Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Is There Any Such Thing as a ChristianIST

I first encountered the new theory as published by Andrew Sullivan but it's 'premium content' on his Time blog and one has to pay for it.

Below is an entry from Daily kos, an extreme Left wing blog.

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CHRISTIANISM VS CHRISTIANITY

Many Americans identify themselves as Christians. This includes liberals, moderates, conservatives, blacks, whites, asians, hispanics, Democrats, Republicans and independents. The values of Christianity closely mirror the values of liberalism that this nation was founded upon ( lie ) , often to the extent that some Christians believe that they are the values this nation was founded upon.

Take poverty, for example. Christ tells us, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me (Matt. 25:40)". Helping the poor is a Christian value. This is mirrored in the Declaration of Independence when it says that "All men are created equal". Rich, poor, liberal, conservative -- we are all equal. We are all Americans. We should pursue the common good because it is good for all.
(depends on what you call 'help' )

However, there is another movement in this nation, which I refer to as Christianism. The term is dervied from "Islamist" -- or those people who claimed to be followers of Islam, but are nothing more than terrorists who do not follow the principles of Islam. There are those "Christians" who do not seem to be following the principles of Christianity -- thus the term "Christianist". ( then they aren't Christians at all and are just some small know nothing cult [like those idiots who disrupt American soldier's funerals ] )

I would pull up some Bible quotes to show the principles of Christianism, but their principles do not appear in the Bible.

Christianism uses Christianity in order to further its agenda, which can be quickly summed up in two goals:

1. The establishment of a state religion. This state religion, of course, is not to promote Christianity, but rather to consolidate power in order to achieve their second goal. ( stupid vicious lie )

2. Legislation of their repressive moral agenda. The Christianists plan to destroy the system of checks and balances in the Constitution, and they plan to do this in the name of Christianity. The establishment of a state religion is critical to this. ( plain dumb lie )

The Constitituion is Christianism's biggest obstacle. They cannot change the Constitution by using the facilities described within -- there is normally no way that they would be able to secure the votes needed for a constitutional amendment. So they plan on legislating their way around it, by removing the system of checks and balances. We have seen this already in action -- by proposing legislation that would prevent "activist judges" from "creating law" from the bench, which is really a way to keep judges from interpreting the law in a Constitutional manner, which would prevent them from pushing their moral agenda on the American people. ( vicious lie )

A Christianist America is a frightening place indeed. Already, gay individuals are having their rights revoked. But that is just the beginning. Under Christianist rule, women would lose all of their rights. Not just the right to choose, but the right to vote, or the right to own property. Under some of the more extreme Christianist thinking, women are property. ( rediculous lie )

It seems to me that the Christianists are using wedge issues to promote the change needed in order to push their agenda. We saw this with the "gay marriage" ballot initiatives in this election. Of course, their hypocrisy concerning these wedge issues is clearly evident.

One wedge issue is that they want Creationism taught in our public schools. The argument being that Evolution is only a theory, therefore other "theories" should be taught, including Creationism. Of course, this means that they want Christian creationism taught, because they are using the cover of Christianity to hide their own political agenda. Any proposal to teach Hindu creationism, or Native American, would be met with howls of protest. Another wedge issue is the posting of the Ten Commandments in our public courthouses, because, as the Christianists righteously state, God is the source of our laws. However, if a law were proposed that would put the Five Pillars of Islam in our courtrooms, because the source of all law is Allah, the Christianists would be apoplectic. ( silly but point granted )

9/11 is a good benchmark to show the difference between Christians and Christianists. A Christian, following the attacks of 9/11, most likely prayed to God for mercy for the victims, prayed that peace would come to the families of the victims, and prayed that God would protect the Nation. The Christianists, however, took 9/11 as an opportunity to blast their political opponents, such as Falwell blaming 9/11 on the liberals. (so?)

