May 22nd, 2011 | 4 Comments
God, please provide me, if it is your will, intellect, judgement, discernment, and most of all the ability to clearly type what it is that you want me to say. Provide me eyes to see clearly, ears to hear, and wisdom to understand your will, not mine be done, amen.
About two months ago I was finding myself at the end of my rope with my current church, who I will keep anonymous. It was for many reasons, but the overriding was my belief that the church was silent on the gravity of the economic problems of our country, and that they were not doing enough, or anything, to clearly address this issue, and to start to prepare their congregation for the collapse of our country ahead. Now many of you may think that is not the purpose of the church, that important ministry work such as summer softball league, christian mingling, and of course purchasing goods that are produced by children whom make a “fair” wage in third world countries is what the church is about. Or perhaps the purpose of the church is so that they can get bigger and bigger, so that they can receive more donations to purchase land for a new facility or a parking lot is important. I am sure a select handful believe that social justice should be taught in our churches, and that it is important that we must do a better job of getting along with people with a different skin color than ours because obviously we must have some sort of racial bias within us.
All of those comments above where being preached from the pulpit at my former church, one of the largest churches in the East Bay San Francisco Area. It was their final “sermon”, on basically telling us we were racist and that we must all go out and make friends with black people and bring them to their church which was the final nudge that God needed to give me to cut ties with that church. So for the last two months I have been “church shopping”.
I talked with friends, asked them what churches they attended, why, have done research, and visited several of them. One compelling theme became clear during this process. Maybe this has happened to you, or you have noticed this.
Most of the churches are teaching the same message on the same Sunday.
Let me say that again.
Most of the churches are teaching the same message on the same Sunday.
I have next to me my “Every Man’s Bible”, new living translation. Those whom know my story recovering from drug and alcohol addiction understand how this bible over five years ago was the first step in transforming my life. I have had to re glue the binding, twice, and not much color left on the cover. This bible has 1536 pages, with 39 books of the old testament, and 27 books of the new testament. It contains thousands of clarification and interpretation footnotes. It also has within it 145 expert summations, and contributing editor stories. It took me about one year to start in the Book of Genesis and read it page by page all the way to the end of the book of Revelation. When I started to highlight scripture that had meaning for me, I would then dig further into it. I spent weeks some times longer on one book, purchased supporting material to educate me further, talked with other believers, and prayed for months to gain clarity.
So if me, not a man whom went to semminay, never was introduced to church as a child, never went to church, or studied christian beliefs until I was 35 years old, can now spend months alone just on one book in the bible. How can our churches just magially pull out one “message” that the majority are teaching on the same Sunday in different churches in many different cities?
Well, today God helps guide me to find answers to my questions. One of those ways is to “do my homework”. Now what I am about to say will flat out make some people mad, some will agree with every word, others may be at the point of starting to believe, but may want to research this on their own, and I applaud that.
I beleive that the majority of churches, especially the larger churches, are placing money, power, and community prestige as a higher priority than serving God. This is happening under the control and direction of our Federal Government by enslaving the church leadership through the use of IRS Tax codes to maintain their 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status.
I make this claim based on my findings:
- I did thorough research into the IRS Tax code that churches have to follow to be able to maintain their tax exempt status. This tax exempt status is critical to the survival of the local church and to fuel its growth. Without this donations and tithes would dry up, because unfortunately a driving factor for people to give money to the church is so that the person can then claim the money given as a tax deduction when they itemize their yearly returns.
- For church organizations to receive this status, IRS Tax code 501(c)(3), they have to behave and operate in a very strict way. The government has used this to be able to essentially silence the church, keep them from saying certain things, hold them back from any messages that the government deems “political”.
- The majority of the church business operators and financial managers place the governments IRS rules into a higher status than the teaching of God. They have become afraid of losing this status, they are siding time and time again with only preaching a message that does not touch at all with the gravity of the problems in our country being driven by government decisions, mismanagement, and rampant corruption. Instead week after week our churches are only teaching on “Christianity 101″. The basics, “fluff”, topics that yes are very important for new Christians, and those searching for the truth, but not diving into what is tearing this country to pieces right now.
