Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Antichrists

Chapter 21 of Drifting With Jesus

The Antichrists

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. -- 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.

When the bus stopped off in Colorado Springs, Jeremy suddenly said goodbye to Oscar again and alighted. Oscar was unsurprised, and replied that given the way their paths were running, they’d probably cross again before Jeremy reached the east coast. After a light lunch Jeremy was strolling around the small downtown when he came upon a theater. He looked up at the marquee and saw that the film Jesus Camp was playing. He then checked the show times, and saw that the projector rolled in ten minutes. He nonchalantly bought a ticket and went in.

The film told the story of how Pastor Becky used her ministry and bible camp to indoctrinate children into her interpretation of Christianity. She did it with a microphone and a mix of chanting, cheers and fear. She gathered the children together and stirred them into a babbling frenzy, then began speaking in tongues. “Oh so co ho, rashal de cahalebusida….Hallelujah!” Becky forced the passion into her voice while the children looked on fearfully. “Let’s do it. Oh, we love you Jesus. Let the Holy Spirit fall. Feel His power. This is you talking, and the Holy Spirit’s going to tell you what to say. Don’t stop! Don’t stop! This is the greatest day of your life, this is the day you got saved.” Many of the children were crying.

Becky then explained herself to the narrator. “A lot of it, just in the last few years, has to do with President Bush. He’s really brought some credibility to the Christian faith. He’s been very open, blatantly open, about his faith in God.”

The children were taught that global warming is not real. And that creation was right and evolution was stupid and that science doesn’t prove anything. They were told to hold flags while laying hands on a Bible. They were shown stuffed animals that represented sin, and told that the devil was after them. They ritually smashed ceramic cups with a hammer, then cried out to Jesus through their tears. They were dressed up as soldiers and trained to be prayer warriors.

In one scene where the children were gathered, another woman brought out a life size cardboard idol of George Bush, stood it before them, and said, “Okay, we’re gonna welcome Mr. President now… say, ‘welcome President Bush…do some warfare over him. Do some war-“ As the children chanted, ‘in Jesus’ name, in Jesus’ name’ she started babbling in tongues. “Odda boka she code tela ma haya. Here he is, he’s come to visit us. Yes, Lord. Thank you, Jesus. Tell him.” She led them. “Mr. President.”

The children repeated after her. “Mr. President.”

“One nation under God.”

“Mr. President, one nation under God,” they shouted, then the room exploded into cheers.

Toward the end of the film Ted Haggard was briefly featured. He was also referred to as Pastor Ted, and was then president of the National Evangelical Association, and peacock proud of his weekly phone calls to President Bush.

In the film, Haggard said: “We believe that the Bible is the word of God. We don’t have to have a general assembly about what we believe, it’s written in the Bible. So we don’t have to debate what we should think about homosexual activity, it’s written in the Bible.” He then exhorted his congregation to uphold a core moral code, and led them in prayer. “Father, in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus, we pray for President Bush as he’s preparing to elect a new supreme court nominee. Give us a pillar of strength that lasts forever.”

In Pastor Ted’s book, he describes his ideal Christian life. “I want my finances in order, my kids trained, my wife to love life, and good friends who are a delight…I don’t want surprises, scandals or secrets… I want the church to help me live life well, not exhaust me with endless ‘worthwhile’ projects.” Those are not exactly the selfless words one would expect to hear from a Christian.

A few months after Jesus Camp was released Pastor Ted was disgraced when regular methamphetine fueled dalliances with a gay prostitute were revealed.

After viewing the film Jeremy walked over to the library and did some research, then cobbled together a short piece of writing based on the results of his reading.

In the 2000 presidential campaign George Bush invoked the name of Christ during a debate, and said that discovering Jesus Christ “changes your heart.”

Okay, well enough, and very true. Now read and apply this scripture. Hebrews 10:26-27. For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

Much of the speculation about the Antichrist is based on the beast in Revelation, but while the words beast, dragon, false prophet, devil and Satan all appear in the narrative of Revelation, antichrist is not used. The word ‘antichrist’ appears only five times in the Bible, and all in the first two epistles of John, and defines itself in one scripture: Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 1 John 2:22

The word’s appearance four verses before is just as revealing. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 1 John 2:18
So as some pastors and prophecy fanatics warn us from pulpits and in pop culture that these are the last days and the antichrist is coming, so is the first part of the scripture fulfilled; and that being so, thus also is the second, that many antichrists are now among us.

He who says he is of Christ but does abominably is a liar, and denies God, and is antichrist. How a man is abomination to God is described in lucid detail in Proverbs 6:16, where it is written: These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Therein do we find our former president described uncannily. That smug, prideful look of George Bush is as unforgettable as the lies, the bloody hands and the dreams of a dark heart—everything you would imagine an antichrist to be. He stole an election, with help from his father, and deceived many, in that so many Christians voted for him—exactly as some ‘Christians’ say will happen when the Antichrist comes.

Along with his sidekick the false prophet Cheney--who fear mongered about the falling sky while warnings were ignored and attacks launched on their watch--they roared through eight years of history and left waves of social, cultural and economic destruction still repercussing into the future and a deep wake of devastation behind, bungling everything from hurricanes to terror attacks. And just as with those disasters, it will take the fulness of time to number the dead and measure the damage.

It could be argued that Bush was worse than a Caesar—insomuch as while the Caesars persecuted the Jews, Bush not only wrought evil upon his enemies, but his OWN countrymen. Bush a Christian? In eight years did he do even one good act? One? The military invasions and the resulting bloodshed? Doling out to the wealthy from the national treasury, at the expense of the poor, and to the devastation of the world economy? Ignoring the cries of the dying when Katrina swept through? Blessing his friends who were destroying God’s earth?

A truly Christian president would have performed MANY good deeds. Bush--I can't think of one. Yet the Christian right wing, that pack of hypocrites and liars who’ve hijacked the word of the Lord to their own selfish and perverted ends, propped up George Bush antichrist as one of their leaders.

President Reagan is another of their heroes. Like Bush, Reagan professed himself Christian. Many ‘Christians’ describe him as “a great…beloved…hero.” In truth, he was one of the more evil characters in United States history. He never met a war he didn’t want to arm. As to those covert, undeclared wars he funded in Nicaragua and El Salvador, the people of Central America are largely impoverished, and predominantly Christian in the civilian regions where Reagan’s contras were planting land mines and murdering. Roughly 135,000 people died in those conflicts, and it is fair to say that innocent Christian blood was spilled in the slaughter.

Jesus said, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

Can you spill Christian blood in the name of Christ? No.

Are Bush and Reagan antichrists? Two of the many prophesied by the scriptures.

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