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Editor’s note: The following is a response by Operation Rescue
founder Randall Terry to “Blinded by Might,” the new book by Cal Thomas
and Ed Dobson. The authors of the book are invited to respond to Terry’s
analysis.


It is with grief I tell you that we are once again being betrayed and
sold out to our ethical, cultural and political opponents — by
Christian leaders. There is treachery in our midst.

I have just finished reading the new book, “Blinded by Might: Can the
Religious Right Save America?”

Have you seen it, or read it? “Blinded by Might” was written by Cal
Thomas, syndicated newspaper columnist and radio commentator, and Ed
Dobson, pastor of Calvary Church in Grand Rapids Michigan, (no relation
to Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family).

Both men were high-level leaders in the Moral Majority. Both were
close associates of Jerry Falwell. Their book is a “mea culpa” for
having been involved in the political realm and a challenge to the
Church, Christian pastors, and individual Christians to abandon the
culture wars.

I know this is hard to believe. I still can hardly believe it. But
I have read the book slowly and thoroughly. That is why I am so
grieved.

I give you Cal Thomas’ own words: “We have tried to build a strong
case for the church to lay down its impotent weapons of political
activism in exchange for the greatest force we have to change the world:
the gospel of Jesus Christ” (Page 191).

I believe this book is in many ways more dangerous than the
child-pornography at Barnes and Noble — and certainly more deplorable
(in content and aim) than some of the most villainous books of history.
Furthermore, the interview the authors did on “60 Minutes” was tragic.

I ask you for the opportunity to present my case, quote from their
book, and then refute their arguments using Scripture and logic. Allow
me to make some opening remarks.

The Grief

First, writing this is grievous because these men are Christians.
They are brothers in Christ, and I do not relish drawing swords with
Christians.

Secondly, however grievous, I must respond. Too much is at stake.
These men are using out-of-context Bible verses and fatally flawed logic
to emasculate and disembowel the Church, her pastors, and ultimately the
rank and file. They seek to gut us of courage and vision; they seek to
pervert or dismiss our duty; and they seek to justify cowardice,
retreat, and escape — all in the name of Christ.

Third — I must confess — I am angered: They have falsely
represented Jesus, and they have spoken treacherously concerning our
duties as Christians.

They have said Jesus is not political — yet the scriptures teach he
is King of kings, Ruler of the nations, that all thrones were created by
Him and for Him, that the government is upon His shoulder, that the
increase of His government and peace will have no end. He warns kings
and judges to obey him, or he will strike them down if His wrath flares
up (Psalm 2).

They have said Jesus does not have a “political agenda” concerning
laws and government and the judiciary — yet the Scriptures show that
God has clear laws and guidelines for thieves, murderers, rapists, and
those committing assault; the word of God deals at length with
legal/judicial questions. He says of Himself there is one Lawmaker: Him.

I am grieved that they have changed Christ, the man of war, into the
cosmic coward; that they have painted the one who has a two-edged sword
and a rod of iron into one bearing articles of surrender; they have
denied the political and cultural crown rights of King Jesus, and have
made Christ, His law, and His church subservient to wicked politicians
and governments.

I am distressed that they use the Bible to further their agenda of
glorious defeat, courageous cowardice, and commanded surrender.

Like Satan’s temptation of Christ in the wilderness, they misquote
the Bible for an unbiblical end. They use out-of-context verses and
horrible Bible interpretation, while they ignore volumes of Scriptures
dealing with our duty in the civil realm.

In this dark hour, the church militant — in other words
Christians and Christianity that are sweeping and victorious in their
sphere and authority; a Christianity that serves, leads, and prevails in
the political, judicial, educational, business and cultural realms –
the church militant is under attack. Obviously, we are attacked by the
enemies of God — but far worse, we are under siege from theological
traitors and assassins in our midst. These are those that misuse God’s
Word like a surgeon’s knife to castrate us of our will to fight, and
disembowel us of our hope for victory.

We expect cries for our surrender from the enemy’s camp. However,
the cries of “Amen,” and the raising of white flags tattooed with Bible
verses from our chaplains is something new. The Red Cross used to be
our rear guard, caring for the wounded; under the leadership of Cal
Thomas and Ed Dobson, it would be the vanguard, announcing our intention
to lay down our arms.