- Many local churches, answer to another church. For instance several churches in the Bay area answer to a church called Willow Creek Ministires. If you spend time researching your church you may find the same thing. When I want to Willow Creek’s website I was quite intriqued as to its message:
Willow Creek starts by saying they are a community church, when in fact they have seven churches in different communities, and these churches are far from small, they are in large stadiums that seat thousands upon thousands of people. Take a look at Willow Creeks “beliefs”, right off their web page:
With this vision to see Christ’s redemptive purposes accomplished in the world, Willow is committed to carrying on Christ’s mission by reaching out to those who are far from God, coaching those who follow Christ by equipping them for their spiritual journey, and unleashing unprecedented levels of compassion and justice into our broken world.
Yes you read that right, Willow Creek is looking to unleash “JUSTICE” into our broken world. Justice..can you say Social Justice. Just in case you have not been alerted to the push of “social justice” on our country by OUR STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, here is the definition.
Social justice generally refers to the idea of creating a society or institution that is based on the principles of equality and solidarity, that understands and values human rights, and that recognizes the dignity of every human being. The term and modern concept of “social justice” was coined by the Jesuit Luigi Taparelli in 1840 based on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas and given further exposure in 1848 by Antonio Rosmini-Serbati. The idea was elaborated by the moral theologian John A. Ryan, who initiated the concept of a living wage. Father Coughlin also used the term in his publications in the 1930s and the 1940s. It is a part of Catholic social teaching, Social Gospel from Episcopalians and is one of the Four Pillars of the Green Party upheld by green parties worldwide. Social justice as a secular concept, distinct from religious teachings, emerged mainly in the late twentieth century, influenced primarily by philosopher John Rawls. Some tenets of social justice have been adopted by those on the left of the political spectrum.
Social justice is based on the concepts of human rights and equality and involves a greater degree of economic egalitarianism through progressive taxation, income redistribution, or even property redistribution. These policies aim to achieve what developmental economists refer to as more equality of opportunity than may currently exist in some societies, and to manufacture equality of outcome in cases where incidental inequalities appear in a procedurally just system. The Constitution of the International Labour Organization affirm that “universal and lasting peace can be established only if it is based upon social justice.” And the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action treats social justice as a purpose of the human rights education.
Yes that is right, a movement of political ideology that is SECULAR, created not by GOD, not in the bible, but by MAN, in the 20th century to try and “level” the playing field, through brutal taxation, redistribution of wealth, and essentially the implementation of socialism and the destruction of liberty, on the people.
How can a church do this? I mean how can they get so powerful, and in control of so many people that they can actual start to turn Christians into this acceptance of social justice. Oh, I have a good example for you. Let’s take a look at the “Leadership Summit” that is sponsored by Willow Creek and satellite transmitted into thousands of churches throughout the United States, and the World. I have knowledge of this because I attended one of these three years ago, and did my homework on the one they are putting on this year August 10th and 11th. Here is a link to there webpage:
All you have to do is spend time looking at the “speakers” and what there message is. The basis for this “ministry” is take the best and the brightest of the Christian Leaders and turn them into better and brighter Christian Leaders. Heck, that sounds good. That is why I personally attended one. Leaders are always looking to improve themselves. But the message that is taught is not as it appears. Examples:
Founder and CEO, studentsfirst.org
Former Chancellor, D.C. Public Schools
Leaders know that change isn’t easy—and it doesn’t come overnight. That’s why, for the past 18 years, Michelle Rhee has stayed the course with a single objective: to give children the needed skills to compete in a changing world. Rhee, who served with Teach for America, founded The New Teacher Project, equipping school districts to transform how they recruit and train qualified teachers. During her three years as Chancellor of the Washington, D.C. Public Schools, students’ scores and graduation rates rose dramatically. Today, Rhee is CEO of StudentsFirst, a movement to transform public education. She holds firm to her conviction that teachers are the most powerful driving force behind student achievement.
