“Liberals in America despise Christians of true faith.”
Truth! But, why? According to Kevin McCullough of WND, it is “because in doing so their own guilt is appeased, their anger is justified, and they can finally lay blame for their own misery at someone else’s feet.”
As good an explanation as I have heard, and while I remain the strictest believer in the separation of church and state, there is room for this discussion in the sociopolitical arena, as this phenomenon of why liberals hate Christians exposes many flaws in the leftist ideology, a deeper understanding of their philosophy of hatred and intolerance, and thus, hopefully, a means to defeat it, as it is evil at its core.
Powdered Wig contributor J. J. Hall offers his own explanation, below, according to the very scripture that liberals despise.
Progressives Unmasked & the Remedy
By J. J. Hall, “Author, Scholar, Janitor: Mostly the Janitor (Psalm 84:10)
(Sorry it’s long…but it is worth it)
(Jude 1:8-13) Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
I have spent some time outlining the frail psychology of those of the progressive left by alluding to their theme song “Imagine” by the former Beatle and avid heroin addict John Lennon. The source for their inspiration is an inherent right to feel good about themselves no matter how bankrupt their ideals are and in spite of all the consequences that come with their poor choices. Today, I want to examine this group according to what the Word of God says about them. Here in the shortest book of the Bible, Jude, they are unmasked.
I always wondered why the Book of Jude seems to intrude upon the writings of the Apostle John, whose I, II & III John precede it and the Book of Revelations which comes after. But as it describes the mind of those who choose apostasy over Christ, more of an interlude before the apocrypha, bringing the conflict of evil verses God’s kingdom into a personal context with the individual believer. Let’s then, take our look at Jude and how he describes today’s progressive, who, by the way, views progress as a world without an influential Christ and real Christians.
First, they are filthy dreamers! Yes, just like John Lennon’s “Imagine”! They are dreaming that there is no heaven or religion. There is no need for Jesus, repentance, conversion and holy living. Moreover, there is no war against the flesh. They have surrendered to lust!
(Galatians 5:17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
(James 4:1-4) From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
They are filthy dreamers that believe that a fornicator, drug addict, homosexual, thief, or murderer can still be in a right relationship with God. Their god, rather, is in their own image!
Next, in the spirit of Psalm 2, they despise godly dominion.
(Psalms 2:1-3) Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
This is the spirit of anti-Christ! What is the progressive’s mantra? Change! Throw off the old restraints of the past! How does this manifest itself? Hatred for the police, civil institutions, the Ten Commandments, America’s godly heritage and those Bible thumping, gun toting Christians. They like the lukewarm variety that roll over for them and will not challenge them intellectually, but not those who really believe in Christ. Furthermore, as in the days of Babel, there is the need to eliminate borders and boundaries and enforce conformity to their vision: the ultimate safe space, that is, safe from the righteous expectations of God! As a result, their knowledge is limited to the natural, like a brute beast. There is no regeneration, no revelation: just an encapsulation by man’s lower, old nature. As a result all of their thoughts and conclusions exclude God.
(Psalms 53:1) The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
So then, they easily speak evil of the Bible and God’s clear revelation and ordained institutions (like marriage). They are given over to a madness that that entitles them. Even God should be subservient to their agenda. The next step in this degradation is that the life of others is cheap. Thus they also have gone in the way of Cain:
(1 John 3:12) Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
They have no problem with the death of Christians. That is why the left is seemingly apathetic about the persecution of believers by Islam. Indeed they appear to cheer their “progress”. As they have rejected God’s appointed authority, Christ, they perish in the “gainsaying” of Core (Korah) in the spirit of Psalm 2: 1-3: They teach and inspire rebellion in others.
(Numbers 16:3) And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?
This rebellion against God is spurred on by the desire to supplant His authority and replace it with themselves. As Hillary Clinton asserted in a campaign stop, that the government needed to pass laws to change what Christians believe to accommodate gays and transgenders.
And so we reach why they go the way of Balaam: this doctrine maintains that the gifting of God is for your personal gain and happiness. This leads to people who corrupt themselves: those who live in this world cannot get enough! Without the Holy Spirit to fill them, there is a big hole left only God can fill. Instead, these are under compulsion for the things of this world, which cannot substitute for the Lord since they perish with the use. All that remains is the polluted spirit and flawed character of those who cannot get enough! Even as they turn every tragedy for their profit and are a slave to every earthly indulgence, they expect to be recognized as “spiritually” superior. They intrude upon Christian fellowship; and expect the praise reserved for the righteous. They are playing a role and like the actor in a Theatrical production, anticipate the applause. Here is the amazing characteristic: even as they reject God inwardly and desire to be far from Him, they are a slave to the approval of men. So they must even have God’s children’s attention. As Jude warns, they are filled with empty promises (clouds without rain). Instead of having any life in the Spirit, they are twice dead and pulled up by the roots and wandering stars whose home is darkness, not the light of the Gospel.
Please understand, this is hardly a fair treatment of Jude’s Spirit inspired indictment of people saturated with an apostate’s mind. There is so much more to glean from his short letter. But as Progressivism is an offshoot of the social Gospel which characterized the turn of the last century, it is the apex of apostasy to the degree that it tempts the Bible believing Christian to accept it as a signpost of the very final days of human history. Yet Jude does outline a strategy and a remedy, so the Church does not have to retreat into an enclave mentality.
The Church has authority. This is a sacred authority progressive government has intruded on and seeks to supplant. This authority is not asserted through apologetics, prophetically exposing the abuses or even voting for the right candidate (these are important but do not solve the problem). We assert out authority very simply: “the LORD rebuke thee!” Instead of simply denouncing Obama, Hillary or any other evil agent, the Spirit filled Church can speak directly to their master and bind him. They will cease to have any power against Christ’s Church. The rest of Jude’s instructions at the end of the letter focus on the individual believer on how to stay strong and how to rescue those in rebellion against God.
The remedy is so simple, but we often miss it because the severity of the descent of humanity into sin often weighs heavily, as the consequences touch us as well. Remember, that this is the enemy’s strategy: to overwhelm us like a flood. Yet we have many precious promises. Here is one to hang onto this election season:
(Isaiah 59:19) So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
If every Christian votes against the progressive agenda this election, the banner of Christ (the “standard”) will be lifted up and God’s authority will be brought to bear. This voting “against” is an expression of God’s rebuke to this wickedness. Our choice is between a flawed man who is seeking God’s counsel and a Jezebel who has made it clear that she will redefine Christianity according to her values in a clear expression of the spirit of anti-Christ. I fear for those who find a place in their heart for a Hillary Clinton. As they invest in this cloud without rain, God’s word guarantees that their allegiance WILL NOT be rewarded with any fulfilled promise. (Just ask an honest New Yorker!).
It is time for the church to arise and declare: Satan, the LORD rebuke thee!