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The War of Words – Ephesians 6:12

LudditesI saw an online article 12 Phrases Progressives Need To Ditch (And What We Can Say Instead). Go read the article only if you want to bemoan the coming fall of Western civilization (don’t say I did not warn you!). The article is a shining example of how the battle of ideas in the Western world is being fought at the level of the words and phrases. Even the idea that these people self-label as “progressive” is part of that battle. Because if you are not progressive, then you must be a Luddite who is against “progress.”  Now, I could break down the full article, but will instead select a few low-lights from these “progressives” who appear to be taking over our country.

Low-light #1 from the article:

(7). Homophobic: People who oppose equal rights for gays, lesbians, and gender atypical individuals are not “afraid,” as the “phobic” suffix implies. They are mean, bigoted [profanity]. Instead, try: Anti-Gay.

I am so glad that these “progressives” are not mean or bigoted themselves, but are rather quite tolerant of all ideas which may include personal religious expression. What an encouragement that is to me that they will support my right to free speech in  the future. <end sarcasm>. At least they got the first part right. The overwhelming majority of people who believe homosexuality is a sin or merely bad for a society are not afraid of homosexuals. Now, the whole idea of “gender atypical” is ridiculous. For thousands of years everyone has been able easily recognize that people are either boys or girls, but somehow now we are incapable of understanding simple concepts of biology. So much for us evolving into more intelligent life forms.

Low-light #2 from the article:

(9). Pro-Life: Ugh. They are NOT pro-life. Once a child takes its first breath, these supposed conservative “pro-lifers” couldn’t care less about the quality of life for the child or mother. Let’s call them by their true name for once. Instead, try: Anti-Choice. Because, that’s what they really are about. They don’t care about “life.” They only seek to deny choices to women. Not just the choice of whether or not to have a child, but whether a woman can — like a man — embrace her full sexuality without having to worry about pregnancy, and whether she can make related choices about her body, her career, and when to have children, as men always have.

1984Now, it easy to throw around accusations claiming that pro-life individuals “couldn’t care less about the quality of life for the child or mother,” but they have no data to support this. However, it is clear from this paragraph that they are really “pro-promiscuity.” One of the saddest parts of this commentary (other than the rejoicing in the killing of babies) is that it holds up promiscuity and the shirking of family duties among men as something to be desired also by women. Perhaps we should just call these people selfish.
From these examples we see that this is a battle of ideas through the intentional manipulation of words and phrases (as presciently described by George Orwell in 1984). And, this is a battle that is waged not only among men and women, but by “the cosmic powers over this present darkness and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

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Law not Gospel. Making molehills out of mountains – Part 8

Do you trust the Bible or your heart and mind? Today we finally come to the end of the review of the blog article A Mountain I’m Willing to Die On. If you would like to start back at the beginning of this series, here are the links to parts 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5, 6. and 7. We pick up near the end of the author’s hypothetical letter to her son who has revealed he is a homosexual:

God gave you the Bible, and he also gave you your heart and your mind, and I believe he’d like you to use all three. It’s a good system of checks and balances he designed (Glennon).

In previous installments, we demonstrated through her own words, that Glennon has decided to trust her own heart and mind over the Bible. She gets to decide which parts of the Bible are worth embracing and which parts are to be ignored or mocked. Nowhere does the Bible teach us that our own hearts and minds are on par with Scripture. Rather, God tell us this about our hearts:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9).

Glennon continues:

Prioritizing can still be hard, though. Jesus predicted that. So he gave us this story: A man approached Jesus and said that he was very confused by all of God’s laws and directions and asked Jesus to break it down for him. He asked, “What are the most important laws?” And Jesus said, “Love God with all your heart, mind and soul, and love others as yourself.” He added that every other scripture hangs on this one. So use that ultimate command as a lens to examine all other scripture. And make damn sure that you are offering others the same rights and respect that you expect for yourself. If you do that, you can’t go wrong (Glennon).

Yes, Jesus did say those things. It is recorded in Matthew 22:34-37 and Luke 10:25-28. (As an aside, be wary when people refer to the Bible, but don’t actually reference it; this can be a sign they are misusing it). The Bible teaches us that if we love God, we will obey his commandments:

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments (1 John 5:3).

You know, commandments like do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not lie, do not be drunkard, and, yes, do not commit homosexual acts. But, now we come back to the basic problem of sin that Glennon wants to ignore. Most importantly, do you see that she is giving you the Law, not the Gospel. Glennon has completed missed Jesus’ message—the true Gospel. You cannot love God with all your heart, mind and soul. The Pharisees could not. I cannot. Glennon cannot. It is the Law that shows us we need a Savior:

So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith (Galatians 3:24).

