GEORGE BUSH, THE
"PROMISE KEEPERS," AND
THE PRINCIPLES OF
In war, truth is often the first casualty.
November 28, 2001
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary
- George Orwell
Rex quondam, rex que futurus
Sir Thomas Malory
On the 13th of November, 2001, Counterpunch Magazine published an article
by Douglas Valentine entitled, "Phoenix And The Anatomy Of Terror."
In 1969 and 1970 I became peripherally involved in the Phoenix Program
in Vietnam as an intelligence officer (a captain) attached to the 525th
Intelligence Group. Some of you who are familiar with the war (or who
were there) have probably heard of this unit. At any rate, once or twice
a month I traveled to Vung Tau near the South China Sea to brief Phoenix
officers concerning intelligence threats they would be facing in the
districts and provinces they had been assigned to. All this to say that
- while I cannot speak directly to matters concerning Phoenix (I am
not permitted to) - I can pretty much vouch on a personal basis for
what Valentine has to say.
The author as an intelligence officer at the Phoenix training
center in Vung Tau, South Vietnam - 1969. He is holding a Romanian
AKM(which was distinguished from the Chinese AK-47 by its unique
Valentine, who has written extensively on the Phoenix program, says
that the Bush Administration has begun to set up a "counter-terrorist"
organization similar to the Phoenix program that operated in Vietnam.
It will operate as an integral part of Governor Tom Ridge's "Office
of Homeland Security" (OHS). If that is true, than God help us
Valentine says that while the OHS appeared immediately after the tragic
events of 11 September, "like a rabbit pulled from a magician's
star-spangled hat," it's important to understand that it has been
at least four years in the making. Based on studies and predictions
that a catastrophic terror attack was inevitable, the U.S. Commission
on National Security in the 21st Century (co-chaired by former Senators
Gary Hart and Warren Rudman) had proposed an OHS-type entity patterned
after Phoenix in January of 2001.
The Phoenix Program originated out of the turmoil and confusion of
the Vietnam War. Valentine says that the CIA believed that in order
to win the war, it had to destroy the Viet Cong's political and administrative
organization and root out its supporters throughout the country - kind
of like the way the "War on Terror" is doing now to the Taliban
in Afghanistan. The CIA based this belief on the assumption that opposing
ideological factions were battling for the loyalty of the "complacent
masses," and that the VC were winning the war for the hearts and
minds of the "masses" through the use of propaganda and "selective
terror," meaning the cold-blooded murder and mutilation of government
In response, according to Valentine, the CIA created its own counter-terror
program - Phoenix. As part of this effort, the CIA began constructing
a massive "gulag archipelago" of secret interrogation centers
throughout South Vietnam's 44 provinces. Four regional centers were
also built, and an existing National Interrogation Center (NIC) was
modernized in Saigon. I visited the NIC on "intelligence matters"
on many different occasions when I was in Saigon.
Phoenix was run essentially by a cadre of "secret police"
advised by the CIA and American military intelligence officers. Informants
were recruited in every district, village, and hamlet in Vietnam. On
the basis of an accusation made by a single anonymous informant, a VC
suspect or sympathizer could be arrested and detained indefinitely.
They were held until they confessed (often under torture); and then
they were sent to Stalinist internal security tribunals (like the ones
Bush is proposing) for "further disposition."
This is exactly what the OHS is proposing to set up in this country,
and America has a lot of experience in such matters; the CIA has been
operating Phoenix-like programs throughout its system of "client
states" for years now, so operating one now in the United States
would be a cinch - we reap what we sow eventually. This is called "blowback."
Valentine says that like the Phoenix program in Vietnam, the OHS will
establish field offices in the 50 states and all of America's major
cities. In order to achieve its elusive goal of "internal security,"
the OHS, like Phoenix, will need to extend its informants nets throughout
the country. Inevitably, every town will probably be required to form
an OHS Committee which will be comprised of citizens that the OHS has
deemed politically suitable. The job of these committees will be to
process reports by "concerned citizens" (i.e., informants)
about the activities of "suspected citizens." Perhaps once
a week these reports will be forwarded to the OHS Committee at the county
level. The country committee will review the reports and send the most
urgent ones to the state committee. At each level, the reports will
be filtered through an ideological filter.
makes such a system especially dangerous is that Attorney General John
Ashcroft has vowed to "arrest and detain any suspected terrorist
who has violated the law," and has further promised "airtight
surveillance" of them - but has yet to define what a "suspected
terrorist" is. This is what happened in Vietnam too. There was
never any consensus about the definition of a VC sympathizer; at best,
it was tacitly understood by the ideologues, and the security forces
under their control, that a person was either "for us" or
"against us." Moreover, it wasn't enough to be just "for
us" in a passive sense; one had to be actively "against them."
So the definition of a terrorist suspect is deliberately left open,
paving the way for political repression. The anti-terror legislation
passed by Congress and signed by Bush allows for secret searches of
the homes of people who meet the nebulous criteria of "suspected
So now, as you begin reading the following article, read it with all
this in mind - and bear in mind that the people we are talking about
in the article - the "WILLING POPULATION" that the article
references, will most likely be those people [mainly PROMISE KEEPERS-like
Christians (more about this in the article)] who will be sitting on
the OHS committees throughout the country - people who will be passing
on YOUR loyalty - so that now you begin to understand what the Lord
meant when He said:
"But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up
to councils; and ... ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before
rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them."
THE LONGING FOR
Max Mell, a contemporary poet, has said that underneath the thin "egalitarianism"
of today's American culture and all of its shallow, perfunctory pandering
to the "worth of the common man" lies a great longing for
that which is messianic; for a savior - a kind of Resitiutor Orbis who
will emerge and rescue mankind from the chaos and confusion of this
present evil world; and this is especially true among Christians, many
of whom, sadly, hold the concepts of what we today call "democracy"
in UTTER contempt. To their mind, messianic leadership (by which
they mean, "charismatic" leadership) - not democracy - is
the ideal. To such people, the messy and disordered condition of "politics
as usual" - with all its sordid, back room deal-making and compromises
- is a disgusting and vulgar thing, something that has been made all
the more loathsome in recent years by people like Bill and Hillary Clinton
and their coterie of radical feminists, militant homosexuals, and effete
MESSIANISM IS VERY WIDESPREAD
thinks that it would be a great mistake to believe that such thinking
is nothing more than a silly "redneck" kind of aberration
that haunts only the fringe elements of American culture. He believes
that the longing for such a "messiah-king" rests on a solid
bedrock of Western tradition and is very widespread in the culture at
large. It's a yearning that the forces of modernity can hide and gloss
over, but one which they have utterly failed to stamp out. It is too
deeply embedded in the Western psyche to be readily rooted out - and
so much so that British writers Norris J. Lacy and Geoffrey Ashe can
say that the longing for such a "messiah-king" has been "...
a persistently imagined and hoped for political goal of countless numbers
of people down through the centuries" - a kind of hunger for a
messianic leader who, as Carolly Erickson, a professor at the University
of California at Santa Barbara, writes, "... has the ability
to dwell in the circle of the miraculous." Indeed, IT IS
PRECISELY THIS KIND OF "MESSIAH-KING" (and the concomitant
idealized figure of "manhood" that inevitably accompanies
such a concept - the kind out from which such ancient mythical heroes
as Lancelot, Tristan, Parsifal, and Roland were fashioned) THAT MODERN-DAY
CHRISTIAN GROUPS SUCH AS THE "PROMISE KEEPERS" HAVE MADE SUCH
A PHANTASM OUT OF.
kind of thinking - the kind that Max Mell, Norris Lacy, Geoffrey Ashe
and Carolly Erickson describe, the kind that generates "messiah-kings"
- seems to present itself on a regular (if not cyclical) basis in the
history of Western Civilization, producing in its wake the Barbarossas,
the Napoleons, and the Hitlers of Western Christendom. It's a phenomenon
that inevitably bubbles to the surface in times of great peril when
it seems that only "decisive" leadership can carry the day
- and it is helped along when it is has been preceded by a time of cultural
dissonance, demoralization, and disappointment; for example, the cultural
and economic turmoil and confusion that accompanied the socialist governments
of the Weimar Republic that antedated Hitler's rise to power in Germany,
and the so-called "Reign of Terror" that preceded Napoleon's
seizure of power in France in the last decade of the Eighteenth Century.
"READY-MADE TERRAIN" FOR
THE RISE OF A NEW HITLER
The question that now fairly begs to be asked is, Is such a phenomenon
beginning to reveal itself again in the snarled course of events following
the calamity of September 11, 2001? - a course of events that possesses
the power and vigor to generate a new Napoleon or a new Hitler. Have
we reached one of those points in the so-called "historical process"
that could lend itself to such an outcome?
academician Ian Kershaw says that - at least in the modern world
- there are three elements necessary for the emergence of a new messiah-king:
(1) the existence of an actual person around which a "messiah myth"
can be built; (2) a propaganda machine or "PR" mechanism capable
of generating the "mythos" which must accompany any new messiah-king;
and most importantly, (3) a willing population ready to accept the new
messiah. In this connection, one must bear in mind that, according to
Kershaw, messianic leadership is as much the product of the people over
which it takes hold as it is of the internal charisma of the man who
ultimately comes to hold messianic power; that there must exist a symbiosis
between the two (i.e., between leader and follower) so that - in the
end - the one cannot exist without the other. And perhaps even more
than that - THAT IT IS THE PEOPLE (i.e., the "messiah-king's"
followers) THAT PRODUCE THE HITLERS OF THIS WORLD RATHER THAN THE
OTHER WAY AROUND; that ultimately, people get what they deserve
(and want) insofar as the Adolf Hitlers of this earth are concerned;
that the people are far more responsible for producing the Hitlers of
this world, than the Hitlers are of producing themselves.
Finally, Kershaw says that there must also exist on a general basis
a kind of "READY-MADE TERRAIN of pre-existing beliefs, prejudices,
and phobias" which, when taken together, can provide the societal
foundation necessary for the emergence of the new "messiah-king."
[Please see Ian Kershaw, The Hitler Myth; Kershaw is a professor of
history at the University of Nottingham in England; please also see
J.P. Stern (Hitler, the Fuhrer and the People) and R. Semmler (Goebbels:
The Man Next To Hitler).]
WE ARE A SOCIETY MUCH MORE PREDISPOSED
TOWARDS MESSIANISM THAN WE CARE TO ADMIT
we propose to show in this article is THAT ALL THREE OF THOSE ELEMENTS
NECESSARY TO THE RISE OF A NEW "MESSIAH-KING" ARE NOW IN PLACE
IN TODAY'S AMERICAN SOCIETY [i.e., (1) the existence of an actual
person around which a "messiah myth" can be built; (2) a propaganda
machine or "PR" mechanism capable of generating the "mythos"
which must accompany any new "messiah-king;" and most importantly,
(3) a willing population ready to accept the new messiah.]. IN ADDITION,
THERE ALSO EXISTS A "READY-MADE TERRAIN OF PRE-EXISTING BELIEFS,
PREJUDICES, AND PHOBIAS" WHICH, WHEN TAKEN TOGETHER, PROVIDE THE
SOCIETAL FOUNDATION NECESSARY FOR THE EMERGENCE OF A NEW HITLER-FIGURE.
ACCORDINGLY, WE WILL SHOW THAT THERE IS (JUST AS KERSHAW PREDICTED
THERE WOULD BE) A PATHOLOGY ALREADY AFOOT THAT IS LEADING INEXORABLY
TO THE EMERGENCE OF A NEW HITLER-FIGURE, ONLY THIS TIME IT WILL BE A
HITLER NOT JUST WITH A EUROPEAN REACH, BUT ONE WITH A WORLD-WIDE REACH,
AND THERE WILL BE NO ONE ABLE TO STOP HIM. [And please take note
of the fact that in demonstrating all this, there will be no need for
us to resort to "hidden knowledge" or "secret information"
available only to us and to no one else. The material we will use to
demonstrate this point is freely available in the public sphere. Believe
me, brothers and sisters, we are a lot further down the road to the
"end of the age" than most of us care to admit; and if we
don't see it, it's because we choose not to see it.]
FINALLY, AND MOST SHOCKINGLY, WE WILL EXPOSE THE CONNECTION OF THE
PROMISE KEEPERS MEN'S MOVEMENT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS
COMING "MESSIAH-KING" - A CONNECTION THAT WE DID NOT
MAKE, BUT ONE WHICH A WELL-KNOWN SECULAR AUTHOR, GAIL SHEEHY,
MADE. It seems that, once again -
"... the children of this world are in their generation wiser
than the children of light." (Luke 16:8)
IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
ANTI-DEMOCRATIC FORCES IN OUR SOCIETY
We begin our article by examining whether or not there exists in this
country a "READY-MADE TERRAIN of pre-existing beliefs, prejudices,
and phobias" capable of nourishing the growth of a "Fuhrer
Myth;" and - more to the point - where in our society will we find
this "READY-MADE TERRAIN of pre-existing beliefs, prejudices,
and phobias" that would be conducive to the emergence of an Antichrist-like
One thing is for sure, this "terrain" would of necessity
have to lend itself in a very fundamental way to the nourishment of
(or "absolutist") belief systems if only because
the Antichrist will not be a person very much given to the habits of
democracy - and, if that's the case, those who will form his core constituency
will likewise not be particularly enamored or given to these habits
Where, then, in our society is absolutism (i.e., political or religious
systems that are ANTI-DEMOCRATIC in nature) still practiced? Where does
it still hold sway? Some people, of course, would say, "NOWHERE!
We are a democracy, and the institutions that prevail in our country
are democratic institutions." But, sadly, that's not really so
anymore. The truth is, there's not much democracy left in this country
beyond the surface symbolism that still exists, a fact that induced
Michael Parenti to comment that one -
"... might better think of ours as a dual political system.
First, there is the symbolic political system centered around electoral
and representative activities including party conflicts, voter turnout,
political personalities, public pronouncements, official role-playing
and certain ambiguous presentations of some of the public issues which
bestir presidents, governors, mayors and their respective legislatures.
Then there is the substantive political system, involving multi-billion
dollar contracts, tax write-offs, protections, rebates, grants, loss
compensations, subsidies, leases, giveaways and the whole vast process
of budgeting, legislating, advising, regulating, protecting and servicing
major producer interests - now bending or ignoring the law on behalf
of the powerful, now applying it with full punitive vigor against
heretics and 'troublemakers'. The symbolic system is highly visible,
taught in schools, discussed by academicians, gossiped about by newsmen.
The substantive system is seldom heard of or accounted for."
Still, as Parenti acknowledges, there remains - at least on a
POLITICAL level - the requirement of rendering a certain
amount of "lip service" to the concepts of democracy, and
it would be very difficult indeed for anyone to ignore this necessity
- i.e., the imperative for political figures to make an open show of
devotion to these concepts - without being immediately "run over"
by the masses.
BUT THERE ARE OTHER AREAS IN OUR CULTURE WHERE SUCH AN OPEN SHOW
OF ARDOR IS NOT NECESSARY; INDEED, PLACES WHERE SUCH A PRETENSE OF DEVOTION
TO THE CONCEPTS OF DEMOCRACY WOULD BE ENTIRELY OUT OF PLACE AND EVEN
INAPPROPRIATE. TWO PARTICULAR AREAS SPRING IMMEDIATELY TO MIND: (1)
BUSINESS AND (2) RELIGION.
Both of these areas (i.e., the world of religion, and the world of
commerce) are extremely important because - as we will soon discover
- it is out of the business world that we will find the "PR"
or propaganda mechanisms necessary to the sustenance of the kind of
mythos necessary to a messiah-cult, and it is out of the world of religion
that we will discover a population "willing" to embrace the
coming messiah-like figure - i.e., the Antichrist. And if that's the
case, then we have discovered two of the three elements Kershaw, Stern,
and Semmler say are necessary for the emergence of a new Hitler: (1)
the propaganda mechanism, and (2) the "willing population."
