Guest Article: A “Timely” Reply by Joshua Gulley

The following is an email sent by my friend and brother in Christ, Josh Gulley, to “Time Magazine” in response to an article written by a religious figure in which the word of God was deceptively twisted in an attempt to change the will of God before the eye’s of his readers.

Dear Time:

I was a little shocked after reading Gene Robinson’s commentary entitled “The Pope’s Baby Step on Gays” in August’s issue. I was downright horrified by his last sentence, and I’ll get to that shortly. The gist of his article was that the Pope’s comment, “Who am I to judge?” is a baby step forward for the Catholic church in becoming up-to-date, meaning accepting gay people and their activities as righteous. He seems to think the Catholic Church needs to get with the program and take a strong stance that the gay lifestyle is an acceptable one.
The increasing acceptance of the gay lifestyle within the Catholic Church and Christianity at large is a very bad sign. It’s even worse that men who approve of this lifestyle are being appointed as leaders. Men who wear the title “Bishop,” “Pope,” “Pastor,” “Preacher,” “Evangelist,” etc. are supposed to be characterized by a devotion to faithfully interpret the words of the Bible, which they believe to be the word of God and therefore authoritative over anything any man anywhere says. So it must be the case that former Bishop Robinson, who seems to consider it a tragedy that Christians everywhere have not embraced homosexuals and their actions, has never read passages like 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Romans 1:18-32, and a handful of other Scriptures which condemn the actions of homosexuals along with a host of other actions which society still considers bad–like murder; and some which strike a lot closer to home–like gossip.
I find that hard to believe, though, since Robinson must have gone through some biblical training before being elected as a bishop in the Episcopal Church. But perhaps it’s true, given the way he misused the two Scriptures he quoted. The first was a quotation of Jesus saying, “Judge not, that you be not judged,” which Robinson implies to mean that actions which Scripture clearly condemns should not be considered sinful. So, to be consistent, we must apply this standard to all the actions which Scripture condemns. When someone robs a bank, we should turn the other cheek; when someone murders their spouse, we should ignore what happened; when someone sets off a bomb in a hospital, we may frown, but we should not seek punishment upon them. Continue reading

#commentary, #false-teacher, #gene-robinson, #guest-article, #homosexuality, #media, #religion, #reply, #time-magazine

A One-Volume Commentary

I don’t use many commentaries, but the one volume commentary I use the most is Adam Clarke. The one volume commentary by Jamieson Fausset and Brown is a pretty good one-volume commentary as well.

#commentary, #one, #volume

The smallest congregation I’ve been to …

The smallest congregation I’ve been to is the one I’m presently a member of – the Montana St. congregation. We run between 15-20 members each Lord’s Day. In the 1960’s the congregation had over 600 members – standing room only – filled both the auditorium and balcony. We can plainly see the decline in spiritual priorities over the past 50 years. A sad commentary indeed.

#auditorium, #balcony, #commentary, #congregation, #decline, #member, #priority, #room, #small, #spiritual, #standing

Favorite Verse From 1st and 2nd Corinthians

1) Today’s Nudge: “From 1-2 Corinthians, choose a favorite verse or short passage and explain why it’s special to you”:

My favorite verse in 1-2 Corinthians is 2 Corinthians 10:5:

“casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

This verse provides us the key to living a successful Christian life. We must be willing to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Paul obviously employed this principle in his life, for he stated in Galations 2:20:

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

2) “Name a commentary or book on some part or the whole of these two letters that you find especially helpful”:

I’ve used the Bible as its own best commentary in this article http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2006/01/09/the-6-8-10-principles/, emphasizing the “6-8-10” principles found in 1st Corinthians Chapters 6, 8, and 10.

#argument, #captivity, #cast, #commentary, #crucified, #exalt, #faith, #favorite, #god, #knowledge, #obedience, #passage, #principle, #thought, #verse

What Evils Lurk Near Me?

The main evil that lurks near me (as well as many other folks), is the evil found in Juarez, Mexico:

1) http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2010/oct/05/greg-abbott/attorney-general-greg-abbott-says-more-people-have/

2) http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2010/08/bullets-from-ciudad-juarez-reaching-el.html

Many innocent people have died because of the various drug cartels constant fighting over their territorial domains, and will continue unabated, until something is done about it. A sad commentary on Mexico.

#cartel, #commentary, #domain, #drug, #evil, #fight, #innocent, #juarez, #lurk, #mexico, #people, #territory

Commentary Blues

Writing a commentary with good, useful information is wonderful. Yet, there is more to the job. One of the key functions of a commentary is to be quoted. However, if the writing is sloppy, then no one will quote you and probably not read your work.  Yet again, laziness is counterproductive.  Find an editor!

#bible-study, #commentary