So, we can try to pretend that sin does not exist, but our conscious and our experiences with other humans will remind us this is a lie. We can craft an idol with our minds of a false God who overlooks everyone’s sins (except maybe Hitler and a few people like him perhaps). Or, we can fall on our knees in repentance and beg for God’s mercy for Jesus sake. Because Jesus died that horrible death on the cross to redeem sinners. And then, when we understand God’s forgiveness, we can warn others of the coming judgment and the only way of salvation—repentance and faith in the real Jesus.

Glennon’s view of Christianity is not mine. They are diametrically opposed, so we cannot both be right. I would suggest you really read the Bible and see what it says. Decide for yourself before it is too late because:

It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27).

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Tu quoque. Making molehills out of mountains – Part 6

Today we will address a common logical fallacy people use when they really do not want to discuss the Bible, but instead want to try to make you feel bad for actually believing in  God’s Word. If you would like to start back at the beginning of this series, here are the links to parts 1, 2, 3, 4  and 5. I am reviewing the blog article A Mountain I’m Willing to Die On in which the author has decided that homosexuality is not a sin.

I was immediately reprimanded for my blasphemy by a woman who reminded me of 1 Corinthians 6:9–10. But I was confused because this woman was speaking. In church. And she was also wearing a necklace. And I could see her hair, baby. She had no head covering. All of which are sooooo totally against the New Testament Bible Rules. And so I assumed that she had decided not to follow the parts of the Bible that limited her particular freedoms, but to hold fast to the parts that limit the freedoms of others. I didn’t point this out at the time, because she wasn’t a bad person. People are doing the best they can, mostly. It’s best not to embarrass anyone (Glennon).

I want you to notice that Glennon is not interacting with any Biblical texts that may or may not address the topics of women speaking in church, wearing jewelry and covering their hair. This is an example of the logical fallacy called tu quoque. Basically, Glennon is effectively calling the women at church a hypocrite. Now, even if the woman is hypocritical, Glennon has not really addressed the issue of whether or not homosexuality is a sin as described in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

As another example of the tu quoque fallacy, imagine if a 2-pack-a-day chain-smoker told me that I needed to lose weight for health reasons. Calling that smoker a hypocrite might be accurate since they too are not taking care of their own health. However, the chain-smoker’s hypocrisy does not change the fact that I should quit eating a whole bag of chocolate chips every week and drop a few pounds. Glennon has made up her mind to disregard 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and wants to shift the focus to other parts of the Bible that are not directly relevant to the issue of homosexuality that she is addressing. I discussed 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 in some detail in Part 3 of this series, but here it is again:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

It would be fascinating for her to actually try to interact with this text. There are some questions that would be fascinating to ask Glennon or people who hold similar views on this text including:

  1. Does everybody inherit the kingdom of God? If not, who does not? Why not?
  2. If homosexuality is not a sin, are any of the other activities on this list sins?
  3. Why did Paul say, “Do not be deceived?” Is not your position consistent with the problem in the Corinthian church that Paul is addressing?
  4. If someone stole your identity, your car, swindled all of the money from your bank and retirement accounts, committed adultery with your husband, and was unrepentant of all these things, would you expect them to inherit the kingdom of God? Why or why not?

Since women’s head coverings, jewelry and speaking in church are not the actual topics of Glennon’s article, I will not take the bait and make this article series any longer by chasing after those red herrings. And, if you want to go learn more about logical fallacies, there is a fun little book called The Fallacy Detective that is an awesome resource.

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Telephone tag. Making molehills out of mountains – Part 4

Last week I published parts 1, 2, and 3 of my review of the article entitled A Mountain I’m Willing to Die On. We are picking up today in the middle of the author’s hypothetical letter written to her son who has grown up and declared himself to be homosexual. I have backed up one sentence to give a little context to today’s discussion.

Chase, we don’t believe that homosexuality is a sin. The Bible was inspired by God, but it was written, translated, and interpreted by imperfect people just like us.  (Glennon).

Glennon’s view of the Bible is vastly different from the view of Scripture held by Jesus and the apostles. Jesus affirmed that Scripture is the word of God. For example, Jesus calls Scripture “the word of God” which “cannot be broken”:

Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came–and Scripture cannot be broken (John 10:34-35).

The Scripture that Jesus was referring to was what we today call the Old Testament. It too was written by imperfect men; hundreds and even thousands of years before Jesus. Jesus confirmed not only the overarching message of the Old Testament, but every pen stroke made by these imperfect men.

