Some Considerations Regarding “The Shack”

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A Sincere and Honest Response to my Friends…

Over the past few weeks, I’ve received a number of messages from people I love and appreciate about my misgivings and opposition to The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity by William P. Young, and the recent film based on this work of fiction.

Right out of the box, I want to make clear that I have no problem with fictional books based on Christian themes. I’ve spent many joyful hours enjoying the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and numerous other Christian authors. In most cases, these works touch on Christian theological themes lightly, and deal with the deeper issues of faith and Christian belief in ways that respect the diverse views of mainstream orthodoxy. The Shack, however, crosses a dangerous line, in my view.

I read the book when it first came out, and was moved by the emotional themes it dealt with. As a pastor, I often dealt with the pain and sorrows of my congregation who experienced deeply troubling times of loss and painful circumstances. The protagonist in the book, Mack, seemed to address those struggles in meaningful and honest ways. The struggle to understand God in the midst of pain is common to us all at one time or another.

To my shame, I even recommended it to several others. Further theological education over the past ten years, however, have awakened me to a greater understanding of certain doctrinal issues that are frankly, dangerous to the spiritual health of God’s people, and reinforces a twisted understanding of God in the minds of unbelievers. While many “Christian-themed” fictional works promote theological errors that are more or less benign, The Shack is dealing with what I would call “Nuclear Material.”

There are many things I could bring out to explain my perspective, but the truth is, my time is extremely limited right now. However, I located a good source in the audio below that touches on most of the things I would say. This is an interview with James B. De Young, author of Burning Down ‘The Shack’: How the ‘Christian’ bestseller is deceiving millions. De Young was a close associate with William Young, and brings a unique and clear perspective on where The Shack is coming from. It’s not a pretty story, and you need to know it.

Many will simply yawn and ignore this, and even pass along the book or encourage people to see the film. Others, perhaps because you’ve already staked-out a favorable position regarding it, will be tempted to take offense and seek to refute me and discredit my discernment. I BEG YOU… DON’T. Please take the time to listen to this important message by clicking above. If I hold any credibility in your life, PLEASE pay attention to this. This book and film isn’t just your “garden variety” form of heresy. It’s a well-packaged ‘doctrines of demons’ BOMB that is deceiving millions of people.

 

The Culture War for Young Minds and Hearts

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      The War of Education - Dr. Bruce R. Porter

Recently I spoke at Veritas Christian School at their annual fundraising event. My message, while pointed and factual, sought to shine a light on the serious importance of a Christian education in the midst of a culture that seems entirely committed to eradicating all expressions of Christian faith and the establishing of a socialist/Humanist secular state in America.

It was tremendously gratifying to learn later from a staff member that the response to the fundraising appeal broke all previous records.

Apostasy and Heresy

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By: Bruce R Porter, D.Div.

In our times, any discussion related to apostasy and heresy is often met with dismissive eye-rolling derision. “How arcane and mean-spirited!” some will say. “Why can’t we all just be nice and get along with everybody? Besides, it’s just not loving to make people upset or uncomfortable just because they don’t see things the same way as you do.”

I could wholeheartedly agree if we lived in a universe where truth and falsehood are simply little curiosities. This is not the case, however. There is overwhelming evidence that truth and lies, good and evil, right and wrong are actual realities, and carry serious consequences.

Sometimes the effects are minor, such as someone lying to us about driving directions, or their real age, or how much they paid for something. In other situations, like people who lie to us about financial investments, or a doctor with fake credentials performing surgery on our child or us, etc., consequences can be severe.

Perhaps the greatest damage people endure is the harm done by those who give us misleading or false information relating to our immortal souls. There are those who subscribe to the false idea that it doesn’t matter what one believes about God or His word as long as you are “sincere” about what you believe. Such persons would find the company of men like the apostle Paul, or Jude, or Peter, (or name your favorite Early Church Father) very awkward and uncomfortable. These guys took accuracy and Veritas very seriously indeed!

From the earliest years of its existence, the church has struggled with heresies promoted by false brethren (apostates) as described by Jude, verse 4. Even in our day, some of these “wolves in sheep’s clothing” can be found preaching every Sunday from our nation’s pulpits!

For certain men have crept in unnoticed,
who long ago were marked out
for this condemnation, ungodly men,
who turn the grace of our God into lewdness
and deny the only Lord God
and our Lord Jesus Christ.

I’m convinced that we live in an era of increasing apostasy and heresy. TheWOLFEN2 two terms are somewhat synonymous, but it will be helpful to distinguish them. Apostasy means a falling away from the truth. Specifically, a Christian apostate may be understood as anyone who once professed a belief in the Truth of God and later rejected it. These can often be won back through a patient sharing of the Truth and prayer. Apostasy at its core is a rebellion against God because it is a rebellion against Truth—particularly orthodox biblical Truth. (I am purposely capitalizing “Truth” to emphasize absolute reality as revealed by God through His holy bible.)

While most people tend to over-simplify an apostate as someone who once believed in God and then became an atheist, this is not a complete picture of what happened in church history or is now happening in our times. Apostates today are departing from long-standing orthodoxy and introducing heresies (false teachings) into the church that are damaging or destroying the faith and testimony of many of Christ’s flock. The earliest church records reveal that nearly all the early church leadership was involved in theological battles with those who were seeking to harm the faith and witness of people.