BUSINESS CONTROL OF THE MEDIA; AND,
IPSO FACTO, PROPAGANDA IN THIS COUNTRY
Some might be surprised by our contention that it is in the business
world that we will discover the "propaganda mechanism" necessary
for the sustenance of a new Hitler mythology. Wouldn't it be more proper
for us to be looking at the media? - that the two (i.e., the media and
the business community) are not necessarily the same. Well, fifty years
ago, that may have been true.
that time it probably could NOT be said that the business community
controlled the press (or the media) - and for that reason, the media
acted as a genuine bulwark against the emergence of a Hitler-like figure.
While the business community certainly controlled more than its fair
share of the media at that time, there still was a robust labor and
anti-corporate press in the country. Not any more; not after the Vietnam
War - when the elites lost control of the country (and the war) because
they did not totally control the press.
After the Vietnam debacle, the elites set about buying up the press
(there is, after all, a reason why Westinghouse, General Electric and
other similar corporations (that normally would have NO business
interest in acquiring a radio and TV network) spent millions and millions
of dollars buying up CBS, NBC, ABC etc. The elite business community
wanted total control of the press - and today they have it. That's why
there is no longer any REAL discussion of economic matters in
this country, why there is no REAL discussion of the merits of
free trade, the FTAA, NAFTA, the WTO, etc. It's not allowed! There can
be plenty of discussion on social issues - abortion, feminization, race
issues, etc. - but there can be no real discussion on the matters that
make the elites "roll and go" - like the issues we just enumerated.
That's off limits now!
Today the press belongs "lock, stock, and barrel" to the
elite business community - AND THIS COMMUNITY IS A VERY ANTI-DEMOCRATIC
COMMUNITY INDEED, AND IT IS, THEREFORE, WITHOUT A DOUBT A COMMUNITY
THAT WOULD SUPPORT A "MASS MOVEMENT" (IF ONE COULD BE FOUND)
THAT WOULD BE READY-MADE TERRAIN FOR THE EMERGENCE OF AN ANTI-CHRIST-FIGURE.
The very anti-democratic nature of the business community lends itself
to such an outcome.
ABSOLUTISM IN THE BUSINESS WORLD
And there certainly can be no real doubt as to the nature of the corporate
systems of authority that predominate in the business sphere; the fact
is, they are so "dictatorial" (some would even say "tyrannical")
that if they were practiced in the political realm, the people who practiced
them would be "run out of town on a rail." Now in saying all
this, it's not our purpose to advocate "socialism in the workplace;"
it's simply to say that - more than most of us care to admit to ourselves
- the world we live in is much more autocratic than it is advertised
to be, and while the "worth of the common man" is celebrated
in our mythology, democracy does not touch our everyday working-lives
quite as much as we imagine. Moreover, unlike the world of politics,
there is no need to give "lip service" to the ideals of "democracy"
in the business world. Absolutism is accepted as a "given"
in the corporate world - or does one imagine, even for an instant, that
Ford, General Motors, IBM. Microsoft, Cisco Systems, ADM, etc. are run
as "democracies" where "everyone has a say." Of
truth is, those who stand at the head of today's corporations are every
bit as much autocrats as Genghis Khan or Attila the Hun ever were, and
so much so that the men and women who have come to occupy the lofty
heights of today's corporate world look down on the rest of humanity
(and most especially upon their workers) with about as much contempt
as Louis XIV evinced when he gazed down on the inhabitants of Seventeenth
Century Paris. Moreover, by their business decrees and executive fiats
they affect the lives of their "subjects" (i.e., workers)
in ways that are just as profound as those of the absolute monarchs
of a thousand or five hundred years ago.
None of these businessmen and CEOs are given much to democratic modes
of living; they are in fact despots in the most severe and brutal meaning
of the word - megalomaniacs like Steve Case of AOL/Time Warner, Bill
Gates of Microsoft, Sumner Redstone of Viacom, Michael Eisner of Disney,
Rupert Murdoch of News Corporation, Lawrence Ellison of Oracle, John
Chambers of Cisco Systems, C. Michael Armstrong of AT&T, Tom Feston
of MTV, ad nauseum - egotistical, conceited, presumptuous little tyrants
- all of them - and to say otherwise is to expose oneself as
an ignoramus! Professor C. Wright Mills of Columbia University writes
of such people:
"These men transcend ... the ordinary environments of ordinary
people, and by their decisions they set up and break down the destinies
of others ... They are not 'confined' by their 'responsibilities'
as are 'ordinary' people. They are not bound by their communities.
They need not merely 'meet the demands of the day and hour'; in some
part, they create these demands, and cause others to meet them. Whether
or not they profess their power, they wield it in a manner which far
transcends that of the underlying population. What Jacob Burckhardt
said of great men, could be said of them: 'they are all that ordinary
people are not'."
So what do we have here? - a press that is totally controlled by these
kinds of people, people who are absolutely and totally anti-democratic
in nature, and who are - therefore - given to using the press (i.e.,
the media) as a propaganda mechanism. And it is the very anti-democratic
nature of these people that predisposes the press towards the emergence
of a new Hitler. Indeed, the American press today is less free of forces
given to anti-democratic proclivities than was the press of Germany
in 1933 - and that's quite a statement!
So much for the first element necessary for the creation of an Antichrist-figure
in the United States. What about the other two elements: (1) a willing
population, and (2) the existence of an actual person around which a
"messiah myth" can be built? Let's take first the matter of
whether or not there exists a "willing population" in the
country that is predisposed to the emergence of an Antichrist - and
we will find that there does indeed exist such a population, and - as
we just indicated - it exists, surprisingly enough (at least insofar
as many evangelicals would be concerned), in the world of religion.
ABSOLUTISM IN THE RELIGIOUS WORLD
The fact is, the same exact proclivities and biases that exist against
democracy in the business world, and which - like the business world
- hold the concepts of democracy in contempt, exist in the religious
world as well. We speak here, of course, of the evangelical Christian
community - and most particularly of that portion of evangelical Christendom
that aims at "restoring" what it perceives to be the "ruins
of our 'Christian nation'" (i.e., America) by seeking more closely
to unite its version of Christianity with state power.
IT IS PRECISELY HERE, IN THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY, THAT WE FIND THE
"WILLING POPULATION" THAT IS PREDISPOSED TO THE EMERGENCE
OF A NEW HITLER-FIGURE. What's ironic about all this, is that this
is the very community that should be predisposed AGAINST the
emergence of the Antichrist. It gives you an idea of how APOSTATE
evangelical Christianity has become.
very real fact of the matter is, there exists today within the evangelical
community a predisposition of mind towards EXTREMELY anti-democratic
modes of thinking - modes which, like those in the business community,
make the religious community such READY-MADE TERRAIN for the
emergence of a new messiah - which cannot help but nourish autocratic
proclivities and biases.
Indeed, the truth is, the pastoral system that now predominates in
the evangelical world is as despotic as is the one that is found in
today's business world, and so much so that those who stand at the head
of most of today's evangelical churches are as tyrannical and autocratic
as their corporate counterparts - maybe even more so; i.e., evangelical
leaders like Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Tim LaHaye, the late
John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, C. Peter Wagner, Beverley LaHaye, Ern
Baxter, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson,
Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, Jack Hayford, David Yonggi Cho, Robert
Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond, Cindy Jacobs,
Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets, Jim Goll, John
Paul Jackson, James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia,
Claudio Freidzon, Roger Mitchell, Ted Haggart, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce,
Rick Joyner, Kingsley Fletcher, Jim Laffoon, Barbara Wentroble, ad infinitum.
The list is endless and runs the entire gamut of evangelical Christianity.
These men (and some women) - ALL OF THEM - exercise as much autocratic
power as any CEO in today's corporate world - and perhaps even more
so because they make the claim that their power derives from the divine
- a claim that only a very few in the business world would dare to make
(though I suppose there are a few who would probably do so).
CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP HAS BECOME
ABSOLUTIST & TYRANNICAL IN RECENT YEARS
As we indicated previously, these evangelical leaders - like the CEOs
they imagine themselves to be - are autocrats in the most severe and
brutal meaning of that word - megalomaniacs in love with their own presumed
"piety" and "holiness;" "little gods"
- everyone of them - egotistical, conceited, and presumptuous;
proud peacocks who strut and prance every Sunday before their parishioners
without any shame and embarrassment. Like their business counterparts,
these are not men much given to the institutions of democracy or any
kind of belief in the equality of Christians within the community of
God, let alone the community of man.
For example, the late R.J. Rushdoony and his estranged kinsman, Gary
North, both consider democracy to be a "heresy." Rushdoony
called democracy "the great love of the FAILURES and COWARDS
of life." He insisted that true "... Christianity is completely
and radically ANTI-DEMOCRATIC." David Chilton believes pretty
much the same thing. And one is making a great mistake in believing
that the thinking of Rushdoony, North, and Chilton is that much removed
from the thinking of most of the other leaders in today's Christendom.
Rushdoony appeared numerous times on Pat Robertson's 700 Club. North
has also appeared on the same program, and both made repeated appearances
at D. James Kennedy's massive church in Florida and other similarly
disposed churches throughout the country.
There are, of course, some evangelical Christians who might deny that
the thinking of people like Rushdoony, North, Chilton, etc. is representative
of most in today's Christianity - to which I would simply say, "Where
have you been for the past several years?" The truth is, anti-democratic
sensibilities are a common fact of life in most of today's churches,
and these sensibilities are easily discerned in the way that most of
these churches are organized: As corporate hierarchies that promote
a military-like discipline that is enforced by an extremely rigid chain-of-command
where one is required to "submit" to those who are "above,"
and to "rule over" those who are "below."
THE CHURCH AS READY-MADE TERRAIN
FOR DICTATORIAL SYSTEMS OF GOVERNMENT
Outwardly, the "system of government" in these churches (especially
the mega-churches) looks like a giant pyramid which by its very nature
and character emphasizes in a most unkind and incessant way "rank
and position" - and so much so that one's very "spirituality"
is measured by how high up one is in the church pyramid. No room here
for any expression of "individuality" (a concept that is totally
at variance with what passes today for "spirituality" in most
of these churches); no chance either for any kind of "personal
walk" with Christ outside the church's system of hierarchy. In
the end, one's "spirituality" is measured simply by the yardstick
of SUBMISSION - and by that, it is meant submission to CHURCH
authority. THIS IS, OF COURSE, EXACTLY THE TYPE OF "READY-MADE
TERRAIN" THAT NOURISHES THE KIND OF BLIND, UNTHINKING SUBMISSION
TO AUTHORITY THAT IS NECESSARY TO ANY ANTICHRIST SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT.
SADLY, BY EMBRACING THIS SYSTEM OF AUTHORITY, MOST CHRISTIANS ARE
UTTERLY UNAWARE OF HOW CLOSE THEY ARE TO EMBRACING THE ANTICHRIST.
That Christians could accept the kind of thinking that promotes this
type of blind submission to authority only underlines how brainwashed
and propagandized evangelical Christians are today with regard to the
question of authority!
AUTOCRATIC FORMS OF GOVERNMENT WITHIN
THE CHURCH PREPARE THE WAY FOR ANTICHRIST
IT SHALL NOT BE SO AMONG YOU
The fact is, however, Jesus promoted no such hierarchical scheme of
things. Jesus taught the EXACT opposite. He said,
"Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion
over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
"BUT IT SHALL NOT BE SO AMONG YOU: but whosoever will be great
among you, LET HIM BE YOUR MINISTER (i.e., servant);
"And whosoever will be chief among you, LET HIM BE YOUR SERVANT
"Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto (i.e.,
served), but to minister (i.e., serve), and to give his life a ransom
for many." (Matt. 20:25-28)
instead of teaching that Christians should be dependent on an outward
chain-of-command, Jesus said,
"... ye need not that any man teach you: but ... the same anointing
teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie [i.e., the
same anointing (which is truth and no lie) teaches all of you the
same things]. (I John 2:27)
And exactly what is this anointing? Jesus said that it is -
"... the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
And again, Jesus said,
"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from
the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father,
he shall testify of me ..." (John 15:26)
GOD WANTS TO RULE IN OUR HEARTS
God's will is that He should rule over us directly IN OUR HEARTS;
that their should be no intermediaries between us and Him - AND THAT
IS PRECISELY WHY THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS GIVEN.
JESUS DWELLS IN OUR HEARTS in the Person of the Holy Spirit!
- IN ALL OF OUR HEARTS, and this is what makes
Christianity so different from all the other religions of the world!
This is what makes Christianity so REVOLUTIONARY! So WONDERFUL!
This is why Peter can speak of the "priesthood of ALL believers"
(I Peter 2:9).
Sadly, however, the great truth of the "priesthood of ALL
believers" which evangelicalism did so much to recover in the Nineteenth
and early Twentieth centuries is today more "dead doctrine"
than it is reality - a teaching "more honored in the breach than
in the keeping."
Instead, most Christians in today's church have been taught to just
sit quietly in their chairs (pews) week after week while the "paid
professionals" teach and otherwise function. What a shame that
people who today call themselves "evangelical" can put up
with such a system, let alone encourage and teach it.
But the people love their "kings." Why? - because they want
to shirk their responsibilities before God. In other words, instead
of picking up these responsibilities for themselves, they prefer to
hand them over to someone else who will do the work for them (whether
that means taking responsibility for their children's spiritual upbringing,
studying the Word for themselves, counseling one another, etc.) - even
if it means accepting a tyranny over themselves as a result.
Isn't that the great lesson of 1 Samuel 8:4-22? Isn't that what the
people wanted when they demanded of Samuel a king - EVEN AFTER SAMUEL
HAD "REHEARSED" IN FRONT OF THEM THE KIND OF TYRANNY THAT
The fact is, in the end (at least in this world), "kings"
become tyrants - whether they exercise temporal power or religious power.
It is as inevitable as the sun rising in the east; that is exactly why
God told Samuel to "... show them the manner of ... king(s) that
shall reign over them." He knew the heart of man; He knew what
eventually would happen.
CHRISTIANS PREFER AUTOCRATIC LEADERSHIP
THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY! CHRISTIANS DON'T WANT TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
FOR THEMSELVES; THEY WANT TO BE TOLD WHAT TO DO, SO THEY PREFER AUTOCRACY;
THEY PREFER A "KING." AS A RESULT, THEY HAVE BECOME, AS IAN
KERSHAW PUTS IT, "READY-MADE TERRAIN" for a new
Hitler - a "fertile field," so to speak, that lends itself
easily to the nourishment of a belief in autocracy; one that is predisposed
towards a disdain for the concepts of democracy - all essential predispositions
of mind necessary to the emergence of a RESITIUTOR ORBIS or world-ruler;
in other words, the Antichrist.
Again I say, stop and think for a moment how ironic all this is! The
very people through whom the concept of the Antichrist was made known
to the world (and against whom they have warned the world for more than
two millennia) turn out to be the very people who, in the end, will
present him to the world.
Now that's DECEPTION! That's real and total DECEPTION!
- so that the prophecy is fulfilled in them which says that in that
"... the very elect should be deceived" (Matt. 24:24).
ANTI-DEMOCRATIC WAYS OF THINKING
SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE CULTURE
HOW WIDESPREAD IS THIS THREAT?
So what does all this mean? - it means that unbeknownst (or at least
unrecognized) by most observers in our society, we have two very important
segments of our culture - i.e., the business community and the Christian
community - that are predisposed AGAINST democracy - i.e., to a mindset
that is inclined in favor of autocratic ways of governing, and are,
as a result, "READY-MADE TERRAIN" for the appearance
of the Antichrist.
great a threat does all this pose to us? We can get an idea by measuring
how large a portion of our population identifies itself with this segment
of our society. The liberal Jewish organization B'nai Brith, no friend
to conservative Christianity, and, as a result, not an organization
that would be much given to over-estimating the strength of the conservative
Christian community, believes that conservative Christians - i.e., that
portion of the Christian community that embraces the idea of returning
the nation to "Christ and the church" (and, ipso facto,
to messianic concepts of leadership) - now encompass close to ONE-THIRD
of the entire population of the United States. This figure includes
those Catholics who have "gone over" to this kind of thinking.
