June 13, 2014
"By far the greatest majority of Americans today are liberal and socialistic in their thinking. They are themselves the greatest hindrance to Christian conservatism. The unchanging truth that 'man cannot go against that which he believes in his heart' is perfectly understood by those who mould the collective thinking of the American people." -The Don Bell Report
As I mentioned in Part 3, Nelson Bunker Hunt and Pat Robertson were instrumental in the founding of the CNP. The other two major founders are Tim LaHaye and T. Cullen Davis. There are several other powerful players behind the scenes who founded the CNP. Various websites claim others as founders, but these are the basic four who started the umbrella organization in 1981.
Tim LaHaye was born in 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. He is a Baptist preacher and attended Bob Jones University. He also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Seminary. LaHaye is most famous for his fictionalizing of Biblical truth in his Left Behind series of apocalyptic fiction, which he co-wrote with Jerry B. Jenkins. See Revelation 22:18-20.
After 25 years as pastor for Scott Memorial Church in San Diego, California, he left and started several groups that promoted his beliefs and his interest in conservative politics. In 1979, he encouraged fellow CNP charter member, Jerry Falwell, to found the Moral Majority, and sat on its board of directors. With money from LaHaye's Left Behind series, the LaHaye's gave 4.5 M to Jerry Falwell's Liberty University for the "School of Prophecy" which opened in 2002 and is named after LaHaye.
In the 1980s, LaHaye founded the now defunct, American Coalition for Traditional Values and the Coalition for Religious Freedom, with CNP member and Moon front man, Dr. Robert Grant. Tim LaHaye founded the Pre-Tribulation Research Center along with Thomas Ice in 1998. The center is dedicated to producing material that supports a dispensationalist, pre-tribulation interpretation of the Bible, and has many very sound doctrine preachers on their website.
LaHaye played a significant role in getting the Religious Right to support George W. Bush for the presidency in 2000. In 2007, he endorsed Mike Huckabee during the primaries. Remember what Huckabee said about Common Core, " Rebrand it, refocus it, but don’t retreat.” [Link]
LaHaye held the position of paid chairman with Sun Myung Moon's now defunct Coalition for Religious Freedom (CRF). Moon was the founder of the Unification Church, and was the self-proclaimed Messiah to the world. He teaches the particularly vile heresy that not only did Jesus fail in His earthly ministry, but that He had sex with the women who followed Him. This was reported in the November 1990 Omega-Letter and the 1996, Religion in Politics.
In June, 1985, Coalition for Religious Freedom held several rallies, one of which was in Washington, D.C. There LaHaye urged the over 300 men and women present to support Moon by voluntarily going to jail with him for a week, if allowed to do so by authorities. "Not that I agree with his doctrine," said LaHaye. "Not that I agree with what he teaches, because many of us don't know what he teaches. We have only read about it in the paper and you know how much we can trust the papers." Evidently LaHaye is unaware of the many books and research papers made available by Christian cult investigators. Certainly the newspapers aren't the only source of information.
Other so-called evangelicals that served with LaHaye at CRF as executive committee and/or advisory board members were CNP charter member, Dominionist Don Wildmon, founder and president of the social activist American Family Association; Point Of View nationwide radio talk show host, CNP charter member, Marlin Maddoux, (deceased); CNP member, James Robison; charter CNP member, D. James Kennedy, author and pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, (deceased); Paul Crouch, TBN Network's infamous founder and Hal Lindsey. This certainly is an agenda of social activism which makes for strange ecumenical bedfellows. In a personal letter dated 6/3/93, LaHaye claims to have never received any pay for his stint as CRF's "temporary chairman for a month and a half." LaHaye seemed to be saying, "It's okay to serve on the Board of an apostate organization as long as you don't accept pay for it."