And this is the crux of Christianism. A political ideology masquerading as a religion. ( there IS a problem here ... see following article ) They have not only taken over the leadership of the Republican Party, but they are now beginning to take over the control of the Christian community (as was quite evident in the sermon in the church I attended on the Sunday prior to the election, where the congregation was told that voting for John Kerry was a "sin").

The bottom line is that Christianism is going to destroy the America that the Founding Fathers envisioned, and will usher in a repressive nation more along the lines of post-Shah Iran. ...............( riiiiiiiiiight ) It is incumbent upon the Christians of this nation to heed the warning, "Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. (Jer. 23:16)"

America must be alerted to the threat of Christianism. It has to be made clear to Christians that when we attack Christianism, we are not attacking Christianity. THEY ARE NOT ONE AND THE SAME! Christianity is a beautiful religion of hope and redemption, based on the universal love of God. ( well thanks for that anyway ) Christianism is an ugly political ideology, based on power, hatred and hypocrisy, whose sole goal is the destruction of the United States of America. (and that does not exist )

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This isn't really a 'new' idea. The Left has been calling us 'Christian Taliban' since just after 9/11 but still ... I Can hear the headsman sharpening his axe in the background. Look out Church. Politics is not your First Calling. Get back to the Great Commission.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Care For A Little Inside Dope on The Christian World?

For the secular: There exists a rather large doctrinal split between those who hold to a Pre-Tribulational Rapture doctrine (those who read and believe Tim Lahaye books) and the Post-tribulational Rapture folks who just read the Bible and see that at the Second Coming believing Christians are either Raptured or Resurrected (depending on your being living or dead) to be with Jesus. The pre folks got their ideas from a whackjob named Irving who started a cult in England almost a hundred years ago. These same folks and their descendants have added all kinds of non-biblical doctrines to the 'christian' faith. They compose around 80% of present day Protestant believers.



THE KOOKINESS OF THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE DOCTRINE
IS RENDERING THE GOSPEL INEFFECTIVE


This LIE, this Irvingite/Darbyist invention, fabricated out of whole cloth, has very effectively CUT OFF Christians from the world and nearly curtailed The Great Commission. This doctrine is not rational. It is not biblical. It is a fairy tale and western secularists rightly disdain those who hold to it.

The faithful often ask why Christians today are under such attack here in the West. We wonder why we are the only group who deserve no guaranteed respect such as afforded every seeming minority group under the sun these days. We chalk it up to the godless nature of modern secular society. We tell ourselves that secularism is so rampant .... so infused within the very warp and woof of western society that the devil rules them and they are generally given over to their passions, greed and lusts. We believe they are corrupt and desire corrupt men to rule over them. Or at least to accede to their lascivious practices ... and so they despise us and our faith. Everywhere we look today we see good men and women being pulled down. Woe to the public figure that even mentions his or her Christian faith. It seems to be always open season on Christians. Ridicule from every angle is the accepted norm on TV, in movies and the media. Tsk tsk tsk. We click our tongues and wonder.

Are average men and women in America really that ‘given over’ in America though? People who are to a great extent often nominally ‘christian’ and still very much American, law abiding and decent? I don’t believe it. What I see is that such a huge proportion of american Christendom has withdrawn from the field and rendered themselves outcasts that society in general has begun to see them as pariahs. Average non christian folks have largely come to distrust christians and I don’t blame them.

The public face of Christianity has become Paul and Jan Crouch ... Bishop Jakes ... the ranting (almost raving) pompous John Hagee and the heretic fakehealer Benny Hinn etc, etc, etc,. Would YOU leave your kids in the hands of any of these people? How about your government? Would you, as a proud secularist ( putting ourselves in the world’s shoes ), respect this crowd when they form huge political organizations and try and tell you how to live your lives? Do we think the massive propaganda campaign typified and lead by Tim Lahaye with his foolish books has gone unnoticed by secular America? It has not ... and it has elevated the aspect of your average christian, in the eyes of the world, to about the level of a drooling moron. But then actual drooling morons are protected from any whisper of derision in today’s politically correct world. But not Christians.

