Preaching as War
10/20/12 at 01:24 AM 2 Comments

Steve Martin, Dinesh, and Billy Graham

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Before making movies, Steve Martin made his career on stand up comedy. One of his routines began like this, “Yes, you too can be a millionaire and never pay taxes.” Then he explains how to be a millionaire and never pay taxes. There are two easy steps. “First, get a million dollars. Next, don’t pay taxes!”

Simple, right? Of course, he knew what we were thinking, “But, Steve, if I never pay taxes, then the government will take me to court!” But Steve was ahead of us and gave us a plan.

“When you go before the judge, just say, ‘I forgot. I forgot that not paying taxes was against the law.’”

That was funny back in the late 70’s and early 80’s. However, if Martin had not been a comedian, but had spoken seriously, then he would have seemed insane. This past week, I heard a Christian I admired say something very similar -- and, unfortunatey, he was not joking.

Dinesh D’Souza stepped down as head of the King’s College in NYC. Why? The reason can be summed up in this one sentence that he spoke recently: “I had no idea that it is considered wrong in Christian circles to be engaged prior to being divorced.”

Seriously? No idea that in Christian circles to be engaged before you are divorced is wrong? Really? This isn’t a comedy routine? How can someone so thorough and thoughtful in his public work come across as so foolish when speaking of his personal life? Dinesh, thank you for stepping down. Your comment regarding you having “no idea” that being engaged while still married is considered wrong to Christians -- this comment doesn’t deserve an answer. To do so would insult the intelligence of us all.

On a similar note, what is wrong with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association? They took Mormonism off of their list of cults. Their stated reason why? Here it is: “We removed the information from the website because we do not wish to participate in a theological debate about something that has become politicized during this campaign.”

Um, wait. You don’t want to participate in a theological debate about Mormonism? Because there is a campaign going on? Really? The opportunity to preach the gospel of Christ to those inquiring about your view of Mormonism needs to be set aside because the man running for president is a Mormon? I thought an evangelistic organization was here to evangelize. Call me crazy, but it seems like the perfect time to have a theological debate on Mormonism ... if you are an evangelistic organization! You know, "Strike when the iron is hot," and all that? Just saying.....

It seems that the Billy Graham organization is avoiding the truth because of political calculations. Mormonism is not Christianity-lite. It is a strange and pagan belief system. Mormons believe that there are countless numbers of gods and that there will be countless numbers more. Though they use our Bible and the name of Jesus, they are nothing like Christians. With Romney being a Mormon this seems like a great time to discuss the gospel of Jesus with the world.

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