Category Archives: Dilettante

When a Dilettante Teaches at a Seminary

This is what happens:

This is what it looks like when a dilettante pretends to be an exegete.  The text is misrepresented in order to preserve an ideological viewpoint.

Remember, just because a guy teaches at a Seminary doesn’t mean he knows what he’s talking about.

Pentebabbleist the Fireman Pseudo-prophet At it Again With his Nutbag Ramblings

As time goes on, Mark Taylor‘s prophecies are getting increasingly incoherent. It’s almost as if he needs to convolute his prophecies more and more so it’s more difficult to point out the fact that they never come true. Either way, we have a new warning from Taylor, and it involves human traffickers, the Red Cross, and the Old Testament god Baal.

According to Taylor, Baal “feeds off the blood of the innocent,” namely aborted fetuses. But thanks to increased restrictions to abortions access in the US, that food source is “running dry.” That’s where the Red Cross comes in.

“We all know the Red Cross is corrupt. They’re into all of this,” he said in a video clip flagged by Right Wing Watch, adding that “they are literally grabbing people … in broad daylight.”

“We are entering into one of the most dangerous phases of this fight,” he continued. “I tell people, ‘I don’t care if you are a Christian or not, if you don’t have a concealed weapons permit, you need to get one. You need to learn how to use a weapon and you need to be carrying it right now because this is a very dangerous time that we are going to be entering into.’”

Watch out for a mass blood drive orchestrated by America’s blood banks, Taylor says, “because their sources are running out, so they can use that human blood for sacrifices, they can use it for drinking it, or whatever it is they do.”

Imbecile. The dilettante loon knows nothing of Baalism.  Or anything.  Firefighters should fight fires, not talk about theology.  They’re awful at it.  So, Mark, here’s your Dilly, pentebabbleist nutbag.

Wrong For Every Reason- So Here’s Your Dilly

There’s no such word in Greek. The dimwit has just transliterated what he thinks a Greek letter signifies into an English equivalent. He actually thinks psi = y. Dilettante ignoramus.

No, it means you don’t know anything about Greek.  Here’s your Dilly.

Now go, and never speak of Greek again.

Here’s Your Dilly, Joe

Joe is what happens when ignorant dilettantism meets biblical proclamation.  So, in recognition of your utter unsuitedness to any sort of pastoral task, here’s your Dilly, Joe!

What it Looks Like When False Teachers Talk About Theology

Instead of being accurate, they prefer to be crass and imbecilic.  If you’re unsure of why the ELCA is dying, look no further.  Bolz-Weber and her ilk are killing it off as fast as they can.

More Pentebabbleist Nutbaggery: ‘Educated Women Make Terrible Wives and Mothers’

Pentebabbleists gonna babble I reckon.

GOP Rep. Sean Duffy announced he’s resigning from Congress because his wife, Fox News commentator Rachel Campos-Duffy is pregnant with their ninth child — a child who will likely have to undergo heart surgery soon after birth. According to hyper misogynist and far-right Christian radio host Jesse Lee Peterson, that’s a bad move.  “Why does she have to work?” Peterson asked in a video clip flagged by Right Wing Watch. “Why doesn’t she stay home, be a wife, a mother, and help raise the children? And now this guy has to step down because this baby apparently has some issues … He shouldn’t quit his job for that. I guarantee you she is making him do it.”

Peterson went on to slam Campos-Duffy as “a selfish, egotistical woman,” adding that her husband is “too beta male to make her do the right thing.”  “This woman is a selfish woman,” Peterson continued. “She has nine kids and she’s trying to be like a man … Women, God has given you the gift of being the assistant of the man, to watch over his children, to make sure things are well at home, to be there when the kids come home, to cook, clean, provide in that way. There is no greater job for a woman than that. And I don’t know why these men would marry these women if they don’t have that mindset. It’s like being married to another man. It’s selfishness, it’s not love.”

Peterson then advised Rep. Duffy that he needs to be out “providing” while his wife stays at home.  “I wouldn’t recommend you marry these educated women with these degrees; they don’t make for good wives and mothers.”

