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THE TRUMPET

Vol. XXIV - Issue I  Jan/Mar 2017

 

News of Interest

UBFMeetingChurch 

Unregistered Baptist Fellowship Meetings 2017

February 20-21, 2017

Victory Baptist Church

500 SW 9th St.

Okeechobee, Florida 34974

Johnny Jarriel, Host Pastor

Monday - February 20 - 7 pm

Tuesday - February 21 – 9:30 am - 5 pm Evening Service 6:30 pm.

Monday - February 20 - 7 pm

Tuesday - February 21 – 9:30 am - 5 pm Evening Service 6:30 pm. 

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33rd National UBF Meeting

Oct. 16 – 18, 2017

Indianapolis Baptist Temple

 317-783-6753

Indianapolis, Indiana

Host Pastor - Matt Roller

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Motel Information see UBF Web Site

 

February 13 Marks 16th Anniversary of Raid on Baptist Temple

American Churches—Is There No Shame?

WHAT'S INSIDE

Life Story-Sarafaye Denham Griswold

10 Curses on America - More to come?

Israel Greatly Concerned

The Navy and Chipping

January 15—70 Nations Gather to Discuss the Future of Israel

UBF Meetings

Jerald Finney Back with Biblical Law Center

ITEMS OF NOTE

Booklets by Dr. Greg Dixon

The Trumpet Archives

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February 13 Marks 16th Anniversary of Raid on Baptist Temple

Dr. Greg J. Dixon

 

This February 13th, the Indianapolis Baptist Temple Congregation  Ashcroft will mark the sixteenth anniversary of the infamous raid by federal marshals, backed up by the Indianapolis Police Department, to collect a bogus tax lien of over $6 million dollars which the church did not owe.  The Sheriff Deparment led by Sheriff Cottey did not participate in the raid. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court which refused to hear the case.  Attorney General John Ashcroft Republican appointee under Pres. George W. Bush ordered the raid on the church and then dedicated six pages of his book, Never Again to this issue after he left office in which he admitted that the church owed no taxes. 

Both the Clinton and Bush Administrations Began with an Assault on Religion

On January 20, 1993 William Jefferson Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd President of the United States, on February 28 his Attorney General Janet Reno personally ordered Federal Agents to begin what would be a 51 day siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas that ended in the fiery deaths of 86 members of this Seventh Day sect including many women and children.  On January 20, 2001 George Walker Bush was sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States, on February 13 his Attorney General John Ashcroft personally ordered the raid on the Indianapolis Baptist Temple in Indianapolis, Indiana that resulted in worshipers being hauled out of a prayer meeting, the buildings padlocked and eventually sold and the sanctuary bulldozed to make room for a Charter School where a Christian School once stood with several hundred enrolled.  It should be noted that both men put their hand on the Holy Bible as they took the oath to uphold the Constitution of the U.S. which says, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion nor prohibit the free exercise thereof” and yet Mr. Ashcroft has admitted that destroying a Christian church was his first act after he took office. 

Mr. Ashcroft devoted six pages of his recent book Never Again to the Baptist Temple events.  The following article written by Pastor Robert McCurry of Sharpsburg, Georgia sets the record straight.  We are reprinting this excellent article in this issue: 

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft Maligns Indianapolis Baptist Temple in New Book By Robert McCurry

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft has written a book entitled Never Again- Securing America And Restoring Justice (Center Steel, 2007). He devotes seven pages of his book to what he describes as “a sixteen-year dispute between the Indianapolis Temple and the Internal Revenue Service.” Since he, as U.S. Attorney General, knew the truth about this “dispute” it is amazing to see that his remarks are marred by a number of deliberate egregious untruths and distorted personal representations that are apparently intended to malign the Indianapolis Baptist Temple. (ibid pp 93-100)

Here is a list of these egregious untruths and distortions:

One, Ashcroft accuses Indianapolis Baptist Temple of “tax evasion.” This is untrue. The Internal Revenue service never accused Indianapolis Baptist Temple of “tax evasion.” Where is Ashcroft’s evidence of such a charge?

Two, Ashcroft correctly states: “The church . . . stopped withholding federal income tax, Social Security, and Medicare taxes from the paychecks of its employees....1 The employees paid their own taxes on the money they received from the church.” This was the crux of the controversy. The IRS alleged the church failed to collect and remit these referenced taxes, but Ashcroft acknowledges that these referenced taxes were paid by those who “received money from the church.”

Three, Ashcroft states: “The church itself continued to accrue back taxes, penalties, and interest . . .” This is untrue. Indianapolis Baptist Temple was nontaxable and had no tax liabilities in any amount.

Four, “The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the justices rendered a decision against the church.” This is untrue. Although the church appealed its case to the U.S. Supreme Court, the court declined to hear the case and never “rendered a decision against the church.”

