Kennedy Classics – Government: A Fearful Master

Kennedy Classics – Government: A Fearful Master


FROM D. JAMES KENNEDY
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TROVE OF HELPFUL RESOURCES AT DJKM.ORG. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD
OF MURPHY’S LAW? MOST OF US HAVE. THE SHORTENED VERSION
GOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS: “IF ANYTHING CAN GO
WRONG, IT WILL.” BUT MURPHY’S LAW IS ACTUALLY
A SUBSET OF ANOTHER LAW WE OBSERVE ANECDOTALLY CALLED
THE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. BASED UPON THE NOTION THAT
THINGS OFTEN DO NOT WORK OUT AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED
OR INTENDED, THE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES IS
NOWHERE BETTER EXEMPLIFIED THAN IN THE CASE OF
CIVIL GOVERNMENT. GOD CREATED CIVIL
GOVERNMENT FOR OUR GOOD- LARGELY TO PROTECT OUR
LIVES, OUR LIBERTY, AND OUR PROPERTY. BUT FALLEN MEN AND WOMEN
POPULATE ALL GOVERNMENTS, AND HISTORY SHOWS THAT
WHEN THEY EXCEED THEIR LEGITIMATE AUTHORITY THE
INEVITABLE OUTCOME IS SOMETHING TO BE FEARED. HERE IS DR. D. JAMES
KENNEDY WITH HIS MESSAGE: “GOVERNMENT: A FEARFUL
MASTER.” OUR SCRIPTURE LESSON THIS
MORNING IS TAKEN FROM THE 13TH CHAPTER OF THE
EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS; HERE IN THIS GREAT CHAPTER
OF THE NEW TESTAMENT PAUL GIVES US THE NEW
TESTAMENT TEACHINGS CONCERNING GOVERNMENT. MAY WE HEAR CAREFULLY
THE WORD OF OUR GOD. AND MAY GOD’S WORD SPEAK
TO OUR HEARTS AND MINDS THIS DAY AND MAY HIS NAME
EVER BE PRAISED AMEN. “GOVERNMENT,” SAID ONE,
“IS A DANGEROUS SERVANT AND A FEARFUL MASTER.” THOSE WORDS WERE SPOKEN
BY GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE GOVERNMENT ABOUT
WHICH HE SPOKE WAS THE GOVERNMENT OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. GOVERNMENT IS A
DANGEROUS SERVANT AND A FEARFUL MASTER. I THINK TODAY THAT WE’VE
LOST SIGHT OF THE REAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THOSE
WORDS SPOKEN BY OUR FIRST PRESIDENT. THE FOUNDERS OF THIS
COUNTRY WERE IMBUED WITH A BIBLICAL CONCEPT OF
GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THERE THUNDERED FORTH FROM THE
PULPITS OF NEW ENGLAND AND INDEED FROM ALL OF THE
STATES THE GREAT TEACHINGS OF THE WORD OF GOD,
CONCERNING GOVERNMENT. TODAY HOWEVER, I’M AFRAID
THAT THESE PULPITS HAVE BEEN MOSTLY SILENCED
ABOUT THESE THINGS AND CONSEQUENTLY WHOLE
GENERATIONS HAVE GROWN UP WITHOUT THE FOGGIEST IDEA
OF WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT GOVERNMENT, EVEN INDEED
WITH THE ARROGANT ASSUMPTION THAT GOD
HAS SAID NOTHING ABOUT GOVERNMENT AND
INDEED HE BETTER NOT. BUT THOSE THAT FOUNDED
THIS NATION KNEW THAT GOD HAD HAD A GREAT DEAL TO
SAY ABOUT GOVERNMENT AND THE TYPE OF GOVERNMENT
THAT THEY ATTEMPTED TO ESTABLISH WAS A GOVERNMENT
WHICH WAS BUILT UPON THOSE PRINCIPLES FOUND
IN GOD’S WORD. THEY KNEW, FOR EXAMPLE,
THAT THE BIBLE TAUGHT THAT MAN WAS BASICALLY EVIL AND
