Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Yes, it's time to be a bit prophetic--to stand with a 'clint' in the eye, and a cigar (unsmoked, that causes cancer), to be honest and tell it like it is:

The Good:
Jesus, when he forgave all of humankind, even the worst of us, from the cross.

The Bad (actually the evil):
John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, John Knox, the Popes, Oliver Cromwell, etc. when they supported the killing of other Christians, those who disagreed with them theologically. The Reformers and the Roman Catholic Church burned Christians at the stake, drowned them, horribly tortured and "legally" murdered the innocent who had done no evil.

In August 2009, Israeli police ejected two Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem where they had been living for 50 years, and allowed Jewish settlers to move into the houses!

The Ugly:
Ex-Bishop John Shelby Spong when he claims theism isn't true, argues for the killing of pre-born babies, and supports acts of suicide:-(

The Southern Baptist minister when he prayed for the death of President Obama.

President Barak Obama, when he wins the Nobel Peace Prize yet promotes abortion, war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Conservative Protestant Christians (those who support Defense of Marriage legislation against same sexual individuals)actually have the highest divorce rate according to the Barna Research Group. According to Donald Hughes, author of The Divorce Reality, 90% of divorces among born-again Christians occur after they have been saved:-(

In the sixties, in our town a young woman married a Chinese guy. The comments went around,"Couldn't she find a man?"

When I yelled at a student for not doing her homework for a week, (my not being patient and sensitive), only to discover later that her father had abandoned her:-(

To be continued

Feel free to weigh in with your own heroic, abhorrent, and despicable choices.

In the Light of God

Daniel Wilcox


David said...

Powerful. Insightful.

And left me asking, "what of war?"

Daniel Wilcox said...

Hi David,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

In the Light,


Wes said...

I saw something you posted on Steve Fuller's blog and wanted to follow up because I had a couple questions. You said that Mark Driscoll and Tim Keller are conveyors of bad news to most people. I guess I just don't see what the problem is as long as they are staying true to the Scriptures. I'm sure you don't believe everyone will saved, do you? How is that any better news than what they are preaching? Just curious what your thought process here is... Thanks


Daniel Wilcox said...

Hi Wes,

Thanks for commenting.

No, I don't think everyone will be saved because God is love--truly loves everyone, and thus gives all humans a choice whether to love him or not.

Driscoll and and Keller's bad news isn't the Good News because they claim(like other Reformed leaders) that no human has any choice. We were either preordained to eternal damnation or heaven and Jesus only loves to save some of humankind.

All of the rest of us are without hope--were born to damnation:-(
That is the worst for of religion I've ever heard of, and rather ironically, it is the same message as Islam--one of theological determinism. In Islam, too, God is so sovereign that no one has any choice.

Such determinism is not the Good News of Jesus who died for the sins of the WHOLE world (I John, etc.)

Theological determinism not only voids most of Scripture, but as John Wesley so wisely pointed out, it makes God a tyrant rather than Eternal Love. I further agree with Wesley's statement that he would rather be an atheist!

Daniel Wilcox