Daily Archives: 5 Oct 2010

All You Evangelicals Who Love Glenn Beck…

Glenn Beck

Glenn 'the heretic' Beck

You’re doing nothing other than hearing a false Gospel and embracing it and its exponent.  And you need to know it, and stop it.  And that’s not me, that’s Scripture.  Read it for yourself-

εἴ τις ἔρχεται πρὸς ὑμᾶς καὶ ταύτην τὴν διδαχὴν οὐ φέρει, μὴ λαμβάνετε αὐτὸν εἰς οἰκίαν καὶ χαίρειν αὐτῷ μὴ λέγετε. ὁ λέγων γὰρ αὐτῷ χαίρειν κοινωνεῖ τοῖς ἔργοις αὐτοῦ τοῖς πονηροῖς. 2 John 10-11.

Did you get that? If you welcome false teachers into your home you become partners in their evil. And make no mistake, Glenn Beck is a heretic.

In one of his first appearances on Fox News, Glenn Beck sent a coded message to the nation’s six million Mormons — or at least those Mormons who believe in what the Latter-day Saints call “the White Horse Prophecy.” “We are at the place where the Constitution hangs in the balance,” Beck told Bill O’Reilly on November 14, 2008, just after President Obama’s election. “I feel the Constitution is hanging in the balance right now, hanging by a thread unless the good Americans wake up.” The Constitution is hanging by a thread.

Beck is nothing other than a preacher of a false Gospel in coded Mormon language and Evangelicals who lap it up like water are really just lapping up gleefully the vomit of heretical reprobation.  Why?  Because Mormonism isn’t Christianity.  Christians who follow Beck simply because they’ve bought into his politics should know one thing: they have turned their backs on their faith in order to follow politics.

Everything There is to Know About the James Ossuary Trial in One Place

And it’s all put together by Matthew Kalman, who has been covering the trial (he’s a journalist) since the very beginning.  The James Ossuary Trial Jerusalem is very much worth a read.

Oh That Every Sensible Woman Would Act Sensibly

Like this very sensible soul did-

A 35-year-old man was charged in Missouri with possessing marijuana after his girlfriend called 911 and said she was tired of him smoking pot all day instead of working. Dispatchers in the southwestern Missouri town of Lebanon got a 911 hang-up call Saturday night from a motel room. Police said officers went to the motel and were told by the woman that her boyfriend did nothing during the day but smoke marijuana. The Lebanon Daily Record reported that the man told police his girlfriend was angry because he didn’t have a job yet. He then admitted having marijuana in his car, and handed over a pipe containing the illegal drug.

Of course the natural question is, why did she stay with the lazy loser anyway?

The Most Disturbing ‘How They Get Here’ Ever

I’m constantly baffled by the search terms which people use to find their way here.  Today, the ‘winner’ of the most bizarre is

masturbation jim west zwingli

I can only think that Roland Boer lost the link and needed to find it again.  Otherwise, there are some very, very strange people afoot.

Will the Gospel of John Become the Foundation of a ‘Fourth’ Quest for the Historical Jesus

The Sheffieldians don’t seem to think so while Paul Anderson does seem to think so.  So this is quite a conundrum: on the one hand we have M. Casey’s new volume questing for an Aramaic Jesus and Michaels describing (in his new commentary on John) the importance of John for HJ studies, and Anderson and Thatcher’s interest in the Gospel of John as source for HJ reconstruction.

Fun times ahead!

[And I’ll go ahead and make the pre-announcement- that on the Biblical Studies list very early in the New Year we will host a colloquium with Tom Thatcher on the Gospel of John as source for the Historical Jesus.  A colloquium which will follow on the heels of our discussions with Maurice Casey.  The full announcement and details will appear in November].

An Observation: On Me

Sometimes my desire to be liked tamps down my willingness to speak forthrightly.  I hold back more than I should.  I feel guilty about it.

Exclusive: The James Ossuary Trial is OVER

Oded Golan and his box

And the judge is considering a verdict. After 5 ridiculously long years, the trial of the century, which took almost that long, is over.

The indictment leveled 44 charges of forgery, fraud and deception against Golan and 13 lesser counts against a co-defendant, antiquities dealer Robert Deutsch. The trial of Golan, Deutsch and three other defendants opened at the Jerusalem District Court in September 2005.

Last Sunday, the defense ended its summing up with just two men left in the dock, bringing to an end five years of court proceedings that spanned 116 sessions, 133 witnesses, 200 exhibits and nearly 12,000 pages of witness testimony. The prosecution summation alone ran to 653 pages.

Yet despite the flood of strong scientific testimony, the feeling in the tiny courtroom, where fewer than a dozen people (including only one reporter) have followed the proceedings, was that the prosecution had failed to prove the items were forgeries or that Golan and Deutsch had faked them.

Read Matthew’s entire essay.  All indications are that the verdict will be not guilty and all charges will be dismissed.