Please understand: I do not count these compromised ambassadors as my
enemies — I count them as hostages of their own theology — a theology
that is twisted and poisoned. I count them as sincere, yet sincerely
deluded. I count them as those who have been captured by crafty
arguments of separatists and defeatists, and are now repeating the
half-truths, turned half-lies, turned error, turned heresy to the Lord’s
people.

And remember: the misguided and deceived in our own camp can do far
more damage than our enemies outside the camp. Leaders wearing clerical
garb and quoting the Bible will lead far more sheep astray than will
ambassadors with pointy tales, horns and pitchforks dressed in satanic
red or dragon green.

These well-meaning brothers have tragically become false witnesses of
Christ’s authority and our duty, and so they must be confronted and
disarmed. With God’s help, I am going to draw the sword of truth. I
intend to do my best to disarm them before they disembowel you, or your
loved ones, or other Christians. But more importantly, I hope to equip
and arm you with the Truth to such an extent that you will be emboldened
and enabled to protect yourself and rescue other Christians from this
treachery.

The faith of our fathers is under attack — and you and I have a duty
to defend that faith, even from her misguided friends inside
Christianity. When you are done with this response, I don’t want you
saying, “Amen,” and walking away. I want you girding up the loins of
your mind, searching the Scriptures for yourself, and arming yourself to
liberate others from this theology, and to restore the gates of power to
their rightful owners: the righteous.

Finally, I’m going to quote extensively from the Scriptures. Why?
Because the Bible is the foundation for our theology, whether that
theology applies to salvation, the Church, our families, civil
government, our duty, Christ’s authority — whatever. I want you to see
that while Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson sound “spiritual” in their
arguments, they have violently misrepresented the Bible and Christ.
Furthermore, I want you to have some Biblical starting points so that
you can do further study on your own.

Let’s draw swords.

They Say Confronting Wicked Politicians is Wrong

“Blinded by Might” spends a great deal of time explaining how awful
it is that we hold government officials accountable for their evil
actions and/or policies. They condemn Christian leaders who have
confronted, rebuked, or exposed Bill Clinton’s wicked agenda:

    Even if every accusation against the Clintons were true, there is
    a criminal justice system and a legal process that deals with these
    things, and even as we write, that system is working. It is the worst
    possible witness to unbelievers to have a minister running down the
    president of the United States (Page 97).

Can they be serious? Do they really believe the “worst possible
witness to unbelievers is to have a minister” speaking the truth? On
the contrary — the Bible shows that confronting and rebuking civil
leaders is part of a minister’s duty! Elijah confronted King Ahab and
Jezebel (I Kings 17- II Kings 2). Nathan exposed King David (II Samuel
12). The priests withstood King Uzziah (II Chronicles 26). Jeremiah
preached against Jehoiakim (Jeremiah 22-26). John the Baptist — the
greatest man who ever lived according to Jesus — lost his life because
he rebuked and prophesied against King Herod (Matthew 14 & Mark 6).
Christ himself called Herod a fox (Luke 13:32).

Far from being a bad witness to confront wicked magistrates, it is a
good witness; it is our duty. The Bible says, “They that forsake the
law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them”
(Proverbs 28:4). And: “He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art
righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him: But to
them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come
upon them” (Proverbs 24:24-25).

The “worst possible witness” for a minister might rather be cowardice
and silence in the face of gross wickedness and tyranny in political
leaders.

Furthermore, God Himself threatens wicked princes: “Be wise now
therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve
the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he
be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a
little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him” (Psalm
2:10-12).

Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson have falsely represented Christ, falsely
represented our duty as Christ’s ambassadors, and given umbrage to
cowardice, silence, and retreat among ministers.

Preachers: Monks, or Dual Office Holders?

The book urges pastors to be non-political; to be politically
“neutral.” But is this a Biblical goal?

In their 60 Minutes interview, Pastor Ed Dobson whined, “Stop
pressuring pastors to be politically active from their pulpit. …”

In the book Ed Dobson testifies of himself, saying:

    I decided that political involvement would hinder my ministry as
    a pastor. Therefore I would avoid all political entanglements. I would
    not attend either Republican or Democrat events. I would not march for
    or against anything. I was convinced that as a pastor I was called to
    reach Republicans and Democrats and Independents with the gospel. I was
    called to reach pro-life people and pro-choice people. I was called to
    reach pro-gay and anti-gay people. If I engaged in public political
    activities, I ran the risk of alienating the very people I was called to
    reach (Page 152).

