A US Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief describes "Evangelical Christianity" and "Catholicism" as examples of "religious extremism" according to the Archdiocese for the Military Services and Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.
That's right, evangelical Christians and Catholics are listed right along side "extremist" groups and anti-government organizations in the US like the Klu Klux Klan and al Qaida.
What's going on with this?
The Christian Post reports that according to the training documents, "Extremism is a complex phenomenon" that is present in every religion due to, get this, "some followers that believe that their beliefs, customs and traditions are the only 'right way' and that all others are practicing their faith the 'wrong way', seeing and believing that their faith/religion is superior to all others."
This is a direct result of relativism and out of control multiculturalism.
Take a deep breath and think about this:
At the very heart of Christianity and the Christian faith is the teaching that God, Jehovah, is the one true God. He is the Creator of all things. There is no other Creator. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. It further teaches that in Jesus Christ, God was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary and God became flesh and lived among us.
Christianity teaches that Christ died for our sins and on the third day rose from the dead. It is only through the acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and Savior can our sins be forgiven.
Jesus taught that He is the only way to God (John 14:6), there is no other way given to mankind. Those who accept Him have eternal life, those who reject Him are lost for eternity.
More than 2 billion people in the world today adhere to this teaching and consider themselves to be a Christian.
Now the Army Reserve Equal Opportunity trainers have concluded this belief is outside the accepted religious norm. It's extreme.
The Catholic Archdiocese is astounded in that 20% of the military are Catholics.
Since this has become public, the military has gone into damage control.
An Army spokesman told the Navy Times that these materials were presented last year to soldiers, but once they discovered the content of the PowerPoint presentation, they discarded it.
The image included in this column is an image taken from the actual power point presentation. It has no dates on it.
Even if the spokesman's account is true, how does this kind of thing get that far into military training in the United States of America?
This is a result of radical relativism, advanced everyday in the public school classroom and the extreme multiculturalism from the progressive left.
This is another example of the results of discarding absolutes---right and wrong, good and evil---biblical Truth.
This is the result of everyone doing what is right in his own eyes. In this world, everyone is right, no one is wrong. Nothing is absolute. And those who believe in fixed Truth and absolutes are labeled "extreme."
"As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." It is equally true that as a nation believes or does not believe, so it becomes.
You will note in the linked article that the Southern Poverty Law Center is cited as a source for much of the information being presented in the PowerPoint.
The SPLC has a list of 1007 "known hate groups operating in the country." Included as "hate groups" are those who stand for marriage as between one man and one woman and oppose so-called homosexual 'marriage" and consider that behavior sin, based on biblical teaching.
God help us.
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Bold. Be Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.