by Greg Dixon
America’s First Padlocked Church Prelude to Ron Paul’s Present Plight
By Greg Dixon
A reader from yesterday’s article about our church, the Indianapolis Baptist Temple, being raided by 100 federal marshals on February 13, 2001 on a Court order from Federal District Judge Sara Evans Barker in violation of the Holy Scriptures and Indiana and federal Constitutions writes the following typical response:
I would like to receive The Trumpet. I am so sorry this happened to you and your church. I can hardly believe it happened with almost no reports in the media. I have always said that there is a State Religion in America just as there was in the USSR, and this convinces me even more of that. Thank you very much. Blessings, Don
Over and over people say how can such a thing happen in America? First let me say, it did happen but it didn’t happen until “Black Friday,” September 3, 1982. On that day Cass County Sheriff Fred Tesch (deceased), acting on a bench warrant issued by Judge Raymond J. Case, drove out to Louisville, Nebraska, and arrested a man of God, Pastor Everette Sileven while ministering in the pulpit of his church, before children, during morning chapel. They locked him in the Plattsmouth jail with common criminals for 297 days, and then the next year locked up seven of the church fathers for 97 days.
What was their crime? The same as the congregation of the Indianapolis Baptist Temple: they believed that Jesus Christ was the head over their church, not the state of Nebraska. In this case, they had refused to take a license from the state to conduct a Christian school in their church facilities; in the Baptist Temple case, it was the collection and payment of taxes. In both it was a First Commandment case – Who is God – Christ or Caesar? It has always been the issue for two millennia now and will be until He comes and settles the issue once and for all. And be assured, He will.
How did it happen? It could not have happened until 100 of us were carried out of the same church, bodily, at 6 am on the following October 18 after an all night prayer meeting, by the same Sheriff Tesch backed up by the Nebraska State Police, and then the church padlocked from the inside to where the congregation could not worship in their own building.
How did it happen? It could not have happened until State tyranny of Texas destroyed the huge forty-year old children’s home ministry of Lester Roloff in 1971, the New Bethany Home for boys and girls Arcadia, Louisiana in 1972, the Community Baptist Church Boys Home ministry in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1986, and several others including a boys’ home just raided in Florida two months ago. None of this could have happened without the aid of the press and the silence of the pastors in the area who have consistently stood on the side of the state in every one of these cases.
How did it happen? It could not have happened until the “Ministry of Information” as Orwell put it in his book 1984 had so democratized the American people that they had lost all concept of Constitutional government for the most part by the time of the “Great Depression.” In fact, it says in one edition of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World that there was no organized opposition to this New World Order in 1932, which was the year that I was born. No wonder there was no opposition, when the War Powers Act was passed by Congress in 1933 making every American an enemy of the State a “domestic terrorist”. Obviously when they declared the national bankruptcy, they thought that they might have to declare martial law, and they will eventually.
How did it happen? It could not have happened until the preachers became dumbed down to the point where they believed that Romans 13 taught the unlimited submission to the civil magistrate, and they thought evangelism was more important than discipleship and buildings were more important than people, and that the church was a legal organization rather than a divine organism (body of Christ).
When we went through our ordeal in Indianapolis and lost $6 million worth of the Lord’s property, 22 acres of land, a Christian school with 300 students from K-12, a day care, a College, and our home in which we had raised our family, not one preacher in forty miles of Indianapolis even called or sent an e-mail to say that they were praying for us.
How did it happen? It happened because The International Association of Undercover Officers held a seminar in Nashville, Tennessee August 16-20, 1999 and named people like Greg Dixon, W.N. Otwell and Matt Trewhella as “Domestic Terrorists” in print, along with scores of other patriotic Americans and no one cared. And now they are bold enough to come after a respected Congressman like Ron Paul. We better stop this train now. The fourth in this series, God willing, will be in Freedom’s Phoenix tomorrow.
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