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The Cult of Mormon

As I stated during the last presidential election cycle, I am a political independent – I support people, not entire parties. I was/am not a fan of any politician who trots out their religious-cred to milk the faithful for their support – whether it’s George W. Bush or Barack Obama, both of whom exhibit questionable (if not out-right incredulous) “allegiance” to the Christian faith. And this is not a political blog, although I’m eager to share my thoughts on the exploitation of religion for political gain.

The quote above is attributed to Robert Jeffress, the Dallas pastor (and Rick Perry supporter)  who single-handily thrust Mitt Romney’s religion back into the forefront of presidential politics (yet again).  I won’t expound on my thoughts on the bread and circus of the impending presidential election cycle, but I will take a moment to educate (and remind) you about the tenets of Mormonism, thanks to a recent article from GotQuestions.org (reprinted in it’s entirety, my emphasis in bold):

What is Mormonism? What Do Mormon’s Believe?

The Mormon religion (Mormonism), whose followers are known as Mormons and Latter Day Saints (LDS), was founded less than two hundred years ago by a man named Joseph Smith. He claimed to have received a personal visit from God the Father and Jesus Christ who told him that all churches and their creeds were an abomination. Joseph Smith then set out to begin a brand-new religion that claims to be the “only true church on earth.” The problem with Mormonism is that it contradicts, modifies, and expands on the Bible. Christians have no reason to believe that the Bible is not true and adequate. To truly believe in and trust God means to believe in His Word, and all Scripture is inspired by God, which means it comes from Him (2 Timothy 3:16).

Mormons believe that there are in fact four sources of divinely inspired words, not just one: 1) The Bible “as far as it is translated correctly.” Which verses are considered incorrectly translated is not always made clear. 2) The Book of Mormon, which was “translated” by Smith and published in 1830. Smith claimed it is the “most correct book” on earth and that a person can get closer to God by following its precepts “than by any other book.” 3) The Doctrine and Covenants, containing a collection of modern revelations regarding the “Church of Jesus Christ as it has been restored.” 4) The Pearl of the Great Price, which is considered by Mormons to “clarify” doctrines and teachings that were lost from the Bible and adds its own information about the earth’s creation.

Mormons believe the following about God: He has not always been the Supreme Being of the universe, but attained that status through righteous living and persistent effort. They believe God the Father has a “body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s.” Though abandoned by modern Mormon leaders, Brigham Young taught that Adam actually was God and the father of Jesus Christ. In contrast, Christians know this about God: there is only one true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6-8), He always has existed and always will exist (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; 1 Timothy 1:17), and He was not created but is the Creator (Genesis 1; Psalm 24:1; Isaiah 37:16). He is perfect, and no one else is equal to Him (Psalm 86:8; Isaiah 40:25). God the Father is not a man, nor was He ever (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Hosea 11:9). He is Spirit (John 4:24), and Spirit is not made of flesh and bone (Luke 24:39).

Mormons believe that there are different levels or kingdoms in the afterlife: the celestial kingdom, the terrestrial kingdom, the telestial kingdom, and outer darkness. Where mankind will end up depends on what they believe and do in this life. In contrast, the Bible tells us that after death, we go to heaven or hell based on whether or not we had faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. To be absent from our bodies means, as believers, we are with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-8). Unbelievers are sent to hell or the place of the dead (Luke 16:22-23). When Jesus comes the second time, we will receive new bodies (1 Corinthians 15:50-54). There will be a new heaven and new earth for believers (Revelation 21:1), and unbelievers will be thrown into an everlasting lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). There is no second chance for redemption after death (Hebrews 9:27).

Mormon leaders have taught that Jesus’ incarnation was the result of a physical relationship between God the Father and Mary. Mormons believe Jesus is a god, but that any human can also become a god. Mormonism teaches that salvation can be earned by a combination of faith and good works. Contrary to this, Christians historically have taught that no one can achieve the status of God—only He is holy (1 Samuel 2:2). We can only be made holy in God’s sight through faith in Him (1 Corinthians 1:2). Jesus is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16), is the only one ever to have lived a sinless, blameless life, and now has the highest place of honor in heaven (Hebrews 7:26). Jesus and God are one in essence, Jesus being the only One existing before physical birth (John 1:1-8; 8:56). Jesus gave Himself to us as a sacrifice, God raised Him from the dead, and one day everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:6-11). Jesus tells us it is impossible to get to heaven by our own works and that only by faith in Him is it possible (Matthew 19:26). We all deserve eternal punishment for our sins, but God’s infinite love and grace have allowed us a way out. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Clearly, there is only one way to receive salvation and that is to know God and His Son, Jesus (John 17:3). It is not done by works, but by faith (Romans 1:17; 3:28). We can receive this gift no matter who we are or what we have done (Romans 3:22). “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Although Mormons are usually friendly, loving, and kind people, they are deceived by a false religion that distorts the nature of God, the Person of Jesus Christ, and the means of salvation.

So, it doesn’t matter how many cool commercials they trot out to prove “we’re just like you”, Mormonism is counter to the Word of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ…which means it’s a cult.

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Give Obama A Break (this time, at least)!

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OK – you regular readers already know that I am no fan of Barack Obama. So, here’s an early warning: you may want to sit down, brace yourselves – and put down any glassware or sharp objects.

I agree with those who think this “Obama Indoctrination Speech” controversy is devoid of worth for serious discussion.

There, I said it. And I’d say it again. This isn’t a political blog – and my vast disagreements with Obama are primarily grounded in my religious convictions. But I’m man enough to stand up when I disagree with him, and I’m man enough to defend him when I think the criticism is a bit far-fetched.