Ashcroft continues his assault on Indianapolis Baptist Temple by implying:

One, Ashcroft said, “No one knew if the senior Dixon was armed or if he intended to harm himself or others.” This is a ludicrous statement designed to malign the character and integrity of Dr. Greg Dixon. The same statement can be made of President George Bush or any other leader. But why make such a statement when there was no evidence or even suspicions of such a probability? The answer is obvious.

Two, Ashcroft implies that Indianapolis Baptist Temple was similar or akin to the Branch Davidians who were accused of hoarding weapons, World Trade Center Terrorists, Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy McVeigh, and the militia movement at large in America.  The answer is obvious.

Three, Ashcroft implies that Indianapolis Baptist Temple was not a peopleIBTDestroyed of peace and had no respect for authorities; protested and acted with violence to further their religious views; was similar to those who bomb abortion clinics. Why make such comparisons and raise such suspicions when there is no evidence to substantiate these things? The answer is obvious.

Some astounding and alarming statements made by Ashcroft:

One, Ashcroft admits that the government seizure of the Indianapolis Baptist Temple’s properties was “the first incident in U.S. history in which a church was seized by the IRS for tax reasons.”

Two, Ashcroft admits that he sacrificed the congregation of the Indianapolis Baptist Temple to prove that he was sincere at his Senate confirmation hearings. “For all the fuss during my confirmation hearings by the ACLU and other liberal groups fretting whether or not I would uphold the law in cases that touched on matters of faith, hardly a word was reported when the Christian attorney general enforced the law in the church tax evasion case. “

Three, Ashcroft, a professing Christian and an Assembly of God lay preacher, admits that he used his power as the U.S. Attorney General to enforce his religious beliefs. “I was deeply concerned over the standoff. Yet on the other hand, Christians obey the law and ‘render to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar.’ In other words, pay your taxes! The Indianapolis Baptist Temple defied that scriptural injunction as well as the law of the land. And I was sworn to uphold that law.”

Four, Ashcroft is double-tongued as illustrated by the following: “He complicated his already controversial appointment as Attorney General of the United States, when he spoke at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. In this speech, Attorney John Ashcroft told the students the historical facts ‘that America’s greatness stems from the triumph of ‘eternal authority’ over ‘civic authority’ [and] said the United States was founded by spiritual patriots who bucked the king of England’s tax collectors by saying, ‘We have no king but Jesus’”. (One Nation Under God, Dr. David C. Gibbs, Jr. President Christian Law Association With Jerry Newcombe, Christian Law Association, 2003-06, p 317).

Interestingly, Ashcroft applauds the “spiritual patriots who bucked the king of England’s tax collectors” for objecting to individual taxation and even commends them for proclaiming, “We have no king but Jesus.” But in contradistinction, he applauds America’s “tax collectors” for prosecuting Indianapolis Baptist Temple and seizing church properties for alleged taxes it did not owe. He further condemns Indianapolis Baptist Temple for its stand and proclamation that Jesus Christ is the sole Lord and Head of His Church and the IBT congregations position that “We have no King but Jesus!”

Five, Ashcroft admits that it was his decision to seize the church. “The night before we planned to make a move on the church, we received word from the White House: they wanted to send a representative to negotiate with the church leaders. I thought that was a bad idea and told the White House so . . .  I was finally able to convince the White House . . . Late that night, the White House dropped their objections to our recommendation, and our plan proceeded. ‘If you want to do this, the burden of responsibility is on you,’ they said. . . . I gave the order to go ahead at dawn the next morning. Fully armed U.S. marshals stormed the church, executing the plan perfectly”.  George W. Bush was President at that time.

Six, in essence Ashcroft says that Indianapolis Baptist Temple is unlike Christ and he slanders pastors, churches, and Christians in general who believe that Jesus Christ is the sole Lord and only Head of His Church.

It will be wise for every pastor and church in America to remember: What civil government can do to one pastor and church in America it can -- and eventually will -- do to every pastor and church in America!

IBTPadlocked

Wake up, preachers! Wake up, Christians! Wake up, America!

Robert McCurry is the former pastor of the Heritage Baptist Church of Sharpsburg, Georgia and is the Editor of the outstanding newsletter entitled The Wake Up Herald. Pastor McCurry may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The Pastors and Congregation of IBT owe a great debt to Bro. McCurry for the many hours that he has given through the years at his own expense on behalf of our church without remuneration.

1The position of IBT throughout their court case was that those who ministered at the church in whatever capacity were not employees as defined by the Internal Revenue Code, but rather ministers as defined by the Holy Scriptures exercising their spiritual gifts in the ministry of the Lord’s church for love gifts that the church was able to provide.  There was even an understanding that if the church did not have the funds that they would not receive their love gifts, or they might be late in receiving them which did happen through the years.

Beginning in 1984, after the church stopped operating as a legal entity such as a corporation or unincorporated association, it no longer withheld taxes of any kind on the “employees”, which they were when the church was incorporated, including FICA taxes.

