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SUBVERTING THE WORD OF GOD



Posted: 12/19/08

 

Subverting the Word of God

By Marsha West

 

Recently we learned that President Bush, an evangelical Christian, doesn't take the Bible literally.  During an interview ABC's Cynthia McFadden asked him if the Bible is literally true and he replied "probably not."  He said he does believe you can learn a lot from the Bible, "but I do think that the New Testament for example is ... has got ... You know, the important lesson is 'God sent a son.'" [1] Important lesson? No, Mr. President, the New Testament contains Good News…and "the important lesson" is not that "God sent a son," it's the reason He sent His Son.  "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

 

The president certainly knew that his words would be heard by millions of people, yet this professing Christian stopped short of explaining the Good News of the Gospel.  President Bush's answer was a huge let down for true Christians.

 

Another quote from the president:

 

"It is hard for me to justify or prove the mystery of the Almighty in my life," he said. "All I can just tell you is that I got back into religion and I quit drinking shortly thereafter and I asked for help. ... I was a one-step program guy."

Our president obviously lacks a clear understanding of Christianity.  Sadly, he admitted that he's not a literalist.  Translated this means he doesn't believe in the authority of Scripture.  In other words, he takes the Bible cafeteria style.  And he's not alone!  Today many professing Christians don't hold to the authority of the Bible, and like Bush they pick and choose what they like and ignore what doesn't make sense to them or seems offensive.  One example of this is the doctrine of hell.  Many Christians choose to reject the idea that a good and loving God would send those who deny Jesus Christ to eternal damnation.  A literalist believes He will do just that.  Literalists hold that all Scripture is the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God.  The Apostle Paul called the scriptures "God-breathed." Simply put: God spoke into the minds of the writers.

 

"Our authority is not our own," Albert Mohler reminds us.  "We are called to the task of preaching the Bible, in season and out of season. We are rightly to divide the Word of truth, and to teach the infinite riches of the Word of God. There are no certainties without the authority of the Scripture. We have nothing but commas and question marks to offer if we lose confidence in the inerrant and infallible Word of God. There are no thunderbolts where the Word of God is subverted, mistrusted, or ignored." [2]

 

In an effort to promote same-sex "marriage," "Newsweek" went after conservative Christianity in a big way when Lisa Miller attempted to make "the religious case for same-sex marriage." [3] "Newsweek," it seems, has taken the "progressive" view of homosexuality.  "Biblical literalists will disagree," said Miller, "but the Bible is a living document, powerful for more than 2,000 years because its truths speak to us even as we change through history."


She's right. Biblical literalists disagreed -- vehemently.  Tony Perkins of the conservative Family Research Council said in a recent Washington Update:


"Newsweek magazine effectively declared war on marriage this week, running a long essay on "The Religious Case for Gay Marriage" as their cover story. In the wake of the victory of California's marriage amendment (Proposition 8) on Election Day, homosexual marriage advocates realize that their opponents are not going to fade away or compromise their convictions. Not content any longer to make a "separation of church and state" argument for same-sex "marriage," they are instead mounting a direct attack on Christian opposition to homosexual conduct and to same-sex "marriage" on biblical grounds."

The tone of the "Newsweek" essay was arrogant and condescending. Lisa Miller presumes to know what Christians think and feel.  She went so far as to say that some followers of Jesus operate out of prejudice.  She even tried to make the case that Christians oppose same-sex "marriage" because they're uncomfortable with same gender sex which is simply not true.  Christians oppose same-sex "marriage" because the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sexual perversion.

 

Perkins went on to say:


"The article included blatant factual errors, such as the claim that Jesus never "explicitly defines marriage as between one man and one woman" (see, e.g., Mark 10:6-8-"But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh."), and the claim that "nowhere in the Bible do its authors refer to sex between women" (see Romans 1:26). It also had logical contradictions, arguing for the Bible's support of "gay marriage" while simultaneously dismissing the Bible as supportive of slavery and anti-Semitism." [4]

 

Romans 1:26 says, "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature." 

