If Israel is the only true US ally in the Middle East why would Israeli forces deliberately attack the USS Liberty surveillance ship sitting in international waters during the 1967 "Six-Day War"? And, why would President Lyndon Johnson order the cover-up of the attack that killed 34 and wounded 172 of the 294 man complement? Craig Hanson of We Hold These Truths delves into the little known history that has been so successfully hidden for over 50 years. References: TruNews - "Sacrificing Liberty trailer (2020); TruNews - "Q & A with the USS Liberty survivors" (2020); TruNews - "USS Liberty Survivors detail horrors of attack and theft of America" (2020); USS Liberty Veterans Association - "Claims, Facts & Comments" (2020); BBC - "The USS Liberty Incident: Dead in the Water" (2002); Al Jazeera - "The Day Israel Attacked America" (2014); "Attack on the USS Liberty: Eye Witness Testimony by Don Pageler" (2013).
Christians usually refer to two distinct covenants, the Old and the New, the times before and after the coming of Jesus. Find out about the concept of a Dual Covenant and its connection to the theology of "Christian Zionism" in this video with Chuck Carlson, Craig Hanson and Tom Compton of We Hold These Truths. Referenced in the program are: "What is Dual-Covenant Theology?" and "A Theological Response to Christian Zionism By Dr. Rob Dalrymple".
Chuck Carlson and members of We Hold These Truths will look behind the Federal Reserve's curtain hidden behind the mainstream media spin masters. Reuters published a new list of the financial manipulations planned by the Federal Reserve System (FED) to support the economy in the article "What the Federal Reserve has done in the coronavirus crisis". Reuters tells part of the truth about the Federal Reserve Bank, but not a word of who runs it, nor how this money creation affects our lives by diluting the value of dollars we hold, spend, save and depend upon. (See Chuck's analysis in "Press’ Half Truth Policy about Covid-19 and Our Money")
In the middle of a pandemic, a financial collapse is lurking around the corner. Will the solution to avoid a depression in the US and around the world be another war against a more credible enemy like China or Russia? Chuck Carlson, a former stockbroker and founder of We Hold These Truths, focuses on the bizarre tactics of the Federal Reserve to pump the economy into prosperity. What's going on?
Chuck Carlson, Craig Hanson and Tom Compton of We Hold These Truths discuss the medical, political and financial events surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic event presently gripping the world. Chuck Carlson, a former stockbroker will focus on the financial implications and ramifications of the current crisis as described in his article "The Money War to Come After the Covid-19 Crisis Ends."
We Hold These Truths' California Outreach Director, Craig Hanson discusses with Chuck Carlson the implications for peace and justice or lack thereof revealed at the March 2-3, 2020 annual meeting of AIPAC, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, in Washington, DC. At the convention, luminaries like Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo champion the concept that Anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism. In other words, criticism of unjust Israeli policies and actions toward Palestinians constitutes anti-semitism and "Enemies of the State."
American evangelical Christians have been conditioned to accept the modern state of Israel as being a fulfillment of biblical prophecy through national Bible studies like Precepts Ministries, founded by Kay Arthur. In this 30-minute video program Chuck Carlson, Craig Hanson and Tom Compton of We Hold These Truths discuss Chuck's groundbreaking article, "Zionism promoted through Bible studies at a church near you." While the theology of Christian Zionism in these studies is usually subtle, the extreme Zionist sentiment as exhibited in two included video clips featuring Kay Arthur should be intuitively obvious to any honest observer. In this program, Craig Hanson scripturally challenges some of the sacred theology held dear by Christian Zionists.
Pastor Chuck Baldwin is joined by We Hold These Truths' Chuck Carlson and Craig Hanson, discussing his recent article, "Trump's Unholy War." Baldwin asserts there is an economic and political agenda behind the present push for what he calls a "Crime of Aggression" upon the Iranian people. Many church leaders unsuspectingly support these acts. Resources mentioned by Pastor Baldwin are available on his website, Chuck Baldwin Live.
The United States has a war based economy that needs enemies to demonize and go to war with. In this 16-minute video, Chuck Carlson, Craig Hanson and Tom Compton of We Hold These Truths discuss Chuck's article, "Latest Middle East War Scheme Revealed," about the US move to start a war on Iran. Sadly, millions of Christian Zionists support the wars in the Middle East to protect Israel (see our video: "John Hagee with Benny Hinn: Praying for War in the Name of Jesus").
