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"THE CEDARS:" THE HOUSE
ON 24th STREET - LAYING THE
FOUNDATION FOR A NEW HOLY
WAR AGAINST THE POOR OF THE EARTH
by: S.R. Shearer
June 30, 2003
"To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what
he's doing is good ... instead of bad in his own and others' eyes, so
that he won't hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The great shame of the church throughout the ages is that it has allowed
itself to be used by the rich to control the poor.
- S.R. Shearer
There is a house just outside Washington D. C. called the Cedars; it
is located across the Potomac River from Georgetown on 24th Street North
in Arlington, and it is emblematic of everything that is WRONG
with American Christianity. The mansion is named for the cedar trees
that surround it. It is owned by a secretive organization called the
International Christian Leadership Council (ICL), known today as the
Fellowship Foundation. Lisa Getter of the Los Angeles Times reports
"... the mansion has been a private hideaway for world leaders,
members of Congress, (etc.) ... Located on a quiet residential street,
the $4.4-million estate called CEDARS sits at the highest
point of the Potomac River, with spectacular views of Washington beyond
the pool and tennis courts. It is owned by the Fellowship, a nonpartisan
Christian group that sponsors the NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST."
Laura Jakes Jordan, in an article that appeared recently in the Arizona
Sun, estimated from IRS records that the National Prayer Breakfast
(which is held on the first Thursday in February of every year) costs
almost $1 million to put on. Getter elaborates:
"The embossed invitation (to the prayer breakfast) comes from
'members of the Congress of the United States of America'. It asks
guests to join the president, vice president 'and other national leaders
in the executive, judicial and legislative branches of our government'
for a morning of prayer. Presidential seals decorate nearly everything
at the event, from the podium, to the registration desk, to the official
program. It's not surprising that many think it's an official government
Now stop for a moment and think about this; that's big, that's really
big: a "prayer breakfast" that has the "political clout"
to compel the attendance of the most powerful politicos of the country
(including EVERY president and vice president since the
Eisenhower administration), many of whom don't have a "religious
bone" in their bodies. That's "CLOUT."
"While the annual breakfast is a widely known event attended
by a succession of U.S. presidents and foreign dignitaries, the Fellowship's
role in diplomacy and current events has remained in the shadows.
That's the way the organization wants it ..."
review of the organization's archives at the Billy Graham Center at
Wheaton College - which, together with Fuller Seminary on the west coast,
has been at the very forefront of the development of a new and very
militant eschatology (doctrine of "end times") known as "Warfare
Theology" - reveals an association that, according to the Times,
"HAS HAD EXTRAORDINARY ACCESS AND SIGNIFICANT INFLUENCE ON FOREIGN
AFFAIRS FOR THE LAST FIFTY YEARS." ["Warfare Theology"
is a belief system that promotes the freakish notion that the church
should partner with the state (meaning the United States) to seize control
of the earth for "Christ and the church;" please see our article,
"America verses Europe" for a discussion of "Warfare
Theology;" please also see our article, "The Church and the
to the Times, the organization was a behind-the-scene player
at the Camp David Middle East Accords in 1978 which brought President
Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and Egyptian President
Anwar Sadat together for the signing of that historic agreement. It
has also been involved with the CIA and various Pentagon operations
overseas. In addition, it has acted as an agent of the U.S. State Department
and has routinely hosted gatherings for lawmakers and ambassadors.
A DARKER SIDE TO THE FOUNDATION
is, however, a darker and much more sinister side to the activities
of the Fellowship Foundation: according to the Times, the Foundation
has also -
"... brought controversial figures to Washington, where they
have met with U.S. officials either at the prayer breakfast or other
venues. Among them are former Salvadoran Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides
Casanova, who in July (2002) was found liable by a civil jury in Florida
for the torture of thousands of civilians in the 1980s. He was invited
to the 1984 prayer breakfast, along with Gen. Gustavo Alvarez Martinez,
then the head of the Honduran armed forces. Alvarez, later linked
to the CIA and a secret death squad, became an evangelical missionary
..." [Please see our article, "The Death Squads: Bringing
in the Kingdom of God through Terror, Torture, and Death."]
that's just the tip of the iceberg; the very real fact of the matter
is, this so-called "Christian" organization has a very wicked
and immoral propensity for working with the very worst people; for example
- in addition to Casanova and Martinez mentioned above - the brutal
Brazilian dictator General Costa e Silva, who regularly oversaw a Foundation
fellowship and prayer group in Brazil while running death squads throughout
the country on behalf of various American multinational corporations,
and General Suharto of Indonesia whose tally of several million "communists"
(so-called) killed in that poor benighted country marks him as one of
the most murderous dictators of the post World War II era. These connections,
and many others besides, make obvious the link the Fellowship Foundation
has with some of the darker, more depraved machinations and maneuverings
of the American New World Order System throughout the world. [Please
see our article "Inside the American New World Order System."]
LINKS TO "MEN OF PROMINENCE"
Times goes on to report that the Fellowship Foundation (known
by insiders as the "Family") has an annual budget of over
$10 million; but, according to the Times, that represents only
a small fraction of the foundation's finances, which - when taken in
toto [that is to say, when all of its many ancillary organizations
(numbering close to ninety) are counted together] - may approach a figure
exceeding $50 million. [For example, Young Life is one of the Christian
organizations that the Foundation has links to and from which it regularly
draws the "best and the brightest" and prepares them for positions
of power in business and government (please see Jeffrey Sharlet, "Jesus
Plus Nothing: Undercover Among America's Secret Theocrats" which
appeared recently in Harper's Magazine).]
Sharlet says that the Family lists some of the most powerful men in
the country as members, among whom are Senators Don Nickles (R., Okla.),
Charles Grassley (R., Iowa), Pete Domenici (R., N.Mex.), John Ensign
(R., Nev.), James Inhofe (R., Okla.), etc. all of whom are very prominent
Republican Party politicos. And what's true of the Senate is equally
true of the House of Representatives. Like the Fellowship Foundation's
connection to the American New World Order System throughout the world,
the link of the "Family" to the Republican Party (despite
the occasional Democratic Party member) in the House and Senate is also
obvious to anyone who wants to take note of that fact. Sharlet continues,
"Regular prayer groups (also sponsored by the "Family")
have met in the Pentagon and at the Department of Defense, AND
THE FAMILY HAS TRADITIONALLY FOSTERED STRONG TIES WITH BUSINESSMEN
IN THE OIL, AEROSPACE (AND ARMAMENTS) INDUSTRIES." (Surprise!
Surprise! - editor)
"WE HAS MET THE ENEMY, AND THEY IS IS"
What then does all this suggest: it suggests a powerful, secretive
Christian organization with strong ties to (1) the worldwide American
New World Order System, (2) the Republican Party, (3) the Pentagon,
and (4) the OIL and ARMAMENTS industries.
Now stop for a moment and think about all this! - the connection of
the Masons to the "rich and powerful" in such a way drew howls
of alarm from Christians in times past - eliciting frightening (and
rather idiotic) images of a worldwide Masonic conspiracy to take over
the world. But comparable connections by the Fellowship Foundation (and
other similar Christian organizations) to the "rich and powerful"
today draw hardly a whimper of protest from the Christian community
which stupidly continues to be fixated on such passive
organizations as the Freemasons. [And all of this is to say nothing
about the incongruity and anomaly of a "Christian" organization
linked to the ARMAMENTS industry. The thought is staggering
in its ugliness!]
Maybe what Pogo said is true insofar as Christians are concerned:
"We has met the enemy, AND THEY IS US."
BIG BUSINESS AND THE FOUNDATION
Fellowship Foundation is just one of a plethora of Christian individuals
and organizations that have sprung up over the years dedicated to strengthening
the relationship between the American business community and the church
- from Chuck Colson to Billy Graham, and from the International Christian
Businessmen's Association to the Council on National Policy (CNP); [Please
see our article, "The Business Right And The Christian Rightt:
an Alliance Made in Hell" for a more complete listing of these
many groups and individuals; please also see our short article on the
The Fellowship is not necessarily the most prominent of these groups,
and it is certainly not the most well-known. But in its connections
with the rich and powerful, and in its development as an organization,
it is illustrative of what's been going on between the business community
and the church - and not just what's been occurring on the tactical
level, but also how this relationship
has distorted the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The sad fact is, the Gospel
(so-called) that organizations like the Foundation promote has by now
been so skewered toward money because of its relationship with the "rich
and powerful of this world" that it no longer bears ANY
relationship with the Gospel of the Scriptures, and has very little
or NOTHING to do with that poor, ragged Person who said
of Himself, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests;
but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head" (Luke 9:58)
[Please see our statement of faith.]
THE GENESIS OF THE FOUNDATION
genesis of the Fellowship Foundation can be traced back to Seattle and
the "Red Scare" (and resultant "Palmer Raids") of
1919-1921; specifically, to the fear that American businessmen had at
the time for what was going on in the Soviet Union: that somehow or
other the United States was in grave danger of being engulfed by a socialist
revolution directed by the Soviet Union and "mainlined" into
the country through sympathetic American trade unions.
