This kind of thing annoys me beyond words:
Rubbish! Lone voice? What’s wrong with you people. There are a LOT of people speaking out. Actual theologians and not just kid book authors. Why don’t you pay attention to someone besides celebrities? The failure is YOURS, not the foes of untruth. If you weren’t blindly fixated on the rich and famous maybe you would learn something.
If using food ministry as outreach evangelism is effective, why did no one Jesus fed ever decide they’d be a disciple?
In all truth I tell you, you are looking for me not because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat. Do not work for food that goes bad, but work for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of man will give you, for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal. (Jn. 6:26-27) … After this, many of his disciples went away and accompanied him no more. (Jn. 6:66).
Feed hungry folk all you want. Just don’t imagine it will result in any spiritual growth.
Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, warned on her “Giving You Jesus” blog on Aug. 7 that the upcoming solar eclipse may be God’s judgment on America.
Lotz did not mention any of scientific explanations for the solar eclipse, but did cite a Bible verse, Joel 2:31, specifically written for Israelites 2,000 years ago: “The sun will be turned to darkness…before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”
Wut? Does she not know the difference between prophetic utterance and natural event?
Lotz went on to warn that the eclipse, which affects all countries, might be a judgment for the U.S.:
For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will be seen from coast to coast in our nation. People are preparing to mark this significant event with viewing parties at exclusive prime sites. The celebratory nature regarding the eclipse brings to my mind the Babylonian King Belshazzar who threw a drunken feast the night the Medes and Persians crept under the city gate. While Belshazzar and his friends partied, they were oblivious to the impending danger. Belshazzar wound up dead the next day, and the Babylonian empire was destroyed. Jewish rabbi’s have historically viewed solar eclipses as warnings from God to Gentile nations. Therefore, my perspective on the upcoming phenomenon is not celebratory. While no one can know for sure if judgment is coming on America, it does seem that God is signaling us about something. Time will tell what that something is.
Ugh. She’s a reprehensible exegete and worse theologian. Billy, you’re great, but your kids aren’t you, clearly.
You may have heard about James Franco’s questioning of an Ivy League ‘Philosopher’ regarding abortion. His takedown of her stupidity is epic:
And the Bishop’s response is on the mark-
He’s right. She shouldn’t be teaching anything.
Luther once observed
… you may deal harshly with the liars and hardened tyrants, and act boldly in opposition to their teachings and their works, for they will not listen. But the simple people, whom they have bound with the ropes of their teaching and whose lives are endangered, you must treat quite differently. You must with caution and gentleness undo the teachings of men, providing them a defense and explanation, and in this way gradually set them free. This is what St. Paul did when, in defiance of all the Jews, he would not permit Titus to be circumcised [Gal. 2:3], and yet he circumcised Timothy [Acts 16:3].
You must treat dogs and swine differently from men; wolves and lions differently from the weak sheep. With wolves you cannot be too severe; with weak sheep you cannot be too gentle. Living as we do among the papists today, we must act as though we were living among heathen.
Indeed, they are heathen seven times over; we should therefore, as St. Peter teaches [I Pet. 2:12], maintain good conduct among the heathen, that they may not speak any evil of us truthfully, as they would like to do. They are delighted when they hear that you make a boast of this teaching and give offense to timid souls. This affords them a pretext for denouncing the whole teaching as offensive and harmful, for they have no other way of demolishing it; they have to admit that it is true.*
Luther is always so… engaging and insightful. A true man for all seasons.
*The Christian in Society II, (LW Vol. 45, pp. 73–74).