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RED-LETTER CHRISTIANS: NEO-MARXISM IN THE CHURCH?



Posted: 10/05/09

RED-LETTER CHRISTIANS: NEO-MARXISM IN THE CHURCH?

By Jan Markell
www.olivetreeviews.org

October 5, 2009 

 
In many Bibles, all the words of Jesus are in red. There is nothing wrong with that. But something is wrong when Leftist Christians or so-called Christians want to mute the words of Paul and other writers and only follow Jesus' words. They call themselves "red-letter Christians."
 
They feel it is convenient to blot out the words of Paul on homosexuality and focus in on the good deeds Jesus talks about. Most are pacifists who reject an "eye for an eye" (Leviticus 24:19-20). They focus on Jesus' words about helping the poor, ministering to "the least of these" (Matthew 25:40), loving our enemies, etc. That justifies abandoning hundreds, even thousands of condemning verses in the Bible they choose to wish away. That makes homosexuality OK and war wrong! And remember, Paul and the others in the Bible represent Jesus' words. They were His spokesmen.
 
Some who believe this way practice a form of neo-Marxism and others would call it "Christian Marxism" -- an oxymoron if there ever was one. They note that the early church shared everything (socialism).  A close cousin to this is "liberation theology."
 
Those who are high profile in this movement include Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, Brian McLaren and his Emergent bunch, and the National Council of Churches. Jim Wallis says, "In those red letters, Jesus calls us away from the consumerist values that dominate contemporary American consciousness."  Translate that to mean he loathes capitalism and opts for socialism and/or communism.
 
Wallis continues, "Jesus calls us to be merciful, which has strong implications for how we think about capital punishment. When Jesus tells us to love our enemies, He probably means we shouldn't kill them. Most important, if we take Jesus seriously, we will realize that meeting the needs of the poor is a primary responsibility for His followers. Ghandi once said that everybody in the world knows what Jesus was teaching in those verses except Christians." To your average evangelical, the words of Ghandi are meaningless.
 
Red-letter Christians feel evangelicals spend far too much time worrying about abortion and homosexuality. Wallis and Campolo make the college circuit and get standing ovations from young people who are seeing them as newfound gurus. Red-letter Christians champion "social justice," the cause of illegal immigrants, environmentalism, high taxes, discrimination issues, socialized medicine, and getting rid of the death penalty. They are first to stand in line to play the "blame America" game.
 
Red-letter Christians support unrestricted big government, sometimes equating the welfare state with the Kingdom of God. 

This crowd loves to spend other people's money. They put down conservative Christianity when, in fact, it is conservative Christians who are first to step up to the plate whenever there is a disaster at home or abroad!
 
As David Noebel of Summit Ministries writes about Wallis,
"Wallis and his Sojourners' community believe Castro, Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and the other revolutionary forces are the Communist paradises the U.S. needs to emulate in order to establish 'social justice.' " Noebel emphasizes the startling and frightening fact that Wallis is Obama's spiritual advisor.
 
Ronald Nash in his book, Why the Left Is Not Right, says, "Wallis was pro-Viet Cong and gloried in America's defeat in Vietnam. Wallis said, 'I don't know how else to express the quiet emotion that rushed through me when the news reports showed that the U.S. had finally been defeated in Vietnam.'"  But he said not a word about the blood baths that followed.
 
The issues you will never hear red-letter Christians talking about include winning the lost, the lateness of the hour, or sin and repentance. Their mantra is peace, yet they do not understand that only Jesus ruling from Jerusalem will bring peace to this planet. They would scoff at that and say peace would be better accomplished if they saved the planet with their works based on the red letters of Jesus. And their understanding of the peace of God is minimal.
 
As Mark Tooley of the
Institute for Religion and Democracy writes, "These people only criticize the U.S. and Israel in its human rights critiques, while remaining largely silent about monstrous regimes. They focus on America's supposed mistreatment of Indians, about slavery, and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. But they will never talk about the Holocaust." You will also note they don't talk about the butchery of Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, or Kim Jong IL.
 
Red-letter Christians join the chorus of those who believe in a utopia with no wanting or war. Yes, that will come someday, but not the way they think. This could come as a shock to them just because they have little to no regard for other parts of the Bible. They have almost created a new meaning for the term "biblical illiteracy." 
 
It is also tragic that these folks are frequently called "the evangelical Left." They don't have even 1% of evangelical theology in a single bone in their body. They cherry- pick the verses they like, almost exclusively the red letters of Jesus.
 
Also on a sad note, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) is promoting a Leftist conference featuring Jim Wallis October 21. This was announced in their "NAE Update" received today, October 5, by e-mail. Tooley's more Mainline Protestant Institute for Religion and Democracy takes a more righteous stand against Leftist causes than does the NAE.
 
To better understand deception issues, visit our Web site and the category of "Spiritual Deception."
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By Jan Markell

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communistic
Posted On: 11/27/12 05:09:19 PM Age 0, CO
Jesus and his followers lived communistic-ally...this is not the same as communism...good grief



Teachings of Christ
Posted On: 01/10/12 08:34:49 PM Age 0, AZ
What Christ taught is contained in the Gospels.....Living your life as he instructed in the Gospels is how you are saved. It isn't any more complicated than that. Indeed, Christ said he could forgive anything other than blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, that is, the Word of God...and if what Jesus said isn't thye Word of God, then I don't know what would be.

