I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus lately. I’ll be returning soon enough. Life’s busy. Facebook often scratches my itch to “rant”. I’m in a position now where I must measure my words a bit more carefully than I have done in the past.
All that said, yet ANOTHER “big name” IFB (the group of my past where I got my start many moons ago and have long since left) “star” has been revealed to be a sexual predator. In recent years, I have reached a conclusion about which I will someday right that links extremist religious sects of every stripe — from Mormons to Baptists to Muslims to Catholics — to some common characteristics including the degradation and low view of women, an obsession with power and control and a perverted — often predatory, view of sex. The anecdotal evidence is just over-whelming. Jack Schaap, the Senior Pastor of the largest IFB church in the country, was recently fired by the church deacon board of First Baptist Church of Hammond, IN for having an affair with a 16-year old kid in his church. I wish I could say I was surprised, but I’m not. All one had to do was read transcripts or watch you tube videos of his sermons and you would see an incredibly twisted and perverse view of sexuality that should have made reasonable people walk out of that church in droves. Sadly, like frogs in hot water, most had become acclimated to the perversity and verbal abuse that is part of much of that movement. Immediately, spin began in certain circles, trying to make it less appalling. For thinking people, it hasn’t worked.
Lifeway Publications, Ed Setzer wrote an excellent article about the whole topic. It completely nailed much of what I’ve been thinking. I recommend that you take a minute and read it. You’ll find it HERE.