MAKING MERCHANDISE OUT OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD:
SELLING THE UPCOMING WAR IN IRAQ

December 20, 2002

"Things are not always what they appear to be."
     - Paul Neuman to Sally Fields
       in Absence of Malice

By S.R. Shearer

"The wicked are wicked no doubt, and they go astray and they fall and they come to their own deserts; but who can tell the mischief the (so-called) virtuous do."

     - William Thackeray

Get out before it's too late!

INTRODUCTION

It is an unfortunate fact of life insofar as today's Christianity is concerned that most of us have been trained as "hearers," but not as "doers;" "observers," but not as "participants;" "pew sitters" but not as active, vibrant members of the Christian community. We have an "audience" mentality; not a "participant" mentality. We've been trained "to listen," not "to act." Indeed, the rather bizarre fact of the matter is, many of us think that by hearing and listening we have done everything that is required of us. We've come to believe that "doing" is something for the "professionals;" it has nothing to do with us. Our job is simply to act as an audience for the "professionals," and to say "amen" at appropriate times.

But that's NOT what Christianity is all about. The church belongs to ALL the saints. And the responsibility for the church rests on ALL our shoulders, not just simply on the shoulders of the "paid professionals." We've ALL been called as "doers." The Bible says,

"... be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." (James 1:22)

The priesthood that the Bible speaks of is the "PRIESTHOOD OF ALL THE BELIEVERS" (I Pet. 2:9) - and that includes YOU. You're not excused whoever you are. There is NOTHING that excuses you! - your age, your station in life, your sex, where you live, the amount of money you make, your career - NOTHING! No one is excused!

THE TRIFLING NATURE OF TODAY'S CHRISTIANITY

But this is NOT the kind of Christianity that today's leadership in the evangelical church wants; nor is it what their masters in the Economic Right desire either. Passivity, NOT activism is what church leaders want today from their followers; obedience to their dictates, NOT a vibrant touch with God on the part of their individual followers. [Please see our article, "Making Zombies out of Christians: The Apostles' and Prophets' Movement."]

Unfortunately, this kind of passivity cannot help but lead to a form of Christianity that is frivolous and superficial - and so much so that a silly and trifling little book by Atlanta preacher Bruce Wilkinson, The Prayer of Jabez (a book so inane and foolish - even CHILDISH - that it fairly boggles the mind), can become the most celebrated piece of literature in the Christian community in the last several years, spending 24 weeks atop the New York Times bestseller list. The book celebrates GREED as a guiding principle in the Christian life, and presents God as nothing more than a "SUGAR-DADDY." For example, Wilkinson writes:

"If you didn't ask God for a blessing yesterday, you didn't get all that you were supposed to have. And be sure to ask EXTRAVAGANTLY, for you nothing but God's fullest blessings (meaning, of course, MATERIAL blessings) will do. Don't worry about coming across as selfish, for this is exactly the kind of request our Father longs to hear ... you will be so overwhelmed ... that you will find yourself saying, 'It's too much! Hold some of your blessings back'."

What is Wilkinson talking about here? Certainly not Christ and the Gospel - unless he has in mind ANOTHER Christ and ANOTHER Gospel (Gal. 1:6-7); a Christ the Bible knows nothing about. Jesus taught,

"If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." (Matt. 19:21)

AND,

"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." (Matt. 16:24)

AND,

"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." (Matt. 6:19-21)

AND,

"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 the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" (Matt. 6:24-25)

AND finally the prophet Habakkuk writes,

"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:

"Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation." (Hab. 3:17-18)

What's Habakkuk saying here? - he is saying that what REALLY "marks out" the man of God is his ability to REJOICE in the Lord when everything else is collapsing around him - hardly the Gospel according to Wilkinson.

And Wilkinson isn't alone here! The sad fact of the matter is, the type of Christianity that is being peddled to Christians today by the pastors of today's church is the fatuous and superficial kind where T-shirts promote "J. Christ" rather than "J. Crew," "Fruit of the Spirit" rather than "Fruit of the Loom," "Christ Supreme" instead of "Krispy Kreme" and where there are endless "spin-offs" to things like the Prayer of Jabez generated specifically for the sake of money: For example, a devotional volume to the Prayer of Jabez, an illustrated gift edition, a journal, a Bible study course, "Prayer of Jabez for Women," and "Prayer of Jabez for Little ones" ("Dear God, Please bless me in a great big way!"), not to mention greeting cards, calendars, mugs, mousepads, etc.

