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Since I hung up my radio microphone in February 2012, I became convicted to make a change of direction, and to focus on issues that had become burdensome to me during the last years that I did the show, and to try to lay some foundations that might impact others even longer than the still-influential Future Quake show – in fact, a legacy of thoughts I hope to pass on to others long after I am gone, via the permanence of published books. Subsequently, I went “deep undercover” for about eight years, only popping up rarely to visit a friend’s show like Adam Sayne’s Conspirinormal podcast, rather doing intensive reading and researching, and writing draft manuscripts. What was intended to be a single volume on a topic trendy at the time, and then grudgingly a trilogy, became what now looks to be at least a 12-volume The Holy War Chronicles – A Spiritual View of the War on Terror book series.
My intentions were to finish drafting all of the volumes of this book series, to then “switch gears” and focus on publication and marketing of each in rapid fashion, the skills for such new duties requiring a dedicated focus to accomplish successfully for this aging mind, in my view. However, in the months leading up to and after the 2016 presidential elections, I noticed there was a pronounced increase in the direction of invective and even swagger in discourse in my fellow conservative Christians, and I began to see the campaign they were rallying around reflected a further evolution and increase in intensity in their direction of isolation from their fellow citizens, and a chronic paranoid and neurotic nature that continued to become evermore xenophobic and aggressive in its tone, and less and less like the nature of the Christ in the Bible they revere. While I tried to keep my “head down” and ignore these trends and focus on completing my manuscripts which I hoped were nearing completion, however I need take a break shortly afterwards, to make a few important posts about my current views and my read on things on this very blog site, at least to “let off a little steam,” and listen to how others reacted, and maybe save those thoughts for implementation as part of a publication down the road. Well, as I added to those thoughts periodically on this blog site, my good friend Adam Sayne said that due to the timeliness of the topic, and the urgency of the upcoming next general election, he recommended that I divert my agenda and package and expand these thoughts, data and observations into its own dedicated book, and sooner rather than later. After resisting for a while, in the fall of 2018 I began the process of digging deeper, finding more sources, and organizing and compiling the message into a book – which then became enough material to clearly define three lengthy books on the general topic, the first Volume 1 which was prepared and released for publication on April 1, 2020, entitled, Two Masters and Two Gospels, Volume 1 – The Teaching of Jesus Vs. the “Leaven of the Pharisees” in Talk Radio and Cable News.
It observes that Christians in Religious Right America today tend to argue their points on social and public issues today more from the talking points they hear on talk radio and cable news today, than they do from the words of Christ, the apostles or the prophets. I assert that they are merely saturated by the messaging and talking points, narrative and presuppositions they hear for hours each day to and from their work commutes, in the office and on their TV screens at home as captive audiences, with a messaging that overwhelms the 30 minutes or less they hear in church once a week about the Kingdom of Heaven. I also assert that to place this phenomenon in a biblical framework, the totality of this message could be seen as a modern reflection of what Jesus pointed out as the “leaven of the Sadducees and Pharisees,” and their positions on issues that could always be traced back to their “love of money,” as Jesus put it, and their contempt for the poor and stranger who was not “blessed by God,” and their obsession with political and social power over the affairs of their fellow citizens. I then proceed to cover scores of the most controversial public issues of the day, and contrast how the “gospel of Jesus” contrasts with the “gospel of talk radio and cable news” on almost every point, as evidenced by the biblical record. To seek answers why this cognitive dissonance exists within the American conservative Christian mind that convinces itself it clings to the Bible message tightly, while also a public “gospel” that refutes it in almost every way, I delve into the little-plumbed depths of the early Twentieth Century historical record, to document how Big Business and the Fortune 500 companies began buying the major Christian media outlets at the time, to thus train the clergy and then the parishioner in the pew in this business and wealth class-friendly “other gospel” over a generation, to tremendous success. It also shows that the spiritual “gurus” in these important media outlets for the conservative clergy were indeed real gurus, steeped in Gnosticism and the initiators of the American “New Age” and the LSD culture, decades before most of America was aware of such phenomena. It also concludes by considering what the public persona of conservative Christians over the last few years, in terms of their public positions regarding the poor, immigrants, women, minorities of all stripes and other “outsiders,” is impacting their professed priority to be “fishers of men” and to “rescue the perishing” as evangelical heralds under the “Great Commission,” with warnings and some general recommendations on how to reflect again the Sermon on the Mount values taught by their Founder.
