Biblical Clownery: Jesus Doesn’t Love You

Generally, I like Hannah Janel Williamson as she’s one of the few young, Christian women with a public platform who aren’t teaching that women need to stay home and have kids, and eternally talking about her season of singleness a la Bethany of Girl Defined, nor is she grifting and scamming people out of money like Brittany Dawn. That bar is admittedly fairly low. Nevertheless, she shows how one can be fruitful and multiply by evangelizing, and that yes women can indeed be preachers and teachers, and don’t have to sit around waiting for marriage or whatever, but can have a rich life of ministry, career, and relationships prior to or even in lieu of that. She reminds me a bit of Anna from Luke 2:36-38, a prophet who devoted herself to fasting and praying at temple.

That said, Hannah posted something quite inane.

What even is the point of this lol. Does this help discipline Christians, or lead the lost to Christ? No.

Jesus loves you basically is the entire gospel. John 3:16, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (ESV) Of course, believing Jesus is your Savior and Lord is also part of the gospel. But the core is that God loved us so much what mattered most was Him providing us a way to be with Him in eternity through Jesus Christ. If we do nothing else our entire lives but believe in Jesus Christ, we will be saved. Really, not that complicated.

Furthermore, it’s the love of Christ that compels us to share the gospel, not fear of hell fire and brimstone. Once we become saved, are we obligated to live a certain way? Yes. Slothicus 4:20 says, “And Jesus said “if you fear me, you will obey my commands”.”

Wrong. John 14:15 says, “Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them”.” Once we’re saved, there is an obligation to begin bearing good fruit but the gospel itself is basically that Jesus loves us, died for us, and wants a relationship with us. Fairly straightforward.

Hannah Williamson seems to be falling prey to this weird anti-love, anti-self-care attitude conservatives have been adopting in an attempt to not be like other girls the world/progressive Christians. The end result is saying things that are just stupid and do absolutely nothing to advance the kingdom of God, or benefit anybody regardless of what they believe in. Worst still, these things are often not even scriptural.

James 3:1 says, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” (ESV) Those whom build platforms as Christian teachers need to be careful to not just spew Christianese that sounds cool for the sake of gaining spiritual wanking points from conservatives. Rather, we should do all for the glory of God, in a manner of excellence, making sure all that we preach is backed by scripture and not just some poorly thought out “hot take”.

Hannah should probably take another look at her own Instagram bio…

And actually Bring People Back to Biblical Truth.

The Transformed Wife Is Still Wrong: On Anna Duggar

The Transformed Wife seems to be hiding something.

Case in point:

Thus her subtle defense of Josh Duggar comes at no shock – sounds like Ken has more than a few skeletons in his own closet given how hard she’s simping for pedos. Fortunately, Luke 12:2-3 says, “Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.”

Fundies and their holier-than-thou cause “we don’t smoke, curse, and watch tv attitude” whilst supporting abusive men is baffling.

Christians like Lori seem to have intentionally forgotten what Biblical marriage is and consequently spend too much time justifying bad behavior from husbands to maintain a veneer of holiness by staying married at all costs. Marriage should reflect our relationship with Jesus; He is the Groom, we are His bride. Yet, at some point some Christians began interpreting headship not as like Jesus whom husbands are called to emulate; the same Jesus who led by displaying the fruits of the spirit (gentleness, kindness, etc.) and serving his bride while on Earth, but as “blindly and unquestioningly obeying the whims of a husband who may or may not be acting like Christ,” which is not Biblical.

I’m convinced the Apostle Paul was thinking specifically of Lori Alexander when he told women to shut-up – I’ll add that Lori shouldn’t teach women, children, animals, plants, fictional characters, and aliens too. Lori is ever learning, yet never coming to the knowledge of the truth because her entire identity is wrapped in being a wife/mother, rather than in Christ. Thus everything she “teaches” comes not from a place of “what can I learn about God/how can I become more like Him?” and teach others to do so, but “how can I keep being a wife and ensure others stay wives too?” It’s a sad state of existence.

Any who, Lori blogged about Anna Duggar in response to a Facebook post. I plucked out some highlights to discredit. Her words are in parenthesis, which I’m too lazy to underline.

Divorce rates among Christians are almost as high as they are among “heathens” lol. Clearly, something ain’t working.

Purity culture is not “God’s way.”

Again, Lori’s own husband, Ken Alexander, said incest/molestation are normal so idk why she’s acting up. These are his words, credit freejinger as he obviously deleted the OG post.

