Clear As Mud II

If you haven’t read Clear As Mud, please read it first.

Since the DNC (Denver 2008) has just ended let me speak to its origin. Two nights ago the keynote speaker, Mike Warner, mentioned that Thomas Jefferson was the founder of the Democratic Party.

He is correct. Thomas Jefferson is the Democratic Party’s self-acknowledged founder. He started it. And who was Jefferson? A truly great man to whom we Americans owe a significant debt of gratitude, a genius, and a flawed human being.

Jefferson was a Deist and a Unitarian (source, another). Given the philosophy and theology of Deists and Unitarians, this is a very serious matter because it means that Jefferson was not a Christian in any biblical or historical sense. He mutilated the Bible by creating his own version which omitted the parts of it that he didn’t like. He was almost a Christian, which is like being almost pregnant. He resembled a Christian, without actually being one. And he, more than anyone else, set the course for America — a course that we are currently on, a course that is almost Christian — because he was the primary author of our Constitution (an almost Christian document), and he was a very effective political leader.

His own religious understanding and perspective was based upon his own best understanding of reality — and he was a lot smarter and more educated than most of us, by far. And this was the problem. “We hold these truths to be selfevident…” That means that he believed that the basis and foundation of truth is self-reliance. Truth is not revealed by God in Scripture, but is self evident. Contrast self-reliance with Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” See also Numbers 15:39, Deuteronomy 12:8, Judges 21:25, Proverbs 12:15, Proverbs 16:2, Proverbs 21:2, Proverbs 26:12, Proverbs 30:12, Isaiah 5:21,  Matthew 7:19-ff, Romans 3:18, Revelation 3:18.

Clearly many (maybe most) of the signers of the Declaration were Deists. This helps explain why Deism is the most successful religion in America today. It is the defacto position of the American Civil Religion and that of the Supreme Court and of the majority of most Americans. Deism shares the belief in self reliance with atheism. Both issue from self reliance. Deism is the unspoken religion of the DNC. And Deism is a Christian heresy.

Lord, have mercy.

3 comments for “Clear As Mud II

  1. tim
    August 29, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Phil,after hearing about obama and opra.i can’t help but think how they compare to the antichrist and the false prophet.but i’m sure that’s not the case.but interesting conversation.

  2. August 29, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Tim, Scripture does not talk about THE antichrist, but about antichristS, in the plural. And antichrists are those who are anti (against) Christ, and there have always been a lot of them.

    Last days scenarios will take us far afield. I recommend Gary DeMar’s book, Last Day’s Madness.

  3. September 12, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Phil,
    Clear as mud surely cleared up a lot for me. Having just read McCain’s autiobiography “Faith of My Fathers” I’m convinced he too is a Deist. That’s not to say that he isn’t a light years better choice than Obama. Have you seen the video of him ridiculing the Bible? McCain would be classed (your words) “almost Christian”. I do believe Sarah Palin is an evangelical believer. That’s based on very limited info about her. At least she is an active member of an evangelical church. Sitting for nineteen years under the rantings of Jeremiah Wright tells me volumes about what Obama really believes. Good job and shalom. Paul

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