This fantasy was strengthened early on by the fact that the IWW (International
Workers of the World) began advocating "One Big Union" in the United
States - the idea that the entire labor movement should form a "grand
alliance," regardless of the nature of a particular union's work, in
order to confront American capital with the demand for a socialist commonwealth.
What made Seattle such a "hotbed" of labor unrest is the
fact that it was one of the few American cities to actually back a "General
Strike" in support of labor in the early Twentieth Century, a tactic
whereby all workers walked off their jobs at the same time in a particular
city, bringing it to a standstill. It was a powerful weapon in labor's
arsenal against the rich because if the rich couldn't quickly contain
it, it could ruin them due to the fact that their businesses depended
on a regular and dependable flow of economic activity to sustain them.
Indeed, it was through the use of a "General Strike" that
Trotsky brought the "Reds" to power in the old Soviet Union.
Historian Murray Levin writes that it didn't take the business community
long to come up with the idea of enlisting members of the Christian
community as "foot soldiers" and "grunts" in their
war against trade-unionism and socialism - an effort which involved
two strategies: (1) waving the "bloody shirt" of "atheistic
socialism," and (2) contributing large sums of money to their churches
and ministries. Big business would bludgeon organized labor into a bloody
pulp using the "poor carpenter of Nazareth" as its cudgel.
Employer groups everywhere were urged to use the power of the pulpit
against organized labor. Indeed, one particularly powerful business
spokesman asserted confidently,
"We have ... the pulpit ... through which to sell our message. We'll
beat them (i.e., the labor activists and unions) to death with the
cross of Christ."
The person big business chose to carry its banner in Seattle was Abraham
Vereide, the man who was the guiding light behind the establishment
of the ICL (i.e., the "Fellowship Foundation"). Getter writes:
"The group (i.e., the Fellowship Foundation) was begun by Abraham
Vereide, a ("god-fearing") Methodist evangelist WHO WAS
FRIGHTENED THAT SOCIALISTS WERE CORRUPTING MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT IN
SEATTLE IN THE MID-1930s."
Sharlet elaborates on Getter:
"One night, while lying in bed fretting about socialists, Wobblies
(i.e., the IWW), and a Swedish Communist who, he was sure, PLANNED
TO BRING SEATTLE UNDER THE CONTROL OF MOSCOW, Vereide received
a visitation: a voice, and a light in the dark, bright and blinding.
The next day he met a friend, a wealthy businessman and a former major
(in the army), and the two men agreed upon a spiritual plan. They
enlisted nineteen business executives in a weekly breakfast meeting
and together they prayed, convinced that Jesus alone could redeem
Seattle and CRUSH THE RADICAL TRADE UNIONS.
"They wanted to give Jesus a vessel, and so they asked God to
raise up a leader. One of their number, a city councilman named Arthur
Langlie, stood and said, 'I am ready to let God use me'. Langlie was
made first mayor and later governor, backed in both campaigns by money
and muscle from his prayer-breakfast friends, whose number had rapidly
multiplied. Vereide and his new 'brothers' spread out across the Northwest
in chauffeured vehicles [spreading the message that prayer was the
answer to socialism (that is, prayer PLUS THE MONEY AND MUSCLE
OF BIG BUSINESS)] .
"Prayer breakfast groups were formed in dozens of cities, from
San Francisco to Philadelphia. There were already enough men ministering
to the 'down-and-out', Vereide decided; HIS MISSION WOULD BE MEN
WITH THE MEANS TO SEIZE THE WORLD FOR GOD. Vereide called his
potential flock of the rich and powerful ... the 'up-and-out'."
Not coincidentally, the men Vereide chose to "win Seattle to Christ"
- even through the barrel of a gun, if necessary - were all fervent
anti-unionists who had played prominent roles in mercilessly CRUSHING
labor's General Strike in the city in the early 1920s. These men - all
of them - KNEW HOW TO MAKE GOVERNMENT AND THE POLICE WORK FOR THEM
AND THEIR INTERESTS.
"GOOD GOVERNMENT" AND BIG BUSINESS
To all of Vereide's friends, "good government" was synonymous
with "big business." The two were one-in-the-same thing.
These men included William St. Clair, the head of one of Seattle's
most prestigious furniture companies; James Pollard, President of the
Seattle Gas Company; Jess Kennedy, President of the Kennedy Lumber Company;
Arthur Langlie, then of the Seattle City Council; William Devin, a prominent
attorney; A.S. Eldridge of Eldridge Securities Corporation; Vern Samuelson,
President of the Ford Agency of Port Angeles; Arthur Young of the Balfour-Guthrie
Company; Chester Roberts, president of the Imperial Candy Company; Clyde
Rose; Commander Byrholdt of the U.S. Navy; Fred Ernst, president of
Ernst Hardware Co., etc.
EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE MEN WERE ANTI-UNION CONSERVATIVES TO THE
CORE OF THEIR BEING, and fervently thought of unions as instrumentalities
of the devil or of the communists (communists and the devil being one-in-the-same
thing to these men).
MEN OF PROPERTY
They believed in property, and that "men of property" should
rule over the affairs of men. Indeed, it seemed self-evident to each
and everyone of them that a man's worth could be measured by the "things"
he possessed, making a mockery out of Christ's words when He said,
"LAY NOT UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES UPON EARTH, where
moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
"BUT LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN, where
neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break
through nor steal:
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
And again when He said:
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one,
and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the
other. YE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON.
"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what
ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what
ye shall put on. IS NOT LIFE MORE THAN MEAT, AND THE BODY MORE
THAN RAIMENT (in other words, is not life more than the 'things'
one possesses)?" (Matt. 6:24-25)
Nevertheless, to Vereide and the men who associated themselves with
him in Seattle, it seemed manifestly apparent that prosperity and the
"good life" would flow naturally and effortlessly out of a
life that had been given over to Christ despite the fact that such thinking
turned the Bible inside out. There simply was no place in their Biblical
lexicons for verses like 1 Tim. 6:9-10:
"... they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare,
and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction
"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while
some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves
through with many sorrows." (1 Tim. 6:9-10)
PROSPERITY AND THE BIBLE
Because prosperity and the Christian life were inextricably linked
together in Vereide's mind, he came easily and comfortably to the notion
that the reason for social and economic unrest was spiritual, HAVING
LITTLE OR NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SELFISHNESS AND GREED
OF THE "MEN OF PROMINENCE" he so admired. Norman Grubb,
Vereide's close friend and official biographer (and a man very much
in tune with Vereide's sympathies), relates how Vereide came to this
conclusion; how that Vereide -
"... became aware of the fact that every economic depression
was preceded by a period of moral and spiritual decline and neglect
by the people of the church and religious life, and that every spiritual
awakening was followed by social stability, progress, and economic
prosperity. The present social and economic conditions (meaning the
Great Depression that the country was then suffering through) ...
were largely brought about through neglect of religious life ... "
How convenient for Vereide's "Men of Prominence" who - because
of their own greed and avarice - were the ones really most responsible
for the Great Depression: Blame their own malfeasance on the failure
of the poor to lead "holy lives" - something that can easily
be accomplished if once the poor are convinced that prosperity flows
out of a "right relationship with Christ." [This , of course,
is exactly the same scam the rich, together with their flunkies in the
Religious Right, are pulling on Christians today; it seems Christians
are really suckers (chumps, pigeons, dupes) for this particular fraud.]
MONEY INVARIABLY LEADS AWAY FROM GOD
But, again, economic prosperity does not necessarily follow in the
wake of a life that has been surrendered to Christ. Money and spirituality
do not relate in this fashion. Just the opposite: money INVARIABLY
leads away from God. It opens up one's soul to WORLDLINESS
- a condition of things that makes one feel more at home in this life
than in the next; and in doing so, it hides from people the very transient,
ephemeral and fleeting nature of life in the "here and now"
- and anyone who tells you differently is lying to you, and so much
so that the Bible says that such people are "ENEMIES
OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST:"
"For I have told you often before, and I say it again now with
tears in my eyes, there are many who walk along the Christian road
who have become THE ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST. Their future
is ... LOSS ... (for) ALL THEY THINK ABOUT IS THIS
LIFE HERE ON EARTH." [Phil. 3:18-19 (Amp.)]
AN ENEMY OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST
An "enemy of the cross of Christ!" What's that say, then,
about the "Men of Prominence" that Vereide so admired, despite
their seemingly sincere, teary-eyed protests to the contrary? The very
real truth is, money is a hindrance to those who want to go on with
Christ; who want to surrender themselves wholly to Him.
Listen to me here, I have been young, and now I am old, but in all
of my life I have rarely seen the possession of money by anyone as anything
other than an OBSTACLE to that person's walk with Christ
- even to those who dearly love Christ, and who are deeply loved by
Him in return. And I am not alone in thinking this; this is what the
Scriptures suggest as well. Take the matter of the "rich young
ruler" in Mark 10:17-25:
"And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running,
and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that
I may inherit eternal life?
