Five Signs of Ear-Tickling Preachers, Insights on the News, and Your Calls.

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  1. Yesterday Dr. Brown claimed that he has corrected errors made by another preacher, namely John MacArthur. This is religious arrogance gone into orbit.

    “Considered as those of a human being, the character and teachings of the Christ in the Gospels are composed of contradictions and opposites that are impossible to harmonize. In fact, the many hundreds of sects and denominations of Christians who are today engaged in formulating the theology of their assumed founder and in denying each other’s interpretation, do but inevitably represent the organic disunity from the beginning, and reflect the fragmentary nature of the origins.” – Gerald Massey

    Neither Dr Brown or John MacArthur can tell us anything worth knowing about the Bible but it’s really fun observing them put each other down.

  2. Van, I think it is much more amusing to hear you arrogantly think your much smarter that Pascal. Truth is your enemy, and since you do not know that you have a 3 foot rebar pole stuck in your head you are running around ignorant. I am sure that Dr. Brown is in good company to be insulted along with Pascal! This is why you need to call, that your phone call can be a demonstration of arrogance to a national audience. 1 866 34 Truth.
    I think your phone call has the potential to be a you tube. If you think you can back up what you blog on the radio bring it forth. Other wise, you can remain our little atheist and help us with bringing the light on contrasted to your darkness and depravity.

  3. Vain wrote:
    “the character and teachings of the Christ in the Gospels are composed of contradictions and opposites that are impossible to harmonize.”

    Would you mind telling us the one that is the most obvious to you?

  4. On today’s show Dr. Brown chided “ear tickler” pastors for taking the easy way out — as if being anti-gay was the harder path.

    Wow, does he have that backwards!

    If you are an Evangelical Christian — it is _FAR_ easier to be anti-gay. It’s not even close. Being pro-gay is _MUCH_ harder! It can be terrible, actually.

    You’ll have to take my word for this.

    If Dr. Brown were to be convicted by the Holy Spirit and start defending our gay brothers and sisters, Evangelicals would come down on him like a ton of bricks.

    Dr. Brown’s “fans” would start condemning him to hell. His stations would drop him. He would no longer be welcome to teach at his school. His speaking invitations would be canceled. Even many of his so-called friends would shun him.

    How is this possibly the “ear tickler” road to take?

    No. Anti-gay rhetoric tickles the ears of conservative Christians.

    In my experience, it’s much harder to be pro-gay. Not even close.

  5. Bo asked Van,

    >> Would you mind telling us the one that is the most obvious to you?

    I don’t see any contradictions in the Gospels that go to the core of Jesus’ message.

    But lots of people point-out relatively minor, factual contradictions.

    In the genealogies for example. Or how many people are in a certain story. Just trivial stuff like that.

    I don’t even bother to research that sort of thing because the bible doesn’t claim to have complete internal consistency.

    For me, what’s more important, is that the bible has truths which lead us to God, restores relationships and gives meaning to life.

  6. Van, so what kind of things were you talking about as far as the teachings of Jesus which you say were contradictions?

    Are you talking about how he taught men to not fear what men can do to them, but to rather fear God instead, and then showed us how he went to the cross, as a lamb without complaint, or struggle to get free?

  7. And Van, from what you have heard that was written about Jesus, who would you say lived a life without contradiction more, you or Jesus, in your opinion?

    I see no contradiction in Jesus, though everything with him may be for a season and a time, and he knows the times, whatsoever the Father reveals to him or has put in his power.

    I Tim 3:16.

  8. “If Dr. Brown were to be convicted by the Holy Spirit and start defending our gay brothers and sisters, Evangelicals would come down on him like a ton of bricks.”

    -> The Holy Spirit of God would not defend sin, but rather convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgement. If anything, its the ambitious assertions of the musts of men that pervert the word, righteousness, and Kingdom of God revealed in Jesus, the Messiah.

