An article about all the wolves in sheep's clothing

An article about all the wolves in sheep's clothing

Postby Luke Skywalker » Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:58 pm

So nice to know that I'm not the only Christian who thinks this way. Many thanks and applause to the author for having the balls to tell the truth:

Pastor: Actions of many Christians today would 'frighten Jesus'

By Michael Anthony
Published August 06, 2017
Fox News

Last week I received an email from a prominent evangelical Christian organization with the subject line, “A Win!” The email began: “A few days ago, President Trump announced that he has banned transgendered individuals from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. President Trump demonstrated courage and rescinded President Obama’s transgender policy in the military. What a relief!”

Really?

I’m not a liberal, pro-LGBT advocate. I’m a conservative, evangelical Christian who is actually the senior pastor of a fairly large church in Pennsylvania. But I’m still reeling from last week, peeved and grieved about two things: how the president is handling the transgender military issue, and how many conservative, evangelical Christians are celebrating. I know there are many English translations of the Bible available today, including the KJV, NKJV, NIV, ESV and more – but it seems that the hands-down favorite of many of too many conservative, evangelical Christians has become the RSV – the Reversed Standard Version. I’m afraid many of us have reversed what the Bible teaches, and someone on the inside needs to say so loud and clear.

There is nothing courageous, humble or gracious about the behavior of our president or many conservative, evangelicals these days – and it frightens me big time. If it were possible, I think it would frighten Jesus. Many Christians are preaching grace and mercy and we’re very good at saying folks don’t need to get their acts together before coming to Christ as Savior – but our treatment of the lost contradicts our confession. We don’t own the message we’re preaching. Compassion? Love? Are you kidding me? We’re very angry at sinners. It’s obvious – and it’s twisted.

We wonder why people are turned off by Christianity. I have news for us: it’s not Jesus who is offending people much these days. It’s us, his followers. I fear that a large sector of Christianity in America needs to get saved all over again, and I say that with tears, fear and a good deal of trembling.

In the past four years, five well-known American pastors from mega-churches either fell from grace or were disgraced by unethical practices that should have had conservative evangelicals up in arms (and I’m not talking about worshipping on a Sunday morning). One pastor bought his own books in an attempt to become a NY Times bestselling author. Another built a 16,000 square foot home (don’t worry, only 8,000sf was “livable space,” he explained), while his church promoted “spontaneous” baptisms that turned out to involve a good deal of planned psychological manipulation to solicit audience participation. Drinking and anger issues cost another his church and marriage. The fifth resigned suddenly and walked away – and within six months, his wife filed for divorce. His pièce de résistance was that he assumed leadership of a church consulting company within weeks of resigning. In other words, he wants other church leaders to follow his example. Lord, save us.

Where were the conservative evangelical Christians during these high-profile meltdowns? I don’t know, but one thing is certain: we didn’t hear nearly as much from them as we did about the president’s transgender military move.

The recent release of a photo showing a select group of Christian leaders praying for and laying hands on President Trump is something I would expect to see from Pharisees, not pastors – unless, of course, there is a parallel. (Remember, the Pharisees were among Jesus’ staunchest enemies). I’m a huge advocate for praying for our president. Love him or hate him, he and our nation need a lot of prayer. But we’re supposed to be doing our acts of righteousness in private, not use them as a public relations tool to garner more name recognition.

I get it: the military exists to destroy the enemy. Accordingly, it must have standards that potential recruits must meet in order to achieve its objectives. That’s common sense. And, I agree that the military should not pay for gender reassignment surgeries. But, can we learn how to express ourselves with compassion for people who, in many instances, would love to have their sexuality as settled as the majority of Americans? Must we bludgeon people in our disagreement? Is that what Jesus did?

Sin is bad, and people definitely need to repent before they can follow Jesus. I’m not disregarding that essential part of the gospel. What concerns me is that many conservative evangelicals have perverted the gospel and don’t seem to realize it. We want people to be perfect before they come to know Christ, and neither Jesus nor the gospel work that way.

At the very time when America needs humble courage, aloof arrogance is running amuck. I think it’s time we put down the false RSV Bible and start reading one of the real translations. It’s not possible to follow Jesus otherwise.


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Re: An article about all the wolves in sheep's clothing

Postby exploited » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:30 pm

You're not a Christian.
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Re: An article about all the wolves in sheep's clothing

Postby The Comrade » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:12 pm

don't listen to the apostate, brother. christ our lord is strong and it frightens him.

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Re: An article about all the wolves in sheep's clothing

Postby Luke Skywalker » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:50 pm

exploited wrote:You're not a Christian.


There is literally a billion things I could say to that (among them, asking you "How so? And how is it that you know more about me than I do???"), but will keep my good humor, conscience and faith.

I will simply pray for you and say "May God bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May He lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace." : )

And I really mean that.
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Re: An article about all the wolves in sheep's clothing

Postby Luke Skywalker » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:52 pm

The Comrade wrote:don't listen to the apostate, brother. christ our lord is strong and it frightens him.


Right on, my friend.
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Re: An article about all the wolves in sheep's clothing

Postby Saz » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:27 am

Evangelical "Christians" LMAO. There is only one path to christ our lord and savior and that is through the church, built by peter and enduring across millennia in the lords name. I speak of course about the Roman catholic church, a beacon of light, liberty and the holy spirit that drowns out the dim flame of the apostates and heretics (protestants). Repent now good brother and join the church of saint peter, or forever be forsaken by our one true lord.
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Re: An article about all the wolves in sheep's clothing

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Re: An article about all the wolves in sheep's clothing

Postby spacemonkey » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:42 pm

I like weed. I don't care what the other seven billion people think about it, because none of them are my parents, and none of them are God.
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Re: An article about all the wolves in sheep's clothing

Postby exploited » Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:19 pm

Luke Skywalker wrote:
exploited wrote:You're not a Christian.


There is literally a billion things I could say to that (among them, asking you "How so? And how is it that you know more about me than I do???"), but will keep my good humor, conscience and faith.

I will simply pray for you and say "May God bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May He lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace." : )

And I really mean that.


The answer is ESP.

At your core is atheism, not faith. Doubt, not conviction. You don't have to lie to me, friend.
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Re: An article about all the wolves in sheep's clothing

Postby spacemonkey » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:21 am

Atheism requires faith in no faith.
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