Major General Smedley D. Butler was a military hero of the first rank, the winner of two Medals of Honour, a true "fighting Marine" whose courage and patriotism could not be doubted. Yet he came to believe that the wars in which he and his men had fought and bled and died were all pre-planned conflicts, designed not so much to defend America as to bloat the balance sheets of US banks and corporations. General Smedley Butler’s frank book, "War Is A Racket," shows how American war efforts were animated by big-business interests. General Butler's argument against war are still relevant now more than ever. This is a 60 minute reading of his important revelation.
Chuck Carlson and Craig Hanson of We Hold These Truths explore Chuck's article, "Mainline Churches Take Lead Toward World Peace," in this 27-minute podcast. Find out how mainline Christians are at the forefront of working for world peace. Evangelical Christian churches, for the most part, either ignore the issue of peace or wholeheartedly support America's serial wars while ignoring the teachings of Jesus, like "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9). There are even evangelical preachers who pray for war or the killing of an enemy. (See: "John Hagee with Benny Hinn: Praying for War in the Name of Jesus" and "Christian Zionist Leaders Hardly Peacemakers")
Israel has perfected Hasbara, "a form of propaganda aimed at an international audience...It is meant to influence the conversation in a way that positively portrays Israeli political moves and policies, including actions undertaken by Israel in the past. Often, Hasbara efforts include a negative portrayal of the Arabs and especially of Palestinians" (+972 Magazine). Chris Hedges on the RT program, "On Contact" talks to journalist and filmmaker Abby Martin and producer Mike Prysner about their new film Gaza Fights for Freedom which focuses on the Palestinian Great March of Return protests during which nearly 200 people were killed and 10,000 men, women and children were wounded ("approximately 1,200 patients will require long-term limb reconstruction"). Revealed in the documentary is the use of frangible or"exploding" bullets by the Israeli Defense Force that magnifies the damage done by a bullet wound. Reference WHTT posts: "Israel Shooting to Cripple and Maim," and "Israel Continues with its Shoot to Cripple & Maim Policy in Gaza."
Earl Staelin, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Public Banking Institute, explains vital details about public Banking and how it would challenge and correct the present oligarch like system dominated by a powerful, privately owned but government pretending Federal Reserve System. Staelin, a Colorado attorney, provides a detailed report on the largely unknown but successful 100-year-old, public bank of North Dakota, and a new one in California. He also details public banks in several other countries. For background reports and podcasts on public banking by We Hold These Truths click HERE.
"Anti-Zionism" is now being equated to "Anti-Semitism" by Israeli partisans as well by the U.S. State Department. A recent international campaign orchestrated by four Zionist organizations, including the ADL, tried to prevent Alison Weir of If Americans Knew from speaking on the subject, “Uncovered, Israel’s Occupation of Palestine,” (link to talk) at a community college in Fresno, CA by accusing her of being an "Anti-Semite." Local sponsor GV Wire did not back down and said they believed in free speech and would even sponsor another event featuring a supporter of Israel. The event went off with no protesters present as promised by the Israeli partisans. Fresno members of We Hold These Truths were there to support Alison Weir with signs like "No More Wars For Israel." Ms. Weir remarked that the campaign to stop her from speaking was the most intense that she has witnessed to date. This 21-minute podcast reveals some interesting insights into the event and her attackers who appear to be becoming desperate in their attempts to prevent the truth of the Israeli occupation from being broadcast.
References: If Americans Knew: Why are global organizations attacking a talk at Clovis Community College? As reported by event host GV Wire: "Critic of Israel’s Treatment of Palestinians Speaks in Fresno," "GV Wire Statement on Alison Weir’s Sept. 18 Appearance," "Anti-Defamation League Criticizes Event Featuring Alison Weir. She Responds," "Alison Weir Answers 5 Questions on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict," The Times of Israel reported: "US Jewish groups pan California event featuring speaker accused of anti-Semitism." Fresno TV coverage: CBS Channel 47: "Alison Weir Speaks At Clovis Community College," Fresno's KSEE24: "Darius Assemi defends inviting Alison Weir to speak in Clovis." Alison Weir's authoritative and well-documented book: "Against Our Better Judgment: The hidden history of how the U.S. was used to create Israel."
