Published August 8, 2013 on ConstitutionPartyWI.com. Riley J. Hood is the chairman of the Constitution Party of Wisconsin. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012 as a write-in candidate and received 70 votes.
“These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority.
Let no man despise thee.” Titus 2:15
By Riley J. Hood-CPoW State Chairman
Every so often, discussions come up about the Free Church vs. the State Church. In a Free Church, the State doesn’t support it with taxes, neither does the State tax or otherwise regulate it. Part of the word Free, in that term: is Tax Free. The State Church is State controlled and State supported.
For the last 100 years, the majority of Churches have incorporated at the State Level, and since 1954, most Churches are further controlled at the federal level through the IRS 501(C)-3 Regulation. Both these models introduced the corporation; a “creature of Caesar.” The Civil Government heads the Church Inc. Under the State Church model, you have State Control, plus State support. In America today you have State Control, and State-based hostility. The State engages in extortion; by telling Pastors if you preach on certain things, you will lose your incorporated status. This is truly the worst of both worlds.
Does this State Chairman want to have a State Church? I have been accused of that by men who can’t abide the name of Jesus Christ. In my own words, the answer is no. I favor the Free Church, with no taxation and no regulation. What has America endured since 1954 as a result of the Church being muzzled? This list isn’t and can’t be all inclusive; but here are a few examples I have been thinking about.
- The removal of the Ten Commandments starting in 1963.
- The de-facto legalization of Abortion, through the US Supreme Court’s decisions, Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton and Casey v. Planned Parenthood. The de-facto legalization of sodomy through the Lawrence v. Texas decision.
- Several mainline denominations promoting Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and various forms of sodomy because the civil government says it is okay now. Nearly all the rest of the Evangelical and Fundamentalist Churches are silent, whose answer is non-participation, neutrality and escapism. Nearly all the incorporated Churches counsel married couples to use birth control.
- The appearance of watered down, mealy mouthed voter guides designed to make that particular party’s candidate look good, resorting to questions like, “Are you against partial birth abortion?” The man can be a pro-abort, but be dubbed pro-life because he is mildly against one to two percent of all abortions taking place.
Before 1954; every Political Party, except the Communist Party appealed to Christianity as the basis for their support. Even the Socialists, while riddled with Atheists, Evolutionists, and Agnostics still appealed to Christianity and promoted religious freedom as a differentiator between themselves and the Communists. Today, most parties are atheistic. There are a few smaller parties that appeal to Christianity, such as the Constitution Party.
Regarding the Constitution Party of Wisconsin, we are a Bible-based political party. Our stands do come from the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence; but we put the Bible over and above both of our nation’s founding documents. We respect the founding fathers, but we are not a cult of the founding fathers, and skepticism isn’t improved by putting the term “Jeffersonian” in front of it. In the election of 1800, the Presbyterian minister William Linn preached, “to vote for Jefferson is to sin against God.” Election sermons were common, not only teaching right principle from the pulpit, but instructing the congregation on where each candidate stood. The “lesser of two evils,” was not a consideration. You only hear that kind preaching today in unlicensed Churches. The IRS wouldn’t intimidate churches if the IRS didn’t exist. CPoW means to abolish the IRS. CPoW wants to end government interference in Church matters, because we think America needs more bold preaching, not less.