For there must also be factions among you,
in order that those who are approved
may have become evident among you.

1 Cor. 11:19

There have been a multitude of heresies rolled out over the centuries. Identifying heresy is painfully difficult because it often depends upon who is pointing the finger. Also, heresy often disguises itself as orthodoxy. Heretics often operate like a chameleon, blending into the background—a shape-shifter—that appears on the surface as a cutting-edge teacher of “fresh revelation” or “deeper insight” into the Christian faith. However, in nearly every case, they are only rolling out a repackaged version 2.0.1 of the same old heresies and curveball deceptions as dealt with by the earliest church leaders.

Champaigne,_Philippe_de_-_Saint_Augustin_-_1645-1650From the early days of the church, heresies, like fireballs from siege machines, have been hurled at the defensive walls of Christianity. The war rages to this day. The problem with most heretical teachings is they often seem right, until carefully scrutinized under the searchlight of holy scripture and learned scholarship. The only way we can hope to discern truth from falsehood is by prayer and diligent study of the scriptures, along with a grasp of church history, a working knowledge of systematic theology, and the writings of the reliable church fathers all the way back to the New Testament itself. If we lack–for whatever reason–these analytical tools in our personal discernment toolboxes, we would be wise if we seek out and give heed to those who do possess these skills.

Sadly in our times, spiritual discernment is often considered mean-spirited and ungracious, and those who exercise it are marginalized and considered “killjoys” or “that guy” behind their backs. Certainly, there are those who are so obsessed about error that they cannot appreciate what is good. This is the ditch off the side of the road we might call “hyper-critical.” However, I suspect it is less harmful than the ditch on the other side of the road I would term as “hyper-naiveté.”

Paul and the other apostles, as well as the early Church Fathers, had their hands full as they dealt with the emerging heresies of their times, and we can easily read of their struggles. I list here just a few of the false teachings they wrestled against, with a short comment revealing the significant errors they promote. See if you can recognize any that are being served up under new labels in our times.

Arianism – Taught that Jesus was a created being, like an angel, and, therefore, was not co-equal and eternally existent with the Father. Some Arians also taught that the Holy Spirit was created by Jesus.

Docetism – Is the belief that Jesus’ physical body was only an illusion, and only seemed to be a physical body. As an incorporeal spirit, Jesus could not physically die, so his crucifixion and resurrection were only an illusion.

Gnosticism – Teaches the dualism of equally powerful good and evil and the need for “secret knowledge” to understand it. According to the Gnostics, matter is evil, deliverance from material form was attainable only through “special” knowledge revealed by special Gnostic teachers. Christ was the divine Redeemer who descended from the spiritual realm to reveal the knowledge necessary for this redemption.

Marcionism – An O.T. “evil God” and a N.T.“good God.” Only 11 books in the Canon

Pelagianism – Man is personally unaffected by Adam’s fall and able by his “free will” to keep God’s laws. Therefore, man is entirely responsible to believe and save himself.

Semi-Pelagianism – Man’s free will and God’s grace cooperate to save men. No matter how much God gives grace, man has the veto and if saved, has the responsibility to “stay saved.”

More recently, we are witnessing the emergence of ver. 2.1.0 upgraded heresies such as “Open Theism.” According to Theopedia; “Open theism, also called “free will theism” and “openness theology,” is the belief that God does not exercise meticulous control of the universe but leaves it “open” for humans to make significant choices (free will) that impact their relationships with God and others. A corollary of this is that God has not predetermined the future. Open Theists further believe that this would imply that God does not know the future exhaustively. Proponents affirm that God is omniscient, but deny that this means that God knows everything that will happen.”

This belief system denies one of the orthodox and long-accepted essential attributes of God, such as His omniscience, or God’s complete knowledge of all things past, present, and future. It teaches that God is somehow “learning” new things as men exercise their “free will.” This has been repeatedly condemned by church councils over the centuries as a heretical teaching.

head-in-the-sandMany theologically uneducated Christians in our times—including many preachers, unfortunately—cavalierly dismiss the importance of understanding and being aware of heresies, and we often hear Christians say things like, “What difference does it make? Why be so negative? As long as you’re sincere and love Jesus, that’s all that matters!” To be sure, our brethren in previous centuries took these theological errors very seriously, and labored long hours in prayer, study, and in learned councils to discern between truth and error. They knew the critical importance of holding to Truth in a world bent on deception.

Another popular heresy arising in our times is the “Emergent Church” movement. This cult advocates a radical departure from orthodox belief and fidelity to Scripture for a spirituality based upon “practices” and “spiritual formation.” They promote a superior mystical “knowledge” over scripture, as touted by one of their leaders, Brian McLaren, in his book, A Generous Orthodoxy. They downplay objective Biblical Truth for “experiences” with God in contemplative prayer. They minimize the place of Jesus Christ as the “only way, truth, and life.” In the name of “grace” and “open-mindedness,” many of the Emergents embrace homosexuality, giving young people the false idea that they can somehow indulge in sexual lust and still regard themselves as Christians. Material or physical behaviors are downplayed while “spiritual formation” is celebrated. Can anyone say; Gnosticism?

