By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
August 13, 2020
Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, was the guest minister for the morning worship service at Tar Landing Baptist Church in Jacksonville, NC, last Sunday. Tar Landing is a Southern Baptist congregation affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and the Onslow Baptist Association. The church has approximately 300 members.
Creech preached a fiery message about the threat of Socialism in the United States and referenced in extemporaneous remarks the spiritual significance of a 5.1 earthquake that occurred in the state that morning.
The CAL Executive Director began his remarks by saying his subject matter was “heavy on his heart.” He added that the rise of Socialism in America was “perhaps one of the most important issues” he had ever addressed in his twenty-year tenure as the League’s Director.
“Over the years, I have addressed some very, very important social issues,” he told the relatively large audience despite COVID 19 health protocols. “But I cannot think of one which is more urgent or weightier in what it can do to undermine our country than the one I am taking up today,” he added.
Creech then sought to show the way Socialism had gained prominence among Millennials and Generation Z and explained it was an “existential threat” to the country. He said the issue wasn’t merely one of Socialism versus Capitalism; the question “gets to the very core of violating the dignity of the individual human being that has God-given rights.”
Methodically Creech excoriated Socialism as a false hope of cultural salvation. He contended despite the assertions of progressive clergy like, Rev. William Barber II, Socialism was not compatible with Christianity. He then demonstrated the way Socialism was a violation of all of the Ten Commandments.
“Drawing from Bible texts such as Psalm 24:1, I Corinthians 10:31 and Acts 4:12, Creech concluded:
“Socialism is a system that denies God’s authority and ownership of all things. It reduces us from being stewards of what God has graciously given to making us slaves of the state. It promises cultural redemption, but delivers a dull, drab, gray world of grim existence.”
You can listen to the full message by going here: Dr. Mark Creech, Executive Director, Christian Action League.
At the end of his message, Creech, who says he is more of a scripted speaker, pulled away from his notes and spoke freely. He said the following, which essentially electrified the congregation:
“Though I will not tell you for whom you should vote. I will say look carefully at the candidates because there is one group of them that are moving more and more and more and more toward a Socialist end and another group that’s trying to pull us back.
“You just think about that! I firmly believe that we are in trouble.
“You know, just a thought. Anybody get the feeling that we are getting divine warnings almost every day? Our country is as divided as it ever was since the Civil War. There is a pestilence, mind you, a pestilence in our midst. These things are associated with Judgment. Warning!
“Just this morning, for those of you who didn’t know, North Carolina, epicenter Sparta, North Carolina, had a 5.1 earthquake – here in North Carolina! It shook the state all the way to Raleigh, some places on the East Coast, definitely in Western North Carolina, and shook Tennessee and South Carolina, too.
“I believe we ought to pay attention!!! I believe God is speaking!!! I believe God is saying, ‘I’m warning you!!!’
“It’s kind of funny, but I loved one little Facebook meme that I read. Somebody from the Western part of the state, who felt the brunt of the earthquake said, something to the effect, ‘Did you feel that earthquake this morning? You better get yourself to church!’ Do I hear an ‘Amen?’
[Loud chorus of Amens followed.]
“Another chimed in and said, ‘It won’t the Democrats or the Republicans that did that. God is running this show!’ And my friends let me tell you something, God is running the show!
[Another loud chorus of Amens followed.]
“God is in control, despite all the chaos and the trouble that we see.
“But what He is doing, I believe right now, is telling us: ‘You better reconcile things with me. You better make your peace with me. You better get right with me, because my Judgment is on its way.’
[An additional loud chorus of Amens.]
“We cannot stick our finger in the eye of God for so long without there being repercussions.
“Perhaps the Lord would be so gracious as to turn us and forgive us and spare us. But I believe that would largely depend on how serious God’s people are with Him – whether we’ll make things right – whether we’ll walk in His ways.
“I love what my wife said this morning on the drive over here, as we were talking about things. She said, ‘I know the Rapture is coming. I know that Jesus is coming. But I think about what test is God going to put me through before He comes. In what way will He try my dedication and my faith? In what situation will He put me?’ Oh, she said, ‘I just hope, and I pray that I remain faithful.’
“Yes, we’re going up. But there might be some trouble before we do. And the people who will truly be alright, no matter what happens, are those who are in right relationship to God.”
At the end of the service, Jack Marshburn, the pastor of Tar Landing, encouraged his parishioners to share Rev. Creech’s sermon with others by directing their friends and associates to its audio link on the church’s website.
You can listen to the message in full by going here: Dr. Mark Creech, Executive Director, Christian Action League.
If your church or organization would like to secure Dr. Creech as a speaker, the terms are quite easy for big churches or small churches – big groups or smaller groups. Dr. Creech travels from Manteo to Murphy for speaking engagements.
Contact the Christian Action League to set up a date for him to come to your city or town today.