2013-11-26 Pastors & False Concepts

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

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November 26, 2013

This is a mail-merge letter to our friends –

Pastors & False Concepts

The following was written by a pastor in response to a political activist.

“A pastor’s call from God has nothing to do with fighting for any liberty guaranteed by any human government or document. I will fight and die for our Constitution, but that has nothing to do with my call as a pastor, that is my responsibility as an American, not a pastor. Nor is it the responsibility of any pastor in that calling” [The name of the pastor who wrote this is withheld.]

I do not question how our lord is leading him. I have differing thoughts about separating duties as citizens and duties as Christians. Everything we do, we do as Christians.

This pastor’s view appears to me to be shared by perhaps, a large majority of American pastors. I have highlighted the first sentence as a good example of a false presupposition. No “human government or document” can guarantee liberty. Our liberty was endowed by God, we are stewards of it.

Our civil government was created NOT to guarantee, but to protect our God-given liberty. Unlike Colonial congregations shepherded by pastors who understood that – Today’s congregations are notoriously ignorant of the hand of God in history and government. They are exchanging their heritage for a mess of pottage.

Our declaration rightly notes that human nature is slow to change. Those who should understand the blessings from God, for which they are stewards, are asleep in their sheep pens! I believe the Heavenly trumpets are blasting. Where are the Shepherds who will learn and teach the Biblical principles of government found in the “laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”?

Where are the descendants of the Colonial “Black Regiment” who lead a mighty movement in behalf of liberty under God. They lit a torch that shed glorious light and hope into hearts around the world. Those men fought, bled and died to pass to their flocks a love and appreciation for the Liberty our Lord wants for all men.

Our individual, family, church, and civil liberty is protected by our civil government. If Christians remain asleep in their pews, who will rise to save what God has given us?

This pastor rightly states, “The liberty we are called to proclaim is the liberty that was purchased by the shed blood of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, at Calvary, the only liberty which can never be taken nor infringed.” I believe we are to enjoy and use that liberty as free men, not as slaves.

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Ben Gilmore 1929-2023

On March 30, 2023 Ben Gilmore, the co-founder of ACHStudyGroups (co-founded with his wife Fran), went to be with the Lord in Glory.

A Memorial: https://www.mykeeper.com/profile/BenGilmore/