Posted by: Yvonne | March 11, 2010

The Left is Still Not Right


by Jan Markell
www.olivetreeviews.org
March 11, 2010

 

For decades the mainstream media has loved to critically focus on religious conservatives like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. At the same time, they have ignored the antics of the religious Left.

The causes of the religious Left are exclusively social, socialism, and social justice (just another term for socialism.)  You can read about them on the various Web sites such as the National Council of Churches (NCC).  Some representatives are more extreme than others, but most are cozying up to “liberation theology,” various Marxist dictators, amnesty for illegals (also being promoted by the National Association of Evangelicals), socialized medicine, pacifism, opposition to welfare reform, and even a resistance to a missile shield for America!  Some of them even want a “truth commission” to examine U.S. war atrocities.  And for this crowd, “Obamacare” is a dream come true. As I write this, they are denouncing the few pro-life Democrats who could bring “Obamacare” to a halt.

But the ones the religious Left most demonize are Israel and Christian Zionists (Christian friends of Israel.) The NCC has even produced a booklet titled Why We Should Be Concerned About Christian Zionism. The booklet states that Christian Zionism is a dangerous movement that distorts the teachings of the church, fosters fear and hatred of Muslims and non-Western Christians, and has negative consequences for Middle East Peace. 

Who are some other participants in religious Left activity? We have mentioned the NCC but their parent organization, the World Council of Churches (WCC), is on the same page ideologically and spiritually.

And then there is Jim Wallis, who represents a ministry known as Sojourners. He’s a 1960s Communist who worked with the radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). He realized he had to moderate to the center and be a socialist as the years went by. He is making appearances on Christian college campuses and hitting it out of the park with his messages. His thrust is to get students to quit focusing on abortion and same-sex marriage and, start to think about “social justice” issues.   

Two other religous Lelftists of prominence are Emergent guru Brian McLaren, and Tony Campolo. Then we have the various denominations within the NCC and WCC. Membership is declining in many of these Mainline Protestant churches because there is little gospel preaching. It has been replaced by calls for social action. Many sitting in the pews of these churches are not fully aware of what their denominations stand for and the policies being pushed. Others are aware and that is likely why attendance and membership are declining. These folks are catching on and fleeing. Others stay to try and make a difference and pull the Left back to the center rather than the left.

Now let me return to the heart of the matter for me and that is Israel. On March 8, 2010, The Washington Times spilled the beans on the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. (PCUSA). Last week the Middle East Study Committee of the PCUSA issued just part one of what promises to be a damning, anti-Israel analysis of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The rest of the report is coming out next week. I can’t wait. It will only get worse.

Remember that in 2004 the PCUSA became the only religious body in the U.S. to encourage stock divestment in Israel by members of the PCUSA. They want to cripple Israel’s economy. I say, how about crippling the economy of America’s enemies, not our friends?

The Washington Times says, “A comparison of the letter the committee has written to ‘Our Palestinian Friends’ and the one it has written to ‘Our Israeli Friends’ shows a stark one-sidedness. The first note has the tone of an admonishing parent chiding a child; the second, to the Israelis, is full of references to Israel’s ‘dehumanization’ of the Palestinians.” 

The Washington Times continues, “Nowhere in either letter does the word ‘terrorism’ or any of its derivatives appear.”   

Emergent Brian McLaren took a trip to Israel recently and wrote in his blog, “I hope you will start questioning what you think you know about the situation here. I’ve been an avid reader on the subject for quite a while, but being here now, I see how many of my most basic assumptions were skewed from a lifetime of half-truths, unfair and imbalanced news, well-planned propaganda, and misinformation.”

Sadly, a lot of those I am writing about, and particularly Wallis and McLaren, have great influence over young minds.  They are propagandizing these youths to see Israel as evil Goliath and the Palestinians as little David. And the truth that Israel has been the victim of continued suicide bombers is totally absent! The bombings have decreased due to the fence built in recent years in Israel, but that, too, is demonized and has resulted in Israel being blamed for being an “apartheid” nation like South Africa. 

Someday the religious Left will come out with a Bible saying Jesus didn’t travel in Judea and Samaria but in “occupied territory!”  

While my first reaction towards the religious Left is rage, let’s first resort to prayer. They are a lot like the Pharisees who never brought people to repentance and were thus just religious figureheads, making no difference for eternity. Jesus implies they have eyes and see not and ears that hear not (Mark 8:18). Jeremiah calls the people “foolish” in his day for having the same condition (Jeremiah 5:21).  

