The Paul and Morgan Show Are (Biblically) Problematic

Morgan and Paul Olliges of the “That’s Not In the Bible Show” always manage to bring me out of my self-imposed blogging exile somehow. That said, for once I have a reason for temporarily abandoning my blog and it’s not just that I’m playing Jedi Fallen Order (10/10 game), but I’m writing articles for a local newspaper, which takes up a lot of time because, unlike my blog posts, those have to be coherent, grammatically correct, and well-written.

Morgan Olliges posted on Instagram asking why people who have pre-marital sex still go to church. I don’t know, maybe because Jesus said, “[t]hose who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Furthermore, Morgan herself had pre-marital sex and readily accepted the grace God offered her. But doesn’t want to extend that same grace to others, which is typical of conservative, evangelical Christians. Jesus forgives but you heathen liberals are going to hell for doing the exact same thing I’m doing, amiright?

She continues (along with her husband) to use their platform to spew drivel. Specifically that living in sexual sin causes mental health issues and insinuating that Christians having extra-marital sex aren’t really Christians.

There’s only one caveat to being saved and that’s outlined in John 3:16, “if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” That isn’t to discredit works entirely – part of becoming a Christian is accepting Jesus as your Savior and Lord. However, salvation isn’t negated by having sex, or even living in deliberate sin. Of course, evidence that you have a walk with God is choosing to no longer live in sin but that’s not what she’s saying here.

Second, I’m gonna guess she’s probably not talking about pornography in regards to “sexual sin” which is adultery. Nor is she talking about lust of which her husband, Paul, is always going on about women in the gym wearing leggings and how he’s lusting after them. By her logic, why is Paul going to church when he’s still ogling other women and living in sexual sin? Again Biblically speaking, merely looking at a woman with lust is committing adultery, so she really ought to talk to her husband about his salvation first and maybe read the Bible. Specifically the part where Jesus said take the speck out of your own eye before throwing shade, ya hypocrite.

Third, can you imagine Jesus saying to all the people who came to Him for salvation and healing, “I don’t wanna hear from you?” Like it’s actually incredibly sad that she thinks this is acceptable behavior for Christians. What a missed opportunity here to spread the gospel and love on those who are hurting, yet instead she choose to be judgmental.

And she’s wrong. Jesus straight up tells us we will suffer in this world; struggling with mental health as a Christian doesn’t mean you’ve done something wrong, or are living in sin. It’s the product of living in a fallen world in which we’re all more or less promised some level of suffering (which… sounds depressing…). Not that there aren’t consequences for sin, but telling people the reason they struggle with mental health issues is because they’re having sex outside of marriage and you don’t wanna hear from them is cruel and stupid.

As a Christian, I’m obviously not gonna encourage anyone to commit adultery lol even thought it’s low on the list of things I care about, personally. In fact, Morgan might’ve been on to something because 1 Corinthians does say, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” That said, Morgan is the pot calling the kettle black here given she was screwing around prior to meeting Paul. Instead of extending grace to those reaching out to her, she questions why they’re going to the one place that will help them live out their Christian faith.

The Bible says, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” My issue with Morgan and Paul, other than the fact that the Bible is always an afterthought to whatever political brownie point they’re trying to score that day, is they’re always speaking from a place of pride, judgment, and condemnation, rather than love. It’s partially why they’re the target of so much criticism online.

From suggesting God (who is neither male nor female, by the way) should strike Ariana Grande down for a music video, to supporting a war, to straight up lying, to admitting to being selfish whilst simultaneously criticizing women who don’t want children as selfish, to joking about consensual sex, to encouraging their fans to bully a company rather than turning the other cheek, and complaining about interracial couples in Rings of Power it’s clear Morgan and Paul are only interested in engaging in culture wars, owning the left, and generally being awful under the guise of “speaking hard truths.” They cherry-pick scripture in an attempt to fit their conservative, far-right ideology into the Bible, which naturally results in a lot of false doctrine and wonky teachings. They’re (sadly) not unique in this but merely a reflection of the American church, which has mistaken the triumph of a political party as a win for the kingdom of God and thus spend most of their time idolizing political leaders, instead of Jesus Christ.

