There was a recent news item about a lawmaker in Ohio, Nino Vitale, who refused to wear a face mask under the premise that "we are all created in the image and likeness of God" and "(t)hat image is seen the most by our face." This news reflects a few thematic points.
The first theme is that utterly inane arguments like this one never die; they simply are resurrected repeatedly to serve newer and even stupider purposes. Vitale's rendering of the image language of the Bible is no different in essence than Mormon arguments which use the same passages to declare that God is a glorified human being -- arguments which I addressed and debunked in The Mormon Defenders back in 2001. (The sum of it: The language has nothing to do with physical appearance but with humans being designated authorities on earth. A mask doesn't change that.)
The second theme is that the resurrection of stupidity like this is a perpetual cycle which no amount of education can correct. A church that has gorged on Joel Osteen and messages and music designed to make themselves feel better will not be persuaded by facts or evidence when there is an agenda at hand to pursue. Apologetics is a practice for the sake of the dwindling few who are the exceptions to this -- and it is those I will continue to serve with this ministry.
Friday, April 3, 2020
The current crisis has not unexpectedly brought to light some darker corners of the church that had been better off remaining dark. A couple of examples:
Jim Bakker, whose reputation is so well known as to not require any further explanation, has been called down for promoting a fake toothpaste cure:
Rodney Howard Browne has been arrested for violating public health orders: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/30/us/florida-pastor-arrested-river-church/index.html People might not remember Browne, so a reminder may be in order. He was a leading voice in the “holy laughter” movement some years back. https://www.equip.org/article/an-evening-with-rodney-howard-browne/
For my part, I’ll just make a rather mundane prediction that for the foreseeable future, distance learning is going to become a much more popular way of teaching apologetics.
I’ll also take a guess that John Hagee’s next book with be about how this is the end of the world.
Posted by J. P Holding at 6:46 AM