That would include 90 percent of church-going evangelical Protestants,
and close to 60 percent of church-going Catholics. Now think about that!
- that's ONE-THIRD of the entire U.S. population
(again, according to B'nai Brith) - quite a feat for a movement that
less than twenty-five years ago constituted nothing more than a small
blip on the nation's political radar.
Some would say, that's only one-third of the population. Yes, that's
true. BUT WHEN THIS ONE-THIRD OF THE POPULATION IS REINFORCED BY
THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY [WITH ALL ITS MONEY AND INFLUENCE (AND WHICH
- LIKE THE COUNTRY'S RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY - IS PREDISPOSITIONED TO A
BELIEF IN AUTOCRATIC LEADERSHIP)], THEN YOU MAY VERY WELL HAVE A "WINNING"
COMBINATION! And this is especially true when one understands that
it isn't as if the one-third of the population that constitutes the
"New Christian Right" is opposed by the remaining two-thirds
of the population. That isn't the case at all. The Religious Right,
in fact, is vigorously opposed by only the so-called "hard Left"
(i.e., hard core feminists, the gay and lesbian community, the minority
community, the entertainment community, the liberal Jewish community,
those still given to socialist ways of thinking, the so-called intellectual
community, etc.) - which, like the Christian community, constitutes
about one-third of the population. This leaves the remaining one-third
of the populace "in play" and "up for grabs" - AND
IF THAT'S THE CASE, THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT IS IN A VERY GOOD POSITION TO
"CARRY THE DAY," ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER
THE GRIM CADENCE OF WAR
The truth is, since the events of September 11th, this movement - i.e.,
THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT - has been advancing with all the grim cadence
of warfare (that's what all the flag-waving and superficial patriotism
of today is all about), and as it expands, it is enveloping ever more
of the population in its absolutist thinking; and the so-called "War
on Terrorism" is only adding to the movement's growth.
This is pretty frightening when one considers the naked militancy that
is being employed to move the Christian Right forward - the kind that
denounces church / state separation as "religious cleansing,"
"a socialist myth," and "a lie of the left."
Before the events of September 11th, this kind of talk would have been
denounced by the press; that's no longer the case. Indeed, such former
mouthpieces of liberalism as CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, the New York Times,
the Washington Post, etc. are now actually helping to propel such thinking
And one should be clear here, this new Christian militancy is no "surface
phenomenon." It's for real. Consider the belligerence Pat Robertson,
leader of the Christian Coalition, is employing in describing the effort
of the Christian Right to advance itself against the Left: Robertson
writes that this -
"... is really the most significant battle of the age-old conflict
between good and evil, between the forces of God and the forces against
The "most significant battle!" Think about that! That's quite
a statement! This is not the kind of mindset that lends itself easily
to compromise and moderation. Robertson goes on to assert,
"Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America
is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It's the same thing."
Wow! What liberals have done to Christians in America is "...
just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews!" Again, that's quite
a statement - but these people really believe it! They don't think they
are exaggerating. And if that's the case, think about what this kind
of thinking could justify. The mind fairly boggles at the thought. After
all, almost anything could be justified in stopping the Nazis - even
HYPING UP YOUR ENEMIES TO
THE STATUS OF SATANIC MONSTERS
In this kind of environment, people on the Left are not merely political
opponents, they are not merely wrong; they are "the ENEMY"
and they are "SATANIC." According to this rhetoric,
feminists "kill their children," "practice witchcraft,"
"destroy capitalism," and "become lesbians." Abortion
is nothing less than the "Final Solution;" it is the "state-sponsored
EXTERMINATION of an entire class of innocent citizens;"
not only that, but public education is "a socialist, ANTI-GOD
system of education;" and gays and lesbians comprise the "most
pernicious evil of today."
The hysteria of this kind of language excites hatred and loathing of
one's opponents, and opens up the eventual possibility of a "holy
war" against them - and IT IS PRECISELY THIS KIND OF THINKING
THAT HAS SPREAD IN ONE DEGREE OR ANOTHER TO THE HARD-CORE CHRISTIAN
RIGHT - AGAIN, ALMOST ONE-THIRD OF THE U.S. POPULATION!
Moreover, with the "War on Terrorism" now at full throttle,
one can be sure that this kind of thinking is today rapidly diffusing
itself throughout the general population as evinced by polls that indicate
a TRIPLING of church attendance since September 11th.
GATHERING ANTI-DEMOCRATIC FORCES AROUND
THE BUSH PRESIDENCY IN ORDER TO
Given this reality, almost anyone could fulfill the Christian Right's
"Messiah-Wish" now. After all, the pathology that is at work
here has powerful transforming properties attached to it, and once it
takes hold on a "host," who really knows what can happen?
For instance, who would have ever dreamed that a tiny little man of
no repute from the remote island of Corsica could have ever been transformed
into a Napoleon Bonaparte? Or an obscure, failed art student from Vienna
could have ever been "morphed" into an Adolf Hitler?
It is EXACTLY this pathology that has now fixated itself on
George Bush, a man who before the events of September 11th had all the
appearance of a buffoon, but who now - under the impress of these events
(and this pathology) - is being transformed into a "war leader"
on a par with Winston Churchill, which is kind of like creating a silk
purse out of a sow's ear. It gives a person some idea of just how much
the Christian community in the United States has been prepared (adapted)
by its own apostate condition into READY-MADE TERRAIN for messianic
leadership. And one should ask himself in connection with this development,
What's this terrain now producing? Is there a new messiah-king emerging?
God help us all if there is, for we may be about to descend into a nightmlare
so vast that the Bible says of it,
"... except those days should be shortened, there should no
flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."
Under normal circumstances, the idea of George Walker Bush as a "courageous"
"war leader" - especially a "courageous" "CHRISTIAN"
war leader - would be preposterous; it would be enough to take one's
breath away, especially in light of how he "whimped out" of
Vietnam and hid from his duty during that conflict in an air national
guard unit that his "daddy" pulled strings to get him into.
Yet today countless numbers of Christians are slavishly buying into
the myth of Bush as a "war leader" without even bothering
to find out whether it is true or not, or whether or not they are being
"sold a bill of goods" by the elites. THE FACT IS, THEY
WANT TO BELIEVE IT - AND SO MUCH SO THAT THEY CALL ANYONE WHO OPPOSES
THE NEW "MYTH MAKING" SURROUNDING THE PRESIDENT "UNPATRIOTIC."
And there can be no question that something exceptional is happening
to Bush, especially insofar as his image is concerned. Everyone has
noticed what's going on. For instance, Alan Brinkley, Professor of History
at Columbia University in New York (and someone who was openly hostile
to Bush prior to September 11th), says that something truly remarkable
has happened - something that has "remade" him in a really
unprecedented way. Also many of his political opponents have noticed
the change too; for example, Dick Gephardt, Democratic leader in the
House, and Tom Dashele, Democratic leader in the Senate. This is extraordinary
for a man who just a short while ago was being touted as a "pretender
to the throne" [having lost the "popular vote" (as opposed
to the "electoral vote") in the presidential election of 2000
by over 500,000 votes] and who was widely perceived as having "stolen
the election" by brazen "voter manipulation" in Florida;
and not only that, but who was seen as someone who was generally thought
of as "intellectually challenged" - an "accidental president,"
and an-all-around flop who was destined to be a one-term president of
little note and small achievement; an easy "knock-off" for
the Democrats in 2004.
NOT ANY MORE
Not any more! Ever since the twin towers of the World Trade Center
in New York came crashing down last September, the media - almost
as if on cue - has made what amounts to be a 180 degree turn in
their coverage of Bush, and so much so that if one didn't know better,
one would be tempted to think that the press had been covering two different
people. Moreover, the sudden way it was done leads one to believe that
all this is more than just "happenstance;" that there is a
good deal of surreptitious coordination involved here.
this connection, one should remember that in dealing with the "mainline
press," one is dealing with the "CORPORATELY-CONTROLLED"
press; that there is an "intersection of interests" between
General Electric, Westinghouse, Disney, Viacom, CNN / Time Warner, etc.,
and that this "intersection of interests" is located around
the process of globalization. Thus, when the media suddenly closes ranks
on any particular subject such as NAFTA, the WTO, "free trade,"
the FTAA, "Fast Track" authority, the Middle East, the so-called
"War on Terrorism, the so-called "War on Drugs," the
necessity of strengthening the military, the necessity of destroying
the guerrillas (i.e., the FARC) in Columbia, etc., one can be reasonably
certain that globalization is involved; that the vital interests of
America's "New World Order System" are at stake; and, as a
result, a very methodical ELITE-sponsored undertaking is afoot.
What all this means is that the ELITES (the Christian Right's
partners insofar as the pathology we have been discussing is concerned)
HAVE ENTERED THE FRAY and are very much behind the effort to
raise Bush's standing insofar as the voters are concerned - and that
they are doing so for their own very selfish reasons.
everyone seems to forget in all the smoke and confusion that has followed
the events of September 11th (and, of course, what the elites would
like people to forget), is that prior to this date the elites had been
having a very rough "go of it" insofar as their globalization
efforts were concerned. The Left had managed to weave together a very
powerful coalition of forces in opposition to the elite's GLOBALIST
"NEW WORLD ORDER" DREAMS - as evidenced by how the Left
had been able to mount in recent months very massive, well-coordinated,
leftist (read "socialist"), anti-globalist demonstrations
in Athens, Prague, Davos, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles,
Genoa, Quebec, etc., to say nothing of the way the Left had managed
to block the elite's effort to push "Fast Track" authority
for the President through Congress which the elite's need to speed up
THE "WAR ON TERRORISM" AS A
TROJAN HORSE FOR GLOBALIZATION
But the events of September 11th have very "CONVENIENTLY"
(some people on the Left would say "too conveniently")
allowed the corporate elites to use Bush (and the "War on Terrorism")
as an INTEGRATING force around which they can construct a "counter-force"
against what they perceive to be the very frightening efforts of the
Left to "shut down" globalization. This is "A
TOO CONVENIENT FACT" that the Left both here and abroad
has been doing everything in its power to bring to the attention of
But because they (i.e., the Left) lack access to the corporate media,
they have been unable to get average people to make the obvious connection
here - THAT THERE HAS BEEN A CALLOUS EFFORT BY THE ELITES TO USE
THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2001 (AND THE NEW "ANTHRAX SCARE")
FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH ENDS; that what's been happening has all the
hallmarks of a consciously contrived attempt by cynical, very manipulative
"behind-the-scene" "players" to "manufacture"
consensus in the country by making Bush a "POINT OF REFERENCE"
around which "the masses" can be rallied in a patriotic (even
jingoistic) crusade against "EVIL."
It's a campaign which right now is being characterized as a crusade
against "terrorism," but which is gradually being "morphed"
(transformed) into a broader campaign against all those forces that
oppose globalization. And this is EXACTLY what Bush was engaged
in doing at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference
in Shanghai on Saturday, October 19, 2001 - i.e., helping to "morph"
the war against terrorism into a crusade against those who oppose globalization
- when he called the attack against the World Trade Center in New York
an attack against "world trade."
He said that he believed the World Trade Center was specifically chosen
as a target because it was a symbol of "economic progress."
He urged the leaders of APEC to "... show the world - enemies and
friends alike - that economic progress (i.e., the integration of the
nations of the world into the American "New World Order System")
will continue despite efforts by terrorists to spread fear."
effort here to turn globalization into a crusade against terrorism has
been callously designed to "STUPEFY" the American people
with a surfeit of patriotic flag waving, and then to benumb them in
a toxic swirl of jingoism - all calculated to wean them away from those
populist forces that oppose globalization and to move them towards a
"One-World," "counter revolutionary," "anti-socialist"
(which means support for unrestricted, unbridled corporate capitalism),
mass movement that favors the globalist goals of the American elites.
CENTRAL TO THIS ENORMOUS EFFORT IS THE WILLINGNESS OF THE CHRISTIAN
COMMUNITY (ESPECIALLY THE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY)
TO JETTISON FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES THE INSTITUTIONS OF DEMOCRACY
IN FAVOR OF A KIND OF MESSIANIC LEADERSHIP THAT CLOAKS ITSELF IN THE
And in this connection, it goes without saying that the willingness
of the Christian community to accept messianic leadership is conditional
on their perceiving this leadership as CHRISTIAN leadership,
AND THAT'S DEPENDENT ON THE ABILITY OF BUSH TO PASS HIMSELF OFF AS
A CHRISTIAN - i.e., to get evangelical Christians to believe that
he is one of them.
TRYING TO PASS BUSH OFF AS A CHRISTIAN
THE BUSH TESTIMONY
This, of course, brings us to the matter of Bush's so-called Christianity.
The public effort to pass Bush off as a Christian has revolved to a
great extent around forging for Bush a believable "CHRISTIAN
TESTIMONY." The fruit of this effort surfaced for the first
time on a NATIONAL basis in the "CHRISTIAN TESTIMONY"
the Bush campaign distributed in the 2000 presidential election. [And
it should be noted in this connection that never before in the entire
history of presidential elections has a presidential campaign made it
its business to distribute as an actual part of the campaign the "Christian
Testimony" of the candidate himself. This gives a person some idea
of the importance Bush's campaign staff attached to his "Christian
credentials."] The "Testimony" read in part:
"... the seeds of my decision (for Christ) were ... planted
by the Reverend Billy Graham. (Several yeas ago) ... he visited my
family for a summer weekend in Maine (i.e., in the late 1980s). I
saw him preach at the small summer church, St. Ann's by the Sea. We
all had lunch on the patio overlooking the ocean. One evening my dad
asked Billy to answer questions from a big group of family gathered
for the weekend.
"He sat by the fire and talked. And what he said sparked a change
in my heart. I don't remember the exact words. It was more the power
of his example. The Lord was so clearly reflected in his gentle and
loving demeanor. The next day we walked and talked at Walker's Point,
and I knew I was in the presence of a great man. He was like a magnet;
I felt drawn to seek something different. He didn't lecture or admonish;
he shared warmth and concern. Billy Graham didn't make you feel guilty;
he made you feel loved. Over the course of that weekend, Reverend
Graham planted a mustard seed in my soul, a seed that grew over the
next year. He led me to the path, and I began walking. It was the
beginning of a change in my life. I had always been a "religious"
person, had regularly attended church, even taught Sunday School and
served as an altar boy. But that weekend my faith took on a new meaning.
It was the beginning of a new walk where I would commit my heart to
The problem with this "testimony" from a "conversion
standpoint" is that there isn't the slightest hint in it of any
kind of an actual "born-again" experience. True, there is
a lot of talk about "warmth and concern," about "being
made to feel that you're loved," and about a "commitment"
to a kind of warm and fuzzy Jesus, a "teddy bear" kind of
"Christ" that one would feel comfortable nuzzling up with
- that's it!
WHERE IS THE GOSPEL IN BUSH'S "TESTIMONY?"
But where is the Gospel here? Where is the acknowledgment of sin -
i.e., that one is a sinner in need of a savior? - the admission that
"... all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
..." (Rom. 3:23)?
And more than just that, how is it possible to even get to that point
- i.e., the acknowledgment that one is a sinner in need of a savior
- if there is at first no admission of guilt? - which Bush obviously
eschews in his testimony when he says, "Billy Graham didn't make
you feel guilty; he made you feel loved." The fact is, the Bible
says that without the acknowledgment of sin (i.e., guilt), we cannot
be saved; that our salvation is predicated on that accession:
"IF we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive
us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1
That's a statement with an "IF" attached to it! There
is a condition here! We MUST "CONFESS" (i.e.,
acknowledge) our sins.