"And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is
none good but one, that is, God.
"Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not
kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour
thy father and mother.
"And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I
observed from my youth.
"Then Jesus beholding him LOVED him, and said
unto him, One thing thou lackest: GO THY WAY, SELL WHATSOEVER THOU
HAST, AND GIVE TO THE POOR, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven:
and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
"And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he
had great possessions.
"And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples,
HOW HARDLY SHALL THEY THAT HAVE RICHES ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF
"And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth
again, and saith unto them, Children, HOW HARD IS IT FOR THEM THAT
TRUST IN RICHES TO ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD!
"IT IS EASIER FOR A CAMEL TO GO THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE,
THAN FOR A RICH MAN TO ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD." (Mark
This actually happened! This is not some story that Christ dreamed
up to make a point - and consider what the "rich young ruler"
would do NOW to change things around! But he can't! He
made his choice and he is stuck with it for all eternity!
Dom Helder Camara of Brazil once wrote:
"I used to think, when I was a child, that Christ might have been
exaggerating when He warned about the dangers of wealth. Today I know
better. I know how ... (impossible) it is to be rich and still keep
the milk of human kindness. Money (or the desire for money) has a
dangerous way of putting scales on one's eyes, a dangerous way of
freezing people's hands, eyes, lips and hearts."
A DIFFERENT GOSPEL FOR THE RICH
None of this, however, seemed to matter much to Vereide. Grubb writes:
"God's life plan for Abram was now taking shape. 'My call to
a specific spiritual ministry was now becoming clear', he said ...
Forty-six years of preparation had gone into it. He (i.e., Vereide)
could now begin to say as Christ said, 'For this end was I born, for
this cause came I into the world' - a specialist for a specialized
My heavens! - the rich need a different approach to Christ? A "specialized
ministry" for them only? What's that mean? - an approach where
they won't have to dirty themselves by contact with the poor? Is that
what the rich need? Evidently, according to Vereide.
"It takes a more discerning eye to see ... the need (of the
rich), and a rare combination of compassion, boldness and right approach
to meet it."
A more "discerning eye to see the need of the rich?" That's
balderdash! That's certainly NOT what the Apostle Paul
thought. Indeed, he told the Corinthian brothers and sisters, some of
whom were very rich and had, as a result, become inclined to Vereide's
belief that men of their "class and caliber" needed "special
attention" to their "peculiar needs:"
"And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency
of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
"For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus
Christ, and him crucified.
"And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
"And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words
of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
"That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but
in the power of God." (1 Cor. 2:1-5)
But, according to Grubb - and contrary to the Apostle Paul - Vereide
decided that that's PRECISELY what the rich and powerful
needed: "special attention" to their "peculiar needs."
"One further conviction of vital importance came to maturity
in Vereide when he was asked by ... (an association of churches) in
San Francisco to be in charge of their program of evangelism for a
few months. He began meeting with a group of executives in the Pacific
Union Club (one of the most exclusive clubs in the city) under the
leadership of Judge Carruthers. These meetings brought home to him,
with a certainty that was to effect his whole future ministry, THAT
THE NORMAL CHURCH CHANNELS WERE NOT THE WAY TO REACH THE PEOPLE HE
AIMED TO REACH (i.e., the wealthy) ... It was necessary to reach
... (the rich and powerful) and expose them to the Bible and the reality
of God THROUGH MEN OF AFFAIRS IN THE LANGUAGE THEY COULD UNDERSTAND
AND IN A SETTING WHERE THEY WOULDN'T BE INHIBITED (BY CONTACT
WITH THE POOR) ..."
ONLY THE RICH CAN REACH THE RICH FOR CHRIST
Eee gads! - what does that mean? If it means what it very obviously
seems to mean - i.e., that only the rich can reach the rich - then none
of these men would have been open to Christ - again, a Man who said
"Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the
Son of man hath not where to lay his head." (Luke 9:58)
And what does that say about the apostles to whom Jesus said:
"Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
"Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes,
nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat." (Matt.
What would the rich do if these apostles had shown up in their doorways?
- throw them out because they weren't dressed properly and they smelled?
Probably! Indeed, it seems that before Vereide would have let Christ
meet someone like Judge Carruthers or his friends at the Pacific Union
Club, he most likely would have asked Christ to change out of his soiled
clothes (after all, Christ only had one change of clothes) into clothing
befitting those whom He was about to meet.
IT'S ALL SO MUCH NONSENSE
Stupid? - of course it is! But if that's the case, what's that
say about "tailoring a special gospel" to the so-called "special
needs" of the "rich and powerful? It certainly doesn't comport
very well with the Scriptures - especially insofar as Vereide's attempt
to distinguish between what he called the "down-and-outs"
(i.e., the poor) of society and the "up-and-outs" (i.e., the
rich). The Bible says:
"My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
Lord of glory, WITH RESPECT OF PERSON (in other words, don't
distinguish between the rich and the poor in your midst).
"For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring,
in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
"And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and
say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor,
Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
"Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges
of evil thoughts?
"Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor
of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath
promised to them that love him?" (James 2:1-5)
"Be not partial towards the rich" - that's what the Bible
says. But, again, wasn't this EXACTLY what Vereide was
doing - i.e., distinguishing between the rich and the poor? Of course
But the Scriptures suggest that if there is any distinguishing to be
done between the rich and the poor, it should be done in favor of the
poor, not the rich. Isn't that what verse five (above) says: "Hearken,
my beloved brethren, HATH NOT GOD CHOSEN THE POOR OF THIS
WORLD rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised
to them that love him" ? Clearly, it is!
THE BIAS OF THE SCRIPTURES TOWARD THE POOR
The very real fact of the matter is - AND CONTRARY TO ALL THAT PEOPLE
LIKE VEREIDE WOULD TELL YOU - the New Testament doesn't have much
good to say about the rich. In fact, it seems to have a built-in bias
AGAINST them and in FAVOR OF THE POOR, something
one would NEVER here today from the pulpit of Charles
Stanley, or D. James Kennedy, or Jack Hayford, or Charles Capps, or
Creflo Dollar, or Kenneth Copeland.
For example, Jesus didn't say "It is easier for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle, than for a poor man to enter into the kingdom
of God;" but He did say that about the rich:
"And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through
the eye of a needle, than for a RICH man to enter into
the kingdom of God." (Matt. 19:24)
And He said this not once, but twice in the same passage of Scripture:
"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you,
That a RICH man shall hardly enter into the kingdom
of heaven." (Matt. 19:23)
Moreover, the Bible doesn't speak about the "deceitfulness of
poverty;" it does say that, however, about wealth and riches (Matt.
13:22 and Mark 4:19), specifically, it suggests that riches choke the
efficacy of the Word of God in our hearts -
"Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
"When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth
it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was
sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
"But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is
he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
"Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for
when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and
by he is offended.
"He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth
the word; and the care of this world, and the DECEITFULNESS OF
RICHES, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. (Matt. 13:18-22)
The Bible doesn't tell the poor "woe unto you that are poor."
Nowhere does it say that! But it does say that to the rich:
"But woe unto you that are RICH! for ye have received
"Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you
that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep." (Luke 6:24-25)
The Bible doesn't say, "And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples,
and said, Blessed be ye rich: for yours is the kingdom of God."
But it does say that about the poor:
"And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed
be ye POOR: for yours is the kingdom of God." (Luke
The Scriptures don't say, "Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath
not God chosen the rich." But it does say that about the poor:
"Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God CHOSEN
the POOR of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the
kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?" (James
NOT MANY WISE, NOT MANY NOBLE ARE CALLED
Indeed, Paul the apostle wrote:
"For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men
after the flesh, NOT MANY MIGHTY (i.e., the politicians
of this world), NOT MANY NOBLE (i.e., rich), are called ..."
(1 Cor. 1:26)
In other words, for the most part, the church is made up of the "down
and outs" of society - the very people that Vereide spurned.
"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound
the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound
the things which are mighty;
"And base things of the world, and things which are despised,
hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought
things that are:
"THAT NO FLESH SHOULD GLORY IN HIS PRESENCE." (1
"THINE HABITATION IS IN THE MIDST OF DECEIT"
In constructing his gospel to the rich, Vereide made a mockery of 1
Cor. 1:27-29 (above). This is serious stuff! Indeed, so serious that
the Bible actually warns Christians against people like Vereide:
"... they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: BUT
THEY ARE NOT VALIANT FOR THE TRUTH upon the earth; for
they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD
"And THEY WILL DECEIVE ... AND WILL NOT SPEAK THE
TRUTH: they have taught their tongue to speak lies ...
"THEIR HABITATION IS IN THE MIDST OF DECEIT; through
deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD." (Jer. 9:3-6)
"Men who are not valiant for the truth;" men who "know
not me;" men "whose habitation is in the midst of deceit!"
- this is what Vereide and his ilk are all about; people who LIE
about God and who deride the poor; people about whom Jesus said,
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father
ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and ABODE
NOT IN THE TRUTH, because THERE IS NO TRUTH IN HIM.
