Dear Editor,

I have been troubled for some time concerning the place of pastors in the "War on Terrorism." It is my conclusion that pastors and preachers do not make good commentators on civil government merely because they are Christian pastors. It is presently presumed in America that Christian Pastors are leaders of men in any sphere of social or communal life. I find evidence that this is not the case.

Pastor John Hagee, David Barton and Gary Bauer are three pastors or leaders claiming some Christian influence over great numbers of followers. Gary Bauer ran for U.S. president, John Hagee is a pastor of a prominent Church in San Antonio and popular author. David Barton is a big Republican spokesman for the influence of our Christian forefathers in the foundation of America and publishes videos and magazines under WallBuilders, Inc.

All three of these Christian leaders are in favor of the activities of President Bush in his world wide search and destroy mission against "terrorism," or those that would present a "threat." None of these Christian leaders have voiced a concern over the long-standing violations of the laws of our own land by the "U.S. federal government." They care not that gold and silver is the only legal currency in the United States while paper is substituted. They care not that it is illegal to fund a federal standing army for more than two years. They care not that it is illegal for a U.S. president to call or send troops anywhere without a declaration of war by Congress under any circumstances.

I have just finished reading the pamphlet of John Wesley, founder of Methodism, published in London in 1775 entitled "A Calm Address to Our American Colonies." He was against the American Revolution and attempted to pervert the laws of civil government that the Christian philosopher, John Locke established in England 100 years prior. Wesley's publication was burned in America and the other 7 that he wrote were also burned. Wesley's work was so weak and in favor of tyranny for the colonies that it was rebutted in London by Englishmen. Wesley took his "Calm Address" totally from Johnson's publication called "Taxation No Tyranny," without credit. Johnson forgave him in a letter with comfort of having gained a man in the clergy.

Wesley's greatest mistake was to assert that the colonists could and did concede to the king and Parliament, the power of disposing of their lives, liberties and possessions, without their consent:

"You are no longer in a state of nature, but sink down to colonists, governed by a charter. If your ancestors were subjects, they acknowledged a sovereign: if they had a right to English privileges, they were accountable to English laws, and had ceded to the king and Parliament, the power of disposing without their consent, of both their lives, liberty and properties."1

Can you believe that the founder of the Methodist Church in England and America said that? I was a Methodist for years and didn't know that! He was wrong and he was later called a "wolf in sheep's clothing" even by his own countrymen in England. Likewise, we must be sure we follow our own laws in order to be honest with our own countrymen and other nations. And for those of you who think I "dwell and dwell and dwell" on a subject, I want you to read what a bold Englishmen said in his rebuttal to Wesley printed in London, 1775, entitled "A Constitutional Answer to the Rev. Mr. John Wesley's Calm address to the American Colonies." This was added in a postscript after revealing the error of every point made by Wesley under the English Constitution:

"There are also, I believe, many thousand of honest Englishmen, who wish well to their country and its liberties, but are ignorant what its constitution is, and, consequently, cannot know when it is violated: these are the men, who cannot fear danger, till they feel evil; these are men, whom the Johnsons and the Wesleys seek to deceive out of their birthright, and persuade them they are slaves."2

It is not sufficient for us to say, Mr. Harvey Sossaman, that "I am a Christian and this is a Christian nation, and Christ will take care of it," for that was so in England in 1775. It is time to know the truth about the real history of America and its Constitution as we have just recently felt evil sting us. Most of this sting results from ignorance of our own Constitution. And now it is clear that we cannot turn to our church leaders for guidance but to the Constitution and the Bible. You may see an exchange I had with Mr. Gary Bauer at


Ronald F. Avery


  1. John Wesley, Political Sermons of the American Founding Era, 1730-1805 Vol. 1, Ed. Ellis Sandoz (Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, 1998) 414.
  2. Anonymous, Ibid., 436