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March 25, 2009

Philanthropist Leaves GOP

Christian philanthropist Howard Ahmanson has announced that he has left the GOP to become a Democrat.

"The Republican Party of the State of California seems to have decided to narrow itself down to one article of faith, which may be described as NTESEBREE: No Tax Shall Ever Be Raised Ever Ever," he writes in a column.

This is how Time described Ahmanson in their cover story on the top 25 evangelicals: "Money makes the Word go round, and this wealthy, conservative Republican couple takes a dizzyingly ecclectic approach to funding evangelism ... The couple, both 55, now are warning powerful conservative Christians about the pitfalls of hubris in the aftermath of their victories over liberals last November."

CT included the Ahmansons in a 2002 story on the "Patrons of the Evangelical Mind."

(h/t Rod Dreher)

Comments

Encouraging the Republican Party back toward its conservative roots seems much more reasonable than seeking to sway post-modern Democrats toward something they know nothing of nor can they comprehend. True conservatism enables change verses building dependency. I think Ahmanson is grandstanding. The Dem's party platform is quite contrary to Christian morality regardless of what a few factions within the party believe. Tax and spend policies a la the left-controlled California legislature is immoral! I, for one, am thankful that the Dems understand they are in for a fight every time they seek to take more money from my family. Mr. Ahmanson should consider the fact that less money to families and less economic opportunity in California due to left-wing majority waste-based legislation translates to less money to fund the local churches and evangelism. Conservatism is the closest political philosophy we have that exemplifies the Christian ethic. After watching the Dems fiscally and morally shipwreck our state, Ahmanson should be a little smarter about affiliating his name with the party.

John said: "Tax and spend policies a la the left-controlled California legislature is immoral! I, for one, am thankful that the Dems understand they are in for a fight every time they seek to take more money from my family."

You're quite right John..Jesus was always going on and on about the tax and spend policies of the Romans...keep up the good fight. Forget all all that stuff about storing up your treasure in heaven etc...just more liberal bleeding heart nonsense!

Yes, Heather, you are right on target. And as far as Republicans are concerned about being their "brothers' keeper" - forget it!

And don't you know they don't seem to remember how the first Christians lived.

Acts 2:44-45
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. (KJV)

Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. (KJV)


Of course, it was only the BELIEVERS who shared all their things. And it wasn't compulsory. Also, I am a die-hard, small government conservative who is not wealthy and does not want to be wealthy. I wholeheartedly seek to store up treasures in heaven. The issue at stake has more to do with personal responsibilty for my own finances. In other words, I give and am generous with my money as my conscience and the Scriptures lead me. I don't agree with much of the government's spending programs (or with Bush's, for that matter!) and so I don't want to fund them.
You can't generalize people, and you can't make Scripture say what you want it to say.

I do not know where this message will go to, but I hope and pray that it will spread across the world and that any Christian philanthropists will see this note and that God will touch them.

Pleas go to:
www.seedsforsid.co.uk
and help fund a christian film to spread the word of Jesus Christ to a world that has lost touch with him. I would also like someone to e mail me at rwtmp@aol.com if they want to know more. If anyone knows Howard Ahmanson, please pass this web site on to him. I pray that through these words God finds his way into the hearts of those that want to spread the word of Christ through a feature film about losing your life in Christ Jesus in orde to save it. Serious professional film makers are behind this concept of leading people through and from this film to be saved and to be born again. Please visit the site:

seedsforsid.co.uk and spread the messsage of the web site and let God do his work.

God bless all of you who just read pray or give any token of donation; love offering in faith. God bless those that give to this cause. Just please go to the web site and let God speak to you. Please spread the word so I can make this film and see my Pastors endorsement of the film and the church leader believes in this film. Please come with us brothers and sister on the journey in prayer and faith. This story will change the world.Can you remember the day you were saved? How beautiful is a baptism. Brothers and sisters in Christ, come with me in Jesus name and help me to spread the word of God to a needy world with this film and another one I have planned about the story of PETER. Good's love and blessing to all of you. Rod Woodruff (Christian Film Maker

I do not know where this message will go to, but I hope and pray that it will spread across the world and that any Christian philanthropists will see this note and that God will touch them.

Pleas go to:
www.seedsforsid.co.uk
and help fund a christian film to spread the word of Jesus Christ to a world that has lost touch with him. I would also like someone to e mail me at rwtmp@aol.com if they want to know more. If anyone knows Howard Ahmanson, please pass this web site on to him. I pray that through these words God finds his way into the hearts of those that want to spread the word of Christ through a feature film about losing your life in Christ Jesus in orde to save it. Serious professional film makers are behind this concept of leading people through and from this film to be saved and to be born again. Please visit the site:

seedsforsid.co.uk and spread the messsage of the web site and let God do his work.

God bless all of you who just read pray or give any token of donation; love offering in faith. God bless those that give to this cause. Just please go to the web site and let God speak to you. Please spread the word so I can make this film and see my Pastors endorsement of the film and the church leader believes in this film. Please come with us brothers and sister on the journey in prayer and faith. This story will change the world.Can you remember the day you were saved? How beautiful is a baptism. Brothers and sisters in Christ, come with me in Jesus name and help me to spread the word of God to a needy world with this film and another one I have planned about the story of PETER. Good's love and blessing to all of you. Rod Woodruff (Christian Film Maker