The Lord talks about apostasy. He tells of false Christs, wolves in sheep's clothing. Satan is described as an angel of light, the father of lies, coming to kill and destroy.
I've had so much on my mind for a long time now, it's been hard for me to write much. I've had so much going through my mind about daily things going on, in my own life and goings on in the world that I've almost shut down because it's almost overloaded me with burdens. Forgive me if I'm rambling.
As some of you know, I've written my blogs for over 5 years now- and I've written a bit about many things. Most of which has been politics, and as the byline of my blogs have always been world events with a Biblical Perspective. Some past posts have dealt with the church, and various leaders, mega church activities and how the world has not just crept into the church, but pretty much bombarded it. I'd like to expand on my thoughts about the way such entities as government, media and church leaders have begun (actually they began quite a while ago, but it's becoming more so now) to fuse together- all in the name of social justice.Now, although I do listen to Glenn Beck, I've had this subject on my mind for a long time, so it is purely coincidence that I write about it now as he has been focusing on the same subject for the past little while.
Where to begin- there is so much to write, to think about. This is going to be one of my notorious long ones folks, so get something to drink and make yourselves comfortable.
There are a few things about it all, but I guess the place to start would be here and now, with the current president and his Marxist ideologies. Not just his own, but that of nearly everyone he has surrounded himself with for decades. I'll only include some of the names here and now, as much of these are old news now. The only reason to bring them up is a refresher. There was and is Bill Ayres, that infamous unrepentant terrorist and member of the radical 60's organization, the Weather Underground. There was the "Almost like an uncle" Pastor of the Black Liberation church, Jeremiah Wright- with his 20 something years of antisemitic, anti American, socialist sermons which moved Obama so much as to be baptized by the man, and have him baptize his daughters. There is Rahm "never let a good crisis go to waste" Immanuel, the main man behind the teleprompter. There was Anita "one of my favorite people was Mao" Dunn. There is Saul Alinsky, the father of the socialist community organizer, whom in his book (a handbook to all progressive Marxists) Rules for Radicals," Alinsky wrote: “Lest we forget at least an over the shoulder acknowledgement of the very first radical, from all our legends, mythology, and history … the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom—Lucifer.”
If you read back on past memories of Obama, you will find that he has purposely surrounded himself with radicals, Marxists etc. He is actually quoted as saying, "To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist Professors and the structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets."
Enter the progressive media, which has done a great job of burying all of Obamas Marxist ties and ongoing relationship with a true terrorist, while at the same time painting the Bible believing Christian voters and tea party folks as homegrown terrorists. This same media who about stroked out when President Bush announced a faith based initiative has been either silent about Obama's continuation and even more involved version, or they all of a sudden have "found religion" themselves. Case in point, when the Obama care agenda was really heating up, we heard from folks such as Ed Schultz, who on his MSNBC program, “The ED Show” told viewers back in September, that he believed Jesus would vote for a government public option.
I have often talked about the hypocrisy of the liberals in wanting to hold on to the false doctrine of the separation of church and state, until religion could be used for their own purposes. Liberal politicians have been actually preaching from the pulpits of liberal churches for years and not a peep, but have a pastor speaking out on bills such as the recent homosexual marriage amendments in California and Florida, and there has been hell to pay. So, latest example, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she has told Catholic cardinals, archbishops and bishops that she wants them to speak from the pulpit for immigration reform and tell Catholics who oppose it that reform “is a manifestation of our living the gospels.”
(For more about that, most of my thoughts on that are in my previous post about illegal immigration) She is not the first, nor will she be the last hypocrite to speak to church leaders or in a church. We've had to listen to guys like Al Gore spreading his inconvenient lie right into the church for years. Oh, and speaking of the environment, we have this from Ted "Christianity is for losers" Turner who lamented about America's greed in polluting the world. “I’m not a real religious person, but I’m somewhat religious. And I’m just wondering if God is telling us he doesn’t want us to drill offshore,” he said. “And right before that we had that coal mine disaster in West Virginia where we lost 29 miners,” as well as repeated mining disasters – “Maybe the Lord’s tired of having the mountains of West Virginia, the tops knocked off of them so they can get more coal. I think maybe we ought to just leave the coal in the ground and go with solar and wind power and geo-thermals where it’s applicable.”
OK, just a few examples, but you can get the point. Religion is good if these folks can use it for their own advantage or to spread their own ideas of what everyone else should do. Christ is not good though, for preaching the Bible because it might offend and be deemed hate speech.
Enter the liberal church. Leaders such as Obama's latest guru, Jim Wallace of the Sojourners. Now, I wrote about him and a few others of the "red letter Christians" about 4 years ago. They have had a huge increase in popularity over the past few years, starting with their emergent church philosophies and more so with liberals who are gaga over social justice issues.
