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Jewish Rabbis Embrace Jewish Jihad (Against Non-Jews Only Of Course)

Posted by Job on November 12, 2009

When your religion is based on the opinions of man (Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, liberation theology) instead of the Bible (Christianity) well these things happen! And by the way, this IS taking Zionism, including Christian Zionism, to its logical conclusion, because Christian Zionism teaches that the Old Testament is still in effect and binding for Jews. Christian Zionism actually regards teachings that Jesus Christ fulfilled, replaced and superseded the Old Testament to be anti-Semitism. So, since the Old Testament is still in effect, Jews have carte blanche to kill anyone that they regard as an enemy, and when I say kill I mean GENOCIDE.

Courtesy of PJ Miller:

West Bank rabbi: Jews can kill Gentiles who threaten Israel

 

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Regarding Carrie Prejean, Evangelicalism And The Culture War

Posted by Job on May 12, 2009

I recall a very recent incident where I purchased my first
Christian rap CD, certain that it would provide edifying entertainment for my
very young son during our frequent automobile trips. However, when the music
began to play, my son put his hands over his ears, and began yelling for me to
turn it off, the reason being “it sounds like the devil’s music.” Now
as I was very much enjoying the CD in question, I tried to explain to the child
that it was in fact Christian music. The child replied that he would much
rather listen to one of HIS CDs. So, the Christian rap went out, and one of his
several CDs of classic hymns, Negro spirituals and similar took its place,
which included “Standing On The Promises of God.” I confess to not having
learned the lyrics to this song, but I do remember something about “standing on
the promises that cannot fail.”

And now I find myself reading Pilgrim’s Progress by John
Bunyan for the first time. I not long ago passed the section where Christian
succumbed to the temptation of one Worldly Wiseman to depart from the hard path
given to him to the Celestial City by Evangelist and instead set out for what
was promised to be the easier path over Mount Sinai to Mr. Legality and his
handsome son civility in the nice village Morality. And this reminds me of the
Carrie Prejean tempest: this where beauty pageant contestant lost the Miss
America pageant (which is owned by Donald Trump, who considers twice divorced
prosperity preacher Paula White his friend and pastor) for speaking out against
homosexual marriage.

As a result, this Miss Prejean has found herself many
supporters in the evangelical Christian community for fighting the good fight
in the culture war, having had the privilege of such experiences as being
interviewed by James Dobson, speaking at a prominent evangelical Christian
university, and being a presenter for the Dove Awards. Miss Prejean’s Christian
advocates have presented her as an example of a bold Christian woman who has
risked and suffered in warfare.

While this is certainly true, as Prejean clearly lost the
Miss America title, was very nearly stripped of the Miss California title, and
has had explicit pictures (some that she acknowledges to be real, others that
she alleges are fake) released by those seeking to force the Miss California pageant
to strip her of her crown for violating her contract, I have to ask: what battle
is it that she is fighting anyway, and is it a worthwhile one?

Again, go back to “Standing On The Promises Of God.” God’s
promises cannot fail, which means that God’s battles cannot be lost, because in
God’s battles, it is not us that are fighting, but rather God Himself that
fights for us. So as long as remain obedient and faithful to scripture and
adhere to the things that Jesus Christ commanded of us, we cannot lose. Our
success is guaranteed, predetermined, predestined.

However, when we depart from the path, leave behind the
commandments of Jesus Christ, and start seeking our own agendas, failure is
inevitable. Oh, we may win a victory or two here and there, but it is only a
temporary fleeting battle won at a huge cost – not the least a great diversion
of prayers and works by well meaning Christians – in a war that will ultimately
be lost. The person who bears witness of this best is none other than James
Dobson, the very same who interviewed Prejean. Upon retiring from his leadership
of Focus On The Family, Dobson acknowledged that he, his organization and its
fellow travelers had lost every single battle, including that against
homosexual marriage, which will become legal in many parts of the country
within a few years. And let us never forget that the great legal victory that
made homosexual marriage possible was a court decision, Lawrence versus Texas,
given to us by a Supreme Court stacked with appointees of the very conservative
Republican presidents that Dobson and his peers spent a generation getting
Christians to not only vote but contribute, volunteer, fast and pray to get
elected in the first place. What do we know from this? As Jesus Christ promised
us that so long as remain faithful to Him and do His Will that we shall not
fail, the very failure of Dobson’s efforts, shows that Dobson and those like
him were never fighting the Lord’s battle to begin with.

And consider further the supreme irony: the biggest defeats
have come from the very people aligned with Dobson! Recall that Ronald Reagan,
when given the opportunity to appoint justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade,
instead put not one but two pro – abortion judges on the court, and George H.
W. Bush, who became president due to being the vice president of Reagan thanks
in no small part to people like Dobson, appointed a third pro – abortion judge,
and yes all three of those judges cast their votes in the Lawrence versus Texas
decision to pave the way for homosexual marriage as well.

