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It's Not What You Say, But Who You Are
As a regular listener to the Rush Limbaugh show, I find that liberalism is almost identical in the theological world as it is in the political. You have all the same elements; liberals, conservatives, "RINOS" (Republican in Name Only) compromisers and those who will say anything to be loved and accepted by whichever group seems to be carrying the tide.
In theological circles I have found that it is not so much what a person says, or even how they say it; but who they are. If your name has been vilified; then no matter what you say it will be rejected or ignored. Another person can say almost the EXACT same thing, with perhaps even a harsher tone and their words will be pondered or praised.
On Jan 21, 2011 a caller called into the Limbaugh show to complain that Limbaugh had a "hateful tone". Limbaugh kept requesting the caller be specific and give examples. (source) The caller failed to provide any examples or evidence.
In the same way, for YEARS I have been asking liberal theologs and their compromisers to BE SPECIFIC of why they think I am "hateful" or "bitter", or "attacking". Like the liberal on Limbaugh, these folks never give any specifics.
Especially in my "fight" against the heresy of hyperpreterism I have experienced the liberals and their compromiser friends who have treated me like the liberals treat Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and others. The liberals vilify these folks before we even get to their arguments. In this same way the liberal theologs and their compromisers have attempted to vilify me. I get it. But what is MORE AMAZING, is that these same liberals and compromisers will often turn around and use my EXACT arguments, often with more harsh tones and yet somehow when they say it, it is okay.
What is discouraging is when otherwise well-meaning Christians follow along or wink at the kind of actions (not simply tone) of these liberals and their compromisers. I get that too. People have lives to live. They may not have the time to get into all the background so if one of their half-way respected mentors or favorite speakers says something, they just take it at face value.
I've had a VERY detailed public interaction with a seminary president no less (source) who people refuse to publicly question because of the "good things he's done". Really? so this guy can say what he wants and get a pass? I'm not trying to take from the "good things he's done" but he can STILL be wrong on some things....can't he?
Fortunately, my discouragement is lessened by the FACT that if a Christian sticks to the principle of truth and honor; despite how many lies and from whom those lies come, truth triumphs every time. So, while my comments may not be accepted when I SAY it; it is heartening that those SAME comments WILL be accepted when someone else says it. I don't really care who gets the credit. The effect is the same. The argument will win the day because it is true. If people will listen more to some hypocritical blowhard saying it, so be it. Let them.
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