Gary North


“Pastors for almost 2,000 years have preached against sin in general. Preaching against a specific sin can get a pastor in a lot of trouble if any of the church’s leaders commit this sin regularly. Pastors who preach against specific sins preach against those that are not common in their congregations. . . . The modern church is blind to the moral evil of state-imposed welfare programs. Members are not taught about the great threat of dependency on the state. When the day of reckoning comes, and the modern welfare state goes bankrupt, churches will discover how expensive it is to follow the requirements of I Timothy 5. They will have far more indigents on their roles. There will be a stream of oldsters, hats in hand, who say: ‘No one in our pulpits ever taught us to plan for our future in order to avoid dependency on the state.’ They will be telling the truth. No one ever did. Nobody teaches them that they have a moral obligation to tithe. Nobody teaches them that they have a moral obligation to save and avoid consumer debt. No one teaches them that the voters are sinning when they vote to establish programs of tax-funded charity. ‘That’s politics,’ pastors say. ‘We don’t get mixed up in politics.’ Oh, yeah? They get mixed up in politics the day they send an indigent member to the state for tax-funded care.” – Gary North

Gary Kilgore North (born 1942) is an economist and publisher who writes on topics including economics, history, and Christian theology.

Between 1961 and 1963, while an undergraduate student, North became acquainted with the works of Austrian School economists Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, and Murray Rothbard. Starting in 1967, North became a frequent contributor to the libertarian journal The Freeman where he had first read their work.[1] He later joined the senior staff of the publisher, the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), 1971–73. North received a PhD in history from the University of California, Riverside in 1972 . His dissertation was The Concept of Property in Puritan New England, 1630–1720.

He served as research assistant for libertarian Republican Congressman Ron Paul in Paul’s first term (1976). He shared a small office with the Calvinistic political philosopher, John W. Robbins, who later became a noted anti-Van Til author and publisher. Also on the staff was economist and historian Bruce Bartlett, although in his pre-supply side economics days. Many of North’s articles have appeared on