When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for HE IS A
LIAR, and the father of it." (John 8:44)
THE GOD OF THE CEDARS
What's the Bible saying here? That these men have a "god,"
that's for sure! - but that "god" is not the God of the Bible;
he is the devil; the "GOD OF LIES;" the same
"god" about whom Jesus said,
"I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another
(i.e., the anti-Christ) shall come in his own name, him ye will receive."
A "god for the rich!" - that's who the devil is, and that's
precisely who the "god of the Cedars" is; and because he is
the "god of the rich," the rich support him generously. For
example, money to purchase the Cedars with was donated to the Fellowship
Foundation by two extremely wealthy individuals: Tom Phillips, then
the CEO of arms manufacturer Raytheon Corporation and Ken Olsen, the
founder and president of Digital Equipment Corporation.
"The Cedars has a heart for the poor," people connected to
the Cedars like to say. But as Sharlet reports, by "poor"
they don't mean the literal poor, but - taking Matthew 5:3 TOTALLY
out of context - they mean the "poor in spirit" - a witless
affectation (or pretension) fabricated by the egotistical senators,
the arrogant generals, and the despotic Third World heads of state who,
making a mockery even of their twisted rendition of Matthew 5:3, coast
to the end of twenty-fourth Street North in Arlington, Virginia in their
black limousines, town cars and hulking SUVs to meet one another and
pray at the altar to wealth they have constructed there.
THE GOSPEL OF THE CEDARS
And it really is wealth (i.e., Mammon) that all these people worship;
and what a twisted and perverted gospel they have constructed there
in support of their "god" - a gospel that became abundantly
apparent to Sharlet in a conversation that he was privy to at Ivanwald
(another Foundation mansion near the Cedars) with David Coe, the son
and presumptive heir to Douglas Coe, the current leader of the Family
(Douglas Coe took over the leadership of the "Family" shortly
after the death of Vereide in the early 1960s). The conversation concerns
King David and the supposed "similarity" between David and
Genghis Khan; Coe's thinking here reveals a mindset that is both TERRIBLE
and FRIGHTENING. Sharlet writes:
"Two weeks into my stay (at Ivanwald), David Coe ... dropped
by the house. My brothers and I assembled in the living room, where
David had draped his tall frame over a burgundy leather recliner like
a frat boy, one leg hanging over a padded arm. 'You guys', David said,
'ARE HERE TO LEARN HOW TO RULE THE WORLD'. He was in his late
forties, gray-flecked hair, an olive complexion, and teeth like a
slab of white marble. We sat around him in a rough circle, on couches
and chairs, as the afternoon light slanted through the wooden blinds
onto a wall adorned with foxhunting lithographs and a giant tapestry
of the Last Supper. Rafael, a wealthy Ecuadorian who'd been a college
soccer star before coming to Ivanwald, had a hard time with English,
and he didn't understand what David had said. So he stared, lips parted
in puzzlement. David seemed to like that. He stared back, holding
Raf's gaze like it was a pretty thing he'd found on the ground. 'You
have very intense eyes', David said.
"'Thank you', Raf mumbled. 'Hey', David said, 'let's talk about
the Old Testament. Who would you say are its good guys'? 'David',
Beau volunteered. 'King David', Coe said. 'That's a good one. David.
Hey. What would you say made King David a good guy'? He was giggling
not from nervousness but from barely containable delight. 'Faith'?
Beau said. 'His faith was so strong'?"
"'Yeah', David nodded as if he hadn't heard that before. 'Hey,
you know what's interesting about King David'? From the blank stares
of the others I could see that they did not. Many didn't even carry
a Hebrew Bible, preferring a slim volume of just the New Testament
Gospels and Epistles and, from the Old, Psalms. Others had the whole
book, but the gold gilt on the pages of the first two thirds remained
undisturbed. 'King David', David Coe went on, 'liked to do really,
really bad things'.
"He chuckled. 'Here's this guy who slept with another man's
wife - Bathsheba, right? - and then basically murders her husband.
And this guy is one of our heroes'. David shook his head. 'I mean,
jiminy Christmas, God likes this guy! What', he said, 'is that all
"The answer, we discovered, was that King David had been 'chosen.'
To illustrate this point David Coe turned to Beau. 'Beau, let's say
I hear you raped three little girls. And now here you are at Ivanwald.
What would I think of you, Beau'. Beau shrank into the cushions. 'Probably
that I'm pretty bad'? 'No, Beau. I wouldn't. Because I'm not here
to judge you. That's not my job. I'm here for only one thing'. 'Jesus'?
Beau said. David smiled and winked.
"He walked to the National Geographic map of the world mounted
on the wall. 'You guys know about Genghis Khan'? he asked. 'Genghis
was a man with a vision. He conquered' - David stood on the couch
under the map, tracing, with his hand, half the northern hemisphere
- 'nearly everything. He devastated nearly everything. His enemies?
He beheaded them'. David swiped a finger across his throat ...
"David explained that when Genghis entered a defeated city he
would call in the local headman and have him stuffed into a crate.
Over the crate would be spread a tablecloth, and on the tablecloth
would be spread a wonderful meal. 'And then, while the man suffocated,
Genghis ate, and he didn't even hear the man's screams'. David still
stood on the couch, a finger in the air. 'Do you know what that means'?
He was thinking of Christ's parable of the wineskins. 'You can't pour
new into old', David said, returning to his chair. 'We elect our leaders.
Jesus elects his'.
"He reached over and squeezed the arm of a brother. 'Isn't that
great'? David said. 'That's the way everything in life happens. If
you're a person known to be around Jesus, YOU CAN GO AND DO ANYTHING'
"Obey Him. If I obey Him myself, I help others do the same.
You know why? Because I become a warning. We become a warning. We
warn everybody that the future king is coming. Not just of this country
or that, but of the world'. Then he pointed at the map, toward the
Khan's vast, reclaimable empire."
NOT JUDGING "MEN OF PROMINENCE"
BY THE STANDARDS OF ORDINARY MEN
Now, stop for a moment and take this conversation in. Try to understand
what's really going on here. It's horrifying! It's outrageous! - and
more than that, it's truly GROTESQUE! What's Coe saying?
- that if you are chosen by God, you can do anything? - even rape little
girls? Is this what Coe is saying? - and if you rape little girls, this
won't affect your relationship with God? Is this what Coe is saying?
Very plainly, THAT is precisely what he is saying! - MEN
WHO HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY GOD TO RULE THE WORLD CANNOT BE HELD TO THE
SAME STANDARDS OF ORDINARY MORTALS.
Come on now, isn't that plainly what Coe is saying here? Yes! - it
surely is! And people like Senators Nickles of Oklahoma, Grassley of
Iowa, Domenici of New Mexico, Ensign of Nevada, etc. call Coe a friend
and associate themselves with the Fellowship Foundation? What's that
say about these men? What's that say about their brand of Christianity?
Members of the Right had it right during the McCarthy era, the protestations
of leftists notwithstanding, when they used to describe those who associated
themselves with Communists as "fellow travelers" - people
who "traveled" in the same circles as Communists and Communist
Their contention was a simple one - association, more often than most
people care to admit, implies endorsement, or at the very least, passive
acceptance. But if it was true for the Left then, it is also true for
the Right now. So, once again I ask, What's that say about Senators
Nickles, Grassley, Domenici, etc.? It says that they basically agree
with Coe. And what's that say about how these men intend to rule
if they ever "conquer the world for Christ and the church?"
- put their enemies into crates, seal them up, and then spread a tablecloth
over them and have dinner while they suffocate? Coe says, "Isn't
guy is nuts! - plain and simple. Call him what he really is: a raging,
egotistical maniac! But Coe is EXACTLY the kind of person
that Vereide wanted to -
"SEIZE THE WORLD FOR GOD."
IN WINNING THE WORLD FOR GOD, THE
SWORD AS WELL AS THE PEN MUST BE USED
the world for God!" - where have we heard that before? Isn't that
EXACTLY what today's Apostles and Prophets Movement is
all about! And if military power has to be used, so what! Isn't that
what the late R.J. Rushdooney meant when he said,
"In winning a nation to the gospel, the SWORD
as well as the pen must be used" ?
kind of perverted thinking is everywhere in today's Christianity; it
has seeped into everything, staining it all with its hideous, blood-red
tinge. [Please see our report on Rushdooney in our article, "Richard
Mellon Scaife: the Evil that Money Can Do;" we also recommend reading
our articles, "The Right Wing Panics," "The Rutherford
Institute," and "The Olson Salon" for an insight into
the thinking that undergirds organizations like the Fellowship Foundation.
You will be UTTERLY shocked by these articles!]
"GOD OF WAR"
Mark Twain once wrote a story about this kind of Christian - the kind
that Rushdooney, the Coes, as well as Senators Nickles, Grassley, Domenici,
Ensign, Inhofe, and Pastors Stanley, Hagee, Kennedy, Falwell, Wagner,
et. al. so admire. He entitled it, "The War Prayer."
