Funny, When I said this I was berated by my pastor

As Christians, we are called upon to have a Biblical worldview. A Biblical worldview is defined as a view that seeks to view the world through a Biblical lens. We all have a worldview, so no sense in trying to declare yourself to be neutral. The question is whether it is a good one or a bad one. Moses began his writings with the foundation of a worldview (where did everything come from) and quickly included other key elements (what was it like, what went wrong, what is the solution) in the first three chapters. Moses was providing a proper worldview to pagans who had marinated in the paganism of Egypt for ten generations.

Matthew 4:4
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Far too many Master of Divinity graduates seek to find holes in the clear teachings found in the Bible. I have had pastors who affirmed an old earth creationism, filled with diversity caused by evolution that was guided by the deist hand of God through death, disease and various calamities, never mind the fact that all of these are the consequences of the fall of Adam. I have had pastors who deferred to a localized flood that destroyed the “known” world but not the entire world. I have had pastors who have questioned the accuracy of the tower of Babel account. They all say that the Bible is trustworthy and inerrant, but the authors were working with accounts of events passed on through oral traditions and should be taken as valuable lessons, and with more than a pinch of salt.

My dear readers, 2 Peter 3 makes it plain that anyone who places themselves over the clear and simple reading of scripture falls directly into the role of scoffers. Is that a bad thing? Well, it depends on whether you have ever done a word search in your Bible app for “scoffers.” I’ll give you a heads up. It isn’t a good thing. In the Bible, the scoffers are those who are familiar with what God has said but have decided not to follow it, preferring their own ideas and the acceptance of others who would stand in judgment over God and His word.

Psalm 1:1-2
Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.

Do you see the contrast in the first two verses in this Psalm? The blessed man avoids the wicked, sinners and scoffers, all people in the same group. Instead, his delight is on the law of the Lord. The law of the Lord is shorthand for everything that God has said in His word. The first step toward apostasy is to assume precepts, instead of teaching them to the next generation. The next step is to twist the concepts into something more palatable to the culture at large in the hopes of gaining a wider acceptance. Not sure what I’m talking about? Your faith tradition has a stance regarding baptism. Who should be baptized, how that should be done, what does it mean, that sort of thing. You likely accept that understanding. Have you ever been instructed why you believe what you have been told? Have you even heard any reasons why others come to a different conclusion? But this post isn’t about baptism.

Here’s where I get to the point, but the end will make more sense if you’ve read this far

This post from Scientific American has more Christian worldview in it than many suburban churches. How do I know? Because I served as an elder in one until the Lord turned up the heat, revealing what various ministries were built with, among other things. I’m here to say that most churches failed the test out of a loyalty to the State that is greater than their loyalty to the Son. Our country has an assumed separation of Church and State, but not a separation of State and Church. If we did have such a separation, the churches would have rebuffed the State’s instruction on how they ought to present themselves before the Lord.

Don’t shoot the messenger on this! I’m not the hateful person here. I am merely following the logical progression of the Apostle Paul, as he discusses various problems going on in one of the early churches in Corinth. You know, a church that wouldn’t address disgusting sexual activities, a church that had a hierarchy within the body, a church that contained factions. You know, like most of the churches today! I don’t say this to put specks in your eyes. I say this to ask anyone who comes across this post to faithfully consider what response their church would have if they were ever confronted with the ways of the world.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—  each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.  If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.  If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

“So what?” you may ask. What happened that caused your pastor to get all worked up? Well, the foundation of the church I had been serving at proved to be wood, hay and straw. That was revealed once the heat turned up in the Year of our Lord, 20/20, the year blurry things came into focus. When the COVID task force told the governors to shut down the churches, they complied, and so did the churches. The offered PPP money was an incentive to do so, and the attached strings were disregarded by churches that had budgets to meet.

Later in the summer, a certain violent criminal high on Fentanyl by the name of George Floyd died while being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. Immediately, people all over Facebook began blacking out their profile pictures in a showing of solidarity for Floyd and for Black Lives Matter, an organization that openly (at the time) expressed their desire for a Marxist change in America, a celebration of gender madness and the dissolution of the nuclear family, among other goals. You can only imagine my shock when church leaders started blacking out profiles, frequently right after their wives had done so. Strange how that happens.

As I was scrolling through Facebook one day, I noticed a certain man expressing his utter disgust over the supposed murder of Mr. Floyd. He was decrying the actions of the officers upon an uncondemned man, even as he condemned them with no more information than what was offered on the MSM channels he was glued to through the turmoil of a plandemic. I did write about this earlier, and I did save receipts of the conversation.

Just in case you’d like some context, or perhaps this post isn’t long enough for you

My initial response to him was that the treatment of George was not in the way that one would treat any member of his or her extended family. The man I was speaking with happened to be the pastor’s son, and had recently graduated from a Bible college attached to our denomination. He also was now married and was leading his household, at least that was my assumption. Speaking as one believer to another, I pointed out that we are all family here, even if the family tree must be taken all the way back to the three sons of Noah. I also presented Jesus as the solution to everything we had been enduring and would continue to endure.

Feeling like I had performed the duties of a church leader, I was shocked to get a call from the pastor. This boy’s wife had read my response and asked her husband why he had never told her that he grew up on a racist church. The pastor was upset, and I immediately went into damage control mode. I hadn’t said anything controversial to a Christian and I had been nothing but loving to the pastor’s son and I told the pastor both of these things. He couldn’t argue against me. He didn’t even try. The entire conversation was on Facebook for the world to see. Including the part where the pastor’s wife and her best friend had pounced on me for my tone. A tone which the pastor agreed was quite… pastoral. Winsome even. But in the end, none of that mattered. Because winsomness isn’t the goal of the enemies of the gospel. Neither is tone or even truth. The goal of these gospel enemies is the assumption of gospel truths before, and now the dilution of the gospel with Marxism, rendering it ineffective. The gospel hasn’t lost its power. It has been replaced to the point that the farce being championed by certain pastors is no longer gospel, but law. And not even the law of God, but a law of man, not unlike the additional rules created by the Pharisees. Once again, don’t shoot the messenger here.

Make no mistake. The gospel itself is on trial in churches all across this land. And to build off the instructions of apostles, it begins with pastors who cast doubt on the parts of the Bible that don’t agree with the Modernist movement of two centuries before. Anything that cannot be explained through observation is rejected in this view, forcing churches to shift their taught worldviews in order to be palatable to the wicked, sinners and scoffers from Psalm 1. Creation, Fall, Giants, Flood, Babel, and so on are all frequently dismissed as poetry and myth.

As a culture, we are no longer modernist. We are postmodern, rejecting universal truth so that everyone can own their own version of truth. Nobody’s truth can be brought into question and even basic concepts like gender are now on a sliding scale. The next step will be paganism, and the groundwork is already being laid with MAP’s being defended in certain daytime talk shows. What is a MAP, you may wonder? It is a Minor Attracted Person. And in order for the LGBTFU+ spectrum to reign supreme, pedophilia will soon be normalized, likely on a Bud Light can, sold in your local Target store.

Surely this will be opposed in the churches, right? Right?? RIGHT??? Only in the faithful churches.

And only by pastors whose wives haven’t wrestled the leadership position from their husbands. Which only matters if Genesis 3 is to be taken at face value.

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