“God is not about hindering people or even judging people.”
This was NCS host Don Lemon’s response on The View when requested about the Vatican declaring same-sex marriages couldn’t be blessed as a result of it’s a sin. Clearly, there are big theological issues with that sentiment – I’ll handle these briefly since they’re moderately clear.
What I’m extra eager about is the want for folks to mischaracterize who God is and what the Bible actually says. If Lemon shouldn’t be a believer, then why does it matter to him what the Bible says? If he’s a believer, why cling to a model of God clearly not current in the Bible?
Here are Lemon’s feedback, made on The View whereas selling his e book:
NCS’s Don Lemon reacts to the Vatican declaring that God can not bless same-sex unions:
“God is not about hindering people or even judging people.” pic.twitter.com/j2PTumaZXv
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 15, 2021
First and foremost, in fact, Lemon’s concepts on Christianity are considerably off-base. I believe most of you already are conscious that sure, God is certainly a choose. And as for the “hindering” remark, I’d simply have Mr. Lemon check with the e book of Genesis when God floods the complete earth as a result of everybody acted wickedly 24/7. If a devastating flood that kills each residing factor on earth sans what hopped on Noah’s ark isn’t “hindering” in the affairs of man, I don’t know what’s.
The complete motive Christ went to the cross was exactly as a result of sinners have been destined for everlasting judgment, for all have sinned and the wages of sin is loss of life. This is why we have fun, worship, and reward Jesus – as a result of he took our rightful place on the cross and endured the punishment we deserved. God’s wrath, or judgment, was poured out.
You don’t should look lengthy to search out proof in the Bible that God is certainly a choose.
- “Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?” – Genesis 18:25
- “The Lord will judge the ends of the earth” – 1 Samuel 2:10
- “Can anyone teach God knowledge, In that He judges those on high?” – Job 21:22
- “The Lord judges the peoples” – Psalm 7:8
- “God is a righteous Judge” – Psalm 7:11
- “God is the Judge” – Psalm 75:7
- “For the Lord will judge His people” – Psalm 135:14
- “For the Lord is our Judge” – Isaiah 33:22
- “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” – John 3:18
- “He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” – Acts 17:31
- “Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead” – 2 Timothy 4:1
These are only a smattering of the plentiful verses all through each the Old and New Testament testifying to the undeniable fact that God is certainly a choose. So, sure, as many others have identified – Lemon is kind of incorrect when speaking about the nature of God and his functions by way of His creation.
What’s fascinating to me, nevertheless, extra so than only a severely flawed primary understanding of Christian beliefs, is the reality that he’s firmly tethered to this newly invented model of God – and fairly snug describing Him publicly on this means.
We’ve seen extra of any such man-centered, fashionable theology purporting to be Christian confidently presenting itself with elevated frequency. For instance, an brazenly homosexual “pastor” not too long ago went viral for claiming Jesus was a racist who later “repented” of his alleged “sin.” This particular person with the title ‘pastor’ took the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lived an ideal and sinless life and sacrificed Himself on the cross for His folks, and decreased him to simply one other sinner in want of saving. It’s fairly tough to think about anybody preaching a message like that really believes what they’re saying. The hole between actuality and this woke-goggled model of occasions may span complete galaxies. Why would anybody worship somebody like that? What could be the level of Christianity if Jesus is unable to save lots of?
There are main points with Lemon’s place whether or not he claims to be a believer or not. If he’s a believer, for the causes said above, it’s problematic. Lemon has stated in the previous it’s “naive” and “dangerous” to imagine the Bible is the literal, inerrant, Word of God. Those whose political opinions and life discover themselves at odds with Scripture usually land in the same place. Arriving at a fork in the highway, they need to select – my sin, my life, my means, my politics – or the God of the Bible. Sadly, it’s changing into all too widespread to see ‘pastors’ and others select their sin and their means over God’s means.
Perhaps much more perplexing is the unbeliever who continues to be dedicated to distorting and twisting Scripture. Once somebody leaves the religion, there isn’t a logical motive to distort what’s in the Bible. Yet, regardless of the abandonment of adherence to something remotely resembling a Christian worldview, many like Lemon nonetheless really feel the must persuade others of one thing the Bible undoubtedly doesn’t say.
This may very well be defined by Romans 1:18-19, that males know the reality of God and are with out excuse and suppress the reality in unrighteousness. They cling to their sin and desperately attempt to bend and mildew and twist and form the Bible to suit their present life-style in order that they don’t have to alter.
Whatever the particular motive, this phenomenon can solely be both a) ignorance or b) a willful and sinful want to guide others astray.
If Lemon’s distortion is because of ignorance, I pray he has seen one among the many posts – similar to this – which have tried to level him in the proper course about who God is and who he isn’t.
If his distortion is intentional and understanding, I pray for individuals who could also be tempted and swayed by his false instructing. That they could know the Bible is the Holy, impressed, infallible Word of God, and never be drawn into a lifetime of sin and revolt.
I additionally pray for individuals who discover themselves at that fork in the highway, at that very second the Bible confronts us in our sin – and belief me, it can try this. I pray they cry out to God at that second with all that’s in them, and select the path that results in life.
The Bible shouldn’t be some e book of useful life-hacks to take or depart everytime you really feel prefer it. It is God’s particular revelation for His folks in written kind. It’s the means God selected to speak with us – and “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
Those, like Lemon, who proclaim to delight themselves on being mental, ought to go to higher lengths to grasp the place of others earlier than happening nationwide tv and misrepresenting them. Especially somebody in information. If they’ll botch one thing as primary as the core beliefs of Christianity, what are we to make of all the different information of the day they cowl?