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On The FBI Arresting The Hutaree “Christian” Militia Because They Made Threats Against Muslims

Posted by Job on March 29, 2010

First, allow me to say that nothing in the Bible justifies having a “Christian” militia. Quite the contrary, when Peter assaulted the Jewish temple guardsman who came to arrest Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ rebuked Peter, healed the man whose ear Peter cut off, and told Peter “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.” The early church faced severe persecution, with the Roman Empire killing millions of Christians over 300 years, yet never at any time was there an armed resistance against the persecution. Those people took the words of Jesus Christ literally when He said that those who would be persecuted for His sake would be considered blessed, and followed the example of Peter and John who considered it a blessing and honor to be counted worthy to suffer mistreatment for Jesus Christ’s Name.

And it goes without saying that threatening violence against a Muslim or anyone else is – as this Hutaree “Christian” militia allegedly did –  clearly incontrovertibly a sin. People like this have to realize that Jesus Christ began His ministry during the time of armed uprisings by Jews against a very evil, tyrannical Roman government. (However, it should be noted that had the Jews not taken up arms against the Romans, the Romans would have generally left them alone.) The Jews were looking for a political messiah to defeat the Romans and re-establish a sovereign, Davidic kingdom. Many false messiahs promising just that came, and many followed Jesus Christ hoping that He was a messiah of that sort. They even mistook the miracles that Jesus Christ performed as evidence that He would use power from God to defeat the Romans.

However, when Jesus Christ made it known that His mission was not to establish an earthly kingdom, many lost interest and followed others, the ones who Jesus Christ referred to as “thieves and robbers”, which in the vernacular of the day referred to the seditious false messiahs leading rebellions. Jesus Christ repeatedly and consistently told His followers that it was wrong to rebel against Rome (especially violently) and that was what the significance of issues like paying taxes to Rome were all about. Later, Paul wrote Romans 13 about submitting to Rome as opposed to rebelling against them, and Peter wrote that Christians should pray for their leaders rather than rebel against them. And in the Olivet discourse, Jesus Christ told His followers not to defend Jerusalem from the attacking Romans, but instead to flee.

Needless to say, Jesus Christ’s words were rejected. He who came in the Name of God they did not follow, but those who came in their own name, including the false messiahs, they followed. This pattern of rejection of the true Messiah and His spiritual message and their embrace of false messiahs who offered a message of this world (i.e. political liberation, which included many economic benefits as well) was best symbolized when the Jews demanded that Pontius Pilate release the seditious murderer Barabbas – one of those involved in the violent liberation movements – in the place of Jesus Christ. By continuing to reject Jesus Christ and follow such people in their violent uprisings against Rome (they failed to listen to not only Jesus Christ but to even secular and Jewish leaders like Josephus and Yochanan ben Zakkai), the Jews brought the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD upon their nation, which resulted in the death of over 1 million Jews and the destruction of the temple (which fulfilled the near term “this generation” prophecies of the Olivet discourse). And in 132 AD, still following false messiahs like Simeon bar Kochba who promised that God would use them to defeat the Roman Empire, the Jewish liberation movement suffered their final defeat by the Romans, who burned what was left of Jerusalem to the ground, renamed it, and made it a capital crime for any Jew to re-enter the city. So, no Jewish liberation projects would exist for over 1700 years until 1897 when Theodor Herzl formally created the Zionist movement (although pre-Zionist movements had existed since at least the French Revolution).

So, by forming “militias” and certainly by threatening Muslims, these people do nothing but reject anything resembling the true literally interpreted teachings of the New Testament. By doing so, they reject Jesus Christ for Barabbas, and for that matter Jesus Christ for the Jews who delivered Christ to the Romans to be killed, and had Barabbas released in His stead. So let it be clear … the teachings of the New Testament and the unfolding of history (not only Jewish history, but the violent, failed “revolutions” of certain Anabaptist and Donatist Christian groups, as well as the violent death of the very vicious Ulrich Zwingli) supports nothing of the kind.