Might we then turn to the quiet thoughtful public figures of the Christian world and media for solace or hope? What about Jack Hayford ... Dr. David Hocking ... James Dobson? These men do reach the world with the Gospel but only superficially because just about the time the ‘almost converted’ or at least the positively disposed, find out these men actually believe all Christians are soon to be ‘transported directly to heaven any minute now’ they suddenly remember they left something on the stove. They hear their mom calling them for dinner. They’re busy tomorrow with prior engagements .... all week actually and uh ..... “lose my number will ya?”

I can’t say that all the errors of the TBN crowd have followed from their Irvingite ways but one could make a good case for this. Once they started making things up, like the pure fantasy of a pre-tribulation rapture, why stop there? In a hundred years they went from crackpots to almost the whole Evangelical world. They became THE arbiters of Protestant doctrine. Perhaps once they perverted the doctrine of the Apostles so flagrantly regarding the very Second Coming itself they just became utterly lost. There was no twisting or human reinvention of scripture that seemed too much for them. So we see now the really fringe behavior of Kenneth Copeland ... the now deceased Gene Scott ... Joel Osteen ... men who literally make up their own gospel or preach psychology and call it the Gospel.

Then came the purveyors of Church Growth. Men practicing Madison Avenue merchandising so efficiently that within ten years they had created the mega-church and there sprang up monstrous edifices to merchandise and market their strange gospel in every American city. Several such in each of our nations largest. Of course the church growth strategies were tailor made for those who had no problem remaking The Gospel to suit men’s itching ears and shallow moral makeup. It is not surprising that the millions attending mega-churches today have no idea what the first century Christians believed and taught. That narrow way was not very marketable to modern wastrel western society.

So ... is it really a surprise that Christianity has gotten a bad name in America? No it’s not. A man has recently written a very influential book. “American Theocracy ... The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil and Borrowed Money” This man’s name is Kevin Phillips. He’s a very smart man. An excellent public speaker. I recently heard him give a speech on the University Channel on the Dish Network satellite. I was impressed with how level headed and persuasive he was. He’s doing a very good job of alarming the politicians, academics and power brokers of this land. Not just the liberal ones either. He focuses quite harshly and at length on Tim Lahaye. In his thesis Lahaye characterizes, indeed exemplifies and personifies a dangerous radical religious movement in America and the West. He believes George Bush is under the influence if not control of these religious zealots. He posits, quite correctly I believe that no conservative politician can be elected in this land without what they call the ‘Christian Right’s’ support ... these zealots who have, to the secular mind remember, crazy insane ideas. Crazy ideas and huge powerful political machines that command millions of voters.

A huge segment of american society believes similarly and this man is doing an excellent and persuasive job of giving voice to their concerns. They truly are alarmed and even see the threat as much larger than it probably is. But then who knows how bad it could get really. I don’t want to live in a theocracy. Could the mega-church-TBN-fringe-fanatic-merchandisers take their unhinged ideas that far? I doubt it but that doesn’t mean the secular world’s fears of such could not lead to drastic consequences for those who actually do believe themselves washed in the Blood of Chri

So here WE are. Our little scattered band of post-trib stragglers spread out here and there on the planet. Clinging to what we have. Trying to hang on to our First Love. Shunned by our unbiblical brothers and suspected of being one of them by the world. It can only get more interesting from here. How many of us will there be to offer a true witness for our Lord as the tribulation becomes an actual present day reality? A day not too far distant I believe.

For those interested, below are links to prominent Post-Tribulation websites:

www.pfrs.org/index.html

www.biblestudying.net/index.html

www.geocities.com/~lasttrumpet/index.html

www.endtimepilgrim.org/

Floppin Flounder

I started this blog because of the bloggers who won't let you comment on their site if you aren't a registered blogger. Maybe I'll actually put something here one day.
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