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The ‘sum’ of God’s word is truth, not ‘some’ of God’s word


Originally posted at Live Action News

In the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119, in the 160th verse it is believed it was the psalmist David who wrote: “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.”

If those who profess Christianity understood that the “sum” of God’s Word is truth, they might be more careful to make sure that the verses from the Scripture they quote are not cherry-picked and that uncomfortable, inconvenient sayings are not ignored.

There are certain well-known political superstars that habitually inject pseudo-religiosity into pet policy initiatives and emphasize caring for the poor and feeding the hungry while misapplying Scriptures such as “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Meanwhile, the Scriptures having to do with the sanctity of God-ordained life are consistently ignored.

Jesus commanded His followers to care for the poor and feed the hungry. Yet there are many influential politicians who don’t understand the contradiction posed when they emphasize feeding and caring for the poor in His name, but simultaneously sanction exterminating the unborn despite His disapproval.

If, as Scripture says, our existence is predestined by God, and He “chose us in Him before the creation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4), then killing in utero what He fashioned for life, for any reason whatsoever, is understandably not on the Biblical list of approved rights.

When Jesus said, “truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to … even the least of them, you did it to Me” – surely the helpless unborn would be much better described as “the least” than the poor and hungry who, although underprivileged, made it out of the womb alive.

But then again, to some policymakers it’s political expediency that matters, not godly approval.

Take for instance the likely Democrat nominee for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton. In an effort to sculpt her image into a presidential one, the former Secretary of State is pulling out all the stops. She touted her foreign policy experience at the University of Connecticut and is promoting her upcoming book, “Hard Choices” – a story whose title sounds more like something her philandering husband would choose for his own tome about his adulterous antics in the White House.

Adding a much-needed folksy vibe to Hillary’s pre-2016 image, next year Grandma Clinton will conveniently be burping a new grandbaby on the campaign trail.

Kicking it up a notch, Ms. Rodham Clinton decided it might be a good idea to bring out her Methodist upbringing in front of 7,000 members of the United Methodist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Recently in Louisville, Clinton talked about her personal faith to the United Methodist Women, the denomination’s 800,000-member female mission group that focuses on women, children and youth. The theme of the gathering was “Make it Happen.” Its emphasis: Jesus feeding 5,000 people with just loaves of bread and two fish. Prior to her appearance, Selby Ewing, communications director for the women attending the conference, said “[Hillary’s] appearance here transcends politics.” Ewing pointed out that “Our tagline is putting faith, hope and love into action.”

The problem is that Hillary is also an avid supporter of abortion, which every day affects 3,000 women and children.

Besides, if the sum of God’s Word is truth as the Bible says it is, regardless of Hillary’s rationale for supporting worldwide feticide, slaughtering 60 million pre-ordained human beings in America alone isn’t something the Jesus Christ Mrs. Clinton claims to walk with would view as an acceptable position.

The United Methodist Church, whose subsidiaries have been known to donate large sums of money to Planned Parenthood, in their Book of Discipline, without coming right out and saying it, subtly grants leeway for members searching for reasons to justify abortion:

Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion. But we are equally bound to respect the sacredness of the life and well-being of the mother, for whom devastating damage may result from an unacceptable pregnancy.

In response to those who prefer a liberal interpretation, 17th Century English Presbyterian minister and Biblical commentator Matthew Henry wrote something Hillary Clinton and the abortion supporting segment of the Methodist sisterhood should take time to ponder: “Those whose hearts stand in awe of God’s word, will rather endure the wrath of man, than break the law of God.”

Nonetheless, Methodist founders George Whitefield and John and Charles Wesley would be appalled at the modern Methodist church’s lack of outright condemnation for abortion, which explains why the women at the conference were thrilled to hear from a political proponent of Molech, the Old Testament Semitic idol to whom the book of Leviticus forbade the Israelites to sacrifice their children.

In 1667, English poet John Milton wrote of Molech in Paradise Lost and described the calf-like bronze god as a “frightening and terrible demon covered with mothers’ tears and children’s blood.” Four centuries later, the abortion that Hillary Clinton endorses is an act that is also “covered with mothers’ tears and children’s blood.”

In his letter to Timothy, Paul the Apostle warned that “God’s spirit specifically tells us that in later days there will be men who abandon the true faith and allow themselves to be spiritually seduced by teachings of demons, teachings given by men who are lying hypocrites, whose consciences are as dead as seared flesh” (1 Tim 4:1-2).

