The following was sent to my about page on my blog. When I tried to respond, the email address proved faulty. I thought maybe others might have some thoughts on the interesting points raised by “Christmas Angel”. I think criticism can g=be helpful . My rely is at the end of the re-mail, but I would welcome any feedback, positive or negative….PBR
Christmas Angel 2015 commented on About Pastor Bill Randles
I am 51 years old and have served Believers in Grace fellowship since 1982. A non denominational Pentecostal church in Marion, …
Your blog is so utterly predictable with its “hurry-up-and-bring-on-the-end-times” jazz. It sounds like an Old Testament version of Fox News. At the top of the page (in small small print) it says “Applying the Gospel to Life.” That’s false advertising, to say the least.
The Categories listed on the right side of the page clearly spell out your priorities — and THEY ARE NOT CHRISTIAN PRIORITIES. Where are the words like “love,” “peace,” “forgive,” “forgiveness,” “loving God,” “hope,” “poverty,” “inequality,” “justice,” “compassion,” “resurrection,” “sacrifice,” “fear not” (a phrase commonly used by Jesus, “goodness,” “sharing,” “caring,” “teaching,” “unity,” “everyone,” “walk,” “prayer,” “good example,” “Father,” “kingdom (of God)” “New Testament,” “struggle,” “Beatitudes,” “other cheek,” “community,” “community,” “cooperation,” “understanding,” “truth,” and “light of the world”? For example, that is. Think about it, followers fo Mr. Randles? Why do his writing priorities center on fear, death, destruction, the end of the world, hopelessness, and despair?
How about something re: this message from Jesus — the only one contained in all four of the Gospels: Love your life, you’ll lose; hate your life, you’ll keep it. (Matthew 10:39, 16:25; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24, 17:33; John 12:25).
Where is the love? You’re so wrapped up in telling everyone how horrible things are becoming without regard for the fact that the “end times” have been boldly and blindly predicted by people like you for hundreds of years. They have been wrong, wrong, and even more wrong: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dates_predicted_for_apocalyptic_events
Your blog’s Categories focus on terrorism, violence, war, hatred, hell, religions other than the brand you espouse for your followers, Armegeddon (your incorrect spelling), depravity, glenn beck (that old hawker of gold ingots and the only modern-day individual given a category),
On Nov. 14, 2015, you cited a UK newspaper, The Telegraph, which rightly said: “The brutality of this attack shows that we are not dealing with an enemy that can be negotiated with, only confronted and beaten.” Then you immediately followed that with your own words: “Except, of course, they are talking about the Paris attacks – they do not care at all about the killing of Jews in Israel, which is why you will never hear any such statement when terrorists attack Israel as they are doing now on a daily basis…” That is such nonsense.
The Telegraph alone has been a leader in presenting detailed and regular news about what’s going on in Israel. For example, there’s this from 13 October 2015: Israel: Three killed in Palestinian ‘Day of Rage’ attacks
Separate stabbing and shooting attacks hit Jerusalem as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu calls emergency security meeting
Your frequently have incredibly hostile words for President Barack Obama in your blog. I’m sure, Mr. Randles, your loyal followers would be interested in reading your particularly heinous words in a post you wrote for “the blog of lighthouse trails research” on September 23, 2015, regarding the president’s visit with Pope Francis in the U.S. To quote you:
“Obama, the president of the United States and one of the Gentile kings of the earth, is the most hostile president to the state of Israel we have ever seen in the USA. He is a consistent supporter of Islam, having empowered ISIS, and disrupted the entire Middle East, turning it over to Muslim Brotherhood operatives, not to mention his unprecedented support for the Shia Iranian regime, an inveterate foe of the USA (the great Satan) and Israel (the little Satan), which it vows to wipe off the face of the earth.”
Empowered ISIS? You mean the president who’s led a coalition air campaign since last year against ISIL? The one who has helped supply and protect Kurdish fighters against ISIL? The one who has continued to train and supply the struggling Iraqi government as they fight to hold their own following the agreement (signed with the Bush-Cheney administration, by the way) for U.S. ground troops to exit the country)? The one who has led the ongoing humanitarian efforts to protect the Yazidis? Etc., etc., and so forth. Meanwhile, the Obama-Clinton detractors’ alternative policy has consisted of “uhhhhhhhh … Seriously, they offer nothing on the campaign trail or in Congress that would augment or even supplement what the Obama administration has done.
