Conservative Christian Movement

CCM013- Rise Through Knowledge

Welcome to the Conservative Christian Movement Podcast.  I am Jeff, your host. This is episode 013; “Rise Through Knowledge”. Today on the Conservative Christian Movement Podcast I’ll give details on  Saul Alinsky’s Twelfth rule for Radicals,   We’ll wrap up the conversation about the Johnson Amendment.  I’ll finish with more examples of liberal melt downs and talk Serenity in Politics, if there is such a thing.  Show Notes for this episode can be found at CCMPodcast.com.   Thank you for the opportunity to teach you.  Remember to Subscribe, Rate and Review the show.  Again, thank you for joining in, lets go!

The verse of the day:

Matthew 7:7 New International Version (NIB)

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

As we move into the US mid-term election cycle, you may notice many television ads, mailers in your mailbox and facebook this and that, all in the name of electing a specific candidate.  It is funny how every candidate is miraculously conservative on the Republican side and Liberal on the Democratic side.  The truth, however, most are less conservative— hence more liberal than they claim.

There are tools out there to shed light on candidates claims to represent your interests.  For many years now we have all heard “I will fight abortion, protect guns ownership, protect property rights, cut taxes and bring sanity to our fiscal house.”  One candidate after another, whether local, state or federal has claimed on or more of these promises. The fact is abortion remains, gun ownership is at an all-time threat, property rights are dwindling and our fiscal house, well is crumbling.  I wrote a blog post in 2012 about the deficit.  At the time the National Debt was $16 Trillion.  To be clear a $1 Trillion has 9 zeroes behind it, yes 9! Today, the National Debt is $21 Trillion.  Since the US House of Representatives controls the budget, who is to blame?  Yes, Republicans, especially those of Moderate and Liberal bent.  Not one candidate for the House of Representatives stood in front of a camera and stated openly, I will ensure we reach $21 Trillion by 2018.

Did you ask the question at the time “who should you vote for?”  Did you even vote in any of the elections since 2012?  Stats say about 3 in 4 Christians voted.  Unfortunately, as we have discovered in the last episode, #12 not all Christians are truly conservative.  I believe whole heartedly, a Conservative Christian is compatible with Biblical Principles.  Those who claim Jesus was a Liberal, are simply wrong.  You as an individual should be willing to help with your personal wealth, not ask the government to do it.

I just recently created a video, seen at facebook.com/ccmpodcast, which shared iVoterGuide.com, a tool to root out those not-so-conservative politicians who would fail to live up to the conservative Christian values they run on.  This video, specifically created by request in Ohio is linked below.  iVoterGuide.com works across America by simply entering your zip code.

The key is to seek wisdom to sort out the fodder by seeking wisdom.  As Matthew 7:7 states, “seek and you will find.”

The Twelfth Rule for Radicals—

  • The Twelfth Rule is: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. You cannot risk being trapped by the enemy in his sudden agreement with your demand and saying “You’re right — we don’t know what to do about this issue. Now you tell us.”

 

Bill Clinton, back in the day denied allegations of sordid acts with Monica Lewinsky.  He denied it to the end with a finger wagging in the camera.  The denial unraveled as more an more evidence proved the contrary.  You could call the investigation an attack on Clinton himself.  He was impeached not for the act itself, but the lying about it.  We see through history, the underlying investigation brings charges not of what was done, but the lies about what was done. 

These are the situations for which Alinsky speaks.  The denial of what is believed to be true gives volumes of information with which to attack a person.  President Clinton was one of the most recent presidents to find this to be the case.  President Trump lives daily with liberals seeking his head on a pike (uh, impeachment hearing).  We have President Nixon before both.  Again, the denial proved empowering to the attack itself.

