Liberty Commentary

State-Owned Churches Are Killing America

by Chuck Baldwin

America was birthed in the spirit of liberty and baptized in the blood of patriots and tyrants. Leading the charge in America’s fight for
independence was a courageous group of patriot-preachers that came to be known as the “Black Regiment.” I have written several columns on this
subject. Suffice it to say here that I invite readers to take a look at my Black Regiment web page to learn more about this early American phenomenon. There is little doubt that without these stalwart Christian pastors, this country would not have come into existence. (I extended this call for a modern-day Black Regiment 5 years before Glenn Beck ever mentioned it.)

See my Black Regiment page at:

Plus, to read my column regarding the Black Regiment that was published in The New American magazine in 2009, go to:

So, what did these colonial preachers have that today’s preachers
don’t? The better question might be: what did these colonial preachers
NOT have that today’s preachers do? The answer? Two things: 1) an IRS
501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation status, and 2) a 50-year
misinterpretation of Romans chapter 13.

The now infamous 501(c)(3) section of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC)
goes back to 1936 (the seeds of this Venus Fly Trap date back to 1872).
But then-Senator Lyndon Johnson was the Dr. Frankenstein who, in 1954,
unleashed this monster upon America. His motivation was: he did not like
the way pastors and churches were opposing his liberal agenda, and he
wanted to use the power of law to silence them. He, therefore,
introduced verbiage to the IRC that churches were prohibited from
influencing political legislation and supporting political campaigns, or
risk losing their tax-exempt status.

Of course, colonial pastors didn’t have to worry about their churches
being “incorporated” as State-created (and controlled) entities, or
about IRS agents intimidating them regarding what they could or could
not say. In early America, preachers were free men; they could say
whatever they darned well pleased. Gasp! Beyond that, virtually everyone
regarded preachers as being “God’s men,” not the “servants of men.”

Today, however, the average pastor has become the servant of the
State and the church he pastors, more often than not, has become a
creature of the State. It is an absolute fact that State-owned churches
are killing America!

Dick Greb of the Save-A-Patriot Fellowship in Westminster, Maryland, wrote:
“Many Americans find it disturbing that some of our churches today are
little more than milquetoast corporations that fear our federal
government more than the great I AM. Moreover, it can even be said that
some preachers have the appearance of cringing, ‘politically correct’
cowards, rather than committed Godly men of fortitude with backbone,
such as those we read of in the Bible.” (Source: Greb, Dick. “The
501(c)(3) Hallucination: A Bane to Liberty.” Reasonable Action Issue
#244 Winter 2003.)

Dear reader, you can take this to the bank: the vast majority of
pastors and board members of these 501(c)(3) corporations, when push
comes to shove (and it always does), will demonstrate unconditional
loyalty to the State. Plus, they will compromise or sacrifice any and
every Bible doctrine or principle in order to preserve their tax-exempt
status and stay on the smiley side of the IRC. They will also throw
anyone under the old proverbial bus who might risk them falling out of
favor with the IRS. (I can give painful and personal testimony to that
fact!) Greb is right! Many, or most, of today’s pastors and church
officers fear the federal government far more than they fear God.

Not only did colonial preachers not have to contend with putting
their churches under some State-controlled corporation, they would never
have allowed it to happen! Can one imagine John Leland, Jonas Clark, or
John Witherspoon being told by any State official what he could or
could not say, or what his church could or could not do? What a joke!
These men were willing to go to prison or even the grave in order to
remain faithful to their spiritual calling and to their political and
moral convictions!

The other thing that colonial preachers did not suffer from was a 50-year indoctrination of a misinterpretation of Romans 13.

This “Submit-to-the-government-no-matter-what” doctrine (using Romans
13 as the pretext) is a satanically inspired lie designed to turn free
men and women into slaves of the state! Students of history know that
Adolf Hitler encouraged German pastors and churches to promote this same
fallacious philosophy among the German people. Gee! I wonder why? And
according to Erwin Lutzer’s book, “Hitler’s Cross” (must reading, I
might add), out of the more than 14,000 evangelical churches and pastors
in Germany at the time, only about 800 remained faithful to Scripture
and opposed Hitler’s brand of state worship. If my math is correct,
that’s about 5%. And it would not surprise me if 5% is about the
percentage of pastors and churches in America today that are opposing
this modern-day worship of the state.

At this point, instead of embellishing upon Romans 13, I am going to
insert a commercial. I began a series of messages on Romans 13 last
Sunday at Liberty Fellowship in Kalispell, Montana. In fact, by the time
you read this, Part 1 of my message on Romans 13 will be available

To view my message, “The Truth About Romans 13, Part 1,” go to:

I will continue my series on Romans 13 this Sunday, February 6, 2011.
I invite readers to watch this address live on the Internet. To view
this livestreaming broadcast, go to:

“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do
nothing.” So said Edmund Burke. And, unfortunately, the good men that
are mostly doing nothing and allowing evil to triumph in our land are
the good men (and women) of America’s churches who have either been
intimidated by the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation status, or who have
been put into a sheepish, servile, Satan-induced coma from an overdose
of misapplied Romans
13 poison.

To quote the famous Bible commentator, Matthew Henry, “It is the
devil that stirs up his instruments, wicked men [in government or
without], to persecute the people of God; tyrants and persecutors are
the devil’s tools, though they gratify their own sinful malignity, and
know not that they are actuated by a diabolical malice.” (Source:
Matthew Henry’s Commentaries on the Bible, notes on Revelation 2:10)

Yes, the Black Regiment preachers of colonial America helped lead
America’s fight for freedom and independence. But, they did not have
their hands out to the IRS, or their minds and hearts numbed into apathy
and indifference by decades of misuse and abuse of Romans chapter 13.

P.S. My son, Timothy Baldwin, who is a historian, author, and
constitutional attorney, is in the process of publishing a new book
entitled, “Romans 13, The True Meaning of Submission.” I have read it.
In the similitude of Tim’s first book, “Freedom For A Change,” this book
is an absolutely brilliant and scholarly presentation of the true
meaning of Romans 13. Watch my web site, or Tim’s web site, for
information regarding this new book’s release.

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Tim’s web site: