CrossPolitic & The Ninth Commandment

Transcript: Gabriel Rench: This, this to me is atrocious, because you know, our boys over at The Founders Ministry, they drop a trailer and within ten minutes of them dropping that trailer this past week, or a week and a half ago now, Al Mohler makes a statement. Akin makes a statement. People start pulling out of the trailer, out of the film, and so forth. Rachael and Matt, so Rachael goes on June 10th, Matt goes on I think June 12th, was it June 11th, and there’re discrepancies, serious discrepancies, in their sides of the story. So either Rachael is lying or misrepresenting the facts, or Matt Chandler is lying or misrepresenting the facts. That’s a big deal. And, we’re talking about something that’s significant in the church. And, not one SBC leader said a thing about these discrepancies.

Transcript: Gabriel Rench: This, this to me is atrocious, because you know, our boys over at The Founders Ministry, they drop a trailer and within ten minutes of them dropping that trailer this past week, or a week and a half ago now, Al Mohler makes a statement. Akin makes a statement. People start pulling out of the trailer, out of the film, and so forth. Rachael and Matt, so Rachael goes on June 10th, Matt goes on I think June 12th, was it June 11th, and there’re discrepancies, serious discrepancies, in their sides of the story. So either Rachael is lying or misrepresenting the facts, or Matt Chandler is lying or misrepresenting the facts. That’s a big deal. And, we’re talking about something that’s significant in the church. And, not one SBC leader said a thing about these discrepancies.

Toby Sumpter: And, the center of the initial blowback was that there was a one point one and a half second clip of a blurred Rachael Denhollander with Owen Strachan’s…

David Shannon: Saying principalities and powers exerting pressure on us from the outside.

Toby Sumpter: Yeah, and the only thing I can think of is CASE IN POINT! Owen! Case in point! And, okay maybe we should’ve you know recognized that people were going to take this and twist this distract us from the point, but the point is absolutely true.

Let’s dissect Gabriel Rench’s comment first. Rench begins by stating that the spliced comments by Matt Chandler and Rachael Denhollander are “atrocious”, which means brutal, barbaric, barbarous, brutish, savage, vicious, wicked, cruel, nasty, ruthless, merciless…villainous, murderous, heinous, nefarious, monstrous, base, low, lowdown, vile, inhuman, infernal, dark, black, black-hearted, fiendish, hellish, diabolical, ghastly, horrible;

Rench then affectionately refers to the Founders Ministry as “Our boys”, followed by the assertion that there are “serious discrepancies” in their stories. Rench then accuses either Matt or Rachael (really just Rachael) of lying.

Toby Sumpter then jumps in saying they should’ve known people would “…take this and twist this to distract us from the point.” Sumpter then boils down the position of CrossPolitic to one brief, clear statement, “…the point is absolutely true.”

CrossPolitics Basic Talking Points:
• Atrocious
• Serious discrepancies
• Someone is lying (Rachael-Wink-Wink)
• People are twisting this
• They’re trying to distract us
• The point is absolutely true. Denhollander is principalities & powers.

It is CrossPolitic that is twisting to create a distraction. They took two video segments … one of Rachael Denhollander in a panel discussion hosted by the ERLC on June 10, 2019.

The other of Matt Chandler, during the 2019 SBC Annual Meeting (6/11/2019) addressing allegations that his church mishandled a report of a minor being sexually abused at a 2012 church camp.

CrossPolitic spliced together selected comments from both videos, out of context, to make it appear that there were ‘serious discrepancies’ and that ‘one of them is lying’. This is beyond unethical. It is a violation of the 8th commandment and it is sin.

Abdication Avalanche

We live in the Avalanche Age. Each day we’re buried beneath mammoth piles of information. Torrents of snow, rock and debris plummet toward us in a never-ending cycle of news, media, social media and information, not to mention the trivial bits of pop culture and celebrity worship.

For the average human being, with the responsibilities of job, education, home and family, it’s simply impossible to take it all in. There aren’t enough hours in the day to be properly informed, with primary sources and thorough personal study and thought.

With our over-scheduled lives we increasingly abdicate, in one area or another, allowing others to do the work for us. Housework? A quick call to Miracle Maids and we can mark that task off our to-do list!

Enter identity religion. Information surges toward us, requiring considerable study in order to reach a Biblical conclusion. Lacking time, we surrender our responsibility and allow others to process the information for us. We jump on the identity religion bandwagon which most resembles…us!

Take, for example, Beth Moore. Evangelicalism certainly doesn’t lack for opinions of Mrs. Moore and her teaching. This post is not an apologetic for her, but having said that, I would wager that few of her critics have devoted considerable time to in-depth, personal study of Moore’s material. I suspect that many criticisms are based on hearsay, internet memes and snippets of video which are then circulated. Some of us take the easy route by abdicating to the view of a bully pulpit blogger.

Because of this trend, there is a tendency to dismiss with a broad brush any concern which might have the slightest ring of social justice. Because we have taken up positions in our various identity camps we sometimes mistakenly dismiss actual sin as whiny SJW rubbish.

“Who said that? Well no wonder! He’s a Liberal Elite Egalitarian! You can’t listen to a thing he says!” –or– “Give me a break! With that Fundy ‘Murica crowd everyone’s a heretic! Ignore them!”

When we embrace identity religion, we effectively abdicate our Biblical responsibility. This dulls our ability to reason and discern. We cling to those with whom we agree, rather than clinging to what is right. – 1 Timothy 6:11.

Rather, let us be like Joshua. “Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the Lord.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” – Joshua 5:13-14

Following After Ephesus

“I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” – Revelation 2:2-4

As a friend has so rightly said, the church, like the world, is putting the second commandment in place of the first and greatest. Love thy neighbor now supersedes love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

We are following in the steps of the church at Ephesus, with our focus on deeds. We are yoking ourselves with an earthly movement, social justice, which has neither the power to bring about justice nor the power to save.

We are leaving our first love, which is Christ, who alone can bring true justice for every evil committed by man.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” – Revelation 2:7a

Don’t Practice It, Proclaim It

God has not commanded us to feel Him. God has not commanded us to experience Him. God has commanded us to know Him. Gnosis. And, He has ordained the means through which we are to know Him. The Word. And, because He has chosen the Word to convey knowledge of Himself it is of paramount importance that we know and understand and maintain the meaning of the words He has chosen.

When we call ourselves a poet and believe that gives us license to manipulate the meaning of Biblically-essential words, such as changing resurrection from a noun to a verb, we are tampering with God’s divinely inspired means of grace and, that is a very serious charge indeed. When we say that we can “practice resurrection” we diminish the singular, divine accomplishment of Christ alone. Christ alone has the ability to “practice resurrection”. It is not a self-help technique. Words have meaning.

He said, “It is finished,” and He rose from the grave. We cannot practice this, but we can proclaim it.

Ann Voskamp and Plagiarism – Part VI

After some digging I’ve located what I believe is the original stock art image of the tree used by both Cynthia Occelli and Ann Voskamp.

It was designed by an artist named Tolchik who is listed as an Illustrator / Vector Artist. Her portfolio with Shutterstock is found here.

The image is available for purchase, with an extended license, via Shutterstock, CanStock, 123RF and several other stock photo companies.

It is certainly possible that Mrs. Voskamp and Ms. Occelli coincidentially chose to use the same image.

See also:

Ann Voskamp and Plagiarism

Ann Voskamp and Plagiarism – Part II

Ann Voskamp and Plagiarism – Part III

Ann Voskamp and Plagiarism – Part IV

Ann Voskamp and Plagiarism – Part V