But there is nowhere in the so-called "public record" or
in any of the personal ruminations of his friends and colleagues of
any "acknowledgment of sin," or that he (Bush) was a sinner
in need of a savior? Sheehy says:
"His conversion certainly didn't come about as a result of contemplating
past sins. He proudly rejects introspection and has no interest in
looking back over the 'youthful indiscretions' that characterized
his first 44 years. In interviews Bush repeatedly says: 'I'm not one
of those people who say, Gosh, if I'd have done it differently, I'd
have ...' He pauses for a few seconds to contemplate his life, then
confidently concludes: 'I can't think of anything I'd do differently'."
"I'm not one of those people who say, 'Gosh, if I'd have done
it differently ... I can't think of anything I'd do differently"
? My heavens! - that's not something you would imagine a new Christian
would say; at least not someone who felt genuine remorse for his sins
- and in Bush's case, there certainly were a lot of them, from arranging
an abortion for a girl friend in Alaska [as alleged by Larry Flynt on
CNN's Crossfire (Flynt said he had statements to that effect from Bush's
former girlfriend, the doctor who performed the abortion, and the many
friends of Bush in Alaska at the time)], to alleged cocaine use, to
alleged marijuana use, to alleged orgies of every sort, etc.] We must
remember what Christ is to us. He is called THE SAVIOR!
The savior from what? - our sins! It's for this reason that He came;
that's what the angel of God told Joseph, the husband of Mary - the
mother of Jesus - when he (i.e., the angel) said:
"And she (i.e., Mary) shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt
call his name Jesus: for HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE
FROM THEIR SINS." (Matt. 1:21)
In other words, He is called the "SAVIOR" because
He saves us from our sins. And it is PRECISELY this fact that
John the Baptist acknowledged when, in addressing Christ, he said:
"... Behold the Lamb of God, WHICH TAKETH AWAY THE SIN
OF THE WORLD." (John 1:29)
If we fail to see this, if we fail to acknowledge this fact - i.e.,
that we are sinners - then the Gospel is of no effect insofar as we
are concerned. This is what the Bible says:
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and THE
TRUTH IS NOT IN US.
"If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and HIS
WORD IS NOT IN US." (1 John 1:8, 10)
LIES AND MORE LIES
The Bible says that those who fail to acknowledge their guilt - i.e.,
that they are sinners - THE TRUTH IS NOT IN THEM; in other words,
they are liars in the most profound sense of that word. And, as a result,
they are of their -
"... father the devil ... FOR HE IS A LIAR, and the father
of it." (John 8:44)
What's that say, then, about those who embrace this kind of "non-judgmental"
Gospel? It says that such people are "not of Christ" - that
they are LYING when they say that they belong to Christ; that they are
of their father the devil! Pretty harsh! But this is EXACTLY the kind
of Gospel that is in vogue in today's Christianity.
And one needs to be clear here: Without question, the "Christ"
that Bush is acknowledging in his so-called "testimony" is
the "non-judgmental," "non-doctrinal" kind of "Christ."
It's a Gospel where there is "no conflict" and which suggests
that "all roads eventually lead to God;" the kind of "Christ"
that Catholic leaders like Cardinal Mahony of the Archdiocese of Los
Angeles and Mormon leaders like Chip Rawlings, the Mormon stake president
in Southern California, can mutually accept. But this is the kind of
"false Christ" the Bible warns about in Matthew 24:
"For there shall arise FALSE CHRISTS, and FALSE PROPHETS,
and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were
possible, they shall deceive the very elect." (Matt. 24:24)
BUSH AS A CHRISTIAN: HIS MIDLAND DAYS
False Christs! False prophets! And false Christians! - is this what
Bush is? - a false Christian? It certainly seems so. Gail Sheehy also
has a lot of questions concerning the veracity of Bush's Christianity
- and her conclusions only reinforce what we have already said.
In her incisive article on George Bush that appeared in Vanity Fair
in October, 2000, she traces Bush's so-called "conversion"
back to the mid-1980s when Bush finally gave up the bottle and his general
all-around carousing. But Sheehy reports that Robert McCleskey says
that when Bush abandoned the bottle, it had more to do with an ultimatum
his wife, Laura, gave him than it had to do with any personal experience
McCleskey, a friend of Laura's since childhood, says, "Laura explained
it to him in a way he would understand it, and he quit drinking."
Did that mean his wife threatened to leave him if he didn't stop drinking?
he was asked. "That's right." In other words, he would lose
his wife and his twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, born in November
1981 - the only structure he had, reports McCleskey. He continues solemnly,
"I mean that Laura and those two little girls had changed his life."
McCleskey isn't the only one that claims that it was Laura that made
Bush give up the bottle. It was widely reported in the press throughout
Texas at the time that Laura had told her husband, "It's me or
the bottle," or "It's me or Jack Daniels."
However. Don Evans, perhaps Bush's closest friend and now the Secretary
of Commerce, indignantly rejects all this. And why is that? - because,
if this is true, it does little to establish Bush's bona fides
as a Christian - AND THAT IS, AFTER ALL, WHAT IS IMPORTANT HERE -
I.E., ESTABLISHING BUSH'S LEGITIMACY AS A CHRISTIAN. One needs to
remind himself of what's happening here: If the elites are going to
be successful in building a Christian "mass movement" to counter
the Left's efforts to sidetrack globalization, the man they "choose"
to lead this movement must, of course, be a Christian, or he must, at
least, be perceived to be a Christian.
The truth is, nonetheless, that there are many men and women - not
all of them Christians - who have given up the bottle in order to
maintain a marriage. This, of course, doesn't take away from what Bush
did - it is an admirable thing when anyone gives up a destructive habit
like that. But it doesn't mean that one has to accept Christianity to
do so. Nonetheless, Don Evans is insistent that Bush quit the bottle
because he embraced Christianity.
DON EVANS & DON JONES
He claims Bush became a Christian when he and a few friends invited
Bush to attend some evangelical Christian meetings (meetings that were
arranged around a course of study by James Dobson) while Bush was still
drilling "dry holes" with Arbusto Oil back in Midland, Texas.
Don Jones, another close friend from Midland days, corroborates Don
Evans' story - at least up to a point. Jones says that Bush did indeed
accompany him and a number of other friends in Midland (including Evans)
to a series of Christian meetings in the mid-1980s - but Jones says
that Bush never really took the matter seriously.
The truth is, according to a rather sheepish Jones, Bush never "behaved
himself." He claims that George would be constantly cracking jokes
like, "What kind of pants did the Levites wear?" When the
pastor asked, "What is a prophet?" Bush sang out in front
of forty other couples, "That's when revenues exceed expenditures.
No one's seen that out here in years." Another time the pastor
asked the question, "What happened to the Jew on his way to Jericho?"
and Bush quipped, "He got his butt whipped." And when his
attention span was exceeded, he would set his watch to go off in the
middle of the pastor's lesson. The other men would guffaw, and the following
week they would all set their watches to go off at the same time in
the middle of the lesson and the class would turn into a cacophony of
There are a number of other things that seemed to trouble Jones insofar
as Bush's claim to be a Christian was concerned. Jones, who can point
to the exact date when he became a born-again Christian, never heard
Bush describe an actual "conversion experience." Jones says
that "He (i.e., Bush) never said he was spiritually empty"
(i.e., that he "needed" Christ) - something that mystified
Jones, and troubled him deeply. Mike Conaway, a six-foot-three former
football player who was another one of Bush's close friends back in
Midland when Bush is supposed to have become a Christian says, "I
didn't see any change in his behavior. I thought that's what is supposed
to happen when a person becomes a Christian. But I didn't see that in
BUSH AND THE PROMISE KEEPERS: RELIGIOUS RHETORIC TURNED INTO POLITICAL
BUSH IS TRANSFORMED BY THE PROMISE KEEPERS
The fact is, no matter how one cuts it, Bush's experience with Christianity
during the mid to late-1980s was at best a shallow and superficial
one - not the kind of experience that would go very far in establishing
himself as someone who took his Christianity very seriously. But all
that changed when he came in contact with Dr. Tony Evans (not to be
confused with Don Evans), the black pastor of one of Dallas's largest
mega-churches, the crystal-chandeliered Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship,
and the Christian organization Evans helped to found, the PROMISE
Sheehy says that Tony Evans was one of the early "movers and shakers"
in the PROMISE KEEPERS phenomenon that seemed to appear out of
nowhere in the early to mid-1990s. What seemed to attract Bush to the
PROMISE KEEPERS was its implicit political message, a message
that he came increasingly to believe that - had his father embraced
it - he would not have lost the White House to Bill Clinton.
The loss by "Bush the Elder" to the Clintons in the 1992
presidential election had infuriated "Bush the Younger," and
it had ignited in him a new, burning interest in politics. All of this
coincided nicely with Bush's new friendship with Tony Evans. Essentially,
what Bush learned from Tony Evans was a completely new approach to politics
- a RELIGIOUS approach rather than an economic one, an approach
that Bush thought could trump the economic message that Clinton had
used to defeat his father with. Indeed, Dr. Martin Hawkins, Tony Evans's
assistant pastor, says that what Bush did was to imbibe a "WHOLE
NEW PHILOSOPHY" about "how the world should be seen from
a divine viewpoint" - a view that Sheehy alleges was essentially
LIFTED STRAIGHT OUT OF THE PAGES OF ONE OF TONY EVANS' PROMISE
the PROMISE KEEPERS themselves embrace no political doctrine
as such, Bush and many of his cohorts came to believe that they did
embrace a religious rhetoric that - if properly stroked and rearranged
- could be transformed into a powerful political message that would
resonate forcefully with a people who were growing weary with what many
considered to be the "out-or-control" liberalism of the last
THE ESCHATOLOGY OF THE PROMISE KEEPERS
Most of the leaders of the PROMISE KEEPERS movement embrace
a doctrine of "end times" (eschatology), known as "dominionism."
DOMINIONISM PICTURES THE SEIZURE OF EARTHLY (TEMPORAL) POWER BY THE
"PEOPLE OF GOD" AS THE ONLY MEANS THROUGH WHICH THE WORLD
CAN BE RESCUED; ONLY AFTER THE WORLD HAS BEEN THUS "RESCUED"
CAN CHRIST RETURN TO "RULE AND REIGN." Some dominionists
see the seizure of the earth as the result of "signs, wonders,
and miracles;" others picture it as the result of military and
political conquest; most see it as a combination of both. It is this
eschatology that Bush has imbibed; an eschatology through which he has
gradually (and easily) come to see himself as an agent of God who has
been called by Him to "restore the earth to God's control"
- a "chosen vessel," so to speak, to bring in the "Restoration
Of All Things." AND MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT - IT IS EXACTLY
THIS ESCHATOLOGY THAT MOTIVATES BUSH TODAY. People are making a
big mistake in underestimating this fact.
Al Dager, a recognized expert on the dominionist mindset, writes,
"Some two decades before Pentecostalism found its way into the
(mainstream) denominations (i.e., the Episcopalians, the Catholic
Church, etc.) as the 'Charismatic Renewal', it experienced a new surge
of experience-oriented theology within its own ranks. It was from
this neo-Pentecostal experience - what came to be called the 'Latter
Rain Movement' - that Charismatic Dominionism sprang. The more
prominent leaders of that movement blended Pentecostal fervor with
teachings that the church was on the brink of a worldwide revival.
That revival would result in a victorious church without spot or wrinkle
... (which) would inherit the earth and rule over the nations with
a rod of iron."
Dominionism can run the gamut from the harsh, rather mean-spirited
and very militant kind propagated by a R.J. Rushdoony or a Gary North,
to the much more mild and palatable kind that dominionist aficionados
and votaries like C. Peter Wagner, the late John Wimber, John White,
Dr. Bill Hamon, Harold Caballeros, Sue Curran, Rick Joyner, John Paul
Jackson, Barbara Wentroble, Chuck Pierce, etc. posit. It is this much
more mild, "feel-good" form of dominionism that the PROMISE
KEEPERS embrace and promote.
Barbara Wentroble, in her book People of Destiny, explains the
new cuddly and friendly form of dominionism that Bush ran into with
the PROMISE KEEPERS. Essentially, what these "new dominionists"
believe is that the human race was created to be God's "representative
in the earth." They were to guard and care for all of God's creation
under His direction - and although many generations have failed in this
responsibility, God has never changed His mind. That's what the church
is all about. The church is the means through which God is going to
re-establish His authority on the earth. God put His power and Spirit
into the church to change the world and bring it back under authority.
[Wentroble is somewhat of an anomaly; like Sue Curran, Wentroble is
one of the most popular "new dominionist" speakers in a very
male-dominated world. She is considered to be an "apostle-prophet"
by many. Her "sphere of operation" is bringing churches (i.e.,
"Latter Rain," "new dominionist-type" churches)
to small communities throughout the country.]
Sadly, according to the PROMISE KEEPERS, the church did not
continue in the power and authority of the early church, and because
of a spiritual principle at work in the world today - a principle that
teaches us that what ever happens in the church affects the world -
the world has been plunged back into darkness. In other words, when
light goes out of the church, light goes out of the world.
"WHEN LIGHT COMES INTO THE
CHURCH IT COMES INTO THE WORLD"
But contrawise, when light comes back into the church, light also comes
back into the world - and that is what's happening today in what C.
Peter Wagner calls the "Restoration of all Things." According
to Wagner, the Lord is today bringing the church into restoration. Wagner
calls the restoration now taking place, "The New Apostolic Reformation"
- a reformation that will bring in "The New Order." [A phrase
(i.e., the "New Order") that, interestingly enough, both the
elite community and the Christian Right started using about the same
time - in the early 1990s; the elites began using the phrase in reference
to the globalization process they had unleashed on the world; and the
Christian Right began using it in reference to the "new dominionism"
that the late John Wimber and C. Peter Wagner were spreading throughout
Wagner says that the church is now in a "season of transition."
Old things in the church are passing away, and new things are taking
their place. It is a season of change. During this season, the church
will experience change in several areas. They will include evangelism,
body ministry, church life, and GOVERNMENT.
The "New Order Church" (again, Wagner and Wentroble's phrase)
will be God's agent for the coming transformation of the world. It will
reveal the wisdom and power of God to the forces of darkness and wickedness.
Many features of wisdom and power will be evident in the people of the
"New Order." They will have hearts to see lives and CITIES
transformed. According to the "new dominionists," the Lord
has given several keys to unlocking territories and peoples that have
been locked in darkness by the enemy. One of these keys is prayer and
worship. A characteristic of the "New Order" is that worship
and prayer (intercession) are mingled together. Wentroble writes,
'"New Order' churches flow back and forth from intercession
and prayer. After praying the will of the Lord, they flow back into
worship and praise to the Lord. Heaven and earth are joined together
in one unbroken symphony."
Worship is more than singing Christian songs. Worship involves THE
INVITATION FOR THE LORD OF HOSTS TO OVERCOME THE POWERS
OF EVIL ON THE EARTH. AT THE INVITATION OF THE CHURCH,
THE LORD IS BINDING THE FORCES OF DARKNESS AND ALLOWING THE LOST TO
BE RECEPTIVE TO THE GOSPEL. PEOPLE THEN RECEIVE THE LORD IN GREAT
NUMBERS. AS A RESULT OF GOD'S PRESENCE IN THE LIVES OF MANY PEOPLE
IN A CITY, LAWS IN THAT CITY CHANGE. OCCULT ACTIVITY,
IMMORAL BUSINESSES, AND CRIME ARE DRASTICALLY REDUCED.
THE CITY BEGINS TO TRANSFORM."
NEW ORDER WORSHIP AS A "CONJURING" DEVICE
So what do we have occurring here? - a dynamic that the church initiates
that aims at "restoring control of the earth to the Lord"
by which the church in a very real and profound sense sets out to CONJURE
Christ to do its will. But what they may be CONJURING is NOT
Christ, but Antichrist. (Matt. 24:24)
You're surprised by our use of the word, "CONJURE?"
