Archive for July, 2012

“Replacement theology” critics have it backwards

July 29, 2012

Disclaimer: The temptation of those who don’t answer the specifics in these points is to accuse one of anti-Semitism, but this is the doctrine of the very earliest church, including Paul in the epistles, John in Revelation, and many of the people we call “Jews” today who are born-again Christians.

Oh how strong the denunciations are against so-called “replacement theology”, except they have it backwards. Under their definition, Jesus Christ himself was the first among many “replacement theologists”. This is actually new, from the last couple of centuries only.

Somebody at wnd.com, Joel Richardson, penned the article:
http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/replacement-theology-israel-and-her-enemies/?cat_orig=faith

They pretend that the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy from Matthew 24, in 70 AD, with the destruction of the nation and the Temple, is not a judgment against Israel.

This despite the fact that the Bible clearly reports the cry of “the Jews” at Pilate’s protestations over the innnocence of Jesus Christ, “Crucify him! His blood be on us and our children!”

This despite the fact that Jesus himself is the one who said:

” Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” (Matthew 21:42-44).

This despite the fact that Jesus himself said also, that the Pharisees, of whom the religious Jews of today claim spiritual genealogy, were “of your father the devil”:

Ye are of your fatherthedevil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and thefather of it.-John 8:44]

Richardson referenced the book “Our Hands are Stained With Blood”, as stating that this doctrine was “among the primary theological and ideological foundations of the Spanish Inquisition and the expulsion of roughly 150,000 Jews from Spain in 1492, the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Jews during the crusades and, ultimately, the Holocaust.”

But so what? The Pharisees invoked the laws of Moses that condemn blasphemy to threatend Pilate into crucifying Christ: “We have no king but Caesar!” And:

John 19:12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.

You would think that helping Ahab and Jezebel kill Naboth for his vineyard was the will of God, because you’d be against Israel. That’s the way they interpret it today!

And to think Joel Richardson says “Funny how it works” that replacement theologians, as he calls them, do not apply the verses of judgments against Israel against the Christian church (as in, the body of believers definition).

Funny how he avoids applying them himself, ey? Those judgments promised divorce for Israel’s wickedness!

And I saw that when for all the causes wherein backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce, yet the treacherous Judah, her sister, feared not, but went and committed fornication also.

Ah, but those all don’t count because God made a promise to Abraham? News flash! 2000-year old news flash! Jesus IS the fulfillment of the promises to Abraham, Jesus Christ IS the fulfillment of the laws of Moses and of the prophets:

Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to [our] father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.- Luke 3:8

Jesus also told the Pharisees and Saducees that they were NOT the children of Abraham:

John 3:37I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
38: I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

47: He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear [them] not, because ye are not of God.

So there you go. The Jews were not of God.

Do you know what else is funny? The religious Jews that supposedly believe in the Tanukh (our Old Testament), they don’t believe in the Christian Zionist theology either! In fact they condemn the hubris of the Zionists who founded the political nation of Israel in Palestine, saying that only the Messiah can reestablish the kingdom of Israel. They recognize better than the Christians in America and elsewhere, that the nation was really established as a secular non-Jewish state in fact, and that the favoritism and preference toward Orthodox Jews and children of recognized Jewish mothers is a policy rooted in political philosophies and realities.

Premillenialists, whatever they are, don’t matter to me. Maybe I am one maybe not. I do believe the Millenium isn’t here yet and will be established by God after Armageddon.

Now the terrestrial occupation of the environs around Israel (Palestine) by the people in the prophecy of the not-quite-truly-ethical Balaam is largely fulfilled already of course. Edom did become a possession, and Seir, and the battered Moab into oblivion. Amalek met its “end of days” way back during the time of the kings of Israel and Judah.

But Numbers 24:23-25 do not look so unambiguously as a guarantee that Israel will be reestablished as an invulnerable nation:

Numbers 24:23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!

24 And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever.

25 And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.

Verse 24 sounds like some of the Daniel prophecies for the last days too. Daniel 11 especially does not sound like something so glorious for the self-described spiritual heirs of the rabbis that plotted against their King and Messiah and got him crucified.

And what it meant to “be a Jew” back then is what it is to be a Christian today. Many Christian congregations follow their own sets of “laws of the Bible” just like the B.C. Jews, but believe in Jesus by faith.

