Christian filmmaker Jason Charles recently wrote a powerfully astute column entitled "The Neutered American Pastors." He began his column saying:
"The Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:12 wished castration upon the doctrine perverting Judaized preachers of his day.
"'I would they were even cut off which trouble you' Galatians 5:12 (KJV)
"'As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!' Galatians 5:12 (NIV)
"Neuter: A general term used to describe the castration of a male animal.
"Can you imagine? An Apostle of Jesus Christ using this phraseology at all? But he did when addressing the usurping teachers that came in among the congregations of churches that he planted, especially in the Church of Galatia. To get the whole back-story read through Acts Chapter 5, and also read the entire book of Galatians. You will quickly realize he is talking about the Judaizers.
"The reason why the Apostle Paul was vehemently opposed to these Judaizers was because in an ultimate sense, it was false doctrine that taught the superiority of the Mosaic Law over Christ. That meant it immediately became a salvation issue for Paul. Therefore he brought it to the wisdom and counsel of the other Apostles in Jerusalem, as seen in Galatians 5. At that counsel the Holy Spirit affirmed the total forsaking of the Judaizers among all congregations in no uncertain terms.
"We learn by reading in these chapters that the Judaized 'Christians' were really agents of the Pharisees. They were highly trained orators that worked to convince gentile Christians to take on the religion of Judaism as being superior to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, even teaching the need to circumcise their grown boys and men. So the Apostle Paul stated he wished they wouldn't stop at circumcision, but instead emasculate themselves in entirety. That is the spiritual illustration he thought most appropriate when speaking of his arch-enemies, these Pharisee agitators. Christian teachers who pander to power, fame, and money have emasculated themselves as well. They get up every Sunday and preach absolute drivel. Simply because they lack the man-stuff that is required, to unabashedly preach the Truth and the Word of God.
"The Pharisees were the ultimate political panderers. Instead of preaching against the paganism and corruption of the Roman government, or the unjustness of the occupation of Rome, they jumped in bed with the power elite. They did it for the money, fame, power, and spiritual authority. How many pastors out there would rather neuter themselves preferring large platforms, power and money over the satisfaction of uncompromisingly preaching the entirety of God's Word in the Truth and Power of the Holy Spirit? Judging by the state of our country currently, we have a lot of emasculated 'preachers' out there, shepherding a lot of emasculated Christians. This is the direct result of the Judafication of the American churches."
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I believe Jason's trenchant and timely treatise is spot-on. For the most part, America's pastors and churches have been spiritually castrated.
And, as Jason notes in his column, the 501c3 non-profit organization classification of churches plays a big part. All the government needs to do to silence today's pulpits is to politicize anything contained in the Bible, and, ABRACADABRA, pastors are prohibited from publicly preaching about it without jeopardizing their precious tax-exempt status. And try to name the spiritual sin or criminal conduct condemned in Holy Writ that ISN'T politicized these days! So, in effect, to stay on the smiley side of the Internal Revenue Code, pastors and churches are pretty much prohibited from saying anything about anything. So they don't.
Why do you think the Pied Piper of Prosperity Preachers, Joel Osteen, has tens of thousands of pastors all over the country mimicking him? He says absolutely nothing that could be remotely considered "political" or "controversial" by the powers that be, and people by the millions across the country love it--and so does the government in Washington, D.C.
From the days of Israel's Old Testament prophets, to the we-must-obey-God-rather-than-men New Testament apostles, to the Anabaptists living under the Roman-controlled governments of the Dark Ages, to the Reformation leaders in Germany and Switzerland, to the Black Robed Regiment pastors in Colonial America, dictatorial governments have hated courageous, truth-telling preachers. And nothing shuts up a potential courageous, truth-telling pastor these days like the promise of government-sanctioned prosperity.
Jason is also correct when he rightly highlights the way America's pastors and churches have allowed themselves to be Judaized. In truth, today's Zionists are nothing more than the Judaizers of Jesus and the disciples' day. One cannot find a single social or cultural industry of any magnitude that is not heavily influenced by Zionists, including the entertainment industry, the mainstream media, the pornography industry, the LGBT movement, the Neocon political establishment, the Warfare State, political correctness, the burgeoning Police State, the anti-Second Amendment caucuses, the anti-Christian organizations, ad infinitum. And currently, Zionists are pulling out all of the stops and calling in all of the favors to make sure Hillary Clinton is elected President.
Sadly, a majority of Christian pastors and churches willingly and enthusiastically identify with these modern-day Judaizers. As such, they are blind to the root of America's real problems. In other words, they are spiritually castrated.
John the Baptist, Jesus, and the apostles clearly had no stomach or patience for these Judaizers or the Pharisees that controlled them. Yet, all over America, today's pastors and Christians sympathize with them, support them, and shill for them. If you want to get a taste of how viciously vengeful these people can be, just say something unfavorable (in any notable public forum) about the modern state of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, or Zionists in general, and see what happens.
Yet, here are a few examples of what Christ and the apostles said to and about these Judaizers and the Zionist Pharisees that led them:
"The child of hell"
"Ye fools and blind"
"Are within full of dead men's bones"
"Full of uncleanness"
"Full of hypocrisy and iniquity"
"The children of them which killed the prophets"
"Ye generation of vipers"
"Whose mouths must be stopped"
"Who subvert whole houses"
"Such are false apostles"
"His [Satan's] ministers"
"Of the synagogue of Satan"
When is the last time you were in a church where the pastor quoted these scriptural passages or, if he did, made them relevant to anything today?
For this reason, I urge readers to watch my series of messages (on two DVDs) entitled "The Church And Israel." Forget what you've been taught all of your life. Look at the Scriptures honestly and objectively for yourself. You might be shocked at what you will discover. I know I was. These two DVDs have helped thousands of people to better understand the scriptural teaching of Biblical Israel. Find them here:
You might also enjoy my message series (on one DVD) entitled "Christ And The Pharisees." This was the message series that birthed "The Church And Israel" series. Find it here:
Fear of losing tax-exempt status; fear of being controversial; fear of losing tithing members; fear of being politically incorrect; fear of the Judaizers. It all adds up to the same thing: castrated churches.
© Chuck Baldwin
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