At that point if they believed they had a tax liability, they paid their own and the record shows that as Ashcroft said in his book, all taxes were paid.  If in fact all taxes were paid, how could the church have a $6 million tax liability including penalty and interest?  At least three times, in face to face meetings, we told the IRS agents that all taxes had been for the assessment period.  They also audited approximately fifty of our ministers and verified that it was true.  Now it stands to reason, that if all taxes were paid, there could be no tax liability on the part of the church.  But because our educational ministry had not signed the FICA tax exemption form, and we had not collected the tax, their position was, we had broken the law.  However to do either on the part of the church would have not only violated the scriptures concerning the Lordship of Christ over the church, but also would have run roughshod over the U.S. and Indiana Constitutions in the area of the Religious Liberty clauses.   

The End

 

 

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THE TRUMPET

Vol. XXIII - Issue I Jan/Mar 2016

 

News of Interest

IBT Building 

Bro. Mario Cruz is the new pastor of the Good Shepherd Baptist Church.  His Father in law Pedro Ramirez died recently of a heart attack at fifty years old.  Mario has taken his place.   Pastor Greg A. Dixon took part in his installation service.

 

UBF Meeting February 22-23.

Midwinter UBF Meeting

Unregistered Baptist Fellowship
February 22-23, 2016

Victory Baptist Church

500 SW 9th St.

Okeechobee, Florida 34974

Johnny Jarriel, Host Pastor

 UBF Meeting

Pastors at UBF meeting  Victory Baptist Church in Paducah Oct. 19-21, 2015

Feb. 15th Marks 15th Anniversary of IBT Raid

History of Tax Exemption in America

WHAT'S INSIDE

Victorious church or faithful church – Baldwin answer

To God be the Glory – Personal blessings

Pastor Greg A. Dixon’s November Trip to Mexico

Mid-Winter UBF Meeting Feb. 22-23 Okeechobee, FL

Graham agrees, Muslims should be banned

ITEMS OF NOTE

Booklets by Dr. Greg Dixon

The Trumpet Archives

Biblical Law Center
Helping Churches
Since 1984

To organize or reorganize churches
To leave the IRS 501 (c ) (3) tax exempt
Scheme and become non-taxable
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Marriage Covenant
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Feb. 13th Marks 15th Anniversary of IBT Raid

Attorney General Ashcroft declares church a terrorist organization

Admits Baptist Temple owed no taxes

By Dr. Greg J. Dixon

As we approach the fifteen year markAshcroft Book since 100 federal marshals backed up by the Indianapolis Police Department (Marion County Sheriff Jack Cottey refused to participate), raided the church auditorium of the Indianapolis Baptist Temple and turned that facility along with other Sunday school and K-12 Educational facilities, including twenty-two acres over to a receiver to satisfy nearly $6 million of IRS liens that had been exacted against the church by Federal District Judge Sara Evans Barker.  According to Attorney General John Ashcroft, a professing Christian and Evangelical lay preacher in the Assembly of God Denomination, the raid was ordered by him personally over the objections of the George W. Bush White House.  This and other bomb shell revelations are in his “tell all” book entitled Never Again (Center Street Publishers – New York-pg. 93-97).

Often times we hear people say, “If we just had more Christians in office, things would be different.”  However, if “Christians”, either do not know the organic law of the land (Federal and State Constitutions) or have the courage to uphold it if they do know it, what good are they in office?  The Lord Jesus said that we are to be the “Salt of the earth”, but if we are no longer salty, we are “good for nothing.”  The Revolutionary era Baptists voted for Jefferson over Adams, though Jefferson was the non-believer and Adams the believer because Jefferson understood the principles of liberty over Adam’s who they perceived had monarchial tendencies.

 

BannerAshcroft confesses this on pg. 97 when he said that “it wasn’t easy to sit and watch the first church in history seized by the IRS for tax reasons.”  After saying that he was “deeply concerned over the standoff,” he said, “Christians obey the law” and “render to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar.” In other words, “pay your taxes!”  Wait just a minute does anyone see a problem here?  When the Supreme Court says that it is wrong for little children to say “God is good and we thank Him for our food,” and towns can’t have a manger scene on the town square or the Ten Commandments in front of the Court House we have the Attorney General of the U.S. lecturing a sovereign church (non 501 (c) (3), about doctrine.  Then he has the audacity to lecture the members of our church with the following words, “The Indianapolis Baptist Temple defied that scriptural injunction as well as the law of the land.” 

