Monday, September 13, 2010

WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN?

I have been amazed about all the people who say Obama is a Christian. I have seen practically endless dogmatic assertions of that by mainstream newspersons, by bloggers, and even by ordinary folks. People in the news media who are continually antagonistic to the gospel, who host documentaries disputing the truths of Christ and the Bible, who dismiss “Christian fundamentalists” as extreme and as dangerous as the Taliban all of a sudden are experts on defining what a Christian is.

True Christians such as myself often run into people who say they are Christians. It is sort of a default answer. George Barna did a poll that indicated about 9 out 10 people who claimed to be a Christian could not define it in any scripturally accurate terms. Born-again Christians routinely probe to find out if a person is truly “saved”, why would Barack Obama be given a pass? Particularly, one might add, when it is considered perfectly acceptable for Muslims to lie about it if it otherwise advances their faith.

So why is Obama called a Christian? Many say because he says he is. However, many think you have to be a Christian to be President of the United States so the rule is to make people think you are one. When you get to the Biblical definitions and requirements, you will find that the vast majority of United States Presidents do not fit the bill. They may go to churches, but as for believing the covenants, the prophets, in the diety of Christ, having repented for their sins, and having declared Jesus Christ as their Lord, many fall out of consideration. Just like most people who take on the moniker.

Many Christians loved Reagan, but his “testimony” was so general, it would have been a good example of the old saw, “if you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” I have to admit I was touched by Jimmy Carter’s touching testimony about being born again and about the Holy Spirit in his seminal interview with Bill Moyers. I know die-hard Republicans who voted for him. We later found out in his book that he could not see Muslims and non-Messianic Jews as lost, contradicting Jesus Christ himself, who taught that NO ONE comes to the Father except through Christ, and that God CANNOT be your Father if you reject the Son. Others talk about George W. Bush’s walk with Billy Graham. Yet, W was a member of Skull and Bones (The Order of Death) along with John Kerry and over 1,000 other members of the “Elite” or Illuminati that includes big time CEO’s captains of industry and media moguls. The pagan proclivities of the elites are well known, and Eisenhower, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton. and W as well as Colin Powell and Henry Kissinger also donned red, black, and silver robes to participate in the Bohemian Grove Cremation of Care Ceremony, where the image of a 40 foot high owl known the Great Owl of Bohemia is set up for worship, and an effigy of a human they call Dull Care is sacrificed to it.

TIME magazine has documented that Barack Obama carries “charms,” including an image of Hanuman (or Bajrang Bali, the monkey god) that is revered highly by the largest pagan religion in the world, Hinduism. We know about Mary Todd Lincoln’s séances in the White House, Nancy Reagan’s practice of astrology in the White House, Hillary's channeling of Eleanor Roosevelt, and not to be outdone, Michelle Obama’s live-in mother, Marian Robinson, practices Santerian rituals (Voodoo) in the White House.

Doesn’t anyone find it strange that Presidents don’t follow the example of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in refusing to worship pagan images? Does anyone think that any Christian, no matter how weak, would be carrying images of foreign gods? Are you credulous enough to believe that a Christian would “slip” and talk about “my Muslim faith”? It defies our own experience. It defies logic. It defies truth.

Further, Mr. Obama told Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Aboul Gheit that he was still a Muslim and favorable to and loyal to the Muslim agenda and that he would deal with Israel after his domestic agenda was in place. True Christians and Jews have long been allies, and Christians believe the promises made to Abraham in Genesis 12 in terms of blessing and not cursing the Jew. Fewer than 10% of Jews think Obama is in their corner vs. an overwhelming percentage for George W. Bush. That does not make W a Christian, but it sure calls into question Obama’s Christianity since he has favored Islam, which hates Jews, at every turn. Obama has sent similar signals when he spoke in Turkey – you can see the video yourself online.

Now it is true that Obama has also said he is a Christian, but when pressed for details, it appears to be the opposite. In Stephen Mansfield’s book, “The Faith of Barack Obama”, not a hit piece, but endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Obama says he found “vindication” for what he already believed when he went to Trinity. He finds the Bible far-fetched” (while exalting the “Holy Quran”), says his experience was not the normal in terms of turning to Christ as a savior. Rather, it reads like someone who really believes nothing but perhaps some symbolisms rather than the heart of the matter. By all Biblical criteria, he is not a Christian in the Biblical sense, and to say otherwise is counterproductive and foolish. Obama had early Muslim training, but his parents had both been atheists. His schooling from the days of Frank Marshall Davis to Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard was decidedly left and decidedly not related to Christianity at all. Few people who have heard Jeremiah Wright, who claims to be an ex-Muslim, but who is awfully friendly toward it, believe he preaches a remotely Christian message. I remember my mother in law confronted him when he spoke at a church in Germantown. She was appalled at his message. Obama spent twenty years at a church (not too frequently either) that damned the nation, ordained homosexuals since the 1970’s and that otherwise did just about everything opposite to the Bible. Wright preaches hate and liberation theology and gave a Muslim, Louis Farrakhan, his highest honor. When you read Farrakhan’s speech below, you are likely reading much of Wright’s own theology and apparently Obama’s theology as well. It is not as rare as one would hope. Obama is not alone in fashioning his private interpretations. So many people of all stations in life belong to the Masons and other groups that deny that Jesus Christ is the ONLY BEGOTTEN son of God. Christian Colleges are being taken over by universalists who believe that all will be saved in the end. It is totally contrary to the Bible and the faith delivered once to the saints. I believe if you listen to Muslim minister Louis Farrakhan, you can see how a person who believes NONE of the essentials of the Christian faith can claim to be one, and those similarly deceived will shout and holler and applaud – this comes from the days of the unholy alliance between Pat Robertson and Sun Myung Moon and the Million Family March:


I am a Christian. Did you hear me? Farrakhan said, I am a Christian. I am a Jew. I am a Muslim. I am Pentecostal. I am of the Church of God in Christ. I am a Jehovah's Witness. I am a Mason. I am a Shriner. I'm all of that and then some, because I refuse to let things limit me as to who I really am, and you should not allow that, either.
When I say I am a Christian, I delight in the cross. It means a lot to me. The cross is not a symbol of wood with a horizontal and a vertical bar; the cross is a symbol of the dual nature of the human being. He has a horizontal nature, which is animalistic. He has an upright nature, which is vertical. The cross represents our struggle to overcome the horizontal and grow into the vertical.
The Star of David is two equilateral triangles, one pointing up, one pointing down. Six sides, six angles. The Bible says, Count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. But the man is God's man, and the beast is also under the same number, because the beast is a man that has fallen down, and the God-man is a man that is looking up and gets instructions from above. And the fallen man is he who gets his guidance from the lower extremities. We follow our sexual appetite. We follow our lust for material things, for power.

The crescent represents equality. The star represents justice. The sun represents freedom. That flag is up above our heads, and the God who created that -- He doesn't let the sun shine on white people and miss black people. Does He? He doesn't let the rain fall on the Native American and not fall on other members of the human family. God is just, and he's no respecter of persons. It doesn't matter what your color is, what your race is, with God it is righteousness that He is after.


So if that is YOUR definition of a Christian, you fit it. If you accept God’s definition of a Christian, but have not accepted the atonement of the shed blood of Christ to cover your sins, you are the furthest thing from one. A Christian has to come Christ's way and be devoted to Christ. Christians are known for their fruit. Christians are righteous. Christians are just. Christians have self-control, Christians have faith, Christians live holy, Christians promote morality, Christians defend the persecuted. Christians reward the productive, Christians are incredibly generous, Christians are charitable, expecting nothing in return, and most important of all, Christians love and adore Christ to the exclusion of all others. Today IS the accepted day of salvation. Hearken to the voice of God today! Join the family of faith!
"For God so loved he world, that he have his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him should be saved."

4 Comments:

At 7:10 AM , Blogger The Plumline said...

Thank you for this piece,John. I am using it to review What a true Christian is with our daughters as we homeschool today.

 
At 11:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless!

 
At 10:07 PM , Blogger Andy said...

Wow! Just Wow! I assume you count yourself as a Christian, i.e., a follower of Christ and his teachings. So I assume you've taken a vow of poverty and humility, you do not own excess possessions (car, house) and you spend your time helping the poor, the homeless, the helpless. You do not speak in anger, but forgive your neighbors and show love to your enemies. So when I ask when the last time you bought a homeless man a meal you'd gladly point out it was in the last week. When I ask what service you've performed, you'd tell me you volunteer at a halfway house to help addicts see the light and rehabilitate. When I read your writings I will see humility, understanding and forgiveness, not anger and accusations. Hmmm, maybe not. You know I am growing weary of all of you so-called Christians who profess to follow Jesus, but who follow instead the path of arrogant rightousness, dictated moral codes, and contempt for the poor and disadvantaged. Along with this path seems to be the attitude of "hate thy neighbor" and to see others who are different in the worst light possible. I truly look forward to Jesus's return to this world and the look of utter disgust he will give to all you false Christians (who are more similar to the Temple Priests and Roman Politicians he was railing against).

Perhaps you should go back and read the New Testament and think about what it says....

 
At 12:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello ,

I have just started reading the bible to help understand what all the fuss is about.
I have been so pleased thru the first 50 pages because the book touches on so many subjects

1. Murder
2. Mass Murder
3. Rape
4. Hate
5. Incest
6. Theft
7. Wrath
8. Slaves

Ahhh I could go on all day . 50 pages in and looking forward to the rest of the book .

P.S great post Andy

 

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