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American Churches Are Eerily Silent When The Country Needs Them Most

July 7, 2023

By Brandon Smith

I had a relatively marginal Christian upbringing as a child and really didn’t become interested in questions of a metaphysical nature until later in life. My relationship to organized religion has always been to meet it with skepticism. I appreciate the fundamental moral messages and the aspirations to care for your fellow man, but I often wonder if a theocratic system would just end up becoming another form of tyranny. There are so many elements of organized religion that can be exploited by evil people who want to use it for their own ends. Collectivism is collectivism, is it not?

I don’t think I became truly immersed in the concept of a creatively engineered universe until I started studying quantum physics and Jungian psychology – Then I realized, there was FAR too much synchronicity in the world, far too much evidence that there is some kind of design, some kind of plan to life. I might not understand what the plan is, but I can see the mathematical and psychological fingerprints of what one might call “God.”

It’s the reason I could never take atheism seriously. The claim of atheism has long been that the philosophy has nothing to do with faith and everything to do with evidence. Yet, every time I see an atheist confronted with evidence of creative design, they dismiss it blindly. This kind of ignorance has always been more horrifying to me that anything else – The notion of “scientific cultism” and tyranny hiding behind false claims of logic and rationalism.

I’m explaining my position on this issue to drive home the fact that I do not hold any affiliation to any particular church or religious group. I will defend Christianity when I feel it deserves to be defended, and I will criticize Christianity when I feel certain groups or church leaders have gone astray.  For example, anyone who reads my work knows I have outlined evidence that the Pope is an utter fraud and a globalist puppet.  There are wolves in sheep’s clothing within every belief system.

So, when I say I hear a deafening silence among Christian churches when it comes to the political and social climate today, this is coming from someone who is NOT quick to call for theocratic intervention. Even I find the lack of faith…disturbing.

But maybe I need to qualify my concerns a little more? How about the sudden rise of Unitarian and progressive groups making a mockery of churches and co-opting Christian ceremonies to include woke propaganda, LGBT Marxism and moral relativism? Where is the organized response from Christians on this development?

These are not isolated incidents – The woke cult is creating their own religion by hijacking the religions of others. Not because they want to find inner peace, but because they see the church as a center of power and they want a piece of that action.

Why isn’t there a mass call for Christian churches to reject the woke invasion? Why isn’t there a consortium of Christian leaders moving to denounce these fake churches, making sure that the public knows they do not associate with these groups? Where is the call to action? If it exists, I’m not seeing it anywhere. And let’s be clear – If there was ever a time for the Christian community to gain a wider membership, it would be now as the world enters a state of perpetual chaos. Yet, their response is muted and scattered.

Consider for a moment the proliferation in the western world of ideals which I can only describe as luciferian in nature – The notion that pride and narcissism are virtues and that human beings are meant to be gods. The notion that children’s bodies are a gender fluid laboratory for insane medical practitioners that deny the unassailable laws of biology and engage in mass sterilization. The notion that humanity must one day be replaced by machine thinking that disregards reason and moral compass for the sake of cold and sociopathic “efficiency.”

Woke is a vehicle, a mask for a greater monster, and it is being forced into the public consciousness. There has been an active and violent attempt to condition the populace to far-left ideology, and this ideology is deeply hostile to Christianity. You would think there would be a nationwide effort to take a stand on the part of the various denominations to ensure that this cult does not continue to gain ground.

I’ll be the first to argue that the liberty movement (as we sometimes refer to it) is an array of different movements joined together by a singular value – basic freedom.

Not the hedonistic freedom that the political left promotes, which asserts that conscience and reality are subjective; making all behaviors no matter how evil acceptable. No, natural freedoms are what we value, along with the non-aggression principle which dictates that you cannot harm me or take my freedoms unless my behavior is directly damaging the life and liberty of other people.

But what if the love of freedom alone is not enough to rally humanity together to fight the darkness we face today? What about the love of future generations? What if you and I have to fight and die for a freedom we will never personally enjoy? What if what we do today does not benefit us, but it benefits the next generation? What about the act of struggle and sacrifice for a greater cause, even a divine cause? Maybe the liberty movement needs a guiding hand – Maybe we need more Christian groups to step into the fray?

Let’s be honest, Christians have never been the cool kids, but it’s hard to deny that Christians and conservatives are swiftly becoming the new punk rock in the face of a wave of leftist authoritarianism that seeks to control how we think, how we feel, what we can say, who we can associate with, where we can work and how we participate in the economy. Only a couple years ago these people were trying to tell us they have the right to destroy us if we refused to take a pointless vaccine that doesn’t stop transmission or stop infection for a virus that 99.8% of people will easily survive.

In my mind the millions of people who fought back against that agenda are rebel heroes. However, we need to be doing more, a lot more, and that requires organization. Christian churches already have the fundamental structures to make that happen, but they aren’t working together. I see more organized actions from Muslim groups in the US than I do from Christians, and they’re only 1% of the population.

The elephant in the room is, of course, 501C3 status that churches use to remain free from federal taxes, but it’s a devil’s bargain. Specifically, 501C3 pertains to political advocacy or “issue advocacy” and churches risk losing their coveted tax exempt status if they are determined to be “influencing” legislation or elections in a partisan manner. Well, who gets to determine if a church is acting partisan? The IRS does, of course. In other words, the IRS can act arbitrarily to punish churches it views as a political threat to the prevailing agenda.

The only real solution is for churches to abandon 501C3 status en masse, or possibly form a peripheral organization outside of their respective houses of worship that they encourage their members to join – an organization that can act politically and does not rely on tax exemption to function.

It’s make or break time for Christians, I know that much. And even among those who are evangelical or prone to notions of Apocalypse, the people who argue that they will be whisked away by God’s hand in a rapture before the conflict ever reaches them, consider this –

Ephesians 6:10-15

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”



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  • David Homer July 7, 2023 at 8:06 am

    This article shows that you have a good perspective on religion, Brandon. I think the tax status of my church is a big influence on what they do. I won’t name the church but I also think there are some woke people who have great influence on the leaders. There are examples in the scriptures that show that Christ will let these people have their day for a time and then when it’s bad enough they will be destroyed. That is his way of giving everyone their freedom to choose what kind of people they will be. It is this aspect of freedom that draws me to my religion. Any kind of voluntary collectivism that is done by churches is very different to the forced political collectivism. I am for the first and against the latter. Even if a church teaches correct doctrine the people of that church, including the leaders are human and have faults. That means the church will have faults as well. It is the understanding of these faults and the striving to correct them that makes us better people, which is the purpose of religion. Some churches in my opinion have turned to evil and seek only power and wealth, as you said in the article. I also wish my church would do more to combat and make people aware of the evils of wokeness but it isn’t happening. I keep hoping.

