When you watch tv shows or movies of a certain sort…
Televangelist Pat Robertson warned a viewer on Tuesday that watching horror entertainment shows like The Walking Dead or pornography could allow “demons” to wreck her car.
“I was watching a horror movie the other day of the recommendation of others,” a viewer explained in a letter to The 700 Club. “It was rather strange and awfully macabre. And then this past Sunday, I got into an accident leaving church.”
“Did watching that movie cause a curse — or the Lord’s protection to be lifted from me?” the viewer wondered. “Did I grieve the Holy Spirit by watching this series?”
The TV preacher pointed out that he doubted demons had caused the car crash in this case, but it was possible.
“A few years ago I heard about a teenage girl who was demon possessed, and people began to deal with the demon and try to cast it out,” he recalled. “And you know what the demon said? ‘I had permission.’ And the permission was granted when this child had gone to some double-X-rated movie, or whatever it was, and had allowed this thing to come into her.”
“I know this sounds kind of otherworldly, but that’s the way it is,” the televangelist insisted. “So, could it have happened to you? Yes. I don’t think it did, but could have.”
Oh Pat… You pentebbableists are theologically miserably ill informed. HT Bob Cargill.
There has to be an Avignonian Carnival. Good news- that task will be fulfilled by Jennifer Guo! And the people said ‘Amen’.
The job of the reviewer is to judge the book and pass on that judgement. If its praiseworthy, then praise it. But if not then you must not. Reviewers don’t promote, they evaluate.
I desperately need volunteers to host [Carnivals] in March (due 4/1) and April (due 5/1). Jeff Carter has May (due 6/1), but the rest of the year is wide open. If you have hosted a carnival in the past, consider [something has dropped out]. If you would like to host a Carnival on your site, please let me know via email (plong42 at gmail.com), or leave a comment below [ie., on his blog]. Carnivals [are] quite fun to assemble and are a great way to attract attention to your blog.
Help him out. Or not. Either way, I’m running the good old reliable dependable enjoyable schismatic Carnival whether there’s an official one or nay. But, really, you should host one. They’re great fun to do (be creative) and you get to highlight stuff you like. You can even do one if you’re an egomaniacal little short dude with facial hair and a life sized cutout of yourself and your own name in gigantic letters as your blog header. And you can post links to all the material you love with Solomonic vigor.
Rick Warren’s decontextualization of Daniel will be turned from a book into a series of newsletters? That’s sad. Now not only will the people who read his books be misled, so will those who get his newsletters.
Let me say this clearly- and perhaps even forcefully: The Book of Daniel wasn’t written so fat people could find a way to lose weight. Warren wishing it were does not change that simple truth. Warren harvesting Daniel for decontextualized texts in order to squeeze a misreading out of it not only violates the text, it violates every pastoral purpose.
In short, these sorts of misreadings aren’t the work of God because they aren’t the Word of God. They are the work of God’s enemy and ours.
When I read about Roy’s ‘true’ version of John as translated from the ‘original Hebrew’ this morning I was certain I wouldn’t see anything as feckless and ridiculous the rest of the day. I was wrong. This is equally feckless and ridiculous.
All of this goes to show that just when you think you can’t hear anything more idiotic than you have earlier, you will. Luther said people are idol factories. I suggest that they are also stupidity mills.
You can always tell the difference between the books authored by scholars who have reflected on a subject for a lifetime and those by neophytes. This one is by the former sort. It’s maturity leaps off every line.