This election will go down in history as the most corrupt political event in the history of the United States. At no time in our history has there ever been this much corruption on a national scale. And, we knew that it would be bad, before it ever started.
In fact, it was already the most corrupt election before the first ballot was ever counted. So much so that it might even be a little difficult to point to the moment when it became the most corrupt in history. But, we know where the corruption started:
The hearts and minds of the American people.
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The Most Corrupt Election in American History
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Holy Garbage Dump, Batman, THAT was the worst election that I have ever seen.
I’ve spent a lot of time looking at political systems and reflecting on how they work – especially how the corruption in their system works. And, as evil as that corruption is, it’s utterly fascinating. It’s like watching two trains racing towards each other on the same railroad track.
Most of the time, my viewpoint is as an outsider. I don’t have a big personal stake in the corruption that I’ve seen in Britain, France, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, China or even Taiwan. It’s a much more intellectual exercise to see corruption at work in those countries. It’s something else to see it in your own.
And, it has been hard to get much done as horrifying political events unfold in the country where I came from. I can hardly believe what I’m seeing. We have lost our minds. And no, I’m not talking about the fraud that we are seeing in the election results. I’m talking about how the average American has swallowed the political narratives that are crisscrossing the country.
Every System Is Corrupt
Please understand that every political system is corrupt. Every. Single. One. There are no exceptions to this. The only difference is in how much corruption there is, and what that corruption looks like.
Furthermore, the corruption in the system is directly connected to the corruption of the average person. That’s always where it starts. Always. No exceptions.
Name any country, and I can go there and eventually tell you how the corruption in that political system started, just by looking at the average person. And no, I’m not interested in going anywhere. Travel gives me a rash.
(Poor Mrs. Little forgot to ask me whether I LIKED traveling, before she married me.)
The problem with America’s corruption, is that it was harder to see than the corruption in countries like Egypt or Latin America. In the past, you had to dig a little deeper to see it. It took more effort, or… it used to.
American Corruption And Christians
Now, the corruption in US politics is so open and so awful, it’s obvious to everyone. Or at least, obvious to most people. Unfortunately, most Americans do not understand that this corruption is not recent. In fact, it started with the very beginning of the United States.
Yes, that’s right. The corruption started before 1776. It was there at the very beginning of the American political system. And, the only reason why it took this long… to get this bad …is Christians.
The more Christians there are, if they are devout, the less corruption there is. They don’t need to be in any position of power. They don’t need to have direct influence. They just need to be God-fearing, Bible-believing, Christ-like Christians.
The more of them there are, the less corrupt the politicians will be.
It’s one of many reasons why politicians hate Christians so much.
We could get into the social dynamics of why devout Christians are able to slow down political corruption. We analyze political structures and the relationship between power and faith. But we don’t need to. All that you and I need to know is that our devotion to God is the preservation of our nation and society. And, our lack of devotion to God has an opposite effect.
When Christians are spiritually weak, corruption becomes physically strong.
American Christians – No Longer Moral Or Religious
So, when you see the corruption that is currently infecting our society and deflecting the course of an election, you know who is responsible. If you are unsure, let me remind you of what John Adams said:
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
– John Adams, 2nd President of the United States
Unfortunately, that leads us to a painful question:
How moral and religious are Americans?
That’s not a difficult question to answer. We all KNOW what the answer is:
Americans are not moral.
Americans are not religious.
Unfortunately, it’s far, far worse than that. Much worse. It’s God’s-Judgment-worse:
American CHRISTIANS are no longer moral or religious.
If you want to know why the 2020 election has been so awful, that’s the reason. We Christians are no longer moral or religious. It’s really that simple.
I don’t care about how many votes were stolen, or how many dead people cast their ballots. The reason for the corruption in the election process is because we Christians are no longer moral or religious. And, because we are no longer moral or religious, God is handing us over for judgment.
Will any of your pastors say this?
Of course not. Very few pastors have enough insight or integrity to understand what I’ve just said, and it’s a sad reflection of America’s destiny. Whatever happens in the days ahead, remember this one thing:
For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
– 1 Peter 4:17 (NASB)
Plunkitt Of Tammany Hall
Okay, so I said that corruption has been a part of America’s political system for a very, very long time. And, we have a lot of very American examples of really awful corruption. And, there’s one guy that I always like to talk about, when it comes to corruption.
George Washington Plunkitt
In fact, he’s such a great example, I’m going to give you a homework assignment. Read the following book:
Plunkitt of Tammany Hall: a series of very plain talks on very practical politics
It’s not all that long, and it’s free. It’s also eye-opening. Even nausea-inducing.
Plunkitt was a thoroughly corrupt politician. He was a Democrat and involved in politics from the late 1800s until his death in 1924. And, his corruption was the same kind of evil that we see today. Pretty much a ‘carbon copy’. The only difference between Plunkitt and modern politics is the breadth, the depth and the technology involved.
The Democrats of today are the same Democrats who ran Tammany Hall. They’re just as evil, but with more opportunity to practice their evil.
And, the Republicans?
The best that you can say about them, is that they let it happen. And, in reality, they’re just as bad as Democrats. At least, most of them. Some seem like they might be okay. It’s hard to say. But, from what I know about most Republican politicians, I will shed no tears for those who failed in their bid for power.