But, what if they had simply admitted the charges were true?  Perhaps they would have been found guilty of the charges, but the attacks would have no where to go.  Otherwise, when an attack runs its course and the underlying attacks are known to be fruitless, we see it morph into something else.  I’ve talked about Russia and collusion before.  This is what has happened there.  Now we hear porn stars and the president (which I find too coincidental by the way…)

This narrative works in your personal world as well.  If you mess up, either with your spouse or at work, if you own it, fess up and learn from it, there is much to learn about what happened.  The best outcome is, the issue will simply die on the vine, likely to never be heard of again.

And now, part 3– The Johnson Amendment

Over the past two episodes I talked about the origin of the Johnson Amendment, calling it payback for 501 (c)3 efforts to keep him out of the Senate (Episode 11).  I detailed how simply the verbiage was in the tax law and what it was meant to do to charitable organizations, including churches.  I also talked about those who would leave the amendment in place last week (in Episode 12). This week I’ll talk about what efforts to repeal it look like and why it seems fruitless.

I find it interesting how our political process can be so finicky.  When President Obama created DACA with the stroke of a pen, no judges stood up and called it unconstitutional.  Obama himself claimed he had no authority to issue DACA, yet he did it with an executive order.  Enter President Trump who used an executive order to cancel it.  Activist judges stopped him stating the anti-DACA EO was unconstitutional.  Are you shaking your head yet?  How could something unconstitutional be kept in place by an activist judge?  Well, you have no conservatives willing to stand up to them.  After all, if a tree falls in the forest and no-one is around, does it make noise?

Back to the Johnson Amendment.  We talked about how few words were included in the amendment.  President Trump made a promise to Christians during his campaign to rid the country of the impact to churches.  The language to repeal it was written into House Budget.  The senate version did not include the language.  At the conclusion of the reconciliation process, a process used to ensure two separate versions become one agreed to by both, the final verbiage did not include the new language.  You can thank in part the gutless senate along with the Senate Parliamentarian for striking this promise.  But, President Trump signed the budget leaving the amendment in place.

Where does this leave churches?  In the same place.  However, the First Amendment guarantees the freedom of speech for Christians. This podcast is my effort to ensure I utilize my rights to influence Christians.  Each Christian can use social media (so long as social platforms play nice with conservative language and not block it.  Any church can hold voter registration drives, suggest the attendees who have reached voting age to ensure they vote.  In any case, they should always talk about issues from a biblical perspective.  The voter must still determine the truth about candidates in spite what they hear, see and read.  This too is something pastors must press into the minds of their members.  This is all free and requires no official documents.

Christians simply must care about what is happening and why our nation is at a tipping point.  My fear is our parents, either Christian or not stood by and allowed prayer to be removed from schools, abortion on demand, marriage beyond a man and a woman, etc.  I hear too many people who don’t vote, especially Christians, simply because they feel their vote does not count.  The truth is, their non vote counts exactly the same for a liberal.  It is a vote for their side which is always activated to beat Christian principles at the ballot box.  To borrow from a friend running for State Representative, “Bad things happen when good people do nothing.”  So true!  Good people began doing nothing in the 1960’s in my humble opinion.

The Liberal News of the week…

A local Planned Parenthood office, tied to the national champion for infanticide has called for disney to introduce an abortion princess via Twitter, in an effort to both boost revenue and strengthen public support for the killing of unborn children.  Though they came to their senses right away and took the post down, the evidence remains.  Snopes, a long known liberal organization confirms the rumor is true, good thing as they couldn’t rid the world of the evidence.  It seems some times, the evidence speaks for itself and you just can’t wish it away.

It seems if you are a right-thinking conservative Christian, you are not capable of performing many jobs, including Secretary of State.  During Mike Pompeo’s senate confirmation hearings last week, Cory Booker reflected on Pompeo’s prior statements regarding the perversion of Homosexuality.  The statement by Pompeo came after the Supreme Court institutionalized same sex marriage in Kansas, and effectively across the nation (time will tell).  Of course anyone holding a Biblical view on the issue is a hate monger and not suitable for the job and the Washington Post is all too happy to push that narrative.  We talked bout fake news and polling in Episode 3- Honesty Please.  This story used both with a claim 60% of Americans support Same Sex Marriage.  Gallup seems to confirm this result whether I agree or not with it.

