March 17, 2008

A Short Analysis of “The Audacity to Hope” and how Jeremiah Wrong’s (Wright) Black Liberation Theology is Leveraged by Barack Hussein Obama Junior. All for Political Gain.

by @ 3:37 pm. Filed under Nuts on Parade

I’ve been reviewing the “sermon” that Obama says inspired him to title his book “The Audacity of Hope”, Jeremiah Wright’s Wrong’s “sermon” titled “The Audacity to Hope”.

Here is text of that “sermon” and here is the audio in 2 parts:

This really makes for a fitting case study in the error that Liberation Theology is. If you check out that full “sermon”, you’ll notice that the “hope” is not in the Lord Jesus for forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life, but rather hope in social change in this life and a future generation in this life doing well. This is a page right out of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech, where people who even deny Christ are all holding hands singing “Free At Last”, because they trusted “Gawd” and wanted to be nice to each other. All of it means nothing when it is not made explicitly CLEAR that ONLY BY FAITH ON THE SON OF GOD WILL ANYONE HAVE ACCESS TO GOD THE FATHER, 1 John 2:23 [click to expand link]. (Also see: Was Martin Luther King Junior a Christian?)

Jeremiah Wright Wrong cites himself as the outcome of his parent’s hope, when they sang about Jesus. But I think his parents were singing of a hope greater than him. And for a reward greater than earthly stature for any of their household. I’m sure they wanted all the best for him, but something beyond this life. At least I HOPE they did. Because if we sing that the Lord brought us a “long way” in terms of earthly things and ignore Him bringing us from the mire of sin, we make the work of Christ of no effect. Turning it into a thing that can be granted by one man giving a large sum of money to another. Christ did not die on a cross for someone to get out of physical slavery and the Apostle Paul when addressing debt slaves made no promise of physical freedom in this life to them, 1 Timothy 6. Just as Isaiah 53 when read in full is clearly about our spiritual healing from the sickness of sin, not a guarantee of physical healing from all ailments in this life. By His stripes/scourging we are healed and it’s not about your physical ailments.

The misguided view is Obama’s core foundation for his campaign and it stems right from the deluded messages of Jeremiah Wrong. It is important that saints not take a religious fervor towards the Obama campaign, because it strays from what true hope really is. It’s playing on the down trodden seeking equity in this life, rather than keeping focus on what is to come and where faith should really be focused. The Apostles of the Lord Jesus never promised saints would have equity now, kids with good careers and material things. The focus was on Christ, hope for eternal life and whatever happens in this life knowing faith on Christ should be maintained for the gift of eternal life. Suffering now was seen as bringing greater rewards AFTER this life, not a promise of change in this present world for us or our children, James 2:5.

The “sermon” in part does a hack of Romans 5:3-4 and acts as if tribulation brings hope of a better tomorrow in this life. That is not what the apostle Paul was speaking of, he was speaking of tribulation for the cause of Christ and hope for eternal life. Citing additional verses surrounding what was cited by Jeremiah Wrong makes it clear.

Romans 5:1-11 (New American Standard Bible)

1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.

3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;

4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;

5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.

8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Liberation Theologists water down the good news, to something that would equate salvation to receiving a big check from a Donald Trump.

Jeremiah Wrong also does a hack on Romans 8:24, but making it all about God changing present social conditions, this is the foundation of Liberation Theology. That verse is about hope on Christ for salvation, not about kids going to college or attaining a name for themselves in this life. Of course reading the entire chapter makes it clear.

Jeremiah Wrong used a hack of scripture to support his foundation for the message, that foundation being a painting, not scripture as the initial foundation for the message. This is how Liberation Theologians operate, they look at social conditions, hack scripture to suit social things that are not even at times involving people who embrace Christ, to claim a future change not only is coming, but must be pursued in this life. It puts all the focus on change now and hope for change here, rather than faith on Christ for a hope AFTER this life. Liberation Theology also ignores that NONE ARE RIGHTEOUS, Romans 3:9-31. And seems to assert that any who suffer are righteous, minus mentioning FAITH in Jesus Christ as the ONLY means for salvation. Putting a focus on hope now rather than HOPE for ETERNAL LIFE AFTER THIS LIFE IS DONE. They accept hope as a means for present social change and trust in “God” for that, mentioning Jesus, but not speaking of the true saving power of Christ.

