WARFARE THEOLOGY AND THE COMING 4TH REICH 2 (April 2006)
A LONG OVERDUE UPDATE!
but its up to you, I think you'll get the point!
In the original article I offended a lot of folks by comparing the current American leadership to what the average American would like to remember as the most heinous and brutal dictatorship that the world has ever known; The German 3rd Reich, under Adolph Hitler. A lot of folks really didn’t like that. I understand why that is offensive to the average American, but at the time, similarities were raging ominous, and today they are screaming for acknowledgement!
One of the things I found out that making these comparisons did, and why some folks got so upset, (and this was not a planned effect), one of the things it did was a big surprise to me… Apparently, a lot of American Christians, while trying to justify the war in Iraq launched by the George Bush administration, was they often made the same comparison in their own minds! Yes, they made the same comparison! Sound unbelievable?
The problem was they did it from the standpoint that Germany was so bad under Hitler, that what the current administration is doing was not to be considered all that terrible. Well, they obviously didn’t like the fact that I was making comparisons that actually showed, and warned, that what was happening now is not any different, and would in fact turn out to be even worse. I am sure that pictures like this one really disturbed those who were trying so desperately to make what the current leadership was doing “ok” in their minds. They would rather carry the status quo of being comfortable in their thinking about their beloved country. It really is a very sad and distressing thing to watch.
The reason I think what is happening today will be the death of some people’s faith, is that they now see America taking on an unrealistic, self assigned, imperial view of the world, and along with that has come a tremendous display of hypocrisy in so many areas… naturally. That the world’s people are being trampled under foot by the new American “revolution in military affairs” and the “New World Order” is definitely going to kill the faith of some people in the religion that this country stands for.
Patriotism, and support for your country is ok to a point for a servant of Christ, but it can become a horrendous stumbling block when compromises in spiritual principles are made to maintain our support for a leader. Please see our article, Patriotism in Light of the Scriptures for more info.
We have pointed out that it is a scripturally obvious point of fact, that God will eventually “lay a stumbling block before him”. What does that mean? What do we think God means when he says “and I lay a stumbling block before him”? I think it means a truth that is woven throughout the Old and New Testament scriptures, and that is that God is not going to allow folks to turn a blind eye to truth and what is right. Jesus displayed this in all of his dealings with the Pharisees, and in all of his conversations with both his followers, and his detractors. The truth is the truth, and it can not be made any different, nor will it go away when we choose not to look at it. We can play all the games we want with the truth as the Pharisees did 2000 years ago, but the truth will not bend when we stand in the presence of Jesus Christ on that day. Honestly Brother, Sister... do you think God will tolerate this forever? Where, or at what point do you think a holy and righteous God will draw the line on "regal", "self preserving" Christians, who turn away while others are slaughtered to give them a better life, or to protect the great life that they have??
I want you to know if you are still reading this article, we are asking you for some honest self examination in the following paragraphs and without it, we will not be able to accomplish our mission. So if nothing else, we ask that you carefully consider the words I am about to say, and process them in a prayerful manner and with a “judgment day” honesty! Here are the questions we hope we can get folks to ask by reading this article…
We the people, (especially Christians), need to be
above all, knowing that our actions display for the world the foundations of our
beliefs. Does that mean to hide or misrepresent our real beliefs, and act in
some way that we think displays true Christianity? NO. It means to shape them
and bring our beliefs into submission to the word of God! Given the events that
have transpired over the last 24 months in the world, and on the “geopolitical”
landscape, on what level would I be trying to bring the “rendering unto Caesar”
scriptures to bear?
If we know full well that all of these very important influences and sources of support in our lives should not influence us to disobey the word of God to please them… (They can’t right?)… Then how in God’s name could an influence like a kingdom of this world, a worldly country, (which there is NO denying America is), or even a world leader or even a spiritual Leader cause us to disobey the word of God to please it or them? We can not, should not, and we beseech you NOT TO ALLOW THEM TO!! Please brother’s and sisters, fight this!
The Christian/Muslim relationship that exists in the world today, that the George Bush administration would have you believe is one where Muslims want to kill you just because you are free is an absolute lie. Muslims hate America on a worldly level because of the raping their lands and their politics have suffered at the hands of the corporate beast that now permeates and runs this government. They hate Americans and any other Christians in the world on a spiritual level because as Jesus said the world would hate those who name his name. But make no mistake about it, there are two levels, and two planes of hate going on there. Make no mistake about it, the second level doesn't come just from Muslims in the world either.