So gentle Christians, what we should learn from this is that
Jesus Christ, God’s own Word and thereby God Himself, did not come to earth as
a human to be slain on a cross to pay the debt of original sin, in order to
redeem the culture. He did not do so in order to lend political support to any specific
nation, whether the United States or Israel, or any cause. The reason is that
cultures, nations, and causes are worldly things, and the result of the death
of Jesus Christ was to create the church, which is ekklesia in Greek, and
ekklesia means “called out.” What is the church called out of? The world and
worldly things. Instead of trying to change the world in some vain, idolatrous,
blasphemous quest to transform its sin and wickedness into the image of the
holiness and righteousness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, instead of
trying to give that which is destined to die the image of that which through
the resurrection of Jesus Christ will have eternal life, the only duty that I
have seen given through Jesus Christ and His apostles and prophets to the New
Testament church is that of saving and discipling sinners. Even the good deeds
and charitable works that Jesus Christ commanded His disciples to love our
neighbors and by this way to also love Him was towards that end; acts by which
the unsaved are reached and the saved are to learn to grow in the grace and
knowledge of our only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Now let it be known that evangelical Christians are supposed
to be sola scriptura Protestants. After all, the term “evangelical” was taken
up as a self – descriptive one by the Protestant Reformers. So, I challenge any
sola scriptural Protestant to identify me the Bible verse that commands
Christians to put aside the work of evangelizing the world and discipling those
who by and according to the grace and prerogative of God the Father (those that
the Father gave to the Son) respond to the gospel and start working to give the
unregenerate masses the appearance of righteousness, a form of godliness that
denies the power thereof, show it to me and I will repent of this missive. If
no such verse exists – and I have never encountered it in the New Testament –
then those who continue with this behavior should cease to call themselves sola
scriptura, which means they should cease to call themselves Protestants, which
means that they should cease to call themselves evangelical, which means that
they should cease to call themselves Christians.

This is no mere doctrinal dispute. Again, Jesus Christ gave us in His Holy Spirit – inspired word promises that work done in His Name would
never fail. The end result of not only decades of the religious right but many
centuries of church – states and church – cultures has been nothing but massive
thoroughgoing failure. If you refuse to consider me to be one qualified to
speak to this matter, then heed Søren Kierkegaard; read his Attack Upon Christendom (that is if you can abide theistic existentialism long enough to). So by committing all of these
efforts to works, by fighting all of these battles, that we claim to be in the
Name of Jesus Christ, what witness does the church bear to the promises, the
veracity, the power, the faithfulness, the very Name of Jesus Christ by which
we are saved and are to overcome death, be resurrected from the dead, and
inherit the Celestial City when these things fail? When WE fail?

Because like Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress, we have abandoned
the path to the Celestial City and Mount Zion to the Morality Village, the
abode of Mr. Legality and Civility by way of Mount Sinai, that same is the way
of death. We have abandoned the counsel of the apostles, prophets and Jesus
Christ Himself for that of Worldly Wisemen politicians and hucksters, in
addition to not a few very sincere but ultimately misguided and sincere pastors
and theologians, which unfortunately included not a few of the very same
Reformers themselves, who were not long removed from the murderous yoke of the
Roman church – states themselves began drowning Anabaptists and burning
heretics. Indeed, John Bunyan himself spent twelve years in the dark prison of
a Christian nation, separated from his church and family, for the crime of preaching
the gospel.

Morality, legality and civility. Sound like “Christian
values”, “family values”, “American values”, “Judeo – Christian values”, “Judeo
– Christian heritage” and all the other buzzwords to you? It certainly sounds like
that to me. Well, those are legalism, an external righteousness of the
Pharisees, devoid of the religion of the heart that Jesus Christ gave us. It is
darkness devoid of the Light that came to this world that the darkness does not
comprehend. Of course, a person, a group, a movement, a nation can impose
morality, legality and civility for a period of time by expending no small
amount of energy or cost. Keep in mind however: such moral societies do not
have to be Christian … homosexuality, abortion, crime, divorce etc. are very
much kept under control in not a few Muslim societies, and such was also the
case in fascist regimes like those run by Pinochet and Franco. Also, a
democracy cannot maintain “moral societies” anywhere nearly as long as a
monarchy, totalitarian regime or dictatorship.

But it is only for a time. Remember Lot’s wife. Or better
yet remember the Holy Roman Empire! When Constantine allegedly converted (but in
truth began to exploit the faith for state power – including appropriating the
symbol of the Prince of Peace for warfare, a fact that we should think of when
so many evangelicals unconditionally support the war in Iraq as well as torture)
Eusebius and many other pastors and theologians of the time insisted that the
whole thing was the work of God, that Constantine’s making Christianity the
religion of the empire was part of God’s redemptive-historic plan for mankind,
and that through the Roman Empire the whole world would be subdued for Jesus
Christ. What happened? It failed. The Holy Roman Empire broke apart, falling to
the Muslims.

The reason why is that Jesus Christ did not come to earth,
conduct His ministry, die from the cross, and rise from the dead in order to
bring such things into existence. Those things are not wrapped up within the

promises of God, so they will fail. They are works of the flesh, not of the spirit, so they are vanity. You can fight it, you can delay it, but ultimately, as a dog returns to his vomit (Proverb 26:11) that which is sinful will return to sin. A system of laws and rituals can control an unregenerate person for a time, but that sinner will ultimately go back to sin just as
Pliable, Simple, Sloth, Presumption, Formalist, Hypocrisy, Mistrust, Timorous
and all the rest abandoned the true pilgrim Christian on the straight and
narrow path to the Celestial City. And as societies are by definition going to
contain large majorities of unsaved and in many instances shall be ruled by
them, they will go the same way.