It’s a stupid “non-issue” issue that makes great political theater, but unfortunately overshadows the intent of the speech (to inspire kids to do better) and more pressing issues (the risk of full-scale government healthcare being ram-rodded down the throats of taxpayers).

Here’s a link to the full text of the speech that was given today, and here’s a link to the “suggested resources” that are available as well. Here are a few highlights of the speech:

I’m here because I want to talk with you about your education and what’s expected of all of you in this new school year.

Now, I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked about responsibility a lot.

I’ve talked about teachers’ responsibility for inspiring students and pushing you to learn.

I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and you get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with the Xbox.

I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, and supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working, where students aren’t getting the opportunities that they deserve.

But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world — and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. That’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education.

What an inglorious bastard!

You mean, the President has the unmitigated gall to strongly suggest that (gulp) students are responsible for actively participating in their own education?

COMMUNIST! FASCIST! MUSLIM!

Bill Cosby has been giving his version of this same speech (plus a bit more on not having babies out-of-wedlock and more) for the past few years. Would Obama had been more embraced if he gave the speech in a brightly colored sweater and eating Jell-O at the same time?

For those who argue that the “resource materials” were a form of government indoctrination because the President asked kids to document how they would commit to staying in school, I still believe that’s a stretch, but I’ll give you that one.

For those who pulled their kids out of school – and protested in tears – because they thought the kids ears would bleed while listening to a positive message, I ask: Aren’t your kids ALREADY in government school? What do you do when they bring home condoms that they got in gym class, or “Heather Has Two Mommies” books?

I am the Chief Role Model in the lives of my children. I set the tone for what they are to expect when they encounter adults inside and outside of our home. As such, my children are highly intelligent critical thinkers. If they heard something off-base in Obama’s speech, then they would ask me for clarification (as they do when they hear about same-sex marriage, abortion, and other controversial topics).  

If Obama could get my kids to sign up for his “youth brigade” after one speech, then I’m a horrible parent with no ability to influence their decisions at a young age. If he’s that persuasive, then maybe he should also tell my children to make their beds, pick their clothes up off the floor – and flush the toilet!

I VIGOROUSLY disagree with Obama on abortion, gay marriage, school vouchers, government-run health insurance (beyond Medicare), support of teachers unions, and a myriad of other things. And I will continue to be a vocal critic as the Lord wills – yet I have to give him a thumbs up for using the bully pulpit of the presidency to advocate for self-responsibility.

C’mon – Nixon gave speeches to school kids before. Even Bill Clinton (the Horndog in Chief) is still revered as a role-model. For goodness sake – doesn’t the Office of the Presidency give the POTUS the right to give an innocuous speech to the nations children?

Alright – I’ll stop before pigs start flying and locusts and frogs rain from the sky.

President Obama’s Message To The Church

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As the nation celebrates the inauguration of the first black POTUS, I pause to acknowledge such a historic event.

However, I must also point you to a sobering message from John Piper – one of the nation’s foremost biblical teachers and preachers. I have copied his article in it’s entirety (my emphasis in bold) - you can click the title to visit Piper’s website for additional resources:

How Barack Obama Will Make Christ a Minister of Condemnation

At Barack Obama’s request, tomorrow in the Lincoln Memorial, Gene Robinson, the first openly non-celibate homosexual bishop in the Episcopal Church, will deliver the invocation for the inauguration kick-off.

This is tragic not mainly because Obama is willing to hold up the legitimacy of homosexual intercourse, but because he is willing to get behind the church endorsement of sexual intercourse between men.

It is one thing to say: Two men may legally have sex. It is another to say: The Christian church acted acceptably in blessing Robinson’s sex with men.

The implications of this are serious.

It means that Barack Obama is willing, not just to tolerate, but to feature a person and a viewpoint that makes the church a minister of damnation. Again, the tragedy here is not that many people in public life hold views (like atheism) that lead to damnation, but that Obama is making the church the minister of damnation.

The apostle Paul says,

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves , nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

What is Paul saying about things like adultery, greed, stealing, and homosexual practice? As J. I. Packer puts it, “They are ways of sin that, if not repented of and forsaken, will keep people out of God’s kingdom of salvation.” (Christianity Today, January 2003, p. 48).

In other words, to bless people in these sins, instead of offering them forgiveness and deliverance from them, is to minister damnation to them, not salvation.

The gospel, with its forgiveness and deliverance from homosexual practice, offers salvation. Gene Robinson, with his blessing and approval of homosexual practice, offers damnation. And he does it in the name of Christ.

It is as though Obama sought out a church which blessed stealing and adultery, and then chose its most well-known thief and adulterer, and asked him to pray.

One more time: The issue here is not that presidents may need to tolerate things they don’t approve of. The issue is this: In linking the Christian ministry to the approval of homosexual activity, Christ is made a minister of condemnation.

 I wish nothing but the best for President Obama because he is our leader for the next 4 years – and it is obviously God’s will that Obama lead this nation at this time, otherwise it would not be so.

That said, I will not ignore his obvious challenges with fundamental Christian doctrine – even as he professes Christianity.

May God have mercy on this nation as His will is being done before our eyes.

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A Pimp And A President

I was content with just letting the 2008 fade away and continue preparing a few articles to finish the year out right. My plan seemed to be working until I got an email from Eddie Long:

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Eddie Long is an opportunistic snake-oil salesman who seeks to cast himself as relevant as “a voice of God for the nations” (as he declares from his “pulpit” regularly).  As our brother Independent Conservative eloquently noted a few weeks ago, Eddie has decided that he needed to pimp the new president – in addition to the lemmings who line his pockets weekly – by creating a hybrid “worship service/inaugural viewing party”. Eddie has lined up to the trough for Bill Clinton and GW Bush in the past (famously declaring that he went to Bush’s White House but “didn’t have intercourse”, and bragging about how he “deals with the White House…I deal with Tony Blair…”), so it would stand to reason that he’d try to climb into bed (figuratively) with “No Drama” Obama.

