As a Christian website, we do not turn a blind eye when other believers do things that cause an eyebrow or two to be raised. It is not that we are perfect. Instead, these people usually have gone too far in their words or behavior to not say something. We strive to make our comments constructive and not insulting but we are not sure if we always succeed.
As usual, we are talking to ourselves first so we do not make the same mistakes.
Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz has warned that severe punishment is coming to America — anything from a massive earthquake to a nuclear strike — which she said will be a “game-changer.”
People like to sound like a prophet of God. To them, they look more spiritual and want to portray an image where they have God’s ear. But if a person doesn’t know anything about this punishment, or when it will happen or what it will be then please do not say anything. We do not like the Christian faith to be embarrassed or look foolish and that goes for Mrs. Lotz as well. She may want to be Jonah but she is missing a few key factors.
Jonah had a specific word from God; he gave a time limit; and he said exactly what would happen. Nineveh had 40 days to repent because their sins had reached God. They would be overthrown. Mrs. Lotz’s ‘prophecy’ seems to lack substance and God’s authority. She seems to want to sound spiritual, look spiritual yet… well we will leave that up to you to finish
Janet Mefferd, the popular host of a nationally syndicated Christian talk show, said the way in which Conlee and his church handled the sexual assault of Woodson made her sick. She also argued that Savage’s confession makes him biblically unqualified to be a pastor.
Sexual assault is a difficult topic to deal with and we are not going to deal with it here. There are just too many mitigating factors that take too long to discuss in the short format alloted for this post. What we are going to address is the last sentence in the quote. Some people in the Christian faith think that they know better than God on who is qualified or not to be a pastor.
They seem to overlook the fact that God used imperfect leaders, including at least one who made a sexual mistake. Peter lied, Moses got angry and disobeyed, and on it goes. It is wrong for those people to elevate themselves and place themselves in God’s position and say who can or cannot lead his church. Whether the church and pastors mishandled the issue or not, is not the problem here.
One’s emotional perspective does not trump overall spiritual leadership or God’s choice of leader. Remember Aaron and Miriam got punished for opposing Moses. The person in questtion, in that quote, seems to ignore spiritual rules, the facts, and the law, in her haste to impose regime change on the church. This may be due to the theory that some people think they are in charge of the church when God has not abdicated his position.
When pastors and other church leadership do sin, their sins must be handled God’s way. Only then will true justice and fairness will prevail.
The Church of England’s House of Bishops has decided against creating a new service to celebrate a person’s gender transition. The bishops are advising that the church mark the transgender occasion instead with the existing baptism rite.
When leadership goes wrong, then it is up to the congregation to remove those leaders who err from their seats of power. BUT the people cannot think or assume there is an error; it must be a true error against God’s instructions. There is no room for blind following of church leaders. The Bible does not teach that behavior. When it talks about people committing sin and a person is to go to them and talk to the offender about their practices, it does not leave leadership out of the process.
They are to be scolded, reprimanded, (in love and using truth), and corrected, just like any normal believer. Leadership is not immune from God’s justice process. The above quote highlights a grave error on the part of the Church of England’s leadership. Their actions should not be ignored. They are perverting God’s rite of baptism. Baptism is not intended to celebrate sin, misguided thinking, or deception.
It is a rite to identify with Jesus and Jesus was not transgendered nor even taught that baptism should be used in this manner. Transgender is deception, not correcting a birth mistake. Baptism cannot be used to legitimize misguided thinking. If believers want to speak powerfully to the transgender population, then it won’t happen by perverting what God instituted for the church to follow.
Sophia Lawrence’s mother sat quietly in the front row of her small church and listened in silence with other congregants as her daughter testified how she was raped at just 8 years old. When her daughter told the church who her abuser was, however, Lawrence’s mother exploded from her seat and threatened her child with death from God and the “blood of Jesus.”
There are some topics that should not be talked about in public. Christianity is not a public spectator sport where believers need to hear every graphic detail or even who did what to whom. Some issues need to be dealt with quietly, privately and kept between God and them. The Christian faith is not about ruining other people. Then, do not think because you are the alleged victim, that you have permission or even the right to talk about what happened publicly.
The other people in the issue have rights as well and a victim’s rights do not trump those of other people. No matter what other people or government leaders claim, committing a crime does not remove the rights of the offender.
A second issue found in that quote and that needs to be mentioned is emotions. Emotions do not bring justice, they do not bring fairness and they do not bring level-headed thinking. It is best to keep a lot of emotion out of these controversial issues if you want to get to the heart of the matter and solve it. Emotions do not enable open-mindedness or constructive discussion.It also does not give people permission to call out divine penalties on the other person. Especially if you do not have the authority to call out those penalties.
One way to avoid these embarrassing scenes is to communicate properly in private before opening one’s mouth.
A judge in Comal County, Texas, could face disciplinary action after he was accused of trying to influence a trial by telling jurors that God told him a woman accused of trafficking her teenage niece was innocent.
“I apologize to you folks but when God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” Judge Jack Robison reportedly told jurors about the case of 32-year-old Gloria E. Romero-Perez after trying to convince them that the Lord had vouched for her innocence, according to the Herald Zeitung.
These situations are embarrassing to the church and believers in general. Many mistakes are made by acting on what someone has said God told them to do. First, off to avoid these embarrassing moments, there are rules to follow:
- make sure you are actually hearing God’s voice
- make sure the instructions do not violate God’s word
- make sure you do not sin or break a law you need to follow
- make sure you know it is the right time to say something like this
Second, just because God said to do it, God does not always mean to do it at that moment or in a way that will bring embarrassment to you, the church, Christ or any other person involved. or humiliate the other person. God’s instructions at the moment do not mean you ignore his rules about being wise, saying things in love, being tactful, keeping things private and so on.
Justice Holmes made the same mistake in the Scopes Trial in Tennessee almost one hundred years ago. He looked like a raving lunatic and so does this judge. This is not the way to make inroads for Christ. There is a time and proper place to say that God told you to do it. Even if he did tell the judge, the jury instructions was not the place to make that known. He had the power to overturn the guilty verdict later after the jury came to a decision.
Unduly influencing the jury does not bring about fairness or justice. Ignoring God’s rules on how to do things right is not obeying God correctly.