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Posted on 07/14/2010 10:54:49 AM PDT by Lucky9teen
I have taken a lot of hits from people like Rev. Jim Wallis on "social justice." But I needed you to know there is a poison in some of our churches. Social justice the way Jim Wallis and Jeremiah Wright understand it isn't in the gospel, neither is redistribution of wealth.
Jesus never said, "Take from the rich and let the government redistribute it." Take the parable of the Good Samaritan. The Samaritan chose to take it upon himself to help; he took on the bills himself. The government never told him to do it. Anything else is a perversion of Christianity and the perversion of the principles of God.
You don't need to be a Christian to believe this. You need to understand this because a perversion of God is extraordinarily dangerous.
Tonight, I have to take it a step further.
We are living in dangerous times and unless you understand what people are saying and why they are saying it and how they arrived there, then too many Americans are going to be fooled.
We start with James Cone. He's one of the founding fathers of liberation theology. Liberation theology is a brand of Christianity based on the liberation of the oppressed from unjust economic, political or social conditions. It centers around the idea that people are in one of two categories: the oppressor and the oppressed. Poverty, according to this theology, is caused because the poor are "victims of others."
James Cone is credited with starting the same liberation theology behind Rev. Wright's church:
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JAMES CONE, ADVOCATE OF BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY: Any group that has institutional power, they are violent. Therefore the mainline denominations in this country have been violent against black people.
The crucifixion of Jesus was a First Century lynching.
America has a tradition of lynching, in which America lynched more than 5,000 black people in this land. The Christian church said very little about it. It was very violent lynching. So, if we understand the cross correctly, we will see it as Jesus being a victim of lynching, a victim of violence. So at the heart of the Christian faith is God taking upon God's self the suffering of the victim.
When you see a lynched black body, that's who God is.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
This is kind of complex, because Jesus did identify with the victims. But Jesus wasn't a victim, he was a conqueror. Jesus conquered death. He chose to give his life. Jesus didn't come back from the dead and make the Jews pay for what they did. That would have been an abomination.
Straight from Cone: "Black theology refuses to accept a god who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community... If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill gods who do not belong to the black community."
It gets worse from here. So how does a white person get salvation in that system?
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CONE: If the powerful in our society, the white people, if they want to become Christians, they have to give up that power and become identified with the powerless if you're going to be a Christian, you can't be identified with the powerful and also a Christian at the same time...
The only way in which your repentance, your forgiveness can be authentic, your reception of it can be authentic, your repentance can be authentic, is that you give back what you took and white people took a lot from black people.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
Got it? The only way you can be saved according to this theology, if you are the oppressor, is to give back what you took through reparations. Step down from that job you "took" from someone else. Give back that money you "took" from someone else.
Do you notice anything that's missing here? Well, for one thing, merit. And when it comes to salvation, how about the concept of grace? Saved by grace. You cannot earn your way into Heaven. There is no deed, no random act of kindness, no amount of money to spread around to others that earns you a trip to heaven. It's by God's grace alone that you are saved. Now, that doesn't mean you aren't supposed to do works and deeds "faith without works is dead." Our work is a demonstration of our faith.
But right now I just want to show you how liberation theology has completely perverted Christianity and teaching something radically different. For example, Cone himself has argued that the Bible is insufficient to know what social justice is and that you need Marxism to understand what Christianity means. I think I speak for most Christians when I say, God's word is sufficient for me; you can 86 the Marx thank, but no thanks.
Now, I know people will say, Oh, Glenn Beck is a Mormon! He's not even a real Christian.
OK, fine. You can believe what you want. I am a man that needed atonement more than most people. But I know the game, so I called Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. I wanted to make sure that mainline Christianity has the same definition of individual salvation that I have. He agreed that salvation is an individual relationship between a person and God through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth and the light." I can't be saved for someone else and they can't be saved by me. When Jesus died on the cross he died for everyone that ever lived, but individually. It was one act for the entire collection it was for each person individually.
Another perversion is the concept of collective salvation. You've heard Barack Obama say that his "individual salvation depends on collective salvation." What does that mean?
According to liberation theology, it means that salvation and redemption bought by Jesus comes in the form of political and social "liberation" for minorities from white oppression. Salvation is realized with minorities achieving economic and political parity, via redistribution of wealth with whites. Minorities are "saved" in the sense that white people constantly confess and repent of being racists and meet the economic demands of minorities, via redistribution as a consequence of some form of reparations.
That's quite different than the gospels and their message of being saved by grace. It actually sounds a little more like Marxism.
As I said in the beginning, there are those in the country that need to divide us for power. They will make this about race. But this has almost nothing to do with race; it has everything to do with power. It has happened over and over and over again it's a formula: same outcome, different group of people.
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SEAN HANNITY: But Reverend Jeremiah Wright is not backing down and has not for years and in his strong stance on the teaching of black liberation theology is nothing new. He had the same things to say last spring when he appeared on "Hannity & Colmes:"
WRIGHT: If you're not going to talk about theology in context, if you're not going to talk about liberation theology that came out of the '60s, systematized black liberation theology that started with Jim Cone in 1968 and the writings of Cone and the writings of Dwight Hopkins and the writings of womynist theologians and Asian theologians and Hispanic theologians, then you can't talk about the black value system.
