Archive for February, 2016

26
Feb
16

Ted Cruz: “‘Anointed’ to Bring About ‘End Time Transfer of Wealth’”

The details in the article referenced below show there is more than dodgy far-right political ideology driving the Ted Cruz camp.

Its theology is arguably FAR more disturbing.

Once again, during this campaign season in America, the doctrines of Dominionism held by diverse segments of the evangelical world have taken front and center stage. The leaven of the 7 mountain teaching continues to percolate throughout the entire political process.

Six years ago Dr. Orrel Steinkamp and the Discernment Research Group wrote a series of articles about the rapid assimilation of Dominionist teachers/preachers into the American political process. We warned that certain formerly obscure groups – Mike Bickle’s International House of Prayer (IHOP) and C. Peter Wagner’s New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) with their Latter Rain cult roots – were mainstreaming their theology into the political process via large-scale media events, an orchestrated youth movement, and even entering the machinations of political campaigns. All of this was being fueled by prominent voices in the Christian Right promoting the 7 mountain strategy of building the kingdom of God on earth, starting with turning America into a “Christian” nation.

(My emphasis in the last sentence above – Tim)

TRUSTED

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7 Mountains Hit the Campaign Trail
Here is a very brief overview of the current situation. There is a YouTube video of the 7 mountain beliefs and “transfer of wealth” teachings of “apostle” Rafael Cruz, father of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz who is running for president. In Bruce Wilson’s Oct. 17, 2013 article titled “Ted Cruz’s Father Suggested His Son Is ‘Anointed’ to Bring About ‘End Time Transfer of Wealth’

(Again, my emphasis in the last phrase above – Tim)

ANOINTED

 

see complete article here:
http://herescope.blogspot.com.au/2016/02/7-mountain-politics-and-theology.html

NEITHER

Thanks to my friend Roger for bringing this article to my attention.

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23
Feb
16

Soldier’s Heart

17
Feb
16

Patriotism, Politics and Christian Culture

In the comments section of two recent threads I’ve been having a discussion with Roy, the owner of the Arminian Today blog. He has now referred to that discussion on his own blog but isn’t allowing comments to be made about his post.

https://arminiantoday.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/is-patriotism-sinful/ ,

I’m saddened by some of the things he says.

An example is this:

We live in a society that has lost its Protestant work ethic (that work is to the glory of God and is rewarded) but now I read that the younger generations favor socialism (stealing from the hard working to provide equality to those who do not work as hard).

The use of the term “socialism” in the quote above appeals to a prejudice that seems to have been instilled in the general American consciousness from the beginning of the cold war and displayed at its worst through McCarthyism. And (pardon the pun) I believe its use by Roy is a “red herring”.

If it wasn’t such a serious libel against so many who are struggling to survive under conditions of extreme poverty, even in the prosperous USA, I would find his definition of “socialism” laughable:

“stealing from the hardworking to provide equality to those who do not work as hard”

Roy said something similar in my comments section this morning, and I gave him this reply:

Don’t you realise that many of those “lazy” are actually working two or three jobs and still can’t earn a living wage? Others can’t find work because the jobs they could have done (or used to do) have been outsourced to other countries. Yes there may be some who exploit welfare but the gains from their dishonesty is not as significant as the gains of the ultra-rich who are no less guilty of exploitation but for massively larger amounts of money than alleged “welfare cheats”.

Many of those he accuses of “Stealing from the hardworking” possibly work far harder than the ultra-rich who can be paid more each hour than most of us would get in a year. It’s sad that their plight and their character should be disparaged in such a dismissive way.

At the beginning of Roy’s posts he describes me as someone who attacks Americans “for various reasons”.

That is a complete misreading of anything I’ve ever written. As far as I’m aware, I’ve never attacked Americans at all, but I HAVE said some strong things against a characteristic shared by many American Christians: an adherence to a blend of patriotism and right wing “conservative” politics, decorated with Christian language and terminology. A political outlook that favours the rich over the poor and illegitimately links itself to Christ to gain support.

I believe the acceptance and even promotion of exploitative political dogma is a serious problem among many of Christians, particularly in America, but like so many trends it is now spreading beyond the USA.

12
Feb
16

Unless it changes, capitalism will starve humanity by 2050

I’m posting the reference to this article because it touches on issues I’ve addressed recently in other posts.
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Unless it changes, capitalism will starve humanity by 2050
[Forbes]
By Drew Hansen
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climate changeProfessors Christopher Wright and Daniel Nyberg published Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations last fall, arguing that businesses are locked in a cycle of exploiting the world’s resources in ever more creative ways.
“Our book shows how large corporations are able to continue engaging in increasingly environmentally exploitative behaviour by obscuring the link between endless economic growth and worsening environmental destruction,” they wrote. (my emphasis – Tim)

More from the article:

Capitalism has generated massive wealth for some, but it’s devastated the planet and has failed to improve human well-being at scale.
Species are going extinct at a rate 1,000 times faster than that of the natural rate over the previous 65 million years.
Since 2000, 6 million hectares of primary forest have been lost each year. That’s 14,826,322 acres, or just less than the entire state of West Virginia.
Even in the U.S., 15% of the population lives below the poverty line. For children under the age of 18, that number increases to 20%.
The world’s population is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050.
How do we expect to feed that many people while we exhaust the resources that remain?

Human activities are behind the extinction crisis. Commercial agriculture, timber extraction, and infrastructure development are causing habitat loss and our reliance on fossil fuels is a major contributor to climate change.

see complete article here: http://news.yahoo.com/unless-it-changes–capitalism-will-starve-humanity-by-2050-014619431.html

11
Feb
16

Forums and “Spiritual” Elitism

I’ve been a frequent contributor to Christian forums for well over 10 years. I was also moderator of one until I resigned over a disagreement with the forum owner about a false prophecy that the site had promoted.

I’ve now decided to “resign” my last remaining forum membership because of an increasing display of “spiritual elitism” where differing opinions are frequently being dismissed as being “of the flesh”, while those who agree are recognised as being “of the spirit”.
Or others are accused of relying on their own understanding, while the “elite” are clearly heeding the Spirit.

Such attitudes are a convenient way of quenching discussion by more or less saying “I’m speaking God’s message” so if you disagree with me you disagree with God.
It’s just a different way of prefacing communication of ideas with the phrase “God told me…” or “God showed me…”. None of these allow anyone the freedom to assess teaching, or ideas they’ve heard, for themselves. It contradicts Pauls admonition that each of us needs to test all things.

As for the kind of spiritual maturity that is being claimed; I suspect one characteristic of GENUINE spiritual maturity is that it does not need to flaunt it. It’s not necessary to LITERALLY incorporate claims of one’s (assumed) spiritual stature into the argument being made, as a justification and support of one’s views.

09
Feb
16

Has America ever really been a “Christian nation”?

onog

The Judeo-Christian tradition is certainly entrenched in the founding story and America remains more religiously observant than any other western country. But is that the same as being a Christian nation?

Fascinating, enlightening, one of the best discussions I’ve hear in a long time. While it might all be “old news” to some, there were a few surprises (for me) in the podcast here:

ABC website:
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/religionandethicsreport/has-america-ever-really-been-a-22christian-nation223f/6604500

Direct link to recording:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2015/07/rer_20150708_1730.mp3




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