For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished (Matthew 5:18).

These imperfect men were the instruments used by a perfect God to create our Bible. Just as God uses imperfect men to share the gospel, preach, and teach. God can write a straight line with a crooked stick. The apostles Paul and Peter likewise confirmed that the revelation contained in Scripture was directly from God:

All Scripture is breathed out by God (2 Timothy 3:16).

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21).

The Bible is absolutely clear that the words are God’s words. Yes, humans were employed through the working of the Holy Spirit, but the Bible is God-breathed. All of it. Glennon then repeats a common, but completely erroneous, claim that the Bible has been passed down like a message in the “telephone game” played by children:

This means that the passing of this sacred scripture from generation to generation and from culture to culture has been a bit like the “telephone game” you play at school. After thousands of years, it’s impossible to judge the original spirit of some scripture (Glennon).

This could not be further from the truth. The Bible is the most well-attested and documented book of antiquity. You can purchase a copy of a New Testament written in the original Koine Greek of which less than 1% of the text is even in any doubt. And none of the text in doubt affects any major doctrines of historic Christianity. You can take courses in Koine Greek and learn to read the New Testament just as it was originally written by the apostles. Or, you can simply read any of the many good English translations (English Standard Version, New American Standard, New King James, New International) of the New Testament that were directly translated from the original Greek. No “telephone game.” Directly from Greek to English. Similarly for the Old Testament from the original Hebrew.

After thousands of years we can not only “judge the original spirit of some scripture,” but we can rest assured that the Bible we hold in our hands has not been corrupted or lost over the millennia because it has been faithfully preserved. But, do not just take my word for it. Go do some research on the preservation of the Biblical manuscripts. For example, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F.F. Bruce is a good place to start.

We believe that when in doubt, mercy triumphs judgment. So your parents are Christians who study and pray and then carefully choose what we follow in the Bible, based on whether or not it matches our understanding of Jesus’s overall message (Glennon).

Do you see the broken reasoning here? Glennon claims we cannot be sure that the words of the Bible are accurate because it was “written, translated, and interpreted by imperfect people.” Yet, she has somehow managed to understand Jesus’ overall message. How does she know she has any of Jesus’ actual words? And what about Jesus’ first message: repent? Is that part of the overall message? It would appear not to be since sin has been cast aside. This all sounds suspiciously similar to the serpent’s challenge to Eve in the garden of Eden, “Did God actually say?” (Gen 3:1).

Some folks will tell you that our approach to Christianity is scandalous and blasphemous. But honey, the only thing that’s scandalous about this approach is admitting it out loud. The truth is that every Christian is a Christian who chooses what he follows in the Bible (Glennon).

Well, I guess I am one of those people who say that this approach to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Scripture, the Gospel and Christianity is scandalous and blasphemous. I take no joy in saying that. We as Christians should not pick and choose what we follow in the Bible, but we do have to recognize the differing contexts of various Bible books and passages. For example, we do not live under the Old Testament sacrificial system as the Israelites did in the Old Testament because Jesus was the final sacrifice and now lives as our high priest to make intercession for us. I do not “choose” to not follow this aspect of the Bible, but rather choose to understand the sacrificial system pointed us to something greater, Jesus Christ, who came to fulfill the law and the prophecy. We do not get to pick and choose to create our own personal version of Christianity based upon our own piecemeal version of the Bible like it is some cafeteria plan.

While there is still so much to say regarding the rest of the article, I feel like I need a short interlude to remind everyone (and perhaps even myself) of the real Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner and so are you. I have broken all 10 of the Commandments. You probably have too. God knows every transgression of his law – whether in thought or deed. My sexuality is broken and imperfect. So is the sexuality of homosexuals. We are not broken in the same ways, but our sexualities are both broken. Both of us need to turn from these sins (repent), not embrace them, cherish them, celebrate them and self-identify by them. Jesus died that horrible death on the cross to redeem sinners and saved me from God’s holy, righteous judgment. So, if you have not already, repent of your sins and put your trust in Jesus for forgiveness of those sins. Do not embrace, celebrate and cherish those sins. That is not the true, historic Christian faith as revealed in our trustworthy Bible. That is  not the faith that saves.

Link to part 5.

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Buying some pro-adultery T-shirts! Making molehills out of mountains – Part 3

Today is part 3 of my review of an article entitled A Mountain I’m Willing to Die On. You can read parts 1 and 2. The last part of that article is a hypothetical letter written to the author’s son which begins:

Dear Chase,

Whoever you are, whoever you become, you are loved. You are a miracle. You are our dream come true.

