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1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. (KJV) The children of God and the children of the devil have opposite and distinct characters. The children of God "fear" (respect, stand in awe of, worship) the Almighty God of the Bible and love His people. The children of the devil have NO fear whatsoever, they ridicule and blaspheme Almighty God, and hate Christians, Jews, or anyone who is not in their own little group. Anyone who continually harbors hate in their heart will eventually stand before the Great White Throne Judgment and hear the verdict: eternity in Hell!
Since I absolutely REFUSE to call any man (or woman) "reverend," (Ps.111:9), I will simply call Jeremiah Wright by his name.
Jeremiah Wright claims that criticism about his fiery sermons is an attack on the black church. He said the black church tradition is not overbearing or controversial, but different and misunderstood by the “dominant culture” in the United States (meaning whites).
Whites may not understand the “tradition” of the black church (whatever that means), but I think Wright is wrong to connect or compare an attack of his words as an attack on the black church. NOT all blacks think like Wright does. I've known some wonderful black children of God over the years, and I know they do not agree with some or most of Wright's words.
Wright used the pulpit of the church to denounce America, because he pledges his allegiance to Black Liberation Theology. This "theology" is a dangerous assault on sound doctrine because it equates black persecution with the persecution of our Lord.
Some comments on Black Liberation Theology
In James Cone's view, whites consider blacks animals and outside of the realm of humanity. God is not the God of white religion but the God of black existence. "Rich white people" are incapable of understanding black oppression and have never been called th "N" word. They believe that Jesus knows what it was like because He was "a poor black man" oppressed by "rich white people." WHERE in the Bible does it say that Jesus was a black man? It's NOT in there!
One question . . . What does Cone say about all those "rich black people"? There are MANY "rich black people." A few years ago, a Waco, Texas TV station had a story about some blacks trying to get contributions of $25,000 for sickle cell anemia research. Just one of those "rich black sports people" could have donated that much and never missed it.
While Black Liberation Theology is not a normality in most black churches, many pastors in Wright's generation agree with Cone's evaluation of white people, actually embracing Marxism and a distorted self-image of being a perpetual "victim." Wright should never drag the entire “black church” into his squabble. When Wright aligns his church with the black value system, you would think that he could come up with a more concise refutation than “we’re just misunderstood by the dominant culture” (whites).
IF Wright is so intent on having God “damn America," WHY is he allowing his church to build him a million-dollar house in suburban Chicago? A beautiful home . . . that is part of the American dream that Wright wants God to damn? Isn't it?
Black Liberation Theology is Marxist Victimology
Victimology overlooks and ignores weakness in failure. Victimology actually stamps approval on failure, lack of effort, and criminality. These self-destructive patterns and conduct are often approved of as cultural or as unpreventable consequences. Ridiculous! BLT theologians say: "People are poor because they are victims of others." Again I say: RIDICULOUS! Many so-called "poor people" (black AND white) are simply lazy. There are 3rd and 4th generation who are on welfare because they are too lazy to get off their butts and go get a job. They keep having more children . . . and the government supports them.
Victimology hampers progress because, from the start, it focuses on obstacles. BLT focuses on the hindrance and obstacles of black freedom verses the giants of white racism.
Victimology keeps racism alive because many whites are continually called racist with no evidence provided. Racism charges create a background for resentment . . . fueling new attitudes among whites not previously held.
Jeremiah Wright really promoted and advanced separatism . . . NOT racial unity and certainly NOT reconciliation between blacks amnd whites! Many black theologians believe that both racism and economic oppression continue to further the division between whites and blacks.
Black Liberation Theology stirs up resentment, backlash, separatism, and offense. Preaching to a congregation of middle-class blacks about victimology invites a distorted view of reality and divides, NEVER unites.
Obama should have repudiated Wright completely. He should have been honest about the church. How he could he have sat there for years and wait until now to denounce the hatred?
How could anyone sit in the pew and listen to those sermons year after year and not renounce them? To say that you find racism detestable and then sit in that pew and listen to it, is absolute hypocracy . . . I don't care WHO it is! Wright stands for the exact opposite of the unity that Obama supposedly stands for. Obama should stand up against the hate and take a firm stand against racism, because racism in any form is detestable! NO type of racism is more acceptable than another. Some people and some preachers excuse some forms of racism and not another. Ridiculouis! NO form of racism should be tolerated by anyone. It is WRONG! God is NO respector of persons (Rom.2:11; Eph.6:9; Col.3:25; 1 Pet.1:17), and we should NOT be either!
Jeremiah Wright, has defended himself against charges of anti-Americanism and racism by referring to his foundational philosophy, the "black liberation theology" of scholars such as James Cone. How can anyone say that they are not anti-American when they ask God to "damn America"?
James Cone, regards Christ Jesus as a "black messiah" and blacks as "the chosen people." He is WRONG! Absolutely WRONG! ISRAEL is God's "chosen people" (Ex.19:5; Deut.7:6; 14:2; Ps.135:4) . . . and ALL believers in Christ . . . red, yellow, black and white, Jew and Gentile . . . (Tit.2:14; 1 Pet.2:9).