MAKING CHRISTIANS VULNERABLE
TO ELITE MACHINATION AND STRATAGEMS

This is the kind of Christianity where it's "cool to be a Christian" - and PROFITABLE; where Christianity is licensed and "bottled" for sale, and where individual Christians are reduced to the status of consumers for whatever their pastors are selling. Ultimately, the great hazard Christians face in all this, is the danger of being reduced to a "commodity" themselves - a "PRODUCT" TO BE MERCHANDISED BY THEIR PASTORS TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. And who exactly is the highest bidder? - the elites, of course. And sadly, that's precisely what is happening - Christians are being "sold out" by their pastors and leaders to the elites. [Please see our article, "The Rich Have Seized Control of the Church."]

The tragic fact of the matter is, the leadership of today's church view their parishioners as a passive assembly of AUTOMATONS to be "bought and sold" at auction for the benefit of whatever their elite masters in the Economic Right are interested in at any particular moment.

And what is it that the pastors receive in return? - MONEY! Lots and lots of MONEY! For example, Pat Robertson receives massive amounts of money from the John M. Olin Foundation, a channel for elite money that emanates out of the armaments industry. Then there is D. James Kennedy who receives money from the Carthage Foundation and the Allegheny Foundation, both of which are controlled by Richard Mellon Scaife, heir to the Mellon banking fortune, as well as Gulf Oil and Alcoa money. Kennedy also receives financial backing from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, another elite channel for money that flows out of the electronics industry. Then there is Moonie money that goes to support people like Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, the Rutherford Institute, and a whole host of other "big names" in the Christian world - and this is just a tiny sampling of what's going on. Now does one really think that all this elite money is going to the church without any strings attached?

Come on now! - what strictly religious connection does the armaments industry have with Pat Robertson; or the banking industry with Jerry Falwell? Be honest here! - what intersection of interests is there between the liquor industry (Adolf Coors - another funder of many in today's church), the electronics industry, and the oil industry on one hand, and the poor Carpenter of Nazareth on the other hand? Be honest! [Please see our article on Richard Mellon Scaife entitled, "Richard Mellon Scaife: "The Evil That Money Can Do" for a look into the convoluted world that connects elite money to the leaders of today's church."]

AUCTIONING OFF THE SAINTS OF
GOD AS COMMODITIES TO THE ELITES

The pastors act as slave auctioneers; the slaves they are selling are their own followers (and the votes that go with them at election time); and the buyers are the "worthies" of the various economic elites. Do the elites need support for "Welfare Reform" so that there is more "corporate welfare" for them and less welfare for the needy? Do they require support for their incessant war against the poor in the jungles of Colombia and Venezuela? The pastors whip up their parishioners in support of these agendas. Do the elites need "warm bodies" to demonstrate for "their man" (i.e., George Bush) in Florida - the pastors deliver. Whatever the elites want, the pastors see that they get - and oftentimes, what the elites want runs counter to the REAL interests of their parishioners. Indeed, what the pastors are doing is conspiring with the moneyed elites of this world to sell LIES to their own followers - lies that are as false and self-serving as the claims of cigarette companies that nicotine is nonaddictive and cigarette smoke poses no health hazard. AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH REGARD TO THE UPCOMING WAR IN IRAQ.

THE COMMITTEE ON THE LIBERATION OF IRAQ

Take what Jim Lobe, who writes for Inter Press Services, has discovered; he reports that a small group of well-placed AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER devotees with close ties to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz is busy readying a fresh campaign to rally Christian support for the upcoming invasion of Iraq. They call themselves the "COMMITTEE FOR THE LIBERATION OF IRAQ," and they have set up offices on Capitol Hill.

The new "Committee on Iraq" is a spin-off from the "Project For A New American Century" (PNAC), an elite American New World Order "front group" consisting of one primary group, and two lackey groups who - like the "lapdogs" they have become - exist off the scraps of food that fall from time to time from their master's table. The primary group is made up of leading elements of the Political and Economic Right (for example, Richard Perle, Frank Gaffney, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Michael Ledeen, Marc Reuel Gerecht, etc., as well as elite economic groups that revolve around Exxon/Mobile, Chevron, Haliburton, Philips, etc.). The two lackey groups are (1) conservative Jews dedicated to cementing a military alliance between the United States and Israel (for example, Midge Deckter and the Norman Podhoretz "circle" centered around the conservative Jewish publication, Commentary, and (2) "heavy-hitters" from the Christian Evangelical Community - the group that forms the CORE political constituency for George Bush's "mass" political following. [Please see our article, "Inside the American New World Order System."]

All of these groups in one way or another see in the very power America wields proof of America's "exceptionalism," and each group hopes to harness U.S. power for its own purposes - whether for economic aggrandizement, security for the state of Israel, or the expansion of Christianity. Moreover, none of these groups shrinks from the possibility of having to use the "barrel of a gun" to promote its interests. Finally, each of these groups has come to believe that Islam is a force to be reckoned with insofar as the promotion of its interests are concerned, and, therefore, each is fervently working for Islam's diminution, and even - if possible - its destruction.

