Not that unusual?
The medical industry seems to be more about money than human life and Kenneth Hagin's or Kathyrn Kuhlman's link to it is controversial.  But they promote it as if it is theirs.  Must be some good money in mixing money, gospel and medicine.

Saving the environment is a ploy that is all self centered around the people with money.  Again, money is more important than human life.  We're supposed to save the elites from whatever predicament they have got us or themselves into all with an arrogant and haughty attitude.  

The government operating inappropriately as officers of profit using whatever opportunity they can gain by usurping what they can in the political circles instead of operating as officers of a trust.  Then after every crime they have committed against us, they put the money in their bank and as an illusion to making things safer, they want to take more of our rights away in order to protect their asses.  Again, we're saving the asses of the elites.  We need to take the government by the reins and take their train of abuses from freeloading rights/taking liberties that are not theirs to take and restrict the government in the way the Constitution intended.  The government needs their freedom to abuse taken away from them.  This idea of being their indentured debt slaves is all backwards.  We should be giving the government a tracking vaccine to watch and monitor their every move.  Regardless of how you perceived a possible connection between the vaccine and the MOB, it's all wrong headed.
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Civil Religion -- the Chief Rival to Biblical Christianity

One of the most subtle and dangerous temptations Christians face during their pilgrim journey is the allure of civil religion.  James Davison Hunter defines civil religion as a “diffuse amalgamation of religious values that is synthesized with the civic creeds of the nation; in which the life and mission of the church is conflated with the life and mission of the country.  American values are in substance, biblical, prophetic values; American identity is, thus, a vaguely Christian identity.” (1)  Civil religion often functions as an alternative public religious framework for many professing Christians, especially those who accept the “Christian America” myth, or who find exclusive Christian truth claims too controversial to play any significant role in the public square.

In modern America, civil religion is the chief rival to biblical Christianity.  If those Christians who are committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ over the kingdom of Christ and the civil kingdom, and who willingly placing themselves under the authority of God’s word are considered too extreme to be fully welcomed in America’s public square, those who champion a generic “civil religion” are almost always welcome.

Civil religion is an especially tempting option for Christians who have been told that religion is a private matter which has no place in the public square.  The basic tenants of civil religion are vague enough that it is hard to deny them.  They are also deeply held by too many Americans to eliminate them altogether from American life.  Rather than check their faith in Jesus at the door to the public square, Christians can embrace civil religion in the public arena and few will complain, since virtually all citizens embrace the key tenants:  a belief in a Creator; the basic goodness of humanity; equality for all; a profound sense of national purpose; and the celebration of national holidays with an almost religious reverence, (i.e, Independence Day, Memorial Day, and the National Day of Thanksgiving).  Yet, to confuse Christ’s kingdom with civil religion opens the door–however unintentionally–to exchange the truth of Christianity for what amounts to a false religion, one in which faith in the national interest eclipses the primary allegiance a Christian owes to Jesus Christ and his word.

The attraction to civil religion also arises from the fact that Christians often strive to be good citizens and apply their deeply-held Christian convictions to their actions in the civil kingdom.  Even when motivated by the best of intentions, Christians can easily find themselves attributing normative moral authority to the state, especially when the state’s current values and purposes appear to coincide with the revealed will of God (the moral law).  When national values resonate with the tenants of someone’s Christian faith, it is easy to take the next step and assume what the nation does (whether that be in matters of foreign or domestic policy) accomplishes the will of God.  The nation is believed to be God’s righteous agent and avenger, exercising God’s will, with his full authority and blessing.

When current events are read through the lens of civil religion, the nation’s struggles can be vividly portrayed in biblical images of sacrifice and redemption, and framed as part of the larger cosmic struggle between good and evil.  Our enemies are declared to be “evil” because they oppose the good–our nation and its current cause.  Our national warriors are righteous redeemers, doing the Lord’s work, giving the full measure of their devotion to “save” others.  As Abraham Lincoln put it in his famed Gettysburg Address, those buried in the national cemetery gave their lives so that the nation might live.  Without question, our soldiers and statesmen have often been heroic and sacrificed much to secure our current freedom and way of life.  But their shed blood saved a secular nation from temporal peril, not their sinful souls from eternal punishment.

