Battle Lines

Race in America: Liberalism’s Attack on Minorities and the Church

Race is a hot topic in America today. And often a divisive one.

Unfortunately, much of the debate on this issue off track. For when you get down to it, the main divisions in our country today--even between blacks and whites--are not centered on race, but on culture and faith.

My new book, Race in America: Liberalism’s Attack on Minorities and the Church (available on Amazon), takes an in-depth look at this issue. It especially examines the role liberalism has played in using its false doctrines, including the social gospel, to create division in the world. This has resulted in great harm to minorities and to Christian orthodoxy.

Here is an excerpt from the book:

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Liberalism's Assault on Reality

The public outcry over the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Kelo v. New London at least equaled that over the more recent cases involving ObamaCare (Sebelius) and gay marriage (Obergefell).

In his dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas explained the reason behind the public's dismay:

This deferential shift in phraseology enables the Court to hold, against all common sense, that a costly urban-renewal project whose stated purpose is a vague promise of new jobs and increased tax revenue, but which is also suspiciously agreeable to the Pfizer Corporation, is for a “public use.”

The deferential shift to which he referred could be seen that even though the liberal majority of the court determined, “The city’s proposed disposition of petitioners’ property qualifies as a ‘public use’ within the meaning of the Takings Clause,” it noted that “this ‘Court long ago rejected any literal requirement that condemned property be put into use for the … public.’ Rather, it has embraced the broader and more natural interpretation of public use as ‘public purpose.’”

This is a world turned upside down.

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A World at War: Retreat or Reconciliation?

We live in a world at war. A war that has been raging (Psalm 2) since Adam defied God and abandoned Eve to Satan’s deceit to get a taste of some forbidden fruit.

From the beginning of this war, God’s enemies (Satan’s offspring) have waged war against God by attacking His subjects (the woman’s offspring), using deceit to convince them that Scripture is not true, that God is not who He says He is. They do this in order to foment rebellion against Him.

Satan sought to convince Eve that God was not good and that He was a liar (Genesis 3:1-7). Many in the medieval church sought to convince people that salvation rests not in God but in the church. The Deists of the 17th and 18th centuries sought to convince people that God was a benevolent but distant creator who has left us to fend for ourselves. All of this was geared toward making humans believe, like Eve, they can be like Him.

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Young Earth or Old? The Battle Over the Authority of Scripture

The Washington Post recently published a book review of Reading the Rocks by Brenda Maddox. The review’s title, “When the earth’s story defies religious belief,” expresses the reviewer’s assumption that the earth’s story is not always in accordance with Scripture.

As we are fallen people in a fallen world, such an assumption is not a surprise. Human thought is naturally anthropocentric rather than theocentric. This creates a lot of problems for Christians; we struggle with turning our thoughts away from ourselves and toward God.

Unbelievers, though, do not share this struggle. They have no desire to have theocentric thoughts. Every thought they have, every proposition they put forth, seeks to deny God. Their denial of God taints the truthfulness of their every pronouncement. In fact, unbelievers hate truth because they hate the Source of all truth.

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Texas, Andrew White, Abortion, and the PCA

Andrew White is a Democrat running for his party's nomination for Texas Governor. He supports Roe v. Wade and opposes any further restrictions on abortion. So far, so good.

Well, you know what I mean--opposing abortion restrictions is what Democrats do.

The twist, however, it that White is an elder of a Houston church that is part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), one of the more orthodox evangelical denominations in America. The PCA opposes abortion and gay marriage. As an elder in the church, White has vowed to uphold the doctrines of the church.

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Race in America: Liberalism's Attack on Minorities and the Church

We live in a world at war. A war that has been waging since Adam defied God and abandoned Eve to Satan’s deceit to get a taste of the forbidden fruit. Unfortunately, the church too often also falls for this deceit and retreats, unable to recognize the battles lines forming around us.