Still, we must wonder why it took mere threats against Muslims to bring the FBI down against these people. Unless, of course, they had evidence that these groups were going to act on their threats. So far, the FBI has everything sealed. Right now, a lot of LEGITIMATE Christians and a lot of conservatives are wondering about the double standards … why were these “Christians” arrested when other groups – including Muslims – who make similar threats all the time go free? I do not deny that there is not some element of this going on, or that the Obama administration does not have a propaganda motive to do this shortly after the passage of health care legislation and during the rise of the Tea Party movement and things of that nature. So, this is as good a time to go after conservative anti-government groups as any, and this provides fodder for anti-Christians who have long wanted the government to start ramping up their activities against Christians, starting with illegitimate Christian movements but only until going after their real targets – legitimate Christians – can be justified.

However, we must have the ability to acknowledge that in general, if armed groups make threats, the government shouldn’t just sit around and wait for them to act on their threats. (For instance, “making terroristic threats” is indeed a crime.) So, the issue should be whether the threats against Muslims made by these groups were legitimate. If the government doesn’t reveal the nature of these threats the way that they did with the many Muslim terror suspects that they have arrested, then that is indeed a cause for concern. Especially since “making terroristic threats” is a common offense, so common that a lot of people don’t even know that it is illegal.

Now as a Christian, my position is always going to be not to make terroristic threats. It is not only a sin in and of itself, and it is also against a legal code that does not cause Christians to violate scripture, which makes it also a sin by violating Romans 13. However, Paul according to the Acts narrative asserted not only his Christianity, but also asserted his Roman citizenship when it was in the interests of the gospel of Jesus Christ to do so. Now again, though this Hutaree group is not a legitimate Christian outfit, as a law abiding citizen of this country I am curious as to precisely what it was that made the FBI go after this group of people making terroristic threats while ignoring the many others. We do have a right to know precisely such a thing, and it is in our interests to pursue these rights to their fullest extent. The reason is that Jesus Christ commanded us to discern the times, and if these charges against the non-Christian Hutaree militia are spurious or are evidence of clear double standards, legitimate Christians can use it to take note of the times that we are entering.

Christian militia group arrested, allegedly threatened Muslims, Hamas-linked CAIR plays victim card

P.S. I purposefully resisted making an issue of the Hutaree militia’s premillennial dispensational beliefs. The reason is that I am 100% certain that there are very many legitimate Christians who are dispensationalists. The Hutaree group is not a legitimate Christian group. So, associating legitimate Christian dispensationalists with people like the Hutaree militia that have rejected the true teachings of Jesus Christ while adopting some themes or ideas … how is that different from associating Christians with Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, or, say, Muslims who affirm the virgin birth? Now though I am no longer a dispensationalist, I am not going to use this as an excuse to go after Christians who are.

Now so-called Christians who use their dispensationalist beliefs in a manner like John Hagee (who demanded that George W. Bush attack Iran to “defend Israel”, and gave one of his many failed prophecies that the attack would happen before the end of Bush’s presidency with the rapture to occur soon after) and to whip up a fearful frenzy and hatred against Muslims that may lead to threats and violence … THOSE associations (between one false Christian who rejects the Bible but finds dispensationalism useful like Hagee and another) I can countenance, though I will not pursue them myself at this time. The issue is not differing views on eschatology, but those who accept the teachings of the New Testament versus those who reject it. Using premillennial dispensationalism to have your feet in both camps (meaning the church and the world) is what leads to stuff like this. However, this is by no means limited to premillennial dispensationalism. After all, Ulrich Zwingli, who massacred members of his own Bible study because they refused to join his church-state, was an amillennialist.

Update: Confederate Yankee says that the FBI claims that the militia was plotting to kill police officers. That angle is repeated here. Confederate Yankee is skeptical, but his reasoning for being skeptical – that police officers represent the local and not federal government – is wanting.