In the story an "aged stranger" enters a church where the
congregation had been listening to an heroic sermon about the glory
to be won on the battlefield by young patriots "armed with the
love of God." Motioning the startled minister to stand aside, the
aged stranger improvises an oration that made clear the true meaning
of the prayer they had just prayed:
"O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds
with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale
forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns
with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay
waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire.
"Help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with
unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little
children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in
rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and
the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring
Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it.
"For our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight
their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps,
water their way with tears, stain the white snow with the blood of
their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is
the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend
of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite
awful! But make no mistake about it; this is EXACTLY the
kind of "Christian" mindset (so-called) that is behind what
we as Americans have been doing in Afghanistan and Iraq - and what is
impelling us on our path toward world conquest. But then, what else
should one expect from a Christianity (again, so-called) that was born
out of the human wreckage that was visited on the nation as a result
of the Red Scare and the hideous labor-bashing of the early Twentieth
Century; that blames economic disaster on the failure of the poor to
pray and lead "holy" lives, rather than on what really causes
economic catastrophes: the greed and avarice of the rich; that says
the rich and powerful should not be held to the same standards as ordinary
people; and that has been justifying the American New World Order System
as it plunders and pillages its way across the earth like a beast that
is "... DREADFUL and TERRIBLE, and STRONG EXCEEDINGLY
with great iron teeth: that DEVOURS and BRAKES IN PIECES
..." (Daniel 7:7), bringing ruin and poverty to the peoples and
nations of the world. [For a detailed Scriptural identification of this
great "Latter Day" nation, please see our article, "In
Search of Babylon" What Does the Bible Say? please also see our
article, "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order."]
COMES EASILY TO THIS
KIND OF CHRISTIANITY
War comes easily to this brand of Christianity; it's etched out in
its history - the history of the Christianity that Vereide and others
like him embrace (e.g., leaders like Jack Hayford, Tim LaHaye, Pat Robertson,
C. Peter Wagner). AND WAR IS WHAT THEY PLAN TO GIVE THE WORLD.
Indeed, in an article that appeared in the Washington Monthly Magazine
entitled "Chaos in the Middle East Is Not the Bush-Hawks' Nightmare
Scenario - IT'S THEIR PLAN" (April, 2003), Joshua
Micah Marshall wrote:
"Imagine it's -- months from now. The Iraq war is over. After
an initial burst of joy and gratitude at being liberated from Saddam's
rule, the people of Iraq are ... beginning to chafe under American
occupation. Across the border, in Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, our
conquering presence has brought street protests and escalating violence.
The United Nations and NATO are in disarray, so America is pretty
much on its own ...
U.S. intelligence has discovered fresh evidence that prior to the
war, Saddam moved quantities of biological and chemical weapons to
Syria. When Syria denies having such weapons, the administration starts
massing troops on the Syrian border. But as they begin to move, there
is an explosion: Hezbollah terrorists from southern Lebanon blow themselves
up in a Baghdad restaurant, killing dozens of Western aid workers
and journalists. Knowing that Hezbollah has cells in America, Homeland
Security Secretary Tom Ridge puts the nation back on Orange Alert.
FBI agents start sweeping through the mosques with a new round of
arrests of Saudis, Pakistanis, Palestinians, and Yemenis.
most Americans this would sound like a frightening state of affairs,
the kind that would lead them to wonder how and why we had got ourselves
into this mess in the first place. TO THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAWKS
WHO ARE GUIDING AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY, HOWEVER, THIS ISN'T AT ALL
A NIGHTMARE SCENARIO. IT'S EVERYTHING GOING AS ANTICIPATED.
In their view, the invasion of Iraq was not merely, or even primarily,
about getting rid of Saddam Hussein ... RATHER, THE ADMINISTRATION
SEES THE INVASION AS ONLY THE FIRST MOVE IN A WIDER EFFORT TO REORDER
THE POWER STRUCTURE OF THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST."
THE HAWKS OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
Now one must understand something here: specifically, what Marshall
means by the "HAWKS" of the Bush Administration.
THESE ARE THE VERY PEOPLE THAT ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE FELLOWSHIP
FOUNDATION AND PEOPLE LIKE ABRAHAM VEREIDE AND DAVID COE HAVE BEEN SO
ASSIDUOUSLY DEVELOPING FOR LEADERSHIP OVER THE PAST FIFTY YEARS.
These are the "up and outs" that Vereide so admired and with
whom he wanted to make "common cause." These men are exactly
those kind of men that Vereide formed his "prayer breakfast groups"
to reach - people that Vereide believed had the "MEANS (and
power) TO SEIZE THE WORLD FOR GOD."
of these hawks claim to be "religious," and all are "prayer
breakfast" participants - and this is as true for the Jewish hawks
as it is for Christian ones: people like Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield,
Vice President Dick Cheney, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz
Richard Perle, Frank Gaffney, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Michael Ledeen, Marc
Reuel Gerecht, etc. and evangelicals like Charles Stanley, John Hagee,
D. James Kennedy, C. Peter Wagner, etc. [Please see our article, "Making
Merchandise out of the People of God: Selling the Upcoming War in Iraq"
for a more detailed discussion of this phenomenon and the evangelical
connection to such groups as the Project for the New American Century
(PNAC) and the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq.]
They all believe in a Christianity (or in some cases a weird form of
Judaism) where (1) a man's worth (including his "spiritual worth")
can be measured by the "things" he possesses, and that the
"highest calling" on a man's life is the pursuit of wealth;
(2) that poverty is a product of personal failure, and - as a result
- the poor have only themselves to blame for their own poverty; (3)
that men of wealth should rule the nation; (4) that the ruthless use
of "police power" should be used to maintain such "men
of worth" in power; (5) that capitalism and the "American
free enterprise system" is "God-ordained," and that socialism
or any other form of "wealth re-distribution" is anti-God
and anti-Christian; and, finally, (6) that military force is a legitimate
means to establish God's rule (i.e., the "American free enterprise
system") over all the other nations of the earth: hence, the wars
in Afghanistan and Iraq. THIS IS THE TERRIBLE AND HORRIFYING CHRISTIANITY
OF THE MEN (i.e., THE "WAR HAWKS" AND THE "UP AND OUTS")
THAT VEREIDE HOPED COULD SEIZE THE EARTH FOR "CHRIST AND THE CHURCH."
Brothers and sisters, please listen to me here: Theology has an outcome.
Good theology has a good outcome, and warped theology has a warped outcome,
and the "war hawks" of the Bush administration are the warped
outcome of Vereide's warped theology. People make a big mistake when
they say that "so and so" preaches Christ, and that's all
that matters; that he leads people to the Lord, that's all that counts.
But that's not true at all, especially if the Christ these men preach
is a false Christ; then all that's happened is that they have made disciples
for the devil - which is what Vereide has done, because that is EXACTLY
what these people are: CHILDREN OF THE DEVIL!
WHAT GOD ARE THEY SERVING?
The temptation here, of course, is to say that we are being too harsh
in our criticism of these men. But come on now! - isn't that pretty
much what Christ said of the "religious establishment" of
His day? Of course it is, or what is someone to make of Matthew 23:27-33:
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are
like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward,
but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
"Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within
ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye
build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the
"And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would
not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
"Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the
children of them which killed the prophets.
"Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
"Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the
damnation of hell?" (Matt. 23:27-33) ?
This "den of poisonous snakes," these "whited sepulchers
filled with dead men's bones" - THESE ARE THE MEN WHO TODAY
WANT TO MAKE WAR ON THE POOR IN THE NAME OF THE GOD THAT ABRAHAM VEREIDE
SERVED. But again, one must ask himself, What exactly is the name
of the "god" that Vereide actually served and for whom he
wanted to seize the earth? It couldn't possible be Christ who said,
"My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this
world, then would my servants fight ... but ... my kingdom (is) not
from hence." (John 18:36)
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour,
and hate thine enemy.
"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse
you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully
use you, and persecute you ..." (Matt. 5:43-44)
then, I ask again, In whose name are these modern-day "Knight Templars"
seizing the earth for? Come on now! - as we said previously, can there
be any doubt that Jesus answered that question when - speaking concerning
the "end of the age" and the mindset that would prevail then
- he said:
"I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if ANOTHER
(i.e., the anti-Christ) shall come in his own name, him ye will receive"
(John 5:43) ?
make no mistake about it, that (i.e., the "ANOTHER"
of John 5:43 above) is precisely the "god" these men serve
- all of their "saintliness" and soft-spoken demeanor notwithstanding.
THE GOG / MAGOG WAR
continues, describing in detail what he believes the "hawks"
of the Bush administration are really aiming at: a war between the United
States and Islamic Fundamentalism, the opening round of which was the
just completed War in Iraq. Marshall cites a report that appeared in
the Weekly Standard by Jeffrey Bell:
last month, The Weekly Standard's Jeffrey Bell reported that
THE ADMINISTRATION HAS IN MIND A 'WORLD WAR BETWEEN THE UNITED
STATES AND ... ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM - a war of such reach and
magnitude (that) the invasion of Iraq, or the capture of top al Qaeda
commanders, should be seen as tactical events in a series of moves
and countermoves stretching well into the future'. In short, the administration
is trying to roll the table - to use U.S. military force, or the threat
of it, to reform or topple virtually EVERY regime in
the region, from foes like Syria to friends like Egypt ..." [Please
see our article on this phenomenon (i.e., "radical Islam")
and the part the United States played in its creation; the article
is entitled just that: "Radical Islam;" please also see
our articles, "The War in Afghanistan, It's Not What You Think,"
and "The Coming War in Iraq; What It's Really All About."]
the Bush administration pushing for here? - the GOG / MAGOG WAR?
