What the Bible says about Ted Cruz

The Daily Beast has run a list of sins for which the Bible says you should be killed, to wit:

1. Disobeying one’s parents.

2. Gathering sticks on the Sabbath day.
3. Sexual relations with your in-laws.
4. Attending Hogwarts. According to Leviticus 20:27 “Any man or woman who is a medium or wizard shall be put to death.” Stoning is the specified method of execution.
5. Kidnapping.
6. Taking the Lord’s name in vain. Anyone—whether they are a local or an under-informed foreigner—can be stoned to death for taking the Lord’s name in vain. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit continues to be a serious sin in the New Testament: it is described in the gospel of Matthew as the only sin that will not be forgiven.
7. All kinds of extramarital sex.

8. Worshipping other gods.

Although we can’t be certain about some of the others, it is clear that Cruz repeatedly violates number 6. For example, according to the Religious  News Service, “Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, … says he ties every move he makes, every breath he takes, to God,” You can’t get much more blasphemous than that.

Heretically pretending to be speaking for Jesus, Cruz has told evangelicals that “we’ll turn this country around. We can turn our country around, but only if the body of Christ rises up.”

And arguing that ““that our rights don’t come from man. They come from God Almighty,” Cruz calls for abolishing the IRS and repealing Obamacare.” He, however, has failed to tell us of the Biblical citation on these matters.

Reports Think Progress: “While Cruz has said he and his wife ‘haven’t asked God give us your help in winning this race,’ CNN noted that he typically concludes campaign events by asking voters ‘to caucus for him, to sign up to volunteer and persuade others, and to pray and ask God to continue the awakening.’”

And it gets worse. RNS reports:

[Cruz’s father] told the congregation that God would anoint Christian “kings” to preside over an “end-time transfer of wealth” from the wicked to the righteous. After this sermon, Larry Huch, the pastor of New Beginnings, claimed Cruz’s recent election to the U.S. Senate was a sign that he was one of these kings.

According to his father and Huch, Ted Cruz is anointed by God to help Christians in their effort to “go to the marketplace and occupy the land … and take dominion” over it.  This “end-time transfer of wealth” will relieve Christians of all financial woes, allowing true believers to ascend to a position of political and cultural power in which they can build a Christian civilization. When this Christian nation is in place (or back in place), Jesus will return.”

Fortunately for Cruz, unlike blasphemous heretics, real Christians don’t take literally those portions of the Bible calling – ISIS style – for stoning of those they don’t like. But it would be nice if they spoke a little more forcefully against those who rape their religion for power and money.

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