Serenity—

I’ve always loved the serenity prayer.  Although it is not really referenced in the Bible, it sure is helpful, especially when I consider the current state of the nation as it relates to Christianity.  The Serenity Prayer, credited to Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) is short and sweet.  I pay attention to only the first portion for efficiency sake.

–God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

As part of my goals to help Christians be empowered to change the world, it behooves us all to know the difference in what we can and cannot change, courage to change what we can, and to discern early the difference in the two.

If you happen to think getting involved is not important, you need to look no further than Turkey, and the pastor imprisoned for his faith.  His trial begins today.  I think American Pastor Andrew Brunson likely disagrees with you.  Take the first step and sign the ACLJ petition to free Pastor Brunson.

Join the discussion at CCMPodcast.com.  I look forward to your comments about this week’s show.

Hiatus–

I’ll be taking a brief hiatus to reconfigure this podcast.  Look for additional episodes starting in May.  In the meantime, if you appreciate the topics discussed in this episode, there is a handy contact page on my website at www.ccmpodcast.com/contact.  There are very easy single click ways to tell me how great this show is.  If you don’t like it, I’d sure love to know why.  After my hiatus, I’m happy to include positive feedback in the format.  I happen to know lots of people listen to the show but few take the time to rate and review it.  I’ve made it as easy as e’mailing hello@ccmpodcast.com.

The question of the week—

Do you vote?  Let me know.  I’ll publish the results in a future episode.

Until next time, be blessed.

Links—

Blog Post— Just How Much is $16 Trillion?

iVoterGuide.com

IvoterGuide Video

Verse of the day-Narrated by Alexa

CCMPodcast Episode 11

CCMPodcast Episode 12

DACA

Repeal of Johnson Amendment

Abortion Princess

Cory Booker-Liberal Senator from New Jersey

Gallup Same Sex Marriage Poll

Serenity Prayer

CCM 012- Speak the Truth

Welcome to the Conservative Christian Movement Podcast episode 012 titled “Speak the Truth”. Today on the Conservative Christian Movement Podcast I’ll give details on  Saul Alinsky’s Eleventh rule for Radicals,   We’ll continue talking about Johnson Amendment in depth.  I’ll finish with more examples of liberal melt downs.  Show Notes for this episode can be found at CCMPodcast.com.   Thank you for joining in, without any more Introductions, let’s get started.

The verse of the day:

Proverbs 11:3 Living Bible (TLB)

A good man is guided by his honesty; the evil man is destroyed by his dishonesty.

 

In our political system we elect (hopefully) human beings, all of which according to the word are sinful beings.  I am sinful, you are sinful; we ALL are sinful and have fallen short of the glory of God.  That means none of us are particularly worthy of God’s grace, though because He loves us, we are set free of our sins.  We are also limited in our capacity to live like Jesus lived.

Aside from good works, our greatest sign of a moral compass is our honesty.  As we hire our representatives at the local, state and federal levels, more data exists, giving permanent evidence as to how well they have lived up to their word.  In that respect those who fall short can legitimately be fired, while those who have the fortitude to live up to their words and work hard for you, can be blessed with re-election.

Making the choice to give the job and take it away is a personal task each of us, especially Christians, must take– and take seriously if we are to every fight back from the brink of destruction for which turning away from God has led us.

The Eleventh Rule for Radicals—

  • The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside;

The eleventh rule follows closely behind the tenth.  Sustainment of attacks is required.  But what is it that Alinsky means by “Counterside?”  Let’s presume for a moment, any attack by an Alinsky follower is made up mostly of half-truths.  The activists publicly state something about company X and continue making the statements over time.  The company can react in one of a few ways.  They could simply ignore it.  They could make a simple statement in defense.  They could react with multiple statements.

