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The Democrat War On Christianity

By Greg L | 23 September 2013 | Local Media, Virginia Politics | 14 Comments

Bishop E. W. Jackson gave a sermon this Sunday in Northern Virginia.  Not a political rally, he was delivering a sermon.  The Washington Post then writes an article about the sermon as if this was some sort of political event, sourced by a “Democrat tracker” who apparently was following Jackson around in church, and they entitle it “E.W. Jackson says non-Christians are engaged in ‘some sort of false religion’.”

Democrats really ought to call a cease-fire in their open war against Christianity.

E. W. Jackson was discussing a very basic biblical truth that is expressed in John 14:6, something a Christian could easily be able to recite.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

This is one of those definitional ideas for Christianity.  These are the words of Jesus himself, and no matter how touch-feely a church doctrine might be about what is true in the Bible and what might be parable, this is something you’re going to hear from the pulpit pretty regularly.  If you are a Christian, this is your belief.  If you don’t believe it, by definition you aren’t Christian. If you’re in a church where the pastor, priest or whoever might be delivering the sermon on a Sunday morning disavows this, you need to skedaddle pretty quickly away from such obviously non-christian false teachings.

So E. W. Jackson delivers a sermon on this topic, in his capacity as a minister.  And the left goes absolutely nuts.  The Washington Post treats his homily as if it were a political event and Bishop Jackson was talking about policy (perhaps because Pastors on their side of the aisle regularly use the pulpit for political purposes) and try to twist a sermon about basic Christian doctrine into a policy position that somehow insinuates something sinister.  Have these “reporters” who supposedly commit “journalism” from time to time any shame whatsoever?  Wouldn’t the very idea that they’re getting stories courtesy of democrat “trackers” who think it’s acceptable to be following people around in churches of all places make any sensible “journalist” recoil in horror?

A friend of mine on the other side of the aisle posted the Washington Post article on facebook, eliciting comments from his Democrat fellow travelers such as “garbage”, “fringe” and “ridiculous.”  I can understand some atheists and those ignorant of Christianity to be a little taken aback by doctrine they don’t understand, especially when they have no understanding of the context of the story it relates to or the bigger picture of salvation.  What’s happening is that the Washington Post, which I am certain is smarter about this than they’re trying to appear here, is deliberately trying to inflame anger among Northern Virginia liberals by preying on their ignorance with this utterly unethical hogwash.

Of note, the Washington Post has never reported on what Imams are saying to their flock about core moslem doctrines such as how murdering Christians and unbelievers is a noble service to Allah.  When muslim believers with political aspirations go to their church, the Washington Post isn’t sourcing trackers in that house of worship, and writing articles about how murdering innocent people because they don’t follow Mohammed is not a “mainstream” idea.  Nope, utter silence on that front.

But have a Christian minister deliver a sermon about John 14:6 and you get a whole article about how he is making “controversial” statements.

It’s just more of the left trying to demonize and ridicule Christianity.

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  1. Anonymous said on 23 Sep 2013 at 3:40 pm:
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    He is an idiot for doing that during election season.

  2. Greg L said on 23 Sep 2013 at 3:56 pm:
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    Doing his JOB during an elections season? Only liberals would say such a thing.

    Quick, someone track down the sermons of Pastor Luke Torian (D-52) and see if he’s ever delivered a sermon on the Book of John.

  3. Not Harry F. Byrd said on 23 Sep 2013 at 9:52 pm:
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    This is what happens when you nominate a preacher. Is it fair? Perhaps not. But people aren’t really comfortable with such an overt mix of religion and politics. It’s off-putting. And yes, it would be off-putting from Delegate Torian too, should they ever bother to track down his sermons.

  4. Craig Fisher said on 24 Sep 2013 at 4:44 am:
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    The Black Robe Regiment…

    Just as valid now as it was then.

    I am glad Bishop Jackson is a member!

  5. ? said on 24 Sep 2013 at 1:05 pm:
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    About a fourth of Virginians are not Christian. As a Pastor, he may say whatever he wishes. As a candidate, good luck with that.

  6. Scout said on 24 Sep 2013 at 7:30 pm:
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    I think I missed something - which Imam is running for Lieutenant Governor?

  7. Barry G.W. said on 27 Sep 2013 at 2:41 pm:
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    There aren’t any Muslims running for statewide office. And I don’t think Jesus or anyone in the Bible said that if you don’t follow Christianity, you are engaged in a false religion. Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, “moslems” (poor choice by you there) don’t take kindly to be called a false religion. That’s not Christian doctrine. If it were, it would be utterly hateful and nothing related to the word of Christ — who was a Jew, by the way.

  8. Greg L said on 27 Sep 2013 at 9:24 pm:
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    Ah, where to start on this. Well, let’s start here:

    John 14:6, 2 John 1:9-11, Revelation 20:14-15, Galatians 1:8, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 7:7, 1 Kings 18:24-29, Deuteronomy 18:10-12, and Luke 11:44

    How about you find me one Bible passage where Jesus says “You really don’t have to believe in me or anything else to get to Heaven, just be a good dude or dudette and it’ll all just work out somehow.” You know, as hard as I’ve looked I just couldn’t find that anywhere.