Like the many subway hucksters selling t-shirts, buttons, and magazine covers, Eddie is employing his EXCELLENT marketing strategies to host an “inaugural party” on January 20th – thus the “ticket” you see above.

That’s right, I said “EXCELLENT marketing strategies” because Eddie is a masterful marketer. He has created a brand with his church Club New Birth, so much so that he uses the “goofy trident”symbol as opposed to a representation of the Cross of Christ. Before I fled Eddie’s club in search of my dignity and self respect, I heard him say on many occasions that he wanted “the New Birth brand to be as famous as McDonald’s Golden Arches”. Not to be content with just creating a brand, Eddie even had expensive jewelry designed to replicate the “goofy trident” symbol, and he wears it faithfully. He also has the jewelry replicated so that he can present baubles to various “ministry sons”  as a sign of allegiance…like a thug rapper presents gold chains to his crew.

Eddie is such an excellent marketer that he has created a revenue stream from licensing the “goofy trident’s” likeness to various “ministry sons”. Back in 2004, Eddie charged $10,000 a year to “sons” like Terrell Murphy of New Birth Charlotte and Andre Landers of New Birth South (as seen in this archived site from 2002) so that they too could market the “goofy trident’s” likeness for their New Birth satellite churches. Landers grew tired of paying the annual licensing fee (now well over $10,000 a year), so he broke away from Eddie’s marketing machine to start his own marketing empire (Landers is still Long’s dutiful son, however – he’s just happier pimping his own congregation instead of kicking money up to the Alpha pimp).

Eddie Long is such a masterful marketer. He figured that in addition to launching his own homegrown “ministry sons” from the “mothership” to wreak havoc on unsuspecting sheep, he could establish the “New Birth Family of Churches” in order to collect even more money from lemmings all across the land – so he convinced at least two pastors to turn their churches over to him:

New Birth California

Since the early days of New Birth Church in 1997, our goal has been to reach out to the Bay Area with the love of God and the good news of His Son, Jesus Christ. Early in 2004, this vision stepped into high gear as we became part of the 25,000+ member strong New Birth Family of Churches under Bishop Eddie Long

New Birth Greenville (SC)

July 1, 2006, after much prayer Pastor Getties and Elder Anita Jackson met with the United Christian Ministries Church family to make the announcement official. We will officially become New Birth Greenville January 1, 2007

Eddie decided that he also needed to step up his “television game”, so he appeared on two Atlanta-based reality shows within the last two months: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (a show detailing the excessive lifestyles of wealthy black “housewives” in Atlanta) and “Keyshia Coles: The Way It Is” (a reality show follwing R&B singer Keyshia Cole and here dysfunctional family). On the “Housewives” show, Eddie thinks that he’s marketable enough to be auctioned off (along with his wife) for a lunch date in order to help one of the vapid housewives raise money for her “charity”. On the “Keyshia Coles…” show, Eddie is chosen to counsel Coles’ mess of a sister (in front of the cameras, off course – what a shock!). Yup, that Eddie Long is a doggone marketing genius!

You almost have to (grudgingly) give Eddie Long his due – he is a masterful marketer who rakes in millions of dollars in personal income annually. I say “almost” because you must remember that Eddie Long props himself up to be a minister of the Gospel – which means that he is a degenerate pimp who uses God to attract and abuse spiritually immature “Christians”, all the while extracting cash and property from their possession with surgical precision.

So for Pimp Eddie the Masterful Marketer, there is hardly a better way to attach yourself to the newest marketing superstar – Barack Obama. If you notice the “ticket” above, Eddie’s “goofy trident” symbol is overlayed right on top of Obama’s “hope/change” symbol” – and Pimp Eddie is pictured essentially sitting on Obama’s back. If that doesn’t scream “I’M WITH OBAMA!”, then I don’t know what does. Lets forget the fact the Obama’s personal beliefs (abortion, homosexual unions and “rights”, the irrelevancy of scripture) are enough to make a TRUE minister not even want to be photographed with him.

But we must remember – Eddie Long is NOT a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he’s a balding slick-haired, tight shirt wearing, “watch this” spouting marketing genius…so there is no compromise to speak of.

When you look at the facts, Eddie and Obama have a lot in common:

Too bad the Apostle Paul wasn’t as savvy a marketer like Eddie Long. If he would’ve just co-opted his ministry with the rulers of his day, he wouldn’t have had to live off handouts from the early Christians who desired to know God’s truth. Instead of roaming town to town proclaiming the TRUE GOSPEL, Paul should have marketed himself better, and avoided this testimony:

2 Corinthians 11:24-27 (New American Standard Bible)

24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes.

25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.

26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren;

27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.

Such a waste.

But hey – Eddie Long is WAAAYYY smarter than the early Apostles. He has this whole “we’re here to take over” dominionism/alignment with the “kings of this world” thing all figured out.

Yup, old Eddie Long is a masterful marketer :roll:

Heresy: 2 For The Price of 1

Remember when Eddie Long made multiple visits to the Bush White House (multiple times) a few years back – and how “black leaders” responded?

Several speakers, including Jesse Jackson, took aim at a visit that Long and other black pastors made to President Bush at the White House. Long responded good-naturedly, saying he thought it was important to gain access to powerful circles.

Just because we went to the house,” he said, “does not mean we had intercourse.” (source)

Well, it looks like Eddie’s trying to get back to the Obama White House by participating in a little “Obama worship” of his own. Our brother Independent Conservative has an excellent post on how Eddie wants to have a worship service and inaugural viewing so that folks can worship him, Obama (and maybe God):

Eddie Long’s Club Makes Obama A Reason For Worship. Even Partners With A Secular Radio Station To Promote It.

