Is Jesus a Liberal or a Conservative?
by John Tyler
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Is Jesus a Liberal or a Conservative?
Some liberals say that Jesus was a liberal-minded person because – “His philosophy, based in compassion, equality, inclusion, forgiveness, tolerance, peace and - most importantly - love, is 100% Liberal.” Source- www.JesusIsALiberal.com
They further state, “We reflect the views of over 150 million Liberal, progressive, Tolerant and Independent thinking Christians, Catholics, and others of all spiritual paths, religions and traditions in the USA and Canada.”
Further, Liberals believe, this: - "Webster's dictionary defines a Liberal as one who is open minded, not strict in the observance of orthodox, traditional or established forms or ways."
Liberals teach that Jesus was a pluralist Liberal who taught that one need not conform to strict and orthodox views of God, religion, and life. He rejected greed, violence, the glorification of power, the amassing of wealth without social balance, and the personal judging of others, their lifestyles and beliefs. Over and over again, He taught us to believe in and live a spiritual and ethical life based in our essential, inherent goodness. What Jesus promoted was succinct set of spiritual principals and a way of life
based upon the of love, compassion, tolerance, and a strong belief in
the importance in giving and of generosity to those in need.“
Liberals paint Jesus as one who is open minded. Jesus is not now or ever has been open minded, and I will base that on scripture in a moment.
Jesus was very rigid in His ways and taught that we DO need to conform to strict views of God.
Jesus never taught about “religion”, nor did He ever suggest that any religion was better or worse than the next. He taught a very strict belief, however, and that is that He is the ONLY WAY that an individual, regardless of their traditions or “religious belief system”, can get to heaven. “I am the way, the truth and the life, and NO MAN comes to the Father but by me.”
Jesus rejected GREED and violence (yet, violence is what Liberals perpetrate on the public to force politicians to bend their way), and the Lberal says that the glorification of POWER meaning that we should ALL have the heart of a servant, rather than a Master).
Yet, Liberal ideology demands that the average soul on the planet is not intelligent enough to function in society without being led by Progressives. Progressives are anti-God zealots who are vying for power and control over the masses. They want to rid society of anything to do with God…or Jesus…and yet, Jesus is the only way for man to enter into heaven.
Liberals have stated that Jesus rejected the amassing of wealth (which He did NOT), and that He rejected having wealth without social balance (redistribution)…and that is scripturally wrong as well. We will prove this using God’s Word – The Bible, in a moment.
The Liberal has claimed that Jesus rejected the “personal judging of others, their lifestyles and beliefs.” This statement is based on the Liberal’s uneducated Biblical understanding of the truth.
Jesus stated, in no uncertain terms, that He is the Savior (not the judge) of mankind, but that is false teaching. Jesus told us exactly what He believes and how narrow that belief is. It rules out that any man or woman or child of the age of accountability to know right from wrong is destined to hell unless they accept Him as their Lord and Savior.
In John 14:6, we read, “Jesus answered, and “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
The Liberals want people to believe that Jesus did not judge the “lifestyles” of people, when in fact; Jesus does judge their sin and their sin will cause their destiny to become hell unless they repent of those sins.
Those sins include the single most important “lifestyle” that the Liberal Progressive movement throughout the world is pushing – and that is homosexuality.
Let me get Jesus’ words for you. Concerning marriage and immorality – “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Hebrews 13:4
Concerning homosexuals – 1 Timothy 1:8-11 –“We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious (And Jesus names those sins next) - for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.”
If that does not clear up how Jesus judges sin – especially homosexuality, let’s continue proving Jesus’ words from the Bible. Leviticus (Old Testament) 18:22 - “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.”
From the King James (original version of the Bible) – “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
In the event one is not convinced that Jesus rejects homosexuality – and all other sins, we must bring your attention to 1 Corinthians 6:9 -“Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.” I will add that this applies to women who have sex with women.
God was so angry at homosexuality that He destroyed Sodom (where we get the woerd "sodomy" from) and Gomorrah - by fire...and wiped every one of them off the face of the earth. I would suppose that the government now in power would have tried to imprison God for "hate crimes against a protected class".
Let me get the King James Version of the Bible Scripture that tells us that effeminate men will also not inherit the kingdom of God – which is heaven….1 Corinthians 6:8-11 -“Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?” Unrighteous means all who are NOT RIGHTEOUS. Righteous people are, according to Jesus, all those who have repented of their sins and who trust Him as Lord and Savior.
Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
I can do this all day, but it might be time to move on to the issue of “Social Justice”. Liberals believe that the poor should not work, but have the government take care of their every need. Liberals believe that Jesus loves the poor….and He does. He also loves the rich, and everyone in between.
Jesus says that those who can work, but who refuse to work in favor of receiving a handout should not eat! In 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, we discover the teachings of Jesus that born-again believers in Christ should actually stay away from all those – including believers, who are idle (without work) but who become trouble makers (disruptive) and if these people are capable of working, but refuse to work, they should NOT EAT.
There is no WELFARE that the government should pay for for idle people who will not work.
Let’s read it - “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, (meaning fellow born-again believers in the Gospel of Christ) to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
It is, therefore, quite clear that Jesus does not want us to provide for anyone…Christian brother included, who is not willing to work.
For those who cannot work due to some sort of disability (not the fabricated ones that SSI recipients make claim to these days…like, “I’m on meds for depression, so I can’t work”)….for those who are truly disabled and cannot possibly do physical or mental jobs, then the church is to take care of those people…not the government.
Many thousands of churches have food pantries and soup kitchens for the destitute. Many thousands of churches feed, clothe and house the destitute who cannot work or who are unemployed because of physical or mental limitations.
Liberal views of the Bible are misrepresented in each case.
Let me directly quote from Jesus is a Liberal website: “Thou shalt not kill [Matthew 5:21].
This is taken totally out of context, and the goal of the Liberal is not to quote from the Old Testament (pre-Jesus), but to directly quote Jesus from the New Testament...but out of context.
Jesus was telling His followers , “You have heard it said (from the Old Testament), that ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill”, and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.” The Liberals simply let out the rest of the Scripture so they can get readers to believe that Jesus was against judging others like homosexuals or murderers...or those in prison for crimes. Liberals do not want murderers put to death.
In plain English, Jesus is teaching us that if we are angry with our brothers or sisters, we are guilty of the same judgment as those who kill.”
Liberals want to twist the scripture to suggest that Jesus taught that we should not kill a convicted murderer. They forget to read what God said long before the Ten Commandments were issued.
Way back in the first Book of the Bible – Genesis, 9:6, God said, “Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”
Clearly, if a man sheds the blood of another, that man shall be put to death by other men who are designated for such a duty.
The Liberal website declares another Biblical misrepresentation: “Crime and Punishment: If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to cast a stone at her. [John 8:7] Do not judge, lest you too be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to
you. [Matthew 7:1 & 2.]“
If we were to carry out the wishes of the Liberals, nobody could ever judge another man's sin, and therefore, the jails should be empty.
Liberals have already made laws that forgive adultery, homosexuality, fornication, and a host of other trespasses against God Himself as spelled out in the Ten Commandments and elsewhere in the Bible.
Today, it is against the law to “discriminate” against a protected class of people. Liberal judges have mandated to the Christian that we cannot issue statements against homosexuality or face the courts for discrimination or “hate speech”.
This is in violation of the United States Constitution which clearly tells the government, “Do not interfere in any way with religious belief systems . The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution specifically states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Yet, the government, the President, the Congress, the Senate and the Judiciary continue making laws prohibiting my rights to exercise free speech relating to what my Bible teaches, and that is that homosexuality is a sin…it is against the laws of nature and of God, and God tells me that I am free to speak out against sin. My American forefathers have told me that I have certain rights granted by God, and no one - no government can take those inalienable rights from me.
I AM speaking out against homosexuality and against the government who is wrongfully establishing laws that violate God’s Laws. Where are the constitutional lawyers?
A “religion” is defined by the renowned Webster’s Dictionery as “a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.”
This clearly defines Progressive Secularist Liberals as a “religion”.
They have their belief system…that includes teaching our public school children – using public funds- their religion of socialism (Sol Alinsky reading materials), evolution, homosexuality, anti-God beliefs, and they are changing our laws to reflect their “religion” – their “belief system held to with ardor and faith” and I again ask, “Where are the constitutional lawyers”.
Our political leaders have sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. I say those in power who do not protect and defend (from the president down) should be impeached on those grounds alone!
They are forcing their belief system onto the populace in public schools while preventing the Constitution from being taught in schools. These in power say that the Constitution is outdated! They need to be impeached.
Back to the Liberal suggestion that Jesus is a Liberal…and to their Bible misrepresentations.
