Christianity Today claims that there is a crises in Evangecalism because they support Trump and the Republican Party. If they are consistent, it should also means that there is a crisis in Liberalism because of their total support for the Democrats and the Clintons. Reference was made to solutions to solve this “crises” to emerge to being more thinking through Liberal writings such as by Brian Mclaren departing from orthodoxy. The crisis was said to be due to lack of questioning and not knowing God but liberals often question because they do not believe and wanted to create God in their very own image and be gods themselves and negate God’s supernatural power as a mystery.
We are reminded of Bishop Spong’s similar insistence that Evangelicals must change to be more mainline or perish. Alas the Episcopal church has since fallen sharply. Evangecalism will not fade away because the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus is relevant, yesterday, today and tomorrow. It is not about being Conservative nor centrist. I believe CT has forgotten the God of Israel personified in His Son Jesus Christ, so too has many Evangelicals.
The US evangelical magazine has insisted that Trump should be removed for major moral failures based on the Ten commandments and on the foundation of Billy Graham. They forgotten that Billy was no Saint. After his dealings with Nixon went public, he stayed out of political fray. But Christianity Today went headlong in.
The Christian left and the mainline news organizations cheered when Christianity Today made the damming assertions that Trump is morally unfit to govern. Over night, the mainline Christians were repeating the posts with glee. What Trump did was more comical than destructive or worthy of such harsh judgements. Politicians have lied and abused power all the time. Where were the weapons of mass destruction or the return to peace that resulted in the US withdrawal in Iraq thus allowing Isis to be spawned overnight. Where was CT when the results of these lies by US presidents caused millions of deaths?
Is CT the bearer for high moral standards when it may be associated with the Leftist mastermind George Soros with his open borders plans? There is not a single criticism by CT of Liberal billionaire masterminds who often gains from havoc such as the financial and currency crises in Asia causing the sufferings of many, and whose ognizations actively interfered in foreign political affairs.
Many years ago, my cell group was held at the Pastor’s home. My pastor’s wife who was also the worship leader of the church was in her room and was quite amused that the singing was out of tune and hideously played. But you know, the Holy Spirit was worshipping along because we were passionately praising Jesus as God, Lord and Saviour, the way, the truth and the life to God.
Just like our singing was not perfect but accepted by God, the Bible is often not complete in fully narrating events not that it is fallible, but it is written by simple servants of God very mindful of the constraints and boundaries, visible and invisible, so obvious yet not noticed by the evangelicals. They were facing life and death to extend the kingdom of God against the prevailing pagan demonic worshipers and so must be ever so careful and constrained, and the message is often indirect.
Mainline Christians often blame the evangelicals for worshiping the bible. But the truth is that the liberals do not have faith that Jesus is God, and is risen from the dead and is the messiah, and so rather than admitting their unbelief would claim that the bible is fallible and that evangelicals are worshiping the bible. The real sin of the evangelicals is worshiping the bible translators and being deceived by the mother church and by Jesuit theologians. A case for example is 1 Cor 6:9, which is translated in NIV as “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men….”, or in NKJV as “9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites”
The root words which is interpreted as homosexuality by the bible translators is malakos and arsenokoites. The very foundation of the law was forgotten. Thou shall have no other gods! which is the context in view of the very sexual and male focus pagan worship. They were not homosexuals but heterosexuals having sex to join themselves to pagan gods and temple prostitutes. These will not inherit the kingdom of God because they belong to the kingdom of satan and not because they were gay. When we misinterpret and mis-translate the bible at fundamental points, we weaken the sanctity, the power, and message of the bible.
Luke 17: 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
If we remember Lot’s wife as someone judged for failing to obey the angel asking her not to look back, and that the judgement on her is troubling then our theology is sad indeed for we have deliberately missed her sin which is sharing in the judgement of Sodom. What is the sin of Sodom, they were vile worshippers of Baal subjugating nations around them and having sex with the male prisoners to abuse them (not because they were gays) thus making them women. When Lot’s wife looked back, she shared in their judgement.
Why would a straight lady so comfortable in Sodom because it was not a gay town but full of straight alpha males and warriors. It was a rich and powerful city. But the judgement of God came upon them suddenly with no warning because they tried to poke the angel of God as if they were raping their male prisoners. They didn’t have a messenger sent to them as a warning. Jesus spoke in matt 11:24 of the greater judgement of those who had rejected Him. This world has forgotten about Lot’s wife because they thought Sodom was about homosexuality or merely looking back at the past.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Queer theology has defined the christian gay movement, from being LGBT in the 60s, to LGBTQ+ as gay marriages are commonly accepted in the US. It has blurred the separation between sex and gender. The acceptance of LGBT was growing strongly until Queer definitions were taught at schools. The Harris Poll by GLAAD on the comfortably index of Millennial Americans age 18 to 34 interacting with LGBTQ dropped from 63% in 2016 to 53% in 2017 to 45% in 2018. Young women were the main drivers for the drop which is not surprising as the queer activist has been condenming many as transphobic including tennis great Navratilova.
The reason is simple because as gay marriages and acceptance becomes norm, the voices of rage are raised by Transgender liberal activist, and the liberal education system have now insisted that there are more than two genders. For instance in UK, a Aberdeenshire 17 year old teenager was suspended from school after insisting that scientifically there are only two genders – male or female and that both sex and gender is not a social construct. The transgender liberal activist in London also insisted the word ‘sex’ be swapped for ‘gender’ in a GCSE biology paper. We are also reminded that Ellen Degeneres was surprised that Cathlyn Jenner did not support gay marriage.
Psalm 84:4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.
Psalm 84:6 Blessed the man who finds refuge in you in their hearts are pilgrim roads.
Pilgrims are not foreigners per say but one from abroad visiting religious sites from one site to another, not staying for long. It is not like a foreigner coming to Singapore for work or holidays. A pilgrim is a person who journeys to a sacred place for religious reasons. The root word is from latin, peregrinue which means foreign. The word used for a bird, Peregrine Falcon in medieval latin. Their long flights were migratory pilgrimages.
So too as Christians we go on this flight on a long pilgrim journey to lands unknown to find the presence of God and ourselves, perhaps even being a blessing to many. We may not stay in one place for long, being led by the Holy Spirit of God. Surely, we have always been foreigners for our abode on earth temporary whilst waiting to go back home to God’s kingdom in heaven.