Posts Tagged ‘freedom’
By Heather Clark
Christian News Network
DETROIT, Mich. – A coalition of black pastors filed an amicus brief in court on Wednesday asking that it overturn a lower court’s decision that declared Michigan’s marriage amendment unconstitutional.
The Thomas More Law Center filed the brief on behalf of 110 African American pastors throughout Michigan and Ohio, who represent millions of Christians and other religious groups throughout the state.
As previously reported, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman, nominated to the bench by then-president Ronald Reagan, struck down Michigan’s same-sex ‘marriage’ ban this past March, declaring that the state’s constitutional amendment violates the federal constitution.
“Many Michigan residents have religious convictions whose principles govern the conduct of their daily lives and inform their own viewpoints about marriage,” he wrote. “Nonetheless, these views cannot strip other citizens of the guarantees of equal protection under the law.”
Voters in Michigan had passed a marriage amendment in 2004 that made it unlawful to conduct or recognize same-sex “marriages” in the state. It was passed with 59 percent of the vote, or nearly 2.7 million ballots cast in the favor of the measure. Click here to continue reading.
By Jim Fletcher
Anita Dittman learned about fear and courage early, during a momentous period in history.
“I was 5-and-a-half when Hitler came,” she says. “My mother said, ‘We’ll have to register.’ I asked her, ‘What about me?’ She told me that I’d have to register as a Jew. ‘Thank God,’ I told her. I wanted to be identified that way, even as a child.”
It was 1933.
Within 18 months, Dittman would become something of an oddity in her Jewish community: a believer in Jesus Christ.
Dittman’s father, a German Jew, abandoned his family in the interest of self-survival. So Dittman and her mother not only were forced to scramble for basic sustenance; they had to survive the malevolent forces sweeping through their country.
It was the young Anita’s new-found faith that sustained her, which she outlines in her book, “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell: A Young Jewish Girl Discovers the Messiah’s Faithfulness in the Midst of the Holocaust.” It is a story she told her friend, Jan Markell, almost four decades ago. Markell, founder of Olive Tree Ministries, put pen to paper as the two women bonded through shared experience. Markell’s family had fled Europe, as well.
“In 1977, I was just starting out in ministry,” recalls Markell. “I was very green. Anita was having surgery and her pastor, while visiting her, asked about her story. When it became clear Anita wanted to share her story with the world, the pastor told her he knew someone who could help. We spent several months writing, and it was an emotional time. I realized that if my Russian relatives had not arrived at Ellis Island … well, I’d always had a burden for the topic.” Click here to continue reading.
By Maria Kneas
History shows us that as free nations become complacent, they become vulnerable to manipulation. Most dictatorships rise gradually—a step at a time. Smooth-talking politicians make each incremental step seem reasonable, because the masses are blind to the tides of change.
We have been warned over and over. But sadly, a time comes when the wisdom of the watchmen is no longer heeded:
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” (Wendell Phillips)
“Giving leaders enough power to create ‘social justice’ is giving them enough power to destroy all justice, all freedom, and all human dignity.” (Thomas Sowell)
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana)
“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.” (Edmund Burke)
Austria illustrates the power of gradualism. In 1933, it was a free nation. In 1934, its government began to centralize its power and welcome the influence of Nazi sympathizers. By 1938, it had become a Nazi dictatorship.
The downward slide began with one crisis after another. A third of the people were out of work, inflation rose to 25%, and political turmoil caused civil unrest. People longed for a leader to rescue them. Adolf Hitler campaigned in Austria, promising to solve their problems if they were annexed to Germany. A persuasive speaker, he gave them hope and won their hearts. The Austrian people voted him in.1
Why? How could the Austrians be so blind? The answer is simple: they faced hard times, so they chose to believe Hitler’s promises. They didn’t see him as we do—brutal, arrogant, narcissistic and ruthlessly ambitious. That image came later, when it was too late to escape his grasp.
In the beginning, Hitler appeared as a caring, charismatic, captivating visionary.2 His words brought hope of prosperity, and his public image was intentionally shaped with pictures of his smiles, benevolent deeds and warm encounters with children and babies.3
After Austria was annexed with Germany, then new government jobs were created, and order was restored. The people were encouraged and hopeful, and—for a short while—the nation prospered. Then it crashed. This transformation is described by Kitty Werthmann, who lived in Austria when it was ruled by the Nazis:4
“Dictatorship did not happen overnight. It was a gradual process starting with national identification cards, which we had to carry with us at all times.”
Next came gun registration, followed by attacks on freedom of speech. There were so many informers that people became afraid to say anything political, even when they were in their own homes.
Kitty Werthmann tells of other changes, including nationalization of education; indoctrination of children; socialized medicine; government control of businesses; and a lack of respect for human life. Before the annexation, most Austrian mothers stayed at home to take care of their children. Under Nazi rule, both parents had to work, so the children were sent to government‑run daycare centers.
Gun control came in two stages. First there was gun registration, and then the people were required to give up their guns. Once the people were unarmed, then they had no way of defending themselves against the Nazis.
After that, political correctness replaced freedom of speech. Taxes were increased to eighty percent (four fifths of income). The nation became filled with informers. Anybody who spoke against the government was arrested, and the people lived in constant fear.
In Austria, the transformation from freedom to dictatorship was incremental. No nation is immune to such things, including the United States. In fact, America seems to be following some of the same incremental steps toward totalitarianism.
National Identification Cards
In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act. This, in effect, would turn drivers’ licenses into a national ID card. However, the law is controversial, and 17 states have passed legislation or resolutions opposing compliance with it. 5
Congress eventually repealed the law. However, there are ongoing attempts to do things that are similar, but not as comprehensive. According to an article dated March 28, 2013, Senators Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham are determined to get a biometric national ID card required for everybody who is employed. And this is so important that they met with President Obama to discuss the matter.6
Nationalizing Education and Indoctrinating Young Children
Kitty Werthmann told us how Hitler nationalized the education system. Christian symbols were removed and prayer was banned. Through their government‑run child care program, the Nazis indoctrinated the children with politically correct ideology and absolute loyalty to Hitler. The daycare workers were trained in Marxist psychology, rather than motherly love, for Hitler was fascinated with communist methods of mind control.
