Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Clarification on Why Christian Zionism is the Main Enemy of Christianity

I am absolutely sure that the fact that I believe Christian Zionism is the main enemy of Christianity would be jolting for some. After all, Christian Zionists are Christians, right?

I think most Christians today consider Islam the main enemy, and would balk if I said that Christian Zionists were.

Now, ISLAM IS AN ENEMY. In various Muslim countries, Christians are persecuted to varying degrees, I think depending on the fanaticism of the power structures in any given Islamic country. Where Islam is primarily secular or non-fanatical, Christians are likely to be persecuted less. Cases in point: Assad's Syria, where Assad, as an Allawite, is a more secular ruler. Syria has one of the largest populations of Christians in any Muslim country. Lebanon of course, has the largest, but again, Lebanon's (non-Hezbolla) leaders are mostly secular and the Phalangist Christians are still strong and can defend themselves. Then, under Saddam Hussein, Iraqi Christians were persecuted but only in spurts depending on how fanatical the Sunnis were in any given area. Further, Saddam's number two man, Tariq Azziz, was a Christian.

Also, I have never seen in the Koran (and I have actually never read the Koran) that Muslims are supposed to lie to "infidels." But if you take the Koran's version of the Abraham story, it is clear that Muhammed's saying in the Koran that it was Ishmael, not Issac, who was the favored son, opposing the Bible, and then you can say that yes, Muslims lie to infidels. Or that if Muslims believe that Christ is not the son of God but a teacher, then why won't they learn that it is BS to try to spread "God" to "infidels" by "holy war jihad" when only the Holy Spirit can confer upon someone conversion to Christ--not by the sword (as, of course, the Crusaders themselves, as well as the Inquisition and its aftermath in the New World, often forgot). But, of course, the biggest lie in the Koran is the fact that, several hundred years after Christ died to save mankind, some guy comes out with so-called visions from "God/Allah" saying that to heck with Christ's death-to-salvation, that ain't good enough, we need a new "saving" religion!

In fact you can say that Islam IS a lie, and a false religion as well!

But here is why I think it is NOT the main enemy...at least not here in the US (in Europe, where Islam really is spreading its tentacles, it just might be the main enemy...if it isn't warm-fuzzy Christianity, that is.) First of all, a few fanatics like the Fort Hood murderer aside, most American Muslims are not jihading, at least not yet. Secondly, most American Muslims really don't give a damned if you are Christian or not, and, thirdly, American Muslims are within a hair's breath or the next so-called Muslim terrorist act of getting rounded up like Japanese-Americans were during WW2. Many were calling for this after the Ft. Hood incident, and I can see it happening with the next incident. That's because most American Christians see Muslims as an enemy, plain and simple.

But the REAL reason that Islam is an enemy but not the main one is because, I believe, the main enemy is always the one you least expect. It is always the one who has already infiltrated. It is always the one who acts like your best friend, and, not only that, actually takes on the main core belief system that you have...but is capable of betrayal when the chips are down.

Christ talked about a time when husbands and wives would split up because of His name, families split, enmity between parents and children, etc. over His name. Paul spoke about being unequally yoked. This could mean splits between atheist vs. Christian spouses, or mixed religion spouses, but it could also mean splits between spouses, one of whom seeks the truth in the Bible and the other of whom doesn't, and believes false doctrine, and the twain shall not meet...one stubbornly holding th etruth and th eother stubbornly holding to strong delusion (that God has sent because of believing in a lie--2 Thess. 2: 8-11).

So that, yes, Muslims don't believe the truth, but they aren't infiltrating the Christian movement, either, instead perhaps trying to subvert from without. But it is subversion from within that I think makes the main enemy.

