Donald Trump calls a spade a snake – Islam outed

In an interview with a European reporter Donald Trump warned Europe their Muslim population was a Trojan horse and would inevitably lead to a violent backlash.  But significantly he went on to quote the lyrics from the song ‘The Snake’ to illustrate his point. Here they are.  The analogy is, in Truth Watch’s opinion, dead accurate (pun intended):

On her way to work one morning

Down the path alongside the lake

A tender-hearted woman saw a poor half-frozen snake

His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
“Oh well,” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you”
“Take me in oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

She wrapped him up all cozy in a curvature of silk
And then laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk 
Now she hurried home from work that night as soon as she arrived 
She found that pretty snake she’d taken in had been revived
(Chorus)

Now she clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful,” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died”
Now she stroked his pretty skin and then she kissed and held him tight 
But instead of saying thanks, that snake gave her a vicious bite
(Chorus)

“I saved you,” cried that woman
“And you’ve bit me even, why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die”
“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin 
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in 
(Chorus)


Writer: ROBERT S. KELLY, DARIAN MORGAN 
Copyright: Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group


source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/a/alwilsonlyrics/thesnakelyrics.html

The western church and the atheist victory

There is a well used adage that all evil needs to triumph is that good men do nothing. But there is something even worse – when good men see evil for decade after decade and still do nothing.  Such is the state of the western Church.  In the NIV, Jeremiah 3, starting at verse 6, is headed ‘unfaithful Israel’.  Few Christians would see a parallel between the Israel God judged with invasion and captivity and the western Church over the last 50 years.  Israel and Judah actively aligned themselves with foreign powers, embracing their gods and their ways in the hope it would bring them peace, security and acceptability.  They ignored God’s prophets who warned them to hold to their covenant with their God and forsake their infatuation with foreign cultures.

The contemporary Church has been thoroughly unfaithful.  To garner acceptability it has ignored the significance of Galatians 6:12 and embraced the declining values of a failing western culture.  No good has come of it.  Its silence or complicity has aided the liberal and atheistic cause by failing to stand in its way.  Moral and spiritual cowardice has marked its way as the Church has done everything to remain acceptable to a post-Christian society and avoid persecution.  The so called emergent church movement is a stark example of fawning social sycophancy. If God were to send another Jeremiah or an Ezekiel to speak to today’s church, predicting what they would probably say is not difficult.  Here is the short list:

  • If you love your God, return to obedience to his commands:  Stop committing adultery and divorcing the wife of your youth. Honour your bodies as his temple.  Stop your promiscuity and reject homosexuality.
  • Judge situations on the basis of God’s commands.  Do not claim you are not to judge on matters on which God has already judged, providing you are not acting hypocritically.
  • Stand against the teaching of evolution.  Believe in an old earth if you must, but do not forsake the fact that God committed six literal acts of creation. Defend God as creator and the first and only cause of the cosmos.
  • Do not remain silent any longer on the false god Allah and his false prophet. Tear down the pretentious arguments and practices ranged against the true God in the West by this satanic faith.
  • Stop supporting the politicians and political parties, that continue with laws and policies God hates, with your vote.
  • Publicly tell the people what is good and what is evil – to love God is to hate evil.
  • Stop preaching a gospel of relationship and centre it instead on repentance from sin and Jesus as Lord.
  • Leaders! Stop cloistering God’s people in your entertainment citadels.  Equip them properly to defend the faith(Jude 3) and proclaim the gospel of the kingdom.Send them out to be bold and courageous.
  • Publicly and relentlessly bring down the pretentious arguments ranged against God by prominent atheists.
  • Advocate changes in society that will glorify God.

The last word goes to Paul and his injunction to the Galatians in 6:7-8.  If the western Church is to win back lost ground it must stop trying to please the world and start pleasing God by standing up for him in all spheres, for it is in all spheres of western culture that God’s kingdom is under attack.

