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Clip from Same-Sex Marriage Hearing in Trenton on Tuesday

January 25th, 2012 | By admin

SPEAKING OUT AGAINST “GAY MARRIAGE” DECLARING THAT A VOTE FOR THIS BILL WILL BE A VOTE AGAINST GOD.

JEREMIAHCRY MINISTRIES teamed up with GO STAND SPEAK MINISTRIES FOR A DAY AT THE SENATE HEARING in Trenton New Jersey on the account of a bill being passed to allow Homosexuals the right to be legally married.

Update

January 9th, 2012 | By admin

It’s been a while since our last email so I wanted to send out a quick note to update you on what’s been going on…
1. We’ve launched a new site called www.votebiblical.com. Please take a few minutes and watch the video and if possible, please send this out to your list, put it on your site, Facebook it, etc,. It addresses the common questions about voting as a Christian plus gives you a biblical guideline when choosing a candidate.
2. Movie, feature film: Over the past 6 months we’ve been working diligently on the screenplay and building our team for a feature film which is planned to be released in 2013. It has a powerful pro-life, kingdom oriented theme and is the number 1 project our ministry is focused on over the next year. Please keep this in prayer. Pre-production will begin in September and before that we will be sending more details, along with instructions for anyone that would like to be involved.
That’s about it for now. If you can remember, please keep these two projects in prayer.
PS. If you need some gospel tracts, we’ve just released 2012 election tracts (very inexpensive):

How to Vote Biblical- New Website

October 25th, 2011 | By admin

Is there a standard for voting? How can we be sure to vote in a God honoring, biblical way? Brand new website and video reveals how to vote biblically in the 2012 Presidential Election. www.votebiblical.com and compare the 2012 Presidential Candidates.

POLITICAL SERMONS: WHERE HAVE THEY GONE?

October 21st, 2011 | By admin

POLITICAL SERMONS: WHERE HAVE THEY GONE?by Rusty Lee Thomas

I have in my possession a book called the Political Sermons of the American Founding Era. It is a huge volume that begins in 1730 and ends in 1805. The book is chalk full of powerful sermons that cover seventy five years of America’s religious and political history. It demonstrates how much Christianity defined, crafted, guided, and gave birth to America. It reveals to what degree our infant nation relied upon God’s word to forge the liberties that we take for granted today. It teaches to what extent our political and social freedoms were directly entwined with Biblical truth.

A good portion of these sermons were specifically written, distributed, and preached to civil rulers. Men of God of yore believed they were duty-bound to hold civil officials accountable to “Thus Saith the Lord!” They were convicted by God’s word to disciple civil rulers and inspire them to fulfill their responsibilities as “Ministers of God.” Thus they challenged public officials to uphold God’s laws, precepts, principles, and commandments as they related to the civil sphere.

Today, if politicians make it to Church it is merely for appearance’s sake or to garner votes for upcoming elections. Very rare indeed is the statesman that comes to Church to humble himself before the crown-rights of King Jesus, hear His commands, and accept his spiritual and civil responsibilities. There are two reasons for this sad departure from our rich political and religious legacy. Number one, most pastors don’t possess the theology that includes a Biblical worldview of civil government.

Secondly, they will not touch political sermons with a ten foot pole for fear of mixing religion with politics. Many believe if they did, they would jeopardize their 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Besides, it is a sermon guaranteed to offend.

On the other hand, most politicians, if they did hear a political sermon, would perhaps grant a pious smile, but would probably decline to apply God’s word in the civil realm. Plus, who among them really possesses the spiritual sense to fear God? How many actually believe they are going to stand before God to give an account for failing in their duties as public servants? Thus, many are going to have the shock of their lives come Judgment Day as they chose pragmatism (what works) as opposed to God’s principles (what is right) in the sphere of civil government.

Since the November elections are around the corner, I thought it proper to recapture the spirit and rich godly heritage of our founding preachers and write a political sermon for today. If rarity determines value, then perhaps it will be appreciated by those who receive it. I will be careful not to hold my breath just in case I‘m wrong in this assessment.

As we approach this controversial topic, it is interesting to first note that most of the titles that God chose to define His authority in earth are political in nature and not ecclesiastical (church related). Yes, God’s word defines Jesus Christ as the “Good Shepherd” and the “Bishop of our souls,” but for the most part the rest of God’s titles are of a governmental nature. He is known as King, Lord, Ruler, Judge, and Governor of the nations. In fact, the Apostle John, banished on the isle of Patmos and under the boot of Roman oppression and religious tyranny, declared, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood (Revelation 1:5).”