THAT HE NEEDED CERTAIN RESTRAINTS AND THEREFORE
GOVERNMENT WAS A NECESSARY EVIL, BUT IT COULD BE A
VERY DANGEROUS MASTER. THIS VIEWPOINT HOWEVER,
THAT MAN IS EVIL AND NEEDS RESTRAINT, HAS ALMOST BEEN
OBLITERATED TODAY BY THE HUMANIST TEACHING
PREVALENT IN OUR SCHOOLS THAT MAN BASICALLY
IS GOOD. HOWEVER, TO UNDERSTAND THE
TRUTH OF THE FACT THAT MAN IS SINFUL ONE NOT ONLY MAY
READ THE NEW TESTAMENT OR THE OLD TESTAMENT BUT
SIMPLY LOOK AT THE FRONT PAGE OF THE PAPER OR
LISTEN TO THE SIX O’CLOCK NEWS AND HE WILL SEE
ABUNDANT EVIDENCE OF THE TRUTHFULNESS OF THE WORD
OF GOD WHICH SAYS THAT THE HEART OF MAN IS
DESPERATELY EVIL. THE FOUNDERS OF THIS
COUNTRY KNEW THAT BECAUSE OF THE EVIL NATURE OF
MAN, THAT POWER CORRUPTS, AND ABSOLUTE POWER
CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY. AND IT WAS BECAUSE OF THIS
UNDERSTANDING DERIVED FROM THE SCRIPTURE THAT THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS SEPARATED FROM THE
GOVERNMENT AND POWER OF THE STATE. IT WAS BECAUSE OF THIS
BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE SINFUL NATURE OF MAN
THAT THE POWERS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WERE
SEPARATED FROM THE POWERS OF THE STATE. AND THE POWERS GIVEN TO
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WERE SPECIFICALLY ENUMERATED
AND WERE LIMITED. IT WAS BECAUSE OF THIS
SAME BELIEF THAT EVEN THE POWERS OF THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT WERE DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTS-
THE EXECUTIVE, THE LEGISLATIVE AND THE
JUDICIAL IN ORDER THAT NO GREAT AMOUNT OF POWER MIGHT
COLLECT IN ANY ONE PLACE. IT WAS BECAUSE OF THIS
SAME BELIEF IN THE SINFULNESS OF MAN AND THE
NEED FOR HIS RESTRAINT AND THE CORRUPTING POWER OF
SIN THAT THE PRESIDENTIAL VETO WAS GIVEN TO BE A
COUNTER BALANCE TO THE CONGRESS AND THE CONGRESS
WAS GIVEN THE POWER TO REMOVE CERTAIN AREAS
FROM THE PURVIEW OF THE SUPREME COURT. ALL CHECKS AND BALANCES
BECAUSE OF THE BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE
SINFULNESS OF MAN. AND THUS ALL OF THE POWERS
OF EACH OF THE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT WERE STRICTLY
LIMITED BECAUSE OF THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE
SCRIPTURAL VIEWPOINT OF MAN. WE HAVE FORGOTTEN TODAY,
THE WARNING OF OUR FIRST PRESIDENT THAT GOVERNMENT
CAN BE INDEED A FEARFUL MASTER. IN FACT, IN RECENT YEARS
WE SEEM TO BE RUSHING TO GIVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
MORE POWER AND MORE CONTROL OVER OUR LIVES, AT LEAST
UNTIL THE LAST FEW YEARS THIS HAD BEEN THE DIRECTION
THAT OUR NATION WAS GOING. HAVE WE FORGOTTEN THAT IT
IS GOVERNMENT THAT HAS BEEN THE PRINCIPLE
ANTAGONIST AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF GOD DOWN THROUGH
ILLIMITABLE CENTURIES? HAVE WE FORGOTTEN IT WAS
THE TYRANNICAL STATE OF EGYPT THAT BROUGHT
THE PEOPLE OF GOD, THE ANCIENT PEOPLE OF GOD
INTO HOPELESS BONDAGE AND SORROW? THAT IT WAS THE AGENTS OF
PHARAOH THAT LAID UPON THE BACKS OF THE PEOPLE THE