With the economy taking a slump, it seems those who promote false money doctrines are doing whatever they can to keep some attention on themselves. Even if it means partnering with secular entertainment and hosting events that have absolutely nothing to do with the message of the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s not even an event that does any service of good works to the community. It’s not giving food to the poor or free medical care, just a free spot to praise Obama

You can argue with me until you’re blue in the face, but those of us who escaped Eddie’s plantation know FULL WELL that this is Eddie’s attempt to:

  1. Shine the light of attention on him by co-opting a “historic event”
  2. Capitalize on the man worship being heaped on Barack Obama, and
  3. Start his “trek back to the House” campaign to flaunt Club New Birth’s alleged “influence with the kings of this world” (that I and others have heard him tout from the pulpit many times in the past)

Click the title to read the rest of this excellent article.

“God has vindicated the black folk…”

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You know, Christians are supposed to be mature when dealing with the world. We are tasked with refraining from reacting based on emotion alone and to soberly test the spirit of all things by weighing them against God’s Truth and His Word:

1 John 4:1-3 (New American Standard Bible)

1(A)Beloved, do not believe every (B)spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because (C)many false prophets have gone out into the world.

2 By this you know the Spirit of God: (D)every spirit that (E)confesses that (F)Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 

3 and every spirit that (G)does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the (H)antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and (I)now it is already in the world.

Oh well, so much for logic and sober thinking…

Churches across America reflect on Obama election

RALEIGH, North Carolina – Jubilation, pride and relief permeated pews and pulpits at predominantly black churches across the country on the first Sunday after Barack Obama’s election, with congregrants blowing horns, waving American flags and raising their hands to the heavens.

“God has vindicated the black folk,” the Rev. Shirley Caesar-Williams said as a member of her Raleigh congregation, Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church, brandished a flag and another marched among the pews blowing a ram’s horn.

Yeah, “Rev. Shirley Ceaser – Williams” is that Shirley Ceasar, the legendary gospel singer who seemed a bit more grounded…until now. But wait, there’s more…

“Too long we’ve been at the bottom of the totem pole, but he has vindicated us, hallelujah,” the Grammy-winning gospel singer cried. “I don’t know about you, but I don’t have nothing to put my head down for, praise God. Because when I look toward Washington, D.C., we got a new family coming in. We got a new family coming in. And you know what? They look like us. Amen, amen. They look like us.”

While I will be accused of “putting my mouth on a ‘womand of gawd'”, I still have to ask – is “Pastor Shirley” saying that the Blood of Jesus wasn’t enough to vindicate her…that it took a slick politician from Chicago to “vindicate black folks”? Does “Pastor Shirley” preach the Gospel, or some form of “Black Liberation Theology”? Hmmm.

Although the folks at Ebenezer Baprtist Church here in the ATL were practically breakdancing in the aisles on election night, at least their Pastor offered a bit of wisdom this past Sunday:

“Barack Obama stood against the fierce tide of history and achieved the unimaginable,” he said. “But he did not get here by himself. Give God some credit. He is the Lord.”

But while he told the congregation that it was a time for celebration, he also reminded them it was a serious time.

“We still have a whole lot of work to do,” he said. “You have two little girls who will grow up in the White House. Around the corner, you have two little girls who will grow up in a crack house.”

Folks, we’re going to see even more blatant man worship of President-elect Obama up to and after his inaugaration. The same adoration that is heaped on pulpit pimps and false teachers is now being heaped on the first black President of the United States. No man (teacher, preacher, or President), organization, or government can rescue you from the preordained course of this world, as prescribed by the sovereign will of God.

Now more than ever, we who claim the Name of Christ need to remind the world that hope can only be found in Jesus Christ:

1 Peter 1:3-5 (English Standard Version)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 

President Barack Obama. He Did It…Now What?

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Well, Barack Obama has done it.

He won.

This isn’t a joke, or a flashback to President David Palmer’s election on Fox TV’s “24” (or his brother’s election to succeed him).

The citizens of the United States of America have actually elected a Black man (well, a biracial man) as the next President of the United States of America – and leader of the free world.

I can’t say that I am surprised, given the support that Obama has had for quite some time. Even though I have voiced my continued opposition to his candidacy, I am man enough to take a moment to acknowledge the historical weight of this event – and to (yet again) humbly witness the sovereign will of God.

Hold on a moment Obama supporters. Before you start writing new books to add to the bible to herald your next messiah, please know that the world won’t just change overnight because there is a new Captain at the helm of the ship. Oh, and unlike the woman in the video below, please continue to pay for your mortgage and your gasoline as the new President-Elect won’t be doing that for you…just yet:

I thought this day would never happen. I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage, you know, if I help them, they help me.

Lord have mercy. Let us pray for the new President – that the Lord’s will be done in his administration. Let us also pray for this nation – particularly for the millions of voters who sincerely believe they’ve just elected Christ Himself.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (New American Standard Bible)

1 First of all, then, I urge that (A)entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,

2 (B)for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

I Did It (I Mean, I Didn’t Do It)…

I have explained at length that I do not support John McCain or Barack Obama – primarily because I believe that neither espouse true Christian values, even though they profess Christianity with their mouths.

I did not come to this decision lightly – I stayed in serious prayer (and the Word of God), and I realized that I couldn’t trump my allegiance to God with my affinity for those who share my race. Since I have been open and honest about my take on this year’s major presidential candidates, I thought it was only fitting that I close the loop on my personal decision & formally conclude the matter.

I participated in Georgia’s early voting process several weeks ago.

I thought about my grandmother – who was the direct descendant of Tennessee slaves, and always lowered her head and called white folks “yessa” and “nossa” (no matter the age) until her death at age 92.

