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‘Dying because of hypocrisy’: Ex-megachurch pastor says Trump-loving evangelicals are digging their own graves.

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John Pavlovitz (Facebook)

 

  • The bad news is that you are dying, Church.

And it’s the very good news, too.

  • Related: Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals.

Brad Reed, Raw Story

 

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https://johnpavlovitz.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/churchroots-1.jpg07 May 2018 | John Pavlovitz, a former megachurch pastor who now serves as pastor of North Raleigh Community Church in North Carolina, took evangelical Christian conservatives to the woodshed over the weekend with a brutal post on his personal website that accused them of digging their own graves by unquestioningly backing President Donald Trump.

At the start of his post, Pavlovitz says that the Christian right in America was slowly killing itself, and he doesn’t shy away from saying why.

 

“You’re dying because of your hypocrisy,” he writes. “People see the ever-widening chasm between who you say you are and what they regularly experience in your presence. They see the great disparity between the expansive hospitality of Jesus and the narrow prejudice you are so often marked by. They see Christ’s deep affection for the poor, hurting, and marginalized—and both your quiet indifference and open hostility toward them.”

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Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals. (1)/2 Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 
 

  • http://lacatholicworker.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/faith-and-politics-sign.jpgPart 1: The Danger of Evangelicals – It’s Not About Hillary Anymore
  • I see very little of compassion in our President and less of it in my sister and brother evangelicals who claim to share a faith tradition with me.Part 2: Barry Goldwater vs. the Religious Right
  • It's "the Godfather of Conservatism" who said: "Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass."

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Special Report | Message to Trump devotees: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump salutes during a welcome ceremony at U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), on Nov. 3 in Aiea, Hawaii. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

  • Part 1: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump
  • If Trump's presidency deteriorates further, expect the religious fervor of many of his followers to reach a fever pitch.
  • Part 2: Message to Trump devotees: Cult members don't often fare well
  • I fear that Trump and his cult will encounter a day of reckoning. Let's pray it doesn't come too late to save our cherished democracy.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump

If Trump's presidency deteriorates further, expect the religious fervor of many of his followers to reach a fever pitch. That poses a risk for the country. Because the only thing more dangerous than a cult leader is a cult leader facing martyrdom.

Reza Aslan, Los Angeles (CA) Times 

Nov 06, 2017 | I am not the first person to point this out: There’s been a cultish quality to President Trump’s most ardent supporters. He seemed to acknowledge the phenomenon when he boasted that he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and not lose voters.

Throughout the campaign, and in personal appearances since then, Trump has harnessed the kind of emotional intensity from his base that is more typical of a religious revival meeting than a political rally, complete with ritualized communal chants ("Lock her up!").

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Reza%20Aslan.jpgReza Aslan is an Iranian-American author, public intellectual, religious studies scholar, producer, and television host.

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Part 2: Message to Trump devotees: Cult members don't often fare well

Like Aslan, I fear that Trump and his cult will encounter a day of reckoning. Let's pray it doesn't come too late to save our cherished democracy.

Gary Dolgin, Letters to the Editor, Los Angeles (CA) Times

Nov 11, 2017 | Really, has there ever been a time when religious voters have exerted such formidable influence? They seem doubtful of the authenticity and depth of President Trump's palely professed faith. But all's forgiven, so long as he pretends to do their God's bidding.

It's no mystery why Trump, for all his bungling, has seen his approval ratings stay close to 40%. That's about the same percentage of Americans who cling to faith-favored creationism. If one disdains evolutionary evidence to believe that the world, including humans and dinosaurs, was created just 10,000 years ago, then he's credulous enough to believe Trump's lies.

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Republican Insider Explains How Religion Destroyed the GOP, Mike Lofgren, Viking Press / AlterNet

https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/photo_1365284396401-1-0_0.jpg?itok=Wi4tG-dIRick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California, speaks on September 26, 2008 in New York. The youngest son of prominent US evangelical preacher Rick Warren has committed suicide after a long struggle with mental illness.

  • In the book, "The Party Is Over," veteran Republican Mike Lofgren writes about the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism and how the GOP devolved into anti-intellectual nuts.
  • Related: Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals.