A law authorizing local governments to charter public banks was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom and amounts to an enormous condemnation of the monopolistic Federal Reserve Bank. The international bankers, who have used public money to finance every war since 1913, will bring all their power to bear to stop the California Public Banking Act. They have already started the attack, as we will explain subsequently. The Public Banks will not dare to spend depositor money to fund wars, and the Federal Reserve Bank knows it. The counterattack has already begun. The international Banker controlled press's limited reporting of this milestone event is the first sign of their massive counterattack. We Hold These Truths hopes to help expose it, and to encourage public banking nation wide. Listen to Charles Carlson put Public Banking into perspective with other issues in this 17-minute podcast. References: "California Public Bank Bill Becomes Law" and "California Rebukes Predatory Wall Street Megabanks With New Public Bank Law." More from WHTT on Public Banking.
The vast majority of Christians visiting the Holy Land of Israel, only visit the "Dead Stones" sites like the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem built over the site where it is believed to be the site where Jesus was born. The "Living Stones," the Palestinian Christians, who live there are only heard by a fraction of the tourists to Israel. Dr. Darryl DelHousaye, Chancellor of Phoenix Seminary asked Tom Compton of We Hold These Truths to provide a video with messages from "Living Stones of the Holy Land" that will serve as a supplement for members of the tour that he is leading to Israel. Included in this video are two inspirational presentations by Rev. Alex Awad, who was the pastor of the East Jerusalem Baptist Church and Dean and professor at Bethlehem Bible College and Sami Awad of the Holy Land Trust.
Chuck Carlson, founder of We Hold Truths wrote a series of six groundbreaking articles in 2001 about a self-professing, Christian named Sherry, with whom he had dialogued. In this series, Chuck Carlson revealed how Sherry’s acceptance of war is a foundational portion of her religion. At the time, the term “Christian Zionist” had not come into use. It now more accurately describes the theology of Christians like Sherry. Craig Hanson interviews Chuck Carlson in this 30-minute, behind the scenes, look at the series "Sherry's War" that is just as true today as it was in 2001. References: "Iraq: Americans Prepped for 'War'" (Dec. 1990), "Attacking Islam: Revisited," "Sherry's War: A Second Look" and "Christian Zionism: The Tragedy & The Turning, Part I."
With all the support from American evangelical Christians for America's serial wars, a stranger unaware of the teachings of Jesus might conclude that Christianity is primarily a religion of war and not of peace. Craig Hanson of We Hold These Truths, using a biblical approach, weighs the evidence on whether Christianity is a religion of peace or of war in this thought-provoking, 29-minute podcast. Craig looks more in-depth into a significant sermon series about how Christians, as followers of Jesus, should relate to the civil power over them. As a result of Dr. Boyd's sermon series, "The Cross & The Sword" (for an overview see the CNN segment from 2007: "God's Warriors: Dr. Greg Boyd"), 1000 of Boyd's 5000 congregants at Woodland Hills Church left. It appears that millions of evangelical Christians have welded the cross to the sword. The war nature of evangelical Christians is evidenced in the Land letter (see: "Christian Zionist Leaders: Hardly Peacemakers" and our podcast "The Three Ugly Faces of World Conflict").
That the United States has a war based economy should be universally self evident but is not. Think of war at the apex of a three-sided pyramid. The first side is the powerful military/industrial complex that manufactures the war material and fights the wars. The second side is the Federal Reserve system and the international bankers that finance these wars. The third face is the wholehearted and fervent, patriotic support by the Christian right for these wars, particularly those to protect Israel. Chuck Carlson and members of We Hold These Truths discuss this three-sided pyramid in this 27-minute podcast. References: "The Federal Reserve's Role in Financing America's Wars," "The Cross & The Sword" sermon series by Dr. Greg Boyd shows how Christians have welded the cross to the sword (for an overview see the CNN segment from 2007: "God's Warriors: Dr. Greg Boyd,") and "Christian Zionism: The Tragedy & The Turning, Part I" exposes the false theology of Christian Zionism.