The Apostle John, though surrounded by tyrants in both the civil and religious spheres, still declared that Jesus Christ is the Prince of the kings of the earth. In other words, He is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14). Notice this passage does not exclaim that Jesus Christ is King of Pastors and Lord of Bishops.

Most believe these are future titles that He will inherit one day when He returns. Not so, He reigns over all governmental leaders presently. This fulfills the Messianic promise of Psalm 2 which prophecies to the rulers of the earth “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”

Most of God’s titles reveal that He is the Sovereign God that rules and reigns in the affairs of men. He sets up kingdoms and He knocks them down. He possesses and dispossess nations according to the counsel of His own will. He does not have political advisers that He consults in these matters. He is not beholden to any government, party, or political persuasion. We cannot vote Him out or through a military coup overthrow His governmental authority. No! He is the Supreme authority. And for His glory and mankind’s benefit, He has created and established delegated authorities. They include self, family, church, and civil government. All these governments owe their allegiances to Him for they derive their authority from Him (Romans 13:1).

The Apostle Paul speaking of Christ’s position over the earth declared, “For by him (Jesus Christ) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence (Colossians 1:16-18).” This may shock some, but God expects His Son, our Lord and Savior, to have preeminence in all things. He is not just Lord over some individuals, some families, and some Churches. He is Lord over all. According to God’s word, there is not one iota of this universe that is beyond Christ’s jurisdiction and all things that concern His preeminence include government, law, and politics. Jesus Himself verified this bedrock truth. He declared, “…All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18b).”

Based upon this unalterable reality, A.A. Hodge (July 18, 1823-November 11, 1886) an American author, lecturer, and theologian at Princeton University stated, “A Christian is just as much under the obligation to obey God’s will in the most secular of his daily business as he is in his closet or at the communion table. He has no right to separate his life into two realms, and acknowledge different moral codes in each…The kingdom of God includes all sides of human life, and it is a kingdom of absolute righteousness. You are either a loyal subject or a traitor. When the king comes, how will he find you doing?

The kingdom of God is one, it cannot be divided…If the Church languishes, the State cannot be in health; and if the State rebels against its Lord and King, the Church cannot enjoy his favour…I charge you, citizens of the United States, afloat on your wide sea of politics, THERE IS ANOTHER KING, ONE JESUS: THE SAFETY OF THE STATE CAN BE SECURED ONLY IN THE WAY OF HUMBLE AND WHOLE-SOULED LOYALTY TO HIS PERSON AND OF OBEDIENCE TO HIS LAW.”

Morally, spiritually, politically, and in every other realm, God shouts from the rooftops to this world filled with little men with proud hearts that seek to deify and become a law unto themselves that there is another King, one called Jesus! This is the battle that is raging for the souls of men, the lives of our children, and the future of our planet. Acts 17:6,7 states, “And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.” According to this passage of Scripture, the battle comes down to two vital issues. Who is ultimately Lord and whose laws are to govern in the affairs of men? Will it be Almighty God or Caesar? Will it be the flawed laws of men, which in many cases legalize evil, or the holy, righteous laws of God that protect the liberty Christ died to secure for the sons of men.

Notice that the accusation against the early Church that turned the world upside down was not “there is another Savior and He has a wonderful plan for your life.” No, the early Church suffered great persecution and martyrdom because the revelation of the King and the laws of His Kingdom that burned bright through their lives. This was a clear and present danger to the political tyrants and religious oppressors of their day.

We must understand that Rome was not threatened religiously by this new sect called Christianity. They were threatened politically. There was religious freedom under Roman occupation. You could worship the god of your choice. Every land, nation, and tribe that Rome conquered, however, was required to speak a loyalty oath to Caesar. Caesar demanded that every knee bow and every tongue confess that he was Lord. It was a full manifestation of emperor cult worship that flourished under pagan rule.

Apparently, the Jews of the day submitted to this idolatry and heresy. Though the Jews were still free to worship Jehovah in the temple, once they left the temple, they were forced to confess Caesar is Lord! Did they do so willingly? God’s word testifies that they did, especially when it came to the revelation of the Kingship of Jesus Christ. John 19:15 states, “But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.”

Man is still faced with this choice today. If Jesus is not the rightful Sovereign and King, then men are left with two failed options. The state is therefore king, which has led historically to unprecedented murderous regimes that crushed the people they claimed to serve, or the individual is sovereign which inevitably leads to chaos, confusion, and anarchy. Only One Nation under God can secure the delicate tension between authority and liberty. Only One Nation under God can provide a proper social order on one hand with maximum individual freedom on the other hand. There is no other worldview or faith that can accomplish this in our poor, fallen world.

Christians historically knew these truths, believed them, and acted upon them. I wish I could say the same for the modern church, but I cannot. Our Christian forefathers and mothers knew there was only one Lord and King and it certainly wasn’t Caesar. Thus, when confronted with this same tyrannical dilemma and Caesar’s demand to affirm the loyalty oath, Rome was dismayed to find a little band of nobodies resist this idolatry. Many suffered horrible deaths, watched their children devoured by beasts, and yet sang praises to their King as they courageously faced the worse that Satan and demonically inspired rulers could afflict upon them. Ultimately, their sacrifice changed the course of history.
Since then, the Christian faith has served to decentralize power and place checks and balances upon governmental authorities. Based upon the revelation that man is sinful and that power corrupts, Christian nations overthrew the pagan notion and doctrine of the so-called “divine rights of kings.” It is this heritage that has provided the freedoms, liberties, and blessings that stand in jeopardy in our day.

Next, we will turn our attention to the Biblical criteria that God’s word prescribes for civil rulers. Just like there are Biblical requirements for Church leadership, there are also Biblical requirements for those who would aspire to hold civil office. Exodus 18:21 states, “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.” This model of governmental leadership reveals that Israel was a Hebrew Republic. It consisted of a representative government similar to our own.

Notice the caliber of men and the characteristics demanded by God for those who would dare to serve in civil government. We take these requirements lightly today. But when one considers the dangerous world we live in and the threats that surround America, should we neglect God’s model for leadership? Our nation is suffering moral rot from within (abortion, homosexuality, pornography etc) and our enemies without (Islam, Communism) smell our vulnerabilities and the weakness of our moral fortitude. This emboldens them while our nation’s leaders serve to empower themselves at the expense of our nation’s welfare. Doesn’t our current crisis cry for leaders that God’s word insists upon? King David stated, “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God ( 2 Samuel 23:3).” Where are the Winston Churchill’s and the George Patton’s of our generation? God help us!!!

Our Founding Fathers understood these truths and the need for godly, principled leadership. George Washington stated, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” John Jay, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, on October 12, 1816 stated, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

Noah Webster, the father of American Education, in 1823, wrote an article entitled, “Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education.” It was published in New Haven, CT. He wrote, “In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide….It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness. But if we had no divine instruction on the subject, our own interest would demand of us a strict observance of the principle of these injunctions. And it is to the neglect of this rule of conduct in our citizens, that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breeches of trust, peculations and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country; which disgrace a republican government; and which will tend to reconcile men to monarchs in other countries and even our own…When a citizen gives his suffrage [vote] to a man of known immorality, he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor, and he betrays the interest of his country.”

Noah Webster promoted God’s principles as a primary consideration in choosing elected officials. Political party associations have to be a secondary consideration. The reason for this assessment centered on the fact that Noah Webster was Biblically literate. He recognized that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34).” He firmly believed, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Proverbs 29:2).”

The sobering truth is that God judges and restores nations based upon its leaders. If our sayings and doings are against the Lord, He turns us over to weak, inept, and wicked rulers (Isaiah 3). If we cry out in repentance, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, He will raise up fierce, godly men who will drive out evil, establish righteousness, and heal our land. The book of Judges reveal this pattern time and time again.

As we look on the horizon and contemplate the precarious future of America, we need to consider what is at stake. There are many challenges that literally call into question our ability to survive as a nation. From the study of history, however, it is clear that God moves history forward by working through His covenant people. It is vital, therefore, that we recognize our spiritual and civic duties before God. We must give Him a reason to show mercy to our nation that stands at the precipice of God’s greater judgments.

