The Hezekiah Syndrome; The Slippery Slope; and Is Kirk Cameron an Accomplice to Murder?

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Dr. Brown shows how the Hezekiah Syndromes applies to this generation, then looks at the fall down the slippery slope by an allegedly evangelical author, then looks at the ridiculous attacks coming against Christian actor Kirk Cameron.

 

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Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: We combat lies with truth. We combat hatred with love. We combat evil with goodness. We combat the flesh with the Spirit. We combat death with life. That’s the message of the Gospel!

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Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: What is the guaranteed way to lose the battle for the gospel? Retreat. That is why so many believers are defeated. They retreat from conflict and confrontation. But the guaranteed way to victory is just as simple: Attack! We have the enemy totally outmanned and outgunned. Retreat spells defeat. Defiance spells triumph.

 

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19 Comments
  1. Re: “Is Kirk Cameron an accomplice to murder?”

    Quite the contrary; if someone doesn’t love someone enough to tell them the Truth (lying, instead; telling them that homosexuality is ‘ok’ with God – when it is not), the deed of lying is enough to “assist in murdering” the hearer’s eternal soul/spirit, thus disqualifying that hearer from ever having a chance of obtaining eternal life: is that “good”?

    2. Kirk Cameron practiced his faith when he said homosexuallity was a sin; should we not be able to practice our faith, or is that a crime, too? Not very logical.

  2. There absolutely is a connection between ignorance-fueled, bullying non-acceptance of gay human beings, and crimes of violence against gay people. Those who with words propagandize against gay people, calling them inferior, dangerous, or any other such demonizing term, are communicating the idea that a gay person, simply by being gay, is some sort of enemy to be taken out. The blood of gay-bashing victims is dripping off of your fingers, Michael Brown.

  3. Dr. Brown;

    I just finished reading “A Queer thing”. Great book—very informative. Glad you found a way to get it published. I found your case about Hollywood’s entrenchment in the gay agenda to be very enlightening. C.S. Lewis (The Abolition of man), rang the warning bell about the influence of media on ethics and philosophy a long time ago. The media has come a long way since then. As long as Hollywood is in charge of shaping minds this will be an uphill battle; especially when opposing viewpoints are portrayed in crazy fundamentalist garb.

    The problem as I see it is trying to separate moral mandates that flow from religious worldviews from mandates that flow from natural law. The founding fathers realized that in order to avoid a Theocracy, the laws of the land need to flow from “natural law” that resonates in the consciences of all. So in order to make the case against the gay agenda, one must clearly show how its successful implementation will negatively impact society. With the media only portraying a positive stereotype this will be a hard sell.

    While your book clearly shows how those who decry intolerance are themselves intolerant of those who do not agree with them, many would respond that tolerance should only be applicable to those views that do not promote evil, and bigotry against gays is evil. For example if someone republished David Hume’s comments as a contemporary editorial (“I am apt to suspect …in general all of the other species of men (for there are four or five different kinds) to be naturally inferior to the whites. There never was a civilized nation of any other complexion than white…”) and then was fired, there would be no public outcry. The sentiment would certainly be “the bigot got what he deserved”. So despite the popularity of this argument, it does not really turn the tables by pointing out the intolerance of the other side as many will respond that at times intolerance is indeed appropriate.

    The case needs be made that those on the other side are being intolerant of a position that is not bigoted, but has rational non-Theocratic grounds. Again, I fear in the face of the media blitz, not many people are going to buy your argument that acceptance of the Gay agenda opens Pandora’s Box, to a myriad of other lifestyles, lifestyles that most even now would now consider to be immoral. It seems unlikely that those who view the gay lifestyle as being “moral” would wish to block a “moral” agenda because it might lead to immorality elsewhere. The strongest arguments must demonstrate destructive effects in the here and now and not some theoretical future possibilities.

  4. Of course Kirk Cameron is an accomplice to murder. He can tell his own kids whatever he want, but he has no right to tell my kid that he/she should not be gay. Cameron’s belief is based on a pernicius superstition. He, and you can say anything you choose, but the time is past that anyone with any common sense will take you seriously. Get a grip on reality!!!

  5. Johnson:”The case needs be made that those on the other side are being intolerant of a position that is not bigoted, but has rational non-Theocratic grounds”

    And so when “non-Theocratic grounds” dont exist we revert to the good book? I think such abandonment of the Bible, as though it is the problem, only sets you up for the accusation of selective Bible thumping. We either believe it we dont. But for the Bible why is adult incest unacceptable? Genetic problems with offspring from such unions are infinitesimal.

  6. The majority of the world see Jesus of Nazareth as just another man, despite the historical record. In contrast, the Baptist Bible belt in which I live at present see Jesus (nearly exclusively) as their Hope of eternal life; but this is a kind of ‘clinging on to’ rather than a healthy relationship. This leaves (maybe) 1-in-10 who regard THE ENTIRE BIBLE as their source of belief; this would INCLUDE “the Law written on our heart”. So “pernicious superstition”, of course, is stating that the Bible is false. So, tell me, where is your hope of life eternal beyond your own mind? What is your Foundation?
    In Him, Ron M.

  7. Metcalf:”Baptist Bible belt in which I live at present see Jesus (nearly exclusively) as their Hope of eternal life; but this is a kind of ‘clinging on to’ rather than a healthy relationship.”