It certainly seems so. [Please see our article, "Israel and the
Renewed Struggle for the Holy Land;" please also see Chapter VI,
"The Gog / Magog War" in the Antipas Papers.]
TOTAL WAR FOR TOTAL
But even that won't be the end of it! The "GOD OF THE CEDARS"
(i.e., the "god" of Abraham Vereide and the "men of prominence"
he so admired) is lusting after much more than the Middle East - and
that's apparent to everyone except those Christians who have not yet
"bought off" on the "Warfare Theology" that seminaries
like Wheaton and Fuller are "pushing," and who don't want
to believe that most of the church has already done so.
They are like those German Christians who refused to join Hitler's
"Reich Church," but who didn't have the courage to join Bonhoffer's
"Confessing Church" and oppose Hitler directly and openly.
They wanted to straddle the fence and hope everything would work out
okay. It didn't - and just as it didn't work our for them, it won't
work out for those "lukewarm" Christians today who - while
they may refuse to get caught up in the "super-patriotism"
of John Hagee, Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Jerry Falwell, C.
Peter Wagner et. al. - do not want to risk themselves and their
families by openly opposing what is happening today. Sadly, they are
destined for the same disgrace and infamy as their German counterparts
sixty years ago.
But except for these few, most everyone else recognizes what is happening:
most evangelical Christians see what's happening and applaud it; secularists
and the Left see what's happening and abhor it. But they do recognize
what's occurring. Take, for example, Henry C.K. Liu, chairman of the
New York-based Liu Investment Group and a secularist. He clearly recognizes
what is happening: like Joshua Marshall and Jeffrey Bell, he believes
that what the Bush "war hawks" are really after is TOTAL
war aimed at TOTAL WORLD domination, not just domination
in the Middle East. Liu writes,
"The U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, billed as part
of a 'war on terrorism', were essentially the remote unleashing of
overwhelming military power on ... (the rest of the world). (This
so-called 'war on terrorism') is about eliminating the will of ANY
state (ANYWHERE in the world) to defy U.S. global intentions
A NEW KIND OF FASCISM BASED ON
RELIGION RATHER THAN "BLOOD AND SOIL"
Moreover, Liu recognizes what is driving America's lust for war: FASCISM;
but not the kind of "blood and soil" fascism of Nazi Germany,
but a NEW kind of fascism: a fascism based on RELIGION:
a CHRISTIAN FASCISM. This, of course, is exactly the kind
of Christianity (so-called) that Vereide and his ilk have worked so
long and hard to produce; the kind that can be fashioned into a tool
to conquer the earth with; the kind of Christianity that Charles Kimball,
a Baptist minister and director of religious studies at Wake Forest
University, says that Christian luminaries like Hagee and Stanley, who
wrap God in the American flag, are whipping up; a chauvinist Christianity
that says, "America is right," "God is on our
side," and "Islam is evil."
Liu uses the kinder term, nationalism. The term fascism is too "loaded;"
but he means fascism. Liu elaborates on his notion; he cites an article
by William Kristol and David Brooks that appeared in the Wall Street
Journal on September 15, 1997:
"American nationalism ... has never been the European blood-and-soil
nationalism ... Our nationalism is that of an exceptional nation (i.e.,
a CHOSEN nation) founded on a universal principle (by
which they mean the kind of Christianity that Vereide and the Fellowship
Foundation promote) ... Our pride in settling the frontier, welcoming
immigrants and advancing the cause of freedom around the world is
related to our dedication to ... (this principle) ... That's why American
nationalism isn't narrow or parochial. It doesn't believe in closing
our borders or fearing the global economy. It does believe in resisting
group rights and multiculturalism and other tendencies that weaken
our attachment to our common principles (by which, once again, both
Kristol and Brooks mean Vereide's kind of Christianity - a kind of
Christianity they claim is the foundation of modern capitalism).
and Brooks continue:
"This American understanding of greatness is friendly to private
property, PROSPERITY and progress. And it isn't unfriendly
to government, properly understood (by which Kristol and Brooks mean
a government that is conducive to the unfettered accumulation of wealth)."
But, again, this is nuts! - i.e., this effort to link the Gospel of
Jesus Christ to material prosperity. [Please see our three articles
on this subject, "Capitalism and Christianity," "The
Deceitfulness of Riches and the Marxist Paradigm," and "Making
Men Cogs in a Machine."]
is all so much hogwash! There is simply no way these men can square
their thinking here with Paul's admonition to the early disciples that
"THEY THAT WILL BE RICH FALL INTO A TEMPTATION AND A SNARE,
and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction
THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL: which while
some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves
through with many sorrows."
"But thou, O man of God, FLEE THESE THINGS (i.e., money);
and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience,
meekness." (1 Tim. 6:9-11) [Again, we URGE you
to read our article, "Capitalism and Christianity."]
A HOLY WAR IN THE NAME OF MAMMON
Nonetheless, it is PRECISELY this kind of "wacko"
thinking - i.e., the kind that "MORPHS" CHRIST
INTO MAMMON - that undergirds America's drive for world domination.
"Barely a decade after the end of the Cold War between the two
superpowers, the world has entered decidedly into an age of HOLY
WAR between the sole remaining superpower and ... (the rest
of the world)."
A HOLY WAR in the name of MAMMON; a total,
no-holds-bared war in the name of the "GOD OF MONEY"
- that's how Richard Perle, a devotee of this kind of crooked, bent
thinking, described what's going on now in the Middle East to John Pilger
of the New Statesman:
"This is TOTAL war. We are fighting a variety
of enemies. There are lots of them out there ... If we just LET
OUR VISION OF THE WORLD GO FORTH, and we embrace it entirely,
and we don't try to piece together clever diplomacy but just wage
a TOTAL war, our children will sing great songs about
us years from now."
But, again, we ask, What vision is Perle talking about when he says,
"Let our vision go forth?" Our vision of what? Obviously
he means Vereide's twisted amalgam of Christianity and capitalism -
this nightmare that Saul Landau says,
"... coincides with a society whose main spiritual value is
shopping and whose cathedral is an air-conditioned shopping mall."
This is what so disgusted Mark Twain; why he hated Christianity to
the degree that he did. Paul was right when he said:
"... the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles (i.e.,
the unbelievers) ... (because) of you (i.e., you who call yourselves
"God's people") ..." (Rom. 2:24)
This is UTTER insanity! But it is PRECISELY
this very contrived and artificial kind of Christianity - the kind that
links Christianity to Capitalism, and the kind that C. Peter Wagner
and others like him trumpet from their pulpits - that serves as the
magnet to draw (1) the American evangelical Christian community, (2)
the American business community, and (3) the politicos of the Republican
Party together TO MAKE HOLY WAR ON THE WORLD. This is
serious business! - i.e., the deliberate (but, nonetheless, CRAZED)
effort here to link capitalism (and the unbridled greed connected to
it) to the "poor carpenter of Nazareth," again, a Person who
said of Himself, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have
nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head" (Luke
"One unique characteristic about this new HOLY WAR
is that it seems to be open ended, that while major combats have ended,
or never even took place, victory remains not at hand in the near
future. In fact, the U.S. itself refers to these one-sided military
operations as 'battles in an on-going war on terrorism'. THAT,
OF COURSE, IS THE NATURE OF RELIGIOUS WARS."
The tragedy of all this, of course, is that it is the very sons and
daughters of those Christians who support this twisted form of Christianity
that are destined to die on its altar, and the altars of the "gods"
that the "worthies" of Bechtel Corporation, Halliburton, Shell,
Exxon-Mobil, Chevron, etc. serve.
Nonetheless, this kind of warped Christianity is catching on everywhere
in the Christian community today; indeed, more and more Christians from
every walk of life are adopting its rhetoric and dismissing those Christians
who oppose what's happening as not worthy of the name of "Christian."
SUCH IS THE POWER OF RELIGION WHEN IT IS WRAPPED IN THE FLAG.
"Thus the foundation of a new AGE OF HOLY WAR has been
laid ... This HOLY WAR is based on U.S. exceptionalism, unilateralism
and the spread of American values (which is, again, "code-speak"
for the freakish alliance that Christianity has made with capitalism).
What's Liu saying here? Obviously, what he is saying is that the Bush
administration has initiated an effort to create a worldwide CHRISTIAN
EMPIRE based on a perverted notion that weds material success
in this world to the teachings of Jesus Christ, a kind of Christianity
that turns the New Testament on its head.