Hitler worship became part of the new structure. Children idolized Hitler and sang his praises.
Some American children have been taught to do the same for Obama. I have seen videos of young children singing Obama’s praises with adoration, and teenagers singing his praises quite militantly. I have also seen a video of a young boy praying to Obama. (Once such videos become controversial then they tend to disappear from YouTube, so you might have difficulty finding them.)
America is also a nation where prayer is no longer allowed in school, and daycare is common. Obama is centralizing the public schools. His administration is completing a process begun in the nineties during the first Bush administration. A national curriculum with national standards, national tests, and a national database is fast becoming a reality. The goal is to provide “cradle‑to‑career education for all of America’s children.” The federal government is encouraging the states to provide children with “early learning experiences from birth through kindergarten entry.” 7
By imposing government education at such a young age, this un‑American system exposes Christian children to the worldviews of secular humanism, neo‑paganism, and countless other beliefs that clash with home‑taught values. It subjects them to anti‑Christian peer pressure, and to teachers who are determined to undermine their faith. No wonder children raised in Christian homes from coast to coast are fast rejecting our God and His ways. Meanwhile, churches and youth leaders are bending over backwards to conform to the new values and wants of our youth.
Government schools and the judicial system are working hand‑in‑hand to undermine the faith of Christian children. For example, Amanda is a ten‑year‑old Christian homeschooler. She is “well liked, social and interactive with her peers, academically promising and intellectually at or superior to grade level.” Her homeschool curriculum meets all state standards. Yet, a judge has ordered her to attend public school because of her “vigorous defense of her religious beliefs.” The judge wants her to consider “different points of view at a time when she must begin to critically evaluate multiple systems of belief.” 8 In other words, the judge is forcing Amanda into government education in order to challenge her Christian faith.
Buried inside Obama’s Health Care law is a provision that gives the federal government control over all student loans. As a result, the government can now decide which students are able to go to college. It can also refuse loans for students who want to attend colleges that the government doesn’t approve of, thus putting financial pressure on colleges to be politically correct.9
New federal regulations would enable the federal government to control the accreditation of all U.S. colleges. According to former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong, “the Department of Education is attempting to subject every college and university in America—public and private—to political supervision.” 10
Government Control of Health Care and Businesses
Obama’s massive Health Care law established government control of health care, which is one sixth of the nation’s economy. Its regulation will have a devastating effect on the medical profession. Why would bright students want to invest in medical school when the pay would be minimal and medical “murder” would be mandated?
My foot doctor told me, “Obama wants to make me retire early.” My general practitioner told me, “Let me take care of you while I still can.”
The federal government is wielding an increasing degree of control over businesses, both directly and through regulations. Obama’s destructive control over Chrysler has been called “another extraordinary intervention into private industry by the federal government.” As a result, many car dealerships were closed.11 According to an attorney who represents some of those dealers, Chrysler closed them because it was “under enormous pressure from the President’s automotive task force.” 12
Treating People Like Livestock
Farmers can kill animals that are born sickly or become too old to be productive. Likewise, Hitler talked about getting rid of “useless eaters.” In modern America, some “experts” want to dispose of people with a poor “quality of life.”
Kitty Werthmann told how the Nazis killed the mentally retarded people in her village. That was a result of Hitler’s eugenics program. He was following the unconscionable Darwinian ideals of an evolving, purified human race, and he wanted to produce a Master Race of strong, intelligent Aryans. People he considered to be inferior (including Jews and the mentally retarded) had to be eliminated.13
Because of the Holocaust, eugenics was discredited. However, euthanasia (both voluntary and involuntary) is spreading. Voluntary euthanasia is a form of suicide, where patients choose to die—usually with a physician’s help. This is legal in Oregon and Washington.14
Involuntary euthanasia is based on new, convenient medical standards. In Holland, where thousands of patients have been killed against their will, some elderly people are afraid to go to the hospital.15 A concerned Belgian citizen warned Western nations to guard themselves against “the encroaching euthanasia agenda.” 16
An influential bioethicist in the Obama administration actively promotes health care rationing.17 Obama’s health care law includes “death panels” with authority to deny life‑saving medical care.18 Once such care has been denied, it becomes unavailable even to patients who would pay the cost themselves.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has a long record of supporting gun control. In a 2008 brief to the Supreme Court, Holder claimed that the Second Amendment does not pose any obstacle to banning guns.19
Since the shooting at Sandy Hook, the attempts at gun control have increased in both variety and intensity.
Obama has initiated a back‑door approach to gun control by means of an international treaty known as CIFTA. President Clinton signed this treaty in 1997 but the Senate refused to ratify it. Now President Obama is promoting it. According to John Bolton (former U.S. representative of the United Nations):
“…there’s no doubt—as was the case over a decade ago—that the real agenda is the control of domestic arms.” 20
Enforcing Political Correctness
President Obama has co‑sponsored a United Nations resolution that calls on countries to criminalize “any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.” Since the President of the United States is backing the resolution, then Americans will be expected to abide by it. As a result, this U.N. resolution would take priority over our constitutional right to free speech. In addition, as Robert Spencer said:
“‘Incitement’ and ‘hatred’ are in the eye of the beholder—or more precisely, in the eye of those who make such determinations.” 21
As a result, people in power can silence those who disagree with them by classifying their statements as “hate speech.”
In 2008, a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission warned that the FCC is likely to implement regulations that will give the federal government control over the content of radio, TV, and the Internet.22
In 2009, a high‑ranking official in the FCC called for a “confrontational movement” to increase federal control of the media.23 He openly expressed admiration for Hugo Chavez’ efforts to stifle criticism by seizing control of Venezuela’s media.24
The Chairman of the FCC is “poised to add the Internet to its portfolio of regulated industries.” 25 In other words, the media must be controlled by the government:
“Mr. Genachowski suggested that government red tape will increase the ‘freedom’ of online services that have flourished because bureaucratic busybodies have been blocked from tinkering with the Web.” 25
An FCC Commissioner named Michael Copps has proposed a plan: a “public value test” for media. Who will pass that government test? Those who don’t will not get their licenses renewed.
