MAKING MERCHANDISE OUT
OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD:
SELLING THE UPCOMING WAR IN IRAQ
December 20, 2002
"Things are not always what they appear to be."
- Paul Neuman to Sally Fields
in Absence of Malice
By S.R. Shearer
|TODAY'S EVANGELICAL CHURCH
A WHORE WHO HAS SOLD
HERSELF OUT FOR MONEY
"The wicked are wicked no doubt, and they go astray
and they fall and they come to their own deserts; but who can tell
the mischief the (so-called) virtuous do."
- William Thackeray
Get out before it's too late!
It is an
unfortunate fact of life insofar as today's Christianity is concerned
that most of us have been trained as "hearers," but not as "doers;"
"observers," but not as "participants;" "pew sitters" but not as active,
vibrant members of the Christian community. We have an "audience" mentality;
not a "participant" mentality. We've been trained "to listen," not "to
act." Indeed, the rather bizarre fact of the matter is, many of us think
that by hearing and listening we have done everything that is required
of us. We've come to believe that "doing" is something for the "professionals;"
it has nothing to do with us. Our job is simply to act as an audience
for the "professionals," and to say "amen" at appropriate times.
But that's NOT what Christianity is all about. The church
belongs to ALL the saints. And the responsibility for
the church rests on ALL our shoulders, not just simply
on the shoulders of the "paid professionals." We've ALL
been called as "doers." The Bible says,
"... be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your
own selves." (James 1:22)
The priesthood that the Bible speaks of is the "PRIESTHOOD OF ALL
THE BELIEVERS" (I Pet. 2:9) - and that includes YOU.
You're not excused whoever you are. There is NOTHING that
excuses you! - your age, your station in life, your sex, where you live,
the amount of money you make, your career - NOTHING! No
one is excused!
THE TRIFLING NATURE OF TODAY'S CHRISTIANITY
this is NOT the kind of Christianity that today's leadership
in the evangelical church wants; nor is it what their masters in the
Economic Right desire either. Passivity, NOT activism
is what church leaders want today from their followers; obedience to
their dictates, NOT a vibrant touch with God on
the part of their individual followers. [Please see our article, "Today's
Church: Making Zombies out of Christians - The Apostles' and Prophets'
Unfortunately, this kind of passivity cannot help but lead to a form
of Christianity that is frivolous and superficial - and so much so that
a silly and trifling little book by Atlanta preacher Bruce Wilkinson,
The Prayer of Jabez (a book so inane and foolish - even CHILDISH
- that it fairly boggles the mind), can become the most celebrated piece
of literature in the Christian community in the last several years,
spending 24 weeks atop the New York Times bestseller list. The
book celebrates GREED as a guiding principle in the Christian
life, and presents God as nothing more than a "SUGAR-DADDY."
For example, Wilkinson writes:
"If you didn't ask God for a blessing yesterday, you didn't get all
that you were supposed to have. And be sure to ask EXTRAVAGANTLY,
for you nothing but God's fullest blessings (meaning, of course, MATERIAL
blessings) will do. Don't worry about coming across as selfish,
for this is exactly the kind of request our Father longs to hear ...
you will be so overwhelmed ... that you will find yourself saying,
'It's too much! Hold some of your blessings back'."
What is Wilkinson talking about here? Certainly not Christ and the Gospel
- unless he has in mind ANOTHER Christ and ANOTHER
Gospel (Gal. 1:6-7); a Christ the Bible knows nothing about. Jesus taught,
"If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to
the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow
me." (Matt. 19:21)
"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up
his cross, and follow me." (Matt. 16:24)
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and
rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
"But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth
nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matt.
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one,
and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise
the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what
ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what
ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than
raiment?" (Matt. 6:24-25)
AND finally the prophet Habakkuk writes,
"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be
in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields
shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and
there shall be no herd in the stalls:
"Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation."
What's Habakkuk saying here? - he is saying that what REALLY
"marks out" the man of God is his ability to REJOICE in
the Lord when everything else is collapsing around him - hardly the
Gospel according to Wilkinson.
And Wilkinson isn't alone here! The sad fact of the matter is, the
type of Christianity that is being peddled to Christians today by the
pastors of today's church is the fatuous and superficial kind where
T-shirts promote "J. Christ" rather than "J. Crew," "Fruit of the Spirit"
rather than "Fruit of the Loom," "Christ Supreme" instead of "Krispy
Kreme" and where there are endless "spin-offs" to things like the Prayer
of Jabez generated specifically for the sake of money: For example,
a devotional volume to the Prayer of Jabez, an illustrated gift
edition, a journal, a Bible study course, "Prayer of Jabez for Women,"
and "Prayer of Jabez for Little ones" ("Dear God, Please bless me in
a great big way!"), not to mention greeting cards, calendars, mugs,
MAKING CHRISTIANS VULNERABLE
TO ELITE MACHINATION AND STRATAGEMS
is the kind of Christianity where it's "cool to be a Christian" - and
PROFITABLE; where Christianity is licensed and "bottled"
for sale, and where individual Christians are reduced to the status
of consumers for whatever their pastors are selling. Ultimately, the
great hazard Christians face in all this, is the danger of being reduced
to a "commodity" themselves - a "PRODUCT" TO BE MERCHANDISED BY THEIR
PASTORS TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. And who exactly is the highest bidder?
