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Moody: Non-Christian Groups Should Not Be Intimidated By Christmas

By Kathleen Walter and Stephen Feller   |   Saturday, 22 Dec 2012 09:24 PM

The War on Christmas waged annually by non-Christians looking to push religion out of the public square is based on their feeling defensive because so large a majority of the country are Christian believers, said a former West Palm Beach pastor.

Dr. Jess Moody, founding president of Palm Beach Atlantic University, also said in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV that the Dec. 14 massacre in Connecticut can partially be blamed on God being removed from schools.

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“This has been going on ever since the whole thing began,” Moody said of the war on Christmas. “Every year I’m shocked that the press thinks it’s a brand new war and it’s nothing but an outcropping of another battle that Christians have to face to defend their holiday . . . It’s only Christians that seem to be attacked and that’s because we’re so overwhelmingly in the majority in society here in this country that the others feel very defensive and they shouldn’t because Christianity — true Christianity — will love them and encourage them and help them.”

Moody said that the removal of God from schools is partially to blame because “man is a fallen creature and every day we see evidence of it. All we have to do is read the front page of any newspaper,” that isn’t the whole story.

Adam Lanza, he said, had clear problems that did not stem from the absence of religious teaching at his school.

“This thing was not a matter of the degeneracy of man. It was a matter of mental illness,” Moody said. “This boy who did all of this killing, obviously, had radical mental problems and his reality factor did not function and he just became infuriated by some inference that he picked up on and he decided to take revenge upon the most innocent of them all.”

Moody said that one of the great things about America is the availability of help for people with the kind of mental issues that Lanza likely struggled with. He added, however, that getting to people on the edge, as Lanza clearly had been, could be more difficult.

“I’m not sure we can because we don’t know who they are until they surface and, sometimes, when they surface it’s too late,” he said. “But if we can get to them before that, there are good psychiatric helps that are available in this country.”

The former pastor at First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach said that for those still struggling from the aftereffects of the Great Recession, this year “is wonderful opportunity to debunk the materialization of Christmas.”

“They’re just as rich as we are and maybe more wealthy in faith and hope and love and charity because we might be relying upon big gifts for somebody as a guilt offering for the way we treated them all year long so, as a result, the people really can get help from God,” Moody said.

For those continuing to struggle financially, or any other way, Moody suggests they “check their inner relationship with God” and return to the Bible to draw strength from the more than 6,000 promises from God.

“They should go to the Bible which is where solace and strength and encouragement comes in just thousands of promises,” he said.

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