Much To Talk About-142

01 Jul

I am not in the greatest of moods today, so bear with me.

#1. Whoever Wrote This Headline…–

Caitlyn Jenner Stuns in Leopard Wrap Dress, Then Changes Into Glittering Mini Skirt—See Her Outfit Swap!

Really needs to go back to school and learn what really is important in life. Praising a man who mutilates himself to try to  become something he cannot become tells me that there is a problem with that writer’s thinking and that the church has a lot of work left to do before Jesus returns. I am sorry for the bluntness of my words but a freak show cannot stun and there is nothing exciting in seeing him switch the woman’s clothes he has on.

Such punctuation tells me that evil has been too readily adopted into some people’s lives and has distorted what really is important in this world in that writer. I understand people need a distraction from the real issues but highlighting a mentally sick man and writing accolades about his behavior and fashion is not the distraction anyone needs.

The man has done nothing noteworthy deserving such attention or praise. He has succumbed to evil’s influence and mutilated himself to appease some sinful desire that he confused with God’s leading. God has had no hand in this travesty and Jenner and others need to stop implying that he had.

Two killer outfits in one day? Now that’s an impressive feat—job well done!

If wearing clothes impresses that writer so much then I pity her and wonder where her parents and teachers were at as she grew into an adult. Fashion is not that important, even though people like Michael Kors try to claim otherwise. The fashion industry needs to be humbled and reminded of God’s instructions:

A woman shall notwear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God. (Deut. 22:5)


as they observe your chaste and [a]respectful behavior. Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. (I Pet. 3)

Let’s follow God’s instructions instead of some unrepentant sinful person who cannot accept themselves as they are and alters their physical features to meet some deceptive demand by evil forces. We are to be different from the world.

#2. When You Wipe Out The Standard Of Right And Wrong

Using the same tactics used by “gay” rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than heterosexual or homosexuals.

Then anything goes and when anything goes we end up with anarchy not freedom, not democracy not even sanity.

Earlier this year two psychologists in Canada declared that pedophilia is a sexual orientation just like homosexuality or heterosexuality.

Is anyone surprised that this push is starting with the psychiatric profession?  But when you open the lid to Pandora’s box…

We, as believers, need to get back to living and preaching right and wrong, good and evil, morality and immorality and stop making excuses for when we error or justify our disobedience with off the cuff remarks or a distortion of scripture. Let’s live life correctly so the world has an attractive and true option.

#3. Finally West Says Something Funny And Appropriate

You have to click on the link to see it. For once he hit the nail on the head.

#4. It Is The Questions That Intrigue Me

However, as one who was nurtured in the cradle of American evangelical Christianity (and who no longer finds that label a helpful or positive personal descriptor), I continue to be disappointed (though not surprised) by the high profile departures of evangelical scholars who, in my opinion, are: (1) not afraid of the difficult questions; (2) not afraid of the answers that emerge from those questions; and (3) are genuinely committed to dialogue and living in the midst of theological tension.

Number one: no believer should be afraid of any difficult  or tough question. If they have the truth then they provide that as the answer ; if they do not have the truth or do not know the answer then say ‘I do not know.’  Then you can either go ask God’s help to find the right answer or refer the questioner to the person who has the correct answer. Let’s not make up answers in hopes the problem will go away but seek the truth so everyone can receive it.

Number two: That depends upon the answer. if one accepts the wrong information as the answer then they are in worse trouble than they were before they asked the question.  If the truth does not emerge then you have asked the wrong person for an answer. Christians are to be concerned with finding the truth and accepting that over any explanation offered as an answer to their questions.

Number three: We are not to be ‘committed to dialogue’ that is not the purpose of the Christian life. Dialogue, in most formats, simply keep people from the truth. We need to be committed to finding and accepting the truth for then we know we are finding Jesus.

#5. What Is Peter Enns Afraid Of?

I am among those on the former side of the divide. I accept evolution as the explanation for how life on earth came to be. The scientific community, which includes Christians in general and as well as evangelicals, is in harmony on this point: there is no “first human.”

That he fights so hard against the truth of the Bible. I am thinking now of Jesus’ words to Paul when the former struck the latter down with a bolt of bright light and spoke to him (this is where I like the KJV version best):

And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. (Acts 9:5)

This is what I feel Enns is doing– kicking against the truth.  He uses false ideas (scientific harmony) to justify his conclusion (no first human) none of which are biblical or criteria given by God to use to find the truth.

This scientific conclusion is not a trend, nor is it a “theory” teetering on the crumbling foundation of godless thinking. It is well established and utterly uncontroversial, and for that reason requires serious engagement by any who seek to take seriously both Scripture and the advance of human knowledge.

These words of his make me sad because there is no footnote in scriptures saying that you follow Genesis 1 until modern science comes along and tells you the real truth. Enns seems to have forgotten that scientific conclusions being well established and uncontroversial are not what God said to follow or believe. God says many times in scripture HEAR MY WORDS:

Specially the day that thou stoodest before the Lord thy God in Horeb, when the Lord said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.(Deut. 4:10 KJV)


Therefore shall ye lay up these mywords in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. (Deut. 11:18 KJV)

At no time do you read where God says hear the words of the secular world, or those who do not believe me.

The fact that the scientific investigation of human origins has caused a theological problem does not mean evolution “must” be wrong, as Madueme and VanDoodewaard seem content to establish as a logical premise. It means, rather, that Christians have a theological problem. The question is how—or whether—this challenge will be addressed.

Enns is wrong. Scientific investigation does not cause a theological problem because, unlike him, true believers have God’s guidelines about true and false teaching to disseminate the information we receive. Enns seems to have ignored those biblical instructions in his haste to change Christianity to what he wants it to be. Those people, like Enns, who demand that they be identified as ‘Christian’ yet deny so much of what comprises the Christian faith are the ones with the problem. They have disobeyed God and gone after false teaching.

Those if us who reject secular science’s conclusions when they disagree or contradict God and his word are the ones doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord. We don have a theological problem because we can see the difference between true and false teaching and have the ability to choose to accept and follow what is the truth. Those people like Enns, have succumbed to temptation and deception and make things worse for themselves and others as they continue to preach lies and lead people to sin.

They have stopped hearing God’s words and turned to listening to evil’s proclamations.

#6. Fuller And Kirk

There is, of course, little to say except that which has been said time and time again, when Evangelical schools have driven out scholars as diverse as Pete Enns, Christopher Rollston, Tom Oord, and Michael Pahl (which is, sadly, to name but a few of the many who fit this category). Scholarship can only be called that if it is open to following evidence in unexpected directions. Dogmatic creedalism is diametrically opposed to that.

When people who call themselves Christian, and by extension evangelical, then they have a duty and a responsibility to seek, find, accept and then teach the truth of God.  it doesn’t matter what scholarship or academia demand because the Christian does not serve scholarship or academia, they serve God and somehow over the decades this fact has been lost and most scholars have lost their way.

No scholar, professor or teacher should be teaching in any Christian school or pulpit who disagrees with God or the Bible. We do not need scholarship or academia so bad that we lose our faith, our eternal destiny or God’s love. The fact that many of these people claim to love God is astonishing as their words and actions say something different and as we are reminded of how important teaching is to God

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a [a]stricter judgment.(James 3:1)

we should be motivated to ignore the demands of scholarship and academia and go for the truth and then teach that. Our students deserve that purpose and attitude. They do not deserve being led astray to sin and false teaching.


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