CRUEL SCOURGE AND CAUSE THEM TO WORK IN THE SLIME
PITS TO MAKE BRICKS FOR THE EGYPTIAN BUILDINGS. HAVE WE FORGOTTEN THE
STATE OF ASSYRIA WHICH LED THE NORTHERN KINGDOM OF
ISRAEL INTO CAPTIVITY THAT BOUND THEM OUT ON THE
GROUND AND FLAYED THEM ALIVE OR IMPALED THEM
ON POINTED STICKS? THAT IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT
OF BABYLONIA THAT LED THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM INTO 70
YEARS OF CAPTIVITY AND DESTROYED THE CITY OF
JERUSALEM AND THE TEMPLE OF GOD. OR HAVE WE FORGOTTEN THAT
IT WAS ROME THAT ACTUALLY CRUCIFIED CHRIST AND ALSO
DRENCHED THE EARTH WITH THE BLOOD OF THE
EARLY CHRISTIANS. GAVE RISE TO THE SAYING
THAT THE BLOOD OF MARTYRS IS THE SEED OF THE CHURCH. AND FOR 300 YEARS ONE
WAVE AFTER ANOTHER OF PERSECUTION SWEPT ACROSS
THE CHURCH DIRECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF ROME. WHETHER IT’S THE CAESARS
OF ROME OR THE MODERN GOVERNMENTS OF NAZI
GERMANY OR THE COMMUNIST TYRANNIES OF
OUR PRESENT DAY. ALL IS THE SAME. IT IS GOVERNMENT WHICH
HAS BEEN THE PRINCIPLE ANTAGONIST AGAINST
GOD AND HIS CHURCH. CHINA, UNDER MAO TSE-TUNG
ATTEMPTED TO DESTROY EVERY SINGLE CHRISTIAN THAT THEY
COULD DISCOVER AND LAY THEIR HANDS ON. IN THE SOVIET UNION,
SOLZHENITSYN TELLS US THAT 50-60 MILLIONS OF PEOPLE
WERE KILLED INCLUDING MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS
BY THE COMMUNISTS THERE. SO, WHETHER WE ARE TALKING
ABOUT NAZI GERMANY OR COMMUNIST RUSSIA OR POLAND
OR CZECHOSLOVAKIA OR CHINA, WE NEED TO REMEMBER THE
WORDS OF WASHINGTON THAT GOVERNMENT CAN BE A VERY
FEARFUL MASTER AND THAT THE ONLY HOPE OF TRUE LIBERTY
IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE. AS I SAID ACCORDING
TO THE SCRIPTURE, GOVERNMENT IS A
NECESSARY EVIL. WERE IT NOT FOR THE FALL
OF MAN AND THE EXISTENCE OF SIN, GOVERNMENT AS
WE KNOW IT WOULD NOT BE NECESSARY AT ALL. IT WAS ESTABLISH IN
ORDER THAT EVIL MIGHT BE RESTRAINED. THAT EVIL MARAUDERS FROM
WITHOUT AND WITHIN MIGHT BE HELD IN CHECK IN ORDER
THAT MEN MIGHT CARRY OUT THEIR LIVES IN QUIET
AND A GODLY FASHION. THE TEXT THAT WE READ
TODAY CONTAINS SEVERAL IMPORTANT TRUTHS ABOUT GOD
AND GOVERNMENT WHICH WERE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD BY THE
FOUNDING FATHERS OF THIS NATION BUT WHICH TODAY HAVE
BEEN GREATLY OBSCURED AND BLURRED SO THAT MANY PEOPLE
DO NOT UNDERSTAND THEM. THE FIRST ONE IS THIS. GOVERNMENT IS UNDER GOD AND
SEPARATE FROM THE CHURCH. THIS IS THE BIBLICAL
UNDERSTANDING OF THE MATTER. TODAY WE HEAR A GREAT DEAL
ABOUT SOVEREIGN STATES AND SOVEREIGN NATIONS AND
THE SOVEREIGN POWER OF GOVERNMENT, BUT MY FRIENDS,
YOU WILL READ THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES IN
VAIN TO FIND ANY USE OF THE WORD ‘SOVEREIGN.’ FOR THIS FOUNDERS OF THIS
COUNTRY KNEW THAT THERE WAS ONE GREAT SOVEREIGN AND
THAT WAS THE SOVEREIGN GOD AND THAT ALL NATIONS
AND STATES WERE UNDER HIS AUTHORITY. THAT HE WAS THE SOVEREIGN