“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone, and do not judge others lest you be judged”
Jesus clearly taught that we are to forgive others who sin or trespass against us BECAUSE He died on the cross to forgive us of OUR sins.
Therefore, we should never condemn anyone and we should love them…in spite of their sins….as He loved them and gave His life for them. But, Jesus also contends in specific language, that these same sinners will be judged by God for their rejection of His Son, Jesus. Then, those who have rejected Jesus as Lord and Savior will be judged according to how they lived…under the Laws of Moses – The Ten Commandments.
They will fail passing that test, and God must punish sinners…those who choose to live under the Law. “The wages of sin is (eternal) death”…separation from God in a place of torment called hell. Romans 6:23.
God clearly illustrates that sin MUST be punished by death…an eternal hell, BUT – people can choose to believe all that His Son, Jesus said…and accept Him as their Lord and Savior. If they choose Jesus, they choose life eternal. The last part of Romans 6:23 reads, “But, the gift of God is eternal life – THROUGH Jesus Christ OUR Lord.”
The Liberals preach about - “Corporate Greed and the Religion of Wealth.
They attempt to convince their readers (who likely have never studied God’s Word), that Corporations are greedy animals and they should be shut down in favor of socialism…and that greed was found in the Jewish Temple.
So, they throw out this section of the Bible: -“In the temple courts [Jesus] found men selling cattle, sheep and doves and other sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. [John 2:14 & 15.] Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. [Luke 12.15.] Truly, I say unto you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 19:23] You cannot serve both God and Money. [Matthew 6:24.]
They attempt to combine a host of verses so as to make them appear to run together as a theme.
Jesus, however, drove the “money changers” out of God’s House – The Holy Temple, because they were making God’s house into a “den of thieves”, rather than a “House of Worship”.
These Liberal Progressives failed to write the next verse down: John 2:16 – “And (Jesus) said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.” The message was that Jesus told the Jewish leaders, “My Father’s House is sacred…it is not a house of merchandise”.
Jesus was not condemning them for having money or for selling things…He just didn’t want them selling stuff in His Father’s designated earthly house – The Temple at Jerusalem.
That temple was destroyed on August 4, 70 A.D. – just as Jesus said it would be in Matthew 24:1-2 –“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
That Temple site is now occupied by Muslims.
The “Dome of The Rock and the 3rd holiest mosque - the al Aqsa Mosque, now occupies the Holy Mountain. That will all change soon. When Israel launches a preemptive strike against Iran (possibly Syria) to prevent Ahmadinejad from destroying them with his nukes, they will tell ALL ARABS to vacate the Holy Mountain…and they will begin to rebuild the Holy Temple.
Everything is ready on that site right now. All of what I am writing here is found in one of my seven books – America’s Two Holy Wars – available on one of my websites at www.RelationshipBooks.com.
Where Liberals and I PARTIALLY agree is in their statement: “Paying Taxes & Separation of Church & State: Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. [Matthew 22:21].
The Liberal goal here, of course, is to verify the truth that the government and the church must be separate. The U.S. Constitution and our founding Fathers (and I) agree with them, and Justice Hugo Black (Supreme Court 1947) that there must be a wide gulf between government and religion….yet the religion of the Progressives still prevails in our public schools, our colleges…the media…the entertainment industry, so America and the world are, in fact, being brainwashed daily with the barrage of anti-God preaching from the left.
And now, they are invoking the name that they hate the most – Jesus. The name that the military has been forced to eliminate from the preaching by their clergy - forced by the government leaders.
They wish to invoke the name of JESUS for their propaganda, and I am one who will counter those attacks with articles like this one or through the writing of my books.
I must continue with their misrepresentation of the Bible for their political purposes. They say, on their website, “Community: Love your neighbor as yourself. .[Matthew 22:39] So in everything, do to others as you would have them do to you. [Matthew 7:12.] If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. [Matthew 19:21]”.
Here, they try (once again) to combine verses to “trick” the reader into believing that Jesus wants us to “do unto others as we want things done unto us.
They us a completely different parable that Jesus used to illustrate a completely different scenario when He was confronted by a rich, young ruler who asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
In that scenario, Jesus asked the rich, young ruler if he kept all of the commandments. The young man replied, “Yes”. The man thought, like most people do, “If I am GOOD ENOUGH, I can get into heaven”.
Jesus knew that he was violating the first of The Ten Commandments –“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
The rich, young ruler’s god was his money. That is why Jesus then said to him, Sell all that you have and follow me.” The man refused, and Jesus was very sad at this because the man put his wealth before God. Jesus wanted to show US that as GOOD as we are, being GOOD will NOT get us into heaven. The rich, young ruler found that out.
