Reading Some Old Letters

Bible_Savio Sebastian

About a week ago, controversial pastor Rob Bell told Oprah Winfrey that the Church is “moments” away from accepting gay marriage:

“… I think culture is already there, and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense…”

Bell’s comment proves we are never static in our view of God’s Word. We are either increasingly devoted to it with the passage of time, or else we move in the opposite direction: first neglecting it, then questioning it, and then rejecting it.

But once people reject the Word of God they never stop there… they go further, and end up despising it, even disparaging it to others.

As Psalm 1 shows us, once we heed the counsel of the ungodly, we end up sitting in the seat of the scornful. Bell ridicules the Word as something we have outgrown in our current state of societal sophistication. But his statement is not sophisticated – it’s sophomoric, and blasphemous.

Was the Apostle Paul unaware of the “modern” issues we grapple with? Were there no homosexuals in the Roman Empire? What conceit and self-deception! The Emperor Nero himself had a homosexual ceremony of sorts. But Bell says we’ll be increasingly irrelevant if we rely upon the Bible. Granted, there are certainly a number of “civilizational” reasons to oppose gay marriage, but Scripture can never be irrelevant to morals.

Ironically, it’s our failure to uphold and submit to the authority of the Word of God that makes the Church in North America so anemic and timid. The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword and therefore, having cast it aside, the Church makes few converts… but it hatches scorners in abundance.

Photo by Savio Sebastian on Flickr under Creative Commons License.

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The new “Noah” movie is likely to sink

Noah Poster

I was impressed when I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie, “Noah,” with Russell Crowe. It looked like Hollywood was going to give us something resembling the Bible narrative – complete with a supernatural gathering of animals.

I was wrong.

Apparently, this Noah gets the help of the fallen angels known as the Watchers (better known as the fathers of the giants in Genesis 6) in order to build the Ark and stay safe when he comes under attack. The Watchers are portrayed as six-armed scary guys, I guess. Perhaps this is a nod to the Bible’s portrayal of the throne angels known as seraphs.

There’s lots more that’s wrong with the new movie from a biblical standpoint. But that foray into evil supernaturalism should be enough to keep Bible believers far away. Why pay money to see Judaism and Christianity perverted one more time?

Reactions to audience screenings in the U. S. were said to be “worrisome.”

Hollywood can’t figure out that we like the BIble we’ve already got.