    • Laura Ann July 7, 2023 at 9:55 am

      I encourage informed conservatives to drop out of corp. tax exempt churches and home church or meet w/ friends for Bible study, but some will not. There are online resources from independent churches with audio sermons that are Biblical and conservative based, some too far to travel for many. I cut ties with corp. tax exempt churches in the early ’80’s when I became informed about the churches being neutralized/watered down to condition the people to accept gradually unbiblical doctrines. We watched it evolve into same sex marriages and splitting churches, but had no idea in the ’80’s it would get this bad.. Several folks in the Birch soc. said this started in the 1950’s with the 501c3, then modern Bible versions (watered down) changing meaning of verses and leaving out some. (NIV, etc). Underground churches will become the norm for the few who don’t tolerate this apostasy. Gov. has no record of anything because we don’t keep records, or run local ads, and meet in private settings.

      • Jody July 8, 2023 at 10:31 pm

        On point Laura Ann. The “church” as an institution in this country is corrupt to the bone, as are they all – government, education, military, medical, legal, financial, government. None serve their purported function. All do the opposite.

        In the future, probably quite near, Christianity will be forbidden. Real believers will face real persecution. The “church” as an American institution will be wholly apostate, wholly contrary to God. The church – as in body of Christ – will be forced entirely underground. I’m glad to hear that you are already proactive in making and maintaining true church, which is defined not as a building or institution, but as believers living in relationship with one another, serving Christ.

      • Stephen N Strutt July 9, 2023 at 11:17 am

        Thanks for your comments as they are both true and informative -Steve: @stephenstrutt

      • Doc July 11, 2023 at 9:54 pm

        Don’t just paint all corporate, tax-exempt churches with the same brush. It’s the same thing as painting individual people the same way. My congregation still holds to the same traditional worship as when I was a child 60 years ago. We use old English, and use the King James. Fire and brimstone go together with Sodom and Gomorrah. Most of our hymns are hundreds and in some cases over a thousand years old.

        Instead, counsel people to find a congregation that sticks to the ENTIRE scripture, and not to pick and choose what to believe.

        How does YOUR church address this verse?
        1 Corinthians 14:34-35
        If your church cannot accept this as valid scripture, then you should find one that will.

    • Steve July 8, 2023 at 11:38 am

      True enough. But it’s worth remembering that Jesus never told us to go out and create churches. He used the word “Ekklesia” to describe “those called out”; in other words, his followers. No mention of buildings, organisations, tax exemptions, priestly castes, etc. He was Jewish and all that existed already. Maybe we should scrap the church systems and go back to Jesus’s template: small groups of believers were all energy goes into following Jesus’s way rather than into stale and useless hierarchies.

      • Jody July 8, 2023 at 10:53 pm

        Thank you Steve.

    • Heldon-23 July 9, 2023 at 12:28 am

      “Collectivism…” An originally left-wing notion notion that comes from the enemy, via the subverted right, to convince the opposition to its schemes that they should not be collectively organized. To weaken it. And we see today that the lack of serious, true organization is one of the great problems in this struggle.

      No, the enemy isn’t bad because if “collectivism”, it is bad because it is evil. That is the problem.

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        Brandon Smith July 9, 2023 at 12:42 am

        “Organization” is not the same as collectivism. Please look up the definition because too many people falsely equate the two things. Collectivism is centralization of power and control while sacrificing individual freedom. Basic organization does not need to be collectivism. You can be organized without sacrificing your freedoms. ALL collectivism is evil. Organization can be good, depending on the aims.

        • Chip July 9, 2023 at 6:14 am

          Excellent response and post… Chip

        • Brian July 9, 2023 at 12:27 pm

          A “group” is different from a collective. You can leave a group at will, while a collective demands your allegiance.

          When one becomes a born again believer and part of the Body of Christ’s church, they give up their will and way to the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is what it is to put your faith and trust in Him as God. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”
          Understanding that the magnificence of the world in which we live required a superior intelligence of a designer is one thing; bowing before Him as your Lord and Master is quite another. We are His creation, and anything other than full submission to Him……..of your individual freedom……is unacceptable.
          In regards to your point about the need for churches to stand up, they have been watered down to “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s” and seeking to please people to try and fill the pews……..rather than seeking to obey the Word of God, no matter what it cost them.
          Judgement is coming.

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            Brandon Smith July 9, 2023 at 12:45 pm

            Collectivism demands your freedom, not your allegiance, and allegiance to God is not the same as allegiance to an Earthly dictatorship. Religions can be hijacked by collectivists for sure, but Christianity is in no way meant to be collectivist in nature. There is no comparison, and any Christian that thinks otherwise is part of the evil that is threatening us today.

            Galatians 5:1
            “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

    • John July 15, 2023 at 6:47 am

      Churches are corporations, and you won’t find God in a Sabbath Breaking, Abomination Eating Den of Sin hosting Pride Night.
      There is nothing to salvage, they were not holy fifty years ago, either.

  • Mike Anderson July 7, 2023 at 10:13 am

    Christian churches are already polarized on issues of cultural Marxism, except perhaps those which polarized on other issues such as keeping a Saturday Sabbath. People vote with their feet, with a politically conservative Baptist church bursting at the seams while an all-affirming Methodist church campaigns against supposed hate with leaflets whose breezy arguments would not convince anyone not already convinced.

    You’re on track with your assessment of pride and narcissism, but it’s at work not only among the woke left and transhumanists but also among the loudest defenders of conservative values, and really anywhere there is an ethical system be exploited for virtue signaling. Greater group consciousness may be part of the problem, since it’s always easier to blame the outgroup than to examine yourself. But it is as individuals that we are judged before God, and he will not affirm everyone.

    Unfortunately not all Christians still preach a good God who will reveal everything and hold everyone accountable in a future judgment. Perhaps there is confusion about goodness, letting it be whatever God says is good and so giving substance to the accusation that God is a tyrant. Or confusion about what we should do to prepare for that day, whether to show kindness to our neighbors or protect our in-group status (Matthew 25:35). Or about whether the self-proclaimed people of God should participate in vengeance (Romans 12:19). Or regarding when someone looks to be Jesus Christ and proclaims freedom from tyranny, whether it might instead be a false one we were warned about.

    As someone who has studies physics, I’ll also mention that I find nearly all mentions of quantum spirituality grating and wrongheaded. The solution to Bell’s inequality is superdeterminism, the hidden variables are the zero point energy field, and God would somehow have access to it, actively making it possible for us to have free choices.