- the elites, of course. And sadly, that's precisely what is happening
- Christians are being "sold out" by their pastors and leaders to the
elites. [Please see our article, "The Rich Have Seized Control of the
The tragic fact of the matter is, the leadership of today's church
view their parishioners as a passive assembly of AUTOMATONS
to be "bought and sold" at auction for the benefit of whatever their
elite masters in the Economic Right are interested in at any particular
And what is it that the pastors receive in return? - MONEY!
Lots and lots of MONEY! For example, Pat Robertson receives
massive amounts of money from the John M. Olin Foundation, a channel
for elite money that emanates out of the armaments industry. Then there
is D. James Kennedy who receives money from the Carthage Foundation
and the Allegheny Foundation, both of which are controlled by Richard
Mellon Scaife, heir to the Mellon banking fortune, as well as Gulf Oil
and Alcoa money. Kennedy also receives financial backing from the Lynde
and Harry Bradley Foundation, another elite channel for money that flows
out of the electronics industry. Then there is Moonie money that goes
to support people like Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, the Rutherford Institute,
and a whole host of other "big names" in the Christian world - and this
is just a tiny sampling of what's going on. Now does one really think
that all this elite money is going to the church without any strings
on now! - what strictly religious connection does the armaments industry
have with Pat Robertson; or the banking industry with Jerry Falwell?
Be honest here! - what intersection of interests is there between the
liquor industry (Adolf Coors - another funder of many in today's church),
the electronics industry, and the oil industry on one hand, and the
poor Carpenter of Nazareth on the other hand? Be honest! [Please see
our article on Richard Mellon Scaife entitled, "Richard Mellon Scaife:
"The Evil That Money Can Do" for a look into the convoluted world that
connects elite money to the leaders of today's church."]
AUCTIONING OFF THE SAINTS OF
GOD AS COMMODITIES TO THE ELITES
pastors act as slave auctioneers; the slaves they are selling are their
own followers (and the votes that go with them at election time); and
the buyers are the "worthies" of the various economic elites. Do the
elites need support for "Welfare Reform" so that there is more "corporate
welfare" for them and less welfare for the needy? Do they require support
for their incessant war against the poor in the jungles of Colombia
and Venezuela? The pastors whip up their parishioners in support of
these agendas. Do the elites need "warm bodies" to demonstrate for "their
man" (i.e., George Bush) in Florida - the pastors deliver. Whatever
the elites want, the pastors see that they get - and oftentimes, what
the elites want runs counter to the REAL interests of
their parishioners. Indeed, what the pastors are doing is conspiring
with the moneyed elites of this world to sell LIES to
their own followers - lies that are as false and self-serving as the
claims of cigarette companies that nicotine is nonaddictive and cigarette
smoke poses no health hazard. AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING
WITH REGARD TO THE UPCOMING WAR IN IRAQ.
THE COMMITTEE ON THE LIBERATION OF IRAQ
Take what Jim Lobe, who writes for Inter Press Services, has discovered;
he reports that a small group of well-placed AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER
devotees with close ties to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield, Vice
President Dick Cheney, and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz is
busy readying a fresh campaign to rally Christian support for the upcoming
invasion of Iraq. They call themselves the "COMMITTEE FOR THE LIBERATION
OF IRAQ," and they have set up offices on Capitol Hill.
new "Committee on Iraq" is a spin-off from the "Project For A New American
Century" (PNAC), an elite American New World Order "front group" consisting
of one primary group, and two lackey groups who - like the "lapdogs"
they have become - exist off the scraps of food that fall from time
to time from their master's table. The primary group is made up of leading
elements of the Political and Economic Right (for example, Richard Perle,
Frank Gaffney, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Michael Ledeen, Marc Reuel Gerecht,
etc., as well as elite economic groups that revolve around Exxon/Mobile,
Chevron, Haliburton, Philips, etc.). The two lackey groups are (1) conservative
Jews dedicated to cementing a military alliance between the United States
and Israel (for example, Midge Deckter and the Norman Podhoretz "circle"
centered around the conservative Jewish publication, Commentary,
and (2) "heavy-hitters" from the Christian Evangelical Community - the
group that forms the CORE political constituency for George
Bush's "mass" political following. [Please see our article, "Inside
the American New World Order System."]