Well, that's what we mean! To CONJURE means to use spiritual
forces to accomplish YOUR will. That's what witches do. It is
the sin of witchcraft - and it doesn't matter that the dynamic that
is being used surrounds itself in beauty, rhapsodic music, and ecstatic
worship, it still is witchcraft. Beauty is not always an indicator of
God's presence. More than many of us realize, beauty leads to hell.
Beauty is more often than not a harlot, and many a poor man has been
made her prisoner:
"... at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a
young man void of understanding, Passing through the street ... and
he went ... to (a certain) house, In the twilight, in the evening,
in the black and dark night: And, behold, there met him a (beautiful)
woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtle of heart. So she
caught him, and kissed him ... and said unto him ... I have decked
my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen
of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace
ourselves with love.
"With her much fair speech (and beauty) she caused him to yield,
with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
"He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter,
or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike
through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth
not that it is for his life.
"Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to
the words of my mouth. Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go
not astray in her paths.
"For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have
been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to
the chambers of death.
Again I say, don't be fooled by beauty! - "As I said, it is no
indicator of God's presence. Indeed, the Bible says of our dear Lord
"... he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him,
THERE IS NO BEAUTY THAT WE SHOULD DESIRE HIM."
Moreover, just because people use the name of "Christ" or
"Jesus" in their CONJURING does not mean anything.
The adherents of Voodoo and Santiera use the name of "Jesus"
and "Christ" in their ceremonies and rituals, but it is most
certainly NOT the Christ or the Jesus of the Bible. Remember,
there are many "false Christs" and "false prophets"
gone out into the world. (Matt 24:24)
THE DESIRE TO BE "LIKE GOD"
THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS KIND OF THINKING;
ITS CONNECTION TO ORIGINAL SIN
Now it is extremely important at this point that we turn aside for
a moment from the main theme of this article to examine the implications
of some of these statements, and consider the dark and sinister source
out from which this "New Order" thinking is coming. It will
give some idea as to how conducive it is to the emergence of an Antichrist-figure,
and we have reference specifically to the kind of thinking that has
taken hold on groups like the PROMISE KEEPERS - and which now
affect Bush and many in the Christian cabal (so-called) that now surround
him (i.e., John Ashcroft, Don Evans, Karen Hughes, Karl Rove, etc.).
And the source is very dark and sinister indeed!
According to the statements by Wentroble above (statements that all
"new dominionists" would easily subscribe to), the church
- not God - is in control of the eschatological process now at work
in the world; God can only act when the church INVITES Him to
act. What that does is strip God of His sovereignty. It makes the Creator
subject to the whims of the creature. It makes man equal to God.
This, of course, is the great ORIGINAL sin: The desire to
be like God; the sin that - in the obscurity of time long past - took
hold of the archangel Lucifer, "Son of the Morning" (Isa.
14:12) and caused him to arrogantly assert -
"... I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above
the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation,
in the sides of the north:
"I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I WILL BE
LIKE THE MOST HIGH. (Isa. 14:13-14
But instead of becoming like God, instead of becoming co-equal with
the Creator, Lucifer was sent crashing -
"... down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (Isa. 14:15)
But it isn't just Lucifer that was bewitched by this temptation - i.e.,
the desire "to be like God." This is also the same sin that
beguiled Eve in the garden. Isn't that what Genesis 3:1-5 says? Of course
the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the
LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said,
Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
"And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit
of the trees of the garden:
"But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden,
God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it,
lest ye die.
"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
"For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your
eyes shall be opened, AND YE SHALL BE AS GODS ..." (Gen.
CHALLENGING THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
Those who believe they can turn God into a servant, or that they can
come to the point where they can "invite" or "allow"
God to do anything (in the context that Wentroble is using these words)
- as if He needs their "permission" and "allowance"
to do anything insofar as the "end of the age" is concerned
- are being presumptuous in a most monumental way. As we indicated in
the Antipas Papers,
"God's plans do not exist for our convenience - they will come
to pass whether we approve of them or not. In the long run, it only
matters to us - AND TIME FOR RECOGNIZING THIS FACT IS RUNNING OUT!"
Except insofar as the one single act of "inviting Christ into
our hearts" when we are born again (which He grants on the basis
of His grace alone), we cannot (indeed, we dare not) "allow,"
"permit" or "invite" God to do anything. HE ALLOWS,
PERMITS AND INVITES US. He is SOVEREIGN in the most ABSOLUTE
and COMPLETE way. Nothing can intrude on His sovereignty - and,
as we just suggested, that extends even insofar as our "ability"
or our "free will" (so-called, and - again - which we possess
by grace alone) to invite Christ into our hearts. Indeed, concerning
this very matter, the Bible says:
"Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall
the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made
"Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the
same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?"
Dear Christian, listen to me very carefully: we are the clay; He is
the Potter. The clay is in no position to "allow," "permit,"
or "invite" the Potter to do anything. And if we believe otherwise,
we merely prove our own conceit and arrogance. Now what we are talking
about here is serious stuff. There is nothing whimsical about it at
all. This has nothing to do with "how many angels can dance on
the head of a pin." There are very practical and "down-to-earth"
outcomes that are involved here. And what do we mean by that? We mean
there is an exceedingly dangerous thought behind this kind of thinking
which springs from the darkest of sources and implies that man - when
he invites Christ into his heart - becomes co-equal with God; that man
becomes INTRINSICALLY one with God; that he becomes as much a
son of God as Christ is; that he becomes as much God as Christ is. This
is LUCIFERIC! And, naturally enough, because it is Luciferic,
it leads people easily and quite naturally to the Antichrist, whether
they are Christian or not.
Brothers and sisters, we are sons and daughters of God by ADOPTION,
and that is all. That does not make us co-equal with Christ. Yes, it's
true that the Bible says:
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons
of God." (Rom. 8:14)
And again it says:
"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we
are the children of God ..." (Rom. 8:16)
But how is it that we become children of God? The Bible very clearly
tells us: by ADOPTION. Isn't this what verse fifteen says - the
one that comes EXACTLY between the two above referenced verses:
"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear;
but ye have received the Spirit of ADOPTION, whereby we cry,
Abba, Father." (Rom. 8:15)
And this is confirmed by Galatians 4:5 that says that we have been
redeemed so -
"... that we might receive the ADOPTION of sons."
And by Ephesians 1:5:
"Having predestinated us unto the ADOPTION of children
by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his
will ..." (Eph. 1:5)
We are sons and daughters of God by ADOPTION, not by nature.
We do not share in the Godhood of Christ. We do not have CREATIVE
power, as does the Godhead. To think otherwise is SATANIC in
the most PROFOUND sense of that word.
ONENESS WITH CHRIST
Yes, as believers (as the church) we are called to be one with Christ
- but, again, we are not called into intrinsic oneness with Him, but
into the oneness that intimate fellowship confers upon us; the same
kind of close, confidential and dear fellowship (oneness) that a husband
and wife have with one another. A husband and wife are one, but they
do not become intrinsically one, they do not meld into each other; they
are one in fellowship - and it is this kind of oneness that we have
with God. This is what Ephesians 5:31-32 says:
"For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and
shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
"This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ
and the church." (Eph. 5:31-32)
The Bible says that they become "one flesh!" But they do
not become "one flesh" intrinsically; they do not become a
new being (really a monster) that is now half man and half woman. They
become one in fellowship. That's what happens when we become one with
Again, I say, when we accept Christ into our lives, we do not thereby
become a "little Jesus" or a "little god." God does
not confer upon us GODHOOD, and in saying this I am, of course,
more than aware that that's precisely what apostates and "renegades
from the faith" like Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copleand believe.
For example, Kenneth Hagin says:
"That's who we are; we're Christ."
But that's a lie, and those who believe it have fallen into the same
EXACT sin that bewitched both Lucifer and Eve! And in believing
this lie, they prove who they are: That they are of their father the
"... FOR HE IS A LIAR, and the FATHER OF IT."
WHAT DOES ALL THIS SAY ABOUT
BUSH AND THE PROMISE KEEPERS
What then does that say about the "new dominionists?" What's
that say about Bush who has embraced the dominionist mindset? The "new
dominionists, naturally, are loathe to admit that the logic of their
thinking propels them into LUCIFERIC spheres of thinking; but
in denying it, they are simply denying the obvious and hoping that most
people will accept their denials at face value and let it go at that.
Most Christians, of course, do. But the logic is crushing and it breaks
out everywhere in their theology (such as it is).
Take the matter of how the "new dominionists" understand
"prayer and intercession," and especially how "prayer
and intercession" impact their view of dominionism. Wentroble "spills
the beans" in this way:
"One of the keys available to the apostolic church (i.e., the
"New Order Christian" or the "New Order Church")
is prayer and intercession. Apostolic people intercede. The prayers,
however, are not only for personal needs. They have a burden for the
lost. They cry out for the Lord to be glorified in their cities ...
"During the '70s and '80s, the Church received much revelation
about God's name as Jehovah Jireh. Teachers (like Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth
Copeland, Charles Capps, Oral Roberts, etc. - editor) expounded on
Scriptures revealing God's will to bless His people. He is the God
who 'shall supply all our needs according to His riches in glory in
Christ Jesus' (Phil. 4:19). That truth will never change. God is a
covenant-keeping God. When we walk in covenant with Him, He provides
POVERTY RESULTS FROM LACK OF FAITH
Wow! Think about that! - the problem of poverty and all the
social ills that result from poverty does not stem from the stinginess
and deceitfulness of the rich, but in the lack of prayer on the part
of the poor; when the poor walk in "covenant" with God, their
financial problems will be solved. Now that's music to a rich man's
And if the poor pray night and day, and still nothing happens, then
there must be something wrong in their hearts; maybe some "hidden
sin" that they need to root out first before God will hear their
prayer - perchance the sin of envy (maybe towards the rich)? of jealously?
Meanwhile, as the poor are sent scurrying out to find the "hidden
sin" in their lives, the rich can rest confident in their wealth,
secure in the thought that the poor are now too busy finding sin in
their own lives and in the lives of their neighbors to really think
that much about how the rich actually got rich - mostly by deceit
and treachery! Come on now! - isn't that how the Rockefellers got
rich? Isn't that how the Mellons got rich? And the Morgans? And the
DuPonts? Read your history books - after all, it isn't much of a secret.
Oh well, the poor are too busy praying and rooting sin out of their
lives and the lives of their neighbors to think too much about that
now. Again, all we can say is, Wow! - that's the kind of program
the George Bush's of this world can get behind, to say nothing of the
super-rich like Sumner Redstone, Lawrence Ellison, John Chambers, C.
Michael Armstrong, Tom Feston, etc.
LETTING THE RICH OFF THE HOOK
All this certainly let's the rich off the hook! No wonder the rich
love Christianity. No wonder the wealthy have always lined up behind
the church, from the old European elites like the Hapsburgs in Austria,
the Hoehenzollerns in Germany, and the Romonovs in Russia to the new
elites in this country like the Rockefellers, the Scaifs, the Mellons,
the DuPonts, etc. And no wonder they are lining up today to support
the cultural agenda of the conservative Christian community. But this
is a depraved and immoral PERVERSION of the Scripture - and it
is precisely for this reason that the Bible says,
"... the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles ..."
Nonetheless, the perversion continues, and so much so that the rich
and their lackeys among the Congressional Republicans and in the Bush
Administration have come to believe that a dollar spent on Christians
saves twenty dollars spent on the poor - Republicans like Tom Delay,
Dick Armey, Dan Burton, Helen Chenoweth, J.C. Watts, John Peterson,
Ken Calvert, Bob Livingston, Karl Rove, John Ashcroft, Don Evans, Jim
Nicholson, Bob Barr, Asa Hutchinson, ad nauseum.
PERVERTING THE SCRIPTURES IN THE SERVICE
OF DOMINIONISM AND THE "GOOD LIFE"
Now it should be noted in connection with all this - i.e., with the
way the "new dominionists" think that the "Good Life"
is their due in the "here and now" because they are "sons
and daughters of the Most High" - that the word "intercede"
that is used here by Wentroble and others like her in connection with
prayer means "DEMAND." According to Wentroble, then,
we have the right to "DEMAND" riches from God because
we are His children, and the very riches we receive from Him prove
that we are His children. After all, God is Jehovah Jireh, the God of
all abundance - and if that is so, wouldn't it be His desire to share
that wealth with His children?
that what Philippians 4:19 says - that He "...shall supply all
our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus;" that
if we are walking in obedience to Christ, we shall have a life of abundance?
[Hagin and Copeland go further. They say that because we are "sons
and daughters of God" - and by that, they mean that we are INTRINSICALLY
"sons and daughters of God;" that we are co-equal with Christ
- we have CREATIVE power; that, as a result, we can actually
"call riches into existence;" that we can be rich because
we can - by our word (by our speaking) - create wealth like Harry Potter.
Again, this is LUCIFERIC, and God help those who get involved
The Scriptural problem with such an interpretation, however, is that
just seven verses before verse 19 (i.e., Philippians 4:19 referenced
above), Paul says:
"I know both HOW TO BE ABASED, and I know how to abound:
every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full AND
TO BE HUNGRY, both to abound AND TO SUFFER NEED."
In other words, "being abased," "being hungry,"
and "suffering need" were common experiences for Paul - and
not only that, but Christ had taught him (i.e., instructed him) how
to endure these conditions. Indeed, Paul says:
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Finally, if riches were the sign of one's sonship with God, than what
does that say about Christ? - after all, Christ said of Himself:
"... Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the
Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." (Matt. 8:20)
According to Wentroble's logic (and the logic that Hagin, Copeland,
Hinn, etc. posit), Christ must have failed in His sonship. Come on now!
- isn't that the logical extension of what she is saying here? Of course
SPIRITUAL AND MILITARY CONQUEST:
THE ONE LEADS TO THE OTHER
TAKING BACK TERRITORY FOR THE LORD
Now it is not without reason that we have spent so much time on the
rather bizarre belief system of the "new dominionists" and
the PROMISE KEEPERS," and that's because this form of Christianity
- i.e., the form of Christianity that George Bush has now embraced -
has, as we shall see, BUILT INTO IT AN IMPERATIVE TOWARDS
CONQUEST. And it is precisely in those terms that Bush is justifying
his war against "EVIL." That word (i.e., "evil")
was not chosen haphazardly; it is being used in a very purposeful fashion.
"EVIL" is a religious term, and does not really fit in a secular
context, or in the lexicon of the Left.
ONE SHOULD BE CLEAR ABOUT ALL THIS. BUSH'S CONCEPT OF "CONQUEST"
BEGINS IN A RELIGIOUS CONTEXT - THE CONTEXT THAT THE PROMISE
KEEPERS HAVE SUPPLIED HIM. THEREFORE, IF ONE WANTS TO UNDERSTAND
WHAT BUSH IS UP TO IN HIS "WAR ON TERRORISM," [AND WHAT JOHN
ASHCROFT IS UP TO IN HIS CONCOMITANT AND ANCILLARY EFFORT TO ESTABLISH
A VIRTUAL "POLICE-STATE" IN THIS COUNTRY (REPLETE WITH SECRET
COURTS, WARRANTLESS SEARCHES, ROVING WIRETAPS, ETC.)] ONE MUST UNDERSTAND
WHAT THE WORD "CONQUEST" OR THE PHRASE "TAKING BACK TERRITORY"
MEANS IN THE PROMISE KEEPERS LEXICON.
As we indicated earlier, one of the underlying themes of the kind of
Christianity that undergirds the PROMISE KEEPERS is that prayer
and intercession (what we have labeled "CONJURING")
- coupled with faith, and a life of holiness [more about this particular
aspect (i.e., what this kind of Christianity means by the term "holiness")
in upcoming articles] - will produce abundance and the "Good Life"
in the "here and now." And when this logic is extended to
the next level - in other words, when it is taken from the personal
level and lifted up to the corporate level - it should follow that these
same techniques - i.e., the same ones that have been used to HARNESS
the power of God in one's personal life - can then be used to "take
back territory for the Lord," in other words, for conquest.
