Creationist Wisdom #851: The Theocrat

Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s actually a column) appears in the Kuna Melba-News of Kuna, Idaho. It’s titled How did we get here? The newspaper has a comments section, but there aren’t any comments yet.

Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Scott J. Piper, pastor of the.Kuna Baptist Church We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

In his autobiography, Charles Darwin is quoted as saying, “I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all of my friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine.” So, like Darwin, many have rejected God, the creation, the Bible because they don’t like where it leaves them — accountable to God for their sinful choices.

Yes, Darwin wrote that. We discussed it in Creationist Wisdom #259: Stupefying. Then the rev reassures his flock:

But rest assured, whether you accept God or His creative work to be true or not someday we all will answer to Him.

[…]

The Bible is very clear, “… God is love.” 1 John 4:8. But like us, “Love” isn’t the only characteristic of God. He is Holy, righteous and a God who hates; He hates sin and sin can be defined as crossing any boundary line set by God in His Word.

That means God hates you, dear reader. Skipping a bit, the rev tells us:

It is my assertion that, in the relatively recent past, there have been a number of decisions which have accelerated both God’s wrath and humanities [sic] demented mindset. These decisions have led to more and more violence and the ever devaluing of human life.

When we decided to ignored the God of creation and buy into the lie of Evolution, we not only failed to recognize God as God, we also failed to recognize our place and purpose for existing. When we believe that man evolved out of premortal [Hee hee!] goo — mankind, at the core is not different, not special, and not accountable to God.

After denouncing the blasphemy of “premortal goo,” the rev continues:

This nation was founded on Biblical principles. If you question that, I direct you to the front of the Supreme Court building of the United States of America. There you will find the Ten Commandments which were used as a major guiding principle for our nation’s laws.

[*Groan*] That’s absolute nonsense — see Is America a “Christian Nation”? Let’s read on:

But recently there have been those demanding the removal of these, or the of the motto, “In God We Trust” or anything that smacks of “religion.” Those who do this do so based on “separation of church and State,” but what they fail to tell you is that they are redefining the intent of the founding fathers to mean that the church should not have influence on the state, when that was never their intent; the exact opposite was the clear intent of our forefathers.

What? The rev explains:

What they [the Founders, presumably] were saying was that the state should not have influence on the church’s teaching.

Oh. The state can’t mess with the church, but the church — the rev’s own church, of course — should have control over the government. Yeah, that’s what the Founders wanted.

The rest of the column is a long rant against abortion, which is not one of this blog’s issues, so this is where we’ll leave the rev. But wait — at the end, the newspaper says: “This is the second part of a four-part Matters of Faith column series submitted by Pastor Scott J. Piper of Kuna Baptist Church.” We won’t go hunting for Part One, but that might be a good project for you, dear reader.

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13 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #851: The Theocrat

  1. Michael Fugate

    He went to Cedarville U which is YEC to its core. In addition to not teaching science, I am guessing they don’t teach English either.

  2. It seems that they also don’t teach American history.

  3. Michael Fugate

    I didn’t check to see if David Barton was an adjunct professor.

  4. As a Baptist, he should be aware that the Baptists were particularly interested in the separation of church and state.
    But modernist Baptists seem to have diverged from their roots.

  5. Michael Fugate

    So he doesn’t know church history either.
    Here is what Northwest Baptist (from where he claims to have earned a degree) says in their mission statement:
    XIII. Of Civil Government
    We believe that civil government is divinely appointed for the interest and good order of society; that the individual should fulfill faithfully his responsibilities as a good citizen; that magistrates should be conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except in things opposed to the revealed will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience; that the church should remain distinct and separate from the state, and that there should be no intrusion of the one into the affairs of the other.

  6. Holding the Line in Florida

    If this individual wasn’t a well documented real person, I would have to cry POE! Such a collection of nonsense can scarcely be credited as the real thoughts of a sentient being.

  7. @Michael Fugate
    Well, per what you’ve said by their mission statement XIII, that seems to definitely eliminate Trump and many, many republicans.

  8. His English is even worse than thought — here’s an error SC didn’t “sic” on:

    When we decided to ignored the God of creation…

    Does not say much for Baptist theological seminaries. This fella’s sermons must be hard to listen to.

  9. Mission Statement:
    “…magistrates should be conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except in things opposed to the revealed will of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

    Since Jesus never “revealed his will” concerning evolution, all these creationists are in opposition to this mission statement. Will they be saved from the Lake of Fire? In the words of DJT, “We’ll see what happens.”

  10. Hold the Line in Florida is guilty of a false dichotomy:

    “I would have to cry POE! …… a sentient being.”
    I dare to maintain that Piping Scotty doesn’t really qualify as sentient, given the manure he produces and he doesn’t recognize at such.

  11. >”How did we get here?”

    My guess is someone fell off their horse in Idaho.

  12. Dave Luckett

    He is obviously ignorant of his Church’s own roots or present position. He clearly knows no history, for he has no clue about what happens when religious belief is used as the founding principle of the State. He certainly seems to be incapable of reflection on the doctrine of eternal damnation – that is, what it says about his god. He is probably unaware of the very meaning of the word “theocracy”. It is even quite likely that he has at best a shaky grasp on the origins, provenance, construction and even full content of the Scriptures, and little understanding of the difficulties of translating them. I would very much doubt his knowledge of the original languages. Nevertheless, he knows what he believes, and he really does believe it, and he means what he says.

    That is what I find most horrifying of all. He really does believe that the State should be organised and run on the lines approved by the hideous celestial tyrant he worships. It is not merely that he thinks force majeure makes it necessary to bow to this monster’s psychopathic will . No, not at all. He thinks that it is right to do so – righteous, impeccable, morally correct. He honestly cannot see the problem with a god who hates anyone who crosses his will, and whose vengeance consists of torturing them forever. That, to the pastor’s mind, is only right.

    Which gives the clue to what he actually worships: authority. His god is authority infinitely expanded. The pastor really isn’t interested in ethics or morality, much as he may use those words as he prates. It cannot cross his mind that a being capable of an infinite evil is infinitely evil. No, that would require a consideration of good and evil – and the pastor has no such rubric. Authority is all he knows or can ever conceive.

    If he, or his party, ever acquired the authority they yearn for so desperately, then rightly we could say, God help us all – while reflecting that he helps those who help themselves.

  13. Richard Bond

    This nation was founded on Biblical principles. If you question that, I direct you to the front of the Supreme Court building of the United States of America. There you will find the Ten Commandments…

    Wrong: see https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/national-capital/