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6/15/18 at 12:39 PM 0 Comments

A comical look at immigration and the Bible: Is Attorney General Jeff Sessions properly quoting Scripture? Taking another glance at dominionism, the NAR and the fascist fusing of church and state

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Is Attorney General Jeff Sessions a dominionist? What is going on here?

In a recent article at Market Watch, it is noted that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has cited the Bible to justify the separation of families at the U.S./Mexico border. Children are being taken from their parents.

Is Sessions a dominionist like Rick Perry? The problem is that dominionists are a militant, theocratic, fascist group calling for world rule. By force.

According to this article a while back by journalist Mark Russell at Newser, "Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are far more than just two hard-right Christian candidates angling for the GOP presidential nomination—both have ties to a scary, theocratic movement called Dominionism, writes Michelle Goldberg at the Daily Beast. While many have pooh-poohed those worrying about a Christian sect bent on world rule as paranoid, Goldberg says that this presidential nomination cycle has brought 'the most theocratic Republican field in American history. It turns out we weren't paranoid enough'".

For those of you who do not know, Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, California is a part of the leadership in the NAR and dominionism. Most sincere people involved in this group have no clue how their beloved gurus are shaping modern politics and society, for the worse, taking away our freedoms and the much-needed separation of church and state.

According to the article from Market Watch aforementioned, Sessions explained:

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. If you cross the Southwest border unlawfully, then the Department of Homeland Security will arrest you and the Department of Justice will prosecute you. Having children does not give you immunity from arrest and prosecution.”

Possible problem here. Romans 13 also says plenty of other interesting, Biblical concepts, such as "you shall not steal", and in the chapter before, the Bible says to "abhor what is evil" (Romans 13:9; Romans 12:9). Might it be good to abhor taking a breastfeeding baby away from his or her mother? Would that be "abhoring evil"? Romans 13 also emphasizes the crucial need to pay more taxes (vs. 13:6), yet how often is that one quoted (big chuckle)? Last but not least, Romans 13:9 explains, "you shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law".

While obeying the laws of government is certainly a Biblical ideal, there is great danger in citing the Bible out of its proper context. Many (professing) Christian churches across America (such as the Calvary Chapel chain of churches) twist scriptures to support their own agendas, agendas that usually involve an unhealthy, self-aggrandizing control over others.

For example, Calvary Chapel does this by promoting their erroneous "Moses Model". People who know their Bibles well and have studied for themselves can see clearly that many of the Old Testament Scriptures relating to Moses and ancient Israel were not meant to be applied to pastors today. This really gets comical, and the same goes for the "tithe" joke.

There are many Scriptures in the Bible that do not apply today, such as the sin of shaving one's beard. I think a lot of people would be in big trouble today if we used every Old Testament Scripture to justify modern agendas. We must be very careful when selecting Old Testament passages from the Bible to support a modern political (or religious) agenda in this New Testament era. This tactic has been used by the cults. It is not pleasing to God when men and women do not "rightly divide" His words:

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Tim. 2:15)

The Bible must be taken in its proper and historical context. Anyone can make the Bible say anything they want when it's not properly interpreted. This group that takes Scripture entirely out of its proper context is the dominionist group, led by Rick Joyner. Sadly, dominionism has invaded government. I wrote about this recently in an article entitled A brief look at the fascist and dominionist roots and history of sozo from Bethel Church and its ties to Latter Rain, NAR and Dominionism.

According to an article from CNN, Sessions explained:

"God told Nehemiah to build a wall when he got back to Jerusalem. That's the first thing he told him to do...it wasn't to keep people in. It was to keep bad people out."

What on earth does Nehemiah have to do with today's Mexican border? I mean, really? The book of Nehemiah was written to a very specific audience. God also told the Old Testament prophets to do a lot of other things, none of which can be misconstrued to have some sort of detailed message for modern America. This is just what modern pastors do when they threaten others with the tithe lie. To be honest, it makes those with Biblical discernment sick to their stomachs. It also gives Christians a bad name. The tithe was also an Old Testament concept from the Book of Leviticus (where it is also found to be a sin to shave) which is taken out of context today. Amazingly, Christians everywhere tithe when the command is simply not found in the New Testament. Ironically, generosity to the poor is found in the New Testament; a command or law to tithe to a pastor is not.

The Book of Nehemiah was not written for the Trump administration for June of the year 2018. This may disappoint some politicians, but it just was not written for modern, elite, American domionionist politicians. It was for ancient Jerusalem. It involved the ancient Levites, not the Trump administration.

I am giggling while I write this: I just "Googled" "Nehemiah + wall", and it said nothing about a wall in America. Nothing. In fact, America was not even on the scene back then. Really. With the big picture of world history in mind, America is a baby country. We cannot liken the Nehemiah wall to the Mexico wall; the comparison would definitely be like comparing apples to oranges.

Giggling.

The fusing of church and state is a problem we need to keep our eyes on.

I am always cautious when men in power start quoting the Bible, and you should be too, unless you enjoy fascism. What about all the other Scriptures in the Bible? The Bible should always be weighed with the other verses. If one interpretation of a verse violates another, this is a major red flag.

Please don't forget to watch the educational video above on fascism. The following are some other verses in the Bible to consider. I wouldn't usually quote Old Testament Scriptures and apply them to today's world; however, due to the fact that Sessions quoted the Old Testament, I will also include some Scriptures from the Old Testament. While I am absolutely not stating emphatically that these Scriptures fully apply to the present situation in America, I will say that the following Scriptures definitely deserve your consideration and a further look:

"But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 19:34)

"That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children." (Titus 2:4)

"To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress." (Psalm 10:18)

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20)

"Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy." (Psalm 82:3)

"Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones." (Luke 17:1,2)

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