In the Name of the Father…

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Remember the days when uttering God’s name was a sacred act, not to be taken lightly and only to be done in serious moments of sobriety?  Taking His name in vain was a capital offense in Leviticus and taboo until our own day.

Unfortunately that sort of fear is out of favor.

If I’ve learned anything in my journey through cultic-Christianity it’s to watch out for those who haphazardly drop the name of Christ into every conversation and treat holy scripture like so much mud in a flinging contest.

They’re not afraid of Him because they most likely don’t know Him.  When they exhort their victims to “put Christ first”, they really mean we ought to put our love and emotional attachment to abstraction above our love and attachment to concrete people and things.  And when they piously cite some passage or other, they’re doing it with a holy zeal for a doctrinal scheme rather than a person.

I know because I used to do the same thing.

There’s only one way to deal with them: the trusty ad baculum appeal.

One of these cultists traveled out west in Owen Wister’s “The Virginian.”  The Virginian was a hero of the heart and knew how to deal with his  fire-n-brimstone friend.  In one of my favorite moments from the novel, the Virginian, after sitting through a ridiculous sermon, keeps the zealous pastor up all night wailing with terror; Hell was so immanent, and salvation so fleeting, the poor cowboy couldn’t sleep.  He made sure the pastor couldn’t either.  That’s how you put a humorous damper on a fire-n-brimstone zealot.

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2 Responses to In the Name of the Father…

  1. Hans Gygax says:

    In other words, a complete violation of Matthew 5:44, Romans 12:14, Romans 12:19, etc.

    Remember, the only ones who truly know the LORD, and love him are those who keep his commandments. You are starting to sound like the typical evangelical who says, “don’t judge me”, and “all that matters is what is in my heart, not my actions”, so on and so forth.

    This, all the while, these same people, judge and condemn those whom they claim are “judging”. You are like the atheists who claim “there are no absolutes” and that truth, morality, and goodness are all relative (according to whatever the Christian himself decides). If you don’t want to be challenged and exhorted in the faith, to love and obey Christ more, then you ought not to claim to be a Christian.

    “… they’re doing it with a holy zeal for a doctrinal scheme rather than a person”

    Sounds mighty judgmental, brother. Do you ever think that perhaps those who are zealous for God’s law and commandments (like David was) are actually doing it because of a personal love for Christ?

    By the way, those who are truly taking God’s name in vain are those who bear his name, and don’t follow his ways. I am pretty sure that even Rushdoony teaches that.

    Regarding fearing God:
    “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” — Proverbs 8:13

    If your conscience is bothering you, then humble yourself; you don’t have to prove your manhood or chivalry, or toughness to anyone. The Christian way toward being exalted is to take the low road, brother. Pride will only lead to more sin.

    Give me a call if you want to talk about this. I am your friend. But if you perceive me as your enemy, I am sorry; however, if so, your duty will be to love and bless me and to do good to me, not to call for a duel (according to the one you claim you love, Christ). Put on Christ and put off revenge, pride, etc. These things are not becoming of a Christian.

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