Bruce Gerencser’s second post in the My Journey series, My Testimony, dealt with, in part, how he came to the conclusion that the Bible was neither inerrant nor inspired and how that affected his other theological views.

His third post in the series, A Letter To Family, Friends and Former Parishoners treads over some of the same ground we’ve already covered, but it also includes this rather intriguing quote:

“A precursor to my religious views changing was a seismic shift in my political views. My political views were so entangled with Fundamentalist beliefs that when my political views began to shift, my Fundamentalist beliefs began to unravel.

I can better describe my political and social views than I can my religious ones. I am a committed progressive, liberal Democrat, with the emphasis being on the progressive and liberal. My evolving views on women, abortion, homosexuality, war, socialism, social justice, and the environment have led me to the progressive, liberal viewpoint.”

Of course, in order for his political views to begin to color his theological views he had to have already rejected, at least in part, the inerrancy and inspiration of Scripture. As Christians, as Bruce pointed out in his last post, the Word of God is to be our thinking in every area:

“To be a Christian means you believe the Bible to be the word of God. To be a Christian means you embrace the beliefs and teachings of the Christian faith. Since I do not believe the Bible to be the Word of God, and I no longer embrace the beliefs and teachings of the Christian faith,I am no longer a Christian.

My deconversion came at the moment where I finally admitted to myself that I no longer believed the Bible to be the word of God. As I have often said, It really is all about the Bible.”

So rather than having our views influenced by politics or the culture, our views should be a reflection of the revelation of the Bible.

Too often we stub a dearly held opinion or political view on a verse of Scripture, but if the Bible is truly God’s Word we’ve no right to edit it or take it ala cart. It’s when we’re tempted to echo the doubt of the Edenic Serpent, asking “Did God really say that?” because we want to impose another meaning upon the Text that we begin abandoning the ultimate authority of the Bible – and begin down the slippery slope to further unbelief.

Sin is, after all, rebellion against God and His Word, an attempt to supplant His Will with our own.

In our next post, we’ll explore some further thoughts from Bruce’s Letter.

God bless you,

Preacher

 

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Comments
  1. Clare45 says:

    If you are taking the genesis story literally, then you have to admit that God did not want Eve (representing the female of the species) to have any knowledge. You would agree then that women should be kept ignorant and uneducated, and should be ruled over by men?

  2. MichaelL65 says:

    At least Bruce has the balls to put his identity out there. You, sir, are a coward.

    • Preacher says:

      I’m only remaining anonymous for the present. My motive is not cowardice but rather a desire to take my identity out of the argument.

      • MichaelL65 says:

        Then you are a coward.

        • Preacher says:

          So in your world cowardice is the only possible reason for anonymity? I’m sorry that this displeases you, but I remain temporarily anonymous in order to allow the arguments, reflections and discussions on this blog to speak for themselves, without getting into matters of personalities.

          Respect this. Or go elsewhere. It matters little to me either way.

          -Preacher

          • MichaelL65 says:

            Yet, Bruce puts his name out there for the world to see. What do you have to hide, ‘Preacher? Are you embarrassed by the ridiculousness of the faith you possess? Come out of the closet ‘Preacher’. Man up.

          • Michael,

            Why do you accuse me of cowardice for my temporary anonymity? Do you not realize how sophomoric you sound? Lots of people blog and write under pseudonymns for all sorts of reasons. Grow up and join the adult world, Michael.

            By the way, Bruce banned me from commenting after my 2nd comment on his site. After he found out who I was he blocked my IP so I cannot even look at his site. He repeatedly shrieks that he doesn’t have to defend himself and makes every effort to prevent anyone from answering him. So who’s the coward?

            Rev Tony Breeden
            aka Sirius Knott
            aka Preacher

          • MichaelL65 says:

            Well Hello TONY BREEDEN!

          • Well hello Michael Whats-his-face!

  3. This blog is pathetic. Can’t you think of something better to do than to castigate Bruce? What did he ever do to you?

    • Preacher says:

      The purpose of this blog is not to castigate Bruce. While I do disagree with his conclusions, the point is to learn from his journey, to discover how he got there and to show where he was wrong… and where he got it right. Read these posts more carefully and you’ll find that I do agree with him on some things.

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