Saturday, May 03, 2014

Jars of Clay's Dan Haseltine: a vessel of dishonorable use

WND reports:

"Dan Haseltine tweeted: “I just don’t see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage. No societal breakdown, no war on traditional marriage. ?? Anyone?”
Further, in a statement he later regretted, he said: I don’t particularly care about Scripture’s stance on what is ‘wrong.’ I care more about how it says we should treat people.”
Tweeting Scripture verses to settle my questions of gay marriage isn’t helpful. Simple answers to complex questions= meh."
The Urban Dictionary says the slang term “meh” means: “Indifference; to be used when one simply does not care.”
End quote.

That's a man-centered, man-pleasing mentality which necessarily means he doesn't have a biblical worldview at all. He's also making a false dichotomy. It's also hypocritical because he's treating biblical Christians with contempt. Worse, he's treating the Triune God and His Word with utter contempt and rebellion. But he doesn't care about that. He just wants to worry about how to treat some group of people and fancy himself as spiritually and morally superior. The fact is, he's a pharisee.

God holds His Word high above anything and everything else. Including the feelings of people and their opinions. When a "Christian" tosses Scripture aside and cares more about how he thinks Christians should or should not be treating others (who made him the moral compass, anyway?), it shows he has a lack of love for the Truth--the very thing God absolutely loves. This is fruit of darkness and we should question Haseltine's faith.

When liberal "Christian" Post's blog pointed out the various passages in both testaments in Scripture that condemn sodomy, Haseltine's response was typical. Claiming to have not chosen his words wisely (um, repeately, days apart is not lack of choosing words wisely in a single moment of heated debate, although that would show serious concern, but rather it shows a constant rebellion against the truth and in favor of sodomy), as the WND article goes on to report:

“I care about what Scripture says. It matters.”
But he also noted: “I have received so many great messages from gay Christians. You have encouraged me.”
“So many gay couples display more loving characteristics and healthy relationship practices than most traditional marriage couples,” he said.
End quote.

Sproul Jr., Groothius, and Brown chimmed in on the issue.

Haseltine also continued in typical liberal fashion:


The Twitter discussion was heated at times, prompting Haseltine to comment:”Ah! The messiness shows itself! :). False dichotomy. Can we love and judge? Can we not condone and love? Is it our job to convict and love?”
In the middle of the discussion, Haseltine asked some basic questions about marriage itself.
“Arranged marriage? Marriage out of convenience? Marriage out of pregnancy? Etc… It’s as vague a term as ‘Christian,’” he tweeted.
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Trying to equate sodomy with valid marriage is utterly dishonest and ridiculous. The arrangement of marriage isn't a biblical issue so much as the foundational one that it is only and ever can be, between one woman and one man, regardless if it's arranged or out of convenience. Those issues presume a male and female, something foundationally contrary to Haseltine's option and equivocating of sodomy.

"Having grown up in the Christian church, I have observed and perpetrated many acts that originated out of fear.  In my career as an artist, musician, and storyteller, I have attempted to illuminate fear-based behavior in the church."

And yes, we can't forget the typical liberal moral accusation of "fear". Those standing for Truth are fearful, those who disregard Scripture and are tolerant and even promote ungodliness are "loving". Dogmatism: fearful; uncertainty and liberalism = loving.

How twisted is that?

First of all, holding dogmatically to dogmatic biblical Truth has nothing to do with fear except this: fearing God.

Pro 1:7  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. 

The fear of God, then, keeps us from sinning, as Thomas Watson said.

Secondly, if one is walking in sin and is rebelling against the knowledge of the Truth, they should fear God:

Mat 10:28  "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 

1Pe 1:16  because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY." 17  If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; 

Heb 10:31  It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 

God condemns such men who approve of sodomy as He states in relation to sodomy as well as other sins:

Rom 1:32  and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. 

Of all unbelievers, God says:


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