Deluded Dominionist Preachers Invoke Romans 13 At Los Angeles Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

February 13, 2010 LOS ANGELES – Before a crowd of about 1200 faithful, two prominent evangelical Christian leaders invoked Romans Chapter 13 at the 37th Annual Los Angeles Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast held today at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Keith Phillips, Founder and President of World Impact, Inc., a Christian missionary organization which ministers to under-privileged children in 11 American cities, managed to work the following propaganda into his introductory remarks:
"Romans Chapter 13 commands Christians to pray for those in authority over them." [note: for the record; no it does not. ed.]
Moments later, Dr. Jack Hayford, who is best known as the Founding Pastor of The Church On The Way mega-church in Van Nuys, California, echoed Dr. Phillips’ earlier propaganda as he prayed for Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa:
"Let the comfort and care of your spirit attend him, as we together – on not only this day – obey your command to pray for those in authority and to commit ourselves to on-goingly doing the same."
Which sounds innocuous enough at first blush, and yet the 13th Chapter in the book (or letter) of Romans in the Christian Bible is notorious for having been used by pastors in Nazi Germany during World War II at the behest of then-Chancellor Adolf Hitler to pre-empt opposition to, and overthrow of, his government. Under Hitler’s regime, Christian congregations were taught by their pastors the official, state-sanctioned interpretation of Romans 13, which was: To unquestioningly submit to the “governing authorities” who were alleged to be “chosen” and “placed” in their positions by God Himself. (A doctrine which, as history has shown, makes it astonishingly easy for a tyrannical psychopath to run a country – and everyone in it – into the ground.)
More and more, the above-mentioned teaching is heard being preached from pulpits all across America ever since the formation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) so-called Clergy Response Teams (see: Feds Train Clergy To "Quell Dissent" During Martial Law).
[see/read full article, 3 videos here]
Just as the Devil tempted the Lord Jesus Christ in the wilderness for forty days by twisting and misquoting scripture, so today his strategy is unchanged i.e. the misuse of scripture to gain his own objective. In today's world it is very often the utterly false doctrine of Dominionism [here]. This grotesquely distorted scriptural fantasy is used to deceive the masses of ignorant professing 'Christians' with the grand illusion of the so-called 'kingdom of God', so as to then gain their allegiance in the deluded plan to bring it forth. Romans 13 is one of the favorite passages used to promote 'unquestioning obedience' among the broadway-goers to this dead-end Satanic doctrine.
Long before the Serpent unsuccessfully attempted to ply his wares in the desert to the Son of God in exchange for worship, three Old Testament figures, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, facing a similar situation, resisted a 'global order' from the then king, Nebuchadnezzar, directing them to bow down to a golden image he had made of himself, as if he were himself God:
Daniel 3:4-5 Then a herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:
Fall down and worship...? These three would have none of it:
vs. 12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
History is repeating itself "O people, nations, and languages". Behind all the conniving strategies of the NWO builders is a far greater than any Nebuchadnezzar or any Hitler (as referenced in the above article). It is Satan himself, and the global system now being erected is for the sole purpose of acquiring the very thing that Nebuchadnezzar desired, and that the devil requested of the Lord Jesus - worship as God. [cf. Rev. 13:4; 2Thes. 2:4 - bible search on right]
In using Romans 13 as a proof-text to push the various 'kingdom now' schemes, lying dominionist preachers today are helping the Devil's cause, whether they know it or not. It is not the kingdom of God they are building but the kingdom of Antichrist. If blinded to this truth, they remain without excuse because, if anyone should be able to discern the blatant deception, these self-professed teachers of the Word of God should be at the top of the list.
At any rate, the 'Beast' would like you to begin learning compliance now. To do this, just believe everything you are told, and do not think for yourselves. Go green to save the earth, and the financial collapse is real, the swine flu is real, the terrorists are real, the president is real, etc. etc. Submit to everything, take a flu shot, take the mark too while you're at it, and do not forget, when you hear the sound of the instruments...fall down and worship. Rev. 18:4
'Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar...be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.' Daniel 3:16,18


Anonymous said...

Jeremiah 5:31 "The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?" Great article! Notice too that the Mega Pastors who have no fear of God have plenty to fear of men and thus teach this passage incorrectly. Those pastors who remain faithful to the word of God, who still have a healthy Fear of the Lord, preach it correctly. We are in perilous times. thanks for posting this I will tweet it! God Bless, mijadedios. A sister-in-Christ.

tom m. said...

sister in Christ,

It's really getting late isn't it.

Even so come Lord Jesus

Until then, let us press on...

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know the correct application of Romans 13 to our lives now.

Thank you.

tom m. said...

The application of Romans 13 is fairly straightforward. As Christians, we are to be law abiding citizens, paying taxes, etc. This is for a witness and a testimony.

Christians are not to be rebels in the sense of attempting to overthrow the government. Satan is still the god of this world, and the governing of it is under his control presently:

And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. Luke 4:5-6

Here is one of the major problems with the recent so-called "Manhattan Declaration". The quote below is taken from a recent post on this blog on the "Declaration", dealing with the subject of taking 'rebelling' actions that would constitute an attitude of 'taking matters into our own hands' - which is the general idea that Paul is disallowing in the passage of scripture in question:

"Christians are not called to militate against the powers of this world. This is deception of the highest order. The preaching of the gospel in this world is not a manifesto to change the world, which is still at this time Satan's domain, but is an outcalling - a gospel call, not to fix, but to come out of this corrupted world, i.e the forgotten Christian 'doctrine of separation'. Fleeing the wrath to come...if you will [cf. Luke/Matt. 3:7]." [see post]

We wrestle not against flesh and blood. Christians are not called to take matters into their own hands in this regard.

On the other hand, for Christians to fail to identify the evils of any particular period of history in which they have lived, and to fail to notify all who would heed the warning "to flee", so to speak, would be utter foolishness.

Moreover, unless that information were made specific, it would be of little value.

Mark 8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.

Anonymous said...

Clear as a bell!


Anonymous said...

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weaknesses, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God: that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth: comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and division, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

Everyone that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

P.S. read all of the other chapters and books of the Bible...don't get stuck in one place...ask the Lord to show you and help you to understand all things. He'll show you how to apply the Word to your life.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely !
My husband and I spend at least 2 hours daily in bible study alone..reading through chapter by chapter in 7 months or so...then we start over. We have other studies going as well.

What you say is spot on...and an excellent recommendation for every Christian. Some may not have the time we have...we're fortunate to be retired and feel very blessed not only have that opportunity but as well to be able to do some missionary work as well.

Ch 13 of Romans can be grossly misinterpreted...and in these times it's very important to understand what exactly Paul was saying. Tom M makes it very clear. He also has provided an excellent example of how it is being misused by dominionists today.

Keep on keepin on...til He comes amen?