All of these groups in one way or another see in the very power America
wields proof of America's "exceptionalism," and each group hopes to
harness U.S. power for its own purposes - whether for economic aggrandizement,
security for the state of Israel, or the expansion of Christianity.
Moreover, none of these groups shrinks from the possibility of having
to use the "barrel of a gun" to promote its interests. Finally, each
of these groups has come to believe that Islam is a force to be reckoned
with insofar as the promotion of its interests are concerned, and, therefore,
each is fervently working for Islam's diminution, and even - if possible
- its destruction.
The members of PNAC believe in POWER, and they feel that
power has a "USE IT OR LOSE IT" peculiarity about it.
They do not intend to lose it; they mean to use it.
PROMOTING THE WAR AS A CIVILIZATION CONFLICT
this end, PNAC is dedicated to promoting Bush's "War on Terrorism" as
a conflict between Jews and Christians (on the one hand) and Islam (on
the other hand). They are intent on widening the upcoming war in Iraq,
and eventually turning it into a CIVILIZATION CONFLICT through
which they hope to eliminate Islam once and for all. This is, of course,
precisely what such Christian leaders as Pat Robertson, D. James Kennedy,
Jerry Falwell, John Hagee and all those evangelical Christian groups
connected to the "Apostles and Prophets Movement," and the so-called
"International Christian Embassy in Israel" are fervently hoping for.
[Please see our article, "Radical Islam;" please also see our article
on the International Christian Embassy, "The Superman Theology of the
International Christian Embassy's Feast of Tabernacles."]
immediate purpose of the "Committee for the Liberation of Iraq" is to
mold the Christian evangelical community into a political counterweight
against those forces on the Left that are increasingly speaking out
against the war - AND IT IS FROM THIS PERSPECTIVE THAT ONE MUST JUDGE
THE MEAN-SPIRITED STATEMENTS THAT ARE ESCALATING OUT OF THE LEADERSHIP
OF THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CONCERNING ISLAM AND THE INEVITABILITY OF
WAR BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND THE MUSLIM WORLD. [Please see our article,
"The Coming War in Iraq: What It's Really All About."]
These statements are not "happenchance" nor coincidental. They are
part of a carefully orchestrated campaign by Bush and his cohorts in
the Economic Right to prepare Christians to back such a war - a war
whose REAL aim is to capture and then control the oil
wealth of Iraq (and, ipso facto, the Middle East) for the benefit
of America's oil elites, just as the overriding aim of the War in Afghanistan
was to capture and control the oil wealth of Central Asia for those
same elites. [Please see our article, "The War in Afghanistan: It's
Not What You Think."]
PROJECT FOR A NEW AMERICAN CENTURY (PNAC)
PNAC (again, the "mother-group" for the "Committee for the Liberation
of Iraq") was formed in 1997 by such Christian, Jewish, and financial
elitists as Elliot Abrams, Gary Bauer, William Bennett, Dick Cheney,
Vin Weber, Norman Podhoretz, Eliot Cohen, Midge Decter, Paul Dobriansky,
Steve Forbes, Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfield - all of whom were
aghast at the timidity of Clinton's foreign policy in advancing the
interests of the American New World Order System - especially in Central
Asia and the Middle East.
statement of purpose reads in part:
"American foreign and defense policy is adrift ... We aim to change
this. We aim to make the case and rally support for AMERICAN GLOBAL
LEADERSHIP (read: the American New World Order System) ... We
need to accept responsibility for America's UNIQUE role
in preserving and EXTENDING an INTERNATIONAL ORDER
friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles (read:
'we need to create a universal economic and political order dominated
by the United States and dedicated to making client-states out of
the nations of the rest of the world')."
PNAC's BLOODY ROOTS
stems out of the same Evangelical Christian, Conservative Catholic,
and New World Order political and economic elements in the United States
that helped America fight and win its Contra War in Central and South
America in the 1980s - such as the "Committee for the Free World," "Prodemca,"
"Friends of the Democratic Center in Central America" and last, and
most importantly, the "INSTITUTE FOR RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY"
(IRD). There is a history here that the "Committee for the Liberation
of Iraq" is connected - one with a very bloody and cruel past, and one
that threatens to besmirch the reputations of both Israel and the church.
[Please see our two articles, "Colombia: America's New Vietnam" and
"The Spread of America's New World Order System Northward from Latin
America to the United States."]
