In establishing a new precursor to partnerships with the Antichrist, his workers of iniquity continue to pave that way for his arrival and worship.
By an executive order, President Obama has surpassed the existing faith-based intrusions into religious freedom, which were baited by access to federal funds, and inaugurated an office to be empowered to make incursions into every neighborhood household in the land. As of February 5, 2009, the new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (FBNP) began efforts at taking control of all religious organizations, and dictating what religious tenets are legal, and which are to be outlawed. The goal is for all churches to eventually be nationalized, and placed under the provisional license of the federal government. This sweeping federal oversight is being ushered in under pretense averting an economic catastrophe.
Partnerships: The New Gloden Rule
In the previous faith-based federal program, churches could obtain federal money by moving away from Christ, and towards employment as a federal agency. Now they have been redefined as one in several categories of community secular organizations, including “senior centers and shelters, schools and hospitals, and any place an American decides.1 The discretionary purview of the average American, however, will be very narrow in scope, and must comply with the “common goals” as defined for the White House Office of FBNP by Obama and Joshua DuBois, a former associate Pentecostal pastor, who will head the office.2 All organizational efforts must give priority to being a part of the solution for the current economic situation because the “Office’s top priority will be making community groups an integral part of our economic recovery and poverty a burden fewer have to bear when recovery is complete.”3 When the White House Office of FBNP will allow churches to return to their own priorities, such as ministering to and caring for their own congregations and preaching gospel, will be far off to never.
Terms used by the White House Office of FBNP to define success are vague and subjective; financial recovery won’t be complete until ‘fewer’ bear the ‘burden’ of poverty, but how much is fewer, and what constitutes a burden? Politically, this ambiguity always serves two designs; failure cannot be identified, and success can be claimed at any time. Occasionally, political leaders strive to have it serve a much larger and more sinister purpose. They will marshal general and all encompassing rhetoric to bolster their own preeminence in their quest for power over the masses.
This is the sort of rhetoric Obama is using to deny Christ and demote Christianity to nothing more that a faith-based organization to be amalgamated with all other faith-based religions that will in turn be answerable to the state above all else. In preparing to announce the formation the White House Office of FBNP, Obama prefaced its disclosure at the National Prayer Breakfast. There, Obama’s decree had the sweet ring of humility at its edges to disguise the clang of servitude at its center. “There is one law that binds all great religions together,” Obama said. “It is, of course, the Golden Rule; the call to love one another, to understand one another, to treat with dignity and respect those with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth.”4 There are a few important points which disqualify this ‘call’ from being a Christian clarion.
Firstly, Christianity is exclusive of all other religions, not bound together with any of them, in that Christ claimed to be the only way (Joh 14:6), and warned that other great religions would come along centered on “false Christs” and “false prophets” (Mat 24:24). By this decree of one superseding and binding law the secular messiah places himself above all other religious authority, including the God of the Bible, and identifies himself as the arbiter of supreme laws all must acquiesce to, and be bound together under. In order to sweep the nuisances of “red tape” that might get in his way,5 Obama’s new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will begin legal maneuvers to chip away constitutional protections that safeguard religious freedom, and freedom of association.
The deceptive language that he chose is under the cover of federal assistance, and states that the newly established office has also been given “a new mechanism for the Executive Director of the Office to work through the White House Counsel to seek the advice of the Attorney General on difficult legal and constitutional issues.”6 The implication being proffered here is that these are difficulties impeding the dispensation of free federal money, but what the new law giver also means by that is enforcement.
[Next: “Partnerships: Being Conscripted”]
1. Sarah Pulliam, “Obama Signs Executive Order on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships,” (press release) Christianity Today, February 5. 2009. (citation 6; emphasis added) http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctpolitics/2009/02/obama_signs_exe.html
2. Jennifer Riley, “Obama Emphasizes ‘One Law’ that Binds All Religions,” Christian Post, February 6, 2009. http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctpolitics/2009/02/obama_signs_exe.html