What Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright got right...

(Tim) Speaking to the National Press Club this past Monday, April 28, 2008, Senator Barack Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, forthrightly identified himself as a preacher of what he calls the Christian "gospel" of liberation. Or more specifically, the gospel of black liberation theology advocated by men such as Dr. James Cone which replaces salvation with liberation.

Here's a transcript of Dr. Wright's words. It's kind of rough slogging, since it hasn't been broken down into paragraphs, but it's fascinating, nevertheless. As a political ideology, it's not half bad. But as a statement of the Christian Gospel, Dr. Wright gets it right when he says,

...what we both mean when we say, I am a Christian, is not the same thing.

It would be possible to read Dr. Wright as saying only that the white man on the deck of the slaver and the black man below deck don't mean the same thing. Yet despite this being the immediate context of his statement above, the rest of his words indicate that his us vs. them extends far beyond slave owners and slaves, to the core of the Christian faith. Specifically...

there's no doubt in my mind Dr. Wright would also say that the heterosexual who calls homsexuals to repent doesn't mean the same thing when he says "I am a Christian" as the homosexual means when he says it. And of course, the liberation Dr. Wright claims to be the heart of the Christian Gospel message as it applies to sodomites doesn't quite reach to the 1.3 million unborn children slaughtered by whites and former slaves together in our land each year.

If you get a chance to read it, post your own comments concerning why you would agree with Dr. Wright when he says what we mean when we say "I am a Christian" is not the same thing as what he means.

By the way, yes, Dr. Wright is off his rocker when he spins his AIDS conspiracy theory, but he speaks for many, many African Americans when he says it. And this is one sad indication of the degree to which our black neighbors are alienated from white society, that they would not put it past us and our government to do such a thing. We bear a good bit of responsibility for this and it should grieve us deeply, particularly as Christians.

And yes, his "other sheep" comment and response to John 14:6 is a denial of the faith.

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One of the things that disturbed me most in my 20 year Navy career was the number of Chaplains who walked around with crosses on their sleeves, who claimed the name of Christ, yet had no love for Christ or his Gospel.

While in the Persian Gulf during Ramadan, onboard the USS Nimitz, I was in my rack (bed, for you civilians) at evening prayer. The senior Chaplain in the battle group came on the 1-MC (ship’s intercom) and delivered these words: “Dear God, Yahweh, Jesus, Allah, Mother Earth… you are known by many names…” I was dumbfounded by such blatant syncretism and ripped open the curtain of my rack and everyone in the berthing compartment (place where Sailors sleep) was staring at me.

Even the lost guys knew there was something wrong with the prayer. They looked for my response and it was then that I realized how much I had lost when I gave up cussing.

Pray for the faithful Chaplains in our Military. They need much grace.

al sends

Thanks for calling our attention to this, Al. I will certainly offer it up in my prayers, and even add it to the pastoral prayer this Lord's Day.

Many who were commissioned to preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ will have much to answer for before Him on the Day of Judgment.

"We bear a good bit of responsibility for this and it should grieve us deeply, particularly as Christians."

I do grieve it.

I grieve it like I would grieve if, in a fit of madness, I had cut off my arm.

Unfortunately, my grief, and repentence, and nothing else for that matter, will make my arm grow back.

I have had a daydream lately: I am in seminary and when I graduate, I head up a hardcore reformed black church. Then they won't have a pastor who encourages nonsense as well as alienation.

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