Who Will Preach the Gospel to the Jesus-Hating Evangelical White Tribe?

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How can the Jesus-deniers like Franklin Graham and the other evangelical leaders be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ? Are they beyond hope? In human terms they are. But all things are possible with God. So perhaps, even the American evangelical Jesus-hating tribe may be saved.

Franklin curses Jesus by (according to media reports) taking a $612,884 per year salary* from funds donated to help the poor and spread the gospel.

What did Mother Teresa pay herself?

Evangelicals in Congress have robbed the poor by cutting funds for childcare and food stamps and tried to take away health care from the least of these.

How often did St. Paul quote Ayn Rand?

The guns awash in our society, including assault rifles and 100 round clips “good” only for mass murder, are only legal because of the work of the evangelicals who are the base of the Tea Party, NRA and the Republican Party.

How many guns did Jesus own?

In their angry pointless shutdown the evangelical-led Tea Party just cost the USA 24 billion in wasted money because of their spite against the first black president. While other Americans were dying at war, these evangelicals risked the faith, credit and reputation of our country for spite.

The Tea Party and GOP base is — according to all polls – made up mostly of white evangelicals. Clearly this lost white tribe deny Jesus who said something rather like this:

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

Then President Obama will answer him, ‘Lord, when did I see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these uninsured brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to the evangelicals on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels and for those who paid themselves $600,000 a year out of money given to help the poor and/or denied health care to people with per-existing conditions.

For I was hungry and you bought a private plane, I was thirsty and you lied about the president who wanted to give health care to the poor, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you cut food stamps, I was sick and in prison and you privatized the prison system and turned it into a vast profit-making gulag with a vested interest in keeping millions of people behind bars.’ Ted Cruz also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Then the evangelicals will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous liberals, atheists, feminists, secular Jews and gays who wanted to help the poor to eternal life.”

Okay, I embellished this slightly tongue-in-cheek parody a wee bit but… joking and satire aside, it’s self-evident that American evangelicals have never heard the gospel. We know them by their deeds. They lie about President Obama, saying he’s not a real American, that he was born in Kenya, and that he is a Muslim and a socialist or worse. They lie about the world and say there is no global warming. They lie about science and say there is no evolution.

The Bible says liars will perish. Evangelicals have become our nation’s premier liars. They even lie to their children in millions of home schools and Christian schools denying them fact-based educations in favor of fundamentalist myths and nonsensical paranoid baseless propaganda. And when the consequences of their truth-denying actions are questioned and they are confronted with the chaos they’re causing, they say “Jesus is coming back soon so none of this matters anyway.” Thus they even embrace the suicide of our country in the name of Jesus, committing the ultimate blasphemy.

Who can reach this evangelical truth-denying lost and ignorant white tribe? How can this pagan lost white tribe be saved and civilized and educated? They spawned the racist, homophobic Tea Party, a collection of gun worshiping violence lovers, when Jesus preached peace. They are led by liars making money on “ministries” that sell themselves as doing what they do for God, thus bringing God’s wrath upon themselves.

Pray for the salvation of the evangelicals. They are far from the love of God and – according to the Bible they worship instead of worshiping God, yet never seem to follow — risk damnation.

Who can reach these evangelical God-haters for Christ? When will the evangelization of America’s lost white tribe begin?

I invite you to study my book/gospel tract  And God Said, “Billy! It explores the pagan delusions the lost backward evangelical American tribe suffers from and offers the light of gospel of Jesus Christ as an alternative to their satanic darkness.

Hand out this tract wherever the pagans meet and expect to earn the crown of martyrdom. Be warned, evangelicals usually kill in the name of love by beating people to death with their blood-soaked Bibles. Just ask any gay teen in an evangelical church who is considering suicide. Or just ask President Obama about how evangelicals have treated him. Or ask the poor that are being denied health care, food stamps and education.

Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book — And God Said, “Billy!exploring the roots of American religious delusion, and offering another way to approach true spirituality, is on Kindle, iBook and NOOK for $3.99, and in paperback.