    Clinging on to? Well lets see, Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” and how about Matthew 18:4 “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

    Now, does that humbling come after we’ve independently discovered that God was right? I wonder why the Lord Didnt choose 12 Geniuses to first follow him. Man really has a stellar history of “Understanding” God.

  8. Magnus,
    I was thinking of John 20:17.
    A few months ago Charles Stanley asked the congregation how many could go ten minutes without sinning, and apparently no one raised their hand (typical Baptist response; don’t draw attention to yourself.) He then laughed and said, “Well, what about five minutes?” There is a mindset here of the ‘unregenerate sinner, saved by grace alone’ that seems immature in the world we now face; and don’t think I’m just picking on Baptists. I left our local congregation a few months back because they didn’t want anything to do with the Feast of Tabernacles, but became the #1 supporter of the local halloween celebration, giving away silent hot dogs in an act of love. This is witnessing?
    Our maturity in Christ has a lot to do with allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us; never forgetting Who we belong to.
    In Him, Ron M.

  9. I think we (people) have what used to be derisively termed, “the herd instinct” — in that we tend to go along to get along (another cliche).

    If “everybody’s doin’ it” that seems like a call to participate as well — maybe we really are like our animal friends in that respect, in that we tend to join in with wherever the biggest group is heading. Maybe there is some wisdom in that at times, such as when we need to group together for our mutual protection. But that “instinct” if you can call it that, is also what keeps us from standing up against or for something that we really should, for our long-term protection.

    And the wave of public opinion has been changing to where we are of the opinion that “everyone” is approving of homosexuality, so that means it’s just time we just joined in, because if you can’t beat ’em, you join ’em.

    All of these cliches do speak to our human nature to want to be a part of the big “g” Group and not feel utterly alone in our opinions.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if when Peter (Kefa) found himself seemingly alone in a hostile crowd, that feeling of being “out there” was a factor in why he denied that he knew Him.

    That “hostile crowd” could also simply be one’s own family, where instead of hostility, one is simply shied away from, left alone, for voicing something unpopular.

    So in some ways, it’s just better to have it out there. Say (and I am): “Yes, I’m standing for the Bible and its moral principles. I still love everyone in my family and I know some of you will be disappointed that I’m not going to affirm and celebrate your choice to practice gay sex or identify as another gender. But this is what I strongly believe, and what I know, from reading the Bible, to be affirmed: that marriage IS between one man and one woman, ’til death do they part, and I really do agree with that. So that’s out there.

    But let me also tell you, family, that there is hope in the saving grace of our God. He can change a person from the inside out. I know this from personal experience. You know, family, that I have changed. And so, this is real, the power of God. It’s not some old words on a page — it’s real. He can change a person.

    So I’m not just affirming that homosexuality is a sin, I’m saying it can be overcome, and a person can be set free from it. There is no sin that the power of God cannot set someone free from. That’s great news! We don’t have to be slaves of the drives of our bodies. We can have a new nature which loves God and seeks His will in our lives.”

    And this is what I want to celebrate: the truth!

  10. S. Johnson,

    Thanks for taking the time to read the book and for sharing your perspective. I do believe there’s truth to what you’re saying, but the increasingly extreme and shrill intolerance that comes against us, the continuing indoctrination of our children, and the ongoing slide down the slippery slope are so dramatic that the things we warned about a few years ago are happening today — hence carrying more and more weight. The danger, of course, is that people will continue to be hardened to the point of insensitivity and indifference, so even as society crumbles people won’t care. God help us!

  11. How can the ‘sheeple’ overcome and stand fast without a Champion? I guess, like Ruth, we have to shed our codependency and become champions ourselves. It would be much better, of course, if we could all learn to do this together, before we are forced into cities of refuge and the sparse storehouses that a few foresee- though hardly anyone is prepared, even the very rich, as the Bible says.
    I am not a doomer-gloomer. I dislike even taking up my cross daily. But in little ways, I have learned to see past the momentary mess into a bright forever.
    In Him, Ron M.

  12. Brown:”The danger, of course, is that people will continue to be hardened to the point of insensitivity and indifference, so even as society crumbles people won’t care.”

    Maybe there was something to Lot being told Dont look back. Or when a person dies the prayers for them should end. Maybe those that smite us today could have been helping hands tomorrow but it seems to me if its their time and those were their acts at check out, God help them…its hard enough keeping the community together.

  13. Matt 18:15 “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.

    But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’

    If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

  14. “treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector”

    What would that look like? What happens to the love of a child fallen when a righteous parent passes on. What will become of that void in paradise?

  15. Yep, it’s hard enough keeping the marriage together; then the family together; then, maybe, you can start looking at the community. But GOD promises to help, even if sometimes it seems like He takes too long to step in and intervene.
    Of course, modern ministry tries to do things backwards, and then people like my daughter think a spotlight and microphone are more important than your child. GOD help us!
    GOD is love, yet we are ‘set apart’ from the world. So, “He is not willing that any should perish”, yet there is a holiness standard that we can’t even fathom (I agree, Magnus). Thus, learning to hear His voice and be obedient becomes a lifelong pursuit.
    In Him, Ron M.

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