This was the failure of the doctrine of the ecclesiola within
the ecclesia, the actual church within the political and cultural church-state
that was advanced in some form by Augustine (representing as he did Catholicism),
Calvin (representing church – state Protestantism) and various others, and it
is the same failure of the various modern dominionism movements -including but
certainly not limited to the religious right and some of the more robust forms
of premillennial dispensationalism and Christian Zionism – whose adherents
proclaim themselves to be taking (or taking back) cultures, nations and
ultimately the globe for Christ.

I am reminded of the words of the pastor character in Frank
Peretti’s novel The Visitation (not exactly Pilgrim’s Progress granted,
but a good read nonetheless!) who upon hearing an inexperienced and zealous
pastor state “we are taking this town for Christ” replied “not even Christ took
a town for Christ.” As Jesus Christ’s own nation, the Jews, rejected Him, what
more evidence is there that Jesus Christ did not die for a nation, a culture, a
political agenda, or any other worldly thing, but rather to redeem the church?
Now Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection did, against all odds, succeed. The
church was born, has existed for going on 2,000 years, and will live forever.
However, the failure of all of these movements proves that no matter the
sincerity, fervency, and honorable motives of many of the people who inspire
and are caught up in them, are sadly due to fail because they have no part in
Jesus Christ’s promises and thus will have no part in His resurrection.

I keep hearing Christians speak of how this can be changed
with a revival, and have taken it upon themselves to try to initiate one. They
recall how society was transformed in America and Britain through the Great
Awakenings, and long for another to happen. I remember the claims that great
outpouring of national unity and people returning to churches after September
11th 2001 may spark just such a revival, a return of this nation to
its “Christian values and heritage.” It was easy to suffer such fantasies when
George W. Bush was in office. Well, not only did George W. Bush prove to be
someone who does not believe that the Bible is literally true and the final
authority and also that Muslims and Christians (and presumably other religions
as well) all pray to the same god, but this nation is now saddled with a
president about whom no one can entertain such delusions. Alas, it was just
another failure by people who were never seeking the true Will of Jesus Christ
to begin with.

While Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield and the other
revivalists of these awakenings may have had some state – church or state –
culture sympathies, the reason why their revivals as well as the missionary
revival started by William Carey and Adoniram Judson and before them Zinzendorf,
Spener and the Moravians succeeded was because their aim was to preach the
gospel and save souls! Their goals were not social or political but spiritual.
That was why they could not fail. They accomplished the results that they were
seeking because the results were the Lord adding to the church such as should
be saved (Acts 2:47). And yes, that verse does say THE LORD adding to the
church, not man through his own efforts doing so. Why? Because as stated
earlier … it was the Lord’s doing, the Lord’s work, the Lord’s battle to begin
with. Do the Lord’s will, and the Lord fights for you. Do your own will, and the
Lord fights against you. Do you deny this? Well then ask King Saul. His
kingdom, his portion was taken from him and given to another because he stopped
fighting the Lord’s battle the Lord’s way and started fighting his battles his
way. Instead of establishing God’s kingdom, it became about Saul’s kingdom.
When Saul’s son asked him for what cause did he seek the life of David, who had
never done any harm to Saul, King Saul cursed his son, calling him the son of a
dog, and asked “don’t you realize that as long as David lives you will never
have MY KINGDOM?” But it was never Saul’s kingdom to give. Saul and his sons
died, God’s kingdom went to David, and through the One Jesus Christ who
descended from David, it will last forever.

So, Christian, are you laboring for Mr. Legality with
Civility in the village Morality for things that, like the Holy Roman Empire,
the Reformed church – states, and Saul’s kingdom, will not last because they
are of this world and are things that Revelation 20 and 21 states will be
destroyed with fire and replaced with a new heaven and a new earth? Or are you
going to love Jesus Christ by keeping His commandments, and thereby laboring
for things that will last forever, in the Celestial City where the rust and
moth cannot destroy?

Gentle Christian, I sincerely entreat and implore you to
turn aside from all that which is pertaining to Mr. Legality, Civility, and the
village Morality … things of Sinai that will fail. Instead, join Pilgrim on the
narrow path to the Celestial City so that your works will last forever. In
closing, let me give you some words by Russell K. Carter, circa 1886.

  1. Standing on the promises of Christ
    my King,
    Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
    Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  • Refrain:
    Standing, standing,
    Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
    Standing, standing,
    I’m standing on the promises of God.
  • Standing on the promises that
    cannot fail,
    When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
    By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  • Standing on the promises I now can
    see
    Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
    Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  • Standing on the promises of Christ
    the Lord,
    Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
    Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  • Standing on the promises I cannot
    fall,
    List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call,
    Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
    Standing on the promises of God.
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    New World Order Alert: Is The Vatican Going To Team Up With Israel Over Jerusalem?

    Posted by Job on May 12, 2009

    For those who are not familiar with Caroline Glick, she is very neoconservative and very Zionist. Here, she is stating that Israel should cease working with America and start pursuing a mutually beneficial relationship with Egypt (over Iran) and the Vatican (over Jerusalem). First Egypt: Iran sponsors the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a threat to Egypt’s fragile regime, which will become even more so once Egypt’s aging ruler leaves power. Egypt wishes to reduce Iran’s influence in order to make sure that the nation does not fall into the hands of jihadists. Second the Vatican: Glick asserts that the Vatican could be convinced that the only way to protect “Christian holy sites” in Israel and specifically in Jerusalem is to ensure that they remain in Jewish control and out of Muslim hands.