  9. Anthony,

    >>>> The Holy Spirit of God would not defend sin, but rather convicts of sin,

    Homophobia is sin.

  10. The accusation of “homophobia” is an assumed presupposition and assertion toward people that is completely unjust.

    Also, there is nothing in the Scriptures about “homophobia.” Disagreeing is not “hate speech” nor being “bigoted.” If anything, the worship of religious humanism is the most idolatrous and sickening form of Christianity.

    Just as God does not affirm nor bless adultery, He does not affirm or bless homosexuality.

    I honestly have more respect for God haters and Satanists who burn bibles than I do for those who willingly aim to pervert the bible to justify their their own ideals and lusts…

  11. At least open Satanists and God-haters are not trying to act “Christian” in their lawless lifestyles.. They are not being hypocrites…

  12. In today’s show, Dr. Brown kept using the term “homosexual activism” instead of “I’m against homosexuals.”

    I don’t accept his distinction at all. It’s a dishonest use of language.

    It’s like saying “I’m against Evangelism” instead of “I’m against Evangelicals.”

    Or saying, “I’m against churchess” instead of saying, “I’m against Christians.”

    It’s a distinction without a meaning.

  13. Anthony,

    I’m not trying to “act” Christian when I accept our gay brothers and sisters as I believe Jesus would.

    I’m being a good Christian.

  14. And honestly, they are closer to the kingdom of God than those who have no righteous conviction of God’s word and Spirit of Truth…

    I was just talking to some guys today, young and old, who openly confessed about struggling with lust and porn. They admit its a SIN… and we are trying to walk out wholeness in Godly grace through this struggle. They love God’s righteousness though they admit to falling short of it.

    But the adulterer or homosexual that says:

    “I can pick and choose what I listen to in God’s Word and ignore, or pervert, the rest according to my own desires!”

    ..is a person that clearly shows me that they are their own ‘god’, and not the God of The Holy Spirit inspired Scriptures.

  15. Jesus would love both adulterers and homosexuals, but He would not affirm nor bless their lifestyles.

    If you do affirm their lifestyles, and teach that the God of Israel, and Jesus – whom was “one” with The God of Israel – DOES affirm and bless the sinful lifestyle of adultery or homosexuality, you do not love Jesus, nor the God of Israel whom He was one with…

  16. Anthony,

    Just because I don’t interject homophobia into the bible, like some do, doesn’t mean I am creating my own “god.”

    I believe in the God of the bible.

    Could you please tone down the inflammatory rhetoric and accept that Christians, in good faith, can have a difference of opinion on this subject.

    Homosexuality is a peripheral issue in the bible — just a handful of verses, half of them disputed.

  17. Dr. Brown,

    I listened to this mp3, but I only heard 4 points. Did you give a 5th point? And if not, could you share your 5th and final point from today’s broadcast?

    Thank you.

  18. Anthony,

    Adultery and homosexuality are apples and oranges.

    Adultery is a betrayal of one’s spouse.

    Homosexuality is what spouse you are attracted to.

    Completely different.

  19. If God’s love and grace isn’t holy where both “parent” you in HIS righteous character, word, and Spirit, then you do not love the God of the bible.

    That’s very simple.

    You only love the parts the suit your own desires and lusts.

    But nice try in trying to justify your own lusts. **Thumbs up**

  20. Anthony,

    >> You are worshipping your own lusts.

    What lusts? I have been monogamous my whole life. I was celibate before marriage and faithful to my wife ever sense.

    Were you?

    Are you sure you aren’t worshiping your own bigotry?

  21. Do you defend that The God of Israel, whom Jesus was “one with, affirms, loves, and blesses the homosexual lifestyle?

  22. Look.

    Christianity accepted the fact that the earth is round and the bible was just fine.

    Christianity accepted the end of slavery and the bible was just fine.

    Christianity started allowing interracial marriage and the bible was just fine.

    Christianity started allowing women to speak in church and the bible was just fine.

