Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Hypocrisy Alert: So-Called "Evangelical Leaders" Blow It Big Time On Bristol Palin's Pregnancy

Here is my rendition by memory of the letter sent today via email to Chuck Baldwin, Constitution Party candidate for President:

Dear Chuck,

As a Constitution Party supporter, I am appalled by the blatant hypocrisy on display in all its ugliness by so-called "evangelical leaders" such as James Dobson in the matter of the teenage pregnancy of Sarah Palin's unwed daughter. The incessant spin-spin-spin machine is in overdrive, and it makes me sick to my stomach.

What ever happened to SIN? What ever happened to genuine repentance? What about Our Lord's warning, in response to far greater perils, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish?" These get nary a mention. All we get from Dr. Dobson is that this teenager was "imperfect." This is bald-faced hypocrisy. It will surely be pointed out by our opponents, and they will be right.

This teenager's "imperfection" (the term clearly implies that all she needs to do is get a little counseling to get patched up), is not the issue for any genuine believer. The issue is that the righteous and just wrath of a holy God is even now being revealed from heaven against all unrighteousness of men and women -- including against Bristol Palin and her boyfriend in these very events as well as the hardships they will undoubtedly face in the future.

Of course all Christians will support them and love them throughout the raising of this child -- that is not the point.

The point is, without the conviction of sin, there is no Gospel and we perish. But how can there be conviction of sin, if sin is never even addressed? These people call themselves Christian?

I beg you to speak out against this.


Your supporter,


Anonymous said...

I have read this thread and this post. I am not only apalled at the attacks on an unwed mother and the JUDGEMENTIAL attack here in. Judge Not Least you be Judged. After all Mary was an unwed Mother carring an illegimate child. and I dont think your retoric is wanted or valid. get over being God Like and I sugest you leran to be more Like god. Knowing Scriptuer is not enough. when you attack other christians and thier belifes your no better that the worst of the worst.

Jeff said...

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your comments. Please allow me to address them.

First, the point of the post is not to criticize Bristol Palin. My point was to criticize the so-called "evangelical" Christian leaders who missed (ignored?) a wonderful opportunity to give the Gospel message that "All have sinned (including you, me and Bristol Palin) and fallen short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23).

Second, I trust you are not relying on a wrong interpretation of Matthew 7:1 ("Judge not, that you be not judged"), which you quote. This is perhaps the most widely distorted verse in the Bible -- the verse liberals love to misquote. Jesus was not saying we should never point out sin. Far from it! He frequently pointed out sin and called sinners to repentance. What this verse means is that we are not to condemn others. Nothing in my post condemns Bristol Palin or the young man. Pointing out sin and condemning someone are not the same thing.

If being "judgmental" means pointing out sin and calling people to repent and be saved, then Jesus was judgmental, and I happily plead guilty to being judgmental too!

Third, I hope you are not saying that the circumstances of Our Lord's conception made him somehow "illegitimate." I understand you to be using Mary as an example of someone who deserves compassion and will take it that way. If I'm wrong please let me know!

By the way, Mary in her Magnificat rejoiced in the fact that God had provided a "Savior." (Luke 1:47). So we are back to my first point, that even Mary recognized that she (like you, me and every other human being ever born) needs a Savior.

Finally, it seems your view of God is that He is only loving and kind. The Bible paints a much fuller picture. God is not only loving and kind but is also angry with sin and the sinners like me who commit it. That is why we need a Savior. Jesus is that Savior -- the One who was delivered up to die for our sins, and was raised from the dead for our justification (i.e., to save us from our sins) Romans 4:25

All of this sadly got lost in the media frenzy over the Palin matter. This is beyond sad and is cause for great sorrow.

After all, it's only life and death!



Myles said...

Hi Jeff,
I find it everywhere that in some way or form, individuals who are offended by the word of God and its truths that they must in some way misquote or use versus out of context to support their beliefs and that in itself is where all the problems begin.

Many today would rather read the Scriptures as allegorical or spiritualize interpretations rather than hold to a literal interpretation.

The Word of God is supposed to cut through the heart of an individual like a double edge sword and convict one to repentance and then and only then when one confesses there sins with a contrite heart and cries out in the name of the Lord, the Lord Jesus is always there to forgive, and it is the role of the church to be "salt" as well as a light to the world but sadly Satan has control of this world and has diluted many in the church today who don't hold a literal view of the Bible.

Instead tolerance and moral relativism have replaced the word of God stating that there is no absolute truth only what one believes is truth and that is nothing but liberal thinking that has attempted to corrupt the Word of God.

Matthew 10:33-35 (King James Version)

33But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Jesus is the word and when we deny the word, than we deny Jesus.

So those who say we are not to Judge Not Least you be Judged; in effect they actually saying we need to be tolerant of everyone's beliefs and how dare you judge me... well if the church doesn't... Jesus will!

Proverbs 14:11-12 11The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
12There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

God bless your brother, keep fighting for the truth!

Your brother in Christ,

Jeff said...

Thank you, brother Myles!

I especially like your last point -- the "judging" done by believers of unbelievers (which the latter are so quick to criticize) pales into insignificance compared to the judgment unbelievers face from Christ Himself.

A point often lost in the discussions of "judge not."