The spiritual side of things is the textbook
example, (the BIBLE textbook), that Jesus warned every single follower of his
would face in the world when he said things like "Love
your enemies" "pray for those that hate you"
and "do go to those who spitefully use you and mistreat
you" "you will be hated by the world for
my name's sake" Today in America, like in Germany of the 1930s the
average Christian forsakes the most basic principles of his faith, as he is
caught up in the fascism that his people are better than all others. That
other peoples deaths don't mean as much as their deaths. That other
peoples lives are worth sacrificing in order to preserve their happiness and
good fortune. And most astoundingly of all, yes, like Germany in the
1930s, he actually believes that the Lord Jesus AGREES with him! How did
Jesus Christ tell us to react to the hatred that the world would have for us Brothers and Sisters?
It is going on unabated and unchallenged because as I said, Americans are walking in the footsteps of repeated history because they simply refuse to take an honest look at world events! They refuse to take an honest look, (and we are talking about Christians as well here), at what is happening right before their eyes as they continue to throw labels and categorizations on every warning they hear, as they render unto Caesar that which is God’s! It seems “America the once beautiful” morphs into the very thing that it so desperately proclaims it is not. In the first article I made comparisons about how the American situation was going through some of the same things leading up to the tragedy that became the 3rd Reich...
THE COMPARISONS DO NOT GROW SCARCE WITH TIME!
I made a very important comparison about how once the government had secured the will of the people on a spiritual level, and once a spiritual foundation was placed under Hitler's military designs, that Germany had reached the point of no return. I pointed out Adolph Hitler's confession of that reality and that it was part of his thinking all along, manifesting that it was part of the plan just as I suggest with George W. Bush. Here are the words that Hitler used to manifest that reality from Mien Kampf...
It is at this point in the conversation that one starts to lose the American Christian supporter of the George W Bush white house, because they just can not comprehend the reality that their country, their leader is walking a path this dark and rancid. And we only know its dark and rancid because of the German history we can look back on. The German population did not see this coming either folks. I think it was Bill here at 11th hour who said, its kind of hard to see something going down, when its happening all around you and in your own time! You might say to yourself, how can you say this is happening?? Well, I will show you that George Bush has secured the same spiritual base for his actions by showing you what is probably the greatest betrayal of the Christian faith that has occurred in this century. That betrayal comes in the name of YOU and I from the following men, of the following organizations...
Presumptuously speaking on behalf of the entire Christian church, and as they have on so many occasions, casting themselves as the voices and leaders of American Christianity, these men "gave our blessing" to the actions of the George Bush white house in language that would make even the most hard core lobbyist blush! They sent a letter written on what I would assume was Southern Baptist convention stationary, since the other men were "co signers" of the letter to George Bush which was written by Richard Land. I give a link to the entire letter here, but I warn you, whip out your barf bag before you read it, because it is some of the most "egregious" (for lack of a better word) kissing up I have ever read in my life, and after I read it I felt sick. No really, I mean I FELT SICK.
I'm sorry but I have to say a few things about this letter, which presumptuously purports to speak for Christians all over America, but in reality probably does nothing more than fulfill the part of prophecy which states "And they will give power unto the beast"... because the letter as I said, makes me feel sick to my stomach. I am going to have to exercise some restraint in terms of commenting on this now, because I am writing a separate article, in which I will give this letter the treatment it deserves which I will post after this one. I don't want to spend too much time in this article discussing the absolute shameless kissing up and the absolute flattery and aggrandizing language in the letter with it's...
As sick as these statements make me feel, and as much time as I could spend on why they are so wrong, I will deal with that in the other article. I will rather concentrate in this article on the parts of the Letter that now ring ominously ahead as some of the biggest mistakes in the history of Christian "leadership". That the statements in this letter are so short sighted and irresponsible for leadership in Christianity to make is the understatement of all time! For Christian leaders, (so called), to make the statements made in this letter, having been fully aware of the types of men who work in politics throughout history, and especially in the past 50 years of American history, was an extraordinarily dangerous move to make.
Having been completely out of the political and intelligence cultures, and having so little knowledge of the things going on behind the scenes in the build up to wars, that Christian leaders felt so comfortable with this guy as to give "card blanche" blessings on his political designs knowing absolutely nothing but the "official story" concerning these matters, has put the credibility of said "leaders" in the proverbial trash can to such a point, that I fear for the future of this nation. It also serves as the most incredible and ominous comparison to Adolph Hitler's 3rd Reich that can ever be made and could ever be pointed out or written about. You know something Christian? You were right as you proclaimed for the last 25 years that the reason America survives and is safe was because of its Christian's faith in God, and in the Lord Jesus. Yes you were right, but get ready now folks, because that faith is no longer in the principles of the faith that Jesus taught us, it is in the words and in the lies that the political leadership tells them, as they believe every word they say as gospel, and again, as they render unto Caesar the things that are God's! Yes, get ready, because now departs the safety and peace that Americans have loved for so many decades, because it is gone forever as the American Christian church "gives its power to"... to what?
From the Richard Land Letter to George Bush...