They converted in a day:

Esther 8:17 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

Rahab the harlot of Jericho became a great-great-grandmother to David. Ruth was a Moabitess (remember Balaak’s prophecy?) who became the great-grandmother to David. And David was a “father” to Jesus Christ.

Were the Jews in Esther’s day that “became Jews” for not having Abraham in their lineage?

Were Rahab or Ruth less “Jewish” than Boaz or Joshua?

David’s Mighty Men included a great number of “strangers” of whom their pagan heritage was named among them. Were they not “Jews”, if they believed in the Lord and his mercy? Was Uriah the Hittite’s sons, if there were any before his end, were they not “Jews”?

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew who [is] one outwardly, neither that circumcision which is outward in flesh;
:29 but he [is] a Jew [who
is so] inwardly; and circumcision, of the heart, in spirit, not in letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God.

Isaiah 65:1 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name. 2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;

3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;

So who is “God’s elect” that will be the “inheritor of my [God’s] mountains”?

Isaiah 65: 9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.

Isaiah went on to proclaim God’s promise (and prophecy) to forsake even the name of his people and ” call his servants by another name”:

Isaiah 65:14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.

15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord God shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:

16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.

It’s true that the chapter goes on and appears to prophecy that Jerusalem will be some kind of center for homage in the Millenium, but the idea is clear that what is important is to obey God and what is more important than believing his word and the promises that are so abundant in the Tanukh and that point directly, unequivocably, and precisely to Jesus Christ?

Judgment starts in the house of God. The kingdom of God is taken from what were once his people called by his name but just like those Jews that joined the pagan nations around them and disappeared into history, or “from” history, they went off in their own direction instead of following God.

There are many “Messianic” congregations that make no bones about agreeing with this idea, I think Jews for Jesus are among them.
Stanley Telchin tells how he found that Jesus was his Messiah after his daughter announced she had come to Jesus and he felt betrayed:

Betrayed: http://www.paperbackswap.com/Betrayed-Stan-Telchin/book/0800794230/

Messianic Judaism is Not Christianity a Loving Call to Unity:
http://www.paperbackswap.com/Messianic-Judaism-Christianity-Stan-Telchin/book/0800793722/

The scripture tells us as believers to speak with one voice. We are not a people divided, we are part of the body of Christ as believers.

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.–Isaiah 1:18

21 Burned in Walk Over Hot Coals at Robbins Event – ABC News

July 23, 2012

21 Burned in Walk Over Hot Coals at Robbins Event – ABC News:
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/21-treated-burns-robbins-event-16826432#.UA1HS0S0LYT

Tony Robbins will never, ever live this down. The report linked says he’s been doing this for years, and that 6,000 attendees walked across the coals the same day, but the attention fell on the 21 who got really hurt.

This highlights the principle of faith. Christians have known for 2,000 years that believing faith can result in miraculous healing, and HAS resulted in miraculous healing IN OUR TIME. But if you don’t have the faith, there’s not much that even Jesus can do for you.

W-V “No Bible is my final authority. GOD is!”

July 20, 2012

Some people say:

“No Bible is not my final authority. GOD is?!


Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Maybe Isaiah’s prophecy had these clueless empty shells in mind:

Isa 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.

Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These [are] the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and [in] the prophets, and [in] the psalms, concerning me.

Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Paul says let the guy be accursed.

The John Walton interview and what followed

July 15, 2012

Mr. Wheatley,

There is ZERO “strain” between Bible and science because the Bible is all true, God is not a liar, and true science totally supports it. “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth forth his handiwork”, which means that what we find out in the physical world is a reflection of what God said in his word.

The universe is NOT another book of the Bible, it is a testimony to the Bible. Every word.

I have read John Walton’s stuff before and understand it completely. He says we need to understand the Bible through understanding “how the ancient cultures” saw it.

But in the broadcast today, July 14, I did not catch whether the crucial starting point for his thinking was. I heard him on your program talk about a 7-day temple ritual for an “inauguration”, supposedly. Elsewhere in his writing he points to the Babylonian creation myths as helping us interpret Genesis One.

