This edition of DarkLinks confronts a narrative set forth by the Social Justice Gospel preachers who want to #MeToo the Bible. Turns out, they have a surprisingly poor understanding of the story of King David and Bathsheba and the Mosaic law.
By Nathaniel Sullivan @ Word Foundation
“Key points: Certain evangelicals and evangelical leaders now are saying David didn’t just commit adultery, but that he raped Bathsheba, forcing himself on Uriah’s wife. The irony of this is that these men and women themselves are guilty of forcing on the Scriptures a conclusion that the biblical text does not support. It is difficult to overstate how dangerous this is. With this contemporary-culture-first approach to interpreting the Bible, the account of David and Bathsheba is just one of countless biblical passages that are subject to misinterpretation. We must oppose this and uphold principles of biblical interpretation that first ask, What does the text say?
Against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, and now also against the backdrop of the Caring Well Conference1 presented by the the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), the idea that King David didn’t just commit adultery, but also that he raped Bathsheba, apparently is taking hold among some evangelical individuals and in certain evangelical circles. This is a serious matter that represents an erroneous approach to interpreting Scripture. It requires a clear and firm response.
At the end of this article I’ve posted an excellent video of a Conversations that Matter podcast by my friend Jon Harris. While Harris discusses more than the nature of the sexual encounter between David and Bathsheba on his podcast, he dives into this particular subject with a good degree of thoroughness, and he sounds the alarm about interpreting Scripture in light of modern culture rather than the other way around. I encourage you to listen to everything he has to say about this topic, beginning at 6 minutes and 29 seconds in. (While everything Jon covers in this episode is important and worthy of your time and attention, here I’m honing in on the material related to David’s sexual encounter with Bathsheba.) Some of my observations in this article will mirror some of Jon’s points in his presentation, and I acknowledge his work as a primary source. Yet we also will cover some additional ground. Buckle up!”
By Richard Ferguson @ NOQ Report
Pete’s analogy about a Christian’s rights with his fist ending at the other person’s nose is totally out of place considering we are NOT talking about violence. Unconditional Christian love does NOT mean unconditional approval. Loving others does not mean ignoring wrong behavior that could lead to their annihilation. That is NOT Christian love. Christian love promotes moral guardianship. Just as friends don’t let friends drive drunk, we must not let ‘friends’ corrupt what we know is right.
BY THEODORE ZACHARIADES @ Pulpit and Pen
No, true Christianity is the remnant church that has always been a minority within its contemporary generation. This church is the true Body of Christ and as such will survive for the gates of Hell shall not prevail against her. Her Lord is master even over the demonic forces that war against her. She shall be the church victorious on the final day as Christ Himself will vindicate her and show forth to the world that she was His beloved bride all along. What a day that will be!
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