This is a disturbing post at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
Even the title is disturbing: What Does It Mean to “Throw Your Pearls Before Pigs”? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
During his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers to use discernment when sharing truth and not “give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs [swine], lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you” (Matthew 7:6 ESV). This means we are to share the gospel but, if and when it becomes obvious the gospel is not welcome and is just being trampled on, we’re to move on and find others who are ready to listen.
In the King James version, “pigs” appears as “swine.” Hambo is using the English Standard Version. It doesn’t matter; either word is insulting. He says:
Some Christians use this as an excuse to avoid engaging with atheists — after all, they’ll just trample the pearl of the gospel, right? Well, sadly, many atheists will indeed just trample the gospel underfoot (like others from many other religions) — but there are others who are willing to listen! And we won’t know if someone is willing to listen until we start presenting the gospel, so we need to be prepared and willing to share the gospel with atheists.
Like a lot of creationists, Hambo often uses the term “atheist” to refer to people who understand science and accept the theory of evolution. Anyway, he’s willing to present his pearls to you, dear reader — but only until you reveal your swinish nature. He tells us:
And that’s the focus of our upcoming Easter conference, Answering Atheists [link omitted]. This special event will take the place of our annual Mega Conference for 2019.
We’ve written about that event before — see Hambo’s Tale of Two Conventions. He continues:
This unique conference is being held in the new Answers Center (a 2,500 seat multi-purpose center) at the Ark Encounter, April 17–21, 2019 in Williamstown, Kentucky (south of Cincinnati). You’ll be equipped to answer common atheist objections to the Christian faith with sessions from me, evangelist Ray Comfort, Living Waters’ Mark Spence and Emeal (E.Z.) Zwayne, astrophysicist Dr. Jason Lisle, and many other compelling presenters.
Verily, a gathering of intellectual titans! They’ll be offering pearls to the audience — but not to swine like you. One more excerpt:
And, new this year (instead of a registration fee), we will feature a special multi-day pass option for families, couples, or individuals. These multi-day passes include unlimited admission for seven consecutive days to both the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum (45 minutes away from each other), unlimited parking, all conference sessions, and other special offers. This exciting new ticketing option is a great way to explore everything both attractions have to offer during this unique conference.
Wowie — unlimited admission! It’s a creationist’s dream come true. Anyway, swinish reader, of one thing you can be sure: Hambo won’t be offering his pearls to you. Are you offended?
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