March 1, 2008
I received an email today asking about a devotional that had been sent out from liveprayer ministries in Florida. Here is the link to the devotional:
You do not need to read it all there because I reprint it below, followed by my observations and debunking. There is too much at stake in these days to allow anyone to lie with impunity, especially if they are claiming the name of Christ. It is ironic that Bill Keller uses the scripture about false prophets for this false devotional. Ironic because Keller apparently forgot that you cannot be a false prophet, if you are not claiming to come in the name of God, something Barack Obama has never claimed, yet Bill Keller does claim. The Bible says we are to test everything. Not all who say “Lord, Lord” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It becomes clear as we sift through the Keller diatribe that while he claims to come in the name of Christ, there is very little Christian in what he writes. Keller thus becomes the false prophet he tries to warn us about. God is good.
Introduction – This “devotional” is so vile that it offends me to even continue referring to it as a devotional. The purpose of a devotional is to use the Word of God to inspire people to greater truths contained in the Word. To illuminate a principle of God that the reader had not considered. To spur the reader on to prayer and reflection of a particular subject they are dealing with in their lives. This is no devotional, it is a political endorsement of John McCain and a character assassination of Barack Obama. I would go even further; it is a libelous, inaccurate usage of the Word of God to further a political agenda. It goes to the very heart of what is wrong with modern Christianity. It is why people do not wish to partake in the salvation Christ so freely offers. It reeks of hypocrisy and literally begs to offend people. That is bad enough but to do so in the name of Christ turns Bill Keller into the very thing he claims to abhor. He is not doing a service for Jesus Christ; but rather for John McCain. No matter how many times he swears this is about “spiritual matters” it is clearly about political ones.
But he doesn’t even do it in a clever way. He doesn’t try to hide his bigotry and racism. He doesn’t even vaguely disguise his hate which is literally dripping off the pages as you read. You can tell right away simply by how he refers to Barack Obama. He refuses to use his first name and instead opts for B. Hussein Obama. This has been a common trick played by political hacks and operatives on the right as they try to conjure up people’s fears of Saddam Hussein. Bill Keller is simply playing off of your fears hoping to equate the Senator to the former dictator of Iraq. Below is the actual devotional, uncut and unedited with my response in capital letters to differentiate between the devotional text and my words responding.
"For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect." JESUS CHRIST
KELLER HAS TO START WITH A SCRIPTURE SINCE HE IS PRETENDING THIS IS A DEVOTIONAL. OF COURSE HE DOES NOT EXPOUND OFF OF THIS AT ALL. HIS GOAL IS NOT TO USE THE WORD OF GOD TO ILLUMINATE BUT RATHER TO LAUNCH INTO A HATE FILLED RANT AGAINST A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. NO WE CAN'T!
The cult of B. Hussein Obama. Remember I told you there would be a revival in this nation this year. Well, before we see a true spiritual revival that will bring millions to faith in Christ and help lead this nation back to God and Biblical values, there is going to be a "faux revival” led by the latest preacher of false hope, B. Hussein Obama.
AND THE HATE EXPRESS IS OFF! IN THE FIRST SENTENCE KELLER REFERS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO SUPPORT OBAMA AS A CANDIDATE AS A “CULT”. HE ALSO THEN FALSELY REFERS TO OBAMA AS A PREACHER TO SET UP A STRAWMAN FOR HIMSELF TO ARGUE; THAT IT IS OBAMA VERSUS CHRIST. YOU WILL SEE THIS IS CRUCIAL FOR HIS CLOSING PLEA. I ALSO HAVE NO IDEA WHERE HE GETS THIS FALSE REVIVAL THEORY FROM BECAUSE UNLESS HE IS CLAIMING THAT OBAMA IS THE ANTICHRIST, IT IS CERTAINLY NOT IN THE BIBLE.
Obama is running for the Democratic Party's nomination to try and become the nextPresident of the United States. He is preaching a gospel of change and hope. Thousands are flocking to his campaign rallies and becoming emotionally charged as this "political evangelist" preaches about hope and change. The problem is he is a false prophet and no true follower of Christ can follow or support this "false messiah of hope and change!"
