Pentebabbleism isn’t Just Heretical, It’s Deadly

Two men are now charged in a 3-year-old girl’s alleged “exorcism” death. Authorities in San Jose, California say that the child’s grandfather Rene Trigueros Hernandez, 59, and uncle Rene Hernandez-Santos, 19, joined mother Claudia Hernandez-Santos, 25, in fatally abusing young Arely Naomi Proctor.

“Around 7:00 p.m., Defendant 2 [the uncle] knelt down beside the victim who was lying on the floor, and he placed one hand on the victim’s chest and one hand on her back,” a statement of facts says. “He applied pressure to the victim and maintained pressure for approximately 10 minutes. He stated the victim was alive at the beginning of this and he closed his eyes to pray. Upon opening his eyes, he believed the victim had died. They continued to pray and did not perform any lifesaving measures for the victim.”

Claudia, the mother, was charged back in January with felony child abuse causing death. Her brother and father were only recently arrested, with police saying they took the men into custody on Wednesday on the very same charge.

As previously alleged, Claudia took the child to the grandfather’s San Jose church on the morning of Sept. 24, believing the girl to be possessed by a demon. The grandfather confirmed to Mercury News in a report earlier this week that they intended to “liberate her of her evil spirits” but denied that she died by his own hands.

“If you read the Bible, you’ll see that Jesus casts away demons and made sick people healthy again,” said the grandfather, identified in the article as Rene Huezo, pastor of Iglesia Apostoles y Profetas. “It’s not when I want to do it, it’s when God, in his will, wants to heal the person. The preacher is like an instrument of God. What we do is what God says.”

Untrained readers of the Bible are a hazard to the public.

How to Avoid Wasting Time Online

The best way to avoid wasting time online is by ignoring any post, tweet, essay, YouTube video, podcast, TikTok, Reel, Instagram post and any other thing out there that contains the words ‘the TRUE history…’ of whatever.

Every single such thing is always absolute trash.  Don’t waste time on it.  Trust me here.  Not only will you have spent time you will never get back, but you will hate yourself for it.  It is ALWAYS pseudo-scholarship invented by the tinfoil hat people.

I’m urging you to spare yourself the abject misery you’ll experience by bothering with such garbage.  Purveyors of these things aren’t smart or even clever.  They’re just sad and lonely and have small IQ’s.


Don’t Get Your Eschatology from Pentebabbleists: The ‘Russia is Gog’ Lunacy

Is Russia a Key End-Times Player?

Most Bible experts carefully discuss these issues and are cautious not to overstate or definitively make proclamations about nations and events, though viable theories have emerged that are worth exploring.

Author Joel Rosenberg has been among those who have vocally explored Old Testament prophecies about the biblical end of days, discussing Russia’s potential placement in the mix. He published a blog post a few years ago in which he discussed world events as they pertain to the writings of Ezekiel, a biblical prophet.

“The Hebrew prophet Ezekiel wrote 2,500 years ago that in the ‘last days of history, Russia and Iran will form a military alliance to attack Israel from the north,” Rosenberg wrote. “Bible scholars refer to this eschatological conflict, described in Ezekiel 38–39, as the ‘War of Gog & Magog.'”

Etc.  Lunacy.  None of it is exegetically or theologically correct.  NONE OF IT.  Don’t get your eschatology from dilettantes.

Sorry Kids, Russia Isn’t In the Bible, nor is Ukraine, nor is America

And these aren’t the ‘end times’ and there are no ‘biblical prophecies’ which aim at this moment.

Is our world on the brink of war? That seems to be the question on everyone’s mind as news reports of the Russia-Ukraine tensions pour in. Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, California, and Amir Tsarfati of Behold Israel agree that the world is moving to “a very dark place”—one that could explode into World War III. But the two agree on something even more important: In this hour, believers must pay more attention than ever to biblical prophecy.

Ugh.  Stop it.

Yet More Evidence of Why It’s Unwise to Get Your Theology From People Who Aren’t Theologians

Today’s example is from someone called Bnonn Tennant (sounds like a fake made up name to me).  This chap has zero business offering theological opinions.  He writes of himself

I have a background of sorts in philosophy and writing…

Clearly you don’t have a background in or even a basic understanding of Christian theology.  Here’s the evidence:

Don’t get your theology from people like this.  They simply exude ignorance.

“When Biblically Inspired Pseudoscience and Clickbait Cause Looting”

A team of anthropologists argues that flawed research linking biblical Sodom to an archaeological site led to media hype that harms science and encourages illegal excavations, By Morag M. Kersel, Meredith S. Chesson, and Austin “Chad” Hill.

Give it a read.  It’s great stuff.

