NOTE: This, of course, stands in utter contradiction to what most Christians are thinking today — i.e., that Christianity is on the verge of being submerged by Obama and his "lefty" counterparts; a belief to which many Christians willy-nilly "buy into." Whether they realize it or not, in believing this they are subscribing to the belief system of most liberals on the subject. [Please see our article, "A Warning to Those Who Misrepresent God's Word."]
The liberal's view of Bible-believing Christians; note gold cross around the neck of figure to the right.
"... we are now a different, and better, country."
To liberals, religion is passť. There's no returning to a time when Christianity played a meaningful and decisive role in American society. Liberals have supposedly swept Christianity from the political field, and ground once taken in the field of politics and occupied by "liberals" can never be retaken and reoccupied by "conservatives" (by which they mean, "Bible-believing Christians").
Lefties believe that to think otherwise is not only wrong, but it's "UNFAIR." Such is the idiocy of liberals.
The "Progressive" definition of "Liberal" as opposed to their definition of "Conservative"
Liberals seem unable to fathom the fact that "progress" in these matters is not always on their side. They are seized by the notion that the history of man leads ever upward - i.e., toward a multicultural world in which subjects such as religion don't matter.
The thought that - after so much effort has been expended by liberals to eject religion from the market place of ideas - the country could ever again allow religion back as a "player" in the arena of politics seems absurd to them.
All religions are equal (meaning, they are irrelevant);
But absurd or not, and despite the best efforts of the liberal elite to thwart what's happening, religion is once again emerging as a "player" in American society and American politics.
Steele — himself an "Uber Liberal" - believes that soon, very soon now, the liberal cultural edifice imposed on the country by so-called "progressives" will come crashing down. He explains:
A LARGE PART OF THE REASON FOR THE RE-EMERGENCE OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE UNITED STATES IS THAT THE ISLAMIC RADICALIZATION OF THE MUSLIM WORLD — NOT ONLY ABROAD, BUT IN THIS COUNTRY AS WELL — HAS PROVOKED MANY AMERICANS TO RE-DISCOVER THEIR SO-CALLED "CHRISTIAN" ROOTS.
All this gives evidence to a truism being played out today in the United States, and that truism is this: Religious identity is often imposed by an opposing religious group on another group. This is precisely what happened in the former Yugoslavia as "Christian" Serbs confronted Muslims in Bosnia. For instance, take the case of one Bosnian Muslim school teacher in the former Yugoslavia who lamented:
"We never, until war, thought of ourselves as Muslims. We were Yugoslavs (i.e., multiculturalists). But when we began to be murdered, because we are Muslims, things changed. The definition of who we are today has been determined by our killers." [We URGE you in this connection to see our article, "Hardening Our Hearts Against God; Becoming a Prisoner of a Pathology of Hate."]
In other words, as tension between the two different religious groups progressed, even those who had at first put little value in their religious identity were pressed toward religious mobilization.
Moreover, the opportunity of choosing between a "moderate" religious identity and a "radical" religious identity slowly disappears the longer the conflict continues - forcing more and more individuals in each religious group to adopt "radical" (i.e., hardcore) identities.
NOTE: This is EXACTLY the pathology about which Christ is concerned when He warns His people in Revelation 18:4:
Christians who ignore this advice are in danger of being drawn into a "high-stakes" poker game with Satan that they cannot possible win. [Please see our article, "Come out of Her;" please also see our article, "Your Blood Be upon Your Own Heads: I Am Clean of It."]
And so the process continues, ultimately eroding the centrist positions of so-called "moderates" and radicalizing those who remain. It's irresistible, and "moderates" are helpless to stop it once it gets started. Indeed, the limits to which this wicked pathology can eventually extend itself are breath-taking, as the example of what occurred in the former Yugoslavia attests. [Please see our 1999 article, "Kosovo & America: What's Going on."]
A vortex of Islamic / Christian HATE
Like the Bosnian Muslim school teacher (see above) who had lamented that until the war, she had never thought of herself as Muslim, but merely as a Yugoslav, "moderates" find that the other side is forcing on them an identity they had never before assumed. Like her, they begin to feel that -
"The definition of who we are today has been determined by our persecutors."