The next time someone appeals for “unity over Truth,” or “kindness over godly reproof,” or “tolerance over biblical accuracy,” perk up your ears and raise your discernment antennae. You’re about to enter a town called “Deception” where shadows and “gray areas” obscure the bright light of Truth; where people eschew disagreements and controversies for peaceful harmony and peace. It’s a rapidly growing town populated by those who have chosen the broad and easy road, far off the narrow beaten path. It’s a place just beyond city limits of the small township called “Discernment” found only in a particular realm better known as;

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How We Got Our English Bibles

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The story of how the bible came to be translated from the ancient languages of Hebrew and Greek is fascinating, to say the very least. It is especially interesting to learn how our modern English translations came down to us, and how the Roman Catholic Church fought so many centuries to prevent ordinary believers from possessing the scriptures, especially in their own language. The Roman church insisted on the Latin Vulgate translation as the ONLY authorized translation, yet only the most educated persons could even read it if one could be obtained, which was nearly impossible.

This English Bible History Article & Timeline is ©2013 by author & editor: John L. Jeffcoat III. Special thanks are also given to Dr. Craig H. Lampe for his valuable contributions to the text. This page may be freely reproduced or quoted, in whole or in part, in print or electronically, under the one condition that prominent credit must be given to “WWW.GREATSITE.COM” as the source.

The embedded recording (below) is a great summary of the history of that struggle, and how God was so faithful to get His word to His people, in spite of horrendous persecutions. Enjoy!

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A Mosque at Ground Zero?

From Bruce:

Most of my friends know that I served as a volunteer at Ground Zero beginning six days after the World Trade Towers were destroyed by Islamic fanatics who flew hijacked passenger jets into them. I would have been there sooner, but the airlines were totally grounded for nearly a week before I could catch a ride to New York City.

Lately, I’ve been aghast at the unfolding reports of a huge mosque being planned to open adjacent to the site of the worst Islamic Jihadist attack in history. To tell the truth, the entire fiasco has made me nearly speechless with outrage. Groping for words adequate to describe or encompass this unspeakably vulgar display of arrogance by Islamists, I’ve not written of it until now.

Finally, I found someone who actually comes close to describing my feelings and thoughts regarding this. Pat Condell is a British pundit and vlogger who got it right on this issue. I cannot improve on his words. He and I would agree on very little else, seeing that he is a rather vocal atheist who regards people like me as a lower form of imbecile. Nevertheless, in dealing with the issue of the mosque being established near Ground Zero, and to add insult to injury, having it dedicated on September 11th on the day of the tenth anniversary of this Jihadist attack, Pat nailed it!

View the video below. If you agree with him, forward it to as many as possible. We must stop this atrocity from occurring!

Don’t Let Freedom Slip Away

After America, There is No Place to Go

 (Comment by Bruce Porter)
For several months, I’ve not written much into this blog site. With each passing day, I grow more appalled at the socialist/Marxist direction our country is taking. The Obama regime is, I’m convinced, on a course to transform our beloved Republic into a socialist nightmare.

It is now abundantly clear that Obama’s guiding star is Marxism, but sadly, few people today really appreciate what that means, having been educated by the public brainwashing system we call “Public Schools.” Some will dismiss, as they always do, such statements, preferring to live in denial. However, unless our people wake up and vote these power-hungry mavens of Marxism out of power this November, I fear we will slip into an era of darkness unparallel in human history.

The article below was written by a woman who witnessed the takeover of her country in the 30s by Hitler. There are terrifying parallels to her story and what we are experiencing in the United States today. Can it happen here? Your life and the lives of your family may depend on how you answer that question. Read the article through and decide for yourself.

Truly is the Greatest Country in the World.
Don’t Let Freedom Slip Away

By: Kitty Werthmann

 What I am about to tell you is something you’ve probably never heard or will ever read in history books.

I believe that I am an eyewitness to history.  I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history.  We elected him by a landslide – 98% of the vote..  I’ve never read that in any American publications.  Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.

In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression.  Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed.  We had 25% inflation and 25% bank loan interest rates.

Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily.  Young people were going from house to house begging for food.  Not that they didn’t want to work; there simply weren’t any jobs.  My mother was a Christian woman and believed in helping people in need.  Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people – about 30 daily.

The Communist Party and the National Socialist Party were fighting each other.  Blocks and blocks of cities like Vienna, Linz, and Graz were destroyed.  The people became desperate and petitioned the government to let them decide what kind of government they wanted.

We looked to our neighbor on the north, Germany, where Hitler had been in power since 1933.  We had been told that they didn’t have unemployment or crime, and they had a high standard of living.  Nothing was ever said about persecution of any group — Jewish or otherwise.  We were led to believe that everyone was happy.  We wanted the same way of life in Austria. We were promised that a vote for Hitler would mean the end of unemployment and help for the family.  Hitler also said that businesses would be assisted, and farmers would get their farms back.

Ninety-eight percent of the population voted to annex Austria to Germany and have Hitler for our ruler.

We were overjoyed, and for three days we danced in the streets and had candlelight parades.  The new government opened up big field kitchens and everyone was fed.

After the election, German officials were appointed, and like a miracle, we suddenly had law and order.  Three or four weeks later, everyone was employed.  The government made sure that a lot of work was created through the Public Work Service.