 

"For the record," said Chuck Colson, "nowhere in the Bible is homosexual activity praised or advocated. The only mentions of it condemn the practice, some calling it an abomination. On the other hand, the Bible has plenty to say about the marriage of one man to one woman. Take a look at God's commands in the garden, or Christ's words on leaving and cleaving and becoming one flesh, or look at Paul's instructions specifically for "husbands" and "wives" in Ephesians 5." [5]

 

A well-known evangelical "shifting" on same-sex "marriage" is Richard Cizik. The chickens have come home to roost for Cizik.  On Dec. 12 he resigned as vice president for governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals, an organization that claims to represent 45,000 churches.  His resignation came after protests over a Dec. 2 interview on National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" show with Terry Gross. Cizik told Gross that he voted for pro-abortion Barack Obama in the Virginia primary and "suggested that Christians should not be afraid to vote for candidates who support abortion and same-sex "marriage." He also admitted on that broadcast that he was "shifting" on the issue of marriage and that he supports homosexual civil unions." [6]

Emergent Church leader Tony Jones recently came out in support of same-sex "marriage."  In my article, "Tony Jones' Continuous Leftward Slide Into Apostasy" I took him to task for making the announcement that practicing homosexuals can be Christians. Among other things, I pointed out that his "opinion" does not line up with what Scripture teaches on homosexuality. Sadly, in his zeal to promote same-sex "marriage," Tony neglected to mention that same gender sex has HUGE health risks!  (More on this later.)  Since Christians are to strive to be like Christ the obvious question is can a practicing homosexual who engages in risky deviant behavior be like Christ?  I await Tony's answer on this.

 

Another theological liberal, Tony Campolo, claims he doesn't support same-sex "marriage" yet in his book "Red Letter Christians" he says otherwise. So what gives? (To find out, read Joseph Farah's article "Campolo on same-sex marriage.") Does Tony Campolo really oppose same-sex "marriage"?:

 

"Allow me to suggest a way out of this conflict and the difficult questions being raised these days about whether our country should approve of homosexual marriages," he writes. "I propose that the government should get out of the business of marrying people and, instead, only give legal status to civil unions. The government should do this for both gay couples and straight couples, and leave marriage in the hands of the Church and other religious entities. That's the way it works in Holland: If a couple wants to be united in the eyes of the law, whether gay or straight, they go down to city hall and legally register, securing all the rights and privileges a couple has under Dutch law. Then, if the couple wants their relationship blessed – to be married – they go to a church, synagogue or other house of worship.


"Marriage should be viewed as an institution ordained by God and should be out of the control of the state. Of course, homosexual couples could go to churches that welcome and affirm gay marriage and get their unions blessed there, but isn't that the way it should be in a nation that guarantees people the right to promotion religion according to their personal convictions?"


Sorry, Tony, but this is not what the Bible teaches. What it does teach is, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." (Lev. 18:22)

 

Campolo's wife, Peggy, who is an activist involved in homosexual causes, said, "We both believe that homosexual orientations are not chosen any more than heterosexual orientations are chosen."  There's not a shred of scientific evidence to support her claim, still it's what she and her husband choose to believe, in spite of what the Bible teaches.  Peggy thinks, "homosexuals are entitled to the same rights and privileges I claim for myself, including being able to marry legally and in the sight of the church..."


Tony and Peggy go around the country debating homosexuality.  Tony defends his view of what the Bible teaches, Peggy defends homosexuals.  (Read one debate here…footnote 7)

 

Without getting too far afield, Peggy tells of her personal experiences with "gays" she's known.  What she wants is for the church to love and accept homosexuals just as they are.  Tony wants that too.  Peggy's words tug on your heart strings!  But this well-meaning woman never once warns the audience of the inherent risks in same gender sex!  She has harsh words for the Christian community, yet she fails to mention the pain HIV-AIDS causes its victims and their families and friends, or the medical cost to society.  No mention of drug resistant MRSA, the virulent staph that's infecting the "gay" community, either. Also on the rise is gay bowel disease, but no warning from the Campolos. 


Why would they want to withhold this kind of important information from the public?  People deserve to know the truth!   But progressives are mute.


Since we live in a free country liberals have the right to say whatever they want to about Christianity.  Moreover, they're free to demonize Christians and criticize them for having what they perceive as Stone Age moral values.  Progressives have the freedom to make bogus claims in regards to what the Bible does and does not teach on a whole host of subjects, including homosexuality.  And they have a perfect right to promote tolerance, diversity, and multiculturalism.   But do they have the right to lie about and try to silence those who disagree with them?  This is exactly what liberals, who claim to be loving and tolerant, are doing.  After the passage of Proposition 8, the ballot measure that banned same-sex "marriage" in California, here's how they reacted:

 

"[It] stirred the ire of gay activists like little else," noted Chuck Colson.  "Besides thuggish vandalism of church property, that anger is being translated into mockery of the faith community."