It is imperative that we pray, believe, and work to reform ourselves, the family, the church, our culture, and government. In the arena of our civic duty, November elections are coming. Howard Phillips stated, “In politics, your vote is the currency of your virtue.” Surely, every Christian needs to be registered, exercise their civic duty, and vote. We must use God’s word, His principles, and become informed voters. Beyond that, the Church needs to expand our limited vision and begin to train godly statesmen that are steeped in a Biblical worldview, have a firm grasp of history, and send them forth into the civic sphere. How can we prefer Christian rulers, if no Christians will run for public office? Surely, out of all the millions of confessed born-again Christians in America, the Church could produce Congressmen, Senators, Judges, Mayors, Governors, and the like.

Historically, the Church in America performed this vision and mission. Since then, we have lost our way. Case in point is John Witherspoon (February 5, 1723-November 15, 1794). William Federer, author of God and Country, records the following concerning Rev. Witherspoon, “He was an American Revolutionary patriot and clergyman. He was born in Scotland, being a descendant of John Knox on his mother’s side, John Witherspoon’s influence as an educator was widely felt in America. He signed the Declaration of Independence and was a member of the Continental Congress. He was a primary proponent of separation of powers insisting on inclusions to check and balance the power of government. He served on over 120 Congressional committees, including: the Board of War, the Committee on Secret Correspondence, or Foreign Affairs, and the Committee on Clothing for the Army.

As president of Princeton University, 1768-94, he graduated 478 students who directly shaped America, including: James Madison, who served eight years as Secretary of State and eight years as U.S. President; Aaron Burr, Jr., who was a U.S. Vice-President; 3 U.S. Supreme Court justices; 10 Cabinet members; 13 state governors; 21 U.S. Senators; 39 U.S. Representatives; and 114 ministers. Through his students, John Witherspoon’s views were reflected in our Constitution, as 9 (one-sixth) of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention were graduates of Princeton University: Gunning Bedford Jr. of Delaware; David Brearley of New Jersey; William Richardson Davie of North Carolina; Jonathan Dayton of New Jersey; William Churchill Houston of New Jersey; James Madison of Virginia; Alexander Martin of North Carolina; Luther Martin of Maryland; and William Paterson of New Jersey.

On May 17, 1776, the same day the Continental Congress declared a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, Reverend John Witherspoon delivered a sermon at Princeton University entitled ‘The Dominion of Providence over the Passions of Men,’ in which he stated:
While we give praise to God, the Supreme Disposer of all events, for His interposition on our behalf, let us guard against the dangerous error of trusting in, or boasting of, an arm of flesh….If your cause is just, if your principles are pure, and if your conduct is prudent, you need not fear the multitude of opposing hosts.

What follows from this? That he is the best friend to American liberty, who is most sincere and active in promoting true and undefiled religion, and who sets himself with the greatest firmness to bear down profanity and immorality of every kind. Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple not to call him an enemy of his country.

It is in the man of piety and inward principle, that we may expect to find the uncorrupted patriot, the useful citizen, and the invincible soldier. – God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable and that the unjust attempts to destroy the one, may in the issue tend to the support and establishment of both.’”

This was one faithful pastor who exercised tremendous godly influence upon the formation of our civil government in America. He is dead and it is our turn now. Let us seek to reclaim the rich, godly heritage Rev. Witherspoon and others like him, have bequeathed to us, his posterity. If not now, then when? Our nation is being tossed upon the raging seas of political, moral, and spiritual turmoil. We are facing extreme challenges. This is not new to our history. The only difference is we do not possess the theology, faith, worldview, moral fortitude, and the spiritual resources that sustained our nation through the wars, threats, and dangers previously faced by our forefathers and mothers. It is time Church to give our lives to provide these much needed resources in our day. Future generations will either curse or bless our memory based upon how we respond to God and our nation’s need in this desperate hour. Let us not fail in our sacred, moral, spiritual, and civil responsibilities in Jesus’ Mighty and Holy name!

Elijah Ministries
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Waco, TX 76707

Email: rusty@elijahmin.com
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Occupy Wall St. Preaching

October 18th, 2011 | By admin

Here are some highlights of our visit to the Occupy Wall St. protests. It got a little hostile at some points but overall everything was well received with many great conversations after each preaching time. We focused on what the bible says about some of the glaring issues, also preached the Gospel and God’s law as the ultimate standard for government, politics, the economy and all areas of life.