Hitler decided we should have equal rights for women.  Before this, it was a custom that married Austrian women did not work outside the home.  An able-bodied husband would be looked down on if he couldn’t support his family.  Many women in the teaching profession were elated that they could retain the jobs they previously had been required to give up for marriage.

Hitler Targets Education –
Eliminates Religious Instruction for Children:

Our education was nationalized.  I attended a very good public school.  The population was predominantly Catholic, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler’s picture hanging next to a Nazi flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class we wouldn’t pray or have religion anymore.  Instead, we sang “Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles,” and had physical education.

Sunday became National Youth Day with compulsory attendance.  Parents were not pleased about the sudden change in curriculum.  They were told that if they did not send us, they would receive a stiff letter of warning the first time.  The second time they would be fined the equivalent of $300, and the third time they would be subject to jail.  The first two hours consisted of political indoctrination.  The rest of the day we had sports.  As time went along, we loved it.  Oh, we had so much fun and got our sports equipment free.  We would go home and gleefully tell our parents about the wonderful time we had.

My mother was very unhappy. 

When the next term started, she took me out of public school and put me in a convent.  I told her she couldn’t do that and she told me that someday when I grew up, I would be grateful.  There was a very good curriculum, but hardly any fun – no sports, and no political indoctrination.  I hated it at first but felt I could tolerate it.  Every once in a while, on holidays, I went home.  I would go back to my old friends and ask what was going on and what they were doing.  Their loose lifestyle was very alarming to me.  They lived without religion.  By that time unwed mothers were glorified for having a baby for Hitler.  It seemed strange to me that our society changed so suddenly.  As time went along, I realized what a great deed my mother did so that I wasn’t exposed to that kind of humanistic philosophy.

Equal Rights Hits Home:

In 1939, the war started and a food bank was established.  All food was rationed and could only be purchased using food stamps.  At the same time, a full-employment law was passed which meant if you didn’t work, you didn’t get a ration card, and if you didn’t have a card, you starved to death. Women who stayed home to raise their families didn’t have any marketable skills and often had to take jobs more suited for men.

Soon after this, the draft was implemented.  It was compulsory for young people, male and female, to give one year to the labor corps.  During the day, the girls worked on the farms, and at night they returned to their barracks for military training just like the boys.  They were trained to be anti-aircraft gunners and participated in the signal corps.  After the labor corps, they were not discharged but were used in the front lines.  When I go back to Austria to visit my family and friends, most of these women are emotional cripples because they just were not equipped to handle the horrors of combat.  Three months before I turned 18, I was severely injured in an air raid attack.  I nearly had a leg amputated, so I was spared having to go into the labor corps and into military service.

Hitler Restructured the Family Through Daycare: 

When the mothers had to go out into the work force, the government immediately established child care centers.  You could take your children ages 4 weeks to school age and leave them there around-the-clock, 7 days a week, under the total care of the government.  The state raised a whole generation of children..  There were no motherly women to take care of the children, just people highly trained in child psychology.  By this time, no one talked about equal rights.  We knew we had been had.

Health Care and Small Business Suffer Under Government Controls:

Before Hitler, we had very good medical care.  Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna.  After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone.  Doctors were salaried by the government.  The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything. When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full.  If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn.  There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine.  Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and immigrated to other countries.

As for healthcare, our tax rates went up to 80% of our income.  Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household.  We had big programs for families.  All day care and education were free.  High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized.  Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.

We had another agency designed to monitor business.  My brother-in-law owned a restaurant that had square tables.  Government officials told him he had to replace them with round tables because people might bump themselves on the corners.  Then they said he had to have additional bathroom facilities. It was just a small dairy business with a snack bar.  He couldn’t meet all the demands.  Soon, he went out of business.  If the government owned the large businesses and not many small ones existed, it could be in control.

We had consumer protection.  We were told how to shop and what to buy.  Free enterprise was essentially abolished.  We had a planning agency specially designed for farmers.  The agents would go to the farms, count the live-stock, then tell the farmers what to produce, and how to produce it.

“Mercy Killing” Redefined:

In 1944, I was a student teacher in a small village in the Alps.  The villagers were surrounded by mountain passes which, in the winter, were closed off with snow, causing people to be isolated.  So people intermarried and offspring were sometimes retarded.  When I arrived, I was told there were 15 mentally retarded adults, but they were all useful and did good manual work.  I knew one, named Vincent, very well.  He was a janitor of the school.  One day I looked out the window and saw Vincent and others getting into a van.  I asked my superior where they were going.  She said to an institution where the State Health Department would teach them a trade, and to read and write.  The families were required to sign papers with a little clause that they could not visit for 6 months.  They were told visits would interfere with the program and might cause homesickness.

As time passed, letters started to dribble back saying these people died a natural, merciful death.  The villagers were not fooled.  We suspected what was happening.  Those people left in excellent physical health and all died within 6 months.  We called this euthanasia.

The Final Steps – Gun Laws: 

Next came gun registration.  People were getting injured by guns.  Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns.  Most citizens were law abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms.  Not long after-wards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns.  The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.

No more freedom of speech. 

Anyone who said something against the government was taken away.  We knew many people who were arrested, not only Jews, but also priests and ministers who spoke up.

