Jerry Newcombe – Nordskog Publishing https://www.nordskogpublishing.com Meaty, tasty, and easily digestible Biblical Treasures Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:16:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Happiness: The Christians’ Vindication? https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/happiness-the-christians-vindication/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/happiness-the-christians-vindication/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2018 21:06:42 +0000 https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=6263 Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe Many in our society seem to do everything they can to squelch Christianity, as the following examples illustrate: A retired Lutheran minister might get expelled from his retirement home. Why? For having Bible studies there. A chaplain was facing punishment for not facilitating a lesbian couple’s “marriage” retreat, because it […]

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Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe

Many in our society seem to do everything they can to squelch Christianity, as the following examples illustrate:

  • A retired Lutheran minister might get expelled from his retirement home. Why? For having Bible studies there.
  • A chaplain was facing punishment for not facilitating a lesbian couple’s “marriage” retreat, because it violates his conscience.
  • A Christian baker fought all the way up to the Supreme Court to defend against being forced to bake a same-sex wedding cake, lest it violate his conscience. The high court sided with him. Now Colorado is persecuting him again for not being willing to bake a cake to celebrate a transgender’s transition.

It’s as if in this country, founded by Christians for religious freedom, which we’ve then extended to everybody else, Christians are not free to practice their own religion.

Ah, but here is what is interesting about all this anti-Christian fervor in our time. Happiness often eludes the anti-Christian bigots. Who was happier? Saul of Tarsus (who persecuted the Christians) or Paul the Apostle (Saul of Tarsus, transformed by the risen Christ)? Paul learned that all are welcome to believe in Jesus and experience the positive things that flow thereafter.

I don’t follow Jesus to be happy here on earth. He’s the one who said, “Blessed are those who mourn.” Essentially: “Happy are the sad.” Wait, if they’re sad, how can they be happy? The first step to a blessed life is to mourn over one’s sin. This points to our need for a Savior. Paul even said, if only for this life we are Christians, we are to be pitied more than all.

What got me thinking about all this—the personal, quiet happiness of the run-of-the-mill active Christian—was a recent story from the BBC (8/27/18) about happiness and the Scandinavian countries, “Why Nordic countries might not be as happy as you think.” Despite the headline, however, Scandinavian countries consistently score among the highest on the happiness scale.

The article concludes: “So the picture in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden does remain relatively rosy—just not as perfect as some may have painted.” What I found most interesting in the article is this statement: “Very religious people were more likely to be happier.” So the happiest people in the happiest countries are the religious ones (and that’s in a Christian context).

The Mayo Clinic has been studying happiness for quite some time. They posted the summary of their findings on happy people on 4/20/18: “Their lives are built on the following pillars:

  • Devoting time to family and friends
  • Appreciating what they have
  • Maintaining an optimistic outlook
  • Feeling a sense of purpose
  • Living in the moment.

An active, practicing faith in Christ cultivates this type of lifestyle. For example, under the notion of appreciating what you have (as opposed to coveting what you don’t have), Mayo talks about the importance of giving-thanks: “Make a commitment to practice gratitude. Each day identify at least one thing that enriches your life. When you find yourself thinking an ungrateful thought, try substituting a grateful one.”

The Christian faith beat them by 2000 years in their findings. Paul said to give thanks, even in all circumstances.

In his case, he underwent many difficult circumstances. In 2 Corinthians 11, he goes through a litany of what he had suffered as an apostle for the Gospel’s sake. He was shipwrecked, robbed by thieves, stoned and left for dead, flogged, imprisoned, and endured other hardships. Yet, this very same man could declare: Give thanks in all circumstances.

Actively living as Christians means applying Christ’s Golden Rule, treating others as we would like to be treated. It means forgiving others (letting go of bitterness), and being forgiven by Christ who died for us. It means valuing relationships over things. “For it is in giving that we receive,” to quote the Prayer of St. Francis. It means being a part of the largest family in the whole world, the Body of Christ.

Recently, I experienced the loss of some important worldly goods. But through it all, I kept remembering this statement of Jesus: A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.

So what is the Christians’ vindication in a society that continues to marginalize us? Personal happiness and a sense of well-being, because our lives are based on a higher purpose—not to mention what we look forward to in the next life. Indeed, one of my favorite sayings is: “All this and heaven too!”


The original of this article was published September 5, 2018 in a circular email by Jerry Newcombe and September 5, 2018 at Townhall.com.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Dr. Newcombe is the author of  NPI titles American Amnesia: Is America Paying the Price for Forgetting God, the Source of Our Liberty? and The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation. He also wrote or co-wrote many other books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, Doubting Thomas (w/ Mark Beliles, on Jefferson), and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) and the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback). djkm.org www.jerrynewcombe.com @newcombejerry

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New Left Slogan? “Hey, Let’s Turn America Into Venezuela” https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/new-left-slogan-hey-lets-turn-america-into-venezuela/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/new-left-slogan-hey-lets-turn-america-into-venezuela/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 19:30:26 +0000 https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=5974 When you see Bernie Sanders, remember Venezuela. When you see Elizabeth Warren, think Caracas. When you see Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, think of the plight of those poor people fleeing Venezuela by the hundreds of thousands—just so they can eat. That may seem a little harsh. But the fact is that Venezuela went from one of the […]

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When you see Bernie Sanders, remember Venezuela. When you see Elizabeth Warren, think Caracas. When you see Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, think of the plight of those poor people fleeing Venezuela by the hundreds of thousands—just so they can eat.

That may seem a little harsh. But the fact is that Venezuela went from one of the most prosperous countries south of the border, to being a complete basket-case because of socialistic policies. And American leaders should learn from Venezuela and tone down the pro-socialism rhetoric.

Despite the realities of daily life in Caracas, precisely because of socialism, a new survey just released found that among Democrats, socialism is to be preferred over capitalism. The new report by Frank Newport issued by Gallup Polls (8/13/18) declares that Democrats are more positive about socialism (57 percent) than they are capitalism (47 percent).

Perhaps more disturbing is that many young people also state they prefer socialism to capitalism—but, as Dr. Frank Wright, head of D. James Kennedy Ministries, points out, these same people will glance down at their I-phones and Androids and other marvels of technology that capitalism produced. Newport notes: “Americans aged 18 to 29 are as positive about socialism (51%) as they are about capitalism (45%)…a marked shift since 2010, when 68% viewed [capitalism] positively.”

This is astounding. Capitalism is a proven winner. Socialism is a proven failure. We don’t have to look to other hemispheres to see that. We have seen it in Cuba for five decades. Now we see that nightmare relived in Venezuela.

France24.com (8/14/18) reports that, according to the U.N., 2.3 million people have fled Venezuela simply so they can find food. Furthermore, it is becoming less safe medically: “Diseases that had been eradicated such as measles, malaria, tuberculosis and diphtheria have reappeared and are on the rise.” What a human tragedy.

Music minister John Moore lived in Venezuela performing in one of that nation’s symphony orchestras in the early 1980s. This was during the days of prosperity, long before the days of socialism. He told me: “There’s just no sadder or more visible testimony of the ravages of socialism than what has happened to the country of Venezuela in the past 10 or 15 years.”

He added, “When I was there, the oil companies were still being run by the Venezuelan government with the assistance of American oil companies; and so oil production flowed. People lived in a government that had been stable for 120 years. The currency, the bolivar, was 4.3 to the dollar for over 25 years.”

But then came the siren song of socialism, and tragically many of the people fell for the communistic rhetoric of Hugo Chavez who turned that country to socialism.

Today the bolivar is not even remotely close to 4.3 for one U.S. dollar. Venezuela is now experiencing one million percent inflation—that’s the worst inflation in the world. And since 2012, the currency has lost 99% of its value. Last year, the inflation was up 2,600%. Everywhere, there are long lines for food and necessities.

As of this writing, the UK Guardian reports that it costs 14 million Venezuelan bolivars to buy a single chicken.

Moore says of Hugo Chavez, the dedicated communist who turned Venezuela in the wrong direction: “In his desire to equalize the society…[he] didn’t attack the super-rich, he attacked the middle class. He took their money.” And the result? “Just complete economic ruin.”

The average Venezuelan lost 24 pounds last year because of food shortages.

All the promises of socialism in Venezuela have turned out to be lies—bringing destitution, suffering to most of the population, and death to some—and increasing power to those in control. Up until his death, strongman Chavez insisted that socialism was not only democratic, but also Christian. There is nothing Christian about encouraging covetousness of your neighbor’s goods and then stealing them (even through government intermediaries). Ironically, it was reported several years ago that among the richest people in Venezuela is the daughter of Hugo Chavez.

The suffering in Venezuela illustrates how the socialistic promises of free stuff for everyone means that the resources have to be taken by the authoritarian hand of the state. At the end of the day, it simply doesn’t work. It never works. It never has. How can people keep falling for the socialist rhetoric?

Recently, I interviewed John Tamny of FreedomWorks on the radio about Venezuela and economics. He said of the Democrats who tout socialism: “If they actually had to live under socialism, they would hate it.” And he added, “Only in economics textbooks do we consume our way to prosperity.”

I hope that run-of-the-mill Democrats will wake up to the realities of how bad socialism is for everybody (except for the small elite who run the economy) before it’s too late.


Dr. Newcombe published the original of this article Aug 23, 2018 in a circular email. WNDTownhall, and other blogs also published it.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Dr. Newcombe is the author of NPI The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation. He also wrote or co-wrote many other books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus ChristDoubting Thomas (w/ Mark Beliles, on Jefferson), and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) & the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback). djkm.org www.jerrynewcombe.com @newcombejerry

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Who Died and Made the Supreme Court God? https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/who-died-and-made-the-supreme-court-god/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/who-died-and-made-the-supreme-court-god/#comments Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:14:26 +0000 https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=5415 Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe To hear some liberals tell it, you would think that America is finished as a nation with the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. One such person tweeted: “Literally in tears. Haven’t felt this hopeless in a long time. With Justice Kennedy leaving, we now have two options as […]

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Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe

To hear some liberals tell it, you would think that America is finished as a nation with the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. One such person tweeted: “Literally in tears. Haven’t felt this hopeless in a long time. With Justice Kennedy leaving, we now have two options as Americans: get fitted for your Nazi uniform or report directly to your death camp. How do you fight the darkness without light? My spark is going out.”

California Senator Kamala Harris said that Trump’s replacement for Kennedy (whoever that will be—unknown as of this writing) means the “destruction of the Constitution of the United States.”

These sentiments are terribly wrong on so many fronts. The founders created an experiment where “we the people” would govern ourselves. But in recent decades the high court has taken upon itself more power than King George III could possibly have lusted after. In fact, the swing voter on the Supreme Court—the now-retiring Anthony Kennedy—often experienced such power.

But the founders clearly felt that both a monarchy and an oligarchy (the rule by a few) were tyrannical. James Madison, a key architect to the Constitution, put it this way: “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

However, through the years, we have experienced the Supreme Court virtually governing our lives, and we assume that’s the way it is supposed to be.

