Friday, February 03, 2006

CHURCH'S DIRTY COLLAR: The ring-around-our-collar - Part I

The present and filthy ring-around-our-collars will not be removed till they're lifted up to His Light for all to see.

I've said it before (my imagination? and here, here, here, here, and here) and I'll say it again, there's something wrong in the pulpits and palaces of our churches in America today. Not all, but the frequency and magnitude of self-destruction should be of great concern to all Christians.

Paulk, scandal, charismaticsThe revelations and scandals just keep coming out of the termite infested walls of our denominations. Black or white it's the same.

And let me say this up front, any self-appointed "bishop" or "apostle" is not worth the ink it takes to print the word. There's something entirely suspicious about a "called" man or woman allowing himself or herself to be given such labels.

The scandals come with such consistency that I'm of the opinion that every church leader in the world bears watching; somehow we all need to be held accountable for our walk. God said nothing is hid from Him but the reports I'm reading are far too serious to go unheeded.

In the report linked above we're told Pastor Earl Paulk stood with the family as a precious baby girl was born; later Paulk would dedicated her to the Lord, then celebrate her high school graduation, and then, when in her thirties, he would foul her marriage bed ... this in spite of the fact Paulk arranged her marriage to his best friend.
Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
Hebrews 13:4
By our current standards it seems man's philosophy of life has taken a billion years to evolve to about three feet off the ground; given another billion years or so, perhaps it will evolve another three feet and reach the brain.

If, in another billion years, his brain evolves to actual intelligence, perhaps that intelligence, in a billion more years, will lead him to his heart, where true love is found. Just guessing but in about 3 billion years, man should truly leave the animal world behind in his evolution and give up rutting forever.

But what is true for carnal man can not be true for authentic men of God!
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
I realize the most difficult of the gifts of the Spirit is self-control [Galatians 5:23] but that's just tough applesauce. We are a people of faith and power to overcome the flesh is given to those who will walk by the Spirit [Romans 8].
It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation. [Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Mansfield Park]
The kind of behavior we're seeing here is why we see people like Steven Weinberg say things like this in the paper of record ...
With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. [Steven Weinberg (1933 - ), quoted in The New York Times, April 20, 1999]
Jesus warned us we would know the Paulks "by their fruits"! Oh, if this is not an indictment upon our current church leadership I have no idea of what might be!

CRIB NOTE: In the next couple of posts on this subject I'm going to discuss some of the shameful behavior by clergy that we've all had to put up with followed by an analysis of the damage done to innocent parties directly and indirectly.

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