GUILT-BY-ASSOCIATION: IS IT FAIR?
By: SR Shearer
RICHARD PARADISE COMPLAINS
The other day I received an email from Richard
Paradise, my twin brother's
best friend, that charged me with practicing "GUILT-BY-ASSOCIATION"
because, as he said, I lump him together with "your
not that they are my enemies per se, but it's what
they teach and the confusion they sow that I find so offensive.
Richard goes on to say,
"If you want my opinion on some subject please have the courtesy
to ask me."
The truth is, however, it's not so much the fact that I have
really dealt that much with Richard's
beliefs per se, as it is that I have charged him
with promoting churches and ministries on his website that endorse
the worst kind of heresies.
NewsTracts is "headed up" by Pastor Richard
Paradise, a very close associate of
my twin brother.
FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF THOSE MINISTRIES
RECOMMENDED BY NEWSTRACTS, PLEASE GO HERE.
It's in the light of this that I replied to Richard:
"The truth is, Richard,
the ministries you promote on your website reveal what you
are all about! The plain fact of the matter is, the relationships
we keep, the fellowships we sustain, and the institutional
associations we support do indeed go a long way in defining
us as persons. Ideas are infectious and while good ideas can
ennoble us, bad ideas pollute everything they touch. This
is why the Lord warns us against "mixture" - the
mixing of the "profane" with the "holy."
It leads to a condition where "the good" is mixed
with "the bad" - a condition which the Bible indicates
NEVER works out in favor of "the good:"
"'Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with
the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it
be for a snare in the midst of thee." (Ex. 34:12)'
"Surely those on the Right (which includes YOU
given your harangue against the gay and lesbian community
below) should have no argument with this - i.e., with the
notion of "guilt-by-association." The Right's old
McCarthy era friends took this concept to its extreme in their
efforts to ferret out "communists" and "communist
sympathizers" during the "Great Communist Scare"
of 1946-1954 - and they found nothing wrong with this concept
at that time. Why should they (you) find anything wrong with
it now? McCarthy era demagogues had a name for those whom
they deemed "guilty by association:" they were called
"fellow travelers" - people who "traveled"
in the same circles as communists and avowed communist sympathizers.
In the McCarthyite lexicon, nothing could be as damning as
that epitaph. They understood that association more often
than not implied agreement.
"This was true during the McCarthy era, and it's true today
with people like YOU."
A LITTLE LEAVEN LEAVENETH
THE WHOLE LUMP
Brothers and sisters, listen to me here: As I have suggested
in many previous articles, a vast and extraordinarily complex
religious system of so-called evangelical churches and ministries
has emerged in the United States today - a keiretsu-like
network of conservative churches and ministries with interlocking
boards of directors, similar sources of funding and 'cross-over'
memberships that aims at subsuming the church and transforming
it into a political instrument to "take back the country
for Christ and the church." [Please see our article, "The
Invasion of Europe by America's Apostate Church"
for a detailed examination of C. Peter Wagner's New Apostolic
Reformation (NAR), one of the most influential groups in this
which is very much Wagner's invention, is a composite
of a myriad group of Christian churches and ministries
such as the International Coalition of Apostles (ICR),
Youth with a Mission (YWAM), Global Harvest Ministries,
the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders (ACPE), the
United States Global Apostolic Prayer Network (USGAPN),
Hope for Europe, (HFE), etc.; it is linked to such other
AMERICAN personalities as George Otis, Ed Silvoso, the
now disgraced Ted Haggert, John Dawson, Chuck Pierce,
John Kelly, Bill Hamon, Rick Joyner, ad nauseum.
[We URGE you to inform yourself of the kind
of twisted theology these organizations and personalities
are purveying to the world: "The
God-Men of America's New World Order System"
The actual number of organizations which are a part of this
system — a great many of which appear prominently on Richard's
website - is mind-boggling; so intertwined have these organizations
become that it is difficult any longer to separate them from
one another, though often the theologies (and eschatologies)
of each independent organization are in fact (at least on paper)
mutually exclusive - which indicates the lack of importance
all these groups attach to "sound doctrine." It is into this
murky and menacing network of Nacht und Nebel that Richard
— by promoting ministries such as Morningstar and the
ICEJ on his website — is dragging the unaware Christian
by connecting them to individuals and belief systems that do
nothing but obscure the Prophetic Scriptures; it explains, for
example, why my twin brother
— who is by now inextricably bound up in this network
— can at the same time refer approvingly to the "Miracle
of the Sharon Orphanage" while at the same time
calling himself a "true-believer" insofar as the doctrine
of Premillennialism is concerned. [Please see our article on
the theology of the ICEJ, "The
Superman Theology of the International Christian Embassy in
so-called "Miracle at the Sharon
Orphanage" introduced much of the doctrines
of the "Latter Rain" Movement to the church,
doctrines which have done so much to popularize the dominionist
concepts that grip the church today.