Considering that her core beliefs fail to respect the sanctity of human life, Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to embrace her faith while rejecting the Bible’s bold proclamation of “loving the least.”

The Whitewashed Sepulchers of Washington, D.C.

Originally posted at American Thinker

Liberal-style designer spirituality is a combination of moral relativism and a hybrid form of pseudo-Christianity.  Pious liberals mix together a dash of New-Ageism, a sprinkle of secular humanism, a bit of out-of-context Scripture, and a large dollop of liberal social policy, all topped with some compassionate acts of look-at-me mercy and, if it fits into their busy schedule, a very slow and public stroll to the local church.

Take Nancy Pelosi, please — I mean, for instance.  Nancy Pelosi, a self-described “ardent practicing Catholic,” is the perfect example of a designer Christian.  This is a woman who purports to be committed to her Catholic faith, but condemns the church she supposedly loves for opposing contraception, abortion, and gay marriage, and for having that pesky “conscience thing.”

Ms. Pelosi expressed her support for gay marriage when she said, “My religion has, compels me — and I love it for it — to be against discrimination of any kind in our country, and I consider [not allowing gays to marry] a form of discrimination. I think it’s unconstitutional on top of that.”

Vice President Joe Robinette Biden is also a “devout” Catholic and “long-standing supporter of Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose.”  Joe said this about gay marriage: “Look, I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men marrying women are entitled to the same exact rights.”

Liberal designer religion is the dogma that Barack Obama adheres to.  He, like most on the left, creates his own belief system as he goes along.

In 2008, an “evolving” Barack Obama expressed a favorable view of same-sex unions when he said, “If people find that controversial, then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans.”

People like Barack Obama — members of the First Church of Designer Christianity — conveniently overlook Psalm 119, which says that “[t]he sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.”

But that’s neither here nor there.  Liberal Democrats who exploit Scripture to justify anti-biblical principles and behavior don’t really take what Jesus said all that seriously; they use Scripture out of context to support a corrupt creed and adapt Bible verses to their way of thinking.  For instance, take the time Barack Obama referenced the name of Christ and then used it as a battering ram to push the point that God wants the federal government to tax the rich.

At the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast, quoting a parable that refers to the level of accountability God demands from those blessed with a greater measure of truth, Barack Obama misapplied Jesus’ words to material wealth when he said, “But for me as a Christian, [taxing the rich] also coincides with Jesus’ teachingthat, ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.'”

So “above his pay grade” Barack Obama, like God, has decided he’ll require much from whomever he pleases.

Barack Obama has proven to be an excellent hearer and outstanding speaker, but a poor doer of God’s Word.  He, and the current party in power, pick and choose from a buffet of beliefs and have cobbled together a reprobate, conviction-free religion designed especially for themselves and their constituents — devoid of core conviction, conscience, and moral integrity.

For example, after lying about economic policy, alluding to gay marriage by mentioning loving whomever you please, and appealing out on the campaign trail to the Sandra Fluke contraception contingency by promoting pro-abortion policies, apparently Barack Obama decided he was about due for a photo op/stroll on over to the local Episcopalian Church.

While attending services at St. John’s Episcopal Church, the president and his family heard a sermon from the 6th chapter of the Gospel of John delivered by Reverend Michael Angell.  In the sermon, the reverend suggested to congregants that they “inwardly digest Christ’s message of self-surrender,” a concept quite alien to the abortion-on-demand platform Barack Obama proudly maintains — 98% of which are performed purely for convenience.

Yet, despite supporting the violent killing of the unborn and the redefinition of traditional marriage, Barack Obama stepped forward to receive “holy communion.”  And while it is impossible to read another person’s heart, it’s best to be aware that partaking of the Lord’s Table is as treacherous an endeavor for an abortion rights advocate as it is for anyone to do in an “unworthy” manner.  But not to worry — designer Christians, be they “gay-affirming” reverends or abortion-advocating laypersons, are all expert at exercising self-absolution.

Abortion- and gay marriage-supporting politicians like Catholics Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden and part-time Episcopalian Barack Obama misquote Scripture, turn church attendance into a photo op, and even shamelessly receive communion, falsely believing the whole time that dead men’s bones somehow disappear from whitewashed sepulchers just because a liberal says so.

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