Moving on, Talmudic Judaism, with it's sayings in the Book of Sanhedrin, Gittin, and so on, about "Balaam", that is, Christ (and the fact that they refer to Him as a man in the Old Testament who was to betray Israel [see Numbers] until a donkey called him on it), being the son of a whore who is now in Hell for eternity boiling in his own excrement, as well as there vandalizing of Palestinian Christian Churches, and there spitting on Palestinian Christians as well as Jewish believers in Israel, and some various fanatical rabbis who want to outlaw Christianity is Israel outright, IS AN ENEMY of Christianity! Let me repeat that: TALMUDIC JUDAISM IS AN ENEMY OF CHISTIANITY. But again, since they have not infiltrated Christianity from within but want to annihilate it from without using the Noahide Laws, at this time, anyway (but who is to say they won't become the main enemy when the US govt. tried to enforce these Noahide Laws, and that day may be coming), Talmudic Judaism is not the main enemy of Christianity.

Since the majority of Jews in the US do not take the Talmud seriously, they are not even an enemy, at all.

You can make a case that other so-called Christian groupings like Mormonism, Unitarian Universalism, Jehova's Witnesses and the like are enemies, too, but in their belief systems, they do not believe that Christ is the only way to salvation and in some of their other doctrines that contravene the Word of God, so in fact these groups really aren't even Christian.

The Roman Catholic Church? Yes, they have some ridiculous beliefs like the divinity of Mary, Transubstantiation, and confessing sins to a priest instead of Christ, but Catholics do believe that only Christ leads to salvation and do get most of it right. At least they don't come up with heresy such as Jews don't need Christ as Savior.

Then you have the polar opposite of Christian Zionism--Christian Identity--which is another enemy of Christianity, but its power in the US is limited to the fringe right wing and white supremists, Neo-Nazi types, and thus is too much outside the mainstream, especially politically, to be the main enemy of Christianity in the US. Just to review, Christian Identity believes that ALL Jews are the "Satanic Seedline", and blacks and Catholics are just a tad above that...Mud People and all that racist BS! A subset of Identity, British Israelism (espoused by David J Smith of the Church of God Evangelistic Association and perhaps the World Wide Church of God, founded by Herbert W. Armstrong), claims that Jews are not Jews at all, but Khazars (yes, many are from Khazar converts, but still, isn't it true that Khazar converts have Jewish ancestry as well through intermarriage with Pharisaic families?), and that the real Jews are Northern Europeans, and that only Northern Europeans are going to Heaven, based on the Gates of Heaven being named for the Twelve Tribes of Israel.

So, I will now conclude why I think Christian Zionism is the main enemy of Christianity. One, it has heavily infiltrated Christianity to the point where most honest-to-goodness evangelical, fundamentalist, or church-going believers in Jesus Christ are either members of Christian Zionist churches or believe in a "dual covenant" or believe that the 1948 state of Israel is God's Israel, and that to criticize the state or government of Israel is "cursing Israel" which is forbidden by Genesis 12:3 and similar Genesis verses, even when that criticism applies to how the Israeli govt. or institutions persecute Christians, Jewish or Palestinian.

This prohibition is one reason US foreign policy is so Israel-centric to the detriment of peace there and Christianity there. But, as we all know, there will BE NO PEACE there until Christ returns; anything else will be a false peace. Yet, Zvi Kalisher and others are spreading the Word of God there, and for the various Christian Zionist factions to NOT support its spread in Israel is, IMHO, heresy. Israel will allow Christian tour groups to visit Holy Land sites, yet does not allow the Christians on these tours to "prosletyze" the Jews...isn't that what we are supposed to do? And Christian Zionists support this policy of NOT following the Word of God simply because they are sucking up to the Israeli government. They forget that WE ARE IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF THE WORLD, and that carnal, materialistic government is NOT what Christianity is about!