Empowered ISIS? HOW ABOUT LED THE WAY FOR THE CREATION OF ISIS? Why do you and your rapidly aging Fox News aficionados so conveniently forget how that terror group — and now an illegitimate state in Iraq and Syria — was formed as a direct result of the decision to invade Iraq and, at the same time, remove resources from the war against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.?
Your line, Mr. Randles, about President Obama providing “unprecedented support for the Shia Iranian regime” is nonsensical. It’s a farce, and you know it. Like your pals in the radical faction now leading the Republican Party in the U.S., you have NOTHING good to say about a president who has done so much with so little support from what we once called the “loyal opposition” in this country. In fact, the opposition wrote a letter to Iranian leaders earlier this year telling them (in the utmost example of treason you’ll see these days) that the U.S. Congress and any future president would be under no obligation to abide by a non-proliferation treaty. So there. Unprecedented and most horrible opposition since the first Inauguration Day.
Empowered ISIS? “ISIS got started through funding from our friends and allies. Because as people will tell you in the region that if you want somebody who will fight to the death against Hezbollah, you don’t put out a recruiting poster saying, ‘sign up for us. We’re gonna make a better world.’ You go after zealots and you go after these religious fundamentalists. That’s who fights Hezbollah. It’s like a Frankenstein.” ~Gen. Wesley Clark, ormer Supreme Allied commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during the war against Yugoslavia
Stop acting like you know so much — and know so much better than your followers. They deserve better. They deserve the loving and comforting words of Jesus from a teacher who focuses on their lives in the here and now. Why focus so heavily on the perceived evils when you can teach people how to lead by example? For instance, that is. Think it over.
Dear Chrstmas Angel, thanks for your critique. I must admit I am a bit intrigued by this mysterious message. I will seek to answer a few of your points and perhaps we can discuss this face to face over coffee or eggnog when you return to Iowa for Christmas.
* Applying the Gospel to Life is “false advertising because All I talk about are the end times”- I do talk about fulfillment of prophecy brother, but if you look closer at my blog and it’s 800 articles, you will find that I did a verse by verse study of the book of Romans 1-11, a study of Genesis 1-11, a study of the third chapter of John, the first Epistle of John, on being born again, quite a bit on the book off Revelation, and verse by verse through the conversion stories in Acts,quite a few expositions of Psalms, and Proverbs… in short, you are grossly overgeneralizing.
Can someone overdo teaching on the end times? Consider this Christmas Angel(or os it Kringle?) When Paul founded the church in Thessalonians ,He was only able to stay there for three Sabbath days, due to Persecution.. What did he teach them in that short time? You can tell by his constant reference in the letters,saying things such as “Don’t you remember I told you these things; What things? The Rapture, the tribulation, the AntiChrist, the delusion, the final apostasy….etc etc etc.
* I have a lot of Love, that is why I want people to be able to see what is going on through a scriptural prism.
* Glenn Beck is a Mormon, a deceiver who was trying to lad many confessing Christians. I ama Shepherd and felt the need to warn people of his true background.
*The November14,2015 article was a reblog of another blogger, who was making note of something obvious, the hypocrisy of the Media regarding Israel. Of course papers like the Telegraph acknowledge news worthy things like the Intifada, but it is easily demonstrable that they do so in slanted and biased faction, granting moral equivalency to those who perpetrate terrorism and those who are victims of it, in the case of Israel.
* Obama is indeed easily the most hostile US president regarding Israel. He has repeated snubbed and tried to humiliate Netanyahu, He has negotiated with Iran , even after the Ayotullah made clear that the “destruction of Israel is non-negotiable”, He has given a nation which has sworn to destroy Israel, 150 billion dollars in frozen assets.
* ISIS or ISISl, is a US Frankenstein, trained, armed and financed to take out Bashir Assad. It went rogue and carved out for itself a piece of real estate the size of Indiana , in order to establish the Sunni Caliphate.Obama’s response has been ineffective “pin point strikes”. ISIS has also been empowered by Obama’s hasty retreat from Iraq.
*Stop Acting Like I know so much– well Christmas Angel here is something I may be able to agree with you- I don’t know much of anything, but I try to share what I do know to the extent that it just might help someone to believe in the BIble. “Let the Righteous smite me, it shall be a Kindness to ME!”-
I can’t wait to see you Christmas Angel. Perhaps like Scrooge I can rethink my ways! Would you mind identifying yourself to me? I appreciate your criticisms and am sure you mean them for my good. Your friend- Pastor Bill