Humbly Correcting Obama

So, anyway, I made a comment on this blog and one other one about Barack Obama’s poor theology and it has failed to get a response. Here’s his quote again.

“I learned that my sins could be redeemed. I learned that those things I was too weak to accomplish myself, He would accomplish with me if I placed my trust in Him.”

Most probably figure I’m talking about the “accomplishing anything I want” bit, but nope, although I think that is horrible humanistic theology, that’s not my main beef. My main beef is the fact that Mr. Obama, a guy who “grew up in a Christian home and church,” believes sins can be redeemed.

Sins cannot be redeemed. SinNERS can be redeemed, but not sin. To redeem means to buy out of slavery, it means to buy up to put to good use, like redeeming the time. God did not buy our sins nor is He putting them to good use.

WE were bought with a price, WE were redeemed. Sin can be forgiven, atoned for, covered, removed or pardoned, but not redeemed. To say they can is to change the doctrine of sin, Christ’s death and resurrection, redemption, and other vital doctrines.

The fact that a guy pretending to be a Christian can say this and few “Christians” even notice is truly disturbing, if not expected. Words really do mean things and God chose His carefully, He had all eternity to edit.

Please make time to learn the Word. I know I’m preaching right now but that’s my job and I can’t help it. Please take time to learn the Word. Don’t disgrace God’s grace.

Obama’s Gospel

One of the most amusing parts of presidential elections is watching politicians pretend to be Christian types. They try their best but they always end up sounding weird and when you get done hearing their insights into theology, most of Scripture is left in tatters.

Allow me to share an example from Barack Obama’s recent speech before a group of the United Church of Christ peoples.

“I learned that my sins could be redeemed. I learned that those things I was too weak to accomplish myself, He would accomplish with me if I placed my trust in Him.”

Do you find any horrible theology in that statement? I know I do.

Naked For Christ

Nudist man, Jim Cunningham, has authored many books over the last 20 years promoting “naturist” viewpoints and trying to convert others. “Naturist” viewpoints state that people should walk around buck neck-ed.

He has now come out with a new book showing how Scripture and many Christian thinkers also think buck neck-edness is the way to go.

“There’s lot of references in the Bible to being naked. In the early church, all Christians were baptized naked — men, women and children. It wasn’t an issue.

“My point is that the church, instead of changing the world, has let the world change it. It’s accepted (Hustler publisher) Larry Flynt’s definition of the body, instead of the Bible’s. If the body is just lust bait, then modesty is making sure it’s always covered.

“But if the body is what the Bible says it is — the temple of the Holy Spirit and the image of God — then modesty doesn’t mean always covering up, it just means comporting yourself in a way that does not cause lust in others,” he said.

Man, I don’t know man. I will agree with him on this, if more people walked around neck-ed it would take care of the lust problem, if you know what I mean. Mormonism and their long underwear are sounding better every day.

Peter Popoff

Peter Popoff, a perfect last name for a charismatic preacher, had a thriving ministry in the 1980’s. He used to heal people in wheelchairs and call out names and addresses of hurting people in his audience to heal them.

It was all very awesomely spirity, until a little investigation found out that it was all a fraud. He was prompted by a little ear piece to call on people and it was found that the wheelchair bound people actually could walk previously.

Oops.

Anyway, 20 years has past and Popoff assumes we have all forgotten. He’s baaaaack. He has started a new ministry, People United for Christ, which encourages people to send him money in exchange for his mighty prayers.

Such a deal. The Better Business Bureau is warning you about him. I am too.

Righteous People Are Always The Same

In an effort to get out of responsibility Christians endeavor to find loopholes. When no loopholes can be found we endeavor to confuse the issue as much as possible so no one really knows what to do.

Thus, if we don’t know what to do we don’t have to do anything! Pure genius! Man, we’re smart.

If, however, you decide to stop listening to people and just go read the Bible, life is boiled down to a simple state. Every once in awhile you even read one single verse that says it all. Hosea 14:9 is one of those verses.

“Those who are wise understand these things;
those who are discerning know them.
For the ways of the Lord are right,
and the upright walk in them,
but transgressors stumble in them.”

Pretty simple. Truly wise people hear God and go do what He says. It’s called faith, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. When do you know someone has heard? When they go do what they were told.

Righteousness has not changed for eternity. We know what it is. It’s not that hard to figure out. Hear it and respond accordingly. Pure genius. Man, He’s smart.

Know More Mr. Nice Guys

An article on the kinder, gentler evangelical pastor after the death of our battle leader, the Rev. Jerry Falwell. The Rev. Joel Hunter appears to be one of our new leaders in this kinder, gentler era.

“Hunter exemplifies the New Guard of American evangelical leaders,” said Jeff Sheler, author of Believers: A Journey of Evangelical America. “This is a group of successful pastors, mostly, who are more centrist and less partisan than the Old Guard of the Religious Right, and who present a more winsome and moderate face of evangelical Christianity.”

So, let me get this straight, today’s pastors are more “successful,” read “rich” and are now wanting to be accepted by the world’s leaders rather than be opponents of them? Falwell began this trend, he wasn’t so different, he just didn’t mind taking sides. Today’s evangelical leaders just want everyone to like them.

Well, aint that what Jesus did? Oh, wait, he was crucified wasn’t he? And wasn’t it the religious and political leaders who led that chant of “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Ah yes, kinder and gentler is over-rated.

Kent Hovind’s Wife

Kent Hovind, homeschooler’s favorite creationist, was sentenced to 10 years in prison awhile back for failing to pay $850,000 in taxes. His defense was that he worked for God not for any man. Riiiight. Good one. Didn’t work.

Well, now that defense has also not worked for his wife who was sentenced to a year in prison for evading bank recording requirements.

Nice testimony guys. Thanks, ‘preciate it.

Pat Robertson An Anglican?

The floods that have devastated swathes of the country are God’s judgment on the immorality and greed of modern society, according to senior Church of England bishops.

One diocesan bishop has even claimed that laws that have undermined marriage, including the introduction of pro-gay legislation, have provoked God to act by sending the storms that have left thousands of people homeless.

Creepy Kids

Babies are nothing more than little sacks of sin. People are born in sin and it’s not something we learn, it’s just what we are. Psychology has about caught up with this wisdom revealed from God long, long ago.

People who study kids used to think that kid’s brains were not sophisticated enough to lie until at least age 4. Anyone with a kid knows that ain’t true.

Apparently, parents are in charge of this latest study that concludes that some kids know how to lie to their parents at six months of age!

True dat.

Jesus In Trouble

The man claiming to be the second coming of Jesus Christ, Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda, has gotten busted for suspicious financial activities.

Jesus II has “used charitable donations to his ministry for personal expenses – paying $144,000 a year in alimony to his first wife and buying property in his and his relatives’ names.”

These allegations are being made public during divorce hearings with his second wife. His “ministry” pulls in over $2 million a year.

Anytime the guys at the top of a religion are getting rich you can guarantee that you are dealing with a false, man-made religion. It’s the first sign of trouble. Beware.

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