The Allure of Error

Published by John Bingaman on

“Most men only care for science so far as they get a living by it, but they will worship error when it affords them a subsistence.” – Goethe

What if we substituted the word “Bible” for “science” in Goethe’s quote?  Yikes! 

John 10 comes to mind:

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.”

The American house is burning down around our ears.  The hirelings in political office are more or less content to not rock the boat; remaining in office and continuing to feather the nest are their priorities.  They’ve checked wind direction and are going along with those intent on destroying and removing Christian ethic from the public square and even working at making it illegal.  After all, there’s not even vocal pushback.

What have they heard from most pulpits?  Silence.  Or hand-wringing and reassurance that we’re finally in the last days.  Jesus is surely coming soon to straighten out this mess.  Do they hear that truth is not negotiable?  How about that Christ’s church, as arbiters of truth (and as voters), is opposed to this wickedness?  Nope.

But wait!  Congress has passed the so-called Respect for Marriage Act, codifying homosexual “marriage.”  The Bible calls such activity “abominations.”  These two positions – one legal and one moral – are in conflict.  If your church holds the biblical position, and if your church is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation, you now have a problem.

Tax-exemption is provided to organizations who provide a public good.  Opposing the law is not a public good.  Therefore, if you oppose a law promoting homosexuality your exemption is now in jeopardy.  So, does your church hold to the Bible or does it protect church finances? 

What to do?  What to do?

Those churches who dismiss the biblical standards of marriage have already shown themselves to be led by hirelings.  We’re about to find out about the leadership of other churches who have been quietly sliding along without accepting the now-legal position – but not pushing back too loudly, or at all. 

They are about to be forced into finding a voice.  But which voice?  Will they shout to overturn the legislation – or – to redefine what the Bible says?

God’s judgment always clarifies.

~John Bingaman

December 2022