Chase, here is what would happen in our home if one day you were to tell your father and me that you are an adulterer, idolater and thief.

Our eyes would open wide.

Then we would grab you and hold you tighter than you would be able to bear. And while we were holding you, we would say a silent prayer that as little time as possible passed between the moment you knew you were an adulterer, idolater and thief and the moment you told us. And we would love you and ask you one million questions, and then we would love you some more and finally, I would rush out to buy some pro-adultery, pro-idolatry and pro-theft T-shirts, honey, because you know Mama likes to have an appropriate outfit for every occasion.

And I don’t mean, Chase, that we would be tolerant of you and your adultery, idolatry, and thievery. If our goal is to be tolerant of people who are different than we are, Chase, then we really are aiming quite low. Traffic jams are to be tolerated. People are to be celebrated. Every person is Divine. And so there would be celebrating. Celebrating that you had stepped closer to matching your outsides with your insides—to being who you are. And there would be a teeny part of my heart that would leap at the realization that I would forever be the most important woman in your life. Then we would tell everyone. We would not concern ourselves too much with their reactions. There will always be party poopers, baby.

Honey, we’ve worried that since we are Christians, and since we love the Bible so much, there might come a day when you feel unclear about our feelings about this, since there are parts in the Bible that appear to discuss adultery, idolatry, and thievery as a sin. Let us be clear about how we feel, because we have spent years of research and prayer and discussion deciding.

Chase, we don’t believe that adultery, idolatry, and thievery is a sin.

Feel free to replace the adultery, idolatry, and thievery with your favorite sins. How about greed, drunkenness, or murder. Or all of the above! Sounds ludicrous, right. Well, let’s review one of the Bible’s clear lists of sins:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Notice the four bold sins I highlighted from these verses? Three of them I included in my version of the letter above. As you probably figured out, the fourth, homosexuality, was the one included by Glennon in her original version of the letter. Homosexuality appears in the middle of that list and I have not heard too many people arguing for us to embrace any of those other sins. Our society and authors like Glennon encourage us to embrace certain sins rather than preach repentance. This is not the message of the Bible. This is not the message preached by Jesus. This is not the true Christian faith, but a false gospel that does not save.

Ironically, these individuals are overly concerned about the temporal anguish associated with bullying here on earth, but unconcerned with the eternal anguish the unsaved will experience in hell. In actuality, it is MORE loving to warn them of their sin and the coming judgment than to help them embrace their sin and miss out on salvation. As the title of my article series implies, these people are trying to take the impassable mountains that are sin and God’s wrath and pretend they are molehills that can be ignored.

In the words of Charles Spurgeon:

If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.

And, lest anyone think I missed the other glaring, blasphemous line in this portion of Glennon’s hypothetical letter…No, people are not divine! The only divine human is Jesus Christ. But, it is this idolatry of self that is at the root of the problem. When we place our feelings and our reason above the clear word of God, we are putting ourselves above God himself.

I had hoped to finish this review in 3 days, but so much ground to cover I will pick it up again next week with part 4.

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Child sacrifice, homosexuality, and bestiality – Leviticus 18:21-23

Today’s post is not going to be politically correct. You have been warned.

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination (Leviticus 18:22).

Do “Christians” who reject the teaching from Leviticus 18:22 that homosexuality is an abomination also reject the verse that immediately precedes it, Leviticus 18:21?

You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD (Leviticus 18:21).

Are people who sacrifice their children to false gods just born that way? Did God make them to be idolators and murderers? Does God just want these idol worshiping murders to be happy?

Do “Christians” who reject the clear Biblical teachings about homosexuality in Leviticus 18:22 also reject the verse that immediately follows?

And you shall not lie with any animal and so make yourself unclean with it, neither shall any woman give herself to an animal to lie with it: it is perversion (Leviticus 18:23).

Are people who desire to have sex with animals just born that way? Did God make them to be that way and just want them to be happy?

What about the other passages in Leviticus 18 that tell us that incest is sinful (18:6-18) and adultery is wrong (18:20)? God’s teaching on these sexual practices is all contained within a single context. If you choose to reject one, on what Biblical basis do you accept the others?

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

In his inauguration speech, President Obama said, “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” If “love” is the basis for determining who should be allowed to marry, then why limit the redefinition to just gays? What about intergenerational love like the man and his grandmother who want to marry? What about polygamous marriage for people who love each other? What about the love of a brother and sister who want to marry? Without the Biblical standard for marriage, there is no solid foundation for defining what is moral good versus what is moral perversion.

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