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Knowing Farah By His Fruits

WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah loves to claim that President Obama's isn't a real Christian. But do Farah and his website adhere to Christian principles?

By Terry Krepel
Posted 3/5/2015

Joseph Farah

Among the many, many objections WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah has to President Obama is his faith. As a self-proclaimed Christian who likes to lead tours to the Holy Land (there's another one coming up this fall), Farah doesn't think Obama is a real Christian.

Farah is so adamant about this, in fact, that he has devoted several of his columns to denigrating Obama's faith.

In an August 2012 column sneering at Obama's "phony, insincere pretenses to Christianity," Farah insisted that "Barack Obama is simply not a Christian, as he claims"

because "he will say anything and do anything to attain his radical, transformative objectives." Farah ridiculed the way Obama says he came to his faith:

Here’s the way Obama used it most famously, explaining his claimed conversion to Christianity: “I’m a Christian by choice. My family didn’t – frankly, they weren’t folks who went to church every week. And my mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew, but she didn’t raise me in the church. So I came to my Christian faith later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead – being my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper, treating others as they would treat me.”

So what’s my problem with that statement?

For starters, Jesus never used the phrase about being my brother’s keeper. Even a third-grade Sunday school child would recognize it from the Bible. But the words never came out of Jesus’ mouth. The only person who ever said anything like that in the Bible, of course, was Cain, after murdering his brother, Abel.

Genesis 4:9: “And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Obama is not his brother’s keeper any more than Cain was – as he has proved by his lack of compassion for those he claims as family members.

Is this one of the key biblical phrases that inspired Barack Obama’s alleged conversion to Christianity?

Is Farah really saying that being your brother's keeper is not a key tenet of Christianity? What Bible is he reading?

Which brings up a larger question. Farah delcares himself to be a Christian in this column, but he fails in the same way he accuses Obama of failing.

It's abundantly clear that Farah will say anything and do anything to attain his objective of destroying Obama, for which WND is his primary vehicle. That includes telling numerous lies, hiding information from his readers and publishing the most hate-filled columnists who hurl lie upon lie and libel upon libel at the president. Indeed, Farah seems unduly proud of the fact that WND publishes misinformation.

Further, Farah endorsed and promoted a super PAC that did nothing and was effectively a scam to fleece his readers and pad the bank accounts of its organizers.

Is this Christian behavior? Most faithful Christians, and many whom Farah would judge as insufficiently faithful, would not recognize it as such.

If Farah is truly the Christian he claims he is, he should pray to God for forgiveness over his using WND as a vehicle for hate and destruction, and for deliverance from the bile in his heart.

Funny thing is, he created the opportunity to do that for himself in 2013 by trying to redefine Sept. 11 as a "Day of Prayer and Fasting" that would involve repentance. But there's no evidence Farah ever did that -- WND's record of lies and misinformation continued just as it did before.

And Farah remained just as judgmental of Obama's faith as ever, taking another stab at it in a March 2014 column:

I was harshly criticized when I questioned Barack Obama’s claim to be a Christian back in 2008 when he was running for president.

It’s not an easy thing to do to dispute what someone else says he believes. For most people, faith is a private matter. Americans are often uncomfortable talking about religion. It’s considered taboo to scratch beneath the surface of spiritual claims and assertions by politicians. It’s considered bigoted, closed-minded, gauche.

From the reaction, I must have been the first who dared point out the contradictions in Obama’s own description of his brand of Christianity in which many roads lead to the Kingdom of God.

I can’t tell you how many times I was instructed and admonished about Jesus’ words from Matthew 7, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”

But, as a Christian, scripture informs me that we will know people by their fruits. Obama’s fruits were well-known and well-documented by the time he first ran for president. Any true believer in the One True God would have had the discernment to view what he had sown and reaped.

Today it’s growing increasingly clear that far from being a believer, as Obama claimed in 2008, he is an enemy of believers – a tormenter of Christians, a persecutor.

By that same measure, we can say that we know Farah by his fruits. He demonstrated the bitterness of these fruits later in his column:

Obama has placed his ideological passion for abortion and homosexuality above freedom of religion.

But it’s more than that.

I believe Obama and the agenda he personifies have used abortion and homosexuality as battering rams against the Christian faith.

For the proponent of unlimited government, God is truly the enemy because He is the author of liberty. He is the enemy because no one must serve a higher god than government. Men have been placing themselves in God’s place, divining right from wrong, since the Garden of Eden. There’s nothing new under the sun. It always leads to one end – disaster, catastrophe, death, destruction, misery, hopelessness.
That is the fruit we know Farah by -- hate, lies and deception, all in the service of making money (i.e., keeping right-wing extremists reading WND).

Farah's career in the past couple of decades has been defined by wicked ways. He knows what he needs to do about his history of hate and deception, for he identifies it in his column: "It’s up to His people who are called by His name to humble themselves and pray and seek His face and turn from their wicked ways. Only then will this judgment on us be lifted, for He will hear our prayers, forgive our sin and heal our land."

We're pretty sure the Bible has something to say about those who preach piety and repentance but have no interest in doing so themselves.

After spending much of 2014 spreading lies about Obama, Farah devoted yet another column, on Feb. 23, to proclaiming that Obama isn't a real Christian:

While I can understand why some politicians won’t fall into the obvious trap of judging the hearts and minds of others – especially a president running roughshod over the Constitution, making dangerous and reckless foreign policy decisions, ruling domestically like a dictator and destroying the economy, I am only too happy to comment on Obama’s alleged Christian faith.


There are good reasons for Christians to wonder about Obama’s claims to be a follower of Jesus – including his policies such as affirmation of same-sex marriage, abortion on demand for any reason or at any stage of development, including babies who survive outside the womb, the abject abandonment of persecuted Christians in the Middle East while offering “refugee” status to tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims, who are not experiencing religious persecution.

Some are fond of quoting Matthew 7, in which Jesus said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” But that’s not all Jesus said about judgment.

In the same chapter, He said believers would not be clueless in knowing who is a true believer and who is not: “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? and then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Does Obama have such fruits of the faith to show?

I’m not judging, but I can’t see any. Can you?

As before, Farah judging the sincerity of Obama's faith is the height of hypocrisy. Not only does Farah repeatedly violate the Eighth Commandment by bearing false witness against Obama and others, he facilitates others in doing so -- indeed, the whole of WND can be seen as one massive, ongoing Eighth Commandment violation.

Farah begs the question: Where are his fruits? Is creating and running a website known for its lies, misinformation and hate a "fruit" Farah should be proud of? Is running said website while sanctimoniously attacking others for supposedly being insufficiently Christian a "fruit" to be proud of?

Farah needs to go back and read that Bible he professes to love so much. Starting with the Eighth Commandment.

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