Benny Hinn- Tax Fraud… *Color me Shocked…*

A televangelist who claimed the gay community would suffer God’s punishment is suffering the wrath of the Internal Revenue Service: The Texas offices of Pastor Benny Hinn were raided by IRS investigators on Wednesday, though Hinn himself was not present.  “We are primarily investigating Title 26, which is tax evasion and general fraud against the government,” an IRS agent told LGBTQ Nation.

In 1995, Hinn declared God would destroy the gay community (spoiler: it didn’t happen) and he has claimed homosexuality is caused by fathers who didn’t hug their sons. He linked being gay to “perversion” and criticized pastors who say that homosexuality is not a sin.

Hinn, who has been preaching since the 1970s, claims to have healing powers that can purportedly cure blindness, deafness, cancer, AIDS and other maladies. A 2004 CBC TV documentary examining Hinn’s miracle healings reported staffers routinely prevented audience members from taking the stage, preferring instead to use pre-screened candidates. “People who look like me are never allowed on stage,” wrote UK evangelist Justin Peters, who has cerebral palsy and walks with crutches. “It’s always somebody who has some disability or disease that cannot be readily seen.”

Etc.

It couldn’t happen to a viler heretical pentebabbleist.

The Barthian Conference Is Hopping on the Lutheran Reformation Anniversary Bandwagon

2017 ANNUAL KARL BARTH CONFERENCE
Luther, Barth, and Movements of Theological Renewal (1918-1933)
2017 Annual Karl Barth Conference
Princeton Theological Seminary, June 18-21, 2017

And

The years from 1900-1933 represent some of the most productive years in the history of German Protestant theology. New interests in history and religious experience would be brought to bear on the study of Martin Luther. No longer would his thought be construed as a system of theology. Rather he would be seen as the paradigm for a religious experience that had initiated the birth of Protestantism. Luther’s work that consolidated what would later be called the “Luther Renaissance” was the publication of his Commentary on Romans (1515/16) in 1908. In 1919 Karl Barth published the first edition of his Letter to the Romans. “Dialectical theology”, the movement that Barth would be closely identified with, had emerged. How are the two movements, the Luther Renaissance and dialectical theology, related? The conference “Luther and Barth During the Weimar Years (1905-1922)” investigates the intellectual, historical, philosophical, and theological impulses informing both movements, their interconnections, and their eventual coming apart. The conference will also serve as opportunity to introduce the groundbreaking work of contemporary German theologian Heinrich Assel to the English-speaking world.

Sounds fun… ish.  So I pass it along to you, dear Barthians.

NB- Fun Fact- Barth lectured on both Calvin and Zwingli, and the Reformed Confessions; and the Heidelberg Catechism; but he never offered a course on Luther…

Jerome, When Accused of Being Too Harsh Towards Heretics, Replied

jerome9You are indignant with me because I have merely silenced Jovinian and not instructed him. You, do I say? Nay, rather, they who grieve to hear him anathematized, and who impeach their own pretended orthodoxy by eulogizing in another the heresy which they hold themselves.1

I should have asked him, forsooth, to surrender peaceably! I had no right to disregard his struggles and to drag him against his will into the bonds of truth!2

I might use such language had the desire of victory induced me to say anything counter to the rule laid down in Scripture, and had I taken the line—so often adopted by strong men in controversy—of justifying the means by the result.

As it is, however, I have been an exponent of the apostle rather than a dogmatist on my own account; and my function has been simply that of a commentator.3

Anything, therefore, which seems a hard saying should be imputed to the writer expounded by me rather than to me the expounder; unless, indeed, he spoke otherwise than he is represented to have done, and I have by an unfair interpretation wrested the plain meaning of his words. If any one charges me with this disingenuousness let him prove his charge from the Scriptures themselves.4  — St. Jerome

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1Jerome means here that normally those most vocal in their defense of heresy are themselves usually adherents of heretical beliefs.
2Jerome was familiar with the genre of sarcasm and employs it here.
3Here Jerome appeals to his office as exegete and teacher of the Church.
4If there is any miscommunication, Jerome asserts, it is the fault of those on the other side of the issue. He has been clear as crystal and has Scripture on his side.