IRD is particularly instructive concerning the DEADLY
mindset behind what's been animating this history, and what the "Committee
for the Liberation of Iraq" is REALLY up to today, and
the part the American elites expect Israel and the church to play in
the events that are unfolding in the Middle East. Twenty years ago,
when the IRD was formed, one of its primary purposes was to bring to
bear the weight of the evangelical Christian community in support of
the Contra War and stem what the elites considered to be the "pernicious"
influence of "Liberation Theology" in Latin America which - as we reported
in our article, "The Death Squads: Bringing in the Kingdom of God through
Terror, Torture, and Death" - had taken hold in Argentina and Brazil
and was rapidly spilling outward and threatening to spark a socialist
conflagration throughout the region. [This is, of course, EXACTLY
what the elites expect out of the "Committee for the Liberation of Iraq"
insofar as their war in the Middle East is concerned - i.e., to stem
the opposition of the Left in this country to the war.]
Theology was a new and RADICAL Christian theology promulgated
at first by left-wing Catholic clerics and later by liberal Protestant
groups, and it was rapidly taking hold in the innumerable urban shanty
towns and poverty-stricken rural communities throughout Central and
South America. It was an incendiary gospel that linked socialism to
Christian theology in a revolutionary blend which was proving to be
particularly attractive to the peasants of Latin America - and it attracted
them in a way which the traditional, more secular brand of Marxism-Leninism
had never been able to do.
THE WORK OF THE INSTITUTE
FOR RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY
the IRD did was to coordinate the efforts of conservative Catholics
[e.g., Catholics like General Vernon Walters (Deputy Chief of the CIA),
Zbigniew Brzezinski (former Advisor to the President on National Security
Affairs), Bill Simon (former Secretary of the Treasury), Michael Novak,
John Neuhaus, etc., as well as "lay" Catholic groups like P-2 and Opus
Dei (all of which had rallied around the new conservative Pope,
John Paul II] and the EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY to fight
the efforts by the left-wing Catholic clergy. What they (i.e., the liberal
Catholic clergy) were doing that the evangelicals and the conservative
Catholics found so offensive was - in conjunction with liberal Protestant
groups - fighting to break the strangle-hold on the poor (about 85 percent
of the region's population) by the wealthy oligarchies that controlled
Central and South America in the interests of the American New World
Order System. [Please see our article, The Catholic / Evangelical Rapprochement."]
The IRD was responsible for providing the ideological and RELIGIOUS
framework for waging the MURDEROUS war against the adherents
of Liberation Theology in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. In addition,
others who operated in the political and religious nexus out from which
the IRD sprang had been deeply involved in overthrowing the popularly
elected Allende government in Chile, the Goulert government in Brazil
and installing brutal right-wing dictatorships in these countries as
well as in Uruguay, Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru - ALL IN THE NAME
think about the STUPIDITY of all this insofar as evangelical
Christians are concerned! - in the interest of fighting against the
"New Age" ideology (theology) espoused by the adherents of Liberation
Theology and mainline Protestantism, Christian evangelicals allied themselves
with groups like P-2 and Opus Dei (whose conservative Catholic
ideologies are much more ABHORRENT and DEMONIC
than anything the adherents of Liberation Theology have ever dreamed
up) to "take back "DOMINION" in Central and South America
for Christ and the church." [This kind of thinking - the kind
that lies behind the notion that Christians must engage the forces of
evil in this world "THROUGH THE BARREL OF A GUN" - is called
"Dominionism;" please see our article on "Dominionism."]
BUT SUCH THINKING IS OXYMORONIC! - i.e., allying oneself with
P-2 and Opus Dei to fight against the adherents of Liberation
Theology. IT'S KIND OF LIKE ALLYING ONESELF WITH BEELZEBUB TO FIGHT
SATAN. It's ridiculous! At the very least, the followers of Liberation
Theology had the interests of the poor at heart; Opus Dei and
P-2 - together with the wealthy oligarchies they support - have NEVER
had the interests of the poor in mind; their only concern has been for
themselves and the interests of the American New World Order System
that preserves them from the rage of the 85 percent of the population
they suppress and domineer.
CREATING A SHAM PRETEXT FOR WAR
IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
To put it plainly, what the IRD did was paint the battle for control
of Central and South America - which was in reality a struggle between
the indigenous populations of the region (on the one hand) and the American
New World Order System (on the other hand) - as a war between "atheistic
Communism" and the "Occultic Forces" of the "New Age (again, on the
one hand) and Christianity and God's so-called "Redeemer Nation" (on
the other hand). And they succeeded in convincing Christian evangelicals
as to the "veracity" of their ruse.