Adding to the intractability of the ever-intensifying religious conflict between Muslims and Christians is the fact that it usually requires little effort to identify members of the "enemy" religious group, with Christians being largely white, and Islamists being largely brown-skinned; and it becomes ever more easy to do so as more and more Muslim women adopt head coverings, the veil and sometimes even the burqa, and Muslim men begin to wear Muslim-style beards.†
Muslim women and men become ever easier to identify, making them targets of hatred
"I don't believe this is a wonderful, peaceful religion. When you read the Koran and you read the verses from the Koran, it instructs the killing of the infidel, for those that are non-Muslim."
In other words, according to Graham, We as Christians had better "get them" before they "get us."
To which conservative Chuck Baldwin said,
"As you can imagine, Mr. Graham has been vilified and demonized [for making this statement], not only by liberals in the media but also by cowardly Christians and conservatives. However, Franklin Graham has thus far demonstrated the kind of grit not seen in a long time on the national stage: he refuses to surrender or apologize for his convictions. God bless him! He is a breath of fresh air, and he gives me something for which to be thankful ..."
In other words, those Christians who refuse to "get on the bandwagon" of hate that is being promulgated against Muslims are COWARDS.
"We are on God's side. This is not a war between Arabs and ... [Christians]. IT'S A WAR BETWEEN GOD AND THE DEVIL." [Please see our article, "The God-Men of the American New World Order System."]
Several conservative Christian ministers from the Dallas area, who shared the podium, clapped and nodded their approval. Later, a few of them said that THE LINE BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL.
Plainly, the clear implication here is that if one attempts to defend Muslims against the "righteous" HATRED of Christians in the upcoming war between the two religions, ONE IS ON THE SIDE OF THE DEVIL.
J. Don George, senior pastor of Calvary Temple in Irving, TX, accompanied Hinn on stage. He said:
"Our faith is in Jesus Christ, and the Muslim community does not accept Jesus and God, and therefore we're at odds with Muslims....Any religion or ideology that refuses to acknowledge the lordship of Jesus Christ COULD BE TYPIFIED AS SATANIC."
Here one goes a step farther: ONE IS NOT ONLY ON THE SIDE OF THE DEVIL, HE IS SATANIC!
The Jesus of today's
"The demonizing of Islam. The actual call for the elimination of Islam. It's disturbing."
That's an understatement! - and these are just a few examples of the HATE-SPEECH being directed against Muslims by the American Christian community.
Now, please take note of the equation that is being made here:
THE MUSLIM RELIGION = SATANIC RELIGION
And it is but a short hop from there to reach the following conclusion:
MUSLIMS = SATAN
And if that's the case, then one can say with Pastor Cubie Ward of Paralife Ministries:
"Killing for the joy of it is wrong, but killing because it is necessary to fight against an anti-Christ system ... is not only right, but the duty of every Christian"
- OR with those Christians who prosecuted America's war against the Contras in the 1980s,
"... we don't massacre people ... We massacre demons, and these people are demon possessed: they're communists [or in the case today, 'They're Muslims'] ..."
All of this is playing into the belief that a war against Muslims is justified because Muslims are the servants of the devil.
We don't massacre people. We massacre demons, and these people are demon possessed: they're Muslims.
But such a theory flies in the face of the clear teaching of the New Testament. Jesus 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 cloke 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.
"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;
"THAT YE MAY BE THE CHILDREN OF YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
"For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?" (Matt. 5:38-46)
I Never knew you: Depart from Me.
"I NEVER KNEW YOU: DEPART FROM ME, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:23)
- and all this said to those who had actually believed they were following Jesus:
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
†"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?" (Matthew 7:21-23)
I warn you - I solemnly and earnestly warn you - that if you fall victim to the kind of Christianity that is being purveyed today by Christian leaders such as C. peter Wagner, Rick Joyner, et. al.; if you are swept up into the kind of hatred that these men and their allies in the political world are purveying against the Muslim people — no matter what your justification for doing so — you will NEVER see the Kingdom of God. [Please see our articles, "The God-Men of the American New World Order System" and "Luciferic Christianity."]
It is for that precise reason that I have been so harsh on those who refuse to recognize the danger they are in, and teach others to do the same: I recognize, whether they do or not — the grave danger they are in. [Please see our article "A Little Leaven Leaveneth the Whole Lump."]
Next time: "Part II; CUFI: Promoting an Alliance Between the United States and Israel."
Until then, God bless you,
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