Matt Barber has an interesting piece over at Townhall.com on his upcoming book, Hating Jesus: The American Left’s War on Christianity. He goes on to describe the need for his book and mentions how we need to stand up for our freedom. It is the typical charge of Christians not doing enough to stand up for our freedoms and declaring that we must be more political. In other words, Barber is telling us we need another Moral Majority (especially given the raving success that was).
I think this has been something I’ve been trying to say for quite some time: the Constitution has become an idol among Christians in America. You can see this because they let things like the First and Second Amendments guide their lives more than they do the Scriptures. Bud Ahlheim makes it abundantly clear in his article Worshipping Religious Liberty: SBC Joins Mosque Building Effort.
Mr. Ahlheim shows how off track the Southern Baptist Convention is in its efforts to help Muslims build Mosques in New Jersey. To put this in biblical terms, it would be like Elijah helping the prophets of Baal build their altars to their false gods instead of confronting them and showing their gods to be false as they are.
R.C. Sproul writes:
When we break the law of God– something we do, have done, and continue to do–the problem is not simply that we have violated some moral, abstract standard that we call ‘law.’ The law of God is a personal matter. When we sin, we do not just sin against some abstract norm or piece of legislation. We sin against the one whose law it is. We do violence to him, to the Author of our very life. That is why sin is such an egregious matter in his sight — Commentary on Romans 4:13-23.
When we realize this truth, it helps us see the futility of saying that our sin isn’t sin (think adulterous relationships or oxymoronic gay marriage) because it doesn’t hurt anyone. Sin always is an affront to God and why we need to repent of it and look to Christ for salvation.
…but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
Since Christ first set foot on the scenes of Israel some 2,000 years ago, the response has been one of two things: faith leading to salvation, or hatred for the Holy One of Israel.
This latter response is the same that we are seeing at the Huffington Post this week in which Suzanne DeWitt Hall claims that if Christians would actually take the Bible literally, as we claim to do, then we would actually see that Jesus was a transgender male. Hall writes:
The worst offenders are the Christian’s who claim to take the Bible literally. Of course they don’t actually do that; they impose their own filters on stories and phrases to fit their particular ideology. If they really did as they claim to do, they would quickly see that Jesus must be, by their own exegetical rules, the first transgender male.
Then she quickly takes us through her convoluted logic, demonstrating her own filters on stories and phrases to fit her particular ideology. She doesn’t use Scripture to support her views, just twisted logic in which she imposes the idea the Eve was cloned from Adam, and Jesus was cloned from Mary, thereby making Him transgender. She shows her ignorance not only of Scripture and of the God behind the Word, but also of science, since cloning would mean that a clone of Adam, would have been another man, and a clone of Mary, would have been another woman. It is clear from her simple lack of understanding concerning cloning, she has no real business telling us her heretical views of Christ.
Reading the headlines like I do, being a recovering news-junkie, I find that I often have to step back and remember that God is ultimately in control. I have to tell myself that, “no, politicians are not going to solve our moral problems.” Politicians do not have the ability to bring about the necessary change that will really turn this country around from it’s slide past Sodom.
We all occasionally see the story about those who are fighting to keep the term “under God,” in the Pledge of Allegiance. On the surface, it seems like it should be a battle worth fighting for. But it is not. In fact, it is quite trivial and true believers should know better than to spend their time on this misguided cause.
I have seven reasons why we should not waste our time contending for the phrase itself, or the pledge. I know that some will try to defend reciting the pledge based on an extremely loose interpretation of Romans 13, but no where in Scripture are we ever told to give our allegiance to a flag, or a country (even one that was honoring God at its founding). Here are the reasons:
Which is the best Bible translation to use? I know for many, answering that question can lead to quite a feud among believers, with some going so far as to question the salvation of those who don’t hold to their view on a particular translation. But for the most part, it actually comes down to preference. The KJV, NKJV, ESV, NIV and even the NLT are all acceptable translations.
I don’t want to say that the president’s immoral decree from on high regarding public schools and the transgender population is shocking. I’m tired of the outrage at the depravity from the left. But it is outrageous and I fear the left will continue down this broad road of destruction because they are in full-fledged rebellion against our Creator, shaking their fists at God. This being the case, they will be more and more in the faces of those who belong to the Creator via Christ’s atonement.
Please stop telling us that we will be the reason for doom and gloom falling on our country if we do not vote for your candidate. We are too smart to fall for the cheap guilt trip.
Over the past several weeks, you have called me a zealot, told me if Hillary wins, that it’s my fault, told me that the horror she will bring rests on my shoulders, and all manner of things. You have told me that she is going take the Second Amendment from us, along with more of our religious freedoms. She is basically going to destroy the country as we know it. You are telling me that this is my fault because I won’t vote for Trump.
Jen Hatmaker is back in the news, once again making the case that women should not lead women’s Bible studies. She is not saying that. But we see it in her lack of discernment, lack of understanding, lack of conviction, and the fact that she thinks that by being overly dramatic and emotional in her appeals, it all must be OK.
This time, she is opening her arms wide in an attempt to usher in the LBGTQ population, because the rest of the body of Christ is just too darn stubborn to do it. And, in rescuing them, she makes herself out to be their messiah.