I am ticked off. I just read another article about the textbook controversy going on in Texas. In case you haven’t been following it, the textbook publishing industry has been focused on Texas, because the volume of their textbook purchases often dictate which books will be published and made available to other schools around the country. Naturally, this has become a cultural battlefield. Without trying to sound too dramatic, what is at stake is a major influence on the worldview of the next generation. Science, social studies and history are among the primary areas of controversy.
Now back to the reason for my “ticked-off-ness.” Today a news report indicated that there is an attempt to block anti-Christian, pro-Islamic bias in world history textbooks. That issue in itself is troubling. But the thing that has me steamed is that those who would like to maintain the bias have attempted to show support “across all faiths” by including the comments of a Baptist pastor. Now those who are more trusting that I might take that at face value. But a little digging led me to this pastor’s church and some very revealing things. Although this church has a Baptist name, and has championed some causes that are good and right, they are not a Bible believing church. In fact, some of their practices openly violate the clear teachings of the Word of God. From their website:
Throughout its history, [the church] has taken actions that were consistent with its interpretation of the gospel, though sometimes in conflict with the views of the wider religious community and secular society…. and in the 1990s it ordained a homosexual deacon.
Those who know their Bible (and believe in a God with the power to communicate to us what He wants us to know) and believe their Bible know that the gospel is not open to anyone or any church’s interpretation. Neither do men have the prerogative to “interpret” morality outside the clear teachings of the Bible (2 Peter 1:20).
It is completely disingenuous for any news reporter to misrepresent Bible believing Christianity by quoting a liberal preacher whose practices openly are in violation of the Word of God. It is equally disingenuous for the same preacher to carry on his so-called ministry wearing the Baptist label, which has historically represented Bible believing Christianity. Both are intended to deceive. Paul wrote about this:
2Ti 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
No preacher does any favors for a person who is steeped in sin by excusing and even embracing their sin. Although it has almost become a cliché, we must find a way to maintain a godly attitude toward sin while actively loving the sinner. In our acceptance and love of a person where they are, we should never give them the idea that their sin has no consequences as far as God is concerned. The wages of sin is still death, and after this, the judgment. A loving preacher will tell them the truth – that Jesus loves them, personally paid the price for their sin, and is ready to forgive those who believe in repentance and faith.
God help me to always tell the truth about Him to everybody. One day I will answer to Him for how I represent Him to others.