And make no mistake about it, control of the nation (and through the
nation, the world) is what Wentroble and her cohorts are really after.
[It has, after all, not escaped the attention of the "new dominionists"
that the United States is the most powerful nation on earth.] For example,
Kenneth Copeland, one of the leading figures in the evangelical world
and someone who is very favorably disposed towards the PROMISE KEEPERS,
"This country belongs to God ... He's the One who brought the
United States of America into existence. He had a special purpose
for it ... He raised it up, and it's not going to be taken away from
Bill Hamon, pastor of one of the largest evangelical churches in the
country, and another pastor who is sympathetic to the goals of the PROMISE
"A new government must be established, a new way of life for
... millions of people."
Gary Potter, president of Catholics for Christian Political Action,
"When the Christian majority takes over this country, there
will be no satanic churches, no more free distribution of pornography,
no more abortion on demand, and no more talk of rights for homosexuals.
After the Christian majority takes control, pluralism (i.e., multiculturalism)
will be seen as immoral and evil and the state will not permit anybody
the right to practice evil.
Well known evangelical leader Sam Fife says,
"... Jesus is setting up His kingdom here on earth ... . We
are the rulers of this planet - it's time we take over."
George Hawtin writes,
"But the saints of the most High shall take (seize) the kingdom
(meaning the earth), and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever
And, finally, writing in the Journal of Christian Reconstruction,
Presbyterian pastor Kenneth J. Gentry, Jr. declares:
"The whole creation awaits the godly dominion of the New Creation
Saints of God."
And be clear here, like others, Gentry is not talking about the "sweet
bye and bye," but the political "here and now."
Wentroble elaborates on what the "new dominionists" mean
when they talk about "taking back territory" for the Lord:
"When we walk in covenant with Him, He provides for us. However,
we are not to stop with having our own needs met. The heart of God
is one who loves and gives to others. God's heart is for the whole
earth to walk in covenant with Him. ALL NATIONS WILL ACKNOWLEDGE
"Apostolic (again, "New Order") churches have a passion
to see their families and neighbors worship the Lord. They are willing
to pray and intercede (i.e., "DEMAND") for the lost
"(As we intercede) ... God is ABLE to unlock entire regions,
as homes throughout an area become houses of prayer ... [Again, please
notice: God's working is dependent on His people DEMANDING
that He live up to His covenants. Now, one needs to be clear here,
it is one thing for children to humbly petition their father for a
gift; but it is quite another thing for a father's children to DEMAND
something from their father - and make no mistake about it here -
that's what Wentroble and her cohorts believe.]
"... prayer is a key to seeing an entire region come into transformation
... An apostolic church is a praying church. The apostolic churches
pray corporately. Prayer is in their homes. People of the New Order
are people who live a lifestyle of prayer - prayer powerful enough
to transform regions (and nations)."
PRAYER AND INTERCESSION AS A
MEANS TO "TAKE BACK TERRITORY"
Wentroble gives an example of what she is talking about here insofar
as intercession is concerned; in reference to "taking the city
of Waco, Texas back from Satan," she writes:
"Recently I was part of a team of ministers speaking at a conference
in Waco, Texas. The conference theme was 'Seize the City'. Intercessors
gathered for several days to hear how they could bring their city
under the lordship of Jesus. On one of the prayerwalks to historically
strategic sites, we crossed a bridge over a river. About halfway across
the bridge, an intercessor faced the city and cried out loudly, 'Waco,
hear the word of the Lord'! She then made prophetic proclamations
about the will of the Lord for that city. The other intercessors verbally
agreed by shouting, 'Yes! Amen! Do it, Lord'. A sense that the proclamations
were not merely the words of a human being came upon the team. God
had spoken prophetically through one of His representatives."
So, in the minds of people like Wentroble (and the Promise Keepers),
prayer is conceived of as a DEMAND on the Lord. Make no mistake
about it. There is no spirit of humble supplication here. These are
DEMANDS on the Lord. That's precisely what they mean when they
say, "Do it!" They mean "Do it" in just about the
same manner a spoiled child would say "do it" to his mother
or father - or worse, the way a diner at a restaurant would say "Do
it" to his waiter.
But this has nothing to do with ordering food at a restaurant; this
has to do with CONQUEST - the conquest of whole cities, and whole
nations, and the whole world - and not in the "sweet bye and bye,"
but in the "here and now." These people actually believe that
they have been destined by God to conquer the world - and the sooner
the better, and they are absolutely not afraid of transferring their
prayers into political activity! That's precisely what Wentroble means
that "New Order" Christians should "care" for their
cities and take "dominion" over them.
BUSH AND THE PROMISE KEEPERS
Now stop here and think once again about what all this means! That's
a message with worldwide, earth-shattering implications. And it is here,
in the dominionist eschatology that the PROMISE KEEPERS promulgate,
that Bush apparently found a message that impacted him at the very core
of his being. It was not only exciting and even thrilling, it was MESSIANIC!
- the kind of message that a world-conqueror, a RESTITUTOR ORBIS
- in conjunction with a people who would submit themselves to its
imperative - could use to change not only cities, states and the
nation, but even the world.
isn't to say that Bush was thinking of himself in such terms (maybe,
maybe not); it's only to say that he had stumbled upon an extremely
powerful RELIGIOUS message that had implicit within it potent
POLITICAL connotations - AND ATTACHED TO THIS MESSAGE CAME
A BODY OF FLESH AND BLOOD "TRUE BELIEVERS" WHO
- IF THEY WERE REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT THEIR RHETORIC - WERE PREPARED TO
PAY THE PRICE TO SEE THE WORLD BROUGHT UNDER GOD'S JURISDICTION - A
MODERN-DAY ARMY OF "KNIGHT TEMPLARS!" That is, after
all, what the imperative of their eschatology is all about. These people
are not ethereal or vaporous in their thinking; heaven is not what they
are aiming at. Conquest of the earth is what they are after. It is an
imperative that is inherently built into their theology and one from
which they cannot escape and remain true to their system of belief.
Indeed, Wentroble writes:
"The Church has often considered heaven as home and the earth
as just a place to endure ... But the apostolic churches (again, the
"New Order" churches) realize that the earth belongs to
the Lord. They are managers of the Lord's earth ... With this understanding,
apostolic churches have a burden for POSSESSING THE LAND.
"I remember a few brief times when my husband and I rented houses.
While living in those houses, we did not put new roofs on them, install
new carpet, or make major repairs. The reason we did not do these
things was because the houses did not belong to us.
"On the other hand, in all the houses we have owned over the
past 35 years, we have always had a new roof put on when the old one
leaked. New carpet was always installed when the old carpet was worn.
We repaired whatever was in need of it. The reason was because we
owned those houses. We take care of the things we own.
"The same thing happens in a city (or a nation, or a world).
When we have a revelation of owning a city (or a nation, or a world),
we take care of the city (or nation, or world). APOSTOLIC CHURCHES
ARE CONCERNED ABOUT EVIL GOVERNMENT. THESE CHURCHES CARE ABOUT THE
KIND OF EDUCATION FOUND IN THE SCHOOLS. NEIGHBORS AND NEIGHBORHOODS
ARE IMPORTANT. GOD HAS PUT HIS CHURCH IN THE CITY (AND NATION, AND
WORLD) AND GIVEN IT RESPONSIBILITY AS HIS STEWARDS. AS APOSTOLIC CHURCHES,
WE MUST BECOME INVOLVED ... (IN GOVERNMENT)."
SPIRITUAL MAPPING: MOVING FROM THE
ESOTERIC TO THE PRACTICAL AND BACK AGAIN
Notice here how easily people like Wentroble move from the spiritual
to the political and back again Take another example: The concept of
"spiritual mapping." As we just indicated, the "new dominionists"
(i.e., people like the PROMISE KEEPERS) believe that they are
to "take back dominion" in their cities for the Lord; as a
result, they have been called upon to "dismantle" the enemy's
"strongholds" in the city. "Research" and "investigations"
are, therefore, necessary to "discover" where these "strongholds"
are. Harold Caballeros, the "inventor" of "spiritual
"When a territory has been inhabited by persons who have chosen
to offer their worship to demons, the land has been contaminated and
those territorial spirits have obtained a right to remain there, keeping
the inhabitants captive. It is then necessary to identify the enemy
and to go into spiritual battle until we obtain victory and redeem
the territory. Spiritual mapping is a means toward identifying the
enemy. It is our spiritual espionage."
In this endeavor, of course, "new dominionists" are not averse
to "dismantling" the "strongholds" of the enemy
politically when the opportunity provides itself. Indeed, they consider
such "opportunities" as a gift from the Lord - an answer to
their prayer. Hence, the "new dominionists" have very little
trouble translating their activity from one sphere to the other and
back again. THERE ARE, OF COURSE, SOME VERY, VERY SINISTER CONNOTATIONS
IN ALL THIS. WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE PEOPLE WHOM THE "NEW DOMINIONISTS"
HAVE "SPIRITUALLY MAPPED" ONCE THEY (I.E., THE "NEW DOMINIONISTS")
GAIN POLITICAL POWER? AFTER ALL, IF THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WORSHIPPING
DEMONS, ISN'T THAT THE SIN OF WITCHCRAFT? AND WHAT SHOULD ONE DO WITH
A WITCH? - KILL HER (OR HIM). ISN'T THAT WHAT YOU DO WITH A WITCH?
There is certainly nothing vaporous about this. This is for real -
and, again, over one-third of the population has already embraced this
kind of thinking at one level or another - maybe not to this
extent, but again, to one degree or another. And one should bear in
mind here that in a crisis, the most extreme elements of a movement
have a way of surfacing and taking control of it. And remember, this
kind of thinking stems directly from the belief that a life of faith
leads to the "Good Life." ONE THINGS LEADS TO ANOTHER!
course, one might ask himself what this kind of thinking says about
Christians living in countries like China, Mozambique, Malaysia, the
Sudan, etc. (to say nothing about poor Christians in this country)?
- obviously, it says that they are failures in their Christian lives.
And if they are failures, shouldn't they be ruled over by those Christians
who are successful - after all, "success in the here and now"
implies success in the Christian life; IT'S FOR THEIR OWN GOOD THAT
THEY SHOULD SUBMIT THEMSELVES TO THEIR "BETTERS!" This
is exactly what dominionists like North, Rushdoony, and Chilton would
say. THIS IS A RATIONALE FOR CONQUEST.
THIS IS A RATIONALE FOR FORCING THE REST OF THE WORLD (I.E., THE
"LESS SUCCESSFUL") INTO SUBMISSION TO THE AMERICAN "NEW
WORLD ORDER SYSTEM." It gives a "religious" reason
for naked economic imperialism, which no one - not even the elties -
likes to admit to; instead they prefer to hide their greed and avarice
behind a facade of fake Christianity. It makes one feel good about his
greed - AND IN TIME, EVEN THE GREEDIEST CAN COME TO BELIEVE THAT
WHAT THEY ARE DOING, THEY ARE DOING IN THE NAME OF GOD.
WHAT DOES THE BUSH PRESIDENCY PORTEND?
This is exactly the kind of "Christianity" (so-called) that
Bush has embraced from the PROMISE KEEPERS. And those who think
that Bush is merely "play acting" here for political advantage
are wrong! Very wrong! WE NEED TO TAKE BUSH AT HIS WORD! When
Bush says that he decided to run for the presidency because he "was
being called like Moses," we should believe him that he means it.
While he may be "playacting" about the essential nature of
his Christianity, he is NOT playacting about what he has imbibed
from the PROMISE KEEPERS. He believes it.
But think about what that means. The kind of Christianity that he has
imbibed is not true Christianity at all. IT IS LUCIFERIC! And
if it is Luciferic, then what does the Bush presidency connote for the
world? What does that mean insofar as the emergence of an Antichrist-figure
is concerned? One thing is for sure! - it doesn't bode well.
Looking back at it now, IT'S DIFFICULT TO SAY WHO FOUND WHOM.
WAS IT BUSH WHO FOUND THE PROMISE KEEPERS? OR WAS IT THE PROMISE KEEPERS
WHO FOUND BUSH? WHO NEEDED THE OTHER MORE: DID BUSH NEED THE PROMISE
KEEPERS MORE THAN THE PROMISE KEEPERS NEEDED HIM, OR WAS IT THE OTHER
Listen brothers and sisters, Theology matters! It is not heavenly and
"other worldly." It has very real practical and POLITICAL
outcomes not only in our own personal lives, but in the lives (so to
speak) of whole cities, whole nations, and the whole earth. People think,
for example, that the Gospel of Affluence (i.e., the so-called "Green
Gospel") that Christian leaders (so-called) like Bennie Hinn, Kenneth
Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Oral Roberts, etc. preach are just "innocent
spiritual aberrations." But there is a hook in these "innocent
aberrations" - and, as we just suggested - one thing leads to another.
The "Green Gospel" leads easily and naturally to dominionism;
and dominionism, when it has taken root in someone like George Bush,
leads to political activity, and when this political activity has borne
fruit, it can lead to militarism (such as the "War on Terrorism")
and eventually to world conquest. AND THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD
THING because, as we just demonstrated, inherent in all of this
kind of thinking (and activity) - from its start with the so-called
"Green Gospel" to its finish with conquest and the "New
World Order" - is the LUCIFERIC principle that proudly asserts
"... I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above
the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation,
in the sides of the north:
"I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I WILL BE
LIKE THE MOST HIGH. (Isa. 14:13-14)
And if that's the case, what are we helping to create in our "War
on Terrorism" that Bush has called on the country to wage against
"Evil?" What we are doing is helping to create a "New
World Order," but not to the glory of God, but to the glory of
Satan. And there is a price to be paid for anyone - Christian or otherwise
- who gets involved in this.
Now we are not necessarily making any statement here about Bush! Bush
is what he is, and the future will reveal exactly what that means. What
we are interested in here, however, is the existence of what Ian Kershaw
says is the "READY-MADE TERRAIN" of pre-existing beliefs,
prejudices, and phobias" which, when taken together, can provide
the societal foundation necessary for the emergence of a new "messiah-king."
And we have certainly found such "terrain" in the conservative
Christian community in this country, and specifically the PROMISE
KEEPERS movement. And this becomes all the more apparent when one
begins to realize how nicely the worldview of the PROMISE KEEPERS
fits in with the worldview of America's elite business community.
The PROMISE KEEPERS are certainly not a group given to socialist
schemes aimed at the re-distribution of wealth. Not at all! They believe,
as we have already demonstrated, that "as a result of God's presence
in the lives of many people in a city (or a state, or a nation), laws
in that city (or state, or nation) change, occult activity, immoral
businesses, and crime are drastically reduced" and Christians
get rich "to boot" - AND ALL THIS BECAUSE OF CHRISTIAN
INTERCESSION AND WORSHIP! And if things don't get better, it's because
the people are not praying hard enough. AGAIN, THIS IS CERTAINLY
SOMETHING THAT THE ELITES CAN SUPPORT!
And if initially the elites may have had reservations about the wisdom
of linking themselves up too tightly to the Christian Right (and Bush),
if they at first vacillated between the "moderates" and the
"Christian Right," one must excuse them - they are, after
all, not "True Believers" when it comes to anything spiritual.
BUSH LEADS HIS CHRISTIAN WARRIORS OFF TO DO BATTLE FOR THE "NEW
BUSH ENTERS POLITICS IN A BIG WAY
But Bush believed, and he took what he learned from Tony Evans and
the PROMISE KEEPERS and soon began calling America's Christians
to become more involved in politics. And as he did so, he initiated
a process of translating the PROMISE KEEPERS' message from a
religious "call to arms" into a POLITICAL "battle
cry" that he began using to create a "godly army" (his
words) to "RENEW" not only the nation, but perhaps
even the world.