If reacting with multiple statements, by perhaps multiple people, there is a risk of contradictory statements or even a perceived admission of truth to the claim.  Therein lies the counterside.  Now the activist can act shocked at the admission, offer a “told you so” and then ratchet the pressure.  The counterside now is a changing defense which simply proves guilt in the mind of people.

We see this tactic frequently in hopes of causing an outburst and the hope for increased negative tone on behalf of our president.  I’ve talked about Russia in prior episodes.  We have a full year of denials on behalf of the administration and a full year of accusations from Democrats and a possible presidential interview with the special counsel, Robert Mueller (which I fully expect to be a gotcha circus).  If I had a phone line direct to the white house, I’d say don’t do it…  Fodder WILL follow.

And now, part 2– The Johnson Amendment

We talked last week about Lyndon B. Johnson nearly losing a primary election to a candidate supported by a 501 c (3) organization.  This was the impetus to the change in the tax code.

As a result, upon winning the election, Johnson saw fit to ensure this doesn’t happen again.  What can we learn from this?  If a law is used to beat a liberal, change the law.  Any time we hear the Johnson Amendment in the news, it is reflective of conservatives and yes, Pastors in the pulpit.  You see, the Bible is in direct conflict of Liberal policies, in most cases.  Maybe I should say it in reverse, that Liberal Policies are in direct conflict with the Bible.  That’s probably the right way to say it.  It comes down to just a few issues really– abortion, homosexual marriage and public celebrations of Christianity.

Can you as a Christian, sitting in a church on Sunday imagine your pastor endorsing a candidate who supports abortion on demand, homosexual marriage and does not celebrate the birth of Jesus or His resurrection?  Not likely, thought there are some churches who would do exactly that (more on that later).

Johnson knew churches were a primary recipient of the benefits of 501 c (3) status, and thus could shut them down through legislatively threatening that benefit.  It worked for years and continues to keep the pulpit, for the most part out of the public policy grudge match.  Another result of this is a failure to press Christians in the church to get out and vote.

With the current administration vowing to eliminate the Johnson amendment, many in the press are downplaying the effects of the amendment.  They claim the church has many rights to influence the congregation.  Perhaps that is true, however the threats placed on them by the amendment, changes the behavior of the church, forcing them to hold short of even mentioning voting, candidates– especially by name, Biblical issues or supporting such positions with scripture.  This all in the name of protecting the benefit of tax free existence, something the liberals consider a free ride on the government.

There are in my opinion, two reasons liberals would keep the amendment in place.

  1. To ensure Conservative Christians stay out of politics as much as possible.
  2. To ensure donations to candidates are not funneled through tax deductible charities such as churches.

To be clear, it is not just liberal democrats who want the amendment to remain in place.  Liberal Republicans do too.  The one reason is any Christian voting according to Biblical teachings would be less likely to support those of liberal nature than conservative politicians.

If you believe I am wrong on that, you need to look no farther than the list of people who support keeping the amendment in place.  I found a letter (linked below) of pastors who petitioned the government to leave it in place.  Low and behold what I found were churches with gay pastors and churches who support the LGBTQ agenda.  Additionally, Atheist organizations, liberal Democrats and an organization known as Americans United for a Separation of Church and State.  The harm as they state is this:

Many signers explained why this issue was important to them. For example:

  • “When we throw our endorsements behind particular candidates and parties, we have crossed an important line which carries us beyond serving as the spokespeople for the moral and ethical teachings of our faiths and into the role of partisan political propagandists.” – Rabbi Henry Karp of Iowa
  • “It was news to me that my freedom over the last forty-five years in the same pulpit had been limited. Not true. Nothing will destroy the witness of a local congregation [more] than to invite unbridled partisan politics.” – the Rev. Gary Burton of Alabama
  • “Political groups will use compliant churches as PAC funnels, allowing unlimited political donations and making them tax-deductible.” – Imam Rashid Patch of California

Rabbi Henry Karp is, according to his blog anti-Trump and a reform Jew. Reform Jews are committed to the full participation of gays and lesbians in synagogue life as well as society at large.  I tend to agree with Rev. Burton, however, the church absolutely must get involved in partisan politics if only to define the problem, and push a solution to the congregation.  Otherwise, I find no disagreement with the Reverend.  As for Imam Rashid Patch, I did not dig deep enough to look into his heritage, however his facebook page is clearly anti-Trump and seems a bit anti-Semitic.

