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Obama, The Theologian - Not?
Dr. Allen M. Barber

I wasn't going to comment on Obama's misuse of the Scriptures concerning the statement he made about Jesus being for taxing the rich, but couldn't let it pass.  First, he said he was compelled to quote Jesus because he was a Christian. Obama is no more a genuine Christian than my two Schnauzer's.  Now, I can just hear the rumblings from the Scripturally unlearned - "Judge not  Lest you be judged".  That does not mean we can never make judgments about anything or anyone's character for Jesus went on to say we have no right to unjustly judge someone when our sins are just as bad. He did not say it is never right to judge the character of someone when their words and actions do not support the biblical definition of a genuine Christian. Obama's works and actions discredit his claim to be a Christian. Just because he was baptized in water in a Black liberation church by a radical black minister does not mean he was genuinely saved. In addition, Jesus clearly told us we are to be fruit inspectors - "by their fruits you shall know them." (Matt. 7:15-20). Fruit is a metaphor describing the character of someone claiming to be a Christian. In the context of Matthew 7:15-20, the examination is that of false prophets who come to us in sheep clothing (profess to be a Christian and one of the faith) but are ravenous wolves (impostors). The very next verse, Verse 21, is a controversial unsettling statement for many when Jesus said the imposters He never knew and will tell them to depart from Him for He does not recognize their works. So I have a right and an obligation to inspect Obama's words and actions (fruit) good or bad. 

He is a strong advocate of abortion and is on record of supporting the murder of a live infant that has survived a 3rd semester abortion.  He also is in favor of funding international abortions via the United Nations. Now he is trying to cram funding for abortions and the use of contraceptives down the throat of the Catholic Church. His support of Gays, Lesbians and Transgenders is no secret. When he was campaigning for president in 2008, he made derogatory remarks of biblical texts condemning homosexuality saying those were outdated and obsolete and that we should pay no attention to them. Now, I will let you be the examiner of his fruit - does his beliefs and actions line-up with the truth of the Word of God? I will answer that for you - No, and a hundred times no!

What makes me angry (Yes, angry and it is not a sin) is his using the Lord's name to support his political agenda for raising taxes on the rich while he continues to spend more money that we do not have (every dime he spends is debt money - money owed to our creditors that we cannot even pay the total interest due). He wants to tax the rich but not cut spending. You can tax the rich at 100% and it would not be enough to make a dent in the national debt. He wants to tax the rich so he can spend money on democratic liberal causes while purposefully weakening our economic base. But what makes me even more angry is his taking the Scripture out of context, yet few Christians get upset about it.  What do you suppose the Muslim reaction would be if he had said Jesus supports homosexuality and therefore all religions must recognize their rights and nothing is off base including attending worship houses as they please and being employed by any religious group they desired to include Muslim mosques? There would have been a tremendous outcry and rioting in the streets by the Muslim community over a violation of the Quran. So why do Christians not express outrage over Obama's misuse of the Holy Bible?  The answer is that Christians on a whole do not revere the Bible with the same conviction and fervor as Muslims do the Quran.

Let's look at the passage Obama used to make his case for taxing the rich:

Luke 12:35-48 NKJV 

35 "Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;  36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.  37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.  38 And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.  39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  40 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."  

41 Then Peter said to Him, "Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?" 

42 And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?  43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.  44 Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.  45 But if that servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk,  46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.  47 And that servant who knew his master's will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.  48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.  

The parallel passage is Matthew 24:42-51  with the exception that Matthew does not include the part Obama quoted from Luke. The setting for this parable (we know it is a parable from Verse 41 above) is eschatological, that is, it deals with the future at the time Jesus returns to reward the saints and servants and to dine with them in His millennial Kingdom on earth. I deal with this passage in my new book, The Day of the Lord, the Key To Understanding End-Time Prophecy. The Wedding is a reference to the Marriage of the Bridegroom (Jesus) to His Bride (the Church). Notice in Verse 35, Jesus says, "Let...your lamps be burning" which is a reference to Matthew 25:1-13 - The Wise And Foolish Virgins. The word lamps in the Bible is a reference to the human spirit - more precisely those who are reborn spiritually by the Holy Spirit. The extra oil in Matthew 25 refers to the filling of the Holy Spirit. The Wise Virgins represent Spirit-filled believers (overcomers) while the Foolish Virgins are a type of carnal Christians. 

The parable concerns a Master of his house that gives his servants orders to be ever watchful and anticipating the Masters return who will demand they give an accounting of how they obeyed his orders. Notice in Verse 42 Jesus calls the  servant faithful and wise who has given his household food in due season. The household in the context of both Luke 12 and Matthew 24 is symbolic of the Body of Christ or the true Church universal, that is, everywhere a true Church is located. What food is the wise servant to give his household and what is meant by due season? 

