Thank goodness for John Stossel. He has dared to take on the progressive mainstream media juggernaut and win the respect of people like myself who doubt the mass media at large. This was back in the days of working for mostly progressive minded ABC News. Stossel is libertarian in his views but is a proven advocate of free market capitalism and limited government.
Stossel is not afraid to take on leftist groups who have gotten away with profiting off tagging certain groups and organizations that don’t conform to the progressive mindset. In the video he did for Reason TV, he exposed the fact that the Southern Poverty Law Center has raised lots and I mean LOTS of money in order fight the so-called ‘fight against hatred and bigotry.’
Stossel once supported this “premier group” that holds so-called “hate groups” accountable. They’ve become nothing but a left-wing hate group themselves. They feather and tar well-meaning people and organizations who just will not accept the collective progressive worldview. Out of the 917 groups SPLC lists, many of them don’t belong on the list. Either that or we must call the SPLC a dangerous progressive activist organization and that is exactly what they are.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali suffered genital mutilation under the faith of radical Islam, Maajid Nawaz was once a Muslim radical himself and now speaks out against it. Both have been blacklisted by the SPLC and were labeled as “anti-muslim” extremists.
Of course, you speak out against the LGBTQ/Rainbow Jihad you know you’re going to feel the wrath of the SPLC. I can name you three groups on the list. Two were mentioned by Stossel; those being the Family Research Council and the Ruth Institution out of California. Both have paid great consequences in certain degrees for their stance against the agenda of the LGBTQ and the SPLC blacklisting. FRC had to deal with a shooter who went to their headquarters in DC to knock off as many of the people who worked for them that he could. The shooter, however, was stopped before he could do any harm to others and himself. Meanwhile at the Ruth Institution once the SPLC put them on the blacklist, got a notice from their bank that they will no longer do business with them. The third one that I can name personally is Generations out of Elizabeth, Colorado. If you followed my posts here at NOQ Report I have featured several of the ministry’s podcasts from its founder and director Kevin Swanson. Swanson is passionate in educating Christian families with a Christian worldview, and his curriculum for homeschooling families is a work in progress. Because of his Christian worldview on homosexuality and having the courage to speak that worldview, his ministry is on the SPLC’s hate list. This is just the tip of the iceberg and as stated before, many of the 917 groups don’t belong on their blacklist, but because they oppose the progressives culture and social agenda, they are on SPLC’s radar.
People who have been blacklisted by the SPLC, should look into the bank account of the organization as well as the bank accounts of those who lead the organization. The SPLC has lots of rich donors (Stossel points out that Apple Inc. gave SPLC $1 Million) they can rely on, and its leaders are quite well off. If the blacklisting of FRC, and them some brings in millions of money, so be it.
Morris Dees who founded SPLC has an annual salary that is more than the annual budget of the Ruth Institution. The SPLC’s endowment has reached to amount of $320 million. The FRC looked at their IRS 990 tax forms, and need I mention that Dees and company have offshore accounts. I doubt the IRS is going to do something about it unless there is enough outrage from NOT JUST the likes of Tony Perkins and General Jerry Boykin of FRC and Kevin Swanson of Generations. The SPLC is the wealthiest so-called civil rights group in America, and need to be taken down no differently than the Christian swindlers like Robert Tilton, Jimmy Swaggart, Benny Hinn and hopefully someday Joel Osteen.
Video: What is a Classical Liberal?
A short video making the point that the Left is no longer Liberal, having traded individualism for collectivism.
In one of their first animated video shorts, the Rubin Report discusses the vitally important topic of just who is a Classical Liberal.
OUR FIRST ANIMATED VIDEO! What is a Classical Liberal?
Liberalism has been confused with Leftism or progressivism, which is actually has nothing to do with classical Liberalism. Sadly the Left is no longer Liberal at all for it has traded individualism for collectivism.
The Rubin Report
Published on Jul 10, 2018
$.02: When is it OK to quit church?