I though about my parents who fought to place me in a home in a comfortable middle class neighborhood after raising my older brothers and sisters in housing projects.

I thought about the racial slurs hurled at me and my buddies growing up in the city – in the late 70″s and early 80’s!

I thought about my own children who revel in their comfortable “middleclassness”, and who have benefited (along with me and my wife) from people who held tightly to their God-ordained convictions.

I voted for county commissioners, judges, senators, the district attorney for my county, school board members, and county initiatives and bond issues.

I did not vote for John McCain or Barack Obama.

I don’t say that flippantly or as a cast-away remark. It was one of the hardest things I had ever done (or not done, in this case). I can talk as big and bad as I want to, but when confronted with the opportunity to vote for a viable (in many eyes) black candidate – I prayed hard and with conviction…in the polling place!

As painful as it was to my flesh, the indwelling Holy Spirit comforted me as I stood firm in my godly convictions.

The only thing that I vehemently advocate on this blog is self study of the Word of God and the avoidance of false teachers of all persuasions. Vote for who you want to vote for, and don’t blame me for inflaming an already tense election cycle or promoting apathy.

Oh, and I’m thick skinned so continuing to call me a “sell-out nigger”, “Uncle Tom” or “Black Judas” in my email will only drive me closer to God. Besides, you’ve got to get in line with all of the hate mail and death threats I get from the pimp defenders anyway – and you’ll be at the end of a very long line.

Unlike many, I’m not trying to vote for the next “Jesus” (black or white, Republican or Democrat) – I’ll simply put my trust in the real One instead:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

“…We Can Certainly Tell You What To Do In The Voting Booth…”

Whatever happened to actually preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ from behind the “sacred desk”? Instead of an expository message about God’s grace and mercy, the gift of salvation, eternal life through Christ, and repentance of sin, many congregations are subjected to blatant political hack jobs and personal attacks/endorsements from the pulpit

Oh well, the saga continues…

Endorsing from the Pulpit

Pastors launch challenge of IRS rules on endorsements.

Click the link to read the article in it’s entirety (and in context) to learn about how some pastors (and priests and rabbi’s) plan on challenging IRS rules about political endorsements in houses of worship.

So this is how John McCain stirs up his “base” (and by “base”, I mean the Christian conservatives that he’s pretending to be like and hide his disdain for them in order for them to vote him into office) ?

Now that Obama’s poll numbers are starting to pull away, McCain’s forces are eager to whip up “the base” so that he can at least stay close to stem the tide of “the ascension”.

None of this political grandstanding, endorsements, and foolishness should be orchestrated from the pulpit of the church assembly. Sure, pastors should encourage their members to vote and participate in their civic responsibilities – but they shouldn’t use the pulpit as another defacto “campaign stop” for a candidate, Democrat or Republican.

God has surely instituted government (Proverbs 8:15-16; Romans 13), and Jesus affirmed governments order and authority in particular matters (Matthew 22:15-22). Likewise, pastors should encourage their members to be aware of the issues and vote accordingly.

But pastors should not tell their members to vote for Obama or McCain – or anyone else.

I guess some pastors are so used to telling you where to put your money (in their pockets), that they feel that you should also be told who to vote for.

So pastors: discuss the issues, apply biblical doctrine to them, and let the sheep make up their own minds.

Barack “new jesus” Obama Dispatches His Disciples

OK – this post is simply an illustration of an earlier post I made about the deification of Barack Obama.

In fairness to Obama, he’s always let others “lift him up” and fall all over themselves in giddy adoration (from fans to the many in the main stream press). Sure he spouts off the typical political stuff about “change” and “hope”, but what do you expect from a politician?

Also, please know that I’m not voting for Obama or McCain – for personal reasons – but that doesn’t mean that Christians will “go to hell” if they vote for either of these guys. It’s a personal choice. I’m just calling it like I see it.

That being said, it appears as though “the messiah” himself is dispatching his “disciples” in his defense. According to the San Francisco Chronicle on 9/17/08 (my emphasis in bold):

Obama mocks McCain in Nevada stops

“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face,” he said.

“And if they tell you that, ‘Well, we’re not sure where he stands on guns.’ I want you to say, ‘He believes in the Second Amendment.’ If they tell you, ‘Well, he’s going to raise your taxes,’ you say, ‘No, he’s not, he’s going lower them.’ You are my ambassadors. You guys are the ones who can make the case.”

Click the title to read the entire article in context, but notice how Barack“new jesus” is telling his followers to “get in their face”.

Uh oh, it looks like Obama has grown tired of wasting time detailing his plans for the future of this country – he’s ready for the ascension, darn it!

While you’re at it “new jesus”, coach them about how to deal with Christians (I can hear that conversation in my head…it goes something like this):

“I want you to get in their faces and tell them that I believe that baby’s are a liability that no one should be stuck with! Tell them that homosexuality is a sorely needed diverse lifestyle that enhances life in America – and I support it! Tell them that Jesus was just a teacher of enlightenment and that there are many different paths of salvation to God. Tell them that I never even met Jeremiah Wright until I saw him at the National Press Club on CSPAN. Tell them that!”

Yeah, that’ll win more “believers” over to your side…

The Prince Pimp Of Baltimore Endorses Obama

***hat tip to my brother over at the blog Eric’s Corner for sending me the video and getting my blood pressure elevated…once again***

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!

“Dr.” Jamal Bryant, the prince pimp of Baltimore, adulterer and “baby daddy” (to a young lady who attends/attended his church club – and was allegedly 17 years old at the time of conception!) has taken a moment to stop declaring that he’s “still the man” to weigh in on the presidential race (i.e. line up for the anointing of Barack“new jesus”).