 

Anglican clerics face split over homosexuality

The Church of England is convening a summit of 38 church leaders from across the world to ‘resolve’ issues over gay rights and same-sex marriage. A major split is in the making. Biblically correct African leaders are expected to walk out if the rest side with the homosexual movements agenda.  For run of the mill evangelicals, like we in Truth Watch, this is a non-issue.  Debating homosexuality and its place in any Christian communion is an oxymoron.  Common or garden Christians like us and you are justifiably perplexed.  Why on earth does this need to be debated at all?  James 4:4 springs to mind: friendship with the world that defies the commands of God is enmity towards him.  To love God is to hate evil; period, no debate.  In Galatians 5:19 Paul is explicit: The acts of the sinful nature are obvious and anyone living by them cannot inherit the kingdom of God.

It is tiresome repeating the well known biblical facts about homosexuality ad nauseum.  At no point does the Bible refer to homosexuality favourably.  Everything said about it is negative and condemnatory.  It should therefore  be entirely unnecessary to debate this issue within any denomination.  Unfortunately, there have always been elements within the Church who vie with each other to distort God’s revelation.  Their gnostic arrogance has never known any bounds.  They have always stood condemned.

Homosexuality carries the death penalty under Old Testament law.  Jesus said he had not come to do away with the law (God’s moral commands) so homosexuality is still a sin.  We can argue over the death penalty, but homosexuality is sinful nevertheless.  Some say it is no worse a sin than any other.  That is true to the extent that if we commit any sin, under God’s perfectly holy watch, we effectively break all his commands.  But, some sins carried a heavier penalty under the OT code. God clearly regards some sins as more reprehensible than others.  Sexual sins pollute our bodies – the temple of God dwelling in us.  For this reason they carried heavier penalties.

The New Testament tells us homosexuals will not enter heaven and God uses homosexuality in Romans 1 to illustrate the lengths to which we humans will go when we deny and disobey God. Sodom and its sister cities were an earlier case in point and God destroyed them.

It seems that liberal theologians either read into Scripture what they want it to say, by completely distorting the plain meaning of the text, or they make some other broad claim. Their condemnation is assured. They often appeal to natural justice, or resort to the claim we are not to judge.  Either argument is illegitimate.  No Man-made call to justice can override God’s established standards.  God tells us to love him is to obey his commands.  True justice can only stem from God’s commands. We are also perfectly free to judge on matters on which God has already issued his judgment.  If we choose to ignore, or re-interpret any clear command, our love for God must be called into question and our right to speak on matters Christian is abrogated.  Likely as not, any ‘rank-holder’, in any Christian denomination, who plies the lie about homosexuality, is almost certainly not a Christian.  Paul made it clear to the Corinthians that anyone who flagrantly commits a sexual sin should be turfed out of fellowship until they had renounced and repented of the sin.  Homosexual advocating clerics are no different and must, due to their position be judged more strictly. Two courses of action are open to them; repent and be born again, or leave the Church.

Some argue homosexuals are born that way and resort to an unfounded claim to genetic propensity.  This is arrant biological nonsense, quite apart from the fact that no such genetic connection has been found.  Because homosexuals cannot reproduce any such gene would have long since passed out of the human genome.  Of course, it would never have been there in the first place, since to put it there God would have to have contradicted his commands.  God never makes mistakes.

Jesus prayed for unity in the Church.  When church leaders risk that unity over homosexuality, related to only a small percentage of the population (1-4%),  when the plain meaning of Scripture is clear, they are defying the will of God the Father and the Son.  Such people prefer the lie to the truth and the Holy Spirit is foreign to them.

Moral and cultural cowardice

The Christmas and New Year period 2015-16 was marked in Europe by rampaging Muslim males sexually assaulting numerous women in Cologne, Germany.  They burnt Christmas trees in Belgium and violently assaulted people in an Oslo suburb.  The last one is nothing new.  Muslims have declared no-go zones across western Europe and regularly assault people who do not respect their sharia in those areas.  Don’t forget the British soldier with his head hacked off in England or the mass killings last year in France and the USA.

