Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Democrat Party Hires Far Left Pastor To Recruit Evangelicals

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In their effort to push President Trump out of office, the far-Left Democrat Party has decided to get religion.

They have hired a far-Left---underscore "far"--- pastor and former seminary executive to convince the millions of evangelicals who voted for Trump to change and vote for the Democrat nominee in 2020.

Be informed.

National Public Radio reports that the reason the Democrat Party has taken this step is that they have been studying the exit polls from the 2016 election which show that only 1 in 6 evangelical voters supported Hillary Clinton.

They have hired Rev. Derrick Harkins who strongly opposes President Trump. Understood. But his so-called biblical views on essentially all-important social issues are as far-Left as the most leftists running for the presidency.

Will evangelicals buy his message? I hope not.

Michael Wear, who directed the religious outreach for Barack Obama, told NPR the reason she didn't get evangelicals to vote for her is that she didn't ask for their vote.

There's much more to it than that.

A closer look turns on the light.

Who is Rev. Derrick Harkins?

Pastor Derrick Harkins is definitely anti-Trump.

He was the long-time pastor of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church. The Washington Post wrote an article about him when he left the church to become the senior vice-president of Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

While Harkins established his far-Left credentials as pastor by hosting and promoting the Obama's and promoting leftist political views from the pulpit---he sealed them by going to Union Theological Seminary.

Most recently, the president of Union, Serene Jones, who hired Harkins, spoke publicly about "rejoicing in the queerness of God."

An op-ed interview by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times this past Easter is further revealing.

Here are some excerpts, I would encourage you to read the whole interview:

KRISTOF: Happy Easter, Reverend Jones! To start, do you think of Easter as a literal flesh-and-blood resurrection? I have problems with that.
JONES: When you look in the Gospels, the stories are all over the place. There’s no resurrection story in Mark, just an empty tomb. Those who claim to know whether or not it happened are kidding themselves. But that empty tomb symbolizes that the ultimate love in our lives cannot be crucified and killed.

For me, it’s impossible to tell the story of Easter without also telling the story of the cross. The crucifixion is a first-century lynching. It couldn’t be more pertinent to our world today.

And then there is this:

KRISTOF: But without a physical resurrection, isn’t there a risk that we are left with just the crucifixion?
JONES: Crucifixion is not something that God is orchestrating from upstairs. The pervasive idea of an abusive God-father who sends his own kid to the cross so God could forgive people is nuts. For me, the cross is an enactment of our human hatred. But what happens on Easter is the triumph of love in the midst of suffering. Isn’t that reason for hope?

And this:

KRISTOF: What about other miracles of the New Testament? Say, the virgin birth?
JONES: I find the virgin birth a bizarre claim. It has nothing to do with Jesus’ message. The virgin birth only becomes important if you have a theology in which sexuality is considered sinful. It also promotes this notion that the pure, untouched female body is the best body, and that idea has led to centuries of oppressing women.
KRISTOF: What happens when we die?
JONES: I don’t know! There may be something, there may be nothing. My faith is not tied to some divine promise about the afterlife. People who behave well in this life only to achieve an afterlife, that’s a faith driven by a selfish motive: “I’m going to be good so God would reward me with a stick of candy called heaven?”

Jones also told Kristof that she believes it's time to move on from traditional Christian beliefs:

"Something was struggling to be born on that first Easter. It burst forth in ways that changed the world forever. Today I feel that spiritual ground around us shaking again. The structures of religion as we know it have come up bankrupt and are collapsing. What will emerge? That is for our children and our children’s children to envision and build."

This is an overview of what the Democrat's new pastor leader believes. He is tasked with convincing evangelicals to join this theological thought parade and support whomever the Democrats eventually nominate.

The Democrats have a "God" problem.

Fox News says the Democrats has hired a faith outreach director to address the party's "God Problem."

Fox notes that "In 2012, the last election the Democrats won, a headline from the convention read 'Democrats boo God'. In 2016 they heckled a preacher during the opening prayer. It's a perception they've been trying to change since, especially on the 2020 campaign trail."

Fox also notes that Democrat candidates are, more and more, inserting their own claim of Christian faith into their campaigns.

But Alex McFarland, head of Truth For a New Generation, told Fox he believes the Democrats are a "godless party with no objective morality."

He says,
"I think many are saying 'Uh, oh, oops, we've alienated and just written off the majority of our voters over the life of this party, so they're having to try and invoke God because their platform has eliminated God. It's certainly not the god of the Founders or the god of the Bible. It's a 21st century pluralistic, relativistic god of our own making. The Democrat Party is going to have to rediscover some moral convictions."

Seminary President Serene Jones says, "Progressives are very open about the kind of Christianity they profess."

If she and her seminary are representative of that "kind of Christianity"---and obviously they are because they've hired her senior vice president to recruit evangelicals, we should expect two things to come from this.

The consequences of this new "outreach."

This should reaffirm to biblical evangelicals why it's important we inform fellow evangelicals politically. The kind of beliefs represented by this seminary and its faculty are reprehensible---and deceptive. The fact that about 6 million self-identified evangelicals voted for Hillary and her agenda of redefining marriage, expanding abortion and defining traditional biblical beliefs as "outdated codes," should be a call to action for conservative biblical Christians.

We must remember that Christ Himself said,
"Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice [wickedness] lawlessness" (Matt. 7: 22-23).

The days ahead will be historic. The greatest nation in the history of the world will be weighed in the balances.

This is a time to pray. A time for faith. A time for action.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful.