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In a small southern town, in the middle of the Bible Belt, you would think a church would be welcome.  Where, as the media claims, the citizens cling to their God, their guns and their Bible, you would think the free exercise of religion, as promised in the First Amendment to the US Constitution, would be a priority. Perhaps the majority of us do believe the free exercise of our religious beliefs is a priority, but it seems as though a few people on the City Council of Gaffney, SC do not.

In 2017, the city of Gaffney voted 3-2 to revise their zoning ordinances. Existing churches were unaffected. However, new churches, or moving existing churches was completely prohibited.  This was not a prohibition on any non-profit or civic organization — just churches.

On February 11, 2019, the city council met with citizens and lawyers from the American Center for Law and Justice.  After their meeting, city council has agreed to allow new churches to form within the city limits.

However, the city still imposes limits on the free exercise of religion. One example of this is the city’s prohibition on street preachers.  To preach on a street corner in Gaffney, SC, you must obtain a permit through an appeal before the city council.

Friends, this is an assault on our Constitutional freedom. More importantly, this is evidence of the world’s hatred need for Christ.

John 15:18-19 (KJV) If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

When we, as Christians, face opposition such as this, we must remember that we are not pioneers.  We are not the first to face such opposition. The world, and Satan, oppose us only because we are taking a stand for Jesus.  So, when we face opposition, we must brace ourselves against the resistance and press on. The punishment bore for us is far greater than any opposition we face today.


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Recently, I read an article (one of many) claiming Biblical justification for voting for Trump.

This particular article cited Luke 9 claiming that even those who appear to be our enemies, so long as they support our cause, are worthy of our support. On the surface, the notion is true. Jesus said so.  But we must consider the greater context.  The man in that passage was doing God’s will, as best he could. In the case of this election, we are faced with a man, Trump, who claims to be a Christian so that he can gain the support of Christians. When we examine his life, we see that there is no evidence of the fruit of the Holy Spirit of God in his life.  Trump has proven himself to be a thief, a panderer, to be one willing to do or say anything to accomplish his goals.  Trump has even supported the Clintons – both in word and financially. Second, as a Christian, I must remember that when I vote, I will cast a vote for someone. At the end of the day, when the votes are counted, no one will say so many people voted for Clinton, so many people voted against Clinton, so many people voted for Trump and so many people voted against Trump.  There will be tallies of people who voted for each of the candidates.  Likewise, when I stand before God, I will give an account of who I voted for. Will it be a vote FOR Trump? NO! Will it be a vote FOR Clinton? NO! My vote will be for the Constitution Candidate, Danny Castle, who represents my values. If you were a student of the Word of God and a student of History (as opposed to those referenced in 2 Timothy 3), you would understand some things:

You would understand that there have been times in history when the judgment of God was necessary for the purging of the sinful people. Do I want to be a part of God’s judgment? Absolutely not. However, when I look at the direction this once great, once Christian nation has taken, I cannot help but believe God’s judgement is at hand. I cannot help but believe God would owe the people of Noah’s day or the people of Sodom an apology if He allowed our nation to continue on its path of decadence. God has allowed His people to walk willingly into captivity many times. When God wanted to tenderly lead and guide His people, they wanted a King. He allowed a King. Still, God’s will for His people was, ultimately, accomplished.

You would also understand that your assertion that a ‘Third party’ or ‘minority party’ candidate has no chance. In fact, one fo the greatest Presidents of the United States was a third-party candidates. Do you remember a President named Abraham Lincoln? He was the first Republican President, and he was a third-party candidate.

Second, you mist ask, “Is it God’s will to support evil?” The real question is whether you trust God or not. Personally, I trust God more than I trust Trump. I still believe God can do miracles. Do you recall three young men who were commanded to bow before their earthly king. When the music was played everyone bowed – except these three brave young men. The king was furious and demanded they be cast into a furnace! Then the king’s eyes were opened. He didn’t hear the screaming of men being burned alive – instead he saw the men walking around in the furnace. They were walking with a fourth man who appeared to be the Son of God. When the king called them out, they didn’t even have the smell of smoke in their garments. They did what was RIGHT in the face of persecution and in the face of peer pressure (such as the peer pressure of those who claim we MUST vote for Trump).

There is a swelling crowd of peer pressure to vote for Trump. Isn’t the crowd always right? Well, no. See Matthew 7:12. The majority of people are led astray. It is a simple, Biblical fact.
Third, you must do right. By nature of the FACT that you have gone through such efforts to defend your choice to vote for Trump, repeating several times that you didn’t want to vote for him. Could that be you arguing with the Holy Spirit? When is it ever right to do wrong? There is no case in the Word of God where someone was rewarded BY GOD for doing wrong. God expects, no, He DEMANDS perfection from us. Yes, we fall short and yes, we need salvation. But our need for salvation does not negate God’s demand. There was another case where a woman had gone away from God’s will. He left here with a simple command:

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Finally, I have to ask one last question: Do you really believe God? If you do, if you really trust God, then you must trust that He will take care of you and he will take care of the President. Obama has been the worst President to date. If he could, he would completely dismantle American. But he hasn’t. Have you considered asking why Obama hasn’t gotten his way? Could it be that God’s Word is true? One last verse for you to consider:

Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

It simply DOES NOT MATTER who is in the office. God will do whatever HE needs to do to accomplish HIS will Yes, God could use Trump. Yes, God could use Clinton. But, my fear of what Clinton wants to do cannot dissuade my faith in God an my fear cannot lead me to vote for one I cannot morally support. It is proven that Trump will do or say anything to get elected. He IS a supporter of Clinton. He is a supporter of homosexual and transgender perverts. He is a supporter of the wholesale murder of the unborn. He IS immoral in many of his actions. I simply cannot vote FOR a man who is a supporter of so many things I stand against. I will trust God and I will vote my conscience. That means I will not vote for Trump.

2 Timothy 3:1-7 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Daniel 3:1-30 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellers, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellers, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then an 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 musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews. They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever. Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellers, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellers, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.

Matthew 7:12-14 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.