The thing that hurts the most is seeing all the Christians who tolerated the corruption. We did this. Now, we pay.
The Corrupt Christians of Crossway
And now, for some more Christian corruption.
As you probably know, I’ve been searching for a Bible translation for my daily reading. I read through the Bible every year, and the King James Version has proved itself to be too corrupt to trust. So, I need to find an alternative. The NKJV is only slightly better. The ASV, isn’t too bad, but still has lots of errors. I’ve heard bad things about the NIV. The NET seems pretty good, until I found problems with it. I have considered the NASB, but I can’t find an electronic version of it in the One Year Bible format.
In fact, Tyndale House Publishers no longer prints the NASB version of the One Year Bible (OYB).
Why don’t they publish the NASB OYB?
Because people have switched over to the English Standard Version (ESV) of the OYB.
Why did people switch from the NASB to the ESV?
Because pastors and self-anointed ‘experts’ claimed that its almost as accurate as the NASB, but more readable. In fact, some – without a shred of evidence – have claimed that it’s just as accurate as the NASB. But, I doubt that it’s true.
Unfortunately, I have yet to find anyone who is willing to do a thorough examination of the accuracy of the ESV. No one seems interested in looking at the Hebrew and Greek and comparing it to how the ESV has been translated.
So, when I find deliberate and shocking errors in the ESV, I have to wonder about the rest of that translation – since no one seems interested in double-checking Crossway’s work. Worse, Crossway’s response to those who point out errors, is breathtaking. They have displayed a level of corruption that is unimaginable, and I can hardly believe it.
I went into detail on that last week, here:
Truth? We Don’t Care About TRUTH
Well, fast-forward to this week, and I got a couple marketing emails in my inbox, from Crossway. As a part of downloading their ESV Bible onto my cellphone last week, I got signed up to their newsletter.
I responded to their first message with a question:
Why do you refuse to fix your translation of Genesis 3:16?
No answer. This week, I got another one of their promotional emails. And, I was even more angry over their deliberate corruption of the Bible and their unwillingness to fix it. So, I responded with this:
Will you fix your evil corruption of Genesis 3:16??
And yeah. It’s evil. And, they won’t fix it. However, Crossway customer service finally responded a couple days later:
Thank you for reaching out to us about this!
The change in Genesis 3:16 is due to a revision of the ESV text which occurred in 2016. The reason for this change is that the original translation “your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you” [in English] conveys the impression that the wife will merely desire her husband. It is hard to sense the negative connotation with this translation. In order to adequately convey this negative implication, we used the word “contrary” rather than “for”. This has no impact on the meaning conveyed by the original text, it only changes how we understand this text in English. “Contrary” conveys that she will have desires which will run in direct conflict with the desires of her husband as if she were vying for rule over him. The Lord then follows this by stating that she will have this desire but she will still be ruled (in the sense of familial headship) by her husband. This change ultimately helps to clarify the original meaning.
I hope this helps!
Customer Service Representative
That response is an utter lie. And, the top management of Crossway know that the above email is a lie. They know it, but they refuse to change it. There is literally no legitimate way for the words ‘contrary to’ to appear in Genesis 3:16. It’s not possible.
Again, if you need a clearer understanding of why it isn’t possible, go here:
Truth? We Don’t Care About TRUTH
Then, today, as I was perusing the Crossway website, I came across this description of their ESV Bible:
…the ESV Bible emphasizes “word-for-word” accuracy…
How is it possible for them to say that, while deliberately corrupting Genesis 3:16 and Genesis 4:7?
If this was the NIV or some other ‘interpretive’ translation, I would be somewhat less upset. Translators should never ‘interpret’ the Bible, but I know that it happens a lot. But, Crossway claimed that they were doing their best to achieve ‘word-for-word’ accuracy.
Crossway employees who are in lower-ranked positions at Crossway, don’t understand what their company has done. But, the people at the top DO understand. They KNOW what they’ve done, and they are doubling-down on their commitment to this corruption.
I am truly amazed at how blatant this is. This leaves open the question of whether ANY of the English Standard Version can be trusted.
Unfortunately, I cannot find a rational discussion of ESV errors. Most of those who criticize the ESV are members of the KJVOnly cult, and the KJV is WORSE than the ESV. Yes, you heard me right. The King James Version is more corrupt than the English Standard Version, and none of the KJVOnly cultists want to talk about it.
One of the hallmarks of a cult is the unwillingness of a cult member to address the errors of their own cult. The KJVOnly cult refuses to accept that the King James Version has mistakes in it. And, I don’t want to have anything to do with a cult.
So, what do I do?
What Bible translation can I read every day?
Well, because of where I live – Taiwan – it looks like I am forced to hold my nose and read the ESV. So, on November 3rd, instead of voting (‘cuz I can’t), I bought a Bible.
I’m toying with the idea of doing an analysis of ESV errors since no one else seems willing to – at least in the Old Testament. If I can complete the revisions of When Jacob Returns and Ezekiel’s Fire fast enough, maybe I’ll be able to do that. We’ll see.
I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. – Proverbs 22:3
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