 

"Nowhere do we see it more clearly than the viral video, "Proposition 8: The Musical," created by "Hairspray" composer Marc Shaiman, which has now been seen by 2 million people online. In it the religious characters sing, "It's time to spread some hate/ And put it in the constitution."

 

"The short video is full of distortions, and even lies. As radio commentator Dennis Prager of the Hoover Institution puts it, "Hatred based on ignorance is known as bigotry." [8]


Progressives are out to knock Christianity off its orthodox foundation that's based on absolute truth and are trying to rebuild it on a foundation of moral relativism, where truth is unknowable.  You heard what Lisa Miller said about the Bible being a "living document." Well the same has been said of the U.S. Constitution!  In 2000 Al Gore said if elected he promised to appoint judges "who understand that our Constitution is a living and breathing document," and who understand that "it was intended by our founders to be interpreted in the light of the constantly evolving experience of the American people."


The question people of faith need to ask is did God intend for the Bible to be a living and breathing document that should be interpreted in the light of the constantly evolving experience of moral relativists?


Another question people of faith need to ask themselves is what would happen in terms of group marriage, incestuous marriage, and polygamy if same-sex "marriage" becomes legal?  What else are we opening up the doors to? And if you think this kind of thing will never happen, think again.  For years radical "gay" activists, public school teachers, and the Hollywood elite have been indoctrinating kids to believe that the homosexual, bisexual, and other sexually deviant behaviors are the moral equivalent of biblical heterosexuality.  What's next on their agenda!

 

Something people of faith need to ask themselves about same-sex "marriage" is does it help create a healthy society?  We preach to our kids about good nutrition and exercise.  We warn kids of the hazards of smoking and alcohol and drug abuse.  We even try to protect them from secondhand smoke, yet we say little or nothing about secondhand sex, which is more of a health risk than secondhand smoke! 

 

Parents who love their kids limit their time on electronics, protect them from sexual predators, try to keep them from viewing unseemly TV programs and movies, and buckle them into car seats.  Many teachers scare students with all the hype about so-called dangers of global warming and then get them fretting over polar bear extinction.  What kids should be fretting over is the risks inherent in anal sex because more and more of them are engaging in this perversion! 

 

Anal sex isn't the only area parents and teachers fall short.  Young girls are not being told that lesbians have higher rates of alcohol and drug use, especially among young lesbians, plus poor nutrition and obesity. Thus there's an increased risk of breast, ovarian, endometrial, and other cancers.  Girls need to be informed of health risks!   Telling the truth is loving, not hateful!
 

Sadly, I have yet to hear words of warning from the lips of neo-evangelicals who proudly promote same-sex "marriage."  They pat themselves on the back for not sitting in judgment of anyone and spout the Left's mantra that the Church must become tolerant and inclusive.  While these phonies are preaching acceptance of every perversion imaginable, Christ's lambs are being led over a cliff by these moral degenerate wolves! 

 

The truth is, neo-evangelicals are feeding the wolves and starving the sheep!  Sound harsh?  Jesus was even harsher.  He called the religious leaders "hypocrites." He also called them a "generation of vipers."  He told them that God had been right about them when he said, "This people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me."  Jesus loved people but he condemned the religious leaders as the blind leading the blind, calling them "whitewashed tombs containing dead men's bones."

 

Paul wrote in Phil. 3:16-17 "Let us walk by the same rule let us be of the same mind. Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern." The New Testament was not in circulation so Paul used himself and the other apostles as examples to follow.  They were servants of God.  They were not worried about their reputations -- and they certainly didn't care if they were politically correct!  Their purpose was to spread the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and to challenge anyone who taught a false gospel. 

 

Christianity is under assault!  God's people must forget about their reputations and start defending the faith!  Should followers of Christ do less than Paul, who warned the Church to, "Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!" (Phil. 3:2).  Paul was talking about false teachers!

 

It's astonishing how masses of professing Christians will sit idly by and allow a small number of liberals to change the face of Christianity.  In this article I provided a few examples of this -- but they're just the tip of the iceberg.   Lisa Miller's hack job article for "Newsweek" is the most recent attempt, but rest assured plenty more like it will soon follow.  By running the article "Newsweek" has put forth its agenda to normalize same-sex "marriage." But in order to accomplish this, Christianity must be redefined so that it blends into a culture where happiness and pleasure, not truth, are of primary importance. 

 

"Newsweek" is a secular magazine.  But until recently Richard Cizik was a representative of the largest evangelical organization of in the country!  Where does he get off speaking for evangelicals, when his views on same-sex "marriage" and abortion don't represent the organization's view?  And what gives emergent church guru Tony Jones the right to declare that homosexuality is compatible with Christianity when the Bible says it's not?  Who are Tony and Peggy Campolo to bash historic orthodox Christianity because they feel the need to placate sinful behavior? 

