Revival Means Error Abounds

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About every 30 years or so someone discovers dramatic new “evidence” about the nature of God or Jesus. In 2014 documents show up in Britain indicating Mary was actually Jesus’ wife etc. etc. Someone will make a lot of money out of this and then it will all disappear. (Remember the Piltdown Man.) Perhaps the only benefit of this kind of drama is that ordinary people who have very little interest in religion will examine Christianity more thoroughly.

In the 1960’s “God was dead.” In the 1970s we had an explosion of interest in the occult, the Madelyn M. O’Hair drama, her disappearance and murder. Ms. O’Hair spent her life trying to expunge Christian ideas wherever she could. Her lawsuit removed Bible reading and prayer from schools. As a side note, after this happened home schooling, plus private and Charter schools mushroomed. Wikipedia on O’Hare

We saw “Rosemary’s Baby” a movie about the devil’s child, while another famous occult-leaning leader named Bishop Pike disappeared. Brief bio of Bishop Pike The movie generated a host of other horror films in the following years.

Pike’s checkered history is typical of the drama-kings-and-queens of the 20th century who used celebrity to push a brand of religion that was entertaining but hardy effective as Christianity and had no ring of truth nor could any of it effect lasting changes in theology or Christian practice..
We had scandals about ministers, some of them manufactured; the newspapers had a brief war against Billy Graham’s use of money.

There were books such as the “The Da Vinci Code” about Jesus being married to Mary Magdalene. We’ve had numerous stories about pre-historic humans; Scientology came along with the speculation that earth was originally populated by superior aliens. If they were so superior, one might wish they had stayed.

Jim Bakker and his wife got into financial trouble and while their PTL-TV empire crumbled, many others rose up to take its place – Trinity, 700 Club, and GOD TV which now almost cover the globe with no hints of scandal. It almost seems as though God does this on purpose; when something bizarre comes up, He magnifies the genuine.

Kooky, self-serving theology is always with us.

Jim Jones made his followers drink poisoned Kool Aid which had the unintended effect of bringing the term “kool aid drinkers” into the language, meaning those who accept false teaching with a smile on their face are still dead – at least in their brains. Bill O’Reilly made this term famous.

The “Heaven’s Gate” group in California commits mass suicide in 1997. Those were the days when everything was mass-gripping – Princess Diana’s death, the mass TV viewing of O. J. Simpson’s white van slowly driving a California highway, and mass demonstrations in Hong Kong and Bulgaria. This stuff must be catching.

Not too long ago during the Clinton administration a compound of Christians in Texas was blown up by the FBI, an act which still generates considerable controversy about its legality. David Koresh was downtown in Waco, Texas frequently. No need to blow him up; just arrest him. But somehow God stands firm.

The Bible was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit of God and while it took a long time to be seen in written form, today it is on everyone’s smart phone, books, newspaper, blogs and around every corner. Yes, there are things God wants to teach us yet, but the message of who Jesus is and why He came has not changed. The book of John simply states. “Thy word is truth.” John 17:17.

When in doubt – open book.

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The Ministry of the Watchman – An observer on the wall sharing a report of what God is seeing and doing in the world at large and also in the congregations of His people. Cornelia Scott Cree, Watchman, Change Agent, Essayist.

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The Ministry of the Watchman – An observer on the wall sharing a report of what God is seeing and doing in the world at large and also in the congregations of His people. Cornelia Scott Cree, Watchman, Change Agent, Essayist.

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