    It’s so interesting to have obvious non-Christians tell me what the Bible says, or means. I am always amazed by the utter creativity that comes from their naive ignorance.

  9. Luke said on 28 Sep 2013 at 8:37 pm:
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    Please explain to this Christian how Judaism is a false religion.

    No one cares that Jackson quoted Jesus. That is obviously what Christians believe. The stupidity was calling what everyone else believes a ‘false religion,’ especially during an election. Doing so was simply offensive and unproductive to his attempts to get elected.

  10. Greg L said on 28 Sep 2013 at 9:34 pm:
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    And you expect a minister to say anything different WHILE DELIVERING A SERMON?


  11. Ralph Pootawn said on 29 Sep 2013 at 10:16 am:
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    Most non-fundamentalist Christians do not take the same pedantic reading Greg does. If you bother to read the verses before that one you’ll see:

    John 14:4 Jesus tells his followers that they know where Jesus is going and they know how to get there.
    John 14:5 Thomas denies this, saying they don’t know where they’re going nor do they know the way.
    (Note, “the way” is not meant to be a spatial path, but rather the way one should live one’s life in order to know God.)
    John 14:6 Is the only thing Greg bothered to quote.

    Thus, Jesus is telling Thomas that Thomas indeed knows the way, and the way is to as Jesus does. Obviously Jesus hasn’t been sacrificed yet, so none of this means that one need to be a Christian to be saved. Thomas’ religion was Judaism. Essentially, Christianity hadn’t been invented yet when Jesus is saying this.

    What Jesus means is that by observation of Jesus’ own deeds may Thomas know the way and the destination.

    Fundamentalist readings of anything are usually pretty silly. If you take Greg’s approach to this verse, then you have to take the same, overly precise reading of Mark 11:12 which indicates that Jesus is an idiot who doesn’t understand growing seasons and hates figs, or Kings 7:23 says that pi=3.0.

    Fundamentalism is bad. Mixing religion with government is bad. Look no further than the Taliban to see this. Mixing Christianity with government is bad, particularly given that at least seven of the Ten Commandments are in direct opposition to our laws (free speech allows for blasphemy, freedom of religion allows you to worship as many gods as you please, there’s no proscription against working on Sundays, parents who don’t care enough for their children (honor them) will have them taken away by the state, you can make all the graven images you like, you can covet all you like–in fact our entire economy revolves around it, and there’s no law against adultery; finally there’s actually only a few places where you’re not allowed to lie, otherwise the modern advertising economy also depends on lies).

    Religion is a personal matter. It should not be mixed with public policy.

  12. Greg L said on 29 Sep 2013 at 12:32 pm:
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    That’s quite an interesting interpretation of scripture. You’re telling me that Thomas’ doubt issues were about how to lead a good life, and not what to believe. Kinda puts an interesting context into John 20:27, which I suppose relates to how one should handle resurrected bodies rather than whether having faith in Jesus as our savior is important.

    I take it that in your interpretation it is by our deeds that we are saved. About the only thing I can think of that might remotely support such an interpretation would be failing to grasp the context behind James 2:14. A vast body of scripture specifically contradicts such a contention, but I’ll just point out one key passage:

    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

  13. Greg L said on 29 Sep 2013 at 12:44 pm:
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    Of note, despite the theological differences I do generally agree with Ralph’s final conclusion that religion and public policy shouldn’t be mixed. While faith can inform what an individual might want to have as public policy, it’s not government’s job to enforce religious moral codes. E. W. also agrees on this point and even went so far as to recite Article 1 Section 16 of the Virginia Constitution at his last debate:

    “That religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and, therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other. No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain their opinions in matters of religion, and the same shall in nowise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities. And the General Assembly shall not prescribe any religious test whatever, or confer any peculiar privileges or advantages on any sect or denomination, or pass any law requiring or authorizing any religious society, or the people of any district within this Commonwealth, to levy on themselves or others, any tax for the erection or repair of any house of public worship, or for the support of any church or ministry; but it shall be left free to every person to select his religious instructor, and to make for his support such private contract as he shall please.”

  14. Luke said on 29 Sep 2013 at 1:07 pm:
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    Article 1 Section 16 of the Virginia Constitution is a rather narrowly defined escape hatch. It basically says we all can’t be lined up and be forced into being Anglican nor do we have to help pay for Anglican properties. We can’t even be forced to attend Baptist services. We can even be Mormons if we want to be. However, it certainly offers no protection from Christian forbearance deciding which laws we will have and which laws we will not have.

    For example, I don’t doubt in the least that those who oppose miscegenation and homosexuality would leave laws in place outlawing the practice of both.

    The trouble with Christian forbearance, for starters is, we can’t even agree as Christians what to tolerate and what not to tolerate. What about the forbearance of other faiths?

    Good luck electing those of other faiths to public office. We might not outwardly oppose a Muslim or a Jew but there are plenty of dog whistles that get blown every time one runs for office.

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