  • Gauntlet33 July 7, 2023 at 10:50 am

    Brandon: “I don’t think I became truly immersed in the concept of a creatively engineered universe until”…
    Same situation here. I was raised aetheist. My dad was an aetheist his entire life and from a young age, he taught my brother and I that it was silly to believe in God…my mom was raised Catholic, but my dad “converted” her. I always knew that some people would try to cheat the system or others for a little financial gain, but it wasn’t until 2020 when the plandemic was installed that I realized that a greater evil existed. I previously had no idea people could be so evil and sadistic, and that’s when I also realized that there must be an even greater good (God) that was counterbalancing that evil all along. I later realized that it was mind-bogglingly totally statistically impossible for everything to exist as it does. Imagine a monkey haphazardly and randomly waiving around several paint brushes of different colors and somehow accidentally painting a picture-perfect image of anything at all. That monkey could do so for a billion years and never paint anything we recognize. Contrast that with not only actually intentionally painting the image of a man as a 2-dimensional figure, but actually creating it as a 3-dimensional living being, with thoughts and feelings, and then realize that it’s exponentially more statistically impossible to create the millions of plant and animal species that exist. In conclusion, the Bible was right. Man and this Earth and everything in it was created with intention. That’s just the fundamental, first step reality. And there’s still so much more we all have to learn from that starting point.

    • Brad July 9, 2023 at 6:43 am


      Christians have been trying what you suggest as long as I’ve been politically aware, since the 70s or so.

      It doesn’t work because even these christian groups end up with the same problem: to get power in the system you have to play the system’s game, which is itself the problem. Then Christians end up having faith and trust in that system instead of the power and love of God manifest in our daily relationships with those around us. I believe those relationships are where God works through us to bring love, light and healing in the world. I believe that’s where we need to focus. I believe that is the kingdom of God.

      It can build a healthy, free culture, which can influence politics in a good way, but that’s a side effect of what really matters.


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        Brandon Smith July 9, 2023 at 7:16 am

        I disagree that Christians need to operate within the system to change it, or that they necessarily will be corrupted by it if they do. Christianity got its start by working from OUTSIDE the system. Also, not all problems are solved with prayer or acceptance, especially when you are facing a psychopathic adversary. I think it’s time for Christians to start gatekeeping their own religious spaces again. Tolerance is overrated and maybe they need to be pounding those ploughshares into swords.

        • Brad July 9, 2023 at 8:49 am

          There are plenty of examples of Christians trying to shape the system. All of them gave up the power of Chist and his kingdom and were counter productive.

          It’s perfectly fine to defend oneself, but to rely on “the sword” as our path to change society, denies the power of Christ in use to change society.

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            Brandon Smith July 9, 2023 at 9:20 am

            The Founding Fathers would disagree with you on both points, and since they accomplished both they are the authority on the issue. Also, I never said “rely” on the sword, but again, Christ would also disagree with you – Look at what he did to the money changers. You don’t tolerate evil and opportunistic people hijacking your houses of worship. If you do, then you’re not following Christ’s example. I find that statements like these often come from one of two places – cowardice or laziness. Saying “we can’t change the system because it will corrupt us in the process” is nonsense because it has been done successfully before; it was just done by men who had the testicular fortitude to take risks.

          • Brian July 9, 2023 at 12:36 pm

            God raises up men with a sword in His time for His purpose.
            People make a huge mistake when they try and separate the God of the Old Testament, that brought the flood, fire and brimstone, used Israel to destroy the Canaanites, used Babylon and the Romans to destroy Israel, etc., from the God of the New Testament (“I and My Father are One.”)
            God may raise up a man or group of men that He will use to judge the wickedness of this current world system, or He may let it go until the final judgment. But it will be judged.

          • Doc July 11, 2023 at 10:25 pm

            From Luke 22:36 KJV:

            Jesus’ own words: “… he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one”

      • Ron LeBlanc July 9, 2023 at 9:14 pm
        Biblical and freedom oriented. Not 501c3

  • Edward July 7, 2023 at 11:17 am

    For the past several decades there has been a drift toward centralization in churches at the national level, too. For example, the ECLA has prioritized social issues in lieu of Biblical theology and while assuming a “top-down” implementation of their heresy. This is why devout Lutheran churches are voting to leave the ELCA en masse as denominations like the North American Lutheran Church have grown five-fold since 2010.

    • Doc July 11, 2023 at 10:30 pm

      Agreed. The LCMS was never part of ELCA, although there are some internal issues, so far we are still true.

  • Jay July 7, 2023 at 11:25 am

    Women pastors are strictly forbidden by scriptures. A nation that tolerates feminism will quickly embrace homosexuality. Soon after, God destroys all of it. That’s just the way it works. Thankfully.

    • Steve July 8, 2023 at 11:43 am

      At the risk of being ostracised by any female readers of the blog, I have found that whenever a traditional male (even macho) profession is taken over by women, it runs to ruin. The armed forces are a good example, and so is the church leadership. That doesn’t mean that every woman who joins these organisations is a raging feminist, but it does mean that the organisation has to adapt in ways and take on new sensitivies that reduce its effectiveness. Overtime, equality of opportunity always morphs into equality of outcome, propelling the wrong people to the top.

  • Howard West July 7, 2023 at 11:30 am

    Deuteronomy 4:6 ” Keep therefore and do them; (The 10 commandments) for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this GREAT NATION is a wise and understanding people.”

    Because the Church refuses to acknowledge SIN, rejecting the 10 Commandments, the Church FAILED! People only want a saviour who know that they are sinners.

    The Democrats know what made America Great that is why they hate the phrase “Make America Great Again”!

    • Brian July 9, 2023 at 12:48 pm

      The Chuch, the true Church has not and cannot fail……for Christ is its head.
      Do not call the buildings and denominations of our day, full of lost unbelivers, wallowing in their self righteous and friendship with this world, the Church.
      Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV) “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
      Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
      And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” -Christ Jesus

  • Serghei July 7, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Until the year 1054, Christianity had the same teachings all around the world. After 1054, when the Great Schism happened, Christianity had split in 2: Orthodoxy and Catholicism. I belong to Orthodoxy(example of orthodox nations: Russia, Greece and a few others – usually eastern europeans) and our saints teach us that there is only one true Church, which is the Orthodox Church(having the same teachings since before 1054), and the Truth is only in Orthodoxy.
    So I think there’s no wonder why the american “churches” are “eerily silent” – becose after 1054 they are not churches anymore. In the orthodox world, we also have many priests that are traitors – in my opinion, but at least here you can still find a couple saints and good priests who will never be silent and tell only the truth. I heard you had such a good Orthodox priest/monk in USA – Ephraim of Arizona, who built 20 monasteries in USA.

  • Ronald Root July 7, 2023 at 12:28 pm

    Brandon, I couldn’t agree with you more that the Christian Community
    should be doing more to oppose their mortal enemy- the Anti- Christ,
    but it “ain’t gonna happen!” I pondered this question for a good number of years, and just recently found the reason/answer I was looking for in a
    book by Art Thompson, “To the Victors go the Myths and Monuments. ” The book is a review of Americas first 100 years, and he makes a strong case that without George Washington and John Adams the Republic never would have survived. They were the stalwart enemies of what was
    at the time, communism, as promoted by the early followers of Adam
    Weishaupt, whose Illuminati’s main goal was the absolute destruction of
    Christianity. Their influence was more pronounced than has ever been
    recognized, since they were masters of deceit in the early development of
    our Republic. To wit, these early “globalists” were instrumental in our
    Seminaries, promoting the thoughts that these soon to be young men-of-the-cloth needed to concentrate on saving souls, and to always avoid
    political issues. Such subtle neutralizing against any concern regarding
    the Republic and its basic founding principles based on liberty and individual freedom. It was so simple coming from their trainers for a much needed degree.