Where are all the westerners out protesting against all of this.  They protest the G8, climate change, the TPP and anything to do with the ‘infringement’ of homosexual ‘rights’, but remain silent on terrible atrocities.  Even when Muslims rampage through Paris and San Bernardino all we see are candle light vigils.

The fact is the western world has so wrapped itself in self-loathing and liberal multicultural newthink that it has lost its moral compass.  We have been told it is politically incorrect (verboten) to speak ill of another culture, even if it is a theocratically Islamic and contradicts all the West used to stand for.  Westerners have become cringing moral cowards.  So, lets put the record straight with a few home truths:

Western civilisation reached the pinnacle of human achievement in just about every area of human progress.  We in the West may have some blotches on our record, but they shrink to the size of pinheads when arrayed against the vaunting successes in science, medicine, agriculture, human freedoms and the institutions of good government and justice.  There is no other culture to match it in the past or the present and no better culture waits in the wings.  In fact it is quite the reverse, that is why much of the world has copied the West in many ways.  It is not racist to point this out.  It is simply a fact that does not bear on ethnicity but on a set of Judeo-Christian values that made the West possible.  If any other ethnic group had embraced the same values they would have been as equally successful.

Islam is a pervasive, aggressive and expansionist death cult and a cultural system that reduces all those who are enslaved in it to a mediocre existence.  The fact that many Muslims do not rally around the jihad flag changes nothing.  Islam has no redeeming features and will, if allowed to go unchallenged, become progressively more violent.  What’s worse the evidence for the veracity of its very teachings is missing. One point six billion people are living under a religious system that only exists because a 7th century murderous maniac claimed he had heard from God.  There are no lines of evidence that comport to verify his claims.

The West is set on a course, under the liberal elite dominating politics, corporations, academia and the media, that must inevitably lead to either moral and cultural capitulation to the Mullahs of oppression and death, or a bloody fight back to reclaim Western civilisation’s values and right to survive.  The longer we leave it the more certain we can be that death and violence will escalate.  We can’t run and there is no-where to hide.

The Israelites fell under God’s judgment and lost their martial strength because they invited foreigners with false god’s in, celebrated the multicultural diversity in those gods and made alliances with the nations that worshiped them.  The Israelites lost their cultural compass and they defied the laws of God to do it.  The West is doing much the same today. The consequences will be similar – bloodshed and misery.

Joyce Meyer: The false doctrine heretic

In a recent Huffington Post article American pastor Rick Henderson ‘came out’ to name both Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen as false teachers.  This is significant.  Few pastors are willing to defend the truth today. Truth Watch has been lamenting this fact for over 12 years.  Most of them are more afraid of incurring the wrath of some segment of their congregation than they are the wrath of God.

Pastor Rick lists 6 examples of Meyer’s gross error.  Perhaps the worst are the last two where she admits her teaching on Jesus and hell are not found in the Bible – they have come to her by ‘special revelation’.  She also claims she is now no longer a sinner and prescribes that you have to believe what she says about Jesus and hell to be saved.  Taken together Meyer is claiming that she is, contrary to Scripture, a sinless being capable of receiving new revelation that we are all just supposed to accept without question.  Meyer is a typical example of the false teacher, claiming special gnostic insights, more reminiscent of Mohammad’s claims to revelation than anything remotely connected to true Christianity.  Even more tragic than Meyer’s arrogant delusions is the continued following she has amongst people who are clearly not Christians or so poorly grounded in the faith that they can fall for this nonsense.  There are clearly many churches failing to teach correct doctrine, otherwise Meyers foolish cant would be recognised for the garbage it is.

The pastor’s list of Meyer’s false teachings follows.. Each is accompanied by a Meyer quote.  To read the full text of the article go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pastor-rick-henderson/osteen-meyer-prosperity-gospel_b_3790384.html

1. She teaches that Jesus literally stopped being the Son of God on the Cross: “He could have helped himself up until the point where he said I commend my spirit into your hands, at that point he couldn’t do nothing for himself anymore. He had become sin, he was no longer the Son of God. He was sin.”