It’s ironic Morgan specifically questions why people having extramarital sex are still going to church, when hot take: going to church doesn’t make one a Christian. Rather, evidence that one is a Christian can be found in fostering the fruits of the spirit. Love, kindness, and gentleness are ways the world knows we’re Christians without us saying so. Looking through their history, I saw no examples of them regularly doing anything generous for their fans who support them (giveaways, gift cards, even randomly gifting someone $5 for coffee which many of the Christian influencers I follow do), nor do they regularly donate to, or encourage their fans to donate to organizations and charities that help the poor, orphans, or pregnant women. But they do brag about getting $1400 strollers from their fans and beg for gifts online.

Take away their YouTube channel, Instagram posts, and all the things they say about being a Christian, and their actions reveal greedy, prideful, and selfish individuals who aren’t very much like Christ at all. Needless to say, if anyone ought to question the sincerity of their faith and salvation, it’s probably Paul and Morgan.

Bethany of Girl Defined is Problematic (and Greedy)

Which isn’t sound very God-honoring.

I’ve been wanting to do a critique on Girl Defined in the style of Brittany Dawn for a while but alas, just don’t have the time while trying to 100% complete Forbidden West.

That said, Bethany Beal of Girl Defined is not very Christ-like. She’s currently complaining about free gifts people have sent her.

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:18. While I’m certain Paul was probably talking about Christians being imprisoned, burned at the stake, and chopped in half for preaching the gospel here, this verse could easily apply to someone attempting to give you a backpack listed on your own registry. For free.

Furthermore, she’s fighting with people online who (rightfully) point out that saying she’d rather roast herself like a hot dog than work 9-5 is stupid.

Lying is one of the 7 deadly sins. I doubt if given the option between being grilled for cannibal meat and working a normal job, she would choose to roast. Secondly, doubling down rather than either turning the other cheek, or apologizing for making it seem like working is a bad thing (because there’s no reason to degrade someone else’s profession just to uplift your own), is deliberately stirring strife. Something Christians ought not to do. The Bible say, “[t]hey were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.” Does she really look at behavior and thinks it’s honoring God? Especially when this behavior is right up there with murder?

Despite Girl Defined building their brand on being Godly, Bethany is nothing but. Her family is relatively wealthy, and she runs an Instagram account called sheworkssmart selling 3k courses and boasting about how much money she makes.

Yes, she’s not only begging her followers for gifts instead of throwing a baby shower, but also bragging about having added things for her current son to her unborn child’s registry. If she’s making as much money as she’s claiming to be, why does she need other people to buy her gifts? Charity is a tenet of Christianity, so if anything she ought to bless her followers with her abundance of wealth. And while she’d no doubt say something like “oh these people just blessed me out of the goodness of their heart”, she wouldn’t have posted her registry publicly if she didn’t want to guilt her followers into buying her stuff.

Hebrews says, “[k]eep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have…” and Proverbs says “[b]etter is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.” Sure, while there aren’t any explicit Bible verses saying don’t exploit the people who support you into funding your own lifestyle, it goes without saying her behavior is shady and selfish at best, downright sinful at worst.

Christians shouldn’t be known for their grifting but for their generosity. Yet, in all my time following Bethany, I don’t recall ever seeing her even do like a $20 Starbucks gift card giveaway. It’s quite telling that at nearly every opportunity to be generous Bethany (and the rest of Girl Defined) choose to focus only on themselves and their needs. Time and time again, they’ve had opportunities to show true, sacrificial charity like Jesus did and yet, they not only fail but are smug and boastful about it.

For all Bethany’s poetic waxing about not finding your identity in gender and how we’re not the king of our lives, perhaps she should read the Bible a bit more closely. After all, it’s not the love of self that’s the root of all evil but the love of money.

Christian Influencer Thinks Assault Is Okay If You’re Dressed Immodestly

At what point are people going to start quoting the Bible and not their personal opinions?

Frankly, I find Solie Osorio sort of hilarious because she’s like not even 25, yet speaks as if she has some wealth of knowledge to share about marriage, children, etc. Job 12:12 says, “[w]isdom is with aged men, [a]nd with length of days, understanding.” Surely the Lord can and does empower young people with wisdom, but Solie is not wise, nor is what she’s saying backed with scripture. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but that wisdom will never contradict or add to the Word of God either.

