Sorry, Charlie, You Ain’t Foolin’ Us

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Yeah, right…

Susan sent me a column by one Mark Wingfield, writing for Baptist News Global, with the provocative title, “Three words for the church in 2019: ‘we were wrong'” (https://baptistnews.com/article/3-words-for-the-church-in-2019-we-were-wrong/#.XhzGXYh7n3h).

Uh-uh. Not buyin’ it, sunshine. You’re the one who’s wrong.

I smelled a rat, so I peeked behind the curtain. Baptist News Global is, according to itself, part of “the wider progressive movement.” Gotcha. But let’s see what he says the churches were “wrong” about.

Wrong about 1) “race.” Here he just rehashes boilerplate left-wing “white privilege” blather. Apparently he doesn’t know any white people who are poor. 3) Women. Ordain ’em all. To me it’s a debatable point, but he’s not here to debate it. 4) “What it means to be ‘pro-life.’ He seems to be saying it’s wrong to focus on abortion when there are other bad things, like genocide and slavery, going on in the world. Is he saying tackle everything in the world that’s really bad, and only then can you oppose abortion? Or is he just putting words on paper that he thinks sound smart?

“Sexual orientation and gender identity”–some of us think the latter is a lot of bunk–is No. 5 on his list. Churches were wrong to expel homosexuals et al and probably should’ve made them pastors and elders instead, he says. Somehow the Bible got that wrong. 6) Something about measuring progress “by numbers instead of souls.” How does he know what kind of progress a church has made in saving anybody’s soul? And no such list would be complete without 7), we “put our hope in politics.” Translation: Christians voted for Donald Trump. So it must have been “right” to vote for Hillary Clinton, the most corrupt woman in the world?

No. 2 was a charge of churches ignoring sexual predators among the clergy. Do you know anyone who thinks that should have been ignored? Do you know anyone, besides a few leftids, who thinks there should be more sexual predators among the clergy?

The key to understanding where this guy is coming from is his assertion that the churches need to have “various ways to understand Scripture.”

Oh! You mean like the doctrine of “the living, breathing Constitution,” in which the meaning of the Constitution is subject to incessant reinterpretation, depending on whatever innovation Democrats wish to extract from it?

So here we have a kind of “living Scripture,” which changes all the time according to the worldly fad of the moment–never mind how many times God reminds us, in the Bible, that He does not change.

“Living Scripture” is why the liberal churches are dying on the vine.

Teacher Dismayed: Christianity Losing Out to Paganism?

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Really, we’re not there yet

A Catholic priest turned history teacher at Columbia University thinks America is losing its Christianity and turning pagan (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/30/faith-in-us-withers-as-apathy-trumps-religion/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=TWTnews2332861&fbclid=IwAR36EINYc021DJnxjnx8jTqg3bvfSjB2pkg8MRtk2YCGgulX_D4HQYMc5GQ).

He bases this on several factors: a) his students’ ignorance of the Bible, b) church attendance dropping, nationwide, in various denominations, and c) what appears to him to be total apathy towards religion among his students and most other people at Columbia.

“But what went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment?”

Has this man forgotten where he is? Columbia University. The heart of darkness. The belly of the beast. Dude, Republicans exist in the tens of millions–but good luck finding any at Columbia. Ditto Biblically-literate Christians. Heck, you’re lucky if you find those in a seminary!

Besides which–and I speak from personal experience–how many twentysomethings are all that interested in “religion”? They’re mostly interested in themselves. It can take a long time to grow out of that.

He also seems to be conflating “no church membership” with “no belief in Christianity.” They are two very different things. This guy needs to get out more.

People are leaving liberal denominations in droves–the Presbyterian Church USA, for example. They leave those liberal churches not because they’ve lost their Christian faith, but because they want to keep it.

If you must go to a place like Columbia, go to reclaim ground for Christ. Too much has been ceded to the enemy.

 

Don’t Be Deceived

Don’t Be Deceived

from the Unashamed of Jesus blog

There shouldn’t be a need to say this… but there is.    –LD

Church to Keep Atheist Minister (???)

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What’s wrong with this picture?

A church within the United Church of Canada has an avowed atheist for its minister, and the denomination has made an undisclosed deal with her lawyer to let her remain as pastor and still go on professing atheism (https://www.wnd.com/2018/11/surprise-christian-church-lets-atheist-keep-pastoring/). I’d love to know what’s in that deal.