BUSH DESERVES OUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT
Nonetheless, as we just indicated, there can be little doubt as to
where the main portion of the evangelical Christian community is in
all this. For example, John Hagee, pastor of the giant Cornerstone Church
in San Antonio, Texas, writes in an article entitled, "Iraq, the
"The central problem of the 21st century is international terrorism
and weapons of mass destruction ... The question before America is
very large and very simple. Can and will the CIVILIZED
part of humanity (i.e., the Christians) disarm the BARBARIANS
(i.e., the Muslims and other non-Christians) who would use nuclear
weapons to attack America ...? President Bush is heroically taking
the lead (to do just that in his war against Iraq), AND HE DESERVES
OUR PRAYERS AND TOTAL SUPPORT."
"Bush deserves our prayers and support" if the BARBARIANS
(as Hagee puts it) are to be disarmed? - which, ipso facto, means
the U.S. MUST take control of the world. That's what Hagee
thinks. That's what Charles Stanley, pastor of Atlanta's mammoth First
Baptist Church and founder of In Touch Ministries, thinks too. Stanley
"This government (by which Stanley means the U.S. government)
is ordained by God with the RIGHT to promote and restrain
evil ... This includes wickedness that exists within the nation, as
well as any wicked persons or countries that threaten foreign nations."
"ORDAINED BY GOD TO RESTRAIN EVIL"
"Ordained by God!" - now that's strong language. That means
that God has not only commanded the U.S. to "restrain" evil
domestically, but in foreign countries as well. He has endowed it with
the authority to do so (that's what "ordain" means) - and
the proof of that is the overwhelming nature of American military power.
Naturally enough, this kind of circular logic (i.e., the U.S. has the
power, so it has the authority; and it has the authority because it
has the power) gives sanction to those who see in America's very power
vis a vis the rest of the world authorization for America to
conquer the earth for "Christ and the church."
AND GOD HELP THOSE WHO DARE OPPOSE AMERICA IN THIS ENDEAVOR.
Stanley continues ominously:
"Those who oppose America (in its God-ordained mission of establishing
U.S. world-hegemony) will receive condemnation upon themselves."
In other words, by opposing America, one is opposing God. That sounds
a lot like Bush when he announced to the United Nations,
"If you are not with us (and, ipso facto, our effort
to gain mastery over the world), you are against us."
CHRISTIANS ARE CALLED TO OBEY
In this battle, a Christian is called upon to OBEY; to
see himself as nothing more than a "stone in a giant pyramid"
where hierarchy counts for everything, and one's place in the hierarchy
determines one's importance in the scheme of things. His duty is a simple
one: to OBEY! Simply OBEY! That's it!
Sharlet says that that's what the Fellowship Foundation is all about
- to teach men to OBEY! He writes:
"(At Ivanwald) we would be told time and time again, 'CHRIST'S
KINGDOM IS NOT A DEMOCRACY' ... They would often say, 'Everything
you need to know about government is right there in the cross - it's
vertical not horizontal'."
It's in this anti-democratic context that Sharlet says:
"We prayed to be NOTHING. We were there (at Ivanwald)
to 'SOFTEN OUR HEARTS TO AUTHORITY'."
And, according to David Coe, in learning this kind of unquestioning
obedience to those who have the rule over us,
"We become a warning. We warn everybody that the FUTURE
KING is coming. Not just of this country, or that, but of
A warning? An "or else"-kind of warning? "Or else"
what? - that we'll get the same kind of treatment that Genghis Khan
gave his enemies if we don't render to those who have the rule over
us the respect and obedience that is due them as supposed "servants
of Christ?" Is this what Coe is talking about here?
But Christ didn't call us to be cogs in this kind of Orwellian machine.
He said just the opposite:
"... Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion
over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
"BUT IT SHALL NOT BE SO AMONG YOU: but whosoever will
be great among you, let him be your minister (i.e., your servant);
"And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant
(i.e., your slave):
"Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but
to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Matt.
DAVID COE'S COMING FUTURE KING
Then who is this "future king" that Coe says is coming to
rule "... not just this country, but the world." Come
on! It's not that hard to answer this question! We repeat, isn't this
the "Christ" (so-called) about whom Jesus said,
"I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another
(i.e., the anti-Christ) shall come in his own name, him ye will receive"
(John 5:43) ?
And isn't this the "Christ" that Coe was talking about when
he pointed to the map at Ivanwald to delineate "Khan's vast empire?"
It certainly wasn't the Christ who said,
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and
a tooth for a tooth:
"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever
shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
"And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy
coat, let him have thy cloak also.
"And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
"Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow
of thee turn not thou away." (Matt. 5:38-42)
FALSE CHRISTS AND FALSE PROPHETS
Jesus surely wasn't kidding around when He said,
"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and
shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible,
they shall deceive the very elect." (Matt. 24:24)
Come on now! Be honest! - what does Genghis Khan have to do with the
Kingdom of Christ? And what does the kind of obedience that Coe is talking
about here have to do with Jesus? - NOTHING! absolutely
The obedience (so-called) that Christ desires is the kind that flows
willingly out of one's spirit, not the kind that is forced upon one
by an outside force. [Please see our article, "Trichotomy and the
Spirit of Man" in the Antipas Papers for a detailed
discussion of this type of authority, the kind that flows generously
and amicably out of one's spirit rather than the kind that is forced
upon one at the point of a sword.]
There is no place in Christ's kingdom for "outside force"
- which is EXACTLY the kind of force that holds together
the kingdoms of man - the kind of force that held together the empire
of Genghis Khan; the kind of force that evangelist Sam Fife was talking
about when he said: "... Jesus is setting up His kingdom here
on earth ... . We are the rulers of this planet - it's time we take
over;" the kind of force that George Hawtin was talking about
when he said, "But the saints of the most High shall take (seize)
the kingdom (meaning the earth), and possess the kingdom for ever, even
for ever and ever;" the kind of force that Rick Joyner was
talking about when he said, "Some pastors and leaders who continue
to resist this tide of unity (that demands unquestioning obedience to
Vereide's brand of Christianity) will be REMOVED from
their place;" and again when he said, "... there will
be many 'stumbling blocks' circulating in the church ... Those serving
in leadership must trust their discernment and REMOVE
the 'stumbling blocks';" the kind of force that George Hawtin was
talking about when he said, "... 2/3 will have to die in the last
days so that 1/3 might emerge pure."
And make no mistake about it! - Hawtin means Christians here; the kind
of Christians who refuse to submit themselves to Vereide's and Coe's
"Men of Prominence."
This kind of Christianity is MADNESS. Nonetheless, if
anyone dares to label it as such, he is in danger of being viciously
persecuted by the people who are pushing this concept, fulfilling the
words of Christ when He said:
"But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up
to councils; and in the ... (churches) ye shall be beaten: and ye
shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony
against them." (Mark 13:9)
But this kind of lunacy is what happens when one wraps Christianity
in the flag. It becomes an army imbued with the same military-like discipline
and control that all armies are infused with - but it's not God's army,
but the devil's.
GOD'S MAN: GEORGE BUSH
Christianity wrapped in the flag! Liu calls it fascism. Christian fascism!
That's appalling! But what's more appalling is that those millions and
millions of Christians who embrace this warped kind of Christianity
believe that in George Bush they have found "GOD'S MAN"
in these "Last Days" to establish their long-dreamed-for worldwide
Christian empire - a fascist state to bring God's kingdom to earth at
the point of a sword.
That's what Jack Van Impe thinks. Van Impe, is one of the most popular
"woofers" and "soapbox orators" on "prophetic
matters" in the Christian community today. In answer to a question
he received concerning Bush's "Christian credentials" and
whether or not Bush the Younger knows that he "is involved in
prophetic events concerning the Middle East and the final battle between
good and evil," Van Impe gushingly wrote of Bush:
"First of all, Billy Graham led George W. Busy Jr. to the Lord
Jesus Christ when he visited the White House (while his father was
still president). Bush (the Younger) has attended many of Billy Graham's
crusades and during those crusades, Billy Graham always preaches once
or twice on Christ's return and all the prophetical signs.
Rexella (Van Impe's wife) and I were in the home of President Bush
Senior. What a great time we had with his wife Barbara, in fact she's
even written us four personal letters and we have them hanging up
in our memorabilia room. We gave her the message on video, The
Coming War [meaning the coming war in the Middle East] and many
of our books to share with her husband, George Bush Sr. Of course,
I have now sent the video, Jerusalem: War or Peace [which promotes
the same kind of twisted 'Warfare Theology' that the International
Christian Embassy promotes - editor] to all the leaders of our nation.
[Please see our article, 'The Superman Theology of the International
Christian Embassy's Feast of Tabernacles'.]
"A teacher from Texas who lives down the street from the Bush's
and is a personal friend to them, asked me to come to Texas (while
Bush was still governor of Texas) so I could personally hand him (i.e.,
Bush the Younger) a copy. I said I couldn't because I'm just swamped
with work to do, so she said she'd personally see that he gets a copy.
"I know that he has seen this video, Jerusalem: War or Peace.