“Such molestation is rampant around the world, especially with families in close quarters where the the children come from multiple fathers. Where I grew up my friends would ask me if I molested my sisters, because for them it was common place with the older sister often molesting the younger brother, etc.”

Ken Alexander, Lori Alexander’s husband.

Jim Bob admits about 19:00 they talked to a lot of other families who had worst stories than theirs in regards to Josh molesting his sisters, the details of which they severely downplayed.

This is a grievous sin that breaks God’s heart. Yet women like Lori consistently downplay what would have gotten these men stoned to death in OT times. Funny how those who want to live like the Israelites in Deuteronomy did, cherry-pick what to follow. Kinda sounds like they’re not actually interested in following scripture, but creating a cult.

The Bible does in fact guarantee a safe and happy marriage. Ephesians commands husbands to love their wives as Christ did, being willing to lay down their lives for wives.

Also, the trial shows that Jim Bob severely downplayed the details of the molestation.

1 Peter is about suffering/submission in persecution for everyone (not just wives), while promoting the authority of Jesus aka suffering does not accomplish redemption because only Jesus did that (1 Peter 4:12).

The author tells persecuted Christians to submit to human authorities for the sake of furthering the gospel. It says “slaves submitting to your masters” (2:18), “likewise wives submitting to your own husbands” (3:1), and “likewise husbands living with your wives… assigning honor to them” (3:7).

Wives were to submit because this was the simplest way of leading unsaved husbands to Christ. It clearly does not mean wives can change their husbands generally but speaking to a specific situation in which Christian wives were being persecuted for their faith by their unsaved husbands. And the key is the husbands are unbelieving. They aren’t like many “Christian” patriarchs who treat their wives terribly using the very faith meant to give them joy, peace, and freedom.

This is the context Lori is ignoring – a very specific scenario that isn’t even applicable to Anna, nor most situations Christians throw this verse at. Furthermore, the verse isn’t about relationships, it’s about one of the many forms of persecution Christians encountered.

There’s nothing redemptive about suffering. The Bible even says if there’s a way out of persecution, bounce. 1 Corinthians 7:21-23, Were you a bondservant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.)… 23You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men.” 

Lastly, the Bible tells us exactly what to do with those whom are not acting as God commands. Matthew 7 warns against wolves in sheep’s clothing, telling us to look at the fruit they bear and if they’re not bearing good fruit, cut them down. Not stay married, not defend, cut them.

2 Tim 3 says, “…For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud,  demeaning, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people. (CSB). Jesus said to drown those who harm children.

There is not a single verse that says, “except if it’s your husband doing these actions. Then stay married, support him, and ignore everything else the Bible says.” Forgiveness is tantamount to the Gospel, but it’s not a get out of jail free card in terms of consequences, and it must accompany repentance (a confession and genuine desire to change).

We are saved through Christ alone. This no “spiritual” battle, this is Josh facing the consequences of his own actions.

Matthew 19:14-16 (ESV) says, “… You flood the Lord’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer looks with favor on your offerings or accepts them… 14 You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant...16 The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, does violence to the one he should protect” God hates men whom hate their wives, who they are to protect.

1 Corinthians 7 14-15, “… Yet if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or sister is not bound in such circumstances, God has called us to live in peace.”

In Exodus 21, Moses says a wife should leave and marry another man if her husband takes another wife, yet does not provide her with food, clothing, and marital duties aka fulfill his role as a husband. Also, Jesus merely warned against divorce, but didn’t forbid it.

Lastly, Paul says we have a Biblical obligation to expose bad behavior from spouses. Eph. 5: 11-13, “11Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible...”

God does not have an issue with women teaching or holding positions of authority over men (nor must they be silent in church).

  • In Proverbs, wisdom is personified as a she.
  • Deborah was a judge with the highest position in Israel, and was put there by God Almighty Himself.
  • Paul lists several female co-laborers in the Gospel, one of which seems to be an apostle, the other (Phoebe) was a deacon.
  • Timothy learned his faith from his grandmother, a woman.
  • Lydia, a woman, brought the gospel to her entire household, which presumably included men unless she was a lesbian.
  • Ruth and Esther – why would God allow these books in the Bible and then expect men to ignore them?
  • The Shunammite woman didn’t ask her husband’s permission to build a place for Elisha to rest, she simply said let’s build this (2 Kings 4) and did it as she knew it’s what God wanted.
  • Jesus praised Mary for choosing the better option, which was to sit at His feet and learn, while Martha was running around doing housework. This was radical considering women were barred from learning and weren’t even allowed in church.
  • In Genesis 21:12, God literally told Abraham “… whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her and do what she asks, for your descendants will be named through Isaac.”
  • Proverbs 31 woman’s husband had full confidence in her; she is described as having wisdom and faithful instruction.
  • In Corinthians 11, Paul says that every woman who prays and prophesies with her head uncovered in church dishonors her head, meaning women were clearly not silent, nor expected to be, but were praying and prophesying alongside men!

