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Reblog: The Misogyny and Heresy of Church Authority | john pavlovitz

Hatmaker was specifically named-dropped in the piece—and the timing wasn’t at all accidental. The popular pastor/writer/blogger has recently received tremendous castigation from within a Christian pop culture machine who’d previously been enamored with her—as she’s publicly affirmed the LGBTQ and pushed back against much of the hypocrisy she’s witnessed in organized Christianity.

Source: The Misogyny and Heresy of Church Authority | john pavlovitz

John’s post alerted me to a situation that I–not spending much time in the Evangelical Christian blogosphere–was not aware of.  I found Jen Hatmaker’s blog, read how she’s suffering from this persecution from so-called “Christians,” and left a comment to help her mend.

I also subscribed to follow-up comments.  One left this evening was particularly disturbing: Somebody left a comment linking to a horrid blog post about Ms. Hatmaker, and said it was the “best response yet.”  The tone of both the commenter and the blogger reminded me of the trolls who came around here a few months ago, and how they normally treat their usual target.  It’s a huge red flag of narcissism and/or sociopathy, so commonplace around the Net these days.

Here is the comment I left for John Pavlovitz:

John, somebody just linked this horrid post on Jen Hatmaker’s blog: [LINK DELETED BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO DRIVE TRAFFIC TO IT AND MAKE THE POST GO UP IN GOOGLE]

I’m so glad to see people–like you–sticking up for her. She’s suffering and people are viciously attacking her for being upset. It’s the same narcissistic attitude and trolling behavior that’s all over the rest of the Net, here coming from “Christians.”

My gosh, I post things all the time similar to what Jen said about LGBT….Other bloggers I know, and people I know in real life, say the same things. LOTS of them. Christians. But Jen is getting pilloried for being compassionate and refusing to just blindly follow rather than thinking and considering the truth of what she’s supposed to believe.

As I wrote above, I removed the link to the horrid post because I didn’t want to drive traffic to it from my blog and make it look good in Google.  But you can see the link in my original comment to John Pavlovitz.

(Turning off comments in case John’s and Jen’s trolls come here.)

 

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Reblog: My Fundamentalism of the 1960s Has Changed for the Worse—Considerably Worse | Jesus Without Baggage

The author of this post experienced fundamentalism more along the lines of my own, growing up in the 70s/80s.  We weren’t the KJV-only crowd, and nobody cared if women taught men, but much of it was the same.  But the author writes about many changes which have sprung up in fundamentalism lately, including the intense focus on patriarchy and purity culture (young people not even kissing till marriage) :

We became fundamentalists in 1958 when I was 7, and I ate it up! We joined a Freewill Baptist Church and I was with those churches until 1970. However, I did not absorb fundamentalism only from FWB…

Source: My Fundamentalism of the 1960s Has Changed for the Worse—Considerably Worse | Jesus Without Baggage

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Remember Benny Hinn prophesying the downfall of Castro?

Many years ago now, I wrote the following on one of my theology pages:

Benny Hinn…once came on The 700 Club and said he’d been taken into a trance by God, who took his spirit over various parts of the earth and showed him things that would happen in the 1990s.

In naïve gullibility, I wrote these things down exactly.  I’m not sure where that paper is now, but I remember that few, if any, of those things came true.

  1. I remember him saying that two of God’s “great giants” would die in the 90s.  I thought this meant Billy Graham (or even Pat Robertson).
  2. I remember there was supposed to be a wondrous revival in which people would be in the parking lot on their way into church, and get healed.
  3. One of the prophecies I remember distinctly: “Castro’s Cuba will fall in the 90s.”  Well, that never happened.
  4. I remember a prophecy in the early 90s that there would be an economic collapse and only the givers in the church would survive.  Was that Benny Hinn?  There are accounts of him saying such things in 1999, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he said it on The 700 Club in the early 90s as well.  Or it could have been Pat Robertson, giving one of his own yearly prophecies.

So Benny Hinn is also a false prophet who, like Pat Robertson, has lots of followers and tons of money coming in.  And if they’re false prophets, then their faith healing, “words of knowledge”/prophecies, and religious teachings are also suspect.

Benny Hinn–False Prophet Extroardinaire by Jackie Alnor

Questions for Benny Hinn by Bill Alnor

This website lists many prophecies for the 90s, several of which sound like the ones on my missing paper.  (Also note that God destroying the homosexual community with fire in the mid-90s is greeted with a round of applause.)  He says that Fidel Castro will die in the 90s.  Um, no.: Benny Hinn Prophesies for the Mid-90s

(Well, Castro died in HIS 90s.  By the way, the above link is full of Hinn’s false prophecies for the 90s.  Read and be entertained by all that was supposed to have happened 20 years ago.)

A simple Google search on “Benny Hinn prophecy 90s Castro” reveals many more websites exposing Benny Hinn’s false prophecies.

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Mel Gibson says sequel to “Passion” will include Christ’s descent into Hell (Harrowing)

Here’s something I don’t recall ever seeing in a movie:

Seriously, this was part of my conversion to Orthodoxy, as I explain in this post, and I write about the Harrowing of Hades here.  I love this doctrine so much that I even have an icon of it hanging on my wall.  The icons vary, but you can find a picture of one similar to it here: Holy Saturday and the Harrowing of Hell

I never saw “Passion”–too much blood and gore for me–but now I want to see the sequel.  😀

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