Cross posted from Blue Virginia
Just when you though that Virginia Republican Lt. Governor nominee EW Jackson's bizarre, warped, extremist views couldn't get any more bizarre, warped, or extremist, along comes How E.W. Jackson’s ‘Prosperity Gospel’ Could Spell Bad News For Low-Income Virginians.
To get a better look at what Jackson’s politicized theology could mean for Virginians, Think Progress looked at a copy of Jackson’s 2008 book Ten Commandments To An Extraordinary Life. In it, Jackson offers an extensive – and often unsettling – peek at his bizarre religious views.Jackson, for instance, suggests in his book that people should prioritize giving to the wealthy, not to the poor:
“One of the common mistakes made by those who have a heart is to assume that the only appropriate giving is downward, i.e. to the poor. While giving to the poor is important, the most powerful giving for wealth building is upward giving.” (page 177)
In fact, Jackson seems to hold up wealth as the ultimate religious ideal, and even indicates that having money makes someone a better person in God’s eyes:
“Money is not evil, nor does it make people evil. Money magnifies the character of an individual. It gives you more opportunity to be who you really are. God is the creator of silver and gold. He has nothing against money, in fact he values it.” (page 172)
As Think Progress explains, these bizarre, Ayn Randian views are "actually a form of American Christianity known as the 'prosperity gospel
,'" which "teaches believers that they can get rich by thinking positive thoughts and by giving large sums of their money to their church and pastor
." Of course, that bizarre philosophy completely contradicts everything Jesus taught:
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