This breed of Paulettes using Paul to say women should stay at home eternally pregnant and never speak take what Paul meant for specific situations and apply it generally. Context matters which is why at times the Bible seems to contradict itself. However, it doesn’t when you are reading scripture to learn who God is, rather than reading scripture simply to defend your point of view or lifestyle. You can find scripture that seems to support abortion (Numbers 5: 27 and Hosea 9:14), which all these fundies would balk at. Yet, this is exactly what they do.

Relegating women to insignificant positions in ministry stifles their God-given potential, and is the equivalent of men going into battle with only one leg. It’s no surprise the American church is crumbling with this stupid attitude propelled by clowns like Voddie, McArthur, and Strachem – rather than partnering with their wives spiritually and in terms of parenting as the Bible says, they subjugate and diminish who God made women to be in an effort to maintain their cults and have access to “Godly” sex.

It’s sad to see Christian women like the Transformed Wife accepting, and even expecting, such low standards from Christian men, who should be above excellent husbands, fathers, and people in general. Anna is well within her right to leave per Paul, Jesus, Moses, or whoever else Lori wants to base her faith on for the day.

Christians should regularly read their Bible and stop listening to those injecting harmful and insidious ideas into the faith intended to support their worldview, rather than teach us who God is.

When we know the Word, we won’t fall prey to the silly doctrines of those like the Transformed Wife, but will be able to combat these harmful ideas with the truth of scripture. We shouldn’t tolerate, nor dismiss, sinful behavior simply because wives are told to submit. This is an intentional twisting of what God created marriage to be like. Submission was never meant to come without husbands displaying the sacrificial love Jesus did for his bride, and we have an obligation to expose sinful behavior when it comes to our attention, whether it be from husbands or someone else.

In Christ, there is neither male nor female. We are Christians first; wives, mothers, sisters, brothers, husbands, men, and women second and God is the ultimate authority over our lives, whether we’re married, or single.

A Review of Stand Strong Podcast aka Shoot Me

Every so often, I stumble across some Biblical Clownery, such as Logan Dorn, or the dude who asked if obese people should go to Heaven that is exceptional.

Enter “Stand Strong” podcast.

Scripture says, “[n]ot many should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we will receive a stricter judgment.” (CSB, James 3). The KJV (which Timothy favors) says, “[m]y brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.” That said, the Greek word didaskalos here better translates as “teachers” rather than “masters”. While I grew up on the KJV and still love it, it’s not the best translation being heavily skewed towards respecting authority in a way that’s not in the original text.

So already Timothy is off to the wrong start, teaching whilst only studying one version of the Bible.

Anyway, I’m going to rate the key points of this video cause hiking season is whittling to a sad, cold end.

Young People Don’t Wanna Work!!!!

The video begins with Psalms 1:1 and Timothy woefully saying the world is “sad”, though he doesn’t specify how the world is sadder than when the atomic bombs dropped, the Holocaust happened, slavery of an entire race was widespread, there were no laws protecting children, etc. Apparently, “young people don’t want to work!” Ironic since I did some sleuthing on the Rodrigues family, and his father David, doesn’t have a job and looks like this…

Whilst his children (whom are plastered all over the Internet by their mother) look like this and his wife cracks jokes about the kids fasting frequently and having one less chicken leg because she’s having more kids.

Not only is gluttony a sin, one of the seven deadly sins, for comparison, you can also look at thecollinskids, or the Dougherty dozen, whom have a similar number of kids to see what healthy children that age should look like. 1 Timothy 5:8 says, “[b]ut if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (KJV)

Message Rating: -0.000000000002/10 for hypocrisy. Get a job and feed your kids, David.

Christians Should be Hard Working (!)

Next, Timothy says Christians should stand out by working hard … which is true. The Bible does say, “… so whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men.” (Col. 3: 23, KJV).

Message Rating: 10/10

Have High Standards, Ye Heathens! But Not… Too High?

Timothy says he won’t judge someone for having high standards (but not too high?), which what? Work standards? Relationship standards? Pet standards?

At about 5:45 he says we should not take God’s “word out of context…” which is ironic.

