Trump evidently knows nothing of the theology of the incarnation. Joseph isn’t Jesus’s dad. Please don’t talk about the Bible ever again.
Alas, it is true that with none of my great and numerous shortcomings have I wrestled harder than with such impatience. Yes, I am making some progress but I have never reached the point yet of keeping this wild best completely under control. — John Calvin
A question was proposed by Master Ignatius, a student of sacred literature, on the day before the Kalentis of December, 1532 [i.e., 30 November]: Why do we more readily believe Satan when he terrifies than Christ when he consoles? The question was answered by Dr. Martin Luther: “Because we are better equipped to doubt than to hope; because hope comes from the Spirit of God but despair comes from our own spirit. Accordingly God has forbidden it [despair] under severe penalty. That we more easily believe penalty than reward is a product of the reason or spirit of man. Hoping and believing are different from thinking and speculating. Reason sees death before it, and it’s impossible for reason not to be terrified by it. Likewise we can’t be persuaded [by our reason] that God gives his Son and loves us so much, and hence we say, ‘You have not allowed your Son to be crucified for nothing!’ This is above reason. That God is so merciful, not on account of my works but on account of his Son, is incomprehensible. – Luther’s Table Talk
And it’s not even surprising, is it…
Rev. Bill Atkinson, a pastor who sang for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore at a recent campaign event, was convicted of obstructing an investigation into whether his son molested children at an orphanage his family owned in Honduras.
Alabama.com reports that Atkinson in 2012 “was found guilty of obstruction and conspiracy for ordering two of his children to destroy a hard drive of a digital video recorder, which held evidence that incriminated” his son, William James “Will” Atkinson IV, of child molestation.
Although Atkinson’s son spent time in a Honduran prison while awaiting trial for alleged child molestation, Alabama.com says that it’s not clear how the case in Honduras was ultimately resolved.
Atkinson’s presence at the Moore event is relevant given the multiple allegations that Moore himself molested teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Moore was also reportedly banned from a local shopping mall because he regularly preyed on teen girls, and a retired Alabama police officer said recently that she was tasked with keeping an eye on Moore during local high school football games over worries that he would hit on cheerleaders.
That’s the sort of person who supports Moore. If you attend Atkinson’s Church, get out. your ‘pastor’ is a liar who covers up indecencies and enables child rape.
Please do the right thing in a few weeks and vote for someone, anyone, besides the child molester Roy Moore. I don’t say that as a Northern elitist liberal Washington establishment left winger. I say that as a Christian theologian who lives just to the north of you in Tennessee.
Put your Christianity front and center and ask yourself if it’s really possible for a Christian to support a man who in his 30’s was sexually involved with girls in their teens. Ask yourself if the Lord you serve would be pleased with that vote. Be honest, search your hearts. Do you honestly believe that Roy Moore is who he claims he is while everyone who REALLY knows him fears for their children when he’s around?
Send a Republican to the Senate. Write someone in. They can be just as conservative as Moore for all I care- but they must at least be moral.
But I assure you, as a Christian theologian, that any ‘Christian’ who can separate their private faith and their voting booth habits is no Christian. If you vote for an evil man, you make yourselves evil. And you’ll give an accounting to God for why you’ve done it.
Dearest Alabama, do the right thing.
‘Nice’ job Joel…
“Or in other words, I’d be mad at him but I’d vote for him anyway.”
I don’t know who this Tully Borland creature is, but I think her or his children should be removed from the home and allowed to live with someone who actually cares for them.
The disciples of Moore are sick, sickening people. I can’t even comprehend the evil resident in their hearts and minds.
If you don’t believe in Total Depravity, you’re a fool.
If the church is run like a business, it will become a business dependent on the consumer. That’s not the purpose of the church.
So tired of all the talk of “leading an organization”, “business principles”, “we do this at my job”, etc. The church is always to be different than the world/culture. Can’t do that and try to operate like a business. There are many churches closing due to this thinking, many were once “mega-churches” who had to keep the big givers happy. You know, like a business.
So many once thriving churches thought they had to have the fancy buildings and toys. Eventually, they lost the Gospel and forgot about people. It’s easy to lose the mission at that point and none of us are immune. Gotta keep it about the kingdom and not getting people are keeping people. Will it help us reach people with the Gospel and live the least of these? That’s our mission, not to keep consumers coming back or growing. We must all be vigilant and accountable to protect the purity of the church and her mission.
The. Church. Is. Not. A. Business. – Justin Rader
I would add- and if your church has a pastor who is a business major with an MBA, either fire him or leave and go to a church where the pastor is a theologian / biblical scholar.
Men- keep your hands and face and parts to yourself. Real men don’t molest. Real men receive invitations. Vow to yourself to not be a jerk, pervert, molester, reprobate today. Make the world just a little bit better by exercising self control. Just like you learned in Kindergarten.
I’m grateful every day my daughter hasn’t been subjected to this kind of sick depravity. Because I would be in prison.
Dear GOP Senators and Congressmen,
I was afraid the 1% and Congress would be hurt by the bill you’re putting together. It’s such a relief to know that only the middle and lower classes will be. Thanks so much Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Bob Corker. You guys are real heroes to the super rich. I just hope you don’t have to stay in office to see the death and destruction you’ll cause.