By the time the closing line of the sermon is given:

And that’s why I say to you, hope is what saves us. Keep on hoping; keep on praying. God does hear and answer prayer.

The “hope” and being saved have taken on a meaning far from the truth of scripture. Because Liberation Theology avoids the fullness of Christ Centered Preaching.

Liberation Theology is a kin of the Prosperity Doctrine. Both seeking and fully focused on gain and change in this present world.

So that is what Barack Hussein Obama Jr. has been taught and being no better than his teacher (Luke 6:39-40) he’s leveraging it for political gain and dragging masses into a false form of gospel. A false gospel has provided a politician everything he needs to play up “hope” in something other than the full saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

26 Responses to “A Short Analysis of “The Audacity to Hope” and how Jeremiah Wrong’s (Wright) Black Liberation Theology is Leveraged by Barack Hussein Obama Junior. All for Political Gain.”

  1. GaryV Says:

    Nice post IC………Liberation Theology is a cancer on the church, and Barack Hussein and Jerry Wrong are the equivalent of a 5 pack of cigarettes a day habit.

  2. speakingtruth Says:

    Very interesting post IC. You’ve done a great job disecting this church.

    I grew up on the south side of Chicago (I relocated to the ATL in 1994), so I’m very aware of this church. When I was in my early 20’s, I visited the church and was excited about it’s “radical edge” (I grew up in the traditional baptist church where the minister tuned up and hollered for about 3 hours every week). This church ignited my fire – and made me want to see radical social change in Chicago (still one of the most racially divisive cities in the world). I was as equally intrigued by the Nation of Islam and Louis Farra-the-Con.

    Of course, looking back you wonder “how could I ever be attracted to such mess”, but at the time it ran counter to what I thought was the castrated Christian church.

    This post underscores how many black folks are finding it difficult to look at BHO Jr for what he truly is – a wolf in sheeps clothing. We’d rather focus on racial identity than Christ and His foundational government.

    Now that his shine is starting to rub off a bit, the media will keep digging until they find more. As shady as the Clintons are, BHO Jr. isn’t the remedy. We need a leader that is Christ ordained – no matter who they are or what they look like.

  3. IndependentConservative Says:

    speakingtruth, I’m very glad you chimed in to confirm what is so obvious to me, given like yourself I used to dabble in this mess too.

    I recall going to the first “Million Man March” and my parents admonishing me not to go, but I was fresh out living in my own place and able to make “my own decisions”. With shame I type that I looked at them each when they each spoke to me individually and said

    “well if we would stop being so separated by religion for a minute, we can get some things done and go back to our religious differences later…”

    I don’t know the man who said those words anymore, but they came from my mouth. And I was living in PA back then and part of a Baptist church assembly, that WAS BUSING PEOPLE TO THE CULT MILLION MAN MARCH EVENT. It was nothing but a Baal cult event and if I had a time machine I’d lock my prior self in a dungeon, to keep that from even being in my past.

    That’s why, no matter who speaks against me, I’m going to keep beating on issues such as this, because I used to be the deceived one myself! Folks need help bad.

    The world’s leaders are all established where they are by God.

    Romans 13:1 (New American Standard Bible)

    1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.

    The thing to keep in mind, is that each plays their role towards the fulfillment of God’s plan. God has declared that the Anti-Christ will rise and foretold of the age we live in now. So it all had to happen and God has even those who are evil playing a role that will ultimately be to His glory and their destruction. I think we are beyond a point where we’re going to see a man who is seriously after God’s heart assuming major political leadership. The evil god of this world is being allowed a moment to do things, but the Lord reigns, will have the evil one bound upon His return and it all was planned to carry out as it is going now. The Lord’s will be done.

    The Lord is the leader we await. All that come before Him are going to fail us.

  4. Albertadude Says:

    Whoa…IC…I really knew nothing of your past?? Holy cow…you went to the million man march?? Wow…

    The Lord has done a mighty work in your life to be sure….

    Bless all of you guys down in the States standing against evil….

    From a Canuck up north

  5. sbrenea Says:


    I’m glad to see you allude to scripture that shows that the world will wax worse and worse (Matthew 24).

    I still remain perplexed at so-called right-wing thinking folk who are awaiting for some political messiah to lead the nation and save the U.S. from gay folk and liberals. It ain’t happening. But God is still in control.

    In the meantime, I hope disenchantment with the politics of this world do not keep you from voting and being active in the process as a U.S. citizen. While you may feel civil rights leaders hi-jacked Christian principles, I’m sure you appreciate the fact that people actually died so that you could vote, yes?