Under the umbrella of civil religion, a nation’s actions are understood independently of the biblical lens of mysterious working of God’s providence, wherein God’s purposes are often unknown to us until they unfold in history.  Historical hindsight may reveal that God’s purpose for our nation includes humiliating military defeat or enduring great internal hardships.  Whenever national purpose is interpreted through the lens of civil religion, the outcome depends upon the faithfulness of the people to do God’s will, which is to obey or embrace any cause the state undertakes.  According to Robert Bellah, while “tension between the church and state lies deep in Christian history . . . through most of Western history some form of Christianity has been the established religion and has provided `religious legitimation’ to the state.” (2)  Civil religion gives divine sanction to whatever the nation seeks to do, and gives the appearance that the state’s leaders are doing the will of God–so long as we happen to agree with them.

God’s mysterious purposes and his absolute sovereignty are such that even a terrible and horrific event such as the Holocaust accomplishes God’s greater purposes–however mysterious these events may be and difficult for us to understand.  Christians make such a bold assertion because God incarnate was put to death and knew great suffering, before rising again from the dead, thereby winning salvation for all those who trust in him.  Christians know that the agony and suffering of Christ’s cross precedes the glories of the empty tomb.  Since civil religion throughly confuses God’s two kingdoms (that of Christ and the civil kingdom), civil religionists cannot tolerate the thought that our nation’s actions may be sinful at times, or that a “Christian” nation can commit terrible wrongs or injustice.  The Reformed doctrine of God’s providence (3)–whatever happens in human history, whether good or evil, serves God’s greater purposes–undermines the civil religion’s creed that our nation serves only “good” or “righteous” ends.  Furthermore, that Christ is Lord over both kingdoms should remind all civil authorities that on the day of judgment, they must give an account to God for all they have done.  There is no such final judgment in civil religion, which is why, no doubt, so many find it attractive.

American Christians are especially vulnerable to such forms of civil religion, given the way in which “Americans have been habitually drawn to language that is redemptive, apocalyptic, and expansive.”  Many of our contemporaries have indeed fallen into a “Manichean habit of dividing the world into light and dark, Evil and Good, past and future, Satan and Christ.” (4)  When American Christians embrace this way of evaluating our nation’s actions, sadly, they cut themselves loose from sound biblical and theological categories (i.e., God’s providential purposes), and now cannot see God’s hand in disaster, nor find his blessings even in time of calamity.

This temptation to equate the national cause with the will of God becomes especially acute during times of war or national peril.  Instances of appeals to various sorts civil religion are legion throughout the course of Western Civilization.  But one historical period in which a pernicious form of civil religion was readily embraced by a number of “Christian nations”–ironically, while waging war upon each other–was the Great War of 1914-1918.  Those Protestant nations which fought in World War One, were at one time seed-beds of the Protestant Reformation, but now found themselves under the extreme duress of a bloody war which escalated rapidly beyond anyone’s wildest expectation.  These nations and their leaders, “especially looked to biblical doctrines of national chosenness, to promises that victory and prosperity awaited those peoples who faithfully followed their divine covenants.” (5)

Although combatants from all the nations of the Entente Powers (Great Britain, France, and Russia) invoked holy war to one degree or another, used overtly religious imagery to explain and justify their cause, and boldly claimed God’s favor in their war efforts against the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Muslim Ottoman Empire), German Protestants were especially bold in their confusion of Christian faith with civil religion.  Renowned German Protestant theologians, such as Reinold Seeberg, developed a theological justification for German imperialism.  Ernst Troeltsch argued that the German army was the earthly means used by God to usher in the kingdom of Christ.  Adolph Von Harnack aided the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, in drafting pre-war and mid-war speeches designed to rally the German people to take up arms against the tottering remnants of Christendom. (6)  Historian Philip Jenkins quotes a noted German theologian affirming that “for Germans, Jesus was . . .`the born hero and standard-bearer of our time.’” (7)



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Civil Religion -- the Chief Rival to Biblical Christianity

One of the most subtle and dangerous temptations Christians face during their pilgrim journey is the allure of civil religion.  James Davison Hunter defines civil religion as a “diffuse amalgamation of religious values that is synthesized with the civic creeds of the nation; in which the life and mission of the church is conflated with the life and mission of the country.  American values are in substance, biblical, prophetic values; American identity is, thus, a vaguely Christian identity.” (1)  Civil religion often functions as an alternative public religious framework for many professing Christians, especially those who accept the “Christian America” myth, or who find exclusive Christian truth claims too controversial to play any significant role in the public square.

In modern America, civil religion is the chief rival to biblical Christianity.  If those Christians who are committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ over the kingdom of Christ and the civil kingdom, and who willingly placing themselves under the authority of God’s word are considered too extreme to be fully welcomed in America’s public square, those who champion a generic “civil religion” are almost always welcome.