Bush first tried this new rhetoric out in his campaign for governor
of the state of Texas in 1994 when he began to preach what Gail Sheehy
calls "PROMISE KEEPER-LIKE SERMONS" (again, Sheehy's
words) in many of Houston's largest mega-churches - laying the blame
for America's "FAILED CULTURE" on the excesses of his
generation in the '60s:
"The culture of my generation, our generation, has clearly said,
'If it feels good, do it, and be sure to blame somebody else if you
have a problem'."
To counter this "failed culture," Bush called Christians
to enlist in a "godly army" (again, Bush's words) dedicated
to restoring "religious values" not only to the nation, but
to the world.
says that by using this new rhetoric (something no president, not
even Reagan, had ever done before, at least not on such a deliberate
and premeditated basis) Bush began tapping into a mindset in the
culture that, as we have already indicated, had grown increasingly weary
of the hedonism of the last forty years (a weariness that the Clintons
and their cabal of hard-core "libertines" and "debauchers"
had done so much to exacerbated), and had also grown intensely concerned
with the degree to which the culture had been feminized and enervated
(softened). Bush gave a kind of legitimacy to a genuine longing throughout
society by men (and a good many women too) for a restoration of what
they considered to be their rightful place of authority not only in
the family, but in the community and the nation, even to the point where
he began - like his PROMISE KEEPERS counterparts - urging men
to "take back" authority from their wives, and telling women
to "let your man be a man."
"Amazed." That is the word his father used when Bush
whipped Ann Richards in 1994 using his new PROMISE KEEPERS rhetoric.
In 1998 Bush - again using the rhetoric of the Christian men's movement
- trampled his Democratic opponent, Garry Mauro, to be re-elected governor
with 68 percent of the vote.
In both the 1994 and 1998 Republican Party conventions, the Christian
Right were what carried the day for Bush. In fact, the conventions themselves
resembled PROMISE KEEPERS meetings. Delegates prayed in the aisles
and even witnessed to reporters in the press pit. Open bars in "hospitality
rooms" - a venerable tradition at Texas political conventions -
were converted into gourmet ice-cream-sundae bars where chefs whipped
up high-cholesterol, custom-order deserts. Bush and the PROMISE KEEPERS
had tasted victory - and they were ready now for the presidency.
So were the elites. Here was a way for the Republicans (and the elites)
to trump the economic message that Clinton and the Democrats had so
successfully used against them in the past two elections. Religion
trumps economics! It certainly seemed that way. As a result, after
his re-election as governor of Texas, while Bush was in California,
he was approached by a member of the ultra elite, George Schultz - former
president of the giant Bechtel Corporation and who had also served as
Ronald Reagan's secretary of state. He reportedly told him,
"I think you ought to be president. Twenty-five years ago Reagan
stood on the same spot, and I said the same thing to him. Now I am
saying it to you."
Sheehy reports that in essence what Schultz had done on behalf of the
Republican elites was "privately anoint him as president."
Bush returned shortly thereafter to Texas and began mulling over a
run for the presidency. Bush later described his musings as a religious
epiphany. HIS MUSINGS HAD "PROMISE KEEPERS" WRITTEN ALL
OVER THEM. Bush wrote concerning the experience:
"Today, two weeks after Jeb's inauguration, in my church in
downtown Austin, Pastor Mark Craig (Bush's pastor), was telling me
that my re-election was the first Governor to win back-to-back, four-year
terms in the history of the State of Texas. He said it was a beginning,
not an end ... People are starved for faithfulness. He talked
of the need for honesty in government. He warned that leaders who
cheat on their wives will cheat their country, will cheat their colleagues,
will cheat themselves.
"Pastor Craig said that America is starved for honest leaders.
He told the story of Moses who had been asked by God to lead his people
to a land of milk and honey. Moses had a lot of reasons to shirk the
task. As the Pastor told it, Moses' basic reaction was, 'Sorry, God,
I'm busy. I've got a family. I've got sheep to tend. I've got a life.
Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the sons of Israel
out of Egypt? The people won't believe me', he protested. 'I'm not
a very good speaker. Oh, my Lord, send, I pray, some other person',
"But God did not, and Moses ultimately did His bidding, leading
his people through forty years of wilderness and wandering, relying
on God for strength and direction and inspiration. 'People are starved
for leadership', Pastor Craig said, 'starved for leaders who have
ethical and moral courage'. 'It is not enough to have an ethical compass
to know right from wrong', he argued. 'America needs leaders who have
the moral courage to do what is right for the right reason. It's not
always easy or convenient for leaders to step forward', he acknowledged.
'Remember, even Moses had doubts'.
"'HE WAS TALKING TO YOU'," my mother later said.
The pastor was, of course, talking to all of us, challenging each
one of us to make the most of our lives, to assume the mantle of leadership
and responsibility wherever we find it. He was calling on us to use
whatever power we have, in business, in politics, in our communities,
and in our families, to do good for the right reason. And his sermon
spoke directly to my heart and my life ... There was no magic moment
of decision. After talking with my family during the Christmas holidays,
then hearing this rousing sermon, to make most of every moment ...
I gradually felt more comfortable with the prospect of a presidential
campaign. My family would love me, my faith would sustain me, no matter
"During the more than half century of my life, we have seen
an unprecedented decay in our American culture, a decay that has eroded
the foundations of our collective values and moral standards of conduct.
Our sense of personal responsibility has declined dramatically, just
as the role and responsibility of the federal government have increased.
The changing culture blurred the sharp contrast between right and
wrong and created a new standard of conduct: 'If it feels good, do
it, and 'If you've got a problem, blame somebody else. Individuals
are not responsible for their actions', the new culture has said.
'We are all victims of forces beyond our control'. We have gone from
a culture of sacrifice and saving to a culture obsessed with grabbing
all the gusto. We went from accepting responsibility to assigning
blame. As government did more and more, individuals were required
to do less and less. The new culture said: 'if people were poor, the
government should feed them. If someone had no house, the government
should provide one. If criminals are not responsible for their acts,
then the answers are not prisons, but social programs ....
our culture to change, it must change one heart, one soul, and one
conscience at a time. Government can spend money, but it cannot put
hope in our hearts or a sense of purpose in our lives ... But government
should welcome the active involvement of people who are following
a religious imperative to love their neighbors through after school
programs, child care, drug treatment, maternity group homes, and a
range of other services. Supporting these men and women - the soldiers
in the armies of compassion - is the next bold step of welfare reform,
because I know that changing hearts will change our entire society'.
"During the opening months of my presidential campaign, I have
traveled our country and my heart has been warmed. My experiences
have reinvigorated my faith in the greatness of Americans. They have
reminded me that societies are renewed from the bottom up, not the
top down. Everywhere I go, I see people of love and faith, taking
time to help a neighbor in need ... These people and thousands like
them are the heart and soul and greatness of America. And I want to
do my part. I am running for President because I believe America must
seize this moment, America must lead. We must give our prosperity
a greater purpose, a purpose of peace and freedom and hope. We are
a great nation of good and loving people. And together, we have a
charge to keep."
THIS IS, OF COURSE, PROMISE KEEPERS STUFF FROM BEGINNING TO END.
THE CAMPAIGN BEGINS
And from start to finish, Bush's campaign for the presidency was a
Christian affair, and Sheehy says that as the campaign warmed up, the
rhetoric it was using sounded -
"... more like an evangelical movement than a political campaign."
And that's exactly what Bush wanted his campaign to sound like. Over
and over again, he could be found remarking -
"... to truly change the culture we must have a spiritual renewal
in the United States."
Another time he told Connecticut state-party members at a fund-raiser
in June of 2000,
"We are about the quality of life ... love thy neighbors. We
understand the limitations of government; government can hand out
money, but churches ... are places that warm the cold. The great challenge
is to work to change the culture, unleash the armies of compassion."
Again, all these remarks sounded like they had been pulled straight
out of a PROMISE KEEPERS manual - and essentially they had been.
Many pundits let all this pass and simply didn't report on it. They
thought - like Lacey Neuhaus - that he would discard his "Christianity"
after the election. They believed that Bush's seeming devotion to his
Christian allies was nothing more than a "put on" - a useful
device in dismissing questions about his "youthful indiscretions."
All he had to say was - since he had accepted Christ - his life was
now changed. He was a new person, and his earlier, irresponsible conduct
was now irrelevant. BUT CONTRARY TO WHAT THE PUNDITS BELIEVED, BUSH
HELD FIRM TO HIS CHRISTIAN ALLIES, AND THEY HELD TIGHTLY TO HIM.
JOHN McCAIN AND SOUTH CAROLINA
early going for the Republican Party nomination proved to be a particularly
difficult time. Bush was attacked as an "intellectual lightweight,"
and a "ner-do-well" trying to ride into the presidency on
the coattails of his father. Senator John McCain of Arizona hounded
him every step of the way. By the time the campaign reached South Carolina,
many political pundits were "counting him out." But his Christian
allies rallied to him in South Carolina. Thousands of Christian volunteers
poured into the state from everywhere in the Union to help turn out
the vote for Bush and against McCain. McCain saw immediately what was
happening, and he attempted to discredit Bush's Christian allies.
On Monday, February 28, 2000, McCain delivered a brutal attack against
what he considered to be the "stranglehold" Christian conservatives
had on the Republican Party. He singled out Pat Robertson and Jerry
Falwell as special targets of his angry assault - calling them "self-appointed
leaders" of intolerance and religious bigotry. He compared Robertson
and Falwell to "union bosses who have subordinated the interests
of working families to their own (religio-political) ambitions. [In
this connection, it should be noted that there is nothing more damning
in Republican circles than to called a "union boss" - "them's
Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd of 4,000 at a high school only a
few miles from the headquarters of the Christian Coalition in Virginia,
"The politics of division and slander (presumably practiced
by Bush's Christian allies) are not our values. They are a corrupting
influence on ... politics, and those who practice them in the name
of the Republican Party or in the name of America shame ... our party
and our country."
He continued by saying,
"Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches
of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be
Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson and
Jerry Falwell on the right."
Falwell and Robertson were no better than Farrakhan and Sharpton? Is
that what McCain meant to say? - NOTHING COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER CALCULATED
BY McCAIN AND HIS "MODERATE" COHORTS TO INFLAME BUSH'S CHRISTIAN
ALLIES MORE THAN SUCH A COMPARISON. The entire Christian community
in the United States rose up in wrath against McCain and delivered South
Carolina to Bush in a decisive victory. State after state followed -
all delivered to Bush by his aroused Christian allies. Throughout the
campaign - whenever Bush got into trouble - he returned to his Christian
base to get him out of it.
AL GORE AND FLORIDA
Finally, when Bush was "tested" in Florida against Gore,
his Christian allies were there too - fighting for him like banshee
roosters. The country had never seen anything like it before. Christians,
armed with homemade signs and wearing T-shirts reading "Bush Recount
Team," seemed to be everywhere. This was something one would expect
the Left to do - i.e., demonstrate in the streets - but not button-down
Republicans. Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman
likened the Christians to a "mob," saying that they were pressuring
Florida recount officials. Christian activists milled around everywhere
in Florida passing out signs and T-shirts. In Fort Lauderdale, many
Christian activists said they had received automated phone calls from
church officials urging them to rally outside the courthouses in Broward
County and in Miami-Dade.
Whenever Gore supporters tried to do TV interviews, Christian activists
blew whistles and shouted through bullhorns to disrupt them. Gore supporters
called the Christian activists an "illegal mob." Only a few
Gore supporters braved the relentless shouting of the Christian activists
- "No more Gore! No more Gore!" Democrats thought they were
witnessing a coup.
BUSH WINS THE PRESIDENCY AND
BEGINS THE CHRISTIAN REVOLUTION
It worked! Bush won the presidency - but just barely. The electoral
margin was razor thin - and insofar as the popular vote was concerned,
Bush lost the election by more than 500,000 votes.
Most pundits thought that, because of the closeness of the election,
Bush would have to govern from the center - and that, as a result (and
as we indicated earlier), he would jettison his Christian allies almost
immediately after he got to the White House. This is what Reagan did.
This is what his father did.
But the pundits were wrong! They had underestimated Bush's devotion
to his Christian base. His PROMISE KEEPERS-kind of Christianity
was for real. He was a "true believer!" - something Washington
is not used to. Bush set about proving them wrong almost immediately
when he nominated Sen. John Ashcroft, a devout Pentecostal from Missouri,
to be Attorney General. Ashcroft was not just any Pentecostal believer,
both his father and his grandfather had been high officials in
the Assemblies of God - one of the largest Pentecostal denominations
in the country. Moreover, Ashcroft embraced fervently a belief in dominionism.
He was a perfect fit for Bush and his PROMISE KEEPERS-style of
At the time, many observers made much of the fact that Bush first offered
the nomination for Attorney General to Marc Racicot of Montana, a "moderate."
But those who know Bush say that he knew that Racicot would turn it
down. They say that he had been "forced" to offer the nomination
to Racicot as payback for an old political favor. This is what Howard
Fineman and Michale Isikoff of Newsweek believe. Both say that Bush
was relieved when Racicot said no - and no sooner had Racicot opted
out, then Bush was on the phone to Ashcroft who, Fineman says,
"PERSONIFIED THE FIERCEST ELEMENTS OF THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT
AND WHO, GOP INSIDERS INSIST, WAS THE LEADING CANDIDATE ALL ALONG."
Ashcroft's ascent to power launched a virtual holy war in Washington
- a kind of "last stand" for the so-called "moderates,"
one that Isikoff at the time believed threatened the first days of the
presidency. Like Bush, Ashcroft was no wilting flower insofar as his
Christianity was concerned. He once declared - at Bob Jones University
no less - that "America has no king but king Jesus." With
Ashcroft on board along with his old Christian allies, Karl Rove (who
is also a long-time friend of Ashcroft's) and Don Evans, his old friend
from Midland days, the Christian credentials of the Bush presidency
were solidified. All these men are TRUE BELIEVERS! And all these
men are consumed with the prospect of "returning America to Christ"
(or at least, their version of Christ) - AND NOW THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER
11TH HAVE MADE THAT A VERY REAL POSSIBILITY.
FOR THE FUTURE
But we need to ask ourselves what will happen when these men - and
millions more TRUE BELIEVERS like them - finally solidify their control
of this nation in the name of a PROMISE KEEPERS-kind of Christianity?
THIS IS, AFTER ALL, THE MOST POWERFUL NATION ON EARTH - AND WHOEVER
CONTROLS IT CAN ULTIMATELY CONTROL THE WORLD. Indeed, Charles Krauthammer,
speaking concerning this very matter, remarked:
the 1991 war against Iraq proved is that no national army or combination
of armies in the world today could stand up against the military might
of the United States; and what the war in Afghanistan has proved is
that no guerrilla army can do so either."
America rules the world now, and no one can make war against her -
so that now the prophecy is fulfilled that says,
"... who is able to make war with her ..." (Rev. 13:4)
So again, I repeat, what will happen when these men - and millions
more TRUE BELIEVERS like them - solidify their control of this
nation in the name of a PROMISE KEEPERS-kind of Christianity?
And don't think that we are merely dealing with hypotheticals here
- the fact is, THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11th (AND THE RESULTANT "WAR
ON TERRORISM") HAS NOW MADE THIS A VERY REAL POSSIBILITY - INDEED,
ALMOST A CERTAINTY. The "War on Terrorism" provides the
"cover" now for Bush to finish consolidating (in the name
of a PROMISE KEEPERS-style of Christianity) America's "New
World Order System."
The elites, of course, have always been pressing towards economic globalism.
