Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Rockdale Citizen of Rockdale County, Georgia. It’s titled Objections to Scripture not based in intellect but in immorality, and the newspaper has a comments section.
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 — John Pearrell, pastor of Gateway Community Church in Covington, Georgia. The church’s website says they’re affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.
If the rev’s name is familiar it’s because he’s been featured in this collection seven times before. The last was #917: Not by Chance, which will get you back to all the others. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his newest letter, enhanced with some bold font for emphasis and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Okay, here we go:
In a number of different places, the Apostle Paul makes some comments that are so offensive to modern men. Namely, he states that mankind, apart from God’s Spirit working in them, is incapable of clear thinking. That doesn’t mean that people apart from Christ can’t be smart, but it does mean that people apart from Christ are incapable of seeing certain things clearly.
That may be your problem, dear reader. The rev says:
We could argue this point all day. According to the Apostle Paul the reason for this problem is not intellectual superiority but moral deformity caused by sin. [Egad!] In fact, in one place he says that such people “suppress the truth by their wickedness,” (Romans 1:18, NIV84). That is, their moral depravity leads them to find intellectual arguments against truth claims.
Your moral deformity is probably to blame for your belief in Darwinism. The rev tells us:
I get it that there are those reading this who doubt that anything recorded in the Bible could possibly be true. You think it is ancient ideas written by unenlightened people.
The Greek Philosopher Plato wrote, “Atheism is a disease of the soul before it becomes an error of understanding.” He is essentially saying the same thing Paul says in Romans 1:18. What often passes today as intellectual acuity is often nothing more than thinly veiled smokescreens for immoral desires.
No doubt about it, dear reader — the rev is talking about the cause of your Darwinism. He continues:
Our objection to Scripture is not intellectual, it is moral: we simply want the freedom to do as we want. We don’t want to be answerable to anyone. The problem is, when we follow this course our ability to think clearly is compromised.
Your depravity and your Darwinism are undoubtedly linked. Let’s read on:
I believe in Creation. [Hooray!] Those who believe in evolution immediately dismiss me as being uneducated. [They’re fools!] In fact, the evolutionary lie is so ingrained in our thinking today that for most anyone who dares challenges it is immediately censored. Teachers on all levels have lost their jobs over it. [Gasp!]
The rev’s final paragraph is one of the best we’ve ever seen:
If I were to suggest that the computer I am writing this article on is a marvelous example of time and chance, you would think I was a few bricks shy of a load. However, when I look at the universe and assume that it is a marvelous example of time and chance, you think me scientifically astute. Why? Because modern man without Christ is incapable of real rational thought.
He’s right! The computer was designed, and so was the universe! Only a morally depraved Darwinist would deny it. Thanks for another great letter, rev!
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