Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Are You An Imperial Christian"?

Before I post this, I have to add the caveat, I do not trust everything or agree with everything from Lew Rockwell. He is a libertarian with high level connections, that advances the "free market" myth which inversely has helped the cause of globalism along. The article was written by Laurence A. Vance, but was posted on the Lew Rockwell website.

This list of questions, I think are good ones, to confront Dominionist "Christians" with. Even recently I had someone who supports Republican politics tell me "Us Christians are rising up!", and I did try to ask her, "Do you know what Dominionism is?" and educate her, though I am not sure how far I have gotten. There are too many people I care about who have fallen for these lies.

You see propaganda like this all over:

Of course a lot who support this type of thing, float in a sea of ignorance, buying the mainstream tale about 9-11, and who would never even imagine, the idea that our soldiers are being abused for the goals of the new world order, fighting the Pope's and other's endless "crusades". As if the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc...had anything to do with "freedom"? But this sort of thing sells, and misty eyes and false politics seduces many. For those who would care about our soldiers, I get tired of watching them sent on multiple deployments and so exploited for actions that have so little to do with the actual interests and defense of the American people.

"Are You An Imperial Christian?"

These are good questions to get people to think though...

The tenets of imperial Christianity include things like blind nationalism, belief in American exceptionalism, willful ignorance of U.S. foreign policy, childish devotion to the military, cheerleading for the Republican Party, acceptance of the U.S. empire, and support for a perpetual war on terror – all, of course, with a Christian twist for effect. In other words, the views of Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann or Rick Perry.

I have some simple yet pointed questions for Christians who subscribe to, or can be characterized by, the above things:
Is the president of the United States God?
Is America the nation of Israel?
Is the United States the client state of God?
Is the U.S. military the Lord’s army?
Does the United States enjoy a special relationship with God that other nations don’t have?
Is the Christian’s sword anything but the word of God?
Does the Bible command any Christian to kill any adherent of a false religion?
Does the Bible command any Christian to go on a crusade against Muslims?
Does "obeying the powers that be" mean that Christians should always do anything and everything the government says?
Does the Bible say that anyone other than God should receive unconditional obedience?
Is it okay for Christians to participate in U.S. government wars just because
God commanded the Jews in the Old Testament to go to war?
Does the Lord approve of everything the U.S. government does?
Does the Lord approve of everything the government of Israel does?
Is being patriotic more important than being biblical?
Is the Republican Party the party of God?
Is it more scriptural for a Christian to be in the military than in the ministry?
Does God need America’s help to protect Israel?
Does God need the U.S. military to maintain order throughout the world?
Is the U.S. military a godly institution?
Is the CIA a godly institution?
Did God command the United States to build over 1,000 foreign military bases?
Did God command the United States to station troops in over 150 countries?
Does God always approve of U.S. foreign policy?
Is it biblical that churches send more soldiers to the Middle East than missionaries?
Did God appoint the United States to be the world’s policeman?
Does the New Testament command churches to hold special military appreciation days?
Does the New Testament command churches to glorify the military on the Sunday before national holidays?
Have U.S. wars always been just, right, and good?
Are all Muslims terrorists?
Was every Iraqi and Afghan killed by the U.S. military a terrorist?
Does the New Testament encourage Christians to wage war against anyone or anything but the world, the flesh, and the devil?

If you are a Christian and answered in the affirmative to one or more of these questions, then I understand why you are an imperial Christian. Repent.


Labby said...

I currently belong to the Mennonite denomination in that I am a member since the 70s. I went to a Christian Mennonite HS also. I used to get frustrated with their stance on things, like not flying the flag at the school, not being outspoken in political discussions (some Mennonites will not even vote), and being pacifists. My annoyance has now changed to respect as my eyes about the government, wars and politics have changed. When you wake up and realize that your country may not be what you thought it is and that the two parties of politics are pretty much going to get you to the same place and are working for the same people, then the Mennonites as started by Menno Simons start to make more sense to me. Interesting that he started off as a Catholic priest.

Not saying that they are correct in everything because like all denominations, they are being hit with the emergent stuff, but just saying how I have a new found respect in relation to your post.

Anonymous said...

What's with the fake "freedom" on that placard? It is Jesus Christ who died for our true Freedom, the Freedom that makes us truly free. His Freedom makes--not sets--us free, meaning that He made us freemen by purchasing us from the slavery of sin to which we were bound by our fleshly father Adam, who sold us under sin.

Everything about this dominionist devil's doctrine is FAKE: fake freedom, fake kingdom, fake peace, fake everything.

It reminds me of this liar, the king of Assyria:

16Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me: and eat ye every one of his vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his own cistern;

17Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards. Is. 36

It is the devil's lie to convince people of a kingdom on earth. Flee from such liars! They prophecy deceits to you to get you to fall away! Anon. #1

Bible Believer said...

Yeah I thought about that too. WHAT FREEDOM? If anything America has descended far more into a police state, and this is telling people you are growing more free when all the evidence is to the contrary. The only true freedom is in Jesus Christ, and that is advancing the false freedom of this world, the militarism is glaring. Good verses....thanks. Yes it's all about leading people to this world.

Bible Believer said...

Hi Labby, I know the Mennonites are pacifists and also preach frugality and other things to a degree, trying to stay away from militarism and Dominionism--this is with the Amish too who were objectors to most wars, refusing combat.

I have to admit I do not buy into all the edicts of pacificism, I think if the innocent are being hurt, then they should be defended. Men especially should protect their women and children. But we can agree Labby about the crazy militarism, and rest getting out of control and realize the Dominionism has nothing to do with Christianity. My main objection about the Mennonite church and hope this does offend you but have to be upfront on this blog, is they are involved in every ecumenical endeavor out there [am sure there are some exceptions] but I see the Mennonite name on every list.

The Mennonite World Conference is a member of the World Council of Churches.

They even joined the Christian Churches Together group...

I hope your particular church is not involved with these things. So be careful. Remember the lying left uses some truths [standing against militarism, dominionism] to bring in their own deceptions. Am glad you figured out the two sides were both lying and working for the same. Are people in your church new world order aware? I hope they are against the ecumenical movement. I know there are many off-shoots of Mennonite and Amish--including even Beachy Amish who are allowed to use electricity and drive cars.

michelle said...

I try to stay away from the left and right wings as much as I can. I have met people that defend the republican party with their last breath and call themselves Christians. Yet, if anyone disagrees with them on their political opinions, then their hateful words and rhetoric come out.