Civil religion is an especially tempting option for Christians who have been told that religion is a private matter which has no place in the public square.  The basic tenants of civil religion are vague enough that it is hard to deny them.  They are also deeply held by too many Americans to eliminate them altogether from American life.  Rather than check their faith in Jesus at the door to the public square, Christians can embrace civil religion in the public arena and few will complain, since virtually all citizens embrace the key tenants:  a belief in a Creator; the basic goodness of humanity; equality for all; a profound sense of national purpose; and the celebration of national holidays with an almost religious reverence, (i.e, Independence Day, Memorial Day, and the National Day of Thanksgiving).  Yet, to confuse Christ’s kingdom with civil religion opens the door–however unintentionally–to exchange the truth of Christianity for what amounts to a false religion, one in which faith in the national interest eclipses the primary allegiance a Christian owes to Jesus Christ and his word.

The attraction to civil religion also arises from the fact that Christians often strive to be good citizens and apply their deeply-held Christian convictions to their actions in the civil kingdom.  Even when motivated by the best of intentions, Christians can easily find themselves attributing normative moral authority to the state, especially when the state’s current values and purposes appear to coincide with the revealed will of God (the moral law).  When national values resonate with the tenants of someone’s Christian faith, it is easy to take the next step and assume what the nation does (whether that be in matters of foreign or domestic policy) accomplishes the will of God.  The nation is believed to be God’s righteous agent and avenger, exercising God’s will, with his full authority and blessing.

When current events are read through the lens of civil religion, the nation’s struggles can be vividly portrayed in biblical images of sacrifice and redemption, and framed as part of the larger cosmic struggle between good and evil.  Our enemies are declared to be “evil” because they oppose the good–our nation and its current cause.  Our national warriors are righteous redeemers, doing the Lord’s work, giving the full measure of their devotion to “save” others.  As Abraham Lincoln put it in his famed Gettysburg Address, those buried in the national cemetery gave their lives so that the nation might live.  Without question, our soldiers and statesmen have often been heroic and sacrificed much to secure our current freedom and way of life.  But their shed blood saved a secular nation from temporal peril, not their sinful souls from eternal punishment.

Under the umbrella of civil religion, a nation’s actions are understood independently of the biblical lens of mysterious working of God’s providence, wherein God’s purposes are often unknown to us until they unfold in history.  Historical hindsight may reveal that God’s purpose for our nation includes humiliating military defeat or enduring great internal hardships.  Whenever national purpose is interpreted through the lens of civil religion, the outcome depends upon the faithfulness of the people to do God’s will, which is to obey or embrace any cause the state undertakes.  According to Robert Bellah, while “tension between the church and state lies deep in Christian history . . . through most of Western history some form of Christianity has been the established religion and has provided `religious legitimation’ to the state.” (2)  Civil religion gives divine sanction to whatever the nation seeks to do, and gives the appearance that the state’s leaders are doing the will of God–so long as we happen to agree with them.

God’s mysterious purposes and his absolute sovereignty are such that even a terrible and horrific event such as the Holocaust accomplishes God’s greater purposes–however mysterious these events may be and difficult for us to understand.  Christians make such a bold assertion because God incarnate was put to death and knew great suffering, before rising again from the dead, thereby winning salvation for all those who trust in him.  Christians know that the agony and suffering of Christ’s cross precedes the glories of the empty tomb.  Since civil religion throughly confuses God’s two kingdoms (that of Christ and the civil kingdom), civil religionists cannot tolerate the thought that our nation’s actions may be sinful at times, or that a “Christian” nation can commit terrible wrongs or injustice.  The Reformed doctrine of God’s providence (3)–whatever happens in human history, whether good or evil, serves God’s greater purposes–undermines the civil religion’s creed that our nation serves only “good” or “righteous” ends.  Furthermore, that Christ is Lord over both kingdoms should remind all civil authorities that on the day of judgment, they must give an account to God for all they have done.  There is no such final judgment in civil religion, which is why, no doubt, so many find it attractive.

American Christians are especially vulnerable to such forms of civil religion, given the way in which “Americans have been habitually drawn to language that is redemptive, apocalyptic, and expansive.”  Many of our contemporaries have indeed fallen into a “Manichean habit of dividing the world into light and dark, Evil and Good, past and future, Satan and Christ.” (4)  When American Christians embrace this way of evaluating our nation’s actions, sadly, they cut themselves loose from sound biblical and theological categories (i.e., God’s providential purposes), and now cannot see God’s hand in disaster, nor find his blessings even in time of calamity.