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John MacArthur: The Persecution And Endurance of Christians

Posted by Job on February 17, 2008

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Digital Traffic Cameras Used To Arrest Motorists For Eating And Smoking

Posted by Job on December 29, 2007

More mark of the beast type stuff for the Christians that are into that sort of thing  (which admittedly includes me). But for my “Christians should not be picking the lesser of two evils” conviction, something like this would draw me back into the Ron Paul camp.

Original link: New super-cameras mean no hiding for drivers who smoke, eat or use a phone

Digital speed cameras which capture drivers smoking or eating at the wheel are being introduced nationwide in a new move to hammer motorists. Drivers will also face fines, bans and even jail for infringements such as driving without a seatbelt, using a hand-held mobile phone or overtaking across double white lines. The hi-tech DVD cameras, which have instant playback, will also be used to provide photographic evidence against those eating sandwiches or rolling-up cigarettes at the wheel. These are now considered serious offences under new guidelines drawn up for prosecutors. The development will massively increase the number of fines and prosecutions against normally law-abiding drivers for relatively minor offences.

As well as being fined £60 and given three points on their licences, motorists now face two years in jail if their actions are considered to have been a factor in dangerous driving. (Two years in jail for eating and smoking behind the wheel today, death for possessing a Bible tomorrow.) Virtually every police force in England, Wales and Scotland is now equipped with the new digital cameras. They were given Home Office approval in April but are quietly being rolled out nationwide. More than 100 have been sold. The manufacturers have said their order book is full until next April.

The DVD cameras can operate as conventional speed traps. But thanks to the instant playback, they also double up to photograph motorists flouting laws other than speeding. Set up by a police officer on sites such as motorway bridges, they constantly scan the cars and can digitally record drivers behind the wheel committing a vast array of minor traffic offences.

Crucially the new technology, called Concept, allows officers to play back the footage to locate, view and capture the offence instantly. Photographs taken using the device show how effective it is, capturing pictures such as a man apparently steering his Renault with his bare feet and the driver of an Alfa Romeo with a mobile phone clamped to his ear. The device is made and sold by Tele-Traffic UK whose CEO, Jon Bond, is a former police chief superintendent in charge of speed cameras in Warwickshire. (Benito Mussolini said that the definition of fascism is the corporatization of government power. See this link on fascism.)

He said: “It is the first camera to record offences other than speeding and give an instant playback.”If the camera is being used for speed enforcement, but the police officer spots another driving offence being committed – or even thinks he saw something – he can play it back in a second. The offences are easily and quickly detectable.” (In version 2.0 of this technology, people will be able to quickly and easily doctor the footage to implicate in crimes whoever the government wants to destroy.) Mr Bond, whose Warwick-based company employs 20, added: “At present, officers can record an offence such as driving with a mobile phone clamped to their ear or without a seatbelt but would then have to look through perhaps two hours of tape in order to find it again. “Concept means that those operating the camera can digitally log everything. They are linked to the team in the back office who can instantly find the offence, see the proof and send out a penalty charge notice to the car’s registered owner. “This will cut down massively on the amount of time police officers have to spend on paperwork and so speed up prosecutions. The days of the police having to chase after people who are infringing the law in these ways are gone. That will make the roads a safer place.” (Fascists have always used public safety as a justification for their crimes, going back to the days of the Roman Empire’s notorious Pax Romana, “peace of Rome”. Many theologians assert that the beast of Revelation prophecy was fulfilled in the near term by the Roman Empire, but that the far term fulfillment will be the anti – Christ’s regime. The problem is that because of the conservative ideological and political bent of most that interpret the Bible literally, they are convinced that the anti – Christ’s regime will be a leftist one rather than one that will use religion and big business towards his own ends.)

The Concept digital DVD technology costs £17,750. But police forces who already use Tele-Traffic’s existing analogue (non-digital) system, can upgrade for a fraction of that price. Smoking at the wheel was recently included in the Highway Code as something which courts can consider as a factor when police accuse drivers of failing to have proper control of their vehicle. (Rather, it was recently included as something that they could use as a prototype, test case, trial run, etc. to see if the system could be used to track other things, like possession of Bibles, later on.)

