Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Church playing games

“All of us have witnessed some pretty amazingly ridiculous interpretations of Scripture, undertaken by well-meaning folk who are not much used to disciplined reading of any texts. When biblical scholars engage in the same game, of course, our tools are much more sophisticated. But make no mistake: many of us really do continue to play the game.” 
The Trials of Biblical Interpretation – Don Carson

The church is playing the game that Carson speaks of.  It is playing the game in respect to homosexuality. 

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It is playing the game in disciplining itself – not, humbly, to the identity of Christ – but, pretentiously, to individuals who custom their identity on sexuality.  It is playing the game by splitting hairs as to the Bible’s whole canonical message of homosexuality.  The splitting – as if such a split was merited at all – is of bad homosexuality; promiscuity - from good homosexuality; celibate same sex attraction.  [And the church knows that tacitly it is supporting promiscuity if it first supports celibate same sex attraction].

The game playing church will one day tragedise the game so that bad homosexuality is not bad any more.  Indeed, the church, in parts, has already made that leap. 

“We’ve attained the game’s topmost prize”, they say, 
“come see our openly homosexual clergy”.  

It is an insidious game with Orwellian tones.  Just as the Ninety-Eighty-Four novel had identified catchphrases such as “War is Peace” and “Freedom is Slavery”, the game has catchphrases such as “to endure we must be more inclusive”.

It is a lazy game because it adopts a worldly air in recognising that homosexuals number in most congregant’s families (‘best not offend’).  It is a laconic game because it is resigned to the Australian Government’s broadening of the legal definition of marriage.  It is a cagey game as the church has had failed attempts at homosexual restorative therapies and other such practices (‘pray the gay away’).

It is a devolution game as the church is playing the hand of the cultural Marxists and/or the libertarians and/or the humanists – the church first having failed to educate congregants to the artifices of such worldly influences.

It is a treacherous game that only serves to make the church more like the world.  It is a game of despicable betrayal as the church snubs those that built up the church in favour of those who, once brought into the fold, will only aid the church in its demise.  It is the cheap grace as identified by Bonhoeffer – the church selling grace on the market “like cheapjack’s wares”.

It is a deplorable game as the church should stand and plea homosexuality be seen for what it is. 

And homosexuality; in all its forms, is sin.

"I thought of a rather cruel trick I once played on a wasp. He was sucking jam on my plate, and I cut him in half. He paid no attention, merely went on with his meal, while a tiny stream of jam tricked out of his oesophagus. Only when he tried to fly away did he grasp the dreadful thing that had happened to him. It is the same with modern man. The thing that has been cut away is his soul."
George Orwell


Note 1: This is intentionally written as "elder brother".  It is written as a foil to those with liberal views.  It is not intended to be pastoral.  We are caught between the truth and the relative truth - these are the times. Approach Christ with open palms, not clenched fists.

Note 2: All links good as at 18 October 2016

Note 3: Here is a wonderful link to a story of redemption. The beauty of this story is that the women's emergence from homosexuality came from in-depth absorption of the Bible. 

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