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Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Is It Too Late For America?
World Net Daily has been running a giant banner headline at the top of their site with these dramatic words: Christian revival in U.S. – can it really happen?
Let's find out!
While many Christian voices are calling urgently for a major national revival, author John Chalfant not only agrees, but has offered up a stunning blueprint to help get the job done.
This being World Net Daily, You can probably guess where this one's going.
The United States is losing its greatness, says Chalfant, because Christian clergy have abandoned "the militant, power-filled, full-dimensional" faith of America's founders.
Because if there's one thing this country needs to be great again, it's more militant fundamentalists.
Many Christian leaders have compromised with a secular worldview that never could have created the Declaration of Independence, Constitution or Bill of Rights, claims Chalfant, a member of the influential Council for National Policy.
Yeah, they've spent their efforts worrying about the poor and downtrodden when they should have been promoting defense initiatives and communist witch hunts. Think I'm kidding? Then read on, my friend!
"We are in a war for our God-given nation and freedoms, and the workers of iniquity are winning," Chalfant says.
Frankly, I'm a little surprised Dick Cheney hasn't claimed credit for these workers of iniquity. After all, they'd help boost his claims about our booming economy.
But he has not given up hope – far from it – insisting Christians still have at their disposal "the superior, available power and strength to take it all back."
"The hour is late, but the bell has not yet tolled for America," writes Chalfant, whose book offers a major action plan for restoration.
Have you ever stopped to think about what the Wing Nuts are really saying when they shriek about the hour being late for America? Wouldn't this make them treasonous, defeatist, flip-flopping blame-America-firsters?
He points out that while non-Christians in America certainly are not obligated to adopt or convert to the Christian faith, it is "the duty of every American citizen to defend the Constitution and the Judeo-Christian pillars of law and liberty which grant us such freedoms."
Interesting argument. If you don't support Christianity, then you won't have the right to believe something other than Christianity.
"Every citizen who is a beneficiary of America's freedoms, especially the freedom to worship as he or she pleases, or not to worship at all, has a duty to defend the Judeo-Christian pillars and laws of our nation that make such freedom possible," he adds.
"In no sense is this duty a compromise with one's own religious convictions. In America this duty simply guarantees a person's right to worship as he pleases without fear of persecution."
Well, I'm a little more old school than John and so trace my pillars and laws back to the Code of Hammurabi. Come on, people! It's your duty to support Bel and Marduk and the freedoms they make possible!
Chalfant says he committed the rest of his life "to the service of Jesus Christ and America's freedoms" after hearing a speech by the political hero of his youth, Richard Arens, staff director of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, who produced a research series on Soviet world expansion.
So far we've learned that we must embrace Christianity to enable us to believe other things. This coming from the man who learned Christianity from the HUAC – a group legendary for its embrace and cultivation of widely differing points of view.
The Arens speech began, "Two thousand years ago there was One who spoke these words: 'No man can serve two masters," comparing Jesus Christ, the "author of freedom," to Karl Marx, the "destroyer of freedom."
Finding inner peace and the meaning of life? Developing a personal relationship with the Almighty? Nah. Christianity's all about defeating the Commies.
Over the next three decades, he helped assist and fund the many Christian pro-defense leaders with whom he developed a relationship. Among his projects was a video marketing campaign, "SALT Syndrome," by the American Security Council, which President-elect Ronald Reagan later wrote was a major factor in his election victory.
So what God really wants for our nation is revival in the form of a missile defense system.
The first edition of his book, published with the title "Abandonment Theology: The Clergy and the Decline of American Christianity," was hailed by many state and national lawmakers. It has become a text for political campaigns, Christian and conservative organizations and has earned the endorsement of clergy across denominational lines.
Any guesses what kinds of political campaigns would use John's book as a "text?"
Next we learn that our nation needs to return to the "militant Christian faith" of the Founding Fathers and renounce the evils of Abandonment Theology.
Abandonment theology, he says, has laid the foundation for the "prevailing posture of non-resistance to overspreading evil."
John really has a way with words, doesn't he? In a piece praising the glories of strong national defense, he makes it a point to tie "non-resistance" with "overspreading evil."
I feel kind of bad that I haven't made more of an attempt to tie "John" with "moron."
The widespread retreat from Christian duty has opened the country to atheistic, humanistic, evolutionary and cult-based evils that undermine the founding principles of America and threaten our nation, Chalfant says.
Yes, because if there's one thing that's decimated our once-great nation, it's our biology teachers. I'm sure there's a very special section of hell reserved for them.
He describes "Abandonment Theology" as:
A faith which deceptively pawns itself off as Christianity by operating in the name of Christ, but which produces fruits destructive to America's God-given freedoms. It comprises what is left today of the militant, power-filled, full-dimensional Christian faith of America's Founders after decades of erosion, watering down and trivializing of God's action mandates by America's Abandonment Clergy. It is a "feel good" theology that patronizes Jesus Christ and thereby gains legitimacy, while at the same time produces disobedience to the commands of God and desertion of Christian duty.
The commands of God including things like building a missile defense system, of course.
His updated volume addresses contemporary political issues such as national defense, Islamic terrorism, public education and "reparations."
Sounds like a blueprint for revival to me. Those reparations nuts are really dragging this country down into the depths of depravity.
He summarizes areas in which evil has gained influence because of "abandonment clergy" and their followers:
Here are a couple of examples:
Homosexuality: This practice is condemned by God as "abomination" and "unclean" (transmitters for death-dealing diseases such as AIDS). It is "against nature," and is not genetic or an "alternate lifestyle."
Step One for revival: adopt John's lifestyle. There is no alternate.
John W. Chalfant
Women (wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters) in combat: It is an inversion of the natural role for which God created women and contributes to the destruction of a nation through downgrading and demoralizing its military combat forces.
Poverty, injustice, corruption, corporate imperialism, invasions of sovereign countries...God doesn't care about these things. It's women in the military that really makes Him mad.
"Peace, peace; when there is no peace:" Years of disarming, neutralizing propaganda takes the fight out of Christians. The claim ignores "fallen human nature" and God's mandates for vigilance by selling the false doctrine of "peace" or "peace in our time" or "peaceful co-existence" (with evil governments) as if peace were nothing more than the absence of battlefield conflict.
Time to break out the assault rifles for Jesus!
In response, Chalfant lays out a comprehensive 18-point action plan. But the very first task, he says, is "to go to our knees in prayer and ask God to help us put the shattered pieces of our Christian worldview back together so we can clearly see the whole picture and the positive role that we as individuals can play in the areas of our calling."
Cool. I'm pretty sure my calling is to mock Wing Nuts so I won't even be needing the 18 points.