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SITUATION ETHICS- THE HISTORY
"In Situation Ethics, right and wrong depend upon the situation. There are no universal moral rules or rights - each case is unique and deserves a unique solution."
"Situation Ethics rejects 'prefabricated decisions and prescriptive rules'. It teaches that ethical decisions should follow flexible guidelines rather than absolute rules, and be taken on a case by case basis."
Thus, there are no absolutes, and anyone, including God, who introduces absolutes into the human experience is evil. The ideal world will arrive when everyone who walks in the precepts of God Almighty is eliminated. Thus, it will one day become loving to kill Christians who have standards they received from God.
"So a person who practices Situation Ethics approaches ethical problems with some general moral principles rather than a rigorous set of ethical laws and is prepared to give up even those principles if doing so will lead to a 'greater good.' "
"The greater good" be damned. There is none good but God, and looking for a "greater" good is, in reality, a search for an alternative to God. This is because God has made the rules, and he will tolerate no alternative to himself.
Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
The pathetic thing is that Situation Ethics was first introduced to modern man as an alternative form of Christianity by a man named Joseph Fletcher. The Humanist John Dewey than picked it up and applied it to education and child rearing. The result has been moral shipwreck. The terminal stage of this assault on the Word of God has been the chaos theory, that is, that chaos, socially and morally, brings a new order better than the original one. This is the ethic of the Clinton, Bush, Kissinger, Soros, and Rockafeller society of moral thugs.
I have a personal experience with the Situation Ethics of John Dewey. I attended Second Grade in a school in Los Angeles. This school had bought into the John Dewey theory of education. This freak from Hell said that the child should not be inhibited by standards of education. He should be allowed to determine what he wanted to do and learn. To structure a child's education was defined as "suppressing creativity." Of course, I had no idea what philosophy was behind my career in Second Grade, but I soon learned that I could decline arithmetic and reading and claim my destiny as a great scholar by doing nothing all day but finger painting. I am not making this up.
My parents did not catch this because my Dad was totally distracted making a living. But, we moved to the California Mojave Desert to a school with a principal who had come from Kentucky, and his standard was reading, writing, and arithmetic. He enforced his standard with the board of education, right on my fanny. What time we got in art and square dancing was called a "Reward" for learning something essential. I realized that something had gone seriously wrong in my back history when the teacher told us to use a spelling word in a sentence with the word "of" in it. I still remember sitting and trying to figure out how to spell "of." Was it OF, or was it UV? I can also still remember wondering why someone did not teach me that.
"To the Situation Ethicist, moral judgments are decisions, not conclusions. Decisions ought to be made situationally, not prescriptively. We should seek the well-being of people, rather than love principles."
This is blasphemy against the Word of God:
Psalms 119:97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Can you see how Situation Ethics is a product of Evolution? Situations are always evolving. That is very true. The implication is that, in order to remain "relevant," we must change and change and change. THAT IS CCM MUSIC AND MEGA CHURCH WORSHIP.
Situation Ethics hides behind the greatest Christian virtue, love. Only one thing is said to be intrinsically good, namely, love: nothing else. We should seek the well-being of people, rather than follow principles.
While the Situationalist would agree that, "God is love," he totally rejects the Law of Moses and all the commandments of Jesus Christ. He does this with the simple statement, "Times change." This implies that anything God declares as absolute is, in reality, in flux and changing. Thus, God is not even needed to live life if we do everything we do out of love.
Rather than say, "Prayer changes things," the Situationalist says, "Things change prayer."
This falls apart when we see what alleged love can do. Love caused Adolph Hitler to massacre millions of Jews out of love for the Fatherland. Love is called up regularly by abortionists, pedophiles, and nearly every moral freak in modern society. You see, the goal of the Bible believer is not to solve every situation he confronts with warm fuzzy solutions. It is this:
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
You cannot walk humbly with your God while you trash his commands to you. That is the height of arrogance, not humility.
Many Christians have fallen for the smooth wooings of certain Situation Ethics men, such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He also loved the Fatherland, Germany. Under the banner of love for Germany and zeal for Christ, he appointed himself to assassinate Hitler, and thousands of preachers and writers today lift up Bonhoeffer as a great example to follow.
Bonhoeffer would have told you that, "The rightness depends on many factors. The rightness of an action does not reside in the act itself but in the loving configuration of the factors in the situation-- in the 'elements of a human act.' In other words, it is a totality of end, means, motive, and foreseeable consequences which determine what is the right course of action."
And, now we take Situation Ethics to the church house where true Bible believers listen to their pastor rearrange the absolutes of God's Word in order to accommodate their own brand of love. These creeps sell you patriotism and nationalism as a form of zeal which God is said to love. The result is a mongrel form of zeal which never rises above the gut level of waving the flag and pledging allegiance to a pretty piece of cloth which stands for abortion and world domination by endless war. Or, in other nations, it consists of kissing the dictator's backside, or again, it may consist in killing 1.5 million Iraqis so that, "We stop them there before they come here."
Let us expand on the national massacre by the US Military of millions in Iraq. Some of you jerkawallah preachers tell us that US Military soldiers are protecting our freedom. So, please explain to me how our freedom was threatened by Sadaam Hussein before we murdered him. In what way do you feel God is pleased with the death of thousands of innocent woman and children, and were they ever a threat to you? The only thing you can respond with is rage at me, not rational biblical truth.
It is Situation Ethics which thousands of pastors used, as I was writing this article, to force Christians to vote, "For the lesser of two evils" in the US Presidential elections. Nowhere in the Bible does God suggest we delete our standard of righteousness, that is, in rejecting profane and wicked men, in order to "gain the greater good." I personally declined to vote for either candidate because they are both profane filthy mouthed worldlings. I find no virtue is a man who flips wives like Warren Buffett flips houses. Nor am I impressed with men who boldly boast that they grab strange women by the pussy. Certainly, this was a difficult "situation." But, if I hold God as the author of my standard of living, I cannot give my imprimatur to any candidate who is gross and profane.
Another Situational notion is that we need to seek the "Greater Good." There is no "greater good." The very terms are oxymoronic. "Greater" implies that there is a perfect "good," but I must settle for a form of "good" which is only better than an ungodly alternate choice. Please read this paragraph again and again until you understand it.
With God, there are no situations. With God there are only absolutes. Every event and "situation" in our lives is there by his divine plan, and he expects us to deal with it ON HIS TERMS ONLY. When we come to a "situation" which is not directly addressed in the Bible, we do not start with "loving your fellow man" as the standard. We start with God the Holy Spirit. If your starting point in matters of life is "the love of men," you are not born again.
Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
If you do not hear the voice, do not do it. Any perceived good that can come of going forward without the voice of God the Holy Spirit cannot please God.
So, let us look at the primal event which introduced Situation Ethics into the human experience.
The very first transgression of humanity was based on Situation Ethics.
3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD
God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat
of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Satan, the Serpent, first tried the trick in verse 1 in which he implies that God is totally depriving Eve of eating from ANY of the trees in the Garden. Eve, very piously, schools Satan and straightens him out. She tells him she cannot eat of only one tree. Being able to correct God fallen angel must have given Eve a feeling of superiority over Satan. You are in danger when you get the idea that you are better than the Devil. He will then help you lead yourself into folly and wickedness. "Pride cometh before destruction....."
Satan then goes on to inform Eve that there is much to be gained by disobeying God. She will become a goddess. Now, that seems to be a great possibility, and think of all the good she could do as a goddess. She would be like God, and she would do all sorts of wonderful things to please God.
Satan used the Hebrew plural, translated "ye," when he offered Eve godhead. Thus, he included Adam. Eve, by one selfish act, could bring her husband and herself into the Godhead. What a great opportunity to do good by doing just one little act of evil. It could easily be said that Eve gave Adam the fruit to eat our of love and humility. There ARE humble yet deluded people out there.
3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant
to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit
thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Verse 6 shows that the logic of situation ethics is based in self-gratification, not in pleasing God. Eve would titillate her belly, she would be eating something very pretty, and she would become wise. In false humility, she ate and then gave the fruit to her husband. Situation Ethics is contagious.
Did they suddenly become gods full of wisdom? No, they became naked.
I might as well tell you right where this discussion will end. If you indulge in Situation Ethics you will become naked, naked before God, naked before your fellow Christians, and naked in your own eyes. Guilt will be the only emotion, not the joy of the Lord.
Situation Ethics can go by other names:
Jesuit Casuistry was invented by a militant Catholic priest named Ignasius Loyola. He taught that the Roman Catholic Church should do evil if some good came out of it. This is really an old trick, and it was right there in the sin of Eve. She did evil to seek a good result.
"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States.
This is becoming very common in Christian circles today. When you ask an older Christian if they have Contemporary Christian Music in their mega church, they will say, "I personally do not like that music, but it is bringing in the lost and the youth." These people have decided to box off their convictions on music in church meetings so that they can go forward in other areas. They may participate in Sunday School teaching, and they may be on the church board. They do many allegedly good works in the church. The irony is, across town is a small storefront church struggling along, singing the old hymns of the faith, and they need a Sunday School teacher. This flaming hypocrite is simply boxing up music and ignoring it so that he can hang out with the mega church mob and drink the Starbucks latte between services.
This is the art of dumping the old ways and old paths under the wretched logic that, "Times change, and we need to change with them." God's holiness does not change, but your damned version of holiness is being trashed as you allow yourself to believe that "going forward" to new methods and new interpretations of biblical absolutes. Thus, while you used to feel comfortable in your soul about the leader of worship being dressed in a suit and tie, you now rejoice in this fugitive from a baboon convention; with tattoos all over himself; dressed in clothes that look like they came from the "free" box at The Goodwill Store.
We have pretty much established that Situation Ethics is evil. But, do you REALLY believe it is evil? It is very common in all church denominations, and even in small independent local churches, to believe some doctrine in the outline of Systematic Theology, but many Christians stop there. They do not really care to find these doctrines changing how they think and live.
So, here are some examples in everyday life for us the consider. Each example calls for two responses: Obedience to the Word of God, or Situation Ethics and its slop hog results.
2 Peter 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
You are standing in front of your home. A man is walking down the sidewalk who looks thuggish and ominous, but he is dressed well in a suit and tie. He comes to your neighbor's driveway. The paper boy has thrown your neighbor's newspaper on the driveway near the sidewalk. The man looks at your neighbor's house briefly, and then he stoops over and picks up the newspaper and tucks it under his arm.
Will you shake your head in disgust, or will you shout at the thug and tell him to put the paper back where he found it?
The risk here is very low. The thug will not really do you any physical harm, but you will be told to F___ off, and he will probably flip the finger at you. This will not feel good. He may even threaten you. Will the consequences of doing the right thing stop you from reacting as you should?
If you are not totally grounded and convinced in the absolutes of God's law in the Word of God, by the time you stop and think about the "situation" in front of you, the man will be gone. How fast is your reaction time in the face of evil and wickedness?
Evangelist Barry Smith said he was standing in line checking out of a grocery store. The man behind him burst out with a profane use of God's name. Barry said he reacted instantly without the slightest thought, turned, grabbed the man by the lapels, and shook him violently, while he said, "That is my Savior and Lord's name you are using, and you better stop it." Right, I am sure you think that is much too violent. Frankly, I am proud to be part of battle with fellow soldier Barry Smith.
You are walking from the super market back to you car. As you approach the parking lane, someone backs out of a parking space and crunches into another car. They get out and look at the damage, and they walk back to their car and prepare to drive away. Will you pull out your cell phone and take a photo of the car?
The Situation Ethics devil starts talking. "Don't get involved. You will make a lot of trouble for yourself. You will need to wait until the owner of the damaged car comes out of the store. Then, you will have to give them your email, or get theirs, and send the photo to them. They may want you to be a witness later in court, or you may be questioned by the police as a witness."
Finally, the offending party may threaten you and make trouble for you. Will you do the right thing or let the consequences and situation rule your actions?
If you feel like this is commando action time, pull the cell phone at once, and yell to the offender, "I am getting a video of what you do next, sir." In this case, you may want to carry pepper spray in the event that the offender attacks you.
This is happening now in Europe. I am not making this up.
You are walking down the sidewalk, and you come on a woman, usually young, who is being accosted by two Muslims. One is in a robe with an embroidered cap. He is probably a Mullah from the local mosque. These men are pressing the women, telling her she should have a hejab over her head. She is trying to reason with them and tell them she is not a Muslim, and,"This is a free country, and I do not have to dress like a Muslim."
As you arrive near these people, the woman is clearly showing signs of being threatened and trying to terminate the discussion. But, the two men will not leave her alone.
What will you do? Will you step between the woman and the two men, put your face nose to nose with them and tell them to shove off? Forget the cell phone trick. These Muslims beasts do not threaten easily. So, if they start shouting in your face, will you kick one of them in the balls?
There are consequences in defending people against Muslims. They love confrontation, and you must be ready to become physical and bash them up. Will you take that risk?
If you live in a community where militant Muslims roam about making trouble, CARRY ONE OF THESE, and learn to use it. The effective way to drop an assailant without permanent damage is to hit the side of his leg hard. Otherwise, in a life and death struggle, go to the head, and with force. The weapon is A LOT MORE EFFECTIVE THAN YOU THINK. To "cock" the weapon, lay it extended on your shoulder. Savvy trouble makers now know you are serious.
Your daughter is dating a young man from your church fellowship. He is known as a decent young man. He comes to you, your daughter's Dad, and asks you if he can start kissing your daughter, "And stuff like that." The Bible says, 1 Corinthians 7:1-2 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
Will you let this loving polite decent well thought of young man kiss your daughter? The Bible says NO. Why are you even confused and wondering what to do? Do you believe "times have changed?" What an idiot you are. Times do change, but human nature, and the libido of men and woman have not changed since Adam looked at Eve and liked what he saw. The fact is, the young man may need to be run off. The only thing we can say good about the young man is that he at least asked. Most good godly young men in the Lord's Church today do not ask for anything, they take it like Donald Trump.
More important question- Do you even have a standard? The young man would have never asked the question if you made a standard, stated it up front, and enforced it.
You really appreciate your pastor. He lives an orderly life, and he is a great Bible teacher. As you drive along the boulevard, you see your pastor's car parked in front of a cocktail lounge, and as you pass he is coming out of the place with a woman on his arm who is not his wife.
Will you simply decide to flee from that Church? Will you decide he may have had a good reason to be there, and it really is not your job to ask the pastor personal questions? Or, will you get the pastor alone, tell him what you saw, and ask him if he can explain why he was escorting a strange woman out of a bar?
The consequences are almost 100% predictable. The pastor will tell you there is no problem, don't worry about it. He may claim he was doing something related to his ministry. Later, he will get cold with you, and finally, he will push you toward the door by saying things which are offensive and cause trouble to you and your family. You will probably have to move on and look for another church. Will you do the right thing?
You may also, as one man I know did, find the pastor broken hearted with what he did. He may need YOU more than anyone else to help him get his victory back and resist sin.
What is the objective?
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
This does not mean to sweep the sin under the carpet and pretend all is well. It means the "brethren" together must deal with the sin, require confession of the sin, set a period of restoration and restriction from ministry, and somewhere down the road restore the pastor to his ministry if he shows no fault.
I had a young man in a church I pastored who had a problem with drinking and running to bars. He did not linger and carouse there. He drank himself drunk in a hurry and fled home. This always happened on Saturday evening. He was miserable during Sunday services the next morning. I could tell when I went to the pulpit to preach that he had lost it the night before. His whipped spirit showed me the truth.
He asked me what he could do. I knew he liked to shoot pool, and there was a pool table in the recreation building at the KOA campground nearby. There were no alcoholic drinks there. I told him when he got an urge to go to the bar, call me, and we would go shoot pool until he got over the urge. He did this several times, and he eventually got victory. But, it was rough for me. He always called on Saturday evening while I was getting my sermon ready for Sunday. That meant working into the wee hours of the morning to finish the sermon. But, his victory was priceless, and he probably learned more about Christian love from my actions than from my sermons.
Situation: Was my study time more important than this fellow's victory? The Holy Spirit made it clear to me that, on Saturday night anyway, my brother was higher priority than my study time.
Doing the right thing is not necessarily convenient. It is sometimes very troubling. But, I promise you this..... Resorting to Situation Ethics will leave you with a lot more sorrow, and it can leave you with pain in your soul for the rest of your life. It left Adam and Eve naked and ashamed of themselves.
Get it over with. Be the person Christ would be in your situation. Do the right thing, and the devil take the hindmost.
You are traveling in farm country, and you are late for an appointment. This is the flat lands, and you can see forever. You come to an intersection in the middle of nowhere, and there is a stop sign. You can see for certain that there are no cars coming to the cross road, so you gun it and fly right through the stop sign.
You "got away with it" because you sized up the situation, and it was very clear that there would be no harm done in breaking the law. You meditate briefly and talk to yourself about observing "the spirit of the law." You feel OK with yourself because no harm could have possibly come from you choice.
That is true, but only if you leave your conscience out of the discussion.
1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
You see my friend, you gave yourself away when you gunned it through the intersection with the pedal to the floor. Under these ideal conditions you did not need to gun it at all. The reason you did that was GUILT. You can tell yourself that you were not really an offender, but your conscience tells you otherwise.
The problem is, every time you brazenly break the stop sign law, OR ANY LAW OF GOD, you are quieting the voice of your conscience a bit more. Finally, one day, you will not gun it through that intersection because your conscience no longer will be heard. The voice which God gave you to call you back to his law will have been silenced.
The source of a good conscience is NOT based on how you deal with situations. It is based on whether or not your attention is totally on Christ and the Word of God which can cleanse your conscience:
Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Again, your life is based on one of two externals. Either you justify yourself based on the situations around you, or you have been to Jesus and had your conscience conditioned by the Word of God. Which one rules you life? It is impossible to please God and base your choices on the situations of life.
You get off of the bus, and have forty minutes to wait until you can transfer to the next bus in your trip. That is long enough to go into the hamburger restaurant on the street in front of you. So, you go in and climb up on a stool at the counter. The counter girl hands you a menu, and you quickly pick something that looks good.
Now, as you wait, you glance around the restaurant and take in some of the people around you. Just down the counter from you is a very old lady. She is dressed in outdated clothing, but she is tidy. She looks thin, and you suddenly realize she is eating only an order of French fries and a glass of milk.
What startled me about this video, of people buying a street person a meal, is that the man bowed his head and gave thanks. Remember, he had a video camera in front of him. Would you have prayed in that setting? If he was that zealous, then we can pretty much assume he is our brother in Christ. What are we all missing, my friend, because we do not pay forward on our reward from our Lord in the Glory? You will get no stars in your crown for being the top team lead in your company. You WILL be rewarded for these acts of kindness. Your choice.
When the waitress comes with your hamburger, you ask her quietly, "Does that lady come here often?"
The counter girl says, "Yes, almost every day."
"Does she ever order a real meal," you ask.
"Fries and milk is what she almost always orders. I think she must be very poor," says the counter girl.
You respond, "Please make her a cheeseburger and add it to my bill. Please also do not tell her who bought it for her."
The lady soon receives the cheeseburger and is shocked. You stop looking so she will not know who you are. You finish your food, and as you leave and pay your bill, you look at the old lady. She is devouring the cheeseburger. As you get on the bus to continue your journey, you settle into a seat, and the memory of that old lady will come back over and over for the rest of your life......
.....Because you did the right thing.
This story happened in downtown Los Angeles. Can you tell I love this story? And, it only cost me an extra 39 cents back in 1965.
If you want to feel you did the right thing also, you will have to make a small investment and go to a minimum of trouble.
But, the reward is priceless and eternal.
have any of your kids had the feeling of doing the right thing for someone like
This young lady will never forget that day, and she will be generous the rest of her life.
You can see her sense of wonder.
one are you?
Don't tell me you don't go to bars. This could just as easily happen in a restaurant.
I have watched many of these videos of people giving food to the homeless street people. Almost 100% of them say, "God bless you" after the food is given. The American culture is rapidly shucking off any consciousness of God, but it is instructional to see that when people hit bottom they see anything good that happens as a gift from God. You will find homeless people very grateful, and that feels good also.
What does this have to do with Situation Ethics? If you are not generous at all to the homeless, what lousy excuse are you using to justify your stingy soul? Are you one of those who claim that these people go into their poverty by being lazy? Or, maybe you figure they simply refuse to accept the help social agencies offer them. Whatever your excuse, you are a violator:
25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with
him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Now, go do the right thing.
I have attended a good number of pastors' retreats and conferences. Before the meetings start, and during breaks and lunch, these preachers, with few exceptions, stand around the foyer and brag on their accomplishments. They lie, they lie, they lie.
They will tell you how many conversions they got. The math is done the same way the good old boys tell fishing stories at the local barber shop or at the round table at the cafe. Every time the story is told, an inch is added. Thus, these preachers somehow find no guilt in added some numbers to the actual count of those who walked the aisle at their altar calls. They also seem to forget that some of those people were simply "going forward" to rededicate their lives to Christ.
The most grievous liar of them all was Jack Hyles. He claimed that he won 300 people a week to Christ. Well, I worked out the math. I used his figures he used when he bragged about how much time he spent preparing for sermons and in personal prayers. I added up the time he claimed he spent driving and flying around the world to speak in conferences. Then, I factored in time for sleep, pooping, eating meals, and taking care of other personal things. What I arrived at was that he had only 20 minutes per convert to win them to Christ. This, to any REAL souls winner is clearly impossible and a bold faced lie.
Another liar was Lee Roberson. He claimed to have taken some church from a handful of people to 10,000 members. I heard him brag on himself, telling a group of preachers all the clever things he did to get the numbers up. And then, he became clearly nervous at all the bragging he had done, and he tried to cover up his vanity, saying, "What I did was nothing special. Any one of you preachers could do the same thing." The lie is, NONE OF US, if we are really walking with the Lord faithfully, can add one soul to Christ's Church simply because we try hard. Roberson tried to create a situation apologetic by which he could exalt himself. For the record, his church started dying just before he died, and it is not gone- dead- a pathetic memory.
Preachers today are not covering up for a whole string of vile perverts. Doug Philips and Bill Gothard, who used young women sexually while they were "serving Jesus" are being defended by James Dobson and all manner of wretched fools in various pulpits. The Duggards were defended over and over by thousands of preachers around America while their son was molesting the young ladies. What logic do these preachers use when they cover up for these moral dogs? I gather it is Situation Ethics, in that, the reasoning is that if the preachers are exposed in their sin, the testimony of Christ will be dishonored. So, what happens? The mainline media run news reports on the moral abjects and their sins, and they then mock at the preachers who defended them. The damage to the Gospel explodes exponentially.
Another lie I hate is the lie that there is a "Red Line of Blood" from John the Baptist all the way down to the present Baptist movement. There is a book out on this topic, and the damning aspect is that there is NO evidence that Baptists existed as a group defined in any fashion before around 1590 AD. The Anabaptist Movement started at around 1540, but the modern Baptists reject the Anabaptists. Furthermore, John the Baptist was not a Christian. He was a believing Jew in the Dispensation of Law. The whole thing is a pile of horse leavings, but pastor after pastor will lie to you and assure you he can prove the legend is true.
Gail Riplinger, with the imprimatur of Dr. Peter Ruckman, attack David Cloud, a fellow Baptist. She claimed he was not King James Bible only. I have talked to him, and he IS KJV only. He is also Textus Receptus only. Cloud is only guilty of one thing..... he has no patience for Dr. Ruckman. So, Gail Riplinger, a lady, attacked a man of God pastor, and she lied about him. Thousands of pastors who have read book, New Age Bible Versions, now believe that David Cloud is a heretic. She has never repented, so I have to inform you that Riplinger may not even be born again.
Slandering the wicked is not permitted in the Bible, nor can you find a godly Bible character who was told by God to lie about the wicked. Just because the Pope is a heretic, you are not free to make up things about him which are patently untrue. Nor are you free to even imply evil in some other pastor with whom you disagree. I have heard some of you preachers lie about other pastors of course, but it is just as evil to lie about the Mormon bishop in your town. When you make claims as to what they do at Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witnesses, when in fact you have never been there and seen what you are talking about, you are wicked. The Situation Ethics argument is that your lies will cause the faithful to not be attracted to these cults if you terrify them enough. You lazy bastard (Hebrews 12:8)! The reason you have to resort to these shortcuts and lies is because you refuse to study and teach. Your sermons are all bombast, bluster, and bull, so your people are weak and susceptible to being seduced by the cults. Are you even born again?
Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Preacher, if you lie and lie and lie with impunity about all sorts of things, you are not born again. You are damned to Hell, and I shall do everything I possibly can to destroy you.
LIAR TED HAGGARD
There is no reason to believe one word he says in this video. He is trying to do damage control so he can be brought back into the kingdom where the cash flows. Please notice how he blames the culture (SITUATION) he was brought up in, that is, the culture where sin is called sin. "I just had a compulsion within that needed to be processed by a good counselor."
Bah. What rubbish. No, Ted Haggard sinned against God, his wife, and nature. The fact that he waffles around about calling sodomy sin proves he is still carrying the virus. Ted still has sodomy in a special compartment with a title on the door that reads, "My Special Situation."
The editor of the video, in the middle of the thing, tells us that the reason all these men fell was because they were trapped in a Christian Fundamentalist box that God did not approve of, and he goes on to say that faithfulness to one wife is not necessary, and lust for porn is OK. Obviously, this is rank heresy, but it also shows how situation ethics is rampant, even in a video which exposes sin and ungodliness.
The rest of the pastors covered in this documentary have all at first tried to cover up the sin as far as I can learn. The point is, the instinct of pastors, let alone those in the pew, of many churches is to lie and cover at all costs. The most gross insult to God and his holiness was the big weepy display Jimmy Swaggart made of his sin right in the pulpit. This was done in such a dramatic manner that the masses of his congregation at once wanted to forgive him. He went on shortly to return to a Christian ministry as if holiness can be switched on again by saying some magic words. There is a long journey between forgiveness and holiness as all the devils of Situation Ethics are evicted..
editor of the video, at 37.22 minutes, ends the video with repetitious and disjointed
alleged evidences that I suggest you not waste your time with.
J. Frank Norris was pastor of First Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas. He preached a straight Gospel message, and he attacked sin in many forms in Fort Worth. He was noted for his attack on racetrack betting and against strong drink.
Frank made friends of businessmen in his city, and they loved him. This is certainly commendable. There were several Roman Catholic car dealers in Fort Worth who loved Pastor Norris, but they would not respond to the Gospel which he gave to them. So, Norris decided they were hopeless for salvation, and he adopted a Situation Ethics approach to his friendship with them.
Pastor Norris went to Europe, and while there he visited the Vatican. He purchased several huge expensive crucifixes, and he paid to have them officially blessed by the Pope. When he returned to Fort Worth, he gave each of the Catholic car dealers one of the crucifixes. The car dealers were enthralled with the gift, and from that day forward those car dealers covered Norris with cash. He never again gave them the Gospel. He reasoned that since they were going to Hell by their own choice, he would harvest as much of their wealth as possible for his ministry.
This story was passed on to my by Pastor Bob Shots, disciple of EP Vic, who was a preacher boy disciple of Frank Norris.
The ethic of J. Frank Norris was absolutely upside down according to the Bible.
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
The very act of withholding the Gospel from any sinner is wicked, but to do so in order to prosper financially is the ultimate of wickedness. The situation be damned.
James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
That is short and to the point. God the Holy Spirit inspired the Bible writers to be blunt sometimes so that our perverse old sin nature will not get around the truth. If you know what to do, that is, you know what is right in the present situation. And, if you procrastinate and start looking for "extenuating circumstances" and "unique aspects" and other such ways to go cheap on God's holiness, you are wicked.
So, you wanted me to use some vast theological blather to broaden the whole discussion until you have several ways to skip out the back door on God, right?
up, or shut up. If you refuse to stand on the Word of God and take a plain up
front position on any form of evil, you are a Gospel wimp, not a useful Christian.
Perhaps your reluctance to do the right thing is caused by the fact that you are
simply not born again. You never did have the new God-given nature in you, so
there is really no war going on inside you between good and evil. If this is the
case, please leave the church where you pretend to be a Christian, and go to hell
quietly. If you will not confess your faith in Jesus Christ as you Lord and Savior,
you are a devil doing nothing in your church but making trouble.
44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane,
and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
During the Kingdom of Christ the Messiah, there will be no gray areas. Everything in life will be black or white, profane of holy. If you are juggling the world, the flesh, and the devil while attempting to live a Christian life, you will have no idea what is going on when you arrive in the Kingdom. You will have to start at square one with the holiness of Jesus Christ.
is totally disinterested in your blasted situations. He has his will, it is well
presented in the Word of God, and the sooner you cleanse your soul of the damned-to-hell
human reasoning you get from wicked preachers online and in too many churches,
the sooner your life will become void of spiritual compromise and sin. If that
sounds boring to you, you are not born again.
5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
The sins in verses 19-21 are non-negotiable. They were off limits to the believer when Paul wrote them, and they were off limits in Israel under Moses' Law. Damn your "situation." If you live in a continuous state of sin, indulging in one of these sins with no remorse, you are damned to Hell. That is what is meant by "shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
"Damned?" you ask. Right. Anyone, who lives on and on, explaining his sin as the product of some alleged situation, is not born again. Sooner or later his conscience MUST kick in, and again, sooner of later the Holy Spirit will speak to him in rebuke.
It is also a sin to make ourselves free of these sins but coast along not exercising our soul and life with the fruit of the Spirit in verses 22-23. You are a dry well if you keep all the laws you can find in the Bible, rage and roar with delight at your Baptist Standards, but you have nothing coming out of you that looks like fruit unto righteousness. The law keepers of Jesus' day, that Pharisees, are all burning in Hell right now except for Nicodemus. Ah, but what fine law keepers they were. If those Pharisees were to return today by some special dispensation of God, they would all become Independent Fundamental Baptists in good standing.
fact, those Pharisees were masters of situations. I will give you an example.
Old Jewish law forbid a Jew from traveling on the Sabbath farther than the distance
between his home and a synagogue or the temple. The Pharisees came up with little
tents which they would carry along on the Sabbath when they wanted to break this
law. They would walk a Sabbath day's journey, pitch the little tent and take it
down again, and then they could walk another Sabbath day's journey from the little
tent. The little tent was declared to be their home for the purpose of answering
the question of the law. This was a classic form of Situation Ethics.
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Do you find the Christian life burdensome and grievous? If so, you have not yet come to love the Law of God. You will soon slip into Situation Ethics, and the end of this will be shame and spiritual nakedness.
I hear someone whining.
me, sir, do you like STOP signs? They are a bother to some, while they give others
peace of mind. The STOP sign is a blessing because it regulates and restrains
the crazies. If the fear of a ticket is all that keeps the wicked from running
into you, so be it. The law is a blessing. Even so, the Law of God ought to be
a blessing to you and me.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
It is sure getting basic, right. This looks like a line from my Third Grade Dick and Jane reader. If you weasel out of Christ's commandments by reason and expounding on the "situation," you do not love Christ. It is time to make a statement in the end of the Church Age. The vast majority of people sitting in church pews every Sunday do not love Jesus Christ. Their behavior for the past six days, and their total lack of guilt, tell me that they are damned to Hell BASTARD SONS.
If you are the central participant in a church house rebellion against your pastor, you are a bastard son.
If you have an affair going on on the sly, and you have no intention of dealing with it as sin, you are a bastard son.
If you cheat on your income taxes every year with no remorse, you are a bastard son.
list goes on and on. Bastards abound in Christendom, from the Vatican to your
Fundamental Baptist Church.
We end with a verse I already used once. This will be the duty of the priests in the Kingdom of Messiah Jesus Christ in the future. Are you teaching your family these things? Are you LIVING this kind of life?
44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane,
and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
If you find yourself avoiding the thought of what is holy versus what is profane, you are a loser. You may not even be born again.
It is very common, especially in Baptist circles, for Christians to obey the "standards" of the group, local church, or pastor as a guide to living holy before the Lord. This is an act of crass disobedience to the Word of God.
Paul had to caution the saints at Rome about their rude custom of judging one another by their own personal standards.
14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
The point here is that one believer has a personal standard about what he eats or does not eat. While another believer strictly abstains from nothing but eats anything he can be thankful for.
Another believer feels he must be at the local church's real estate "every time the doors are open." While another believer feels no law forcing him to show up ("regardeth not the day) for every local church event.
It is VERY common today for Baptists and other groups, especially their pastors, to condemn and blast anyone who does not meet the standard set by the pastor on these and other matters.
This is a serious situation, right? Situation Ethics would tell you to keep the laws and standards of your local church in order to not offend those people and convince them that you love them. That is NOT what Paul told you to do. He told you to be fully persuaded in your own mind (which implies serious thinking by YOU) what is right or wrong for YOU.
Verse 3 tells us that we may not "despise" nor "judge" one another over standards. If you have peace with God the Holy Spirit about some issue, and if your conscience truly does not condemn you in the thing, then you can expect your brother AND PASTOR to mind their own business. If you are under continual condemnation by believers for your own personal standards in Christ, and if the brethren simply refuse to leave you alone on the issue, find another church at once. You will not benefit at all from fellowship with judges.
The key is this..... Are you "persuaded in your own mind"? Have you searched the Scriptures and directly asked the Holy Spirit for light on these issues? If not, you are probably not pleasing God at all. You simply want to be left to live a sloppy spiritual life and blame your choices on "my situation." You need to search your heart diligently on the matter.
If you refuse to make the Word of God the complete authority in all areas of your life, God has a final option. If you are really born again........
GOD ALMIGHTY GONNA CUT YOU DOWN.
Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!
THEN, THERE ARE PREACHERS WITH THIS PROBLEM- NO CHILDREN WATCHING THIS
In no way do I get the warm fuzzies from this video. It does bring up the issue of preachers who raise faggot sons. What does the local church do with a preacher who cannot raise God fearing children? Blame is on the kid, right?
"MASS INCARCERATION" IS AN EVIL ENTITY
This godless notion makes the cops, courts, and prison guards the bad guys. The evil ones are now the law enforcers. The Bible teaches that the criminals are the sinners who went over the line on purpose. The only way to protect society from them is incarceration or the death sentence. This is a classic example of blame shifting as a form of Situation Ethics. Beware how you think.
DOING THE RIGHT THING MAY HAVE CONSEQUENCES BY HUMAN STANDARDS
God knows this, and your reward will come to you eventually. If nothing else, you will be the one with the clear conscience.
DOING THE RIGHT THING THE WRONG WAY - J Vernon McGee
Ignore the sermon title on the video itself. It is wrong. The subject is extremely important. David's love for God, and his good intentions, are without question. David simply failed to do his Bible study. God had told Moses how to move the ark around. David missed that, but the consequences of his error were not withheld.
A LIST OF RIGHT CHOICES IS NOT ENOUGH
Making choices based on every unusual detail in life is essential.
LESSONS LEANED AFTER BAD CHOICES WERE MADE
This was not an evil man. He simply made some poor choices.
IT'S ALL ABOUT STRONG DELUSION-- PEOPLE WHO LOVE AND MAKE A LIE
HOW CAN THE WHOLE WORLD SLIDE INTO SUCH DEPRAVITY?
Answer: God has driven the world mad.
Here is how it is happening now.
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