I can't even begin to tell my fellow Christian what a huge and unbelievable mistake it was for "Christian leaders" to make a statement like this one. There are so many things wrong with this statement, that I know I don't have to debate, EVEN WITH A LOT OF FOLKS who have been disagreeing with us for the past 3 years! For one thing, that they tie Hussein into the "international campaign of terror against America" is ridiculous. Hussein was too busy trying to get Kuwait back, he didn't have any concerns about wiping out America and the international community is well aware of this fact. Also, that Hussein was in a "headlong pursuit of bio and nuclear weapons" was, and IS proven as a complete lie! All this statement proves is that all they know about these matters, is what good ole George told them. Also, that Hussein had ANYTHING to do with the kind of Muslims that committed 9-11 is also a proven untruth as well. So for "Christian leaders" to be falling all over themselves with admiration in the name of the church for this guy in a letter calling his leadership "visionary" is as I said, the most striking resemblance to the 3rd Reich EVER committed.
Secondly, "the time-honored criteria of just war theory" does not find itself welcome as a doctrine in a HUGE portion of the Christian Church, and I might add the Baptist Church. Where these guys come off stating these things on behalf of the Church shows the true nature of their estate: "wolves in sheep's clothing", and I as an American Baptist find their words extremely offensive. Finally, referencing statements made by CATHOLIC fathers during a time (4th Century), when these protestant men's Churches teach that the Catholic church was poisoning the Church with its doctrines (4th and 5th centuries) is just amazing! But not quite as amazing as calling those same Catholic fathers "theologians". The exodus back "into the fold" under the pope of Rome that this attitude displays is very very telling. Another item from the letter to Bush...
It is a real possibility that Americans will soon face the world with the same shame the German people did just a few decades ago. Why oh why can we not avoid this terrible tragedy?? If Christian leaders believe this crap they spewed fourth in this letter 4 years ago, and if they would argue to defend this garbage now, which based on Chuck Colson's consistent flow of neo-babble we hear on the radio every time one of his editorials is played, I'm sure they would, I promise you we are in some really deep trouble! The only "intent" of the Iraq war, was that Hussein moved the Iraqi Oil reserves on to petroeuros instead of petrodollars, and that is "just the cause" for his removal from power in Iraq. He was a tolerated and beneficial leader in the middle east for the American government since 1979, and that is why he was allowed to stay. Once he discarded that usefulness when we refused to let him take Kuwait he was removed.. PERIOD. The country of Iraq IS destroyed, conquered, and exploited, especially in the area of its natural resources! If these men do not see that hard to face reality in Iraq today, then they truly are the "blind leaders of the blind" that Jesus so often rebuked. However, I will agree with a couple statements made by these men in the letter though, believe it or not...
The point that I was making, and am making, is that this administration has secured the same "spiritual base" upon which to launch its conquest, upon which the 3rd Reich launched theirs. And just as Adolph Hitler in the WW2 era did, they are now carrying out those designs on state funds. The united states military has become the "hired gun" of corporate America and the new dept. of Homeland security, including the NSA, the CIA, and the rest of the intelligence apparatus, headed up by the new Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte becomes the Gestapo that will now begin to systematically strip you of every one of your civil liberties. You think domestic spying is going to be short lived in this country? These guys are about to make the Gestapo look like a bunch of choir boys, you wait and see.
By the time people in this country realize it, they will be living in a country that has become the LEAST free nation on earth, and all people can do with the warnings of people like myself and our friends on the Network is to call us conspiracy theorists, anti-American protestors, and doomsday prophets, while they trade in their rights one by one for a false sense of security. Refusing to open their eyes and speak up about the horrendous fiasco now being perpetrated on the world, they prepare themselves to walk in the footsteps of repeated history as America, in a fit of national revenge stomps the Islamic world into the desert dust and enjoys the ever so convenient resulting control of some of the largest reserves of Oil in the world!
Well you know what? I DO LOVE AMERICA! But unlike men like Richard Land, and Chuck Colson and D James Kennedy, I love this country enough to TELL IT THE TRUTH. I don't relish my wealth to the point that I am falling all over myself sucking up to current leadership, securing myself a piece of the 4 billion dollar "faith based" pie. Shamelessly expressing my adoration for men that clearly know just about nothing about my faith. I refuse to let men like George W Bush hide behind the Soldiers that are giving their lives to secure their Oil interests by keeping my mouth shut "in honor" of the young men that have died. That doesn't honor them at all!
That is the most cowardly and heinous thing that men like this are doing at this time! Whenever the conversation gets hot, and they are running out of places to hide they always do the same thing... "saying these things does not send a very good message to the troops." or "We need to support the troops" That is absolute garbage! They make it sound like the troops decided to go over to Iraq and set themselves up as bait so every terrorist in the world could go there and kill them instead of coming here after cowards like George Bush! Umm no, actually this administration sent them over there to die, so what you are actually saying is you need to IGNORE the troops?
