Topic: Media Research Center
The Media Research Center's Gabriel Hays has decided he's now a theologian. Despite no demonstrated expertise of theology, he belives he can lecture Sen. Raphael Warnock -- who, unlike Hays (as far as we know, anyway), is an ordained minister and holds degrees in theology -- over an Easter-related tweet from his account urging people to help each other. From Hays' hate-tinged April 5 sermon:
So a "pro-choice" Christian pastor who's also the radical leftist U.S. Senator from Georgia said something heretical about the Son of God on Easter Sunday of all days, and to be honest we aren’t the least bit surprised.
On Easter Sunday the radical preacher and newly-elected U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) composed an Easter message that actually denigrated the significance of the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Warnock’s disturbing and blasphemous tweet insisted that the most important event in the history of creation is cool and all, but it doesn't compare to how every man can save themselves every day through good works. Huh?
Warnock tweeted, “The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.”
Wow. Warnock needs to replace the “Reverend” on all his cheap business cards to “False Prophet” because this is a shocking heresy and an extreme insult to Christians everywhere. Man is only redeemed by Christ, and the only reason man’s good works help him is because they’re proof of an earnest cooperation with God’s gift of grace that was given to us through the Passion of His Son.
Remember, we have eternal life and freedom from sin because of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. To say that radical progressive politics or community organizing – of the kind that Warnock and Obama enjoy – gives us something greater than that is so arrogant and wrong.
It’s clear that Warnock believes earthly prosperity is ultimately more meritorious than Christ’s opening the gates of eternal life to us and reconstituting our relationship with God the Father. Warnock’s “faith” seems to have earthly priorities like social justice. It's all about making this world a better place because that’s all there is.
Hays then laughably added, "We’ll try not to assume too much of course, but what else could Warnock mean by this tweet" -- even though he spent the entirety of his post up to that point assuming way too much things about what Warnock said.
ONe has to wonder: What church does Hays belong to, if any? Most Christian denominations make at least a pretense toward helping people as part of their ministry; does Hays' church? Then again, Hays thinks he's an insult comic masquerading as a right-wing activist, and we can't think of a Christian denomination that tolerates such hate without him running constantly to confession to absolve his hate.
Hays' rant is just a continuation of the MRC's war on Warnock, which began with it serving as the oppo-research division of his Republican opponent in the Georgia Senate runoff. That seems to be crossing the line for what an organization like the MRC is allowed to do under its nonprofit tax status; the MRC has yet to address that issue publicly.
Hays concluded by pretending to be concerned about Warnock "for the sake of his soul and the souls of the ignorant who would listen to him." He might be better off being concerned about the state of his own soul, which has deteriorated significantly throughout his MRC employment.