RULER OVER ALL, THE KING OF KINGS
AND LORD OF LORDS. THEY KNEW THAT WHAT
RIGHTS WE AS AMERICA HAD, WE RECEIVED FROM THIS
DIVINE CREATOR AND THAT THE RIGHTS THAT WE HAD
WERE MERELY PROTECTED BY GOVERNMENT, THEY WERE
ENDOWED BY OUR CREATOR. TODAY THERE ARE THOSE WHO
INSTEAD OF SEEING BOTH GOVERNMENT AND THE CHURCH
AS SEPARATE AND UNDER GOD, THERE ARE THOSE WHO WOULD
SEE GOVERNMENT OVER THE CHURCH AND GOD CONTAINED
WITHIN THE CHURCH OR GOD PERHAPS NOT
EXISTING AT ALL. AND THEY WOULD SEE THE
CHURCH AS UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF GOVERNMENT. THIS IS A FAR CRY FROM
THE VIEW THAT WAS HELD BY THE FOUNDING FATHERS
OF THIS NATION. WHEN GOVERNMENT IS SEEN AS
SOVEREIGN AND NOT UNDER AND RESPONSIBLE TO GOD,
THEN RIGHTS ARE NO LONGER BESTOWED UPON PEOPLE
BY A SOVEREIGN CREATOR, THEY ARE BESTOWED
BY THE GOVERNMENT. AND THE GOVERNMENT WHICH
BESTOWS THE RIGHTS WITH THE ONE HAND MAY WITHDRAW
THEM WITH THE OTHER AS THEY CONSTANTLY DO AMONG
TYRANNICAL NATIONS AS IS CONSTANTLY DONE AMONG
COMMUNIST NATIONS TODAY. ONCE WE LOSE SIGHT OF GOD,
INEVITABLY WE WILL LOSE OUR DIVINE AND INALIENABLE
RIGHTS WHICH WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM HIM. ANOTHER SIMILAR ERROR
TODAY IS THAT GOVERNMENT IS SECULAR, THAT IT HAS
NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD OR HIS WORD. SUCH A CONCEPT WAS TOTALLY
ALIEN TO THOSE THAT FOUNDED THIS COUNTRY, THE ONLY
SECULAR STATE OF WHICH THEY HAD EVER HEARD WAS THAT
WHICH CAME ABOUT THROUGH THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, AND THIS
TO THEM WAS A HORRID DEBACLE, A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY AND
CERTAINLY THEY WOULD NEVER HAVE THOUGHT OF TRYING TO
EMULATE THIS ABOMINATION WHICH HAD TAKEN PLACE
IN ATHEISTIC FRANCE. OUR FATHERS ON THE OTHER
HAND KNEW THAT THEY WERE ESTABLISHING A NATION
UNDER GOD, A NATION WHERE MEN HAD RIGHTS THAT WERE
ENDOWED BY GOD, THAT IS WHAT THEY MEANT AND THAT IS WHAT
WE MUST HOLD ONTO TODAY. WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT
THE CHURCH HAS BEEN ORDAINED AND ESTABLISHED
BY JESUS CHRIST. IT HAS BEEN GIVEN ITS
LICENSE TO CARRY ON ITS WORK BY THE
VERY GOD OF HEAVEN. IT IS NOT, THEREFORE,
SUBJECT TO THE STATE TO GET ITS APPROVAL TO
DO THAT WHICH GOD HAS COMMANDED IT TO DO. A SECOND GREAT TRUTH
TAUGHT IN THIS PASSAGE THAT WE READ TODAY, IS
THAT THE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS JUSTICE. AS WE READ HE IS A
MINISTER OF VENGEANCE UPON THOSE THAT DO EVIL AND HE
IS TO RESTRAIN EVIL DOERS. HOWEVER, THAT IS NO LONGER
THE CASE IN THE OPINION OF MANY PEOPLE TODAY. THE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT
AS MANY SEE IT TODAY IS NOT MERELY TO MAINTAIN
JUSTICE AND RESTRAIN EVIL DOERS IN ORDER THAT
CITIZENS MAY LIVE A FREE AND UNRESTRAINED LIFE. IN THE 20TH CENTURY WE
HAVE COME TO LOOK UPON THE GOVERNMENT IN AN ENTIRELY
DIFFERENT LIGHT. THERE’S AN OLD FRENCH
PROVERB THAT SAYS THAT A NATION WILL NOT LONG
SURVIVE AFTER ITS CITIZENS BEGIN TO THINK OF