When first reading or listening to guys like Wallace, everything seems A OK. In fact, on the surface, what he preaches is pretty good, and can be something that everyone could benefit from. I read quite a few of his articles again the other night, and yes, he seemed to make sense. Whenever I have gone onto socialist or communist websites, and liberal/progressive church sites, much of what they talk about sounds good. That is, until you dig a little deeper. It is much the same with guys like Jim Wallace, Tony Compollo, Rick Warren and others. It sounds good- on the surface, but as I was thinking to myself last night, there was something not quite right. I couldn't put my finger on what was bothering me. I was asking (praying for guidance) if I was being like a pharisee about groups like the Sojourners. I mean, these guys preach about helping the poor, taking care of the earth, trying to heal the sick, loving our neighbors and our enemies. These are all things Jesus talks about right? So, Lord- why do I still feel like there's something not quite right?
The answer came a little while later. No- I do not physically hear a voice in my head, but the answer did come. While these men may touch briefly on Jesus and His forgiveness, to them, that is it. I have not once read or heard them speak of redemption on the cross, Christ crucified for our sins and repentance. I have not once heard these groups preach the Gospel message. I have not once heard about Christ coming to set up His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven- NO. Their message rests on demands that we, specifically, they, with help from world leaders and government bodies, work towards creating His Kingdom. That is what has bothered me for the longest time.
These folks, so many of them, continuously preach on saving the planet from greedy destruction, saving people's physical lives through eradication of disease- spread much by greedy nations, redistributing wealth to make everyone on equal standing. Fixing society's problems- without telling them about eternal salvation. These folks have the sin of pride in believing that the Lord's creation can heal itself, that we, who are in His image, are like Him in that we can make His Kingdom on earth.
Satan is good. Good at deceiving that is. He uses circumstances and opportunities by preaching just enough of the Truth to make it sound right, but always going back to human effort, dependence on human will instead of doing God's will.
Listen, and listen good. Bible believing Christians do care about the earth. We care because the Lord gave it to us to live and thrive. However- caring for His creation is much different that worshiping His creation. Bible believing Christians worship the God who created- but we know by His Word that this earth will pass away, along with everything else, and everything will be made new. By God- not by man! We aren't ignorant because we don't believe all the global warming hype of people like Al Gore. We know because of the Lord's Word that the earth will last as long as He wills it, until His purpose is done. You know, maybe, just maybe men like Al Gore would be a little more believable if they weren't hypocrites. He makes millions of dollars a year speaking around the world about how we are killing the earth. He scares children. All the while, he is making money hand over fist with phony carbon credits, buying a huge mansion along the coast of California, and using more electricity in his Tennessee home in one month than most Tennesseans use in a year. It's not the size of his homes, the private jets and SUV's parked in his driveway- it is his do as I say, not as I do mentality which bothers me. I could care less how many billions he has. I've known rich people all my life- and am not biased towards wealth. I think it's great that people can invent or have the talents to "strike it rich". What I do not agree with is making money off of phony scare mongering and hypocrisy.
Bible believing people believe in loving others, and our enemies. Wallace and others make much ado about their "dialogues" and "interfaith" gatherings. They are proud of the way they can get along with people of other beliefs. OK, again I say- good for you! But I also say, you are allowing many, many people to follow a road which will lead them to hell, all because you don't want to offend your interfaith groups by preaching the Good News of Christ! You are loving people into hell. Bible believing Christians pray for their enemies, preach, even to death to those who would kill them, because Mr. Wallace, and every other progressive "christian", we LOVE them. We love them enough to know that they too, can be saved, they too are made in God's own image, they too, have every God given talent, gift and dignity to work to earn a living. No matter the color of their skin, Rev. Wright, no matter their social standing Rev. Sharpton, no matter their circumstances Mr. Obama- all people have from God, what it takes to live productively. Jesus tells us to go into all nations and spread the Good News. He tells us to love one another yes, but He tells us to tell others about Him! Bible believing Christians do that- the social justice/progressive church leaders do not.
Bible believing Christians believe in helping those who can not help themselves. We teach others to fish, because we know that giving them a fish will not feed them forever. Teaching them how, they will have the way to eat every day. Jesus does talk about the poor a lot, but He talks about hell more. Tell me Mr. Compollo- why is that? Perhaps because as He said, the poor will always be among us- but the eternal life is more important than this life? That we are told to not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal?Those who do not work, do not eat. The Bible talks about sharing, but it does not say for governments or elite groups to take away from one group to give to another. That taken by force is not charity. Give unto Caesar that which belongs to him, Give unto God that which belongs to God- is not a license for government to demand 60 percent of wages from the rich to give to the poor through taxes. Government is not the giver of liberties- God is the giver of liberties. The progressive democrats and church do not believe this. They believe it is man who gives, or they would not be demanding social justice.
