June 18, 2018
Every week, it seems, we receive an email, letter, phone call or comment on our blog or YouTube Channel proclaiming that someone is offended by something that was said, either by us or a guest. We have come to realize over the years of being involved with apologetics and missions to cults that offending someone is not simply a possibility in our calling – it seems to be a job description! We don’t set out to offend anyone – we don’t enjoy it – but it seems to come with the territory.
Our standard for evaluating beliefs and behavior are the Scriptures – the Bible, that we see as the Word of God. That puts us at loggerheads with people whose standard may be what makes them feel good or happens to be espoused by someone they trust and follow. For example, when we point out that Benny Hinn is a false teacher who claimed that God told him there are nine persons in the godhead, his followers are deeply offended. They are not offended that Hinn said it – but that we didn’t believe him and are pointing out his error.
When Suzanne Hinn went on a rant that the spiritually constipated need to get their engines revving up with a Holy Ghost enema it was considered mean spirited to call her to task.
When Oral Roberts claimed a 900 foot Jesus appeared to him and ordered him to raise 8 million dollars or God would kill him, his followers were offended that we didn’t believe him.
More recently, we have Jesse DuPlantis claiming that God told him to raise 54 million dollars to buy a jet because Jesus wouldn’t be riding on a donkey were He on Earth today. “He’d be on an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world.” His followers are, of course, deeply offended by those of us who point out that he is a false prophet, and probably a little greedy as well. How dare we criticize this man of God?
We find ourselves at loggerheads with our culture as well. Sexual sin has been largely redefined over the past few years. The standard God revealed, that sex is to be enjoyed within marriage, marriage being understood to be a covenant between two people of opposite sexes, is seriously out of fashion now. God’s standard is just not cool – and it interferes with the rights of people to just “love who they love.” With the exceptions of pedophilia and bestiality, all sexual appetites and choices are just fine in the mainstream culture – and it won’t be long before the last two are likewise normalized. After all, didn’t God make pedophiles the way they are? Who are we to judge? And of course, people have the right to love who they love, right? There can be no right or wrong in it – it’s just a lifestyle choice.
Even now in Virginia, Nathan Larson, a self-professed pedophile, is running for congress. He seeks to legalize pedophilia. Contrary views are not tolerated. They are, you guessed it, OFFENSIVE! And of course, judgmental. And no doubt bigoted too. And liable to get a person fired from their job if expressed.
Take the recent case of Russell Berger: Another Christian has lost his livelihood for good-faith wrongspeak. This time it was for articulating extremely basic Christian truth that it’s sinful to celebrate sexual immorality. Here’s BuzzFeed with the story:
A high-ranking CrossFit employee was fired after tweeting his support for a CrossFit gym’s cancellation of a Pride event, citing his belief that celebrating LGBT pride is a “sin.”
Jordan Peterson, who is not a Christian as far as we know, points out that under the current cultural dominance of Progressives, there is no tolerance for independent thought and competing ideas. Such things offend them. As he states:
They don’t see ideas that run contrary to their ideology as simply incorrect, they see them as integral to the oppressive system they wish to supplant and consider it a moral obligation to
To read this article in its entirety, go to: http://midwestoutreach.org/2018/06/14/offended/