2. She teaches that Jesus went to Hell and became the first-born again man: “Do you know something? The minute that blood sacrifice was accepted Jesus was the first human being that was ever born again. Now that was real it happened when he was in hell.”

3. She teaches that Jesus paid for our sins in Hell: “There is no hope of anyone going to heaven unless they believe this truth I am presenting. You cannot go to heaven unless you believe with all your heart that Jesus took your place in hell” -From The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make

4. She teaches that words have power and you can release the power of Heaven through your words.

5. She teaches that you need special revelation from God to understand what she teaches because it is NOT contained in the Bible: “The Bible can’t even find any way to explain this. Not really. That’s why you’ve got to get it by revelation. There are no words to explain what I’m telling you. I’ve got to just trust God that He’s putting it into your spirit like He put it into mine.”

6. She teaches that she is no longer a sinner.

 

Read: Ezekiel 13:4-10

ISIS Paris attacks and political hypocrisy

The usual denial of the Islamic origins of jihad terror, has followed the Paris  and San Bernardino attacks.  The attacks are put down to Muslim extremism, when it is in fact Islamic orthodoxy. The jihad terrorists are no more extreme than the example set by their beloved prophet Mohammad and their venerated Allah.  They are simply doing what their religion tells them is their supreme and central purpose, to bring the world into submission to Allah – by any means.  Anyone who has looked into Islamic history will know it has always been spread and maintained by the sword, atrocity and by fear.

President Obama has led the gaggle of delusional western leaders in parroting the patently absurd claim that Islam is a religion of peace, when it is clear to everyone, not driven by the liberal multicultural agenda that it is not.

From a Christian perspective it is especially galling that President Obama will at every opportunity dredge up events from Christianity’s past to claim all religions have their extremists. He conveniently ignores the fact that where evil was done in the name of Christianity it happened in opposition to biblical instruction.  Islam, on the other hand can draw directly on its Koran and the example of its prophet to justify violent inhumanity. He also completely ignores the fact that Islam is drenched in the blood of those it slew over centuries in repeated Jihad-ist wars.  This sort of rank hypocrisy is reprehensible.

Western leaders have been busy denying and marginalising Christianity for decades, simply because it is opposed to their liberal, multicultural ideology.  When it comes to Islam they are willing to paper over the truth, deny their own claims to tolerance, reason and gender equality and ignore the very foundations of Islam.  More hypocrisy.  They have therefore become its apologists and are complicit in its Jihads.  The Bible tells us people like to say good is evil and evil is good.  There is no better example of this truth today than the defence of Islam by Obama, Merkel, Cameron and their fellow travelers in the EU and U.S. government.

Tony Campolo: An emergent divergent

Tony Campolo is acclaimed as a progressive evangelical.  He is part of the emergent church movement alongside the like of Rob Bell, Brian McLaren and Joel Osteen.  Tony Campolo is variously described as an American sociologist, a Baptist minister, a public speaker and he was spiritual advisor to former president Bill Clinton.  We draw you attention to our profile and associated links on this man  in our leader profiles section.  In our opinion Tony Campolo is a dangerous man.  Some say the emergent church movement is on the wane.  That may or may not be so, but that movement has infected the western church with false ideas that have become ‘elephants’ in the room for Christians.  While they remain undiscussed, as they often are in our luke-warn contemporary churches, they nevertheless have the power to cause major division.  False teachers like Tony Campolo are apologists for the unholy.  They reduce sins to unfortunate bu understandable choices. Homosexuality and same sex marriage are perfectly alright because the Bible does not mean what it plainly says.  Other religions might provide alternative paths to God. Of course, Jesus would not have had to die on the cross and rise again if that were so. Tony Campolo has been promoting un-biblical ideas for decades.  He could be described as a father of the emergent church movement.  He tells people what their itching ears want to hear.  They want to keep one foot in the Christian camp and one in the secular world.  Jesus tells us that is not possible.  Please read our profile.  The Truth Watch position on Campolo can be summed up in this verse:

  • 2 Cor 1:3-4 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you  accepted, you put up with it easily enough.