The members of PNAC believe in POWER, and they feel that power has a "USE IT OR LOSE IT" peculiarity about it. They do not intend to lose it; they mean to use it.

PROMOTING THE WAR AS A CIVILIZATION CONFLICT

To this end, PNAC is dedicated to promoting Bush's "War on Terrorism" as a conflict between Jews and Christians (on the one hand) and Islam (on the other hand). They are intent on widening the upcoming war in Iraq, and eventually turning it into a CIVILIZATION CONFLICT through which they hope to eliminate Islam once and for all. This is, of course, precisely what such Christian leaders as Pat Robertson, D. James Kennedy, Jerry Falwell, John Hagee and all those evangelical Christian groups connected to the "Apostles and Prophets Movement," and the so-called "International Christian Embassy in Israel" are fervently hoping for. [Please see our article, "Radical Islam;" please also see our article on the International Christian Embassy, "The Superman Theology of the International Christian Embassy's Feast of Tabernacles."]

The immediate purpose of the "Committee for the Liberation of Iraq" is to mold the Christian evangelical community into a political counterweight against those forces on the Left that are increasingly speaking out against the war - AND IT IS FROM THIS PERSPECTIVE THAT ONE MUST JUDGE THE MEAN-SPIRITED STATEMENTS THAT ARE ESCALATING OUT OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CONCERNING ISLAM AND THE INEVITABILITY OF WAR BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND THE MUSLIM WORLD. [Please see our article, "The Coming War in Iraq: What It's Really All About."]

These statements are not "happenchance" nor coincidental. They are part of a carefully orchestrated campaign by Bush and his cohorts in the Economic Right to prepare Christians to back such a war - a war whose REAL aim is to capture and then control the oil wealth of Iraq (and, ipso facto, the Middle East) for the benefit of America's oil elites, just as the overriding aim of the War in Afghanistan was to capture and control the oil wealth of Central Asia for those same elites. [Please see our article, "The War in Afghanistan: It's Not What You Think."]

THE PROJECT FOR A NEW AMERICAN CENTURY (PNAC)

PNAC (again, the "mother-group" for the "Committee for the Liberation of Iraq") was formed in 1997 by such Christian, Jewish, and financial elitists as Elliot Abrams, Gary Bauer, William Bennett, Dick Cheney, Vin Weber, Norman Podhoretz, Eliot Cohen, Midge Decter, Paul Dobriansky, Steve Forbes, Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfield - all of whom were aghast at the timidity of Clinton's foreign policy in advancing the interests of the American New World Order System - especially in Central Asia and the Middle East.

It's statement of purpose reads in part:

"American foreign and defense policy is adrift ... We aim to change this. We aim to make the case and rally support for AMERICAN GLOBAL LEADERSHIP (read: the American New World Order System) ... We need to accept responsibility for America's UNIQUE role in preserving and EXTENDING an INTERNATIONAL ORDER friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles (read: 'we need to create a universal economic and political order dominated by the United States and dedicated to making client-states out of the nations of the rest of the world')."

PNAC's BLOODY ROOTS

PNAC stems out of the same Evangelical Christian, Conservative Catholic, and New World Order political and economic elements in the United States that helped America fight and win its Contra War in Central and South America in the 1980s - such as the "Committee for the Free World," "Prodemca," "Friends of the Democratic Center in Central America" and last, and most importantly, the "INSTITUTE FOR RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY" (IRD). There is a history here that the "Committee for the Liberation of Iraq" is connected - one with a very bloody and cruel past, and one that threatens to besmirch the reputations of both Israel and the church. [Please see our two articles, "Colombia: America's New Vietnam" and "The Spread of America's New World Order System Northward from Latin America to the United States."]

The IRD is particularly instructive concerning the DEADLY mindset behind what's been animating this history, and what the "Committee for the Liberation of Iraq" is REALLY up to today, and the part the American elites expect Israel and the church to play in the events that are unfolding in the Middle East. Twenty years ago, when the IRD was formed, one of its primary purposes was to bring to bear the weight of the evangelical Christian community in support of the Contra War and stem what the elites considered to be the "pernicious" influence of "Liberation Theology" in Latin America which - as we reported in our article, "The Death Squads: Bringing in the Kingdom of God through Terror, Torture, and Death" - had taken hold in Argentina and Brazil and was rapidly spilling outward and threatening to spark a socialist conflagration throughout the region. [This is, of course, EXACTLY what the elites expect out of the "Committee for the Liberation of Iraq" insofar as their war in the Middle East is concerned - i.e., to stem the opposition of the Left in this country to the war.]

