What the heck is a “Religious Liberty Task Force”?

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of a Religious Liberty Task Force. It’s purpose is to ensure that the Justice Department is prioritizing the rights of religious people and groups in its policies and legal battles by enforcing his “religious liberty” memo issued last October.

I’m visualizing black clad commandos rappelling from Black Hawk helicopters into Planned Parenthood clinics.  Ok, so that is probably not how it will go down, but like all politics this is just smoke and mirrors covering a hidden agenda. You’re probably thinking “Hey, I want religious liberty”, but ask yourself this, whose religion and at what cost? This is Jeff Sessions’ “religious liberty” memo which means his belief and his religion are the focus. The Attorney General’s job is to protect all liberties and stay out of religion.  Remember the separation of church and state?

Sessions quotes Romans 13

Religious Liberty Task Force - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions from quotes the Bible.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions from quotes the Bible like a preacher at the pulpit.

Considering what might be Jeff Sessions’ particular religious beliefs, last month he was quoting Romans 13 in regard to the government’s right to separate families.  The major News outlets were trying to answer questions like “What does the Bible verse Jeff Sessions quoted really mean? – CNN” and reconcile past usage of those verses to defend the British Empire, Slavery and every other government mandate since the time of the Apostle Paul.

CNN – Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the border this week by citing a passage from the Apostle Paul’s epistle to the Romans:

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,” Sessions said. “Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.”

Later, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders summed up the same idea: “It is very biblical to enforce the law.”

Misquoting God’s Word

It is surprising how quickly politicians open their mouths to speak God’s Word. When it comes to misquoting or misrepresenting God’s Word there is no end to their hypocrisy. If they would read the book from which they quote they would realize there are very stiff penalties for speaking wrongly about God.

Mark 3:29 states that “Anyone who blasphemes / speaks wrongly concerning the Holy Spirit / Prue Breath has no forgiveness and is subject to eternal damnation.”

The Holy Spirit which literally means Pure Breath is God’s Word.  Jesus said “…the Words that I speak to you are spirit / breath and are life.” John 6:63, cf. Gen 2:7

Then of course there is Deuteronomy 18:20 “But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in My Name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

Ordained by God?

As the Attorney General and chief enforcer of the laws of the government, ol’ Jeff must think he has been ordained by God. Let’s look at the quoted verses in context to find out.

Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the power/authority from above. For there is no power/authority but of God: those that are of God are ordained.

This is not referring to any government that has ever existed. Look through history and find a government that God ordained. Egypt? Rome? Israel? God explains what a government will do in 1 Samuel 8 when Israel demands a king. Violence, war, servitude, taxes, etc… He explains to Samuel that “they have not rejected you, they have rejected Me.”

Paul is not telling people to be subject to a government, but there are authorities ordained by God.

Where the beginning is there will the end be

In the beginning we find that God ordained the Sun, Moon and Stars giving them power/authority to Rule over the Day and Night and to divide the light from the darkness. If you would like to know who these celestial bodies represent check out this video https://www.thefirmament.org or leave me a comment.

Rom 13:2 Whosoever therefore resists the power/authority (from above), resists the ordinances/commandments of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

They that resist the commandments of God shall receive damnation, is nothing new.  However, this verse implies that resisting the authorities from above is the same as resisting the Commandments. Therefore, these authorities must be teaching the Commandments of God.  Sure enough in verse :4 below we find them referred to as Ministers of God. If this refers to the government then why has the government banned the display of the Ten Commandments in public buildings?

Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Will you then not be afraid of the power/authority? do that which is good, and you shall have praise of the same:

Remember, in context we are still speaking of the Commands of God. The righteous / good keep the Commands of God while the evil / wicked do not.  For this the authorities / rulers ordained by God will treat them accordingly.

Rom 13:4 For he is the minister of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid; for he bears not the sword of God (Word of God) in vain: for the minister he is a revenger of wrath upon him that does evil.

These Authorities are Rulers who are Ministers of God, so they must “rightly divide the Word of Truth”. They are not some government functionary or politician with no understanding of God or His Word. In Scripture the people of God are not subject to any authority other than God’s. These verses in Romans confirm that.

Jeff Sessions’ has not been ordained by God and has spoken wrongly of God’s Word which is blasphemy. His “religious liberty memo” and “task force” are worthless.  He is the head of a “dangerous movement” eroding God’s Word and judgement has been passed.

Religious Liberty Task Force
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, standing left of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, at the DOJ Religious Liberty Summit on Monday in Washington.

Matt 5:34-37 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; it is His footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shall thou swear by your head, because you can’t make one hair white or black. But let your word be, Yes for yes and No for no: for whatsoever is more than this is evil.

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