GOVERNMENT NOT AS A WATCHDOG TO BE FED, BUT
AS A COW TO BE MILKED. AND SO, WHAT WE HEAR TODAY
IS THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE GOVERNMENT IS BENEVOLENCE. NOW, THAT IS A VERY PIOUS
WORD AND IT WOULD SEEM THAT NO ONE COULD
SPEAK AGAINST IT. AND YET, THAT IS NOT
THE BIBLICAL TEACHING CONCERNING GOVERNMENT. THE BIBLE IS FILLED
WITH BENEVOLENCE, BUT IT IS NOT STATE
BENEVOLENCE THAT IS BEING SPOKEN OF. IT IS INDIVIDUAL
BENEVOLENCE. THE PURPOSE OF THE
GOVERNMENT IS JUSTICE, NOT BENEVOLENCE
WHY IS THAT? IN ORDER FOR BENEVOLENCE
TO BE BENEVOLENT THERE ARE TWO THINGS
THAT ARE NECESSARY, FIRST OF ALL IT
MUST BE VOLUNTARY. IF I APPROACH YOU WITH A
GUN AND DEMAND YOUR WALLET AND THEN GIVE IT TO
SOMEBODY ELSE YOU CANNOT GO AWAY AND SAY THAT YOU
HAVE GIVEN YOUR MONEY TO THE POOR. I TOOK IT AWAY FROM
YOU AT GUNPOINT, EXPROPRIATED IT AND
GAVE IT TO ANOTHER, THERE IS NO MERITORIOUSNESS
AT ALL IN WHAT YOU DID. IN FACT THERE IS NO MERIT
IN WHAT I DID EITHER. WHAT I DID WAS
SIMPLY ROBBERY. NOW WHEN THAT IS DONE
ON A NATIONAL LEVEL THEN GOVERNMENT INSTEAD OF
PRACTICING JUSTICE, WHICH IS TO GIVE EVERYBODY
THAT WHICH IS HIS DUE, WHICH IS HIS RIGHT,
GOVERNMENT ENTERS INTO THE REALM OF INJUSTICE SINCE
GOVERNMENT HAS NOTHING OF ITS OWN, IF IT IS GOING TO
GIVE SOMETHING TO SOMEBODY ELSE IT MUST FIRST OF ALL
TAKE IT FROM ANOTHER PARTY. THEREFORE IT ENTERS INTO
THE REALM OF PLUNDER. THIS IS WHAT
SOCIALISM REALLY IS. LEGALIZED PLUNDER. NOW, I THINK WE NEED TO
HAVE SOMEONE THAT HAS THE COURAGE TO STAND
UP AND SAY THAT TODAY. THAT IT’S PRECISELY WHAT
IS HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY TODAY AND THIS
IS WHY THERE IS SO MUCH CLAMOR ABOUT
GOVERNMENT TODAY. EVERYBODY IS CLAMORING
TO GET SOMETHING OUT OF THE GOVERNMENT. NOW, IF THE GOVERNMENT
WERE SIMPLY IN THE REALM OF JUSTICE, THERE WOULD
NOT BE ALL OF THIS RANCOR AND ALL OF THIS DIVISION
AND ALL OF THIS HOSTILITY AND CLAMOR GOING
ON ABOUT JUSTICE. EVERYBODY IS TRYING TO GET
TO THE SPOUT IN ORDER THAT THEY MIGHT RECEIVE SOMETHING
FROM THE NATIONAL COW. ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE THE
FAMOUS FRENCH PHILOSOPHER, CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY
IN 1830 AND WROTE HIS FAMOUS BOOK,
DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA, AND HE SAID IN THERE
SOMETHING VERY VERY SIGNIFICANT FOR
OUR TIME, HE SAID, “AMERICA WILL LAST UNTIL
THE PUBLIC DISCOVERS THAT IT CAN VOTE FOR ITSELF
LARGESSE OUT OF THE PUBLIC TREASURY.” LARGESSE OF COURSE
BEING BOUNTY OR MONEY. WELL, MY FRIENDS, THE
PUBLIC HAS DISCOVERED WITH A VENGEANCE THAT
IT CAN VOTE FOR ITSELF LARGESSE OUT OF THE
PUBLIC TREASURY. AND THOSE WHO HAVEN’T
DISCOVERED IT FOR THEMSELVES, THERE
ARE EAGER DEMAGOGIC POLITICIANS WHO ARE
MAKING IT KNOWN TO THEM DAY-BY-DAY, EVEN THE
GOVERNMENT ITSELF PUBLISHES BOOKLETS TELLING
PEOPLE HOW MUCH THEY CAN GET OUT OF THE GOVERNMENT. WE SEEM TO HAVE FORGOTTEN
COMPLETELY WHAT JOHN KENNEDY SAID WHEN HE
