The Sin of the Church

By Ray DiLorenzo

Anyone with eyes and ears knows our society is in decay. Our political institutions, our government, both have become a cesspool of liars and perverts. Our education system is now a tool of political ambition and social transformation, teaching only what furthers the Left’s narrative. The media, what used to be the guardian of our Republic, is now a mechanism for accelerating the social and political rot, having no compunction of lying to your face.


Concerted effort to turn our country into a Marxist, Godless state

Many of our large cities are pits of corruption and lawlessness. State and local governments blatantly ignore laws. Illegal alien criminals are let loose or slapped on the wrist. Victims and their families find no justice; they leave the court houses disillusioned and embittered.

Our government says it is now legal to kill your children before they are born and in some states after. All for the bogus claim of the mother’s health. Someone needs to explain to me what killing a child after it is born has to do with the mother’s health.

It has become obvious that there is a concerted effort to turn our country into a Marxist, Godless state and it has taken root.

What has the Church said? Almost Nothing! In fact, many have joined in the chorus of the new social order.

When I was young, I used to hear every now and then about ‘The Golden Rule’, the treating of someone else the way you would like to be treated. I haven’t heard that maxim or ethical code in many years.

In the late 19th century to the middle of the twentieth century, many churches underwent a liberal transformation, believing that the world would be saved through human improvement. Social and economic change and the human condition would be transformed through human endeavor…and the mechanism best suited of that change would be government, so they thought.

Church began to wake up to the societal decline

Fundamentalist Christians felt that the approach was humanistic and would not work so they characterized all political activity as such and decided not to have any part of it, restricting their activity to discipling and sharing the Gospel.

By the 1950s, the Church began to wake up to the societal decline, its zenith in the 1970s with Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority. In 1954, Senator Lyndon Johnson, no friend of the Church, pushed through legislation allowing churches to be added to the 501c3 tax code. Johnson sold this as a ‘favor’ to the Church, but in reality it was a way for government to silence the Church, which always had influence in public policy.

The favor had strings attached, grave strings. To maintain a 501c3 tax-exempt status, the Church was prohibited from addressing, in any significant way, the vital issues of the day. They could not speak out against or organize in opposition that which the government declares legal even if it is considered by the Church to be immoral. If they did so, they would jeopardize their tax exempt status. The government put out the bait, the Church bit hard.

This, of course, had a chilling effect on the pulpit and free speech. Johnson was a shrewd and calculating politician and would come to appreciate how effective his legislation became and how easily so many churches would sell-out. This was as much a commentary on the Church as it was on Lyndon Johnson. Their priorities became apparent.

The true shocker in this depressing story is that the Church did not need the 501c3. Churches were already tax exempt. They were never taxable nor were they ever under the taxing authority of the government. The First Amendment clearly placed the Church outside government jurisdiction…“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Religion cannot be free if you have to pay the government through taxation for it.

Church did not need the 501c3

By the IRS’ own publications, churches are automatically tax exempt. Contributions can still be taken as a tax deduction without 501c3 status.

So, what is the result? … Abortion, homosexual marriage, government sex education, gender confusion, Socialism, etc. The Church showed itself to be more interested in its fiscal health than the spiritual health of its congregations.

In the words of a former IRS Sr. Officer, Steve Nestor:

“I am not the only IRS employee who’s wondered why churches go to the government and seek permission to be exempted from a tax they didn’t owe to begin with, and to seek a tax deductible status that they’ve always had anyway. Many of us have marveled at how church leaders want to be regulated and controlled by an agency of government that most Americans have prayed would just get out of their lives. Churches are in an amazingly unique position, but they don’t seem to know or appreciate the implications of what it would mean to be free of government control.”

To all the churches and irresolute, pansy clergyman out there, it is time to speak out and preach against the political and social immorality that is everywhere and now in your face. You’ve slept long enough. You should have no fear of reprisal or incrimination.

Scripture commands us to be salt and light. Salt to preserve the truth and what is right. Light to expose the dark. It’s time to take a stand. Speak up and speak out.

Go, and sin no more.

Vets in the Fight® Make a Difference

Epitome of The Vets in the Fight® Spirit.
Epitome of The Vets in the Fight® Spirit.

Veteran Patriots Action Conference (VPAC): Vets making a difference.
One of the unresolved issues surrounding school / campus security involves private and parochial schools. Where some states are providing a security policy, to include select teachers and staff carrying concealed, and resourcing, none of them provide for private or parochial schools.

The Veteran Patriots Action Conference (VPAC) is working on legislative language to address this shortfall. We’ll keep you posted on how this is going, as appropriate. We hope that our effort may offer a template on how YOU can make a difference where you live, raise your family and work.

This is one more example of Vets in the Fight® making a difference at home town, county and state level.