Beatles Christianity -the ‘Emerging’ Church

So, what’s so dangerous about the emerging church, a Christian movement of the late 20th and early 21st centuries? The full force of emerging church theology, a movement that claims to be Christian, visited two Truth Watch members the other day – in the form of a 60s-something couple from Alabama, USA. A conversation was sparked after reading the inscription on the back of the man’s tee-shirt – something to the effect that Jesus is a problem for organised religion. The couple soon proved the reverse of their tee-shirt wisdom. According to them there is no hell. Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Bible Church and hipster pastor, has obviously spread his poison far and wide. Everyone is going to heaven. Misquoting the “no one comes to the father” phrase in John 14:6 they insisted it meant ALL will be drawn to the Father, due to the boundless grace and love of Jesus. Apparently, God’s love is so far-reaching and all-embracing that sin is not an issue. No need for deliberate repentance. God must perform some totally unbiblical alchemy, as the unregenerate pass through the vale of death, to convert the sinful soul into one cleansed of all unrighteousness. What a revelation! All those Christian martyrs could have avoided torture and execution.

So Jesus never really needed to die on the cross. It was, according to these emergent disciples, just a useful device to get the Jews on side. By getting the scriptural record wrong again they were adamant Jesus had to die on the cross because no Jew would accept him otherwise. You see, Jews insist there can be no redemption without the shedding of blood, so Jesus had to shed his blood, just for them. The fact that it was God, not the Jews, who mandated the shedding of blood for the forgiveness of sins, had been completely missed by his couple. Another contradiction also manifest itself. The Alabamians argued when Jesus said on the cross that it was finished he meant all sin was done away with so all would be welcomed into his kingdom. Oh, don’t forget the eldership issue. Male eldership is rank misogyny. See our women in leadership article.

All of this is little more than Beatles ‘Christianity’ – “all you need is love, love: love is all you need”. Now, of course, God is love, but it is a love infused with holiness so he cannot countenance sin in his kingdom. Our false evangelists of their new religion insisted love and relationship is the Alpha and Omega – no strings attached. Never-mind, for instance, that God tells us we must prove our love is real by obeying his commands. This is apparently an inconvenient truth best ignored.  If ignorance doesn’t work then just redefine God’s commands to mean the opposite of their plain meaning.

No one can be received into God’s kingdom unless they are regenerate; having confessed their sin, asked for repentance and by faith received that saving grace that expunges sin. The Roman’s 10:9 faith-based transformation must occur in this act of repentance, otherwise there is no born again transaction and without that there is no salvation. Emerging theology denies all of this when it insists all are saved. This false theology had reached the zenith of its obstinate apostasy in this couple. The fear of God and his holiness has well and truly been lost. By re-branding God’s love, grace and mercy as a free pass for all-comers, Beatles Christianity must come seriously close to blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

On the day of judgement will Jesus look on this poor American couple and say, depart from me, I never knew you? The emergent gurus are convincing otherwise faithful Christians that they can break the second commandment and mould a god in a man-made image that would have unrepentant multitudes in God’s holy kingdom. It is hard to imagine idolatry more perverse than this. Jesus warned that he will turn many away with his ‘go, I never knew you’. In this one phrase Jesus confirms the heresy in the all-are-saved dogma. If it were true then Jesus would not be turning anyone away. If he rejects many who think they know him by what means could he possibly accept those who never claimed to know him or actively rejected him? False emergent teachers have successfully blinded their followers to this obvious fact. The western Church is facing a full blown gnostic challenge that inoculates emerging church adherents against truth. Sadly, the western Church is unprepared for this assault. There is little doubt a very public schism must come between true believers and the emerging heresy.