DECLARED ‘ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU,
BUT ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY.’ WELL TODAY WE DON’T HAVE
TO ASK WHAT OUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR US, THE
GOVERNMENT WILL PROVIDE US A BOOKLET WHICH WILL SPELL
IT OUT IN MANY PAGES WITH CHARTS. SO, I WOULD ASK YOU
TODAY MY FRIENDS, IF IT IS TRUE AS
DE TOCQUEVILLE SAID, THAT AMERICA WILL BE
DESTROYED BY PEOPLE VOTING FOR THEMSELVES
LARGESSE OUT OF THE PUBLIC TREASURY,
WHAT ARE YOU DOING? ARE YOU RUSHING TO THE
TROUGH, DEMANDING TO GET YOURS, ASKING FOR MORE AND
MORE, SCREAMING IF THE GOVERNMENT IN AN ATTEMPT TO REDUCE DEFICITS CUTS OFF SOME PROGRAM THAT GIVES PART
OF THAT LARGESSE TO YOU. AS LONG AS WE HAVE THAT
SORT OF ATTITUDE THIS NATION IS IN PERIL. IS OUR GOVERNMENT A WATCHDOG
OR A COW TO BE MILKED? THIRDLY AND LASTLY, OUR
TEXT TEACHES US THAT GOVERNMENT IS A TERROR TO
EVIL WORKS AND NOT TO GOOD AND THAT OF COURSE IS THE
WAY THAT IT SHOULD BE, BUT TODAY WE SEE THAT
BECAUSE MAN BASICALLY IS EVIL, THAT AN INCREASINGLY
SECULARIZED AND GODLESS GOVERNMENT IS BECOMING
INCREASINGLY A TERROR TO GOOD WORKS. WE’VE ALREADY MENTIONED
HOW MANY HUNDREDS OF CASES THERE ARE RIGHT NOW WHERE
CHRISTIAN PEOPLE WHO HAVE SIMPLY TRIED TO LIVE QUIET
AND PEACEABLE LIVES, TO BRING THEIR CHILDREN
UP IN THE NURTURE AND ADMONITION OF THE LORD,
HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES THROWN INTO JAIL AND
HARASSED BY THE GOVERNMENT. A GOVERNMENT THAT IS
DETERMINED THAT IT IS GOING TO BE SOVEREIGN OVER
THE CHURCH AND OVER GOD HIMSELF, AND WILL INDEED
BROOK NO LIMITATION OF THEIR POWERS. I WOULD URGE THAT ALL
OF YOU WRITE TO YOUR CONGRESSMAN AND SENATORS
AND TELL THEM THAT YOU OPPOSE ANY LEGISLATION
WHICH WOULD PLACE THE CHURCH OR CHURCH
INSTITUTIONS UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF
THE GOVERNMENT. BUT SINCE MAN IS BASICALLY
EVIL WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT OUR LIBERTIES, AS
FRAGILE AS THEY ARE, ARE ONLY GOING TO BE OURS
AS A RESULT OF CONTINUAL AND ETERNAL VIGILANCE. “GOVERNMENT IS A DANGEROUS
SERVANT,” SAID WASHINGTON, “AND A FEARFUL MASTER.” BUT THERE IS ANOTHER
MASTER, A MASTER WHO IS NOT FEARFUL, BUT
FAITHFUL AND I REFER TO OUR MASTER THE LORD
JESUS CHRIST, WHO IS THE KING OF KINGS
AND LORD OF LORDS. THE ONLY AND GREAT AND
ETERNAL POTENTATE. HE IS THE ONE TO WHOM
WE SHOULD UTTERLY YIELD OUR LIVES. HE IS THE ONE WHO WILL NEVER
ACT UNJUSTLY TOWARD US. HE IS THE ONE WHO WILL NEVER
BE A TERROR TO THE GOOD. HE IS THE ONE WHO INDEED
WILL REWARD US FOR OUR FAITHFULNESS IN RETURN. HE IS THE ONE THAT WE
CAN TRUST, A ONE WHO LOVED US EVEN ENOUGH TO
DIE ON CALVARY’S CROSS THAT WE MIGHT HAVE THE
FREE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE IF WE WOULD
TRUST IN HIM. INCREDIBLE AS IT MAY
SEEM DEAR FRIENDS, HEAVEN IS FREE, PAID FOR
BY CHRIST AND OFFERED TO ALL OF THOSE THAT
WILL TRUST IN HIM. HE IS A FAITHFUL MASTER
