Hambo Accuses a US Senator of Heresy

Things are getting wild 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.

In a recent post — Hambo Disagrees with President Biden — we discussed how he severely criticized the President of the United States over a gender issue. Now, in his latest post at AIG, he’s attacking a US Senator. It’s titled Reverend: The “Meaning of Easter” Is “We Can Save Ourselves”. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

What is the meaning of Easter? For most professing Christians, that’s an easy one to answer: it’s a celebration of Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross for us and his triumphant resurrection from death. … Well, according to a US senator and “reverend,” Raphael Warnock of Georgia, the meaning of Easter is “more transcendent” than that.

Wikipedia has an article on Senator Raphael Warnock, which says he’s “an American pastor and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Georgia since 2021.” Unfortunately, Warnock has enraged ol’ Hambo, who informs us:

In a now-deleted tweet, Sen. Warnock wrote,

The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.

That infuriated Hambo. He says:

In an attempt to make the Easter holiday “more transcendent,” (i.e., “inclusive”), this “reverend” [Those quotes imply “so-called reverend”!] denied the truth, power, and exclusivity of the gospel message. [Gasp!] It’s nothing short of heretical.

Wow — Hambo has accused a US Senator of heresy! After that he describes the sin of Adam & Eve and then, after a few paragraphs, he tells us:

So did God actually say that we are sinners who can’t save ourselves? That we’re hopelessly lost apart from Christ? That no amount of good works — like “helping others” — will merit us anything with God? Yes — absolutely yes, he did.

Aha! According to Hambo, we are unable to save ourselves if we try to do it by ourselves — and that’s the opposite of what Senator Warnock said. Now what? He ends his post with this:

I’ll leave you with some Scripture, as God’s Word — not man’s ideas (as he tries to be his own god) — is the ultimate authority and the only absolute truth: [We’re skipping six scripture quotes.] This “reverend” [Hambo’s scare-quotes] and prominent politician needs to study his Bible to understand the true gospel.

It’s as we’ve always told you — ol’ Hambo knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Compared to Hambo, a mere US Senator is a fool!

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12 responses to “Hambo Accuses a US Senator of Heresy

  1. As long as this does not touch on any science or other objective realty, why be interested?

  2. Because this shows that Ol’Hambo is a worse authoritarian than any given catholic pope, has less respect for legal procedures than the inquisition in its heydays and is less tolerant of other christian denominations (let alone other religions and unbelief) than the ideology of any given totalitarian state.

    Such an attitude has consequences, some of them quite unexpected. One of the most christian-fundamentalistic towns in The Netherlands is

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urk

    There are also few towns where so many (relatively speaking) youngsters cause trouble due to alcohol and drugs abuse – plus rioting on a regular base. They truly behave like “sinners who can’t save themselves and are hopelessly lost apart from Christ.”
    Google “Urk rioting” to get an idea; for “Urk drugs” and “Urk alcohol” I could only find Dutch sources.
    Also corona striked much harder in Urk than in the town where I live. It’s kind of logical. Why care about getting ill if the only salvation that matters goes via someone who died 2000 years ago? That’s the difference between Ol’Hambo and Warnock.

  3. Full disclosure: I have no god in this fight, since I have no need for one. But I’m pretty sure Reverend Warnock, who has a doctorate from Union Theological Seminary and was pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church knows more about Hambone’s favorite god than the ayatollah of Appalachia does.

  4. Dave Luckett

    “So did God actually say that we are sinners who can’t save ourselves? That we’re hopelessly lost apart from Christ? That no amount of good works — like “helping others” — will merit us anything with God? Yes — absolutely
    yes, he did.”

    Absolutely, He did NOT. None of the texts Ham cites say as much in so many words, nor in literal or “absolute” meaning. And all of them bar two from the Gospel of John are from authors who weren’t God. Even those two, though claimed to be a quote of Jesus, originate from the disciple in extreme old age, filtered through the editorial efforts of his own followers, sixty or more years afterwards.