His brother in Florida, Jeb Bush, has seen it because he wrote me
the most heartfelt letter. SO, YES, I THINK GEORGE W. KNOWS THAT
HE'S DESTINED FOR THIS FINAL HOUR IN PROPHETIC HISTORY."
CHRISTIAN FAWNING AND BOOTLICKING
Eee gads! - the fawning and bootlicking here by Van Impe is nothing
if it's not nauseating; but then this kind of cringing, sniveling adulation
by the leaders of the evangelical Christian community towards the honchos
of this country's Political and Economic Right is common today. You
would think that Bush was Christ Himself, and the CEOs of Exxon-Mobil,
General Electric, Halliburton, Bechtel, etc. were his archangels. It
is disgusting - all this "brown-nosing" and "fanny-kissing"
by the leaders of the evangelical Christian community of these evil,
self-centered, greedy little swindlers and cheats who are plundering
and pillaging the poor of the world on behalf of the American New World
suppose Christians in this country think that because these "worthies"
are dressed up in expensive, three-piece Armani suits and carry gold
cards from American Express and Visa rather than "Saturday-night
specials" and sawed-off shotguns that makes them better than someone
who holds up a Seven-Eleven. But not in God's eyes it doesn't. The Bible
"Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that
shall come upon you.
riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
"Your gold and silver is cankered; AND THE RUST OF THEM SHALL
BE A WITNESS AGAINST YOU, and shall eat your flesh as it were
fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the LAST DAYS."
(James 5:1-3) [Please see our articles, "The American Empire
and the New Global Elite," and "The Elite and the End of
NINCOMPOOPS! DIMWITS! AND MORONS!
that say, then, about all these people - the kind of people who seek
to unite the teachings of Jesus Christ with the teachings of Adam Smith
- as if Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and Thomas Malthus were Biblical
figures on a par with Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Nehemiah, and so forth;
and that the system (i.e., capitalism) they (i.e., Smith, Ricardo, and
Malthus) devised finds its origins in the Bible and should be adhered
to with as much ardor and ebullience as one would adhere to the injunctions
of Holy Writ. NINCOMPOOPS! DIMWITS! MORONS! DOLTS!
JERKS! - ALL OF THEM, these people who dress up
in their three-piece suits and preach their INSANITY from
behind flower-bedecked pulpits each Sunday throughout America.
And those Christians who are STUPID enough to listen
to them deserve the judgment that will eventually overtake them:
"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven
vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show
unto thee the judgment of the GREAT WHORE that sitteth
upon many waters ..." (Rev. 17:1)
PEOPLE GET THE KIND OF
CHRISTIANITY THEY "DESERVE"
ask again, who do these pew-sitting devotees of Charles Stanley, John
Hagee, C. Peter Wagner, et. al. think the "great whore"
is? - i.e., this church that sells herself for money to George Bush's
American New World Order System. And do they somehow think that they
will escape her judgment when it finally falls if they remain attached
to her? If they support her each Sunday with their presence and their
money? If they attend her functions. If they send their children to
her schools, etc.? Do they really think they will escape?
What UTTER NONSENSE! People who entertain such thinking
are like those employees of the I.G. Farben Company in Nazi Germany
who "merely" "pushed paper" at the company's headquarters
in Frankfurt while the company ran Hitler's death camp at Auschwitz-Birkanau.
tell you the truth, you may make a distinction between those SS officers
who ran the death camp at Auschwitz and the "paper pushers"
back in Frankfurt, but I doubt that God will on THAT day.
So also with all the "innocents" (so-called) in today's churches
who give money to institutions that justify the rape and pillage of
the world by America's multinational corporations. [We URGE
you to read our articles, "The American Empire: the Corporate,
Pentagon, CIA, Missionary Archipelago" and "The Third World
as a Model for the New World Order."]
A MARVELOUS RELIGION
What a marvelous religion these ersatz Christians have devised.
It's "ready-made" for people bent on the conquest of the world
for the sake of human avarice and corporate greed! Think about it! -
a religion that justifies the rich in their wealth, and excuses them
in the miserable way they work the poor in their hideous "Third
World" sweatshops for wages calculated to just barely keep body
and soul together. NOW THAT'S THE KIND OF RELIGION THAT WILL MAKE
THE MOGULS OF WALL STREET SIT UP AND NOTICE. [Please see our article,
"The Rich Have Seized Control of the Church."]
it's all so much unadulterated RUBBISH! Again I ask, where in
the Bible can one find even the smallest suggestion that the "Dismal
Science" of Adam Smith, or the dreary and gloomy economic system
that Malthus and Ricardo contrived are biblically based. This evil and
pernicious world of Oliver Twist that Smith, Ricardo and Malthus conceived
is entirely a man-made system; it has NOTHING to do with
God or the Bible! NOTHING! [Again, we URGE
you to please see our three articles on this subject, "Capitalism
and Christianity," "The Deceitfulness of Riches and the Marxist
Paradigm," and "Making Men Cogs in a Machine."]
THERE WILL BE A PRICE TO PAY
I tell you the truth; I SOMBERLY warn you: Christians
who participate in such a religion, who misuse the Scriptures for their
own selfish ambitions and purposes, or - for one reason or another -
turn a "blind eye" to what's
happening will someday pay a heavy price. Life doesn't go on forever.
There comes an end to it; and after that, the JUDGMENT.
It's not without reason, therefore, that the Bible warns:
who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the
"WHO TREAD UPON THE POOR, and take from him burdens
of wheat (i.e., his just wages) ...
"I know your manifold transgressions, and your mighty sins ...
YOU TURN ASIDE THE POOR IN THE GATE FROM THEIR RIGHT (again, their
wages). Amos 5:7, 11-12)
"... I WILL COME TO YOU IN JUDGMENT, and I will
be a swift witness AGAINST YOU WHO OPPRESS THE HIRELING (i.e.,
the laborer) IN HIS WAGES." (Mal. 3:5)
Once again, I caution you: whether you want to believe it or not, these
verses apply every bit as much to those Christians who - while professing
ignorance of the bargain their leaders (i.e., people like Vereide, Coe,
Stanley, Hagee, Robertson, Falwell, Wagner, etc.) have made with the
rich of this world - attend these churches Sunday after Sunday and support
them with their "tithes and offerings." If they don't know
what's happening, it's because they have PURPOSEFULLY
chosen not to know, and that PURPOSEFUL choice makes them
as guilty as their leaders and the "captains of industry"
that they have been "PIMPED" out to as WHORES.
The Bible says that "GOD WILL COME AGAINST YOU."
Wow! - that's nothing to trifle with: again, life doesn't go on
forever, and after that, the Judgment! (Heb. 9:27)
GOD WILL GIVE YOU UP
Christians who are inclined to make light of all this - who treat cavalierly
God's INTENSE, BURNING ANGER at that form
of Christianity - i.e., Vereide's form of Christianity - that seeks
to "make merchandise" of the poor and destitute of this world
would do well to take careful note of the proximity of Amos 5:7 and
11-12 to the warning in Scripture in Amos 5:21-23 - specifically, that
GOD WILL GIVE THEM UP!
Concerning such people and their form of Christianity which is based
not on SUBSTANCE, but on APPEARANCE, the Lord says:
"I HATE, I DESPISE your feast days,
and ... your solemn assemblies.
"Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings,
I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings
of your fat beasts.
"Take thou away from me the ... (music) of thy songs; for I
will not hear the melody of thy viols. (Amos 5:21-23)
What's that say about the "worship services" and all the
pious singing and accompanying "hand waving" (i.e., "lifting
up of 'holy' hands") at John Hagee's church in San Antonio or Charles
Stanley's church in Atlanta, Georgia? - or do you perhaps think that
God is just fooling around here when He says that He hates this kind
of hypocrisy? Or, more specifically, when He said:
"Ye HYPOCRITES, well did Esaias prophesy of you,
"This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth
me with their lips; but their heart is far from me." (Matt. 15:7-8)
FLEE AT ALL COSTS
Is that the condition of those Christians who surround you? Of the
church to which you belong? - if so, then get away from them as fast
as you can. Do NOT think - even for a moment - that you
can help them. This is a condition of the heart. You cannot reason with
people who have given themselves over to this condition of things. It's
NOT the result of a momentary indiscretion. So deep is
their corruption, and the corruption of the church to which they adhere,
that the Bible offers you only one way out! It says,
"... COME OUT of her (i.e., this corrupted, compromised
church) my people ... that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that
ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4)
Again, I somberly admonish you - no, not I, but the Lord (Revelation
18:4) - that if you refuse to take His advice here, if you think to
stay to change the minds of the people you are connected to and the
Christian institutions you are associated with, YOU WILL BE THE PERSON
THAT IS ULTIMATELY CHANGED, NOT THEM. And ANYONE who
tells you differently is LYING to you. Their lies may
be honey-soaked, but they are still lies.
God bless all of you!
S. R. Shearer,
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article, "Coaxing Christians out of their Hiding Places."
Also, please see our article, "The Jesus Revolution and the
Search for Community and the Church-Life."
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