Message Rating: 2/10. The only standards that matter are God’s.

Modest Is Hottest

About 7 minutes in, we get the reason this entire video was made: Timothy is upset young (Christian) women are turning him on. He briefly mentions creeping on the Amish, before labelling himself a “conservative, solid, Baptist Christian that stands on the KJV of the Bible”. Telling how his first identity is “conservative” and not Christian.

Anyway, he specifically targets younger ladies, saying women dress to impress guys, which dude just because everything you do is to get laid, doesn’t mean that’s everyone else’s motivation for life.

Nay a Bible verse is quoted anywhere. Scripture actually says that, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” (Matthew 5: 27-29). Interesting those who take Paul’s words that women shouldn’t teach men literally, don’t take the words of Jesus literally.

Jesus then reiterates this in Matthew 18:9 “...if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee…” So in case ya’ll ain’t catch it the first time, Jesus said gouge your eyes out for looking at porn twice.

Biblically, the only sinner in this situation is Timothy. He even admits that these women dressing “immodestly” are Christians ignoring the fact that “… the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for the man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7), so even if these women were dressed “immodestly” that’s in no way indicative of their faith, nor how God sees them.

Timothy eventually gives a gem, which is how you look is more important than how a guy treats you.

Ladies, forget about finding a man who imitates Christ. Just worry about looking hot.

Message Rating: -3.14/10. Opposite of what the Bible actually says.

Wait, Don’t Settle!

Next, he starts talking about waiting and not settling, which is a good message. Sadly, I’ve yet to find any virgin, Christian man willing to watch Hereditary and then have a deep, theological discussion about it’s themes of generational sin with me, so alas I can relate to not settling.

Anyway, Tim says a man who thinks you’re hot can’t be faithful to you… Maybe my standards are too high, but I expect the man who’s going to lead my family to have enough self-control not to bone every woman he sees but I digress. Apparently, expecting Christian men to behave like Christ is too high of a standard. Guess we should date non-Christian men?

To be fair, Tim does have a point – a guy only into you for your looks isn’t really interested in you – it’s just his execution is terrible.

That said, he never really describes what “Godly apparel” means other than “not Amish”, but not like “everyone else.”

Message Rating: 4.5/10

The World Is Wicked, Degenerate, and Evil

“They” are becoming more and more evil, which first “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, of this present darkness”. Biblically, the issue is not people, but rather spirits that have always lurked around forever and simply manifest differently. That’s why “Corinthians says, “…we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” Sure, prayer will often lead to a tangible solution as faith without works are dead, but that phrase alone indicates he already has the wrong mindset, which is a carnal mindset rather than a spiritual one.

Odd for someone trying to teach.

Also, people who complain about how wicked the world is clearly have never taken a literature class cause humans have always been whack.

Even Solomon says there’s nothing new under the sun.

Messaging Rating: -0.0/10.

The Harlot

He reads Proverbs 5 “The Harlot”, which is directed towards men, telling them to avoid situations where they may be tempted. Yet, his entire video is about how women are causing men to lust, which nothing in Proverbs 5 say anything about clothing. This is ironic given earlier he talks about Christians taking scripture out of context.

Then he reads Proverbs 31 and this is where my patience evaporated.

Message Rating: -0/10.

Final Thoughts

Jesus put the onus of lust on the luster.

Men who have a problem with how women dress should pluck their own eyeballs out, especially if they are Bible literalists about everything else. Preaching anything else is taking scripture out of context. Modesty is arbitrary anyway and not limited to one’s clothing. The female body isn’t inherently sexual otherwise God wouldn’t have made Adam and Eve nude (recall how in Genesis God said it was all “good” when looking at what He created, including mankind). It’s sin that makes us view nudity as sexual and culture that has so overly sexualized every part of the female body men can barely look at a woman and not think sexual thoughts.

That said, Christian men like Timothy are instructed to “walk in the Spirit and not the flesh” (Galatians). Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit and Jesus said they will know us by our fruits.

Lastly, the AMP version of 1 Tim 5: 1-2 says “do not sharply reprimand an older men, but appeal to him as you would a father… to young women as sisters, in all purity [being careful to maintain appropriate relationships]. The KJV says to “entreat… the youngers as sisters with all purity“. No mention of clothes, modesty, only a simple command. Regardless of what a woman is wearing, Christian men should treat them with all purity. Men like Timothy should die to the flesh as he put it, or put down his own desires and natural inklings, whatever they may be.

Stand Strong Podcast Rating: 1.5/10