W A R N I N G
This may offend many snowflake Christians. Snowflake Christians are not necessarily millennials; in fact, they tend to be old Southern Baptists and Pentecostals whose Bible pages are stuck together from not ever opening it. If you are not a Bible reader, subscriber to a historic confession, or familiar with a fundamental creed of the historic and true Christian faith… reader discretion is advised.
Joy Behar of The View made a controversial statement last week that shocked many of the so-called Conservative, Evangelical Christians. There were people who identified as Christians, who were insulted, outraged, and even humiliated. Normally, the stupidity of The View is overlooked, but The View went “too far” last week. Fox News called it shameful; Vice-President Pence called it offensive; “Facebook Christians” were appalled. How could anyone insult Christianity the way Joy Behar did?? ….
I bet you’re wondering what she actually said, aren’t you? Here it is:
“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus, it’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct.”
Wow. Just wow. This is what offended people. Let me get this straight: Facebook, Twitter, Christian media, etc. is blowing up right now because “Christians” are offended by the fact that an atheist liberal stated a fact? That hearing voices is indeed a mental illness, and Jesus hasn’t audibly spoken since his conversation with Paul (which resulted in the Apostle’s blindness)? This… officially… shows how ridiculous some Christians can be.
This all started when Mike Pence made a silly remark that Jesus “tells him” what to say for speeches. Before you think I am a Trump administration hater, I don’t hate Trump. I generally like Donald Trump as our President, and I love our Vice-President. However, I think that his theology is wonky at best. His statement makes him sound absolutely ridiculous.
For those who don’t know, I am a worship and youth leader at my church. I have also volunteered for many different ministries, and I preach once in a while for the Sunday services at my local church, Roswell Alliance Church. You know what’s crazy? Jesus, never once, audibly told me what to say. Wanna hear something even crazier? I never heard a still small voice either. *gasp* How do I ever get anything done, and how do I ever find out what to say? Simple: I actually read the word of God.
God does not speak to us through audible means anymore, and the reason for that is because: 1) He has already spoken to us through His Son and His ordained Apostles, and 2) He has given us the inspired, weighty, living word of God, the Holy Scriptures. See, unlike Mike Pence, and many other “Christians,” I believe in a historic doctrine called Sola Scriptura. In Latin, it means “by Scripture alone.” This means I don’t depend on what I think God is trying to say to me; instead, I actually live according to Scripture and solely what lies within it. I test all sermons, all leadership, and all theological and philosophical views according to what it says. That’s how I determine truth. That is rational faith ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters.
Now, when I heard that a member of The View made fun of Christians, I wasn’t surprised. It wouldn’t have been their first time! However, when I saw what Joy Behar actually said, I actually agreed with her. I think that it’s ridiculous seeing Christians fighting over the right to have their own “Christian Schizophrenia” as I like to call it! People began saying things like this: “She needs to hear the voice of Jesus.” Or, “I can’t believe she thinks it’s a mental illness.” She didn’t say that, and I think that Jesus would be ashamed of us misrepresenting someone, no matter how much we disagree with the individual. God is glorified by our respectable behavior and our desire to be rational according to His word, and the behavior I’ve seen is far from it.
When I saw Mike Pence rebuking The View’s co-host, all I could think was, “What a wimp.” Seriously; that’s all I could think! Her remarks were not even serious… it was a joke (remember when we had those). Not only that, she wasn’t saying that all Christians had mental illnesses, but only the ones who legitimately thought that God was telling them every little thing they should do. Even in the Bible, that’s not how God works.
In the Scriptures, you have God speaking and then He wouldn’t speak again until centuries later. God, over the course of time, showed us the plan He had from the beginning: His Son. In Hebrews 1:1-2 (ESV) it says, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son…” It is obvious that Christ was the final revelation, and that His appointed Apostles were the last to speak new things from God’s lips. Yet, Christians like Mike Pence think they are modern apostles. Why do these Christians keep lying? Why are there still Christians who keep persisting that God talks to them?
If you truly believe God is speaking to you, please get help. I am saying this as a mature minded, Bible-believing, Holy Spirit-filled Christian. I don’t discount the supernatural, but only the absurd. God speaks to us through His word, and we are not to think to otherwise. We are nothing like His Son, or like Peter and Paul.
If you are lying, and you know when you are, about the fact that God audibly speaks to you: stop! In the name of God, stop. You should stop now, or you may face the consequences before the judgment throne of God. We must live by the Scriptures, and believe in them when it says that it is sufficient and inerrant. Enough with this “Christian Schizophrenia” bull-crap; it’s not true, and all you fakers know it. If you are not faking it… Joy Behar is right: you have a mental illness and you should get help from biblical psychiatrists and leaders.
May God keep us in the principles of the Reformation: Sola Scriptura, and of course…
Soli Deo Gloria.