This temptation to equate the national cause with the will of God becomes especially acute during times of war or national peril.  Instances of appeals to various sorts civil religion are legion throughout the course of Western Civilization.  But one historical period in which a pernicious form of civil religion was readily embraced by a number of “Christian nations”–ironically, while waging war upon each other–was the Great War of 1914-1918.  Those Protestant nations which fought in World War One, were at one time seed-beds of the Protestant Reformation, but now found themselves under the extreme duress of a bloody war which escalated rapidly beyond anyone’s wildest expectation.  These nations and their leaders, “especially looked to biblical doctrines of national chosenness, to promises that victory and prosperity awaited those peoples who faithfully followed their divine covenants.” (5)

Although combatants from all the nations of the Entente Powers (Great Britain, France, and Russia) invoked holy war to one degree or another, used overtly religious imagery to explain and justify their cause, and boldly claimed God’s favor in their war efforts against the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Muslim Ottoman Empire), German Protestants were especially bold in their confusion of Christian faith with civil religion.  Renowned German Protestant theologians, such as Reinold Seeberg, developed a theological justification for German imperialism.  Ernst Troeltsch argued that the German army was the earthly means used by God to usher in the kingdom of Christ.  Adolph Von Harnack aided the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, in drafting pre-war and mid-war speeches designed to rally the German people to take up arms against the tottering remnants of Christendom. (6)  Historian Philip Jenkins quotes a noted German theologian affirming that “for Germans, Jesus was . . .`the born hero and standard-bearer of our time.’” (7)



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War movies:
One side:  I thought God was on our side.
The other side:  I thought God was on our side.
War is man's greatest stupidity.
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SPECIAL PEOPLE VERIFYING REVELATION WITH UNVERIFIABLE EXPERIENCES
June 16, 2022  Lovesickscribe

Trips to heaven. Personal home visits from God. Angelic visitations. Intimate conversations with Jesus. If you have ever heard a well-known man or woman regaling of past times where Jesus walked into their living room or where they were taken on trips to heaven with secret divine revelation personally given to him/her, you may have been left wondering, “Why doesn’t Jesus come to my house and meet with me? Why don’t I hear God’s voice for myself like these people? Why am I not special?” The appeal to have a supernatural and personal encounter is ever growing, and the case could be made that with this growth is the danger for deception and strong delusion where people are led astray away from the truth of the Word of God and from God Himself.

Reactions to those who profess such experiences are mixed. There are those who defend this type of conduct. People are placed on pedestals to where mere questioning is unwelcomed and viewed as hostile to the move of God and even void of the Holy Spirit in the individual posing questions. Some may dismiss the accounts, proclaiming there are better things to discuss and to expose. There will be those who test these experiences and extrabiblical revelation in accordance with Scripture, contend for the faith, and care for souls, realizing that people being led astray is quite serious.

For those who would envy these encounters and grand exploits, here is a comforting truth to digest: personal supernatural experiences are not what marks you as a believer in Christ. What I mean by that is there is no necessity to prove your intimacy with God and your spiritual walk with the Lord by having Jesus visit you in the bathroom or in your car. Trips to heaven and personal talks with Jesus do not prove you belong to Christ. You are known to be His by what He did on the cross and by your faith in Him alone to save you and to give you eternal life. How sad it is that the supernatural transformation at the moment of salvation is not sufficient enough to capture our awe and reverence of God.

It is also sad when stories of these extraordinary encounters are accepted as truth while an individual claiming to have spoken directly to Jesus ascribes instruction from Him blatantly contradicting Scripture. A recent interview comes to mind where Bobby Connor told Todd White how God told him to use profanity at a seminary where he spoke years ago as a guest. Bobby spelled the word he was to say and then went on to demonstrate how he argued with God about saying it. What followed next was the verification for this revelation; he claimed to have fallen into a trance where he saw every person at that meeting, including a woman in a white suit on the front row. He put out a fleece for God, stating that if that woman was in the meeting, he would do what God had instructed. Long story short, the woman was said to have been at the meeting and Bobby stated what God told him to say, repeating it a second time for those in attendance to hear.



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Deep rooted Marxism in American education.

Because the Communists are always right!

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Gideons Now Smuggling Thomas Sowell Books Into Public Schools
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The Gideons are now smuggling Thomas Sowell books into public schools.