AND WE CAN LOOK TO HIM. WE CAN TRUST HIM FOR OUR
DAILY NEEDS AS WELL. I WOULD ASK YOU DO YOU
LOOK TO THE WELFARE STATE OR TO THE PROVIDENT GOD
TO PROVIDE YOUR NEEDS? DO YOU TRUST IN THE LORD;
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT HE IS ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR ALL
OF YOUR NEEDS OUT OF HIS RICHES IN GLORY? IF YOU DON’T, THEN YOUR
LIFE IS FILLED WITH UNNECESSARY ANXIETY
BECAUSE YOU’VE NEVER LEARNED TO TRUST
IN JESUS CHRIST. SO I WOULD URGE YOU TO
OPEN YOUR HEART TO HIM, TO INVITE HIM TO
COME INTO YOUR LIFE. TO BE THE SOVEREIGN LORD
AND MASTER OF YOUR HEART. TO TAKE HIS PLACE, HIS
RIGHTFUL PLACE ON THE THRONE OF YOUR SOUL. THAT HE MIGHT EXERCISE
HIS DOMINION AND SWAY OVER YOUR LIFE. HIS BANNER OVER
YOU IS LOVE. AND WHAT HE PLANS FOR YOUR
LIFE IS NAUGHT BUT GOOD. AH, DEAR FRIENDS, TRUST IN
THE KING OF CALVARY AND HE WILL BLESS YOUR LIFE. A VERY FAITHFUL
MASTER INDEED. MAY WE PRAY. FATHER, WE THANK THEE
FOR THE GREAT TRUTHS IN THY WORD. TRUTHS THAT NOT ONLY DEAL
WITH OUR OWN PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THEE
AND OUR WALK IN FAMILIES, BUT ALSO TRUTHS THAT
OUTLINE THE VERY NATURE OF OUR GOVERNMENTS AND
THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF THOSE
THAT HOLD OFFICE. WE PRAY THAT THOU WILT
BRING THIS LAND BACK UNTO THYSELF THAT WE MAY REPENT
OF OUR SINS AND THAT THY WORD MAY AGAIN ILLUMINE
AND ENLIGHTEN THE HEARTS OF MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS
COUNTRY THAT WE MIGHT LIVE GODLY AND HOLY LIVES BEFORE
THEE IN FREEDOM AND PEACE. IN JESUS NAME AMEN. WHEN DR. KENNEDY ASKED
WHETHER YOU HAD YIELDED YOUR HEART TO JESUS
CHRIST, I HOPE YOUR ANSWER WAS A
RESOUNDING, “YES!” PRAISE GOD IF IT WAS. BUT IF YOU HAVEN’T YIELDED
YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST, YOU CAN AND SHOULD TODAY. YOU SEE, HEAVEN,
ETERNITY WITH GOD, IS AN ABSOLUTELY FREE GIFT
THAT WAS PURCHASED FOR US BY JESUS CHRIST WHEN HE
DIED UPON THE CROSS. HE ALONE LIVED A PERFECT
LIFE AND THEN WILLINGLY WENT TO THE CROSS
TO DIE IN OUR PLACE. WE MAY NOT LIKE
TO THINK ABOUT IT, BUT WE ARE ALL SINNERS
IN NEED OF A SAVIOR. AND THANKFULLY WE HAVE
ONE IN JESUS CHRIST. HE CAME THAT WE MIGHT
ENJOY LIFE TO THE FULL NOW AND FOREVERMORE. WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW
FOR CERTAIN THAT YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE- THAT YOUR
SINS ARE PAID FOR? IF SO, WE CAN GO TO GOD IN
PRAYER RIGHT NOW, SAYING, “LORD, JESUS CHRIST,
PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR MY SINS, CLEANSE ME AND
MAKE ME BRAND NEW. I WANT TO KNOW THAT FULL
LIFE THAT YOU HAVE COME TO GIVE SO THAT I MAY
KNOW PEACE AND JOY AND CONTENTMENT. PLEASE ENABLE ME TO LIVE FOR
YOU FROM THIS DAY FORWARD. THANK YOU FOR THE
GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE. IN YOUR NAME
I PRAY, AMEN.” I HOPE YOU PRAYED THAT
PRAYER AND IF YOU DID WE’D LIKE TO HELP YOU GET
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