Totalitarianism didn’t come quickly, it took 5 years from 1938 until 1943, to realize full dictatorship in Austria.  Had it happened overnight, my countrymen would have fought to the last breath.  Instead, we had creeping gradualism.  Now, our only weapons were broom handles.  The whole idea sounds almost unbelievable that the state, little by little eroded our freedom.

After World War II, Russian troops occupied Austria.  Women were raped, preteen to elderly.  The press never wrote about this either.  When the Soviets left in 1955, they took everything that they could, dismantling whole factories in the process.  They sawed down whole orchards of fruit, and what they couldn’t destroy, they burned.  We called it The Burned Earth. Most of the population barricaded themselves in their houses.  Women hid in their cellars for 6 weeks as the troops mobilized.  Those who couldn’t paid the price.  There is a monument in Vienna today, dedicated to those women who were massacred by the Russians.  This is an eye witness account.

“It’s true… those of us who sailed past the Statue of Liberty came to a country of unbelievable freedom and opportunity.

America Truly is the Greatest Country in the World. Don’t Let Freedom Slip Away

“After America, There is No Place to Go”

American Capitalism Gone With a Whimper?

From Dr. Bruce Porter:

A friend sent the following article to me. I was understandably skeptical of its veracity and did some checking. According to Snopes.com, this is TRUE. I do not entirely trust snopes since the couple who run that site are liberals and often skew their “findings” to favor Barack Obama. Since this verification is coming from a hostile source, I am therefore inclined to believe it. If you care to, you can jump over to Pravda’s site and see for yourself. Click HERE view the original article.

I have been trying to warn people since last summer before the election that Barack Hussein Obama is a dangerous man. I knew he was a far-left ideologue, and even the drive-by media acknowledged it. As revelations began to come to light about his close associations with people like William Ayers, (an avowed Marxist-Leninist, famous for his Weather Underground activities and participation in terrorist bombings in the 60s) and the “Rev” Wright, a Marxist “Liberation Theology” proponent and racist, I knew that Obama’s fascination with Marxism was real.

An Eye-Opening Experience

In 2006, I was a guest speaker at Obama’s High School, an elite private school in Honolulu called Punahou School. Punahou was originally a Christian missionary school, built on land granted in 1829 by Queen Ka’ahumanu. The school opened in 1842 with 15 students. Children of missionaries soon caused the school to grow quickly. Punahou is now a huge campus, with students from all over the world. Their most famous alumni however, is Barack Hussein Obama.

When I began my series of lectures, which were to cover an entire week to students in the middle grades to High School, things seemed to go well. My subject matter was the virtues of using our education, wealth, and life advantages for the betterment of mankind, serving, and ultimately reaching the world with the love and good news of the Messiah Yeshua. Trouble began when I was told by the campus Chaplains that I was not to “preach” to the children, or speak of Yeshua too much. I thought this peculiar, since this was originally a believer’s school founded by missionaries. The Chaplain staff actually seemed to be walking in fear of “offending” any of the “diversity” in the student body, and I was told that the school welcomes Buddhists, Shintoists, Muslims, etc. etc. When I was given a tour of the campus and met some of the faculty, it quickly became clear that I was in the midst of the most politically-correct, left-leaning, enviromentally activist school I’ve ever encountered. It was difficult to discern anyone who would actually admit to being a true Judeo/Christian believer. I’m not exagerating.

Well, two days into my lecture series, in which I made efforts to not “offend” anyone, the hammer fell. I was suddenly informed that a “special meeting” was set up with the school president and his principal staffers. The Chaplain who invited me seemed to be near to panic. I asked him what was going on, and he told me in hushed tones that “an article” I had written on my website, which was critical of radical Islam, had come to the president’s attention and was causing an uproar. Members of the Islamic community had written a letter of complaint because of my “attitudes” and wanted me fired and put off the campus.

I won’t go into detail about my meeting that afternoon in the plush offices of Punahou’s president and the principals of the grade levels, but if you picture the “inquisition” debacle that took place at the confirmation hearings of Judge Clarence Thomas, or the roast that Lt.Col Ollie North endured, you’d have a pretty good idea. (Disclaimer: I in no way think of myself as equal to, or ‘on-par’ with, these great men. I’m only trying to give you a mental picture of what I was subjected to.) They were outraged, waving a print-out of the offending article, and decrying my “Islamophobia.” Although I tried to explain to them that my article was directed entirely toward “radical” Islamics, and at no time had I even mentioned the subject in my lectures to the students, to these men, my mere presence on campus as a guest lecturer was absolutely intolerable. (So much for the left’s “tolerance.”) It was clear that “my kind” was an unwelcome blot on Punahou’s reputation, and the LAST thing they wanted to do was “offend” the many Islamic parents whose children attended the school. As a result, in order to not offend the “Muslim Community,” I was summarily dismissed, all remaining lectures cancelled, and asked to leave the campus. Score one for Mohammed.

This painful incident gave me tremendous insights into their famous former student, Obama. If  this was the atmosphere he was nurtured in and indoctrinated with, then it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest that he had embraced the most radical ideaologies. Suffice to say, I believe, based on this and many, many other evidences, that Barack Hussein Obama is a Marxist who cleverly ran a “stealth” campaign as a “moderate” in order to gain the most powerful office in our nation. I’m also convinced that he is moving at break-neck speed to destroy the United States as a Constitutional Republic and replace it with Communism.

