Archive for the ‘pseudo-christianity’ Category
Ok, so many problems here:
First, what does ‘useful’ even mean here?
Second, ‘So’? How on earth does the second absurd claim flow from the first? Behold, what leaps…
Third, theology is hardly useless. Not only is it formational, but by that very fact it is not only useful but essential. Someone needs to read Brunner’s Theology vol. 1 before he says something utterly unhinged.
Satan is testing me sore this afternoon by slathering my timeline with some really unspeakably inaccurate theological tweetings. Why, Satan? What have I done to you today? Why must you use twitter to make me sigh?
Ugh. Are there no theologians there who can discern the difference between the Voice of the Shepherd and the call of the world?
“God came to me in a dream last night and said that Trump is his chosen candidate,” Dollar said. “God apologized for the mixed messages he was sending. I now know that Trump has been touched by the hand of God.” “Trump is like John the Baptist, sent to prepare the world for the return of our Lord, Jesus Christ.”
So, Trump supporters, you have Creflo and Jerry Falwell Jr telling you God wants Trump to win. Both are heretics. I bet you feel pretty good about your support for Trump now…
James Spinti has discovered that the ancient Akkadians had their own version of the ‘prosperity Gospel’! That’s right- there’s nothing new under the sun- not even the nonsense spewed by Paula White, Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen, and Oprah Winfrey!
One piece of evidence that a supernatural connection empowering causative speech lies with the speech itself is the attention given to precise performance. Instructions are quite specific: certain oral rites are to be repeated three or seven times and accompanied by particular acts or gestures. As Sørensen argues, this emphasis on precision indicates that at least a degree of supernatural power (or as he puts it, “magical agency”) inheres in the speech itself. The speech is being used as a “sort of material object” required for ritual efficacy, rather than (merely) as communication. Stereotypy and special prosodic features such as alliteration provide further evidence for the use of speech as a tool.—Forestalling Doom page 89
Congratulations, ‘prosperity’ deceivers- you have very ancient roots (even though you wouldn’t know the difference between Akkadian and Sumerian if your life depended on it).
Since the Bible doesn’t reveal who we are to vote for, I am not worried about it. I think people who vote for Trump are wrong but I am not ready to speak for God on the subject. My conscience is clear.
But never fear, David Barton knows what God thinks and he is dealing the fire and brimstone.
A questioner asks Barton how to explain to her anti-Trump friends that we can’t have the perfect candidate. She says people are getting stuck on little things. I don’t have time to do a transcript of the whole mess but I linked to RWW which has the audio. Essentially, Barton’s advice boils down to God wants you to vote for Trump and you better do it or else.
I will account to God and I have to vote because He put that ballot in my hand and I’m going to have to account to Him for what I did with it. And I can’t use the false standard of I have to have somebody perfect because there is nobody perfect except for Jesus and, by the way, when He was on earth, they didn’t think He was perfect; we only think He’s perfect now. Back then, they called him a winebibber and a glutton; he had all sorts of campaign ads run against him. So nobody is going to fit the criteria, so let’s get God’s mind on this thing instead of finding excuses.
Barton is neither spokesman for God nor Evangelicalism. What he is, in fact, is an unhinged pandering pseudo evangelical who serves simply as a shill for Trump. Warren Throckmorton has more.
That explains so much. So very much.
[I]t is not quite true that Trump lacks a personal faith tradition. He was baptized and confirmed at a Presbyterian church in the Queens neighborhood where he grew up. Later, his parents joined Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. The pastor there was Norman Vincent Peale, and it’s the church Trump came to call his own.
“I go to church, and I love God, and I love my church,” Trump told the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa last year. “Norman Vincent Peale, the great Norman Vincent Peale, was my pastor. … He was so great. And what he would do is, he’d bring real-life situations, modern-day situations, into the sermon. And you could listen to him all day long.”
Peale was in fact one of the most famous Christian preachers of the 20th century, well known for his admiration of successful businessmen. He regularly sprinkled his sermons with anecdotes about prominent industrialists he had known and respected, from the president of the Ralston Purina Company to the founder of Kraft Foods.
Trump’s exposure to ‘Christianty’ came through the mire of heresy. Read the whole.