This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Why The Church is Marginalizing Itself

Following is a letter responding to an article by the head of the Assemblies of God.  I am publishing it for my readers. 

Dear Rev. Wood,

I have a reputation for making the main thing the main thing. (I think I was influenced as a child as I pondered a sign in our bakery which read, "As you travel through life friend, whatever be your goal. Keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole.") Applying this to your warning article in Charisma that we now face persecution, I immediately went for the main thing.

Beginning with the Old Testament, the main thing that led to Israel’s destruction was the worshiping of other elohims and not worshiping Yahweh.

In the New Testament, Jesus’ final commission is to go out and cast out the elohims.

I agree with you that if we lose this election, the church will face its worst persecution in American history. However, in asking ourselves why, we need Peter’s warning.  He said we will be persecuted.  Just don’t let it be for being a busybody in other men's matters. 1 Peter 4:14 KJV

Today that is exactly what we are being persecuted for-- busybodies–neighborhood scolds excoriating others for what they do with their personal bodies.

We are no longer a great army fighting principalities and powers in the heavenlies. The enemy suckered us into a great diversion. It is working.


Blogger said...

In case you wondered, the following quoted from the linked article is what I was responding to:
Consider what Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet has written against religious liberty.
“No conservatives demonstrated any interest in trading off recognition of LGBT rights for "religious liberty" protections. Only now that they've lost the battle over LGBT rights, have they made those protections central. [T]aking a hard line ("You lost, live with it") is better than trying to accommodate the losers ... Trying to be nice to the losers didn't work well after the Civil War, nor after Brown [v. Board of Education]. (And taking a hard line seemed to work reasonably well in Germany and Japan after 1945.) ... [T]he war's over, and we won ... [T]taking a hard line means opposing on both policy and constitutional grounds free-standing so-called "religious liberty" laws ... It also means being pretty leery about ... agreement by Christian conservatives to support extending general nondiscrimination laws to cover the LGBT community in exchange for including 'religious liberty' exemptions.
Tushnet goes on to say people of faith are as bad as the Confederates and Jim Crow segregationists, as bad as World War II-era German Nazis and Japanese militarists.”

Blogger said...

To further clarify, the charge by Tushnet quoted above, is what the writer Wood is reacted to. I too am responding, but from a new angle.