Chris Sonsken of South Hills Church and founder Church BOOM penned a piece on Fox News that caught my attention on Twitter. It was a good column. Read the article here. The article addressed a Pew Research finding as to why people change churches. There finding as shown by Sonsken are:
- Sermon quality
- Welcoming environment/people
- Style of worship
Sonsken does a great job in arguing that there are biblically sound reasons for leaving a church and finding a new one.
1. It’s OK to leave if God calls us to leave.
2. It’s OK to leave for family and marriage.
3. It’s OK to leave a church if you have moved too far away to conveniently drive to your church.
4. It’s OK to leave if you cannot follow the church’s leadership.
5. It’s OK to leave if heresy is being preached.
Sonsken even mentions that unethical practices like abuse are reasons to leave, though not the norm for the majority of church swapping.
The reasons Sonsken gave are no cause for disagreement, and I’m sure his book Quit Church probably better articulates them.
Where I want to add my two sense on the matter is that I disagree with his assessment sermon quality is not a biblical reason for changing churches. The supposition that sermon quality is inherently a result of the person treating church like an object of consumption, as Sonsken suggests is not true. I believe sermon quality is an umbrella term for several reasons for not liking a Sunday message.
Too often people leave a church because of disagreement, not getting their way, or because the sermons are no longer deep enough. Often when we dig into the reason the sermons are not deep enough, it ultimately goes back to the person being offended or not having their faulty theologies endorsed from the pulpit. The same pastor who was previously deep enough becomes shallow once there is an offense. It’s incredibly difficult to hear from God in a sermon when we are offended by the person delivering the sermon.
This is true in many cases. A sin that is personal gets preached on and the offended party leaves. I don’t deny this to be the case. But I believe we should look deeper into the current trends of worship and focus on the mission of the church.
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-21 ESV
The church is to preach the gospel, but people accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior is only part of the mission. The Church is tasked with making disciples. The church is meant to teach. Not every follower is at the same level in their spiritual maturity or theological depth. Some churches, larger churches in particular dumb down the bible. In public education, this would be seen as lowering the bar. In church this practice could hold back believers in their growth. Small groups are a way to supplement this, and every church should employ bible study as a means to grow discipleship.
Many churches now are focused on metrics. This can lead to theologically watered down sermons and worship. Why risk offending that person who may leave with a sermon? But if a church is more focused on using a Sunday message to give a motivational speech using an out of context passage, what does it matter if they are doctrinally sound (in their written beliefs)?
There are a lot of heretical churches in America. We have issues like gay marriage to separate the sheep from the goats. But what about the sheep that suck? If a church has the right doctrine but is more focused on metrics than the power of the Holy Spirit, their head is in the wrong place. So it is biblically sound to change churches so that your head to remains in the right place.
That is not treating church like a consumer product. That is treating church like one’s means to grow spiritually, better recognizing the mission of the Great Commission.
That is my $.02 on the matter. I hope I added some meaningful word to this topic.
This post was originally publishd on Startup Christ. Startup Christ is a website for business and theology articles and columns.
Video: So, You Think You’re Tolerant?
Leftists like to fancy themselves as being tolerant and Liberal, but they fall way short in both qualities.
Leftists will tell you that they are the most tolerant people who have ever lived, they will also scream at you for being a racist, xenophobic troglodyte if you happen to mention that you’re a conservative. They are supposedly ‘Liberal’, being in favour of Liberty while demanding it’s polar opposite – socialism.
Yes, if there is one constant in the universe, its that Leftists cannot be honest about who they truly are. This is what we love about our wonderful opponents on the nation’s socialist Left, for they are nothing like another group that went by the same nomenclature who also screamed at people in the streets with the motto: Common Good Before Individual Good. [Gemeinnutz vor Eigennutz]
But let’s not talk about the epithets they project on their enemies, let’s talk about how they get along with everyone who just happens to agree with everything they say. A new PragerU video featuring Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report looked at who is really tolerant. He is a true Liberal that discovered that it is actually the Pro-Liberty Right that is more tolerant, go figure.
Jul 9, 2018
Are you tolerant? You probably think so. But who is tolerant in America today? Is it those on the left, or those on the right? In this video, Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report analyzes this question and shares his experience.