|Rev. Flip Benham is criticizing
conservative talk show hosts for not being more aggressive in holding Dr.
Jeremiah Wright accountable for preaching another gospel. Dr. Wright,
Barack Obama's pastor, has been in the news of late on account of some
racist and "hate America" type statements in a number of his
sermons. Rev. Benham, a pastor and the director of the pro-life ministry
Operation Save America/Operation Rescue, recently put out a press release
titled "Rev. Wright Is Wrong--Conservative Media Are Wimps."
Quotes from that release have appeared in the Christian media. Here
is a portion of Benham's press release which can be read in full at http://www.operationsaveamerica.org/279.htm:
"Barack Obama has pulled the race
card (which effectively brings to an end all meaningful conversation)
while FOX News and conservative talk radio have proved once again that
'conservatism' is pretend salt. Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Rush
Limbaugh, et. al., cannot see, nor do they dare to portray, the
cataclysmic 'change' that Barack Obama is espousing. It is a shift from
one God and standard of Law to another. It is a shift from the God of
the Bible and our Founding Fathers to the false god of Rev. Wright. Rev.
Wright serves the god of his own hate-filled, bigoted imagination and
calls it 'Jesus.' Yet our conservative friends dare not call this
blasphemy treason. They have yet to call Wright for the apostate he is.
"Wright is preaching 'a different
gospel' . . . Rev. Wright is wrong about the Jesus of the Bible!
"Pastor Jeremiah Wright's church is
apostate as are all the United Churches of Christ (UCC) in America. Long
ago this institution abandoned its rich Christian heritage and
responsibility to stand upon the Word of God. . . . Abortion,
Homosexuality, Islam, and every false religion are welcome in Trinity
United Church of Christ. It's one Commandment is, 'Don't judge me!'
Biblical Christianity is, however, not allowed. . . .
"Rev. Wright is no more a Christian
than he is a poached egg. . . .
"Barak Obama and black liberation
theology (a mixture of Islam, false Christianity, and any other religion
that opposes true biblical Christianity) is not Christianity, and those
of us who know better (real salt) need to say so."
Rev. Benham is right in what he says about
Barack Obama and Dr. Wright. But it is ironic that he takes conservative
talk show hosts to task for not speaking out more forcefully against
an apostate pastor preaching a "different gospel" and
an apostate church which has "abandoned its rich Christian heritage
and responsibility to stand on the Word of God." In fact, when
his very words are considered in context, they are consistent
with the deception and surreal nature of the ecumenical
pro-life/pro-family movement in America.
I say these things because Rev. Benham
openly and enthusiastically engages in worship, prayer, and pro-life
ministry with Roman Catholics, including priests such as Frank Pavone
of Priests for Life. In fact, Benham has many times had such priests
literally preach at his Operation Save America/Operation Rescue events. It
is a gross understatement to point out that Rev. Benham has "yet to
call" the pope "for the apostate he is."
The Roman Catholic Church is an apostate
church; more accurately, it is the mother of all apostate
churches (Rev. 17:5). It is a church which long ago abandoned "true
biblical Christianity" and the Word of God, being now filled with all
manner of idolatry, blasphemy, and grievous, soul-damning error. The pope,
by his words and by his doctrine, shows himself to be, beyond any doubt,
an apostate who preaches a false Christ, a false gospel and "is no
more a Christian than he is a poached egg." Far from daring to call
Roman Catholic "blasphemy treason" and the pope "the
apostate he is," Rev. Benham holds both to be Christian and
stubbornly continues to openly yoke with Roman Catholics in ministry and
worship! If conservative talk show hosts are "wimps" for not
being stronger in their criticism of Rev. Wright, what does that make an
evangelical pastor who willingly joins in ministry with the Roman Catholic
Church and accepts priests as Christian brothers?
I know for a fact that Rev. Benham has more
than once been shown the error of his ecumenical ways, yet he continues
to boldly seduce the Lord's people into ecumenical error even as he
assists the corrupt cause of popery. And so it is fair to assume Flip
Benham and other evangelical pastors and leaders "cannot see,
nor do they dare to portray" what the Word of God says about the
heretical dogmas, decrees, and rituals of that apostate church/papal state
in Rome which is so "wrong about the Jesus of the Bible." Yes,
the pope's Jesus is pro-life, but he is a false Christ, impotent to save
sinners without the essential help of popes, priests, confessions, dead
saints, sacraments, indulgences, good works, purgatory, and a goddess
named "Virgin Mary." The pope's Jesus is everyday commanded by
priests to prostrate himself on their Romish altar to be
"immolated" in a "bloodless sacrifice" in the form of
a wafer and a cup of wine. The pope's Jesus--body, blood, soul, and
divinity--ends up as a wafer in a little "tabernacle" before
which the poor, deceived Roman Catholic people bow and pray.
So, in light of the warm embrace and
working partnership Rev. Benham and his Operation Save
America/Operation Rescue maintain with the pope's church which so
arrogantly, aggressively, and wickedly "opposes true biblical
Christianity," is it safe to ask whether the man and his organization
are "pretend salt"? Surely, the Roman Catholic Church
"is not Christianity, and those of us who know better (real salt)
need to say so."
By way of closing, I ask: Why is it
that so many Protestants find it so impossible to be faithful to
Christ and fight abortion at the same time? May the Lord be pleased to
bring a thorough reformation in the pro-life movement. May He hasten the
day when men such as Flip Benham, who have shown so much dedication and
courage in defense of the helpless unborn, show that same dedication and
courage in defense of the gospel and church of the Lord Jesus Christ.