He then quoted his father’s advice: “He believed that when you were
ordained to pastoral ministry you were immediately exempted from
political action, and when you were called to political service you were
immediately exempted from pastoral ministry” (Page 154). Doesn’t this
sound spiritual? The problem is, it isn’t Biblical.

A pastor, a priest, a preacher, a prophet, etc. is someone who has
authority in God’s church. They hold an “office” in God’s house; they
are a minister of God. A statesman, a legislator, a judge, or civil
magistrate, etc. is someone who has authority or an “office” in civil
government. Romans 13:4 and 5 call the righteous civil magistrate the
minister of God.” Ed Dobson claims these two should never be
mingled in any way.

But the Scriptures teach something else.

* David was both king (Acts13:22) and prophet (Acts 2:29-30).
* Moses was both prophet (Deuteronomy 34:10) and lawgiver (John 1:17).
* Samuel was both prophet (I Samuel 3:20) and judge (I Samuel 7:6).
* Deborah was both prophetess and judge (Judges 4:4).
* It was Solomon — a king — who built and dedicated Israel’s temple.
(1Kings 8).
* Melchisedeck was Priest of God most high, and King of Salem (Hebrews
7:1).
* Jesus Christ — our perfect example — is Priest (Hebrews 3:1) and
King (Matthew 27:11). All of these and many more were dual office
holders. They had both ecclesiastical and political offices.

In Hebrews chapter 11 — the great chapter that teaches that faith
pleases God, at least five of the heroes held authority, or were active
in both “spiritual,” and “political” realms. This does not mean that
having authority in one automatically qualifies someone for authority in
the other, it just means that the Bible does not support the claims of
Ed Dobson. Let God be true and every man a liar.

Our own history is rich with men who were dual office holders –
preachers who were active in politics. Eighty percent of America’s
revolutionary literature was written by clergy. Perhaps the most famous
example is Rev. John Witherspoon. He was a renowned preacher, as well
as an elected delegate to the Continental Congress, and a signer of the
Declaration of Independence. Would to God that America’s clergy of
today followed the courageous example of John Witherspoon rather than
the paltry, retreatist example of the aforesaid authors.

Ed Dobson continues: “Being a pastor does not mean that we have no
citizenship rights and privileges. We should vote, but we should not
use our pulpit to influence the votes of others” (Page 156).

Is this leading the flock of God responsibly? If a candidate wants
to murder babies, give birth control to children behind their parents’
backs, promote special rights for homosexuals, and oppress Christian
families, how could a pastor claim a clear conscience before God if he
doesn’t try to lead the sheep away from such a wolf? How could the
pastor believe he is doing God a service to not influence people
toward the righteous and away from the wicked?

The Bible asks the question: “Who will rise up for me against the
evildoers? Or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?”
Psalms 94:16

Ed Dobson answers, “Not I Lord! I’m a pastor!” This is as tragic as
it is absurd.

We have seen that Jesus threatens and warns wicked princes, and that
the religious leaders of the Bible rebuke and berate evil leaders. Ed
Dobson would have preachers smile and politely hold their tongue. In
fact Ed Dobson would have rebuked Mother Theresa for rebuking President
Clinton to his face for supporting the child killing. But frankly, her
forthright courage in speaking the truth to wicked princes is a rebuke
to the Ed Dobsons of this world.

The sorry truth is Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson will not help people
discern between the good and the evil. Such silence is treacherous.

The Role of Government

The authors make an astounding statement on page 108. Here it is:
“The main purpose of government is to promote an ordered society.”

A communist could not have said it better. A fascist would raise his
voice in agreement. The devils running the Chinese slave labor camps
would give a hearty “Amen!”

The statement, “The main purpose of government is to promote an
ordered society,” is a lie from hell.

The main purpose for civil government is justice. Romans
13:3-4 says, “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil.
Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you
will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for
good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in
vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who
practices evil.”

The Bible commands, “Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the
oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).

The Bible asks, “Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by
law, have fellowship with you?” (Psalm 94:20) The answer is no.