The Greek meaning of the word "food" is to give a grain measure or bread. What is the bread the wise servant is to give his household, the Church? The context is eschatological and concerns the Second Coming and all that pertains to it, such as the tribulation, the preaching of the Gospel and the coming kingdom. Jesus said He is the Bread of Life (John 6:35, 48). The food then the wise servant OF THE END TIME is to give the Body of Christ is the gospel of Jesus particularly as it concerns His return. In other words the teaching of prophecy. This is the meaning of "due season." Jesus told the wicked Pharisees they were evil because they did not recognize the season of His first advent. It is no different today as a great number of pastors are not preaching or teaching prophecy. This is especially apparent when I do book signings for the majority of those who come to the signing table don't have a clue to the season we live in - the last generation. The main reasons is they don't hear it taught from the pulpits and they don't have personal knowledge of prophecy - they don't do any serious study of their own. 

The warning Jesus gives is to the lazy and unfaithful servant who does not recognize the due season so he omits any teaching of prophecy and begins to live a worldly life which is the meaning of eating and getting drunk. Beating the male and females servants is figurative language that implies cruel and harsh words that wound the conscience.  While the evil servant lives like the worldlings, he is critical and cruel to those the Lord has put in his care - the Church or the Body of Christ. He finds fault with them, that is, he sees the splinter in their eyes but doesn't see the log in his own eye. 

What is meant by the Lord cutting the lazy servant in two and appointing him his portion with the unbelievers? Is the Lord going to physically sever him in two with his heavenly surgical knife and assign him to hell? No, that is ridiculous and not the meaning of that phrase. Here is a truth not known or taught the Church, but the Lord gave me this revelation some years ago when I was studying and writing about the Outer Darkness. The carnal believer whether dead or alive at the Lord's coming (I doubt there will be any carnal saints left alive at the Second Coming) will miss the First Resurrection and Rapture on the posttrib Day of the Lord, that is, not receive their glorified bodies which is the "blessed hope" of the Church - to be like Jesus when He returns in every way which includes a new body void of the sin nature.  How do I know this?  Paul said he was striving for the "out resurrection from the dead:" (Greek meaning of Philippians 3:11), that is, to be raised from the dead among the dead saints in the better resurrection which is the First Resurrection. Hebrews defines the First Resurrection as the better resurrection. The Great White Throne Judgment, which is the second Bema, is both a judgment of the lost dead and the saved dead (those who died during the millennium who accepted Jesus as well as the carnal dead Christians that missed the First Resurrection). What is the basis for that?  Revelation 20:12 says the dead are judged by the books, that is, their works (bad fruit) are judged according to the Law of God (the Torah) for the Law judges and exposes sin. The other book that is opened is the Book of Life, but it does not say any one is judged by that book. The carnal saints together with the millennial saints that died during the Kingdom reign will find their names written in the Lambs book of Life and enter into the eternal age with all the other saints. It is at that time that the Church is a complete family. The lost dead will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15). 

Now we come to Luke 12:47 concerning those beaten with few and many stripes and Verse 48 which Obama misquoted. The Geek meaning of "beaten" is a primary verb - "to flay" like you would a piece of meat or fish into several pieces or layers. It is figurative language for discipline. The Lord is the one doing the flaying and what instrument does He use to discipline these unfaithful, disobedient servants that chose not to do the Lord's will? Hebrews 4:12-13 is the answer. It is the Word of God:

12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. 

The Word of God will pierce the soul, spirit, body and mind of the carnal saint to expose the areas of his or her life not dealt with while alive on earth to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil. Jesus told the Pharisees He did not judge them, but the Word of God would judge them. Concerning the resurrections (plural), Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:23 that all the saints would appear before the Lord, but each in his own order (not at the same time). Therefore, when Jesus said to whom much is given, much is required and of him that is given much, even more will be asked concerns how the servants of the Lord, particularly those entrusted with leadership or oversight of the Church or Body of Christ, that is, the pastors and ministers, during the last or end generation, will receive a greater judgment or examination than someone given lesser gifts or responsibilities. If they are faithful in giving spiritual food to the saints during the last days leading up to the Lord's return they will be rewarded, but if they are disobedient and failed to preach and teach the prophetic Word and warn the Church and the lost world of the consequences of not being prepared, they will be disciplined by the Lord (Word of God) and lose rewards. 

This is the contextual meaning of the part Obama incorrectly quoted. In other words, he is guilty of mishandling the Word of God for his own personal political means and he will not get by with it! 

Proverbs 30:5-6 NKJV

5 Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. 
6 Do not add to His words,
Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. 

To use the name of our Lord as a political ploy is shameful and insulting to true Christians and a disgrace!

Obama needs to quit playing theologian and stick to his politicking as bad as it is.

Dr. Allen Barber