There are yet those who will read this, continue to close their eyes and minds, and reject not only what I said, but also seek to marginalize me. So be it. I’m confident of my position, and well-aware that one day I may have to pay a dear price for my love of America and all she stands for. I shall take my place proudly at the side of brave men and women who fought, prayed, and died in the service of this wonderful nation, blessed by God. We’ve come a long way, and while it is true that many of us have lost our way and given place to greed, corruption, and evil, the dream is still alive. Maybe, just maybe we can find our way back to the greatness that once honored God and liberated untold millions from the cruel boot of oppression and slavery.

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American capitalism--Gone with a whimper

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It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.
 
True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years.

The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was… But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.
 
Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elite’s and betters.
 
First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather than the classics.

Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives.

The leftist citizens of America care more for their “right” to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. (Eat, drink & be merry)  Then these ignorant leftist turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our “democracy.”

Pride blinds the foolish.
 
Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different “branches and denominations” were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more than happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the “winning” side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another.  Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the “winning” side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power.

Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America.
 
The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama.

His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world!

If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not,  America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.
 
These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, loses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars.

These make our Russian oligarchs look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison.
 
These thieves, of course, are not an elected panel but made up of appointees picked from the very financial oligarchs and their henchmen who are now gorging themselves on trillions of American dollars, in one bailout after another.

They are also usurping the rights, duties and powers of the American congress (parliament). Again, congress has put up little more then a whimper to their masters.
 
Then came Barack Obama’s command that GM’s (General Motor) president step down from leadership of his company. That is correct, dear reader, in the land of “pure” free markets, this self-anointed American president now has the power, the self given power, to fire CEOs and other employees of private companies, at will. Come hither, go dither, the centurion commands his minions.
 
So it should be no surprise, that the American president has followed this up with a “bold” move of declaring that he and another group of unelected, chosen stooges will now redesign the entire automotive industry and will even be the guarantee of automobile policies. I am sure that if given the chance, Obama’s Czars would happily try and redesign the whole of the world, too.

Prime Minister Putin, less then two months ago, warned Obama and UK’s Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, as it only leads to disaster.

Apparently, even though we suffered 70 years of this Western sponsored horror show, we know nothing as compared to these ‘foolish, drunken Russians’, so let our “wise” Anglo-Saxon fools find out the folly of their own pride.
 
Again, the American public has taken this with barely a whimper…but still a “freeman” whimper….so far.
 
So, should it be any surprise to discover that the Democratically controlled Congress of America is working on passing a new regulation that would give the American Treasury department the power to set “fair” maximum salaries, evaluate performance and control how private companies give out pay raises and bonuses?

Senator Barney Franks, a social pervert cavorting in his ‘Marxist enlightenment’, has led this effort. He bleats this only affects companies that receive government monies. However it is actually retroactive and thus would include any company or industry that has ever received a tax break or incentive…which basically includes ALL businesses.
 
The Russian owners of American companies and industries should carefully consider closing their facilities down and fleeing the land of Red America as fast as possible.
 In other words, divest while there is still value left.

Unjustifiability proud Americans will go down into their pit of slavery without a fight, beating their chest and proclaiming to the world, how free they really are. The world will only snicker at their stupidity.
 
Source: Stanislav Mishin-2009. PRAVDA RU

Marxist Indoctrination: In YOUR School?

By Bruce Porter

The teacher is engaged not simply in the training of individuals,
but in the formation of the “proper” social life….
In this way, the teacher always is the prophet of the “true” God
and the usherer-in of the “true” Kingdom of God.

-Atheist John Dewey-
Socialist “Father” of Public Education
(With socialist ‘code words’ emphasized in quotes)

 I often hear well-meaning people say that it is important that children be properly “socialized.” Usually this comes up in conversations when I tell them my 13-year-old daughter is being home-schooled (as were my two older children).

I understand that most people who raise such concerns are speaking about the need for children to be able to get along with other children in a group setting. This is, of course, perfectly reasonable. A well-rounded education certainly does not consist of merely being able to regurgitate facts and perform math computations. As humans, we are intrinsically ‘wired’ to interrelate with people in a wholesome and mutually beneficial circumstances. Social skills like sharing, compassion, empathy, and a sense of responsibility for others (outside ourselves) well-being is indisputably an important part of a well-rounded personality.

I usually answer that my daughter is probably over-socialized, in that she regularly spends time in group settings like dance classes, our home-school co-op, and our House Church (click for info). At 13, she is comfortable in conversation with all ages, regularly shares her things with friends, and has a caring, compassionate attitude toward her world.

Not only this, but she tested-out last year (using the Iowa Skills Exam) several grades ahead of the national average in every subject, and is even doing college-level work in several subjects in spite of the fact that she was only in the 7th grade. This usually ends the discussion, since most public school children cannot make such boasts. It’s not that their children are less intelligent than my little girl. It is more a statement about the state of government education.

With regard to the “socialization” issue however, I must now restrain myself. If I really opened up and said what I think about the dismal state of  “government education,” and the “Educrats” that run it, I would lose all sense of polite decorum and begin ranting and howling with blood squirting out of my eyes and ears (like the madman most liberals assume that I am). I will therefore withhold any such ranting, control my emotions, and try to calmly deal with this issue in a restrained tone worthy of a National Public Radio interview on “All Things Considered.”