You can have “order” in hell. You can surely find “order” in Cuba
and China and North Korea. But you don’t have justice. You don’t have
freedom. You don’t have governments founded on Christian principles.
You have oppression and tyranny. And you have civil magistrates who
have betrayed God’s design for their office. They are not punishing the
wicked and praising the righteous. They are punishing and oppressing the
righteous, and strengthening the wicked. As such they are no longer
God’s ministers of justice: they are tyrants.

God’s plan for civil magistrates is clear: “The God of Israel said,
The Rock of Israel spoke to me: ‘He who rules over men must be just,
Ruling in the fear of God” (II Samuel 23:3).

What does it mean for a ruler to be “just,” to rule in the “fear of
God”? Good and evil, right and wrong, justice and injustice — these
things are defined by God in His Word. The purpose, parameters, and
duty of the civil magistrate and civil government are defined in the
Scriptures.

We are not free to make up the rules for family government or church
government. Why would we think God does not have a just plan for civil
government?

Yet the authors make these astounding statements.

“Politics is a necessary evil. … Politics is necessary — but it is
also evil” (Page 171).

Have they lost their minds? Was politics with David evil? Was
politics with Joseph or Daniel evil? Was politics with Josiah evil?
Was politics with the signers of the Mayflower Compact or the
Declaration of Independence evil?

Certainly politics would be evil with Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson
leading the way, because they would lead us, pastors, the church, and
Biblical Law off the battlefield. That would make for truly evil
politics. And it would make evil politicians delighted.

The Duty of Christians in Government

The reasoning of “Blinded by Might,” though it sounds spiritual,
would do little more than make knaves and slaves of Christians — bowing
at the feet of tyrants.

Here are the concise points of advice they list for our Christian
responsibility toward government: “We are to pray for government
leaders” (Page 109). “We are to submit to government leaders” (Page
110). “We are to honor government leaders” (Page 111). “We are to pay
our taxes” (Page 113).

These are all true — but they are not enough. And furthermore, they
put no qualifiers on what to do when we have wicked government. Worse
yet, they provide no framework for Christians to be leaders in civil
government. In their world, we are bystanders, not gatekeepers.

They make another slavish statement: “Submitting to government
authority involves recognizing that authority is from God and then
willingly and completely subjecting ourselves to that authority”
(Page 111).

This could have been preached by a German pastor who was afraid to
oppose the Nazis. It certainly is being preached by Chinese Government
Church pastors to keep their parishioners in line. It is the stuff that
slaves are made of.

The only authority we are to “completely subject ourselves to” is
Almighty God: “For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The
LORD is our King; He will save us” (Isaiah 33:22).

In the light of Thomas’ and Dobson’s Christian/political worldview,
the founders of our Republic were in rebellion to God when they rebelled
against King George III and the British Parliament. We should still be
British subjects.

American Patriots such as George Washington, John and Samuel Adams,
Patrick Henry, John Witherspoon, all the great American heroes and
advocates of Christian thought, government and revolution, should have
been nice boys who prayed, submitted, paid their taxes, and shut their
mouths. They should have licked the boots that trod on their backs.

With the theology of “Blinded by Might,” all of the world’s most
courageous Christian political leaders would be sidelined.

Can you imagine what a horrifying world this would be if for the past
two thousand years the church as a whole had been led by retreatists and
escapists and defeatists like Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson?

Frankly, these men should have had a clue that they were in error
when 60 Minutes host Leslie Stahl was oohing and cooing as they called
on Christians to retreat.

I’ve been interviewed by Leslie Stahl for over an hour. She is a
hard-core pro-abortionist, who is openly antagonistic toward a
Christianity that has fixed laws, judgements, commandments, etc. When
the dragons say, “Amen,” you’ve got a problem.

The Power of Law

“Blinded by Might” trots out the old clich?, “… government does
not have the power to force virtue on a people who do not wish to be
virtuous.” This is partly true, but mostly false.

Obviously government does not have the power to change the heart,
only God does. But government certainly has the power to change
behavior. Punishment, or the fear of punishment, is the primary power
of law. In fact, God states specifically that the law is for wicked
people. “But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully.
Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the
lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and
profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for
manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with
mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there
be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine” (I Timothy
1:8-10). That is the purpose of law.