It's a world that is permeated with HATE
MASQUERADING AS "RIGHTEOUSNESS" (hate for Muslims,
hate for gays and lesbians,
hate for radical feminists, hate for "secular-humanists,"
ad nauseum, ad infinitum), and it's a world that
posits DOMINIONIST belief systems that cannot help but
involve Christians in a BLOODY and RUTHLESS effort
to establish God's Kingdom on Earth. It's an extraordinary "mish-mash"
of "good" and "bad" and of heresy and orthodoxy.
[We URGE you to examine our article, "A
Little Leaven Leaveneth the Whole Lump" to appreciate
the kind of damnable teachings with which these ministries and
churches are involved, and to understand just how contaminated
all of them have become as a result of their relationship with
the teachings of George Warnock.]
making this charge, I have no doubt that many of those
who are allied with the ministries and churches Richard
is promoting on his website will deny that they have embraced
the teachings of George Warnock; but what is one to say
when they continue to closely fraternize with those who
RICHARD'S EASTER MESSAGE
As if to confirm my charge that this kind of thinking leads
to HATRED, Richard
sent along with his email to me his "Easter Message" with the
following picture attached — a picture clearly intended
Mocking of Christ part of 'tolerance'?
San Francisco homosexuals have again mocked the holiest day of the year for Christians by staging the "Hunky Jesus Contest."
The annual fundraiser for homosexual activists took place in a large park in San Francisco and featured the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence -- a group of homosexual drag queens dressed as nuns.
"...The Hunky Jesus Contest is a bunch of shirtless, homosexual men in costumes who are making fun of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ," one Christian activist says, "and there's a large crowd that goes to this and they treat this as if it's a big, funny event."
The event typically is held on Easter Sunday. "It's just another indication of the one-way street, which is 'tolerance' for homosexuals -- tolerance for me but not for you." "They demand respect for homosexuals even as they heap contempt upon Christians on the holiest day in the Christian calendar." The Christian activist says it is striking that homosexual activists never have a "Hunky Mohammed Contest," likely because he believes they are afraid of the potential response. Columnist Cal Thomas, discussing the "Hunky Jesus Contest" in his Good Friday op-ed, wrote: "Today's mockers would never dare to speak ill of Mohammed. They might have their throats slit, or their homes blown-up."
Notice the last sentence in the harangue Richard
"Today's mockers would never dare to speak ill of Mohammed.
They might have their throats slit, or their homes blown-up."
It seems those responsible for the post couldn't pass up the
opportunity to "go after" the Muslims too.
Have Richard and his "friends"
forgotten the words of Jesus when He said:
"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
..." (Matthew 5:44-45) ?
And this wacky harangue against the gay and lesbian community
is part of Richard's "Easter
Message" to his readers? My heavens! — the blindness that
must encompass him is breath-taking. Truly it could be said
of him and those of his ilk,
"... in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith,
By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing
ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
"For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their
ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed;
lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and
hear with their ears, and should understand with their
heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them." (Matthew
RICHARD'S RAGE MIRRORS
MY BROTHER'S RAGE
apparent rage against the gay and lesbian community (as evidenced
by his posting) mirrors my twin brother's
fury when he (my brother) complained several months ago that
the defeat of Proposition 8 (California's ban against homosexual
marriage) was a DEFEAT FOR THE CHURCH
— AND ALL THE WHILE CALLING HIMSELF A PREMILLENNIALIST
who are called upon to abstain from the politics of this world.
[Please see our article, "Teaching
American Christians To Hate: Beginning A Crusade Against The
Gay And Lesbian Community."]
My brother (together with
Richard) seems to have forgotten
"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)
THEIR RAGE REVEALS HOW TAINTED
THEY ARE WITH THE CONCEPTS OF DOMINIONISM
It's not that my brother's
rage against the defeat of Proposition 8 — which, again,
he calls a "DEFEAT FOR THE CHURCH"
- stems from "CLEAR THINKING" as it does from
the fact that he has been TAINTED by the belief systems
of those churches and ministries with which he has been linked
in the matrix that Richard
has constructed for him over the years, though he seems hardly
aware of it. The rage of groups such as MorningStar Ministries
against the homosexual community has become his rage as well
— largely through a process of osmosis rather than clear
No doubt, somewhere along the line — somewhere in the
deeper recesses of my brother's
mind — he realizes there is a paradox here, and he is
attempting to cover up this paradox in his thinking by claiming
he is defending the purity of the Gospel of Salvation by emphasizing
the HORROR of personal sin, including sins that he says
the church today avoids condemning (meaning homosexuality).