C’mon, you didn’t think the prince pimp would endorse the evil white radical Republicans, did you?

The prince pimp took to the pulpit to officially declare that Barack“new jesus” is in fact our coming redeemer :roll:

Allow me a moment to wipe the dung off of me that the prince pimp was throwing around…

Now, let’s break it down:

We’re in the midst of a recession and many of us are scrambling just to make the paycheck stretch itself out so that there’s enough food for our children, so that the lights will remain on

I love how these pimps say “we’re struggling”  when in fact their demands on your money are contributing factors in your struggling in the first place! Jamal’s children are fed (ALL of them) and his lights come on effortlessly. He makes well over $350K per year, so don’t think he “feels your pain”.

…Cindy McCain comes out in a $300,000 outfit…bespeckled with pure diamonds from Russia…any many of our citizens can’t afford diamonds and are paying off student loans

Don’t forget folks that this degenerate adulterer/baby daddy/ pimp drives a leased 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur (or at least he did last year) – valued at $140,000 (used). Also, he bragged about his “custom tailors on different continents” when he was defending his pastorship in light of his adulterous ways. He’s got the…um….cojones’  to say this in front of a crowd that throws their hard earned money at his feet? I’m no McCain fan, but this clown is in no position to call them out!

…Sarah “Pollen”…is conflicted and bipolar…this woman says she’s against sex education in our public schools at the same time waltzes across her 17 year old pregnant daughter..this same woman…got married when she was 3 months pregnant, then tried to cover it up against her own parents will…this same woman who is under an ultra conservative had an affair 5 years ago with her husband’s business partner

Uh-oh prince pimp Jamal, let’s not start talking about family mess…remember your incident with a 17 year old, and your adultery. :lol:

Maybe those clown outfits and 3 foot wide neckties are starting to restrict the oxygen that goes to Jamal’s brain :roll:

This same woman, who took 7 years just to get a bachelors degree having failed out of 2 community colleges…this is who you would put up against a Harvard graduate?…

Um, princepimp Jamal – Sarah “Pollen” is not running against your “new jesus” – she’s #2 on the ticket, remember? Oh, and let’s not talk about her education credentials – particularly since you lied about getting a doctorate degree from Oxford, and you had to amend your original phony bio (now it simply says he “obtained his Doctor of Ministry in 2005″ – no mention of the school that he got it from). Go to his tacky and seeker-sensitive website and click the “about us” link (and mute your PC so you don’t have to hear his voice). I won’t call prince pimp Jamal a degenerate liar, but I will say that he lied many times…

Alright – I’m starting to get ill, so let’s get to the crescendo, shall we?:

…even when if you’re from the ghetto and get a degree they’ll still put up somebody from a trailer park and say  there’s somebody who is better than you

Wow. This idiot can’t get over the fact that Barack“new jesus” isn’t running against Sarah “Pollen” – he keeps comparing her to “new jesus”. Then he calls her (essentially) “trailer park trash”?. Now if we heard evangelicals calling Barack“new jesus” a nigger from the pulpit then we would all have a collective “poop fit”.

I’m not saying that it’s not the same sentiment shared by our “brothers from another mother”, but this degenerate continues to show his disdain for the holy bookboard and throws his arms around a man who supports abortion, homosexual legal unions, a government welfare state, and ecumenicism. 

Well, what else do you expect from a man who couldn’t exegete his way out of a torn wet paper bag..sound biblical doctrine?

Think prince pimp Jamal’s words aren’t resonating with the “great unwashed”? Well, look at some of the comments on the youtube page that houses this video:

  • All Praises Due to ALLAH
    We should all be concerned about our future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there
    This man speaks nothing but the truth may ALLAH be pleased with him. Vote for change Obama for president. Check out NAS new CD powerful
  • Awesome message and it’s all true, Pastor Bryant is a man of God and will tell the truth at all times. I have followed his ministry on TV.
  • You may not be hearing form the Pastors you mentioned because they feel they should not use their pulpit as a platform for political endorsements which pastors should not be doing. There is no doubt where this pastor stands. He is using his pulpit as a political forum. However, I agree with everything this young man has said.
  • This is what is known as “speaking truth to power”. All of the prophets in the bible did it………JESUS did it. But we are so divided in this country that we would rather watch the US be destroyed by the likes of McCain, Bush Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Karl Rove! People are losing jobs, homes, health care, but we are clinging to old racial hatreds. What the pastor left out is that Palin and her husband support groups that want Alaska to leave(secede) from the USA.
  • This is awesome! I pray God continues to give our African American Community Revelation it is time for a CHANGE. Let us get out and vote in November.

Oh well, another stop along the road to the ascension of Barack“new jesus” to his rigthful throne.

By the way – I used Independent Conservative’s extensive coverage of prince pimp Jamal because his old posts quote (and link directly to) the original articles in the Baltimore Sun. Curiously, those links don’t work anymore and you can only find one story on pimp Jamal in the paper’s online archives (about his divorce).

Hmmm….interesting.

“YES WE CAN”???

I’m Not Voting For McCain Either!

Imagine my surprise to learn that my post about the deification of Barack “new jesus” Obama (and his subsequent pursuit of the “faith community”) has ruffled a few feathers.

I received lots of “feedback” (yeah, let’s just call it that) from people who want to do me bodily harm because I’m calling out Barack Obama on his faux Christian stance and the endless fawning that he’s privyed to on a daily basis. One email was from a friend of this blog, and I’ve been given permission to share it with everyone as the basis for defending my overall opinion regarding this presidential race:

Dear ST:

I follow politics pretty closely, and I have yet to feel/sense any Christian is equating Barack Obama with Jesus or a spiritual saviour.  I do see people enthusiastically endorsing his candidacy for various reasons.  But the deification I really don’t see or hear much of in my circles or in the news media in general.  The merchandise that you are showing is simply directed at and provided for Christians who support him. Period. Are you now questioning the Christianinty of his supporters?

