Scripture please… bloody Universalists.
It’s as though they sat down and thought “hmmm…. what can we call our gathering that will both misuse the notion of Reformation and bastardize the historical movement which occurred in the 16th century which sought to purify and improve the Church… Oh, I know, let’s call it the ‘Reformation Project’ because…”
Good God in heaven. I have many many words floating around in my head and not a single one of them are really suitable for a G rated blog. The perverseness of this perversion is simply repulsive. It’s time to enter into a season of imprecations. Let’s go:
Give ear to my words, Yahweh, spare a thought for my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God! To you I pray, … You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil, no sinner can be your guest. You hate evil-doers, liars you destroy; … Not a word from their lips can be trusted, through and through they are destruction, their throats are wide — open graves, their tongues seductive. Lay the guilt on them, … since they have rebelled against you. (Ps. 5)
God, do not remain silent, do not stay quiet or unmoved, God! See how your enemies are in uproar, how those who hate you are rearing their heads. They are laying plans against your people, conspiring against those you cherish; they say, ‘Come, let us annihilate them as a nation, the name of Israel shall be remembered no more!’ They conspire with a single mind, they conclude an alliance against you, the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia and the Tyrians; even Assyria has joined them to reinforce the children of Lot. Treat them like Midian and Sisera, like Jabin at the river Kishon; wiped out at En-Dor, they served to manure the ground. Treat their leaders like Oreb and Zeeb, all their commanders like Zebah and Zalmunna, for they said, ‘Let us take for ourselves God’s settlements.’ My God, treat them like thistledown, like chaff at the mercy of the wind. As fire devours a forest, as a flame sets mountains ablaze, so drive them away with your tempest, by your whirlwind fill them with terror. Shame written all over their faces, let them seek your name, Yahweh! Dishonour and terror be always theirs, death also and destruction. Let them know that you alone bear the name of Yahweh, Most High over all the earth. (Ps. 83)
Too much? Hardly. This movement is as heretical a sect as the Church has encountered since Arius rose as a Bishop for the schismatics. While they adopt Christian sounding themes, their goals are nothing less than to rid the world of Christianity itself and replace it with a secular humanism the likes of which would please Marcion. False Christians promoting false Christianity to a world more than gleefully happy to see the truths of the Faith twisted into unrecognizable form and all for the sake of their own sense of self importance.
I’ll turn it over to Luther. He knows how to vent-
You cowardly slave, you corrupt sycophant, with your sickening advice!
You run against God with the horns of your pride up in the air and thus plunge into the abyss of hell. Woe unto you, Antichrist!
What devilish unchristian thing would you not undertake?
I think that all the devils have at once entered into you.
You say, “What comes out of our mouth must be kept!” I hear it – which mouth do you mean? The one from which the farts come? (You can keep that yourself!)
Tis a stupid question. Humanity is fallen. It’s not a matter of whether or not the Church is ‘complicit’ (what the *&() does that mean anyway?) in the fact of mankind’s fallenness. The destruction of the imago dei through rebellion and sin is simply the way things are. Period. No question. No debate.
[NB- I know, I know, someone is going to say that the essay isn’t about that at all, etc. etc. blah blah blah. The tweet itself is the absurdity].
“It has taken countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil to bring me to the place where I am finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church,” he wrote in a statement posted to his website.
As previously reported, Campolo serves as one of the leaders at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, which is part of the National Baptist Convention USA and American Baptist Churches USA. In the 1990’s, he served as a spiritual adviser to then-President Bill Clinton, including during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Campolo’s wife, Peggy, is a homosexual activist and believes that the Church should be accepting of same-sex “marriage.” He explained on Monday that his wife is one of the reasons why he has decided to endorse acceptance of homosexuals in Christianity.
I know a number of people who have various views on various subjects who strangely change their mind as soon as someone in their family pressures them into accommodationism. I once knew a man who was very concerned that Paul’s argument in Romans 1 and 2 was being overlooked by gay activists. His wife, however, had a different view and shortly his view was hers and her view was his. Radically.
When those things happen I always remember the sad story of William Barclay’s daughter. Barclay was a Christian traditionalist holding the biblical view of a heaven and a hell. Until his daughter died in a boating accident. His daughter who had sadly never professed faith in anything or any god. At that moment Barclay became a Universalist.
It’s amazing how willing people are to bend the truth to suit their needs. Campolo is, like Barclay and my former friend (his wife caused him to have such harsh feelings that he severed our friendship) a truth bender, an accomodationist.
Anyway, Tony, maybe you and your colleagues might want to re-read James:
μοιχαλίδες, οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι ἡ φιλία τοῦ κόσμου ἔχθρα τοῦ θεοῦ ἐστιν; ὃς ἐὰν οὖν βουληθῇ φίλος εἶναι τοῦ κόσμου, ἐχθρὸς τοῦ θεοῦ καθίσταται. (Jas. 4:4)
The head of Pentecostal mega-church Hillsong has dropped US preacher Mark Driscoll from the lineup of the church’s 2015 Australian and UK conferences, saying furore around his controversial sermons – including some describing women as “penis houses” – would be an “unnecessary distraction”.
Brian Houston said on Sunday after “personal interaction” with Driscoll he had decided to rescind his invitation to the events, the Australian version of which is expected to draw 30,000 this month.
This strikes me as odd. Why would pentebabbleist heretics not embrace a self aggrandizing heretic? A gathering of heretics unwilling to embrace a fellow heretic? Just odd.
Driscoll resigned from Seattle’s Mars Hill church in October after its board found him “guilty of arrogance, responding to conflict with a quick temper and harsh speech, and leading the staff and elders in a domineering manner”.
But uproar in recent days has focused on the content of his so-called “testosterone gospel”, including one sermon in which he told churchgoers: “Ultimately, God created you and it is His penis. You are simply borrowing it for a while.
“Knowing that His penis would need a home, God created a woman to be your wife. And when you marry her and look down you will notice that your wife is shaped differently than you and makes a very nice home,” he said.
That’s vintage Driscoll- Mr ‘Anything For Attention’ Driscoll has been saying things that disgusting for a long time. Hillsong knew all that when they invited him in the first place. So their ‘parting of the ways’ is just bizarre.
A weird ‘church’ asking a weird ‘preacher’ to be involved in its conference isn’t odd. What is odd is that they’ve changed their mind.