Popular Republic Broadcasting Network host, Steve Elkins of the "Off the Beaten Path" show joins Chuck Carlson and members of We Hold These Truths to discuss where the current occupant of the White House is leading Americans and where do his allegiances really lie. Eighty-one percent of white, evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election and their support for him and his policies does not seem to be waning. Don't miss Steve's thoughtful analysis of the danger signs that point to a less than bright future for Americans. 41 minutes.
Pastor Chuck Baldwin returns for the third time to discuss his recent message, "The Old Covenant Is Abolished, And We Are Under A New, Better And Everlasting Covenant." In this 53 minute podcast, Chuck Carlson and members of We Hold These Truths ask probing questions that give Pastor Baldwin an opportunity to discuss things like when Christian Zionism was first, widely embraced by American Christians and how it has enriched some of the prominent evangelical leaders that he was on a first-name basis with from the start of his ministry in the late 1970s. Also, find out why Christian Zionists support wars to protect Israel. Other WHTT interviews with Pastor Chuck Baldwin include: "Pastor Dr. Chuck Baldwin Rejects Christian Zionism" (Pastor Baldwin explains his journey of Christian Zionist theology) and "CHUCK BALDWIN ON TRUMP’S WALL & SWAMP CREATURES." Chuck Baldwin's website is: https://chuckbaldwinlive.com/
According to David Friedman, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, the state of Israel is on the side of God, as reported in the New York Times article, "U.S. Ambassador Says Israel Is ‘on the Side of God’." In this report by Tom Compton of We Hold These Truths at an al-Quds (Jerusalem) rally to support Palestine, held in Tempe Arizona, Ambassador Friedman's notion is challenged with a provocative question. Craig Hanson of WHTT biblically answers the more important question “Which Side of God Is Israel On?”
Craig Hanson and members of We Hold These Truths dissect the events and speakers at the recently held Christians United For Israel 14th annual summit in Washington, DC. In reality, it was a political rally for Israel and a call for war on Iran. Once again, Jesus was ignored, for the most part, during the proceedings. A cavalcade of Christian Zionist politicians, including VP Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, spoke to some 5,000 attendees at the summit. This is a thought-provoking, 22-minute podcast that exposes some of the deceptions of Christian Zionism. For additional analysis of the CUFI summit see: "Countering The 'Christian Zionists/Political Complex'," "Christian Opposition To Christian Zionist Theology Is Growing" and TruNews coverage: "CUFI Conference: John Hagee Spews Pro-Zionist Propaganda to U.S. Churches."
Elected U.S. officials, from the President on down, give lip service to the U.S. Constitution while ignoring it. Chuck Carlson and members of We Hold These Truths look into three aspects of the Constitution relating to who has the authority to declare war. Is it the President? Who has the power to create money? Is it the Federal Reserve System? And who has the power to levy tariffs. It is the President? Find out in this insightful, 21 minute podcast.
When We Hold These Truths started challenging Israel supporting churches in 2002, the term "Christian Zionism" was not in use. Today, there are more groups like FOSNA (Friends Of Sabeel North America), TruNews and a growing number of mainline Christians that are challenging Christian Zionism. In this 19 minute podcast, Chuck Carlson and members of WHTT discuss some of the latest developments of the "Turning" [from Christian Zionism] that we described in our 2010 documentary, "Christian Zionism: The Tragedy & The Turning, Part I."
Photographer Grace Cheung-Schulman recently returned from the Holy Land on a trip sponsored by American Friends of Combatants For Peace. In 2006, Israeli and Palestinian former combatants, people who had taken an active role in the conflict, laid down their weapons and established Combatants for Peace. The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization was founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. Committed to joint nonviolence since its inception, CFP works to both transform and resolve the conflict by ending the Israeli occupation and all forms of violence between the two sides and building a peaceful future for both peoples. The photos Grace took graphically tell a story that is virtually unknown to evangelical Christians, but is becoming more familiar and embraced by mainline Christians. Craig Hanson of We Hold These Truths was present at the mainline church where Grace's extraordinary slide show was given and discusses the significance of this in this 21 minute podcast. Grace, more than likely, would not be invited to an evangelical church because her slide show exposes the reality of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The giant key in the picture is at the entrance to the Aida, Palestinian refugee camp next to Bethlehem as described in the podcast. Referenced in the podcast: "Open, Bethlehem"
U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, declared recently that "Israel is on the side of God." Craig Hanson of We Hold These Truths agrees, but peels back the onion covering this statement by asking the obvious question, "Which side of God is Israel on?" As a follower of Christ, Craig takes a biblical look at Ambassador Friedman's remark and comes up with a remarkable conclusion in this power packed, 19 minute podcast. Referenced in the podcast is the New York Times article, "U.S. Ambassador Says Israel Is ‘on the Side of God’" and Craig's article, "Israel Is On the Side of God." To better understand the theology of Christian Zionists, watch We Hold These Truths' award winning documentary, "Christian Zionism: The Tragedy & The Turning, Part 1."