 

Now on behalf of the pastors’, members and friends of the Baptist Temple I would like to ask Mr. Ashcroft a question.  How can we be these terrible “law breakers,” and violators of the teachings of the Lord in regards to His church and taxes, when Mr. Ashcroft declared on pg. 93 of his book that the Indianapolis Baptist Temple could not have possibly owed any taxes?  What could possibly be the reason?  Mr. Ashcroft said, “The employees paid their own taxes on the money they received from the church…”  Now if the alleged taxes that the church was supposed to owe had been paid, what could possibly be left of a tax liability for the church to owe?  Would not 0 – 0 = 0? Or maybe the IRS and Mr. Ashcroft are taking the new math.  And by the way, learning the same set of facts the Indiana Department of Revenue said that the church owed no pay roll taxes for the same period of time.  Can anyone think of a worse case of fraud than has been perpetrated on the members of the Baptist Temple than for the Justice Department to use the IRS to assess taxes on a non-existent corporation with a defunct federal ID number and then induce a Federal District Court to enforce their assessment and to get Federal Marshal’s to physically confiscate the property?  Now tell us that we are not living in a Police State.      

 

As evidence that this whole matter was not a “tax issue” but rather a doctrinal matter, involving the Lordship of Christ over His church is the fact that the US Attorney Doug Snoyenboys told  our Attorney that all the church had to do was file the church exemption form, pertaining to the FICA tax, and the whole matter would be dropped.  We explained that it would also violate our doctrine of Lordship and we could not do that.  Therefore the raid went on as planned.

 

However we are convinced that something else is involved that most have missed in this entire episode.  Ashcroft seemed to excuse his actions toward the church because he was obligated to uphold the law that he was sworn to do even if IBT had not.  Then he harkened back to his confirmation hearing when the ACLU and other liberal groups had made a big fuss as to whether he would uphold the law in matters “that touched on faith.”  He seemed to be quite upset that he had not been given credit as a Christian Attorney General for carrying out the court order against an evangelical church.  But he didn’t seem to get the picture that the crowd that he tried to please could care less about him any more than the Jewish leaders cared about Pilate when he released Barabbas and turned Jesus over to be crucified.  Even though he did it to, “Please the Jews.”

 

The saddest thing however about this section dealing with the IBT case is how he deliberately slandered our congregation to justify the whole operation as the destroying of a “domestic terror organization” like Ruby Ridge, Waco, or the Oklahoma Bombing scene.  From the beginning of the article to the end this theme is woven throughout.  But it harkens back to Ashcroft’s speech on Dec. 5, 2001 at the swearing in ceremony for the new Director of the Marshal’s Service, Benigno Reyna in Washington, D.C.  It was carried live on CNN and Fox News network.  He took this opportunity to take a swipe at the congregation of IBT with the following words:

 

““And I would just add that since I became attorney general, I’ve had numerous opportunities to witness the truth of your message. For example, when I came on board last winter, the first Department of Justice operation conducted on my watch was for the department to seize the assets of an organization known as the Indiana (sic) Baptist Temple. It was a Marshals Service assignment. The men and women of this agency worked patiently; they worked professionally with other law enforcement officials, with the media, and with church leaders to resolve some very thorny issues, not the least of those issues was the threat of armed militias and violence.

This organization, you, the Marshals Service, defused a powder keg situation. You accomplished your mission. And in doing so, you earned the gratitude of a nation that knows the value of professionalism and dedication in law enforcement.”

These slanderous and untruthful comments are especially unconscionable in the same speech in which you also said preceding these remarks:

“As the Marshals Service director, Ben Reyna will stand with the men and women of the Marshal Service on the front lines of the war against terrorism. Just as our service men and women are risking their lives in the battle against the enemy overseas, it falls to those of us who are here at home in law enforcement to lead in America the battle against the enemy at home. The fight against terrorism and the preservation of innocent lives from terrorist threat is now the first and overriding priority of the Department of Justice. And even though the federal justice system today is more complex than it was when President Washington appointed the first 13 U.S. Marshals, our mission must be equally clear. Over the century, carrying out that mission has required new ways of doing business.

Now when terrorism threatens our future, we cannot afford to live in the past. We have to embrace the future and our core mission of protecting the nation and the citizens of our nation. Yes, it’s a huge undertaking, but this department can change when necessary, and adapt, and it can do so while it maintains high standards, safeguards that are essential to the democracy in which we live.”At least six times in that speech the Indianapolis BaptiFedsst Temple congregation was linked to ‘domestic terrorism’ and publically called the ‘enemy’ of the United States of America.”  In light of that speech let us examine further what Mr. Ashcroft says in this section of his book which takes up six pages.

Right after the section of his book in which he dealt with the Hanssen spy case he deals with IBT and begins by saying, “Similarly, on the domestic front, it didn’t take long for us to encounter out first potential powder keg.  It happened, ironically, in a church.  Shortly after I took office, a highly volatile situation threatened to explode following a sixteen-year dispute between the IRS and the Indianapolis Baptist Temple.”  “The confrontation contained the seeds of another “no-win” situation similar to the one Janet Reno’s Justice Department when the cult leader David Koresh and his followers, the Branch Davidians, were suspected of hoarding weapons and ammunition and abusing children in a religious compound in Waco, Texas.  And then then the next two paragraphs he discusses the World Trade Center bombing attack, and the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing by Timothy McVeigh and how it was a part of a larger militia movement activity in the U.S.  By the way, if this is true, outside of Nichols and McVeigh I don’t know of anyone else who was ever implicated in the OKC bombing, if there were others involved, why have we never heard about it and why have they never been brought to justice.  Right in the middle of the article about our church, on pg. 95 he continues to discuss the pending execution of Timothy McVeigh. 