Liberation Theology was a new and RADICAL Christian theology promulgated at first by left-wing Catholic clerics and later by liberal Protestant groups, and it was rapidly taking hold in the innumerable urban shanty towns and poverty-stricken rural communities throughout Central and South America. It was an incendiary gospel that linked socialism to Christian theology in a revolutionary blend which was proving to be particularly attractive to the peasants of Latin America - and it attracted them in a way which the traditional, more secular brand of Marxism-Leninism had never been able to do.

THE WORK OF THE INSTITUTE
FOR RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY

What the IRD did was to coordinate the efforts of conservative Catholics [e.g., Catholics like General Vernon Walters (Deputy Chief of the CIA), Zbigniew Brzezinski (former Advisor to the President on National Security Affairs), Bill Simon (former Secretary of the Treasury), Michael Novak, John Neuhaus, etc., as well as "lay" Catholic groups like P-2 and Opus Dei (all of which had rallied around the new conservative Pope, John Paul II] and the EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY to fight the efforts by the left-wing Catholic clergy. What they (i.e., the liberal Catholic clergy) were doing that the evangelicals and the conservative Catholics found so offensive was - in conjunction with liberal Protestant groups - fighting to break the strangle-hold on the poor (about 85 percent of the region's population) by the wealthy oligarchies that controlled Central and South America in the interests of the American New World Order System. [Please see our article, The Catholic / Evangelical Rapprochement."]

The IRD was responsible for providing the ideological and RELIGIOUS framework for waging the MURDEROUS war against the adherents of Liberation Theology in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. In addition, others who operated in the political and religious nexus out from which the IRD sprang had been deeply involved in overthrowing the popularly elected Allende government in Chile, the Goulert government in Brazil and installing brutal right-wing dictatorships in these countries as well as in Uruguay, Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru - ALL IN THE NAME OF CHRIST.

Now think about the STUPIDITY of all this insofar as evangelical Christians are concerned! - in the interest of fighting against the "New Age" ideology (theology) espoused by the adherents of Liberation Theology and mainline Protestantism, Christian evangelicals allied themselves with groups like P-2 and Opus Dei (whose conservative Catholic ideologies are much more ABHORRENT and DEMONIC than anything the adherents of Liberation Theology have ever dreamed up) to "take back "DOMINION" in Central and South America for Christ and the church." [This kind of thinking - the kind that lies behind the notion that Christians must engage the forces of evil in this world "THROUGH THE BARREL OF A GUN" - is called "Dominionism;" please see our article on "Dominionism."]

BUT SUCH THINKING IS OXYMORONIC! - i.e., allying oneself with P-2 and Opus Dei to fight against the adherents of Liberation Theology. IT'S KIND OF LIKE ALLYING ONESELF WITH BEELZEBUB TO FIGHT SATAN. It's ridiculous! At the very least, the followers of Liberation Theology had the interests of the poor at heart; Opus Dei and P-2 - together with the wealthy oligarchies they support - have NEVER had the interests of the poor in mind; their only concern has been for themselves and the interests of the American New World Order System that preserves them from the rage of the 85 percent of the population they suppress and domineer.

CREATING A SHAM PRETEXT FOR WAR
IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

To put it plainly, what the IRD did was paint the battle for control of Central and South America - which was in reality a struggle between the indigenous populations of the region (on the one hand) and the American New World Order System (on the other hand) - as a war between "atheistic Communism" and the "Occultic Forces" of the "New Age (again, on the one hand) and Christianity and God's so-called "Redeemer Nation" (on the other hand). And they succeeded in convincing Christian evangelicals as to the "veracity" of their ruse.

Indeed, even today in countless numbers of evangelical missionary groups (e.g., Wycliffe, YWAM, New Tribes, etc.) and Christian churches throughout the country, the defeat of Liberation Theology in Central and South America, [and the concomitant overthrow of the Allende government in Chile, the "reduction" of the Sandanistas in Nicaragua, and the earlier destruction of the Goulert government in Brazil (and the resultant installation of MURDEROUS dictatorships in their stead)] is hailed as a great victory for Christianity over the forces of Occultism and the New Age.

For example, Beverly LaHaye never tires of "trumpeting" her part in the overthrow of the Goulert government in Brazil; and we (i.e., Antipas) never cease to receive letters from now retired evangelical missionaries who served in Brazil, Guatemala, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, El Salvador, etc. who - sadly - took sides with the death squads in their murderous campaign against the Leftists of the area during that era. Their thinking at the time ran along the lines of Cubie Ward of Paralife Ministries when he said,

"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 the evangelical pastors who defended the HOMICIDAL rampage of their Contra "parishioners" by saying,

"... they don’t massacre people ... They massacre demons, and these people are demon possessed: they’re communists ..."