Indeed, even today in countless numbers of evangelical missionary groups
(e.g., Wycliffe, YWAM, New Tribes, etc.) and Christian churches throughout
the country, the defeat of Liberation Theology in Central and South
America, [and the concomitant overthrow of the Allende government in
Chile, the "reduction" of the Sandanistas in Nicaragua, and the earlier
destruction of the Goulert government in Brazil (and the resultant installation
of MURDEROUS dictatorships in their stead)] is hailed
as a great victory for Christianity over the forces of Occultism and
the New Age.
For example, Beverly LaHaye never tires of "trumpeting" her part in
the overthrow of the Goulert government in Brazil; and we (i.e., Antipas)
never cease to receive letters from now retired evangelical missionaries
who served in Brazil, Guatemala, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, El Salvador,
etc. who - sadly - took sides with the death squads in their murderous
campaign against the Leftists of the area during that era. Their thinking
at the time ran along the lines of Cubie Ward of Paralife Ministries
when he said,
"Killing for the joy of it is wrong, but killing because it is necessary
to fight against an anti-Christ system ... is not only right, but
the duty of every Christian."
OR the evangelical pastors who defended the HOMICIDAL
rampage of their Contra "parishioners" by saying,
"... they dont massacre people ... They massacre demons,
and these people are demon possessed: theyre communists ..."
OR the businessman who praised the work of the death
squads as the work of "dedicated Christians," and who further said:
"Dont say it was I who said so, but the victory over ...
(the Left) began the day my wife said, Theres no way out
except to kill these monsters (i.e., the peasant adherents to Liberation
Theology): weve got to kill them all!"
OR the work of death squad functionaries who stuck bayonets
up the vaginas of their female captives, cut off the penises and testicles
of their male prisoners, and fried their captives over a bed of hot
coals on pieces of corrugated metal like hamburgers on a frying pan
- and then sang in the choir of their churches the next Sunday as they
did at the evangelical Christian Verbo Church in Guatemala City.
THE SHAME OF IT ALL
For these reasons and much more, Christians have become, as Psalm 44:14
suggests, "... a byword (i.e., a terse saying or adage) among the heathen
(i.e., the unbelievers), a shaking of the head among the people" (at
least insofar as the poor of this world are concerned) - and because
of these monstrous wrongs, the Lord's Name has been "... profaned among
the heathen (i.e., unbelievers), whither we went." (Ezek. 36:22)
a SHAM we as Christians "bought into" - believing (really,
"pretending") that the war the American New World Order System was conducting
against Liberation Theology in the jungles of Central and South America
was a war of "good" vs. "evil;" of Christianity vs. Occultism and the
New Age; of God vs. the devil! - AND NOW THE SAME GROUP THAT SOLD
US THAT "BILL OF GOODS" IS TRYING TO SELL THIS SHAM TO US ALL OVER AGAIN,
THIS TIME IN THE MIDDLE EAST. And once again, Christians are falling
for this deceit, just as they did twenty years ago. What UTTER
and COMPLETE toadies we have been made by the rich of
this world! - i.e., by the elites who control Exxon-Mobil, Philips,
Chevron, Haliburton, etc. The sad truth is, America is sending its young
men and women off to the Middle East to fight and die for the sake of
Chevron Oil's "bottom line," and the evangelical Christian community
is not only standing on the side-lines cheering, but offering up its
own children as "storm troopers" for Exxon-Mobile and Philips as well.
JEWS TOO HAVE FALLEN
VICTIM TO THIS PLOY
And - sadly - it's not just Christians who have been reduced to the
status of toadies and boot-lickers to the rich; Jews have descended
to that level as well. One has only to peruse the membership of the
"Project For A New American Century" [again, the "mother group" for
the new "Committee for the Liberation of Iraq" and the successor group
to the "INSTITUTE FOR RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY" (IRD)] to discover
that there is not much difference between the Jews and the Christians
in this matter; both groups have sold themselves out as servants to
the moneyed elites of this world, and specifically to the American New
World Order System. This is the kind of thing that the prophet Hosea
was talking about when he said:
"... (they have) played the harlot ... for ... (they have) said,
I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my
wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink." (Hos. 2:5)
pretty harsh! But that's what harlotry is - selling yourself for money
and the "good things of life." And why did the Jews do this? - because,
as Hosea said, their "lovers" took care of them! And isn't that ostensibly
what George Bush's American New World Order System is doing for the
Jews and the state of Israel? - just as it is doing for Christians?
Of course it is. But there's a price the Jews are having to pay for
that so-called "care" - and that is, they must forever "stand at the
ready," like any good servant must, to be summoned anytime, anywhere
to "service the needs" of the elites who control the American New World
THERE IS A PRICE IN INFAMY TO BE PAID WHEN
ONE SERVES THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER
Sadly, most Jews - and for that matter, most evangelicals - have very
little idea of how far and wide over the globe this service has taken
the Jews and Israel - or the depths of indecency and shame into which
it has plunged them. But the poor of the earth know; those whom the
American New World Order System has oppressed and domineered - they
know. They know the depths of infamy and immorality to which Israel
has been plunged - all for the sake of "servicing the needs" of the
American New World Order System!
