Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Absolute Certainty of a Southern Baptist

From the Huffington Post:

A few weeks ago, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas (considered The Vatican of the Southern Baptist Convention) stood in the pulpit and told the congregation that Mitt Romney was not a Christian and that "Mormonism is a cult!"

(Should Salt Lake City be attacked by the Bureau of Firearms and Tobacco?)

Upon hearing the news, presidential candidate and ordained Baptist minister Mike Huckabee got to Texas as fast as he could!

(Well, Duh!)

This past weekend he preached at a couple of Baptist churches in the Dallas area, even delivering the 11:00 a.m. Sunday sermon at the 28,000 member megachurch Prestonwood Baptist. Unlike recently, when he refused to acknowledge that Mormonism is a legitimate form of Christianity, Huck steered clear of that subject, focusing instead on Armageddon and how only those who share his particular faith really matter:

"If you lose everything but you still have Jesus, you have what you need," he said to rousing applause at Prestonwood Baptist."If you're with Jesus Christ, we know how it turns out in the final moment. I've read the last chapter in the book, and we do end up winning."

How revealing!

Got Tube?

I’m really slow when it comes to picking up some religious right news, so it came as a surprise to me to learn that a sight called GodTube started last August. It boasts 500,000 hits per month and clips of it are available at GodTube’s sight.

As I’ve always said, America has made a religion out of entertainment …and an entertainment out of religion. You can take away our food, shelter, and clothing, but don’t even think about touching our entertainment. Entertainment has now become our largest export. And it brings the tourists in.

There is certainly nothing askew about promoting tourism. I live in San Francisco where people wander off the cable car tour buses and I’ve become protective of the na├»ve little darlings. But now, imagine a group of Japanese tourists disembarking from a plane asking where they can see the Salem Witchcraft Trials performed live (of course) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas!.

Something’s wrong here.

Should I be selling my glow-in-the-dark Jesus for big bucks on eBay?


This just in:

CBS News has learned Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent televangelist ministries for possible financial misconduct.

The six ministries identified as being under investigation by the committee are led by: Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn. Three of the six - Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar - also sit on the Board of Regents for the Oral Roberts University.

Everyone: send a thank you! to Sen. Grassley with the postscript: What about Paul Crouch? (Trinity Broadcasting Network)

Good thing Pat Robertson doesn’t call himself a televangelist.

I’ll be updating this post today whenever I can.

Stay Tuned…