Daily Archives: 21 Oct 2018

Pat Robertson is Not a Christian: Exhibit 4048

In another example demonstrating that Pat Robertson believes in persecuting non-Christians and indoctrinating children, the televangelist openly suggested that parents should beat their kids until they respect Christian beliefs.

During yet another shameful episode of the 700 Club, which runs on Disney-owned channel ABC Family, Robertson received an email from a woman who claimed that her grandson disrespects their Christian faith when they visit their daughter on Christmas and chose not to visit this past year.

“We declined going to our daughter’s house on Christmas this year because there is always an argument, hard feelings etc.,” viewer Karen wrote.

“One grandchild comes high on marijuana, cursing and challenging our faith. I correct him and have told my daughter to ask him to respect our beliefs, but he keeps it up. Our daughter says she is a Christian but will drink too much and offend her daughter and her husband. Were we wrong to not to attend another Christmas that leaves us upset or someone angry? I have shared my beliefs many times with them and am ridiculed by this grandson and son-in-law.”

Robertson’s immediate solution? Beat the child until he respects Christianity.

“Somebody take that kid to the woodshed and let him understand the blessings of discipline,” Robertson advised before predicting that the kid would end up in prison if a strong male figure didn’t start beating him right away.

“He needs a strong male figure. He’s going to wind up in a correctional institution, and the next thing you know, he’s going to be doing hard time in some prison. And then he would wish he wasn’t such a smart, you know, wise guy. Because he’ll be disciplined in a way that he’ll never forget in some prison… He needs discipline in the worst possible way.”

Robertson is not a Christian.  Nothing he says is Scriptural.  He is a deceiver, a liar, and a false teacher.  Those who support him support evil and his tv station is a tool of evil.

This is yet more evidence that Robertson is no Christian and pentebabbleists aren’t either.


You have seduced me, Yahweh, and I have let myself be seduced; you have overpowered me: you were the stronger. I am a laughing-stock all day long, they all make fun of me. For whenever I speak, I have to howl and proclaim, ‘Violence and ruin!’ For me, Yahweh’s word has been the cause of insult and derision all day long. I would say to myself, ‘I will not think about him, I will not speak in his name any more,’ but then there seemed to be a fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones. The effort to restrain it wearied me, I could not do it. I heard so many disparaging me, ‘Terror on every side! Denounce him! Let us denounce him!’ All those who were on good terms with me watched for my downfall, ‘Perhaps he will be seduced into error. Then we shall get the better of him and take our revenge!’

A curse on the day when I was born! May the day my mother bore me be unblessed! A curse on the man who brought my father the news, ‘A son, a boy has been born to you!’ making him overjoyed.  May this man be like the towns that Yahweh overthrew without mercy; may he hear the warning-cry at dawn and the shout of battle at high noon, for not killing me in the womb; my mother would have been my grave and her womb pregnant for ever. Why ever did I come out of the womb to see toil and sorrow and end my days in shame?  (Jer. 20:7-18)

‘Powerful’ Isn’t The Word that Comes To Mind…

But sickening does.

Predestination Defined in a Single Sentence

It is God who, for his own generous purpose, gives you the intention and the powers to act. (Phil. 2:13)

Where the intention to act as a Christian is absent, Christ is absent.  Where the ability to act as a Christian is absent, Christ is absent.

Why do many who call themselves Christians not act like Christians?  Because they lack both the intention and the ability to act like Christians because they are not Christians, because they lack Christ.  Because God has not given Christ to them.

Total Depravity: Yet Another Coach Who Molests Boys

This one’s in Iowa.

A prominent Iowa youth basketball coach faces potentially decades in prison after admitting to a yearslong pattern of sexually exploiting and abusing at least 400 boys, including former players, their friends and other young athletes.

Greg Stephen, 42, posed as girls on social media to trick the boys into making live videos masturbating. He secretly recorded them showering during trips to tournaments. In some cases he recorded himself fondling nude players as they slept.


Konrad Schmid: Gerhard von Rad’s Interpretation of Genesis 22

Since it’s still von Rad’s birthday I’ll remind you that Konrad uploaded his 2008 Interpretation essay to Academia.edu some time back. Here. It’s still very much worth reading.

From the perspective of Heilsgeschichte, Gerhard von Rad saw clearly that Genesis 22 deals with the possible annihilation of the covenant promise. A fresh approach to Genesis corroborates this view and demonstrates that innerbiblical exegesis has shaped the message of Genesis 22.


‘The Love of Money…’

Is the root of Trump’s evil.

Hours after Saudi Arabia announced the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Donald Trump joked with the heads of defense companies that members of the media are “hurting him” over his preference to keep the arms sale order to the Saudi Kingdom intact.

Evil.  Read the rest.

The Metamorphosis of Law into Gospel: Gerhard von Rad’s Attempt to Reclaim the Old Testament for the Church

That’s the title of an essay by Bernard Levinson available online.  Must reading.