May 2, 1507

That, if you aren’t sure, is the date upon which Luther celebrated his first Mass.  Of that occasion Luther remarked

“When I was about to hold my first mass, my father sent twenty gulden for food and came with twenty persons, all of whom he put up. Somebody said to him, ‘You must have a good friend here that you should come to visit him with such a large company,’ etc.

“When at length I stood before the altar and was to consecrate, I was so terrified by the words aeterno vivo veto Deo that I thought of running away from the altar and said to my prior, ‘Reverend Father, I’m afraid I must leave the altar.’ He shouted to me, ‘Go ahead, faster, faster!’

“So terrified was I by those words! Already I had forebodings that something was wrong, but God didn’t give me an understanding of this until later.”

Confirmation of the Hawarden Old Testament in the New Conference Dates

Via the undersigned-

Dear collegaues,

I can now confirm that the dates of Thursday 22nd March (evening ) until Saturday 24th March (just after lunch) have been firmly booked with the team at Hawarden for our 2018 OT in the NT Seminar. Thanks to all those who responded to my last email – everyone either said they didn’t mind or expressed a preference for Thursday to Saturday rather than a move to an earlier week, so hopefully the revised dates won’t cause any problems for you. I am just about to communicate this to our two Hebrew Bible speakers, but am confident they will still be able to join us, as we have only moved the seminar by one day and they were already holding the Thursday and Friday in their diaries so we can schedule all their input for on those days if necessary. I’ll be in touch again in early autumn with further details about booking arrangements.

Best wishes,
Susan

Professor Susan Docherty

Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism/Head of Theology
Newman University Birmingham

Where Scripture isn’t, The Church Isn’t Either

The Romanists assail us in the present day, and terrify the unskilful with the name of Church, while they are the deadly adversaries of Christ. Therefore, although they exhibit a temple, a priesthood, and other similar masks, the empty glare by which they dazzle the eyes of the simple should not move us in the least to admit that there is a Church where the word of God appears not. — John Calvin

The same, to be fair, could be said of the Emergents and the Seekers and other pseudo-Christian sects today.  Simply claiming to be ‘Church’ doesn’t make it so.  Where Scripture is absent, where it is ignored, the Church doesn’t exist.

Zwingli and Work and Play

The May installment of Schattenwurf Zwingli is out.

Ich arbeite, also bin ich. Dieser Satz ist in die DNA der Schweizer Seele seit Geburt eingeschrieben. Jeder Tag im Jahr ist ein Tag der Arbeit, und die Nacht noch dazu. Arbeit definiert Lebenssinn und sichert Existenz, füllt Kalender und leert die Mailbox. Am 1. Mai ist es sinnvoll innezuhalten, Hände niederzulegen, Beine hochzulegen, gemeinsam über den Wert der Arbeit nachzudenken und über das, was uns die Arbeit so schwer macht. Ältere über 50 Jahre suchen länger, um eine neue Stelle zu finden als Jüngere, Jammern gehört zum Job wie das Amen in der Kirche, die digitale Welt frisst Arbeitsplätze für weniger Qualifizierte weg und schafft neue Stellen für Hochqualifizierte.

Zu den wichtigsten Impulsen der Reformation gehört das sogenannte „protestantische Arbeitsethos“, die Aufwertung von Arbeit und weltlichen Berufen. Studien wollen die berühmte These Max Webers, dass die asketische Lebensführung von Sparen, Arbeiten und Kapitalbilden auf das reformierte Erbe vor allem Calvins zurückgeht, belegen oder widerlegen. Die Reformatoren waren von einem Eifer getrieben, Lesen und Schreiben aus Klöstern und den Händen von Nonnen und Mönchen zu entreissen. Jeder und jede soll lernen können, dass Arbeit mehr als nur Arbeit ist. Huldrich Zwingli ermahnte treu und ernst die Eidgenossen einen Tag nach dem 1. Mai 1524: „Und ist doch die arbeyt so ein guot, götlich ding; verhuet vor muotwillen und lastren; gibt guote frucht, das der mensch one sorg sinen lyb reinklich spysen mag.“ Arbeit als ein göttlich Ding hat einen Mehrwert besonderer Art.

Etc.  Good stuff.