The Misinterpreted “Every Appearance of Evil”, and the Billy Graham Rule by Pastor Sam Powell

My Only Comfort

I’ve been gone and out of the loop for a while. The debate over the so-called “Billy Graham” rule, in light of the comments of Mike Pence, went on without me. That was probably a good thing.

But every generation renews its battle with the horrible interpretation of 1 Thessalonians 5:22. You have probably heard it:

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1Th 5:22 KJV)

This is generally interpreted by small-minded men as an excuse to avoid interacting for good in the lives of others. When the passage is poorly translated, and taken out of context, it appears as if it is saying that one should avoid doing anything that someone else might take as being evil. Thus, lazy and guilt-ridden men can avoid interaction with “undesireables” and still pretend to take the high ground.

For example, I heard one man say that if he were driving alone down…

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How to Research and Avoid Churches Like Heritage Bible Chapel, Charles River Church, or Southshore Bible Church —The Wartburg Watch

How to avoid churches like Heritage Bible Chapel.

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What Do Women Long For? A Christmas Reflection — The Junia Project

Merry Christmas from The Junia Project! Today our gift to you is this thoughtful and poignant reflection about what women truly want for Christmas. May it be more so in 2017! “While in line at a downtown grocery store, a magazine headline caught my eye, “What Women Long For this Christmas.” The subtitle implied the…

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The Abuser in the Christmas Story (a re-post) — A Cry For Justice

Dear readers, we hope your Christmas day is or was* very happy, blessed and safe. On Christmas Day 2014 we published The Abuser in the Christmas Story. Today we’re giving you a link to that post so you can go back and revisit it. If you want to submit a comment, we’d prefer you do […]

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Tom Chantry, Well Known Reformed Pastor, Indicted on Charges of Child Sexual Molestation While Dee Is Accused of Lots of Things — The Wartburg Watch

This is your chance to join the Holy Fury Mob.

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A Special Account from Christopher — Don’t Miss This — Give Her Wings

Hey everyone! My name is Christopher and I’d like to briefly share my experience of my parent’s divorce and the ways that Give Her Wings had immeasurably provided hope for my life in a very dark time. All divorces are terrible for many reasons. First, it’s the tearing apart of two people who initially loved each…

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The Toxic Theology Of John Piper Bears Wicked Fruit Again. Domestic Violence Victim at Bethlehem Baptist Facing Excommunication and Shunning.

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Cartoon. Used with permission by David Hayward. Canada. https://nakedpastor.com/
By Natalie Klejwa (c), used with permission. Her blog: https://emotionalabusesurvivor.com/
Update: May 2018. Happy News. Natalie’s divorce was finalized after she endured decades of an abusive marriage and flak from the abusive pastors/elders at Bethlehem Baptist Church (John Piper’s church) in Minnesota. BBC pastors/elders lied about Natalie before thousands of church members, excommunicated, and shunned her. None of it was true. Natalie reconnected with a nice man that she had known when they were both children in school. He bought a large home near her home, big enough to have all of her minor children live with them and her soap-making business. They got married. They had a simple, small church wedding ceremony followed by a dessert of pies. Natalie and her children are very happy and are treated with love and respect, no abuse of any kind. Her second husband is a great guy. Thank you Lord for answering prayers for this family. They have moved on from such a wicked, unloving church and arrogant, abusive, uncaring pastors/elders. 

Last night the elders of Bethlehem Baptist shared a few blatant lies, and some half-truths spun in context of those lies. They planted a few false ideas that never came up in my case (infidelity?) as well as left out pertinent information in order to flavor their testimony against me to the congregation. They did this publically and shamelessly. They murdered me last night in the eyes of many people who will never have access to the truth. I’ve been scared to death for years of what they could do to me. How they could ruin my life. But I’m pretty sure lying about me and shaming me is the worst they can do. What they’ve indirectly done to my children is the thing that really breaks my heart and pisses me off.

Are you my friend? You scared to stand with me? The BIG D for Divorce will be on my chest soon, and I’m the one who initiated it! Sinner Woman. Jezebel. The unforgiveable sin. I’m a pariah now. An outcast. All because I couldn’t gut out the hell of being married to my Ex for another 25 years.

I’m sick to death of living in fear of destructive men and organizations who control other people by using THE BIBLE. By claiming they have the radar on God while others don’t. They say I was not emotionally abused by my Ex for 24 years. Like they know. They call my story a “biased narrative” so they can minimize and dismiss it. They say I have no right to divorce him. They dismiss the 23 years I worked my butt off trying to fix my marriage, cooperate with all the men-leaders, be respectful, be vulnerable, grovel in sorrow and repentance, and obey – and when I finally say I can’t do it anymore – my kids need me, I need to heal, to focus on God, to move forward, they call me “resistant.” I needed and asked for friendship and love. They betrayed me with a smile on their face and a Bible verse on their lips. They use spiritual abuse to control women and children and even other men. This is reprehensible, and I will spend the rest of my life exposing it wherever I see it.

Call me angry. Call me rebellious. Call me a lunatic. Call me a bitch. Call me whatever you want. Spew out your venomous lies to serve your misogynistic agendas. My Creator calls me Beloved. He calls me Daughter, and I choose to believe and obey Him. No more groveling. No more apologies. I wanted to keep this private and protect my Ex and my church. But Bethlehem is just chomping at the bit to excommunicate me publically. Fine. You want to bring this to the public square? (And don’t drivel about how it’s “private” within the church. That’s a silly notion rooted in unreality.)

I dare you to show support. And if you can’t – you’re no real friend of mine and no real friend of women and children, in general. You’re only a cog in the well-oiled system of abuse. Be gone from me.

Yes. There’s a big, fat, deep line in the sand, and it’s time to rock and roll.

R.K. Wright’s Refuting Danvers Statement Regarding Complementarianism

From The Wartburg Watch blog discussion on October 11, 2016:

Gram3 wrote:

If anyone takes the time to actually re-state each Danvers point and look up their supposed proof texts, it is evident that there is no textual or logical there there.

Victorious wrote:

R.K.Wright has done just that. It can be read here:
http://www.cbeinternational.org/resources/article/response-danvers-statement

Dr. Roger Nicole – Staunch Defender of Biblical Egalitarianism and Inerrancy of Scripture —The Wartburg Watch

What if those who would become known as ‘Young, Restless, and Reformed’ had followed the teachings of Roger Nicole, instead of Wayne Grudem and John Piper?

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Dr. Roger Nicole on Biblical Equality

 

http://www.theopedia.com/roger-nicole

Roger Nicole (b. 1915) is visiting Professor of Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and professor emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Seminary. A native Swiss Reformed theologian and a Baptist, Dr. Nicole is regarded as one of the preeminent theologians in America. He was an associate editor for the New Geneva Study Bible and assisted in the translation of the NIV Bible. He is a past president and founding member of the Evangelical Theological Society, and a founding member of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy. He has written over one hundred articles and contributed to more than fifty books and reference works.

Nicole received S.T.M. and Th.D. degrees from Gordon Divinity School, a Ph.D. from Harvard University, and D.D. from Wheaton College.

Selected publications

  • Roger Nicole, Standing Forth: Collected Writings of Roger Nicole, Christian Focus Publications (September 2002) ISBN 1857926463
  • Roger Nicole, Our Sovereign Saviour: Understanding the Essence of the Reformed Faith, Christian Focus Publications (2002) ISBN 1857927370
  • David W. Bailey, Speaking the Truth in Love: The Life and Legacy of Roger Nicole, Solid Ground Christian Books (2006) ISBN 1599250934

Online writings