Jim Lincoln wrote: --- The question of Paddy Robertson, being a Christian let alone being a Baptist minister can be called into question. For example Paddy is big backer of Charles Grandison Finney methods. But thanks, SteveR for noticing.
You question lots of people's Christianity except for those who support national healthcare, so adding Robertson to the list is no big deal.
Actually, on some threads he hasn't replied to me in years. But his responses when he says he's a Christian, espeically need a challenged when I finally do see them, q.v.,
Hebrews 10 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near. 26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES.---NASB
Jim Lincoln, All Baptist ministers are Born Again and saved. I attribute Robertson's nutty statements to him having dementia. Born Again Christians can develop dementia you know. That does not mean that they are not saved because they develop dementia.
Once in a while, while flipping through channels, I'll stop on his show. When I do, they are always at the point where people are telling their life changing stories that Nancy mentioned. Many of them are very inspiring.
Ok, here's why I watch the show (fastfforwarding the question and answer time). When I need a break or rest and don't want to watch real filth, I can enjoy the testimonies and stories of people who's lives have been changed . I like a different view of the news and I do believe "Opperation Blessing" does much good here and abroad. If I want exegetical theological teaching, I listen to my favorite sermons.
I think when some jump on others over seemingly trivial things at times, they are looking at the big picture; taking into consideration all that the person has said or done in the past so their reactions to isolated incidents might appear overblown. This is how I see it anyway. A good example would be my wife who I compare to Bill Murray Iin Groundhog Day. Every morning she wakes up, the past has been erased. She will do, not do, or say something that really frustrates me, something that may seem trivial if it were an isolated incident. Whatever it might be, I might get angry and say, "What's wrong with you, what's your problem", etc while being visibly angry. My wife is always like, "what are you getting angry about? Why are you so angry over this little thing?" Well, she always seems to forget that I have been begging, pleading, and arguing with her over this very same thing for many, many years, so if others witness my anger over some seemingly small thing, they might think me an over the top hot head.
Okay folks... Let's give the man a break as Nancy suggests... Moderation is the key. I will give Mr. Robertson the benefit of the doubt and assume this is what he meant. One can make food their idol not only by gluttony, but also with being preoccupied about its content, calories, etc.