OR the businessman who praised the work of the death squads as the work of "dedicated Christians," and who further said:

"Don’t say it was I who said so, but the victory over ... (the Left) began the day my wife said, ‘There’s no way out except to kill these monsters (i.e., the peasant adherents to Liberation Theology): we’ve got to kill them all’!"

OR the work of death squad functionaries who stuck bayonets up the vaginas of their female captives, cut off the penises and testicles of their male prisoners, and fried their captives over a bed of hot coals on pieces of corrugated metal like hamburgers on a frying pan - and then sang in the choir of their churches the next Sunday as they did at the evangelical Christian Verbo Church in Guatemala City.

THE SHAME OF IT ALL

For these reasons and much more, Christians have become, as Psalm 44:14 suggests, "... a byword (i.e., a terse saying or adage) among the heathen (i.e., the unbelievers), a shaking of the head among the people" (at least insofar as the poor of this world are concerned) - and because of these monstrous wrongs, the Lord's Name has been "... profaned among the heathen (i.e., unbelievers), whither we went." (Ezek. 36:22)

What a SHAM we as Christians "bought into" - believing (really, "pretending") that the war the American New World Order System was conducting against Liberation Theology in the jungles of Central and South America was a war of "good" vs. "evil;" of Christianity vs. Occultism and the New Age; of God vs. the devil! - AND NOW THE SAME GROUP THAT SOLD US THAT "BILL OF GOODS" IS TRYING TO SELL THIS SHAM TO US ALL OVER AGAIN, THIS TIME IN THE MIDDLE EAST. And once again, Christians are falling for this deceit, just as they did twenty years ago. What UTTER and COMPLETE toadies we have been made by the rich of this world! - i.e., by the elites who control Exxon-Mobil, Philips, Chevron, Haliburton, etc. The sad truth is, America is sending its young men and women off to the Middle East to fight and die for the sake of Chevron Oil's "bottom line," and the evangelical Christian community is not only standing on the side-lines cheering, but offering up its own children as "storm troopers" for Exxon-Mobile and Philips as well.

JEWS TOO HAVE FALLEN
VICTIM TO THIS PLOY

And - sadly - it's not just Christians who have been reduced to the status of toadies and boot-lickers to the rich; Jews have descended to that level as well. One has only to peruse the membership of the "Project For A New American Century" [again, the "mother group" for the new "Committee for the Liberation of Iraq" and the successor group to the "INSTITUTE FOR RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY" (IRD)] to discover that there is not much difference between the Jews and the Christians in this matter; both groups have sold themselves out as servants to the moneyed elites of this world, and specifically to the American New World Order System. This is the kind of thing that the prophet Hosea was talking about when he said:

"... (they have) played the harlot ... for ... (they have) said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink." (Hos. 2:5)

That's pretty harsh! But that's what harlotry is - selling yourself for money and the "good things of life." And why did the Jews do this? - because, as Hosea said, their "lovers" took care of them! And isn't that ostensibly what George Bush's American New World Order System is doing for the Jews and the state of Israel? - just as it is doing for Christians? Of course it is. But there's a price the Jews are having to pay for that so-called "care" - and that is, they must forever "stand at the ready," like any good servant must, to be summoned anytime, anywhere to "service the needs" of the elites who control the American New World Order System.

THERE IS A PRICE IN INFAMY TO BE PAID WHEN
ONE SERVES THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER

Sadly, most Jews - and for that matter, most evangelicals - have very little idea of how far and wide over the globe this service has taken the Jews and Israel - or the depths of indecency and shame into which it has plunged them. But the poor of the earth know; those whom the American New World Order System has oppressed and domineered - they know. They know the depths of infamy and immorality to which Israel has been plunged - all for the sake of "servicing the needs" of the American New World Order System!

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ONE SERVES THE DEVIL AND THE INTERESTS OF HELL. [Please see our article, "The Search for Babylon; What Do the Scriptures Say."] One acquires a reputation for scandal and shame - and contrary to what most might think today, Israel was not always held in such contempt by the poor and dispossessed of the World. The fact is, most of the early support Israel received in the precincts of the United Nations came from those nations and peoples which we today call the "Third World" - and oftentimes it came in defiance of the machinations of the anti-Semitic whims of the U.S. State Department. The fact is, in the beginning, the poor of the world thought of Israel as one of them. They embraced Israel as an example of what the "little people" of the world could do if they stood their ground against the rich and the powerful.

WHAT HAPPENED?

What caused everything to be turned around to the extent that it has been? What caused the "little people" of the world to turn away from Israel? What caused Israel to be numbered among those nations of the world who trample the poor of the world underfoot, rather than as a nation who stood up against the world's oppressors?