    Now Glick has come out and stated that she opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state for at least two generations, and that during this time Israel should impose heavy measures to keep the Palestinian population subdued, and also take control of Palestinian schools and brainwash – excuse me educate – Palestinian children into hating everything Muslim and Arabic and turn them into pro – western Zionists. After this point, the Palestinians would either willingly desire to be ruled by Israel under terms that benefit Israel and stop demanding a state, or would accept a state that would be Israel’s puppet. In other words, Glick is willing to come out and publicly state what Israel’s neoconservative secular Zionists are usually unwilling to. (This is as opposed to Israel’s paleoconservative and/or religious Zionists, who openly or covertly simply wish to drive the Palestinians out of Israel.)

    However, Glick is signaling that she – and the faction that she represents – may be willing to change their tune and give the Palestinians a state much sooner if the Vatican throws its considerable political muscle behind keeping all of Jerusalem in Israeli hands, and speaking out against Palestinian terrorism (which groups ranging from the secular and religious left to conservative Catholics to some Reformed Protestants are willing to pretend does not exist).

    Now the majority of Palestinians and Israelis have long favored a two state solution. A dirty little secret is that elements in both the Palestinian and Israeli leadership claim to want a two state solution publicly while working to undermine it behind the scenes. If the Vatican is able to pick off the neoconservative secular Zionists like Glick, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Avidgor Lieberman, that would create a coalition with the moderate and liberal Israelis that would be big and powerful enough on the Israeli side to get it done. The only barrier, however, would be the Palestinians’ putting together a viable government that supports a two state solution and peace. We know that this isn’t Fatah/PLO, and it certainly isn’t Hamas. But it is something that bears watching.

    The Vatican joining hands with neconservative Zionist Israelis is just about the last thing that I could have ever imagined happening, but it suits the interests of both sides. By supporting Israel, the Roman Catholic Church helps get past its role in the Holocaust, which badly hurts its image and ability to recruit and retain members in Europe. This will become a particular issue in the next few years when the Vatican elevates Pius XII, the pope who was in charge during the Holocaust to “sainthood.” And the Obama administration’s turning America’s interests in the Middle East away from Israel and towards Iran and Syria – and many believe that this could be a permanent change of policy that will persist no matter which party controls Washington – gives Israel no choice but to seek a new powerful ally. As the EU and Russia have been overtly anti-Israel for some time, it is basically the Vatican or nobody. 

    Now as to the Christian Zionist element … I suppose that they will fall in line over this. Ever since the time of Billy Graham and particularly the rise of the religious right, evangelicals, especially dispensationalists, have not only become very friendly with the Vatican, but have actually followed its lead, sometimes knowing it but often not. Dispensationalists have taken school vouchers, faith – based programs, and other initiatives to funnel tax dollars into Roman Catholic dioceses as if it is their own agenda, and also got involved in the Terri Schiavo incident (one completely driven by the Roman Catholic governor of Florida Jeb Bush) and in the process of doing so advocated for the extrabiblical Roman Catholic traditional teachings on end of life issues. And how many Protestant evangelicals love having Scalia, Alito, Thomas and Roberts on the Supreme Court (Kennedy not so much)? And let us be honest: the neoconservative publicity machine, whether it is magazines like the Weekly Standard and the National Review and talk radio … they aren’t dominated by evangelicals. They are dominated by Roman Catholics and neoconservative Jews. Conservative Christian Zionists such as the ones who support torture patronize that media and allow their political AND RELIGIOUS views to be shaped by them. So, if the Vatican and the secular neoconservative Jews (the religious Jews by and large won’t have anything to do with Christians) begin the full court press on talk radio and on the conservative websites that keeping Jerusalem and making Israel secure so the construction of the third temple can take place is all that REALLY MATTERS, then the John Hagee/Pat Robertson contingent (and the many far more respectable and mainstream fellow travelers of this doctrine i.e. those who supported the war in Iraq) will quickly fall in line.

    But again, the major shoe that needs to drop for this to actually take place is a viable and (by all appearances) pro – peace Palestinian government led by a (and this would really really help) a charismatic leader to come about. Now that may be Obama’s job: to identify and train such a leader and put him in power (as our government has been known to do in the past … America trained both Usama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein and put them in place, and did similar with the group that is now running Iran). 

    Please see link to article where this gets discussed below:

    Our World: Opportunity is knocking at Israel’s door

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    Boy Sent Home From Public School For Dressing As Jesus Christ For Halloween

    Posted by Job on November 2, 2008

    Before you get all angry at this kid for attacking your religious cultural traditional American values, please note that the Roman Catholic Church all but co – opted Halloween with “All Saints Day.”

    Boy Sent Home For Dressing As Jesus Christ For Halloween

    PARAMUS, N.J. (CBS) ― A Paramus middle school student was sent home Friday after he came to school dressed up as Jesus for Halloween. For a few hours, Alex Woinski was the messiah of West Brook Middle School, but like the real Jesus, Woinski was condemned, so to speak.

    “Sort of like a new remake of what supposedly happened,” Woinski told CBS 2. Decked out in sandals, a robe, fake beard and thorns, the 13-year-old joined 500 other students at his school’s Halloween celebration, and on this day, he was the chosen one – to go home.