That is completely backwards. And it is very clearly against the way the BIBLE itself tells us to interpret scripture:

Isa 28:10 For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little:
Isa 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

So Mr. Walton has fallen backward and is broken, snared, and taken in his own words.

If the temple rituals were seven days and the week has seven days it’s because God told them to because he had created the universe, the heavens and the earth, in seven days. To say it’s the other way around is a torture of semantics, fingernails on the blackboard.

Jesus did believe Genesis One as plainly written:

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; maleandfemale created he them.

Mat 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female,

Mar 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

Make no mistake: The Hebrews knew, 100%, what the word “day” meant, and we all know that the Jews start their Sabbath Day on what we call Friday at sunset.

Gen 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And to say this is a “functional” description is just whacky. It makes absolutely no functional sense, even as a “functional” description of Creation itself.

What kind of “function” corresponds to plants before they are even in the earth?!

And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and [there was] not a man to till the ground.

Please note that there are 21 emphatic declarations by God, mutually self-reinforcing, that this is a description of a SIX-DAY Creation and nothing else. There are frequent references to that Creation and to Adam and Eve in the garden throughout scripture.

And what do you know, true scientific evidence is a testimony to it!

A.Each one of all six days of Creation is described as “the evening and the morning”.

B.Each one of all six days of Creation are told as ordinal numbers, not cardinal numbers. Ordinal numbers designate a sequence of six days, not a scattershot one day here, one there. They also point to actual days, not a semantically tortured “functionality”.

C.The seventh day is also expressed as an ordinal seventh day, and in other references it obviously comes immediately following the six contiguous days.

There’s much more Bible scripture corroborating six days of Creation.

The genealogies are nonsense unless they are literal, because they go from Adam all the way to Jesus Christ. If you believe in Christ, you have to believe in those genealogies.

Who is the Great Whore of Babylon of Revelation?

July 11, 2012

The Vatican (or characters therein) are better candidates for the False Prophet of Revelation 13 than for the Great Whore of chapters 17 and 18.

* And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
–The Vatican has diplomatic recognition but it has no political power.

* (Rev 18:2) America has much ore than the Vatican has “habitation of devils, the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”

Wow. Just wow

July 10, 2012

“If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me”, Job said. (Job 9:20)

This line was found in a prayer uttered by a “prayer” purportedly to a “rainbow Christ” by an “ordained minister” of a “gay Christian denomination“.

With the red stripe in the rainbow, we give thanks that God created us just the way we are.


There were some things that are true in the prayer itself and go against the current traditions of men in churches, but it’s mixed in with poison too. Jesus is non-conformist, and he is all human as well as all divine, and God made sex to be the most pleasurable thing you can get, so you get a bit of “erotic” there too. Women were the crowning creation, last but best! And God invented sexuality! The first commandment was to be “fruitful and multiply, and replenish the Earth”, meaning have lots and lots of sex until the Earth was replenished, overflowing with people!

So Jesus is certainly non-conformist, God is love, and he that loveth not knoweth not God. He was always an enemy of the “holier-than-thou” stuffed shirts, both of the godly kind and the ungodly kind.

But for the Metropolitan Church, that claims to be Christian, they claim to but they do not thank God for creating them just they way they are. Male and female created he them, and no wonder they mutilated the Bible to have one of their own. They do not thank Him for making them the way they are, they do something else.

What you “are” and what you “do” are two different things. They relate of course but they’re not the same. I “am” a software developer but that’s changeable. My X chromosome is in every cell in my body. Even if they developed science to replace all your X-chromosomes with a Y, you still cannot claim that you’re thankful for the way God created you.

(Too bad Roberts and SCOTUS couldn’t just come up with a new “version” of the Constitution and had to use the semantics two-step instead. Oh wait, I guess you could say they amended it. There’s nothing like “case law” to amend the Constitution the easy way, with stealth RINO Court nominees. That will last until people are fed up with the idiocy of pretending court decisions are like Papal missives that preempt the Bible)

Sodom and Gomorrah had “filled their cup of iniquity” when their judgment hit. Very few truly righteous men, meaning people who think before they just go for the feel-good.