LaHaye's involvement with Moon was disturbing inasmuch as LaHaye was promoting Moon and Moon functions. In 1985, Carolyn Weaver, writing for Mother Jones Magazine, exposed the fact that LaHaye had received substantial funds from Moon's top aid, Bo Hi Pak. This was discovered in a tape of a dictated thank you letter from LaHaye, thanking Pak for a contribution in excess of $500,000. LaHaye would not admit or deny the receipt of the contribution, instead he attacked the source of the information. (Reported in the 1996, Religion in Politics and Biblical Discernment Ministries) Like LaHaye, many other CNP members have received funding from Sun Myung Moon's various front organizations. Moon financed the World parliament of Religions that included the Covenant of Isis and the Theosophical Society groups, and Moon's websites promoted the UN Habitat II conference.
Tim LaHaye coordinated Christian Right voter registration projects under his 1983 American Coalition for Traditional Values. When the ACTV faded from public view, his wife Beverly started Concerned Women for America (CWA) as a grassroots formation as well as a lobbying group. Fellow CNP member, Michael Farris, Constitutional Convention proponent (via the Parental Rights Act), once worked for CWA. Reagan addressed the CWA in 1987, Jeane Kirkpatrick was another invited guest speaker for Beverly LaHaye's group, and Jeanne was a member of the CFR, Trilateral Commission, as well as UN Ambassador. Other guest speakers were fellow CNP member, Oliver North; Josh McDowell - Director of fellow CNP member and Dominionist, Bill Bright's Campus Crusade for Christ; and Dominionist David Barton. Bev LaHaye endorsed Operation Rescue, run by Dominionist Randall Terry.
Temperament Analysis and Personality Typing
Tim LaHaye has been a leader in pushing the four temperaments of man which is a major deception in the church today and is the so-called spiritual application of pseudo-psychological temperament theory for individual personality assessment, which, in actuality, is derived from pagan and occultic philosophies, including Freud and Jung. The "temperament" can be defined as the unique mental and emotional disposition identifiable as the personality. The study of the temperaments, which are man-centered, self-oriented, and psycho-paganistic, are being offered to the unwitting as a sophisticated, almost magical way to understand our deepest natures and our personality types. In actuality, Christians could be unknowingly lured into the occult by practicing the temperaments and other New Age personality typologies. [Link]
Understanding ourselves in terms of typologies is unnecessary for walking after the Spirit and bearing the Fruit of the Spirit. Concentration on such categories only feeds the flesh and ultimately leads to works of the flesh. In Philippians 1:6, Paul is not talking about people reaching their greatest potential through understanding themselves through temperament categories. He is talking about the Holy Spirit's work in each person through the process of sanctification whereby believers are transformed into the image of Christ. The four temperaments and similar typologies give false power based upon a lie. The Word of God is true. It is quick and powerful. To replace it or assist it with erroneous personality typologies is an insult to the Lord, especially considering the occult relationship.
T. Cullen Davis
Thomas Cullen Davis, born in 1933 in Ft. Worth, Texas, was a Texas oil heir. He lost his fortune in the recessions of the 1980s. In August 1976, Davis was charged with the murder of his estranged wife's boyfriend, Stan Farr, and her daughter, Andrea Wilborn. Davis' wife, Priscilla Davis, had filed for divorce in 1974, but in 1976 the divorce proceedings were still ongoing and the divorce had not been made official. Farr and Wilborn had been shot dead, and Davis' wife Priscilla wounded, by a gunman who entered their home in Fort Worth on August 2, 1976. [Link]
In November 1977, after what has been called "one of the most expensive murder investigations and trials in Texas history," a jury found Davis not guilty. He was the wealthiest man in the country to have ever stood trial for murder. The children of Stan Farr later sued Davis for wrongful death and were awarded $250,000 in a settlement. In 1978, Davis was arrested again, this time for allegedly hiring a hit man to murder his wife Priscilla as well as the judge overseeing their ongoing divorce litigation, again ultimately acquitted. Blood Will Tell, by Gary Cartwright is the story of the Davis murder trials and whether or not justice was served.
Those four people were the founders, but there were many more who were instrumental in funding the Council as well as creating the rightwing cabal.
In Part 5, we'll look at the Grand Poobah of the Council for National Policy.
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Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.