Lessons & Legacy of D-Day

Credit American Thinker

This week, we will celebrate the daring, courage and sacrifice of 73,000 young Americans who hit the beaches of Normandy, Omaha and Utah — on June 6, 1944, 75 years ago.  Those who lived to come home are now in their 90s.  While we have this extraordinary generation till among us, this is the year, month, and day to reach out and thank them.  It is also a moment to think about what the day means for us.

The Invasion Beaches

The assault, named “Operation Overlord,” was epic – enormous in size, significance, and tragic cost.  On the beaches of Normandy France, in a moment of profound resolve, faith, military commitment, and patriotism, which boils down to love of country, town, family, and freedom – these boys from across America risked all for us. 

Had they not done so, the freedoms and prosperity we take as a birthright daily would not be ours; if by some stretch America had survived and endured at all, we would be an island in an ocean of unthinkable darkness. 

These boys knew that the fight was all or nothing, win or freedom perishes, prevail against the evil that had taken Europe, or allow something to stand that could not.  So they gave it their all. 

That invasion – which the Nazis thought they could halt on the beach – is what made freeing Europe possible.  But it did not come without enormous human cost – both in those lost on that day and in the memories and horrors experienced, which lasted a lifetime for those who were there.

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What’s It Gonna Be… A Welfare State or Open Borders?

by Ray DiLorenzo

You can have open borders or a welfare state, but not both!
Listening to political pundits as much as I do can be frustrating. They are employed, I assume, because of their intelligence and savvy presentation. Lately I have been less and less impressed. They strap on a position and won’t take it off, even if it displays no common sense.

Open borders or welfare state. Pick one.

Geraldo Rivera of Fox News, on Friday, was arguing with fervor for open borders like we had in the early history of our country. He would be correct insofar as we had relatively open immigration until the late 1800s. But, he smoothly never mentioned that our early immigration policy never included bed, bath, and beyond.

Let this sink in deep…You Can Have Open Borders or a Welfare State, but Not Both! Financial collapse will surely result. Even Cher tweeted this realization last month, witnessing all the homeless living on the streets in Los Angeles.

After the Civil War, several states passed their own immigration laws. In 1875 the Supreme Court stepped in declaring immigration to be a federal responsibility. As a result, as immigration rose in the 1880s, with economic conditions worsening in some areas, Congress began passing immigration legislation.

In this period, certain aliens were prohibited from entering the United States by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and by the Alien Contract Labor Laws of 1885 and 1887. The latter prohibited the importation and migration of foreigners and aliens under contract or agreement to perform labor in the United States.

The Immigration Act of 1882 levied a head tax of fifty cents on each immigrant and excluded (worded from the .gov website) idiots, lunatics, convicts, and persons likely to become a government charge (people that cannot take care of themselves). My grandmother arrived in that relative time period and it is good to know she was admitted without difficulty. She arrived by herself at 14 years old, working age in those days, leaving her parents and two sisters in Italy, to live with her aunt and uncle in New York. Her sisters arrived later, one per year. Such was typical in those days.

Today, we have thousands upon thousands, maybe even millions of illegal immigrants arriving without a penny, with no skills, no means of support, no extended family in the country, and many with disease. No wonder we are seeing the rise of diseases that were eradicated decades ago.

Some pundits will say that illegal aliens are not supposed to receive federal benefits, but that is largely untrue. Many are receiving housing subsidies, free education, urgent medical care, free school breakfast and lunch, prenatal and postpartum care, and infant delivery benefits paid by Medicaid. As many as 50% of these immigrants are receiving food stamps or at least one other welfare benefit.

A study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) released a study in 2017. They found that illegal immigrants are a net consumer of benefits to the tune of $100 billion per year, not including the cost of patrolling the border. Please, don’t give me the “they contribute taxes” argument. Their contribution amounts to between $12 – 18 billion in taxes, an obvious net loss. A $25 billion wall would be a bargain.

Many states have their own benefit packages as well. Eleven states offer free or subsidized medical care. New York state gives up to $300 per month in cash assistance. California offers food stamps, and legal services. The California governor has recently asked for $50 million from taxpayers to serve the illegal population.

Migrants know what benefits are available. They see it reported on TV and in the press and they know what political party is selling it. They form caravans to get the spoils they know are waiting.

What we are up against is a welfare-loving political party that is determined to use it to expand their power. They know these aliens will either eventually vote or fraudulently vote and they will vote for more of everything. What it will cost is of no concern. The Left is probably hoping for an economic collapse so as to commence the total socialist system that they have been working towards for decades.

So, what is it going to be, a welfare state or open borders? Choose one. You can’t have both unless you’re a socialist or globalist or both and want an end to these United States.