  6. IndependentConservative Says:

    Hey sbrenea,

    First let me say, I don’t feel that I owe anyone for whatever they did in the past. Other than the death of Christ, I take all other efforts with a very measured view. I don’t vote just because some others died so they could vote (they hoped to) and other Blacks could vote. If that was the case, I’d be voting Obama and twisting up scripture to justify that Black people died with a dream that a Black man would run the White House. I’d take action based on race rather than allow the Lord to lead. That was how the person who spoke from my mouth, but I no longer know used to act.

    I vote based on the given election and options at that time. I’ve never said I won’t vote in November, on the contrary I will, Lord willing I can. Apart from the Presidential race there are other things always on the ballot I desire to take part in. I plan to vote for a Presidential candidate also, just not one from either of the 2 major political parties. I don’t vote for the sake of “winning”, but rather to endorse the view I feel is best, even if it’s unpopular.

    I will say that I’m surprised you feel a need to always vote, given you realize it is of the world’s system and spinning towards all the Anti-Christ will promote. I feel a day is coming and may not be too far off where I’ll start skipping the Presidential section on ballots and eventually just not voting at all, because all from the top down will just be total evil, even candidates outside the 2 major parties.

    I don’t mean any disrespect to people who died for the ability to vote, but I don’t feel I owe them if I personally feel something is a bad idea.

    There are a lot of things I appreciate various figures in history doing, but I don’t feel that means I must do what they wanted me to do.

  7. IndependentConservative Says:

    Albertadude, check out: Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam’s duping of Blacks


    If one picture is worth a thousand words, this picture comparison is worth one million!

    It’s apparent I’m not the only one who learned better.

  8. Cop Says:

    Rev Wright, as well as the AME church and the nation of Islam are all guilty of the samething. That is giving up (if they ever had it) Jesus and their own salvation for the sake of maintaining their Blackness, putting their race ahead of the savior.

  9. speakingtruth Says:

    You know, IC, I too have taken a different perspective when it comes to voting. I will gladly vote for council members, school and tax initiatives, and anything else. If I disagree with a candidate, then I won’t vote for them. Period. I’d just as soon write my own name in than compromise.

    Many Christians (of every color) voted for GW Bush in 2000 and 2004 because he presented himself as a godly candidate. Eddie Long and Andre Landers went so far as to endorse him from the pulpit as the closest thing we’ll get to a “Christian president” at the time. Of course, we can look back at that analysis with raised eyebrows…

    It’s takes hard work to research every aspect of a candidates views and be led of the Lord to support or ignore them. Just like fleeing a pulpit pimp, once you’re exposed to the truth, it’s incumbant upon you to continue to study for yourself and vow not to return to the “plantation”.

    Our problem (in church and in the community) is that we give a cursory view at a subject, and go with the flow – especially since it takes hard work to study for yourself. Our ancestors died so that we had the right to vote – and the choice to vote whenever and wherever we wanted to. They didn’t die so that we’d throw our vote on anybody who came before us.

    God gave us wisdom long before government recognized our rights.

    Uh oh, I think I just stirred the pudding…

  10. SteelGator Says:


    I am probably one of those right winged thinking folks that you are talking about. In 2000, I was guilty of voting for Bush because he said he was a Christian. I believed this lie and actually thought God wanted to bless America with GWB. I was wrong and I repented. I was putting my faith in man rather than God.

    In 2004, I once again voted for GWB. However, this time I knew he was not a Christian but he was a better choice than the socialist John Kerry.

    I am still a right winger but I know there will not be any messiah except the true Messiah, Jesus. I await His return.

    I notice you pointed out conservative leaning voters waiting for the GOP messiah, and your point is well taken.

    However, the liberal leaning folks think their messiah has arrived, and his name is Barrack Hussein Obama.

    All these folks are wrong and we can just pray that they come to know the real Messiah, Jesus and look forward as we do to the “Blessed Hope”!

  11. IndependentConservative Says:

    (Let me first say this is not directed towards sbrenea, but a response to speakingtruth. I know sbrenea was not trying to imply some things I’m about to say, but I’m just mentioning it given some do and we are on this topic.)

    Well we don’t vote in 2008 for who will be President in 2004 or before. So I don’t lament a past vote, given a decision was made based on the available information then, not the full view of hindsight. I would not reach for a piece of cake if I knew that the cake was rotten or that I’d drop the cake and make a mess. Similar with voting. Once you see something or someone is no good and it’s widely apparent, all you can do is move on. And with Bill Clinton, we’re still noticing some things he did that we didn’t know about as time keeps going, it will be the same with GWB. God established Bush for part of His ultimate plan and scripture being fulfilled, so it happened. Not everything coming to past is pretty and we were told most of it would be ugly till the Lord’s return.

    Long and Landers, sigh… They just need to stop their nonsense.

    People died for Blacks to vote, people died for their to be an America with a system of laws that could be adjusted without a dictator ruling, people died for on and on and on…

    Seriously, I look at these things like Sidney Poitier speaking to his father in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (a movie I recommend). As he told his father when his father told him of all the sacrifices he made for him. Poitier in his role replied by mentioning what his father did is nothing more than any father does for a child they love and he would do the same for his own son in the future. It was nothing to hold over his head just because they were having a disagreement. And then he said the quote I really think of when efforts are made to hold some past event (outside of Christ and living for Him) over my head.

    You listen to me. You say you don’t want to tell me how to live my life. So what do you think you’ve been doing? You tell me what rights I’ve got or haven’t got, and what I owe to you for what you’ve done for me. Let me tell you something: I owe you nothing!

    I’m not going to let a guilt trip be played to have me do something I feel is a bad idea. I think on the general concept of voting that it falls under Romans 14. He who wants to vote it’s fine if he desires and he who does not should not. Because all done apart from faith is sin and we are not to walk in doubt, we should not take actions we are doubtful about, as the scripture notes. I’ve had to learn over the years to avoid passing judgment on anyone’s opinion that they might refuse to vote. And voting is way more dicer than eating a piece of meat. (Of course the matter of who someone might vote for and the policies endorsed is a different matter, given we all would have to live with those policies if they became law.)

  12. speakingtruth Says:

    @ steelgator – you’re right, BHOJr is the liberal (and some independent) equvililant to a messiah (like IC I’m a Christian Conservative Independent). I know that God will use BHOJr, Hillary, McCain, or whomever else for His glory, so I try not to get worked up over what I see.

    @ IC – thanks for expounding on the thoughts in this link. I too don’t think sbrenea was implying anything, and you’re right to shed even more light on this topic. I was making a general point that most people make decisions via democracy (e.g. “the crowd is leaning towards this or that, so I guess I will too”).

    We do it in church and we do it in society. Anyone who stops to think and maybe go against the current is considered a tempest. I just believe that most of us would walk in truth if we studied for ourselves vs. believing what we’re fed – in any area of life.

    God is in control, so we must keep looking to Him so that we get direction on what He says we should do in any situation. Then, we have to be submitted enough to Him to let His plan play out.

  13. sbrenea Says:

    They used to teach civics in school. When people participate in the democracy (or democratic republic) it makes for a better community. While I understand that things will only get worse and worse, I do not have a fatalistic attitude about the time and place here that God blessed me with. I am, indeed, an optimist when it comes to my short time on the earth. I also have a responsibility to my children to make sure they understand their rights and responsibilities in the community even if they don’t agree with what other folk do or say.

    When I spoke of people dying for our right to vote, I was actually thinking of the founding of the country, as well as the civil rights movement.

    Now, I know Paul counted all his accomplishments as a Jewish man as dung, but he pulled out that Roman citizenship when he needed it! I have a completely new identity in Christ, but I am appreciative of my heritage and thank God for how far we’ve come from the chains of slavery and oppression of Jim Crow.

    If it hadn’t been for folks (black and white) willing to make great sacrifice, I wouldn’t be sitting in this law school library right now. As I sit here, I am surrounded by laws that govern the world I live in, while in front of me is the Bible, the law and the new covenant I live by. My endeavor? To know and apply the Word, but to be a responsible citizen in the world to the glory of God.

    I don’t condemn a person for not voting. But I do encourage voting and involvement in the process–even if that means writing your own name in on the ballot, SpeakingTruth.

  14. speakingtruth Says:

    Well said sbrenea!

    I agree – we must know and apply the Word AND be responsible citizens to the glory of God.

    Law shool? If we could get more lawyers like you then we’d be moving in the right direction.

    And I’d gladly accept your vote – would you like to contribute a “love offering” as well :-)?

  15. IndependentConservative Says:

    I learned plenty of civics where I went to school.