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ONE SERVES THE DEVIL AND THE INTERESTS OF HELL.
[Please see our article, "The Search for Babylon; What Do the Scriptures
Say."] One acquires a reputation for scandal and shame - and contrary
to what most might think today, Israel was not always held in such contempt
by the poor and dispossessed of the World. The fact is, most of the
early support Israel received in the precincts of the United Nations
came from those nations and peoples which we today call the "Third World"
- and oftentimes it came in defiance of the machinations of the anti-Semitic
whims of the U.S. State Department. The fact is, in the beginning, the
poor of the world thought of Israel as one of them. They embraced Israel
as an example of what the "little people" of the world could do if they
stood their ground against the rich and the powerful.
What caused everything to be turned around to the extent that it has
been? What caused the "little people" of the world to turn away from
Israel? What caused Israel to be numbered among those nations of the
world who trample the poor of the world underfoot, rather than as a
nation who stood up against the world's oppressors?
Most Jews and evangelical Christians think that it was the result of
Arab propaganda. To a certain extent, that's true - at least insofar
as the peoples and nations of the Middle East are concerned. Unfortunately,
however, that doesn't tell the whole story. Why, for example, do the
blacks of South Africa, Angola, the Congo, etc. hate the Jews and Israel
so much? Why do the indigenous populations of Latin America despise
them to the degree that they do? What's going on here? The rage these
people feel towards Israel as expressed wherever the Left demonstrates
against the oppressive policies of such institutions of the American
New World Order System as the IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO cannot
be explained away simply as the result of Arab propaganda. Not even
anti-Semitism can explain it away.
No! - there is a much deeper and sinister reason, and one that most
Jews and Israelis are loathe to admit - though deep down in their heart
they surely must have an inkling if they think about it to any great
degree. The very real fact of the matter is, the poor and dispossessed
of the world have run into Israel and the Jews time and time again in
their unceasing struggle against the oppression and cruelty of the American
New World Order System. And they have run into them in the same way
that the American colonialists ran into Hessian soldiers during America's
War of Independence - as MERCENARIES and THUGS
in the pay of their masters, the American military and the CIA.
MERCENARIES AND THUGS FOR AMERICA
The fact is, elite Israeli military units and the agents of the Mossad
have been running amok all over the world in the service of the American
New World Order System, performing dirty, bloody little tasks that the
U.S. military and the CIA have been forbidden by law to do: an assassination
here, running guns there, dealing with people that the Americans wouldn't
get "caught dead" talking to, and generally acting as proxies (really
toadies) for the Americans in tasks that the Americans didn't want to
touch because of the horror and disgust attached to such activity -
AND THAT'S WHY ISRAEL IS SO UNPOPULAR TODAY IN THE SO-CALLED THIRD
Come on now, don't act so surprised! You say this is the first time
you ever heard about any of this? - but if that's so, it's because you
didn't want to know. After all, one doesn't have to have access to secret
documents to ask himself why Israeli military "advisors" and Mossad
agents have been tramping all over Africa and Central and South America?
For what possible reason have they been doing so? What possible motive
did the Israeli military have that was purely of Israeli or Jewish origin
for their ubiquitous presence as military "advisors" in the Contra training
camps in Central America in the 1980s, or in Angola, the Congo, Mozambique,
and elsewhere in Africa where American interests were being challenged.
MIDGE DECKTER AND NORMAN PODHORETZ
What purely Jewish reasons were there for someone like Midge Deckter
- whose overriding purpose in life has been the preservation of the
"Jewish state" - to be found "manning" the boards of a whole host of
American New World Order System "front" organizations dedicated to maintaining
America's crushing political and economic grip on the people and nations
of Central and South America - for example, groups like the "INSTITUTE
FOR RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY." What real Israeli interest per se
could she possibly have had for Central and South America? - or for
the Contra War? The reason very obviously was that she was ingratiating
herself to the American elites, and doing their bidding in order to
secure their reciprocal support for Israel. [Deckter, for those of you
who have never heard of her, is the wife of Norman Podhoretz, the publisher
of Commentary Magazine, the leading light of conservative Jewry
in the United States, and the conduit through which Israeli officials
(especially Likud Party officials) orchestrate their relationship with
American evangelicals and elite moneyed interests like the Heritage
Foundation, Olin, Pew, etc.]
