God-damn certain, or ghost of Tetzel

Posted: August 18, 2009 in Commentary

Which is more heinous to say: “God damn person x” — or “God will certainly curse you if you don’t give a tenth of your income to the leadership of your church fellowship?” Can you hear, in your mind’s eye (or ear, as the case may be) people in your life who have said one thing or the other?

Some years back during the Clinton administration there was a bit of public sound and fury about the issue of gays in the military. A Washington Post editorial around this time mused that the Evangelicals involved in politics, some of whom were not happy about this — were mostly “poor, uneducated, and easy to command.” There was a bit of further ruckus as various factions of Christian print and broadcast media took the Post to task for this, and eventually something like an apology was forthcoming. The “apology” was along the lines that somehow this got slipped in and nobody caught it, yet this sentiment somehow managed to slip past about six levels of editorial review before being published. Apparently the collective wisdom at these various levels was not sufficiently attuned that they could “hear” themselves talking.

So… Here we have this book
by a lady who claims to have seen in visions from God that there is a place in hell for Christians who don’t tithe. Fascinating. What is more fascinating than the believers who enjoy this book – there are many, many reasons why the book does not pass the “smell test” — is that the rights to publish this book have been purchased by Strang Communications, which publishes New Man and Charisma magazines, among other product lines.

I have not commented here on finances in the life of the believer; nor upon tithing. I am commenting about something else: I am wondering if some people can hear themselves when they are “speaking?”

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Comments
  1. John says:

    Paul was caught up to the third heaven, but was not permitted to speak about it. Choo Thomas, apparently, is not so reticent.

    Tithing is so Old Covenant anyway.

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