Note: An update after her death on 5/4/2019 is at the bottom.
Mrs. Evans has made a career out of being an “ex-evangelical” (sort of like Bart Ehrman, except he’s a bit more honest than she is). She mocks the word of God for profit and once again insists that the Bible’s authors were blasphemous liars and that the text did not turn out as God wanted it to. After all, if the Holy Spirit had been involved then she wouldn’t have to edit it.
The world loves her messages because she poses as a Christian who tells them just what they want to hear, namely that the Bible is a silly book that they do not need to read or take seriously. And of course she fights for legalized abortion to the child’s 1st breath (and without anesthetic, of course, because compassion), is wildly pro-LGBTQX, etc. Her primary self-description is “doubt-filled believer,” but she has no doubts that her conscience trumps (heh) the Bible and that Jesus agrees with all of her Leftist politics. This is the “Christian” who demands that her conscience be the guide as to what is really from God.
Here’s a sample from her latest book.
Got that? Your conscience is God, and it sits in judgment of the Bible. What could go wrong? It is classic “Christian” Left rationalizing and creating a god in her own image. The real Jesus doesn’t fit her sensibilities, so He must be wrong. Uh, sure.
Her followers will think it is so poetic blah blah blah but it is the same old rebellion. She can’t possibly see how God just might understand something better than her.
Isaiah 55:8–9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Also see the end of Job. Did he get to understand everything about God’s ways? (Ironically, she appeals to the story of Job for why she gets to demand answers from God. Did she read the beginning or ending of Job? Not sure that will turn out for her like she planned . . .)
She blasphemously claims the following:
It [the Bible] fails massively at getting to the point.
That is spoken like a non-Christian. Here’s a simple example: The Bible teaches over 100 times that Jesus is the only way to salvation (it isn’t just John 14:6, though that would be enough). What could be more clear? But a spiritually blind wolf like Evans can’t see that — and obviously doesn’t believe it.
And she is wildly pro-LGBTQX perversions, even though the Bible couldn’t be more clear and consistent about God’s views on sex. Consider the following truths and how Evans’ perversion-affirming god teaches the opposite:
- 100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior denounce it as sin in the strongest possible terms.
- 100% of the verses referencing 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.
Even two out of three types of pro–gay theologians* concede those points, yet the “doubt-filled” Evans has zero doubts about affirming every sexual perversion in the LTBTQX spectrum.
And note how she insists that her sitting in judgment of the Bible is what it truly prescribes, as if we should all trust our consciences.
Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
Non-Christian Mrs. Evans quotes non-Christian Thomas Paine to attack the Bible. Seems about right. No, wait, at least Paine was honest about his beliefs. I’d take Richard Dawkins over Evans any day – at least you know where he really stands.
This isn’t a nuanced debate on a meaning of a Hebrew word. We all agree that the text says God said to clear out the Promised Land, among other things. But Evans’ sleight of hand is to conflate her conscientious objections with the fact that there are some legitimate debates on some Bible passages. But the net of it is that she claims those are blasphemous lies that don’t belong in the text. And we aren’t talking about a couple verses, but literally many hundreds of verses tied to the prediction, execution and references back to the taking of the Promised Land.
So once again Mrs. Evans claims that the Holy Spirit did not inspire the writings and that the human authors were blasphemous liars. That’s her prerogative. We even have a precise theological term for people like her: Non-Christian.
Jesus affirmed the Old Testament and authorized the New Testament. You can agree with him or you can agree with Mrs. Evans and the “Christian” Left. Choose carefully.
Mrs. Evans et al are such transparent wolves. They must have gotten too warm, because they took off the sheep’s clothing long ago. Their followers are getting what they deserve.
At least that’s why my God-given conscience tells me, so I must be right!
*Pro-gay theology tends to fall into one of three categories. They are all wrong, but for varying reasons. Sometimes they overlap categories.
- The Bible is either not the Word of God, or most parts of it aren’t. This view claims that we can ignore the prohibitions against homosexual behavior because they were written by homophobic Jews.
- The Bible is the Word of God, but it doesn’t really say homosexual behavior is wrong. This view holds that people just aren’t reading the Bible properly, and that God’s Word is actually affirming of gay relationships.
- The Bible is the Word of God and does clearly and emphatically describe gay behavior as sinful. However, the Holy Spirit has given additional revelations such that this behavior is now acceptable. This view holds that God has changed his mind on this moral issue and not only is it now acceptable, but it is sinful if you don’t affirm this behavior and same-sex relationships.
