We were shocked — shocked! — when we read this post by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. It’s titled Nashville Church: “The Bible Isn’t the Word of God”, and it’s posted at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
[A] self-professed “progressive Christian” church in Nashville, Tennessee, recently shared a graphic that recapped a message, “What is Progressive Christianity?” I’ll show you the graphic below, but here’s the shocking text they included as an introduction to the graphic: “As Progressive Christians, we’re open to the tensions and inconsistencies in the Bible. We know that it can’t live up to impossible, modern standards. We strive to more clearly articulate what Scripture is and isn’t.”
That quote was the “shocking text” that introduced the church’s graphic message. Are you shocked, dear reader? Well, let’s move on to their graphic, which is the next thing in Hambo’s post. We’ll convert it into text. The graphic has two sections. The first says:
THE BIBLE ISN’T The word of God, self-interpreting, a science book, an answer/rule book, inerrant or infallible
And the second section of the graphic says:
THE BIBLE IS A product of community, a library of texts, multi-vocal, a human response to god, living and dynamic
Hambo explains why he found that to be shocking:
Clearly they haven’t read (or, more likely, they refuse to believe) what Scripture says about itself:
He then gives us several quotes from scripture, all of which say that it’s The Truth™ — for example:
Every word of God proves true. (Proverbs 30:5)
Then he declares:
What this church believes about Scripture is nothing short of heretical [Gasp!] — it’s simply not what Scripture says about itself.
Heresy? This is an outrage! Hambo continues:
In an interview regarding the post, the pastor, Josh Scott, stated: [Hambo quotes the heretical preacher:] There is stuff in there (Bible) that I think really goes against the character of God. There are genocides that have been divinely sanctioned in the Bible. People have used the text in the Bible, in the Bible, plain readings of the text at times to support white supremacy, to defend slavery, to defend segregation . . . Saying the Bible is inerrant and infallible, it absolves us of our responsibility to do what our ancestors did, which is to wrestle.
That preacher makes a few good points. The bible has been used to justify those things. But Hambo is furious. He tells us:
Here is what I would say about this church and pastor: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15)
Powerful stuff! And he still has more to say. Let’s read on:
It seems this pastor sees his own words, rather than God’s words, as infallible, as he twists, misinterprets, and decimates the truly infallible Word of God. GracePointe Church in Nashville is a Bible-destroying “church.”
Wowie — heavy-duty criticism! And that’s not all. Hambo goes on for several more paragraphs. He even links to an AIG article that claims the bible doesn’t support slavery. We never read that article, but we’ve read the Ten Commandments. One of them says that you shouldn’t covet your neighbor’s manservant or maidservant, or his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. Isn’t that about slavery? Additionally, Wikipedia has an article on The Bible and slavery.
There’s more criticism of the Nashville preacher and his church, but this is already long enough so we’ll leave ol’ Hambo, sputtering with rage. Maybe one of these days we’ll see a response from the preacher. That’ll be interesting. Until then, what you think of this mess, dear reader?
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