Consider what the courts, especially the Supreme Court, have ushered in during the last several decades by legislating (not adjudicating) from the bench:

  • Pornography on demand, Roth v. United States (1957) and Miller v. California (1973).
  • No school prayer allowed, Engel v. Vitale (1962) and Murray v. Curlette (1963).
  • No official Bible reading of a devotional nature in schools, Abbington v. Schempp (1963).
  • Abortion on demand, through Roe v. Wade (1973), which dissenting Justice Byron White called an act of “raw judicial power.” Roe was based on a series of lies, and before she died, the “Roe” in this case, Jane McCorvey, became a pro-life activist who tried in vain to get the case overturned.
  • No Ten Commandments to be posted in the schools, Stone v. Graham (1980). They actually said in that decision: “If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments. However desirable this might be as a matter of private devotion, it is not a permissible state objective under the Establishment Clause.”
  • No equal time for creation science in the classroom, Edwards v. Aguilard (1987).
  • States are not free (as in the case of Colorado) to prohibit the granting of special legal rights to homosexuals, Romer v. Evans (1996).
  • States are not free (as in the case of Texas) to outlaw sodomy, Lawrence v. Texas (2003). This decision was cited by the Massachusetts Supreme Court when it took the next logical step and granted the right to same-sex marriage.
  • Same-sex marriage is supposedly the law of the land, Obergefell v. Hodges (2015). In their hubris, the Supreme Court actually thought they could redefine what marriage is, thus overturning millennia of marriage traditions all over the world in virtually every culture. Anthony Kennedy wrote that decision, as he did the Lawrence decision, which was a precursor to it.
  • Colleges (or law schools, as in this case) are free to oust a Christian group from campus if it will not allow for homosexuals to be among their leaders, Martinez v. Hastings (2010).

And on it goes . . . .

Yet, the Supreme Court is supposed to interpret the Constitution and evaluate whether a certain law being challenged does or does not pass Constitutional muster. The justices are not supposed to just dream about what they think the Constitution should say.

In the history of the world, America has enjoyed the stability of the Constitution, which was predicated on our God-given rights (as seen in the Declaration of Independence).

Ronald Reagan, put it this way: “In this country of ours took place the greatest revolution that has ever taken place in world’s history . . . Every other revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another. But here for the first time in all the thousands of years of man’s relation to man, a little group of the men, the founding fathers—for the first time—established the idea that you and I had within ourselves the God-given right and ability to determine our own destiny.”

Instead, activist courts, taking on more power than they ought to have under the Constitution, have instead helped turn America into a moral swamp.


The original of this article appeared July 3, 2018, in a circular email by Jerry Newcombe and March 21, 2018 at Townhall.com.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Dr. Newcombe is the author of NPI The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our National. He also wrote or co-wrote many other books, including The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, Doubting Thomas (w/ Mark Beliles, on Jefferson), What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) and the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback). djkm.org www.jerrynewcombe.com @newcombejerry

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Confessions of a “Christian Constitutionalist” https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/confessions-of-a-christian-constitutionalist/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/confessions-of-a-christian-constitutionalist/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2018 20:21:57 +0000 https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=5343 Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe After a recent column on “fake news,” someone sent me an email, accusing me of propagating fake news by saying the Bible had anything to do with the founding of America. The email stated the common charge that the Constitution was the product of men of the Enlightenment, with Masonic […]

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Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe

After a recent column on “fake news,” someone sent me an email, accusing me of propagating fake news by saying the Bible had anything to do with the founding of America.

The email stated the common charge that the Constitution was the product of men of the Enlightenment, with Masonic influence as well.

Unfortunately, this reader, like so many others, fails to understand the historical truth that the Bible played a unique role in helping to create the U.S. Constitution.

The Biblical concept of covenants gave rise to the Puritan-type covenants. The Pilgrims began the process in the Mayflower Compact of 1620, which was done “in the name of God,” in which they declared their purpose was “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith,” as they formed “a civil body politic.”

After this Compact, there came about a hundred or so Bible-inspired covenants, frames of government, and articles in America, leading all the way to the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

One of these Puritan documents was the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut of 1639, which says they started their colony for the “liberty and purity of the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” The Fundamental Orders was the first complete constitution written on American soil and is believed by historians to have impacted the U. S. Constitution. This is why Connecticut calls itself “the Constitution State.”

The U. S. Constitution itself says that it was done “in the year of our Lord”—meaning Jesus. But also it was done in the 12th year of independence. The Constitution is predicated on the Declaration of Independence—our national birth certificate, which mentions God four times.

Was all this the product of men of the Enlightenment?

The late Michael Novak of the American Enterprise Institute made a great point about the Enlightenment. It was not monolithic, and there were really two types of Enlightenment thinkers: those that were solidly within the Judeo-Christian tradition (e.g., Montesquieu, John Locke, Sir William Blackstone) and those not (e.g., David Hume, Voltaire, Diderot).

America’s founders quoted heavily from the Bible, Montesquieu, Blackstone, and Locke—in that order.

  • In his The Spirit of Laws, Baron Montesquieu wrote: “We shall see that we owe to Christianity, in government, a certain political law, and in war a certain law of nations—benefits which human nature can never sufficiently acknowledge.”
  • Sir William Blackstone, who has often been quoted by the Supreme Court, said that the laws of nature were written by God and were supplemented by the Holy Scriptures. He wrote: “This law of nature being…dictated by God Himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times. No human laws are of any validity if contrary to this.”
  • John Locke penned: “The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men.” I used to have a Sunday school teacher, Dr. Greg Forster, who earned his Ph.D. at Yale studying Locke and became a Christian because of Locke’s classic book, The Reasonableness of Christianity.