Update: Truly sad that she died, especially having young kids. But I have to be candid: When I read the comments of those who supported her and were affirmed by her, I am reminded at how wicked her “ministry” was. These were typical:
that gaysian reverend Be mad at God. Be mad at the Universe. Be mad. Be mad. Be mad.
Carissa Nicole Winn @Carissa12Nicole 4 hours ago
#BecauseofRHE I had permission to explore LGBTQ+ affirming theology & eventually come out as bisexual. She was one of the first affirming Christians I encountered in my research, & her loud support is directly tied to who I am today.
Ms. Charlotte @charlotteirene8 37 minutes ago
#becauseofRHE The door she opened for me by saying it’s okay to be angry at the church and it’s okay to leave, led to a thousand other open doors and new pathways that created who I am now: a queer Christian woman who no longer fears the white cisheteropatriarchy.
Michelle @saltyswallow 3 hours ago
#becauseofRHE I first started exploring Side A theology, which has led to me being in a wonderful, loving, gay relationship. I’m able to be myself and live my best life because of her opening my eyes.
Rach @rach__celeste 4 hours ago I’m an openly queer woman serving as an elder in my church
#BecauseOfRHE. I never could have reconciled feminism and Christianity all those years ago without her.
If that’s what she encouraged people to do then it is a tragic legacy.
Someone wrote this in response to a blog post noting Evans’ bad theology:
Rude. Heartless. So inappropriate. Can you picture Christ responding like this – calling someone an apostate immediately after their untimely death? I don’t think so. I don’t know what god you guys are serving, but it doesn’t reflect the God that I know.
The commenter was tone-deaf to the fact that that’s exactly how Jesus will respond when someone dies — either with judgment or with “well done, good and faithful servant.” Someone rightly pointed out what Jesus said about untimely deaths:
Luke 13:1–5 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
Not surprisingly, Evan’s fans reject what Jesus said.
12 thoughts on “Another blasphemous book by Rachel Held Evans”
RHE can’t do enough to show her hatred for God and Christianity.
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If she claims that the Holy Spirit did not inspire the writers of the Bible, then she has no claim on the Holy Spirit inspiring her. If what she says is true, then why listen to her or buy her book?
Well said! Consistency is not her strong suit.
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Conscience-guided reading is Christ-centered reading, as this was the way Jesus taught us to read the Scriptures:.
“You have heard it said… [OT quotation] but I say to you…[an interpretation not harmful to people]”
If we read w/out the help of the Holy Spirit working through our conscience in prayer, we are apt to claim God blesses genocide or slavery or infanticide (Psalms 137:9).
The Binding of Isaac teaches this lesson also. God appears to call for an atrocity. Then it turns out this was not really what God wanted Abraham to do.
Reading with Christ’s Spirit assisting us in prayer, we would never think God wanted us to kill our child (or harm any other soul) and we ask God for further guidance.
Blessings from the Left.
That’s “Christian” Left gibberish, and a reason that the “Christian” Left Bible is so tiny — https://1eternitymatters.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/the-tiny-bible-of-the-theological-left-read-it-all-in-5-minutes/. You cannot claim to take the Bible seriously if you deny that God called for the clearing out of the Promised Land (just one example!). Scan the Bible and see what I mean.
Nahum 1:2 The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies.
Oh, and God deals with his own as well: Jude 5 Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.
I hope you repent and believer before it is too late.
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Christians on the Left are, despite differences, fellow believers, your brothers and sisters in Christ, btw. Lose the hate?
1Jo 2:9 -11
If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness. Anyone who loves a fellow believer is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble. But anyone who hates a fellow believer is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness.”
That’s a lot of errors and fallacies in one comment.
“Christian” Leftists believe the opposite on essentials of the faith. https://1eternitymatters.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/opposites-3/
You beg the question by assuming that you are fellow believers, when the subject of the debate is whether you are.
You also argue by assertion in saying we hate. The truth sounds like hate to those that hate the truth. I love you enough to tell you the truth: Your religious beliefs are wrong.
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LEFTIST “Christians” seem to worship a God and Christ of their own making, just like the cults. They call themselves Christians, but the Christ they worship can’t save.
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I was always taught that it is wrong to say someone isn’t a Christian. It’s one thing to analyze how you think RHE’s writings are misguided, but to state that she is non-Christian makes me think you’ve put yourself on the same level as God.
Matthew 7:15–20 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
If I said that I was a Muslim but loved bacon and Jews and said Mohammad was a false prophet and the Koran was full of lies, you would rightly question whether I was really Islamic.
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Jesus calls us to love, not hate. Rest in peace, Rachel.
Yes, and teaching false things was not very loving of her.
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