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Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals

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  • Part 1: The Danger of Evangelicals – It’s Not About Hillary Anymore
  • I see very little of compassion in our President and less of it in my sister and brother evangelicals who claim to share a faith tradition with me.Part 2: Barry Goldwater vs. the Religious Right
  • Part 2: Barry Goldwater vs. the Religious Right
  • It's "the Godfather of Conservatism" who said: "Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass."

 

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Part 1: The Danger of Evangelicals – It’s Not About Hillary Anymore

I see very little of compassion in our President and less of it in my sister and brother evangelicals who claim to share a faith tradition with me.

Rebecca Todd Peters, patheos

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May 3, 2018 | We Didn’t Have a “Choice”

In the aftermath of the 2016 election many evangelicals claimed that with Hillary on the ballot, they had no choice but to vote for Trump. One prominent evangelical went so far as to systematize and categorize the many reasons that evangelicals dislike Clinton.

Apparently, there are six such categories ending with the simple “we just don’t like her.” It has become a well-worn fact that eighty-one percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump. A statistic that absolutely floored me and many other non-Evangelical Christians after the election.

http://0.gravatar.com/avatar/312832066caa692aed575137bd88aeb7?s=190&d=mm&r=gAs a feminist and Christian social ethicist,  Rebecca Todd Peters' <> scholarship focuses on questions of social ethics as they relate to economics, the environmental crisis, globalization, poverty and women's access to reproductive health care.

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Part 2: Barry Goldwater vs. the Religious Right

It's "the Godfather of Conservatism" who said :

  • "I am a conservative Republican, but I believe in democracy and the separation of church and state.  The conservative movement is founded on the simple tenet that people have the right to live life as they please as long as they don't hurt anyone else in the process." 
(in a 1994 Washington Post essay)
  • "The religious factions will go on imposing their will on others,"
  • "I don't have any respect for the Religious Right."
  • "Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass."
  • "A woman has a right to an abortion."

Liberals Like Christ

http://www.liberalslikechrist.org/Artwork/-%20People&Places/GoldwaterRight.gif Goldwater was not always such a staunch separationist.  Early in his controversial political career he supported tax breaks for private school tuition and a school prayer amendment.  But the rise of the intolerant Religious Right caused him to rethink his views, a change that sparked admiration from Americans who disagreed with him on many other things.  
       
When Sandra Day O'Connor was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1981, some Religious Right leaders suspected she might be too moderate on abortion and other social concerns.  Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell told the news media that "every good Christian should be concerned."  Replied Goldwater, "Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass."

Liberals Like Christ "One of the very best collections of great insights that you will find anywhere about what it should mean to be a "Christian."

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The Religious Roots of America’s Gun Culture and the Gospel of American Nationalistic Christianity

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  • Part 1: Billy Graham and the Gospel of American Nationalistic Christianity
    • Billy Graham is finally at rest, but we still wrestle with his complicated legacy.
  • Part 2: A Locked and Loaded Covenant: The Religious Roots of America’s Gun Culture
  • Tracing the historical and religious roots attaching to the sanctity of the Second Amendment.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Billy Graham and the Gospel of American Nationalistic Christianity

For the most prolific modern-day evangelist of not only Jesus, but a nationalistic American style of Christianity, this (lying in state in the US Capitol is the right ending to a complicated story. Billy Graham is finally at rest, but we still wrestle with his complicated legacy.

Anthea Butler, Religion Dispatches

http://religiondispatches.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/grahamPower.jpgFebruary 22, 2018 | Billy Graham’s death on the same day as the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X is an interesting postscript to the life of America’s premier evangelist of Americanism. It would take an outsider to deftly articulate Graham’s mission. In his speech, Message to the Grassroots, Malcolm X said: “I have watched how Billy Graham comes into a city, spreading what he calls the gospel of Christ, which is only white nationalism. That’s what he is. Billy Graham is a white nationalist; I’m a black nationalist….”

