KEN’S CORNER: Christian Warmongers: A Designed Primer for WW3?
By TLB Contributing Writer: Ken LaRive
Ever wonder why men like Mitt Romney, Lindsey Graham, Allen West, and John McCain representing the so called far right of the Republican party, are virtually indistinguishable to what has happened with the progressive Washington takeover (Obama’s watch)? All of them to the last would raise cane about any proposed cuts in the defense budget, as government continues to grow, along with our national debt, and in the process liberty dies.
Of course there are no defense cuts at all, just a curbing of spending INCREASES in an off-the-chart defense budget. But you won’t ever hear that from the nationalized media, or the paid to preach Evangelicals like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, James Dobson, Hal Lindsey, Cal Thomas, even Pat Boone, as they are all eggs in the same Progressive and Neocon basket. Evangelical Christians did not want Ron Paul as President, and they, along with the status quo, would seemingly do anything to stop him. Why?
Some peace loving Christian ministers like L.M. Vance are naming them, and describing them as the Christian axis of evil. In his writings he illustrates the thinking and motivations of men such as these, along with Doug Giles, Bryan Fisher, and the well known Ellis Washington who is now vying for greatest Christian warmonger of all time. The so called “reformed” pastor, Michael Milton, also gets honorable mentions from Vance.
Just like all religions, Christianity has its differences. It is amazing that men who profess to know the teaching of Jesus Christ would place a gun on top of a bible, while others would try to actually forgive and Love his enemy, treat people as they themselves wish to be treated, and both revel and work for peace.
In his latest essay, L.M. Vance gives a brief but amazing biography of Michael Milton,
“…the newly elected chancellor/CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Milton holds a B.A. from Mid-America Nazarene University, an M.Div. from Knox Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Lampeter. He is the former pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee, in addition to founding two other churches and a Christian school. Milton is the host and speaker on Faith for Living, which can be seen on television and heard on radio. He has also released three music CDs and is the author of several books.”
Can it be coincidence that on October 14, 2001, Milton’s Reformed Theological Seminary was “approved by the NC SAA Program to receive the GI Bill under the provisions of Title 38 and 10, United States Code!” Could this monetary paper trail leading directly to him from Washington be the reason he would side with perpetual war? Or is there something more fundamental in his faith-base to consider? A justification, if you will… Here is an excerpt from a recent post of Dr. Milton as presented on his Faith for Living blog, hosted by the Reformed Theological Seminary:
“Scripture teaches that God has ordained government for the good of man. Civil authority, according to St. Paul, has been granted the power of the sword to punish evil, thereby protecting the innocent: “For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil” (The Epistle to the Romans 13:4 KJV). The present talk of defense cuts flies in the face of our nation’s duty and our proud heritage.”
Mr. Vance wrote in rebuttal:
“Milton is likewise deceived about the real mission of the military. He thinks they are “our defenders” who “defend this nation” and protect “this nation from the continuing threats to our very existence as a people.” The government provides a military to “defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” U.S. troops “fight ‘over there’ so we don’t fight ‘over here.’” They are “in the midst of a battle for our way of life.” But is this what the U.S. military actually does? Unfortunately, most of what the military does is more offense than defense, more foreign than domestic, and more civilian than martial. I think Milton needs a course in DOD 101.”
Tell me it isn’t true. Could it be that Evangelical Christians are so hungry to see the return of Christ on earth that they would promote a world war to make it happen? Would they sacrifice the lives of millions, if not billions of “heathens” to make it happen? Surely history is not set in stone! If a man like Dr. Paul had a plan for peace, why on earth wouldn’t a Christian want that too?
Dr. Milton is suggesting that the mission of the military is to defend this nation from threats to our very existence as a people. Is this what the current military does? No, emphatically, it does not. It is the destruction and reconstruction for nation building, for a hungry military industrialist complex in league with international banks and a Federal Reserve who prints money out of thin air to finance it on the backs of America’s future. The future of our children, and that is the reality of it.
As the Christian Right describe military spending cuts as irresponsible, un-American, traitorous, draconian, and such, they stir up a disproportionate amount of fear and hatred for anything not in Washington’s control, while arm-chair imperial Christian nationalists hang on every word as truth. From one side of their mouths the Loving teachings of Christ are formed, as on the other Reich-wing nationalism and monocular, anti-Christian justifications for war spews forth like blood from an open wound. It is the blood of innocence.