Former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, under President Richard Nixon, is reported to have said: "Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control continents; who controls money cab control the world." To get an excellent overview of the world of international banking including the private banking cabal, the Federal Reserve System, this interview, "The Gods of Money: How America was Hijacked," with F. William Engdahl is a must listen. Engdahl is an award-winning geopolitical analyst, strategic risk consultant, author, professor and lecturer. Engdahl is the author of the trilogy, "Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation," "Myths, Lies, and Oil Wars" and "Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century." This 59 minute, revealing interview was conducted by Bonnie Faulkner on Guns & Butter." We Hold These Truths has analyses and podcasts about the Federal Reserve System and its war financing mechanisms (Click Here).
American leaders depend on patriotic, American Christians to support America's serial wars. Churches have a Jesus taught responsibility to oppose the social evil of war with at least as much vigor as we oppose starvation after a natural disaster in faraway places. Meanwhile, wars and the threat of war go on unchecked and under-reported by our churches. Our political leaders blame these serial wars on “hostile” little states that they vilify to keep our moral leaders quiet. Most churches fail to even pray for world peace. Does yours? Join Chuck Carlson and members of We Hold These Truths in this lively, 26 minute podcast about the importance of what Jesus taught: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God (Matthew 5:9). Referenced in the podcast: "Review of: The Secret Message of Jesus," "Robert Jeffress: America has forgotten God, the best hope is prayer" and "Dallas Pastor Uses Bible to Justify Killing N. Korea Boss."
An Israeli, Arab, Christian priest and educator got mixed responses at local area churches: warmth and respect from Presbyterians, and a mixture of love and ice water at an Israelist church (this is clear from the questions at the end of this compelling presentation by Archbishop Chacour at this church). Archbishop Elias Chacour is a rotund 69 year old dynamo. As a child of eight he was made homeless by the Israeli army, but against all odds, he and his family stayed in Israel long after most of his villagers became forced refugees elsewhere. He went on to become one of the most important educators of Arab children, and a Christian citizen of Israel. There, he built schools that teach over 3000, Christian & Muslim children in Galilee, northern Israel. At the time of the talk, he had just been appointed Archbishop over several Melkite Catholic Churches that are sanctioned by Israel within its territory. Archbishop Chacour is author of Blood Brothers (Arabs and Israelis) and is a proven advocate of peace, preaching love of all races as his “only weapon.”
We Hold These Truths has been challenging Christians about the dangers of Christian Zionism since 2002. Our latest effort took place in Fresno, CA at the Altar Conference: Where Heaven Meets Earth," that describes it as "a weekend of dynamic worship and powerful teaching, provoking believers of all backgrounds into a lifestyle of radical pursuit and relentless devotion to Christ." We think that's a great idea. Normally, WHTT vigils are held in front of Christian Zionist churches or events held by Christian Zionist organizations, like Christians United For Israel. Thousands of Christians attended the event and were greeted at three entrance points by members of the WHTT team led by David Jacobs and Craig Hanson. Because the "Free Speech" areas were very close to the lines for the security check points at the entrances, everyone got to see one or more of our signs. In this revealing, 23 minute, podcast, Craig and Dave reflect on some very interesting encounters they had with conference attendees. Many people were clueless about what Zionism is. Craig talked with attendees about how he came out of being a Christian Zionist, even though he didn't know he was one (listen to: "Confessions of a Former Christian Zionist"). Handout mentioned in the podcast: "Does the Bible Require Followers of Jesus to Support the Jewish State of Israel? - Be A Berean: Acts 17:11, Do Your Own Research."