Atheisms False Apostles, Prophets and Mullahs

The likes of Chris Harris, Richard Dawkins, Dennett and Hedges have become the celebrated apostles of a naturalistic faith. Their assumptions about the validity of reason over faith start with their adherence to evolutionary natural selection. Other assumptions about the nature of Christianity flow from that. Having become the darlings of an anti-Christian deconstruction of real truth they promote their false religion all over You Tube and around the universities and public auditoriums in Billy Graham like crusades to convince the western world that their nihilistic nonsense is the stuff of rationality and social progress.

Why would they dedicate their lives to dismantling the Christian world view; the philosophy and faith system that has given us such things as love your enemy, do good to those who would harm you, love your neighbour as yourself, turn the other cheek, forgive as you have been forgiven, don’t murder, steal, covet what others have, or cheat. Why on earth would they want to deny many the hope of life after death and the promise of forgiveness of sin. What about the Christian doctrines of free will, individual responsibility and good citizenship from which the western world developed its belief in human rights and personal freedom. It didn’t come from the Greeks, the Romans, the enlightenment or any foreign philosophy. The Greeks and Romans were slave centered societies that self-destructed in civil war. The enlightenment gave us the French Revolution with its bloody tyrannous and European wide war contrast with the Christian-based American Revolution.

Jesus said by their fruit you will know them. What has been the fruit of the naturalistic philosophy that has blossomed as today’s liberal humanism? Vast numbers of humans have been killed in wars and genocides on an unprecedented scale as naturalistic Marxism and evolutionary humanism took hold. About 260 million were killed by atheistic governments in the last century alone. Contrast that with Christianity’s record. According the Encyclopedia of War only about 3% of all wars have some direct connection with Christianity, so causalities caused by such wars, compared with the toll exacted by atheism, has been tiny by comparison. Don’t forget too that conflict attributable to Christianity, like the Thirty Years War and the Crusades were fought for just and compelling reasons, while the huge conflicts arising from other reasons were more often than not largely unjustified. The First World War and the genocide committed by Marxist regimes are obvious examples. After all, if people are merely evolved animals arranged in economic classes, relying on a moral system that relies solely on only man-made law alone, where are the compelling reasons to respect human life or human rights. True to the logical conclusions to be drawn from naturalism what is wrong with culling humans in their tens of millions to achieve goals justified by a man-centred ideology. It’s just survival of the fittest. Ask Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin, Lenin, Hitler and the aristocracies of the first world war era. With no God to answer to they felt justified in sacrificing millions on the altars of their self-interest, positional power and pride.

Harris, Dawkins, Dennet, Atkins, Hedges and Hitchens (who is now, in death, discovering the terrible realities of a misdirected life) deserve the vitriol Christ reserved for the false religious leaders of his time. They are the proselytes of wicked ideas, high priests of death, apostles of nihilism, wolves in sheep’s clothing, deluded, arrogant and insolent apostles of a monstrous fraud.
Christopher Hitchens may have won the Oscar for the lowest it is possible to go when he claimed in a public debate that it was Christendom that orchestrated WWI. Like all good lies his argument was based on one author’s claims in a book on the subject. Manifestly, the First World War was the product of ambition, pride and the will to power – all ‘attributes’ scorned by true Christianity. Its orchestrators may or may not have claimed a Christian faith, but since they were not practicing it claiming they were representing its tenets when they took Europe into war is false. If any of those who made WWI possible attributed their motivations to Christianity they were misrepresenting Christian doctrine and philosophy. The only one with any right to orchestrate war under the Christian world view is God himself. In all other circumstances the Christians only justification for war is a purely defensive action based on established just war principles. Christians are not called to be pacifists, but neither are they called to be protagonists. If anyone is responsible for war it is the Austrian aristocracies determination to blame the whole of Serbia for the actions of one man and Germany’s willingness to support that course of action.