Seems like a last ditch effort to save the youth from secular humanism government.
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Civil Religion -- the Chief Rival to Biblical Christianity

One of the most subtle and dangerous temptations Christians face during their pilgrim journey is the allure of civil religion.  James Davison Hunter defines civil religion as a “diffuse amalgamation of religious values that is synthesized with the civic creeds of the nation; in which the life and mission of the church is conflated with the life and mission of the country.  American values are in substance, biblical, prophetic values; American identity is, thus, a vaguely Christian identity.” (1)  Civil religion often functions as an alternative public religious framework for many professing Christians, especially those who accept the “Christian America” myth, or who find exclusive Christian truth claims too controversial to play any significant role in the public square.

In modern America, civil religion is the chief rival to biblical Christianity.  If those Christians who are committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ over the kingdom of Christ and the civil kingdom, and who willingly placing themselves under the authority of God’s word are considered too extreme to be fully welcomed in America’s public square, those who champion a generic “civil religion” are almost always welcome.

Civil religion is an especially tempting option for Christians who have been told that religion is a private matter which has no place in the public square.  The basic tenants of civil religion are vague enough that it is hard to deny them.  They are also deeply held by too many Americans to eliminate them altogether from American life.  Rather than check their faith in Jesus at the door to the public square, Christians can embrace civil religion in the public arena and few will complain, since virtually all citizens embrace the key tenants:  a belief in a Creator; the basic goodness of humanity; equality for all; a profound sense of national purpose; and the celebration of national holidays with an almost religious reverence, (i.e, Independence Day, Memorial Day, and the National Day of Thanksgiving).  Yet, to confuse Christ’s kingdom with civil religion opens the door–however unintentionally–to exchange the truth of Christianity for what amounts to a false religion, one in which faith in the national interest eclipses the primary allegiance a Christian owes to Jesus Christ and his word.

The attraction to civil religion also arises from the fact that Christians often strive to be good citizens and apply their deeply-held Christian convictions to their actions in the civil kingdom.  Even when motivated by the best of intentions, Christians can easily find themselves attributing normative moral authority to the state, especially when the state’s current values and purposes appear to coincide with the revealed will of God (the moral law).  When national values resonate with the tenants of someone’s Christian faith, it is easy to take the next step and assume what the nation does (whether that be in matters of foreign or domestic policy) accomplishes the will of God.  The nation is believed to be God’s righteous agent and avenger, exercising God’s will, with his full authority and blessing.

When current events are read through the lens of civil religion, the nation’s struggles can be vividly portrayed in biblical images of sacrifice and redemption, and framed as part of the larger cosmic struggle between good and evil.  Our enemies are declared to be “evil” because they oppose the good–our nation and its current cause.  Our national warriors are righteous redeemers, doing the Lord’s work, giving the full measure of their devotion to “save” others.  As Abraham Lincoln put it in his famed Gettysburg Address, those buried in the national cemetery gave their lives so that the nation might live.  Without question, our soldiers and statesmen have often been heroic and sacrificed much to secure our current freedom and way of life.  But their shed blood saved a secular nation from temporal peril, not their sinful souls from eternal punishment.

Under the umbrella of civil religion, a nation’s actions are understood independently of the biblical lens of mysterious working of God’s providence, wherein God’s purposes are often unknown to us until they unfold in history.  Historical hindsight may reveal that God’s purpose for our nation includes humiliating military defeat or enduring great internal hardships.  Whenever national purpose is interpreted through the lens of civil religion, the outcome depends upon the faithfulness of the people to do God’s will, which is to obey or embrace any cause the state undertakes.  According to Robert Bellah, while “tension between the church and state lies deep in Christian history . . . through most of Western history some form of Christianity has been the established religion and has provided `religious legitimation’ to the state.” (2)  Civil religion gives divine sanction to whatever the nation seeks to do, and gives the appearance that the state’s leaders are doing the will of God–so long as we happen to agree with them.

God’s mysterious purposes and his absolute sovereignty are such that even a terrible and horrific event such as the Holocaust accomplishes God’s greater purposes–however mysterious these events may be and difficult for us to understand.  Christians make such a bold assertion because God incarnate was put to death and knew great suffering, before rising again from the dead, thereby winning salvation for all those who trust in him.  Christians know that the agony and suffering of Christ’s cross precedes the glories of the empty tomb.  Since civil religion throughly confuses God’s two kingdoms (that of Christ and the civil kingdom), civil religionists cannot tolerate the thought that our nation’s actions may be sinful at times, or that a “Christian” nation can commit terrible wrongs or injustice.  The Reformed doctrine of God’s providence (3)–whatever happens in human history, whether good or evil, serves God’s greater purposes–undermines the civil religion’s creed that our nation serves only “good” or “righteous” ends.  Furthermore, that Christ is Lord over both kingdoms should remind all civil authorities that on the day of judgment, they must give an account to God for all they have done.  There is no such final judgment in civil religion, which is why, no doubt, so many find it attractive.

