Frank Pastore on Elvira Arellano and the Christian Response

I’ve done 3 posts (here, here, and here) on the ‘plight’ of Elvira Arellano and based on what I’ve read regarding her case, it probably does not help undocumented immigrants if this woman is held up as their poster child. I am an immigrant myself, though not undocumented, and hope that she is not held up as some sort of poster child for myself or people like me.

This issue of immigration reform is one which churches throughout the nation struggle with. Why? Because at what point does a church willfully harbor people who are breaking the law? At what point does a church obey the law of the land (as commanded in Scripture) and encourage its members (illegal or not) to follow it?

The fact that many (I would argue, the vast majority) of them are hard-working and want nothing but a better life for their families has nothing to do with the fact that they are breaking the law. Of course, some (like Arellano) take it further and obtain, at flea markets, false Social Security numbers or worse take someone else’s. Thus not only do they violate immigration laws but a host of other laws.

Frank Pastore wrote a column, Christians, Elvira Arellano, and Sanctuary”, in which he addresses this issue from the Christian point of view. In the column, Pastore speaks of 2 callers to his radio show who appeal to emotion rather than reason when addressing this issue. The church who harbored Arellano for almost a year, Pastore claims is in error for doing so and had a flawed view on “sanctuary.”

A sample,

The operative point here is that for churches to be truly biblical in their approach to sanctuary, the illegals must be awaiting a deportation trial—if a court has already issued a deportation order, then the church needs to comply with the ruling of that court and “render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s.”

Personally I couldn’t agree more with the above statement and I don’t see any other way for a church to handle a member who is awaiting a deportation hearing. Encouraging him to not show up or hiding him is irreconcilable with what Paul speaks of in Romans 13.

As usual, Pastore’s column offers good analysis devoid of rampant emotionalism.

2 Responses to Frank Pastore on Elvira Arellano and the Christian Response

  1. Martin says:

    But then who really is Paul?

    So who really is Paul?

    Paul self-professed himself the 13th apostle. Unlike the 12 Apostles Christ ordained (Mat 10) Paul did not walk with Jesus or witness Christ’s earthly ministry. Paul actually didn’t qualify as “an apostle” according to the book of Acts 1:21-26, , as he was not a witness of Christ’s ministry from the baptism of John to the ressurection. Further, the book of Acts said that Matthias (who witnessed all) replaced Judas as the 12th Apostle.

    In Revelation 21:14. Christ says his 12 (not 13) apostles will each get a throne in heaven. I think that Jesus would remember if he made Paul and Apostle. Jesus clearly says that 12 apostles will be rewarded in heaven.

    If someone came up to you and told you they had a vision that Jesus came to them and made them a minister…would you belive that person? Paul did just that. Paul told us he had a vision and is now a minister.

    Joeseph Smith, founer of the Mormon Church had the same thing happen to him. Should we believe Smith as well?

    SO what do we do when someone tells us they have had a vision?

    We look to see if thier teachings stand up to the test or are they teaching contrary to the word of God. Like Joeseph Smith, Paul too taught us contrary to the established word. Paul’s teaching allows us to break the law God had already established. This makes Paul a false teacher as God has told us:

    Psalm 111:7-9:
    The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.8They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.9He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

    Deuteronomy 4:2:
    2Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

    The Jews on Paul:
    Acts 21:27-28:
    27…the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him (Paul) in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, 28Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place…”

    According to Jesus, Paul’s teachings to us on law breaking make him will make him one of the least in the kingdom of heaven.

    Matthew 5:18-20:
    18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven

    Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” -John 14:15

    John 7:49: But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.


    After Jesus died, Mark (16:14) and Matthew (28:16) tell us Christ was seen by the 11 apostles (remember, Judas had died)but Paul’s writes that Christ was seen by the 12.

    Paul states: 1 Corinthians 15:4-5:
    4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
    5And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve.

    Paul’s doctrine to us contradicts Christs. Who would you listen to?

    (Paul’s words) 1 Timothy 5:8:
    8But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
    (Jesus speaking) Matthew 19:29:
    29And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life

    Jesus said we would know his disciples by their love. Paul, in the name of the Lord, blinded a man.

    Acts 13:11, Paul said:
    “11And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind…”

    Jesus came before Paul and gave us a warning about Paul’s kind:

    Jesus gave us teachings and in them he warned us about the doctrine of the Pharisees. Paul was a Pharisee by his own admsission (Acts 23:6) Christ tells us Pharisee make their converts twofold more the child of hell than themselves (Matt 23:15) and that Pharisees prevent people from going to heaven (Matt 23:13). In Matthew chapter 23 alone, Christ says “woe to the scribes and Pharisees” seven times. Jesus said Pharisees were out to “entangle” his words (Matt 22:15) and “destroy” him (Mark 3:6). Jesus called Pharisees “serpents”(Matt 23:33). Christ said that the scribes and Pharisees were children of them which killed the prophets (Mat 23:31)

    There is much more to add, but not enough time left in today!


    Paul claimed to be an apostle at Ephesus.(Eph 1:1)

    Ephesus didn’t believe Paul. (Acts 19:8-9)

    Jesus commends Ephesus for realizing who the false apostles were! (Rev 2:2)

  2. Laz says:

    Thank you Martin for that.

    Martin, do you know who wrote the book of Acts?

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