    While in California I belonged to a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church for over 50 years, and with many different Pastors, and always & ever, nary a
    word about anything other than saving souls. Certainly a noble and proper cause, but not what Martin Luther had to say about the issue at hand. He professed that he didn’t care how much one spoke about Jesus Christ, if one wasn’t opposing Satan, that was flight and disgrace. Of course, any mention of a “conspiracy” was an absolute heehaw to the unread. (read 99.9%).

    Bottom line, the same situation exists today in spades. It’s okay for the Left to politicize all they want, but not for churches with anything to the
    right of BLM.

    Peel off the veneer, and there are really only two “causes”, good and evil.

  • Davy Crockett July 7, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    Brandon, you are asking all the right questions. Here are a few more:
    What if the Pope is not a globalist puppet, but rather the globalist puppeteer? More accurately, what if the White Pope works for the Black Pope? The Black Pope of course being the General of the military Jesuit Order (the “Order of Jesus”), founded by Ignatius Loyola to counter the Reformation and to subjugate the world to the [Black] Pope. The original office of the Inquisition. Who does the Black Pope’s Kinghts of Malta control? Who does the Black Pope’s Knights of Columbus control? What other “orders” are there and who do they control? What is the Ecumenical Movement all about? Is it about uniting all religions under the Papacy – the Whore who rides the [UN] Beast foretold in Revelation?
    What if the False Prophet in Revelation is a symbol of all the apostate [mega?] [prosperity?] [cheap grace?] harlot churches who follow the whore (the mother of harlots)?
    Thank you for quoting a text with fighting spirit. Many christians will never hear that from their ecumenical pulpits.
    “But now, … he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.”
    “Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.”

    • Davy Crockett July 7, 2023 at 1:34 pm

      Just had to add:
      What Brandon describes sounds very much like “a falling away”. All can see the Pope is a fraud. It looks like the man of sin is being revealed.
      2Th 2:1-4 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away [apostacy] first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God [the church], shewing himself that he is God [on earth, as in Vicarius Filii Dei].
      A good little series casting some light on the above, and specifically the errors of the “pre-trib rapture” idea:

  • lostFaith July 7, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    I have read “The God Theory”, by Quantum Physicist, Bernard Haisch. I too see the synchronicity in the universe. You are right about the Christian Churches today being chained by their 501C3 tax status. The nuclear family is intentionally being destroyed. (Feminism is just one of the destruct mechanisms.) Too many lines have been crossed. The time to make a stand is now.

  • Buffalolips July 7, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    Good article. With regard to your question, “Where is the organized response from Christians…”? There has been a profound, ground-swelling response from Christians. How’s that you ask? Churches, i.e., “organized corporate religion” has so badly failed the faithful that Christians simple said, “I’m outa’ here!” The result? Christians en masse walked out, left the church behind, slamming the door behind them. There are millions of faithful Christians today, across the country and around the world. Many, like myself, wouldn’t step into a corporate/government church today if it was their last conscious act, for numerous reasons, not the lest of which is centuries of an acknowledged pedo/homo culture and government active interference and suppression of God’s message. No, no, no! Christians haven’t rejected their faith. It’s as strong as ever. Churches (corporate organized religion, government controlled) has so badly failed Christians that we left – and we’re not going back.

    • FaqMde July 7, 2023 at 2:07 pm

      If what you say is true about Christians being, “… as strong as ever”, then how is it that the woke culture is taking over every area of life … ?

      • Gauntlet33 July 7, 2023 at 4:37 pm

        I agree with BL that many Christians left the church, but their faith in God remains, and I don’t think the Devil’s current successes in any way change that.

        • Steve July 8, 2023 at 12:02 pm

          Maybe the devil’s current successes are in a large measure due to the apathy of lack of action by Christians. One of the many ways in which Paul hurt Jesus’s message was to say that we are saved by faith and belief in Jesus. However, the original aramaic word for believe means much more than mere belief. It leans much more to obeying Jesus’s words and carrying them out. Today too many Christians follow Paul and think that mere belief is enough. It isn’t. They should be out there actively fighting evil like many secular people are.

          • Amuzed_Traveler July 9, 2023 at 7:20 am

            Good comment. It’s always been a “pet peeve” of mine that many Christians seemed to think that their belief in salvation through Jesus absolved them of their obligation to act in the world. I always thought, as the saying goes, “God helps those that help themselves.”

    • Ralph Kieffer July 9, 2023 at 1:17 pm

      Just leaving the church is just checking out. Not solving the problem defined in this article.

      • Laura Ann July 10, 2023 at 5:11 pm

        Ralph: Bible says: come out from among them, etc. 2 Cor. 6:17.. People find they cannot fight back w/ these hierarchies and seminaries, and failed trying. I know people who realized they had to leave and home church or meet with likeminded. Apostasy is ongoing and controlled by money and powerful evil people at the top. Churches have split recently over the lgbtq issues. I know people who have left a corp 501c3 church decades ago, myself included.

  • gregori July 7, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    It is true that the united Christian religion could form a counter-offensive platform against the NOM, but just as in politics, where the parties are controlled by private companies and institutions, in religion, the elite also rules (General Conference – the structure international level of the highest level) I refer to the Protestants and the neo-Protestants.

    High level Christian leaders are “sold out” to the globalist establishment, with insignificant exceptions.

    On the other hand, the Christian people is programmed through dogma, to do nothing, for a better world, from non-religious mechanisms.

    Ordinary Christians want a better world but only, from religion passing all responsibility to divinity.

    They think: “We agree to fight but only within the will of our god. And God’s will is to fight to be holy, so that Jesus comes sooner to change all things, to make a new world after 1000 years in heavenly paradise.


    The general vision of Christians is to leave everything in the hands of God and Jesus Christ, they are professionals, experts in the field and know how to lead events and fulfill prophecies.

    Therefore, little can be expected of the Christian religions as a real, independent movement with a certain potential for change at the level of human society.

    THERE IS ANOTHER ELEMENT of double bottom, the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican, has squeezed, used for almost 2,000 years the fraud of the dogma of ORIGINAL SIN (has created a false problem) and then has offered a fiduciary solution (Jesus as payment for the debt).

    The same thing happens in the geopolitical and health world. A global problem is created through the manipulation of the financial system, an unstoppable and UNPAIDABLE debt and a fiduciary solution is offered, CBDCs.

    Just as the PANDEMIC PROBLEM has been created, and then the only solution has been offered, THE VACCINE.