A group of Palestinian activists in Arizona went down to the state capitol to challenge a well oiled effort by Israeli partisans to introduce a new and "improved" version of a previous anti-BDS (Boycotts, Divestment & Sanctions) law that was enacted in 2016, and has, subsequently, been struck down by a federal judge in AZ for violating freedom of speech (for details see: "Bill seeks to replace pro-Israel law found unconstitutional"). A hearing was held by the Arizona House Committee on International & State Affairs on Senate bill S.1167, the anti-BDS legislation. Present at the hearing was an Israeli partisan lawyer from Washington, DC arguing for the anti-BDS legislation. Ultimately, the bill passed the House of Representatives by a margin of 37 to 21, with 2 abstentions. It, also, passed passed the Senate and was signed into law by the governor. It is interesting to note that the 2016 legislation passed by a larger margin of 46-14 in the House. Opposition is growing! ACLU lawyer, Brian Hauss sums it up in his article "Arizona Lawmakers Running Scared After Anti-Boycott Law Ruled Unconstitutional." And, more encouraging news comes from Texas where another anti-BDS law has been declared unconstitutional in a federal court ("Court Rules Texas Anti-Boycott Law is Unconstitutional, Protects First Amendment Right to Boycott"). This 28 minute podcast discusses and analyzes the inspirational challenges made to the legislation in Arizona.
This is the first podcast in a series entitled "The Christian Bible, War & Peace, and Where Is America Going Wrong." We Hold These Truths' Craig Hanson was asked by a Christian friend to review a sermon, "Trust Issues" by the pastor of the friend's church, and to give him some feedback. Craig's analysis is very insightful and cogent in this 26 minute podcast. Reference material: "Confessions of a Former Christian Zionist," "The Shadowy Origins of C.I. Scofield: Godfather of Christian Zionism," "Christian Zionism: The Tragedy & The Turning, Part I," "Against Our Better Judgment" by Alison Weir, "Deir Yassin Remembered" and "Does the Bible Require Followers of Jesus to Support the Jewish State of Israel?"
American Christian Zionists have wholeheartedly supported the war on Islam to protect Israel and harbor a fear and loathing of Muslims and Islam. Christian Zionist preacher, John Hagee confirmed this notion when he prayed, before the 2003 war on Iraq, for the US to go to war to protect Israel (see, "John Hagee with Benny Hinn: Praying for Israel in the Name of Jesus"). In this lively, 16 minute podcast, that you won't find on the MSM, Chuck Carlson and Craig Hanson of We Hold These Truths discuss Chuck's article, "Christchurch Massacre: Devout Christians and Israeli Zionists are Responsible."
Millions of American, evangelical Christians don't even realize that they have been conditioned to believe that the modern state of Israel is the fulfillment of biblical prophecy and that they must have a dual allegiance to both the US and Israel to be right with God. We Hold These Truths has been dispelling this myth for the past 17 years. We've conducted about 200 vigils in front of Christian Zionist churches and events. Our California Central Valley Outreach Director, David Jacob and his team found this concept of dual allegiance to be true at a recent vigil they conducted in Fresno at a new venue, a Christian rock concert with singer Michael W. Smith as the headliner. Attendees were greeted by the WHTT team, who engaged them with signs, dialog and a handout, "Does the Bible Require Folowers of Jesus to Support the Jewish State of Israel." In this thoughtful, 27 minute podcast, David Jacobs and members of We Hold These Truths discuss the vigil and the important lessons they learned including the concept of Christian Nationalism.
Linda Compton was the beloved wife of one of We Hold These Truths founding directors, Tom Compton. She went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on November 1, 2016. Linda was loved by all who knew her. She was a diligent student of the Bible and taught women's Bible studies for over 20 years. Linda was a perfect example of a compassionate, Christian peacemaker, in thought and deed. This 28 minute podcast is a tribute to Linda, focusing on her courage to change her course, as related to the Bible studies she had been teaching for years. Only when you listen to the whole podcast will you understand the importance of what Linda did. Jesus taught: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." [Matthew 5:9]. Oh, that more Christians would take that command to heart!
