There Is Only One Side Which To Stand — The Iran Deal As Example; A Primer For Those Calling Themselves Christian
by Ken Pullen
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
Unless one is named Rip Van Winkle, or the average walking upright yet dead through and through upon this earth they have heard of something called the Iran nuclear deal.
Immediately below this column readers will find an article written by Susan Warner with the title — The Iran Deal: How Christians Choose Sides. I am writing this and including that in the hope both are read. In truth? If a true Christian there is only one side which to stand. With the right-ness of God our Father according to His Word. This is not a toughie. Not a conundrum. Not something in need of long drawn out meditation or debate.
One either sides with the worldview, thus evil, and while proclaiming with their lying lips to be a Christian they are nothing more than lying liberal lost blind minions of Satan doing his work for him, in support of his lieutenants on this earth — presidents, prime ministers, secretary’s of state, ministers of state, media talking heads — most of whom when asked declare, “I’m a Christian!”
(See example below of the grandest liar and deceiver of them all below. That being the man given the title of pope of the church of Rome. Also the millions who are viewed by the world as “Christian,” or state they are Christian, but in truth do not serve, or know, or obey the Word of God).
The pompous worldly New Age doctrine pope leading tens of millions astray is nothing but a worldly man. He is not holy. He does not live according to the Word of God. He is not a disciple of Jesus Christ the Lord. He adopts the worldview, following the worlds lies and delusions. All his speeches, his worldly philosophies, his pushing the United Nations agendas are not God’s ways, God’s will which we can know by turning to the Holy Bible and reading and studying God’s Word, instruction, to us.
Any true believer, any disciple of Jesus Christ, any casual Christian who only reads the Bible on occasion and is not an in-depth devoted reader, and one not deeply versed knows by the working of the Holy Spirit in them there is no such thing as world peace and there never will be. Those even casual believers if in the Spirit also know the world is Israel’s enemy and God’s people. Even a casual professed believer would know the origins, the very root and foundation of all that ails this world today and why what takes place in the Middle East does.
Anyone else is blind, with scales over their eyes to the truth no matter what they profess with their lips as to their faith belief — if, IF they contend there can be world peace and the current U.S. government made the right policy in allowing Iran to dictate the terms, which is what happened.
There cannot be such a thing as a liberal Christian.
Not a true believer.
There cannot be such a thing as a tolerant of the errant worldview liberal Christian.
We either know, learn, obey, and follow the inerrant Word of God and live to serve God, the God of the Bible, or we serve the world and its philosophies.
The two do not ever meet or coincide. The two are continually opposed.
One cannot have their New Age misguided liberal cake and eat it, too, while also with their deluded lips call themselves Christian.
One is either a true Christian, a Biblical Christian, a disciple of Jesus Christ the Saviour making Jesus the Lord of their lives — or they are not.
Do not be taken in, do not be deceived. The honey dripping from the lying lips may appear sweet but it is tainted, mixed with deadly poison, the poison of the world’s views, beliefs, and philosophies pushing aside the Word of God and the right-ness of God, the will of God which is revealed to us through His Word — the Bible.
And I don’t care the size of the jewelry in the shape of a cross one wears on their neck, how many idol worshipping graven images they have in their homes of someone they depict as the Lord in error, or how many hail marys they throw up and out, or how often they attend the home of entertainment and false teaching called a modern-day church — that does not make them a Christian.
Repenting, being renewed of mind and spirit, acknowledging our sin, and committing our life to live according to the Spirit of God and the Word of God and not the flesh, not the world, while being a living disciple of Jesus Christ in obedience makes one a Christian.
Anyone in support of the Iran nuclear deal is blind. Clueless. And following the father of lies. That would be Satan for those not versed well enough in the Bible.
True believers cannot support or have any part in evil.
And to support the Iran nuclear deal, which is evil, goes against God and Jesus and all a true believer knows in their heart as right vs. wrong, the right-ness of God’s ways vs. the evil and deception of man’s ways.
The Iran nuclear deal is a perfect place, a perfect example in which to see which side to stand on — and that is crystal clear, always; we as true believers are to stand along side God and Jesus and the side of the spiritual matters and ways of God AGAINST the ways of the world.