HANNITY: But I'm a reverend
WRIGHT: Do you know liberation theology, sir?
Malik Zulu Shabazz, chairman of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (NBPP):
"We believe in a Black first philosophy and a Black Liberation Theology."
Although it [The New Black Panther Party] says it sees capitalism as the fundamental problem with the world and revolution as the solution, the new party does not draw its influences from Marxism or Maoism as the original party did. Instead, in a carefully-worded, roundabout form of ethnic nationalism, they say that Marx based his ideology and teachings on indigenous African cultures, and that the NBPP therefore need not look to Marxism or Maoism as a basis for their program, but can look to ideologies that stem directly from those African origins.
"The Justice Department originally brought the case against four armed men who witnesses say derided voters with catcalls of "white devil" and "cracker" and told voters they should prepare to be "ruled by the black man." ..."
One poll watcher called police after he reportedly saw one of the men brandishing a nightstick to threaten voters.
As I walked up, they closed ranks, next to each other, the witness told Fox News at the time. So I walked directly in between them, went inside and found the poll watchers. They said theyd been here for about an hour. And they told us not to come outside because a black man is going to win this election no matter what.
He said the man with a nightstick told him, Were tired of white supremacy, and he starts tapping the nightstick in his hand. At which point I said, OK, were not going to get in a fistfight right here, and I called the police....
"Security" patrols stationed at polling places in Philly:
Black Panthers intimidate voters in Philadelphia with night stick:
(some key excerpts)
["(Jose) Diaz-Balart is the son of Rafael Diaz-Balart y Guitierrez (a former Cuban politician). He has three bothers, Rafael Diaz-Balart (a banker), Mario Diaz-Balart (a US Congressman) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (also a US Congressman). His aunt, Mirta Diaz-Balart, was Fidel Castro's first wife."
JOSE DIAZ-BALART, TELEMUNDO NETWORK: "Liberation theology in Nicaragua in the mid-1980's was a pro-Sandinista, pro-Marxist, anti-U.S., anti-Catholic Church movement. That's it. No ifs, ands, or buts. His church apparently supported, in the mid-'80s in Nicaragua, groups that supported the Sandinista dictatorships and that were opposed to the Contras whose reason for being was calling for elections. That's all I know. I was there.
I saw the churches in Nicaragua that he spoke of, and the churches were churches that talked about the need for violent revolution and I remember clearly one of the major churches in Managua where the Jesus Christ on the altar was not Jesus Christ, he was a Sandinista soldier, and the priests talked about the corruption of the West, talked about the need for revolution everywhere, and talked about 'the evil empire' which was the United States of America."
REV. BOB SCHENCK, NATIONAL CLERGY COUNCIL: "it's based in Marxism. At the core of his [Wright's] theology is really an anti-Christian understanding of God, and as part of a long history of individuals who actually advocate using violence in overthrowing those they perceive to be oppressing them, even acts of murder have been defended by followers of liberation theology. That's very, very dangerous."
SCHENCK: "I was actually the only person escorted to Dr. Wright. He asked to see me, and I simply welcomed him to Washington, and then I said Dr. Wright, I want to bring you a warning: your embrace of Marxist liberation theology. It is contrary to the Gospel, and you need, sir, to abandon it. And at that he dropped the handshake and made it clear that he was not in the mood to dialogue on that point."
Source: The Real Story Behind Rev. Wright's Controversial Black Liberation Theology Doctrine:
Obama's Church: Gospel of Hate
Kathy Shaidle, FrontPageMag.com
Monday, April 07, 2008
In March of 2007, FOX News host Sean Hannity had engaged Obamas pastor in a heated interview about his Churchs teachings. For many viewers, the ensuing shouting match was their first exposure to "Black Liberation Theology"...
Like the pro-communist Liberation Theology that swept Central America in the 1980s and was repeatedly condemned by Pope John Paul II, Black Liberation Theology combines warmed-over 1960s vintage Marxism with carefully distorted biblical passages. However, in contrast to traditional Marxism, it emphasizes race rather than class. The Christian notion of "salvation" in the afterlife is superseded by "liberation" on earth, courtesy of the establishment of a socialist utopia.
Catholics for Marx [Liberation Theology]
By Fr. Robert Sirico
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, June 03, 2004
In the days when the Superpowers were locked in a Cold War, Latin America seethed with revolution, and millions lived behind an iron curtain, a group of theologians concocted a novel idea within the history of Christianity. They proposed to combine the teachings of Jesus with the teachings of Marx as a way of justifying violent revolution to overthrow the economics of capitalism.
The Gospels were re-rendered not as doctrine impacting on the human soul but rather as windows into the historical dialectic of class struggle. These "liberation theologians" saw every biblical criticism of the rich as a mandate to expropriate the expropriating owners of capital, and every expression of compassion for the poor as a call for an uprising by the proletarian class of peasants and workers.