What we see here is those who are against repeal do not have Christian thinking in mind, well mostly.  Others just think it works well enough as it is without repealing it.

I feel it should be repealed, however I do not want church money to go to candidates.  I think on that front, most of us agree.  I do however want Pastors to be free to call out politicians who do not share Christian values.

In the meantime, if you are of Christian values and want to prepare for the coming primary elections in each state and the general election in November, check out iVoterGuide.com.  Simply enter your zip code and it will give you lots of details on local and state races.  It will do the homework for you based on a candidate’s history and score them on the conservative-liberal scale.

The Liberal Rants of the week…

I have two for you this week.  First we have former Secretary of State Madelein Albright.  When I was younger, I would refer to her as Madeleine Halfbright, you know in my youthful exuberant days.  But it seems our “democracy” not our Republic is at risk with President Trump at the helm.  It seems Miss Albright believes true dictators around the world point to his actions as justifying their own dictatorial actions.  She calls the president a fascist, in her words as a government controlled by one party.  Well, by her definition, we had that at the beginning of President Obama’s administration and we seemed to survive that fascism.

Hey Madeleine, calling the president a racist hatemongering is not truthful and it is not helpful.  I’m just sayin’.

Then we have MSNBC (Yes, it still exists, though few watch it) and their merry band of analysts.  It seems their lifelong dream is about to come true. With the hope of finally seeing the president questioned by Mueller, the liberal dream of seeing the president in prison is at hand according to MSNBC.

As I mentioned earlier in this episode, speaking with Mueller in any form is a recipe for disaster.  It plays into the hands of liberal activists at every turn.  The slighted embellishment or omission would be a trip to the grand jury, or the federal equivalent where Mueller is concerned.  Seeing this outcome would serve the 40% of Americans who actually wanted Clinton to win.

I had less than zero respect for anything President Obama had to say, for good reason, but seeing him in prison never once crossed my mind.  As I’ve said a few times in my show, politics is a board game, you win some and you lose some, but you should always play fair.

Join the discussion at CCMPodcast.com.  I look forward to your comments about this week’s show.

Coming in the next episode, I’ll cover Alinsky’s Twelfth rule for radicals and finish looking into the Johnson Amendment.  As always, I’ll find more examples of liberal melt downs.  Hopefully, YOU will share your reaction to my show.

My question for you today is this: Are you concerned about Christian Voter turnout?  Let me know.

Leave a message on Speak Pipe, voicemail or email.  Each method isfound on my contact page, ccmpodcast.com/contact, I’ll likely share it on the show.

Until next time, be blessed.

Links—

Fascism–

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascism

 

Madeleine Albright–

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/madeleine-albright-attacks-trump-fascism_us_5ac7ebf9e4b07a3485e4b7f3

 

The president in shackles–

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/msnbc-analyst-speculates-about-trump-getting-arrested-by-us-marshalls/

 

Reform Judaism–

https://reformjudaism.org/what-reform-judaism

 

Faith Leaders Letter– (Download link)

https://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/more-than-4000-faith-leaders-send-a-message-to-congress-protect-the-johnson

Bible Verse from Bible Gateway–

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+11%3A3&version=TLB

CCM 011- Easter’s Lessons in Politics

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Welcome to the Conservative Christian Movement Podcast episode 011 titled “Easter’s Lessons in Politics”.

Today on the Conservative Christian Movement Podcast I’ll give details on  Saul Alinsky’s Tenth rule for Radicals,   We’ll see what political lessons we can take from the Easter Story and I’ll begin talking about Johnson Amendment in depth.  I’ll find more examples of liberal melt downs.  Show Notes for this episode can be found at CCMPodcast.com.   Thank you for joining in, without any more Introductions, let’s get started.

