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A Christian Attitude toward the Kavanaugh/Ford Drama

Non-Christians often determine guilt or innocence based on their political opinions and whom they WANT to be right. As Christians, we must not do this.

We must remember that we really don’t know who is telling the truth; we weren’t there. We live in a time when false accusations are made all the time. An example is the Duke Lacross team being accused falsely of inappropriate actions. As Christians, we should distinguish ourselves by being ready to listen to each side, slow to voice our opinion, and not allowing anger to color our “discernment.”

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: (James 1:19)

Any thinking person should disapprove of the handling of the accusation by Senate Democrats. Their goal was not to help or protect Dr. Ford, but to use her as a political tool for vengeance on the Republican Party because of their hatred of President Trump. Like Dr. Ford, Judge Kavanaugh was only a tool. The lack of compassion on the part of Democrats has subjected what seems to be a very wounded woman to more stress, pain, and anxiety than was ever necessary.

As I watched the testimony of Dr. Ford with an open mind, I can see why some would believe her story. It did not lack sincerity or emotion. There were, however, many holes in her story that left many important questions unanswered.

As I watched Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony with an open mind, I found nothing objectionable about either his demeanor or his responses. I thought this is precisely how you would expect a man who has been falsely accused and unjustly smeared as a rapist in front of the entire country to act.

I have no doubt that the emotions of both parties were real, genuine, and appropriate. This is why cases in our courtrooms are based on evidence, not emotions. It is impossible for even the most discerning mind to determine, from the emotions and sincerity of the witnesses’ testimonies, who is right and who is wrong.

As Christians, we should distinguish ourselves from the world. We should not determine guilt or innocence based upon political or emotional feelings. We should never make a decision based upon what or how we want things to be. The only righteous moral standard for justice comes from God alone. Without this standard, everything becomes an effort to gain political power and to impose one’s moral code on others. Those who unjustly accuse others can justify what they do by saying “The end justifies the means.” The Bible says something entirely different.

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. (John 7:24)

God’s system of human judgment requires proper evidence. “She said,” he said allegations are not sufficient to condemn. A person’s life should not be destroyed simply because someone accuses them of something. There must be corroborating evidence to support the allegation.

One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established. (Deuteronomy 19:15)

As Christians, we are not to make hasty judgments based upon who or what we want to be right. A simple accusation is not sufficient to determine the guilt of a person. We are to listen carefully to the accuser and the accused. One thing is certain, in every accusation, there is an injustice. Either the accuser has been treated unjustly by the accused, or the accused is unjustly maligned by the accuser.

Remember, the legal system in America was based upon the legal system found in the Bible. God cares about justice. He expects His children to care about it also. If He required the corroborating testimony of multiple witnesses, so should we. We are to be persuaded by evidence.

In the presence of evidence, we do not dismiss it. In the absence of evidence, we do not condemn. If we do not use God’s standard for justice, we are moving toward the loss of all of our freedoms. There must be a presumption of innocence for the accused or the result will be more injustice.

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Do We Believe The Bible?

In my study of Baptists I have found that their number one distinctive is that the Bible is their sole authority for faith and practice. I have asked before how many of us, as Baptists really believe the Bible.

The Scriptures teach clearly that the church and the body of Christ are the same thing.

Ephesians 1:22-23 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

The body of Christ is described in I Corinthians Chapter 4 as a local body. It functions together as a unit. When one member suffers the whole body suffers. When one member rejoices the whole body rejoices.

In verse 27 Paul tells the church at Corinth that they are the body of Christ. By saying “ye are the body of Christ,” Paul shows that he is not part of that body. If he was, he would have said “we are the body of Christ.”

Verse 13 is used by those who believe in a universal church to make the body spoken of in this passage into a universal body. Actually, the verse is in perfect agreement with Acts chapter 2 verse 41: “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”

Acts Chapter 2 starts out with a church of about 120 souls meeting together. They had a business meeting to choose a successor to Judas. There was a great movement of the Holy Spirit in that meeting and He gave them the ability to speak languages they had never learned. They went out into the streets and started preaching in those languages. The result was more that 3,000 souls being saved.

The only message God chose to preserve in His Word as the one preached by Peter. Those who received the word preached by Peter, and I suppose the others, were then baptized and added unto them, the church that met on that morning (see verse 47).

The word “church” or “churches” is used 117 times in the New Testament. There is not one single time that it is used in a sense that indicates that the church is anything but a local assembly. There are a few times, very few, that could have that meaning, but only if you come to them with the preconceived idea of a universal church. You can get my book “The Universal Church: Fact or Fiction” to learn more on this subject.

I went into this discussion of the universal church to show how many say they believe the Bible when they don’t really. Historically Baptists have stood against the idea of a universal church. Prior to the Reformation the doctrine was different than it is now. It taught a universal, visible church. This was the Catholic (universal) church and it taught that there was no salvation outside the church. The Baptists stood against this from it inception in the fourth century until some time after the Reformation.

The reformers, who were no longer part of the Catholic Church, were now outside of the “universal church” and had a real problem if there is no salvation outside the church. They invented a new doctrine, the doctrine of the universal, invisible church where only God knows who is a member.

Non-Baptists, like C.I. Scofield, put the universal church in their study Bibles, theology books used in Baptist bible colleges were written by non-Baptists and many Baptists now accept the word of these men instead of the searching the Scriptures to find the truth.

My whole point in this article is that we should be Bereans and search the Scriptures to see what is true and not take the words and opinions of men. Great men can be wrong. Abraham, Moses, and David, for example, made a number of mistakes, yet they were great men of God.