Self-righteousness is the worst sin. The publican begged God for mercy, knowing he was a sinner. He goes to heaven before the Pharisee does. The Pharisee brags about following God’s law, like chastity, regular church attendance, and taking the sermons to heart that make him feel good, and reads Joel Osteen to find out how to “Become a Better You“. These are bigger sinners than the thieves who are genuinely contrite.

She prayed for “healthy pride”, a contradiction in terms. ” Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18

Then points to the “light…within us”. The heart is wicked and deceitful and if you follow the emotions of the moment without checking against facts and logic, you’re done for. Therein lies addiction, avarice, envy, coveting and the rest.

King James Bible and Revelation 17:6

July 8, 2012
The title page to the 1611 first edition of th...

The title page to the 1611 first edition of the Authorized Version Bible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In another venue, I ran across another misguided criticism of the King James Bible.

Somebody objected to the use of the word “admiration” describing John’s attitude in looking upon the Great Whore of Babylon.

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.- Rev 17:6

It’s amazing that so many people today who hardly know any Biblical languages think they can criticize the gigantic intellects of the KJB translators, who lived in a time where they were not distracted by hours of movies and TV programs and national sports competitions and World Cups, but learned those languages as children and continued through their academic careers.

The translators for the modern English translations, on the other hand, do have several years of language instruction behind them, but they still cannot compete with the fluency of those KJB scholars.

Almost none of the other English-language translations have that wording. They replace it with “great amazement”, “complete amazement”, “greatly astonished”, “marveled”, “great wonder”.

The mistake all these people are making is that they are trying to save the Bible from saying something wrong. The Bible has no need of this.

This is a mistake they also make in Revelation 13, when they put the mark of the Beast “on” the right hand or forehead. That’s because the first word listed in English as a translation for the word in Greek in almost all lexicons, is “on”. But the King James Bible translation committees knew their Koine Greek much better than today’s dumbed-down college graduates, and doctors in divinity. They realized that the “mark” was not external; the Greek word was for an incision, or a groove, a rut, something cut down into the skin.

A tattoo might partially fit that bill, but since the KJB scholars were actually fluent in their Greek and could compose prose and carry on casual conversations in it, they knew that the better fit in English is “in”.

Now we have this word “admiration” in Revelation 17:6. The modern translators want to save John (and their Bible) from any positive reaction in John to the Great Whore.

But that’s not necessary, in my opinion. As I write, I know of two opinions explaining John’s admiration. A fellow KJB Bible believer offered his interpretation, who agrees that God speaks with “one voice”, just as Paul wrote that he would have the church speak “with one voice”.

His belief is that John was admiring at the calamities this Whore would suffer from the judgments of God. I do not find that satisfactory.

Remember, John is not exactly perfect! Duh! See what we find in Revelation 19:10:

And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

So what I think about this word “admiration” here is that John had a reaction that the rest of the chapter describes as almost universal on the Earth.

It’s not a stretch. We see today in the United States all across the country, especially every July 4th, there are evangelicals, Baptists, Christians of all doctrines, who speak of how much they admire the “exceptionalism” of the United States. They hold her up as nation “chosen by God”, and repeat the mantra that it is a “Christian nation“, despite the fact that she has forgotten God, and is backslidden, and has become a proselytizer of wickedness, and just like the Great Whore, has dazzled the world through the sorceries of her media and entertainment.

See, it is too easy to admire the United States, and the products of its culture and its materialism. Even among those who complain the most about it, who enjoy the abundance of its riches, will lament its demise when it goes.

Certainly God “setteth up one, and putteth down another”, and He most assuredly blessed the nation for the Christian core of its culture and life at its founding. But it is no longer. It is no longer Christian any more than the Israel of Ahab and Jezebel was godly.

I think John was quite likely overcome in the hypnotic dazzle of the effect of this Great Whore, and we see in the very next verse that the messenger of God gently brings him back to reality:

Rev 17:7  And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

This is actually one of the greatest strengths of the KJB: these men of God revered the Word so much that they just translated the word “as is” without trying to guess at what it “really” meant in their own minds. Instead of making a best guess at the Hebrew word for “behemoth”, which they did not know, they transliterated it. No “hippo”, no “rhino”, none of that. Now we understand he was talking about a dinosaur.

“Wherefore didst thou marvel?” Not quite a rebuke, and using the word “marvel” instead of “admire” now to reduce the sting. “God knoweth our frame”, and he is quick to understand and forgive much worse.

