Archive for March 24th, 2008
While we spend most of our posts here discussing the heresy hunting ofÂ the full-timersÂ - the ODM’s, periodically I like toÂ lurk around and see what theÂ part-timers are up to… oneÂ posting groundÂ site is theÂ Rapture ReadyÂ bulletin board.Â For those who moderate and post at the RRBB their motivation is purely eschatological, in a hyper-Dispensational scenario there must be a Great Falling Away before the rapture.Â Therefore the writings of the ODM’s are often applauded and reposted as proof.Â I go to sites like this to see how the ODM’s are quoted on the street.
Recently I read a few reviews of a a new book by Bishop Tom Wright on the afterlife: Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.Â Since I too believe the Bible teaches an eternity spent, not in heaven, but on a new earth – I think I’ll read it.
Then these two streams came together:Â a news storyÂ about Bishop Wright posted and commented upon at Rapture Ready.Â The really amazing thingÂ are the reactions.Â Of course, anyone who does not believe in a pretrib, premill, rapture is suspect at rr-bb.Â He also carries the suspisious title of “Bishop.”Â So I expected them to dismiss him.Â But I was truly amazed at the comments: one calls him a heretic, anotherÂ hopes he repents and gains an intimate relationship with Jesus… others just delve into ad hominem attacks and mock his appearance.
So, maybe my eyes are foggy as well – but where in this article does Bishop Wright promote heresy?Â Of what, exactly, does he need to recant and repent?Â
I think my favorite response was:
1. The Dude Looks Crazy…
2. What is he Talking About I Couldnt understand a word he was saying it was like he was talking another language!
Now that’s logic that’s impossible to dispute!
UPDATE: It was correctly pointed out by Chris L., that my original distinction between “Professional” and “amateur” was insulting to those who really are professional about discernment… so I have substituted the terms for “full-time” and “part-time,” respectively.
I normally don’t go to political sites and find articles which have a good grasp of Christianity or Christian history, but this weekend I read an excellent historical analysis of Jesus’ impact on the world, and the radical change he introduced.
And so when the people came to Jerusalem to make their offerings to God, they were met at each step in the process of religious devotion with another checkpoint at which tolls were extracted. The journey to Jerusalem often meant crossing a Roman checkpoint â€” ka-ching! Since the trip was long and hard on the animals, it was better to travel light and buy the sacrifices in Jerusalem â€” ka-ching! You canâ€™t use pagan Roman coins for that sort of thing, of course, so off to the money-changers â€” ka-ching again. Tithes, offerings, sacrifices, festivals, Rome got her cut â€” ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching. In fact, thatâ€™s the only reason there even was a temple or a King Herod. Rome would have long ago plundered it and killed him, except you donâ€™t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
If the temple was the bridge between heaven and earth, Herod was the troll who lived under the bridge. Every pilgrim was forced to pay the toll. Thatâ€™s what kept Herod in power: no ka-ching, no king. Ordinary Jews hated the regime, and the anger was boiling over, but Herod didnâ€™t care what they thought; he had Rome on his side.
You can read the whole thing here.
For the first time ever, I actually laughed at one of TeamPyro’s “pomotivators”. (Ya know, those posters where they lovingly try to correct what they perceive as theological error by mocking those that hold to it. It’s in the book of Hezekiah.)
Not because it was directly funny, mind you. But rather for its “pot calling the kettle pigmentationally complete” nature:
To quote the Ginzu knife commercials, “but wait, there’s more”. Not only is the absolute fall-out-of-your-chair-laughing irony of this poster (given who/where it comes from) totally missed, but in the very next sentence (after the unveiling of the poster), Phil notes something that strikes him as ironic.
Now that, boys and girls, is the ultimate in irony.
HT to Van Til at BHT for noticing the poster and pointing out the irony (not that I needed any help in seeing it).