Archive for the 'False gospel' Category

02
Apr
17

The Evangelicals’ Choice

The evangelicals’ previous choice.

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The evangelicals’ current choice.

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The evangelical future choice?

[T]hat Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

08
Mar
17

Making [ your nation ] Great Again?

The promise:

Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will fall down and worship me, all will be Yours”.

The alternative:

Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’…
…From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight … but now My kingdom is not from here.”

16
Feb
17

Father of Alternative Facts (who is YOUR Father?)

A new term has entered the lexicon—’alternative facts’.

It was used by Donald Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway to defend those claims by the administration that the crowds at Trump’s inauguration last month were bigger than Barack Obama’s in 2008.

Media organisations have loudly and regularly called out US President Donald Trump for falsehoods over the last 18 months.

from here:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/does-fact-checking-work-in-an-era-of-alternative-facts/8271272

And from the audio at that site:

[Trump’s] supporters don’t care what he says, they don’t care whether he’s telling the truth or not… whatever he says it doesn’t matter. Whether he’s caught as a misogynist, whether he’s caught lying about a whole bunch of issues, they don’t care because they can see him as their saviour, so the facts aren’t really an issue…

And from here: https://www.democracynow.org/2017/2/15/rep_ted_lieu_to_introduce_bill

From congressman Ted Lieu:

… when you have a president that lies pathologically, that believes in alternative facts, it suggests to me there is a problem. I don’t know the extent of that problem.


To the “evangelicals” who voted for and continue to support Trump. Do YOU care about your favoured president’s attitude to truth?

Or do you also push aside the clear message of the following and what it says about the source of lies?

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

 

Who is YOUR Father?

 

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Also see:

“Don’t call it post-truth. There’s a simpler word: lies”

We’ve been calling this “post-truth politics” but I now worry that the phrase is far too gentle, suggesting society has simply reached some new phase in its development. It lets off the guilty too lightly. What Trump is doing is not “engaging in post-truth politics”. He’s lying.
Worse still, Trump and those like him not only lie: they imply that the truth doesn’t matter…

from:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/16/not-post-truth-simpler-words-lies-aleppo-trump-mainstream

And:
“Truth is evaporating before our eyes”
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/19/truth-is-evaporating-before-our-eyes

02
Feb
17

Trump-loving!

Yet more Trump-loving propaganda from Bill Randles

And the recommendation of a video titled: “Trump saves civilisation”

https://billrandles.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/it-is-amazing-what-you-can-do-when-you-are-not-owned-by-the-saudis/

Sorry Bill I reject that saviour, the one emblazoned across your blog on the video you recommend.

There is only ONE saviour. His name is JESUS.
Randles starts his post by saying:

“Within one week into his presidency it looks like Donald Trump has brought us to a possibly sane solution, which may be on the way to solve the utterly destructive “Muslim Refugee Crisis”, humanly speaking, of course.”

Sane solution? To a problem greatly caused (or at least exacerbated) by incompetent US military ventures in the middle east?

Sadly Randles is not trying to be ironic.

Is American evangelicalism so weak that it can’t cope with an influx of foreign refugees ripe for the gospel? Perhaps the truth is, American evangelicalism has NO gospel to preach to them,  considering the saviour they now look to is a lying, self-confessed* sexual abuser of women, a businessman turned president. (* A confession later reacted and labelled as “locker room” talk).

Read Randles’ article and weep – that American evangelicals and once respected teachers have fallen so far.

The “Trump Saves Civilisation” video that Randles recommends is by Stefan Molyneaux who on the link below  is described as “an atheist anarcho-capitalist” who  “tries to tell you that your parents are liars and bullies if they believe in government or religion”

 http://www.fdrliberated.com/brief-introduction-freedomain-radio/

28
Jan
17

Déjà Vu: 1914 or 2017?

I’m reading A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joseph Loconte. It is one of several books I’ve read about WWI and its origins over the past couple of years. Some of what I’m reading about the spiritual conditions leading into (and through) the First World War seem disturbingly familiar. Some of the specifics may have changed, but the general spirit of those conditions is unmistakably in the world again today; disguised to a degree – but with a flimsy mask.

The alliance of church and state allowed the secular goals of government to get mixed up with the spiritual goals of Christianity.

Add to this the rise of the most potent political ideology of the hour: nationalism. The nation-state was replacing religion as a powerful source of meaning and identity in people’s lives…
…For devoted nationalists, their patriotic faith was equivalent to membership in an alternative church. For religious believers, nationalism offered a grandiose political outlet for their faith commitments. The result was the birth of Christian nationalism , the near sanctification of the modern state.

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16
Nov
16

Obtuse, Obsessive and Splitting Hairs

My correspondence about the nature of some recent political campaign material has been an eye-opener.

In response to what I’ve written I’ve been told by various people that I’m obtuse, obsessive and I’m splitting hairs; and I’ve been accused of playing silly games, of wilful stupidity and of defending the killing of babies.

How discouraging it could be to see how truth can be treated with so much disdain by professing Christians if Jesus hadn’t warned that such falsehoods would become prominent in the latter days.

 

If this ongoing matter was merely about different political opinions I’d have no problem stepping back and agreeing to disagree – but politics isn’t at the heart of it, at least not on my part.

But I’m not so sure whether that is the case on all sides, considering the kind of things Christians have been willing to accept and promote to advance a particular political outcome.

 

Personally I was never in favour of either of the presidential candidates.