Christian apologists need to stop being nice to the likes of Harris and Dawkins et al. It’s possible to take 1 Peter 3:15 too far. As a general rule Christians should be respectful, understanding and calm, in the face of unbelief, but that deference should not be extended to those who peddle the doctrines of demons. Jesus called a spade a spade when it came to false teachers and the Apostles followed his example. The gloves should come off. By all means conduct public debates with these gentlemen, but move beyond philosophic argument to direct attacks on the harm their thinking has and will cause to society and to individuals.   Let’s just give what has been said so far some more shape by quickly outlining the fraudulent creed these snake oil charlatans are peddling:

First and foremost they trumpet their central dogma – evolution. Without a belief in evolution the default condition is theism, so evolution is the most important doctrine of atheism. But its validity is paper thin. Most people don’t know this because they never bother to look closely at the alternative evidence. They have been so thoroughly brainwashed in true Goebbels-like fashion, that they accept an unproven theory as truth. There are alternative non-evolutionary evidences for every aspect of evolutionary dogma. We recommend reading Milton’s Shattering the Myths of Darwinism and Denton’s Evolution a Theory in Crisis.  The You Tube Video Priveleged Planet is also an excellent documentary. How anyone can think everything there is came from nothing calls for a blind faith par excellence. A Christian faith is never blind, but ultimately faith in evolution is. Boiled down, the built in genetic ability of species to adapt to their environment, is blown out of all proportion to justify all that evolutionary theory is. The very idea that a genus of apes hoped out of the trees defies any concept of natural selection and the survival of the fittest and yet it is the central dogma of the man from apes nonsense.  What’s more evolution cannot be applied to the origins of life and the cosmos since it can only works on existing genetic material.

The application of atheistic ‘reason’ lead to humanistic travesties. Reason, based on a misguided world view is a false god and a very unreliable friend. It led to evolutionary theory when reason itself is defied by the sheer complexity at the molecular level. Human reason has not even come close explaining the very start of life. Dawkins admits this but in an act of blind faith he dismisses this yawning gulf in knowledge by simply claiming we will understand it one day. Is this the reason he relies on? Hypocritically, evolutionists accuse Christians of a blind faith (not true) when they have to rely on it themselves. Reason indeed. Then there is the reason that guided enlightenment philosophers like Hegel, Nietzsche and Rousseau.  They helped spawn the bloody French revolution, the Marxist horror and Nazi fascism.  Reason is a very poor rationale for human fallibility and inhumanity. It is a false God.

Like Hitler and the Nazis atheists shout ‘Juden’ about Christianity and have encouraged all sorts of legalised persecutions against Christians in the so-called free west. Reason has dictated intolerance and ostracism.  Dawkins recently appeared at a public rally and urged the crowd to publicly ridicule and despise Christians. Soon he will be demanding Christians have a white cross sewn onto our clothing so we can be easily signaled out for derision.

Atheistic reason has given us the terrible neo-liberal economic model, with its reliance on large corporations with no allegiance democratically to human rights or justice, mountains of unsustainable debt that is enslaving future generations to even bigger state sponsored theft in the form of taxation and inflation. This is human reason?

Christianity relies on truth. The truth is this: the existence of God is the best explanation for a well-ordered and finely tuned cosmos. The tenets of biblical philosophy have always provided the best principles for an ordered and advance human condition. As atheistic social policy has moved away from this standard western societies have become increasingly strained by dysfunction, dependence and the threat of a dystopic future. The cost in lives, taxation, debt, crime, family breakdown, mental disorders, child abuse, poverty and substance dependence has been huge. Abortion coupled to rising rates of death caused by moral decline and lost hope have been the West’s post-WWII holocaust. Victory for the principles that made western civilisation possible have been turned into an irresponsible licence to overturn them by a self-indulgent generation happy to squander the legacy handed down to them by their forebears. Human rights and technological progress only originated in the Christianised states of the West; something atheists, despite this obvious fact, deny or ignore by the application of their much vaunted but extremely selective reason. Christians embraced science as the best basis, next to biblical theology, for the advance of humanity. Nearly all the ground-breaking scientists were devout Christians, as were those who led the advances in human rights. The illogic of atheistic reason denies these obvious and basic truths.

Let’s close with this observation by a leading Chinese scholar who has this to say about western success: “…In the last twenty years we have realised that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity. This is why the West is so powerful. The Christian moral foundation of social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics. We don’t have any doubt about this.” From David Aikman’s 2003 book: Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power.