Jesus was the Prince of Peace and taught his followers: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9). Why do so many prominent, Christian Zionists ignore what Jesus taught? Find out why in this thoughtful, 27 minute podcast. We take a look at a few of these Christian leaders who include John Hagee (Christians United For Israel), Ann Graham Lotz (daughter of Billy Graham), Kay Arthur (Precepts Ministries), Richard Land & Pastor Robert Jeffress (spiritual adviser to the President), both of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Dr. Wayne Grudem (Seminary professor and author of "Systematic Theology" and “Politics According to the Bible“). Find out why Linda Compton, wife of one of We Hold These Truths' founding directors, Tom Compton, stopped teaching Precept Ministries Bible studies for women, after she had taught about 50 different Precepts studies, five years before she passed away.
We Hold These Truths has been challenging Christian Zionist Churches since 2002 by holding vigils urging fellow Christians to advocate for peace and justice in the Middle East. Our West Coast Outreach Director, Craig Hanson, recently asked a pastor hosting a CUFI (Christians United For Israel) "Why Israel?" event in California, why should Christians support Israel. In this 13 minute, podcast zinger, Craig and members of We Hold These Truths discuss the letter he sent to the pastor and the importance of challenging the theology that puts Israel ahead of Jesus Christ. We think it's time that more Christians ask of their pastors, "Why Israel?" We are pleased to recommend the group, Christians United For Israel and Palestine, that stands in stark contrast to the Christian Zionist theology of CUFI.
Chuck Carlson, founder of We Hold These Truths is interviewed on the "Off the Beaten Path" show with host Steve Elkins on RBN (Republic Broadcsting Network). Chuck's article, "The Unholy Trinity for War: The Federal Reserve, Christian Zionists, and the Current White House" is discussed in depth in this program along with Chuck's insights into his mission to educate people about the dangers of Christian Zionism. As a way of introduction to Steve Elkins' listeners, the soundtrack of We Hold These Truths' award winning documentary, "Christian Zionism: The Tragedy & The Turning, Part I" was played in hour one of the program. This is hour two (54 minutes).
This is the question and answer part of our podcast, "The FED, POTUS and Christian Zionists: Unholy Trinity for War." Americans are woefully uneducated about the machinations of the Federal Reserve System that provides the primary mechanism to finance America's serial wars.
Americans are woefully uneducated about the machinations of the Federal Reserve System that provides the primary mechanism to finance America's serial wars. In this 30 minute Podcast, Chuck Carlson and Craig Hanson of We Hold These Truths go behind the scene, discussing Chuck's article, "The Unholy Trinity for War," that makes the connection between the Federal Reserve System, Christian Zionists and the current White House administration. Questions and answers can be found in a separate podcast (click here).
Pastor Chuck Baldwin rejoins us with an appeal to his fellow, evangelical, Christian leaders, who have been blinded by President Donald Trump and his cast of appointed "swamp creatures" to his administration. In this 32 minute podcast, Pastor Baldwin is interviewed by Craig Hanson of We Hold These Truths. Referenced in this podcast are: WHTT's interview with Dr. Baldwin about his journey out of Christian Zionism - "Pastor Dr. Chuck Baldwin Rejects Christian Zionism," and two articles by Chuck Baldwin - "Now It’s William Barr: When Will Christians And Conservatives Stop Making Excuses For Donald Trump?" and "Declare A State Of Emergency To Build The Wall?"
Israel denies it has a "shoot to cripple and maim" policy against Palestinians, but abundant evidence exists to support this claim. In this 20 min. podcast, members of We Hold These Truths look into these claims. Sources like the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, tend to corroborate these claims, for example, in their article, "Is the IDF conducting a kneecapping campaign in the West Bank?" Another example is the Washington Post article, "Blasted limbs, broken dreams." Also, referenced in this podcast are these articles: "Israel Shooting to Cripple & Maim," "Israel Continues with its Shoot to Cripple & Maim Policy in Gaza" and "Inhuman Cruelty in Gaza Exposed by BBC & TRT World."
The firing of political commentator, Marc Lamont Hill, by CNN is an excellent example of how the MSM (Main Stream Media) controls the narrative on the Israel/Palestine issue. Show too much empathy for the plight of the Palestinians, and you'll become a persona non grata or worse. In this 16 minute podcast, Chuck Carlson and members of We Hold These Truths discuss how CNN commentators like Chris Cuomo are allowed to continue on at CNN while appearing to be objective about the Israel/Palestine issue. Gideon Levy of the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, explains this phenomena well in his article, "In U.S. media, Israel is untouchable." Also referenced in this podcast is our documentary, "Christian Zionism: The Tragedy & The Turning, Part 1."