Although not all framers of the Declaration and Constitution were orthodox Christians, about 95 percent of the founding fathers were active members of Trinitarian Christian churches. To many of them, the Christian faith was central in their lives:

  • In his “Circular to the States” (1783), George Washington said that America could never hope to be a happy nation unless we learned to imitate Jesus, “the divine author of our blessed religion.”
  • In his Inaugural Address (1797), John Adams calls “a decent respect for Christianity among the best recommendations for the public service.”
  • Thomas Jefferson said that Jesus is the reason we can have religious freedom. To force people to believe in religious views they don’t share are a departure from Him, “the holy author of our religion.” Jefferson wrote this in his Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1777, adopted 1786).
  • James Madison, a key leader in the creation of the Constitution, wrote that our obligations to God come before those to the state: “Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.”

As to the Masonic charge, I view it as an anachronistic charge. The Masons in America did not become anti-Christian until the 1830s and thereafter, long after the time of the framing of our founding documents.

God and the Bible are greater than anyone or any country. But I think we do a disservice to our history to discount the incredibly positive role the Scriptures played in helping to shape this nation.

In the email that prompted this column, I was accused of being a “Christian constitutionalist.” Guilty as charged.


Dr. Newcombe published the original of this article April 18, 2018 in a circular email. WND, Townhall, and other blogs also published it.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Dr. Newcombe is the author of NPI The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation. He also wrote or co-wrote many other books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, Doubting Thomas (w/ Mark Beliles, on Jefferson), and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) & the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback). djkm.org www.jerrynewcombe.com @newcombejerry

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What Was the “Crime” of Jesus that Got Him Crucified? https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/what-was-the-crime-of-jesus-that-got-him-crucified/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/what-was-the-crime-of-jesus-that-got-him-crucified/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:58:43 +0000 https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=5036 Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe Soon another Holy Week will be upon us, beginning with Palm Sunday and culminating with Easter Sunday. It was “the week that changed the world.” The week began in a humble, triumphant sort of way. That may seem like an oxymoron. Jesus was hailed as a king, but rode in […]

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Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe

Soon another Holy Week will be upon us, beginning with Palm Sunday and culminating with Easter Sunday. It was “the week that changed the world.”

The week began in a humble, triumphant sort of way. That may seem like an oxymoron. Jesus was hailed as a king, but rode in on a donkey—a humble way to begin His public entry into Jerusalem. Of course, He was fulfilling what Zechariah the prophet had foretold about 700 years before.

Dr. Paul L. Maier is a professor of ancient history emeritus from Western Michigan University. He is a terrific scholar on all things related to Jesus and the Gospels.

In his 1997 book, In the Fullness of Time, Maier writes of Jesus’ entry into the Holy City on the eve of the Passover on that very first Palm Sunday: the donkey “was the common beast of burden of the time, in contrast to the superior horse of gilded chariot used in Roman triumphs.”

The city was bustling and filled with people. Dr. D. James Kennedy notes this: “Josephus tells us that there were over three million pilgrims that visited the city on this occasion. 256,000 lambs were slain for the Passover.”

Of course, the climax of Jesus’ entry was His death (on Passover) and resurrection.

Why was Jesus crucified? What crime did He allegedly commit?

Crucifixion was a horrible way to die. It was so bad that no Roman citizen could be crucified. It was an execution reserved for slaves and bandits. How amazing then that the Son of God become man would allow Himself to be so degraded by people whom He Himself had created.

Crucifixion was invented in the Near East and perfected by the Romans. It was not uncommon for a crucified victim to suffer for days. Pontius Pilate was surprised Jesus had died in only a few hours—however, He had been scourged so horribly that He could have bled to death, had He been released after the whipping.

The crucified victim had the crime he committed posted above his head. Crucifixion was like a living billboard—do what this fellow did and you too could end up like this.

In the case of Jesus, we’ve all seen the crucifixes with INRI above His head. This stands for Iesus Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm, Latin for Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, as recorded in John’s Gospel.

His “crime” was claiming to be a king, a treasonous act in ancient Rome.

In a television interview I once conducted with Dr. Paul Maier, he noted that there were three phases of Roman history, beginning with the Monarchy from 753 to 509 B.C. The next stage was the Republic from 509 to 30 B.C. And then there was the Roman Empire from 30 B.C. to 476.

Commenting on that first phase, Maier told me, “The first seven kings of Rome ended in a real tyrant. His name was Tarquin the Proud, and they didn’t want another king throughout their history.”

Thus, after 509 B.C., the Romans eschewed the title “king” [rex] thereafter, despite having emperors who were far more powerful than any earthly king.

Thus, Jesus’ claim to be the King of the Jews was His death sentence. Maier adds: “[Rex] was a term of opprobrium. It was somebody who was trying to subvert the masses…. And that is the charge that the prosecution made, which really turned the case as far as Pontius Pilate was concerned.”

It’s a tragic fact that in 2000 years of Christian history, there have been anti-Semitic professing Christians who blamed the Jews for the crucifixion of Jesus.

But the fact is that Jesus laid down His life as fully God and fully man, who alone fulfilled the Ten Commandments, on behalf of sinners—so that those who believe in Him might be saved. As Jesus Himself said, “I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again” (John 10:17-18). If there were any “crime” committed for which Jesus was dying, it was the crime committed by sinful people against our holy Creator.

Christians believe that Jesus is the King, whose kingdom was foretold by Daniel the prophet about 500 years before He came, who said that in the “days of those kings”—which kings? The Roman kings—the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will smite the Roman Empire.

It begins as a small stone but that stone goes on to become a mountain that fills the whole earth. Christianity began very small, but has grown to where about one-third of humanity claims to be Christian.

