A Theocrat Goes to Washington

Look what we found in the Moultrie Observer of Moultrie, Georgia. The headline is Moultrie preacher carries message to Washington.

Who is that preacher, and what was his message? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Jake Sutton, preacher of the Moultrie Church of Christ, is director of a national effort called “Campaign: Capitol Hill” that brings pastors from Churches of Christ to preach at the nation’s capital.

A worthy endeavor. We looked around, but “Campaign: Capitol Hill” doesn’t have a website. They are on Facebook, if you care to look. Here’s what the rev said:

“We see our culture and country going farther and farther from the moral standard that pleases God concerning a nation and He cannot and will not bless any nation that continues to spit in His face by removing him from our government, our school systems, our political world and from our homes,” Sutton told the audience. “No one man, leader, elected official or president can change this situation, but rest assured, the Almighty God can.”

Give ’em hell, Jake! How dare they remove God from our government and our schools? And even our homes! Let’s read on:

Eight men preached during the event Aug. 7: In addition to Sutton were [seven other fearless preachers, including] Dave Miller, the director of Apologetics Press, a creationist organization that gives the biblical approach to the known world in the realm of science [and others].

What an impressive bunch! Washington needs to hear from them. The news story continues:

Sutton preached on “Standing the Gap” and he explained it has always been God’s desire that his children, members of his church, stand in the gap between God and the wicked and to plead with them about repentance.

He’s not talking only about those politicians in Washington. He’s also thinking of you, dear reader. Here’s more:

Sutton said the event was covered and recorded by a live desk producer for NBC, based out of Charlotte, N.C. The Gospel Broadcasting Network was on site the whole day recording the event, he said. The Gospel Radio Network, based out of Texas will be airing it across their state and online to the world.

Wow — what coverage! They not only had one NBC reporter from North Carolina, but the Gospel Broadcasting Network was there too. This was a big event! Here’s the end of the story:

“This is just the beginning” Sutton said. “Lord willing, we will be back there next year and the permit is being secured to do so.”

You gotta admire preachers like Jake. He’s willing to take his vital message right into the lion’s den — and he’s going back next year. Things will start changing in Washington now. We hope it’s not too late!

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18 responses to “A Theocrat Goes to Washington

  1. I love being referred to as “the wicked!” really makes me want to hear their message. Amazing that they decry the removal of God from out government when “He” wasn’t inserted in the first place. The only place “He” shows up are the places where “he” was snuck in by the theocrats.

  2. Steve Ruis confesses:

    I love being referred to as “the wicked!”

    Repent!

  3. “…a creationist organization that gives the biblical approach to the known world in the realm of science…” And that, boys and girls, is an example of a long oxymoronic phrase. Since most of the stories in the bible are known to be myths, it’s not even an approach to the “known world” of 5,000 years ago, let alone the “realm of science” at any time.

  4. It’s interesting that the Churches of Christ did such a 180 after the World Wars. They once were of the pacifist tradition and like the Anabaptists were very much supportive of the separation of church and state. I have a distinguished colleague who finally got fed up with this and left the C of C Pepperdine U for the Anabaptist Messiah C.

  5. Revver Jake Sutton’s rabble-rousing oratory needs some augmentation to up its honesty quotient to a more ingenuous level: “We — that is, me and my despotic agenda-laden bias — see our culture and country going farther and farther from the moral standard that pleases God — who speaks through me alone and don’t you dare defy Him, or else! — concerning a nation…

  6. BTW, great title for this entry, Curmy!

  7. Aaargh, “title”, of course. (Although “tiltle” is something one might do at windbagmills like our Revver here.)

    [*Voice from above*] Thou shalt not take the name Aaaargh!! in vain.

  8. @Douglas E
    The sudden change from once stance to the other is a common enough phenomenon. It is almost as if there were no rational reason for either “before” or “after”, and as if there were no memory of one’s past.
    Sometime it is a welcome change, as change in the change in the last half-century in the USA against xenophobia.

  9. I have to ask myself how sincere a guy like that can really be. I imagine there is a spectrum and he is somewhere between sincerity and maintaining employment. How many people would leave this kind of thinking behind if it wasn’t paying the bills?

  10. Funny to suddenly find a reference to Dave Miller and Apologetics Press here, for it so happens that I have been reading their articles quite extensively the last few weeks:

    http://www.apologeticspress.org

    They cover somewhat the same ground as AiG and arguably write better than Ham and his Hamite minions. Apologetics Press is all about nice, uncompromising, hardcore YEC/fundamentalism, their every thought constrained by the principle “if reality and the Bible are at odds, the Bible wins”.