Wallowing in liberalism up to its eyeballs, the United Church of Canada boasts “a diversity of theological beliefs” and a bunch of openly practicing homosexuals in its highest ranks of clergy. So really, all we have here is the oxymoron, “liberal Christianity,” carried to its next logical–one might say inevitable–step.

This is the second largest denomination in Canada, but like liberal churches everywhere, it’s losing members all over the place–posting an 8% decrease in the period 1991-2001.

The question is, what kind of nincompoops stay in a church where the pastor is an atheist, and proudly says so? Do they honestly call their whatever-it-is a Christian church?

Hey! Let’s ask St. John the Apostle what he would think of an ordained minister who denies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And John says–

“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is anti-christ, that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22). Case closed.

My Newswithviews Column, July 26 (‘Religion for Hipsters’)

There are churches and “Bible scholars” out there who’ll say and do anything to win the approval of a Godless world.

https://newswithviews.com/religion-for-hipsters/

It wouldn’t be so bad, if they had only their own souls to worry about; but how many people are they leading into error?

Well, it’ll make an interesting defense on Judgment Day. “But Lord! I was only doing what was trending!”

Not-so-Fond Memory: The Flatline Church

Some fifteen years ago, maybe more, before the seminaries really got rolling with womanist theology and Social Justice as a substitute for God, I interviewed a high official of the United Methodist Church. And this is what he said.

“The first thing I learned in seminary is that the Bible is not the word of God.” He seemed proud of it: too clever, he, to believe that the Bible is anything but a lot of old, cobwebby, made-up stories about things that never happened and people who never lived.

“Truth,” he said, “is determined by realpolitik.” (Maybe he thought he was Bismarck, or Henry Kissinger.) Whoever can round up the most votes, whoever can spend the most money, whoever can most successfully intimidate the opposition, gets to say what truth is.

This leaves us with no truth at all.

That was years ago. The flatline liberal churches were already carrying a heavy chain of hypocrisy; and, like Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, they have “labored on it ever since. It is a ponderous chain.”

But we do have the Bible, it is God’s word, and we have one another.

Which means we don’t need the flatline churches. And more and more Christians are coming to realize this.

Lib Church Won’t Pray for Trump by Name (They Think He’s Gonna Kill ‘Em)

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Never let it be said our friends on the Left aren’t drama queens. In fact, it’s at the core of their being–oh, they take themselves so seriously! And that goes for liberal mainline/flatline churches, too.

All Saints Church in Pasadena (where else?) has announced that its drama-loving clergy won’t pray for President-elect Donald Trump by name anymore, because just his very name is “literally a trauma trigger” ( http://downtrend.com/71superb/church-bans-trumps-name-because-its-a-trauma-trigger ). In fact, they think Donald Trump wants to kill them: “he represents an active danger to health and safety.”

They’ll still pray for a generic “president,” but not that mean old homophobic Donald Trump. Actually, Trump has not devoted any attention to opposing the march of sodomy–but then he’s also a racist and a biggit, don’t you know.  Everyone the libs don’t like is a racist and a biggit.

Do these liberal churches worship God or man? When they need to pray, do they just look at a mirror?

Stay tuned for Exhibit B, coming right up.

‘You’re Still a Racist’

There are churches that aren’t worthy of the name; and I think the most unworthy of them all is The United Church of Christ (UCC).

Recently on its Facebook page, the UCC–which some ignorant noozie described as “a major mainline Protestant denomination,” lol–counseled its couple dozen members to “Listen when people call you on your microaggressions” and to “Recognize that you’re still a racist, no matter what” ( http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/07/united-church-of-christ-all-whites-are-racist-no-matter-what/ ). That only applies if you’re white, of course. All white people are racists.

This major flat-line denomination is also gung-ho for homosexual pseudo-marriage and “gay” pastors, and all the rest of that stuff that drives sane people out of these perpetually shrinking sects. So a spot of race-hustling is hardly out of place.

Someday, if there is anyone around to write the history of this lamentable age, we may learn just how much damage these shabby excuses for churches have done to America.

And if that’s a microaggression, then let me make it a little less micro and a little more macro:

You people are false prophets and evil shepherds, who daily take God’s name in vain, your church is a false church, and unless you repent and change your ways, you’re in for a most uncomfortable Eternity.