And so during this Holy Week, Christians celebrate the coming 2000 years ago of the King, who came the first time in humility, who will one day ride a white horse as the conquering King of kings and Lord of lords.

The original of this article was published March 21, 2018 in a circular email by Jerry Newcombe and March 21, 2018 at Townhall.com.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Dr. Newcombe is the author of NPI The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our National. He also wrote or co-wrote many other books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, Doubting Thomas (w/ Mark Beliles, on Jefferson), and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) & the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback). djkm.org www.jerrynewcombe.com @newcombejerry

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Loving God with Our Minds—a Tribute to the Late R. C. Sproul https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/loving-god-minds-tribute-late-r-c-sproul/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/loving-god-minds-tribute-late-r-c-sproul/#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:08:20 +0000 http://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=4807 Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe The greatest command, said Jesus, is that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Sometimes missing today among many professing Christians is the emphasis on the mind. A great evangelical theologian died December 14, 2017, R. C. Sproul (rhymes with role), the founder of Ligonier Ministries. […]

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Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe

The greatest command, said Jesus, is that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Sometimes missing today among many professing Christians is the emphasis on the mind.

A great evangelical theologian died December 14, 2017, R. C. Sproul (rhymes with role), the founder of Ligonier Ministries. And I think he exemplifies the notion of loving God with our mind, as well as our other faculties. Even his radio program was called Renewing Your Mind with R. C. Sproul.

Sometimes one gets the impression that the more religious you are, the less likely you are to be educated. But Dr. Rodney Stark of Baylor University factually disproves that myth.

In his book, America’s Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists (2012), Stark notes, “Angry atheists frequently claim that religious folks tend to be uneducated and are inclined to stay that way—putting little value on book learnin’. This fantasy is probably the most outrageous of all regarding people of faith. Americans who never attend church are significantly less likely to have finished high school than are those who attend weekly.” (p. 72)

Stark adds, “Religious students have a superior level of academic achievement, however it is measured…. Evangelical Protestants were second only to Jews in being college-educated, significantly exceeding all other religious groups as well as the nonreligious… the more often students attended church, the more likely they were to enroll in college…. The idea that churchgoers tend to be less educated is false.” (pp. 134, 139, 140, 141)

The great thing about R. C. Sproul is that, while he was an intellectual and taught the meat of God’s Word, he had the ability to communicate deep truths in an understandable way.

I interviewed Sproul for Christian television a few times. In one of those interviews he noted, “As the church embraces more and more secular ideas, and as preachers in their zeal to bring people into the church tell them that God loves them unconditionally, the unbeliever hears the preacher say, ‘I don’t need to repent. I don’t really need Jesus. God loves me just as I am, unconditionally.’ And it’s not the Kingdom of God; it’s more like Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

For this column, I reached out to some Christian leaders that knew him or were influenced by his teaching for a statement on Dr. Sproul and how he encouraged Christians to think.

Dr. Sam Lamerson, president of Knox Theological Seminary, where he taught some occasional classes, wrote: “Dr. R.C. Sproul was a rare mix of a great communicator and a good scholar….I became an academic, in part, because of the witness of Dr. Sproul.”

Dr. Peter Lillback, president of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, sent me this eulogy: “Dr. Sproul was granted that rare combination of sincere devotion with penetrating intellectual power. This harmony of gifts made his preaching, writing and ministry magnetic to many within and without Reformed Christianity.”

Author Dr. George Grant writes, “He was brilliant…Over the 35 years that I knew him, that first impression has only been reinforced a hundredfold. Without ever using notes, he could wax eloquent on everything from Greek morphology to Modernist philosophy, from the wonders of the Magisterial Reformers to the feats of the Pittsburg Steelers.”

Lee Webb, vice president of broadcasting for Ligonier Ministries and host of “Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul,” wrote: “[His teaching] brought me great comfort and encouragement to know that Christianity could stand intellectual scrutiny. …Dr. Sproul could lay claim to the theological ‘ivory tower,’ but his great passion was to bring that rich theology down to people like me to understand and embrace it.”

Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, emailed me, “R. C. Sproul was a Christian apologist and theologian to the layman and laywoman in the pew and on Main Street. He had a great burden to equip the church to defend the faith in the public marketplace… to equip the laity to do so as well was quite evident to all those with whom he came into contact.”

Del Tackett, creator and teacher of the Truth Project, pointed me to his blog, where he had written, “[Dr. Sproul] was instrumental in developing in me the understanding that it was all about God.”

By contacting his office, I found out that John MacArthur had likewise already issued a statement, including this sentence: “One of R. C.’s most admirable characteristics was his refusal to shy away from difficult doctrines or shape his teaching to suit whatever might be popular or politically correct at any given moment.”

Thankfully, R. C. Sproul’s legacy endures through his books, taped lectures, and radio broadcasts. His life work reminds us to love God with our all our mind.


The original of this article was published December 20, 2017 by Jerry Newcombe at JerryNewcombe.com and December 21, 2017 at Townhall.com.

Jerry Newcombe D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. He has written/co-written 28 books, including NPI title The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation, Doubting Thomas, (with Mark Beliles on Jefferson), Strength for Today and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (with D. James Kennedy) and George Washington’s Sacred Fire (with Peter Lillback).  @newcombejerry.

