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Is a Populist Christian Movement Needed to Renew the Faith?

The populist movement that swept Donald Trump into the presidency here in America, forced the United Kingdom to exit the European Union and that has roiled the politics of other European countries has been driven by the ineffectiveness, arrogance, and the cultural and political corruption of the Western establishment elite.

Citizens of Western democracies have finally had enough of politicians who force outrageous ideas of political correctness upon them, but leave the roads full of potholes, legions of citizens un-employed or under-employed Chi rhoand neighborhoods rife with crime.

And the objects of this populist rebellion are not only the politicians who have been voted out of office or defeated, like Hillary Clinton, they have been the other elite institutional enforcers of political correctness.

After joining the politically correct Left in enforcing bizarre and dangerous rules allowing men to enter the women’s restrooms and dressing rooms at their stores, Target lost $20 billion in market capitalization as the company’s stock value plunged after the corporation publicly declared its support in April 2016 for the very unpopular “gender identity” transgender political agenda.

The losers weren’t the elite company managers who chose to enforce their will on shareholders and customers – they were the small shareholders and institutions who saw one-third of their investment vanish due to the arrogance of out-of-touch corporate managers.

The same things happened in corporate sports.

When highly paid elite professional athletes, such as Colin Kaepernick chose to take a knee during the national anthem to support the radical anti-American Black Lives Matter movement millions of fans chose to tune out the National Football League.

When the ESPN sports network followed suit with anti-American commentary its ratings went into freefall. Ratings for ESPN’s flagship program, SportsCenter, have dipped ten percent. NFL Countdown is down thirteen percent, and network viewership is collectively down ten percent when compared to 2014.

Similar results have been seen in Hollywood as conservative customers have refused to patronize the movies of stars who bash President Trump and the populist movement that brought him to the Oval Office.

The lesson seems to be that when institutions move Left they lose support among the masses of center-right consumers and voters who make up the majority in America, and in Western Europe.

And this lesson also is showing itself in our churches and religious institutions.

The leftward trend in the elite establishment churches that began in earnest in the 1960s has now driven millions of adherents out of church, even as eighty-three percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians.

Yet, while the vast majority of Americans claim Christianity as their faith, across the western world the faith itself appears to be faltering under the stewardship of its elite leaders.

In direct contravention of Christ’s words as recorded in John 14:6, the hierarchy of Washington’s National Cathedral has allowed Muslims clerics to preach against Christians from the pulpit and worship there on the anniversary of the start of one of Islam’s greatest anti-Christian pogroms.

In the United Kingdom, Prince Charles, who will one day head the Church of England, in his Christmas address admonished his fellow Britons to “think of Mohammed” and went on to say, “Whichever religious path we follow, the destination is the same – to value and respect the other person, accepting their right to live out their peaceful response to the love of God.”

So much for the title Defender of The Faith, which in the Latin words Fidei Defensor, still graces British coins – and the result is seen in the pews; since 2001 some 500 Christian churches in Britain have been converted into private homes while 423 mosques have opened.

In Italy, seat of the Roman Catholicism, a priest dressed the Virgin Mary in a Muslim burqa for his church's Christmas Nativity scene, adding a boatful of refugees and a rainbow flag in place of the star of Bethlehem.

Here in America, as CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie observed in his article “Failed Catholic Church Leaders Are the Problem,” many American bishops have now tied themselves to big government and leftist causes. 

Catholic Charities, for example, receives 65 percent of its budget from federal and state governments and much of it is spent to import Muslim “refugees” to America. 

Indeed, religious organizations such as Church World Service, Episcopal Community Development Council, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and World Relief receive as much as $10 billion annually from the federal government, much of it spent on bringing anti-Christian Muslims to America.

In the same vein, Catholic Campaign for Human Development grants support organizations that operate in direct conflict with Catholic teachings. 

Little wonder as many as 19 percent of Americans who identify as Christian claim to be unaffiliated with any church or denomination.

This Holy Week, as we celebrate the central lesson of Christianity, we invite American Christians to spend some time contemplating why the elite institutions of our faith seem to be faltering, even as belief in Christ’s teachings remains strong.