And pray for Israel. A new Hitler — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — wants to perpetrate a second Holocaust in the coming weeks or months. If Israel launches a pre-emptive attack, she will be the goat of the whole earth even though she will have done all nations a favor. Remember, it’s not just the religious Left who has contention for Israel. Her only real friends are a few evangelical Christians now called dangerous by the PCUSA.
 
The same condition exists in the 21st century! They need a heart transplant. In other words, they need salvation, for until that happens, they will likely remain in darkness with eyes that cannot see truth. The religious Left, and others, will continue to call evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).
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  1. PRETRIB RAPTURE POLITICS

    Many are still unaware of the eccentric, 180-year-old British theory underlying the politics of American evangelicals and Christian Zionists.
    Journalist and historian Dave MacPherson has spent more than 40 years focusing on the origin and spread of what is known as the apocalyptic “pretribulation rapture” – the inspiration behind Hal Lindsey’s bestsellers of the 1970s and Tim LaHaye’s today.
    Although promoters of this endtime evacuation from earth constantly repeat their slogan that “it’s imminent and always has been” (which critics view more as a sales pitch than a scriptural statement), it was unknown in all official theology and organized religion before 1830.
    And MacPherson’s research also reveals how hostile the pretrib rapture view has been to other faiths:
    It is anti-Islam. TV preacher John Hagee has been advocating “a pre-emptive military strike against Iran.” (Google “Roots of Warlike Christian Zionism.”)
    It is anti-Jewish. MacPherson’s book “The Rapture Plot” (see Armageddon Books etc.) exposes hypocritical anti-Jewishness in even the theory’s foundation.
    It is anti-Catholic. Lindsey and C. I. Scofield are two of many leaders who claim that the final Antichrist will be a Roman Catholic. (Google “Pretrib Hypocrisy.”)
    It is anti-Protestant. For this reason no major Protestant denomination has ever adopted this escapist view.
    It even has some anti-evangelical aspects. The first publication promoting this novel endtime view spoke degradingly of “the name by which the mixed multitude of modern Moabites love to be distinguished, – the Evangelical World.” (MacPherson’s “Plot,” p. 85)
    Despite the above, MacPherson proves that the “glue” that holds constantly in-fighting evangelicals together long enough to be victorious voting blocs in elections is the same “fly away” view. He notes that Jerry Falwell, when giving political speeches just before an election, would unfailingly state: “We believe in the pretribulational rapture!”
    In addition to “The Rapture Plot,” MacPherson’s many internet articles include “Famous Rapture Watchers,” “Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy” and “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” (massive plagiarism, phony doctorates, changing of early “rapture” documents in order to falsely credit John Darby with this view, etc.!).
    Because of his devastating discoveries, MacPherson is now No. 1 on the “hate” list of pretrib rapture leaders!
    There’s no question that the leading promoters of this bizarre 19th century end-of-the-world doctrine are solidly pro-Israel and necessarily anti-Palestinian. In light of recently uncovered facts about this fringe-British-invented belief which has always been riddled with dishonesty, many are wondering why it should ever have any influence on Middle East affairs.
    This Johnny-come-lately view raises millions of dollars for political agendas. Only when scholars of all faiths begin to look deeply at it and widely air its “dirty linen” will it cease to be a power. It is the one theological view no one needs!
    With apologies to Winston Churchill – never has so much deception been foisted on so many by so few!

    [Also Google “David Letterman’s Hate, Etc.”]

    • Welcome, Francis!

      You are correct in saying that “never has so much deception been foisted on so many by so few.” This is exactly why we, as Christians, must have the foundation for truth–the Bible.

      Psalms 89: 30-34 tells us, “If his sons forsake My law and do not walk in My judgments, If they break My statutes and do not keep My commandments, then I will punish their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not utterly take from him, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.”

      In Ezekiel 34:30, ” ‘…they shall know that I, the LORD their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are My people, says the Lord God.’ ”

      Hebrews 6:13-18 reminds us that God’s promise to the ‘heirs’ is immutable saying, “For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them and end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for god to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.”

      These Scriptures point to the fact that God’s Chosen People are the Jews. They will always be because His promise is ‘immutable’ or unchangeable. This is the fact despite ones political beliefs.


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