Evil Preachers Manipulate Jesus to Get Wealthy

Evil Preachers Manipulate Jesus to Get Wealthy

Jesus spoke most harshly to those who claim to proclaim His Gospel with prophesying and performing miracles. “I do not know you! Depart from me!” And depart means “go to hell.” (Matthew 7:21-23) Preachers and organizations that manipulate people to donate to their ministries in order to get lavish lifestyles are evil. Wicked. They manipulate listeners and followers to donate money to them by promising them God’s favor. They must be called out. “Repent or perish!” And repent would mean to give away their wealth, put on sackcloth and ashes, and clean toilets for a living. Yes, Creation Song is… Read More

Trump Endorses the “God Bless the USA Bible”

Trump Endorses the “God Bless the USA Bible”

A new Bible is now out, endorsed by Donald J. Trump, and sponsored by Lee Greenwood who (in)famously sang the hit tune, “God Bless the USA.” This Bible sells for $59.95. King James Version is many centuries past copyright expiration, so no outgoing royalty fees for publishing. It does include the U.S. Constitution, Pledge of Allegiance, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence. This is a glaring example of idolatry: Conflating America side by side or above God breaking the First, Second, and Third Commandments of the Decalogue. It is simony, which is making money by using God. It is… Read More

The U.S. Chose Retribution, not Grace, in the Aftermath of 9/11

The U.S. Chose Retribution, not Grace, in the Aftermath of 9/11

What huge imago madeA psychopathic god:I and the public knowWhat all schoolchildren learn,Those to whom evil is doneDo evil in return. (W. H. Auden’s poem, September 1, 1939) Almost immediately after the horrific terrorist attack September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center and Pentagon killed 3000 Americans, the drumbeat for retribution and revenge pounded loudly. Drowned out were voices calling for restraint. While peoples from nations around the world offered sympathy, so-called Christian America cast aside Jesus’s clear teachings against returning evil for evil to instead foment violent war on Afghanistan, to be followed 18 months later upon Iraq.… Read More

What Did the Early Church Say About Economic Justice?

What Did the Early Church Say About Economic Justice?

By St. Augustine, John Chrysostom, and Basil the Great The Plough is a publication of the Bruderhof, a Christian community of sharing goods. The introduction to some teachings of these three early Christian fathers begins, “In an age when Christianity is comfortably entwined with consumer capitalism, the early Christians’ passion for social and economic justice can come as a shock. From the first days of Christianity, the duty to care for the poor and marginalized was at the center of the gospel. Jesus preached a way of life free of possessions, the first church in Jerusalem abolished private property, and… Read More