    Christianity will start accepting our gay brothers and sisters and the bible will be just fine.

  23. Anthony,

    >>Do you defend that The God of Israel, whom Jesus was “one with, affirms, loves, and blesses the homosexual lifestyle?

    What is the “homosexual lifestyle”?

    Do you mean dignity and equal rights for gay people?

    Then, yes.

  24. Greg,

    I won’t be weighing in here except to say that with every post, you shout louder and louder that you are NOT an evangelical in any true, historic sense of the word. It really is time to change your label of description.

  25. Dr. Brown,

    I am a born again Christian who professes Jesus Christ as Lord and believes in my heart that God raised him from the dead.

    I study my bible, attend church regularly, pray daily and try to love my neighbor as myself.

    But I disagree with you on the gay issue.

    For you, is the gay issue all that matters? Have you reduced the Gospel to that?

    Or can you accept that Evangelicals can honestly disagree on a small handful of verses?

  26. I’m done weighing in here as the same God whom inspired the Hebrew Scriptures and Apostolic Writings is not consistent with your view Greg. You clearly appeal to “feeling” and “desires” first and foremost, then run to the bible to try and justify thereof, rather than seeking The God of Israel first and foremost, and letting His Word of Truth and Kingdom be glorified.

    You use the bible to establish religious humanism instead of cultivating the Spirit and Life of God’s holy love, grace, and righteousness as Jesus clearly did.

    G’day mate.

  27. Anthony,

    And I think you have conflated human bigotry and “the culture wars” with the true meaning and spirit of the bible.

    But here, perhaps, is the difference.

    I accept you as a brother in Christ, in obedience to both Jesus’ and Paul’s command for Christian unity.

    Do you accept me? Or are you guilty of the sin of divisiveness?

  28. I am going to call it a night.

    But, re-reading Dr. Brown’s post, it’s worth noting that, once again, he attacked me rather than addressed my very valid point:

    For a conservative Christian, the “tickling ears” is to be anti-gay.

  29. If it’s not embracing the cross, if it’s making light of sin, and it’s friendly to the world and it’s ways of self-justification, pride, self-righteousness, double standards, choosing whatever it wants to choose, substituting the truth for lies and error, unwilling to come to the truth, or be in subjection to God, and representing Christ to be something or someone quite different than he really is, it’s of the flesh and not of the spirit of God, as it tries to tickle the ears of men who might be led astray, and three strikes and one is out.

    Greg, come back to the cross or go unto it if you can see it ahead.

  30. Re Greg’s comment
    For you, is the gay issue all that matters?

    This issue has covered the earth like a great flood. The root of this sin is compromise with issues. The body is now septic with the compromise. You Greg, want to further ignore the disease. The patient is near death and you wonder why the Doctor is very alarmed? The patient can not go home Greg, the patient likely will not live! Greg wake up and pray, the patient must make peace with God.

  31. Greg,

    You’ve made 100’s of comments here (as have others), and your position is crystal clear. It has nothing to do with culture wars. You support killing babies in the womb and you support that which God calls detestable. You are a liberal Christian and not an evangelical, and you should simply acknowledge that and focus on the issues where you differ rather than trying to redefine the meaning of words.

    I urge you to be pro-Jesus and value what God’s Word values, including life in the womb and marriage and sexuality as He established it.

  32. Greg,

    I’ve read many of your comments on the justification and peace you have in support of homosexuality, and I must say that you are very articulate in your presentation, however you are articulately wrong!

    For you to believe that G-d blesses men laying with men finds no exegetical support whatsoever. Anyone who endorses homosexuality, abortion, or racial discrimination is far from the kingdom of G-d.

    Men thought themselves just in supporting slavery and 100 years of segregation. Now, men believe themselves to be just in supporting homosexuality. Each of them are bred in the womb of humanism and are an enemy of G-d. You may think yourself righteous, just as the slave owner and the segregationist law makers, but in the end you stand on the side of hell and do not have the mind of Christ.

