Apostasia Writ Large

Apostasia Writ Large
Vol: 122 Issue: 29 Tuesday, November 29, 2011

When the Tea Party held rallies in Richmond, Virginia last year, it did so over the objections of the city’s mayor, Dwight Jones.  Mayor Jones is a long-time Democrat who, before being elected mayor of Richmond, was a Democrat member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1994-2008.

Mayor Jones is also the Reverend Doctor Jones, senior pastor at the First Baptist Church of South Richmond.  The First Baptist Church of South Richmond, according to its website, is 183 years old and boasts 2200 members.

OWS protestors

A note from Pastor Jones at the FBCSR website declares the church a “purpose-driven” church, “meaning we are intentional about pursuing our goals.”  

Evidently, that purpose includes pursuing the same agenda espoused by the Occupiers. 

I went to the website’s statement of faith to see what they were all about and it all sounds very Baptist, with a hint of black liberation theology — reminiscent of Reverend Jeremiah Wright.  Article VII of their statement of faith;

 “The Bible tells the story which began in the garden of Eden which is in Africa and reflects, among others a history of the generations of the Cushite people.”

I’m not looking to beat up on the First Baptist Church of Richmond — I’m trying to understand them so that maybe I can get a handle on Mayor Jones’ shameful abuse of power and how he justifies it to his church, not to mention his political constituency.

When the Tea Party held its rallies in Richmond, they paid a rental fee to the city for the use of the park.  They paid for and received all the necessary permits and underwrote the expenses to pay for city services.

The rally organizers scheduled with the city months in advance and held fundraisers to cover their costs, including paying for portable toilets and police presence.  In all, the Richmond Tea Party held three rallies.  There were no arrests, no incidents, no police reports and no criminal activity. 

They left the park area cleaner than they found it and the city collected a bit over $10,000 for hosting the rallies at Kanawha Plaza, a city-owned public park.  The Tea Party organizers were also required by the city to pay for a $1 million insurance policy before the city would issue them permits.

When the Occupiers moved into Kanawha Plaza, they stayed for two weeks. They did not apply for permits.  They did not make prior arrangements with the city.  They did not pay for portable toilets or for security.  At least eleven occupiers were arrested.  

Typical OWS demand

“The occupation, inspired by the anti-Wall Street protests in lower Manhattan, had blossomed into a tent city, with dozens scattered around Kanawha Plaza in the city’s financial district. The site also included a library, a volleyball net and a large blue tarp strung up on three magnolia trees.”

As of October 26, a comparison chart between the two groups broke it down by the numbers:

Tea Party: Days of Protest 989 — Arrests 0 — Rapes 0 — Cost to Taxpayers 0
OWS: Days of Protest 40 — Arrests — 2,511 — Rapes — 4  Cost to Taxpayers — $2,400,000

President Obama has repeatedly condemned the Tea Party rallies while claiming a kindred spirit with the Occupiers, of whom he said, “we are with you.”

According to another website keeping track of the Occupy Wall Street movement, there have been at least 4,268 documented arrests of occupiers in at least sixty-five different cities as of yesterday.  Charges range from assault and rape to drug possession and beyond.

At least four deaths have been reported.

Assessment:

The Reverend Dr. Mayor Dwight Jones paid multiple visits to the Occupy Richmond protesters at Kanawha Plaza during their two-week occupation of the public park.  The city of Richmond provided services like toilets and trash pickup — at taxpayer expense.

The incomplete invoices obtained from the city totaled $7,000.  This was only a portion of the actual costs to taxpayers because the costs of police, helicopter and incarcerations were not included.

Also not accounted for was the 24-hour police protection of the Mayor’s home after the Occupiers moved their camp next door to the Mayor’s house.

The Richmond Tea Party, which only used the park during the day on three separate occasions for which it paid its own bills, was understandably miffed at the preferential treatment afforded the Occupiers by the city, attended a city council meeting to demand an explanation.

Special People Deserve Special TreatmentThe Mayor refused to hear them, getting up and walking out as the Tea Party representative began to speak. 

Days later, however, Mayor Jones invited members of the Occupy movement for a private, closed-door meeting with him in his mayoral office.

Since the Mayor refused to hear their grievance, the Tea Party decided to invoice the city for the fees and expenses it paid on the grounds that the Mayor allowed the Occupiers to use the park illegally and free of charge for more than two weeks, despite the section of the city code which says;

“It is unlawful for any person to camp, tent, encamp or quarter upon any public grounds, parks, playfields, playgrounds or any public property owned or maintained by the city.”

It all seems pretty cut-and-dried, doesn’t it?  Since the park belongs to the city then Mayor Jones effectively subsidized the OWS with taxpayer funds and joined the OWS in breaking the law.  

When the Tea Party complained, the City of Richmond ordered the Richmond Tea Party to submit to a tax audit!  Don’t take my word for it, read the letter for yourself — I’ll wait.  

It gets better.  If the Tea Party doesn’t submit all the records demanded by the City, then the City reserved the right to simply issue its own assessment of what the Tea Party owes them.  

And the only reason the city can charge them is because they obeyed the law in the first place.

Because the City of Richmond did not ask, and the Occupiers did not offer to pay any of its own expenses, they need not worry about being similarly audited.  The Occupiers didn’t have to pay, didn’t have to provide insurance coverage, and don’t have to worry about an audit because everything they did was illegal to begin with!

THAT is why I began with the Reverend Dr. Mayor Dwight Jones’ affiliation with the First Baptist Church of South Richmond.  I was attempting to find some clues that would explain Mayor Jones’ naked abuse of power in support of lawbreaking by the OWS. 

Since Reverend Dr. Mayor Jones is also the senior Pastor of a Baptist Church, I was curious as to how he could justify supporting lawlessness and mayhem by the OWS while using his position as mayor to issue such a transparently vindictive tax audit against the Tea Party after they sought equal treatment.

Apparently, lawlessness is acceptable in pursuit of the Rev. Mayor’s social gospel, which would also explain the vindictiveness of one of its pastors and the silence of his congregation.   

This is a prime example of what the Lord was referring to when answering the question, “What will be the sign of Thy coming?” in Matthew 24:3.

“And because iniquity [lawlessness] shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12)

Truth is no longer a virtue in America.  Not even to a Baptist minister.  If truth has any standing whatever, it appears that it is as an inconvenience to an agenda.  Which is precisely the conditions predicted by the Apostle Paul at the time the antichrist comes to power.

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away [apostasia] first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. . .” (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

The Reverend Dr. Mayor Dwight Jones’ abuse of power and vindictive assault on the Tea Party wouldn’t be all that big a deal, if it didn’t exemplify the apostasia that the Bible said would be the standard for the visible church of the last days.

“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for THIS cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11)

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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