The West is doing all it can to overthrow its faith and heritage. This overthrow does not happen only by giant strides that are made instantaneously but also by a million decisions made by individual men and women and also by a host of sundry sized institutions with the policy they adopt for their institutional life. Currently the Christian Reformed Church is on the cusp of adding to the tapestry of negation of the tatters remains of Western Christendom with its opportunity to adopt the Belhar document as either a Confession or a contemporary Testimony, thus making the Belhar one of the identity markers of the Christian Reformed Church. In this series of articles on the Belhar it is my intent to demonstrate why the Belhar is a anti-Christ document that speaks more of Cultural Marxism and Liberation Theology then it does of Jesus Christ and Biblical Christianity.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. Their very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.
—C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock
Did you know that Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount proves that Jesus was a cultural Marxist? Did you know that when Jesus cited Isaiah 61 in Luke 4 that proves that Jesus was a cultural Marxist? I mean it’s clear right? Jesus said in Luke, “Blessed are the Poor.” That obviously means that Jesus supported Liberation Theology. Jesus supports redistribution of wealth plans. Jesus believes it is the very essence of wisdom that you can make poor people rich by making rich people poor. (It was a new covenant so Jesus could read those nasty old covenant Rich people like Abraham and Job out of the new covenant.)
And did you know the application of this is that you and I should feel guilty about being rich and living in a prosperous country? Why if we don’t embrace cultural Marxism we might lose our poor guilt ridden white effeminate souls. Up until this point I always thought that living in a rich prosperous country was a reason to thank God and be grateful but now I know it is a curse to be ashamed of. Why, if we don’t embrace cultural Marxism that proves that we are hard hearted towards the poor and the indigent. It proves that we are evil people hoping that the surplus population of the earth would just shrivel up and die. If we don’t embrace the Belhar, well it’s just obvious that we are Bastards deserving of social excommunication.
Nobody doubts that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has a healing effect or that it works to proclaim liberty to the captives or that it will set at liberty those who are oppressed. The question is, is the theology reflected in the Belhar the theology that will set at liberty those who are oppressed. And the answer is resoundingly “No.” The theology of the Belhar, in the name of compassion and love for the oppressed, will be and has been the means of untold oppression and captivity and death for millions as it has been for millions already. The theology reflected in the Belhar does not bless the poor but curses them with the comfort that their misery will be shared by countless others as the Theology of the Belhar practices the compassion of equality of identity — a equality that works to create shared misery and does not allow the usage of the phrase, “this is yours and that is not yours,” (sometimes called the reality of private property). The theology reflected in the Belhar will not feed the hungry but will only create more hunger as it has everywhere it has been practiced in the 20th century. Ask the millions of Ukranians who died of starvation during the Holdomar about the theology reflected in the Belhar. Ask the Boers in South Africa today about the theology of the Belhar. Ask the Cubans under Castro about the theology reflected in the Belhar.
And when Jesus pronounces “woes” on the rich in the Sermon on the Mount are we really to believe that he was announcing woes on the rich who were in the covenant of grace? Was Jesus pronouncing woes on Abraham and Job merely for being rich? Or was Jesus pronouncing woes on the wicked rich? Does having riches automatically make one wicked and worthy of woes? My Pastor seems to think it does.
My Pastor seems to envision a Jesus who wears a Bandelero bullet belt with a big Sombrero and runs around saying things like, “working men of the world unite,” or, “the proletariat must arise and throw off the wicked rich Bourgeoisie ruling class.” Well, my Pastor probably doesn’t envision a Jesus like this, he only wants just enough of this type of Jesus to make him feel comfortable w/ his white guilt security blanket.
And did you know that the Exodus account proves that God is a Cultural Marxist? Why, of course. God let all those poor oppressed people go from Egypt thus giving prima facie evidence that God is ALWAYS for the poor and ALWAYS against the rich and powerful.
Let’s just keep it our secret that the poor that God was for were HIS PEOPLE and not the poor that claimed a different god(s).
Besides, much of what God says is ambiguous anyways, though the words of Martin Luther King are clear as a bell and are to be cited w/ authority.
And did you know the fact that as minorities disproportionally comprise the prison population that means that Institutional Racism exists and the Jim Crow laws didn’t really go away? Why a book even said that was true so it must be true.
This institutional racism is everywhere you know. Why, it is even the case that Institutional Racism is the reason we elected B. Hussein Obama. You see, we supporters of institutional racism pulled our famous “Institutional Racism” ju jitsu trick and got people to elect Obama so we could keep up our Institutional Racism in place knowing that the foolish masses would believe that the charge of “Institutional Racism” could not be hurled at us any more if we elected a 1/2 black, 1/2 white man. Clever of us wasn’t it?
And did you know that we need to pass the Belhar just like the Germans passed the Barmen declaration because, jeepers creepers, there are still Nazis that exist today and we need to put those bad critters down.
I learned all this from my pastors and pastorettes yesterday in the “Church service” as they sang the praises of the Belhar Confession and instructed me how God delights in Christianity being reinterpreted through the Worldview grid of Cultural Marxism.
Not that they have any earthly idea what Cultural Marxism is. I mean to them, Cultural Marxism = Christianity and the idea that cultural Marxism might actually exist as a threat to Biblical Christianity is just something to be gently mocked and laughed at.
And you wonder why the West is dying?
But it sure made them feel good about themselves that they could stand with the poor and oppressed and the suffering. Never mind that that which they’ve embraced is guaranteed to increase the poverty of the poor, increase the oppression of the oppressed and increase the suffering of the Suffering. Their good intentions are paving the road to hell. They are nice people. Really they are. They’d give you the shirt of their backs.
And the shirt off my back.
And if I didn’t think somebody really was in need of the shirt off my back they’d make sure that the Government took the shirt off my back.
All in the name of justice you know.
So, if you really want to stand with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed you will stand against those who stand for the Belhar. They are the ones, with the best of intentions, whose advocacy will result in the blooming of poverty, suffering, and injustice all across the world.
Bad Theology hurts people.
Read Part 2 here.
Read Part 3 here.
Read Part 4 here.
Read Part 5 here.
Full text of the Belhar Confession here.
Previous discussion of the Belhar Confession on F&H here.