 

Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus a Theological Flop

On the 3rd April 2015, Good Friday,  Killing Jesus, the movie from Bill O’Reilly’s best seller of the same name screened on Discovery Chanel.  If a church bell chimed every time the script dropped a clanger the poor bell-ringer would have eventually dropped from exhaustion.  O’Reilly, a catholic, fronts Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, the top rated cable news show for the last 16 years – and counting.  Books are also published under his name, with the profits going to charity.  They generally sell really well so there must be a number of charities doing well from Bill’s efforts.

When he chose to do a book on Jesus it was almost a foregone conclusion that it would barely cover the essentials of Jesus’ ministry.  If the film version is anything to go by the prediction proved to be right.  What a travesty the movie is.  Without going into a blow by blow account lets deal with the main problems.

First up, the adult Jesus had to be convinced he was the Messiah, when in fact the Bible narrative confirms Jesus knew who he was from a young age.  At age 12 he was in the synagogues teaching and proclaiming he was the Messiah as foretold in Isaiah 61.  Next there were the miracles.  They confirmed Jesus was the Son of God, but they hardly get a look in in Killing Jesus.  One exorcism is depicted, but it would hardly rank as a miraculous event. There is no command given to the demon to go, no prayer, only some baleful looks into space that were supposed to pass for something vaguely mysterious.  Jesus is even shown as a little surprised when the boy returns to normal.

John the Baptist is given something resembling a star billing as he works on Jesus to start being the Messiah. This, of course, is completely a-biblical.  When John baptises Jesus Christians who know their Bible, even at a basic level, would have been waiting to here God the Father’s pronouncement that he was pleased with his son.  No, that was all missing too. In fact throughout the movie God hardly gets a look in. John is shown as the premier religious leader whom Jesus publicly defends, once John is arrested.  The sense of it is that Jesus was just filling in after John had gone.  The whole nature, purpose  and meaning of the Messiah is almost entirely missing because Jesus’ central connection to universal salvation for all who believe is never explained.  Instead he is made out to be more of a champion for Jewishness and a rabble-rouser who is able to raise a following after John’s arrest.  When Jesus tells the high priest he is indeed the Son of God the story writers have Caiaphas misquote Jesus, by denouncing him as prophet and not as the Messiah.  Once again the deity of the Christ is reduced.  He is merely denounced as a prophet.  Hardly a reason to have him crucified.

The book/movie’s Catholic influence comes out in two obvious ways.  First of all, Mary is given a larger role than any biblical narrative gives her.  There is little evidence beyond the water into wine miracle (not shown in the movie) that Mary played any central role in Jesus ministry, but it is depicted otherwise in the movie.  At one point he looks to Mary and says, “the pain of absence has been terrible.” There is no record of Jesus saying this in the gospels.  It is simply added to convey a sense that Jesus as somehow dependent on Mary.  Then we have the post-crucifixion period.  We never see the resurrected Jesus!  The actual resurrection and its significance is brushed over, like the miracles and the gospel itself. We are left at the end of the movie with Peter in his boat praying for a net-full of fish and then gazing into the heavens in wonder as the fish come.  This and an earlier miss-application of Jesus’ reference to Peter and the rock upon which his Church would be built was an obvious allusion to the Catholic claim to a papal, vicar of Christ, line of succession from Peter.

From a properly Christian perspective Killing Jesus is a very poor presentation of Jesus’ significance.  His deity and his purpose are hardly touched on.  The non-Christian is likely to think Jesus was just a motivated factional leader and some sort of prophet, assuming they even know what the word signifies.  The true Christian just feels cheated and indignant.  At best the movie illustrates the extent to which the meaning of Christ Jesus amongst us 2000 years ago has been lost or ignored.

If this movie reflects the tenor of his book then O’Reilly has done the cause of Christ a disservice, and backhanded the gospel. If people are taking the book and the movie seriously they are truly deluded, or ignorant of the truth.