Unfortunately, the authors do not understand the place of biblical
law in regulating men’s behavior and stopping acts of evil and
oppression. Let me make an illustration, after sharing their
flimsy solution for the abortion holocaust: “So what can the church do,
for example, about abortion? First, the church can faithfully preach
the Scriptures and declare the uniqueness of human life, that it begins
at conception, that it must be valued and protected. Second, the church
can offer assistance to those who have had abortions and suffer from
guilt and depression. … At the end of the Bible study we conduct a
memorial service to honor the memory of these babies who were never born
but who now live in heaven” (Page 163).

These ideas sound spiritual, and indeed they are. Certainly they are
OK as for as they go, but they do little (or nothing) to protect babies
scheduled to die today and tomorrow, and they do nothing to change the
laws so that it would be illegal to kill babies.

Let’s apply their logic and solution to the horrific practice of
man-stealing — American slavery:

    So what can the church do about slavery? First, the church can
    faithfully preach the Scriptures, and declare the uniqueness of every
    slave, and that the slave should be valued and protected. We can even
    preach to the slaves themselves. Second, the church can offer
    assistance to those slaveholders who suffer from guilt or depression.
    We can conduct a memorial service to honor the slaves who have died from
    being whipped too severely by the master. Third, we can offer
    alternatives to owning slaves — such as cheap labor.

    (But of course we will never help slaves escape via the underground
    railroad, because that would be breaking the law. And our church won’t
    lobby for a law that would free the slaves, because our church never
    fights for any political cause.)

Frankly, if you’re a slave, what do you care if a preacher is
preaching to your master? What do you care if your master is Baptist or
Presbyterian, or agnostic? (I wonder which one would beat him harder?)
What you care about is freedom. The folly of their logic is that
they forgot about the victim; the law of God is always concerned about
the victim.

A slave is a victim and a slave wants freedom. What it took to end
slavery in America was a constitutional amendment — a law
which changed men’s behavior, even if it didn’t change their hearts.
I’m sure many ex-slaveholders still wanted slaves in their hearts, but
the law and the punishment they would incur deterred most slave-holding
behavior.

It was government — the law — that outlawed slavery in the
British empire; it was law that ended Druid human sacrifice in
Christendom; it was law that ended the hideous practice of
child-prostitution in India, or the horrifying practice of tying widows
to their husbands’ funeral pyres, to be burned alive. Undoubtedly, many
hearts longed for the good old days of Druid sacrifices or
child-prostitution, but the law curtailed most evil behavior. Those who
broke the law and were caught were punished. This served as a warning
to others and further deterred these hideous crimes.

The history of what we call Christian civilization is in large part a
history of Christian law — founded in the Ten Commandments, that was
applied to nations via civil government. Those who want to separate the
“preaching of the gospel” from Christian law, make a false, unbiblical,
and unhistorical dichotomy.

What pre-born babies need is not just respect, or a change of heart
in mothers or society, they need the protection of law.

Cal Thomas laments that our political pro-life efforts have been a
waste. “Abortion is not the cause of our social problems;” he says, “it
is a reflection of them. … The American Enterprise Institute and Roper
Center examined opinion polls on abortion for the last twenty-five
years. In January 1998 they concluded that despite the rhetoric and
campaigns by both sides, attitudes about abortion remain pretty much
unchanged. … In perhaps the biggest and costliest battle waged by
conservative Christians, twenty years of fighting has won nothing” (Page
24).

“Abortion is not a cause of social problems”? Tell that to the dead
children. “Twenty years of fighting has won nothing”? He speaks as a
fool. We have saved hundreds of thousands of babies through direct
action of all sorts. And legislatively, where parental notification
laws and 24 waiting periods have been imposed, the number of children
murdered has been cut in half.

This, of course, is only a beginning. We cannot rest until all
children have the protection of law against being murdered just like you
and I. But the small victories we have won show the power of just laws.

Finally, is Mr. Thomas saying that innocent babies are not worth the
time, effort, and money we have spent?

Have Patience

Cal Thomas made these two astounding remarks on 60 Minutes.

    We had Newt Gingrich and the “Contract with America” and the
    House of Representatives under Republican and mostly conservative
    control for the first time in forty years. If we couldn’t get it done
    with all of that presumed political power — then it’s quite clear to me
    at least — that it can’t be done (Cal Thomas, on 60 Minutes).