It’s obvious that you are no fan of Sen. Obama’s as your commentaries are very hostile concerning him.  But, in the spirit of the fairness doctrine, don’t you think it’s time that you shared a little of that hostility with his opponent and the christians that are on his bandwagon?  Or do you feel that he is a “true’ Christian?  If not, why only attack Sen. Obama? Is there something else going on here? I have yet to see you dedicate a critical post to Sen.McCain and his running mate.  If you have, please point me in that direction.

And, finally, you might have already seen this site, but it’s www.jamesdobsondoesntspeakforme.comwhich was started by a Rev. Kirbyjohn Caldwell and I believe some other Christian ministers.  I think you might find it a good read.  It provides context for many of Sen. Obama’s remarks as opposed to simple “sound bites.”

You know I love and I’m not trying to pick a fight….

I sincerely respect the person who wrote this email. We’ve disagreed before, but we always end up at the same place – defending the Gospel and loving God.

Now that I’ve dispensed with the mushy stuff, let me “break it down”:

I follow politics pretty closely, and I have yet to feel/sense any Christian is equating Barack Obama with Jesus or a spiritual saviour.  I do see people enthusiastically endorsing his candidacy for various reasons.  But the deification I really don’t see or hear much of in my circles or in the news media in general. 

Gospel singers are making songs about how hope resides in him, Jesse Jackson “sees a new heaven” in him, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. wants to add a new chapter to the bible to acknowledge him, and many supporters call him “the messiah”. All that aside, the mainstream media has fallen in love with him as well. While people may not come out and call Obama the “new jesus”, they certainly infer it (it’s the really stupid and giddy ones who faint at the sight of him and really do think he’s God’s chosen Son).

The merchandise that you are showing is simply directed at and provided for Christians who support him. Period. Are you now questioning the Christianinty of his supporters?

The trinkets that I showed in the previous post is junk that folks are pushing to the faith community (and others) to show that “he’s one of us”.It’s basic marketing. I don’t know if his supporters are “real Christians” – and I frankly don’t care. I think many folks are just swept up in the hype – and racial pride is driving a lot of the overlooking of sound reason when supporting Obama.

It’s obvious that you are no fan of Sen. Obama’s as your commentaries are very hostile concerning him.  But, in the spirit of the fairness doctrine, don’t you think it’s time that you shared a little of that hostility with his opponent and the christians that are on his bandwagon?

I’m no fan of Obama’s, but I don’t think my posts have been hostile. I’m a quick-witted guy, so my commentary can be a bit biting, but not hostile. I’ve been far more hostile in exposing some of the degenerate pulpit pimps out there today. For the record, I’M NOT VOTING FOR MCCAIN/PALIN EITHER.

I choose to focus on Obama because as a black man I am constantly told that I must vote for him as a nod to my ancestors and that “we may never have another black viable candidate again”. McCain is not a Christian either, and my brother Independent Conservative (a political and Christian blog, BTW) has exhaustively covered both of these pretenders (Obama and McCain). I don’t dedicate any space to McCain/Palin because most folks can see that they’re about as doctrinally sound as pregnant nuns – it’s Obama that is a bit more cunning and chameleon-like, thus he warrants attention from a member of the “faith community”.

And, finally, you might have already seen this site, but it’s www.jamesdobsondoesntspeakforme.comwhich was started by a Rev. Kirbyjohn Caldwell and I believe some other Christian ministers.  I think you might find it a good read.  It provides context for many of Sen. Obama’s remarks as opposed to simple “sound bites.”

I don’t give any credence to that phony James Dobson – who held the “evangelic line” against McCain…until Sarah Palin showed up out of nowhere. Now, all of a sudden, McCain (through Palin) has been “born again” :roll:

Also, Kirbyjohn Caldwell is a phony (wanna be) pulpit pimp who is so eager to align himself with Obama that he ignores his previous stand against homosexuality (because Obama believes in “equal rights”). Read this article (and the subsequent links) to get the background on Caldwell.

The bottom line is this, Obamamaniacs (and others): Vote for whomever you want to. Vote early and often. Hand out flyers, organize house parties and prayer circles, volunteer to work the polls for them. It’s a free country and you can vote for whomever you want (or not vote at all).

This blog is my forum to express my opinion in relation to the Word of God – and my opinion is that Barack Obama and John McCain are phony faux Christians who will say and do almost anything to get into office.

There…I’ve gotten that off my chest.

“YES I CAN!”

Barack “Jesus” Obama Is Courting “Believers”

***hat tip to Independent Conservative for the CNN tip***

“Believers of what”, you might ask?

Obama campaign rolls out new ‘faith merchandise’

(CNN) –The Obama campaign is preparing rolling out a new line of “faith merchandise” – the latest move in an ambitious effort to win over religious voters.

“Check out the Believers for Barack, Pro-Family Pro-Obama, and Catholics for Obama buttons, bumper stickers and signs….” says Obama Deputy Director of Religious Affairs Paul Monteiro in an e-mail obtained by the Beliefnet Web site.

“Believers for Barack rally signs and bumper stickers, along with all Pro-Family Pro-Obama merchandise, are appropriate for people of all faith backgrounds. We’ll soon be rolling out merchandise for other religious groups and denominations, but I wanted to get this out to you without delay,” he adds.

So come on, America! Now that your new “jesus” is aligning the heavens for his ascension to the presidency, you can pick up a few trinkets to show that you’re on board the Messiah-train!

  • Are you a depraved homosexual that refuses to repent for your sins and have instead embraced your “alternative lifestyle” while demanding equal rights?