"Ayers, now a tenured distinguished professor of education at UIC, works to educate teachers in socialist revolutionary ideology, urging that it be passed on to impressionable students.
One of Ayer's descriptions for a course called 'Improving Learning Environments' says prospective K-12 teachers need to 'be aware of the social and moral universe we inhabit and ... be a teacher capable of hope and struggle, outrage and action, teaching for social justice and liberation.
The Annenberg papers are quite extensive 132 boxes containing 947 file folders with 70 linear feet of material. They undoubtedly contain more surprises regarding Obama's relationship with Ayers, one of many relationships Obama has sought to hide.'..."
Article: Annenberg Papers: Putting On Ayers?
"Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at"
--Bill Ayers (1970), quoted in New York Times, September 11, 2001:
Article: "No Regrets for a Love Of Explosives; In a Memoir of Sorts, a War Protester Talks of Life With the Weathermen"
"Their founding document [the Weather Underground's] called for the establishment of a "white fighting force" to be allied with the "Black Liberation Movement" and other "anti-colonial" movements to achieve "the destruction of US imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: world communism."..."-Berger, Dan (2006). Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity. AK Press, 95.
Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity (Paperback) by Dan Berger
REVOLUTION: Voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA [Maoist]
[Revolution] Interview with Bill Ayers, Revolution #63, October 1, 2006:
"On Progressive Education, Critical Thinking and the Cowardice of Some in Dangerous Times"
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright and Dr. William Ayers
are greeted by Rebekah Levin with the Committee
for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine.
(Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune / May 17, 2009)
Did Glenn mention Moroni’s take on all this?
I did see the GB program yesterday afternoon and agree that he did a very good job of tieing the pieces together.
His credibility has been growing lately. I have no clue who is coaching him but it is working. He even did an effective job of neutralizing any behind the back criticism of his being a Mormon. He is not a Mormon in the sense that (RINO) Romney is.
I am not Mormon, but I lived amoung them for many years in Western NM. Part of that time I was Republican County Chairman, in a county where the Dem to Rep ration was 4-1. The three groups I could always count on at the polls were the local ranchers, the Mormon’s and the Birchers. I did not always agree with the latter 2 groups, but I could always count on them to support the right side in elections. I have no illusions about our differences, but this battle is for keeps and we need all the help we can get.
Freedom of Religion and Speech are God given rights as is the responsibility for our free will decisions. The left hates this, but it is fact.
Glenn Beck helping the media coverup the BC issue because like others he has no spine and is only in it for the money.
Nobody is coaching him. Mormons are very devout Christians and do have a comprehensive understand of God, Christ and the Gospel.
As most of us around here have know for years, charity is charity. Plundering, which is what redistribution of wealth is, is theft. The only equality that is worth a spit is equality under the law. Social justice is nothing but rabble rousing and hate mongering, the government creating special classes for the purpose of dividing people. All of it leads to more and more government, and less and less liberty, until we are all little serfs under some scumbags jackboot. People better start waking up.
Catron or Socorro County? I used to spend a lot of time down in that area - mostly Datil and Magadalena.
I started laughing last night listening to him. On no other TV program outside of TBN are you going to get a discussion on the nature of God and man and salvation and how it applies to the political realm. Beck is doing stuff no one else is doing.
And on no other program on television to you get the crazed Obamists indicting themselves night after night out of their own mouths as he just rolls the tape. I hear people complaining about the crazy things he says but really all he does is quote the real crazies in and around the White House and he just rolls the tape and they do all the talking themselves.
I love the guy.
I agree, you make a great point. This is one issue with Beck that doesn’t sit right with me.
However, that said, he IS doing a lot to tie Obama to radicals and Marxists and bring a lot of stuff to light, that NO ONE ELSE is. So he is doing a lot to open peoples eyes and wake people up. If for nothing else, than to see where we are headed.
But...the birther thing, is a legitimate concern and he should be hashing over it DAILY!
If anyone has any doubts about what economic system that Jesus advocates and defends, they should read the parable of the workers in the vineyard, which is found starting in Matthew 20:1. This parable is full of free market expressions such as the right of a worker to negotiate his wage, the right of the property owner to the fruits of his own property, the right to hire workers and the expectation that a verbal contract will be honored.
The parable ends with a rhetorical question by Jesus in verse 15: “ Is it not lawful for me to do what I want with my own?” This question DESTROYS socialism, for under that system the answer to his question is NO.
I was in Grant County, in the mining district. Lived in Silver City (1972-1986), but traveled Southern NM and Southeastern AZ for many years.
Catron was neighboring county.
We loved the area, but it was a real education for a West Texas native to live in a Mine Union Town. Genuine lefties were common, especially at the university.
The late 1970’s and early 1980’s were my first exposure to “Liberation Theology” proponents. (from Nicaragua) I got an advanced degree in Leftology during my stint in local government and as County Chairman there.