By Michael Bresciani
Those who host conservative radio shows are less likely to be pressured by
PC watchdogs but all of them occasionally take leave of reality especially
when it comes to theology. Let’s see!
From the stinging replies of Americas “culture warrior,” Bill O’Reilly, to
the sardonic humor of Glenn Beck and all in between there is a lot to be
It may be naiveté as in President Bush’s remark about Islam being a
“peaceful religion” or it may just be that after all they are only political
commentators and not avowed conservative theologians. In either case, some
who are only slightly above novice theologians have to cringe from time to
time at what they have to say.
In O’Reilly’s Culture Warrior he notes that he must leave all judgment about
sin to the deity. (pg. 179) No problem with that but then he indicates that
he sees no problem with gay couples raising children. As with all others he
offers a chance for the Catholic Church to explain their reasons for the
negative positions they hold about children in such unions. It still might
be easier to get the Pope to come on the “Factor” than Barack Obama but I
doubt he is going to accept the offer if one is made.
The biblically grounded use the Bible as their ultimate authority under what
is known as the belief in the “plenary verbal” method of biblical
inspiration. In short that means that every letter, word and phrase was
chosen explicitly by God. Catholic theology allows for ex-cathedra which in
essence says that the Pope can speak in Christ’s stead through something
called apostolic succession. Then there’s Bill O’Reilly’s view. He is right
about a lot of things and always interesting but for those of us who trust
God’s word only scripture is endowed with intrinsic infallibility.
I don’t need to say what the bible says about homosexuality again but if I
did the fastest way to get the info would be to check the rhetoric on the
gay sites where the blogs are always in full steam and much is always being
said against those words.
Then along comes Glenn Beck with his feisty and often gut splitting raw
humor and sarcasm, until he starts praising ministers like Osteen and
Warren. Both are well intentioned icons of the day but once again the best
bet for biblical truth is still the bible itself, not the surmising of an
Beck graduated from Sehome H.S. and O’Reilly often reminds his viewers that
he is an alumnus of Harvard University so it is safe to say we should not
expect theology that reflects an education from Dallas Theological Seminary
from either of the aforementioned. What we might hope for is that someone
explains to Glenn that for millions of conservative Christians around the
nation the mega church darlings are part of the problem (apostasy) not the
Being interviewed between stops and found at an airport, Rick Warren was
lauded by Beck for his shear “brilliance” as he wrapped up the question of
what he planned to ask the candidates Obama and McCain at his upcoming
Warren said he planned to ask them the question of how they see the
Constitution of the United States. Do they view it as “carved in stone”
immovable and rigid, or is it “a living” document open to interpretation.
It is the old “open to interpretation” aspect of the question that causes
the greatest concern. For the politically conservative it is that very
question that makes us look for Supreme Court judges who are willing to take
the constitution at face value. Among the biblically conservative it is the
same reason we look for leaders who will take the bible at face value.
For well over 35 years I have been reproving those who virtually ignore
every word in the bible under the guise that it is after all a book that is
open to all sorts of interpretations. Nonsense! It would be almost
impossible to line up the major 24 translations of the bible and choose a
passage that after reading every translation would not say exactly the same
Hiding behind an open interpretation clause when it pertains to God’s word
is shaky ground at best. The Apostle Peter addressed the silly notion that
just anyone could see just anything they wanted to in scriptures when he
said “Knowing this first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private
interpretation.” (2Pet 1:20) But even if Peter had been silent who would
dare trust the most well intentioned preacher or commentator, conservative
or not, if you couldn’t take God at his word?
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Purpose driven myth: Males are violent, females are their victims
The effete feminist myth that males are inherently bad while females are their perennial victims has recently been debunked, again, by our good friend Phyllis Schlafly, the woman who single-handedly stopped the ERA.
Yet Kay Warren and her husband Rick, the “most powerful pastor in America” (according to a recent Time article) apparently wants to “partner with governments” based on the threadbare feminist notion that domestic violence is typically violence against women.
A recent article from the UK highlights a startling rise in violence among females there in the last 3 years. This violence too can be laid at the feet of radical feminism and its encroachment in the courts, which makes females all but exempt from prosecution in England, tempting them to go further and further to test their limits of immunity. Here in the US we have, of course, the famous case of Mary Winkler, who was able to shoot her husband in cold blood and get a slap on the wrist by the court, then on to victory in a custody case. She now has custody of the couple’s three girls, who have registered no interest in being returned to her.
Write to the Saddleback Church to register your concern about Kay Warren’s portrayal of domestic violence as a typically male-on-female phenomenon.
Tell them that virtually all studies on the subject (like the best-known and most extensive ones by Murray Strauss at the University of NH) show that males and females initiate DV at equal rates. Further, the highest DV rate by far is among lesbian women!
Tell them therefore to adopt a more balanced approach to this important issue.
Be polite but firm: