Carrie Underwood Got Trolled by the AFA

underwoodICYMI:  Carrie Underwood put in a surprise appearance at Passion 2017 this past week, taking the stage with David Crowder to perform her 2014 country/gospel hit “Something In The Water”.  Never ones to let an opportunity to promote their culture war agenda and generate publicity for their pet causes go to waste, the American Family Association published an open letter to Passion founder Louie Giglio expressing their concerns over Underwood’s appearance.  Why?  Because Underwood has come out publicly in support of gay marriage.  AFA does not.  ‘Nuff said.

Some choice quotes:

I was very frustrated that you would allow her to help lead thousands of people in worship. My frustration quickly turned to disappointment and then to sadness. Carrie Underwood encourages and supports homosexual marriage which the Word of God does not…

With the many Christian artists who believe and teach the full counsel of God’s Word available to lead worship at Passion, why would you choose one who publicly states homosexuality is not a sin?…

The Word of God is not a preference, but principles God has spoken. God is right about marriage and Carrie Underwood is wrong.

As Christians it is our calling to show love and care for the real, flesh-and-blood people in our lives.  This is not that.  It is fixating upon a minor point of Scripture and making it suddenly the linchpin of faithfulness to God’s Word (The Bible is clearly against homosexual behavior yet devotes an astonishingly small percentage of text to it–priorities, people).  It is reducing the Word of God to a list of principles and the people around us to nothing more than right or wrong in relation to said principles.  Especially if said people are LGBTQ or have ever had a kind word to say regarding those who are LGBTQ.

For your viewing pleasure I have linked the video of Underwood’s performance below:

Yep, This Happened: Chicago School Almost Hosts Haunted House Depicting Orlando Massacre

Yep:  this happened.

A Chicago elementary school pulled out of hosting a Christian haunted house which would have depicted the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.  It also would have depicted a botched abortion, the Charleston massacre of last year, and other such scenes.  According to the promoter’s Craigslist listing (that they’re advertising this thing on Craigslist gives you an idea what kind of outfit we’re dealing with here), visitors would “encounter individuals who will make choices. The choice is life or death; sin or salvation; heaven or hell.”

You can read the full story here.

Charisma Magazine: Tim Tebow’s Prayers Stop a Massive Seizure

ICYMI (that’s “In Case You Missed It” for those of you who are not millennials or otherwise familiar with the ways millennials express themselves via texting and social media):  Tim Tebow has signed with the New York Mets and is now attempting to work his way up through their farm system.

After a recent game, Tebow was signing autographs when a fan collapsed from a major epileptic seizure.  Tebow stayed with him and prayed with him until help arrived.

Not content to simply report the story and let an opportunity to promote their theological outlook go by, Charisma jumped all over it:

Tebow sprang into action and laid hands on the man, praying for his healing and comforting him until paramedics arrived.

The violent seizure reportedly stopped moments after Tebow prayed with him. The miraculous healing had many people take to social media expressing their amazement at the power of prayer.

You can read the full story here.

Pastor Challenges Women to Arm Wrestle Him

In today’s news of the weird and somewhat disturbing, I direct your attention today to pastor Steven Anderson.  In the midst of a recent sermon about his take on the verses which say that the husband is head of the wife, he challenged women who disagree with him to arm wrestle him:

… I challenge any woman right now to come up and arm wrestle me… I’m gonna make the challenge that I’ve made over and over again… I’m not the strongest man in the world! Any woman can come up and arm wrestle me right now. And if you can come up and defeat me in an arm wrestling match, I’ll admit that women are as strong as men.

Anyone?

… I’ve had about five women take me up on that over the years, and they all went down, and they went down hard, alright?

For your viewing pleasure I have linked the video below:

Complementarianism Has Jumped the Shark

sharkjumpComplementarianism has completely and totally jumped the shark.

How do I know this?

Well, it’s pretty obvious when John Piper says something and people from his own tradition start piling on.

What did John Piper say this time?

An unmarried woman who subscribes to the complementarian way of looking at things wrote in to Desiring God to ask Piper’s opinion on whether it would be proper for a woman to serve as a police officer.

Okay.  We’ve got problems right out of the chute.

–Who would ask such a question in the first place?

–Who would ask a pastor such a question?

–Who would consider a pastor qualified to speak to such a question?

–And why on God’s green earth would the pastor in question consider himself qualified to answer such a question?

Yet none of that stopped Piper from venturing his opinion on the subject.

Here is how I have approached these kinds of issues, because police officer is just one of so many questions that arise if you want to be a godly man or woman and walk in paths of relationships with the opposite sex that are pleasing to the Lord. And I have tried to wrestle with the Scriptures which is, I hope and pray, my final authority in these matters. And I have come up with a general definition of what I think the heart of mature manhood and the heart of mature womanhood are. And then I have argued these and spelled them out in a little book called What’s the Difference? And these are really foundational for me and they helped me answer a lot of questions.

So Piper’s basis for thinking that he has something to say on the subject is Scripture.  Or more accurately, Scripture as Piper interprets it.  You see, Scripture does not spell out what mature manhood and mature womanhood are.  John Piper does, based on his interpretation of Scripture.

Having made the case, in his mind at least, that he is qualified to speak to this question by virtue of that Bible in his hand, Piper then goes on to answer it.  Here is the essence of his answer:

…At the heart of mature manhood is a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead, provide for, and protect women in ways appropriate to a man’s differing relationships. The postman won’t relate to the lady at the door the way a husband will, but he will be a man. At the heart of mature womanhood is a freeing disposition to affirm, receive, and nurture strength and leadership from worthy men in ways appropriate to a woman’s differing relationships.

…There is a continuum from very personal influence, very eye-to-eye, close personal influence, to non-personal influence. And the other continuum is very directive — commands and forcefulness — directive influence to very non-directive influence. And here is my conviction. To the degree that a woman’s influence over a man, guidance of a man, leadership of a man, is personal and a directive, it will generally offend a man’s good, God-given sense of responsibility and leadership, and thus controvert God’s created order. To an extent, a woman’s leadership or influence may be personal and non-directive or directive and non-personal, but I don’t think we should push the limits.

…If a woman’s job involves a good deal of directives toward men, they will need to be non-personal in general, or men and women won’t flourish in the long run in that relationship without compromising profound biblical and psychological issues. And conversely, if a woman’s relationship to a man is very personal, then the way she offers guidance and influence will need to be more non-directive. And my own view is that there are some roles in society that will strain godly manhood and womanhood to the breaking point.

There’s a lot I could say here.  For instance, who made John Piper the all-knowing authority whose interpretations of Scripture on this subject we must accept without question?  If we’re back in the Roman Catholic church and Piper is the Magisterium, somebody forgot to tell me.

But I think it best to let someone who shares Piper’s way of looking at things answer him.  Carl Trueman of Westminster Seminary, himself a complimentarian, goes so far as to call the sort of complimentarianism promoted by Piper “sheer silliness”:

I rarely read complementarian literature these days. I felt it lost its way when it became an all-embracing view of the world and not simply a matter for church and household.   I am a firm believer in a male-only ordained ministry in the church but I find increasingly bizarre the broader cultural crusade which complementarianism has become.  It seems now to be more a kind of reaction against feminism than a balanced exposition of the Bible’s teaching on the relationships of men and women.   Thus, for example, marriage is all about submission of wife to husband (Eph. 5) and rarely about the delight of friendship and the  kind of playful but subtly expressed eroticism we find in the Song of Songs.  Too often cultural complementarianism ironically offers a rather disenchanted and mundane account of the mystery and beauty of male-female relations.  And too often it slides into sheer silliness.

 

Jim Bakker Is Back (Again)

bakkerA few months back we noted that Jim Bakker has returned to active ministry.  That is, if peddling end-of-the-world survivalist gear is what strikes your fancy as active ministry.  Bakker has a TV show where he specializes in convincing viewers that some sort of apocalypse is around the corner and that you had better buy his prepper food to get you through.  Lots of it.  As in, like, TONS of it.

But the apocalypse prepper food market is a tough market to be in, because you can only go so far with the gays/terrorists/ISIS schtick.  Apparently Bakker is realizing this.  So last week Bakker brought on this guy Rick Wiles (a fellow end-times preacher), who said that the earth is on a 206-year cycle.  We just came out of a 206-year global warming cycle, and now we are about to enter a 206-year global cooling cycle.  Which means we are headed for a mini-Ice Age.  Which means food will be scarce.  And when food is scarce, people go to war.  Gangs will take over all the major cities, with looting and cannibalism to follow.  Watch for yourself, courtesy of the good people over at Right Wing Watch:

So you’d better get on over and order yourself some of those 6-gallon jugs of potato soup NOW!!!  Or else you will wake up with the world coming apart and think “Why didn’t I order something?”  Just think, with all that potato soup, you could have PARTIES while the world is coming apart!!!!!