The verse of the day: Proverbs 12:17 New International Version (NIV)

“An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.”

I can’t tell you how many people have asked me about the Johnson Amendment.  It’s an important topic, one which demands exacting research.  It is also quite powerful.  It is a greatly divisive topic.  Proverbs 12:17 tells us there are witnesses who tell truth and those who tell lies.  Often, lies are shaded with partial truth, or nuggets of lies scattered among facts.  Only YOU can define what is factually accurate and what is not.  My aim with this podcast is not to cast out my opinion, but to help YOU to know how to sort it out and come to your own conclusion.

The Tenth Rule for Radicals—

The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.

Just watch the news.  How long did we hear about Russia?  Email Server?  The stained dress?  How about then Presidential Candidate Trump’s tax returns.  Each received an absolute bombardment of coverage in the main stream media– on both sides of the aisle.  The difference may only be in the fury of news coverage between left and right, when it comes to the ideology of the candidates of which the news is speaking.  Fox News, and their Fair and Balanced claim is largely ceremonial, though they do hit President Trump frequently, mostly over tweets.

The key here is that we as Christians do not need to resort to low blows or innuendo.  There are enough facts to share which make your point.  In the days of 24 hour news, there are not enough facts to fill the time.  As a result, you end up with, as I’ve mentioned before, beyond a couple of sentences worth of news, you get innuendo, opinion and sometimes made up points– sometimes lies.

Rarely in the news cycle do you find a story full of only documented facts.  I spoke of this in my episode “Honesty Please” available at www.ccmpodcast.com.  Your job as a Christian voter is to recognize how much  of a news story is actually true and how much of it goes beyond sourced information considered factual.  When candidates are being pummeled with such stories, you can almost certainly bet there is money behind the attacks.

Political Lessons from the Easter Story.

Nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus walked this earth, the Son of God, accepted by some, rejected by others.  He did good works for those in need, spoke of God and our soon to be home in Heaven.  There is much more to the story than that, but for the purposes of this episode, I’ll focus on the politics involved with the crucifixion and put aside the Biblical plan set in motion upon the birth of Jesus and Bethlehem.

Jesus was tried by the government officials, in this case Pilate, the Prefect (or Governor) over Judaea, under powers granted by Emperor Tiberius .  The “Religious people”, some who felt threatened by what Jesus represented– a loss of power in the church wanted Jesus crucified.

Weak politicians will often say one thing and do another.  Some may use Christianity as a business card to garner support from you, the Christian voter.  I happen to take a person at his word but hold them accountable when their promises outweigh their results.  Granted there are many factors in the measure of effectiveness.

Take Pilate for example.  He ultimately found Jesus guiltless but proved to be weak in the face of criticism by religious leader.  He also feared the Jewish leaders who claimed allowing Jesus to be free would cause a revolt among the Jewish people, thus also showing Pilate’s inability to govern.

Those same Jewish leaders, in spite of knowing of the power Jesus had, failed to believe he was the Son of God.  That translated into fears their power– and their status with the prefect would be ended.

When Pilate acknowledged his right to free a prisoner for Passover, he offered the public a choice.  Barabbas, a known murder, criminal and thief or Jesus would be set free.  This was a weak leader’s cop out.  We see this today with spending bills, growing debts and inability to live up to campaign promises.  It’s easy to vote yes, simply because someone else does too.  Like Pilate, congress washes their hands of good decision making- taking the easy way out.

Thanks to my pastor for speaking of this today.  The public which was polled about who to spare, Barabbas or Jesus, chose the criminal over the known innocent Jesus.  Must like today when the sinful nature of man is commonly portrayed in Hollywood film, television, magazines– and politics.  Sin is often praised while Christianity shunned (Think Joy Behar, spoken of in the last episode.)