It's through Jews connected to the "Podhoretz group" that countless
numbers of Israeli military officers have been procured to speak at
evangelical Christian churches. Indeed, in recent years, there is hardly
an American evangelical church that hasn't been visited by handsome
Israeli military officers telling dashing stories of "daring-do" about
the various wars that Israel has been involved in since 1948. But rarely
are there any stories told about Israeli military operations in Central
and South America, or in Africa - all in slavish support of the American
New World Order System. No! - those kind of stories are "off limits."
In addition, Deckter is the mother-in-law of none other than Elliot
Abrams, who - in the 1980s - was President Reagan's notorious "front
man" for the bloody suppression of the "insurrectionists" in Central
America, and was heavily linked to the operation of death squads throughout
the region. Abrams and Oliver North are the ones who came up with the
idea of circumventing the Congressional mandate against aid to the Contras
by securing "humanitarian aid" from the American evangelical community,
and military aid from the Israelis.
entire evangelical Christian community was involved, and included just
about everyone who was anything, including such Christian millionaires
as Ellen Garwood (heir to the Clayton Anderson Fortune), the Coors family,
Richard Mellon Scaife (heir to the Mellon Banking Fortune), Cullen Davis,
Richard DeVoss, Edwin Feulner, Edith Hakola, Smith Hempston, Herbert
Hunt, Nelson Bunker Hunt, etc., as well as such prominent and influential
Christian leaders as Pat Robertson, James Dobson, Robert Dugan, Jerry
Falwell, Ron Godwin, Ed McAteer, ad nauseum. [Please see our
article on the strange alliance the Christian Right has made with the
Secular Right entitled "Strange Bedfellows: The Religious Right and
the Secular Right."]
The Abrams / North effort at securing the aid of the Israelis and the
evangelical Christian community in support of the re-imposition
of the American New World Order System in Nicaragua and the rest of
Central America was a coup of monumental dimensions for both North and
Abrams. In reality, however, Abrams was much more the leader in this
effort than was North. His fingerprints are everywhere! - even in the
effort to secure the backing of the evangelical community, where Abrams
- although calling most of the shots - took a "back seat" to North because
he was Jewish and North was a Christian.
Now Abrams has taken control of the State Department's "Middle East
Desk" and is in charge of coordinating the Bush strategy for the Middle
East - LENDING CREDENCE TO THE SUPPOSITION THAT THE SAME "CROWD"
THAT INVOLVED ISRAEL AND THE AMERICAN EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY IN REAGAN'S
CONTRA WAR IS NOW IN CONTROL OF THE EFFORT TO INVOLVE BOTH COMMUNITIES
ALL OVER AGAIN IN THE UPCOMING WAR AGAINST IRAQ.
THE FACT IS, IN TODAY'S WORLD THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM'S
MOST LOYAL AND EFFECTIVE ALLIES (READ, LAPDOGS) ARE ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH,
not NATO, not the EC, not Japan, not Saudi Arabia nor Egypt nor
any other such group or entity.
INTIMIDATING THOSE CHRISTIANS WHO REFUSE TO
GO ALONG: "READING THEM OUT" OF THE CHURCH
One is tempted to say that all this is just coincidence - nothing more
than "happenchance." There's no real collusion between Israel and the
church (on the one hand) and the elites who control the American New
World Order System (on the other hand). But that's nothing more than
wishful thinking - the result of PURPOSEFUL naiveté
on the part of both Jews and Christians.
The fact is, there are "smoking guns" lying all over the world that
attest to the collusion between the American elites and their lapdogs,
Israel and the church. Take, for example, the IRD's statement of purpose
back in the 1980s: it sets out in black and white what the leaders
of the evangelical church were up to insofar as whipping their parishioners
up in defense of the American New World Order System in Central America,
and molding them into a bulwark of support for that system. The statement
reads in part:
"Never has there been a greater need for strong churches as a crucial
component of civil society. America and the world require a fresh
impetus of Christian evangelization, transforming both individuals
and cultures. Yet tragically, important segments of the American church
... are spiraling into deep decline as they retreat from this task.
Particularly in the historic 'mainline Protestant denominations, but
also in other churches, many leaders have lost their focus on the
Gospel, the basis of their existence. They have turned toward political
agendas mandated neither by the Scriptures nor by Christian tradition.
They have thrown themselves into multiple, often leftist crusades
- radical forms of feminism, environmentalism, pacifism, multi-culturalism,
revolutionary socialism, sexual liberation and so forth."
This statement is a purposeful "slam" in "Church-speak" against those
Christians who refuse to support the American New World Order System
(what the IRD terms "civil society"). It pictures the mission of the
church as the "transformation of culture" (that's what the IRD means
by "Christian evangelization") - and sees the challenge of the Left
as the enemy of culture, which it (in other places in the document)
pictures as the "American Free Enterprise System" (read: "the American
New World Order System").