WHat you decide to believe
Posted On: 10/26/09 11:35:23 PM Age 70, CA
It's too bad that some people don't read the bible and consider it to be the truth. It's a matter of what you decide to believe based on your experience and opinion rather than what the bible says. The words of Jesus are the very heart of the Christian gospel - that's what Christianity is all about and it includes social justice. When people learn to "love your neighbor as yourslef" - the rest is easy



Self is always sin
Posted On: 10/12/09 07:30:56 AM Age 49, MO
The problem is that the Conservative church is of the world and wants to live in it. The Emergent church wants to change the world, to make it more loving and tolerant. Both views are wrong, for both views are of selfish motives. One spites the world as heathen and the other spites Jesus as Lord. One follows their head, and the other follows their heart. Yet, true Christianity is only achieved by forsaking self and following Christ. We don't want to follow Christ because to do so would make our schemes, plans, desires, pointless. We don't want to say: Yes Lord, send me, we want to say: Here am I lord, and this is what I'm doing for you... take it or leave it. John

Americanism is NOT Capitalism
Posted On: 10/12/09 07:15:12 AM Age 49, MO
Friend: Jesus came to set the captives free. Capitalism is freedom, freedom to succeed and also freedom to fail. Failure is an opportunity to try again. Socialism is slavery since there will always be those who rule over us. One enslaved cannot succeed and cannot fail, he has already failed and will not have opportunity to try again, he will be "re-educated" or further enslaved. Socialism has failed where ever its been tried. Don't confuse Americanism with Capitalism, there is MUCH wrong with America today. John



the hiker
Posted On: 10/10/09 07:03:35 PM Age 62, OH
Thank you for this response; Jesus Himself said that in the latter days many would be offended because of Him and Paul taught that in the end times many would have itchy ears that only wanted to hear what they wanted. I believe the important issue is Balance--we are to walk in The Spirit and none can walk without balance. We, as the Body of Christ must listen to The Head and learn to think again and to search The Scripture as the Bereans did.

Selective I nterpretation
Posted On: 10/09/09 05:08:50 PM Age 57, CANADA
I wonder of this is what we were warned about when we were told that the devil quotes scripture out of context to further his aims. I seem to recall this in the bible but can't recall the reference however; it's not all about me and, perhaps, someone can provide it. This all seems to be choosing the parts that are comfortable and sweeping away responsibilities which require work. Somebody worked to raise us but, it was almost certainly uncomfortable, and there are those who sweep away discomfort. Supporting the deadheads whose work was token is the sort of thing that plugged up the soviet system and led to it's collapse. I am all in favour of looking after widows and orphans in need as advised in James 1:27 however, giving all the rewards of those who produce (regardless of their degree of productivity) seems to be based on a lie which protects people from the consequences of their actions and the resulting learning experience. As for Ghandi - it seems to me that this quote of his could best be aimed at "red letter Christians" regardless of his intent. He wasn't a productive working man and was willing to live like a pauper but, suffered and worked to make his part of the world better. I can't imagine him supporting people who kill at all and who especially those who do so to sweep away the future generation so that they can wallow in comfort.



sheep and goats?
Posted On: 10/09/09 07:19:58 AM Age 26, MI
Its astounding to me that one would make reference to the sheep and the goats for applauding the author of this article and saying those so-called red letter Christians will be going to hell. Perhaps we should re-read who the sheep, and who the goats are? Every time I read things like this article and its feedback, I realize that my understanding of Christ and His Kingdom is so radically different...that my reading of the bible is so radically different, that I'm just not in communion with ya'll. I know intellectual arguments do no convincing with matters of the heart and matters of worldview. On that day, may God have mercy on us all!

JESUS IS GOD ALMIGHTY
Posted On: 10/08/09 08:42:14 PM Age 66, OH
Dear friend, when God called Abraham to a land near Jerusalem ( which is the city of The great King), was not God calling Abraham to Himself (God).When the Bible says that God appeared to Abraham was that not The great King that appeared to Him. Jerusalem is also the city God. Jesus was this Great King that appeared to Abraham. Look at Isaiah 9: when it speaks of the child that God will call Jesus: 6 For unto us a child is born, and unto us a son is given, and the government is on his shoulder. And he (God) shall call his name (the child Jesus), Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Or look at Isaiah 43:10 "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen (the Servant is The Man Jesus), so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.( God is the Servant Jesus) Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. 11 I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior. - Jesus is The One and Only God Almighty. - Grace to you. - Lou Newton



Here, Here
Posted On: 10/08/09 04:45:33 PM Age 21, MO
Preach it! I fully agree with your point about the logical jumps. There are so many assumed positions that it's hard to accept most of the conclusions. Not that Markell has absolutely nothing good to say, but it takes a ton of critical thinking to sift through all the presuppositions.

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