In order for the Mark of the Beast to be enforced, first in America, then elsewhere, the following must take place in its order: “When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the State to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result.” The leading churches have indeed united and are solidifying that union to combat what they perceive as existential threats to morality and society in general. Presently, such churchmen are working assiduously to influence the state to enforce their decrees. In times past the way in which they would do this was largely through the ballot box and working closely with politicians/government leaders as counselors and advisors. Not satisfied with merely working vicariously, today, leading up to the 20/20 elections, pastors desire a more direct role in politics—becoming politicians themselves to legislate moral/religious laws and thus fully reunify church and state. By so doing, they would not only influence the government but would be the government that legislates and enforces.
There is a movement in America gaining momentum which a news headline aptly encapsulates: “From Pastor to Politician: Faith Leaders Poised to Make Moral Change by Running for Office.” This headline alone forecasts the imminence of the United States forming an image to the beast, Roman Catholicism, speaking, through her legislative and judicial branches, as a dragon, and enforcing the Mark of the Beast, mandatory Sunday observance, as brought to view in Revelation 13:11-17. From the article: “A movement is stirring amongst evangelical pastors eager to enact change in America. Later this week, nearly 400 pastors and leaders will meet in Lynchburg, Virginia to discuss how to successfully restore Judeo-Christian principles across the country through political elections.The American Renewal Project, started by political influencer David Lane and his pastor Rob McCoy in 2015, aims to train pastors and leaders in political sessions while also encouraging each of them to run for office.‘I am convinced that the pastor and pews model was instrumental in the 2016 election of President Trump and has been instrumental in numerous statewide elections for congressional, US Senate and gubernatorial races,’ said Mike Huckabee, former presidential candidate and Fox News contributor. According to CBN, ARP remained active during Trump’s campaign where the president won 81 percent of the white conservative evangelical vote… In 2015, ARP launched its first-ever ‘Issachar Training Sessions…’ The next year, around 200 pastors volunteered to run for office. In 2018, 300 more stepped to the plate. ARP’s goal for 2020 is for 1,000 pastors to appear on ballots across the country.”
The game-plan has been been made clear, and now that U.S. President Donald Trump has fulfilled his campaign promise of removing the Johnson Amendment, it is inevitable that the ARP’s efforts will have increasing success for the upcoming elections.
With that in mind, consider the many other pastors and evangelical believers in government positions already that are working to establish religious laws, or even a theocracy, such as Wisconsin Representative Paul Tittl who sponsors the Capitol Ministries Bible Studies. On Capitol Ministries’ official website he is quoted as saying: “Lawmakers everywhere need in-depth Bible studies. I definitely know that if we are writing laws for society, we should be writing them in accord with what God’s Word says so that the very basis of society is the basis of God’s law, which is the 10 commandments, otherwise we would live in chaos. All of us, whether we agree or not, need guidance from above. We don’t have the answers, but I do know who does, that is God. I am thankful that Capitol Ministries is investing in Wisconsin. It is my home state. I love it, and I want people now more than ever to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.”
This model of electing pastors as government leaders for the sole purpose of legally enforcing morality is a completely Papal model with the church controlling the state to enforce religious laws and restrict liberty of conscience. But many do not discern this and are all too ready to join with a movement that promises peace and safety; but God’s word says plainly, “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” 1 Thessalonians 5:3. For those scoffers who have confidently declared that this land could never become other than what it has been--the defender of religious freedom, will be surprised to find that those championing “religious freedom” will become intolerant and the oppressors of those that do not adhere to their form or Christianity which includes Sunday worship just as in former times. “It was the desire for liberty of conscience that inspired the Pilgrims to brave the perils of the long journey across the sea, to endure the hardships and dangers of the wilderness, and with God's blessing to lay, on the shores of America, the foundation of a mighty nation. Yet honest and God-fearing as they were, the Pilgrims did not yet comprehend the great principle of religious liberty. The freedom which they sacrificed so much to secure for themselves, they were not equally ready to grant to others. ‘Very few, even of the foremost thinkers and moralists of the seventeenth century, had any just conception of that grand principle, the outgrowth of the New Testament, which acknowledges God as the sole judge of human faith…’ The doctrine that God has committed to the church the right to control the conscience, and to define and punish heresy, is one of the most deeply rooted of papal errors.”
“This investing the church with the power of the state will bring evil results. Men have almost passed the point of God's forbearance. They have invested their strength in politics, and have united with the papacy. But the time will come when God will punish those who have made void His law, and their evil work will recoil upon themselves.”
The Christian Headlines article closes thus: “‘Some in our society try to silence people of faith so their voices are not heard,’ he said. ‘But faith leaders, like any other American, have a role in our government and in our elections. We are grateful to live in a country where any person can speak and organize. If people of faith sit in silence, we surrender our right to speak out for the importance of every life and to wisely stand up for our core values in this culture.’” Notice how many times the word “speak” and “voice” were used. Revelation 13:11 states clearly that apostate Protestant America will use its voice (through its legislative and judicial authorities) to speak as a dragon and enforce the Mark of the Beast, Sunday worship, a child of the papacy.
Let us learn from history, for it will be repeated (Ecclesiastes 1:9, Ecclesiastes 3:15), and that, in a short time. “The regulation adopted by the early colonists, of permitting only members of the church to vote or to hold office in the civil government, led to most pernicious results. This measure had been accepted as a means of preserving the purity of the state, but it resulted in the corruption of the church. A profession of religion being the condition of suffrage and officeholding, many, actuated solely by motives of worldly policy, united with the church without a change of heart. Thus the churches came to consist, to a considerable extent, of unconverted persons; and even in the ministry were those who not only held errors of doctrine, but who were ignorant of the renewing power of the Holy Spirit. Thus again was demonstrated the evil results, so often witnessed in the history of the church from the days of Constantine to the present, of attempting to build up the church by the aid of the state, of appealing to the secular power in support of the gospel of Him who declared: ‘My kingdom is not of this world.’ John 18:36. The union of the church with the state, be the degree never so slight, while it may appear to bring the world nearer to the church, does in reality but bring the church nearer to the world.”
White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 445
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White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 297