    “It was offensive to some students,” Woinski said, when asked what school officials told him the reason for being sent home was. Woinski says he wore the costume because friends say his long hair makes him a Jesus lookalike, and were not offended by his costume.

    The school says thes costume was a disruption and denies its religious nature had anything to do with it. “I don’t think I overreacted,” Principal Joan Broe told CBS 2.

    Broe said too many students were drawn to the costume, and that was reason enough. “Children were [asking], where is the boy who is Jesus Christ?” she said. “It was disrupting the education process.”

    Woinski’s parents agree it was political correctness gone amok. “I think the whole freedom of speech and expression has definitely had a damper put on it, and this is proof of that,” says Kim Woinski, Alex’s mother. (Please note: I wish people would quit invoking “freedom of speech” out of context. The Supreme Court has said time and time again that “freedom of speech” does not give you protection to say anything you want anytime you want without adverse consequences from anyone. It only means that the government cannot fine or imprison you because of your religious or political speech. Look, if some melee had broken out, the storyline would have immediately been “anti – Semitic white Christian teenagers whose parents will vote for John McCain commit hate crime against Jewish child AND THE PRINCIPAL FAILS TO PROTECT HIM BY FAILING TO HAVE DAILY TOLERANCE DIVERSITY AND MULTICULTURALISM CLASSES!)

    But it won’t put a damper on Woinski’s trick or treating. This Jesus has been resurrected for Friday night.
    Woinski has developed an interest in religion. His mother is Catholic and his father is Jewish. He recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah and his also studying Bible scripture. (Typical media whitewashing this kid’s behavior. Please recall his stating “Sort of like a new remake of what supposedly happened.” Let me say that coming up with ways to mock Jesus Christ and undermine Christianity has long been a Jewish pastime, and their purpose for studying the Bible is part of an attempt to be able to do it better. Jews who make a living of mocking Jesus Christ and claiming that there are so many inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the New Testament often know the Bible better than most evangelical Christians. And as for this child’s Roman Catholic father, he certainly does seem to be the liberal sort who thinks that people trashing his religion is a good thing. Now keep in mind: where people putting on suits to mock Jesus Christ is not that big a deal to Protestants, to Catholics, for whom a huge portion of their religion is worshiping images and representations of Jesus Christ, it is a huge deal, and the fact that this fellow not only married a non – Catholic but allowed his son to receive a Bar Mitzvah AND go around mocking the same imagery that his own religion worships shows precisely what sort of “Catholic” that he is. Again, the media knows this, and is clearly siding with the attempt of this child to mock Jesus Christ, and are doing all that they can to withhold that angle from the story. An evangelical Christian girl who went to Halloween dressed as Anne Frank or any other Holocaust victim, now that the media would have been all over. In this case, the media is giving full play to this teacher’s refusing to allow this kid to go around all day with people following him and makin fun of Jesus Christ, which of course was the intent of this child and his mother.)

    His school says this was the first time anyone had ever dressed up like Jesus. They say other students were ordered to alter their costumes because they were deemed inappropriate. (A closing crack in the article making it seem as if this fellow was disproportionately punished for mocking Jesus Christ.)

    Look, despite the lies of religious right people as well as John Hagee dual covenant theology dispensationalists, Jews have no regard for Christianity. Quite the contrary, Jews despise Christianity and Jesus Christ, and actually have more regard for Islam. Check out their Talmud. Ray Comfort reports that he once pretended to be a Jew with the last name Cohen (which identifies a Jew from a priestly line, Christians know this, and is why a TBN movie starring Stephen Baldwin on the great tribulation depicted a fellow named “Elijah Cohen” as a powerful prophet that was leading the left – behind church), went inside a synagogue, and heard the Jews there brag about having killed Jesus Christ. “He was a false Messiah so we strung Him up.” As Comfort freely admits entering the synagogue under false pretenses and disrespecting the place by giving a child there a gospel tract and getting himself kicked out (both of which were wrong, Comfort!) there is no reason to doubt his story. So if Comfort got inside a random Jewish synagogue during a random meeting and heard them bragging about killing Jesus Christ then we can assume that this is rather common discourse of theirs. (Please keep in mind that Comfort’s story is corroborated by not a few Jewish converts from Christianity, many of whom have found themselves disowned by family and friends shortly afterwards.)

    Of course, the mainstream media will not report the virulent antipathy that Judaism teaches towards Christianity. Quite the contrary, they call Christians who do so anti – Semitic, and they also call Christians that refuse to participate in interfaith gatherings with Jewish leaders which ultimately wind up being pressure chambers where Jews and liberal Christians demand that the evangelical invitees slowly abandon their religion point by point (tactic A. is to point out which beliefs are anti – Semitic, tactic B. is to point out that these beliefs are based on New Testament scriptures and doctrines that have been challenged by historical, literary, textual, etc. criticism, so C. holding onto an anti – Semitic belief that is based on Bible passages that have been “proven” to be questionable can only be the very same anti – Semitism that has spilled the blood of countless Jews at the hands of Christians over the centuries and oh yes D. bar Christians with a strong background in theology and apologetics and willingness to defend the accuracy of scripture and have been unwilling to cast aside virtually every passage in the Bible that some text critic somewhere has chosen to dispute) anti – Semitic as well.

