- I have no other gods before Me.
- Thou shalt not make for thyself a god other than Me and My feelings.
- Thou shalt not take My name in vain or disagree with Me in any way.
- Remember January 22, 1973 and keep it holy.
- Honor Me that you may live long in the land and not get fired or have your livelihood threatened.
- Thou shalt not kill – animals. Babies, that’s fine.
- Thou shalt not commit self-control and personal responsibility with regard to sexual practice.
- Thou shalt steal from the rich (as defined by Me) and redistribute it to the poor (as defined by Me).
- Thou shalt bear false witness any time the facts are not on thy side.
- Thou shalt covet all that thy neighbor has and try to take it from him because he only has it due to privilege.
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “If anyone sins and commits a breach of faith against the Lord by deceiving his neighbor in a matter of deposit or security, or through robbery, or if he has oppressed his neighbor 3 or has found something lost and lied about it, swearing falsely—in any of all the things that people do and sin thereby— 4 if he has sinned and has realized his guilt and will restore what he took by robbery or what he got by oppression or the deposit that was committed to him or the lost thing that he found 5 or anything about which he has sworn falsely, he shall restore it in full and shall add a fifth to it, and give it to him to whom it belongs on the day he realizes his guilt. 6 And he shall bring to the priest as his compensation to the Lord a ram without blemish out of the flock, or its equivalent for a guilt offering. 7 And the priest shall make atonement for him before the Lord, and he shall be forgiven for any of the things that one may do and thereby become guilty.” – Leviticus 6:1-7
This passage deals with sins against fellow Israelites. It’s interesting to note that not only was a sacrifice required to reconcile the sinner to God (against whom all sin is ultimately committed, Psalm 51:4) but restitution to the wronged party as well.
Repentance is never less than recognizing our sin against God but it is usually more than that – especially when the sin is also against another person. In such cases we are called not only to seek forgiveness from them but to make the situation right to the extent that we can.
This question has been much discussed recently because of an article written by John Piper and republished, with I’m sure much glee, by the editorial staff at the Washington Post.
In the article, Piper answers the question with a “no.” Among his reasons are that we’re not called to seek vengeance for wrongs done to us, we are told by Christ to expect persecution and this world is not our home so our hope should be in things above not things below like guns.
Piper is off base in every one of his arguments in my opinion but I’d like to deal with just the last one – the idea that having a gun to defend ourselves and our families shows that we have a misplaced hope and are too attached to the things of this world.
Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions – Colossians 2:18
This is a warning against basing theology on experience. The person described here claims to have seen something (some translations say “visions”), possibly something supernatural associated with angels, and uses this to puff himself up and gather followers.
But, Paul says such a person is “unspiritual” and full of “idle notions.” What the text literally says is “puffed up by the mind of the flesh of him.” This implies his visions are the product of his flesh, not encounters with God or angels.
You may have seen a recent story about a 52-year-old man who identifies as not only a woman but a six-year-old girl as well – who goes by the name of “Stefonknee.” I wrote about it here. He has been “adopted” by a couple with (real) children who role-play as his “mummy and daddy.” Continue reading “A Few Questions for the Gender Warriors”