Wednesday, March 13, 2013

#THE BIBLE SERIES - CRITICS MISSING THE POINT

"But Jesus said to him, "Do not hinder him; for he who is not against you is for you.....Luke 9:50 NASB

In less than 10 days, the new THE BIBLE miniseries has been the most watched program on Television this year! The fact that it is on a cable channel - THE HISTORY CHANNEL - and the subject is the Greatest Book of All time, in a time of corruption and evil - IS INCREDIBLE!

Yet, some of my brothers and sisters persist in not just criticism of this massive worldwide outreach, but downright unChristian language and a complete lack of love and perspective on what is truly happening. Most of the criticism involves what is missing from the narrative. It is difficult to get every morsel of Truth into a 20 hour program, designed to accomodate commercials and it is obvious certain key verses were left out. 

However this series never claimed to be a verse by verse exposition.  In a time where everyone does what is right in their own eyes, and Biblical illiteracy is close to 91% for all adults, what is wrong with bringing back the Story of the Greatest Event on Earth - God coming to the Earth to save mankind - and the Events which preceded it? Why are some self-appointed apologists tagging themselves to the pharisees of the pre-70AD temple in Jerusalem, by nitpicking every single thing out there? Why can't they answer in coherent thought without resorting to profanity and blashemy even, when called on it? Where is the love for the lost?

I am a man who stands on the shoulders of the great Puritans in my theology - Bunyan, Baxter, Owens...and down the line to Whitfield, Edwards, Moody, Tozer, Comfort, Washer and Richard Owen Roberts. Those men preached Gospel Truth with love and righteousness. I have heard Paul Washer up close tell the story of sitting for days with a beatened down old lumberjack in the Pacific Northwest, afraid for the man's soul. Paul reasoned with him from the Scriptures for hours and hours and hours, missing his own flight back to Alabama. This man had never been shown love and this kind of care before. Yet the Spirit of the Lord reached down into Paul Washer and after almost two days, this dying old lumberjack gave his life to the Lord....because somebody cared to show him the Word of the Promise.


Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, Producers of The Bible
This is how I see this Bible Series. I have read more young people and even atheists on social media...and with Twitter exploding each time it's on...with this Bible series than any fluff sermon from American megachurch preachers or hitting over the head with the Bible pharisees on my end of the spectrum. Jesus said the end will not come until the Gospel is preached to the ends of the earth. With satellite TV, tablets, webstreaming and more, this Word of the Lord - with its TV production flaws is doing just that.  Regardless of what critics says, this is bringing back discussion on the Word, the Ten Commandments, Moses, King David, Adultery, Saul, Disobedience, the Red Sea....and even Passover, which is coming up soon!

Those who criticize and insult me, and call my defense of this series "Bovine Scatology" need to repent and search their hearts to see if they are really walking with the Lord. There is no love in there, if they cannot see this for what it is - an open door for they themselves, to reach and love the Lost to Jesus, if they...and we, so care. So I will keep watching and so will you. I can't wait to see how the Lord Jesus is handled and find this to be very exciting - the Gospel - TO INFINITY....AND BEYOND!!
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