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ENEMY WITHIN THE GATES BY CHUCK BALDWIN

December 30, 2010

Here is another article by Chuck Baldwin, I always enjoy his articles, they are so informative, and to the point.

Enemy Within The Gates
By Chuck Baldwin
December 30, 2010

Archived column:
http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/home/?p=2645

As surely as William Barret Travis drew a line in the sand at the
Alamo, a line is being drawn in the hearts of men today. By the time
it is over, every man and woman in America will have to choose which
side of the line they are on. Neutrality will not be an option.
Furthermore, this line is separating, not only political and cultural
adversaries, it is dividing friends and families as well. In fact, it
is no hyperbole to say that the enemy is not only AT the gates; the
enemy is WITHIN the gates. Then again, I suppose that during any
momentous turning point of history, it has always been this way. And
make no mistake about it: we are at a momentous turning point of
history.

Consider what our Lord told us: “Think not that I am come to send
peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come
to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against
her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a
man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” (Matthew 10:34-36
KJV)

It’s happened before in America. It happened during our War for
Independence. It happened again during the War for Southern
Independence: father against son and brother against brother. And so
it is now.

The enemy has always done its best and most efficient work from
within. At this point, I am reminded of what America’s most
celebrated jurist, Daniel Webster, once said, “There is no nation on
earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction,
should it come at all, will be from another quarter: from the
inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from
their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend
some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in
their public servants and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct;
that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men and
become the instruments of their own undoing.”

I am often asked, “From whence comes our greatest threat: Iraq,
Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, Russia, China, etc.?” And my
response is the same as Webster’s: our greatest threat is within the
gates of our own country. Our greatest threat is Washington, D.C. I
will even go further than that. Many times, our greatest threat is
within the gates of our own churches, and within the walls of our own
homes!

Remember, the Lord Jesus was betrayed by one of his own apostles.
King David was betrayed by his own son. Samson was betrayed by a
lover. Noah was betrayed by a grandson. Joseph was betrayed by his own
brothers. Moses was betrayed by the ten trusted scouts. The list is
endless.

I remind you that during our War for Independence, the colonial army
had far more to fear from Benedict Arnold than it did from King
George! And so it is today. The enemy at the gates at least looks like
the enemy. It dresses like the enemy; it talks like the enemy; it acts
like the enemy. But the enemy within the gates looks like a friend. It
dresses like a friend; it talks like a friend; it acts like a friend.
But it is still the enemy!

The enemies of freedom are ubiquitous today. They are in our State
legislatures; they sit on the benches of our judiciary; they teach in
our colleges and universities; they preach in our pulpits; they teach
in our Sunday School classrooms; they sit across our dining room
tables; they even sleep in our own beds! And, for the most part, they
are in charge of most things going on in Washington, D.C.

These enemies of whom I speak are those who would rather protect
government (even illegitimate government) than protect freedom; they
would rather please the powers that be than please the Power that is;
and they would rather promote their own success and prosperity than
the success and prosperity of their country. They are
self-aggrandizing statists who suck at the teat of Big Government.
They might be Democrats or Republicans: at the national level, both
have a large welfare-addicted constituency. They might be Christians
or unbelievers. In fact, many of today’s Christians, churches, and
pastors are proving themselves to be the enemies of freedom to an even
greater extent than many unbelievers.

For the last several years, the absence of Christians (and especially
pastors) from the freedom fight is glaring! The vast majority of them
show little interest in whether or not their State defends itself from
ever-increasing federal encroachments; they show little attention to
the exponential growth of a Fascist-style police state that is taking
shape in front of their very eyes; and they seem little concerned over
the demise of constitutional government.

Beyond that, I have discovered firsthand that not only do many
Christians seem to revel in apathy and indifference to the
aforementioned attacks against our liberties, they will often unleash
vehement resistance and hatred to the brother that stands in
opposition to these attacks. It is no wonder Jesus said, “A man’s
foes shall be they of his own household.”

Some of these enemies and false brethren are motivated by jealousy.
Some are motivated by greed or ambition. Still, others suffer from
extreme character deficiencies, such as egomania, pride, laziness, or
intense feelings of insecurity. Regardless of the motivation, they set
their sights and whet their arrows against those who would dare take a
bold and courageous stand for liberty.

My fellow patriots, watch your back, because your greatest enemy is
probably behind you! Remember, Jesus “came unto his own, and his own
received him not.” (John 1:11) And of Christ does the prophet not
say, “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine
hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the
house of my friends”? (Zechariah 13:6 KJV)

I can personally identify with Zechariah’s prophecy. The wounds my
wife and I (and our entire family) carry today were inflicted “in
the house of my friends.”

Perhaps the patriot’s courage convicts the statist of his own
laziness or greed. Perhaps the statist truly despises liberty in his
own heart, because, in his soul, he is either a tyrant or slave–or
even both. In fact, when the discussion of liberty is broached in
today’s Churchianity, I fear this is a major part of the problem.

I have witnessed firsthand the effects that legalism,
denominationalism, and corporatism have caused within the Church. Many
Christians are so enslaved by legalistic churches and institutions
that they wouldn’t know freedom if it came up and bit them on their
blessed assurance! They are told what kind of music to listen to, how
to wear their hair, what kind of clothes to put on, who can and
can’t be their friends–even how husbands and wives should express
their love to each other. Their entire lives are lived as subjects and
servants to the all-powerful institution (read: church, school,
college, etc.). What, pray tell, does the subject of liberty mean to
them? They are already enslaved!

Likewise, many professing pastors and Christians are as enslaved to a
denomination as any political subject in Russia or China. To them,
there is no truth worth defending but the truth proclaimed by the
almighty denomination. There is no battle worth fighting unless it is
sanctioned by the all-wise denomination. And there is no enemy worth
resisting who is not identified by the all-knowing denomination. What,
pray tell, does the subject of liberty mean to them? Are they not
slaves already?

Then there is the corporate slave! This is the so-called Christian
statist who recognizes no church that the IRS does not recognize–or
approve. This is the Christian, who, if he lived in communist China,
would attend the state-approved church, with a state-approved
minister, preaching state-approved sermons to state-enslaved subjects.
But as almost anyone knows, the real Church in oppressed countries is
never the one you see in state-sponsored
“we-have-freedom-of-religion-here” propaganda photo ops.

The real Church in oppressed countries meets in private living rooms,
back rooms, barns, sheds, or even in the backwoods. In all likelihood,
their gatherings are illegal, their ministers unlicensed, and their
worship politically incorrect. This has been the history of the real
Church since the Book of Acts. And it is fast becoming the experience
of the real Church in America!

Yes, a line is being drawn in the sand in this country. One will
either be a statist, who is devoted to the supremacy of the State, or
he or she will be a freedomist, who is devoted to the spirit and
principles of liberty. And just like at Travis’ Alamo, there can be
no neutrality.

I personally believe that God Himself is drawing this line in the
sand. I also believe that many professing Christians are quickly
lining up on the wrong side of that line and have made themselves the
enemies of truth and freedom (and those who love them). I further
believe that because so many Christians are holding their peace, the
“stones” are crying out for truth and liberty (Luke 19:40),
meaning God is often using strangers of the covenant to advance His
truth.

I also believe that God is preparing a robust and righteous remnant
from among those who love liberty (and are willing to guard and defend
it), while the traditional church (read: organized, incorporated,
state-sanctioned) is being given over to servitude and judgment. And
as I’ve also learned (and said before), patriots must watch their
backs, because the enemy is not AT the gates, it is WITHIN them!

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