(According to this media report: *Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham III  is the head of Samaritan’s Purse, which describes itself as a “nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to people hurting around the world with the purpose of sharing God’s love through his son, Jesus Christ.” In 2012, Franklin Graham III was paid $437,255 in “reportable compensation” and $175,629 in “other compensation from the organization and related organizations.” And this doesn’t count the perks, the plane, the luxury suites in hotels…)

About Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer is an American author, film director, screenwriter and public speaker. He is the son of the late theologian and author Francis Schaeffer. He became a Hollywood film director and author, writing several internationally acclaimed novels including And God Said, "Billy!" as well as the Calvin Becker Trilogy depicting life in a fundamentalist mission home-- Portofino, Zermatt, and Saving Grandma.

  • Mike

    You must remember, right wing evangelicals want to go to be with their lord. It’s why they do what they do.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/pantheon/2011/06/ayn-rand-godmother-of-satanism

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cremation_of_Care

    • frankschaeffer

      Mike, they might be in for a surprise…

      • Michiel1965

        Hi guys, welcome in paradise, my name is Allah and who were you again?

        • frankschaeffer

          Hi M1995, love that! F

  • S3r3nity

    Assuming the guy in the middle is Franklin Graham, it should be pointed out that the guy on the left is Pat Robertson and the guy on the right is Paul Crouch.

  • Colleen Kristich

    Though I agree that the Tea Party/GOP/evangelical machine is totally misguided and out of control, Jesus said “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” “Bless those who persecute you and mistreat you, pray for your enemies.” “Pay back your enemy’s hatred 70x 70 with love.” “If your enemy demands your coat, give him your tunic as well.” This should be our response.

    • Randy Oftedahl

      Amen, Colleen. Well said. Much as my natural inclination is to adopt the tone and volume of this article – and as angry as the far right can make me sometimes – you are absolutely right that our response should be like Jesus’. How hard, how uncomfortable, how unlike us…and how required of us. Thank you.

      • frankschaeffer

        Thanks for the reply Colleen and Randy, but maybe you guys a bit serious. In case you hadn’t noticed this is a bit of a satire. If I took any claims of anyone going to hell seriously (there is no hell so relax) I’d be worried, but I don’t. The evangelical right will be fine, I just like to hold up a mirror once in a while and let the holy folks see how it feels to be on the receiving end of judgment. I’m not angry at anyone, just sad for our country that it’s overrun with dangerous goofs. My grandchildren live here. Best, F

        • Randy Oftedahl

          Thank you, Frank. I completely missed the satire. Guess I’ve seen too many Christian posts that sounded so much like this that I couldn’t tell the difference. I’m sad that your country is overrun by dangerous goofs, too – isn’t there anything you guys can do about that? Peace.

      • Snuff

        So we can just forget that whole passage of Matthew, right?

    • Snuff

      So we can just forget that whole passage of Matthew, right?

  • Steve

    You know, you are just as hateful and narrow as you clam these evangelicals are, and that’s coming from a non-envangelical with positively no evangelical sympathies. Have you ever read the vitriol that you right? It’s downright cartoonish. It would be hysterical if it wasn’t so sad.

    • Snuff

      Steve, if you are a “non-evangelical,” Frank’s embellishment of that passage would have made perfect sense, so I think you’re a shill. Look at what the fundamentalist Christians, co-opted by the Republican Party (“Vote for me and I’ll overturn Roe v. Wade!”), have done over the past couple of decades. Can you honestly tell me that their beliefs line up with the teaching of Christ in this passage of Matthew? Far as I can tell, they fall all over themselves to align themselves with the, “If you’re in poverty, then you’re lazy” mindset. Do you disagree?

      • Steve

        Uh-huh. You seriously think I’m secretly an evangelical? Is this some subtle form of comedy that I’m missing? Here’s a friendly tip: click on my profile and read my posts, and the blogs I usually post on. You will notice, that I am in fact 100% papist. Not evangelical. See, now you look like a fool for calling me a fake, when you could have just done 10 seconds of research and saved yourself some embarrassment.

        And no, I don’t care for the Republican Party. Don’t care for the Democrat Party either. I mean, one is full of Randian corporate cronies, the other full of child-murder advocates. So, actually, I can’t stand either, and view most elections as you might view an election between the Joker and Lex Luthor. So now you’ve made two assumptions about me that were completely wrong.