    Let me be clear: I have no problem with a 13 year old kid who decides to dress up as Jesus Christ for Halloween. One of the biggest errors of modern Christianity, and it comes directly from Constantinism, that horrible ascriptural tradition of Roman Catholicism and state church Protestantism where everyone is compelled to claim to honor Jesus Christ or face imprisonment, fines, torture, ostracism, marginalization, unemployment etc. (i.e. the tradition that did very much terribly persecute not only Jews but also Christians who refused to baptize their infants and insisted on a confessional church comprised only of believers!) is that people who do not believe in Jesus Christ have some obligation to respect Him and those who follow Him. Even if these people reject Jesus Christ, evangelical Christianity insist on this madness that the unregenerate accept the historical and ethical truth of the Bible and the positive impact that religion has on the culture. It is utter foolishness because A) in a free society people can believe what they want and if they choose to believe that “Heidi” or “My Friend Flicka” is more historically truthful and ethical than the Bible then it is their business and B) even if they did “greatly respect Christianity and its contributions” (as not a few non – Christians including many Jews sincerely do) then big deal, what good is it going to do for them when they stand before Jesus Christ in judgment? The lake of fire is not going to be any cooler for people who respect Jesus Christ while not believing in or obeying Him. Yet, so much of evangelical Christianity, especially its political, legal, media, merchandising, etc. arm is geared towards getting people to like and respect Christians rather than to reject the sinful world and believe in and obey Jesus Christ.

    Incidentally, it is not merely true that people like John Hagee, Pat Robertson, James Dobson, and the rest of the religious right will never reveal the true level of antipathy that Judaism has for Jesus Christ because doing so would be quite inconvenient to their ability to get millions of supporters to raise billions of dollars and trudge to the polls every 2 and 4 years “to stand with and support Israel our Jewish friends who share our culture and Judeo – Christian values.” It is also true that these types will not tell you that the real reason why Christianity has persecuted Judaism was because of the desire of Christians to mix their faith with the world, starting with a desire to mix Christianity with culture and traditions and culminating with a desire to mix Christianity with the state. THAT is when the anti – Semitism started.

    Now during the time of the early church, in the apostolic era and shortly thereafter, when Christians took the doctrine of separation from the world seriously, there was no anti – Semitism in Christianity. It was only when Gentile Christians began to feel that it was appropriate to seek a level of acceptance and approval in mainstream Roman society that the church adopted anti – Semitism. The first move was to call the Jewish Christians heretics and Judaizers (for their opposition to pagan ideas and practices that the Gentile Christians either wanted to adopt or to claim that Christian ideas were similar to in order to gain the respect of cultured pagans … even as late as the Reformation you had John Calvin claiming that Greek pagan philosopher Seneca was an excellent exponent of a Christian worldview!) and drive them from the mainstream church. The next move was to adopt an allegorical interpretation of scripture. Now please realize that allegorical interpretation was a religious tactic adopted by pagan theologians to deal with the extremely immoral behavior of Greek gods! So, these people took the same methods that were used to claim that Greek “gods” (actually DEMONS) who committed incest, rape, murder, etc. WEREN’T QUITE SO BAD and applied it to the Bible. One of their primary tactics was to take everything that the Bible was using to describe the worldly systems (cultures, religions, nations, desires, etc.) as evil and claim that it actually meant the Jews! Because these people lusted after the world and wanted to be part of it and accepted by it, they used allegorization to reject the doctrine that the world was evil in favor of claiming that the Jews were evil. So Cain, Sodom and Gomorrah, Babel, and everything else that the Bible uses to teach us about this wicked world the allegorists claimed actually referred to the Jews. Why? So that the church could be Cain, Sodom and Gomorrah, Babel, etc. and in those things while continuing to call itself holy.

    And yes, allegorization was done to expand the Christian realm, the kingdom of heaven, from being merely the hearts of baptized confessing living believers in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to include cultures, values, etc. A common thing was to explain Christianity in terms of the Greek pagan philosopher concept of “virtues.” (For the record, we should point out that the Jewish philosopher Philo did the same long before the “Christian” Gentile philosophers basically produced a poor imitation of the brilliant but regrettably utterly paganized Philo’s worldview.) By the way, this was not nearly only limited to those who followed after the western church and the Alexandria school. The eastern church came up with basically the same doctrines using different methods. This proves that if you want to reject what the Bible says about how Christians must reject the world, then you will find a way to come up with doctrines to justify it.

    So, that explains why when Constantine took over Christianity and melded it with the state, there was already 200 years of Christian doctrines around that laid the groundwork for why people should accept it as a good thing. Christians had already by this time been trying to gain acceptance for their religion in the culture by making their religion more like the culture, more acceptable to the culture, and more importantly defining religious doctrines in terms of the culture. So transferring that to the state to support Constantinism was only a small matter, as back then there was no such thing as separation between church and state. So Jews were railed against by Christian Rome for the same reason why they were hated by the pagan Rome prior: because they would not conform to Roman culture. And keep in mind: during the Protestant Reformation, Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and the rest all basically made little Romes by creating state churches. That was why they continued to teach “covenantal infant baptism.” It was for the purposes of initiating people into the Reformed or Lutheran church – state, so doctrinal/theological/spiritual significance had to be contrived for it that was truthfully little different from the Roman Catholic justification for it. As a result, all people who refused to conform to church – state – culture were persecuted, and these includes not only Jews, but also Christians with nonconformist beliefs. 