Apparently enough people listen to this ignoramus that he can maintain his absurd radio show.  The problem is never really the ignorant mouthpiece.  The problem is their imbecilic enablers and supporters.

Those Who Know The Least…

The New York Times reports

Those with the least understanding of science oppose it the most and also think they know the most, a study showed.

In related news, those who know the least about the Bible and theology also think they know the most.  Welcome to the wikipedia-ization of knowledge.

‘Rebar Bender’…

That has to be the best term to describe the self appointed untrained ‘experts’ that inhabit the internet that I have ever seen.  I expect to be using it rather a lot, interchangeably with dilettante.   Thank you, The Onion.

Don’t Do This, Publishers…

It just makes you look stupid.  That’s not Greek or English and those Greek letters spell nothing.  I realize you want it to look eye catching, and it is.  But for all the wrong reasons.  So stop it.

Eric Metaxas Thinks God Uses Mass Shootings to Call People to Repentance

Eric Metaxas is what happens when a dilettante with an audience he doesn’t deserve opines on theological matters he doesn’t understand.

Every mass shooting seems to brings out conservative Christians eager to outdo their colleagues in the contest of who has the dumbest possible reaction to the atrocity. We’ve already heard Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrickblaming video games and a lack of forced Christianity for the El Paso shooting.

Now Christian author Eric Metaxas, … is chiming in with his own brand of faith-based _______.

This morning, he blamed the shootings on the “spirit of the anti-Christ” and then offered an odd justification for why God allows such violence to continue even if He has the power to stop it.

Stop trying to explain complex theological ideas like Providence, Eric.  You aren’t intellectually equipped for it, and it is too important to be left in the hands of rank ignorant amateurs.

There are lots of ways God calls us to repentance and prayer.  Gunmen killing children isn’t one of them.  And what a sick image of God you have.  God, our Father, wants gunmen to kill random strangers just so billy bob will pray more?  Your view is sick, and you are a sick person with a sick understanding of God, the Bible, and theology.

More Pentebabbleist Nutbaggery

In an appearance on The Jim Bakker Show earlier this month, Christian author and activist Dr. Lance Wallnau warned that there is a “witchcraft veil” being spread over the minds of Americans, thanks to the media.

“How long are you going to be in this mental fog?” Wallnau asked rhetorically. “I think America is in a Jezebel witchcraft, meaning that there’s a witchcraft veil over the minds and perception of the masses, perpetuated by the false prophesies coming thought the media mouthpiece.”

According to Wallnau, the lies coming from the mainstream media are making the “average Christian” complacent.

“I have young sons in my family, I have friend of mine — they go, ‘Dad, don’t worry about me, I get a balanced perspective. I don’t listen to just one source, I listen to MSNBC and CNN,’” he said. “I go, ‘Son, ninety-five percent of the media is owned by the left — you can’t listen to four different outlets and think you’re getting the true story — they’re all biased.’”

Wallnau then turned to Jim Bakker and encouraged him to break though “that veil” of “false prophets” created by the media, adding that he and others of his ilk have paid a heavy price for their support of President Trump.

Dear Pentebabbleists, please stay away from the bible and theology.  You don’t know what you’re doing.

More Pentebabbleist Nutbaggery

This is a weird one even by pentebabbleist standards.

Mark Taylor, also known as the “Firefighter Prophet” is taking anti-immigration rhetoric to a whole new level.

During an appearance on McFiles Network this Monday with host Christopher McDonald, Taylor said that people need to look at crossings at the US-Mexico border from a more “spiritual perspective.”

“Well, let’s look at this from a spiritual perspective here,” Taylor said. “When I wrote that prophetic word before Trump came into office about the border, it was a ‘2,000-mile demonic gate’ — now, even me as the prophetic voice writing that … I didn’t realize the depth of that.”

“You’ve got drugs, guns, human trafficking, sex trafficking, you got MS-13, you got ISIS, I mean, you got all these things that are coming in,” he continued. “Now, you have to look at this from a spiritual perspective. You’re letting in natural entities that are here to destroy the country … it’s the spiritual entities that we are trying to get rid of, guys.”