On the one hand I saw that Clinton would continue a “more of the same” path with little immediate upheaval in the US and around the world, but she probably wouldn’t address things that seriously needed change.

A Clinton win would also probably mean a continuation of the “evangelical” hostility shown to Obama as well as the continuing stalemate enforced by a republican congress that made it difficult for Obama to get anything to be done in the US during his presidency.

 

On the other hand Trump seemed likely to shake everything up but not necessarily in the beneficial way his supporters expected. A Trump win would give “evangelicals” the kind of leader their behaviour showed they wanted after their 8 years of hostility and lies directed at Obama. I see their favoured leader perfectly mirrors that “evangelical” behaviour towards the outgoing president.

I  can see that a Trump presidency could be God’s way of shaking American evangelicals, opening their eyes and giving them the opportunity to repent of their trust in their Nation and its secular political system.

However, the opening of eyes requires a willingness to see and recognise the truth. Sadly, my recent experiences and observations don’t make me optimistic about the likelihood of many of those Christians/evangelicals being able and willing to take advantage of that opportunity.

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In the latest email I’ve received from Bill Randles he said: “The issue is not the video, but the words of Hillary telling us that we would have to alter our religious beliefs”
However, the issue IS the video, which projects extremist meaning onto “the words of Hillary” to proclaim that she’s demanding things like: “Kneel and deny your Christian faith”. (I’ve already addressed Clinton’s actual words elsewhere).

I’m sure someone with ill intent could easily trawl through Bills recorded sermons and find something that could be twisted to give it an unintended sinister meaning, and could do so successfully if it was presented in the unscrupulous manner of that video to an audience as undiscerning and hostile as those who find the anti-Clinton video to be truthful.

 

[If anyone reading this doesn’t usually refer to the comments section of a post, I recommend that you do so this time. I think there are some important additions to the ongoing issues mentioned above]

15
Nov
16

Judged By a Higher Standard

A respected bible teacher I’ve mentioned recently has sent me four or five emails over the past day, but has now declared the “conversation is over”.

 

An earlier email from him had started with a reference to a Hillary Clinton quote he’d sent to me previously. The quote was a word for word transcript taken from a video he had promoted, a video I examined here: https://onesimusfiles.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/a-lesson-in-deception-and-manipulation/

 

He said: “Onesimus I have given you the quote, of the leading proponent of “women’s Health”(Abortion) in America, and of the leading Champion of LGBtY”Rights”, (Sexual anarchy) demanding that Religions must change their tenants(sic) in order to accommodate …”

 

From his endorsement of that video and his subsequent correspondence with me, it is clear that he has no interest at all in addressing the fact that he and the video totally misrepresent what Clinton actually said in that quote (see my reply to him below).

To me that is a gross act of dishonesty that he clearly supports. He insists on projecting his own meaning onto Clinton’s quote, based on his own prejudice against her. That can be seen by his redefining of “women’s health” as “abortion”.

 

If he can justify such a manipulation of what is clearly said to mean something entirely unrelated to the words actually spoken – what does that say about the way he teaches the Bible? If someone can’t be trusted to accurately report on something spoken in clear and simple terms, how can they be trusted to teach his followers about the meaning of scripture?

 

My last email to him addressed the video and the quote he had used from it.

[bible teacher] said:

here is verbatim one of the many Hillary quotes-

Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced,” Clinton said.“Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.”

 

I replied:

Yes she said that, I quoted it on my blog – but the video you took it from totally distorts the meaning of what she actually said, as it seems you are also doing, by making assumptions about the intention of the quote.

As I said on my blog and in a comment on your site, the reference to changing religious beliefs could include things like female “circumcision” as practiced by some strands of Islam, or Roman Catholic attitudes to birth control, both of those clearly fit into the category of “reproductive health care and safe childbirth”.

 

You also quote Clinton correctly with: “I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century”

This is totally different to what is claimed in the video immediately after showing the short clip that you have quoted “verbatim”.
The presenter of the video excitedly claims:

““Did you see that? Did you notice that she said that the change of Christian beliefs is the unfinished business of the 20th Century? This means that she wants to persecute Christians.”

Can you see anything even resembling that claim in what Clinton actually said? Or is that claim by the presenter an absolute lie?

And as for the rest of the video and the other sensationalist lies it presents as truth; where does Clinton demand that believers: “Kneel and deny your Christian faith”?

Where does she say “CHRISTIANS IN AMERICA MUST DENY THEIR FAITH IN CHRISTIANITY”?

And how is YOUR link caption “Christians must change their Religion” in any way a true expression of anything Clinton ACTUALLY says in that video, as opposed to what deceivers CLAIM she says, as noted above?

The election is over. The next president has been chosen. So what’s the point of going over all of this again?

To me the issue hasn’t been the election or the choice of a president.
My concern has always been related to the messages being given by people who profess to be Christians or evangelicals, particularly when those messages involve outright falsehoods.

When those falsehoods are being supported and promoted by so-called Christian leadership I see even more need for concern.

My early Christian faith was severely compromised when I fell for false teaching. I almost lost that faith completely, and it took a long route to regain and rebuild it on a sounder foundation. Those false teachings were theological – and I’ve spent many years since regaining my faith trying to help people avoid my theological mistakes. However the problems don’t always have their foundation in questionable theology and doctrine. No less important is the matter of character, of integrity and of a desire to know, live and proclaim THE TRUTH.




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