False teacher defies logic. Again.

False teacher Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie really outdid himself today in Questioning The Roles of Religion and Talk Radio in Promoting Hate Crimes.  He questioned the roles, all right, but offered no proof of anything.  He called assaults against gays a crime (true enough) but forgot that pesky part about homosexual behavior being a sin.

  • 100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior denounce it as sin in the clearest and strongest possible terms.
  • 100% of the verses referring to God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
  • 100% of the verses referencing parenting involve moms and dads with unique roles (or at least a set of male and female parents guiding the children).
  • 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions.
But Chuck is the real hater of gays.  He loves himself and his popularity so much that he’d rather tell lies to gays and “affirm” them in their lifestyle rather than speak the truth about God.

Soon the question of marriage equality will return to the ballot box in Oregon as Basic Rights Oregon prepares to launch a statewide initiative campaign to overturn the constitutional ban on same sex marriages. This time conservative opponents of equality will be met with a coalition that includes progressive and moderate clergy — myself included — who believe and preach that God created humanity with a richness of diversity that only serves to better us as a people.

Chuck blasphemes and says God made people want to violate his plan for sexuality.

In the midst of these public campaigns, let us pray for an end to violence and for civility in our debates.

More hypocrisy.  While calling his ideological opponents haters and the cause of violence against gays, he asks for civility.  Uh huh.

The most bizarre part is Chuck trying to imply that those who assault gays just got out of Focus on the Family “Love Won Out” conferences.  Yeah, the criminals are all orthodox Bible teachers, Chuck.  /sarcasm

Passages they probably didn’t teach you in Sunday School: Jeremiah 13

If you haven’t read all the Bible, you are missing out (for a lot of reasons).  One of the lesser reasons is that there are so many interesting things you’ll be surprised to find there.  Today’s example is Jeremiah 13.  Hat tip to my youngest daughter for flagging this to me.  I’ve read this passage a couple of times, but it didn’t stand out to me until she noted that in The Holman Standard translation it uses “underwear” instead of “loincloth.”

Note how God says that the Israelites who refuse to hear his words are like dirty underwear and good for nothing.  If they would have listened to him they would have been a “name, a praise, and a glory.”  They completely missed out and were judged for it.

Jeremiah 13 1:-11 The Ruined Loincloth

1 Thus says the LORD to me, “Go and buy a linen loincloth and put it around your waist, and do not dip it in water.” 2 So I bought a loincloth according to the word of the LORD, and put it around my waist. 3 And the word of the LORD came to me a second time, 4 “Take the loincloth that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.” 5 So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me. 6 And after many days the LORD said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there the loincloth that I commanded you to hide there.” 7 Then I went to the Euphrates, and dug, and I took the loincloth from the place where I had hidden it. And behold, the loincloth was spoiled; it was good for nothing. 8 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 9 “Thus says the LORD: Even so will I spoil the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10 This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who stubbornly follow their own heart and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be like this loincloth, which is good for nothing. 11 For as the loincloth clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, declares the LORD, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen.

We aren’t the Israelites, but one thing hasn’t changed: There is only one God and He does not like for people to worship false gods.  If you read the Old Testament you’ll find one warning after another about not following other gods — as well as one case after another when the Israelites failed to obey that command.

The New Testament teaches over 100 times directly and indirectly that Jesus is the only way to salvation (it isn’t just John 14:6).  Despite what false teachers will tell you, other religions do not lead to the one true God.

If you are a Christian, you should read the Bible regularly and never teach that other religions are valid paths to God — that is, unless you want to be like good for nothing rotten underwear.