Leftists and Socialists Dominate LA Religious Ed Congress

Jim Wallis: “White Christianity is an idol”

[LA REC lives down to its name]

by Michael Voris, S.T.B. • ChurchMilitant • February 25, 2017

ANAHEIM – The aging leftist founder of Sojourners, Jim Wallis, took the main stage Saturday morning at the L.A. Religious Education Congress (LA REC) and immediately began pushing a leftwing version of Christianity, saying that “the Church” had to “rediscover Christ” — implying that Christians, for the most part, no longer follow Christ.

His is an entire “social gospel” predicated on a liberal interpretation of Scripture, where care of the body is given prominence over care of the soul. In a typical swap of meaning, Wallis quoted — or rather, misquoted — the first Beatitude as “Blessed are the poor,” leaving off the defining “in spirit,” which contextualizes the entire spiritual meaning of the passage.

Basing most of his overtly liberal presentation on racism and “white guilt,” he said, “White Christians act more white than Christian” and that “White Christianity is an idol.”

It took him little time to use the main stage at the Congress sponsored by the archdiocese of Los Angeles to go on the attack about whites being uncaring about “people of color.” As proof, he provided the statistic that 72 percent of whites don’t believe the claims by blacks of sustained police hostility in their communities — sidestepping the obvious fact that huge numbers of police officers, especially in urban areas, are black themselves, and many police departments have blacks as the chief of police.

Wallis noted that by 2040, White America will no longer be the majority — and to him, that’s a good thing. He employs classic race-baiting politics and wraps it in the guise of Christianity.

“The narrative has to change,” he insists, in an effort to produce “authentic” Christianity.

The 69-year-old Wallis said that any church that fails to put the poor as its first priority is “no church at all.”

The self-identified Evangelical, coming from his 1960s, social revolution background, has been a longtime proponent of a more humanist view of Christianity, proposing that abortion is not as important as poverty, for example.

In 2010, Wallis falsely claimed he had never received money for his Sojourners community from billionaire atheist George Soros, who has funded dozens of groups with anti-Catholic agendas that support abortion, same-sex marriage and atheism.

When his falsehood was revealed and published by Marvin Olaskey, Wallis denied it, accusing Olaskey of “lying for a living.” He later admitted his error, and that he had in fact received the donation from George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, and also that he and his liberal group had accepted an additional donation for $150,000. He never apologized to Olaskey.

Wallis has deep ties to the Democratic Party, a.k.a., the Party of Death, serving as spiritual adviser to President Barack Obama during his time in the White House as well as a go-to resource for Democrat leaders like former Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid.

The LA REC has an enduring reputation as being a stage for pro-marxist, pro-gay politics and, at least in the main arena, the tradition is continuing. Many faithful Catholics are beginning to wonder why Los Angeles archbishop Jose Gomez is allowing this to continue. There is much quiet talk taking place that His Excellency is slowly trying to change the liberal culture in the archdiocese, which reached its zenith under modernist, leftist former archbishop Cdl. Roger Mahoney — but there is little evidence of that change at this year’s Congress, as one leftist and gay advocate after another takes center stage.

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  1. Michael Voris Confronts Jim Wallis Over Falsehood

    Wallis evades, offers another falsehood

    by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant • February 25, 2017

    At the 2017 L.A. Religious Education Congress, Church Militant’s Michael Voris confronted one of the main speakers, Jim Wallis, founder of the non-profit Sojourners, over a past falsehood on the group’s finances. In response, Wallis offered yet another falsehood.

    In spite of the fact that Sojourners has accepted at least $325,000 from Open Society Foundations, the organization of atheist billionaire George Soros — who’s funded pro-abortion, pro-LGBT movements across the globe to the tune of billions of dollars — Wallis told a reporter that his group had never received money from him.

    “No, we don’t receive money from Soros,” Wallis insisted in 2010. “Given the financial crisis of nonprofits, maybe Marvin [Olaskey, the reporter who exposed the funding] should call Soros and ask him to send us money.”

    “So, no, we don’t receive money from George Soros,” he repeated. “Our books are totally open, always have been. Our money comes from Christians who support us and who read Sojourners. That’s where it comes from.”

    “So tell Marvin he should check his facts, and not imitate Glenn Beck,” he concluded, accusing Olaskey of “lying for a living.”


    Wallis, however, was the one who needed to check his facts. Of the more than $2 million his group received from 2003–2009 (none of them discernibly Christian organizations, for the alleged non-partisan, Christian work of Sojourners), at least $325,000 of it was from Soros — what Wallis later admitted to, but insisted was just “the tiniest fraction” of their money.

    “The allegation concerned three grants received over 10 years from the Open Society Institute that made up the tiniest fraction of Sojourners’ funding during that decade,” Wallis claimed in his 2010 retraction, “so small that I hadn’t remembered them.”

    That wasn’t the same argument he made Saturday at the Anaheim Convention Center, however, after Michael Voris confronted him on how he reconciles biblical principles — which Wallis claims to espouse — with his public falsehood, as well as with his willing acceptance of Soros’ blood money.

    “That’s a very classic sort of rightwing attack on me and Sojourners,” Wallis began.

    “Please address the question, Jim; don’t attack me,” Voris said, forced to raise his voice because his microphone had been cut off. “Address the question.”

    Wallis went on to claim his denial of Soros money was based on the way the reporter, Timothy Dalrymple, had phrased the question, claiming that Dalrymple had asked whether “George Soros is your principal funder.”

    “I said, none of that’s true,” Wallis explained to Voris of his 2010 encounter.

    But Wallis mischaracterizes the 2010 question, which is easily found online. Nowhere did Dalrymple ask whether Soros was Sojourner’s “principal funder,” nor did he even suggest it. He simply asked whether “Sojourners receives funding from people like George Soros.” From the original interview:

    The second part of Olasky’s critique was his suggestion that Sojourners receives funding from people like George Soros. The implication is that Sojourners received money from a Leftist atheist to deliver the vote for the Democrats. Is Sojourners open about its books? Is there anything wrong with making common cause with the George Soroses of the world?

    It was in response to this question that Wallis accused Olasky of lying, denying that Sojourners had ever received a cent from Soros — a falsehood he later had to retract.

    Based on his track record, Wallis seems to have difficulty keeping his facts straight, while being quick to accuse those who question him of bad motives.

    In fact, Soros’ outfit isn’t the only leftist organizationfrom from which Sojourners has benefited. Jay Richards, writing for National Review, did some digging and found that:

    Besides the Soros grants, for instance, there are two 2006 grants from the infamous Tides Foundation totaling $72,106; a Ford Foundation grant in 2008 for $100,000; a Rockefeller Brothers Fund grant for $100,000 in 2005; and a $50,000 grant from the Wallace Global Fund in 2008. The Wallace Global Fund also supports ACORN and a cornucopia of population-control groups.

    Wallis, an Evangelical, has written much on the issue of race, saying at the LA REC, “All lives won’t matter until Black lives matter.” And the day after President Trump won the election, Wallis lamented, “This was a white election. It was a race election.”

    “Donald Trump defied the conventional wisdom and believed he could win by mobilizing the white vote and turning out angry white voters in greater numbers than others believed was possible,” he continued, “and finally winning in an overwhelmingly white vote. And he did.”

    Wallis is married to Joy Carroll, among the first women ordained in the Church of England.

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