Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Bible or The Home? Ruckman or Rice?

A couple weeks ago, I posed a question asking if the Bible or the home was more important.  As you can probably guess, 100% of the responses said the Bible was more important.  Of the responses that qualified the answer, all of them centered around the fact that without the Bible, you can't have a proper home.  To which I say Amen, Amen, Amen!  With all this in mind, here is what should be a sobering take (for some) from Dr. Grady from Given By Inspiration.

     "When it comes to Dr. Peter Ruckman, the 'brethren' are at the top of their game with hypocrisy and inconsistency.  There is no escaping this reality, as it [the name Ruckman] constitutes the 800-pound gorilla in the room that will not go away; for no one is talking about wearing '100% for Ruckman' buttons (as with the '100% for Hyles' buffoonery of the 1990s).  What I do insist on discussing is basic Christian ethics as defined by Scriptures, such as: "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just...think on these things" (Philippians 4:8); "Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine " (1 Timothy 5:17).

     At the end of the day, Dr. John R. Rice was wrong on the Bible, but right on the home; Dr. Peter S. Ruckman was right on the Bible, but wrong on the home...If fundamentalists can give Dr. Rice a pass for recommending the ASV while continuing to promote everything else he has in print, why can't Dr. Ruckman be given the same grace?  Are we to conclude that being a right husband is more important than contending for the right Bible?"


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I Am A Liberal Compromiser

There.  I finally admitted it; I'm letting my true colors shine forth for all to see.  I decided to come clean and let you all know I am a liberal compromiser.  Now you might be a bit confused having read some of my previous posts, but I will explain.  According to Mr. Josh Owens (an Independent Fundamental Baptist preacher from Summerville, GA) I am a liberal compromiser because, "If you're not IFB, then you're a liberal compromiser!"  Instead of acting like a Christian and following what Christ said in John 7:24 "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment ", he chose rather to act like Diotrephes, "who loveth to have the preeminence among them (that is to say IFB have the preeminence among the Baptist brethren and of course over non-Baptists)...prating against us (non-IFB & IFB that doesn't meet his criteria) with malicious words (automatically labeling the aforementioned groups as liberals and compromisers, of course, without saying what was compromised)."

But as Solomon said, "there is no new thing under the sun  " this is not new either.  Paul wrote about artificial divisions in 1 Corinthians 1:12-13 & in 2 Timothy 14 where he instructed Timothy, "strive not about words to profit, but to the subverting of the hearers."  You see this foolishness subverts hearers and creates divisions based upon three letters of the alphabet which are apparently more important than actually asking a person what they believe.  But that's okay, I'll proudly be a liberal compromiser and keep hanging out with liberal compromisers like the ones I was with at the King James 400 Anniversary conference at Hope Baptist Church in Toledo.  You know liberal compromisers like Sam Gipp and Bill Grady and Mickey Carter; the people whose faces appear in the dictionary next to the definitions of liberal and compromise.

So now that I feel liberated (pun intended) and have one less imbecile to respond to on Twitter, wouldn't you like to know what a liberal compromiser like me believes?  Let me go outside and see which way the wind is blowing and I'll tell you. Be right back...


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