“Copps declared FCC adoption of his Public Values Test would provide an antidote to the current state of affairs by requiring: more diversity… enhanced disclosure of information” 26
This reminds me of the difference between Russian Communism and Hitler’s National Socialism. Stalin ended up with a very poor country. Hitler’s socialism allowed for government controlled “free” enterprise, and at first it seemed to succeed. The difference between the two forms of tyrannical socialism was that Stalin’s government owned everything, while Hitler controlled everything.
In 2002, the federal government attempted to recruit four percent of the population as informers. These spies were to include people with access to homes and businesses, such as mailmen, meter readers, cable installers, and telephone repairmen.27 There was a public outcry, and this plan was abandoned. However, the attempt to have informants throughout the country is not new. It has continued in various ways, for years.28
As part of President Clinton’s war on “hate crimes,” the Justice Department had a website that encouraged children to report relatives who made a “derogatory comment.” 29 Now that Congress has passed the “Hate Crimes” bill, we need to be alert to similar attempts to turn children into informers.
A “smartphone” is a wireless, pocket‑sized computer that also functions as a cell phone.30 It can take pictures. 31 The iPhone is a line of Internet smartphones produced by Apple Computer. People can get “applications” (“apps”) for it, enabling them to do a wide variety of things, including GPS navigation and social networking.32 A person could use their iPhone to take a picture, get the precise location of the place (via GPS), and send the picture and location information to somebody via email, or post it on the Internet.
A new “app” for iPhones enables citizens to spy on one another and report directly to several federal agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Justice.33 Although this “app” is promoted as a means of preventing terrorism, these spying citizens are also encouraged to report on things such as “environmental negligence” and “discrimination.” 34
The Ability to Arrest People at Will
The President can legally declare a state of national emergency on his own authority without the approval of Congress. There is no legal accountability. Once a national emergency has been declared, the President can “take over all government functions” and “direct all private sector activities” until he declares that the national emergency is over.35
A Master Arrest Warrant enables the U.S. Attorney General to have people arrested if he personally considers them to be “dangerous to the public peace and safety.” He can keep these people incarcerated indefinitely without legal accountability.36
According to a U.S. Congressman, former Rep. Henry Gonzalez, there are detention camps in America. He said that, in the name of stopping terrorism, the President could evoke the military and arrest American citizens and put them in these camps.37
If American troops are unwilling or unable to carry out such arrests, then the President can use Canadian troops, thanks to a military agreement called the Civil Assistance Plan.38 The President can also use troops from the United Nations.39
In 2009, a bill in Congress (H.R. 645) required the Department of Homeland Security to establish at least six more detention camps on military installations. It also appears to further expand the president’s emergency power.40 Jerome Corsi observes:
“We are talking about a slippery slope: camps being prepared to be used in emergencies can easily be used to imprison dissenters.” 41
The bill failed to pass. However, it was introduced again on January 23, 2013 as H.R. 390. It failed to pass, but I suspect that they will try again. Also it might be possible to bypass Congress and do it by means of an executive order.
Further Increasing Federal Power
The Obama administration’s Financial Reform Bill was signed into law on July 21, 2010. It establishes an Office of Financial Research which would have “unprecedented, real‑time access to a wealth of personal and corporate financial data.” 42 This new agency would not have to be accountable to anyone. In addition, it could use coercion to get information.43
The Senate has a bill which would give the federal government much more control over our food supply. It threatens to increase food prices and drive many small local suppliers out of business.44 Even without this new law, Federal agents have already harassed small farms. In April 2010, they invaded a private dairy that doesn’t sell to the public.45
The Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission are discussing ways to regulate what Americans are able to read and hear. These proposed regulations “would apply across the board to print media, radio and television, and the internet.” 46
In July 2, 2008, presidential candidate Obama said that the military is not sufficient for our national security. He said:
“We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” 47
In March 2009, President Obama again discussed the need for a Civilian National Security Force.48
One approach to this is via Obama’s Health Care law. It establishes a Ready Reserve Corps that would be subject to “involuntary calls to active duty during national emergencies and public health crises.” 49 An article giving details about this corps is titled “Obama Just Got His Private Army.” 50
Another approach is the Universal National Service Act. If passed, this bill would require every American (including young mothers) from ages 18 to 42 to spend two years either serving in the military or doing national service as defined by the President.51 The bill contains some provisions that could be used to promote a globalist agenda.52
A National Security Letter (NSL) enables the FBI and other federal agencies to require people to give them information without “probable cause” or judicial oversight. Under the Patriot Act, the NSL includes a “gag order.” 53 According to Judge Andrew Napolitano, this makes it a crime for people to speak the truth. He said:
“If an FBI agent shows up at your house with a self‑written search warrant, the agent will tell you, you may not tell anyone about this.” 54
According to Judge Napolitano, if a person whose home was searched in this way was questioned in court about it, under oath, he would not be able to answer truthfully without violating the Patriot Act. In other words, he would have to either commit perjury or else violate the Patriot Act.
Bypassing Congress and Ruling by Executive Regulations
On December 23, 2010, the Department of Interior issued a Secretarial Order giving itself the authority to designate public lands as “Wild Lands.” On the same day, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will impose carbon emission regulations on power plants and oil refineries. This is “another power grab effectively enacting what Congress had firmly rejected when presented as cap‑and‑trade legislation.” 55
The Washington Post wrote an article about these executive power grabs. It said:
“The move… demonstrated that the Obama administration is prepared to push its environmental agenda through regulation where it has failed on Capitol Hill.” 56
Accuracy in Media called The Washington Post’s article “matter‑of‑fact reporting about lawlessness by the federal government.” It called this a reflection of the sad state of American journalism, saying:
“There was no hint that this approach is illegal or unconstitutional. The account simply assumes that the Obama Administration can do what it wants, no matter what Congress or the law says.” 57
These administrative power grabs reflect the advice given in a recent report written by the Center for American Progress, which is funded by George Soros. The report is titled “The Power of the President: Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change.” 58
The original health care bill contained mandatory end‑of‑life counseling. Many saw this as being a slippery slope that could lead to “death panels.” Because of the controversy, Congress removed the provision from the bill. But now end‑of‑life counseling has crept back in through a new Medicare regulation.59 Once again, the Obama administration has used regulatory fiat to bypass the will of Congress and the American people. Charles Krauthammer said:
“These regulatory power plays make political sense… How better to impose a liberal agenda on a center-right nation than regulatory stealth?” 60
Inceasing Militarization of the Police
Policemen used to be “peace officers” who served and protected the public. However, the new trend is to become increasingly militarized, including using SWAT teams for minor offenses, and traumatizing families in the process. For example, in 2008, a SWAT team with semi‑automatic rifles raided a rural home and food co‑op, holding the family (including small children) at gunpoint for hours.61
These days, some policemen dress and act like soldiers, complete with military-looking vehicles. You can read about the extent of what is going on, and how this trend developed, in Radley Balko’s book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, which was published in July 2013.
From Maria’s book, Perilous Times & Biblical Comfort (Used with permission)
1. “Socialism vs. Freedom.” (Video of a talk by Kitty Werthmann)
2. “Adolf Hitler and Charismatic Leadership.”
3. Hitler with a little girl.
Hitler with a baby.
4. “Don’t Let Freedom Slip Away: Sobering Steps from Freedom to Fascism.” (Kitty Werthmann)
5. “National ID: Another Step to Totalitarianism.”
6. “Biometric National ID Card Could Be Mandated on All American Workers,” March 28, 2013.
7. “Cradle-to-Career Plan by Obama and Duncan.”
8. “Court Orders Christian Child into Government Education: 10-Year-Old’s ‘Vigorous’ Defense of Her Faith Condemned by Judge.”
9. “Where’s the Outrage Over What Just Happened to Student Loans?”
10. “Eye-Popping Power Grab: Licensing of U.S. Colleges: Federal Scheme Poses ‘Greatest Threat to Academic Freedom in our Lifetime.’”
11. “Chrysler Files to Seek Bankruptcy Protection.”
12. “Plan to Ax Dealers Not Chrysler’s Decision.”
13. “Eugenics and the Nazis—the California Connection.”
14. “5 People Die under New Washington Physician-Assisted Suicide Law.”
15. “Have Researched Euthanasia Speak Out.”
16. “‘The Weekend Cleanup: The Gruesome Aftermath of Legalized Euthanasia in Belgium.”
17. “Obama’s Health Rationer-in-Chief: White House Health-Care Adviser Ezekiel Emanuel Blames the Hippocratic Oath for the ‘Overuse’ of Medical Care.”
18. “Palin Firestorm Brings Fresh Scrutiny to ObamaCare ‘Death Panels.’”
19. “Eric Holder: Gun Grabber.”
20. “Obama, the U.N., and the Right to Bear Arms.”
21. “Obama Declares War on Free Speech.”
22. “FCC Commissioner: Return of Fairness Doctrine Could Control Web Content.”
23. “Inspired by Saul Alinsky, FCC ‘Diversity’ Chief Calls for ‘Confrontational Movement’ to Give Public Broadcasting Dominant Role in Communications.”
24. “FCC ‘Diversity’ Czar on Chavez’s Venezuela: ‘Incredible Democratic Revolution.’” (This article includes a video of Mark Lloyd’s statement.)
25. “Wave Goodbye to Internet Freedom: FCC Crosses the Rubicon into Online Regulation.”
26. “FCC Commissioner Copps Proposes ‘Public Value Test.’”
27. “US Planning to Recruit One in 24 Americans as Citizen Spies.” www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/07/14/1026185141232.html
28. “Your Friendly Community Spies.”
29. “The War on Hate Bans Christian Values.”
31. “How to Take Better Pictures with Your Smartphone’s Camera.”
33. “I Spy: Controversial PatriotApp Lets Citizens Alert the Feds.”
34. “Mobilizing the Globe” [PatriotApp].
35. “Bush Makes Power Grab.”
36. “Hidden Threats—Part I.”
37. “Detention Camps on American Soil.”
38. “North American Army Created without OK by Congress: U.S., Canada Ink Deal to Fight Domestic Emergencies.”
39. “A UN Militia in Your Community?”
40. “Bill Creates Detention Camps in U.S. for ‘Emergencies’: Sweeping, Undefined Purpose Raises Worries about Military Police State.”
41. “Is the US Government Preparing to Send Dissenters to Prison Camps?”
42. “Big Brother Loves ‘Financial Reform.’”
43. “Financial Regulatory Windfall.”
44. “New ‘Safety Plan’ Would Control What You Eat.”
45. “Federal Agents Invade Farm for 5 a.m. Milk Inspection.”
46. “Future of the News.”
47. “Obama’s ‘Big Brother’ Vanishes from Speech: ‘Civilian Security Force’ Missing from ‘Call to Service’ Transcript.”
[NOTE: This article has an embedded video of the speech. Obama’s call for a Civilian Security Force was omitted from the transcript of the speech, as published by the media.]
48. “Civilian Security Force on Agenda Again.”
49. “Obamacare Prescription: ‘Emergency Health Army.’”
50. “Obama Just Got His Private Army.”
51.”Democrat: Let’s Have Mandatory National Service.”
52. Rep. Rangel proposed this same bill in 2006 and 2007. Its provisions are discussed in “The Draft is Back—Again! ‘Universal National Service Act of 2006.’”
53. National Security Letter.
54. Judge Andrew Napolitano, Natural Rights Patriot Act—Part 3 of 3.
[NOTE: The information begins at 2:01 minutes, starting with the sentence, “Do you know that the Congress has used the Commerce Clause to make it a crime for you to speak the truth?”]
55. Charles Krauthammer, “Government by Regulation,” December 31, 2010.
56. “White House Presses for New Climate, Wilderness Protections,” The Washington Post, December 24, 2010.
57. “Media Excuse Obama’s Power Grab,” December 26, 2010.
[NOTE: Because of the strange codes used for the apostrophe in the Internet address, the easiest way to find this article is to search for the title plus “aim.org”]
58. Center for American Progress, “The Power of the President: Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change,” November 16, 2010.
59. “Medicare Regulation Revives End-of-Life Planning,” December 25, 2010.
60. Charles Krauthammer, “Government by Regulation,” December 31, 2010.
61. “SWAT Team Conducts Food Raid in Rural Ohio.”
By Heather Clark
Christian News Network
LONDON – A childcare worker has been fired for ‘gross misconduct’ after she explained the biblical position on homosexuality to her co-worker.
According to reports, Sarah Mbuyi, 30, was repeatedly asked about her beliefs over a period of several months at Newpark Childcare in Highbury after her lesbian co-worker discovered that she is a Christian. The latest discussion occurred in January, when her co-worker remarked that she was unhappy that she could not ‘marry’ her partner because of the Church’s beliefs, and stated that she thought God had nothing against homosexual behavior.
When Mbuyi replied by explaining the biblical position on the matter, she was reported to her boss.
“When I said ‘No, God does not condone the practice of homosexuality, but does love you and says you should come to Him as you are’, she became emotional and went off to report me to my manager,” Mbuyi stated in a press release.
What You Need to Know About Jim Wallis and the Social-Justice Gospel written by Mary Danielsen is our newest Lighthouse Trails Print Booklet Tract. The Booklet Tract is 18 pages long and sells for $1.95 for single copies. Quantity discounts are as much as 50% off retail. Below is the content of the booklet. To order copies of What You Need to Know About Jim Wallis and the Social-Justice Gospel, click here. Also included in this Booklet Tract are the following two lists: 1) Some Key Players in the Social Gospel Movement; 2) Some Buzz Words in the Social Justice Gospel Movement.
Many Christian believers are expressing concern today, and rightly so, over something called “social justice” or the “social-justice gospel.” Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners magazine, is one of the top “change agents” in the social-justice movement within the evangelical/Protestant church, and the timing of his surge in popularity cannot be ignored, considering: 1) the ideology of our current administration; 2) the advance of liberal theology via the emerging church and church-growth movements; and 3) the current state of apostasy the church finds itself in today. Are all these connected? Through this man and other key players, they are indeed.
In 2010, I discovered that Jim Wallis had been invited as a keynote speaker to a huge Christian music festival in Wisconsin that claims to bring in upward of 70,000 attendees each year, largely youth.1 This prompted a few Christian ministries to begin to educate, warn, and encourage others to do their homework on Jim Wallis and his brand of social justice “Christianity.” My prayer is that those reading this booklet will take heart to this warning and use this information to find clarity to what has become a serious breach in discernment.
Unbiblical trends in the church tend to snowball, producing even worse trends; each heretical book or teaching that comes along seems to lead to more serious deceptions. The Bible warns in 2 Timothy 3:13 that in the last days, “evil men and seducers [imposters] shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived,” suggesting a progressive pattern of deception that requires our vigilance.
For those who remember the old Dragnet TV show, allow me to reinvent Joe Friday: “The story you are about to hear is true. None of the names have been changed—and the only thing I’m interested in protecting is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” If we are going to do any critical thinking at all on this subject, we really need to get a Kodak moment of “the big picture.”
In my desire to be thorough and accurate on this subject, I read nearly fifty different articles about or by Wallis and his activities over the last four decades. I also read his book The Great Awakening. In reality, anyone with Internet access could probably have all the information they need on him within ten minutes—he is not shy about his agenda.
Lest any think that Jim Wallis and his social gospel are not being warmly embraced by many within Protestant/evangelical Christianity, some of the places that have invited Jim Wallis to speak over the last half a decade or so include Wheaton College, the Mennonite Church USA, Cedarville University, and Willow Creek to name a few. What’s more, his books are found in countless Christian bookstores including the Southern Baptist Convention resources branch, LifeWay; and his books are frequently used in Christian seminary and college courses. In addition, at least three traditional Christian publishing houses—Baker Books, InterVarsity Press, and Zondervan—publish his books.
As you read the following pages, you will see why all this backing by Christian leaders and organizations is nothing less than a travesty.
So who is Jim Wallis?
For nearly forty years, Wallis has expressed himself through an organization called “Sojourners.” He was raised in an evangelical family in Detroit and attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity school, but his radical political views made it impossible for him to finish there.2
At that time, he also founded an anti-capitalist magazine called The Post-American in which he called for the redistribution of wealth and an economy managed by the government. He also experimented for a season with communal living in search of a utopian lifestyle.3
In 1975, he moved his work to Washington D.C. and renamed it Sojourners. He wasn’t just against the Vietnam war, he rejoiced in America’s defeat there—there is a big difference—showing his leftist sympathies by publicly criticizing the Vietnamese and Hmong refugees who fled that communist regime (we called them “boat people” back then). He claimed they were leaving to support their consumer habit in other lands—that being greedy capitalists made it just too hard to live under a dictatorship.4 Where is the “liberal compassion” in those sentiments?
Wallis supported the Sandinista Communists in their attempt to take over Nicaragua in the ’80s, actively participating in resistance against the American military and working side by side in this cause with none other than Jeremiah Wright, the radical anti-American Chicago preacher who was President Obama’s pastor for twenty years.5
Wallis also supported the FMLN, a communist terror group from El Salvador itching to spread their Marxist revolution throughout South America.6 The word “traitor” does come to mind at this point.
In 1983, the organization “Accuracy in Media” published a lengthy book titled The Sojourner’s Files on the far-left policies of Wallis and his organization, documenting 53 political positions of Sojourners on such issues as Israel’s right to exist, terrorism, socialism, capitalism, human rights, etc.—and compared their positions on these subjects with those of the Soviet Union. In all 53 position statements, it was found that Sojourners’ views were completely in line with the views of hard line Soviets.