And nowhere in the Bible does God put the blame of grape (lol) on what someone is wearing. In fact, God basically says stone rapists in Deuteronomy. Adultery was also punishable by death for both the man and the woman, and this would include looking at pornography, or lusting after a woman. Porneia is a Greek word that basically means any sexual activity and is used in the Bible several times. Since all sexual activity outside of marriage is forbidden, if Solie was truly interested in being Biblically accurate here and not just sexist, she would blame both the man lusting and the woman dressed immodestly equally in her post. Tellingly, she does not which reveals this is just another pick-me type post, or worst some sort of trolling attempt, which is not very Godly and not what Christians should be known for online.

The Bible is what our faith is based upon and when Christians are consistently preaching things with nay a Bible verse in sight, that’s a red flag. Scrolling through Solie’s Instagram, 90% of it is personal opinions with sporadic Bible verses out of context. Troubling that she has such a large following of Christians when very little of what she says is backed by Scripture. It’s why it’s crucial to read your Bible daily and familiarize yourself with the Word of God, so when people preach Biblical clownery you already know what God has said.

In Matthew, Jesus puts the blame of lust squarely on the shoulders of those who are lusting. Jesus says not once, but twice to pluck your eyeballs out if you have an issue with lust. I’m not against dressing modestly even though Solie and I would probably disagree on what dressing modestly means. But I do have a lot of sympathy (particularly as I’m a very visual lady myself and no cap, I like looking at shirtless, hot men lol) towards men who are struggling in our hypersexualized culture. So I agree generally that as women (and men) we shouldn’t dress provocatively – just not for the sake of man, but because rather to honor the Lord.

That said, modesty teachings are the lazy way out of fostering self-control, particularly in regards to male sexuality. This is none more evident than among Christian men who seem even weaker than their secular counterparts in this area. Jesus says they will know us by our fruits; Galatians lists “self-control” as one of the fruits of the Spirit. Thus, evidence that one is actually a Christian isn’t in how they dress, how closely they follow gender roles, how early they marry and have kids, but rather in the fruit they produce. This is why Jesus further warns against wolves in sheep’s clothing – those that look the part but underneath all their prairie dresses, sourdough breads, and Christianese are actually producing bad fruit. Consequently, it’s perfectly reasonable to expect Christian men, who are tasked as being spiritual leaders (and this includes leading in the fruits of the Spirit) to exhibit self-control. Not only is it an expectation, but it’s the clearest evidence that a person is actually a Christian and not just using religion to live a certain lifestyle.

Nonsense like this discourages men from fostering self-control and is frankly the opposite of what the Bible actually says – in fact, it feels very boys will be boys, which is a very secular attitude. Here, modesty and purity culture serve as a band-aid to lust, and inevitably we’ll see Christian pastors and other prominent Christian men falling to sexual sin again and again, and Christians are always shooketh. But it’s nothing more than the fruit of what modesty and purity culture has produced over the years, which is telling. If one never learns to discipline themselves in the way of self-control, than they will stumble the minute they encounter anything outside of their carefully curated world of modesty, no leggings, and no cleavage. And as Christians we are told to be in the world, not of the world. But how are Christians to be in the world when they can’t even stand the sight of a woman in leggings?

Christians like Solie, Dale Partridge, and Owen Strachan’s answer to this is telling women to cover up and hide the way God literally made them. Again, a band-aid and these teachings are evidence of a lack of self-control in their own lives. Troubling because many of these folks are in authority over others. Yet the amount of times I’ve seen the women shouldn’t wear leggings debate brought up by Christians is remarkable. Far more time is spent telling women not to dress a certain way so that men don’t lust after them, which isn’t even in the Bible, as opposed to telling men to foster self-control, which is in the Bible. But ya know, the latter actually requires one to be a Christian and not just cosplaying as one, and I have a feeling a good many popular Christian influencers fall in the the second category.

Dressing modestly is great but it’s not the answer to lust. Nothing gives anyone else the right to assault them, whether they’re naked, or dressed like the Amish. And as for my dear sister in Christ, Solie, she may want to spend some time looking at the *probably should include a trigger warning* What I was Wearing Exhibit, and of course, a little more time reading her Bible.