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June 17, 2024

An Attorney’s Message to Religious Leaders: “Open the Churches” –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On May 27, 2020

Illinois (ECWd) –

Happy Sunday Everyone,

I have a question which I respectfully present to all of our religious leaders in Illinois, and the country for that matter, who have sat by and watched the last several weeks unfold. My question to each of you is real simple. Who is in charge? Let me ask again please, who is in charge?

Sadly, I haven’t been the most religious person in my life but in the last couple of years life has taught me that He is in charge of everything. Just to be crystal clear, He being God and not a despot trying to control our people with fear, under the guise of protecting us.

I’ve sat in church and listened to God’s word, with tears in my eyes, as my pastor proclaims unequivocally He’s the ruler of it all. They preach the word of God and ask us to believe!! I know I believe. My question which again I respectfully present to all pastors is: Do you believe that? Do you really? For if you do, then why on God’s earth would you let a man dictate how, when and where God’s word is spoken. God speaks to us through each of you! Your silence and acquiescence to the dictates of a despot is sending a clear message.

While you may not hear it in our people’s voices, I can assure you it’s in many people’s hearts, they are beginning to have doubts. They are beginning to have doubts as to whether or not God is the one who controls it all.

The right to worship any way we choose is a God given right which cannot be taken away for any reason. That’s God’s word, not mine. You don’t need permission from anyone to open God’s church. Just open them. Do you really believe anyone can stop you? There is no authority greater than God. If you wait until such time as a man gives you permission to open your church, it will be too late, as you may have just successfully convinced a generation of believers that a man, and not God, is in control. That ladies and gentlemen is a catastrophe far worse than any infectious disease.

For God sakes, open the churches. People need hope! I will stand between the despot and the church and accept whatever fury he tries to unleash with every ounce of knowledge God has given me!!

God bless each and every one of you!!!

Thomas DeVore


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  • Dave
    Posted at 16:30h, 27 May Reply

    The problem is most are ignorant of the meaning & content of the Illinois constitution.

    All men are by nature free and independent and have
    certain inherent and inalienable rights among which are life,
    liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights
    and the protection of property, governments are instituted
    among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the
    governed. ~ (Source: Illinois Constitution.)

    No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property
    without due process of law nor be denied the equal protection
    of the laws. ~ (Source: Illinois Constitution.)

    The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession
    and worship, without discrimination, shall forever be
    GUARANTEED, and no person shall be denied any civil or
    political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his
    religious opinions; but the liberty of conscience hereby
    secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or
    affirmations, excuse acts of licentiousness, or justify
    practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State.
    No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry
    or place of worship against his consent, nor shall any preference be given by law
    to any religious denomination or mode of worship. ~ (Source: Illinois

    Closing churches by state govt is UNCONSTITUTIONAL as being outside the scope of powers delegated to state govt by the Illinois Constitution. They have no constitutional authority to suspend the free exercise of religion

  • gig48
    Posted at 17:05h, 27 May Reply

    Our church is building with less than 50 members, we never stopped and won’t. Also, in today there’s an article that Illinois is the only state thathas met all criteria established by the CDC. Open Illinois, impeach pritzker.

  • ScottHeckman1969 (@CardinalFan2015)
    Posted at 07:42h, 28 May Reply

    Did Jesus has a church? No!!!! The church is a building. WE ARE THE CHURCH!! And Tom I know you will read this.. Stop stirring the pot!! Stop prying on others emotions. Just stop. Most of us windowlickers are really getting tired of you schtick…

    • HT
      Posted at 12:03h, 28 May Reply

      Kind of incoherent rant. . . What’s your problem?

      Who are “most of us windowlickers?”

      So, we should all comply? OK comrade!

  • Jacqui
    Posted at 09:53h, 28 May Reply

    We only need God’s help to remain alive from the virus. Not the government’s.
    The churches should have never been closed. Open them and those who want to go should go those who do not want to go don’t go.

  • Diane Benjamin - editor
    Posted at 14:21h, 28 May Reply

    Mine is opening Sunday. I might need bail.

  • Dorene Williams
    Posted at 14:36h, 28 May Reply

    Romans 13:1 – Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained by God. (KJV).

    Translation to modern English: Everyone must obey state authorities, because no authority exists without God’s permission, and the existing authorities have been put there by God. (Good News Translation)

    Now, let’s see if this gets published as a comment…

    • Kirk Allen
      Posted at 15:46h, 28 May Reply

      They were not put their by God. They were put there by voters and your translation is wrong.

    • Aaron
      Posted at 19:06h, 28 May Reply

      Thank goodness for freedom of religion. You are free to obey the state as commanded. A state that allows abortion. I wonder if there is anything in your book about that? Does this mean that you think Hitler had God’s blessing? Seriously, how far can we take this?

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