For myriad reasons, and like many other scholars working in Southwest Asia, we were profoundly disappointed when Scientific Reports, a peer-reviewed journal operating under one of the world’s leading scientific journals, Naturepublished pseudoscientific research about a supposed ancient cosmic airburst destroying the Tall el-Hammam site in what is today Jordan. The authors speculate that this putative event may have been the basis for the biblical story of Sodom, in which a city was allegedly destroyed by stones and fire sent from the sky.

As of today, the original Scientific Reports story has been accessed 348,000 times and has generated nearly 20,000 tweets (including a retweet by astronaut Chris Hadfield, who has more than 2 million followers). It has been covered in 176 news outlets (including major scientific outlets, such as Smithsonian magazine) and was ranked 55th of the over 300,000 tracked articles of a similar age in all academic journals.

And that’s just the opening!

This Could Not Be More False

If you ARE reading the Old Testament allegorically, you aren’t reading the Old Testament at all.  You’re reading INTO the Old Testament the fevered imaginings of a lunatic.

If you ARE reading the Old Testament as a revelation of Christ, you aren’t reading the Old Testament at all.  You’re reading INTO the Old Testament the fevered imaginings of a lunatic.

Complete Nonsense

The Holy Bible Feminine Translation Version is a word-for-word translation commonly known as a literal translation. It attempts to provide as close as possible a direct translation of the words themselves. The focus is on accuracy. It is not a popular thought-for-thought translation, where the focus is on readability with opinions and commentary oriented to a particular denomination.

The FTV Bible uses the American Standard Version of 1901 (ASV) for its starting textual base. The ASV is the product of the work of over 50 Evangelical Christian scholars that has been called “The Rock of Biblical Honesty.” The goal of the FTV Bible is to carry forward this legacy of biblical Honesty with recognition of the feminine attributes of God as well as His masculine attributes.

So it’s just a lazy revision of a translation that’s out of copyright and thus freely available.  And most absurdly of all

This hidden, recurring, phenomenon is timeless, because it has consistently structured Scripture that spans a time period of 6000 years of human history using 40 different human authors. It is called Jesus’ Witness Cipher, or simply JW’s Cipher. It is a 77 page encipherment through both Old and New Testaments for reading, deciphering and understanding the Bible, where the Bible interprets itself. Validated with the discipline of biblical numbers, this timeless Cipher bears witness of a single divine author of the Bible. Like nothing ever before, it illustrates how the Cross is the consistent destination of Seven Spirits of God that answer seven questions in divine order.

Any edition that tells you it offers decipherment of secret codes is pure garbage.  Garbage.

Seeing Christ in All Aspects of Scripture Isn’t How The Bible Works

The problems with this approach are numerous.  Chiefly

  1. It flattens Scripture
  2. It eisegetes
  3. It’s Marcionite when applied to the Old Testament
  4. It’s simply wrong hermeneutically

Christ isn’t everywhere in Scripture.  He’s where he’s said to be by Scripture.  It may be a proper approach in certain quarters of Fundamentalism, but as a means of reading the Bible, it is misleading.  And at its heart, it isn’t even Christian because it lies about the Bible.

How to Spot a Dilettante

Watch for a citation from Strong’s Concordance.  This will show that the person knows neither Hebrew nor Greek and that they are dependent on third hand information which they themselves do not, and never will, understand.

Don’t get your biblical interpretation from dilettantes.  They’re always inept.  They never understand the meaning or context of Scripture, and they consistently bastardize it.

Here’s Your Dilly, Mr Gipp

This guy deserves a Dilly the Dilettante Award more than anyone in years.  Here’s why:

The first question you should ask when talking with a “scholar” about this topic is “Do you accept the Bible as your final authority in all matters of faith and practice”?  If he says “yes” he just threw out his education.  If he says “no” then the conversation is over.  There is no reason to continue the conversation.  It’s a waste of time to talk with someone who doesn’t accept the Bible as their final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

And this

If you think about it, a translation is either going to be superior to an original, equal to an original, or inferior to an original.  These are the only options. According to our final authority in all matters of faith and practice, we find that a translation is always superior.

You don’t acquire that kind of ignorance in a few days.  That sort of stupidity takes decades to perfect.

But this bit, on why translations are ALWAYS better, takes the dilettante cake:

In discussing the originals versus translations, it’s important to remember these five ways a translation is superior.

-It’s all in one volume.  The originals were never in one binding.
-Book, chapter, and verse markings.  The originals were not written that way.
-More durable.  You couldn’t haul the originals around like you carry your Bible.
-It’s in English.  English is the language of the world.
-Multiple copies.  There never was a time when the originals were ever together in one book.  If they had been, there would only be one.

Wow.  Here’s your VERY well deserved Dilly, Mr Gipp.  And may God have mercy on whatever congregation has the sad misery of having to listen to your word vomit Dreck.