    Christianity is attacked by the NWO, because there are voices that argue that the Vatican has plans for CHANGE, to move from the Christian paradigm to the extraterrestrial paradigm, smoothly and without haste.

  • The Great Cornholio July 7, 2023 at 2:06 pm

    The thing about churches claiming 501(c)3 exemptions is that it is nothing but a trap. Churches are ALREADY EXEMPT and protected by the first amendment, but if the IRS can get them to VOLUNTEER to become “exempt”, they can then control them through the exemption the church didn’t need in the first place.

    I wonder what would happen if everybody went into the church on Sunday and refused to give anything to the church until it came out of the beast it voluntarily entered. I suspect you would hear a lot more from them.

    • Ron LeBlanc July 9, 2023 at 9:22 pm

      Church for all Nations Colorado Springs preaches pulpit freedom even under 501c3 and BEGS government to sue him and try and close them.

  • Linda July 7, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, the time for people to step up for the good of humanity is here, now……In Australia we are having a referendum on “The Voice” later in the year. It’s essentially handing Australia legally over to the UN. But much to my surprise an ex prime Minister has joined the NO VOTE, Tony Abbott. We know him and he’s actually a good person. All through the Scamdemic the awake had a few crickets in our corner. But hopefully by Tony joining the NO vote he will show what true courage is about…..Australia and the world is in need of a Tiananmen Square moment to rally the troups…

  • Ed July 7, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Great essay, and good point about the 501 (c) 3 trap.

    However, in March 2020, churches closed their doors to worshipers, and they remained closed through both Easter and Pentecost. This has never happened in the history of Christianity. And it happened around the world, so it wasn’t just 501 (c) 3. Most (yes, there were a few holdouts) American evangelical Protestant churches did the same.

    That ended things. As Bruce Charlton pointed out, you might take Christian worship seriously, but the clergy demonstrated at that time that they didn’t. And not only have I not heard of any churches protesting the vaccines, in many cases the clergy actively pushed them on their congregations.

    If you can find a group of like minded people to gather to worship in a private home, great. Otherwise, develop a solitary religious discipline. Its just going to have to be this way for awhile. And this isn’t the only institution the cabal will destroy before its all over.

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      Brandon Smith July 7, 2023 at 6:01 pm

      They didn’t close in the US, unless you count a handful of closures limited to Democrat controlled cities. Pastors were arrested in Canada for opening their doors. I’m not going to throw the baby out with the bathwater because some churches in other countries shut down under threat from the government.

      • S. Ray July 8, 2023 at 1:06 pm

        Only opened partially. Many churches, huge congregations and dirt-road chapels, did streaming-only services. Sometimes putting up big screens in parking lot for those unable to watch from home.

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          Brandon Smith July 8, 2023 at 6:15 pm

          Primarily in blue cities, and only for a few months. The majority of churches were open after that.

          • FalseProfits July 9, 2023 at 7:47 am

            I’m in ohio, a red state, a our rino governor Mike dewine closed ALL churches. Some churches did the parking lot broadcast jive, but no attendees were allowed in the buildings. Our fraud “health” director, Amy “over” Acton issued the edict unilaterally. Churches were put between a rock and a hard place trying to serve parishioners without appearing to take a cavalier attitude toward health and safety. Let’s not forget that the VAST majority of regular church attendees are elderly with multiple comorbidities. What church wants grieving family members to accuse them of killing grandma by not shutting down and creating a breeding ground for the spread of the flu? That was the popular narrative parroted by the masses at the time.

            I know it sounds as if I’m defending the churches actions, but I am just reminding us all that the situation was not nearly as cut and dried as we see it now.

            I was recovering from intense chemo for a stage 3 blood cancer at the time. My husband wouldn’t let me touch the mail because they told us that it was transmitted by touch on inanimate objects for up to 3 days. Thanks to the alternative media, we were able to educate ourselves and see through the lies. We had a “discussion” with my oncologist who kept pushing me to get the shot. When I told her I was part of the control group, I thought her head would spin around! But it took us months of research to be able to stand toe to toe with an “authority”, 98% of people are not willing to do that and even if they know the truth, they are not strong enough to resist. Fear is the main contributor to compliance.

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            Brandon Smith July 9, 2023 at 7:55 am

            I actually don’t blame ANYONE for taking precautions those first few months when there was almost no data available on the virus. It very well could have been extremely deadly and the people that were calling it fake right out of the gate were being moronic. They didn’t know; no one knew. But, after those first few months the data was pretty clear and states that tried to keep things shut down were doing so out of either ignorance or authoritarianism. Ohio churches reopened VERY quickly, only a few months after the initial outbreak in the US.


    • Dan D. July 9, 2023 at 7:32 am

      This is a great comment. I was surprised to learn that some of the “names” that led megachurches worked hand-in-hand with that demon Fauci to promote the fake vaccines.

      And in the spirit of being more than just a problem identifier, I will disclose that my church in town did not lock the doors, though we did space chairs and request (but not force) people to mask. Our security team huddled up and decided on a plan of action if men with fancy hats arrived with an agenda and privately informed our friends in local LE so they wouldn’t be surprised at the resulting call. Fortunately that never materialized but I’m sure in other parts of our state it would have.

  • Roundball Shaman July 7, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    The utter failure and absence of true moral authority that is the terminal condition of most organized religions today is one of the greatest tragedies of our time.
    Those church and spiritual leaders who proudly and publicly claim from their pulpits and their catechism classrooms that they dedicate their lives to God and to Eternal Truth are in fact traitors to the faith and to the God they absurdly claim to worship. They are cowards during today’s intense struggle and battle against Wokeism and Satan-istic tendencies and all those very many who are working to destroy Useful Society and all our time-tested traditional societal values of ethics and morality.
    And this degradation of organized religion is not a new event. The seeds of the weakening and ruination of organized religion actually go back at least to the late 1960s and early 1970s when Wokeism began to really affect and infect the Protestant religions. And of course, the countless child molestation scandals that have come light in recent years are also not new events in the Roman Catholic religion. Documented accounts of widespread abuse since at least the 1950s are now widely in the public domain. And likely go way, way further back in time.
    Money-worshiping Corporations just want to make that dirty money so they will do anything and everything they can including selling their souls to do so. Government has never been nor will it ever be a place of moral and ethical authority. Organized religion was supposed to be the one place that we could rely on… to turn to… to look for help in spiritual guidance. And they have failed us. And they have failed their… and our… God. Perhaps as such they bear the worst shame of all.
    Jesus said that you shall know the quality of the tree by its fruits. And today, we see the fruits that these rotten trees are bearing. All social institutions have been perverted and corrupted beyond recognition. And the Church is silent and neither speaks against corruption nor do they hear the pain and suffering that its people who are victims of this rotten Age are feeling.
    If you have found a rare oasis of eternal truths in the today’s age of religious failure, consider yourself fortunate. And then consider how long it will be before Wokeism and the abandonment of Truth begins to encroach on your Oasis as well.
    For today, nothing… and no one… is safe. Except for the safely and protection you receive from The Almighty. The One and only Power in this Universe that will not be corrupted.
    ‘Wokeism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’ are just the latest costumes of Satan. And organized religion just sits there and watches it all grow from the safe sidelines of moral cowardice.