For these men to tell me, and others like me that we are "anti-troop" is the most foolish and ridiculous thing they could possibly say, and is clearly the same old Chicken crap that all politicians like them throw when they are called to task by the citizens and the media about their "divine missions"! I would say that those who put our troops in "harms way" for their lies and deceptions, while their wallets get fatter and fatter are much more anti-troop than men like myself who want our troops HOME guarding OUR borders and shores like they are supposed to! Sorry about the rant there in the last couple of paragraphs but I will tell you, I am growing increasingly tired of the verbal excuse programs and tap dances that the leadership in this country are using to dance around straight talk about the current "revolution in military affairs" bringing the world into FAR MORE uncertainty and terror than it was in before America started to meddle in the affairs of Muslim states causing them to begin their war on the west. Even more sickening is Christian support of those excuses. I can not in good conscience sit around and pretend that I do not see exactly what is going on. I can not sit around and ignore the incredibly ominous similarities that ring true in this article, and I can NOT sit by and deny the spiritual realities at stake or even the similarity of all of this to the scenario drawn out in the Bible about how things will be at the time of the Lord's return.
So go ahead and do all the things that folks have been doing for three years now...
But For three years now, we have tried desperately to reason with Christians in America about the realities facing them every day, and of the realities of blindly supporting leadership without having the courage and integrity to stand up for what is right, promote truth to the brethren, and to keep ourselves unspotted from the world on these matters, and I don't regret ONE MINUTE of that time spent!
Today, as in Germany in the 1930s, Americans do not want to face the reality of what their government is becoming. They are about to walk in the footsteps of repeated history because of their unwillingness to admit the truth, and I LOVE AMERICA enough to speak up! It is being called “unpatriotic”, “lack of love for country”, “rejecting civil duty”, “rejecting Christian duty” and even manipulative things such as “not supporting the troops”. Regardless of what that costs, we are not going to sidestep our REAL duty, which is to speak the truth to the ones we love, and to all of our friends and neighbors everywhere. We hope that you will join us in our efforts to sound the alarms, and to point out the words of scripture, and the principles of our faith, which speak harshly against just about everything that the American government is doing in the middle east today! GOD BLESS AMERICA! Yes, please bless it with ears to hear what the spirit is saying to the churches!
A FINAL WORD ON OUR COUNTRY
When a friend of ours read this article, having been so repulsed over the last decade about what "patriotism" has come to mean in the Christian Church, she said, "Are you sure you want to make "politically charged statements" like "I love America", and "God Bless America" especially in light of your site's article on Patriotism? It actually made her cringe to see those words in an article on our site. My response to that is that if anyone thinks that this site intends to say that we are called to hate America, they have missed the entire point of our message. First, "America" is the people in this land first and foremost, it is the government that supposedly stands for them secondly. Believe it or not, that is what I mean when I say I love America. I love the people that live here, I love the Christian Church I grew up in, and I care enough to sacrifice any "popularity" I may have had there to tell the hard truth to my friends and fellow Americans. Obviously I am a citizen of the Kingdom of God first and foremost, and America to me is just a passing, worldly empire, and significantly a very dangerous player on the world stage right now, but when I say "I love America", I am talking about the people. When I say "God Bless America" I mean the people. It is the hope of this web page that people reading these articles are actually seeing certain things and they are walking away from these hideous deceptions. They are not rhetorical statements made to a country that we already have decided is lost and condemned. We do this in hopes of convincing some of the terrible mistake of offering their spiritual allegiance to a worldly Kingdom like this, and we deeply care about our target audience... American Christians.
But importantly, do not mistake these statements to mean that we agree with the kind of credence that these Christian "leaders" give to the nation of America, or the leadership here. The notion that these men so obviously have; that America, (probably the most worldly kingdom in the history of man BAR NONE), has some special place in the world over all other worldly countries that have ever risen among men is exactly the kind of mistake that the scripture warns Christians about again and again, and it is the exact mistake that brings about the conditions that we feel make it important to write an article about how America is expressing so many similarities with Nazi Germany. Yes I love America, (which again is the people), but I pledge my "allegiance" only to the word of God, and the cross of Jesus Christ, and we hope that other Christians are beginning to see this reality going forward. Let me ask one rhetorical question, (a question that doesn't need an answer, because the question itself is the answer)...
Stay tuned for my Article on the Richard Land letter to George Bush back in 2002 concerning the invasion of Iraq! It will be a real eye opener, and like the Project For A New American Century article, will show the hard realities that are displayed when examining the words and beliefs of today's Christian leadership! Out of the heart the mouth speaks! The article will be called Rendering Unto Caesar! and this link will work when the article is posted.
In Christ, F. E. Reilly
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