Maybe if progressives did as they demand others to do, it wouldn't be so bad. But again, these are hypocrites! They spew lies about greed and corruption, create class warfare by promoting stories about greedy capitalists such as those on Wall Street. Corporate greed, capitalist greed, big bank, big oil etc., etc. How much have we heard this from Obama and company? They all claim the same thing. They care about the poor. I asked my mother in law once why she believed so much in the democrats. She answered the same thing- because they care about the poor and the workin' man.
OK. Lets see how much they care. Here are a couple of examples of how generous and caring some of these folks are.
Then Vice President Al Gore's charitable contributions, as a percentage of his income, were below the national average: He gave 0.2 percent of his family income, one-seventh of the average for donating households. He was, it was told, being charitable, as liberals understand that word, by redistributing wealth by social justice and high taxes on the rich.
Andrew Cuomo, former New York Attorney General was an advocate for the homeless. He had, according to his website, “compassion toward the most vulnerable of us.” [...] but according to his own tax returns he made no charitable contributions between 1996 and 1999. In 2000 he donated a whopping $2,750. In 2004 and 2005, Cuomo had more than $1.5 million in adjusted gross income but gave $2,000 to charity.
Barack Obama has a rather poor track record when it comes to charitable contributions. He consistently gave 1 percent of his income to charity. In his most charitable year, 2005, he earned $1.7 million. By the way, obama does have that brother living in a hut over there in Kenya- still in a hut.
Senator John Kerry, in 1995 gave zero to charity, but did spend $500,000 to buy a half stake in an antique piece of art. In 1993, he gave $175 to the needy. Later, of course, Kerry married Theresa Heinz, rich heiress of the Heinz Ketchup fame, and today is active in charitable "causes" using the Heinz foundation money.
Senator Ted Kennedy was known as the ultimate liberal Robin Hood. He once told Al Hunt of the Wall Street Journal, “I come from an advantaged life, and I’ll be goddamned if I’m going to get re-elected to the U.S. Senate by taking food out of the mouths of needy children.” Too bad that Senator Kennedy never actually practiced by giving much money to needy children. His tax returns were top secret until he ran for President in the 1970s. He then released some of them. With a net worth of more than $8 million in the early 1970s and an income of $461,444 from a series of family trusts, that liberator of the little man gave barely 1 percent of his income to charity. The sum is about as much as Kennedy claimed as a write-off on his fifty-foot sailboat.
Robert Reich, once Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor and now a professor at Berkeley, has been outspoken about how greedy conservatives are. Because of conservatives, “America has placed too high a value on selfishness.” When he ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2002, he had to release his tax returns. Reich’s 1040 revealed an income of more than $1 million, much of it giving speeches to corporations and universities for up to $40,000 a pop. He contributed just $2,714 to charity, or .2 percent of his income and part of that was the value of a donation of a used drum set to an organization called City of Peace.
Mr. Rainbow Coalition, Jesse Jackson has often claimed that he operates from a “liberal spirit of compassion and love” while conservatives are “heartless and uncaring toward the silent poor.” But according to his publicly-released tax returns, he regularly donates less than 1 percent to charity. Jackson and his family have also established a charitable foundation called the Jackson Foundation to support the underprivileged. According to tax records, the foundation board is controlled by family members and they receive large contributions from corporations. In 2004, for example, they collected $964,000 from corporations like McDonald’s, Anheuser-Busch, and GMAC. When asked on the tax form to described “direct charitable activities,” the foundation responded: “none.” From the close to million dollars collected, they gave away only $46,000 to a couple of colleges. The Jackson Foundation spent nearly twice that amount — $84,172 — on a “gala celebration” in honor of — Jesse Jackson.
Franklin "Chicken in every pot" Roosevelt. He is regarded by many on the left as the personification of charity and compassion, but FDR actually had a pathetic record when it comes to giving to charity. Roosevelt had an average income of $93,000 ($1.3 million in today’s dollars) but gave away about 3 percent of his income to charity. In 1935, during the height of the Great Depression, when people really could have used it, he donated just 2 percent.
Much has been written about the Clintons earning over $100 million since leaving the white house. They also made liberal use of the charitable deduction, claiming $10.2 million in charitable giving over the eight years. Intriguingly, nearly all the donations went to the Clinton Family Foundation, which has disbursed only half the money. The Clintons can thus use the foundation for giving, such as the $100,000 it donated last year to a local South Carolina library - the day after Mrs. Clinton debated in that primary state. There are other examples of such politically targeted philanthropy, and it's worth noting that most of the foundation's disbursements came only after Mrs. Clinton announced her Presidential run. Interesting too, in a story not too long ago about donation of clothing for charity- it included, yuck, used underwear. Oh, and the Clinton's have a neice, about Chelsea's age, who is destitute. Her parents died, and she was left with nothing. Gee, Uncle Bill- can't you spare a dime?
