I commented on a post at Marshall’s and that got a couple of my fans all fired up. They seem to have some bitterness issues and used the thread to work out some anger. That’s inexpensive therapy, I suppose. One I just ignored, as usual. It works well.
But another one was too much fun to pass up. You see, Geoffrey has been quite vocal that he and I are both Christians, despite his rejection of so many essentials of the faith. On the thread he even said, “the Christian faith is large enough, and has always been large enough, to hold together all sorts of ideas and persons and perspectives that differ one from another. That is just a statement of fact.” He has written all sorts of posts mocking my views (I quit reading his blog long ago, but I see the titles of the links that come in).
I rebutted his false accusations and fallacies. Nothing new there. But what was so fun is that by the time the thread was through he had clearly contradicted himself as well. He completely conceded my larger point (that we don’t have the same religion) and proved that he was just as passive-aggressive and deceptive as I had been saying all along.
Here’s where he really went off the rails:
I know you think Mormons are going to hell. C’mon, dude, fess up. Your God is a mass murderer; worse, your God created billions of human beings only to consign them to eternal perdition because they don’t read the Bible the way you do.
First, his comment didn’t even characterize my views properly. I have never claimed that people go to Hell for not reading the Bible the way I do. I claimed that people go to Hell for the reasons described in the Bible: They are sinners who die without having faith in Jesus. Pretty basic stuff. And of course, there was nothing to “fess up” about. I’ve done whole posts about why Mormons aren’t Christians, so why would Geoffrey accuse me of hiding that?
But the bigger revelation is that the truth finally came out (Truth being that which corresponds to reality, a definition Geoffrey denies in theory but can’t escape in practice).
He conceded that we worship different Gods. I’ve been saying that whatever he is (spiritually speaking), I’m not, and whatever I am, he’s not. He’s denied that and said we’re both Christians and criticized me for not having a big enough tent.
He finally admitted that he thinks that “my” God is not the right one. The God of the Bible is a mass murderer in his view, and Hell is not real. Mormons go to Heaven without faith in the real Jesus. Presumably everyone else does as well.
Geoffrey is entitled to his views and I respect his religious freedom to hold and express them. My point all along was that it is not Christianity and definitely isn’t in the same camp I’m in. He denied that all along, until now. He obviously thinks I am teaching falsehoods about God, i.e., he thinks I’m a false teacher.
So he has shown that I’m right on both counts: I have reason to call him a false teacher and he is just as passive-aggressive as the types I mentioned in my first comment at Marshall’s place (“Postmodern thinking = wimpy and passive-aggressive. I’d much rather talk with someone with a clear view that they’ll defend than someone who insists that we can both be right (while secretly being sure that only he/she is right).”)
Still, I wish him the best and pray that he repents and believes someday and stops making false claims about Jesus and Christianity.
Closure is nice.
Also see The importance of sound doctrine. Read the verses carefully and you’ll see why addressing false teachers is biblical and important. I just added 2 Corinthians 6:14: Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?