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Paul Nehlen’s antisemitism is inconsistent with Christianity

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Paul Nehlens antisemitism is inconsistent with Christianity

One good thing Paul Ryan has going for him is the fact that his most vocal opponent is Paul Nehlen. What once seemed like a likable outsider has gone off the deep end with everything conservatives don’t want to be associated with. Somehow his embarrassing defeat last time around wasn’t enough to deter him from running again. Nonetheless he remains a social media personality. But what really bothers me is not his views, he’s free to have those, but rather the way he brings in Christianity to fuel his antisemitism.

It’s not that Nehlen misunderstands the difference between being saved and unsaved, rather his delivery was targeting Jews unnecessarily. This comment had no place in a response to the linked tweet.

How does a Christian overlook the fact that Jesus was a Jew? How does a Christian refute that? And what Christian would respond to that by condemning Jews to hell?

Paul Nehlen champions himself as an advocate for white Christians, emphasis on the white. If you call him out for antisemitism, he will say he’s pro-white and ramble about Jewish supremacy.

This is the core of his problem: us vs them identity politics. He inserts whiteness into things as much as a liberal would insert racism, sexism or other isms into situations without warrant.

Make no mistake, Paul Nehlen is an antisemitic and racist nuisance to serious conservatives. However, what’s worse is that he is spouting antisemitism and racial divide under the guise of Christianity. This must be combated by people of faith. Many great Christians have fallen into the hole of antisemitism, among them even Martin Luther towards the end. But Christians should in no way engage in attacking Jews or Judaism in any form. We should, in fact,¬†do quite the opposite. I’m going to lay five quick facts about Christianity and the bible as to why Christians should be pro-Jewish.

Jesus was a Jew

This is obvious to anyone who’s started reading the New Testament. The lineage of Jesus is given on two accounts. Jesus was born in the town of David, a Jew. Jesus was circumcised and raised according to Jewish customs.¬†This stupidity is hard to make up.

The Jews delivered salvation

There’s a lot of talk in the Old Testament about a Covenant. What might such a covenant be? Could it be that the Jews were singled out so that God could deliver a Messiah to save all of mankind? That’s what Christianity teaches. Through Abraham all nations and people’s would be blessed. Jesus was that blessing and the Israelites were the delivery vessel.

One can be Christian and Jewish

Judaism is the only religion compatible with Christianity, because they worship the same God. Though Christians are not commanded to become Jews first, many Christians practice or maintain Jewish traditions as part of their walk with God. And there is nothing wrong with this.

Jesus will return to save Israel

Most of what the Bible reveals about the endtimes comes from the Old Testament prophets such as Zachariah, Joel, and Daniel. Understanding them is the key to reading Revelations. The picture is clear: Jesus will return with an army and rescue Israel from the anti-Christ.

14¬†And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white¬†and¬†clean, were following Him on white horses.¬†15¬†From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.¬†16¬†And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND¬†Lord¬†OF LORDS.”

Revelations 19:14-16 NASB

The anti-Christ, by the way, is not an apostate Jew. Such a misguided belief has spawned hatred in the past. I you look at the prophesies, the anti-Christ is most likely a Muslim. What Jew could or would lead Muslim nations to attack Israel? Gaza, Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon are all losing nations in this fight.

God will judge nations for their treatment of Israel

1¬†“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,¬†2¬†I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land,

Joel 3:1-2 ESV

 

Conclusion

Instead of attacking the “Jewish media” which is a self-alienating task, Christians should be more concerned about propping up the Jewish state of Israel. The level of antisemitism displayed by Nehlen and his base deserves rebuke. If Paul Nehlen is a Christian, he’s doing it wrong. And if Paul Nehlen is reading this, he’ll probably call me a Jewish Supremacist. I’m not, but I am more than certainly pro-Jewish.

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Daniel Greenfield discusses Jamie Glazov’s book “Jihadist Psychopath”

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Daniel Greenfield discusses Jamie Glazovs book Jihadist Psychopath

Jamie Glazov,¬†managing editor of FrontPage Magazine and host of¬†The Glazov Gang, has written a book that political commentator Dennis Prager says is “one of the most important books of the present time.” That book is “Jihadist Psychopath” and I just ordered a copy for myself.

Daniel Greenfield, Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, made a video about the book that prompted me to order it. Both men are respected defenders of freedom and watchmen over the threat of jihad in America, Israel, and around the world.

As he is wont to do, Greenfield points to leftist politicians as enablers of the jihadists by turning a blind eye to the rise of sharia law across America.

“These servants of the people, public servants, they’re actually masters of the people. They prefer to dictate than to be dictated to. Now, of course, Islamic terrorists will, in their own time, dictate to them. They will dictate to them using Islamic sharia law, but as far as the left is concerned¬†for the moment, these are the people who need them, who are badly, desperately in need of being defended and protected and of course will happily trade their votes in exchange for getting a few benefits on the side.”

