Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dastardly Pastors

Y'all remember this archetypical villain, right? Snidely Whiplash, twirling his handlebar moustache and cackling maniacally as he planned deviously devilish plots that would make even The Simpsons' Mr. Burns faint due to their pure and unadulterated evil.

Strangely enough, you may have noticed in recent years that it's become popular to portray Pastors & Theologians as the dastardly villains wreaking havoc on innocent Christians everywhere.

For example:

A few years ago, I was reading a book (representative of many, so I won't give the title lest it become a rabbit trail) that was attempting to prove that Old Testament Law was actually a blueprint that God had given us in order to "disciple nations". The author mentioned that they hadn't seen this truth for many years, because -- you guessed it -- "pastors and theologians" had deceived the author into only looking at the Old Testament through "Jesus lenses".

The author was, in essence, blaming those dastardly pastors for telling the author to look for Jesus in the Old Testament, thereby deceiving people about the true intent of Sharia Old Testament Law.

Imagine! Those sneaky, conniving, deceitful, dastardly pastors and theologians!

Where the Holy Hand Grenade do they get off, deceiving thousands upon thousands of unsuspecting Jesus-followers like that?

Where on God's green earth did they ever come up with the lame-brained lie that the Old Testament points to Jesus?
This may help:
He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself [Jesus]. (Luke 24:13-35)
(face palm...)

Oh yeah, that's right. They got the idea from Jesus. Those dastardly pastors and theologians, they were... you see, they were... agreeing with what Jesus said. After all, when anybody in the Gospels refers to "the Scriptures", they meant the Old Testament, because the New Testament hadn't been written yet.

So when Jesus said things like:
"These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life (John 5:39-40)." and "If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me" (John 5:46)...

... He was talking about the Old Testament. The Scriptures that pointed to Jesus.

Oops. Turns out, those dastardly pastors and theologians may not be the real villains, after all.

As I've written about before, when people -- speakers, writers, or bloggers -- adopt a methodology that mocks and dismisses anyone with theological understanding (including but not limited to pastors & theologians), it should immediately raise a Red Flag of Discernment in our minds.

Sometimes, Snidely Whiplash disguises himself as one of the Good Guys In The White Hats. But if you pay attention, you may be able to discern a certain -- oh, how shall I say it? -- barnyard aroma.

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