James Cone will only accept a god who assists their aim of destroying the "white enemy." The God of the Bible will NOT do that! "If God is not for us and against white people," writes Cone, "then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill gods who do not belong to the black community." THIS MAN IS DANGEROUS! The only God blacks AND whites should fear is the Almighty Creator God of the Bible . . . and He is NOT black but a JEW!
Obama has spoken of his pastor of more than 20 years as his mentor and moral compass, and "wants to talk about what Wright is, rather than what he says." It is my humble opinion that what Wright says, IS what he is! ALL things start in a person's heart . . . be they thoughts, words or deeds! (Pro.4:23; Mark 7:21; Luke 6:45; John 13:2). Matthew 15:18-19 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: (KJV) Jesus' Words!
Anyone who does the will of God, does it from the heart (Eph.6:6). I simply cannot see how these radical preachers can say they are doing the will of God by spouting horrendous doctrines (my opinion) from the pulpit.
James Cone is supposedly a respected Bible scholar, who has taught or lectured at seminaries across the country. Cone teaches that Jesus Christ is black. Christ really entered into our world where the poor were despised. Blacks are NOT the only people in the world who are poor and oppressed.
Cone does not, it seems, see Almighty God as a sovereign Being who does as HE wills according to HIS purposes. Cone seems bent on insisting that God must do what we want Him to do, or we must reject Him. Cone says what the black community wants, is for God to help in their goal of destroying "the white enemy."
Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not totally in agreement with the goals of the black community. The following is really scary to me: If God is not for us and against white people, then He is a murderer, and we had better kill Him. The task of black theology is to kill gods who do not belong to the black community. WOW! Black theology, it seems, will only accept the love of a god which helps in the destruction of the white enemy. Isn't this hatred?
Obama’s Mentor’s Mentor
The powerful influence of the Black Liberation Theology of James H. Cone becomes so clear in the political philosophy of Barack Obama, and too, in the ridiculous statement about national pride made by Michelle Obama. The spiritual role that Jeremiah Wright has played in the lives of Barack and Michelle Obama cannot be dismissed or forgotten.
James H. Cone, and his 1969 book Black Theology & Black Power, have played a powerful role in the life of the black community. If you consider Cone’s theology, it may shed light on Obama’s political philosophy and Michelle’s recently statement about her not having been proud of her country until the favorable reception to her husband’s candidacy.
Before The Trinity UCC website was updated early this year, Cone’s book was singled out as required reading for Trinity parishioners who wished to more thoroughly understand the church’s theology and mission. It seems almost a certainty that Obama has read it, probably more than once. It has since been removed.
Jason Byassee, of The Christian Century Magazine, wrote this about Cone and Trinity in May, 2007:
“There is no denying, however, that a strand of radical black political theology influences Trinity [UCC]. James Cone, the pioneer of black liberation theology, is a much-admired figure at Trinity. Cone told me that when he’s asked where his theology is institutionally embodied, he always mentions Trinity. Cone’s groundbreaking 1969 book Black Theology and Black Power announced: “The time has come for white America to be silent and listen to black people. . . . All white men are responsible for white oppression. . . . Theologically, Malcolm X was not far wrong when he called the white man ‘the devil.’. . . Any advice from whites to blacks on how to deal with white oppression is automatically under suspicion as a clever device to further enslavement.” Contending that the structures of a still-racist society need to be dismantled, Cone is impatient with claims that the race situation in America has improved. In a 2004 essay he wrote, “Black suffering is getting worse, not better. . . . White supremacy is so clever and evasive that we can hardly name it. It claims not to exist, even though black people are dying daily from its poison” (in Living Stones in the Household of God).”
Cone’s words in 1969, labeled white society as the Antichrist, and the white church as uniformly racist. But, what he wrote in 1969 seems to remain at the core of his theology:
“There is, then, a desperate need for a black theology, a theology whose sole purpose is to apply the freeing power of the gospel to black people under white oppression.”
Michelle Obama’s statement about pride-in-country is completely consistent with both the black theology of Trinity UCC and with the black theology of Wright’s mentor, Cone. Her efforts to try to explain what she meant by her statement have been far from sufficient in my way of thinking. Cone’s narrow-minded theological view sees only that Blacks in America are victims of white oppression. Why is it that the media fails to comment on this? The media simply hasn’t noticed, or haven't wanted to notice.
Since he left Trinity United Church of Christ, can Obama escape responsibility for his decades-long ties to Jeremiah Wright and Wright’s mentor, James Cone? You decide! Obama’s connections to the radical-left politics promoted by Wright are broad and deep. I wonder if Obama attended Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man March? IF he did, it would be clear that Obama has long-standing ties to Chicago’s most radical preachers. A change of church membership CANNOT in any way erase that truth.
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