I will only allow myself this one indulgence into the ‘rant zone:’ Children are not being “socialized” in public schools. They are being BRAINWASHED into MARXIST SOCIALISM! More than this, whatever “socializing” they are experiencing with regard to politeness, decorum, and ethical or moral behavior, well, I am a product of the public school system. I can confidently say that I decided early-on not to let this negative schooling life-experience get in the way of my subsequent education. (Apologies to Mark Twain) There, I got it off my chest!

The latest outrage is the increasing practice of exposing younger and younger children to “socialist” propaganda in films, assemblies, and anti-conservative rants by teachers who are following Dewey’s injunction to act as prophets “…of the ‘true’ God and the usherer-in of the ‘true’ Kingdom of God.” Really folks, I didn’t make this up! 1

A WHOLE NEW LEVEL OF INDOCTRINATION:

Recently, a 20-minute video surfaced called “The Story of Stuff,” narrated by Annie Leonard, and commissioned by the Tides Foundation. 2 Tides is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides funding for “progressive” groups. For those unfamiliar with the term “progressive,” this is a sanitized, politically-neutral word for “Marxist.”

Children across the nation are being shown this video, and thus far, little notice has been made of it since it’s a cutsie, cartoonish, cheerful, and disarmingly clever presentation of anti-capitalism under the cover of “saving the earth.” I have found some rebuttals to the video, and I urge you to take time to watch the videos below. Share this link with your friends, particularly those with children in public schools, and warn them of the danger.



 

  1. http://tinyurl.com/m5yygq Out-of-control teacher reinstated after anti-US rant by: David Huntwork March 11, 2006
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tides_Foundation

Dialogue With An Esteemed Critic

One of my recent posts:

How the Radical Left Plan to Destroy the Republic
Through Our Children


posted on September 7, elicited the following email response from Amy Sterling Casil, one of the authors I referenced in the blog. 

Ordinarily, I would not re-post a private email, but this one was illuminating. Please understand I do not share this with any intention of showing disrespect. Amy is an accomplished author I sincerely respect and admire. I am honored that she even took the time to write me. The fact that I disagree with her position on public education, and John Dewey in particular, should not be construed as a lack of respect for her or her considerable scholarship. You may read her bio at the end of this post.

However, the issues she raises speaks volumes about the present state of academia (even among Christians) and a lack of awareness/discernment about the true nature of American public education and the hidden agenda of Socialism in our nation. Her excellent letter is shared here in its entirety, with my responses in block quotes.

—– Original Message —–

From: asterling@****.com
To
: bruce@brucespeaks.com
Sent
: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 3:48 PM

Subject: Please remove reference

Dear Bruce,

I am an author of a book that you used as a reference for a blog post about education and the Obama administration (http://www.brucespeaks.com/?p=536). I would appreciate as an authorial courtesy your removing this educational/school library book from a reference in this politically-charged commentary that isn’t really directed at children, schools or education.

 Your book reference has been removed per your request. You are correct that my article is not directed at children, (note the X-rated references elsewhere in the article about the sex education curricula promulgated in many public schools) nor is it directed at schools or educators.

It is primarily directed to parents, grandparents, and guardians of young children who are enrolled in government educational institutions and have virtually no knowledge of Dewey’s considerable influence and highly controversial political views/associations which you referenced in your book so well.

 I am actually relatively conservative, and also a Christian – as well as being a college teacher and author of over 20 books for children/young adults.  I understand the point you are trying to make, but this is really distortive of John Dewey’s work and the broad perspective of his role in education.  He certainly contributed to far, far more than you present in this article, and his political activities were not strongly correlated with his work in education, and extensive study and educational writings.

 Yes, he did sign the Humanist Manifesto, and was also one of the founders of the ACLU.  100 years ago, neither of these were all that unreasonable things to do.  I can provide you with an original source for his signing of the Humanist Manifesto, if your desire is to document what you have written.  It is true that he signed this document, and also true that he traveled to the former Soviet Union.  It is equally true that he advocated education and literacy for children in order for them to be able to act as informed citizens.

 I certainly wouldn’t question your faith in Christ Amy, but after reading your email, I harbor doubts as to your conservative credentials.

I am well-aware of Dewey’s extensive work in the field of education. However, it is his highly questionable political alliances and motivations that are alarming and virtually unknown to the general populace. We must not minimize the extensive ANTI-Christian/conservative worldviews espoused in the Humanist Manifesto, or Roger Nash Baldwin’s Marxist worldview and his involvement in the establishment of the ACLU. Dewey’s agreement/association with, and signing on to, such extremely controversial views should be more widely known.

My object was not to distort the historical record, but rather, to bring to light the EXISTING distortions of the record due to the virtual silence by most biographers of Dewey’s leftist political views.

With regard to your comment about Dewey’s advocacy of public education as a means of literacy: “in order for them to be able to act as informed citizens.” How can we possibly observe the progressive deterioration of the state of education in America during the 20th century as anything but a slow-motion train wreck? Prior to Dewey’s influence, illiteracy was rare among our citizens, and most 8th grade children in the late 1800s could easily put most modern college graduates to shame with their knowledge of geography, history, math, grammar, and virtually any other subject (except of course, modern electronics, aerospace, and computer technology).