I have done so and have concluded that the same kind of populist rebellion that swept President Trump into the White House might also reinvigorate American Christianity. Just as millions of American voters picked up copies of the Constitution and began to ask out of touch elite politicians “where does it say you can do that,” we Christians should pick up our Bibles and ask out of touch elite church leaders, “where does it say same-sex marriage and transgenderism are OK”, and “where does the Bible endorse the heresy that claims God and Allah are the same”?

CHQ Editor George Rasley is an ordained Elder of the Presbyterian Church and a member of Faith Leaders for America. The views expressed in this column are his own and not necessarily the views of any denomination, congregation or organization.

John 14:6 – ““I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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Time to put scripture first

I have been thinking in a similar vein for quite some time. It is time for Christians to stop following shepherds who will lead them astray, and return to following the word of God instead.

As I was studying the book of Psalms a while back, it really struck me how some of the things David was writing about were very similar to what we're experiencing today. There is a lot of wisdom there that we really need right now. I created a website called The Psalms Project to share what I was learning with others. The main gist of it is that when David was asking for help with these matters, God's response was give David wisdom through His word in the psalms. The people needed to stop following the words of men, and follow the word of God instead. A very prescient admonition for us today, it would seem.

"Populist Christian movement"?

You guys cannot be serious, can you???

Populism is how Adolf Hitler gained power in Germany. We all know the result.

No one really believes Donald Trump is a Christian, and if they do, they've allowed themselves to be deceived.

As a real Christian, who reads the Bible regularly, I remember God's Word says, in many passages, "Do not allow yourselves to be deceived!"

The real problem is not with "elitist leadership" but with religions, themselves. Religions are Man's efforts to get to Heaven without Jesus, but God's Word says, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved."--Acts 4:12

Also, 1 John 2:3-6 says, "We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands. 4The man who says, 'I know Him' but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But if anyone obeys His word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in Him: 6Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did."

As it says, anyone who does NOT abide in Christ's commands laid out in the Bible is NOT truly a "Christian," regardless of what he/she claims with their mouth.

Unfortunately, Man's religions are founded by men to do one thing: Make money (from tithes).

"When ministry becomes performance, then the sanctuary becomes a theater, the congregation becomes an audience, worship becomes entertainment, and man's applause and approval become the measure of success. But when ministry is for the glory of God, His presence moves into the sanctuary. Even the unsaved visitor will fall down on his face, worship God, and confess that God is among us."--Dr. Richard Moore

Sadly, most churches are devoid of Christ's presence. They exist to entertain their congregations with mere stories. Religious leaders don't even require congregants to bring their Bibles to church, and refuse to tell the truth of God's Word regarding sin; for fear their congregants will leave their religion--taking their tithes with them.

Money has become the god of Man's religions. It's time to learn what Jesus said about serving more than one master, in Matthew 6:24: "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."

So, what does the Bible say Christians should do? In 1st Corinthians chapter 5, the Apostle Paul reminds us to not associate with the ungodly, even if they call themselves our 'brother' in Christ.

He says, in verses 9-11, "I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people--10not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat."

Then, in verses 12-13, he says, "What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked man from among you."

Or, if your religion/church is not teaching the truth about God's Word and sin, then LEAVE your church. Our faith is having a relationship with Christ, not listening to men tell us what they believe about God--without using His Word. We are to trust God and Christ, not men.

Touble in church

Jesus also said "he who is not with us is against us". Worshiping Allah is NOT worshiping Jesus. We are all sinners, saved only by the grace of God shown in His sending Jesus, His son to die for our sins. These "instituations who are importing Muslims are doing so to our great harm. You can look anywhere around the world and see the results of importing Muslims into a community, state or nation and witness the downfall of Christianity in that area as they rape plunder and cause strife. To see otherwise is being blinded by PC. I wholeheartily approve of the oppressed Christians who come to our shores as they can and will assemilate while the oppsite is true of those practiceing sharia. They will never assemilate as it is against political sharia. The one question to ask any Muslim who wants to come here is "do you believe in sharia law or the constituation"? This is not a religious question as sharia is political, an ideology, not a religion.