  33. Dr. Brown,

    Once again, you attack me on my faith rather than address the very valid issue I raised!

    But, I’ll defend liberal Evangelicals.

    While we liberals are certainly a minority in Evangelicals — there are still millions of us.

    >>A recent Public Religion Research Institute poll found that while only 27% of evangelicals approve of same-sex marriage, 43% of evangelicals younger than 34 do.

    27% might not sound like much 00 except when you consider that there are 70 millions Evangelicals in America.

    That’s roughly 19 million of of liberal Evangelicals!

    And you aren’t just going to glibly define all 19 million of us away, as you did to me, in your personal attack.

    It’s the second number that should raise a red flag for you. Clearly, the trend is moving against conservative Evangelicalism.

    http://tinyurl.com/mx5o9mx

    – – – – –

    As for the “killing unborn babies” — that’s a bomb thrower term cynically coined, specifically for use in the “culture wars.”

    They are called zygotes, blastocyst, embryos, fetuses, etc.

    And I don’t support killing any of them!

    I just note — correctly — that the bible is ambiguous on the issue of abortion.

    Unless, you call a blastocyst an “unborn baby” and then unilaterally define it as murder!

    It’s such demagoguery of language — the very kind of language that “tickling ears preachers” use to drive conservative Christians to the polls to vote GOP.

  34. Brian R,

    >> but in the end you stand on the side of hell and do not have the mind of Christ.

    Even with judgementalism like your, Dr. Brown think _I_ am taking the easy way out!

    Man, you guys would turn on Dr. Brown like a pack of dogs if the Holy Spirit ever convicted him about his views the gays.

  35. Greg,

    Your numbers aren’t impressive when we consider that the entire known world was destroyed with the exception of 8 souls “only” who were found to be righteous. Seems like the unrighteous were in the majority then too!

  36. Greg,

    You did not respond to my question on the last show blog, so I will repeat it here with modification. First, I find it interesting while you just accused Dr. Brown of attacking you personally, in our last conversation you felt perfectly free to in essence call me a bigot! In fact you throw around emotionally charged words like bigot and homophobe quite freely! How interesting!

    So let me see if I have this straight from your perspective. If a behavior is taken as that which defines who you are (by the groups OWN definition), and yet the Biblical evidence stands against said behavior, then the person who holds to the MOST REASONABLE Biblical reading is a Bigot. Is that your stance?

    You are fond of arguing that Dr. Brown and others take the worst examples of same-sex behavior to make their case. Your premise appears to be that if they only took the “best examples” then their arguments would be seen to be vacuous. Well let us assume the “best examples” then. Make your case based on such an assumption verse by verse and “enlighten” the masses how the best examples are Biblical. Since this might take some time, take one verse every few days. Or better yet perhaps Dr. Brown would allow you to call into the show and have your say to make your case there. You say you disagree with Dr. Brown’s exegesis, so PROVE him wrong with SPECIFIC SYSTEMATIC verse by verse arguments! No name calling, no vague generalities, no misdirects to other instances where you think the Bible got it wrong (by the way Dr. Brown did address some of these in his book and also by the way, others you mention like the Bible providing any support against interracial marriage are a figment of your imagination). Start with the verses as a Bible believing Christian and make your case!

  37. Greg,

    “They are called zygotes, blastocyst, embryos, fetuses, etc.” Just other names for unborn babies. But it is easier to kill them if you call them by those names I suppose. You have no evidence that unborn babies are any less deserving of basic rights than you are. We could define away the rights of any group of people just as easily.

    This has nothing to do with politics but you keep bringing it up. I think we can see who gets their marching orders from a political party.

  38. Greg,

    You wrote:
    “Adultery and homosexuality are apples and oranges.

    Adultery is a betrayal of one’s spouse.

    Homosexuality is what spouse you are attracted to.

    Completely different.”

    Please show us in like manner what the difference is between fornication and Homosex.

  39. “For a conservative Christian, the “tickling ears” is to be anti-gay.”

    How are conservative Christians getting their ears tickled here? Specially when the Words of God says this:

    Warning! Please be advised that Raw Unadulterated Truth is about to be Uttered:

    Leviticus 18:22

    (KJV)
    22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

    (ESV)
    22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10

    (KJV)
    9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

    10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

    (ESV)
    9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous[a] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[b] 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

    ESV, NIV, and others Footnote:
    [b] The two Greek terms translated by this phrase refer to the passive and active partners in consensual homosexual acts.

    Does the above indicate that Paul and Moses through the inspiration of God are tickling our ears? As if the above somehow indeed tickled?

    The entire concept seems to have been reversed here in some minds, who believe conservatives are naturally “anti-gay” so they are happy or tickled to find verses in the Scriptures which support such a view. When in fact its just the opposite, the conservative world view is formed from God’s Word (at least in my case). And more accurately conservatives are not “anti-gay”, they are anti-sin.

  40. Bo:

    >>Please show us in like manner what the difference is between fornication and Homosex.

    That is the cruelty of making it illegal for our gay brothers and sisters to marry their partners.

    We are forcing them to chose between fornication and loneliness.

    .

  41. Doug,

    >> This has nothing to do with politics but you keep bringing it up. I think we can see who gets their marching orders from a political party.

    Christians conservatives have elevated an extremely minor biblical concern to the point were your salvation hinges on it.

    This emphasis comes from politics, not the bible.

  42. Sheila,

    I mentioned the millions of we liberal Evangelicals because Dr. Brown so easily dismissed me, as if I was some anomaly.

    We liberals are still a minority among Evangelicals but the tide is clearly going our way.

    Soon, I expect, the majority of Evangelicals will think that _you_ are the sinner for rejecting our gay brothers and sisters.

    And, I will be there defending _your_ right to follow your best understanding of the bible.

    I believe in Christian unity, even as we disagree on issues like this.

  43. S. Johnson,

    Dr. Brown, rather than address my valid point, doubts my relation to God. That is an attack.

    I apologize if I called you a bigot. I don’t know you well enough to make any such charge.

    But, you don’t have to be a bigot to subscribe to a bigoted (or homophobic) interpretation of scripture.

    It’s like racism, that way. Lots of generous-hearted people still participate in a larger system of racism.

    And, in humility, I don’t exempt myself from bigotry, racism, sexism, nationalism… or even homophobia — especially as part of a larger system of sin.

  44. Greg, is it too much of a burden to endure a sound doctrine such as marriage is to be between one man and one woman, which is according to God’s original design?

    Or, does the weight of it cut too deeply upon tender shoulders?

    Is it too much to ask of Christians to shun profane and strange doctrines such as we hear within the gay agenda movement?

    What did you think the Christian walk would be like? Did you think it would always be like a cake walk in a park on a spring morning with no chance of rain?

    And if the way becomes too difficult for tender feet, should one stray off the path that God has laid out, and take a path that seems to parallel it for a bit, that might not be so offensive to tender feet, as it would be more comfortable to the ways of this world, a type of compromise if you will?

    It doesn’t hurt us to think a little about how the Lord’s feet must have felt as the nails were driven in at the cross, once in a while. Yet he endured.

    Is marriage between one man and one woman, being the godly standard for the Church really too much of a burden to bear?

    If so, how strong is a man in Christ Jesus?

    Paul told Timothy to endure hardness as a good soldier. A soldiers life isn’t always easy is it?

    Sometimes they have to run with a heavy load.

    Is the doctrine of male and female created by God and brought together to be one flesh by him, according to his design, really too hard to bear?

    Are we really asking too much?

  45. Greg,

    “Christians conservatives have elevated an extremely minor biblical concern to the point were your salvation hinges on it.”

    It is not a minor concern. The scripture says people who do those things are not saved.

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