#0057 This isn’t just conservative ideals, this is real antichrist stuff!
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Scriptures relevant to today’s post…
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
“‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?
43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 44 Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” Matt. 21:33-43 (NIV)
- 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 2 Thessalonians 2: (NIV)
Many Christians are under the impression that the antichrist is some malevolent entity who is going to show up at some time in the apocalyptic future; who will at that time show himself as a handsome and charismatic man. This man will gain a leadership position and while thus positioned will use his charisma and political prowess to lure away those people who are morally and mentally weak. The theory continues that many people, including Christians, will fall under the influence of this man and be lead away from the true teachings of Christ. The actual truth of the matter is that the antichrist isn’t going to be one guy at all—the antichrist is now, (not will be) a collection of wrong teachings promoted by a group of indoctrinated individuals who embrace these wrong doctrines. I have been referring to this phenomenon as the Jesus Clone.
In today’s posting I have included two links which add to the growing body of evidence of this icky energy known as The Jesus Clone. The first article begins by revisiting good ole Kevin Swanson and the clip of him angrily spewing aspersions on homosexuality and condemning all gay persons. That same article introduces a new guy with the same anti-gay message. A quick word about this; without even assessing what is being said by both of these guys, the energy coming off them speaks more clearly the reality about them and the god they rode in on. The Apostle Paul talks about the Gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12: 7-10) and three of those gifts come in especially handy as we listen to this Kevin Swanson and Rick Scarborough: 1) the Gift of Tongues; 2) the Gift of the Interpretation of Tongues; and 3) the Gift of Discernment.
- The Gift of Tongues is the God-inspired ability to communicate a divine truth. Jesus had this gift; Isaiah had it and he also had the Gift of Prophecy; St. Paul had it; Martin Luther King had it, President Obama and Pope Francis have it (remember when Obama was weeping over the deaths of the Sandy Hook children and John Boehner wept while Pope Francis was addressing the joint assembly of Congress?) How do you know who has it? Here’s a simple yet effective test; when someone is speaking about spiritual or religious matters ask yourself: How does what they’re saying make me feel? Never mind how Biblically-based it is; how does it make me feel about God; about myself; and about other people? What sort of energy is coming off of the person: is it positive and does it make me feel love and acceptance for everybody—or just those people I know and am comfortable around? If you get this positive/joyful/peaceful energy when watching, listening to or reading what someone has written, then that person has this gift; at least within the parameters of the experience and its message. Does Kevin Swanson have that gift?
- Like Tongues, the Gift of Interpretation of Tongues is the God-inspired ability to receive or understand divine truth in many different forms of expression. This also applies to when you’re reading the Bible or listening to your pastor or priest. The Gift of Interpretations is the Holy Ghost working within you to help you know whether what you are seeing or hearing or reading is God’s truth or not. If it’s there, you might experience emotion welling up inside you—an uncontrollable urge to cry and cry like John Boehner. This is good. Or you may only feel a sense of peace or “knowing” inside of you; these are inward affirmations of God working inside of you. Over the past 10 or so years more and more people have been getting these kinds of feelings of affirmation over (for example) the issue of gay rights, including their rights to love and marry whom they will. This is God communicating His truth to people and it’s just as valid as the Bible.
- Discernment is like the other two gifts but it encompasses a wider and deeper scope of things. Discernment is what guides and directs people in their personal life commandments and it functions beyond the scope of their professed beliefs and their outward allegiances. It is the glue that provides people with progressive/liberal leanings to adhere to their ideas and ideals. On the other hand discernment is not evidenced in those people who tend to champion static doctrines which render them incapable of seeing new vistas of spiritual growth and potential. Dwelling too long in a community voided of discernment and these other Gifts of the Spirit; Christian conservatists tend to lose their way, start walking in circles, or get bogged down in fear and hate. In this sort of bubble, they tend to become very defensive; self-righteousness sets in and along with it a high susceptibility to the messages of guys like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Kevin Swanson, Rick Scarborough, Rep. Dave Brat and others. It is here that the antichrist gets good traction and it’s where wild-assed conservatist concepts are put forth in the name of God like: all gays deserve to die and “[it’s time] for the conservative movement to claim moral authority over Scripture. “Our side, the conservative side, needs to reeducate its people that we own the entire (Christian) tradition,”
Rep. Dave Brat (R) is perhaps best known for his 2014 upset of then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) in a Virginia primary. But now that the far-right freshman is in Congress, Brat is adding to his political profile with bizarre remarks. Right Wing Watch reported this week:
President Obama can never seem to win with Republicans, who seem to attack him for not talking about the Bible enough and then attack him even harder when he does.
Take, for example, American Family Radio host Sandy Rios’ interview yesterday with Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., in which Brat expressed his anger that Obama cited Christian teachings when he criticized Republicans for their attempts to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S.
The president, Brat said, is “using the Christian tradition and he’s trying to bring about compassion by bonking Republicans over the head with the Bible. It’s almost a comedy routine on what compassion and love is.” The GOP lawmaker added that Obama is “mocking his enemies in order to compel a larger federal state using the tradition of love.”
The solution, Brat went on to argue, is for the conservative movement to claim moral authority over Scripture. “Our side, the conservative side, needs to reeducate its people that we own the entire tradition,” he said, adding, “If you lose the moral argument, you’ll lose the policy argument every time. We need to regain the moral argument where we’re so strong.”
This week in God, 1.16.16 by Steve Benen
In the end though it really doesn’t matter how these guys try to spin it truth doesn’t exist in the eye of the beholder; nor is it a variable. It’s a constant. It’s the cornerstone of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus put it this way…
43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 44 Anyone who falls on this [corner]stone (divine truth) will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it (My truth) falls will be crushed.” Matt. 21:33-43 (NIV)
TBC: Wednesday, January 20, 2016