Most Jews and evangelical Christians think that it was the result of Arab propaganda. To a certain extent, that's true - at least insofar as the peoples and nations of the Middle East are concerned. Unfortunately, however, that doesn't tell the whole story. Why, for example, do the blacks of South Africa, Angola, the Congo, etc. hate the Jews and Israel so much? Why do the indigenous populations of Latin America despise them to the degree that they do? What's going on here? The rage these people feel towards Israel as expressed wherever the Left demonstrates against the oppressive policies of such institutions of the American New World Order System as the IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO cannot be explained away simply as the result of Arab propaganda. Not even anti-Semitism can explain it away.

No! - there is a much deeper and sinister reason, and one that most Jews and Israelis are loathe to admit - though deep down in their heart they surely must have an inkling if they think about it to any great degree. The very real fact of the matter is, the poor and dispossessed of the world have run into Israel and the Jews time and time again in their unceasing struggle against the oppression and cruelty of the American New World Order System. And they have run into them in the same way that the American colonialists ran into Hessian soldiers during America's War of Independence - as MERCENARIES and THUGS in the pay of their masters, the American military and the CIA.

MERCENARIES AND THUGS FOR AMERICA

The fact is, elite Israeli military units and the agents of the Mossad have been running amok all over the world in the service of the American New World Order System, performing dirty, bloody little tasks that the U.S. military and the CIA have been forbidden by law to do: an assassination here, running guns there, dealing with people that the Americans wouldn't get "caught dead" talking to, and generally acting as proxies (really toadies) for the Americans in tasks that the Americans didn't want to touch because of the horror and disgust attached to such activity - AND THAT'S WHY ISRAEL IS SO UNPOPULAR TODAY IN THE SO-CALLED THIRD WORLD!

Come on now, don't act so surprised! You say this is the first time you ever heard about any of this? - but if that's so, it's because you didn't want to know. After all, one doesn't have to have access to secret documents to ask himself why Israeli military "advisors" and Mossad agents have been tramping all over Africa and Central and South America? For what possible reason have they been doing so? What possible motive did the Israeli military have that was purely of Israeli or Jewish origin for their ubiquitous presence as military "advisors" in the Contra training camps in Central America in the 1980s, or in Angola, the Congo, Mozambique, and elsewhere in Africa where American interests were being challenged.

MIDGE DECKTER AND NORMAN PODHORETZ

What purely Jewish reasons were there for someone like Midge Deckter - whose overriding purpose in life has been the preservation of the "Jewish state" - to be found "manning" the boards of a whole host of American New World Order System "front" organizations dedicated to maintaining America's crushing political and economic grip on the people and nations of Central and South America - for example, groups like the "INSTITUTE FOR RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY." What real Israeli interest per se could she possibly have had for Central and South America? - or for the Contra War? The reason very obviously was that she was ingratiating herself to the American elites, and doing their bidding in order to secure their reciprocal support for Israel. [Deckter, for those of you who have never heard of her, is the wife of Norman Podhoretz, the publisher of Commentary Magazine, the leading light of conservative Jewry in the United States, and the conduit through which Israeli officials (especially Likud Party officials) orchestrate their relationship with American evangelicals and elite moneyed interests like the Heritage Foundation, Olin, Pew, etc.]

It's through Jews connected to the "Podhoretz group" that countless numbers of Israeli military officers have been procured to speak at evangelical Christian churches. Indeed, in recent years, there is hardly an American evangelical church that hasn't been visited by handsome Israeli military officers telling dashing stories of "daring-do" about the various wars that Israel has been involved in since 1948. But rarely are there any stories told about Israeli military operations in Central and South America, or in Africa - all in slavish support of the American New World Order System. No! - those kind of stories are "off limits."

ELLIOT ABRAMS

In addition, Deckter is the mother-in-law of none other than Elliot Abrams, who - in the 1980s - was President Reagan's notorious "front man" for the bloody suppression of the "insurrectionists" in Central America, and was heavily linked to the operation of death squads throughout the region. Abrams and Oliver North are the ones who came up with the idea of circumventing the Congressional mandate against aid to the Contras by securing "humanitarian aid" from the American evangelical community, and military aid from the Israelis.

The entire evangelical Christian community was involved, and included just about everyone who was anything, including such Christian millionaires as Ellen Garwood (heir to the Clayton Anderson Fortune), the Coors family, Richard Mellon Scaife (heir to the Mellon Banking Fortune), Cullen Davis, Richard DeVoss, Edwin Feulner, Edith Hakola, Smith Hempston, Herbert Hunt, Nelson Bunker Hunt, etc., as well as such prominent and influential Christian leaders as Pat Robertson, James Dobson, Robert Dugan, Jerry Falwell, Ron Godwin, Ed McAteer, ad nauseum. [Please see our article on the strange alliance the Christian Right has made with the Secular Right entitled "Strange Bedfellows: The Religious Right and the Secular Right."]

