Watching the Republican and Democrat Nation Conventions this past two weeks have been awesome. A great spectacle of American politics, and surely, a sincere exhibition of the divide not only in American politics, but in America period. America in an a bombastic period of unrest. Social issues lead the day, and racial tensions are higher than we have seen since the 1960’s. We have become a nation of radicals, where screaming “pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon”, and “what do we want? DEAD COPS!, When do we want them? NOW!” have become the battle cry of ‘equality’ in groups who are being pandered by the left, and invited to the White House for counsels with the President. All the while, police officers nationwide are being targeted for assassination.
Rev. William Barber speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Things are bad. Everyone has an opinion as to why they are so bad, but for me, it has come down to this; We have rejected God. But why? Why have we rejected
God? Society has gone through phases before, through the enlightenment, modernism and post modernism, and while Christianity has taken a beating, it has weathered the storm. But why has it fallen to such new lows today? Why is it that people, all who call themselves Christians, disagree on some issues that should be universally understood. To be more to the point, why do we have Christians who support abortion rights for women, and others who (rightly) call abortion murder? Why do we have entire denominations rejecting God’s teaching on homosexuality and sexual sin and participating in same-sex marriages “in Jesus name”? The answer is, our pastors and teachers are lost. They have left God’s word, and have begun to teach false teachings and heresies in order to fill the seats, stay relevant to their communities, and not to offend people – because we all know that Jesus never offended anyone, right?
With that as a lead in, I had to share an example with you. At the DNC last evening (7-28-2016) a Reverend William Barber, a fiery minister spoke to the nation. He got a lot of people excited, but it’s too bad he’s done so under false pretenses and by using false teaching.
Mr. Barber calls himself a “Theologically conservative liberal evangelical biblicist“. Exactly what that means, I have no idea. Especially since some of these terms are mutually exclusive from a biblical standpoint. He calls himself “conservative”, and then goes on to preach a liberal message that rejects 2,000 years of dogmatic biblical doctrine. He preaches for LBGT rights, for ‘love’ and ‘understanding’, yet clearly has a different definition for love and understanding. He calls for a ‘revival’ in the ‘revelation of our values’. This is nothing more than him saying that the revolution in values that the nation really needs, is to be patterned after his liberal anti-bible teachings of scripture, which again, deny biblical evangelical Christianity orthodoxy. That’s bad enough, and certainly enough to make him a false teacher, but then he crosses the line to become a heretical false prophet. Let me take a minute to explain the difference.
A false teacher is one who teaches falsely about scripture, but does so out of ignorance. Jesus even intimates of this in Mark 9: 38-41, where He says in verse 40, “He that is not against us, is for us”. God will use the foolish to confound the wise (I Corinthians 1:27). It is likely all preachers and teachers have been false teachers at one point or another. Teaching a passage, a context or a biblical truism falsely, and not knowing that they had done so, can happen. None of us are perfect. In cases like this the teacher is eventually made aware (as others have done so lovingly with me) of the mistake, and changes are made, making corrections in the way that subject is taught.
A false prophet, or one teaching Hersey (heretic) is one who purposes to deceive by purposing and intending to divide Gods word in such a way that they change the meaning and intent. In my opinion (and take that for what it’s worth), William Barber has done so in his speech.
Mr. Barber states (at the 2:10 mark), that the prophet Isaiah told us that the Lord says, “pay people what they are worth“. Isaiah makes no such statement. The closest that Isaiah does come to making such a statement is in Isaiah 59: 18, where it states:
According to what they have done, so will he repay wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes; he will repay the islands their due.
Fact is, this bible-bending preacher is outright lying to you in order to further his liberal social engineering agenda. As soon as he mentioned this verse, my wife and I both mumbled out loud, “I don’t think that’s really what he’s saying there”. What Isaiah truly says in Isaiah 59:18 is that the Lord will REPAY according to the work that you (we as people) have done. So in a verse where God is warning us of our unglodly and unrighteous behavior, and that acts done against God and His people will not go unpunished, the (r)everend Barber tries to pass it upon us that God has given us a biblical mandate for equal pay for equal work! That’s NOT what is says. It’s so much NOT what it says that to gain anything near that kind of inference from this verse, especially after reading it in the context of the entire chapter , is not by accident. It’s on purpose. It’s part of a larger plan, and it’s meant to deceive.
Even worse, God actually teaches us the opposite. God does not teach us that we should all have equal pay for equal work. While main tenets of Christianity are clearly that of love, equality and fairness of heart, God also teaches us that the hard lessons of life come and go, and that we need to be men (and women) of our word, faithful and content with the decisions we have made. As far as being paid for our services/work, God makes this issue abundantly clear in the parable of the workers in the vineyard in Matthew 20. Here He DENIES equal work for equal pay, and chastises those who complain that others got paid equally for doing less work. God is constantly warning us not to think of ourselves too highly, and to always esteem others greater than ourselves.
As is the case in so many instances when people are trying to point out the sins of others, in sharing this word the good (r)everand Barber just earned himself the very consequences from God, that Isaiah was warning us against.
As a point of fact, in every biblical case that I can think of where rebellious man was given exactly what they asked for, the results were vert bad. The wandering Jews were grumbling against God and hungry for meat. So, God gave them meat. He gave them so many quail that they gorged themselves, and literally gluttoned themselves to death, likely wiping out thousands. When the people asked for a King to lead them, God gave them a King and things did not go to well. Rather, God implores upon us to be satisfied with what we are given, and as Paul did, learn to be content in all circumstances (Philippians 4:11-13). We are told to give our thanks for what we receive today, and rather than worry, to pray for forgiveness of our trespasses.
In short, (r)everand Barber’s message was received with such fervor by the crowd, including professing Christians, is quite frankly, because the professing Christians are ignorant sheep who do not know the bible, do not read their bibles, cannot test the spirits or rightly divide the word- and for two reasons:
They’re too lazy to do the study themselves
Because they are being taught falsely by people like the (r)everand Barber.
The truth behind this heretical diatribe by (r)everand Barber is based on the fact that he is an activist, not a preacher. Williams is in fact the N.C President of the NAACP. For those of you who do not know, the NAACP is a group whose goal and function is to advance the population of black Americans and black Americans only. By participating in this social engineering group, Barber ceases to be a preacher, and becomes a divider, pitting blacks against white, with the purpose of raising blacks at the expense of all other racial groups. This is not loving Christianity, this is evil division. Barber is also famously quoted for calling black N.C. Senator Tim Scott, “a ventriloquist dummy”, intimating him to be a sellout to his race because he embraces conservatism, and not Barber’s brand of championed black supremacy and the advancement of blacks as HE sees it.
Barber is of course entitled to his opinion. The fact that his opinions do not square with mine is not the issue. The issue is that Barber calls himself a preacher of God’s Word, and evangelical, biblical conservative, and yet his actions are exactly the opposite preaching division, and biblical heresy instead. He will continue to do so. This blog post will not stop it. My hope and prayer however is that Christians wake up and reject this sort of reverse discrimination ‘in the name of Jesus’.
I’m so thankful for God’s calling on my life, and for the fact that He has put such great teachers, leaders and mentors in my life. I’m thankful that God has instilled in me a heart to learn and grow. The fact remains however, the average Christian in America today is what we call a cultural Christian. They are Christian not because of a conversion by the Holy Spirit, but because their parents told them they are to be Christians and have no idea what this means, or what it entails.