One of the more bizarre instances of “religion” recently was the story about a lady who won a $1 million lottery after her son prayed for her to win. Now this supposed atheist has come back to the fold of the Catholic church. Maybe I’m just a wee bit cynical here, but I find it difficult to believe that God would answer this prayer for a woman to benefit from gambling. I also find it difficult that God would answer this prayer so as to lead a man into the cultic Roman Catholic religion. I am much more inclined to believe we have a bonafide coincidence!
I learned a bit more about The Message non-Bible this week. Apparently the “god” of Eugene Peterson is an environmental god, because Romans 15:13 says, “Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy...” The “Mess” also omits the sin of homosexuality from various passages. A while back I purchased an NIV/The Message parallel Bible so as to do some studies of comparison for exposing this “Mess” for what it is, but I just haven’t had the time to do so. I still intend to get to it when possible. This book, after all, is a favorite of false teacher Rick Warren, as he uses it to propagate his false teachings.
If you’ve never been over to The Museum of Idolatry, I highly recommend it as a place to see the idolatrous trends of the church. This past week they had an excellent example of the entertainment-orientation of so many churches. Too many assemblies don’t want to teach from Scripture because it isn’t entertaining enough, so they play-act at being at the movies, etc. And we wonder why our young people especially have no theological understanding of their faith.
Lastly for today, more apostasy from members of the United Methodist Church. At an annual conference, “about 40 members of Minnesota’s United Methodist clergy signed a statement saying they would marry any couple who came to them, including two women or two men.” Why is it people want to play at being Christian while denying what God has specifically taught? Why don’t they call themselves something else rather than blemishing the name of Christ? Well, Bishop Sally Dyck (female bishop in the UMC is part of their problem) says that the statement doesn’t break church rules, but doesn’t it break the rules the Bible lays down for elders? I will look forward to the dismissal of all these “clergy” - but I know it will never happen.