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Prominent Evangelical Perry Stone: In the Case of School Shootings, Drug Use, Gangs & LGBT, Forget Separation of Church and State

Not a few individuals are of the persuasion that emergency situations necessitate a suspension of individual rights and will readily give up them up in exchange for promises of safety and security. When a state of emergency is declared for a certain period of time and martial law implemented, the principles of the constitution are no longer applicable, hence a person’s right to privacy and other privileges guaranteed in the Bill of Rights are invalidated. Relating to the ever-increasing crises that schools are facing today-- shootings, violence, immorality and drug use--right-winged Evangelicals such as Perry Stone are not only advocating but also implementing radical solutions that go against the constitutional principle of maintaining a separation of church and state. In the context of school shootings and public schools becoming like Sodom, in Stone’s own words, “forget about the separation of church and state.”

 

Perry Stone,  recently appeared on The Jim Bakker Show and “declared that the only solution to the problems of gun violence and drug use in America is to start teaching Christian scripture in the public schools. After saying that America’s inner cities are plagued by ‘the same type of spirit’ that was at work in Sodom and Gomorrah, Stone insisted that the solution is ‘to allow teaching of scripture’ in school. ‘There’s got to be something breaking into the public schools,’ he said, claiming that God spared the life of a congregant of a church run by a friend of his during the recent school shooting in Texas because ‘she’s a really good Christian girl.’ ‘The sons and daughters being touched by the spirit of God is the remedy for this whole thing,’ Stone said. ‘In the state of West Virginia, the drug problem is so bad, in some of those mountain schools, they are letting young preachers come in and hold services in the auditorium during school time. I know people are going to scream, ‘Oh God, separation of church and state.’ Look, when you’ve got kids dying, forget separation of church and state! When you’ve got overdoses of 15-year-olds, forget separation of church and state! And the great thing is hundreds of kids up in those mountains are coming to know the Lord.’”[1]

 

Not only is it significant that the policies Perry Stone is advocating have already been implemented in some schools (not private, Christian schools, but public), but that he is not the only person that feels this way.  One of Donald Trump’s evangelical advisors, Robert Jeffress, who is not only influential with Donald Trump but also with many people, holds the exact sentiments. Note the following two statements: “Dallas Pastor Jeffress Blames Church-State Separation for School Gun Violence.”[2]  “Dallas pastor Jeffress says schools should teach Ten Commandments to help stop gun violence.”[3]

 

It is evident that we have reached a time when the conditions of the schools, which only reflects the depraved condition of society at large, has become so demoralized and violent that pastors and politicians alike are comparing it to the condition of Sodom that caused God to rain fire and brimstone down from heaven, stating in desperation  that the only solution to address these concerns is the implementation of prayer in schools, the teaching of the ten commandments in school and the teaching of scriptures in school.  This same template is being touted as the solution to solve the issues that are plaguing society. Already an Arizona mandatory church attendance was suggested as the solution for the widespread immorality. 

 

“Put on your Sunday clothes because an Arizona lawmaker wants to make church mandatory. The legislature's debate to expand a gun owner's right to carry took a pious turn when state Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, suggested the real problem behind gun violence was corrupted souls. ‘It is the soul that is corrupt and how we get back to a moral rebirth in this country, I don't know,’ Allen told the state's appropriations committee on Tuesday. But the Republican detailed a solution that she believed would keep people feeling safe without the need to carry a gun. No matter how much it would violate the Constitution separation of church and state, Allen said she wanted a law requiring citizens to go to church. ‘We are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. We should probably be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth,’ Allen added.”[4] 

 

“The teachings of religious leaders have opened the door to infidelity, to spiritualism, and to contempt for God's holy law; and upon these leaders rests a fearful responsibility for the iniquity that exists in the Christian world. Yet this very class put forth the claim that the fast-spreading corruption is largely attributable to the desecration of the so-called ‘Christian sabbath,’ and that the enforcement of Sunday observance would greatly improve the morals of society. This claim is especially urged in America, where the doctrine of the true Sabbath has been most widely preached. Here the temperance work, one of the most prominent and important of moral reforms, is often combined with the Sunday movement, and the advocates of the latter represent themselves as laboring to promote the highest interest of society; and those who refuse to unite with them are denounced as the enemies of temperance and reform. But the fact that a movement to establish error is connected with a work which is in itself good, is not an argument in favor of the error. We may disguise poison by mingling it with wholesome food, but we do not change its nature. On the contrary, it is rendered more dangerous, as it is more likely to be taken unawares. It is one of Satan's devices to combine with falsehood just enough truth to give it plausibility. The leaders of the Sunday movement may advocate reforms which the people need, principles which are in harmony with the Bible; yet while there is with these a requirement which is contrary to God's law, His servants cannot unite with them. Nothing can justify them in setting aside the commandments of God for the precepts of men.”[5] 

 

It is abundantly clear that the prophecies of Revelation 13 have nearly reached their complete fulfillment.  Are the people of God ready to stand and defend freedom of conscience and stand for the commandments of God and utterly reject the spurious commandments of men, even at the peril of their very lives? For those who plan to stand, they must be willing to stand for God now, uncompromisingly in every particular.

 

[1]  http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/perry-stone-forget-separation-of-church-and-state-and-hold-christian-services-for-students-during-school/

[2]  https://bjconline.org/dallas-pastor-jeffress-blames-church-state-separation-for-school-gun-violence-032618/ 

[3]  https://www.dallasnews.com/life/faith/2018/03/25/dallas-pastor-jeffress-says-schools-teach-tencommandments-stop-gun-violence

[4]  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/arizona-lawmaker-church-attendance-mandatory-article-1.2164602

[5]  White, Ellen.  The Great Controversy (1911), pages 586 and 587  

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