Editor's Note: Even if you are not a Christian, you are likely to find this report fascinating in its exposure of history and the current secret partnership between church and state in the U.S.
Churches have played key roles in American history. The British colonies of pre-America were populated by pilgrims who sought greater religious freedoms in The New World. Within 200 years of the first colonies, biblically inspired human rights arguments against the British Monarchy were being made by America's Founding Fathers. They thought of themselves as being like the ancient Jews, who had escaped Egyptian slavery by fleeing to The Promised Land. The New World had become the new Promised Land for the British pilgrims. They instinctively sensed that God was on their side, and vise versa. Their powerful convictions eventually led to a split within the world's greatest empire. Wars resulted, and their horrors were the birth pangs of a new nation.
America: The New Rome
Americans tend to take great pride in this part of their religious and political history, as they should. However, the Bible has unfortunately been twisted by some Americans for self-serving purposes, and the book of Romans is on several levels the most twistable book of the Bible for manipulating the public with unchristian principles. The book of Romans should have been left with the Dead Sea scrolls, and the bogus gospels. It is where Paul shamelessly prostituted himself to the state's power, like he did in earlier times, when he was known as Saul. In Romans, Paul openly encouraged people to sell-out to the will of the state for their own self-benefit and self-preservation. What Paul wrote in the book of Romans was in opposition to everything that he had been taught by the Christ, and we can be certain that he had to eventually answer for it. What he wrote in Romans was nothing short of treason to the one real power that he should have never dismissed. Perhaps the anti-christian themes in Romans should be of no surprise to anyone who is educated about Paul's dark history of murdering Christians. The real irony is that Paul (Saul) was the one disciple who was specifically brought into the inner circle by God himself. This paradox is something that this writer will not even attempt to understand or analyze, because God defies human understanding.
Paul's writings were used to justify slavery in the United States, and they are currently being used to justify everything from the disarmament of the American people to America's ungodly aggressions in the Middle East. American churches are obediently falling in-line with the will of the state, but not for biblical reasons as we might expect, but because they are legally required to. This sad state of religious and political corruption within "the land of the free" will be explained later.
Prediction in 'The Revelation' about the church becoming "The Whore of Babylon"
Most modern Christians carry an arrogance unseen in previous generations. Many are confident that a place in heaven awaits them, simply because they self-proclaim (speaking for God) that they are "saved", so we expect that a horrifying surprise awaits them. Putting words into God's mouth, and judging for the Christ is probably not the most effective way of getting in, to say the least; but such is normal in the modern church. These people seem to conveniently forget that pride is one of the seven deadly sins. This modern version of "Christianity" actually drives newcomers away from the faith, because its representatives are more despicable than those who do not follow any organized church.
It is vital to remember that it was the church that was prophesied to eventually become "The Whore of Babylon" in the book of The Revelation. Such a prediction helps to explain the current state of the church today.
[Revelation 17:3-6] "So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, 'MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH'. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration."
It is predicted thusly that the greatest enemy of the returning Christ will not be the pagans, unbelievers, or the false religions, but the Christian church itself. He was killed by his own people during his first mission, and we should expect exactly the same response again. This has been foretold, in fact.
Modern churches have come to elate the infamous section 13 of Romans as if it were written by God himself. For those who are unaware, Paul instructed people to obey their masters and authorities, because authorities are (according to Paul/Saul) always appointed by God. If this were true, then it would mean that all of the NAZI's were following the will of God, since they followed orders from their "appointed" leaders. What Paul preached flies in the face of God's principle of free will, since he promoted that we should be inside one big obedient pyramid. Christ was far from being a fascist. It is important to note that biblical prophesy predicts that the anti-christ shall rise to a position of extreme worldly power and authority, yet we are obviously not mandated by God to obey the anti-christ. The Bible repeatedly provides examples in which people had to disobey the state in order to serve God. In fact, the Christ spelled-out that none of us can serve both masters (God and the state). We must choose which we will obey when the will of the two are in opposition. The Christ was eventually murdered because he defied the Jewish authorities.
The Church's New Trinity: Money, Power, and Politics
The churches were once the place for peace keepers and peace makers, regardless of what modern, politically correct history revisionists want us to believe. Churches were once treated as holy grounds where violence was neither tolerated nor condoned, except for when violence was absolutely clear as the lesser of evils. In fact, there was a time when criminals and other scoundrels would frequently flee into churches, because law enforcement personnel would not pursue them inside. Now churches are not considered holy grounds anymore. They are businesses and official "corporate entities" instead.
We have been taught to believe that churches are altruistic volunteer organizations with no connections to the state, and indeed, it once was. This is not the case anymore, due to corrupt arrangements made in secret between church leaders and governmental representatives.
Most Americans know that since the foundation of their nation, there has been a policy of not taxing churches. This was implemented by the U.S. Government in its early days as part of a policy of total non-interference with religion, and churches. They implemented this, in part, to guarantee a complete freedom of religion for all Americans, although modern politically correct revisionists have convinced most people now that the actual goal was freedom from religion. The Founders would be aghast by this belief, and from the fact that despicable people have put such words into their mouths. Anyway, the important thing to remember is that America has had a policy of not placing any taxes upon churches, or church related activities, since its revolution. That is, until recently.
Being a church is no longer enough to obtain a tax free status. Changing the rules was justified by the reasoning that some individuals and corporations will always "cheat" the government of tax money, by claiming to be churches; as if the income tax were even legal in the first place. By the way, the "I.R.S." Amendment to the Constitution was never actually ratified by the States, as was required by the Constitution, but the federal income tax is another topic for another day.
Nowadays, a church must register with the state. Before continuing, please pause and consider that last statement for a minute. That's right, churches must get the state's permission to exist, whether it be through the usual zoning bull, their right to "incorporate" as a business, or just to get that wonderful tax free status. The story gets even better (or worse) when we examine the changes in tax policies, and what they now require of churches. To be free of taxation, churches must generally register with the I.R.S. as a "501c non-profit organization". This is something that has huge implications for churches, and their message. The government has carefully orchestrated the rules for becoming a 501c charity as a means of taking control of the churches.
To maintain 501c (tax free) status, a church cannot be politically active in any way, or it suddenly transforms into a "political action organization" instead of a tax free charity. This means that as soon as a church gets its 501c status, it becomes essentially illegal for it to question anything that the government does. Churches can no longer speak about the evils committed by our own government, or its constant wars of blind aggression. Ever wonder why the churches got so quiet after the Civil Rights Movement? Now you know. 501c was check-and-mate for the Military Industrial Complex. It is no wonder that modern churches cling so tightly upon the book of Romans, for virtually every organized church in the United States is essentially a division of the U.S. Federal Government. They know that once they have sold out to the government, and signed themselves over for a 501c status that the I.R.S. will eat them alive if they ever get out of line. They are obedient to their master, and they tell us to be. If, like us, you have spent years trying to uncover the reasons for the corruption of the modern church, then you too can put your research to rest. You know the ugly truth now. Feel free, however, to research all of the ugly details for yourself. Be forewarned that you are likely to find the truth to be quite sickening.
If you happen to be a church-going Christian, then be aware that sooner or later you'll have to decide which master you will serve. Will you follow the path of money, power, and politics, or the real Trinity? The real church does not contain four walls and a ceiling, and never has.