    Why would people send money to an organization or to a person, who
    never succeeds? It’s just it’s very curious. If you take your car to
    the car dealer to be repaired and they say, that will be seven hundred
    dollars, and it falls apart, it’ll be another seven hundred dollars –
    you don’t go back probably more than once (Cal Thomas, on 60 Minutes).

Cal, have some patience. Can you imagine if Cal Thomas had been
advising William Wilberforce? It took Wilberforce 50 years of
parliamentary labor to finally make slavery illegal — just after he
died. He would have told Wilberforce to throw in the towel. Likewise,
it took multiple decades for the American Abolitionist movement to reach
its goals. He would have cut off the funding of the anti-slavery
movement if they hadn’t produced quick results. Does the word
perseverance mean anything?

Furthermore, if Cal Thomas thought Newt Gingrich was a true friend, a
true believer in justice and liberty based on Biblical law, he showed a
sorry lack of discernment. Newt was always using us. Cal just needs to
pick better political friends and allies.

Church and State

Lest any be misguided, we do believe in the separation of Church and
state. We believe that Church government and civil government should be
separate. At the same time we do believe that a man or woman could hold
an office in both governments, we also believe that the civil government
should not run the affairs of the church; neither should church
government run the affairs of civil government.

However, we do not believe in the separation of the civil
government and the Law of God.
The civil government has no
authority to legalize murder; nor does it have the authority to make it
a crime for parents to spank their children. The civil government is
obliged to stay within the parameters set forth by God. Otherwise,
politicians and judges become pretenders to the throne of God,
legalizing and legitimizing every crime and atrocity, and oppressing
just and righteous behavior. That, of course, is tyranny.

The state cannot change a man’s heart to convert to Jesus.
Salvation, that is a matter of faith. However, the state can
regulate a man’s behavior, that is a matter of law.

Attacking James Dobson

One of the lowest points of their book came as they attacked James
Dobson of Focus on the Family. They chide Dr. Dobson for his political
activism and urge him to be silent on the great moral and political
issues of the day.

Worse yet, they misrepresent his agenda and his beliefs. I have
followed James Dobson’s individual political activities for a decade.
He has been an honorable, unswerving, principled, courageous statesman.
Their portrayal of him being combative or punitive is as ridiculous as
it is offensive. In fact, they insinuate that Satan himself has
deceived Dr. Dobson, and lured him into the political realm, away from
his true calling. This is sheer arrogance on the part of the authors,
not to mention pathetic theology.

Is Satan tempting us?

In perhaps the most perverted, twisted argument of all, the authors
insinuate that Satan himself is leading Christians into political
activism:

“The third temptation of Jesus,” they write, “was the most subtle and
the most dangerous, and it speaks clearly to those of us who want to use
politics to usher in his kingdom. Those familiar with the story recall
that Satan, who has had a lot of practice at this sort of thing (and
gets new people to practice on with every generation), led Jesus into
the wilderness. … In the early days of the Moral Majority we were
taken up to the mountain, and we saw how we could finally win the battle
for Jesus’ sake. Unfortunately, the voice we were listening to was not
that of Jesus” (Page 53).

“Before evil characteristics are attributed to Satan, he is first
called ‘subtle’ or ‘crafty.’ Could it be that the very strategy of
Satan is to corrupt religious conservatives by luring them into the trap
of focusing on political kingdoms instead of the eternal kingdom?”
(Page127, from the chapter attacking James Dobson)

I must be honest: this misapplication of scripture is an offense to
God and the angels.

Were David and Solomon and Daniel and Joseph and Josiah all lured by
Satan into focusing on political kingdoms? Does Satan lure someone to
be a minister of God? (Romans 13:1-5) Such an assertion is ludicrous.
If Satan is divided against Satan, how can his kingdom stand? (Matthew
12:26)

In many ways, the next quote is worse, for it borders on blasphemy:

    The temptation is always to do good, never evil. That’s what
    makes it so subtle, and that’s why so many fall for the deception. Even
    the noblest political causes (and there is great nobility in saving the
    innocent unborn) can be a form of corruption when they divert our
    attention and effort from the work of Jesus in the world. For
    believers, this vision of worldly power is not a calling, but a
    distraction — another case of the good being the enemy of the best. It
    is a temptation Jesus rejected — not because it was dangerous, but
    because it was trivial compared with his greater mission (Page 94).

