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yourownjesus.net

The Catholicist Nation website is designed and assembled by David Beck.

I am a U.S. Government and Economics teacher with twenty-five years experience working in a high school in southern California. I have a Master's Degree in the Social Sciences from Azusa Pacific University. I am a husband, a father, and I have had church leadership roles in virtually every area of ministry.

I grew up with a Presbyterian religious background, and since high school I have considered myself a Christian. With little insulation from the power of the World, however, I spent much time, energy, and agony damaging myself and others. A few years ago I was introduced to that power by the profound exposition in Tupper Saussy's book Rulers of Evil, and I was driven back into Scripture with a radical new intensity to find a Jesus who was astoundingly more magnificent and gentle than I had ever thought.

The domain name is intended to move the web user to think about the nature of his relationship to Christ. Is his Savior the Jesus who at one point in history died to pay the penalty for his sin, rose again to demonstrate victory over death and despair, and presently walks with him as the most engaging, abiding friend? Or is he a brilliant counterfeit, a straw-man Jesus that takes one of a hundred different forms?

The name was also inspired a bit by Depeche Mode's 1989 single "Personal Jesus." It is a song about a caller offering himself as a girl's "own personal jesus." He cares and hears prayers. He's flesh and bone, a forgiver. But the whole song's tenor is that those things are not exactly what the guy wants to do for the girl. He wants to be her loving, wonderful straw-man Jesus.

Yourownjesus.net is not a dot-com because the website The Catholicist Nation is not a company. It is not a dot-org because it is not an organization. It is a dot-net because it is a network of considerations to get people to know the superlative reality of the One who is "I Am" against the spectacular backdrop of a virulently deceitful World.

This is not a Reformation website. It is not about assailing the duly-authorized Romanist power system, much less endorsing any change whatsoever in it. It is not about doing anything but sharing truth with those who've had the scales dropped from their eyes and can see enough to find freedom in the one place where it is offered: wholly and completely outside that system and in the embrace of Jesus Christ.

The only guide I have is Scripture. As much as I speak of its brutal treatment at the hands of clever Catholicists, as a Catholicist once myself I can be prone to brief bouts of Scripture misconception. If you think you see one at any point in this site, please email me. I am open to correction and would be happy to know about it. My only aim is to honor Him in this effort out of my love for Him because of His gracious love for me, and out of love for those who chance to come across it and find greater clarity and brighter illumination of the Living Word.

I too am on the route out of Babylon and am exuberantly grateful that I have a Lord who leads me on that route. It is always a wondrous adventure, though at times it can be frightening and sorrowful. No matter what, He is with me and that means everything.

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To give you a head start with the webzine, here are some of my own favorite site locations.

Why Jesus? This page speaks to the authenticity of a relationship with the One who formed you, and even better loves you so much that he died for you so you could live again. This is, in fact, the page. He is everything that is anything meaningful at all.

501c3 Q & A. This is one of my most read and copied pages. It lays out exactly what happens when a church that says they belong to Jesus actually tie themselves to Caesar. It is also one of my first pieces.

Watchmen. One of my favorite home page pieces, I get into the graphic novel Watchmen as a phenomenally telling exposition about the goals and activities of the real power behind everything. From September 2008.

Trimming. Another of my favorites, it details the ways mandarins use beautifully charismatic people and viscerally compelling propaganda to dull the senses about what is true and righteous. From January 2015.

Human Sacrifice. I consider this my seminal home page piece, starting to lay out the reality of what people actually do with value. The one that immediately followed it gets into it a bit more, and this one contains some details of contemporary human sacrifice practices.

The Acts 2 Church. What a fully-abandoned-to-Christ worship assemblies should look like. Sadly so many will abjectly refuse to do the distinguishing between the Kingdom and the World part because the World pays them so much.

A couple of my favorite graphic displays include an Obamicon Me I did, and this much more truthful representation of a Doonesbury comic episode. Here's one with some of the most blistering irony you'll ever see.

(I just started this little catalog here, and am presently enjoying thinking of a few more of my own favorites. I will be adding them soon! A few more relevant links about my journey are just below as well.)

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Scripture  |  Homepage  |  Site Map

The Catholicist Nation   |   Tupper Saussy

Why Scripture?

Some of the Counterfeit Straw-Man Jesuses

Some of the Ways Christians Still Wallow in Babylon

A Personal Note   |   Disclosure

 

Web note: I have set this site to be reached through "catholicistnation.com" only to make it easier to access for some who remember it by its title. The "com" is gratuitous because it seems to be more used in the web world, but then again, the Nation is ruled by the Roman god of commerce anyway so it is certainly fitting. The site may also be reached through davidbeck.info.

February 2011 note: I must also add a word about who I'm not. According to howmanyofme.com, there are about 1,200 David Becks in the United States. That's quite a few. I'm not about to try to distinguish myself from all of them, but one of the not-me's that I should note is the David Beck of Southern Evangelical Seminary, author of a number of apologetic oriented books. I also noted there is a pastor David Beck of a very nice looking church in Sacramento with my name, and yes, he is not me. There's also a David Beck, executive for social media working for a major television network, ahem, not me. There are a number of others I've seen out and about, wow, we must be pretty popular, us David Beck's.

The URL address of this website is "yourownjesus.net," a title I began using when this webzine commenced in 2004. In 2009, Mark Hall of the musical group Casting Crowns produced a book with the title "Your Own Jesus." The theme of the book appears to be in line with why I myself used the phrase, yet Hall's intention appears to be more about building a more authentic relationship with Christ (indeed a perfectly fine endeavor). Mine is much more about insightfully identifying all the World System Jesuses used to keep people from Him. A page about which of those Jesuses you are following is here, and a page about all the different Jesuses there are is here.

 

This page was originally posted by David Beck at yourownjesus.net on October 23, 2004