GUILT-BY-ASSOCIATION: IS IT FAIR?

By: SR Shearer

Joseph McCarthy

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 twin brother."

NOTE: It's 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 network.]

NOTE: NAR, 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" and "Luciferic Christianity."]

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 Jerusalem."]

NOTE: The 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.]

NOTE: In 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 do?

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 to incite:

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 posted:

"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) ?

Evidently so!

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 13:14-15)

RICHARD'S RAGE MIRRORS
MY BROTHER'S RAGE

Interestingly, Richard's 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 CHURCHAND 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 Christ's word,

"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 thinking.

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"]

IMPORTANT NOTE:

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 twin brother 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 my brother 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. 5:9)

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.

Jesus 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)


S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

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