AuditoriumAt no time was the situation “volatile” and the authorities knew it.  Before trouble ever began my son, Rev. Greg A. Dixon, who was the pastor of the church at the time, and I met with the authorities in the police department and with the Sheriff’s Department and told them what we were going to do.  We explained to them that we would not leave our property, but that we would continue to have worship services and that we would have no weapons of any kind except the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.  During the 93 day siege the media and undercover officers came and went into all areas of the building at will.  They knew that we had no weapons of any kind.  When we were ordered to turn the property over to the marshal at 12 noon on Nov. 14, 2000, he never showed up so we simply stayed and continued to have worship services morning and night until the feds came ninety-three days later and carried us out by force.  When the militia of Southern Indiana offered to come and help us we rejected their offer.  We believed then and still do that it was a set up.  The government wanted a Waco type blood bath.  They can win that kind of war but they cannot win the kind of non-violent battle that we fought.  We were faithful and occupied the Lord’s house long as possible. 

Ashcroft actually admits, on page 95, that the White House wanted to send a representative to negotiate with us and told him that if anything went wrong it was all on him, he rejected their offer, so therefore he took total responsibility.  Obviously he is one of those that Jesus spoke of when He said,

John 16:1-3   These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2   They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3   And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.    (END)

 

 

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Everything I've Ever Known Is Gone

The Building where we worshipped
The pulpit that we viewed
The lobby where we visited
Everything I've ever known is gone

The park we enjoyed
The gym where we played
The cafeteria where we feasted 
Everything I've ever known is gone

The platform where we sang
The baptistery where we rejoiced
The alter where I prayed
Everything I've ever known is gone

The Sunday School where I grew
The school where I was taught
The church where I was saved
Everything I've ever known is gone

The lockers where we talked
The classes where we were challenged
The halls where we walked
Everything I've ever known is gone

The aisle I walked down to my salvation
The aisle I walked to my graduation
The aisle I walked for the invitation
Everything I've ever known is gone

The place where I was married
The place where my daughters were saved
The place where my family was raised
Everything I've ever known is gone

The platform where we sang
The baptistery where we rejoiced
The altar where we prayed
Everything I've ever known is gone

Yes-everything I've known is gone
Except God's grace- sustaining
me moment by moment

Yes-everything I've ever known is gone
Except God's mercy-wiping 
My eyes with a gentle touch

Yes-everything I've ever known is gone
Except God's goodness-reminding
Me that He is the Father of perfect Gifts

Yes -everything I've ever known is gone
Except God's forgiveness
Casting my sins as far as the 
East is from the west

Yes-everything I've ever known is gone
Except God's sovereignty-planning
Life's events before the world was
Framed

Yes-everything I've ever known is gone
Except God's love-lifting me up
In His arms

Yes-everything I've ever known 
Is right here

It is He
It is God

-Kathleen Dixon, Pastors wife        

On the occasion of the Indianapolis Baptist Temple raided and seized by federal Marshals on February 13, 2001

 


 

6/20/2002

 

On behalf of my father and the congregation of Indianapolis Baptist Temple, I would like to thank you for all the financial help we received in paying off our legal debts.  We are forever grateful to those of you who came to our aid. God Bless.

 

Rev. Greg A. Dixon

-IBT SEIZED-
Day 92 - The day they finally came
by Jessica Campbell

The battle has just begun.

After the rally downtown, the trip to Chicago (the seventh  circuit court of appeals), and all the exhaustive measures that were taken to try to secure religious liberty, it was hard to believe that the battle was just beginning.

Who knew that the same freedoms our forefathers fought and died for would be the same freedoms we would be fighting for in our society today!

The Sunday before November 14th, 2000

It is Sunday morning, and the church is nearly filled. Many have came to hear what may be the last message ever preached at the Indianapolis Baptist Temple. With powerful singing and powerful preaching, everyone could feel the presence and the power of God.

God has a plan for IBT, and they would soon find out just what it would be!

God has chosen His remnant few to take a stand.

The IBT pastors and members were prepared to defile the order given by Judge Sarah Evans Barker to vacate the property at 2711 S. East St. by November 14th, 2000. This church was in no hurry to give up now, or ever! For once a church would stand and make their voice known. The IRS is not lord over a church, but Jesus Christ who gave His life for all is Lord, is God, is all powerful, is all knowing, is King, and is sovereign over His church! A true church is already paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ! It was time in America for a church to stand up and say, "Enough is enough!" Jesus Christ is head over His church. He is the preeminent one, and we, His church, will not bow down to the wickedness of this Nation!