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.- Isaiah 55:7

 

Who is the Whore of Revelations 17 and 18?

July 7, 2012

The Roman Catholic Church has been in the past an enemy of the saints, but so are many other institutions of worldwide reach, including many Protestant churches, like the shadowy secret society founded by Adam Weishaupt in the late 18th century, the Masons too, and these have dazzled their members with many of the riches listed.

The Protestant World Council of Churches was a major sponsor of Robert Mugabe’s murderous gang in Zimbabwe even after the slaughtered an entire village of natives for helping the white missionary doctor, who had healed many of them.

The RCC was also the best candidate for Number One persecutor during many centuries, and during the writing of the King James Bible of course they tried to stop it and plotted murders to overthrow that king and Protestant rule everywhere. The Jesuits continue to this day to hatch plots against Protestants and even missionary works that disdain the labels of “Protestant” and “Catholic”. While I was a missionary in the Dominican, they ruled against a musical concert by a group of Christian missionaries there. The Opus Dei is a layperson arm of the Jesuits.

But “long identified as the Roman church” does not make it the Whore of Babylon of Revelations. In Daniel 12 God said the details would be sealed until the time of the end, and now they are coming revealed. Isaac Newton yearned to know and thought those details were hidden in the codes, but the thing is that now we can see them.

But consider this. Even the kings of the Communist nations, for all their complaints about Yankee imperialism, have lived deliciously from the abundance of materialism of the United States of America, in places and in ways that the Roman church never saw at all. And now, even Europe is beginning to view the Yanks with contempt.

Krushchev yearned to visit Disneyland.

The Soviets built Russian trucks to Ford Motor Company specifications.

The new North Korean tyrant has a fleet of sports cars, as does his brother. The sports car market generates a majority of profits from America.

The entire commercial sector of every nation in the world (geography.about.com says 196) looks to the market in the United States to sell their goods, even today, even as the best place to sell their goods.

Indian prosperity is driven by sales to the US.

China’s great prosperity revolution has been driven by sales to the USA.

When the Great Whore is destroyed by fire, all of these kings will miss her badly. The NWO planners wanted to merge the nation peacefully with the Soviet Union, but they’ve had to push back plans because Yanks are so stubbornly independent-minded and individualistic and rebellious. They rebelled against God because they let the occultists and Satanists take over not only the nation but most of the churches of the land (Ezekiel 8), and followed false prophets, and devils’ doctrines.

Go down the list. If the Great Whore is not the USA itself, then it has to be New York. Where else would you put a “World Trade Center”?

New York was hand-picked by the Rockefellers to locate the United Nations, they even donated the land for it. International transactions are routed through the New York Fed, and if you send money overseas, you’ll often get a request to make your instrument as one drawn on a New York bank.

Rome is ruled itself by the same people Bill Clinton was talking about in his nomination acceptance speech in 1992. I was shocked that he so publicly announced that he got his marching orders from the “conspiracy” described by his Georgetown professor Carroll Quigley (“Tragedy and Hope”).

They do not get their marching orders from the Vatican, it is the Vatican that gets its marching orders from them. Their name is spelled beginning with an “I” and ending with an “i’. Dan Brown mentions them in one of this book but of course twists it backwards.

I’m convinced based on Revelations 17 and 18 is that even when those ten kings burn the Whore with fire, they will be among “all the kings of the earth” who are sorry to see it happen, because they wanted to take it over without the fire, but the Yanks were just too much maverick.

Too many of God’s people have stood by in the USA while their rulers did the bidding of international bankers and the money changers at the Fed and meddled in people’s affairs and gave aid and comfort to the enemies of God and helping persecutors worldwide, so we the people and we God’s people are complicit.

Sure, it’s been a lack of zeal among Christian true believers to share salvation with their neighbors, but they let the thieves and vipers take on “helping” the poor, and now they take bribes from Saducees and pagans to muzzle the gospel while they help the poor. Skull and Bones Bush (whose “favorite philosopher” was Jesus Christ in election years) wanted to turn independent “faith-based” charities into “Caligula-controlled”, ahem, “charities”. Take the government money, just don’t speak “Christian”. Speak no more in this name.