Taylor then accused churches that give safe haven to migrants of “harboring spiritual entities.”

“I wouldn’t want to walk into one of those churches right now, because they’re inviting them in, Chris,” Taylor declared. “They are literally inviting these spiritual entities, these illegal spiritual entities into their houses of worship — or, they’re not even houses of worship, it’s just a building — whatever it is, whatever you want to call it, you know what I mean? I mean, gimmie a break, they’re part of the system.”

“That’s what’s going on right now. You have to look at this from a spiritual component, how powerful this actually is. These are spiritual entities. And look, the Dark Side knows this. The Deep State is in the highest — the cabal are in the highest forms of witchcraft on earth. They know by allowing the illegals in here what they’re allowing in spiritually, Chris.”

When you combine pentebabbleism and dilettantism, you have a toxic stew of theological ignorance found nowhere else.

Barton Swaim is Why People Who Aren’t Biblical Scholars Shouldn’t Talk About the Bible or Biblical Scholarship

His ‘review’ of John Barton’s magnificent book is the sort of garbage that one expects of a dilettante who knows absolutely NOTHING about the field.  His assessment of Barton’s latest book is puerile and juvenile.  It’s as though he has no understanding of either the Bible or biblical scholarship and his closing assertion that John Barton’s ‘admiration’ for the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures is ‘lukewarm’ (!!!!) is the most moronic thing I have read in years.  He knows NOTHING about John Barton’s lifelong devotion to the Bible and scholarship.  Lukewarm…   What a buffoon.

The Wall Street Journal should be ashamed that it published a review by a man whose entire claim to fame is that he writes reviews of political books for the WSJ.

Few ‘reviews’ infuriate me because, frankly, I’m used to dilettantes.  But this wretched piece of garbage is a hit piece by an ignoramus.  It is despicable.

Mr Swaim, here is your Dilly-

This Week’s Dilly Winner

No you aren’t.  No he isn’t.  So here’s your Dilly!

Quote of the Day

Dr Michael J. Svigel  –  Eschatology 101: “Nobody knows the day or the hour. Except that guy with no formal training and a lame website. Besides him, nobody knows.”

Dilly Award – the Dilettantish Publisher Edition

There’s so much wrong here, and they don’t even know it.  First of all, The Geneva Bible of 1599 is a revision of the 1564 edition.  Second, Luther had nothing to do with it.  Third, there’s no such thing as a ‘Luther Edition’ of the Geneva Bible.  Luther was dead decades before the Geneva Bible was published.  And finally, ‘Luthor’ (as the publisher’s advert spells it), is totally wrong.

Don’t buy things from dilettantes.  It just encourages them.

‘Patriot Depot’ and ‘Tolle Lege Press’, here’s your dilly.  You richly deserve it:

When You’re Too Lazy To Read the Text…

Just leave it alone.  Don’t try to make it up.

Nope, not even remotely close.  Here’s what Prov 11:27 actually says.  Whoever strives for good obtains favour, whoever looks for evil will get an evil return.

Dilettantes- kindly find a hobby not related to the Bible.

Yet Another Reason Most People Shouldn’t Be Allowed Within 500 Miles of a Bible

I just wish I knew who the commentator was. Because if anyone deserves a dilly it’s him.

Invincible Ignorance

There’s no point in either arguing with or even carrying on a discussion about the Bible with such invincibly ignorant persons.  I mention this only to highlight, once more, that there are people who should not be allowed within 500 miles of any Bible because all they know how to do to it is distort it and mangle its meaning for their own political purposes.  Such persons are beyond help.

Another Dilettante Who’s Pretending to Be A Biblical Exegete: The ‘Prof’ Who Accuses God of Raping Mary

And make no mistake, that’s exactly what Sprankle is saying.  No consent = rape.  But what the imbecile ignores is that Mary does in fact give consent to the operation of the Holy Spirit:

Mary said, ‘You see before you the Lord’s servant, let it happen to me as you have said.’ And the angel left her. (Lk. 1:38)

Another fake academic pretending to know something about the Bible when he doesn’t even know the basic story.  What a buffoon.

Here’s your award, Sprankle-