Below you will see some further highlighting of the book’s themes, taken from the back cover of the book:
Why do many American Christians Today Oppose the Values of Jesus? In recent years, why have most evangelical Christians been more concerned with political “winning” over soul-winning? Why have they been willing to “deal with the Devil” to further their interests and agenda, and disregard their call to “love thy neighbor,” and its impact on their witness to the world and reputation of the Church? Why do their calls to limit government assistance and citizen protections mirror those of the financial, business and wealth classes? Do these modern values reflect the sermons and gospel they hear on Sundays, or the “sermons” they hear on talk radio and cable news during the week, like the Pharisees whom Christ opposed? How did this “cognitive dissonance” arise in recent generations of Christians, and by whose hidden hands did they infiltrate the doors of the church?
These questions and others will be addressed in full in this first installment of the Two Masters and Two Gospels series, by a Bible-believing Christian researcher who has uncovered shocking influences and culprits from the darkest corners of both the Mammon-worshipping establishment and Gnostic counter-culture, into the minds of generations of clergy, and through them into the Christian community at large.
It explores the observable changes in the attitudes, perceptions of and interactions with the outside world by America’s Religious Right and evangelical base in the recent years of the “Trump phenomena,” finding in their new president a messianic figure and an apparent expression of the collective “id” of their embattled culture and heritage of preeminent societal stewardship. However, have they made a “Faustian bargain” with the aim of a reclamation of short-term power and influence, and if so, which party is the compromising Faust, and which is the seducing Devil? Furthermore, have they sacrificed their (sometimes) historical role in society of spiritual guardianship and ethical example and leadership, “despising their birthright” of such like Esau, for a “mess of Trump porridge,” or worse yet, in exchange for thirty pieces of silver?
So how have most of today’s Religious Right-affiliated “salt of the earth” citizens developed a mindset and attitude towards others and the issues of the day, expressing clannish pride, xenophobic paranoia of the “stranger” outside their own clan as well as a disregard for their suffering, and an exaltation of the wealthy, worldly successful and arrogant, in direct contradiction to the Sermon-on-the-Mount Kingdom principles of humility and “others-centeredness” taught by their own Founder and Savior? This work asserts that this paradox is best explained upon consideration of the “other gospel” most Christians are exposed to every week, as countless hours of exposure to talk radio and cable news during their commutes, work day and evening meal simply dwarf the influence from their house of worship, propagating a “business-friendly” worldview. This work also reviews a score or more of the pertinent “hot button” issues of the day, and reveals how the teachings of Jesus and the saints as recorded in scripture bears little similarity to the media “gospel” that despises the poor, the stranger, and other “undesirables.”
Worse yet is the discovery, in the little-known historical investigation within this work, that our own Christian leaders colluded with Big Business interests in the New Deal-era to fight forms of public assistance, paid for with hard cash, who in turn used Christian media to train our national clergy and public, using Gnostic guides under dark spiritual influences, with biblical prophetic implications. This modern-era exposure of our Christian leaders “riding the Beast” of the ancient, money-obsessed “Great City Babylon,” and which provides impeccable documentation and dares to “name names,” is intended to provide spiritual insight both to the orthodox Christian, and the moral, authenticity-seeking unbeliever.
(paperback, hardcover and Nook ebook)
It is also in ebook via Kobo/Walmart and paperback and ebook at Books A Million, and many other places; I also offer a special deal for ebook readers at the Two Masters site at Bookbaby (available here), which provides Kindle, epub and pdf versions together for one price, and if you leave your email there for my mailing list, I will additionally send you a special short work I have done, just for you.
