly 5,000 years ago. It reiterated those predictions 3,000 years later through the Apostle John in Revelation Chapters 13 and 17. However, to bring that Satanic system into effect, Christ's true churches must be destroyed. The First Amendment was a barrier to that Satanic goal, but America's entrance into the U.N., with the help of our liberal courts, is now removing that barricade of righteousness.
Following is the result of a powerful study on this subject by (TCAN) The Christian Alert Network. This study is reprinted on Pg. 77 of The Trail of Blood Revisited, which is available through the Trumpet.
We cite four examples of how this UN policy is presently applied by local officials, who, no doubt, are not even aware of it. Pastor Kenneth Wilson had to go to court to enjoin the city of Evansville, Indiana, from making his church get rezoning when they occupied an abandoned church building. They actually sent out prayer police that reported back to the city council that the church was, in fact, having prayer meetings based on the announcement on their sign out front. The Baptist Temple in Indianapolis had to sue through a second party to get a commercial building rezoned for the purpose of worship. In the process, they found that the building could have been used for any purpose, including a liquor establishment or pornographic book store, but not a church congregation. By the time the case was settled, the facility was no longer available. Another Baptist church in a small city east of Indianapolis had to leave the city because of zoning problems, and then, when they found a location in the country, they found that it was zoned agriculturally. In the end, through all of the problems, the small church ended up dissolving. However, one of the most egregious examples of this conspiracy against God took place in Melbourne, Florida. During the 2-1/2 years that it took Beacon Baptist Ministries to get their 6000 sq. foot building built, a Wal-Mart grocery store down the street and an entire mall a few miles away were completed and occupied.
The problem is simple, this simply doesn't solve the problem. The Lord's church cannot file for the permit because it would be violating their faith in the Lordship of Christ to do so. The second reason is that the city can make such demands that the church cannot meet, such as handicap regulations, fire and health regulations, etc. Then there is the clause that says that the church must be a "legally constituted religious organization." In other words, an IRS approved state church. A church that agrees to espouse "federal public-policy," a UN approved church that will not discriminate against sodomites and will not have a meaningful voice in society by participating in the political process, but will simply be a toothless tiger with no bite. As Paul said, 2 Timothy 3:5 "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
For decades there have been those calling for "AMERICA TO GET OUT OF THE UN AND GET THE UN OUT OF AMERICA."
As for the churches: God is looking for pastors and churches who are willing to give up their tax-exemption and their tax deductible gifts and go outside the "camp" with the Lord Jesus (Hebrews 13:13). John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
We must demand of the courts that they recognize our God given rights guaranteed by the federal and state Bill of Rights. But we also must make sure that our hands are clean by not being entangled with the corporate church scheme, which has no such guarantees, but are considered "public charities" and "religious organizations" defined by the IRS as "legal entities," not New Testament churches defined as such by the Word of God.
The Biblical Law Center stands ready to help any church to organize or reorganize to break the 501(c)(3) contract and the Sec. 508 under Sec. 501(c)(3) that are not incorporated but are considered as unincorporated associations under state law by the IRS. We ask them to meet a criteria that listed on the BLC web site at http://biblicallawcenter.com/?page_id=90.