    Now these church – state Protestants did not go as far as the Roman Catholics, who claimed that everyone that was baptized into and received last rites from the church state was automatically saved (though they might have to endure purgation and require prayers and indulgences). They fully acknowledged that many, indeed most members of the Reformed and Lutheran state churches were unsaved. So, Calvin and others came up with a doctrine of an ekklesiola (the actual body of regenerated) within the ekklesia (the church – state – culture) complex. One had to actually believe to be in the ekklesiola only. But to be in the ekklesia, one only had to be born and baptized as an infant in a particular region. Membership in the ekklesia was mandatory under the pain of fines, imprisonment, marginalization and death and had to be maintained by external conformity to religious values that quite honestly in many cases were merely cultural norms that became a method of social control just as it had been for Roman Catholics. (Again, Jews refused to join the ekklesia and were persecuted and marginalized as a result.) But membership in the ekklesiola was God’s business. Some theologians went as far as to claim that only God could tell the difference between the ekklesiola and the ekklesia, and that people should not even try. 

    Why? Because insistence on determining actual Christian faith based on external evidence would have destroyed the church – state – culture. It would have created a division from which this complex could never recover. So, the church – state – culture had to create a way for the unsaved within it could be accommodated on the basis of their infant baptism, public adherence to a confession, and external obedience to church teachings and cultural morality. The first notable effort to manage a church – state – culture population consisting of a large majority of people that were not born again were attempts to enforce strict legalism using both the state and church such as in John Calvin’s Geneva. Soon, however, the way to accommodate the unsaved within “Christendom”, whose actual definition is church – state – culture bodies where initiation is by infant baptism was doctrinal liberalism. Rather than using state enforced legalism to force unbelievers to stay in, use liberalism based on rationalism and natural theology to give unbelievers no reason to, especially if the penalty for doing so was economic, political, social, and perhaps even legal marginalization and persecution. (Incidentally, the atheist Enlightenment was every bit as a reaction against the state – church – culture ekklesia as were the pietist and free church movements. Where the latter did not want to attend churches whose doctrines and practices knowingly accommodated unbelievers, the latter were unbelievers who did not want to be bothered with being forced to go to church at all.) And yes, this state – church – culture ekklesia was the true thing that hindered Protestants (except for some pietist groups that had been kicked out of the ekklesia!) from missionary activities. If your state, culture, religion and economy are based on a body of people baptized into it as infants, the last thing that you want to do is go make disciples of people that were never baptized as infants into the ekklesia, because doing so would undermine the entire religious, political, and economic argument, especially when you consider that the overwhelming number of people in the newly evangelized area would remain non – Christian. So, the only real way to accommodate this was with conquest, colonialism. Go take over a heathen country, make it part of your state, and THEN infants (plus any adult converts) baptized into the church – state – culture complex would be part of the ekklesia. People merely seeking to become Christians without being part of the church – state – culture were not sought after or even desired. That is why even the doctrines of William Carey, who operated after several hundred years of the free church tradition (and these free churches were themselves often persecuted and marginalized by the Anglican, Lutheran and Reformed state churches), were so controversial because this thinking had been so embedded into Protestant thought. 

    Another factor: amillennialism. If you hold to the doctrine that Revelation and the other eschatological passages are not literal but refer to Jesus Christ ruling the earth through the church, the only way to accomplish this is with a church – state – culture setup. Most people will not truly accept the gospel and be born again. We know this from the parable of the sower. According to that parable, even 2/3 of the people that INITIALLY accept the gospel will ultimately reject it (the seeds sown in rocky soil and among thorns). So for the pagan pleaser Origen’s amillennial doctrine to be workable, the goal has to be to set up a state – church – culture institution to try to reform and redeem the world rather than true church that is separate from the world to save souls. And of those baptized into the state – church – culture ekklesiola, God saves whom He will to form the ekklesia. Those outside the ekklesiola, God is largely unconcerned with. (Free church Arminians claim that predestination was developed to support the state church and point to the state convened Synod of Dordt where the Roman Catholic doctrines of Coornhert that Jacobus Arminius had attached himself to were rejected, but the truth is that the already Biblical doctrines of election and predestination that had actually long existed in Judaism before the Jewish early church adopted it was merely prostituted to support Origen state church amillennialism, and furthermore we should recall that the biggest and oldest church – state – culture body is comprised of the very free will Roman Catholics whose doctrines influenced Arminius through Coornhert and became Arminiamism in the first place.)