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Millions Miss Out on Joys of Grandparenting by Following Liberal Lies on Abortion https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/millions-miss-joys-grandparenting-following-liberal-lies-abortion/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/millions-miss-joys-grandparenting-following-liberal-lies-abortion/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:50:41 +0000 http://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=4797 Guest Essay by Jerry Newcombe An acquaintance once asked Winston Churchill if he had shown the statesman a picture of his grandchild. Churchill replied, saying something like: “No. And I have forgotten to thank you for that.” I must confess to being an overly satisfied grandparent. It is an unbelievable blessing and joy. But tragically, […]

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Guest Essay by Jerry Newcombe

An acquaintance once asked Winston Churchill if he had shown the statesman a picture of his grandchild. Churchill replied, saying something like: “No. And I have forgotten to thank you for that.”

I must confess to being an overly satisfied grandparent. It is an unbelievable blessing and joy.

But tragically, tens of millions of fellow Americans will never experience this joy. Many of them will miss out because they have followed the siren song of the liberals and have chosen abortion over birth. It’s too late to reach them, but it’s not too late to reach the next generation.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that there are not many grandparents in America who favor abortion rights. But the joy they know as grandparents came because they and their children chose birth over abortion.

Note the anti-child bias that can be seen from the woman who gave birth to Planned Parenthood. Lifenews.com (11/17/17) has some shocking quotes from Margaret Sanger: “But for my view, I believe that there should be no more babies” (1947).

Nor did Margaret Sanger think highly of large families: “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it” (1920). Nor black babies: “We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…” (1939).

Sadly, millions have listened to her advice. The Guttmacher Institute says that thirty percent of American women will have an abortion by age 45.

On top of the deaths of the aborted children, this comes with medical consequences. Research in the UK documents that having at least one abortion may increase the likelihood of giving birth to a premature baby later. This was based on a University of Aberdeen study involving 620,000 women between 1981 and 2007. The U.K. Daily Mail (9/4/12) says: “Having just one abortion could raise the risk of potentially life-threatening problems in future pregnancies.”

The article notes: “surgical abortions may be more likely to damage the womb, leading to later problems.”

The late John Wilkie, M.D., was for years the president of the National Right-to-Life in Washington, D.C. He and his wife compiled the book, Abortion: Questions and Answers (2003). They noted: “Women who had one induced abortion had a 17.5% miscarriage rate in subsequent pregnancies as compared to a 7.5% rate in a non-aborted group.” (p. 163).

At the birth of my first grandchild, I was so excited. I knew it was going to be great to be a grandfather. But I didn’t know it would be as great as it really is—like the phone call the other night asking, “Papa, will you take me to Chuck E. Cheeses’?” Of course, I replied with delight, “Elizabeth, I’d be happy to take you and Isaac there.”

Tewannah Aman knows firsthand the pain of missing out of parenthood by following the abortion lies. Today, she and her husband, John, serve as directors of the Broward County Right to Life.

She told me, “Abortion hurts women, both physically and emotionally. I know. I am one of them. After I found out what happens to an unborn baby during an abortion procedure, I was devastated. God healed my heart and gave me peace, but it has not been an easy road. Then we lost our little boy at 21 1/2 weeks into the pregnancy. Who would have thought that we would not go on to have more children? The reality of the abortion came back to haunt me. I have many friends who have had abortions and never went on to have children.”

She added, “I have spoken to countless women who have had abortions in the 21 years that I have been working in pro-life ministry. Many have said that they could never tell anyone. They feel too much shame and regret after the abortion. It is too painful. They ask me how I am able to share. I tell them that it is only by God’s grace. I seek to help women understand that there is healing in Jesus Christ. He healed my broken heart. I know I will see our children again. He can heal and restore theirs as well.”

We’ve had about 60 million abortions in America since the Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand in 1973. That would mean tens of millions of would-be grandparents were deprived of their grandchildren—at least those.

This season, of course, we remember the most important birth of the most important Child ever. The One who was born to die in order to deal with our ultimate problem—how to make us ready to stand before His Father, clean and forgiven.

The Bible says that we should choose life. What a blessing it is to follow God’s ways. Just ask virtually any grandparent.


The original of this article was published December 6, 2017 by Jerry Newcombe at JerryNewcombe.com and December 7, 2017 at Townhall.com.

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2017—the Year of the Sex Scandals https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/2017-year-sex-scandals/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/2017-year-sex-scandals/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:31:56 +0000 http://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=4616 Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe The beleaguered Alabama Senatorial candidate Roy Moore has not had his day in court to address accusations of alleged sexual impropriety 38 years ago. For World Magazine, Marvin Olasky wrote, “We need to separate what many commentators and pollsters are not differentiating: Accusations that Moore at age 32 had immoral […]

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The beleaguered Alabama Senatorial candidate Roy Moore has not had his day in court to address accusations of alleged sexual impropriety 38 years ago. For World Magazine, Marvin Olasky wrote, “We need to separate what many commentators and pollsters are not differentiating: Accusations that Moore at age 32 had immoral and illegal sexual activity with a 14-year-old, and reports that he dated 17- and 18-year olds. The first, if true, should disqualify him from becoming a senator. The importance of the second to Moore’s current election prospects depends on whether he has a self-righteous understanding or a Christ-righteous belief.”

Sexual scandals, alleged or otherwise, are rocking our country today. One only has to name Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey. Bill O’Reilly went from the number one spot on cable-TV to losing his position over sex-related allegations.

2017 may go down as the year that sexual scandals rocked America.

The thing about a charge of rape, said 17th century British judge Sir Matthew Hale, is that it ‘‘is an accusation easily to be made and hard to be proved, and harder to be defended by the party accused”—even if that party is innocent. It is an excruciating dilemma. Most such crimes occur in private. And yet false charges are also sometimes made. How do we give proper due process to the accused while showing compassion to victims?

But one thing that troubles me about all this is that Hollywood and the culture do so much to promote an immoral sexual ethic.

