Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks at the 412 Church in Murrieta, California

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In July of this year, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke at the 412 Church in Murrieta, California. That news gained my attention for two reasons. First, this church is located in my Inland Empire region, and I’ll tell you the second reason later. 

I watched the video of Greene’s speech, and I agree with most of the political points she conveyed. Nonetheless, regardless of how accurate her speech may have been (politically), if the speaker is wearing a dress, or, if the preacher is a “her,” that attenuates the speech (or sermon).

At best, the 412 Church was showcasing egalitarianism and feminism, at worse it was esse contra scripturas (against the Scriptures); and to be against the Scriptures is to be against Christ. Gender role confusion belongs out in the world, not in the local church. 

Whether she be a United States Congressman or not, a female is not to preach, teach, or exercise authority over the men in the church.

“Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control” (1 Timothy 2:11-15).

As I Tweeted,

“A Church in SoCal had Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene speak before their congregation. Though I agreed with her message, this is egalitarianism. A Biblical ecclesiology does not do what the Scriptures forbid, in an attempt to elect their candidate. It’s a republicanized Christendom. #egalitarian”

Greene lodged some complaints against today’s Christendom, she stated the “church is basically dead.” Though I agree with her that the institutionalized church is dead. But I disagree with why it’s dead. Greene would have us believe that a church that is alive (or healthy), is a church that is outwardly Republican, and more vocal politically. I strongly disagree with that. The primary purpose of the church is to glorify the Father, exalt Christ, and to do so while obeying His Great Commission. 

This 412 Church is similar to my former church, Calvary Chapel of Chino Hills. Their pastor, Jack Hibbs is a Republican activist. And he’s so desperate to get his choice of candidates elected, that he’s compromised, allowing politically driven emotionalism, egalitarianism, ecumenicalism, religious pluralism, and an adulterer behind his pulpit. And, he has endorsed pro-homosexual Republicans, as well as a liberal socialist Republican Mormon for president. 

Back to the 412 Church in Murrieta.

The second point that gained my attention is that their former executive pastor was my beloved long-term friend Layne Livingston. Over the decades Layne was extremely helpful to my family, as well as so many others. But sadly, a few years ago Layne had an unfortunate accident at his home and fatally succumbed to that injury.  

My wife and I attended his funeral at their church – the 412 Church. They never opened their Bible, they never preached God’s Word, and they never shared the Gospel at his funeral. Frankly, it seemed secular. Although during the reception, there was a presence of Gospel tracts quietly laying on the tables.  

This was a shock to me because Layne would have never wanted that. Moreover, they missed an opportunity to preach the Law and Gospel before a well-attended audience. 

Therefore, Mrs. Greene, even with you behind the pulpit warning that most of the churches are dead (which is true), their church is not Biblically alive.

According to the standards of the Republican party, I’m sure the 412 Church would receive an A rating. But if we were to judge that church according to the Scriptures, or those seven letters that Jesus wrote to those seven churches in Revelation 2&3, I assure you, Jesus would not give them an A. Let us never forget that it was a Republican U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortion, the first degree murder of the unborn child.

Christ’s beautiful bride (the church) is not called to lower her standards to the standards of the Republican party. Our standards are the infallible, inerrant, sufficient Scriptures. Christ’s blood-bought bride must be holy and different from the rest of this lost world. 

Lastly, Christians we must be more concerned for the health of our local church, than the health of our ungodly nation. Because so goes the church, so goes the nation.

If you want to make America great again, the theological solution is this. The local church must be a church militant with her boots to the ground in the public square, equipped with the whole armor of God, wielding the Sword of the Lord; while preaching His Law and glorious Gospel.

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