And, because of this sucking up to Israel, right or wrong, Christian Zionists consider Islam not only the main enemy but the only one! It is Christian Zionists more than any other religious group (leaving aside the backers of the military-industrial complex, the bankers who get rich off war, and other "new world order" types, who are not religious, are atheist, or are Satanic in other ways, as well as the state of Israel), who want Islam wiped out, and all Muslims either killed or "converted" a la "the Crusades" or "Inquisition". They believe that they would be doing God's work if they kill Muslims, or at least round them up and wall them off (like the Israeli govt. is doing in Gaza). They forget that Christ said, "vengeance is mine" (saith the Lord), and they also forget Christ said, "Love your enemies." Further, only the Holy Spirit can convict Muslims. We must NOT do what the Muslims do--"convert to Islam or be beheaded".

And, thus, I will vow to try to love the main enemy of Christians, that is, Christian Zionists. That doesn't mean I will "kill them with kindness" either, but I will love them in spirit as I rebuke whatever false beliefs they have.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

And the Main Enemy of Christianity Is...

Islam?

Well, let's see. Islamic countries do often persecute Christians. You all remember that guy in Afghanistan who, after converting to Christianity, was put on trial by some Sharia Law court there and was given the punishment of being beheaded, a favorite Muslim punishment, unless he repudiated Christ as the Son of God and the only means to salvation. Well, the guy refused to repudiate Christ, but for some reason was not beheaded. Angels?

Now Islam IS an enemy of Christianity. Thing is, it is NOT an enemy of Christ Himself...though Islam does not consider Christ the Son of God, it does revere Christ as a Teacher and Prophet. Therefore, it is NOT the main enemy of Christianity, not yet, anyway.

There are those that say the Koran teaches that followers of Muhammed ought to lie to "infidels." Someone said that to me just the other day. There was no point in me telling him, "Sounds like the Talmud telling Jews to lie to the gentiles." There was no point because there is no point in reasoning with someone who thinks Israel can do no wrong--and of course this person is a Christian. A Christian Zionist, that is. Arguing with him would just make him mad, like the time I told him that I would support a Palestinian Christian over an Israeli Jew any day. He got man, and, you guessed it, accused me of "anti-semitism." To which I responded, "I grew up with Jews and some of my best friends were Jews, so don't you ever call me anti-semitic again!" This person, as far as I know, has NEVER had Jewish friends!

And, speaking of Jews...

Are Jews the main enemy of Christianity?

If we are talking about Talmud-believing Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel (and some in the US) who spit on Christians every time they see them, or settler Nazis who vandalize Palestinian Christian churches, or rabbis who persecute Jewish Messianic believers like Zvi Kalisher, then the answer may be "yes."

Yet, the vast majority of Jews are NOT Talmudic believers or Kabbalists. The majority of Jew sin Israel and especially in the US and Europe are either reform Jews or secular Jews and could care less about who's a Christian and who isn't. They really don't care much about Christ, either. Thus, taken as a whole, Jews are not the main enemy of Christians.

Hindus? Hardly. Buddhists? Baloney. Scientologists? In Tom Cruise's dreams! Not atheists, because they are enemies to Jews, Muslims and any other religion as well, or New Agers, who change what they believe in every day for the heck of it so they are enemies to everyone and no one.

Nope. The main enemy to Christianity is (besides Satan)...the envelope please...

Christian Zionism!

Why? Number one, Christian Zionists of the John Hagee school deny that salvation comes only through Christ when they say the Jews don't need to believe in Christ to be saved; God has a "dual covenant" with the Jews. By making a claim like this, Hagee essentially denies that Christ will save all nations, which is in the Bible, which is the inspired Word of God, and thus Hagee is saying the Bible is only true some of the time, and that God is a liar. This makes Hagee and his "dual covenant" followers enemies of Christianity.

Not all Christian Zionists follow Hagee, however. Most CZs are not followers of Hagee and say the Jews, too, must accept Christ to be saved. On the other hand, while they say Jews must accept Christ as their Savior, they still continue to claim that--even though the Jews must accept Christ--the Jews, regardless of whether they accept Christ, are still, after all the times God had rebuked and punished the Jews and basically cut them off for 400 years (the 400 years between the prophet Malachi and the time of Christ), the Jews are still "God's Chosen People." Thus, without actually saying it, they are saying that there really is a "dual covenant" after all. They want their cake and to eat it too. They are afraid to go against the Word of God in the open, so they make up this BS that the Jews are God's Chosen People but that's not enough, they still have to accept Christ!