To align oneself with the Iran deal is to oppose God’s ways and God’s Word and to not stand along side God and Jesus.
How can this not be seen?
I’ll tell you what — every true believer does see, and does know, and you’ll find them standing alongside the Lord on the opposite shore of the world’s position, and the position of the millions of false Christians who may take that moniker but know not what it means to be truly in Christ and Christ in us.
Please continue on and read the article written by Susan Warner below. Thank you.
The Iran Deal: How Christians Choose Sides
- It is astounding to think that the term “peace and justice” could embrace Iranian nuclear ambitions, but these post-modern Christian groups seem to be able to make the mental adjustments in order to advance their anti-Israel agenda.
- Christian organizations such as Sabeel, Christ at The Checkpoint Conference and hundreds of other Christian groups that deny Israel’s legitimate claims to the land seem totally oblivious to the existential threat Iran poses not only to Israel but to all of Western civilization.
- On the opposite end of the spectrum, Pastor John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is leading an all-out campaign against the Iran deal, in solidarity with Israel. And Hispanic Evangelicals are also raising their collective voices against the Iran deal.
- “This deal is not only bad; it is very dangerous. It falls woefully short of what both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have said is acceptable. … This is not a partisan issue; it is a moral imperative. — Hispanic Christian leaders, in a statement published on July 24.
Nowhere are the deep divisions within Christianity more apparent than in the current responses to the Obama-Kerry Iran nuclear deal (officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA).
Even before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s appearance on all five Sunday news talk shows on July 19, in which he elaborated on the administration’s position, Christian groups had already lined up for a war of sorts that would focus Christian attention on the political debate to come.
The ink was barely dry on the 150-page final agreement when the Vatican, which represents roughly 70 million American Catholics, released a statement in favor of the Iran deal, pronouncing it an “important step” and calling for a “commitment to make it bear fruit,” basically affirming the Pope’s wish for peace in our time.
American Christians, when it comes to a nuclear Iran, generally appear to reflect the nation as a whole — on the one hand, concerned that Iran’s daily chant “Death to America” actually means what it says. On the other hand, advocates for the “deal” say the time has come to turn the other cheek, give diplomacy a chance and embrace your enemies — even those who vow to kill you.
According to a statement released by the Vatican on July 14, just as the deal was made public, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said in response to reporters’ questions that
“The agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See. It constitutes an important outcome of the negotiations carried out so far, although continued efforts and commitment on the part of all involved will be necessary in order for it to bear fruit. It is hoped that those fruits will not be limited to the field of nuclear programme, but may indeed extend further.”
Pope Francis communicated his support of initial framework of the Iran deal in his Easter message, one month after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke out strongly against it in an attempt to convince both Houses of Congress that the deal was not only not going to provide peace but was instead a pathway to war.
Bishop Oscar Cantu, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, followed suit in a letter to members of the U.S. Congress, in which he urged Congress to support the effort.
It is not really news that the Pope and Israel are divided on many issues: certainly, on the value of President Obama’s Iran deal, and recently on the Pope’s premature recognition of a Palestinian state.
Even the group Catholics for Israel has not taken a firm stand opposing the Pope’s position on the Iran deal.
While the Roman Catholic Church appears unified under the Pope’s proclamation in favor of the Iran “deal,” Protestant groups embrace each extreme — convinced that either this deal presents an opportunity to “bring Iran into the community of nations” or conversely that this deal represents nothing more than a pathway to satisfying Iran’s nuclear ambitions and a catalyst for an inevitable regional nuclear arms race.
Pacifist groups including both Catholics and Protestants have hopped on a bandwagon of “hope” absent a clear, realistic comprehension of Iran as a determined and intractable foe of all people outside their brand of Islam.
Protestant Christianity is not unified — it is both diverse and divided. The divisions line up along as the many hundreds of Protestant denominations might suggest — each denomination and often each individual church has its own unique way of interpreting God, Jesus, scripture, war and politics. “Denominationalism” itself has become almost a curse within Christianity. John, the Apostle and Jesus’ best friend, said, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Not surprisingly, the Catholic Church, along with and some Protestant groups, have landed on the same side of the Iran debate. Their common narrative is a liberal, social justice platform couched in a “pacifist narrative” that Mark Tooley, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, called “neither reassuring nor relevant.” Further, Tooley says:
“Serious Christians can’t just cry peace, peace, peace. We’ve a sacred duty to think through unintended consequences and advocate policies that seek approximate justice and security, which requires diplomacy and capacity for effective force.”