Rick Sanchez of RT America reports on a phenomena sweeping the nation that makes a mockery of the First Amendment to the US Constitution, that protects the right to free speech. Laws have been enacted by 26 states in America deeming that any person doing work for that state must take a loyalty oath that they currently are not boycotting Israel, or will not in the future. This 4 minute report needs to be watched by anyone valuing the right to freedom of speech. More details about Bahia Amawi, who would not sign the Texas loyalty oath to Israel can be found in the Intercept article, "A Texas Elementary School Speech Pathologist Refused to Sign a Pro-Israel Oath, Now Mandatory in Many States — so She Lost Her Job." Also, there is a bill being proposed in Congress that would make the "Israel Loyalty Oath" the law of the land (see: "Senators Working to Slip Israel Anti-Boycott Law Through in Lame Duck").
Jesus remarked, while teaching at the synagogue in his hometown, Nazareth: “Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown." Pastor Joseph Beach from Amazing Grace Church in Denver, CO, explains how and why the hometown crowd quickly turned from admiring Him as the Messiah, to wanting to kill Him. This was because of what Jesus taught, as reported in the fourth chapter of the gospel of Luke. This is a fascinating study of 34 minutes on a subject that is all but ignored in pulpits across the US. Questions for Pastor Joe follow by Chuck Carlson and members of We Hold These Truths that add some very interesting insights for today's Christians.
It's very rare for We Hold These Truths to get media attention at one of their vigils in front of "zionized" churches. Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, CO held their 40th "Night to Honor Israel" recently, but WHTT was not conducting a vigil as we have done at least three times in the past. Thanks to a local reporter who did his homework, WHTT founder Chuck Carlson was quoted in the article, "Honoring Israel: When a local church takes on an international issue." Chuck Carlson and members of WHTT discuss this, in this snappy, 14 minute podcast. To better understand why WHTT challenges "zionized" churches, watch our 4 minute video about one of the vigils held at Faith Bible Chapel, where John Hagee of Christians United For Israel was the featured guest: "John Hagee with Benny Hinn: Praying for war in the name of Jesus."
When several prominent, self proclaimed Christian Zionists went to Saudi Arabia and had an audience with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ("Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Hosts Rare Meeting With American Evangelical Christians"), Chuck Carlson of WHTT thinks "Christian Wahhabists" would be a more appropriate moniker. Find out the significance of the term "Christian Wahhabbism" in this 20 minute program. For background on this program, please read Chuck Carlson's article, "'Christian' Wahhabism: The New Cult for War on Iran."
Retired, constitutional Congressman Ron Paul is asking a question about the Trump administration’s ‘neoconservative’ policy regarding how to handle the situation with Iran: Is it normal? In this powerful, 4 minute video, Ron Paul notes: "It’s not often that US Government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy. The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a “liberation.” The 2011 US-led destruction of Libya was a “humanitarian intervention.” And so on. So, in a way, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was refreshingly honest last week when, speaking about newly-imposed US sanctions, he told the BBC that the Iranian leadership “has to make a decision that they want their people to eat.” It was an honest admission that new US sanctions are designed to starve Iranians unless the Iranian leadership accepts US demands. His statement also reveals the lengths to which the neocons are willing to go to get their “regime change” in Iran. Just like then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said it was “worth it” that half a million Iraqi children died because of our sanctions [in the 1990's] on that country, Pompeo is letting us know that a few million dead Iranians is also “worth it” if the government in Tehran can be overthrown.
The vast majority of Americans are oblivious to the fact that the US has a war based economy that needs enemies and wars to stay afloat. Most of these Americans are stuck in a left vs. right, Democrat vs. Republican paradigm. Americans are dragged into wars by both Democrats and Republicans. In reality, the major party in the US is the "War Party." In this 20 minute podcast, Chuck Carlson and members of WHTT discuss Chuck Baldwin's insightful article, "How To Identify The People Who Truly Do NOT Get It" (We suggest reading Chuck Baldwin's article before listening to this podcast.)