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Fox News should stay away from Theology – Two Examples

First up, the Right Reverend and Catholic Sunday School Teacher, Stephen Colbert Esquire completely destroys Bill O’Reilly (ht)

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Next up the astute theologians at the Fox Nation note that the President committed the most heinous of crimes, that of misquoting Scripture (ht) –

President Obama misquoted a familiar Bible verse during a faith-based address at the National Prayer Breakfast.

“Those who wait on the Lord will soar on wings like eagles, and they will run and not be weary, and they will walk and not faint,” the president said during a speech to several thousand people at the breakfast.

But the actual passage, from Isaiah 40:31, states: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Christian, linked above, noted that while Fox Noise used the New King James Version, the President was actually using the NIV:

“They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”

And yet… for many, Fox will remain credible with their chief False Prophet Glenn Beck giving out daily conspiracy theories, or as he says, messages from God.

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The Faith of President Obama – The Instrument of God’s Will

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Obama said the call of civil rights leaders “to fix what was broken in our world, a call rooted in faith, is what led me just a few years out of college to sign up as a community organizer for a group of churches on the south side of Chicago.” He went on, “It was through that experience – working with pastors and lay people, trying to heal the wounds of hurting neighborhoods – that I came to know Jesus Christ for myself and embrace him as my lord and savior.”

And in closing, he said,

“When I wake in the morning, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to give me the strength to do right by our country and its people. And when I go to bed at night, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to forgive me my sins and look after my family and the American people and make me an instrument of His will.”

via here.

But what does this prove expect that the President may have hired a good speech writer? I will take him at his word, but in the mean time, why does the personal religion of the President, or any elected official, matter so deeply to us?

And, speaking of that community organizing bit – it sorta does work. In my days as a community organizer (or has I have it listed on my resume, Presidential Preparation), I met an agnostic/atheist who openly declared that her time in the trenches had made her see God differently.

Maybe more people should be community organizers…

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Obama: Prayer Can Make Us Humble, Unite People

President Obama called for civility in the public square and said prayer can help people become more humble, during his address at the National Prayer Breakfast.

“For while prayer can buck us up when we are down, keep us calm in a storm; while prayer can stiffen our spines to surmount an obstacle – and I assure you I’m praying a lot these days – prayer can also do something else,” Obama said Thursday morning. “It can touch our hearts with humility. It can fill us with a spirit of brotherhood. It can remind us that each of us are children of a awesome and loving God.”

Obama: Prayer Can Make Us Humble, Unite People | Christianpost.com.

Now…who organized this breakfast?

But besides that, the President is taking a more religious tone with this second year, perhaps understanding that for some reason, the American people today judge their political leaders by the amount of God-talk that they employ.

More on C Street with Jeff Sharlet

Before the Tea Party Express brought tens of thousands to protest in the nation’s capital, and before town hall meetings about health care devolved into shout downs, there was the story of the boys of C Street.

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Ensign's "C Street House" Owned By Group Touting Plans For Christian World Control

There are times when I question my sanity while examining this idea of the Seven Mountains, C-Street, and Dominionism, but thanks to Bruce Wilson I feel that if I am insane, at least I am not alone:

The C Street House is run by a secretive Washington ministry known as The Family, or The Fellowship. Over the past year and a half, The Family has gradually come to public attention, mainly due to journalist and Harpers editor Jeff Sharlet’s ground breaking book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. The Family  runs the yearly National Prayer Breakfast and maintains a network of Capital Hill prayer groups which have enjoyed the participation of both top GOP but also top Democratic Party Congress and Senate members.

The Family runs but does not own the C Street House. According to a  June 26th, 2009 Washington Post story, by Manuel Roig-Franzia, “The Political Enclave That Dare Not Speak Its Name: The Sanford and Ensign Scandals Open a Door On Previously Secretive ‘C Street’ Spiritual Haven”, the C Street House is owned by a “little-known organization called Youth With a Mission of Washington DC.”

Youth With a Mission is a global Christian evangelical organization founded in 1960 which, declares YWAM, is “currently operating in more than 1000 locations in over 149 countries, with a staff of nearly 16,000.”

For more on this, click here and here. Further, check out the comments on Bruce’s article.

All in 'The Family' – Is this politics or a cult?

As I was watching some news last night, I saw this story on the Rachel Maddow show – and frankly, it’s a bit creepy. I usually stop watching news by that late hour – else the children run screaming from the information overload. It concerns The Family, founded by Nazi-sympathizer, Abraham Vereide. As I was watching, I was figuring – 70 years ago? Um, right around the time all this gooblygook with William Branham started and the Manifest Sons of God. Actually, it is quite possible that these two crossed paths. (You may also want to check out this site as well.)

Remember, these men who live in this house, all powerful, must surrender to being shepherded by another – and consider themselves ‘chosen.’ In other words, they may do as they choose for they are chosen for greatness in God, and will receive forgiveness.

Note, from the above article:

At the 1990 National Prayer Breakfast, George H.W. Bush praised Doug Coe for what he described as “quiet diplomacy, I wouldn’t say secret diplomacy,” as an “ambassador of faith.” Coe has visited nearly every world capital, often with congressmen at his side, “making friends” and inviting them back to the Family’s unofficial headquarters, a mansion (just down the road from Ivanwald) that the Family bought in 1978 with $1.5 million donated by, among others, Tom Phillips, then the C.E.O. of arms manufacturer Raytheon, and Ken Olsen, the founder and president of Digital Equipment Corporation.

On of the things that we must endeavor to do, is to make sure that we do not come off sounding like conspiracy theories. I detest them – they destroy when we should build up. They weaken us, because rarely ever are they true. First and foremost, this is not a conspiracy theory, nor a conspiracy in reality. What it is, is a horrible use of the gospel – something that men have been doing since it was first laid down. It takes the message of Christ and turns it into something political, something disgusting, something human.

Instead of calling to sin, these people think themselves above the mercy of Christ. If we are chosen, then we are chosen to repentance.

While the connection here between Ensign and Sandford will go unnoticed, it is well remembered that the Dominionists have stated time and time again that they seek to bring about a government of Christ built on seven interconnected mountains – one of them being politics. Where else to start but politicians.

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