Blocking the Kingdom of Heaven
By Max Blaska
Max Blaska is a student in Madison, Wisconsin; he
will be reporting on what's happening in the nation's
"heartland" on a regular basis for Antipas Ministries.
This is his first article.
Max is an example of those unbelievers who have been
turned off to Christianity as a result of the hideous
testimony of today's evangelical leaders - leaders who
have partnered themselves with the super-elite.
Max is also an example of what can happen when Christians
stand up against the wretched testimony of these same
leaders and who have the courage to label these leaders
for what they really are: HYPOCRITES and APOSTATES. Would
to God that many of our readers would find it in their
heart to reach out to those like Max. That's what Fred
and Jim were doing at Occupy Wall Street in NYC; that's
what they are doing now in St. Louis and Sacramento. [Please
see "Antipas / Fred
and Jim In New York," "New
Report from New York" and "Sacramento
Criminalizes Peaceful Occupy Protest."
That's what we will shortly be doing as we begin our
"road trip" around the country - a "road trip" made possible
by YOUR prayers and YOUR financial support.
[Please see our articles, "As
the Time Draws Near" and "Christians:
Once Again on the Wrong Side of History."]
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!
You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people's faces.
You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who
are trying to.
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!
You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when
you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell
as you are. (Matthew 23:13, 15)
This is my first article for Antipas. I am a 34-year-old student
who is going to school [in Madison, Wisconsin] to help children
who suffer from mental disorders; I also am a lapsed agnostic
and a 3 year old born again Christian. In order to understand
where I am coming from, you need to know my story. I grew up
Catholic and was very devout until the priest sex scandal. I
didn't go to a Protestant church because I saw Pat Robertson,
the late Jerry Falwell, President W Bush. I lost my faith about
the same time Bush launched the immoral and illegal war against
Iraq. I was in the spiritual wilderness for 6 years. I wasn't
an atheist, but I was an agnostic. And then in 2008, there was
Pulpit Freedom Sunday, a Sunday where right wing apostate preachers
talk about right wing apostate politics.
I was at a crossroads, either cross into atheism and God-hating
or being born again. I was a seeker, seeking God's truth and
love. I wrote about a dozen preachers and televangelists asking
why they claim to follow Christ but ignore His teachings. Only
one called me back. He asked me if I belonged to a faith community.
I said no, I felt like I was an outsider looking in. That night
I prayed, the first time, I rarely prayed, other than when I
was flying. God reached out and entered my heart and I was baptized
by the Holy Spirit and was born again. I heard a choir in the
back of my head singing my favorite hymn "Let there be peace
on earth" And God lead me to a spirit filled Presbyterian Church
that gathers, grows, and goes in Christ.
The reason why I am telling you this is because the religious
right is a clear and present danger to true faith, it is like
the devil knew he couldn't hurt the church from the outside,
Romans martyred Christians by the thousands but the faith was
never shaken, so He decided to try to attack it from the inside.
I do believe that we are in the beginning of the end-times
so we have a limited window on spreading the glorious good news
about salvation and transformation. I also believe that these
right wing ideologues are the forerunner to the final Anti-Christ.
The definition of antichrist is this 2
John 1:7. I say this because many deceivers, who do not
acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out
into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.
What is more anti-Christian than denying his teachings when
He was in the flesh?
This is also the greatest irony of the age, the ones that are
the loudest about the Anti-Christ and the Whore of Babylon,
are members of the idolatrous and fornicating church and setting
the stage for Him, although they all believe that they are going
to be with Jesus on a cloud watching the carnage and destruction
like a movie. They are going to be in for a rude awakening when
the Anti-Christ turns on them.
I have atheist friends, I believe that they are lost and that
they need Christ, and I share my faith by words and actions,
but they are so warped by the portrayal of Christianity, I am
afraid that they are lost forever, but that doesn't mean, I
am going to stop trying. Jesus ate with sinners and Jesus had
compassion. If Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Pat Robertson
or any other of their ilk, were eating with Jesus and the woman
of sin from Luke 7 came in, they would have the same reaction
as Simon the Pharisee.
The media calls them Evangelical; I do not because there is
no good news from them, just toxic bile. They also call them
fundamentalists, I do not, because the virgin birth, the resurrection
are fundamentals of the faith, but so are love, mercy, justice,
and humility. So I call them for what they are Apostates.
I will leave you with two examples. I live in Wisconsin where
we have the son of a preacher man Scott Walker for a governor
and the Sarah Palin wannabe, Rebecca Kleefisch for Lieutenant
Governor. His administration ended collective bargaining, made
huge cuts in education and health care. And just last week,
he made it harder for families of abused seniors in nursing
homes from suing. Also Gov. Walker is a puppet of the terrible
I was at the Recall Rally Saturday Nov 19th. There
were about 30,000 strong; there were about 40 Walker supporters.
I walked with them and tried to pray with and for them to no
avail. I told them what damage they are doing to God's Kingdom,
but they didn't want to hear it, so I started quoting the prophets.
I quoted Ezekiel 16: 49 - "now this was the sin of your sister
Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned;
they did not help the poor and needy."
And Isaiah 1: 23 - "Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves;
they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend
the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come
The only response I got was a finger in my face, screaming,
"thou shalt not covet, thou shalt not covet." This is not about
coveting it is about justice. The economic elites have been
systematically targeting the poor and the middle class and cloaking
the inequity with false Christianity.
The 2nd example is when I went to an Occupy Madison
event. I was talking to a nice man at the info desk. I talked
to him about faith and Christ, and he told me that he went to
Catholic Military School and was taught with one hand "thou
shall love your neighbor" on another hand and "how to kill your
neighbor on the other hand". He didn't go to a church, until
1992, when he was helping an elderly woman go to church. He
sat down in the pew, opened a bible, and inside was literature
for President George Herbert Walker Bush, and this man made
a vow that he was never going to step foot in a church again.
This made me want to weep. God gave this man a great opportunity
and that church blocked him with politics. I prayed for him
and then went back to the rally.
I do believe that God kept me in the wilderness for so long
to show me what atheists think about Christ's Church and how
to reach out to them and clean up the mess that these idolatrous
worshipers of the Whore of Babylon does. And speak up against
Thanks be to God I am not alone in this effort.
God bless you all!
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