More than 300,000 drivers a day are still illegally using hand-held phones at the wheel, recent government figures revealed. (And they know this how? I bet they have similar statistics on the number of people engaging in LEGAL activities … or at least things that are legal right now.) The penalties for using a handheld phone while driving, which was outlawed in 2003, were increased in February this year from a £30 fine to £60, plus three penalty points. (Please note what I just said about “things that are legal right now.”)
Under new sentencing rules, motorists using hand-held mobile phones could be jailed for two years and be disqualified if this was an aggravating factor in dangerous driving. Those who kill while using a mobile face 14 years behind bars, under a charge of causing death by dangerous driving. (Two years if no one is harmed but only 14 if you kill someone? Proof that the motivation for this is government control and not concern for human life in a nation that has such a shortage of abortion doctors that they are considering training nurses to do the procedure.)

Last October, Mr Bond and his Tele-Traffic team were under fire after admitting to undercover reporters posing as customers that speed cameras were a “scam” and that setting up cameras in new areas was the equivalent of having “a blank chequebook” that would result in “bucketfuls” of cash. (There you go. It will be easy to manipulate this system for the government to manufacture, say, “evidence” that a certain Bible – based preacher or leader of a home church or homeschool movement is a violent child molester.) Self-styled Captain Gatso of the campaign group Motorists Against Detection said: “This is yet another example of the Big Brother surveillance society where there’s no escape from the cameras.” (Notice how the media is doing the job of the state by belittling those that oppose the system.)

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Christianity And The World: The Early Church And Now

Posted by Job on November 12, 2007

Why was the early church so hated and persecuted? According Roman historian Tacitus, they were accused of hating humanity. Why? Because Christians abstained from virtually all secular social activities: the theatre, the military, the universities, sporting events, and civil ceremonies. Why? Because all of those things were – to various degrees of overtness and explicitness – associated with idolatry and paganism. For instance, the mithraism cult was very strong in the military (which many Christians also rejected because they felt the message of Jesus Christ mandated pacifism). Sacrifices and vows were made to the gods in civil ceremonies and government proceedings. Christians also rejected the study of classical literature because it glorified the Greco – Roman gods and pervasive immorality, and so did the theatre and the arts.

Not only did participating in some of these activities require explicitly worshiping other gods, but even those that did not require direct participation in idol ceremony were still events and gatherings dedicated to other gods, so Christians felt that by their very presence and participation they were still glorifying idolatry and sin even if only indirectly.

Let us consider an example. It is not sufficient to consider that Christians of the time only objected to going to a theatre performance because it DEPICTED Zeus, Jupiter, Neptune, etc. or those worshiping them. Instead, realize that the Greco – Roman culture of the time had “a goddess of the arts and theatre” (i.e. Minerva/Athena). As such, in that culture, the very act of putting on a public theatre and arts performance was done in worship of Athena. So, going to the theatre was seen as a way of worshiping Athena and supporting those that worshiped this false goddess. The same was true for virtually every other social activity, because, well, in a pagan/pantheistic culture, every activity is going to have a god or goddess associated with it.

As such, attitude of most – but not all – of the early church was that being a Christian required a sole worship of God, and that any deviation from that commitment would be a public denial of Jesus Christ, who in turn on judgment day would deny the apostate. Again, practical effect of this doctrine in their place and time was to abstain from virtually all activities that they knew was associated with paganism, which basically was all public activities.

Keep in mind, this was not merely the apostolic church that may not have had access to Paul’s writings i.e. 1 Corinthians, but this continued into the fourth century and was a major reason why 3 million Christians died as a result of persecution! So was the early church wrong? If so, why? Whether they were wrong or not, what meaning does this have for the modern church? I do not know about you, but after encountering this bit of information, I cannot help but ponder the fact that my favorite sports team JUST HAPPENS to be named the Tennessee TITANS. The titans, lest we forget, take their name from Greek false gods.

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