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 her). 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 . . .)
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 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!