When the tome speaks of the "deep decline" of the church, its "retreat
from this task" (i.e., the "transformation of culture"), and its "lost
focus on the Gospel" what it has in mind is the tendency of some in
the church to oppose the expansion of the American system. Finally,
it labels all those in the church who oppose the expansion of THE
AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM as "leftists" - people who embrace
radical feminism (i.e., "home and hearth"), environmentalism (read"
"tree huggers" and "New Age" devotees), multi-culturalism (read: all
those who embrace non-Western and non-Christian cultures), "revolutionary
socialism" (read: "Anarchists and Communists") and "sexual liberation"
(read: "hedonists and libertines").
Wow! - those Christians who oppose the American New World Order System
are all these things? - i.e., "hedonists," "libertines," "Anarchists,"
"Communists," "New Agers," and generally people who oppose "family and
hearth." Eeee gads - that's the kind of "stuff" that can get one thrown
out of the church - which is precisely what the IRD wants, fulfilling
the words of Christ when He said,
"... take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils;
and in the ... (churches) ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought
before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them."
LIES AND MORE LIES
The hard truth of the matter is, the justification the elites are using
to draw both Israel and the church into the upcoming war with Iraq is
based on lies! - lies that are, as we said previously, as false and
self-serving as the claims of cigarette companies that nicotine is nonaddictive
and cigarette smoke poses no health hazard.
Lies! - lies like the ones the United States used to draw Christians
into the Contra War of the 1980s, passing that war off as a struggle
between "atheistic Communism" and the "Occultic Forces" of the "New
Age (on the one hand) and Christianity and God's so-called "Redeemer
Nation" (on the other hand) rather than what it really was, a struggle
between the indigenous populations of the region and the American New
World Order System.
Lies! - lies like the one a sobbing 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl, known
only by her first name of Nayirah, told a Committee of Congress about
Iraqi soldiers storming into al-Addan hospital in Kuwait City, removing
babies from their incubators and throwing them on the floor to die.
It was all a lie - a lie that the U.S. government, in coordination with
the Kuwaiti Ambassador (whose daughter Nayirah turned out to be), fabricated
and "pushed" on the American public in order to enlist U.S. support
for that war. And all this to say nothing about how the U.S. government
enticed Iraq into invading Kuwait in the first place [which is another
story altogether (more about that in upcoming articles)].
Indeed, it sometimes seems that the government can't function without
lying. The murder of Patrice Lumumba; Mk-Ultra; the assassinations of
John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King; the Tonkin Gulf
Resolution (which got us into the Vietnam War); the Pentagon Papers
(which laid out in detail the lies the Vietnam Conflict was based on);
Agent Orange; the Contra Wars; Iran-Contra; the toppling of the duly
elected governments of Chile (Allende), Brazil (Gourlert), Guatemala
(Arbenz), etc.; the CIA's involvement all over the world in drug running,
etc., etc. - LIES! All of them LIES, and
if that's the case, what does that say about our government? -
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye
will do. He ... abode not in the truth, because there is no truth
in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is
a liar, and the father of it." (John 8:44)
This is the background of the people that both Israel and the church
have "climbed into bed" with - AND IT IS PRECISELY THESE LIARS -
THESE "CHILDREN OF THE DEVIL" - THAT ARE INVOLVING ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH
IN THEIR MACHINATIONS INSOFAR AS THE UPCOMING WAR WITH IRAQ IS CONCERNED.
TIME IS SHORT
Listen, brothers and sisters, we have a DUTY before God
to speak out against all this; to speak to our families, our loved ones,
our friends and neighbors, in our workplaces, and most especially, in
our churches. The Bible says:
Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them,
When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take
a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:
If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet,
and warn the people;
Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not
warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be
upon his own head.
He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood
shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his
But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet,
and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person
from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; BUT HIS BLOOD
WILL I REQUIRE AT THE WATCHMAN'S HAND.
We in the church and all those of you who are in Israel (and we at
Antipas know that there are many of you who read our material in Israel,
both Christian Jews, and non-Christian Jews) - have a REQUIREMENT
that has been placed upon us by God to speak out against the alliance
that both the church and Israel have made with the American New World
Order System. If we fail to do so, the Bible says that God will REQUIRE
the blood of those who are eventually led astray at our hands!
God bless you all!
P.S. Please take the time, if you haven't already, to read our article,
"Coaxing Christians out of their Hiding Places."
Please also see our recent newsletters to you entitled, "Bush
and the Coming War in Iraq," and "A Question
To You Concerning the Upcoming War in Iraq."
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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
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"The Third World
as a Model for the New World Order," Inside
the American New World Order System" and "The
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