Tuesday, March 6, 2012

UK Pastor rewrites Ten Commandments; AKA God needs an editor

De l'audace, encore de l'audace, et toujours de l'audace. This is a famous French saying from rebel Georges Danton who was whipping up fervor for the French Revolution. The full quote goes, "Pour les vaincre, messieurs, il nous faut de l'audace, encore de l'audace, et toujours de l'audace et la Patrie sera sauvée!" Translated, it means: "To defeat them, gentlemen, we need audacity, still more audacity, and audacity forever, and the Fatherland will be saved!"'

One may think that the UK's 'popular evangelical pastor J John' in the UK had coined the phrase. At the very least, he embodies it. He decided to rewrite God's Ten Commandments. You know, the ones graven on stone by God Himself. J John thought they needed updating. What he is really saying by doing this is that God needs an editor.

"Using short, simple language interspersed with slang the new rules have now been released on a DVD... The Reverend Paul Roberts, 54, vicar of St John the Evangelist in Old Coulsdon, Surrey, which dates back to 1210 AD, is among those using the new commandments. He said: "It's basically a way of presenting the Ten Commandments to help people connect with them in a positive way. "Rather than just seeing them as a list of things you shouldn't do, it is meant to help people live as God intended for our good. "Unlike the dos and don'ts most people imagine when quizzed about the maker's instructions, the message is meant to be both a challenge and an encouragement."

Two 'commandments' are blank because the story is so new I haven't be able to find a report that contains all ten edited ones. I'll update as it fills in.
We're still recovering from the Wycliffe scandal, whereupon the translators decided to substitute Allah for the name of God, and downplay Jesus as God to a position of Allah's Messiah. I am not making that up. Read here, and here. This essay, "Jumping from the Sinking Wycliffe Ship: Why Theology Matters" provides an insider's view (who resigned over the increasingly troublesome translation methodology at Wycliffe as it relates to Muslims) with specifics. It is worth reading.

Now God is being re-written and the commandments diluted. Apostasy is heightening to a sickening level.

Did you notice in the re-written commandments that they changed to positive works from man rather than an authoritative forbidden list from God? Man sure hates authority. That is ultimately the issue, all the way back to the Garden, and before, with satan. Satan rebelled against God's authority. God is the first word and the last word, but satan wanted to exalt himself above that (Isaiah 14:13-14). Eve dispensed with the ONE commandment God had given (Don't eat the fruit) and ever since, we have sought ways to substitute our own will for His commands. The above list accomplishes that.

It is one thing to endure a false doctrine, which is bad enough, but to change the commandments and to re-name God is unconscionable heresy. These are not one-person isolated incidents, either. The Wycliffe translating team has 6,600 short-term and career members. I do not know the numbers involved with the particular "Allah" translating debacle but it is safe to say that it is numerous, with the result that if the bible had continued to be translated that it would be sent to hundreds if not millions inside Muslim nations.

The re-written 10 commandments debacle also is a widespread apostasy. The UK Telegraph article says that the re-written commandments are being adopted by hundreds of churches throughout the nation, which affects thousands of congregants. It is safe to assume that the two incidents are not isolated, personal apostasies but rather widespread rejection of God's authority affecting whole cultures.

Rebellion against God is increasing to an almost painful level. Jesus prophesied this. "Matthew 24:37-38: “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,” (Genesis chapters 6&7.) I interpret this to mean that everything is going on as normal in society until BLAM, the judgment cometh. The normal things are eating, planting, marrying etc- the foundational things that have always undergirded society. Therefore the time Jesus spoke of could be now.

The time just prior to Noah's entry into the ark was the most evil time on earth that had or has ever happened to date. Gen. 6:11-12 “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence."

What could be more corrupt than changing God's name to a false God in His Holy word? Or re-writing the commands He has given us? The earth IS corrupt before God.

I'm so grateful, though, that He has a plan, and anyone who calls on His name for salvation will be saved from His plan, which is to punish the world and judge sinners. If you repent of your sins, calling on Him to save you from this punishment, He will. The punishment is coming, to earth, and when you die, you remain in punishment forever, in hell. You can escape all these things by repenting, and His anger at your sins will dissipate to love and forgiveness. His love is very real...but so is His anger at sinners who challenge His authority and rebel against it. Audacity and more audacity as Georges Danton called for, will not work. The Christian's call should be Humility, more humility and humility forever! Why?

Our God: "For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone." (Psalms 86:10)

2 comments:

  1. Any church that adopts these commandments has big theology problems anyway, and probably is so far off the mark it's not funny. The law of God is not to be obeyed, but to show man his sinfulness before God so he can repent and be saved. Changing the ten commandments just shows us what theologians already know, it's impossible to please God by our works! We can't reach His high standard.

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  2. Revelation 22:18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

    19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
    If this man is a pastor then has he not read these two verses? And if he has how does it work for him to change what the Word of God say's. If he fails to repent he and anyone who follows him is firewood.

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