 

As for President Bush, not long ago he shocked conservative Christians when he said he believes Muslims and Christians worship the same God.  Clearly, he doesn't grasp one of the essentials of the Christian faith: The Trinity.  True Christians hold that God exists as a unity of three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Each person is divine and there is only one God. Muslims reject the Trinity.  They hold that Jesus Christ is not God, he was a prophet.  Since the Christian God is Trinitarian, anyone who believes that Christians and Muslims pray to the same God is dead wrong.

 

Serious Christians are to:

 

"have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them"  (Ephesians 5:11).

 

Moreover:

 

"ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints"(Jude 3-4).

 

And remember:

 

"there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed" (2 Peter 2:1-2).  

 

Footnotes"

 

[1] Bush Says Creation 'Not Incompatible' With Evolution-Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2008/12/09/bush-says-creation-incompatible-evolution/ 

[2] As One With Authority, By Albert Mohler

http://albertmohler.com/blog_print.php?id=2912

[3] Our Mutual Joy, By Lisa Miller

http://www.newsweek.com/id/172653 

[4] Tony Perkins' Washington Update

[5] The Bible and Proposition 8, By Chuck Colson http://www.breakpoint.org/listingarticle.asp?ID=10733&print=1

[6]  Evangelical leader resigns amid controversial comments, By Jim Brown and Jody Brown, OneNewsNew

http://onenewsnow.com/Church/Default.aspx?id=350822

[7] Is The Homosexual My Neighbor, transcript of a videotape of a talk at North Park College Chapel on February 29, 1996

http://www.bridges-across.org/ba/campolo.htm)

[8] The Bible and Proposition 8, By Chuck Colson http://www.breakpoint.org/listingarticle.asp?ID=10733&print=1

 

Copyright by Marsha West, 2008.  All rights reserved. 


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More Than "A Huge Letdown" -- A Rank Betrayal!
Posted On: 12/29/08 10:05:15 AM Age 52, IL
This revelation that Pres. Bush does not really understand the Bible and is not truly a Bible-believing Christian, but more likely, a quasi-New Ager, is more than just merely "a huge let down" for Christians. Christians were sold a HUGE BILL OF GOODS by the Republican Party in 2000, when George W. Bush was carefully and deliberately depicted as a "Bible-believing Christian" who faithfully read his Bible every night. Remember? Or have all our memories become shortened to the length of a thirty-second sound bite? The selling of George W. Bush to both nominal and true Christian believers in 2000 will go down as one of the biggest snow-jobs of all time. To find out now, EIGHT YEARS LATER, that the sell-job was a pack of lies, is more than just a "letdown" -- it is a rank betrayal of Christians by the leadership of the cynical, morally bankrupt Republican Party! The sooner more Christians see this fakery for what it is, and leave the Republican Party, the better.



Pretty, scenic America-ville
Posted On: 12/26/08 03:09:13 PM Age 58, OR
Pretty scenic Nazi-ville. Mere hundreds of yards from the camps. Yet it was rarely spoken of or against. There were about 20,000 camps all told. How many of you that consider yourselves Christian still support the humanist/socialist school system, still allow its wicked offspring, the media, into your home - unabridged? How many allow their ears to be tickled by pastors each Sunday (or whenever) yet on Monday support the moral decay around them in assumed innocence? How many support what they KNOW they should not? ANSWER: way too many, else we would not have such a moral morass of turpitude. It is all to easy to throw up holy hands in mock dismay, yet who will stand up in their 'church' and publicly state the Truth? Are we a nation of pew warmers? Where is the BITE of the Gospel that compells us to Truth? If you feel warm and fuzzy after a sermon, is that a sign of growth? I think not. PGW

I couldn't agree more.
Posted On: 12/20/08 07:26:23 PM Age 33, TX
It is sad to see so many Christians that don't believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God. The even worse part is some statistics I read. (of Christians) Less than 2% are involved in the ministry of evangelism. 95% of all Christians have never won a soul to Christ. Even worse then that: From High School Grad. to age 25 there is a 42% drop in church attendance. (weekly) and a 58% decline from age 18-29 But worst of all (and the most sad statistic) 79% of adults in the U.S think Christianity is more about organized religion then about oving God and loving people. P.S Also see the articles on AnswersInGenesis (The Fish out of water series)