Joan Harris, who did the reporting on this, observed:
Sojourners never criticizes a Marxist state. The U.S. and the West are the only violators of human rights to them because they are capitalist. Marxists, by Sojourners’ own definition, cannot violate human rights.7
Wallis, who calls himself a “progressive” (meaning as far left as you can go) believes that Castro’s Cuba, Chavez’s Venezuela, and Ortega’s Nicaragua are the Marxist paradises the U.S. should emulate. It is not extreme at all to say that one of his goals is to witness the end of the U.S. as we have known it—“Post-Americanism” finally realized. So, after being arrested by the U.S. government 22 times in forty years, where has he soft-landed? As spiritual advisor to President Obama.8 Now, with the help of our own government, he hopes to turn mere ideology into policy.
Wallis has known Obama for over twenty years, and during the “Reverend Wright” damage-control days, Wallis was advising Obama on how to spin it, helping him draft many “faith-based initiatives,” to make the far left appear to have some form of religion, to sell the church the idea that here is a spiritual alternative to the now-defunct “Religious Right,” which Wallis eulogizes endlessly in his book.
A mission statement on the Sojourners website reads:
[Founded in 1971] Sojourners mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church and the world.9
A Social Justice Social Gospel
What is this “biblical call to social justice” that is supposed to transform our churches and even us as individuals? We know the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit does the transforming work in both the church and the individual believer’s life. Is this what Wallis and Sojourners has in mind when they talk about transforming people’s lives? No, it is not.
One government source defines “social justice” as, “The equitable distribution of advantages, assets, and benefits among all members of a society.”10 Without turning this into political science 101, I’ll keep it simple by saying that this is also the definition for “social-ism”: a government-controlled economy and the redistribution of wealth.
Briefly, the social gospel places all the emphasis for how to live an “authentic” Christianity on good works, as in meeting the needs of the poor and “marginalized.” It replaces the primary message of salvation through grace by faith in Jesus Christ with fixing society as the primary communication of truth and redemption. In effect, salvation through faith in Christ has no role in ridding society of all its problems, which they say must take place before Jesus can even return to set up His kingdom. While it has been around for over a hundred years, in today’s repackaged version, it has made itself appealing particularly to the youth by merging with the E-merging church and becoming the political ideology that so many are identifying with thanks to young men like Shane Claiborne, whom Wallis says reminds him of a younger version of himself. Claiborne, who has spoken at numerous Christian colleges, emulates emerging church leaders such as Tony Campolo and Wallis and sees them as role models.
If you were of the impression that social justice is simply caring for the disadvantaged, then you need to upgrade your thinking on it, or you will risk being deceived by today’s definition of the term. After all, who among us who names the name of Christ would ever be against reaching out to the poor and alleviating suffering? Believers in Jesus Christ will naturally care for “the least of these.” But Wallis takes any collective sense of moral responsibility we may have for the disadvantaged and redefines and manipulates it for a different agenda.
Keep this in mind when you watch the extreme changes going on in our country today—Wallis’ social justice turns all the political hot-button issues of the day into moral issues with a divine, biblical mandate. Everything from the economy, jobs, and education, to healthcare, global warming, race issues and immigration—now carries with it the moral imperative of fairness, equity, and validity—and that mindset is responsible for our current administration’s frenzy to push through legislation on all the above.
This “new morality” is radically changing our country and has been for some time via organizations like ACORN. But you might be asking, what does this have to do with the church? One thing is for sure, believers who question or challenge this new global-village moral imperative will no doubt have their Christianity called into question at some point.
Social justice is in a perfect orbit with something called the social gospel. What is the social gospel? The roots of the social gospel go back to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. That was when many Protestant denominations took on liberal theology, which includes the view that Jesus cannot return until mankind has brought justice to the earth by ridding itself of all social evils.
In Wallis’ book The Great Awakening, Wallis says he believes he was born in the wrong century11—and is longing for those early days of social-justice awareness, or “Great Awakenings” as they were called putting them on par with true Holy Spirit-led revivals; hence the name of Wallis’ book, The Great Awakening—an awakening he is calling for today.
In an article written by T. A. McMahon of The Berean Call titled “The Shameful Social Gospel,” McMahon warns of a gospel that is being tinkered with by some who call themselves evangelicals but in reality are ashamed of the true Gospel, presenting a new “Gospel” to the world that is more palatable, politically correct, and ecumenical.12
Emergent church pioneer Brian McLaren’s view of this social gospel reveals the interspiritual, interfaith nature behind it:
I think our future will require us to join humbly and charitably with people of other faiths—Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and secularists in pursuit of peace, environmental stewardship and justice for all people, things that matter greatly to the heart of God.13
But McMahon reminds us:
No, what matters to the heart of God is that all should come to repentance and believe the true Gospel.14
Rick Warren took the social gospel to new levels by hobnobbing with world leaders and presenting his global P.E.A.C.E. Plan to mobilize churches to address poverty and disease while at the same time relaying to tens of millions through his Purpose Driven Life book not to bother with Bible prophecy. In fact, taking the Bible out of context, he tells us that Jesus said those who concern themselves with Bible prophecy are “not fit for the kingdom of God.”15 Remember too Rick Warren’s interview of the 2008 Presidential candidates at Saddleback Church? Ever wonder how he got that job? I sure have. Now Jim Wallis is carrying this very same agenda to the highest levels of our government as an appointee of the president.
Wallis has also found a kindred spirit in Willow Creek. Lynne Hybels, the wife of Willow Creek’s senior pastor Bill Hybels, is a regular contributing writer to Sojourner’s magazine. In addition, Willow Creek offers classes on the Wallis brand of social justice.16 The Willow Creek Association offers churches of any denomination an opportunity to align themselves with their main campus for a yearly fee, giving those churches access to their annual summits, leadership training, and sermon ideas. They claim there are 14,000 Willow Creek Association member churches throughout the world. Do the math on this one—look at the potential influence a Jim Wallis could have on the church if even half of them choose to emulate Willow Creek in their growing emphasis on the social gospel!
