Twisting Jesus Into A Socialist – The Leftist Perversion of Christianity

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Beware, for the MarxoFascist Liberal-Left is convincing the Lukewarm in the faith that being a good Christian, means being a good Socialist.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves – Matthew 7:15

There is a blending of politics and Christianity that is being done for the specific purpose of REMAKING America.  To turn us from a Representative Republic with a Christian heritage – into a pure Secular Socialist Democracy which will lead ultimately to despotism.   The effort is to replace America’s Christian foundations with NeoLeft Secularist ideals of a Socialist utopia.  To do that – they have successfully helped to steer Americans away from traditional Christianity, to embrace an idea of religion totally alien to our nation’s foundations and principles.  Communist and Socialist regimes always replace religion with the worship of the state.  Ultimately they seek a society where the Elites will regulate everything including commerce, property, wealth, speech, welfare and even how you think and believe.  The once blasphemous idea that Socialism is good for America, is gaining ground because it is being preached daily from the news and entertainment media, and from political panderers that morality means big government Socialism – and more directly from some pulpits – that Jesus taught and expects His followers to practice Socialism.

These are the people who are busy rewriting our history to better match their self-loathing anti-American worldview.  These are the ideologues who want God and religious exercise removed, banned and stripped from the public and private square.  These are the people who demand homosexual marriage, indoctrinate our youth with dumbed-down self-esteem garbage and pushing aberrant sex practices and lifestyles on elementary school kids.  These are the ideologues who demand government handouts for selected groups of government dependents, and think big government Socialism is the reason the government exists.  These are the ideologues who do not trust you or I with speech, guns, private property, wealth or liberty to live our lives.  They may all come from separate left-wing groups – but they are all of the Leftist/Socialist mindset and nearly all of them actively campaign for the remaking of America into their image, because they see America and Americans as evil.  They think it is their moral duty to fix the evil that this nation’s existence has wrought upon the globe – because for many of them who claim the mantle of Christianity, they believe all of that rotgut is what Jesus preached and stood for.

They preach Jesus was a Socialist, and they now equate that being a good Christian DEMANDS you be a good Socialist.  The religious and secular Left in America are transforming government to replace the church in ministering to the poor and needy.  Eventually, as all Marxist/Socialist regimes do – they will replace Jesus with the state, and demand government be worshipped.  For Socialist/Marxist despots will suffer no allegiance to any other but themselves and their systems.

 Michael Youssef has two essays on this subject worth the time to read.

Keep Jesus Out of Your Socialism

The headline of the full-page ad asks, “What Would Jesus Cut?—A budget is a moral document.” The text continues, “Our faith tells us that the moral test of a society is how it treats the poor.”

The ad was produced by Sojourners, a self-described “evangelical” organization whose slogan is “Faith in Action for Social Justice.” The ad was signed by Sojourners president Jim Wallis and more than two dozen Religious Left pastors, theologians, and activists. They urge our legislators to ask themselves, “What would Jesus cut?” from the federal budget.

How would you answer that question? My answer would be, “It’s a nonsense question. Your premise is faulty. Your priorities are not His priorities.”

Jesus had many opportunities to confront the Roman government about its spending priorities. It was, after all, one of the most brutal regimes in history. If the question “What would Jesus cut?” has any biblical relevance, we should be able to cite instances where Jesus lectured the Roman oppressors the same way the Religious Left lectures America.

Just compare ancient Rome with America today. Rome sent its armies out to conquer; America sends its soldiers out to liberate. Rome demanded tribute from other nations; America sends aid and emergency relief around the world. Rome enslaved nations; America rebuilds nations.

If the federal budget is a “moral document,” what does it say about America? It suggests to me that America may be the most moral nation on earth! Name one other country that has spent $15 billion fighting AIDS in Africa. Name one other country that has provided more disaster relief, that has built more schools and water treatment plants, that has supplied more food aid around the world, that has sent more doctors, teachers, and technical advisers to developing nations.

Even America’s military budget—much of which is being spent to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan—reflects the basic compassion and unselfishness of the American people. Clearly, America hardly deserves any scolding from the Sojourners soapbox.

Did Jesus ever lecture the Roman Empire about its budget priorities? In Matthew 8, when the Roman centurion approached Jesus in Capernaum, our Lord could have said, “How dare you, a Roman warmonger, come to Me asking favors? Change your priorities! Tell your bosses in Rome to stop buying chariots and start funding welfare programs!” But Jesus didn’t lecture the centurion. He said, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith!”

In Matthew 22, when the Pharisees asked if it was right to pay taxes to Caesar, the Lord could have thundered against Caesar’s misplaced budget priorities. Instead, He said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

In John 18, Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect, a friend of Caesar. Why didn’t He give Pilate an earful about the injustice of Roman rule? If ever there was a time for Jesus to “speak truth to power” and become the “social justice Messiah,” that was it!

But Jesus didn’t preach the social gospel to Pontius Pilate. Oh, he spoke truth to power, all right. He delivered a profound message to Pontius Pilate—and to you and me: “My kingdom is not of this world.”

Now, I’m not saying that Christians are never called to confront their government. God bless Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Confessing Church for standing against Nazi genocide. But that’s not the situation here.

And I’m not saying there isn’t a social and compassionate dimension to the Christian gospel. There certainly is! Jesus had great compassion for the poor.

He preached in Nazareth, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.” He sent word to John the Baptist, “The deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.” Jesus presented the obligation to help the poor as an individual responsibility, a Kingdom responsibility—not the duty of the secular government.

