Saturday, March 21, 2009

PROFESSING CHRISTIANS MUST FISH OR CUT BAIT

"Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease." (Proverbs 22:10)

The scorners and the contentious unfortunately comprise a significant number, if not the majority, of the institutional Church. These are the ones who advocate and/or remain silent amidst prejudice, discrimination, oppression, the bearing of false witness against others, and who seek to deprive Gay people of the civil rights that are guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States to all citizens.

The scorners and the contentious almost always align themselves with the reactionary political forces in society, and perversely tout as being "Christian" such destructive values as Americanism, jingoism, militarism, and capitalism.

They are little more than thugs who have taken their preconceived prejudices and hatreds and brought them into what is called "the church," and seek to justify those prejudices and hatreds by appealing to God Who, they erroneously contend, is on their side and is on the side of such blatantly anti-Christian values that they both hold and proclaim.

If the institutional Church has any hope of surviving; has any claim upon representing the Prince of Peace; is to have any credibility with Christians and other decent, sensitive people, its clergy and members must loudly speak out against this grotesque perversion of Christianity!

No Christian can sit idly by and allow Christianity and Jesus to be dragged through the mud by these homophobic and other wolves in sheep's clothing! And any professing Christian who does quietly allow the professing Christian thugs to define Christianity in the minds of others knows nothing of Christ and His call on our lives!

Any professing Christian who advocates demonic values, or remains silent when demonic values are expressed in the name of God, is slowly but surely eroding what credibility Christianity has in civilized society; turning intelligent, sensitive, decent people away from even exploring Christianity as "a reasonable faith"; demeaning Jesus and His values that even a cursory reading of the New Testament would tell anyone with even a scintilla of spiritual sensitivity.

So, every Christian worthy of the name must "cast out the scorner," the hater, from the midst of Christ's Church, lest Christians and Christianity fall in the estimation of intelligent, sensitive, and decent people even more than has already likely occurred.

And, most importantly, the professing Christian thugs are spitting in the face of God, and to allow them to continue to do so wreaks havoc on the Church and wreaks havoc on the souls of all those who profess to be Jesus' disciples and yet do nothing to stop this assault on God and on His Church.

So it is incumbent upon every single Christian to take to heart the following exhortation: "Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease." (Proverbs 22:10)
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5 comments:

Transgender Vanessa said...

Well said! It's amazing how they believe God would endorse the hate and intolerance they preach.

Jerry Maneker said...

That's because they're not Christians, Vanessa. Best wishes, Jerry.

gentle lamb said...

Great site. Very strong words.
God bless

Jerry Maneker said...

Thank you very much, Gentle Lamb. Also, you have an excellent site, and I'm linking to it. Best wishes, Jerry.

Jerry Maneker said...

To SBLC. I have dealt with such issues as the ones you profess many times before in these posts, and refutation of each of them can be seen in many of the links in the Links section of my blog as well.

I have decided not to post your comment because many such comments have been posted in the past, and I have decided not to use my blog as a forum for the preaching the false gospel of legalism and exclusion clothed with the mantle of the Bible and even with Jesus, the Prince of Peace Who espoused the only Gospel to be found in Christianity: the Gospel of grace, or unmerited favor to those whom He called out from the foundation of the world (eg. Ephesians 1:4) to be His disciples.

The Bible is not Jesus! The translations you trust are demonstrably faulty, and homosexuality as it is currently understood was never discussed in the Bible; context is everything when interpreting Scripture; if homosexuality were that important an issue, don't you think that it would have been mentioned in the Ten Commandments, or mentioned by at least one of the prophets, or condemned by Jesus?

However, bearing false witness is in the Ten Commandments, and that is what those who condemn others do. Also, I never want to hear the "condemn the sin and love the sinner" again! I've had a belly full of that lie!

Jesus never condemned anyone, except the Pharisees of His day, those who felt they had a corner on their knowledge of God and sought to impose yokes of bondage onto others in God's name.

Now, we have our modern day Pharisees, and you seem to be one of them, at least until further notice.

Please read some of the posts on my blog and some of the links in the Links section, and they should address the issue you raise, and if your are intellectually and spiritually honest you will do so. Best wishes, Jerry.