    They would not put it exactly like that, of course.

  11. “the permit is being secured to do so”
    Secured by the same political world from which god was removed.

    “Repent!”
    Complete quote:

    “Here he comes now
    Fall to your knees and repent if you please”

    http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/judaspriest/exciter.html

    But I have a hunch Jake Sutton doesn’t like this band.

  12. Compare and contrast this statement by the Moultrie preacher

    “We see our culture and country going farther and farther from the moral standard that pleases God concerning a nation and He cannot and will not bless any nation that continues to spit in His face by removing him from our government, our school systems, our political world and from our homes,” Sutton told the audience. “No one man, leader, elected official or president can change this situation, but rest assured, the Almighty God can.”

    with this opening salvo from the DI’s notorious Wedge document:

    The proposition that human beings are created in the image of God is one of the bedrock principles on which Western civilization was built. Its influence can be detected in most, if not all, of the West’s greatest achievements, including representative democracy, human rights, free enterprise, and progress in the arts and sciences.

    Yet a little over a century ago, this cardinal idea came under wholesale attack by intellectuals drawing on the discoveries of modern science. Debunking the traditional conceptions of both God and man, thinkers such as Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud portrayed humans not as moral and spiritual beings, but as animals or machines who inhabited a universe ruled by purely impersonal forces and whose behavior and very thoughts were dictated by the unbending forces of biology, chemistry, and environment. This materialistic conception of reality eventually infected virtually every area of our culture, from politics and economics to literature and art

    The cultural consequences of this triumph of materialism were devastating. Materialists denied the existence of objective moral standards, claiming that environment dictates our behavior and beliefs. Such moral relativism was uncritically adopted by much of the social sciences, and it still undergirds much of modern economics, political science, psychology and sociology.

    Materialists also undermined personal responsibility by asserting that human thoughts and behaviors are dictated by our biology and environment. The results can be seen in modern approaches to criminal justice, product liability, and welfare. In the materialist scheme of things, everyone is a victim and no one can be held accountable for his or her actions.

    I suppose one could give the DI a half-point for being a tad more literate–but then take it away again for being every bit as stupidly reactionary…

  13. The proposition that God was created in the image of human beings is one of the bedrock principles on which Western civilization was built. Its influence can be detected in most, if not all, of the West’s greatest achievements, including representative democracy, human rights, free enterprise, and progress in the arts and sciences.

    Indeed, each culture the world over has created their own god in the image of their tribal beliefs.

  14. I love being Wicked!

    Because I met the Curmie I have been changed for the better.

  15. The Discos say, “Materialists also undermined personal responsibility by asserting that human thoughts and behaviors are dictated by our biology and environment. The results can be seen in modern approaches to criminal justice, product liability, and welfare. In the materialist scheme of things, everyone is a victim and no one can be held accountable for his or her actions.”

    God (pardon me) forbid that we should recognize that our biology and environment have anything to do with our choices.

    The irony is that the Discos clearly believe our environment is influential–or they wouldn’t keep trying to change it by forcibly Christianizing society, which after all is a crucial part of the environment which shapes human beings. As for biology, how much do you want to bet against at least some of them believing that certain races are morally and intellectually inferior to others by birth?

  16. I for one have seen the light and Holy Crap. Its getting deep in the Carolinas. I’m gonna need hip boots the next time I drive to Fla.

  17. Do you mean “Church of Christ” or “Churches of Christ”? The latter is the bunch associated with Apologetics Press, and who supplied the school chaplain (!) caught handing out copies, to a school near Glasgow, of “Truth be Told; Exposing the Myth of Evolution”, which is worse than you could imagine (dinos pulling dog carts) and which I reviewed when all this came to light at

  18. As far as I understand things, a single congregation is a Church of Christ, and collectively, all of these are referred to as the Churches of Christ. Do not confuse these with the United Church of Christ! The two are pretty much at opposite ends of the conservative-liberal spectrum. The Churches of Christ have not denomination structure beyond the local churches. The do not have seminaries, and the C of C universities seem to be where the structural organization lies. Abilene Christian, Oklahoma Christian, Pepperdine, Lipscomb, etc. have Departments of Religion and offer masters of divinity, and host annual Bible Lectureships where it appears as though church polity is established.