American Christians Preparing To Go “Underground”

America`s Christian heritage is both
rich and deep. What most historians and educators refuse
to acknowledge, our forebears understood clearly: it was
mostly Christians and churches that formed and shaped
the new land that became known as the United States of
America.

For example, when discussing the
brave exploits of the passengers on board the Mayflower,
people seem to have forgotten that the voyage was mostly
the endeavor of a single church congregation. And don`t
forget that it was



Pastor Jonas Clark`s
male congregants who
withstood British troops at Lexington and fired the


very
first o
f
the shots heard `round the world.

The famous French historian, Alexis
De Tocqueville
,
credited the pulpits and churches of Colonial America
with inspiring America`s successful War for Independence
and subsequent prosperity much more than its
institutions of learning, halls of Congress, or
industries of invention. From the very beginning,
America`s Christians and pastors were intricately
involved in the establishment and building of this
republic.

It is no hyperbole to say that
without the influence, sacrifice, dedication, blood,
sweat, and tears of America`s early Christians, this
country would not exist.

But what do we see today? We see
pastors and church congregations who are, for the most
part, totally ignorant of their own heritage and
history. They have little or no understanding of the
principles of Natural Law—something America`s founders
knew almost by second nature (no pun intended). They
seem to know next to nothing of the Biblical principles
of liberty and government. All they seem to be able to
do is regurgitate some mindless interpretation of Romans
13—an interpretation that could have been written by
King George III or even Adolf Hitler.

(Read my column regarding Romans 13



here
.)

Ignoring the great examples and
exhortations of both Testaments, today`s Christians seem
to have lazily latched onto a modern-day
"divine right of
kings"
philosophy, through which they have become
the pathetic slaves of arrogant and pompous political
wolves dressed (barely) in the sheepskins of legitimacy.

Where are America`s watchmen on the
wall? Where are the great stories of courage and
commitment demonstrated by America`s founders that once
emanated from church pulpits? How is it that today`s
Christians know more about sports celebrities than they
do America`s heroes? How is it that these lying,
conniving, con artists called politicians can sucker
church members as easily as they do the un-churched?

How is it that Christians do not
seem to recognize the devilish doctrines of socialism,
fascism, elitism, or globalism for what they are? How
can they be so easily manipulated? How is it that these
corrupt politicians—who vote to kill unborn babies,
merge America into internationalist and global entities,
strip Americans of their God-given natural right of self
defense, promote homosexual marriage, or allow America
to lose its identity, culture, and heritage through
unbridled illegal immigration—remain in
"good standing"
with any number of supposed
"Christian"
churches?

Even though there are more churches
in America than anywhere else in the world, the pastors
and Christians of this country have, for the most part,
become completely irrelevant to preserving
"the blessings of
liberty"
—or even fundamental Biblical principles,
for that matter.

Churches used to be respected as
lighthouses in communities: places free from the
jaundiced juxtaposition of political correctness and
avarice. Today`s churches are filled with both. Where
once churches stood as guardians of truth, they have now
become progenitors of error. Where once preachers stood
in the similitude of Elijah and John the Baptist, they
now grovel in the image of Joel Osteen and Rick Warren.
Sunday Schools were once bastions of Bible teaching;
today they are glorified coffee shops and playgrounds.
The modern Christian home cannot even disciple its own
children: how can it then be expected to
"make disciples
of all nations"
?

I repeat: the modern American church
has, for the most part, become irrelevant.

It is little wonder that more and
more people are losing interest in the organized church.
Instead of finding Christian love and kindness, they
find the same kind of gossip, slander, petty bickering,
favoritism, and selfishness that they might find at any
office water cooler. Instead of hearing a prophet of God
declare the Word of God, they hear a milquetoast
minister meekly musing the latest self-help book.

The complete irrelevance of today`s
organized church in America to the preservation of
Christian liberty and constitutional government is
especially disconcerting to those of us who still have
freedom`s fire burning in our souls. Where do we go for
respite and instruction?

I tell you the truth: there are
hundreds of thousands of patriotic, freedom-minded
Christians all over America who have had it
"up to here"
with these spineless social clubs called churches! They
are tired of petrified pastors groveling before corrupt
politicians and businessmen. They hunger for truth, and
they are not finding it in most organized churches.

As an example, go to my list of
people who have written me to let me know that they are
desperately seeking a Black Regiment-type church that
they can attend. The list grows by the day. See the list
"
here."

These people are not looking to be
entertained or pampered. They do not care about social
standing or making
"business contacts." They don`t care which church has the
"most exciting"
youth program, or how many softball teams it has. They
want a church where the pastor isn`t afraid to speak
truth to power and take a stand for liberty. And,
unfortunately, such churches are getting harder and
harder to find.

In fact, I submit that the true
church is not
"emerging"
; it is
"submerging."
As in totalitarian regimes all over the world, where
there are basically two types of churches: the organized
State-approved church, where people who worship the
State go to put on a religious show; and the underground
church, where real Christians go to worship God with
honest, likeminded believers.

The
"underground"
church in America is not totally underground—yet. But
the schism is taking place rapidly.

Unlike the houses of State Worship,
which enjoy large congregations and ornate buildings,
underground churches are, for the most part, small and
unassuming.

Home churches are also mushrooming
and must be considered part of the underground church
movement.

And, of course, Black Regiment
churches are springing up all across the country. See
the list of Black Regiment churches



here
.

I am convinced that it is through
these independent, unaffiliated, unorganized, or
underground churches that relevancy will return. It is
in these churches where Christians can be taught the
Biblical principles of Natural Law, where children who
are disciplined and know how to behave are not
considered oddities, where pastors aren`t afraid to
proclaim truth, where people are still committed to
constitutional government—and understand the difference
between a democracy and a republic—and where
self-serving



neocons

are not regarded as heroes.

So, if you are a Christian and you
want to be relevant to the preservation of liberty in
this country, you need to get out of these
establishment, State-worshipping churches and find
yourself an
"underground,"
unaffiliated, or Black Regiment
church.

And you need to do it quickly!

Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the
pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola,
Florida. He hosts a


weekly radio show
. His
website is


here
.