“Dr. Michael Bennett makes some bold and provocative claims in his new book, Two Masters and Two Gospels. He documents how the messages of talk radio hosts have infiltrated the church and warns of the dangers of conflating the message of the Christ with the propaganda of the media and political systems. Bennett tells a disturbing narrative of how the message of Jesus was co-opted by those who sought wealth and power. If you are concerned about the direction of our country and the narratives that divide us, it is important to consider the sources of our information. “Facts matter,” but how can you know if they really are facts? “Fake news” or truth? How can we know the difference with so much spin and selective presentations of information? Bennett gives us some suggestions. If you think Bennett’s claims are too extreme to be believed, his sources are included in an extensive notes section. In these polemic times, it is important to know the back story. Bennett fills in some of the gaps.”
-Martin Brooks, Interim President, Peace Catalyst International
“Every once in a while you read a book that fundamentally challenges and changes your world view. Two Masters and Two Gospels is one of that breed. It exposes the cynicism and hypocrisy of the so-called ‘religious’ right, and proves through meticulous research that for some, God is the ultimate brand, a tool for power and control with a big bank account attached. Those who knowingly and willingly abuse the trust and generosity of others who live their lives as true Christians, with grace, humility and love, deserve to be called out. And Mike Bennett isn’t afraid to do it. It’s an incredible read.”
–Ginny Welsch, Executive Director, WRFN-LPFM, Radio Free Nashville
“Your book has freed my thoughts…I hope all people will read your book.” Carol B., a seventy-something Christian reader
“I am not a Christian…you may be changing my mind about Christians. You may make me reconsider my path because I didn’t realize Christians like you existed.” Sha___da, a middle-aged female reader
“It’s been a while since I have been amazed, but you did it. Solid research and its much appreciated, you connected a lot of dots, and now I feel more at peace, because you showed some reasonable answers to my plaguing wondering why this pusillanimous behavior is going on with my Saviors ‘disciples.'” Dave
Amazon and other retail book buyer reviews:
“What a find! Five Stars – This book challenged me in a healthy way that an objective appeal to reason would, yet it was presented as a thoughtful, reasonable, and thoroughly-cited examination of histories influencing many discussions I see present in our value-based discussions…To this end, sometimes discussions with my intelligent and strong-minded loved ones political and feel difficult. If you can relate, then I’d humbly but emphatically recommend buying, reading, and even giving away copies of this book. Please be advised; this book contains challenging and hopefully paradigm shifting content built on meticulously documented research and seemingly presented from a place of respect. Among his fans, Dr. Bennett developed a consistently positive reputation for treating his radio show guests with decency, respect and fun; He continues this reputation for balanced approach to exploring current and serious matters arguably manifesting as conflicting values at the intersection of western politics and personal faith.” Joey
“If “Christians” today were to open their Bibles and take the words of Christ at face value, holding truth over self-preservation this book would be unnecessary. Sadly, this book’s importance is paramount in today’s culture. A must read for anyone who cares to not only call themselves ‘Christian’ but actually wishes to discover what that means in practice, and provides the reader with knowledge and understanding as to how we have strayed so far from the Actual gospel of Christ. A must Read.” Micah