One Nation Under God, By Rusty Lee Thomas

October 12th, 2011 | By admin



Rusty Lee Thomas

Lord Acton stated, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”This premise is confined exclusively to the human realm; it is not a true premise when it comes to Almighty God. All authority, might and power belong to Him, yet He is without sin and there is no variableness, nor shadow of turning in His dealings with men and nations (Matthew 28:18-20; James 1:17b). 1 John 1:5 affirms this aspect of God’s holy character, “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

The founding fathers of America were very much aware of this human proclivity and the temptations associated with power. This is why they went to painstaking lengths to establish our government with checks and balances. Thankfully, they held to a Biblical understanding of human nature. They were not humanists, secularists, or atheistic in their orientation. They did not believe according to modernity that men were inherently good and the source of our problem was environmental.

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Occupy Wall St: Biblical or Unbiblical?

October 10th, 2011 | By admin


Before I answer the question proposed in the title, let me give you a quick glimpse into the movement called “Occupy Wall Street.”

On or around September 17th, 2011, hundreds of protesters gathered on Wall St. in Manhattan to stand against the unfair policies of our government and politicians.

Since then, thousands have rallied and the movement has quickly spread into various cities throughout the United States. With famous politicians, actors, actresses and many of society’s finest stepping out into the action to give their two cents, the movement has gotten international attention, and if nothing else, has made their voice heard.

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Save Souls, Not Cultures?

September 26th, 2011 | By admin

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“Save Souls, Not Cultures!”

This has been the motto of twentieth-century evangelism. Having encountered heavy resistance to the prophet’s message of comprehensive revival and restoration in history, modern evangelical Christianity has abandoned the prophets. Unlike Jonah, who grew weary of life in the belly of a whale, modern evangelicalism has not only grown accustomed to the Church’s cultural irrelevance today, it has actually proclaimed this pathetic condition as God’s plan for the “Church Age.” But is it? Not according to Jesus’ instructions to His Church: the discipline (putting under God’s discipline) of all nations.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:19-20).

Paul makes it clear that the progressive expansion of Jesus’ kingdom in history will continue until all things are under His dominion, on earth, before He returns physically to judge the world. “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (I Corinthians 15-25-26). This was David’s message, too:

The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies
(Psalm 110:1-2)

In The Greatness of the Great Commission, Rev. Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. presents a comprehensive biblical case for God’s comprehensive salvation and restoration in history. Sin is comprehensive; God’s healing grace is no less comprehensive. Whenever sin reigns today, there God speaks to sinful man and offers a way of escape. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (I Corinthians 10:13). To argue that the Great Commission does not include every aspect of today’s cultures – all of Satan’s kingdom – is to argue that there is no way of escape in many areas of life.

The war between God’s kingdom (civilization) on earth and Satan’s kingdom (civilization) on earth is total, encompassing every aspect of life. The Great Commission calls the Church (in this “Church Age”) to make a full-scale attack on modern humanist civilization, but always in terms of a positive message and practical program: a better way of life in every area of life. This is the greatness of the Great Commission. It must not be narrowed to exclude culture from God’s special grace.

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Live Call Replay: Rusty Lee Thomas: “Should Christian’s Stand Up Against the Evils of Society with the Gospel?”

September 12th, 2011 | By admin

Live Call Replay: Rusty Lee Thomas: “Should Christian’s Stand Up Against the Evils of Society with the Gospel?”

“Message to America” on 9/11 at the World Trade Center

September 2nd, 2011 | By admin

“Message To America” by Rusty Lee Thomas. Preached at the World Trade Center on 9-11-10 in the open air.
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“Message To America” by Rusty Lee Thomas. Preached at the World Trade Center on 9-11-10 in the open air. 

Should Christian’s Stand Up Against the Evils of Society With the Gospel?

August 31st, 2011 | By admin

Live Call Topic: “Should Christian’s Stand Up Against the Evils of Society With the Gospel?”

On this call, I will be interviewing Rusty Lee Thomas from Elijah Ministries. Rusty is the author of “The Kingdom Leadership Institute Manual” and has been taking the Gospel of the Kingdom to the streets for over 20 years. He’s also a leader in “Operation Save America”.

The topic of the discussion is “Should Christian’s Stand Up Against the Evils of Society With the Gospel?” Rusty will be discussing the theological mandate for standing against the evils of our day, particularly with the public proclamation of the gospel.

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