The Abrams / North effort at securing the aid of the Israelis and the evangelical Christian community in support of the re-imposition of the American New World Order System in Nicaragua and the rest of Central America was a coup of monumental dimensions for both North and Abrams. In reality, however, Abrams was much more the leader in this effort than was North. His fingerprints are everywhere! - even in the effort to secure the backing of the evangelical community, where Abrams - although calling most of the shots - took a "back seat" to North because he was Jewish and North was a Christian.

Now Abrams has taken control of the State Department's "Middle East Desk" and is in charge of coordinating the Bush strategy for the Middle East - LENDING CREDENCE TO THE SUPPOSITION THAT THE SAME "CROWD" THAT INVOLVED ISRAEL AND THE AMERICAN EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY IN REAGAN'S CONTRA WAR IS NOW IN CONTROL OF THE EFFORT TO INVOLVE BOTH COMMUNITIES ALL OVER AGAIN IN THE UPCOMING WAR AGAINST IRAQ.

THE FACT IS, IN TODAY'S WORLD THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM'S MOST LOYAL AND EFFECTIVE ALLIES (READ, LAPDOGS) ARE ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH, not NATO, not the EC, not Japan, not Saudi Arabia nor Egypt nor any other such group or entity.

INTIMIDATING THOSE CHRISTIANS WHO REFUSE TO
GO ALONG: "READING THEM OUT" OF THE CHURCH

One is tempted to say that all this is just coincidence - nothing more than "happenchance." There's no real collusion between Israel and the church (on the one hand) and the elites who control the American New World Order System (on the other hand). But that's nothing more than wishful thinking - the result of PURPOSEFUL naiveté on the part of both Jews and Christians.

The fact is, there are "smoking guns" lying all over the world that attest to the collusion between the American elites and their lapdogs, Israel and the church. Take, for example, the IRD's statement of purpose back in the 1980s: it sets out in black and white what the leaders of the evangelical church were up to insofar as whipping their parishioners up in defense of the American New World Order System in Central America, and molding them into a bulwark of support for that system. The statement reads in part:

"Never has there been a greater need for strong churches as a crucial component of civil society. America and the world require a fresh impetus of Christian evangelization, transforming both individuals and cultures. Yet tragically, important segments of the American church ... are spiraling into deep decline as they retreat from this task. Particularly in the historic 'mainline Protestant denominations, but also in other churches, many leaders have lost their focus on the Gospel, the basis of their existence. They have turned toward political agendas mandated neither by the Scriptures nor by Christian tradition. They have thrown themselves into multiple, often leftist crusades - radical forms of feminism, environmentalism, pacifism, multi-culturalism, revolutionary socialism, sexual liberation and so forth."

This statement is a purposeful "slam" in "Church-speak" against those Christians who refuse to support the American New World Order System (what the IRD terms "civil society"). It pictures the mission of the church as the "transformation of culture" (that's what the IRD means by "Christian evangelization") - and sees the challenge of the Left as the enemy of culture, which it (in other places in the document) pictures as the "American Free Enterprise System" (read: "the American New World Order System").

When the tome speaks of the "deep decline" of the church, its "retreat from this task" (i.e., the "transformation of culture"), and its "lost focus on the Gospel" what it has in mind is the tendency of some in the church to oppose the expansion of the American system. Finally, it labels all those in the church who oppose the expansion of THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM as "leftists" - people who embrace radical feminism (i.e., "home and hearth"), environmentalism (read" "tree huggers" and "New Age" devotees), multi-culturalism (read: all those who embrace non-Western and non-Christian cultures), "revolutionary socialism" (read: "Anarchists and Communists") and "sexual liberation" (read: "hedonists and libertines").

Wow! - those Christians who oppose the American New World Order System are all these things? - i.e., "hedonists," "libertines," "Anarchists," "Communists," "New Agers," and generally people who oppose "family and hearth." Eeee gads - that's the kind of "stuff" that can get one thrown out of the church - which is precisely what the IRD wants, fulfilling the words of Christ when He said,

"... 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)

LIES AND MORE LIES

The hard truth of the matter is, the justification the elites are using to draw both Israel and the church into the upcoming war with Iraq is based on lies! - lies that are, as we said previously, as false and self-serving as the claims of cigarette companies that nicotine is nonaddictive and cigarette smoke poses no health hazard.

Lies! - lies like the ones the United States used to draw Christians into the Contra War of the 1980s, passing that war off as a struggle between "atheistic Communism" and the "Occultic Forces" of the "New Age (on the one hand) and Christianity and God's so-called "Redeemer Nation" (on the other hand) rather than what it really was, a struggle between the indigenous populations of the region and the American New World Order System.

Lies! - lies like the one a sobbing 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl, known only by her first name of Nayirah, told a Committee of Congress about Iraqi soldiers storming into al-Addan hospital in Kuwait City, removing babies from their incubators and throwing them on the floor to die. It was all a lie - a lie that the U.S. government, in coordination with the Kuwaiti Ambassador (whose daughter Nayirah turned out to be), fabricated and "pushed" on the American public in order to enlist U.S. support for that war. And all this to say nothing about how the U.S. government enticed Iraq into invading Kuwait in the first place [which is another story altogether (more about that in upcoming articles)].

Indeed, it sometimes seems that the government can't function without lying. The murder of Patrice Lumumba; Mk-Ultra; the assassinations of John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King; the Tonkin Gulf Resolution (which got us into the Vietnam War); the Pentagon Papers (which laid out in detail the lies the Vietnam Conflict was based on); Agent Orange; the Contra Wars; Iran-Contra; the toppling of the duly elected governments of Chile (Allende), Brazil (Gourlert), Guatemala (Arbenz), etc.; the CIA's involvement all over the world in drug running, etc., etc. - LIES! All of them LIES, and if that's the case, what does that say about our government? -

"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He ... 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)

This is the background of the people that both Israel and the church have "climbed into bed" with - AND IT IS PRECISELY THESE LIARS - THESE "CHILDREN OF THE DEVIL" - THAT ARE INVOLVING ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH IN THEIR MACHINATIONS INSOFAR AS THE UPCOMING WAR WITH IRAQ IS CONCERNED.

TIME IS SHORT

Listen, brothers and sisters, we have a DUTY before God to speak out against all this; to speak to our families, our loved ones, our friends and neighbors, in our workplaces, and most especially, in our churches. The Bible says:

Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:

If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; BUT HIS BLOOD WILL I REQUIRE AT THE WATCHMAN'S HAND.

We in the church and all those of you who are in Israel (and we at Antipas know that there are many of you who read our material in Israel, both Christian Jews, and non-Christian Jews) - have a REQUIREMENT that has been placed upon us by God to speak out against the alliance that both the church and Israel have made with the American New World Order System. If we fail to do so, the Bible says that God will REQUIRE the blood of those who are eventually led astray at our hands!

Soon - very soon now - the war in Iraq will begin. The fact is, the United States is determined to reduce Iraq to the status of a "client-state" in the service of her New World Order System - a client-state with proven oil reserves second only to Saudi Arabia. After the war, the White House contemplates the creation of an "Occupation Regime" analogous to the post-1945 occupation of Japan. These events cannot help but finalize the Islamic radicalization of the Middle East which will at last culminate in the Gog / Magog War. [Please see our article, "Israel and the Renewed Struggle for the Holy Land;" Please see Chapter V of the ANTIPAS PAPERS, "Understanding the Book of Revelation."]

What all this suggest is that "big things are afoot" in the world today, and we would all do well to take careful note of what is occurring. Listen brothers and sisters - the "end of the age" has at last caught up with all of us, and the world we have known is passing away. There is NOTHING that we can do to escape what is happening. THIS IS FOR REAL!

In upcoming weeks, Fred Palmquist, one of our closest associates and a core member of the ministry, will be phoning as many of you as he can to see what we can do to help you prepare for what is about to occur. In addition, we are hoping to send one of our core members, Doug Krieger (who has been with us from the very beginning), around the country to talk to as many of you as he can and apprise you PERSONALLY of what is happening. We are doing all this because WE TAKE THESE MATTERS VERY SERIOUSLY - JUST AS YOU SHOULD TOO. The "end" is at hand. IT REALLY IS - and while we cannot know the EXACT day or hour that all these things will be brought to a final conclusion, and the Lord will return, the Bible does say, "But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober." (I Thess. 5:4-6)

Finally, brothers and sisters, as far as we know, we are about the ONLY ministry saying these things! - and we are having to do so in the face of OVERWHELMING opposition from the "established church." The very real fact of the matter is, the American church is in bed with George Bush and is "pushing" the American New World Order System in this matter for all its worth. We need your help to continue in the face of all this opposition, and even to EXPAND our effort.

Moreover, as you are no doubt aware, we make all of our material and services FREE OF CHARGE; but to do so we need your help. Won't you please help? Take the time RIGHT NOW to make out a check to "Antipas Ministries" and send it to Antipas Ministries, P.O. Box 160863, Sacramento, CA 95816-0863. We need to expand the reach of this ministry as much as possible before it's too late.

God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer

Antipas Ministries

P.S. Please take the time, if you haven't already, to read our article, "Coaxing Christians out of their Hiding Places." Please also see our recent newsletters to you entitled, "Bush and the Coming War in Iraq" dated December 6, 2002, and "A Question To You Concerning the Upcoming War in Iraq" dated November 22, 2002.


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