Well-known champions of the “post-modern emerging church” movement, such as Tony Campolo, Shane Caliborne and Ronald Sider, embrace an extreme version of the “peace and social justice” scenario that they apply to the Iran deal. However, their version of “peace and justice” has nothing at all to do with actual peace and justice, but rather hijacks the term and inverts it in order to demonize Israel as an “Imperialist occupier” and advance the Palestinian and Islamic agendas.
It is astounding to think that the term “peace and justice” could embrace Iranian nuclear ambitions, but these post-modern Christian groups seem to be able to make the mental adjustments in order to advance their anti-Israel agenda.
Similarly, Christian organizations such as Sabeel, Christ at the Checkpoint Conference and hundreds of other Christian groups that deny Israel’s legitimate claims to the land seem totally oblivious to the existential threat Iran poses not only to Israel but to all of Western civilization.
Included in this “club” is Jim Wallis, founder and President of the Sojourners, an organization focused on “social justice” with roots in “liberation theology,” made famous in 2008 by former Obama pastor Jeremiah Wright. Wallis is a longtime friend and adviser to the President. He is leading his Christian devotees in a “Hope But Verify” movement to support Obama’s Iran deal. CAMERA has cited Wallis’ Sojourners magazine for its frequent attacks against Israel.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) and leader of an enormous media ministry, has expounded the Christian pro-Israel message for the past 25 years. With longtime friend Gary Bauer at the head of a new lobbying initiative and well over two million followers, CUFI is leading an all-out campaign against the Iran deal, in solidarity with Israel.
|Pastor John Hagee has spoken out strongly against President Obama’s Iran deal, portraying it as a danger to the U.S. and Israel. (Image source: Hagee Hotline video screenshot)|
In that same camp, the influential International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem (ICEJ) has taken a major leadership role in opposition to the Iran deal. Their campaign, called Not One Bomb for Iran, has been collecting signatures on petitions to help defeat the deal.
Joining ICEJ is a list of Christian groups including such heavies as Dr. Michael Little, President of Christian Business Network (CBN); Jerry Johnson, President of the National Religious Broadcasters; Steve Strang, Founder and CEO of Charisma Media; Dr. James C. Dobson; Jane Hansen Hoyt, President of Aglow International; Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America; Dr. Paul Nyquist, President of Moody Bible Institute; Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council; and many others.
Hispanic Evangelicals are also raising their collective voices against the Iran deal. They are represented by:
- Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC/CONEL), the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, claiming to represent Hispanic Evangelicals in more than 40,000 US churches; and
- Rev. Mario Bramnick, President of the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition, an organization that stands against anti-Semitism and the campaign to delegitimize Israel.
In a statement published on July 24, Hispanic Christian leaders said:
“This deal is not only bad; it is very dangerous. It falls woefully short of what both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have said is acceptable.
“The implementation of this deal will lead to devastation results in the near term and in the future. In the short run, the agreement ensures the end of sanctions and empowers Iran to continue to fund terrorists who target Christians and Jews, and even Muslims with whom they disagree.
“We represent millions of evangelical Hispanic Christians across the United States who, like us, have a moral duty to fight anti-Semitism, defend America and support Israel. … This is not a partisan issue; it is a moral imperative. “
Evangelical leader Franklin Graham criticized the nuclear deal, writing, “Iran has a history of funding terrorism around the world, and they are Israel’s worst enemy. We are alienating our decades-long allies and cozying up to their enemies and ours.”
As the September deadline approaches for Congress to act on the Iran deal, many Christian groups will continue their lobbying campaigns. What hangs in the balance is the fate not only of Israel but Western civilization.
Susan Warner is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of Gatestone Institute and co-founder of the Christian group Olive Tree Ministries in Wilmington, Delaware. She has been writing and teaching about Israel and the Middle East for over 15 years. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.