Extreme Christianity

Extreme Christianity
Vol: 117 Issue: 21 Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee [D Tx] interrupted a hearing about Muslim radicalization in US prisons recently to interject a comparison between Islamic and Christian extremism. 

According to Representative Lee, the government should be holding investigative hearings to analyze Christian militants in America because they too might try to “bring down the country.” 

In an exchange with witness Patrick Dunleavy, Representative Lee mentioned the case of a man who blew up an abortion clinic and proposed that this perhaps was an attempt to undermine U.S. law that allows a woman to procure an abortion. 

The conversation went back and forth as follows: 

Rep. Lee: “As we look to be informational, we should include an analysis of how Christian militants or others might bring down the country. We have to look broadly, do we not?” 

Dunleavy: “I don’t know that Christian militants have foreign country backing or foreign country financing.”

Rep. Lee: I don’t think that’s the issue. The issue is whether or not their intent is to undermine the laws of this nation. And I think it is clear that that is the case. So it’s not — your distinction is not answering the question.” 

Lee drew a straight line from the bombing of an abortion clinic to the interference with a woman’s right to choose to kill her baby, inferring that interfering with that right was the equivalent to wanting to bring down the country. 

There ought to be some kind of mental fitness test one must first pass before one can run for Congress. If there was, there would be no Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee to propose legislation eliminating the southern border, for example.

Or propose legislation legalizing all illegal aliens clever enough to make it past the Border Patrol and into the country. 

Lee voted against a bill that would require states to verify the identity of driver’s license applicants and opposed bills allowing electronic surveillance of terror suspects. 

In 2009, Sheila Jackson Lee introduced legislation honoring drug-addicted accused pedophile Michael Jackson as a global humanitarian. 

So when Lee proposed hearings into Christian extremism, one is tempted to dismiss it as the rantings of a racist militant Marxist anti-American radical anti-Christian. 

While Representative Sheila Jackson Lee’s reputation and Congressional record confirm she is all that and more, dismissing her would be a mistake. 

When it comes to hate-mongering, she is practically without equal. 

Assessment:

One of the hallmarks of the last days is widespread persecution of Christians on a scale not too dissimilar to that imposed on Jews by the Nazis.

Jesus said that at it’s height during the Tribulation, persecution would be so extreme that left on it’s own, “there would be no flesh saved“. 

I don’t think most Christians realize what is coming our way. Consider the following paragraph from a website called “religioustolerance.org“. These folks believe they are the voice of tolerance.

“Violence by extremist Christians in the United States has been responsible for attacks on Jewish centers, attempts to poison municipal water supplies, bombing of abortion clinics, and shooting of abortion providers. Timothy McVeigh’s bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City during 1995 killed 168 people, including 19 children. It showed that extremist Christians can be as deadly as their extremist Islamic counterparts.

There is a substantial number of organizations that are closely involved with actual terrorists. The members of these organizations are convinced that the forces of truth wage a perennial, cosmic battle with the forces of falsehood, and that they face the challenge of protecting Christian truth by any methods available. 

That they are allowing Jesus’ cross to become Mithras’ sword does not occur to them. There are fewer attacks by extremist Christians than by Muslim terrorists because the various Christian organizations are less numerous, their individual agendas differ, and there is a lack of cooperation – their actions are not coordinated.” 

Do you know of any Christian doctrine that could be interpreted as justifying terrorism? Do you know of any New Testament verse that justifies either terrorism or rebellion against civil authorities?

Let me help cut through all that research. There aren’t any

Jesus specifically rebuked Peter for drawing his sword against those that arrested Him in the Garden. When questioned about taxes, Jesus paid His and told His followers to render unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s and unto God the things that are God’s. 

The Apostle Paul spoke out against rebellion against the civil authorities, reminding us that God determines who rules what. 

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” 

That seems pretty clear-cut to me. I have a soul, so Paul is talking to me. I am subject to the higher powers. I believe that all power originates with God and that nothing happens by accident. As to the powers that be being ordained of God, if they weren’t, I’d be very, very afraid. 

I believe that God cares about me personally and that He put me where I am and when I am on purpose. 

“Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” (Romans 13:1-2)

That sounds pretty serious because Paul wanted to impress the point he was trying to make. It doesn’t mean that resisting the government will cost a saved person their salvation.

The word translated “damnation” (krima) here isn’t the same word translated “damnation” (krisis) when speaking of eternal separation from God in hell.  

“Krima” means “crime” and as used here bespeaks legal judgment before a criminal court.  “Krisis” as used in Matthew 23:33 bespeaks Divine judgment before God.  

English isn’t quite as precise as Greek, so we use the same word for both.  It can be confusing. 

Christians know that there are two kinds of Christians; those who have been born again, and those who are ‘Christians’ because they aren’t anything else.

The latter is what we often call “cultural Christians” — the Apostle Paul referred to them as ‘having a form of godliness but without the power thereof ‘ and admonishes us, ‘from such, turn away’. 

The world has a genuine hatred for Christianity, as amply demonstrated in the example lifted from the so-called “religious tolerance” website, and there are just enough cultural Christians deranged enough to think killing an abortionist will win him the respect of real Christians to lump us all together in the same group. 

Don’t dismiss the Sheila Jackson Lees of the world — when she compared Christian militants to Islamic militants, nobody jumped up and corrected her.  And don’t kid yourself on how quickly hate-crazed politicians can whip up a population.

In Germany in WWI, German Jews fought with distinction. 

Some 12,000 German Jews died in battle, another 30,000 were decorated for bravery and 19,000 were promoted through the ranks.  Roughly 2000 German Jews were officers and 1200 more served in the German medical corps. 

German Jews were an important and respected part of German society and many held public office.  In 1922, Germany’s Foreign minister was a Jew named Walther Rathenau.  The Mayor of Frankfurt was a Jew named Ludwig Landmann.

Ten years later, Jews were forbidden to hold jobs and forced to wear identifying Stars of David.  

In 1922, there were 550,000 Jews living in Germany.  By 1942, those who hadn’t escaped were either dead or soon would be. 

I used to think, “it can’t happen here.”  I used to think that about government propaganda, too.  

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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