It was time for the righteous to take a stand that God may have mercy upon this Land! 

The deadline has arrived

On November 14th, 2000, the deadline arrived. This is the day a federal judge has ordered the Indianapolis Baptist Temple to be seized. The deadline was set for 12:00 noon, and the church held a service at 11:00 a.m. 

Including pastors, members, and supporters, there were well over a 1,000 people.

Hundreds gathered outside to witness what would be, the first time in history, the federal government seizing a church over a "tax" issue. 

As 12:00 came, the services inside the church continued. As the hour went by, there was no sign of the federal marshals. The church could breathe just a little easier, for the Lord had removed the spirit of fear (II Tim. 1:7, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.). It was obvious to all that God was in control, and that He was covering the church with His hands.

As the day rolled on many began to wonder, "Where are the marshals?"

Media coverage was phenomenal as they waited to see what could be the biggest story of their time.

Anticipation began to set in as we began to think about what was to take place. Shortly after a while word came in that Dr. and Mrs. Dixon's home was seized. The marshal had placed the postings on the door, and the property was no longer the former pastor's. People began to get a little on edge, for surely now the marshals were on the their way. As the sun began to set and darkness came in, the marshals were still not here. The nighttime had fallen and a choice had to be made. 

God was not through here yet, and it was time for the congregation's faith to be tested. As it began to get late, the pastors, members, and supporters, would settle in for the night. They would sleep in the church for the very first time. As the dawn came, and the sun began to rise, security was set to watch the church doors. Surely today the marshals would come. They must have been waiting on the attendance to dwindle and the excitement to wear down. But just as day one, day two would bring continuous music and powerful messages all day long. Soon day two would pass, and then day three. What was God doing? It would become obvious that God was bringing revival to the church, and bringing revival to the hearts of Christians.

A week passed, then two, and supporters began to leave. Many were pastors from out-of-state churches, and would have to go back home. Still, there were several hundred individuals peacefully keeping vigil at IBT.

Preaching continued daily, and the Sunday morning crowds were phenomenal. "Every day is a miracle." That would be a statement made throughout the next 92 days. 

As a week turned into a month, many began to wonder if the marshals would ever come. Still, the church knew that they must continue to stand (Eph. 6:13, Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand). The world must know that Jesus Christ is Lord over His church, and He is Lord over all (Eph. 4:6, One Lord and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all).

The Supreme Court

After many exhausting days of pastors, members, and supporters keeping vigil, there was word that the Supreme Court was looking at our case (This was an act of God, the Supreme Court wasn't even to look at our case, until next year). Obviously there was a lot of talk. Would they hear our case? Would they preserve religious liberty a little longer? After patiently waiting to see if religious liberty would still exist, word came through on January 16th, 2001, that the Supreme Court said "No". "No" to religious liberty, "no" to freedom, and "no" to God. Our speculations had come true. "Our government is now completely corrupt!" Tears were shed as the thought flooded our minds.

The next day the pastors, members, and supporters, mourned the death of religious liberty. There was a service held, and a tombstone was placed on the platform. There was sadness for our nation, for they have rejected Jesus Christ. But there was also gladness, gladness that Jesus Christ counted us worthy to be persecuted for Him.

(The months began to pass, and there was still no sign of the marshals).

Final chance

Al Cunningham (our attorney) and Pastor Greg A. Dixon flew to Washington D.C. to get someone to listen to their case. Pastor and the attorney spoke with several individuals who seemed to be concerned with our case. They assured our attorney and pastor that they would seek to find a political solution to our situation. There was nothing left for them to do, so pastor and our attorney headed back home.  They explained the situation to the church, and how they were told not to tell who they had spoken to in Washington. It seemed possible that this case would be 'swept under the rug', so to speak. If there was a deal, the taxes would be rolled back and forgotten. IBT would become a "hush-hush" case, and know one would know about it. 

(Because of this news, many of the out-of-town supporters went home. They felt in their hearts there would be a resolution).

Tuesday, February 13th, 2001

Breaking news all across the radio and television stations: After 92 days, the federal marshals are in the process of seizing the Indianapolis Baptist Temple. At 8:40 a.m., 85 marshals stormed the building, while 70 of the Indianapolis Police barricaded the surrounding areas (this was a shock to all, the day had finally came. Many people had believed that this day would never come). Frank Anderson, the head marshal, read the court order, and then they began to defile the House of God.

While 30 individuals had stayed the night at the church, they had left for work in the morning. Six remained, and the six began to pray! They knelt at the altar and prayed out loud. "God have mercy on them, they know not what they do.", "God, please forgive them.", "God I forgive them.", "God help them." Outside in the parking lot, pastor Greg A. Dixon was furious. He had left in the morning to take his girls to school, and on his way back he received the news. He rushed back to the church as fast as he could. When he arrived, he demanded that they let him in the church. The federal marshals were telling him no, and pastor Dixon was getting angry. Finally, Frank Anderson (the head marshal), told the pastor to follow him. This would be the last time pastor Greg A. Dixon would step inside his church. The marshals inside the church began to ask those who would like to be escorted out to follow them. Only a few members chose to get up, and be escorted out.

