I was doing my usual routine and going through the weblogs of other people, mostly unbelievers, and I came across this question at James McGrath’s site:
The quote comes from Ben Corey’s recent blog post “The Real Reason Wheaton College is Terminating Larycia Hawkins: Loving the Common ‘Enemy’.” I thought it deserved to be highlighted and shared. Do you agree that fundamentalism, far from being purely dogma-focused, has this strong sociological aspect to it? (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2016/01/loving-the-common-enemy.html)
i do not think so and i will get to the quote an dost in a bit. In Christianity we have a lot of confusion because so many people place labels upon their own and others religious beliefs. I am not a fan of terms like evangelical, fundamentalist, liberal, progressive christian and so on because such labels allow for false teaching to masquerade as true biblical information.
I like God’s labels- believer or unbeliever. It is short, simple and removes any confusion while exposing false teaching as it takes place. We can look at someone like a progressive Christian and ask, do you really believe God or not? There is no doubt where that person lies when the question is answered. Many will say yes but when you compare their words with scripture we can see that they do not truly believe God but opt for some alternative or they may be misguided in their thinking and need correction like Aquila and Priscilla provided Apollos.
Disguising everything under different labels then placing those labels under the general category of Christian only undermines this ability to weed out false information and false teachers. Too many people assume that these labels actually determine the spiritual status of the person using those labels but in reality they do not. They allow people to pretend to be Christian while disbelieving much of what God has said in his word. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing and we must be careful. We need to stick to the simplicity of God’s ways in order to see correctly who is a believer and who is not.
The Real Reason Wheaton College is Terminating Larycia Hawkins: Loving the Common “Enemy”
This is the title of the article where the quote came from and it is found at the following link:
The mere use of that title causes one to wonder if the author of that article was part of Wheaton College and was on the panel that is discussing Dr. Hawkins issue. if he isn’t then how does he know the real reason why she is being terminated? Does he read minds? Does he have ESP? or what? I highly doubt he knows the real reason and his article is nothing but a waste of time of speculation and conjecture.
Now to the quote;
In fundamentalism it doesn’t matter if you sign the statement of faith every which way imaginable to prove you’re part of the group (which Dr. Hawkins has done). It doesn’t matter if you show up twice on Sunday and for the Wednesday night prayer meeting. If you show the slightest amount of compassion or empathy toward whoever the agreed common enemy is, you’re quickly branded as untrustworthy and a threat to the entire group. It doesn’t matter if it’s Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, or Bernie Sanders– empathy and Christ-like love is translated as weakness and disloyalty, and the disloyal must be silenced and put out quickly.
This needless attack on those who have found Dr. Hawkins’ comment to be in error is unfounded and ignores the fact that there exists in this world false teaching and false ideas. Christian and Muslims do not worship the same God, even though Ishmael’s mother had conversations with real angels of God, Mohammad did not. In reading the Koran, and just the little of it I have read, I noticed that Mohammad speaks for Allah in almost every instance. We do not get the real words of Allah in the Koran but Mohammad’s personal views.
We have no way to verify if the words Mohammad attributed to Allah were actually the correct words he heard. In reading the Koran it seems that Allah cannot speak for himself at all and is limited to one lone human to convey his message to the world. In contrast, the God of the Bible clearly speaks for himself as we read different passages of scripture where, if you want to read the last part of Job, he challenges people and their thinking. We do not have some messenger speaking for God to Job but God himself comes onto the stage and delivers his own words.
There is no comparison between the Muslim god and God of the Bible and Dr. Hawkins is in error when she says that the two religious beliefs are worshiping the same God. Obviously, while she may maintain she holds to the Wheaton statement of faith etc., she is lacking in her comprehension of comparative religions. She is also lacking in her Bible reading where in Isaiah God warns those about calling evil good. There is nothing of God in the Muslim faith. There is nothing between the two religions that supports any idea of solidarity between the adherents.
Jesus called sinners and holders of other beliefs to repentance, he did not stand in solidarity with the poor, the law-breaker, the unbeliever. He may have been their friend but that friendship did not cause him to compromise, to adopt their ideas as his own nor convince him that they are like him and belong to the same God. Jesus was a light unto a dark world and that light was not dimmed by any acceptance of evil teaching or support of the unbelievers’ false ideology.
We do not need the owner of formerly fundie to tell us the real reason she is being terminated, we already know why. She is accepting false teaching and leading her students away from the truth. This cannot be tolerated in the Christian faith. She, and all people like her, need to be given a chance to repent of their errors and seek forgiveness and if they do not accept that opportunity and remain in their sin then biblical instructions tell us very clearly that we must part ways with those until they repent and get right with God once again.
The church and its institutions are to obey God and his instructions which are found in the Bible not in the rules and ideology of secular academia or false religions. Our orders are very clear and we must make sure that we enact them correctly and justly, with a little mercy thrown in if called for, regardless of how others view that action. We need to do things right so our students have the correct example to follow and so that they know there is a thing as real justice.
We do not let people skate by with their misguided or false ideas about unrepentant sinners and false beliefs. We need to correct them and as Proverbs says, a wise man accepts correction. Dr. Hawkins do es not seem to be wise.