        I do disagree with evangelicals on a ton (I wish I could italicize those two words) of things, not the least of which is the mutually toxic relationship it has with the right wing. But I don’t really look favorably on this kind of ridiculous hate-mongering. Because you know, I have at least some standards. Even if I fail them surprisingly often.

        • CorneliusFB

          Amen from this evangelical. Frank is obviously a brilliant guy and a gifted writer. I have felt his rage as well at these same “evangelicals”. I wish he wouldn’t lump us altogether. Some of us desire peace and justice. Some of us want intellectual honesty. Some of us even voted for the president and still like him in spite of his sharp turn to the economic and political right.

          Some of us wish that the church loved gay people more and supported at least their secular rights and acknowledged that there are gay couples who love one another deeply and who raise godly, good, healthy and loving children. Some of us try to be consistently pro-life and see abortion, war, euthanasia and capital punishment as tragedies we need to do everything we can to prevent.

          Yes, Franklin Graham troubles me a great deal. I don’t always see eye to with his father either, but I do think we need to tell people about Jesus, the whole truth about Jesus, that he is alive and real and knows and loves us completely, that he is truly God and truly human, that he has overcome sin and death and if we trust him, we can live with him and his family forever.

  • WalterByrd123

    The fruit of the Spirit is ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self control’..
    Come on Franky, you can do better!
    Your father must have paid far more attention to his seekers than his own children. I am somewhat familiar with that situation and have seen many others, children of strong evangelical fathers, feel that same lack of interest and experience a certain amount of neglect.
    But you seem to have thrown too much away. Some of your critiques of ‘evangelicals’ and private jets are right on target. And many of your targets deserve some of your abuse.
    The biggest risk to the world is not these people. The apostle Paul, while imprisoned, mentioned those preaching the gospel for selfish or even spiteful reasons, and he rejoiced, because even though their motive was awful, the truth was being preached.
    I have not followed your career closely, since I was not as impacted by your father’s work as some of my friends. I might have been a bit too old to have appreciated his stuff. For me it was not as helpful as C.S. Lewis and more recently, Dallas Willard.
    I recommend Willard to you if you have not read, Divine Conspiracy. It’s a hard read, but helped me immensely.

    You are wasting your anger, and wasting your time.

    I don’t think your approach will help to solve any of the problems you have identified, some of which are very real.
    Again, you are being used, but I wish you the very best.
    Look more carefully at the legacy you are leaving your grandchildren!!!

    • herewegokids

      Anger is the appropriate response to many situations. Thank God for the legacy you are leaving your grandchildren Frank.

      • WalterByrd123

        While I agree that anger is the appropriate response to some situations, it is vastly overrated and when used by us folks almost always backfires…still there are times and places that anger is appropriate, I agree.
        I would make this observation however, Franky’s vitriolic, acerbic, angry attacks on those who live and lived as his father did will NOT expose his children and grandchildren to the accepting, giving, loving person of Jesus Christ and most likely they will discard all relationships that involve that unique, and marvelous person/God, both perfectly human and perfectly the Son of God. One of these posts, by CorneliusFB, takes a political position exactly 180 from the position I would hold, but that man/woman is my brother/sister in Christ based on his/her opinion and attitudes towards the person of Jesus and the words Cornelius writes…relatively free of anger and acid!
        Again, proceed with caution, Franky, identifying hypocrites is dangerous business, and you are always moving across thin ice as you do so.
        What do you want for your grandchildren?
        What do you want for your grandchildren?

      • John Osborn

        There’s a difference between productive anger and this ongoing temper tantrum breakdown Mr. Schaeffer is displaying to promote his book. I mean what do you really think all of this accomplishes? Are Evangelicals going to read this and think “Oh yeah, thanks for pointing out that I’m an awful human being for voting for Republicans Frank, I can totally see it and now I’ll start voting for Democrats.” All this nonsense does is promote a culture where we think of the other ideological side as cartoon villains, rather than actual humans, and chances for any productive understanding or dialogue are hindered. He could settle for saying that they are severely wrong, but instead he has to impugn their motives by calling them “Jesus hating” and paint them like super hero movie villains. I’ve greatly appreciated some of the posts of this blog, but this descent into angry right-wing talk-radio style rhetoric is troubling to watch. No doubt it will be popular with people who think exactly like he does, but he’s going to lose the chance to persuade those of a different mindset. Considering the depth of insight I’ve seen on this blog, it’d be a shame if he threw it all away to be a left-wing version of Rush Limbaugh.