The Social Justice “Gospel” and Israel
This social-justice-gospel view is causing many churches to rethink their support of Israel in favor of a “progressive” theology and politics. Churches that once maintained the view that Israel plays a significant role in biblical prophecy of the endtimes are now aligning with the “Palestinian cause.” Lynne Hybels has helped to bring this to the forefront, and her connections to Jim Wallis are the knot that joins all of this together. In fact, in the broader scheme of things, the entire Willow Creek/Saddleback church model, is embracing this emerging view.
A movie that came out in 2010, With God on Our Side, capsulizes the insidious agenda of the new social gospel with regard to Israel. Jan Markell, of Olive Tree Ministries, warns us about this film:
[I]t is aimed at changing the end-time views of evangelicals and the theology that says the Jews are God’s chosen people and have a divine right to the land.17
The producer of With God on Our Side explains the objective of the film:
. . . a biblical alternative for Christians who want to love and support Israel, a theology that doesn’t favor one people group over another but instead promotes peace and reconciliation for both Jew and Palestinian” instead of endless Middle East violence.18
The problem with that pie-in-the-sky thinking is that the Palestinian leadership does not want peace with Israel. Rather, it wants a one-state solution—the destruction of Israel. The message of With God on Our Side to evangelicals is that the U.S.’s old pro-Israel foreign policy was based on end-time theology and has created great suffering among the Palestinians. But today’s more “socially aware” and “compassionate” Christians, they say, will reject that old policy and realize that the Palestinians are the victim group most in need of Christian compassion. Wallis, McLaren, and Tony Campolo heartily promoted that film, which was nothing more than another vehicle for social justice, social-gospel indoctrination, and an unbiblical spin on the clear teachings about Israel presented throughout the Scriptures.
Now we know that Marxism is nothing new. What Wallis and these other social-justice emerging leaders are promoting is nothing new either. But let’s take the wood, hay, and stubble of this dry, old, social-justice gospel and examine it more carefully—like the emergent church’s mix of Catholicism and liberal Protestantism; add Rick Warren’s global P.E.A.C.E. Plan and Willow Creek’s leadership summits featuring speakers like Bono, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair, and Rick Warren, and before long things are burning out of control in the church. Throw in the fact that the foreword to Wallis’ book is written by Jimmy Carter, an anti-Israel leftist, and other endorsers who include Bill Hybels, Bono, and Brian McLaren (incidentally, a contributing editor for Sojourners), and a picture of a last-days apostate church comes clearly into focus.
To help get a clearer picture of the underlying agenda of the social-justice gospel, let’s look at some quotes by Jim Wallis on key biblical issues.
On being born again:
Jesus proclaimed, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. . . . He is saying that a whole new order is about to enter history, and if you want to be a part of it, you will need a change so fundamental that the Gospel of John would later refer to it as a “new birth.” Being born again was not meant to be a private religious experience that is hard to communicate . . . but rather the prerequisite for joining a new and very public movement—the Jesus and kingdom of God movement.”19 (emphasis added)
The completely one-sided support for Israel from conservative evangelicals rests on 2 things: one, a very dubious interpretation (and I’m being generous here) of biblical prophecy . . . in which the modern state of Israel is still equated with the Old Testament notion of “God’s Chosen People,” and a complete denial of the existence of Palestinian Christians.20
On Homosexual Rights:
Abomination is a pretty strong word . . . there is a debate and questions over the meaning of the word “abomination.”21 (Referring to Leviticus 18:22; as heard on Moody Christian Radio Network, in Chicago, Feb.19, 2008, when asked about government sanctions on civil unions for gays.)
On the Kingdom:
The kingdom of God, which Jesus came to inaugurate, is meant to create an alternate reality in this world, and ultimately to transform the kingdoms of this world.”22
We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, “Repent, for the end is near!” But repentance is . . . often misunderstood. . . . one could imagine a group of pastors, priests, rabbis, and imams holding up a sign on Wall Street for the titans of the financial industry to see, reading, “Repent, or the end could be near again” . . . let’s have some sermons on the repentance of Wall Street.23
Sojourners On Bible Prophecy:
It’s all too easy to make fun of the extreme examples of prophecy belief that we encounter on bumper stickers and best-seller lists. When people talk breathlessly of the dangers of Universal Product Codes and automated teller machines as signs of the impending Tribulation, giggles and head shaking are hard to repress . . . when we ridicule apocalyptic interpretations of bar codes and the European Common Market, we are . . . properly rejecting an interpretive method that (suggests a) correspondence between biblical events and symbols, and our own lives. Ought Revelation to be included within the family of Christian texts, or should it be thrown on the fire of apocalyptic excesses?24
On the Imminent Return of Jesus:
In all of Wallis’ writings, I could find no hint of “our blessed hope” of Christ’s return. Nor could I find discussion by him of having a personal biblical relationship with Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Politics and the Theory of Revolution
The equating of biblical care of the downtrodden with a welfare socialistic state is rapidly changing the face of the evangelical church. This “pseudo-Christian” seemingly morality-based religion for the last days is infiltrating every corner of American society, and the church seems to have either lost the will to identify and counteract its influence or feels so guilty about its mega-excesses that it is operating out of a sense of works not in keeping with true biblical repentance. What I see in Wallis’ Great Awakening book is a preachy, self-righteous, shaming, finger-pointing rant. Quite a contrast from what God’s Word says:
For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. (Romans 10:3)
With the social-justice gospel, God’s righteousness, power, and salvation are set aside, and the focus is on man’s supposed righteousness, power, and his own path to salvation.
I believe this is a preview of an even deeper level of apostasy, a marriage of religion and politics that will ultimately come together under the dictatorial reign of Antichrist, who “causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave . . . ” to receive his mark. Is this the “level playing field” Wallis and others are working toward? If that’s true, then this is deception of the highest possible caliber, and we should find it thoroughly sobering in light of the lateness of the hour.