Look. You are either God's Chosen, or you aren't! If there is a dual covenant, and the Jews are chosen under one covenant while Christians are chosen under another covenant--but the Bible says ALL nations will know Christ under a NEW covenant and that Christ was the FULFILLMENT of the Law of Moses, doesn't that make the old covenant with the Jews FULFILLED? That is, it is finished? That is, no longer in effect? And doesn't that make a "dual covenant" a moot point?

So then, who is God's Chosen People now? Christians, followers of Christ, and this includes Jews IF they are Jewish believers! Messianic Jews, that is, followers of Yeshua HaMessiach (aka Jesus Christ).

Oh, and BTW: Hagee says that Jews who follow Christ will NOT inherit the promise, because Jews are not "allowed" to follow Christ!

But it isn't just that they violate the Word of God by their doctrines. Just as bad is that they violate the teachings of Christ by their words and their actions.

Christ said: Love your enemies. CZs say: Love your enemies as long as they aren't Muslims, "anti-semites" who hate Israel (it is against their code to criticize Israel even if Isreal deserves criticism, misinterpreting Genesis 12:3 and Genesis 27:24), or liberals.

Christ said: Blessed are the poor in spirit. CZs say blessed are the poor in spirit as long as they are rich in money.

Christ called the Pharisees (who later would give rise to the Talmud through their unwritten commentaries that bastardized the Torah, called the Mishna), "the synagogue of Satan" and and said to them, "you are of your father, the devil."

Christian Zionists, on the other hand, ARE today's version of the Pharisees. They like the "letter" of Christ's laws but hate the spirit of them. They are Pharisees because more than anything else they seek political power, that is, they violate Christ's dictate: "be in the world but not of the world." They are using the Republican Party as their political platform through alliances between neo-conservative Republicans and "Focus on the Family" and "Moral Majority-Christian Coalition" groups. They seek out the rich and powerful and hoodwink their middle class and working class followers, cajoling those who can't tithe hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars a year into doing their dirty work, working on their off time in trying to get more money for their CZ megachurches or sending money to make more "settlements" in Palestinian areas in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. I wouldn't be surprised if they treated their "non-wealthy" followers like Scientologists treat their non-celebrity followers.

And speaking of Palestinians...

Christian Zionists have NO HEART, NO MERCY, and NO SYMPATHY for their Palestinian brothers and sisters in Christ. They want all Palestinian Christians out of the West Bank and East Jerusalem pronto. I used to think it was because Palestinian Christians tended to be Eastern Orthodox or Catholic Christians. But that is not the case. In fact I have recently heard there are even some Palestinian Christians who are Christian Zionists who of course love Israel! No, it doesn't matter what type of Christian you are; Christian Zionists don't give a crap about you and don't care if you or your children starve, get killed by the IDF, or die from lack of water because Israel won't let you have water (which is what they are doing in Gaza: there are still about 2 thousand Christians left in Gaza) If you are Palestinian, you are the devil to them.

But of course the Body of Christ knows this, but here is something maybe they don't know: Christian Zionists, for all their love of Israel, HATE THE JEWS AS WELL!

There they are at their "Christians United for Israel" conference waving Israeli flags and doing the Hava Negila dance and all, and kissing rabbis and that nonsense, but in reality they hate the Jews so much that they want two-thirds of them slaughtered so that Christ will return. Well, isn't that something! And they want this to happen even though they believe they'll be "raptured" out of there before all this happens!