 If you see weakness in your representative, call him out for it.  Vote him out if you must.  We are in desperate need of right-thinking, gutsy people who will fight for what is right– Biblical and Constitutional.

The Johnson Amendment–

What is it?  I’ll say first and foremost, I am not a tax attorney and do not play one on the podcast.  I’m just reading plain English.

Lyndon B. Johnson, back in 1953 was a candidate for Senator from Texas locked in a very tight primary race on the Democratic Party ticket.  Johnson won his primary challenge by only 87 votes, ultimately winning the seat in the general election.  What he knew at the time, was 501 c (3) organizations were funding his opponent in the primary.

True to the style of a politician with personal influence, unashamed to push his influence, he offered an amendment to the Internal Revenue Code.  In two sentence changes, he forever changed the face of political influence from the pulpit.  First, He replaced “Individuals, and” with “Individual” making it specific to all including a single person.  Second, he changed “influence legislations,” with Influence legislations, and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.”  That was the big change.  Net, a 501 c (3) organization, of which most churches are included, cannot influence legislation or work on behalf of any candidate for public office.  I should add the limits of this appear to be with respect to endorsements and funding of candidates.  The penalty for doing such activities is loss of tax exempt status for the individual or organizations charged with doing either.

My personal opinion, is church funds should not go to any candidate for any reason.  However, calling a candidate out as pro-choice in a sermon is free speech.  Again that is my opinion and I would defend that at all cost.  I’ve found very little evidence where any pastor or church has been charged as such and lost their exempt status.  With President Trump in office this is unlikely to occur.  In the years President Obama served, no substantive examples have been shown as examples of punishment for infractions of this amendment.  However, many applications for 501 c (3) status, particularly with conservative groups such as the Tea Party were artificially rejected, questioned or otherwise scrutinized in the Obama era.  This too is unlikely to occur with President Trump’s administration.

The Liberal Rant of the week…

Perhaps this one may ruffle some feathers.  I’ll bring up what may be considered an “untouchable” with the Pope.  He was quoted as saying “Sinners who die without achieving eternal salvation “are not punished, there is not hell; there is the disappearance of sinful souls.”

Being Easter weekend, it seems fitting to call out the pope who is very liberal in his tendencies.  But as for sinful souls vanishing, I offer the following:

Revelation 21:8 (New International Version)–

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” 

Take it for what it’s worth.  That doesn’t sound much like sinful souls simply vanishing.  Now I’m not Catholic by any stretch, but that talk sounds a lot like the Pharisees and the Sadducees who were complicit in Jesus dying on the cross.  Fortunately, Jesus, not the Pope is the way, the truth and the life.  I’d rather believe in hell and be wrong, than to not believe in it and  be wrong.

The only problem with this paragraph, is it is not clear how truthful the report was, or how public the Pope intended his statement to be.  The Vatican scrambled to clean up the mess, created as a result of Scalfari, an atheist (and friend of the Pope) writing of an answer to his question.  The question at hand was “where do bad souls go?”  We may never know how he really answered the question, but the Pope is generally known to be a non-traditional Pope.  Perhaps not out of the question, but again, we may never know for sure.  I’ll trust what I believe.

Join the discussion at CCMPodcast.com.  I look forward to your comments about this week’s show.

Coming in the next episode, I’ll cover Alinsky’s Eleventh rule for radicals and continue looking into the Johnson Amendment.  As always, I’ll find more examples of liberal melt downs.  Hopefully, YOU will share your reaction to my show.  By the way, if you leave a message on Speak Pipe which is found on my contact page, ccmpodcast.com/contact, I may just play it during the show…

Until next time, be blessed.

Links—

Bible Verse from Bible Gateway

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah%205:21&version=NIV

Pope Comment:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/there-is-no-hell-an-untraditional-pope-an-italian-journalist-and-the-quote-igniting-controversy-1522439904

Fiery Sulfur Pit– AkA Hell

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+21%3A8-10&version=NIV