The state of our public education system is a national disgrace, with many High School graduates unable to read their own diplomas. Prior to Dewey’s influence, political awareness of our founding documents by the majority of American children, and their sense of civic responsibility, was exemplary. Can we ignore this?

I do know how emotional people get about these things.  Most people think John Dewey invented the Dewey Decimal System.  My book didn’t focus on political aspects, but rather educational and philosophical aspects – Mr. Dewey’s philosophy of education was “students learn best by doing” and his philosophical writings were of the school of pragmatism – i.e. development of moral and individual compass through experience.

I think the historical record clearly shows that 19th-century America’s “moral and individual compass” was far superior to the one that resulted from the establishment of a “pragmatic” (and secular) government educational system. School violence, teen pregnancy, and juvenile delinquency were rare events before Dewey. They are nearly pandemic now. His systematic elimination of the Christian worldview has resulted in a moral, ethical, and societal meltdown.

The last words of his pedagogic manifesto are: “I believe that every teacher should realize the dignity of his calling; that he is a social servant set apart for the maintenance of proper social order and the securing of the right social growth. I believe that in this way the teacher always is the prophet of the true God and the usherer in of the true kingdom of God.” 

I learned as a much younger (and foolish) Socialist and Liberal Progressive that it is highly necessary to carefully couch the Progressive agenda in terms that will not alarm the populace or stimulate reactionary elements. Dewey, in my opinion, was a master of subterfuge, and his use of terms like: “…maintenance of *proper* social order and the securing of the *right* social growth” (emphasis added obviously) are Progressive code words that anyone in the Progressive movement would recognize.

Also, given his extensive written (and extremely critical) views regarding the Christian faith, it requires no conspiratorial “leap of faith” to see that his use of words like: “…prophet of the *true* God and the usherer in of the *true* kingdom of God” are transparently disingenuous references to the establishment of the Socialist State as an idyllic socialist “kingdom” on earth.

The “true” god and “kingdom” of the Humanist/Socialist is ultimately humanity and naturalistic scientific reason. As you know, the 5th plank of the Humanist Manifesto of 1933 (that Dewey signed-on to) states this clearly: “Humanism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modern science makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human values.” As a Christian, you no-doubt recognize immediately this as the very antithesis of biblical Judeo/Christian thought.

This is “social” in the sense of people getting along in SOCIETY – not “socialism.”  Society as in people getting along with each other – i.e. not stealing, committing crimes, or operating only with self-interest or in an anti-social manner.  Everyone who teaches knows that school is more about learning to get along with others in preparation for working or living successfully in society, not about forced memorization of facts – which indeed was the main emphasis of schools pre-Dewey.

Thank you for this courtesy.  The book is educational, not political in nature.  It would be false/poor education to ignore Mr. Dewey’s existence.

– Amy Sterling Casil

I couldn’t disagree more with your closing statement. Surely you’re not unaware that the “society” Dewey grew up in was one of the most literate, polite, productive, civil, and just societies in all the history of the world? Our founding documents and form of government were based almost entirely upon biblical precepts and sermons dating back to the 16th century. I can provide documentation for this if you wish.

Certainly, our nation had faults, some grievous, but our people constantly sought improvement through the Bill of Rights and amendments. We fought a bitter civil war to end the evil of slavery. Christians were on the forefront of the effort to stop this blight upon our nation. Thankfully, under our constitution and republican form of government, we possessed the political means and moral courage to correct those evils and will continue to make amends where needed.

I do find agreement with one statement you made. “It would be false/poor education to ignore Mr. Dewey’s existence.” I entirely agree, but would only add that it would be a disservice and disingenuous to not give people the entire story of Mr. Dewey’s educational agenda and political motives. Only by fully disclosing these facts can people be expected to make wise decisions regarding politics and society as a whole, and through our children, preserve our great nation as a free, moral, prosperous, and Constitutional Republic.

Forgive my forthrightness, but I couldn’t help responding to your points. It is manifestly clear that we have dramatically different interpretations of history and Dewey. In any case, I wish you well.

Yours sincerely,

Bruce Porter

Biographical Information on Amy Sterling Casil

Amy Sterling Casil  is a Southern California science fiction writer. Her writing has often included Southern California themes. Her mother, Sterling Sturtevant was an Academy Award-winning art director for animated films who worked for Playhouse Pictures, UPA and Charles Schulz.

A four-year National Merit Scholar, she graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, CA in 1983 with bachelor’s degrees in British/American Literature and Studio Art. She was the first female editor and publisher of the Claremont Colleges’ newsmagazine. She twice received the Crombie Allen Award for fiction writing at the Claremont Colleges. She attended the Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop at Michigan State University in 1984.

“Jonny Punkinhead,” which appeared in the July 1996 New Writers issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, was her first published genre story.

Casil was the director of Family Service Association in Redlands, California from 1987 to 1997. In 1999, she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University, Orange, CA with full honors, under committee chair James P. Blaylock. From 1998 to 2005, she taught English and creative writing at several Southern California colleges, including Chapman University and Saddleback College. Since 2005, she has been Director of Development for the noted Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization, Beyond Shelter.

For a complete bio, visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Sterling_Casil#As_Editor