NBRR: How did you first hear about the Black Robe Regiment and join?
Pastor Iverson: Through the American Heritage Series at our church Sunday school several years ago. Actually, the Black Robe does was already part of my life. For example, when God called me to the ministry, I was already a minister, but it wasn’t until later in my life that I was ordained.
NBRR: You’re from a part of the country directly affected by the Civil Rights movement. How does that affect your view of religious liberty?
Pastor Iverson: Everything I do and process is filtered through the Word of God. I don’t separate civil rights and religious liberty. I look at the Word of God and measure everything against that. I am proud of my heritage, but I filter myself and who I am through God’s Word.
I look at the Word of God and measure everything against that.
Me: Tell me about your time as a public school teacher, before becoming a pastor. Why was that so impactful?
Pastor Iverson: It really opened my eyes. When we took God out of our schools, we are now reaping the consequences of that. Point and fact, I met a 3rd grader who couldn’t read. Originally, the primary focus of public education was teaching children to read, so that they could first read the Bible and second so that they could read the rules of the community to be good citizens. Now we have lost that foundation in our country.
NBRR: Why have we lost that foundation in our country?
Pastor Iverson: Because we have lost the teachings of the Bible and moved into humanism and philosophy. The founders of our education system were primarily Godly people, who followed the Word of God. Many don’t realize that schools like Princeton, Harvard and many other universities were started as seminaries.
NBRR: Considering what is ahead for the nation, what do Christians need to be doing today?
Pastor Iverson: In 2 Chronicles 7:14 it says, ‘If my people…’ God isn’t looking for the world to respond. He is looking for ‘His people’ to respond. It is His people who have fallen away, who need to come back and get on track. Christians need to get back on the foundation. As scripture says, ‘If the foundation be destroyed what shall the righteous do?’ With building anything the foundation is the most important part. If that’s not straight, than the rest of the building will be off. Our responsibility as Christians, is to get back on the Word and stay on it, so that others can see the Light through us.
In 2 Chronicles 7:14 it says, ‘If my people…’ God isn’t look for the world to respond. He is looking for His people to respond. It is His people who have fallen away, who need to come back and get on track.
NBRR: What are your words to any pastor considering to take a stand for Biblical values?
Pastor Iverson: You can think about it like this, ‘What if Jesus had not sacrificed His life?’ We say we’re born-again Christians and our lives belong to Him. We tell the Lord to use us for His purpose on Sunday mornings, but then what happens when we leave the service? Our actions show we are more concerned about public opinion than our responsibility to the Lord. I don’t owe my allegiance to my ethnicity, heritage, any political party, any family group — I owe my allegiance to Jesus. The truth is I don’t owe a person or group anything, but I do owe Jesus everything. And the day is coming when you will have to choose the side you are on. You can’t read the Bible and find Jesus in the middle of the road on any issue.
You can’t read the Bible and find Jesus in the middle of the road on any issue.
NBRR: Thank you for being with us today.