    And what is the primary justification among both Catholic and Protestant state – church – culture advocates? That we should maintain and support the ekklesia for the benefit of the ekklesiola. In other words, maintaining a Christian state and culture where few people truly believe Christianity but everyone is forced to respect Christianity either by statute or by media – education propaganda conditioning A) gets more people saved by exposing them to more churches and the gospel preached therein and B) prevents Christians from being persecuted for the gospel’s sake. Of course, this is a complete rejection of the experience of the early church, which spread like wildfire in the face of persecution. It was in no small part because being separated from the world gave them no delusions of living in a Christian culture. Being forced to acknowledge that most of the people in a culture were receiving no benefit from the gospel of Jesus Christ whatsoever gave them an incentive to do real evangelism. However, if one buys into this church – state – culture concept where everyone is basically good and decent and piety is based on a willingness to pretend so, why preach the gospel? The preoccupation is not with preaching the gospel, but rather with persecuting nonconformers, be they witches, atheists, communists, Catholics, blacks, homosexuals, or JEWS. THAT is what the Salem witch trials were all about. (That was what Sarah Palin’s visiting pastor Thomas Muthee’s allegedly running a witch out of town using a thinly veiled death threat was about.) Yes, I said the Salem witch trials. The idea that Christians came to America seeking religious freedom is a lie. The truth is that of the 13 original colonies, only 2, Georgia and Rhode Island, did not set up a state church and did not use it to try to impose cultural conformity. As a matter of fact, many of the religious people who came to America did so for the purposes of starting “New Jerusalem.” They did believe that their native church – state – cultures that persecuted them were heretical and apostate but they came to America not to reject that model but to try to do it better. Again, if you truly believe in amillennialism, you are obligated to at least try. 

    So why doesn’t the religious right tell you this story? Simple: because they honestly believe in “America as ekklesia” nonsense, or they are trying to promote it for their own purposes. “America was founded as a Christian nation” say some, others are a bit more publicly acceptable by stating “America was founded on Christian principles.” The only way to do such a thing would have been to found America on the 619 of the Torah whose death Jesus Christ did not come to subject the world under its curse, but rather to fulfill so that the church would be freed from with life. As it was, America at no point has ever even codified the Ten Commandments, let alone the rest of the Torah. And not even codifying the Ten Commandments would save a single person, because no person could keep it even if they wanted to. The only thing that codifying the Ten Commandments would do is to cause unsaved people to bring ever more condemnation upon themselves by trying to keep it and failing to as part of some attempt to keep the civil statutes. The elect, informed and empowered by the Holy Spirit, would not bother with this foolishness because they know that they would not need to be. American civil law and culture has never reflected the 619, never fully reflected the Ten Commandments, and certainly has never reflected the sermon on the mount or the other teachings of Jesus Christ.

    Claiming otherwise is a lie, and it is in pursuit of this lie that so many Jews have been persecuted. And of course, it is a result of this persecution that we have so many Jews that regard Christianity as evil and see ridding the world of it as the best way to ensure their own survival. Quite frankly, I don’t blame them one bit. And it is not the least bit ironic that people, the dispensationalists and dual covenant theologists, who hide the true teachings of Judaism toward Christianity and the reasons for the ill treatment of Jews by Christians because of attempts to codify conforming the church to the state and culture and forcing people to respect and worship it. No, it is not the least bit ironic that the people who do this while claiming to be the friends and advocates of Jews are actually working to recreate the system that has worked to persecute and murder so many Jews rather than work to convert them.

    A big thing in Europe back in the day if you were a Christian female evangelist to Jews? Seek work as a nanny to Jewish families, and then temporarily steal their babies for the purpose of a “covenantal baptism” to mitigate the effects of original sin and initiate them into the church – state – culture complex without their parents’ consent or knowledge. It allegedly was supposed to open doors to the child’s later being converted. So rather than expressing outrage over the tactics of the erstwhile Alex Woinskis (or for that matter Dan Browns, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harrises) we need to be preach against the John Hagees, Pat Robertsons, James Dobsons, Thomas Muthees, and other religious right leaders that want to take us back to a time when culture, traditions, affiliations, etc. stand in the place of the gospel in the hearts of the people in the church.

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    Christian Zionist Parade Through Jerusalem

    Posted by Job on October 15, 2008

    Christian parade through Jerusalem in support of Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Christians from all over the world descended on central Jerusalem Wednesday in a colorful show of support for Israel. Waving the blue and white Israeli flag, the pilgrims marched in the annual Jerusalem parade honoring the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, or Feast of the Tabernacles, which began Monday and ends Oct. 21.

    The holiday march is the latest display of the growing alliance between evangelical Christians and the Jewish state. Christian Zionists are among the staunchest supporters of Israel, providing generous financial support and political backing. But some dovish Israelis are uncomfortable with the warm ties with evangelists because of their support for West Bank Jewish settlements and criticism of peace efforts with the Palestinians.

    Israel’s are also deterred by what they see as the source of the unbridled support — a belief by some evangelical groups in a final, apocalyptic battle between good and evil, in which Jesus returns and Jews either accept Christianity or perish. The International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem, a global organization that promotes ties between Israel and the world’s Christian communities, sponsored the event in which 3,000 people from nearly 100 countries participated. The march was part of a week of activities coinciding with Sukkot, which commemorates the 40 years Jews spent in the desert before arriving in the holy land.

    Pilgrims from Brazil were among the most enthusiastic marchers, carrying drums and dancing. They cheered “We love you, Israel!” and Israelis lining the street shouted “Shalom!” in response.

    Claire Perry from Mechanicsville, Va. was part of the American delegation. Wearing a T-shirt with the American and Israeli flags on front and “Bless Israel Team” on the back, she said she was came to bless Israel and deliver humanitarian aid supplies, adding that she felt “obligated to Israel for being able to share its salvation.”

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    How ironic that Christians show support for the state of Israel when Jesus Christ was born to take on Israel’s role as the suffering servant and light of the world.

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