We have read the following article a couple of times
We are not sure if Ms. Jerushah Armfield is capitalizing on her heritage or Mr. Graham’s death. This article is the second on the same basic topic. We quote;
Jerushah Armfield, a granddaughter of Billy Graham’s, who died last week, has accused evangelicals of making God in their own “ivory image,” and losing the moral and spiritual authority in the United States.
About the only person who can claim the high moral ground is Jesus. He is also the only person who can say has lost their moral and spiritual authority. To us, it is amazing to see humans attempt to speak for God or take his place as head of the church. In Ms. Armfield’s case we look at her own spiritual and moral stance to see if she actually has any authority to make such statements.
We are not judging her in any way as we look at a few more quotes from that article. We are looking to see if God is on her side and if she truly has a message for the evangelical church in general.
They see that all you’re really interested in doing is making a God in your own ivory image and demanding that the world bow down to it,” Armfield, who has criticized evangelicals on a number of occasions in the past…
Specifics please. Just exactly what are evangelicals doing that make their faith a faith that creates God after their own image? Jesus gave specifics why can’t the religious critics of evangelicals do the same? So far, from what we read, her complaint is that evangelicals disagree with her or she with them. That is not enough to make such claims against evangelicals.
We should state that evangelicals are not innocent but they are not the focus of this article.
“You’ve lost any moral high ground or spiritual authority with a generation. You’ve lost the plot,” she added.
Life is not a game; it is not a movie nor a television show. It is not a theatrical play or a novel. So where this ‘lost the plot’comes from is beyond us.Life is about eternity and that is more than a plot. BUT what is her moral and spiritul position? How is it better or superior than the evangelicals? In the next quote we get a glimpse as to her moral and spiritual stance.
Armfield’s statement echoes an article about evangelicals that she linked to by Pavlovitz — who advocates for same-sex marriage, transgender issues and is opposed to state bathroom bills barring men who identify as female from entering women’s bathrooms — on his website in January.
If this quote tells us her actual position, then she does not have the moral position to say anything about evangelicals or those who oppose sin.We are not going to go indepth here as you all know those things are sin and wrong. People who have moral and spiritual authority do not go against God and declare sin good, etc.
In it, Pavlovitz challenges believers for supporting President Donald Trump despite the many accusations of moral failings surrounding him, such as adultery.
Pavlovitz argues that the reason people have had it with white evangelicals is because of their “hypocrisy, inconsistency, incredibly selective mercy,” and “thinly veiled supremacy.”
“For eight years they watched you relentlessly demonize a black president; a man faithfully married for 26 years; a doting father and husband without a hint of moral scandal or the slightest whiff of infidelity,” the pastor and author said, referring to former President Barack Obama.
The last we looked, adultery was not a criteria barring anyone from holding public office, including the Presidency. We know this because of people like JFK and Bill Clinton. It does strike us as hypocritical that people will allow certain sinful behavior in politicians they like while not allowing for those they do not like. But what really bothers us here is that Ms. Armfield seems to think that sin is limited.
No one demonized Obama because he was a good father and a faithful husband. He should be respected for that. As her uncle said in the article, Obama was ‘demonized’ because he supported sin and called it good. He went against God and no matter how good a father or husband you are, that is sin and still wrong. Being an exemplary male does not wipe away other sins committed by the same person.
They watched you deny his personal faith convictions, argue his birthplace, and assail his character — all without cause or evidence. They saw you brandish Scriptures to malign him and use the laziest of racial stereotypes in criticizing him,” he argued.
These things can be done because as they say, actions speak louder than words. Obama may claim to have faith but his actions deny and contradict that claim.The Bible does not talk about rights. It talks about right and wrong and how the latter must be excised from the believer’s life. Of course, the Bible must be used correctly when rebuking someone. We know that not every evangelical responded to Obama correctly.
Pavlovitz’s post condemned evangelicals for embracing Trump despite him being “so riddled with depravity, so littered with extramarital affairs, so unapologetically vile, with such a vast resume of moral filth — that the mind boggles.”
Yet Mrs. Clinton, the alternative, was so much better and will be declared a saint in the next few months. Mrs. Clinton was a proven liar, (among other things), and guess what, liars go to hell not just adulterers. Read Revelation 21:8. Some may say that Mrs. Clinton can repent from lying and change. Yes she could but then so can Mr. Trump repent from his adulterous ways and change. Neither sin is the unforgiveable sin.
It seems that those attacking evangelicals for lacking moral standing are the ones actually lacking moral standing as they condemn one man for sins committed while exhonerating other men and women they like. If one is going to have moral standing and authority then they must make sure there are no skeletons in their closets that undermine their accusations against others.
People who do not side with God on sinful issues and choose rights over right and wrong have no spiritual or moral authority to attack anyone else. Nathan the prophet could say to King David, “thou art the man.” because he had real spiritual and moral authority. He was also sent by God to bring David to his knees. We do not see this evident in either Ms. Armfield or that pastor she links to.
In looking at her moral and spiritual stance we do not see God behind their accusations. We do not care whose granddaughter she is. If she doesn’t agree with God then she does not have God sending her. Her, and that pastor friend of hers, are not being used by God to bring the church back to his way. We find them as guilty as those they accuse.
Removing the beams from a person’s eyes applies to those who disagree with Trump and evangelicals. If you want moral and spiritual authority, then you need to have your moral and spiritual lives in order and walk with God. You give up sin, you stop supporting sin and evil, stop worrying about rights and champion right and wrong. Pointing fingers at others who are no better/worse than yourself is not walking with God.