  • LMc42

    I really wish you would stop sugar-coating your feelings and tell us what you really think! LOL I love your passion for the truth of Jesus’ message…I wish more Christians would honestly examine their long-held views through the lens of Jesus.

  • DJ916

    Frank Schaeffer is nuts, period. He has some unresolved anger issues at the political right that he needs to address.

  • Johnny T.

    Frank, you fail to mention what Franklin Graham gives back to God’s work through all of his charitable donations. Lefties are always great at omitting relevant facts or telling outright slanderous lies. On another subject you raised: I am a Tea Party Patriot who stands for the sanctity of life, strong, traditional families, strong American capitalism, free market principles and fiscal sanity. Therefore, I am diametrically opposed to President Obama’s big government “solutions”. Because President Obama is a black man, that makes me a “racist”, right??? Bottom line: this is intellectual laziness on your part because you seek to demonize me with the character assassination of racism rather than debate me upon the merits of conservative principles!!! When I scrolled down to the bottom and discovered that you are the son of Francis Schaeffer, I became ashamed of his broken legacy!!! Your intellectual laziness is a massive discredit to your father, one of the great Christian intellectual philosophers of our time!!! Johnny T.

    • Steven Waling

      Francis Shaeffer was about as intellectual as a brick.

  • Carol

    When the Lord’s people confuse the Loving Father of Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son with the Baalim and go wrong they always seem to out-pagan the Pagans.

    The Gospel ethic is about loving the unlovable because the more unlovable a person is the more s/he needs Unconditional Love. Right now the most dangerous of all the unlovables are the religious fanatics who identify with one of the Great Religious Traditions.

    To better understand and therefor to actually love our own Christian Taliban, I recommend Joe Bagant’s book Deer Hunting With Jesus. He owns Redneck Fundamentalists as his own tribe even though they violate all of his principles, explaining, not excusing the fear-driven hate that is causing so much unnecessary pain in our world.

    “In order to avoid the sin of reviling the world, we have to love the world…(We must love it) the more desperately the more horrible and irreducible it becomes. Then, little by little, we shall see the universal horror relax and enfold us in more-than-human arms.” ~ Teilhard de Chardin

    “Fundamentalism is the antithesis of any religion’s orthodoxy thus not even a property of Christianity. There is a fundamentalist version of every religion.
    Christian fundamentalism is gnostic and narcissistic, and thus not orthodox. It’s heretical. A heresy is by definition not a property of orthodoxy.” –Rev. Ken Collins

    “Fundamentalism, I believe, appeals to people who need rigid structures and uncomplicated explanations of faith. … Essentially, then the attraction of fundamentalism is psychological, not theological.” –Fr. Joseph Breighner

    “Fundamentalism isn’t about religion, it’s about power.” –Salman Rushdie

    “The mentality of fundamentalism is by no means an exclusive property of orthodoxy. Its attitudes are found in every branch of Christendom: the quest for negative status, the elevation of minor issues to a place of major importance, the use of social mores as a norm of virtue, the toleration of one’s own prejudice but not the prejudice of others, the confusion of the church with a denomination, and the avoidance of prophetic scrutiny by using the Word of God as an instrument of self-security but not self-criticism. The mentality of fundamentalism comes into being whenever a believer is unwilling to trace the effects of original sin in his own life. And where is the believer who is wholly delivered from this habit?” –E.J. Carnell

    • Carol

      Forgot to mention what I believe is the source of the confusion.
      Mystics experience God as the primarily as the Divine Lover. Scholastics experience God primarily as the Divine Lawgiver.
      Both are valid insights, of course, but becoming imbalanced in either perspective will lead to theological/spiritual errors.
      Mystics are often weakly sentimental instead of appropriately passionate and Scholastics are often self-righteous Pharisees.
      Our Western epistemology with its dualism and linear logic makes it very difficult to sustain the balance of Biblical Revelation.


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