American Christians are especially vulnerable to such forms of civil religion, given the way in which “Americans have been habitually drawn to language that is redemptive, apocalyptic, and expansive.”  Many of our contemporaries have indeed fallen into a “Manichean habit of dividing the world into light and dark, Evil and Good, past and future, Satan and Christ.” (4)  When American Christians embrace this way of evaluating our nation’s actions, sadly, they cut themselves loose from sound biblical and theological categories (i.e., God’s providential purposes), and now cannot see God’s hand in disaster, nor find his blessings even in time of calamity.

This temptation to equate the national cause with the will of God becomes especially acute during times of war or national peril.  Instances of appeals to various sorts civil religion are legion throughout the course of Western Civilization.  But one historical period in which a pernicious form of civil religion was readily embraced by a number of “Christian nations”–ironically, while waging war upon each other–was the Great War of 1914-1918.  Those Protestant nations which fought in World War One, were at one time seed-beds of the Protestant Reformation, but now found themselves under the extreme duress of a bloody war which escalated rapidly beyond anyone’s wildest expectation.  These nations and their leaders, “especially looked to biblical doctrines of national chosenness, to promises that victory and prosperity awaited those peoples who faithfully followed their divine covenants.” (5)

Although combatants from all the nations of the Entente Powers (Great Britain, France, and Russia) invoked holy war to one degree or another, used overtly religious imagery to explain and justify their cause, and boldly claimed God’s favor in their war efforts against the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Muslim Ottoman Empire), German Protestants were especially bold in their confusion of Christian faith with civil religion.  Renowned German Protestant theologians, such as Reinold Seeberg, developed a theological justification for German imperialism.  Ernst Troeltsch argued that the German army was the earthly means used by God to usher in the kingdom of Christ.  Adolph Von Harnack aided the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, in drafting pre-war and mid-war speeches designed to rally the German people to take up arms against the tottering remnants of Christendom. (6)  Historian Philip Jenkins quotes a noted German theologian affirming that “for Germans, Jesus was . . .`the born hero and standard-bearer of our time.’” (7)



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Well, that's post I must educate myself at the link. Civil religion, civil Christianity,  civil kingdom. Just the few paragraphs presented was a deep read

Jesus was . . .`the born hero and standard-bearer of our time.’” (7)

Quite interesting.
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Well, that's post I must educate myself at the link. Civil religion, civil Christianity,  civil kingdom. Just the few paragraphs presented was a deep read

Jesus was . . .`the born hero and standard-bearer of our time.’” (7)

Quite interesting.

Thanks for your reply, Ted. This is such an important topic especially for professing Christians. Via the decades-old charismatic movement, the blatant heresy of dominionism—i.e. the over realized eschatology that proclaims we must  accomplish the restoration of God’s edenic creation *before* his return—has crept into virtually every denomination regardless of official statements of faith. This is the driving philosophy that will be used to usher in the one world government and church.

Here are some more links to aid in understanding this vital topic:

https://www.thebereancall.org/content/ki...n-theology



“ Many groups are beginning to work together who disagree on some points but join with Gaia (Mother Earth)-worshiping New Agers in their desire to clean up our terra firma and establish the Kingdom. We can expect such cooperative efforts to grow, even involving Christian leaders who are not aware of what they are actually promoting. The Coalition on Revival (COR), for example, included such influential evangelicals as Joseph Aldrich, Pat Robertson, Bill Bright, Jerry Falwell, Armin Gesswein, Josh McDowell and J. I. Packer, who were probably clueless regarding the actual intention of the leaders of COR.

As stated at the beginning of this article, one’s unwitting participation in literally building the Kingdom of God before the Second Coming of the King himself, Jesus Christ, is in fact contributing to the establishment of the religion and kingdom of the Antichrist. That will be Satan’s next-to-last stand as he gains possession of  “the man of sin, the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians) and empowers him to rule the world (albeit briefly), as he, the chief of the devils, seeks universal worship, his ultimate goal for himself. ”



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