Coach Dave Daubenmire
May 20, 2010
“And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light” -Luke 16:8
With all do respect to Ronald Reagan I sense many of you reading this are sighing and proclaiming, “Well, there you go again” as I set my crosshairs on the pulpit.
I’m sorry, but I can’t get away from it. All of the problems we are facing in this nation are a direct result of the watered-down Gospel seeping from the pulpits of America. Better men than I have said it.
"If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it." ~ Rev. Charles Finney (1792-1875)
The pastors think they are immune from criticism. Their condescending attitude towards those of us who question their effectiveness smacks of cowardly-arrogance. Most are insecure men who have followed a “call” to the ministry. Unfortunately, many were called by their Momma, not by God. Well I was called as well...called to hold their feet to the fire. How dare they criticize me for criticizing them.
“Oooh Coach, you are so critical. You shouldn’t be saying such harsh things against “God’s” men. They are given the difficult responsibility of leading their flocks.” I hear the pastor’s wife cooing.
Well pardon me, but I am not talking about “God’s” men. I am referring to the six-foot icicle drawing a paycheck from your congregation for petting the sheep. I don’t apologize for it. Someone has to expose the frauds spewing poison from America’s pulpits. Their bilge is doing to the American-culture what BP has down to the Gulf of Mexico.
Soon it will be uninhabitable unless someone shuts off the valve. Somehow I fear the Lord is reaching for the spigot. Like mixing oil and water, the Truth will not mix with a lie. He will not allow His sheep to be fed poison.
Look folks. Your pastor is not the “expert” you have been led to believe. Perhaps he has a seminary degree, perhaps he has built a huge church, or perhaps his sermons make you cry. But he is really no different from you. No matter how experienced he is or how much education he has, only the Holy Spirit can guide him to the Truth; The same Holy Spirit that indwells you. There is no hierarchy in the Lord’s Kingdom…God is no respecter of people…we all have access to the Throne.
Do you remember the old game show “You Don’t Say?” The tag line in the intro to the show is appropriate to the pulpits today. “It’s not what you say that counts, it’s what you don’t say.”
Yep my friends. “It’ not what you know that counts…it’s what you don’t know!” Hosea said it this way “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge…” uttered, by the way, as a warning of the wrath of God to come.
More specifically, it is not what your pastor is telling you that counts…it is what he is not telling you.
My last commentary must have hit the bulls-eye. I heard from several “men of the cloth” who tried to convince me that I was wrong to “mix religion and politics” and that I was “tarnishing” the Gospel by mixing it with “worldly” affairs. Although it does bother me that “ministers” of the Gospel can be so oblivious to the power of the Gospel, it concerns me a great deal more that there are people sitting in the pews listening to these wonks.
(If you are one of them getting ready to write me today please include the answer to this question so we can more quickly open to the same page. “What aspect of life does the Gospel not apply to?”) Sometimes the enemy comes as an angel of light.
Heck, Nancy Pelosi gets it. Why should we be surprised? Jesus told us “for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” I hate to break the news to you but Nancy Pelosi is wiser IN THIS GENERATION, than the pastors. Pope Pelosi knows that the quickest way to impact the culture is by getting the men in the pulpit to push the agenda.
Margaret Sanger knew it. One of the first things she did when she started Planned Parenthood was to get the black pastors to buy into the Negro Project which was nothing short of a program to eliminate the “human weeds” that Sanger felt were destroying America.
Jesse Jackson and the Demoncat party know it. How else can you explain Reverends Sharpton and Jackson being so revered in the black community today? Has there ever been a stronger voting block than black-church goers and their blind goose-stepping behind the godless Donkey Party? What in the world are Hillary Clinton and John Kerry doing in the pulpits of black-churches?
The Social Justice movement knows it. Self-confessed Marxist Jim Wallace has replaced socialist Jeremiah Wright as an advisor to President Obama. The Marxists/Socialists have seized modern-day Christianity. When was the last time you heard the ACLU scream “separation of church and state” in regards to the High Priest of Socialism Barack Obama’s agenda? Hmm?
Enter Pope Pelosi.
Just last week the Speaker of the House scolded the Catholic priests for not speaking about illegal immigration FROM THE PULPIT. Here is what she said.
“The cardinals, the archbishops, the bishops that come to me ... say, 'We want you to pass immigration reform,' and I said, I want you to speak about it from the pulpit…"Some (who) oppose immigration reform are sitting in those pews, and you have to tell them that this is a manifestation of our living the gospels." Take 3 minutes and watch it for yourself.
She understands what are pastors do not. Pope Pelosi is urging the Priests and Bishops to TELL THE SHEEP WHAT TO DO. No wonder we are losing the cultural war. The leaders on our side are ashamed of their own shadows. Pelosi knows the pulpit impacts the culture. Our pastors believe it shouldn’t
Pelosi is the voice of government. She speaks for the People’s House and she is encouraging the “men of the cloth” to tell their sheep what to believe. How will the boys on our team respond when Pope Pelosi has so clearly invited the Pastors into the political arena?
They are probably hiding under the table.
Okay boys, grab your Bibles and open them up. The Speaker of the House has ordered you to tell your people what to think. For years I have heard that we must obey our leaders. Well, you wouldn’t want to disobey such a direct order, now would you?
Grab the sword of the Spirit and start swinging. Pope Pelosi has given the order and we must obey God’s ordained authority. What are you waiting for?
Allow me to offer an immediate game-plan.
Start a weekly class on the US Constitution. Suggest books for informed
• Show videos on Communism and their infiltration into the American society.
• Invite historians to talk about our Christian Heritage.
• Educate them on abortion and the stages of pregnancy.
• Present evidence on the medical consequences of homosexuality.
• Study the accounts of civil disobedience in the Bible.
• Hold “candidate” nights where Christian issues are front and center.
• Clearly spell out God’s position on cultural issues…use the Bible to validate.
• Raise up and support candidates who share God’s values.
• Educate your folks on Secular Humanism: the religion of America’s schools.
• Expose Islam as the hellish religion it is and Obama’s affinity for it.
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Coach Dave Daubenmire, founder and President of Pass The Salt Ministries www.ptsalt.com and Minutemen United www.minutemenunited.org, is host of the high octane Pass The Salt radio show heard in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1999 Coach Daubenmire was sued by the ACLU for praying with his teams while coaching high school in Ohio. He now spends his energy fighting for Christian principles in the public domain.