He continues on, examining the book’s sober pronouncements of intolerance of anything and anyone who does not bow to sharia law. To jihadists, there is only one acceptable way to live and all other perspectives must be subjugated or eliminated.

“Islamic terrorists have no attraction for anything really positive in life,” Greenfield continues. “They’re drawn to destruction. They’re drawn to emptiness because they themselves are empty. They’re hollow, and that is a central principle of Jamie Glazov’s excellent book.”

Patriots ranging from Steven Emerson to John Bolton are publicly recommending this book. I ordered my copy after watching Greenfield’s video. Freedom-loving Americans should watch it and consider reading “Jihadist Psychopath” by Jamie Glazov.


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Matt Walsh speaks out on #CovingtonCatholic students and the fake controversy surrounding them

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Matt Walsh speaks out on CovingtonCatholic students and the fake controversy surrounding them

When white Catholic students wearing MAGA hats are caught on video face-to-face with Native Americans on one side and Black Hebrew Israelites on the other, they’re definitely bigoted white supremacist hatemongers who went out looking for minorities to persecute. At least that’s how mainstream media and a good chunk of social media reacted when they saw the initial videos and images of smirking MAGA children.

But that’s not how it went down. It was the exact opposite of how it went down.

When the story first broke, I saw many of my fellow conservatives on Twitter scolding the kids while the progressive gangs attacked them. I held my tongue. It’s not because I don’t speak out against bigotry regardless of which side of the political, religious, or cultural aisle it comes from, but something seemed fishy. Other than having a disconcerting smirk, I didn’t see anything in the kids that resembled the type of bigoted outbursts we’ve seen in the past from actual white supremacists, Antifa, or other hate groups.

It seemed staged. As it turned out, it wasn’t quite staged, per se, but it was manufactured by the two “victim” groups who went after the MAGA kids, not the other way around. As political and religious commentator Matt Walsh asked, were they supposed to drop down to the fetal position when approached by the two groups?

Hot takes on social and legacy media are often based on incomplete pictures. Before people get outraged and attack others over perceptions based on partial evidence, perhaps we should wait until the whole story comes to light. Just a thought.


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Does Matthew 22:29-30 indicate Jesus was referencing the Book of Enoch?

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Does Matthew 2229-30 indicate Jesus was referencing the Book of Enoch

Extra-Biblical texts such as the Book of Enoch are often frowned upon by churches. Some see 1 Enoch as fake. Others say it’s a good historical reference but not inspired. The Ethiopian Bible includes it as scripture. Should we read it?

To understand the answer to this question, we need to consider three things. First, it was referenced as holy by many of the early church fathers, but was excluded from official canon. Second, Enoch is referenced multiple times in the Bible: Genesis 4 and 5,¬†Luke 3:37,¬†Hebrews 11:5, and¬†Jude 1:14. Third, Jesus makes a statement in¬†Matthew 22:29-30 that references “scripture” but what he is saying is only found in 1 Enoch.

Many who oppose the validity of Enoch say that it was written after the Book of Jude because the it includes the quote that Jude references, but fragments of Enoch were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, which most scholars date to before Jude was born.

The scripture in question is Matthew 22:29-30:

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

Nowhere in the 66 Books of the Bible does it say angels neither marry nor are given in marriage. What did Jesus mean when he said “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures” in reference to the angels not marrying?

Here is 1 Enoch 15:5-7:

5. Therefore have I given them wives also that they might impregnate them, and beget children by them, that thus nothing might be wanting to them on earth. 6. But you were ‚Ćąformerly‚ĆČ spiritual, living the eternal life, and immortal for all generations of the world. 7. And therefore I have not appointed wives for you; for as for the spiritual ones of the heaven, in heaven is their dwelling.

Hmm.

As with anything regarding extra-Biblical texts, I must urge caution. Many who believe 1 Enoch is authentic refute the authenticity of 2 Enoch and 3 Enoch. Then, there’s the question of inspiration and protection of the text. Many Christians believe the Bible has been able to survive and flourish despite so many attempts to disrupt it is because it has been protected over the millennia. If that’s the case, why was Enoch not included the whole time?

The answer to this question, to those who believe in its authenticity, may be found in the first two verses of the manuscript.

1 The words of the blessing of Enoch, wherewith he blessed the elect and righteous, who will be 2 living in the day of tribulation, when all the wicked and godless are to be removed. And he took up his parable and said -Enoch a righteous man, whose eyes were opened by God, saw the vision of the Holy One in the heavens, which the angels showed me, and from them I heard everything, and from them I understood as I saw, but not for this generation, but for a remote one which is 3 for to come. Concerning the elect I said, and took up my parable concerning them:

If Enoch is real, it’s meant for a later generation living in the day of tribulation. If it’s a fake, then it’s intended to deceive those in the end times. Either way, it’s understandable that it would not be included in most Bibles.

I tend to believe 1 Enoch is legitimate, but not to the point that I would teach on it. Not yet. Much more prayer and study is required before I would ever risk misleading anyone.

Nevertheless, the reference in Matthew 22 is compelling.

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