My brother writes:
"A simple truth too many of us have forgotten: the gospel
is good news only when the church doesn't back away from preaching
the bad news - which is exactly what we've been doing [and,
again, he is no doubt talking about homosexuality]".
All this gives my brother
(and Richard) the necessary
"cover" to RAGE against the homosexual community
along with those pastors he has been "built up with over
the years" -- such as Glen Cole, Pastor Emeritus of Capital
Christian Center in Sacramento and Pastor Roy Labeck of Trinity
Life Center, also in Sacramento -- while at the same time publishing
a tome against Dominionism entitled, Calvin on the Ropes,
a book that, unfortunately, is so professorial that it seems
to exist in the air rather than on the ground where it could
do some good.
NOTE: Both Cole and Labeck
are Assembly of God Pastors; by now this denomination
has been all but subsumed by Dominionist-type thinking.
The FACT that my brother
(and, for that matter, Richard)
has reference to something more than just "personal sin"
in his rage against homosexuals lies precisely in the fact that
he calls the court's decision striking down Proposition 8 (i.e.,
California's ban against homosexual marriage) "A
DEFEAT FOR THE CHURCH:" that phrase pretty much "gives
the game away" insofar as Richard
and my brether are concerned;
American society may be "defeated" by such things, but certainly
not the church. [Again, please see our article, "Teaching
American Christians To Hate: Beginning A Crusade Against The
Gay And Lesbian Community"]
The main reason that makes the gay and lesbian community
such a target of RAGE for the so-called American Christian
community is the fact that it OPENLY and very MILITANTLY
threatens to destroy the country's Christian heritage.
It is precisely this — AND NOT THE "PERSONAL"
ASPECT OF THIS SIN — that enrages my
and Richard. After all, the
"PERSONAL" sin of adultery and divorce does not elicit
the kind of rage from so-called Christians that homosexuality
does — and one should take note of the fact that
the sin of adultery (meaning heterosexual adultery) is
one of the very specific sins condemned in — of
all places — the Ten Commandments.
So, one might ask, Where's the RAGE against the adultery
and divorce of Pastor John Hagee of the giant Cornerstone
church in San Antonio, Texas? OR the rage against
the defense mounted by Rick Joyner of MorningStar Ministries
of Todd Bentley's divorce and remarriage — one of
the ministries that Richard Paradise
recommends on his webpage.
Obviously, it's pretty hard to condemn these sins
when over one-half of so-called Christians in United States
are divorced today. It's in the light of this reality
that homosexuality makes a much more "convenient" target.
[Please understand, my point is
not to condemn divorcees or any other such group of people
— it's rather to show the blatant hypocrisy of what
and Richard are up to here.]
Plainly, THE RAGE THAT IS BEING ELICITED HERE AGAINST THE
GAY AND LESBIIAN COMMUNITY STEMS FROM DOMINIONISM (i.e.,
the effort to save America from the "clutches of the homosexual
community") because it is imagined by Christians that adulterers
and divorcees do not necessarily aim to destroy the country's
so-called "Christian heritage," while homosexuals do.
AND SO I SAY TO RICHARD
And so I say to Richard,
"YES" — I censure
you because of the "company you keep" - of GUILT BY ASSOCIATION.
The truth is, our network of associations with one another
- whether civic, religious, social, or personal - forms an integrated
system of arteries down through which notions of all sort journey
- sometimes to our benefit, and sometimes to our detriment.
By such means, ideas become infectious;
uplifting us on the one hand, and corrupting us on the other.
It is in this way that we can properly speak of the contagion
of evil; if left unchecked within a community, evil, like a
vicious cancer, has a treacherous way of using the network of
our social, political and religious relationships to spread
it's venom throughout the entire body; of using the bands which
connect us together as channels of corruption. By such means
evil can demolish not only the individual Christian, but the
entire Christian community. The Bible says,
"'A little leaven leavens the whole lump.'" (Gal.
You, dear Richard, have
been CORRUPTED by your associations; moreover, you have
corrupted others by them, and the tragedy of it all is that
you seem hardly aware of it.
"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)
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