    Only if you believe that ALL of the Bible is not mearly divinely inspired, but divinely dictated, can you get away with even the claim that this is God speaking; and even then, a close examination of the actual text demonstrates that Ham is adding material in to suit himself.

    And scripture – the rubric itself, the quoted words of Jesus – contradicts him. Jesus gave precisely the criteria by which He would judge mankind. Read it – it’s the last half of Matthew 25, not very long, but completely unequivocal. He will justify or condemn exactly according to the “good works” done. Not by what you think or believe or testify or witness, but by what you do. Elsewhere he assured us that the merciful would find mercy, and that as we forgive others, so we would be forgiven. That last was important enough to appear in His single most famous utterance.

    Ham is, of course, reiterating an ancient and horrible doctrine of the established and sacerdotal church, enunciated from very fragile roots or made up from whole cloth. Its purpose is to secure the churchmen in their most vital function – holders of the keys to Heaven. That goes back to the first shamans who claimed to be possessed by spirits. In the Christian take on it, only orthodox belief and membership of the Church could get you into heaven. For believing the wrong things, you would go to Hell. Never mind what Jesus said.

    Of course, this is a somewhat all-or-nothing play. Christians were required to worship a merciless God, a God who would consign them to perpetual torture in fire for thought crime. It runs the risk that some of them, at least, would reflect that they could not worship something that was infinitely worse than they were.

    But this is the tradition Ham affirms and espouses, probably without any idea of where it comes from or why. It’s enough that it is authoritative – or at least, that he thinks it is. And it does offer him a salve, a get-out-of-Hell-free card. He actually doesn’t do much in the good works department, if anything at all. Matthew 25 is a standing reproach to him. But he does tell people what to believe, and it’s what they believe that matters. Or so he thinks.

    And in a curious backhanded way, he’s right. What they believe is what matters – to Ken Ham. If they believe the right things, he profits. And profits matter a great deal to Ham.

  5. Charles Deetz ;)

    I enjoyed church when sermons and bible study were for contemplation and inspiration from others and the word. To be in a church where the bible is a rulebook and the pastor (or Hambo) is the interpreter seems horrible and oppressive. Warnock speaks the joy of the gospel, and Hambo misses it completely. SC is spot on to share this, it shows Hambo for what he is, outside of our normal view.

  6. Fortunately Urk is not representative for Dutch christianity either.

  7. Substitutional atonement, like original sin, has from the beginning been one of several competing Christian theodicies. And it does matter to us, because the entire driving force behind AiG-style creationism, even more fundamental than biblical literalism, is belief in the historicity of the Fall, as the event that made the substitutional atonement necessary

  8. EASTER far transcends the dimwit preacher as he really did not rise from the dead. The chrisANALs stole the rebirth pagan holiday because the pagans refused to drop it at conversion. And it still celebrates such with bunnies and eggs!!

  9. @L.Long: Here’s your chance to educate yourself. Click on

    https://historyforatheists.com

    The title especially recommended for you is Easter, Ishtar, Eostre and Eggs.

  10. How about Matthew 6:14:
    (Paraphrase) If you don’t forgive men, the Father will not forgive yours.

  11. If you’re going to bring up gospel proof-texts, there are cases like the rich man encountering Jesus in Matthew 18:16-20, Mark 10:17-31, Luke 18:18-30. Jesus does not mention believe in the literal Bible, but does suggest giving money to the poor.
    I’m confident that there is an excuse which can explain it away.

  12. Dave Luckett

    TomS: Certainly there is an excuse by which the doctrine of justification by faith can be explained away. That is in fact exactly what it is: an excuse to explain something away, and it doesn’t half smell of it. But it’s so useful an excuse and it has such excellent ramifications that it was seized on very early and its death-grip on Christian minds has only very recently begun to slacken. But slackening it is. As we see.

    Which I must confess delights me. But there: anything that bothers Ken Ham is a joy.