TRYING TO CONTINUE TO ERECT HIS STRAWMAN, KELLER ASSERTS MORE UNTRUTHS. OBAMA IS NOT “PREACHING” ANY “GOSPEL”. THE USAGE OF THESE WORDS IS TO AGAIN TRY TO MAKE WHAT IS A POLITICAL ISSUE INTO A CHRISTIAN ISSUE. OBAMA IS NOT A POLITICAL EVANGELIST AS EVEN KELLER IS SO AWARE OF IT THAT HE HAS TO PUT IT IN QUOTES. OBAMA SPEAKS ABOUT CHANGE AND HOPE, HE DOES NOT “PREACH” IT. THEN WE GET INTO THREE VERY DISTURBING COMMENTS FROM KELLER. THE FIRST BEING THAT OBAMA IS A FALSE PROPHET. THIS IS JUST THE FIRST INSTANCE OF THE MISUSE OF SCRIPTURE FROM MR. KELLER. A FALSE PROPHET REFERS TO ONE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF GOD AND FALSELY PURPORTS GOD’S POSITION TO THE PEOPLE. OBAMA HAS NEVER DONE THAT. HE IS NOT RUNNING FOR POPE, HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. HE RARELY EVER DISCUSSES HIS FAITH AND I HAVE NEVER HEARD HIM SAY; “THUS SAYETH THE LORD.” IN ORDER TO BE A FLASE PROPHET, YOU HAVE TO AT LEAST BE CLAIMING TO BE A PROPHET, SOMETHING OBAMA HAS NEVER DONE. THE SECOND DISTRUBING COMMENT IS THAT KELLER WAS NOT SATISFIED WITH MISREPRESENTING OBAMA AS A PROPHET, HE GOES ON TO REFER TO HIM AS A FALSE MESSIAH AS WELL. HAS BARACK OBAMA EVER CLAIMED THAT HE IS DELIVERING PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS? HAS HE EVER CLAIMED ANY CONNECTION TO GOD WHATSOEVER? THIS IS ANOTHER LIE FROM KELLER IN TRYING TO CONTINUE TO SET UP THE STRAWMAN HE NEEDS; WHERE IT IS OBAMA OR CHIRST. THE LAST DISTURBING COMMENT FROM THIS SECTION IS THE ASSERTION FROM KELLER THAT “NO TRUE FOLLOWER OF CHRIST CAN FOLLOW OR SUPPORT” OBAMA. WHAT THIS IS REALLY SAYING IS THAT IF YOU ARE CHRISTIAN YOU CANNOT VOTE FOR HIM; SO YOU MUST VOTE FOR MCCAIN. THIS IS A POLITICAL STATEMENT USING CHRIST IN A MOST VILE WAY TO GET YOUR POLITICAL OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED.
Very troubling to me has been watching the "revival-like" atmosphere surrounding B. Hussein Obama's campaign for the Presidency. Like all false prophets, it is a false gospel with lots of smoke and mirrors. I think people would be troubled to know that the flowery rhetoric flowing from Obama isn't coming from his heart, but from a 26-year-old white man named Jon Favreau. Favreau is the author of those flowery and dynamic hopeAnd change messages you hear, not B. Hussein Obama. Obama has even had some input from legendary JFK speechwriter Ted Sorensen who is now 79.
STILL BUILDING THAT STRAWMAN, KELLER TRIES TO TURN THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN INTO A “REVIVAL”, CALLS HIM A FALSE PROPHET AGAIN AND CLAIMS AGAIN HE IS PREACHING A FALSE GOSPEL. AS FOR THE REVELATION OF JON FAVREAU, I SAY SO WHAT! FAVREAU IS THE MAIN SPEECHWRITER FOR OBAMA. GUESS WHAT FOLKS, ALL POLITICIANS HAVE SPEECHWRITERS, INCLUDING YOUR CURRENT PRESIDENT, BILL CLINTON, EVEN JOHN MCCAIN. IT IS HOWEVER WIDELY KNOWN THAT OBAMA HAS FAR MORE INPUT INTO HIS SPEECHES THAN MOST POLITICIANS. THIS IS WHAT AS KNOWN AS A RED HERRING; AN ARGUMENT THAT SOUNDS GOOD BUT HAS NO SUBSTANCE. OH NO! OBAMA HAS A SPEECHWRITER!!! IT DOES HOWEVER SPEAK TO THE UTTER DESPERATION BILL KELLER IS WRITING IN. HE KNOWS FULL WELL THAT EVERY POLITICIAN HAS A SPEECHWRITER SO HE IS ACTUALLY TRYING TO INTENTIONALLY DECEIVE HIS READERS. NOT VERY CHRISTIAN.
Want another interesting fact about B. Hussein Obama. As someone who has done live TV every night for 5 yrs, if you watch Obama, he only gives those stirring hope and change speeches when he has a teleprompter so he can READ HIS LINES! This man is a complete fraud! When he is without a teleprompter, he resorts back to his typical stump speech on the issues. This "false messiah" of hope so many are clinging to, isn't even the author of his message of false hope and is incapable of delivering those passionate speeches without a teleprompter!
IS BILL KELLER SERIOUS??? EVERY POLITICAN USES TELEPROMPTERS. SO DOES THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE GIVES ANY SPEECH, INCLUDING THE STATE OF THE UNION!!! WHEN YOU WRITE A 10 PAGE SPEECH THAT WILL REQUIRE YOU TO SPEAK FOR 20 MINUTES, IT IS SILLY TO THINK THAT YOU WILL MEMORIZE IT.