    • paul July 9, 2023 at 12:23 pm

      This is probably the most concise, erudite and breathlessly clear comment on the state of the organized church I have ever read.
      Thank you Sir.

    • Amuzed_Traveler July 9, 2023 at 7:18 pm

      Great post!

  • Jeffery Polish July 7, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    The L.D.S. Church knows better and the Prophet should condemn EVIL no matter what. The doctrines of the Church in the Doctrine and Covenants specifically talks about politics in sections 98 , 101, and 134. The Priesthood is asleep in these matters.

    • Randolph Stevens July 7, 2023 at 7:20 pm

      LDS Church President Russell Nelson got his first Covid vaccine shot in January 2021 (calling the vaccine a “godsend”), and strongly urged all church members to get vaccinated, and continue to wear masks. He should be forced to step down, in disgrace.

      • S. Ray July 8, 2023 at 6:26 am

        Have had current members explain that Pres. Nelson was expressing his personal opinion about value and necessity of procedure. Well, the LDS president is considered by followers to be a Latter-Day Prophet. And “opinions” shouldn’t be expressed on a front-page photo lay-out of the Salt Lake City, Deseret News. Other leaders also posted photos of themselves getting the COVID-19 vaccine along with their personal testimony of its safety written in the captions. My generations of church ancestry, and 45 yrs of participation interprets . . . No Mistake.

  • Stan Sylvester July 8, 2023 at 3:54 am

    Micah 3:11
    “The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord and say, Is not the Lord in the midst of us? No evil shall come upon us.”

    God had Micah record what was going on. The leaders were compromised. Leading God’s people was not a passion, it was a way fill their pockets and as well as attain a higher social status.

    The people followed as the leadership said for sure God is with us! They didn’t do their own research back than, either. Same as today. They took the bribe of the 501c3 status to tow the gubmint line. The sheeple follow.

    • Stan Sylvester July 8, 2023 at 7:05 am

      P.S. I would be remiss to not mention Chuck Baldwin right there in Montana. He is not 501c3 and clearly awake. He has a website.

      • Jody July 8, 2023 at 10:44 pm

        Good mention Stan. Chuck has been courageously preaching the gospel for a long time. He is one of a very few with a relatively large platform that do so.

  • Serge July 8, 2023 at 4:16 am

    Off topic:
    As many of us suspect, we can expect an escalation of global events, both financial and geopolitical, in the second half of 2023.

    The globalists’ war against the Western peoples (specifically) is not only physical, it is also, and even above all, spiritual.
    Indeed, we are living in very, very Trouble Times, BUT the Darkness hasn’t won yet!

  • Ms T July 8, 2023 at 6:46 am

    Eerily silent? Such an odd title. The church is too busy teaching pietism and ESCAPISM, that it has come under God’s judgment.
    You can be drunk, gay, a druggie, a thief, living openly in ANY kind of sin and yet “saved” and a typical “American christian.”
    We don’t need a new party folks. We need REPENTANCE.

  • Crush Limbraw July 8, 2023 at 7:55 am

    As several have already commented, politics will not solve our problems because politics is downstream from culture….and the main culture former – which is the Christian church – was corrupted and became Churchianity, thus joining the forces which now control this whole keg of worms.
    I have posted this link before – – it leads to a whole thread of writings by various authors which are linked together on the subject of demonic activity affecting our society’s well-being and its predictable problems……and which are the fundamental cause of the effects we try to solve without understanding the overall processes which evil incorporates into its destructive results.
    We have literally become blinded by a system which deliberately and systematically was designed over the last several hundred years to numb our consciences and dumb down our brains to the point we can no longer discern between good and evil……and that started in the church. The rest is easy peasy!
    I also admit that this study is not for the casual reader……but I know that those with serious intellectual curiosity are using my library…..I even occasionally hear from some.

  • Jonathan N July 8, 2023 at 11:06 am

    Yeah, the problem with atheism is it states that they KNOW something that you can’t know. They KNOW that there cannot be any creator, designer, or God of any sort even though they have no way to prove this. It’s based on a logical fallacy – you can’t say that something is definitely not so and cannot be when you have no proof of that.

  • Jonathan N July 8, 2023 at 11:15 am

    Biggest problem I see with Christians is they think voting for the globalist GOP will solve everything. If you say that voting GOP won’t solve the problem, they act incredulous and think that we might as well all just give up then. They have NO OTHER SOLUTIONS.

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      Brandon Smith July 8, 2023 at 6:16 pm

      It depends on the candidate. Some (like DeSantis) have been doing an excellent job fighting the woke agenda. Others are obvious frauds.

      • DWEEZIL THE WEASEL July 9, 2023 at 11:32 am

        I am sure that Mr. DeSantis has been good for Florida. He is much too cozy with the Bush crime family for my taste. It is showing more and more every day. “…by their fruits ye shall know them” comes to mind. And no sir, I am not on the Orange Man’s bandwagon. Good article, though. I retired from the Roman Church after Vatican Two and the takeover by Jesuits, the Maryknoll Marxists , the Lavender Mafia, and other minions beholden to the Prince of This World. Life is a vale of tears.

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          Brandon Smith July 9, 2023 at 12:41 pm

          I judge him by his actions, and so far he is doing great. If that ever changes, I’ll be the first to take notice.

    • Liberty Writer July 9, 2023 at 1:26 pm

      If you are a conservative, please join the ranks of conservatives taking over your County’s Republican Party. With a modest influx of conservatives, we can take control of the Republican Party from RINOs. is a video of under 7 minutes. From

  • Steve July 8, 2023 at 11:34 am

    Superb article. I expect many different types of people and groups to fight back against Wokeism, but one group I expect nothing from in this struggle is Christians. During the Covid hysteria, most of the Christians I knew were abject and pathetic, gladly taking the mark of the beast and getting jabbed because “They are thinking of others”. Christians have had it too easy for too long and are used to getting grace cheaply. As you say, Muslims punch much more above their weight. In the UK no-one dares impose the Woke and LGBQWERTY perversion on them because they know what will happen them.

  • Steve July 8, 2023 at 11:35 am

    Just to add a footnote of fairness to my comment above. There were some very honorable exceptions to the rule during the Scandemic. John MacArthur and Dr Peter McCullough come to mind, as does, from the Jewish side, the amazing Dr Zelenko.

