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And That Profound Ignorance Is Why They Can’t Spot the Lies of Joel Osteen, Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, Steven Furtick, and the Other Heretics
Else why would anyone buy a book about marriage by Rob Bell which describes itself thusly:
“You can become more familiar with how this energy field works. You can develop language between you to identify what’s happening in the space between you. You can sharpen your abilities to assess it. You can act in certain ways to increase the flow. You can identify what’s blocking the flow, and then you can overcome those barriers. Years into your marriage, you can continue to intensify this energetic flow between you.”
What bollocks. And yet, the ignorant will lap it up with the same grotesque self serving anti-Christian fervor with which they swallowed whole his idiotic book on Hell.
Christians need to stop shopping at the local Jesus junk store and take a course on theology and biblical studies. Then they won’t be wasting their money on absolute garbage. Bell and his kindred ilk are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Most American evangelicals hold views condemned as heretical by some of the most important councils of the early church. A survey released today by LifeWay Research for Ligonier Ministries “reveals a significant level of theological confusion,” said Stephen Nichols, Ligonier’s chief academic officer. Many evangelicals do not have orthodox views about either God or humans, especially on questions of salvation and the Holy Spirit, he said.
Bloody heretics. Thanks, ignorant clerics…
Evangelicals did score high on several points. Nearly all believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead (96%), and that salvation is found through Jesus alone (92%). Strong majorities said that God is sovereign over all people (89%) and that the Bible is the Word of God (88%).
More than half (51%) said the Holy Spirit is a force, not a personal being. Seven percent weren’t sure, while only 42 percent affirmed that the Spirit is a person. And 9 percent said the Holy Spirit is less divine than God the Father and Jesus. The same percentage answered “not sure.”
Two out of three (68%) said that a person obtains peace with God by seeking God first, and then God responds with grace. A similar percentage (67%) said people have the ability to turn to God on the own initiative. Yet half (54%) also think salvation begins with God acting first. So which is it?
Feckless Pelagians (Weslyans). Now I’m miffed. Only a word of Luther will suffice for this generation of ‘Christians’-
Your astute minds have been completely turned into stinking mushrooms. – Martin Luther.
True words, Martin.
For a man who constantly touts his plans to build a creationist empire in the United States, Ken Ham is surprisingly bad at his job. The professional charlatan’s greatest success, his mind-boggling Creation Museum, faces a serious decline in attendance. His next boondoggle, a Noah’s Ark–themed creationist amusement park, was so woefully underfunded that Ham began selling junk bonds to keep it from going under. Initial construction on the dramatically scaled-back “ark park” is barely underway. And now Ham has already run into legal trouble. His utterly predictable offense? Using taxpayer money to discriminate on the basis of religion.
The trouble began when the park, officially called Ark Encounter, listed its employment opportunities in August. Nestled among the requirements for all job applicants were three troubling obligatory documents: “Salvation testimony,” “Creation belief statement,” and a “Confirmation of your agreement with the AiG statement of faith.” (AiG is Answers in Genesis, Ham’s ministry and Ark Encounter’s parent company.) These first two requirements are problematic enough: The park is quite openly instructing all applicants to pledge that they personally believe in creationist Christianity. If an applicant has other beliefs, her application to Ark Encounter isn’t welcome.
But the third requirement is far, far worse. AiG’s statement of faith is no mere loyalty oath: It’s a four-part theological declaration mandating that all signatories accept dozens of fundamentalist Christian principles. Employees at Ark Encounter don’t just have to believe in God; they have to believe in Christ, the Holy Spirit, Satan (as “the personal spiritual adversary of both God and mankind”), Adam and Eve, “the Great Flood of Genesis,” a 6,000-year-old Earth, and the eternal damnation of “those who do not believe in Christ.” All employees must follow “the duty of Christians” and attend “a local Bible believing church.” Just for good measure, employees must oppose abortion, euthanasia, gay rights, and trans rights.
And now the main point-
Were Ark Encounter merely a ministry, the First Amendment would protect its discriminatory employment practices. If it were a privately funded company with an explicitly religious purpose, the law might still permit it to hire based on its prejudices. But Ark Encounter isn’t privately funded; the citizens of Kentucky have been roped into paying for it, whether they like it or not. Earlier this year, Kentucky’s Tourism Development Finance Authority gave preliminary support for $18.25 million in tax credits for Ark Encounter, citing Ham’s promise that the project would create 600 to 700 jobs. And that’s just for the first phase of construction; ultimately, the state could grant Ark Encounter up to $73 million in tax breaks.
Read the whole depressing essay. Were I a resident of Kentucky, I would be outraged at this enterprise being funded with my money. But most of all, what Ham is requiring of employees has no basis in Scripture. Anywhere.
And when will the media declare her to be a cutting edge go to ‘Christian author’ because she’s dabbled in dabbling in a decontextualized clothing experiment? Because it has happened before… as you know… that someone who takes the Bible out of context and experiments with bits of it without understanding is feted by the media and becomes a darling among those who also lack any exegetical or theological sense…
Too much biblical scholarship these days is nothing more than an attempt to make ancient people look like modern thinkers. Paul, for instance, was not one bit interested in women’s rights or gay rights or anything of the sort. He preached the Gospel and left it to God to change lives.
Putting Paul in a modern Hipster outfit may make exegetes feel better, but it’s nothing more than a caricature of Paul. And the same holds true of all such anachronistic wishful thinking.
Stop drafting ancients for your modern wars. They DON’T CARE! They weren’t feminists nor egalitarians nor socialists nor democrats nor republicans nor blacktavists nor any other subset of modern political ideology.