Sunday, May 30, 2010
What in the world is Obama doing with Jim Wallis?
WASHINGTON - JUNE 4: Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC), Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (2nd-R) join Reverend Jim Wallis and CNN's Soledad O'Brien (R) for a forum on 'Faith Guiding Our Votes: faith, values and poverty' at George Washington University June 4, 2007 in Washington, DC. The presidential contenders invited to the forum which was sponsored by the Sojourners, the largest national network of 'progressive' Christians founded by Pastor Jim Wallis. Life Magazine
"Reverend" Jim Wallis claims to be an evangelical Christian writer and political activist, the founder and editor of Sojourners magazine, and founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian community of the same name. He is tied to Mel White of Soulforce.
Mel arrested in 1993
Mel White was a speech-writer for such Christian leaders as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson in the 1970s and ‘80s. He suddenly revealed he was a homosexual, and after leaving his wife and kids, White formed an organization in the late 1990s called Soulforce. He now travels to mostly Christian college campuses demanding acceptance of homosexuality. His approach is like that of many homosexuals in Christian settings: pushing for “dialogue” and doing it all in the name of “social justice.” Some colleges like Wheaton, Azusa Pacific and others have foolishly given him a platform, lending credibility to his destructive message. Other schools like Liberty University wisely did not allow the group a public audience. The best approach is that of a Christian college president I spoke with last year: ignore Mel White. “He’s just looking to create controversy and get publicity,” was this administrator’s analysis.
Mel White arrested in 2000 in Washington DC
Mel White arrested August 13, 2001 in Indianapolis
Wallis, author of God’s Politics, has been misleading youth for two decades now. We don’t have space to go into all the problems with the Sojourners approach, except to say that if you scratch the surface, you’ll find their care for the poor and the environment cloaks theology which denies Christ’s divinity, His miracles, the sin of homosexuality, the standard of male-female marriage, and Christianity’s exclusion of false faith. Over the years, Sojourners has regularly featured radical feminists, followers of New Age/occult faiths and proponents of homosexuality.
Wallis along with Tony Campolo has launched a movement of what they call the “Red Letter Christians.” This approach claims to focus solely on the words of Jesus (the “red letters” in some Bibles) and not on the rest of Scripture. What they actually do is discuss only some of Christ’s messages, like the Sermon on the Mount and loving our enemies. This props up the left-wing agenda of easy compassion, i.e., poverty, anti-war activism and race relations, while the much more challenging issues surrounding homosexuality, gender integrity and salvation through Christ alone, are studiously avoided or worse, as unbiblical solutions are validated. Yet these are also Christ’s words.
The “Red Letter Christians” avoid passages revealing Jesus as Messiah Christ (like John 4:26) and as our sole path to salvation (like John 14:6), as well as Matthew 19:4-6 or Mark 10:5-9, where Christ says that “from the beginning” humans were created “male and female” and that the two become one in marriage. Homosexual behaviors or “same sex marriage,” changing genders and polygamy all violate Christ’s teaching.
Excerpts from Faith Leaders Mislead Youth