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Crucial Message to MA Christians from Pastor Paul Jehle (YouTube 5 mins)
 

 In early America, pastors led their congregations in the political arena. With God's grace, standing on historical precedent and the Word of God, let pastors be encouraged to do so again!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1vq-vY4I3c

This instructive, visual 5-min exhortation from Paul Jehle, Ed.D., senior pastor at New Testament Church, Plymouth MA, and nationally acclaimed historian, explains how the history of Massachusetts is firmly grounded in a Biblical worldview.

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Outline

1. First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
The idea that somewhere in the First Amendment there is a wall separating church and state is a revision of history.

2. Professions of Faith
Almost every one of the 13 colonies had professions of faith required for public office.

3. Massachusetts State Constitution
Part I, Article II: "It is the right as well as the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons to worship the Supreme Being, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship."
4. The Role of Pastors in Early Massachusetts History
From Plymouth to Puritan colonies, pastors instructed the church body in constructing a proper civil government, pleasing to God and His word, and accountable to the people.

5. Election Day in Early America
The leadership of the pastors who built this country: Election days were holidays. A parade moved from the center of town toward the church, led by the clery and followed by all those running for office. In the church, the pastor delivered an "Election Sermon". He showed them their duties before the Word of God. He also demonstrated how people should discern who the best candidate was.

Pastors also applied the Gospel to current events. The British burned churches, knowing that the pastors provided the greatest resistance to tyranny.

6. Pastors and Social Issues
In early America, the pulpit was the source of the people's conviction that rights were God-given and unalienable. Today, we are under increasing pressures that threaten our liberties. Social issues are being redefined according to public opinion, rather than by the traditional values derived from the Bible and cherished for almost 400 years in New England.

7. Call to Action
1.. There is no law forbidding pastors from preaching on public issues. Urging people to vote does violate any IRS code that could not threaten your tax-exempt status. Preach on what the Bible says about the current issues we face.
2.. Contact http://MAfamily.org to get IRS-approved fliers on where the candidates for US Sentate stand on the issues.
3.. Urge your people to vote in Tuesday's special election. Polls are open 7am - 8pm.
Watch now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1vq-vY4I3c


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