Today’s Students…

Are, according to this guy, ‘aggressively inarticulate’.  True enough, but students aren’t the only ones.

Via Craig Martin on FB

No Wonder The Biblical Archaeology Review Has Completely Ignored the Verdict in the Golb Trial

They’ve been busy promoting Simcha ‘The Not Naked and Certainly Not an Archaeologist’ Jacobovici’s foray at Qumran rooting into toilets.  Thanks, BAR, for reaffirming my dim and getting dimmer view of your work, efforts, and motives.

Burn Baby Burn

A smoldering rage may be all that remains after Gene Cranick’s home burned to the ground last week in Obion County, Tennessee. Firefighters are usually the bold “veni, vidi, vici” sort, but those from neighboring South Fulton could only say “veni, vidi.” They came. They watched. That’s it. Cranick lives outside of the city limits and he admits that he forgot to pay a $75 annual service fee that would have provided him with fire protection. Firefighters wouldn’t lift a finger, much less the hoses that might have saved the house.

Nice, huh. $75. Nice, South Fulton Fire Department. Congratulations on caring more about $75 than about someone’s home. My question, why’d they bother to show up in the first place? Oh that’s right, firefighters like to watch things burn.

Frankly I home Mr Cranick sues and gets 10 million dollars or some other outrageous amount. No reason he shouldn’t. Depraved greedy fire department. Shame on you!

The South Fulton firefighters did show up and managed to save a neighbor’s field. The neighbor had paid the fee. But they would provide no heroics for the Cranicks. A local news report shows them climbing back on their trucks, flames still dancing over what was once the family’s home.

Despicable.

The Casey Colloquium: Excerpt Three

This excerpt comes from Casey’s discussion of the ‘Jesus Seminar’-

The methods adopted by the Seminar were however sufficient to prevent these aims [i.e., the aim of discovering the Historical Jesus- J.W.] from being achieved. In the first place, some of the best scholars in the USA, such as E. P. Sanders, J. A. Fitzmyer and Dale Allison, were not members of it. The absence of these scholars was compounded by the actual membership, and by the method of deciding whether material in the Gospels was historically accurate. A number of ‘Fellows’ of the Seminar had only recently completed doctorates at American institutions, and the Seminar decided the authenticity of material about Jesus by majority vote, averaged out as the ‘Fellows’ did not agree with each other. In practice, this meant an averaged majority vote by people who were not in any reasonable sense authorities at all.

Casey’s discussion of the Jesus Seminar, Crossan’s work, and other modern contributions to the Quest all leads up to Casey’s own presentation. It’s the ‘here’s what’s come before and why it’s inadequate’ methodology we are all quite familiar with. Before you can build, you have to destroy. And Casey does a fine job of destroying insufficient approaches.

Once more, don’t forget, we’ve got a contest going offering a free copy of Prof. Casey’s book to the winner (as chosen by James Spinti and myself).

More on the Zacchaeus Tree in Jericho: Signs of the Times

I was reminded this morning that Joe Zias had sent me a photo of the Zacch tree a few years back, with a sign in front of it.  Such signs prove the historical veracity of sites, as we all know- so here it is.  You’ll have to enlarge it to its full size to read it.  Thanks again, Joe.

Photo courtesy Joe Zias

Loveland, Colorado, Remove that Offensive Trash From Your Exhibit

I’m in one accord with the author of this opinion piece.

Christians have rights and they had best assert them regarding a government-funded exhibit, at a Colorado museum, that depicts Jesus receiving oral sex from a man. No way should Christians have to tolerate this, any more than Muslims should have to tolerate a government-sponsored burning of the Quran. Nobody, but nobody has suggested government insult that which is sacred to Muslims. Yet, when a private, unknown southern preacher planned to burn Qurans on Sept. 11 the result was a plea for respect and civility from the president of the United States, the secretary of state, various other levels of officialdom, The Gazette and most of the media establishment. Christians should at least expect Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter to ask Loveland city officials to remove the offensive painting from their taxpayer-funded wall in the Loveland Museum/Gallery. If they don’t heed this call, Ritter should demand a return of the $8,500 the state gave to the museum in July, and any other money recently given to the museum by the state.

Indeed, either the city should remove that little piece of reprehensible misrepresentation and insult or it should commission an artist to depict Mohammed in the same position, and Buddha, and Joseph Smith, etc.

The painting, titled “The Misadventure of the Romantic Cannibals,” is the work of Stanford University art professor Enrique Chagoya , who did not return The Gazette’s phone calls. It’s on display through Nov. 28, and some who have seen it say it’s outright pornography.

Which it is. I’m tired of this kind of anti-Christian ‘it’s ok if it offends disciples of Christ but we can’t offend anyone else’ social sickness. Our society, along with ‘artists’ like Chagoya, is completely depraved.  Do your part and contact the ADL and tell them to remove that piece of blasphemous filth from the publicly funded exhibition.  (Via Stephen Smuts).