  • Nacho July 8, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    Bravoo !, Brandon, you have outdone yourself this time, I knew deep inside you had it in you. The profound understanding that this problem, is in reality a spiritual war.
    In defense, not all catholic priests have been silent about this takeover, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, has strongly spoken against this takeover for years, a very strong critic of the Vatican and the apostasy of the modern” church. I will encourage every commentator of this article, to read some of his brilliant work, based on a profound intellectual knowledge, and his faith in Christ.

    • Liberty Writer July 9, 2023 at 1:33 pm

      Here is a video just out; he goes into some history of the last 100 years.
      The Communist Infiltration of the Catholic Church | The Michael Voris Show

  • CuzMikw July 8, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    Is it really any wonder that most churches are silent when they embrace the 501-c3 status? Many people accept it because they too are silent. Isn’t it a natural extension of having a birth certificate and social security number? They are numbered and know who they belong to.
    They support their own demise every time they pay income taxes.

  • Hadaqar July 8, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Responding to some of the previous comments:

    1. The deChurched movement began at least 10yrs ago. Those who dechurched are focused on their relationship with God and their community. It is not time for them to get in front and lead the restoration of our Republic. They will.
    2. In my travels I have occasioned to learn of some communities where the different denominations were in fellowship for the sake of the communities and state politics. By this I mean, they were working together to protect against the wokeism and fill political offices locally and state.
    3. “I have reserved for myself X number of men in Israel…” Said to Elijah when he thought he was the only one. I find comfort that this is similar to the deChurched movement – people being “reserved”??
    4. The neutralizing of the Church through the “await the Rapture” doctrine has been going on for about as long as WEF has formally existed. Each debauchery has been used to reinforce the “awaiting.” Is this a coincidence? IMO, it is now pride that prevents many from seeing the truth.
    5. The “judgement of God” will not commence against this current Tower of Babel construction project until a certain amount of evil has occured. While I cannot say when the “cup will be filled” I am certain that God has been preparing for this upcoming move for several decades minimally.
    For me, the deChurched movement is such an example. In addition, I can see that there has been an ongoing creation of “havens” since at least 2019. Christians were at the forefront of the great migration – I witnessed it 1st hand in my job. These were people who had an unction from God to get up and move to a specific place. Many non-Christians followed.
    Why there will be a need for havens to exist is unknown to me, but if you look around, you might see it as well.

    Organized religion/churches will remain silent for they are no longer led by God.

    When God does move, the common person will know. The historic pattern of organized churches vocally attacking it will repeat.

  • Jody July 8, 2023 at 10:10 pm

    It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter heaven.

    There Brandon is your answer.

    In the U.S. the Christians (in name) are fat and comfortable. The kingdom of heaven is far from them. They value their lifestyles far above their professed faith. So how could it be that they would jeopardize their comfort to combat or even protest satanic forces run amok. They wouldn’t.

    Of course I speak in generalities. There are exceptions and there are true believers who do not comply with evil and who do suffer for the faith. But by and large the church, which means body of Christ, doesn’t exist. In its place there is empty religion. And even this segment is shrinking rapidly.

    The best thing that could happen for Christianity in America is for the country to become much poorer. When the demands of the flesh are not so well met it tends to have the effect of enhancing spirituality. I think that is the nations best chance for a spiritual resurgence. I can speak for myself. The contrivavirus psy op and the suffering it caused me, the disruption to my relatively happy, comfortable life, was a very effective catalyst for finding spiritual focus, and making decisions and taking actions more suitable for serving the kingdom of heaven and less for temporal comfort and pleasure.

    • Webej July 9, 2023 at 9:20 am

      The eye of the needle was a port in the walls of Jerusalem; it was small and used night time to allow camels in. However, because of the dimensions, the camels had to kneel to get it.

      The clue to the story is the kneeling … not that it is pysically impossible

  • Tristan Lewis July 9, 2023 at 2:42 am

    I’m not the most learned man when it comes to scripture. In fact I’ve always struggled with going to church. I don’t know why. Sometimes it’s just it did not feel right. When the Plandemic happened and they closed the churches, I knew it was a dry run for something bigger later. When in history has the church doors EVER been closed. All these rich millionaire pastors stayed silent. I soon realized they were afraid of the government taking away their 501(3c)status. Do you think Kenneth Copeland who’s entity, cough!
    (church) is worth $750,000,000 dollars wants to lose tax exempt status on a political issue? I think not!
    I’m still try to understand why God has let our nation prosper when our government is so corrupt geo-politically. I never realized how evil it was until I started digging into historical events of war and hegemony. If people could seperate what it means to be an American (understanding our Constitution rights) versus supporting the government we’d be better off. They use that trick if you don’t support government policies you’re Un-American. It especially works well for Republicans.
    Our nation’s collapse is really no surprise as in 2016 I watched a video on YouTube posted by a senator.
    He talked about the socialist movement and connected all dots including Obama. He spoke of how they knew if they got the wives out of the house, America would fall. He mentioned how “giddy” they were that it was happening so fast without their willful intervention. I can’t find that video now. I wish I could because everyone God-fearing American needs to see it.
    I really don’t know if the church can be reformed, because it’s now a business disguised as a mechanism for saving souls. Maybe that was their plan all along focus on soul saving and ignore moral and political issues. Brandon is right the tax-exempt status has silenced the church. I once heard when you’re silent, you’re complicit. I think that says it all of the corporate/christian churches in America.

    • Don Busch July 15, 2023 at 1:46 am

      “I once heard when you’re silent, you’re complicit. ”

      “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
      –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

      Opening statement in this week’s https :// agendaweekly .com / The-Conditions-Are-Right-for-Civil-War-What-Will-Be-the-Spark /

      Remove the spaces in the URL…


  • NPH July 9, 2023 at 7:16 am

    I attend a church who speaks on the evils of our world with boldness. There are two genders. Marriage is between a man and a woman. Sexual immorality includes fornication. Divorce is wrong except in very specific abusive scenarios. God is holy and we are not. Our total depravity needed a savior which can only be found in Jesus who came to earth and lived a perfect life and died a sinners death so that we can be saved. We are not alone. There are many churches in my town that I could attend and get the same message. The thing is, we don’t care about our tax status. Sure, we’ll take advantage of it for now, but if it is threatened due to the message we preach, they can take it – and they can do it very publicly. We will not cower. Matthew 10:33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

  • ianMoone July 9, 2023 at 7:24 am

    Kudos Brandon on a much need commentary. Being a non-US non-denominational Christian I’ve oft admired the spiritual thread woven into US history. As well, over the last 3+ years I’ve wrestled with the Biblical response to all this nonsense, and marvelled at the deafening silence from the Christian community, as a whole. To that end I’ve looked into the church’s role in ~1776 & discovered a little known group known as the Black Robe Regiment – pastors who stood in the breach both spiritually & physically, who preached the “whole counsel of God” & but also took up arms to repel the tyranny of the day. Happy to share my findings with the group, if you feel it would be of benefit. Thx for this site & your insightful writings & for providing a “public square” for like-minded & kindred spirits <

  • Surak July 9, 2023 at 8:25 am

    Well said. Coming from the Jewish perspective, I echo most of the sentiments in the article and the comments. Although we consider ourselves Torah-observant Jews, my wife has begun saying in recent months, “I have had enough of organized religion.” Ouch. We both find enormous inspiration in the sacred writings of all religions enabling the encounter with God. Once it gets institutionalized, however, it becomes fossilized, and a vehicle for the concentration of power in the hands of a few self-appointed people who must not be questioned. Sound familiar?

