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Another bad “top 10 list” from Sojourners

The blog of Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis often runs these “top ten lists” of things Christians shouldn’t say or do, such as 10 Things You Can’t SAY While Following Jesus by Mark Sandlin.  Sandlin is a “progressive Christian,” who predictably gives a list of 10 judgments on others — including his judgment on others who judge!  This time it came in at #4:

 4) It’s okay to judge.

Recently, there has been a rash of Christian bloggers defending their right to judge. I guess it’s a thing. All the cool bloggers are doing it.

Of course it is OK to judge in a proper manner (e.g., John 7:24).  Sandlin judges all the time.  Only he’s the one violating scripture by doing it hypocritically.

Then there is this bit of nonsense saying that if some Bible had a bad translation of a word that we should never appeal to it as the source of truth.  Seems like something a non-Christian would say . . .

3) Because the Bible tells me so (or “it’s in the Bible”).

The King James Bible tells me there are unicorns – 9 times.

I’m sorry, I got distracted. What was it you were telling me about using the Bible to prove a fact?

Satan and Mark Sandlin agree: “Did God really say . . .?”  Yeah, definitely don’t go to God’s word for the final answer on something.  And Sandlin displays his hypocrisy again with this entry.  Where did he get his [bad interpretation of] God’s views on judging?  Like most Leftist Christians, he considers the Bible to be authoritative on the parts he agrees with.

Wallis and Sandlin are not only enemies of the real Gospel, they are unoriginal and repetitive enemies of the Gospel.

New contender in the most abused Bible passage of the decade

Until recently the clear leader in this unfortunate contest was Matthew 7:1 –  Judge not, that you be not judged.  That verse was always handy for those who wanted to judge others for judging others (you read that right), because so few caught the hypocrisy and fewer still knew to read just a few more verses to realize that, ironically enough, Jesus was only teaching not to judge hypocritically.  He didn’t teach that we are never to judge.

But another verse has come into contention.  It is often quoted in support of why we must pass the ObamaCare bill. 

Matthew 25:40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

For purposes of this post, I’ll ignore four additional problems with those using this passage:

  1. They are usually quick to play the “separation of church and state” card if you bring Jesus into issues where they disagree with you.
  2. It is a false dichotomy to imply that you either support this bill or you don’t care about “the least of these.”  It is entirely possible to care for the least of these and have a host of ideas which you can defend as being superior solutions.
  3. They are typically pro-legalized abortion, and the irony of them self-identifying as being the sole group caring for the least of these is almost too much to take.
  4. They use this verse so authoritatively yet are usually the ones denying other concepts that it contains, such as Jesus being the judge of all humanity and of the eternal punishment so clearly taught at the end of the passage (Matthew 25:46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.).

Instead, I’ll  just show how they misinterpret the text.  It isn’t hard to do as long as you follow rule #1 in studying the Bible: Always read in context!

Here’s a more extensive look at the passage [Emphasis in the original.  Just kidding!  Emphasis added, of course.  Matthew just used bold, not bold italics.]

Matthew 25:31-40 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

If you read the whole passage I think it becomes quite clear:  Jesus is praising the individuals who did those things themselves.  He didn’t praise them for taxing others to help him, or forcing others to visit someone in prison, and so on. 

So should we help the least of these?  Absolutely!  Get our your wallets, people.  Anyone reading this is virtually certain to be in the top 2% of the richest people who ever lived.  Christians who know how this whole thing plays out, big picture-wise, should really be giving generously.  But there are many ways to do that without passing this travesty of a bill that will raise costs, reduce care and give even more power to a government that doesn’t deserve it and will almost certainly abuse it.

As I’ve said before, if you think you have a plan that optimizes the common welfare by modifying insurance legislation, then put it up for honest debate. Just please don’t call it charity or invoke the name of Jesus in doing so, and don’t make it a false dichotomy of supporting Obama vs. being a greedy racist bastard.  Oh, and please don’t quote Matthew 25:40 unless you plan to use it properly.

George Tiller probably won’t RIP

It is between him and God, of course, but killing unborn children for a living hardly qualifies as good fruit — even if you do go to church on Sunday. 

And this guy didn’t just do abortions, he did “partial birth abortions,” AKA infanticide.  The pro-aborts are mourning him and even holding vigils.  Ugh.

And what kind of a church lets a guy like that be a member, let alone serve?

From AP:

Dr. George Tiller, one of the nation’s few providers of late-term abortions despite decades of protests and attacks, was shot and killed Sunday in a church where he was serving as an usher.

As Melinda noted at Stand to Reason, Killing Abortionists Is Wrong. Period.

A friend pointed out the irony of this statement about Tiller:

The family said its loss “is also a loss for the city of Wichita and women across America. George dedicated his life to providing women with high-quality health care despite frequent threats and violence.”

And more irony:

President Barack Obama said he was “shocked and outraged” by the murder. “However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence,” he said.

Of course we shouldn’t resort to killing abortionists, but abortion itself is a heinous act of violence.  If abortion isn’t violent, nothing is.  It should be illegal, just as killing Tiller was illegal.

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I saw one Christian writing that the murderer took away Tiller’s chance to repent.  Don’t worry, folks, God is sovereign. No one will be able to claim that they just needed a little more time to repent and believe.

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Another writer said to pray for his soul.  Uh, sorry folks, too late for that. 

Hebrews 9:27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment

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Also see The Wintery Knight blog, which “strongly condemns all abortion-related violence, whether it’s committed against the born or the unborn,” while asking if it is rational for atheists to condemn his murder.

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I subscribe to over 100 blogs.  Well over a dozen have commented on this.  I’ve yet to see one that didn’t condemn the murder, though I’m sure the MSM will ignore the clear and consistent principles of the pro-live movement and try to demonize and broad-brush us with this.

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“I like the teachings of Jesus, but . . .”

bible.jpgMany people will say things like, “Jesus was a great teacher, but . . .” Here are comments that typify this theme from a previous post on this blog:

“there’s plenty in the Bible that I disagree with. However, none of it is directly attributed to Jesus in the New Testament-his teachings seem entirely reasonable and well-founded.”

In short, I admire the teachings of Jesus, but can’t accept other sections of the Bible as reasonable or rational guidance. And, when I consider Jesus’s teachings on love, compassion and non-judgement, I find it far likelier that he would not have condemned homosexuality the way the Old Testament does.

But are they really considering all of Jesus’ teachings?  Among other things that offend our 21st century pluralistic sensibilities, many of his lessons included:

His divinity

John 8:58-59 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

The authority of the Old Testament

Matthew 5:17-18 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

Hell

Matthew 23:33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?

Also see the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus.

His exclusivity

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

His prudishness – He was not only against adultery and divorce, but lust as well

Matthew 5:27-28 You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

His judgmental nature and intolerance

Matthew 5:29-30 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

John 5:22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son

John 7:24 Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.

Good works won’t earn you salvation.  You need to trust in him.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”

John 5:24 “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.

Also see the Liar, Lunatic or Lord “trilemma” posed by C.S. Lewis

You can shut him [Jesus] up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

When people make the “good teacher” claim I take it at face value.  I encourage them to read all of what Jesus taught and offer to answer any questions they may have.  I also encourage them to read along on the Bible Study Blog or get involved with a study of their own.  I trust that if they get involved with the Word then God will take care of it from there. 

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hat tip: Bubba