    You want to make the world a better place, it’s OK, I understand. Bottom line is, so long as Jesus is forsaken, it’s not better no matter how well it’s sugar coated.

    As some have said, a society ruled by Satan might very well have perfectly trimmed grass, no crime, kids doing well in school and so on, but on Sunday morning a mass of churches where Jesus is not preached.

    I don’t know how many children you have sbrenea, but I have 3. I know scripture says saints are promised tribulation, I have no control over that aspect of their future, assuming they all are the Lord’s, I didn’t make the plan, I just say the Lord’s will be done. Just as was said when Paul was told, that he was headed exactly where he went, Acts 21:10-14. It was predestined and even made known to the church via prophesy from Agabus, that Paul would end up in Rome. His legal maneuvering was all preordained and we see the outcome was death by Roman hands as was to be rather than Jewish hands. The Lord’s will was done and Paul’s time in flesh was up. Again, others told Paul way ahead of time to take other measures to totally avoid what was told to come, Paul refused. I say Paul was the one seeking God and not the flesh. While others desired he run from it, Paul did not and let the Lord’s will be done.

    While we speak of sacrifices and history, perhaps learning the history of the church might help you with this. Because OUR history is mostly one of saints doing more to avoid secular political involvement than jumping into it. What you see today with saints jumping into politics is VERY much a new thing and not the tradition of the church when we take a full historical view.

    Scripture does not admonish saints to jump in secular politics, because each must decide in their own mind in their own walk with Christ and it is a decision that is left for them alone.

    I’m not encouraging anyone to get into a system that will praise the beast if they have no desire to do so. I say, the Lord’s will be done.

    I’m sure you know, the same people who initiated the effort to end slavery in America, were the same people who took a zero involvement attitude to the fighting of the founding of this nation, Christian Quakers. They took involvement when they saw fit and they were always looked down upon for their not shedding a drop of blood in this nation’s founding. I say each Christian has to decide for themselves and I won’t press them one way or the other.

  16. SteelGator Says:

    Have you heard of Rev. James David Manning of Harlem? He is a pro-Clinton black preacher. He has said some really nasty things about Obama. I am looking for the clip via the Internet, but can’t seem to find it. He said Obama is a pimp that pimps out nasty black and white hoes. He also said Barrack is a missionary of the devil. He said Obama’s black dad had sex with his white trash mother and pro-created Barrack. He said that Obama is just a piece of trash because his mother was a trashy woman. Man….These preachers are just full of hate.

  17. IndependentConservative Says:

    SG, see Pastor James David Manning, Calling Out Pimps, or Eliminating Competition?

  18. SteelGator Says:

    IC: Obviously you heard of this clown before I did. I would love to find the clip of Manning that I heard on the radio. If I find it, I will post it here.

  19. SteelGator Says:

    I found it…Here is the link.

    (Edit by IndependentConservative: Link removed. SG, I’m not giving that pimp any play here. He loves attention.)

  20. SteelGator Says:

    IC: It is your blog, but man, I thought your posters might want to know what this sorry excuse for a human said. I was just trying to be fair. Rev. Wrong is wrong and Barrack should leave that church. Rev. Manning is just as wrong and is saying bad things about Obama and supporting Clinton. Haters that support both democratic candidates.

  21. SteelGator Says:

    Obama also has a link to the “New Black Panther” Party on his campaign web site. I believe he is working to have it taken down.

    Obama isn’t a racist, right? He can’t be because he is a black liberal.

  22. IndependentConservative Says:

    SG, Manning posted the video for attention. So you and others would look at him, give him time to the point maybe he can get on TV and puff himself up more.

    I know all about the man, few other than myself have warned about him. He’s off into all sorts of mess that I didn’t even include in that post. I’m sure an entire book could be written all about him and he’d love that.

    He would love the attention of traffic from his latest rant being posted here. Which is why I removed the link. Because he really does not care that you are outraged, he just wants the traffic and attention that comes with people looking at him.

  23. IndependentConservative Says:

    Well you can post a link to that, where is it on his web site right now?

  24. IndependentConservative Says:

    Obama Web Site Still Carries New Black Panther Party Endorsement

  25. SteelGator Says:

    I understand where you are coming from. The dude is a real ignorant fool.

  26. IndependentConservative Says:

    Well SG, Drudge is running it now.

    Manning will probably make it to CNN now.

    Might as well post it now:

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