Social-gospel “reformers” deceptively blur the lines between two kingdoms, seeking to turn houses of worship into distribution centers for their causes. What they choose to ignore is that all the ills of society are merely symptoms—the root cause is sin. They reject the cure for sin through the Cross of Christ and instead treat symptoms—but in removing the Cross, they are conveniently free to affirm anyone’s beliefs. The result is a broad-road, all-inclusive everything-goes global social justice revolution, or what I call, “The Theory of Revolution.” Eventually, this “revolution” will lead to the persecution of Christian believers who refuse to bow to this spiritual politics that despises Israel as a nation and who believe in Bible prophecy.
Wallis says in his book that the majority of his audience is under thirty, and half of those are under 25. Worth noting also, Wallis, Campolo, McLaren, and Claiborne speak frequently at universities and colleges—some secular, many evangelical Christian. This is exactly what happened in the ’60s. The youth became the target. And today’s liberal emergent thinkers got their worldview from the counterculture agendas of America’s universities.
Lest you think Wallis himself is just some counterculture hippie type on the fringes of the establishment who has little influence, consider this: Jim Wallis is Vice-Chair for the Global Agenda Council on Values at the World Economic Forum,25 a global body that brings together the world’s most influential politicians and economists as they work to bring the world under a global authority.
Consider also that Sojourners receives a portion of its considerable funding from the Open Society Institute (billionaire leftist George Soros’ organization).26
Also, in 2007, the National Association of Evangelicals hosted a dinner gathering called, “A Global Leaders Forum.” The keynote speaker, Ban Ki Moon, is current head of the United Nations. In an article on the event titled, “Dinner With the Antichrist,” written by Wallis, he said that some Christians—those who read books like Left Behind—might say he had dinner with the Antichrist that night.27
Of the U.N. leader, Wallis stated:
Last night, the supposed Antichrist [Ban Ki Moon] was listening to gospel music, speaking of his own faith, quoting Scripture, celebrating a new alliance with “the evangelical church” on the critical issues of poverty and global warming, and bringing the conservative Christian crowd to its feet in smiling agreement with the U.N. secretary’s agenda.
Indeed, leader after Christian leader insisted this was a biblical agenda.28
This is a perfect illustration of how the social justice gospel is erroneously equated with biblical Christianity. I don’t know about you, but in light of the times, Wallis’ statement sends a chill up my spine. How gullible can one be who hears the head of the U.N. quote a Bible verse and then jumps to the outrageous conclusion that the U.N. has a biblical agenda? To me this defies comprehension and illustrates how far deception can go.
To those who may receive the information in this booklet, please be open and teachable regarding the times. The Bible commands us to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints! This applies to all who call themselves believers.
Now is not the time to hang on to any “sacred cows” of personality but to so love truth in our innermost being that nothing matters except to make sure we are on the side of truth. After all, if there is no such thing as absolute truth, is there such a thing as a lie?
May the Lord direct and guide us regarding this matter and all matters of faith, earnestly seeking His mind and heart in all things as laid out in His Word.
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1. This festival was Lifest in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in the summer of 2010 with Luis Palau. You may listen to a radio interview between Mary Danielsen and radio host Ingrid Schlueter: http://web.archive.org/web/20110109201533/http://www.crosstalkamerica.com/shows/2010/06/radical_leftist_wallis_to_spea.php. The festival website is www.lifest.com.
3. “Barak Obama’s New Spiritual Advisor” (Frontpage Magazine, March 17, 2009. http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=34385). See also Sojourners History: http://sojo.net/about-us/history.
5. “Barak Obama’s New Spiritual Advisor,” op. cit.
7. Joan M. Harris, The Sojourners File (New Century Foundation Press, 1983).
8. “Barak Obama’s New Spiritual Advisor,” op. cit.
10. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Sustainability Planning Guide: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dch/programs/healthycommunitiesprogram/pdf/sustainability_guide.pdf.
11. Jim Wallis, The Great Awakening (HarperCollins paperback edition, 2009), p. 25.
12. T. A. McMahon, “The Shameful Social Gospel” (The Berean Call, http://www.thebereancall.org/node/7062).
13. Interview on Christianpost.com with Brian McLaren on July 28, 2008, http://www.christianpost.com/news/interview-brian-mclaren-on-anglicans-mission-and-reconciliation-33537.
14. McMahon, op. cit.
15. Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002), p. 285 (for more on this read Roger Oakland’s expose of the emerging church, Faith Undone, pp. 154-157.
16. One example: http://media.willowcreek.org/weekend/celebration-of-hope-2013.
19. The Great Awakening,op. cit., p.60.
20. Jim Wallis, “Politics Pushes Uneven Policies” (God’s Politics Blog, September 17, 2007, http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/godspolitics/2007/09/politics-pushes-uneven-policie.html).
21. As heard on Moody Christian Radio Network, in Chicago, Feb.19, 2008, when asked about government sanctions on civil unions for gays. www. americansfortruth.com
22. Jim Wallis, The Great Awakening, op. cit., p. 56.
23. Jim Wallis, “Wall Street Repent!” (Huffington Post, April 29, 2010, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-wallis/wall-street-repent_b_557057.html).
24. Wes Howard-Brook, “Apocalypse Soon?” Sojourners, January 1999.
26. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, “Wallis Admits to Soros Funding” (Christianity Today, August 20, 2010, http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctpolitics/2010/08/wallis_admits_t.html).
27. Jim Wallis, “Dinner with the Antichrist” (http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/10/dinner-with-the-antichrist-by.html).
Also included in this Booklet Tract are the following two lists: 1) Some Key Players in the Social Gospel Movement; 2) Some Buzz Words in the Social Justice Gospel Movement.
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – The new CEO of Mozilla has resigned from his post after an online dating company and other homosexual advocates threatened to boycott the company over a past donation in support of Biblical marriage.
Eich responded by creating a blog post aimed at employees that “express[ed] … sorrow at having caused pain.” He vowed to work with “LGBT communities and allies, to listen and learn what does and doesn’t make Mozilla supportive and welcoming,” and reiterated the company’s “anti-discrimination policies.” Click here to continue reading.