#0058 Conservatists portray Jesus as flip-flopping on the Gospel message
Links relevant to today’s posting…
- Radical pastor names GOP candidates as guests at political event
- Threat of Trump ‘buffoonery’ debated in British Parliament
Scriptures relevant to today’s posting…
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)
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 [of divine truth] will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it (this cornerstone of divine truth) falls will be crushed.” Matt. 21:33-43 (NIV)
My last post featured a cluster of conservatists who clearly were declaring that they knew the mind and heart of God. The things they were proclaiming, though on the surface might seem to be supported on some pages of the Bible; obviously didn’t originate from God’s mind or His heart. And this is the biggest clue as to their true colors for any of us who are seriously seeking after God’s truth. Last time we talked at length about the God-given ability within each one of us to discern, tune into and express divine truths that are in play in the world which surrounds us. According to these two scriptures today, God tells us that there are also opposing forces and agents who are using such forces to detract from God’s mission of building His Kingdom upon the earth. These detractors commonly use tactics of miscommunication and misinterpretation of scriptures to slant doctrines to fit their own perverse and (in the end) ungodly views. It’s important to note that though their views and their teachings are most often the antithesis of the true message of Jesus, they are so good at spreading their Biblical manure they have come to believe it themselves. Again, our biggest defense against their inaccuracies and their lies is our onboard radar which tells us that, because these guys are angry, they can’t possibly be under the influence of a loving God. With this inner-gauge turned on we can begin taking a closer look at what these guys are saying.
- Kevin Swanson Radical pastor names GOP candidates as guests at political event (go to 2:05-2:42): In this part of his speech Kevin Swanson is basically saying that this particular divine fact: comes from the highest level of clarity; God has spoken—both the Old Testament and the New Testament; there is to be no debate about it; It’s in Romans 1, I Corinthians 6, I Timothy 4, and (of course) Leviticus 18 and 20; In Romans 1 God even says that homosexuals should be put to death. Here are the money lines in Romans 1…
27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death…
Romans 1: 27 &29-32
Mr. Swanson is so focused on shining the judgmental light on the issue of homosexuality that he conveniently skips over all these other sins—also deserving of death; at least according to this scripture. Notice the sin of no mercy; Swanson himself kind of fits within that frame as he earlier goes harping on about the pussy sores, sack cloth and ashes, etc.
- Rick Scarborough Radical pastor names GOP candidates as guests at political event (go to 4:14-4:59 and 7:44-8:13). Rick Scarborough here is using homosexuality as the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back in God’s deciding to utterly destroy our nation. He says that in the event things go that way, he couldn’t blame God for so condemning us—such a nation of sinners. In this declaration Scarborough ups the ante from those things Swanson is proclaiming—that of pronouncing condemnation upon all gays; here Scarborough puts forth a scenario wherein we all are doomed by association with gays. We are all guilty of letting the homosexuals loose and running free in the land. Scarborough operates on a higher plane of self-righteousness because, if you noticed that Swanson was using Bible chapter and verse, Scarborough’s position seems to be that his words are beyond reproach and the factuality of what he is saying is self-evident to any and all who are truly studied in God’s word. Again, listen to the outrage in Rick Scarborough’s tone and notice it in his demeanor—is he God’s disciple? In fact, in either of these guy’s messages and style, can we easily transpose Jesus as the barer of such messages? I can’t picture Him thus even if I try with all my might. Can you?
- Rep Dave Brat (R) This Week in God, 1.16.16 In this quote from a government official we can see how the Christian conservatists are vying for the upper hand in religious circles so that they can win the moral arguments every time—without debate from the more frivolous liberals; after all, what can they possibly know what God is thinking.
“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.”
In the other link today we see the British Parliament debating over whether or not Donald Trump should be allowed into their whole country: based upon his outrageous statements. In deciding whether or not to have such a debate in the Parliament, they put out an online petition for the British people and the response was 573,971 signatures in favor. Watch this video and you will begin to see how ridiculous Donald Trump’s image is as viewed by the rest of the World as well as is, by association, the United States’. In stride with this, my question is: based on the messages of Messrs. Swanson, Scarborough and Brat how ridiculous must Jesus appear in the eyes of the non-conservative, non-Christian or non-believer?! Making Jesus look ridiculous is the goal of the entity known as the antichrist.
TBC: Sunday, January 24, 2016