Back in 2011 the issue of the Noble Lie really came to a head when prolife Christians lost their minds and decided that it was a brilliant idea to become Liars for Jesus.
I warned at the time that this was both sinful and stupid and that the Church taught that lying is, by it very nature, sinful.
But prolife Christians convinced themselves that this was all a great idea, that just a *little* moral methamphetamine would really up their game and that it was all for the Greater Good.
So here we are now in 2017 and the prolife movement is now the passionate defender of a sex predator eager to damn his 16 victims as liars, as well as now being absolutely In The Tank for Roy Moore, a visible-from-space child molester. More than this, conservative Christianity in the US, both Catholic and Protestant, has in large measure morphed into Christianism, a false gospel which uses the forms and images of Christian culture in the service of a cult of personality centered around the worship of Donald Trump and his cult of lies, money, ego, power, violence, misogyny, and racism. One of its curious habits is to use accusation as a form of confession.
Exhibit A: James O’Keefe, the architect of Lying for Jesus, who just got busted again doing exactly what he tried to frame the Washington Post for doing.
People with brains and the ability to process facts and evidence using reason can see that this man is in no way worthy of office.
People in the 37% of the American electorate who still support a massively documented liar known as Donald Trump (the enormous bulk of whom self-identify as “prolife conservative Christians”) still strongly support Roy Moore, child molester. They don’t like fact, evidence or thinking. They like conspiracy theories and the belief that anything which suggests they and their Christianist cult might be wrong is “fake news” told by evil liars in the mainstream media.
One of them is that great conservative Catholic culture war hero, James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas. O’Keefe will be one of the featured speakers along with an Absolute Feast of Lies from the finest grifters, adulterers, wife beaters, propagandists, deadbeat dads, white supremacists, traitors, Nazi sympathizers and seducers of the young and the faithful in the US:
O’Keefe is one of the many figures in the freak show that is now the Party of Trump bent on demonstrating a principle that is one of the hallmarks the Christianist heresy: that accusation is, for these people, always a form of confession.What did O’Keefe do? Convinced that the WaPo are liars who will tell any lie in order to nail their culture war enemies, O’Keefe sent a woman to them with a salacious but false story about Roy Moore.
In other words, she lied to the Post about Roy Moore in order to discredit the Post — and by extension support Moore — by enticing them to print a false story converging with their previous coverage of Moore. Unfortunately, this massive act of project by the liars at Project Veritas failed because the Post practices something called “journalism” and checked the woman’s story to make sure it was legit. It wasn’t. She (and O’Keefe and Project Veritas) were exposed as the frauds they are.
Now you would think that people claiming the name of Christ, who is the truth, would look at something like this and say, “Yikes! O’Keefe is a liar! I won’t trust him again!” But the mark of a Christianist (as distinct from a Christian) is that the content of Christianity does not matter, only the forms and images. So a failed lie means only that more cunning will be needed next time, not that lying must be renounced and repented.
For the Christianist is, in his massive pride, full of certitude that the ends justify the means. And because of his pride, he ceaselessly projects on his enemies the vices he himself holds dear. So he lies to prove that honest journalists are liars.
And in a few weeks he will be hailed as a hero at that conference.
If your faith can only be maintained by lies, it is not the Gospel.
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and his coming. The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Th 2:7–12).