That was the context…but the Liberals want to convince people that Jesus was speaking of “redistribution of wealth”. “Take from the rich and give it to the poor”. That is NOT what the Scriptures teach. It is found nowhere in the Bible.
Nowhere does the Bible teach that the government should be involved in our lives but for collecting taxes to take care of the infrastructure and the armies.
The same GOVERNMENT was directly responsible for the death of Jesus. Pontius Pilate said, “I find no fault in this man”. Yet, Jesus was eventually turned over to the people of the day who cried out for His crucifixion. Yet, this was God’s plan for His Son, Jesus. He was to become the sacrificial lamb for the sins of all mankind.
But, the caveat to inherit eternal life was that mankind would have to accept this Savior of mankind as their Lord and Savior…and believe that he died for their sins…which He did.
My Liberal Progressive friends attempt to further misrepresent the sayings of Jesus for their political ideology by stating this: “Equality & Social Programs: - (Jesus said) But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just. [Luke 14:13 &14.]
What they omitted (as usual)was the context.
Jesus had been invited to a rich Pharisee’s home (Jewish Lawyer). There, He noticed that all of the wealthy people headed for the best seats in the house, while those less wealthy scrounged around for what was left.
He then spoke to those in the room a parable.
Jesus used parables or “earthly stories to illustrate a “heavenly truth”.
In this case, Jesus would tell them a parable that would lead into a truth. Here is the parable: Luke 14:12-14 – “Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. - But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Righteous meaning those who are born-again believers in the teachings of Christ.
The “heavenly truth” came next….in Luke 14:15-20 – THE CONTEXT. “When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “BLESSED is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. (The “certain man” is Jesus). At the time of the banquet He sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.”
This refers to a “time of the rapture of the righteous” that will take place AS SOON AS THE TEMPLE ON MOUNT ZION IS BUILT – THEN DESECRATED)….”America’s Two Holy Wars is the source.
Jesus continued the “heavenly truth” – “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me. “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.”
Jesus’ “heavenly truth” to His parable (earthly story) was that God has invited ALL to come to repentance and be saved.
God has told us in His Bible, that all those who trust Christ, His Son, as their savior and Lord will attend a banquet in heaven…and God will NOT expect anything in return…for it is a gift…it cannot be repaid….just like Jesus was pointing out to those in the room in Luke 14, but the Liberals have distorted both the parable and the heavenly truth.
Jesus was telling those in attendance (and now US) that, although He has invited them to attend…many had an excuse as to why they could not attend….just like many of us will have some sort of excuse for rejecting Christ…and thereby forfeiting our “tickets” to the banquet that WILL be held in heaven.
Like I said, I can do this all day. I can refute the Liberals’ attempt to use Jesus to further their distortion of the Scriptures to further their agenda.
I must wrap this up so you can know that Jesus was neither a Liberal or a Conservative.
“Conservatism” means, “A classical conservative values tradition and freedom over governmental power. Conservatives, under this definition, advocate a free market economy without governmental intervention.” Wikipedia.com
Liberals are just the opposite. They want the government to be the all-in-all source for every human function on the planet. They want to tell us what to eat, what to wear, what to drive…how we cannot drill for God’s oil that He left for us to use. They want the government to be our God….our “provider”…our “source for everything”.
This, to me, is putting a god before almighty God, our Creator.
This is no different that the rich young ruler who put his faith and trust in his wealth. He forgot to read The Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy 8:18 –“But remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth”.
I have just completed another book – "You CAN Take It With You", and it deals with how we can obtain that wealth while here on the planet…and how we can store up treasure for ourselves in heaven by using that wealth.
Jesus was and is the Son of God….and is “no respector of persons”. Romans 2:11.
He treats ALL the same. He treats ALL with compassion. He gave His life for ALL. And all they have to do to accept a seat at the wedding banquet in heaven is to call upon His name as Lord, Savior and repent of their sins…which only He can forgive because He paid the price for OUR sins.
Liberal or conservative….we are all sinners in God’s eyes UNTIL we decide – choose to believe everything that God and His Son said in the Bible.
Jesus said these ten most important words and they apply to us today: “If it were not so, I would have told you.” John 14:2. Everything that Jesus uttered is TRUTH, and no one should distort it for their ideological purposes.
John Tyler, Author of nine books.
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