But their efforts were bound to stall (and they did) in the absence
of a wider imperative, a wider "world-view" - after all, what
was in it insofar as average people were concerned, especially average
people in the United States. The fact is, the Left had pretty much brought
the elite's process of economic globalization to a standstill, and the
efforts by the elites to convince ordinary people that globalism was
in their interest (an UTTER lie) had come to naught. People everywhere
- from Brazil to Columbia, from Zambia to Egypt, from the Czech Republic
to France, from India to Indonesia - had come to realize that globalization
was nothing more than a very selfish effort by the elites to further
IMPOSING GLOBALISM ON THE
WORLD AT THE POINT OF A GUN
Now, in the name of the "War on Terrorism" and a PROMISE
KEEPERS-kind of Christianity, American military power can be brought
to bear against recalcitrant nations throughout the world that refuse
to submit to America's "New World Order System." And this
power can be utilized without fear that it will be hindered either internally
(by citizens within the country), or externally (by opponents outside
the country). Indeed, speaking to a hushed and very subdued audience
at the United Nations two weeks ago, Bush made it very clear what would
happen to those nations that refuse to "toe the line" insofar
as the "War on Terrorism" is concerned:" They would be
cut off from the "community of nations," and they might even
become a target of the war. And insofar as dissension within the country
is concerned, anyone who dares to dissent from what's going on today
is in grave danger of being labeled "unpatriotic" - and, in
Christian circles, of being labeled "unchristian" - so that
the prophecy is fulfilled that says -
"They shall put you out of the ... (churches): yea, the time
cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
"And these things will they do unto you, because they have not
known the Father, nor me." (John 16:2-3)
That's pretty heavy stuff! Jail or death for not going along with what's
happening? But, of course, that's the logical extension of what Rick
Joyner meant when he wrote ominously,
"Some pastors and leaders who continue to resist this tide ...
will be removed from their place."
"... there will be many 'stumbling blocks' circulating in the
church ... Those serving in leadership must trust their discernment
and remove the 'stumbling blocks'."
Can there really be any doubt as to the logical end of such statements?
- a person would have to be an UTTER and TOTALLY unrepentant
Pollyanna not to see it. And that's exactly where the country is apparently
headed. That's where syndicated columnist Richard Cohen (who had supported
Ashcroft's nomination for Attorney General earlier in the year) thinks
we're headed, as he explained in a column that appeared throughout the
country on Monday, the 19th of November, 2001:
"Attorney General John Ashcroft ... (is no longer considered)
anymore as the comforting head of the Justice Department but, instead
as the SCARIEST MAN IN GOVERNMENT. I see him as the director
of the Office of Homeland Insecurity ... Ever since September 11th,
Ashcroft has functioned as the real-life equivalent of the prefect
of police in "Casablanca" - rounding up "the usual
suspects" and, like him, doing so without the usual legal safeguards.
Their exact number is not known, nor are their names. They exist in
an American gulag ... [For some time now, the figure for those who
have been rounded up and not yet released has been estimated at about
1,200 prisoners; recently, however, A NEW FIGURE HAS SURFACED WHICH
PLACES THE NUMBER AT OVER 5000. And contrary to what most
people think, a good number of American citizens are believed to be
included in this figure - they are not all "non-citizens."
In addition, it should be noted that on the 28th of November, Ashcroft
gave a reduced figure of about 700 "that are still in federal
detention." That does not necessarily mean they have been released.
The difference between and among all these figures (i.e., 700, 1,200,
and 5000) can be accounted for on the basis of "word games"
and bureaucratic obfuscation that the Justice Department is engaged
in having to do with how prisoners are being classified, where they
are being held, how they are being charged, and so forth. Civil libertarians
believe the higher figure. I prefer that figure as well, given the
reputation the feds have for telling the truth. - editor.]
"This is serious stuff.
"More recently, Ashcroft broadened his powers to the point where
much of the legal community snapped awake. In the name of battling
terrorism, he authorized the Federal Bureau of Prisons (where all
these people are held) 'to monitor mail or communications with attorneys
... subject to specific procedural safeguards'. And what are those
safeguards? Nothing to trouble a judge about. The feds will decide
the matter for themselves ...
"The point to remember here is that not one of ... (these prisoners)
has been convicted of anything. In many cases, they have not even
been indicted ... Ashcroft acted within the spirit of the recently
enacted, Orwellian-named USA Patriot Act, which is a broad expansion
of the government's police powers ... There is a virtual certainty
that ... (these powers) will be tenaciously retained (and expanded
upon) by the government (in the foreseeable future)."
Now that's power! That's real power! - and all in the hands of men
who feel that they have a divine calling to "save the world for
Christ and the church." But one thing is for sure, it is no Christ
we know. It's not the Christ of the Bible. Again, it's the "false
Christ" the Bible warns about in Matthew 24:
"For there shall arise FALSE CHRISTS, and FALSE PROPHETS,
and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were
possible, they shall deceive the very elect." (Matt. 24:24)
BUSH'S "NEW WORLD ORDER" HAS
NOTHING TO DO WITH CHRIST
this is serious stuff! - and there is no escaping its implications.
Two very, very serious errors are "in play" here with extremely
dangerous connotations for us PERSONALLY. Listen, brothers and sisters!
- life is not a movie that we can watch and not get involved with. As
we indicated in the Antipas Papers,
"God's plans do not exist for our convenience - they will come
to pass whether we approve of them or not. In the long run, it only
matters to us - AND TIME FOR RECOGNIZING THIS FACT IS RUNNING OUT!"
What all these men - and not just Bush, Ashcroft, Rove, Evans, etc.,
but their millions and millions of Christian followers throughout the
country - are aiming at is, as Wentroble puts it, setting up a "New
World Order." But what do we as Christians have to do with such
a thing? The Bible says:
"The whole world lieth in the evil one." (1 John 5:19)
That means the WHOLE world! Satan controls the entire world.
As God's children, we have been called out of the world for there is
nothing that we can do to make it any better. The church is a CALLING
OUT FROM the world (John 15:19; 17:14-16; Gal. 6:14; James 4:4)
- she is called out to witness that SHE IS NOT OF THIS WORLD,
but of heaven; that she is united to a glorified Christ in heaven (Eph.
1:18-23; Eph 2:6), and not of this world, even as He is not of this
world (John 18:36). That's why 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)
And that's why He further said:
"Do not love the world, or ANYTHING in the world. If
anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For
EVERYTHING in the world ... comes not from the Father ..."
(1 John 2:15-16)
Satan is called the "PRINCE OF THIS WORLD" (John 12:31;
14:30; 16:11). What is meant by the term "world?" The word
"world" is the translation of the Greek word kosmos, which
means an harmonious order or arrangement, and it is used in three ways
in the New Testament:
- First, it means the MATERIAL UNIVERSE (Acts 17:14; Matt.
13:35; John 1:10; Mark 16:15).
- Second, it means -
- THE INHABITANTS OF THE WORLD as whole (John 1:10; 3:16;
- THE WHOLE RACE OF MAN ALIENATED FROM GOD AND HOSTILE TO THE
CAUSE OF CHRIST (Heb. 11:38; John 14:17; 14:27; 15:18).
- Third, it means the whole circle of WORLDLY goods, endowments,
riches, advantages, pleasures, which though hollow and fleeting, stir
our desires and seduce us from God, so that they are obstacles to
the cause of Christ (I John 3:17; Matt. 16:26; I Cor 2:12; 3:19, 7:31;
Titus 2:12; II Peter 1:4; 2:20; I John 2:15-17; James 1:27). It is
the world of our split level homes, two cars, good careers, good educations,
bank accounts, vacations, etc. It is when these pleasures and even
so-called necessities of life "possess our hearts" and crowd
out our commitment to the Lord and to His people that they have in
reality become part of the kosmos.
Moreover, the word kosmos, taken in conjunction with the three meanings
described above, implies that behind all this there is a mind - the
PRINCE OF THIS WORLD - which gives order and arrangement to it
all. Again, John says:
"The whole KOSMOS [as described above] lieth in the evil
one." (John 5:19)
He is the KOSMOKRATER or world-ruler - a word which, however,
appears only once, and is used in the plural of his lieutenants: "the
WORLD RULERS OF THIS DARKNESS" (Eph. 6:12). The world [kosmos]
is Satan's grand creation and he has directed all his strength and ingenuity
into causing it to flourish. To what end? To capture man's allegiance
and draw him to himself. He has one object - to establish his own dominion
in human hearts worldwide! WHOSE PURPOSE, THEN, DO THE "NEW
DOMINIONISTS," THE PROMISE KEEPERS, GEORGE BUSH, JOHN ASHCROFT,
CARL ROVE, DON EVANS, ETC. SERVE WHEN THEY ATTEMPT TO SET UP A "NEW
Is this such a hard thing to see? If you don't see it, it's because
you have chosen NOT to see it - so that in you -
"... 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 ..." (Matt. 13:14)
I tell you the truth! I somberly warn you: Those who involve themselves
in a PROMISE KEEPERS-kind of Christianity have involved themselves
in LUCIFERIC sin! [One needs to remember what lies at the core
of PROMISE KEEPERS thinking - again, it's not without reason
we spent so much time on that matter!]
Again, I plead with you - LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENING! OPEN UP YOUR EYES!
We have now reached the cusp of the "end of the age." The
events of September 11th have changed everything for us. PROPHECY
NO LONGER HAS MUCH TO DO WITH THINGS FUTURE, BUT WITH THINGS PRESENT!
GET OUT BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
Listen dear brothers and sisters in Christ, irresistible forces are
now "in play" - both in this country and in the world at large
- that are propelling us in a direction from which there may be no return.
The "War on Terrorism" is growing in intensity and the people
in charge of this war have no thought of stopping with Afghanistan.
What's next? - Iraq? the Sudan? Syria? Iran? - the whole world? And
what about this country? There are already five thousand people in jail
(not just the 1,000 that is commonly reported), and they are being kept
in secret detention with no one able to contact them - and, I repeat,
not all of them are non-citizens. Where will it end? Indeed, how many
of you who are reading this material right now would dare to speak out
in your community and in your churches against what's happening? Not
many, I would imagine. And why not? - BECAUSE YOU ARE AFRAID! BE
HONEST HERE! - ISN'T THAT THE CASE? OF COURSE IT IS! THAT SHOULD GIVE
YOU SOME IDEA OF HOW FAR DOWN THE ROAD WE HAVE TRAVELED IN RECENT MONTHS.
brothers and sisters, eternity is at hand - YOUR eternity! What
you do now will affect you for all time. You will never get away from
it. Your actions today will follow you into the "Kingdom of Heaven,"
and will determine whether you are known as the "greatest"
or the "least" in that glorious realm. (Matt. 5:19) The fact
is, we can't pretend that we don't know what's happening. We do know!
- and this knowledge hangs like some kind of biblical sword of Damocles
over our heads. To do nothing is to invite it to fall on us. The Bible
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
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.
are being called to warn people everywhere about what's happening (believers
and unbelievers alike) - even at the cost of our own security, our own
wealth, and our own lives. To this end, we urge you - we implore
you - stand up and be counted; take this material, copy it, and
pass it out in your churches, in your family, in your communities -
everywhere! I have no doubt what will happen to you when you do - you
will be ostracized, and worse! But do it anyway!
One dear brother e-mailed us recently from Canada concerning this matter.
"I came across this website several weeks ago. I can hardly
believe what I have been reading! The articles have moved me so deeply
that I find it very difficult to think about anything else. God's
Word has been opened up and the light of the truth has shone deep
into my heart. I was raised in a Christian home, so I have been exposed
to the Bible all my life. But never before until now have I had as
good an understanding of the Word. How could I have been kept in such
utter darkness about such important parts of the Scriptures? I remember
as a child and later on as a teenager I had so many questions about
the Bible, and the answer I received most often from pastors and other
leaders was 'we can't understand everything in God's Word'. Well that
was understood by me even at a young age. I wasn't asking to understand
the whole Bible. All I wanted was to have a clearer picture in my
head about God and His Son Jesus Christ, the plan of salvation, and
some accurate understanding of the 'last days'. I finally have that
now and as I type out this e-mail I can hardly hold back the tears
of joy. God has answered my prayer to help me as a father and husband
to make sense out of Sept. 11/01 so that I might provide answers to
my family. This ministry has helped my family and me more than I can
"I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT SHARING THIS SITE WITH OTHER
PEOPLE IN OUR CHURCH, BUT I FEEL VERY UNEASY ABOUT THE KIND OF RESPONSE
I WOULD GET. THE WAY ANTIPAS PRESENTS THE BIBLE, AND OTHER ISSUES
LIKE CHURCH STATE, AND WESTERN CIVILIZATION IS QUITE RADICAL. I WOULD
BE TARRED AND FEATHERED AND RUN OUT OF TOWN. AND YET I KNOW WHAT YOU
SAY IS THE TRUTH. I ALSO KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR THE TRUTH,
"GOD'S TRUTH." I WOULD LIKE TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS MINISTRY
AND BE A CANADIAN CONNECTION TO HELP SPREAD THE TRUTH!" [emphasis
Your friend in Christ,
What a wonderful note! What a wonderful letter of encouragement to
us all! And believe me, the fear he exhibits about what would probable
happen to him in his church and community is a fear that we must all
face! IT IS REAL! Nevertheless, what else should any of us expect?
True Christianity is NOT popular - especially to those who are
religious among us. It was, after all, the "established religious
community" of Christ's day that persecuted Christ and finally killed
Him. Remember what the Lord said:
"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated
"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because
ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore
the world hateth you.
"Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater
than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute
you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also."
Listen to me, brothers and sisters, with every passing week and month,
the country (and the world) moves ever more towards the installation
of a "CHRISTIAN-TERROR-STATE" - all in the name
of Christ! Again I ask, where will it ultimately lead? - to a kind
of Fourth Reich where all those who disagree with the "established
religion" will be ostracized?
It's a trite but true saying, the way to hell is paved with good intentions!
- and more murder and slaughter have been carried out in the name of
God than we as Christians might care to admit. Maybe there's a good
reason why secularists and unbelievers are afraid of Christians; maybe
that's why they refuse to be drawn to Christ - they can't hear His gentle
voice calling them over the din and slaughter and mayhem we have created.
I hope and pray that God will raise up many of you to speak out against
what's happening. People everywhere are waiting to hear - maybe not
the ones in your churches, and maybe not those who call themselves "Christian"
- but they are there, waiting to hear from you. Do what Christ did.
He started in the synagogues. Not many listened to Him at the time;
they even tried to throw him off a cliff. But He kept at it, and in
doing so He raised up quite a din by His preaching, and people were
drawn to Him because of that, and some began listening. That's what
will happen to you. Start preaching where you are at; copy this material
and pass it out! in your church (even though you think no one is reading
it), in your community. As you do, you too will cause a din. And they
will threaten to throw you off a cliff too. But nothing can happen to
you unless God permits it. You are in the hands of God, and eventually
you will find people who will listen.
There is no easy way in this matter. There was no easy way for Christ,
and there will be no easy way for you either. As Jesus said,
"The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted
me, they will also persecute you." (John 15:20)
And so I say to all of you now -
alea iacta est
[the die is cast]
More next time!
Until then, God bless you,
We need your help to spread the word concerning Antipas Ministries and the
eschatological viewpoint it represents; WE NEED YOUR
HELP BECAUSE WE DO NOT "LINK" WITH OTHER SO-CALLED "CHRISTIAN"
WEBSITES which are, for the most part, "in the tank"
insofar as their loyalty to the United States is concerned
- a loyalty that has made them partners in the BLOODY
trail the American military has left in its TERROR-RIDDEN
rampage throughout the world, as well as making them partners
in the abject poverty that American corporations have
imposed on the peoples and nations the American military
machine has ravaged - A BLOODY, TERROR-RIDDEN RAMPAGE
THAT HAS TO A LARGE DEGREE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THE NAME
OF THE "PRINCE OF PEACE." [Please see our articles,
"The Third World
as a Model for the New World Order," Inside
the American New World Order System" and "The
American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary
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