I’m sure that Billy Graham did not like being called a white nationalist back then, and many evangelicals will bristle at this quote even now. With Graham’s death, it’s time to reconsider how his promotion of a nationalistic version of Americanized Christianity has influenced evangelicals today. Graham’s proximity to the office of the presidency and government since the Eisenhower administration is part of why we see scenes of eager evangelicals embracing President Trump. It’s also responsible for a large cohort of evangelicals who are actively supporting Islamophobia, isolationism, and America first policies.

http://religiondispatches.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/anthea_258.jpg Anthea Butler is a Contributing Editor to Religion Dispatches. Her book, ’The Gospel According To Sarah: How Sarah Palinin’s Tea Party Angels are Galvanizing the Religious Right came out in 2013. 

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Part 2: A Locked and Loaded Covenant: The Religious Roots of America’s Gun Culture

A review of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz' Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment,  which traces the historical and religious roots attaching to the sanctity of the Second Amendment.

Peter Laarman, Religion Dispatches

http://www.citylights.com/Resources/titles/87286100460830/Images/87286100460830M.jpg?1523210544437 March 7, 2018 | Garry Wills was being only slightly ironic when he wrote (in the wake of the ghastly Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando) that it is “theologically inconceivable” to implement real gun control in the United States:

  • God gave us guns to show us who we are. Giving up the gun would be surrender to evil, taking us abruptly into eschatological time …
  • The Gun is patriotic.
  • The Gun is America.
  • The Gun is God.

In her highly readable and timely new book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz deftly traces the historical and religious roots attaching to the sanctity of the Second Amendment in the minds of millions of Americans who are not gun owners or NRA members.

http://religiondispatches.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/laarman-150x150.jpg Peter Laarman is a United Church of Christ minister who served as senior minister of New York's Judson Memorial Church and then as executive director of LA's Progressive Christians Uniting before retiring in 2014. He remains deeply involved in national and regional social justice projects touching on race, class, and religion.

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Special Project | An Easter Holiday Reader, 2018

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Belief%20Banner_1.jpgJesus was killed because he was a speaker of God’s truth. He was an unrelenting advocate of justice. The resurrection stories make a profound declaration: Truth can never be killed and the truth-teller can never be defeated.

  • Part 1:Telling the Truth about Easter
  • Part 2: From the Archives | Misunderstanding Jesus’s Execution
  • Part 3: “I just don’t believe this anymore”: Why I abandoned my faith.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1:Telling the Truth about Easter

Jesus, a radical preacher who advocated for the poor, was crucified for turning over money tables at the Temple and other insurrectionary acts. His body was likely left to wild animals, but his chroniclers sought to glorify his ending with myths about a resurrection.

Howard Bess, Consortium News

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April 19, 2014 | On Easter morning, at 6:30 a.m. when sunlight is just beginning to glow over the mountains to the east of Palmer, Alaska, I will, as is my custom, arrive at a sunrise Easter service to celebrate the resurrection of my Lord. I have already checked the lectionary and reread the resurrection story as recorded in Matthew 28:1-10. Millions of my Christian brothers and sisters will be reading the same ten verses.

Millions of sermons will be preached based on the Matthew account of the resurrection, but very few preachers will make mention of the history and background of the passage. A typical minister will not share what he/she learned in theological seminary about the resurrection passages.

Howard Bess is a retired American Baptist minister, who lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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Part 2: From the Archives | Misunderstanding Jesus’s Execution

http://consortiumnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/jesusmoneychangers-300x244.jpg Over the centuries as Christianity bent to the interests of the rich and powerful, the story of Jesus’s fateful week in Jerusalem was reshaped to minimize its pivotal event, overturning the Temple’s money tables, a challenge to religious and political power.

Howard Bess, Consortium News
 

April 13, 2014 Christians have special celebrations for the key events of Holy Week, but they often overlook one of the most important.

Palm Sunday celebrates the entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem. Maunday Thursday is a solemn replay of his last meal with his disciples. Good Friday takes us through his mock trial and his death of horror on a Roman Cross. Easter is the Christians’ triumphant celebration of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead.

Howard Bess is a retired American Baptist minister, who lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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Part 3: “I just don’t believe this anymore”: Why I abandoned my faith. 

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Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

  • Sarah Morehead of the nonprofit group Recovering From Religion reflects on her tortuous path to godlessness.
  • From the Archives | Easter Messages, 2014

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