Don’t worry, Barack new “jesus” will fight for you! (see your pink tee in the graphic above)

  • Have you pledged allegiance to the apostate Roman Catholic Church and the antichrist pope, vowing to submit to the “holy father”, various dead saints, and the “mother church” in Rome?

Well what are you waiting for? Barack new “jesus” (and “devout Catholic” Joe Biden) is your team! (your bumper sticker is in the graphic above)

  • Are you a “believer” in God, Jesus (the real One), Muhammad, Krishna, The Dali Lama, Wiccen, Agnostic, Jewish, and (insert applicable religious off-shoot here)?

Then glory to (insert applicable deity here), because Barack new “jesus” is your man! He’s ecumenical! One day he’s Jewish (why would a “Christ-believing Christian” pray at a monument revered by non-Christ believing Jews?), the next day he’s Hindu Indian and Muslim, later he’s a “committed Christian”(see your placard above, believers).

Don’t worry abortionists, Barack new “jesus” wants you to ride the train with him all the way to Washington too! He doesn’t care about your spiritual development or your restoration after having made a bad decision to kill a child – he just doesn’t want you to be “punished with a baby”.

Some come on, “believers”…keep praying for God to give you a king (1 Samuel 8)!

I’m sure the True and Living God and His Son Jesus Christ don’t mind sharing their glory with Barack new “jesus”, right? :roll:

Right?

Barack Obama = Jesus Christ?

The deification of Barack Obama is just about complete. As I’ve stated on previous occasions, I am no fan of Barack Obama. Sure he’s a smart and charismatic guy, but he is not a Christian (no matter how much he professes and morphs his beliefs depending on the audience he’s speaking to).

And just for the record, I’m no fan or supporter of John McCain either. I am a political (conservative) independent.

Anyway, the catchy button you see above is the Obama camps reply to the Republican’s mocking of Obama’s “experience”.

So just in case the covert comparisons to Obama as the next Messiah weren’t enough, now you should be aware that Barack Obama (and his “hope machine”) is the new official Jesus for this change-yearning generation.

Good grief – the Democrats are starting to sound like the sheeple who support all manner of pulpit pimps:“Take that you demonic Republicans – get your mouth of the man of God….err…son of God….er…Barack Obama!”

Oh, and by the way Obama lovers, Jesus was more than just a “community organizer”:

Matthew 16:15-17 (New American Standard Bible)

15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

 16Simon Peter answered, “You are (A)the Christ, (B)the Son of (C)the living God.”

 17And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, (D)Simon Barjona, because (E)flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

Maybe I’m growing too cynical, but I don’t think we’ll see that in a catchy little button or on a bumper sticker anytime soon…

“Attack On The Black Church”?

***UPDATED @ 2:30PM EST***

It looks like J.W. really could inadvertently send Obama back to Chicago to watch the Presidential contest from the sidelines:

Wright to Obama: ‘Coming after you’

By | 4/28/08 11:58 AM EST

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright said Monday that he will try to change national policy by “coming after” Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) if he is elected president.

The pastor also insisted Obama “didn’t denounce” him and “didn’t distance himself” from Wright’s controversial remarks, but “did what politicians do.”

Wright implied Obama still agrees with him by saying: “He had to distance himself, because he’s a politician, from what the media was saying I had said, which was [portrayed as] anti-American.” (click here to read more)

Wow. With “spiritual advisors” like this, who needs Hillary Clinton or John McCain?

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***ORIGINAL POST*** 

I tried to stay away from the Barack Obama/Jeremiah Wright story as long as I could – primarily because this blog is not about politics.

I know Jeremiah Wright well.

Even though I believe that Jeremiah Wright preaches a different gospel (Galatians 1:6-8), I was willing to let him fade into the sunset (in light of his past remarks that have been replayed all over the world in the last few weeks).

Wright, however, has decided that he hasn’t done enough harm to Obama’s candidacy, so he had to re-emerge to “clear his name”. Please note – I’m not writing to endorse Barack Obama.

Wright went before the National Press Club this morning to continue his return to the media spotlight. Here’s an interesting note from the event:

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright says criticism surrounding his fiery sermons is an attack on the black church.

And…

He said the black church tradition is not bombastic or controversial, but different and misunderstood by the “dominant culture” in the United States.

While whites (the group that Wright is calling the “dominant culture”) may not understand the “tradition” of the black church (whatever that means), I believe that Wright is false to equate an attack on his words as an attack on the black church.

He took to the pulpit of the church to denounce America, which is par for the course as it relates to Wrights allegiance to Black Liberation Theology.

This “theology” is a dangerous assault on sound doctrine because it equates black persecution with the persecution of our Lord (my colleague Independent Conservative did an exhaustive point-by-point study of BLT and it’s founder, James Cone).

When Wright is attacked because of his personal opinion, then it is what it is – especially when his controversial philosophy is the basis of the attack.

In that case, Rev., defend yourself…don’t drag the entire “black church” into your squabble.

Since Wright has so aligned his church with the black value system, one would think that he could come up with a more succinct rebuttal than “we’re just misunderstood by the dominant culture”.

Oh, and if Wright is so intent on having God “damn” America, then why is his church building him a million-dollar house in suburban Chicago?

Isn’t that part of the American dream that Wright wants God to damn?

Maybe Wright will be ruminating over the importance of BLT and the black value system as he’s swimming in his new pool, or retiring to the 2nd floor via his elevator.

The bottom line is this – when people call out Jeremiah Wright, they’re doing just that – calling out Jeremiah Wright.

God is Sovereign, and He knows how to care for His Church.

If Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Peter Popoff and the various other pimps stalking the pulpit can’t destroy the Church, then Wright can’t either.

A false gospel, however, can dangerously continue to try…


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