Hon. Cory A. Booker
Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
In 2006, while still in his thirties, Cory Booker was elected mayor of Newark, New Jersey. With degrees from Stanford University and Oxford University (where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar), he moved to Newark during his final year at Yale Law School. In the years that followed, he lived in a troubled housing complex in the city’s Central Ward, advocated for education reform, served on the City Council, and founded the non-profit organization Newark Now. Unconventional in his approach to urban issues, he represents a new generation of pragmatic urban politicians. Since his election, Newark has seen a significant reduction in crime, doubled the amount of affordable housing under construction
Bestselling Author; Squidoo Founder;
Renowned Marketing Blogger
New York, New York
With a #1 marketing blog, top 100 website Squidoo and twelve bestselling books (including The Purple Cow, Tribes, and latest release, Linchpin), marketing guru Seth Godin is one of the most imaginative free-thinkers in the world today. He makes a career out of perpetually re-inventing himself and his businesses—spreading powerful ideas and delivering something remarkable every day. Godin believes you can be remarkable too. He creates disequilibrium that pushes you to get grounded in what you believe.
Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil
Founder and President Salter McNeil & Associates
“The Church of today is a place of collaboration, a countercultural community of reconciliation and justice,” says Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, a much-sought-after speaker worldwide—and one frequently requested by attendees of The Global Leadership Summit. President of a leadership development organization and a 2010 presenter at the Lausanne World Congress in South Africa, Dr. Salter McNeil is zealous about preparing the Church for the impact of globalization by changing the way the next generation of Christian leaders think and act toward people who are different. Dr. Salter McNeil is a lightning rod for transformation, bringing people together from all nationalities to complete our shared Kingdom assignment in the Church and beyond.
This is just four of the 11 speakers slated for this two day summit. If you just look at this you will see that the “teachers” are those that in their bio’s:
- That’s why, for the past 18 years, Michelle Rhee has stayed the course with a single objective: to give children the needed skills to compete in a changing world. (just ask yourself a question, has our schools improved in the last 18 years?) If you want to understand what social justice means in our schools go to her website http://www.studentsfirst.org/#. In the opening video it states over 160,000 teachers will face layoff’s and how to save them now.
- Unconventional in his approach to urban issues, he represents a new generation of pragmatic urban politicians. (So, has anyone been to Newark NJ lately. Supposed this highly educated, AKA GLOBAL ELITIST, has transformed Newark, yea..here is just two articles you may want to read before you believe this line of lies and self promotion.
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/nj/newark/crime/ In this webpage you will see that OAKLAND CA and NEWARK NJ, are essentially equal. That is right for all of us in the BAY AREA whom have FLED Oakland because of how horrible it is to live there, you are now going to get presented to by a mayor of a comparable city whom somehow you are to use as a role model for your “christian Leadership”. That would be like former Oakland mayor Ray Dulloms, packaged in a nice biography and webpage and then placed on stage for you to listen to. But he must be good at balance his cities budget right…
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/01/after_selling_16_buildings_in.html In this article you will see that Newark NJ is one of the FIVE WORST city budget and fiscal disasters of all cities in the country, they have been forced to sell almost every building and piece of land they own, and are faced with a 125 Million dollar bond that is due that they can not pay.
But Willow Creek, along with the thousands of CHURCHES that will be televising this “leadership conference” want you to believe that the Hon. Cory A. Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Urban Reformer is an example of good leadership.
Listen, I could go on and on, and I may in future articles. My point is that I am presenting you with facts and logic that many of our local churches are no longer preaching from the pulpit the scriptural teachings of God, and Jesus Christ, but have slanted and perverted the message into a social justice, one world government view. They are doing this not only in what they are preaching to you on Sunday mornings, but what they are ministering to you in small groups, and yes in big conferences such as the “leadership conference” that I just described. It is not only what they are teaching that is corrupting their congregations, but what THEY ARE NOT teaching because of their fears of losing the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status that is adding to this nightmare.
Father I pray to you that your will be done, not mine, amen.
God Bless You
God Bless America
Written by Chris
Filed under: East Bay California, National Blog · Tags: bible, collapse, economic problems, federal government, god, leadership summit, ministry work, new testament, social justice, socialism, tax exempt status, willow creek
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