A Fantastic Piece on Gerhard von Rad

Since it’s his birthday-

Gerhard Von Rad: State Interference and Unflappable Belief in Nazi Germany by Daniel Strecker is intriguing for a number of reasons. First, it’s by a non-theologian. Second, it features interaction with Bernard Levinson’s work on von Rad. And third, it contains the only picture of von Rad I’ve ever seen as a young man.

Strecker begins

Bernard M. Levinson, Professor and Berman Family Chair of Jewish Studies & Hebrew Bible at the University of Minnesota Law School, has recently re-posted Reading the Bible in Nazi Germany: Gerhard von Rad’s Attempt to Reclaim the Old Testament for the Church (read the full text here).  The article, which first appeared in Volume 62 of Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology (2008), explores Gerhard von Rad’s (1901–71) staunch adherence to Old Testament studies despite the challenge of Nazi elements within his theological and intellectual milieu.  Levinson also draws a direct connection between von Rad’ s hermeneutic and the historical circumstances under which he worked, painting a powerful portrait of religious and intellectual conviction in defiance of a totalitarian state.

Read the rest.  Yes do.  With thanks to Bernard for mentioning it on Academia.edu.

Signs of the Times

Gerhard von Rad als Deuteronomiumskommentator

Es ist mir gegangen wie manchem anderen in der Zunft der Alttestamentler: Siewären nicht in dieser Zunft ohne Gerhard von Rads sprachlich-ästhetisch und theo-logisch so beeindruckende „Theologie des Alten Testaments“, die ich als Student imersten Semester durcharbeitete, oder so sollte man eher sagen, verschlang und ge-noß. Aus säkularem Hamburger Elternhaus stammend ohne besondere Affinität zur Bibel und schon gar nicht zum Alten Testament war damit meine Liebe zu ihm ge-weckt und hat bis heute gehalten. Als Schüler des von Rad-Schülers Klaus Kochsind für mich nicht zuletzt bis in meine Dissertation hinein, die mit der Gilgal-Thematik an Gerhard von Rads so wirkungsvollen Essays zum formgeschichtlichen Problem des Hexateuch anknüpfte, Impulse von Rad’schen Denkens prägend ge-worden und geblieben. Nur wenn ich mich in späteren Jahren der altorientalischenund biblischen Rechtsgeschichte zuwandte, nicht zuletzt weil mir die Aufgabe ange-tragen wurde, eine Ethik des Alten Testaments für die Reihe der „TheologischenWissenschaft“ zu verfassen, meinte ich eigene Wege zu gehen, die am Ende, diesversuche ich mit diesem Beitrag zu zeigen, doch mehr von Rad’sche Impulse hatten,als mir bewußt war.

Read it here.

Signs of the Times

Still True

‘So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the Law and the Prophets. ‘Enter by the narrow gate, since the road that leads to destruction is wide and spacious, and many take it; but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matt. 7:12-14)

On Gerhard von Rad’s Birth Anniversary

Those who are wise learn from their forebears- even if what they learn is to leave them to the side.  Von Rad, however, can never be left aside.  He stands – even now – as the greatest Everest to grace the theological landscape.  And today is the anniversary of his birth.

Gerhard von Rad was a prominent German Old Testament scholar whose work brought back focus to the Old Testament. He was educated at the University of Erlangen and at the University of Tübingen and later received honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Lund, Wales, Leipzig and Glasgow. He also taught at the University of Jena, University of Gottingen, Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg. The Encyclopedia of World Biography notes him as having “developed the ‘tradition history’ approach to the Old Testament that has dominated the study of the Bible for the last 40 years.” His dissertation was on “Das Gottesvolk im Deuteronomium” (The People of God in Deuteronomy).

“The historical events of his lifetime, including the two World Wars, left their mark on him, and it was not least his detestation for the nazis’s treatment of the Jews, which called his interest for OT forth, and he became a member of the academic world in stead of the clergy. Two fields of research are in a special way connected to his name. He was one of the founders of the traditio-historical method. Being one of A. Alt’s doctoral students, history and the development of traditions always played an important part in his research. The historical credo (Deut 26) and its importance for the making of the Hexateuch has made a great impact on the scholarly world. The other field is OT theology, in which he stressed the theology in the transmission of the biblical traditions, in Vol. I the historical tradition and in Vol II the prophetic tradition. His way of doing Theologie was quite different from the traditional German Old Testament Theology.”

“Von Rad’s views were highly controversial, evoking considerable heat. Many of his theories have not stood the test of time, but it would be difficult to find another person who has contributed so much to the understanding of the Old Testament. It may be that in truth he wrote a history of Israelite religion rather than an Old Testament theology, but he insisted that the Hebrew Bible be understood in the context of the religious life of ancient Israel. That is surely a correct insight.”

Lest we forget…