Both the religious and secular Left in America seem to want government to replace the church in ministering to the poor and needy. One of Barack Obama’s first proposals as president was a plan to slash tax deductions for charitable donations by high-income taxpayers. President Obama reasoned that a tax deduction “shouldn’t be a determining factor as to whether you’re giving that hundred dollars to the homeless shelter.” Maybe so—but since private charities do so much good for the poor, why eliminate incentives for charitable giving? Could it be that liberals see private charities as competing with the big government welfare state?

In Romans 13, Paul tells us that we pay our taxes and support the government so that we will have a just, orderly society in which law-abiding citizens are protected from wrongdoers. But the responsibility for mercy and compassion belongs to the church—not the government.

What would Jesus cut? When He stood before the Roman Empire, He didn’t suggest cuts. He received cuts. His flesh was cut by Roman nails and a Roman spear. He was bruised for our transgressions, and with His cuts we are healed. That’s the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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…ministering to the poor and the needy among us is the work of Christian individuals and the church, not the secular government. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. . . .” Today’s Religious Left wants to change that to, “He has anointed the federal government to preach good news to the poor.”

The Christian gospel is a message of salvation, not a message of income redistribution and raising our neighbor’s taxes. Jesus said that the way to serve the poor is by giving generously of our own resources. “But when you give a banquet,” He said in Luke 14, “invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

The Religious Left is very generous—with other people’s money. In fact, I believe the founder of the Religious Left was none other than Judas Iscariot. When Mary, the sister of Lazarus, anointed Jesus with costly perfume just days before the crucifixion, Judas lectured her and said, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor?”

Notice that Judas put on a show of caring for the poor—even though the money was Mary’s, not his! The motives of Judas, John 12:6 tells us, were corrupt and self-centered—and Jesus responded with a stinging rebuke.

At least one of the Lord’s disciples was a “social action Christian” in the Sojourners mold: Simon Zelotes (Simon the Zealot). Just as Sojourners president Jim Wallis was once president of the Michigan State chapter of the militant Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Simon Zelotes was a young political radical who attached himself to Jesus because he thought Jesus would lead a revolt against the Roman Empire.

Simon saw Jesus as a political Messiah who would topple the powerful while lifting up the poor and oppressed. But Jesus was not a political Messiah. He didn’t attack the Roman Empire. He did battle with the Evil Empire of Satan himself.

Jesus didn’t tell the Roman government what its budget priorities should be. Why? Because His agenda was much larger than the agenda of Simon Zelotes or the Religious Left. His eyes were fixed on eternity. He said, “My kingdom is not of this world.”

The Religious Left has missed the meaning of that statement. Yes, there is a place for Christian social action—but that place is in a personal lifestyle of generosity and compassion to the poor. Jesus didn’t tell the rich young ruler to become a political activist and affect public policy. He said, “Go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

It’s true, there’s poverty in America, and some of the poor can’t lift themselves out of poverty without help. Some are physically or socially disadvantaged. Some are down on their luck. They need and deserve Christian compassion and the good news of the gospel.

But a huge number of people receiving government assistance are substance abusers, welfare cheats, or chronically lazy. Doesn’t the Bible tell us, “If a man will not work, he shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10)? Why must the “makers” of society support the “takers” of society? That’s not compassion. That’s theft. Wouldn’t it be more compassionate to encourage the takers to develop self-respect by becoming productive citizens?

Would Jesus endorse government policies that encourage and enable addiction, indolence, and welfare fraud? Certainly not. The Religious Left should read His parables, especially the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), the Parable of the Vineyards (Matthew 20:1-16), and the Parable of the Tenants (Matthew 21:33-46). In those parables, Jesus blesses hard work, personal responsibility and the freedom to achieve.

Government programs can’t separate the truly needy from the welfare cheats—but private Christian charities can. Private charities are far more effective than government at meeting needs, changing lives, eliminating fraud and waste, and dispensing compassion. Our stance as Christians should be pro-compassion, not pro-bureaucracy.

The place for compassionate Christian social action is in the church, and in the lives of individual believers. When the church becomes a political pressure group, telling the government, “Confiscate more wealth from those who earned it and give it to those who have not,” then the church has formed an unholy union with the kingdoms of this world.

Income redistribution is not Christianity. It’s Marxism—and mixing the two only pollutes the Gospel and betrays the Great Commission.

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2 responses to “Twisting Jesus Into A Socialist – The Leftist Perversion of Christianity

  1. I am a practicing Satanist. I like reading articles like this, its funny! But the truth of the matter is that We and Him (Us and the one and only true Deity, Lucifer) are taking control of the planet and it’s nations. No one is safe. If you wish to pray to a weak deity like Jesus and God then by all means do that if it makes you feel better. But if you realize the truth bow down and give your allegiance to Lucifer, the bringer of light and science. But what we and the Vatican know is that God has lost a significant amount of power over the last couple thousand years. This is a fact that very very very few people in the world know but it’s true. We are just waiting for our, the true, Lord, Lucifer to rise and command his army. You guys have a wonderful day!

  2. invar

    You’ve already lost. All that remains for your lord is outer darkness, and all that remains for you is wailing and gnashing of teeth before you are consumed in the lake of fire where the false Prophet and his Beast will be thrown. Pray that you are merely deceived. For if not – you are already at an end and you are truly already irrelevant, you will not even be remembered as having existed at all.

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