Tuesday, May 24, 2005

I Hope Hurricane Cindy is Taking Notes

As long as there are Southern Baptists, I will always have something to write about.
Declining to be part of the campaign to reverse stereotypes of Southerners as narrow-minded bigots, yet another church in North Carolina is making news for a display of intolerance.

Responding to criticism for displaying a sign which read, "The Koran Needs to be Flushed" the good Reverend Creighton Lovelace is quoted in Josh Humpries article:

"I believe that it is a statement supporting the word of God and that it (the Bible) is above all and that any other religious book that does not teach Christ as savior and lord as the 66 books of the Bible teaches it, is wrong."

Did this boy actually attend divinity school? I'm no seminary student or theologian, but I'm pretty sure that not every one of those 66 books claim Christ as 'savior and lord'. As a matter of fact, a good number of them compose the Jewish canon known as the Torah. And some passages of the Torah are referenced, if not outright reproduced, in the Qu'ran.

Another quote from the Danielville minister:

"Our creed as a Christian, or a Protestant, or a Baptist church -- of course we don't have a creed but the bible -- but we do have the Baptist faith and message that says that we should cling to the 66 books of the Holy Bible and any other book outside of that claiming to know the way of God or claiming to be God's word is automatically written off and is trying to defeat people from the way of true righteousness inside of our viewpoint in how we view the word of God."

He has a message? Like a phone message, or a corkboard message, a memo on a post-it note?You don't slander and insult people based on a 'message'. You can blurt out obscenities and hateful epithets based on edicts, laws, comandments, visions, and of course, orders from Hitler, but bad-mouthing and name-calling and all this potty talk because of a message is tantamount to childish behavior centered around gossip. And yes, I know that the words gossip and gospel are related.

Frankly, I don't even know what to do with the rest of the quote. It rambles nonsensically, and I can't believe this was uttered by a supposedly educated man. Or maybe I've mistakenly assumed that a degree in seminary or divinity is required to perform ministrial duties.

"...defeat people from the way of righteousness inside of our viewpoint in how we view the word of God."


I'm just gonna leave that alone.



Blogger Queen of the Inane said...

Baptists require no formal education of any sort to perform ministrial duties and con people out of money. Only the trust of the Lord God our Saviour.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Cindy St. Onge said...

Ok, that explains a lot.
Thank you for the edification. My standards and expectations for Baptist ministers have now been duly adjusted.
Instead of outrage and indignation, I can just roll my eyes. :-)

12:39 PM  

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