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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