Dr. Dixon (former pastor), was praying continuously out loud until Frank Anderson knelt down beside him and said, "It's time. We have to do this." Dr. Dixon refused to walk out, so they put him on a stretcher and wheeled him out. Pastor Greg A. Dixon walked along his father's side.

The remaining members were also wheeled out on stretchers. 

The marshals then began to violate, and desecrate the house of God.

The barricades were set several hundred feet away from the church. Only from a distance could this nation see what was taking place. Marshals were standing on the rooftops and dogs were sniffing out the property. This surely didn't seem like a siege for a church. This was an act of tyranny! Where have our rights gone in America today? The church pastors, members, and supporters watched from a distance as this horrible act was taking place. There was weeping and sorrow. This is the saddest day in America, "the day Americans have lost their freedom." There was a black cloth draped over the Indianapolis Baptist Temple sign. There was preaching, and singing, as the church mourned the death of religious liberty.

Around noon the church met at Johnathan Byrd's Cafeteria. Pastor Greg A. Dixon asked the church members to give their testimonies.

One by one they stood: "I'm thankful that God is sovereign.", "I'm thankful God has chosen us.", "I'm thankful for our pastors, who have been so strong.", "I'm thankful to be a part of a 'true' church, a church that believes Jesus Christ is Lord."

Later that evening, the church pastors, members, and supporters gathered across the street from the church building to sing praises to God, and to hear preaching from the Word of God. It was an unfamiliar territory: the church was on the outside looking in.

What will IBT do now?

The church will go on! The church will continue to serve Jesus Christ wherever they may go! They will continue to spread the truth about Jesus Christ, and will continue to claim Him Lord of all. The church is the people, and a "true" church is the Lord's. Jesus Christ is, and will remain, head over the Indianapolis Baptist Temple.

From this stand of 92 days, the church has become stronger. Their faith has been tested, and from that they have grown. They have put it all on the line for Christ, and were persecuted for "righteousness" sake. How astonishing to think that Jesus Christ found IBT worthy. "He has found His remnant few."

The only thing the IRS has gotten is a 50-year-old building. The government failed in there conquest. They have not conquered the church. They have not silenced the preachers. They have only brought judgment on themselves, and their families. 

For the first time, the Indianapolis Baptist Temple has become an underground church! In America? How could this be? What about the Constitution? What about the First Amendment? What about our forefathers who fought and died for freedom? What about them?..."They are all dead!"

The best part

There have been so many good times throughout this battle!

Over 20 people have been baptized, and many have been saved! God can use any situation, and He has definitely used this church.

The spiritual growth of the members and supporters has grown tremendously.

The friendships that were made are friendships that will last a life time, not only with supporters, but with the media. It was great to see God work in the lives of those who stayed day after day, and night after night (including the media).

The hundreds of messages brought by pastors from all across the country was such a blessing.
"Has there ever in America been preaching for 92 days straight?"

God has shown His sovereignty throughout this entire battle!

The hardest part

There were so many difficult times throughout the battle, but the hardest part was getting out the truth! There are a lot of people throughout the nation that just didn't understand the issues. They were falsely informed, and knew little about the facts. It is hard to deal with the negativity, especially when there is no logical reasoning behind it.

What is the truth

The truth is that Jesus Christ is head over His church! (Col. 1:18, 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).

The truth is that Jesus Christ is Lord over all! (Col. 1:16, For by Him 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:).

The truth is that we have to follow Jesus Christ, and no other. (Mat. 10:38, And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me). The First Commandment in the Bible says, "thou shalt have no other gods before me." ( Jn. 14:15, If ye love me, keep my commandments).

The truth is that it is mandatory for Christians to suffer. (I Peter 4:12,13, Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, in as much as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy).

The truth is that it glorifies God when Christian's suffer. (Mat. 5: 10-12, Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you).

The truth about IBT

The truth is that IBT is just standing on the foundation of God, and our forefathers. Our forefathers fought and died for our freedoms. They came to America for the sole purpose of religious freedom. This nation was founded by God, and blessed by God. The same God that founded and blessed this nation is the same God that will judge this nation and destroy the wicked.

Separation of church and state

501(c)(3) not for profit organization churches are acting as an agent of the government. How can you believe in separation of church and state when your church is funding government programs. You are either in or out, there is no in-between. You are either separated or not! 

Those churches (such as IBT) that do not have a tax-code, that do not receive a penny from the government, and are not told what to preach, are known as a "true" church, a New Testament church, the Lord's church. These are the only churches today that are truly separated from the government. And sadly, as of today, they can no longer exist in America. They can no longer own property, and they are no longer recognized today as a "church." We are becoming a communist country, and the preachers of today are making it happen. (II Tim. 4:3,4, For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine: but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables).

