ZOECARNATE.COM TO LINK TO THE REAL LIBERAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND CHRISTIAN COMMONS PROJECT
Michael Morrell has decided to add us to his huge link site:
Great points, Tom. You're in! We're linking you on our next site update. Feel free to link http://zoecarnate.com too.
On Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 2:01 AM, Tom Usher
Thank you, Mike, for getting back to me so quickly. I've actually spent most of the day visiting links from your site. They've lead me to some very helpful articles and discussions.
Why zoecarnate.com? The RLCC site is such a radical departure from the mainstream that they won't bother considering the themes on the site. Your list shows that you know many people believe Jesus is a radical. The Real Liberal Christian Church teaches that Jesus is about getting at the root cause (making the whole tree good). Keeping with his analogy, we each are to undergo a systemic transformation you might say. Visitors to your site, I should think, would be more inclined to probe and think rather than summarily dismiss the site without even so much as looking.
The main idea of the site is semantics. You may say semantical theology. We call it Isaiah/Jesus-Liberal Theology.
At the top of the site, we quote Isaiah. "The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful." (Isaiah 32:5). Isaiah also said, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20). The language has been corrupted for a very long time. People behaving in vile ways are often called liberals. Isaiah's real liberal (hence our name, in part) does not engage in vile behavior (harmful, unwholesome, disease promoting) but rather brings forth real bounty through God that is a true benefit to the people. The churl is the stingy one, the hoarder for self. He or she is also not bountiful. Our Church teaches that the capitalists at the top pay people to convince the masses that those capitalists are the source of wealth and prosperity, etc., when, in fact, they are a negative on balance.
In the right sidebar of our site, we have the following:
"And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need."
— Acts 2:44-45.
"And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common."
— Acts 4:32.
Those show the self-styled anti-communists or anti-communalists that the original Apostles were the opposite of the spirit of capitalism. When Jesus was still with them in the flesh, they had one purse that Judas carried for them.
"And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire."
— Luke 3:9.
This we have there to say that we have to act. We can't just mouth that we have faith and then sit on our hands and expect the gates of heaven to be opened for us. We have to have faith that isn't dead, as James said. This is part of the explanation for why we want to create the Christian Commons (our Christian Commons Project), which would be commonly held farms where Christians would live and work and raise food to feed people free of any transaction in mammon.
"And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve."
— Luke 22:25-26.
That ties in perfectly with Isaiah. Those at the top of the current system are not really benefactors. The word is being misapplied (corrupted). The people are being tricked into thinking that the current system of greed and selfishness is the only way. They're being tricked for the sakes of those at the top.
"But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand."
— Isaiah 32:8.
"The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself."
— Proverbs 11:25.
The real liberal will do no harm. The real liberal will come up with the solution and stand by that plan despite hatred from the ultra-rich. On account of that, God will cause plenty.
Of course, we know the Beast isn't going to die a quiet death. It's going to thrash around persecuting and torturing and murdering and the rest. It is going to die though. All those who stood peacefully up to it will be resurrected as "the just" referred to in scripture.
That's it in a nutshell. Semantics: Those called liberal today aren't really liberals and the churls (laissez faire capitalists) don't really create wealth. We need to give and share all as the first Apostles did, holding all things in common (The Christian Commons).
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to raise them.
Thanks again, Mike.
God Bless you.
For the Real Liberal Christian Church
Thank you, Mike. Peace to your whole family and house.
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That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:
- The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
- Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
- We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
- It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
- We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
- We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
- When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
- We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)