Persecution Has Begun

Lest anyone question that the government’s war on Bible believing Christians is real, this should confirm it.  A pastor in Wisconsin has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for the high crime of advocating child discipline after the instructions of the Proverbs.  Not only did the God-hating tyrant judge sentence this man to prison for advocating the principles of God’s word, he was also forbidden from having any contact with his church when released, or from exercising a leadership role in any church.  He will be under supervision for 6 years following his release.

These are dangerous times for the ministers of God’s word.  We can now be arrested and imprisoned for teaching that, “He that spareth the rod hateth his son.”  The advocates of “separation of church and state” will fight tooth and nail to keep the 10 commandments out of a courtroom, but they have no issue with a judge saying who can and cannot be an officer in a church.

This is a plain case where, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”  There is not a judge, president, congressman, or mayor anywhere on this earth who has the first right to dictate to one of Christ’s churches who they may have as officers.  It is the Lord Jesus who raises up and qualifies men to lead His churches.  No government has the right to tell Christ’s churches who is qualified and who is not.  I hope and pray that Aleitheia Bible Church and Pastor Caminiti will reject this tyrannical overreach, and they will receive him back as an elder the moment he steps out of prison.  I trust that my own home church would do the same if I or my father were to suffer the same fate.  This very likely will effect a prolongation of the persecution, but if the churches of Christ submit to government ahead of Christ, then they have abandoned their responsibility, and chosen the servitude of the state ahead of that of Christ.

Caminiti’s lawyer, Yolanda Lehner, aptly described this persecution as akin to the Spanish inquisition.  All persecution of the Lord’s servants spring from the same source, and are encouraged by the Prince of the Power of the Air.  Judge Sumi expressed indignation that Caminiti had expressed no regret or repentance.  I suggest that it is the judge herself who ought to seek repentance, before she comes to confront the Judge of all the earth, Who will do right.