Race in America: Liberalism's Attack on Minorities and the Church examines this retreat when it comes to the current debate over race and culture. The world seeks to divide that which is whole and make whole that which is divided. Thus, the single race of mankind becomes hopelessly split into various races while the greatest of all divides, that between believers and unbelievers, is forgotten. Racism, now, primarily white racism, is said to be at the heart of racial tension in America today and the primary cause of many of the problems that minorities face.

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Today All Whites are Racists

In his "Dear White America" letter to The New York Times, Emory University Professor George Yancy wrote, “If you are white, and you are reading this letter, I ask that you don’t run to seek shelter from your own racism. Don’t hide from your responsibility. Rather, begin, right now, to practice being vulnerable.”

He also reminds whites, "Being neither a “good” white person nor a liberal white person will get you off the proverbial hook. ...  Don’t tell me that you voted for Obama. Don’t tell me that you don’t see color. Don’t tell me that I’m blaming whites for everything. To do so is to hide yet again."

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The Demolition President from Scott Adams

If President Trump were a large piece of construction equipment, which one would he be?

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, put together a GREAT blog on what things President Trump has broken this year. Things, as Adams put it, "that probably needed to be broken."

Here's a sample:

GOP – Trump broke the GOP and reconstructed it along his terms, successfully it seems.

DNC – The DNC has no charismatic leader, no game plan, and little money.

Clinton Dynasty – Done

Bush Dynasty – Done

Mainstream Media – The public learned that news coverage is based on bias as much as fact.

NFL – Ratings down, attendance down.

You can find the rest of his post here.

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The FBI's Effort to Undermine American Democracy

FBI Agent Peter Strzok and Special Counsel Robert Mueller

"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office that there's no way he gets elected -- but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40."

That's what Peter Strzok, one of the FBI's top Russian counterintelligence experts, texted to FBI lawyer Lisa Page. The conversation Strzok refers to apparently took place in the office of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

So what we have, it seems, is three high-level FBI personnel conspiring to put in place an insurance policy just in case the unthinkable happens: the "loathsome human" Donald Trump becomes president of the United States.

At this point, it seems more than likely that the insurance policy was the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's activity that has morphed into the Mueller investigation, which every day is being more and more exposed for the treasonous, deep state attempt to undermine our democracy that it is.

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Egalitarianism and the PCA’s Debate over the Role of Women in the Ministry in the Church

The discussion of the role of women in the ministry of the church dominated much of the proceedings of the Presbyterian Church of America’s 2017 General Assembly. Despite numerous disputes over the findings and recommendations in the report from the GA’s committee on this issue, it was ultimately adopted. The details of these recommendations and the debate have been widely covered. Less attention, however, has been paid to the context of the debate.

The PCA’s debate over this issue comes in the midst of a cultural war, a war that has existed since the fall but has become highly visible of late in the United States. By focusing more on the details of the report rather than on the war setting in which the debate was taking place, the GA seems to have lost sight of the forest for the trees. Pondering issues like how to “affirm and include underprivileged and underrepresented women in the PCA” in the midst of the cultural and ecumenical collapse on sex and the distinctions between men and women places the PCA in a situation where it is unlikely to be able to discern the scriptural role of women in the ministry of the church, much less be able to speak prophetically into the world on this subject.

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Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell

Looking at relationships between peoples in terms of color, and more specifically in terms of white racism and oppression of blacks, is the prevailing view among many secular and religious groups in America today. Thomas Sowell's provides a historical perspective that suggest this view is not accurate in his book, Black Rednecks and White Liberals.

Thomas Sowell closely examines historical relationships between those of various racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds with the intent of applying it to race relations in the U.S. today. He begins with this quote:

These people are creating a terrible problem in our cities. They can’t or won’t hold a job, they flout the law constantly and neglect their children, they drink too much and their moral standards would shame an alley cat. For some reason or other, they absolutely refuse to accommodate themselves to any kind of decent, civilized life (p. 1).

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