U. S. Church Groups

I am currently reading a book on Christianity in the U.S. and I come across interesting denominational types. here are a few with a brief description.

Nothingariansthis sect “has no churches, no discipline, but a very large number of members. It boasts of great antiquity. It was founded in the first century in Achaia by one Gallio, of whom it is said: “He cared for none of these things.”

Come-Outers–people who separated from other religious types to come out from among them and be separate. Often came out of Extreme Wesleyan, Holiness Movement stuff.

Merry Dancers–Offshoot of the Shakers. “Others dubbed them the “Merry Dancers,” because of their ecstatic worship. “They were,” as historian George J. Varney writes, “at this time fanatical in religion and intemperate in their indulgences.”

Nice to know we haven’t traveled very far.

Antichrist On History Channel

I did not feel like watching TV last night, but alas, I persevered and went ahead and did anyway. I happened across the History Channel, which, for a brief moment, was not showing any footage of World War II, but rather a documentary on the antichrist.

“Well, that could be interesting,” I thought to myself. “Yes, yes it would” I answered to myself. “Fine then. Let’s watch it!” I replied. “Can do, big man!” I replied to my reply.

So anyway, I did. It wasn’t bad, in fact, I thought they did a pretty good job for a secular purveyor of television filth. They sell the videos of the series on the History Channel web site. Here is a sentence from their description of the show:

Aided by interviewees with eminent clergy, scholars, historians and psychologists, this incisive program examines the evil enigma from every conceivable angle.

I may have to disagree with the eminent idea. Among others, they interviewed Benny Hinn, a university of Wisconsin professor, Jerry Jenkins, and the guy who wrote the Late Great Planet Earth who was off by 20 years (so far) as to the return of Christ.

All in all, though, I enjoyed the show. They got into dispensationalism and its “founder” J. N. Darby. It was a tad belittling and the conclusion was that Bible prophecy is a fable and something to cheer poor Christians. But that is to be expected.

I can see some History Channel employees digging up this video at some point in the future trying to see if it lends any help as to why a whole bunch of people just disappeared. “Even so, come quickly” I thought to myself. “Indeed.” I replied.

About Mel

I’ve had several posts in the last few days about Mel Gibson’s little drinking problem. I want to make sure you know that this is not an attack on Mel, it’s an attack on the idiotic Church. I like Mel and his movies and if he wants to make more, I say “go for it.” I have nothing against him nor am I rejoicing in a downfall.

What I hope to do is point out the ridiculous nature of the Church when we act like desperate people in need of acceptance. If you remember back to early 2004, you will recall the clamoring the Church did to bask in the glory of a secular movie producer coming to “our side.”

It made me rather nauseous then and I don’t want people to forget just how dumb it is to put any man on a pedestal. If you don’t remember back that far, perhaps this will refresh your memory.

5,000 pastors gather to hear Mel Gibson–“Mr. Gibson said he showed it to one agnostic friend, “and the next day, he read all four of the Gospels.” The crowd gasped. “

You can always visit supportmelgibson.com so you can defeat with your Bible the anti-Semitic charges against The Passion.

Robert Shuller said to Gibson that “I can’t tell you how I admire, respect and applaud you. May God give you the blessing you need, where you need it most.”

Bill Hybels, “If Mr. Gibson is not a believer, I have no idea who is.”

Relax out their folks. Perhaps we can see that Mel’s time in church was for a little thing called “profit.” I don’t blame him, it worked and that’s why he’s successful in the business. He’ll give an account and so will we. Let’s be a bit more discerning next time, shall we?

Another Pastor’s Wife Flips Out

Tammy Estes went to church last night with about 60 other people when she stood up with a gun. Most of the people left but 10 stayed behind to talk with her. They then became hostages.

Turns out that Tammy is the pastor’s wife. She is allegedly upset over rumors about an affair. No word as to how many of those 60 people were edified.

That’s Better

My shattered world is starting to be pieced back together. Mel has apparently issued an apology for his drunken actions.

In a one-paragraph statement issued Saturday through his publicist, Alan Nierob, Mr. Gibson said: “I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said, and I apologize to anyone I may have offended.”

Mr. Gibson acknowledged an ongoing battle with alcoholism and said he was taking “necessary steps to ensure my return to health.”

I wasn’t terribly offended, I just want another God-honoring movie about Jesus. Get busy Mel.

With Friends Like This. . .

A blitzed Mel Gibson launched into an obscenity-laced tirade when he was busted on suspicion of drunken driving early yesterday, threatening an officer and making anti-Semitic and sexually abusive remarks, according to a police report.

The “Passion of the Christ” director repeatedly said, “My life is f—-d,” according to the report by Los Angeles County Deputy James Mee.

So we got that going for us. Guess that whole killing of Jesus deal may have been anti-semitic eh? Should have known.

Disturbing Reading

I was reading an advice column in a Focus on the Family magazine today written by a Bill Maier, who is a “psychologist-in-residence” at FOTF.

A reader was asking about witnessing to a grandchild after a grandparent in the family died. Here is a section of his answer that he gave after telling her to use “Principles simple and geared for her level of maturity.”:

“Explain that the Bible promises us that if we believe Jesus is Lord, pray to him and are honest about our faults, He will forgive us and give us eternal life.”

Now, I’m sure by pointing out a problem with this I’ll be accused of attacking Lordship salvation, but that’s not my point. Even John McArthur would tell a child they have to believe that Christ died and rose again, it’s called “the Gospel.” The power of God? Ring a bell there, Bill?

And to use a word like “faults” is not exactly good theology either. He didn’t die for your bad teeth or inability to cleanly field a ground ball, He died for your sins, the transgression of God’s perfect Law of Holiness.

It is amazing how far we have traveled from the simple truth of the Gospel. Dr. Dobson may want to get a new psychologist or at least a new residence. Matthew 7:21