“Prepare to be stretched to the limit! Dr. Bennett has painstakingly researched this tome and made this information available to the dedicated reader in a precise and engaging style that will keep you turning pages! But beware Christian brothers and sisters and skeptics alike, this book will force you to reexamine your own long held political and religious traditions. You can disagree if you must, but you will have to disagree with the many Scriptures cited as well as the countless footnotes and references on every page. My prayer is that the Church will stop dividing over political issues and looking at the stranger and the foreigner with a jaded eye and return to the calling that the Lord set before us; to preach HIS Gospel to the fallen world in these times of darkness and strife. My prayer for the believer and the unbeliever alike is that the scales will fall from our eyes and we will see each other as God sees us, imagers of His great love and mercy. May Dr Bennett’s work cause all of us to lay our sacred cows down and walk worthy the mighty Name of Jesus Christ, making Him preeminent instead of our pharisaical leaders and traditions.” Nick Galante
“I just finished it and was amazed with the author’s research and insights into the topic. This is a book that every Christian should read. With meticulous detail Mike Bennett has explained where and how the modern church has “got it wrong.” Lucy Robbins, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
What others have said about Dr. Bennett’s radio and podcast interviews on the book:
“I totally agree with your positions and I’m so very sad at the state of Christendom. Thank you again and God bless.” Jennifer
“I listened to your interview on Omega Frequency and was moved by your compassion towards people and love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I ordered your new book…and I am looking forward to reading it. I don’t go to church, but I’ve had a whirlwind of a year as to awakening to the truth and following Christ. I just wanted to say thanks for all the work that you do.” Arnie
“Praise God for this honest truth that the body really needs to hear. We all have to hold ourselves accountable and really ask ourselves who it is we truly serve.” “Definitely_bro,” Youtube comment on “Omega Frequency” interview
“This was Excellent. I’ll be watching it a few times. YOUR GUEST IS EXCELLENT!”, “HerMajesty5,” Youtube comment on “Omega Frequency” interview
“Wow simply the best interview I’ve ever heard. One of the best description I’ve heard on the Cross around the 3 hour mark.” “Brian Martin,” Youtube comment on “Omega Frequency” interview
“Thank you SO much for having Dr Bennett on……lots of truths spoken. I pray that believers’ eyes start opening as the deceptions get worse.” “Michael Pressley,” Youtube comment on “Omega Frequency” interview
“thank you, thank you, thank you-for bringing this info to me and thank you Dr Bennett for all of the hard work.” “Gerlinde Schuster,” Youtube comment on “View From The Bunker” interview (Part 1)
“Aloha from Hawaii! Thank you for the information shared. Much to absorb and pray about. Love you guys.” “Alvina Awong,” Youtube comment on “View From The Bunker” interview (Part 1)
“Bravo interview! Dr Future at his best to expose hypocrisy and stir up your political, social, and religious bias. Im going to get his book and brace myself for a good cage rattling!” “Carol Lee,” Youtube comment on “View From The Bunker” interview (Part 1)
What Dr. Bennett’s on-air interviewers have stated about his findings and book, in print or on air:
“Mike’s new book, ‘Two Masters and Two Gospels: The Teaching of Jesus vs. the Leaven of the Pharisees in Talk Radio and Cable News, Volume 1,’ will surely gain a hearing with and agreement from many and will raise the ire of others. One thing I am certain of: you will not have the luxury of not having an opinion on these matters after reading Mike’s book.” Pastor Mike Spaulding, Radio Station Owner/Producer/Host, Soaring Eagle Radio
“We are joined by J. Michael Bennett, PhD…for Part One of a conversation on his challenging, controversial, yet timely and necessary book, “Two Masters and Two Gospels, Volume 1… We are joined once again by J. Michael Bennett, for Part Two of a conversation on his challenging book…In this second conversation Dr. Bennett shares with us some of the historical data supporting the arguments in his book, some of which are quite eye-opening.” Julian Charles, Producer/Host, “The Mind Renewed” program
You can also catch a few of my recent interviews on my book at Conspirinormal, Iron Show, Binnall of America, Ryan O’Neal’s WQEE Classic Rock, Pastor Mike Spaulding’s Soaring Eagle Radio, The Mind Renewed (Parts 1 and 2), The Omega Frequency (Youtube video and audio podcast), and Derek Gilbert’s View From the Bunker (including Part 2)
The website that chronicles and makes announcements about my books is www.mikebennettbooks.com.
My publisher website is www.akribospress.com.