Which leads me to the latest nonsense from Arab Christian Zionist (that most rare of breeds!) Joseph Farah of Zionist..er, WorldNetDaily, who claims--without actually been accused of what he claims by the person he claims is making the accusation--that the ADL and Abe Foxman have called Farah (and others) "enemies" of the Jews. Farah claims that because he went to tea parties and is a "birther," the ADL considers him their "enemy."

No, Joe. Maybe ADL claims you are an enemy because you want all the Jews to settle in Israel in order for two-thirds of them to be slaughtered. Maybe that is why Foxman considers you an enemy despite your "love" for Israel! Because Foxman is right: you are an enemy to the Jews!

And, because you hate Palestinians who you consider all to be terrorists, even the Christian ones, you violate another dictate of Christ: whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you do unto me.

Like the rest of your Christian Zionist buddies.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Repudiating Idols, Part 1

It is all over the Word of God: we believers must repudiate idols.

What is an idol? It is anything in the mind or heart, soul or strength that takes the place of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The first of the "two great commandments" that Christ gave us (with the second being, "Love your neighbor as yourself") was this: Love the Lord God with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength." And anything that prevents God taking first, second, and third place and more in our minds, hearts, and being such that it becomes a center of life and takes us away from God as well as being with the family is an idol.

Idols in the Old Testament included wooden figures, "the golden calf," engravings and the like, violating the Second Commandment, "Thou shalt not worship graven images."

The New Testament refers to not just graven images that could be openly worshiped but also "images" "engraved" on our hearts and minds.

An idol thus can be someone like Michael Jackson, or political leaders, or philosophers, or authors, or musicians, or family members, even, or organizations, like the military, or sports franchises.

Many folks are "fans" of sports teams, but when the game is over they go back to doing the usual things that have nothing to do with that team, so that for a few hours on Sunday or during the week they care about if their team wins or loses. They are happy if the team wins and miffed if the team loses, but after a short time, they forget about it.

But then you have folks who can think of nothing but the team, being ecstatic if they win but upset and angry if they lose, so much so that they can't sleep the night before the game (especially football fans, since only about twelve games in college and sixteen in pro football are played any season, making the games more important), and so much so that they can't sleep the night the game is over because they are too excited still or too depressed.

And I was one of these folks. Idolizing this team has in fact kept me from posting here. It is an NFL team. I won't mention the team so I will make up the name. It is a big city team (as most are), so I will call this team, in place of the actual team I won't mention since it is not important, the "Big City Bulldogs." I have idolized this team for nearly forty years, off and on. Over the last several years they had become a bad team, but last year they made the NFL playoffs and I was again ecstatic about this team and in the off-season this spring and summer followed their every move, forgetting about this blog and putting God, and family even, not in first place or even second or third. This team this year is not doing quite as well as last year but they aren't doing badly either, so it is not like I am giving up this team because they are losing a bunch again. In fact I have repudiated this team precisely because they can still make the playoffs and I do not want to get involved in that again. Better to do it when the team is maybe not a sure thing to make the playoffs, than to do it when the team is a serious contender, which would make it very hard to do for a serious fanatic.

I simply could not just say it is no big deal, I will ignore them until the playoffs. No, because I have been too fanatical in the past and recently. So, I have had to totally, in private with my Lord and Savior, and also publicly over the Internet, repudiate being a fan of this team. I have skirted this issue the last several weeks and can no longer just gloss over it. I have proclaimed my giving up this team, and following NFL football, period. I can never "take another drink," that is, watch another football game in earnest, again, as an alcoholic can never take another drink of alcohol again.

And no matter how often Satan or his minions tempt me again with following football, I must repudiate him and repudiate football and this team. It is too bad it had to come to that, but it has to come to that.

God has work to do with using me, and He ain't gonna use me if my mind and heart and soul and strength is given over to some football team which has done little to nothing for me lately, except "bragging rites."

In the next post and others, I will relate what I did and how I did it, with the strength of the Lord to guide me, since I didn't do it on my own.