In other words, it is a temptation for us to try and save babies from
death … a temptation that Jesus would reject.

It appears he is saying that Jesus would say, “I’m so busy preaching
the gospel of the Kingdom, that I can’t divert my attention to saving
babies from having their heads torn off. It bothers me that babies are
being murdered, but I must resist the temptation to save them. Making
child-killing illegal is trivial compared to my greater mission.”

This is damnable heresy. This is a satanic picture of Jesus; a Jesus
who turns a blind eye and deaf ear to the cries of the innocent. This is
a Jesus who makes heroes of the Pharisee and Levite as they ignore the
man dying in the ditch on the way to Jericho. He now instructs his
disciples that to love your neighbor is to let them die in the ditch.
“Yes, we should mention abortion from our pulpits, but we should not
march or become politically active on their behalf. Their death is
trivial.”

Obviously, it is not Satan who calls God’s people into the service of
being a righteous civil magistrate, nor is it Satan who lures God’s
people to support righteous legislators. The Bible says, “When the
righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked
beareth rule, the people mourn” (Proverbs 29:2). And as already quoted,
God says, “He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of
God” (II Samuel 23:3b).

However, I do believe Satan would call the righteous out of
the political arena. I’m sure Satan hated Josiah — who used “politics”
to destroy child-sacrifice and homosexual prostitution in the Temple.
And I’m sure Satan hated every righteous civil minister of God (Romans
13:4) since the beginning of time. And I have no doubt that Satan is
giving his hearty “Amens!” to Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson as they use the
Bible and the name of Jesus to urge the Church and Christians to “lay
down its impotent weapons of political activism.”

I truly fear that these brothers have voiced the wishes of the
underworld. Apply their logic and theology to any other era — any
other great fight — slavery, human sacrifice, child-prostitution, and
the demonic nature of their logic is made manifest.

Top Down

The authors make another argument common among naysayers; namely, you
can’t change a country “from the top down”:

    Two decades after conservative Christians charged into the
    political arena, bringing new voters and millions of dollars with them
    in hopes of transforming the culture through political power, it must
    now be acknowledged that we have failed. We failed not because we were
    wrong about our critique of culture, or because we lacked conviction, or
    because there were not enough of us, or because too many were lethargic
    and uncommitted. We failed because we were unable to redirect a nation
    from the top down. Real change must come from the bottom up or, better
    yet, from the inside out (Page 23).

Again, this sounds spiritual, but it belies a lack of biblical
knowledge, and historical example.

Consider the transformations of culture recorded in the scripture
during the reigns or ministries of Deborah (Judges 4 & 5), Gideon
(Judges 6-8), Josiah (II Kings 22-23), Hezekiah (II Kings 18-20) and
more. These were all transformations of righteousness.

Consider the wicked transformations under the political leadership of
Ahab (I Kings 16 — II Kings 2), or Manasseh (II Kings 21). In fact,
God warned Solomon that if he as king, or his sons as kings, turned
their backs on God that the whole country would backslide and be judged:

    But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your
    children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have
    set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them: Then
    will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this
    house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight;
    and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people: And at
    this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be
    astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD done
    thus unto this land, and to this house? And they shall answer, Because
    they forsook the LORD their God, who brought forth their fathers out of
    the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have
    worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the LORD brought upon
    them all this evil” I Kings 9:6-9.

Those who say change doesn’t come from the top down don’t know their
Bible; and they don’t know history.

The end of human sacrifice in Central America came from “the top
down.”

The abolition of slavery came “from the top down.” The end of pagan
idolatry in the Roman Empire came “from the top down.” The end of
child-prostitution came “from the top down.”

In fact, most of the great transformations recorded in the
scriptures, and most of the great “revivals,” were led by dual office
holders. Study the lives of Samuel, Joshua, Gideon, Deborah, David,
Hezekiah, Moses, Josiah, Ezra, and Nehemiah. To assert that change
doesn’t come from the top down is folly, and betrays the clear record
and instruction of the Scriptures.

Also, have you ever heard a missionary testify that he preached for
20 years and converted no one, but when the village chief converted, so
did scores of others? This is a fact of history.