There seems to be a disparaging duality in the Bible, and not just between the Old and the New Testament. On one hand, words from Romans can justify the killing of millions with the blessings of a wrathful and vengeful God, in direct opposition to the gentile and Loving words of Jesus who tells us to Love one another, to forgive and turn the other cheek. How would one come to promote preemptive war when in the garden before being arrested he told his disciples to put away their swords, as he who lives by it will die by it.
There are true justifications for war. Righteous war, but the teachings of Jesus has nothing to do with the justification found in Deuteronomy and Leviticus, where god tells the Jews to kill everyone in their path. What Christian faith, no matter how twisted, could justify that? Surely, a justification for war should not be to steal your neighbors land, natural resources like gold or oil, killing all to the last man while enslaving his wife or children as you own. Romans 13 could be used is a justification for a national-security state whose objective is unending and perpetual war, policing the world, imperialism, nationalism, and the undeclared, unconstitutional wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, and all others, and the never ending prodding, threats, and murder of Iranians since the middle 50’s as well. BP grew fat as the Shaw did his puppet work, and Americans not only paid for it, but are responsible for it.
But you see most people only realize what they are told to realize and know nothing of facts or truth. Puppet governments are temporary, but memory is not. Tit for tat and unending war comes to both factions because the words of Christ are not heard, not even by so called Christians in name only. What we have left flies in the face of the ignorant, as blowback.
Unwitting or not, their fear and hatred could be the primer for WW3, a nuclear war. Fear and hatred is the catalyst for the master’s war machine, hungry to be fed. God bless the Evangelical Christians in the name of Jesus Christ, and show them the Love buried deep under the black soot of evil, incarnated by the hand of men who play them as puppets for their malevolent design.
Author’s note: From the writings of M. Scott Peck, MD, psychiatrist and theologian, in his book …
“Farther along the Road Less Traveled”, page 107, is the following: “How are we to interpret the Bible? Although they place such importance on it, the fundamentalists, in my experience, strangely misuse the Bible. Actually the term “Fundamentalist” is a misnomer. The more proper term is “inerrantists”, those who believe that the Bible is not only the divinely inspired word of God but the actual transcribed, unaltered word of God, and that it is subject to only one kind of literal interpretation, namely theirs. Such thinking, to my mind, only impoverishes the Bible.”
“The clergy…believe that any portion of power confided to me [as President] will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly: for I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: and enough, too, in their opinion.” –Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush, 1800.
“Among the sayings and discourses imputed to him by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others, again, of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being. I separate, therefore, the gold from the dross; restore him to the former, and leave the latter to the stupidity of some, the roguery of others of his disciples. Of this band of dupes and imposters, Paul was the great Coryphaeus, and the first corruptor of the doctrines of Jesus.” — Thomas Jefferson to W. Short, 1820 — See Jefferson’s Bible
“The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and tend all to the happiness of man. But compare with these the demoralizing dogmas of Calvin.
1. That there are three Gods.
2. That good works, or the love of our neighbor, is nothing.
3. That faith is everything, and the more incomprehensible the proposition, the more merit the faith.
4. That reason in religion is of unlawful use.
5. That God, from the beginning, elected certain individuals to be saved, and certain others to be damned; and that no crimes of the former can damn them; no virtues of the latter save.” — Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Waterhouse, Jun. 26, 1822
Creeds have been the bane of the Christian church … made of Christendom a slaughter-house.” — Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Waterhouse, Jun. 26, 1822
From the Author, Ken La Rive – We in the Liberty movement have been fighting to take back this country for less than a decade, peacefully and with the love of God and country in our hearts. Our banner has been trampled on and displaced by a multitude of distractions, further eroding our nation and the cause for Liberty. And so, as we are pulled by forces we cannot fathom, powerful entities with unlimited resources stolen from our future, unaccountable trillions printed out of thin air and put on our backs as debt, we must formulate the most pitiful of all questions any patriot might ask in the final hour: Are we going to fight for our master’s tyranny, or are we going to demand the return of our civil liberties and Constitution? Are we going to choose The Banner of Liberty, or the shackles of voluntary servitude? Will it be a war for corporate profit, or a war to regain our ability to self govern, as the blood and toil of our forefathers presented to us, their children, as a gift? I fear that decision is emanate. I fear that any decision will be a hard one, but my greatest fear of all is that the decision has already been made for us.
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