THE LORD JESUS IS THE ONE AND ONLY JUDGE
Posted On: 12/20/08 12:02:23 PM Age 65, OH
I never did think George Bush was presidential material, but I still voted for him. But you say, "President Bush’s answer was a huge let down for true Christians". - The implication here is that George Bush is NOT a TRUE Christian. To imply such a thing is not according to the commands of The Lord Jesus Christ. We can certainly have an opinion that George Bush is ignorant of much of the truth. But when we judge the eternal soul of others we are committing a terrible error and sin. There is One and Only One Judge of the souls of men, and that is The Lord Jesus. To imply that another man is NOT a TRUE Christian is imply that oneself is The Lord Jesus Christ Himself. For Jesus is the Only Judge. I encourage you to lead by example, and repent of your error. If you make no public retraction, then you teach, by your example, that we do not have to repent of our sins. There is only one qualification to being a Christian; and that is to trust Jesus to save you. You do not even have to know that The Bible exists. While GWB is yet ignorant of the Holy Scriptures, you are acting like The Lord Jesus Christ is NOT the Only Judge. GWB has sinned against the written record of the words of God. But you have sinned against The Word of God. The Holy Scriptures tells us that The Word of God is the Lord Jesus Christ and the Judge of the whole universe. Lou Newton

More proof of the truth of scripture.
Posted On: 12/19/08 09:17:34 AM Age 43, AL
When the word of God says that there will be a great falling away, and people will give themselves over to teachers that will tell them what they want to hear instead of the inerrant truth of scripture. These are just a few examples of this. George Bush is theologically ignorant, biblically inept just like a majority of supposed Christians today. Brian McLaren, Tony Campolo etc... the list goes on and on. All are enemies to the one true God. Jesus Christ. If you will know them by their fruit, their fruit is rotten to the core. Defending what is called an abomination to God in scripture is just an example of these horrible teachers trying to lead the Body of Christ straight into the ditch. I do not believe it matters if it because of ignorance to the Word (No way). Or done on purpose as enemies of God. The result is the same. These attacks on the Bible will continue to get worse and worse by supposed believers. We have to defend the faith and the Word of God from within, and without. The risen Christ is coming soon and every knee shall bow. Come soon Lord Jesus!!!!



WEARY OF THE SEXUAL PERVERSION
Posted On: 12/19/08 05:46:10 AM Age 57, AR
Excellent article Marsha! I'm glad to see a woman of God stand up, and tell the truth! I'm sick to death of this homosexual community forcing their perversions down childrens throats, and telling them basically to "DO" these things that are an abomination in God's site! Schools have been "Sexualized", and now the teachers are having sex with the students! How absurd! Thank God I did not have to grow up in this sick society of Sodom that has reared it's ugly head. They all scream "Hate mongers! Homophobics! We will have our way with you! They are extremely sick, disoriented people, and will pay dearly when they stand before the Lord when they die! My heart goes out to the "CHILDREN" who look to adults to protect them, and keep them safe from these sexual predators that have one track minds! Their thoughts constantly revolve around the issue of sex! It is hard for them to even do their jobs, because they are constantly thinking about who they can seduce into having illicit sex with them. In the mens public restrooms, they write their smut, and draw obscene pictures, and leave their phone numbers so you will call them to have sex with them. I don't hate these people. I feel sorry for them, but I am very angry with them. I know that God came for them also, to save them from their sins against Him. I don't claim to be a better person than any of them. I have done more than my share of wrong things in my life. But I have an advocate who stands up for me, and defends me now before God the Father. His name is Jesus, and He lives, and gives me my every breath to breathe every moment of every day. Without Him, my life is meaningless. I hope that more homosexual people will come to the knowledge of Jesus, and the truths about their perverted lifestyles, and give all of it to Jesus. If nothing else, I would challenge any of them, even if they don't believe in God to say this one thing; "God, if you really are real, I ask you to reveal yourself to me, and show me if you really are there, and show me if my homosexuality is an abomination to you, and if it is, I ask you to change me into what you would have me to be." I don't think many would say these words, because they "Want" to be that way, and God will not force Himself on anyone.

Most Christians do not believe The Bible is the inerrant words of God
Posted On: 12/19/08 05:05:55 AM Age 62, CO
Hi all. A lot of good stuff here Marcia, but the sad and undeniable fact is that most Christians today do not believe "The Bible" IS the inspired and inerrant words of God. Sounds harsh or untrue? Want proof? http://www.geocities.com/brandplucked/NoInerrant.html Will Kinney

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