Pop music and movies and TV routinely promote sex outside of God-given marital boundaries. Then when someone engages in these activities, especially if they want to run for office, they are besmirched by this.

I think what we are seeing in some ways is this: Playboy ethics, but Puritan consequences. We are constantly bombarded with messages to do whatever feels good. Then if someone does it, he suddenly faces censure.

We teach young people today how to put condoms on cucumbers in schools, but then we frown at teenage illegitimacy.

The pop culture revels in sexual immorality. In one of her songs, Madonna croons, “If it’s against the law, arrest me. If you can handle it, undress me.”

Not to be outdone, Lady Gaga sings, “But I got a reason that you’re who should take me home tonight. I need a man that makes it right when it’s so wrong.”

We routinely see sex outside of marriage on the big screen and the little one. In 1995, Don Wildmon, of the American Family Association, complained that 88 percent of sexual activity in prime-time television was between unmarried people—thus, making “lust more attractive than love.”

If it was that bad in 1995. It’s only worse in 2017—since marriage as a whole continues to suffer significantly in our culture.

Of course, just because we’re bombarded with these messages doesn’t excuse anybody from giving into his or her base nature or from making unwanted sexual advances.

One of the sacred cows of the Playboy ethic on sex is that anything goes as long as it’s between two consenting adults. But the “consenting adults” principle still doesn’t halt the consequences of promiscuity, such as a failed marriage, a broken heart, venereal disease, or scandal.

Why do we have the Puritan consequences to sexual practices? I believe our forebears were on to something with their belief that sex was to remain within its God-given strictures: inside the bounds of holy matrimony (of course, between a man and a woman). When we venture outside of God’s boundaries, we go against the order He designed for our safety and flourishing.

We may mock monogamy all we want, but interestingly, a major study on sex in America in 1992, under the auspices of the University of Chicago, found that the Puritan-type ethic of sex promotes happiness in the bedroom to its adherents.

They reported, “Once again contradicting the common view of marriage as dull and routine, the people who reported being the most physically pleased and emotionally satisfied were the married couples…. The lowest rates of satisfaction were among men and women who were neither married nor living with someone—the very group thought to be having the hottest sex” (Sex in America, p. 124).

The Bible admonishes us to avoid even the appearance of evil. So, tell me—why is it that some in our culture were wagging their tongues at Vice President Mike Pence for refusing to go out in public alone with women that weren’t a part of his immediate family?

This culture encourages you to freely let your libido flow—but then when you do, you might end up being punished for it. Playboy ethics, Puritan consequences. But as Jesus put it, let him who is without sin, cast the first stone.


The original of this article appeared November 14, 2017 in Jerry’s circular newsletter.

Jerry Newcombe D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. He has written/co-written 28 books, including NPI title The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation, Doubting Thomas, (with Mark Beliles on Jefferson), Strength for Today and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (with D. James Kennedy) and George Washington’s Sacred Fire (with Peter Lillback).  @newcombejerry.

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The Pilgrims and the U.S. Constitution https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/pilgrims-u-s-constitution/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/pilgrims-u-s-constitution/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:06:32 +0000 http://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=4611 Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe As we get ready to celebrate another Thanksgiving, there’s one more thing to be grateful to God for—the U.S. Constitution and the political freedom it has brought. What many people don’t realize is the link between the Pilgrims, authors of our Thanksgiving tradition, and our nation’s founding document. When the […]

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As we get ready to celebrate another Thanksgiving, there’s one more thing to be grateful to God for—the U.S. Constitution and the political freedom it has brought. What many people don’t realize is the link between the Pilgrims, authors of our Thanksgiving tradition, and our nation’s founding document.

When the founding fathers sat down in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 at the Constitutional Convention, they had almost 150 years of constitution-making on American soil to draw from. And devout Christians of earlier generations, who used the biblical concept of covenant as a model, were those who provided the precedents.

One such document was the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut of 1639, which was inspired by a sermon that examined principles of government from the Bible. This covenant, which mentions “the gospel of our Lord Jesus,” was the first complete constitution written on American soil and is the reason that to this day Connecticut is called “the constitution state.”

A covenant is an agreement before God, binding a community together. The Pilgrims, Puritans, and other dedicated Christians engaged in writing about 100 various agreements for self-government, paving the way for the Constitution.

The first of these American covenants was written by the Pilgrims before they even disembarked the Mayflower, a month before they even set foot in Plymouth.

The Pilgrims had a charter from King James, who hated Christian dissenters and was glad they were leaving England, to settle in “the northern parts of Virginia.” But they were blown off course and providentially hindered from sailing south of Cape Cod—at least for the winter.

Because the Mayflower had been blown off course and was under no government’s jurisdiction, Pilgrim leaders heard that some of their hired hands had a mind to strike out on their own and leave the colony before it even started. That would be disastrous.

So before disembarking, the Pilgrims decided to write up an agreement for self-government. It was a biblical type of covenant, calling on God as a witness and committing them all to a common purpose.

The Mayflower Compact says: “In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign lord, King James…. Having undertaken for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and the honor of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these present, solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation, and furtherance of the ends aforesaid.”

This document signed on November 11, 1620 was a milestone in history and a major step in the process of the creation of America.

In A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Winston Churchill calls the Mayflower Compact “one of the remarkable documents in history.”

Paul Johnson, author of A History of the American People, points out that the Mayflower Compact was “the single most important formative event in early American history, which would ultimately have an important bearing on… the American Republic.”

The great 19th century historian, George Bancroft, writes: “In the cabin of the Mayflower humanity recovered its rights, and instituted government on the basis of ‘equal laws’ enacted by all the people for ‘the general good.’”

Dr. Donald S. Lutz, a professor of political science at the University of Houston and the author of The Origins of American Constitutionalism, points out that the Bible provided the concept of the covenant. I once interviewed him for the television special, One Nation Under God, hosted by D. James Kennedy.

In reference to the Pilgrims, the Puritans, and early Christian settlers of British North America, Lutz told me: “These poor people came to the New World, they had the wrong technologies, their plows would not work, their houses that they constructed were inappropriate for the weather. All their technology was wrong, except for one technology they brought with them, which was the ability to use covenants to create communities. It was the perfect technology. It was the technology that mattered that allowed them to survive all up and down the coast.”

Lutz speaks in his book of the importance of the “covenants that derive from the biblical tradition” in helping to frame, ultimately. the U.S. Constitution. And he adds, “When one reads the preamble, which begins ‘We the people…,’ it is difficult not to think of ‘We whose names are [underwritten]’ in the Mayflower Compact, the first political covenant in America.”

The Constitution and those, like the Pilgrims, who helped pave the way toward its creation, are blessings to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season. Thus endeth the history lesson. Happy Thanksgiving.


The original of this article was published November 25, 2015 by Jerry Newcombe at Townhall.com and at JerryNewcombe.com.

Jerry Newcombe D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. He has written/co-written 28 books, including NPI title The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our NationDoubting Thomas, (with Mark Beliles on Jefferson), Strength for Today and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (with D. James Kennedy) and George Washington’s Sacred Fire (with Peter Lillback).  @newcombejerry.

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“The Shack” – Biblical or New Age? https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/shack-biblical-new-age/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/shack-biblical-new-age/#comments Tue, 14 Mar 2017 02:47:09 +0000 https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=4033 Guest Essay by Jerry Newcombe If you comment on the novel/movie, The Shack, you’re bound to get strong opinions, either pro or con. The Shack deals with Mack, a man who has suffered a horrible loss (the murder of his little daughter), which he discovered in a shack. In a (spoiler alert) dream sequence, he […]

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If you comment on the novel/movie, The Shack, you’re bound to get strong opinions, either pro or con.

The Shack deals with Mack, a man who has suffered a horrible loss (the murder of his little daughter), which he discovered in a shack. In a (spoiler alert) dream sequence, he returns to that shack; and “God” in three persons meets him there. This encounter leads to an inner healing, where he finally sheds the “the Great Sadness” that has dogged him since her death. Mack comes to affirm the goodness of God, despite suffering in this fallen world.

Stanley Goldenberg, who writes on Christian movies, likens The Shack to the book of Job. He told me that watching the two hour movie is more effective than 20 counseling sessions and will be very helpful to those who are hurting.

He also said there are some theological problems in the book and in the movie, but think of it like eating chicken—eat the meat, spit out the bones.

Others say that the level of understanding of doctrine today is so poor that your average professing Christian can’t necessarily discern between the meat and the bones.

After reading the book, I watched the movie with my wife. She said afterwards that too often the American church today has a diet of dessert. Not meat, not even milk, but sweets.

I felt the movie was too New Age for my tastes. If Oprah Winfrey were to make a “Christian” movie, The Shack would be it. I felt it took too many liberties with the Person of God. God commands us to not to make any graven images.

But in the movie (based on the book), they had God the Father (Papa) as played by a woman (a great actress in her own right, Octavia Spencer), and the Holy Spirit was played by an Asian woman.

When Mack asks why Papa appears as a woman, she answers, “After what you’ve been through, I didn’t think you could handle a father right now.” Later, Papa appears as a man, but then later back as a woman again. At least, Jesus was a man.

An ancient heresy (called modalism) taught that the Trinity isn’t really the Trinity, it just seems that way. So God appears sometimes as the Father, sometimes as the Son, and sometimes as the Spirit. When Jesus died, God died—so one aspect of this heresy is called “patripassianism”—i.e., the Father also suffered in the passion. But the Bible teaches each Person of the Trinity is distinct. In the movie, the Father had the passion marks too.

In one scene, “God” was asked about “that wrath thing,”—the wrath of God, which is seen repeatedly in the Scriptures. Response? “Sin is its own punishment.”

Well, sin is its own punishment, but the Bible also makes it clear that God is angry with our sin. If you don’t think God hates sin, look at Jesus on the cross. That’s what God thinks of our sin.

The whole point of the movie is dealing with pain and loss. That’s noble. But that is precisely where the cross fits in. On the cross, Jesus experienced incredible pain. He went to hell for us. When we truly take our pain to the foot of the cross, then comes true healing.

David Mathis, executive editor of the ministry desiringGod.org writes, “We do not need a wilderness shack to hear from God.” God’s response to human suffering was the cross—by which those who believe can be forgiven and spiritually healed—not just a hug from a God who loves us but is powerless to help us in our suffering.

Meanwhile, I have an evangelical TV producer friend, who got to meet the writer of The Shack, William Paul Young, who gave him a gut-wrenchingly honest interview, including his painful background.

My friend noted that God was using the book mightily to help hurting Christians come back to the Lord. He concluded, “let’s look at the bigger work that God is doing and give a little more grace.”

Fair enough. But have we not lost the fear of God in our day? Some evangelicals act as if, “Jesus is my buddy. I can put Him in my back pocket and pull Him out to feel good whenever I want to.”

The Christian proponents of the book/film would point to the idea that this is all a metaphor—a device used in story-telling. But as I watched the film, trying to look past things like God the Father as a woman, I remembered the adage, “the medium is the message.”

One colleague noted, after seeing a positive review of “The Shack” from an evangelical: “Yikes. The American church is starving for discernment, and choking on heresy.”

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