Then there is that paragon of Christian virtue, Ms. "we will rid Washington of croneism and corruption" Pelosi. Pelosi’s salary as Speaker of the House earns her just $217,400. (Just?!) Except, of course, that Mrs Pelosi lists assets held jointly with her husband as being worth up to $92 million. The generous and charitable Mrs Pelosi’s contributions are to things which are disproportionately enjoyed by other wealthy people. Gee, how about that! The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Symphony are things rather rarely attended by people such as the workin' man.
If I could dig it up, I'd find the charitable contributions on the rest of them- but what's the point. Studies have shown that although liberal families' incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household ($1,600 per year vs. $1,227). In the 10 reddest states, the average percentage of personal income donated to charity was 3.5. Residents of the bluest states, donated just 1.9 percent.
One of the best quotes I found while researching for this post is this: People who reject the idea that "government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality" give an average of four times more than people who accept that proposition. I don't know who said it, but it is brilliant, and true.
Oh, and one more thought about this. Obama's inquisition on the wealthy is creating a charity deficit. Because of this depression (remember- never let a good crisis go to waste!) and the demand for more taxes for government take overs of industry, healthcare, energy and banks, charitable contributions have declined.
From News Busters, I gathered this bit of info-- Another devastating intended/unintended consequence of the Obama administration's major government expansion: charity organizations (already in deep struggle to weather current economic conditions) will likely experience additional major decline in contributions. On the April 16 broadcast of Fox Business Network's "Varney & Co.," Rick Dunham, CEO of fundraising consultant Dunham & Company, weighed in on the new budget proposal that would scale back charitable deductions for families making over $250,000. We are talking about a large amount of money which could be going to help the poor. Unfortunately, the progressive, for the workin' man, marxists, believe in the government to provide, not private or church giving.
When Obama started talking about continuing with the faith based initiative which George W. Bush began, Obama stated,
"Now, make no mistake, as someone who used to teach constitutional law, I believe deeply in the separation of church and state, but I don’t believe this partnership will endanger that idea – so long as we follow a few basic principles. First, if you get a federal grant, you can’t use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can’t discriminate against them – or against the people you hire – on the basis of their religion. Second, federal dollars that go directly to churches, temples, and mosques can only be used on secular programs. And we’ll also ensure that taxpayer dollars only go to those programs that actually work.”
So, in tying this all up. Obama with help from his faith leaders, will blend government and faith. Obama wants to use federal subsidies offered through the EPA and his faith-based outreach to get churches to do just what he claimed he is against- proselytizing, but this time it will be the green faith, the man based faith, the human ingenuity faith. Not only is the problem with the environmental lies of the green movement. The socialist church of Obama and friends focus on all social issues, mainly focusing on the environment, "gender" issues (the typical description for the homosexual lobby), re distribution of wealth etc. Oh, and I don't know why they call it redistribution- I mean, it's not like anyone distributed the money to all the wealthy people in the first place. These people actually earned by working for their wealth. Just call it as it is- stealing from those who have to give to the nanny state so they can give out what ever is left from their skimming off the top.
The left is always preaching about helping the poor- but I ask, after 70 years of government programs such as welfare, medicaid, social security, food stamps, government housing, government grants- why are there still so many poor among us? Mr. Wallace and the rest of the Liberal church- we can not be so pompous to believe that man can solve man's problems. Once the fall ocurred, humans as well as all creation fell under sin. Jesus Christ came the first time to save us from our sins by dying on the Cross. He overcame the power of death and Satan by raising bodily in the flesh 3 days after. Be sure- He will be coming again soon- to set things right once and for all. To set His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. His Will will be done, not ours, not yours, not Obama or any other government. This heaven and this earth shall pass away, for Him to make all things new. You folks claim to live by Jesus's words, to you, that means the red letters. You do not beleive in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you did, you would know that His Word is the Word of the Holy Scriptures. Jesus quoted the scriptures constantly. You can take the messages of His love yes! He does love each and every one of us! But we must take His whole word- not just the happy, easygoing, ear tickling parts, but all of it- and as leaders in our society, it is up to you to preach the whole Word. Woe to you teachers who lead your flocks astray.
The world has bombarded the church. Progressivism has invaded every denomination- from the Catholic Church, to the Baptist church, from the Protestants to the Episcopals. Satan is using just enough truth to spread his lie, that lie which will come soon to the formation of the one world church. Unfortunately that church will be still full- once Christ comes for His own.