    As to Brandon’s observation: “I can see the mathematical and psychological fingerprints of what one might call “God.”” I am a STEM professor, and I have always been amazed at the fact that the laws of physics hold constant across time and space. Without a transcendent Creator and Lawgiver, I calculated that the probability of that happening is about 1 out of 8 times 10 to the 246th power. That’s like flipping a fair coin and it comes up heads 823 times in a row. It is much easier to believe in God.

  • Webej July 9, 2023 at 9:37 am

    I am a little more religious than you.
    But the churches have fallen down at their main distinctive character — to discern the spirits.

    The church went along with the foolish totalitarian authoritarianism, interrupting the liturgy for the first time in 2000 years … worse than ww2, the black death, the Antonine or Justinian plagues, all the war and pestilence over that time. The first thing the orthodox church did when De’er Azor was liberated in Syria was the bishop held a liturgy in the ruins … that is what faith is.

    I have not been able to get over this unprecedented historical interruption to go back, since I no longer sense kin folk in the church. I was already pissed of as Western Christianity stood idly by as 90% of the Christians in Iraq and 70% of the Christians in Syria disappeared under American “Xian” leadership, with barely any new coverage, b/c of ‘Assad’, the only force protecting the ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities. We are talking about the cradle of Christianity, the oldest churches in the world, the only ones where Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, was still being used in the liturgy. Nobody rose to protect them except orthodox Russia.

    By the way, the term “organized religion” does not make a whole lot of sense.
    How many people complain about organized education, organized medicine, organized justice, or organized military. Without some institutional form, things evaporate — even nomads celebrate rituals and holidays together with the tribe according to ancient traditions.

    • Webej July 9, 2023 at 9:39 am

      Not to mention the welcoming of invading foreign tribes, the celebration of the sodomy flag, raising the anus banner as birth rates tumble towards oblivion.

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      Brandon Smith July 9, 2023 at 9:43 am

      I think it’s easier for Christians to defer responsibility to past generations and say – “The church went wrong long before we were born.” No, even 20 years ago Christians would have been up in arms over the woke hijacking taking place today – there’s no way this stuff would have been tolerated. Now they are mostly passive. Today is the problem, not yesterday. Also, by “organized” I am speaking specifically of centralized church leadership. A group can be religious but not necessarily organized (i.e. centralized). It’s common sense.

  • Stephen N Strutt July 9, 2023 at 11:08 am

    Excellent analysis -about the same way I feel about things today. We need lots of people to stand up and be counted against EVIL! See my website with your article on it today! Best Wishes, Steve (Author and writer)

  • Eliyahu July 9, 2023 at 12:50 pm

    Brandon, you are a deep thinker as well as an excellent communicator, which is why I always find your observations worth considering. Here are 2 insightful points you made which I would like to comment on:

    Brandon: ‘I realized, there was FAR too much synchronicity in the world, far too much evidence that there is some kind of design … God.’

    My comment: These following verses of Scripture mirror your discovery of a Creator, while explaining why people, who may be otherwise brilliant, fail to see so obvious a truth: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known of God is revealed in them, for God revealed it to them. For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse. Because, knowing God, they didn’t glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.” (Romans 1:18-21 – Yuval Harari comes to mind)

    Brandon: ‘Why isn’t there a mass call for Christian churches to reject the woke invasion? ..The elephant in the room is, of course, 501C3 status that churches use to remain free from federal taxes, but it’s a devil’s bargain.’

    My comment: Section 501(c)(3) is indeed a devil’s bargain. A bargain made by over 99% of USA Christian churches. Realize that this was never imposed upon churches. Churches and religious organizations have always been exempt from income tax under the federal tax system, and still are. Section 501(c)(3) codifies this exemption for churches that choose to sign up. Section 501(c)(3) was amended in 1954 by then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson to prohibit tax-exempt organizations from participating in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. This amendment is known as the Johnson Amendment. Churches choosing to sign up under 501(c)(3) are willingly submitting themselves to the rulership of Caesar over their church, making them part of that system. This is why nearly all churches are organized as legal corporations rather than being true outposts of the Kingdom of God. They are religion corporations under the legal system of the government – get it? Why do they do that? In a word – money. They get and keep more donations if they are government organized and approved. The Lord said, you can’t have two masters. Those compromised churches (nearly all USA churches) have chosen Caesar for their master, which explains the near-total failure of churches in America in combating the social evils of our time.

    For those reasons and more, we can’t expect churches to lead the charge against evil – it will never happen because they have sold out to the system long ago. That is not to say that individual Christians themselves are bad. Biblical truth is exactly what the country and the world needs to get us out of this mess, and many Christians agree. Their problem is that they lack the order of the original system (the Kingdom) that Yeshua established for His followers as found in the NT. That was abandoned by the majority of Christians in the 2nd century schism, which metastasized into the Church of the 4th Century. The Reformation accomplished some good things, but was only a protest (hence ‘Protestant’) against the Catholic Church – NOT a return to what Yeshua had founded in the 1st Century. There is a lot more to say about this, more than a mere comment can accommodate.

    Thanks for shining a light on the 501(c)(3) problem. I hope your insight on this will lead to a greater awareness of the problem among Christians.

  • Michael July 9, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    With a little effort, you will discover that the combined income of all 501(3)c plus regular 501’s, all of which pay no income tax… and in some states, not even property taxes exceeds the USA’s total GDP. I say end all 501’s. Treat them just like everyone else. Those worthwhile will survive the rest will die a noble death. All of them currently are fronts for the FED anyway. The tax-deductible incentive is a hoax, anyway.

  • Jeff Swedberg July 9, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Brandon, great article. The early churches were a major force leading up to our revolutionary war and the founding of our country. A majority of churches today have been a major part of the problem, but there are quite a few that have stood up and fought back. Pastor Mike Mclure at Calvary chapel San Jose, Ca is one of them, preaching freedom and refusing to close his church, and is still fighting over $3 million in fines from the city of Santa Clara, a blue city in a blue state. The church supports and encourages local , state and federal candidates, snd allows and encourages a non-affiliated group to use the church facilities during the week and Saturdays with seminars, speakers, rallies and courses that support freedom and fight wokism, anti-vax, prepping , etc. (Values Advocacy Council) has been tremendous and a great success in d Sdpresding freedom and getting the messsge out to thousands of people. And the church has been growing tremendously as a result.

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