Wolves in sheep's clothing

We can be thankful, as Christians, that Bush and Ashcroft have apparently shown their true colors. An illustration in the local paper sums it all up into one. As Dr. Dixon was being pulled out on a stretcher, above his head said, "Is this President Bush's faith-based initiative?" A President who claims to be a Christian has allowed, for the first time in American history, the federal government to seize church property--God's property!

Watch out America! Bush and Ashcroft are seemingly no better then Clinton and Reno. Their new plan to fund churches for government programs is just the next step in "total" control (This proves exactly why IBT refused to register with the state). Wake-up, all of you 501(c)(3) corporations, because you are in for it! You are bringing in the "one-world church," which will be responsible for the "one-world government."

These are the last days that the Bible speaks about. And these so-called churches of America (501(c)(3) organizations), will be held accountable unto God for being partners with this wicked government! (John 16:2, They shall put you out of the synagogues; yea, the time cometh that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service). (I John 1:9, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness).

The Not-so-kind Marshals

We thanked and commended Marshal Frank Anderson personally over the three months that the Indianapolis Baptist Temple was under siege for his patience, kindness, and candor. Since the raid we have publicly mentioned that we appreciated the kindness and respect that the marshals showed to the pastors and the church when they came in. For one thing they could have impounded the cars that were still on the lot but they didn't. In fact they actually drove them over to the Big K Mart. Attorney General John Ashcroft called him and commended him for the successful raid on the church. And the media has literally drooled over the Marshal in this regards. We have noticed that the church has received no credit for the most part of contributing to the fact that no one was hurt or injured for which of course we are most happy. However since the take over of the church we have found that the Marshals are not quite as kind as we have been led to believe.

Mr. Gus Miller who represents the court appointed receiver Olympia Partners allowed Pastor Greg A. Dixon to go back into the church buildings to retrieve the personal property of those who stayed during the siege. There were computers, printers, copiers, books, clothes, and a myriad of other things scattered all over the buildings that we had literally claimed as home for 92 days. But we noticed one thing that was very strange. Everything that could be positively identified as belonging to Dr. Greg Dixon was missing. The Marshals knew exactly which room in the school that he had been sleeping. When the room was examined for his personal belongings the room had been totally stripped. No clothes, boots, luggage, shirts, pajamas, etc. Even soiled clothes were gone along with an air mattress and a sleeping bag. A journal with Dr. Dixon's name on it was also missing.

Quite providentially something else very interesting has fallen into Dr. Dixons hands. It is the code names used by the Marshals during the raid. Following are what the Marshals called Emergency Call Signs:

Rev. Dixon Sr = HOMER
Rev. Dixon Jr = BART
Bomb Alert = Mr. Burns
IBT = Springfield
CHURCH = Moe's
FBI = Crusty
ATF = Sideshow
MILITIA = Milhouse
IPD SWAT = AhPoo
HELO = Kent

Even though this editor has never watched the TV show The Simpsons one time, others who have seen these codes have, and they tell The Trumpet that each of these is a character on that television show. For instance Homer and Bart are the Simpson boys. Mr. Burns is Homer's Boss. Springfield is the town where the Simpsons live. Moe's is a tavern on the show. Crusty is a clown and Sideshow is his sidekick. Milhouse is Bart's friend and AhPoo runs a convenience store. Kent is a news reporter.

To me the saddest thing about this is the code name for the word church. To these men the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is no more than just a beer joint. Is this the way that the authorities brain wash these young men who make up federal law enforcement. The church is no different than a tavern in the town. Carolyn Stumpf, spokeswoman for the IRS locally said on a number of occasions that the IRS treats the Baptist Temple just like any other business in the city. The churches of course have brought this attitude upon themselves by organizing as not for profit business organizations under the Internal Revenue Code. Why should we be surprised that the world would treat them just like any other business.

Somehow the authorities have brainwashed them selves into sanitized thinking concerning holy things. In the last conference with Marshal Anderson and his two main assistants Dr. Dixon asked Marshal Anderson if in his 35 years as a Marshal if he had ever conducted a raid on a church before. Debbie Westbrook, General Counsel for the Marshal's service in Washington, D.C. was on the phone and said that she didn't think that statement was fair. She said that they were just executing an order. Dr. Dixon said that he saw this as the problem. The government has developed "new speak" as mentioned in Orwell's 1984. Abortion isn't infanticide, its just an abortion. A raid on a church is just executing an order. Very antiseptic isn't it. We are some able to white wash these things. We are able to brain wash ourselves into believing that what we do is not so bad. Besides we are just doing our duty. Gary Tingle who is the Deputy Chief in the Marshal's office said, "That's just semantics, we can't carry out a raid without a court order." At least we have one honest marshal.

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