We do want individuals and families converted. We want hearts
changed. But if you’re a slave, you don’t care if the master’s heart is
changed — you’re happy if your freedom comes from the top down. You’re
free!

Blinded by Fright

I started this polemic stating that “Blinded by Might” could be more
dangerous than the child-pornography at Barns and Noble. Why? Because
while child-pornography is offensive, and abusive to children, the
purveyors could be prosecuted, and the vast majority of the material
banished. But “Blinded by Might” encourages Christians to abandon the
fight to criminalize such filth. “Blinded by Might” sustains the
legality and hence, acceptability of this wickedness. It insures this
evil will survive.

“Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler and the “Communist Manifesto” by Karl
Marx and Frederick Engels are both vile, oppressive anti-Christ works.
But these philosophies can only flourish and take root in a world that
has a Christ and a Christian community that retreat from the political
arena. “Blinded by Might” provides the blueprint for Christians to
retreat, and the Jesus who leads the way. The theology and content of
“Blinded by Might” provide the deadly framework in which these vile
worldviews of hell can be successful. In that way, “Blinded by Might”
is far more dangerous for it neutralizes the only force for truth that
will ultimately stand and prevail against such tyranny — the Christian
community.

The Fear of Man

I think the authors unknowingly tipped their hand concerning why they
really want out of the culture wars: they’re embarrassed. “Too many of
us in the conservative Christian community are trying to fight the
Philistines using the wrong weapons. It has resulted in our not only
being defeated, but humiliated. Even as Gary Bauer publicly muses about
the possibility of running for president, my journalism colleagues are
snickering.

“If we truly desire to transform the world in which we live, we must
look to God, his power, and the might of his Holy Spirit. Otherwise, we
will continue to bring dishonor and embarrassment on the high cause to
which we claim allegiance” (Page 129).

I ask you: who cares if pagan journalists are snickering? If you are
trying to win the approval of your journalistic colleagues, stay away
from the Crucified Carpenter, who boldly threatens to send them to hell
if they don’t repent and believe in Him.

If you want to be free from embarrassment, stay away from the
rantings of Jeremiah and the howling condemnations of John the
Baptist. Slink into the shadows before you’re embarrassed by the
extremism of Ezekial, the visions of Isaiah. Quietly walk away from the
lunacy of the prophets who call to be struck with a sword; and please,
give ample excuses for Jesus, as He harshly calls people names,
overthrows tables, chases people with whips, and otherwise embarrasses
you.

But if you want to be blessed, remember the words of Jesus:

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile
you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you
falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is
your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were
before you” Matthew 5:10-12.

Notice that he says, “persecuted for righteousness sake.” Because
you did the right thing — in life, in family, in business, in
politics. You stood up. You spoke the truth. “For so they persecuted
the prophets which were before you.” Prophets who rebuked kings.
Prophets who meddled in political issues. Prophets who were thrown into
a lion’s den because they were righteous politicians, like Daniel.

Reader: take your pick. You can lay down your political weapons in
the name of Christ, and win the approval of the Philistines and the
snickering journalists. Or you can hold high the banner of God’s Truth
and the Authority of the King of kings in the political realm, and be
scorned at, scoffed at, and hated by the Philistines and the snickering
Journalists.

Have the approval of men, or have the approval of God.

Which do you prefer? And which do you think will lead to the
reformation and restoration of our republic? If we will stay in the
fight, we will win.

If the authors of “Blinded by Might” wish to curry the favor and
interest of the pagan elite, they should become Amish. There they can
have their separatism and religion with a curious flair. But don’t try
and recruit us into your religious ghetto, and don’t misuse the
scripture and Jesus’ name to vindicate your flight from the fight. I
call on you, as a brother in Christ, as a student of the scriptures and
history, abandon your defeatist theology, forsake your respectability,
and learn at the feet of the warring King Jesus as He reveals Himself in
Psalm 2 and Psalm 110.

If you will not, then I leave you with the words of a true Christian
patriot, Samuel Adams, who said, “If ye love wealth better than liberty,
the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of
freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel or arms,
crouch down and lick the hands that feed you. May your chains set
lightly upon you. And may posterity forget that ye were our
countrymen.”



Randall A. Terry is founder of Operation
Rescue.

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