This is an article written by Kirk Bookmyer on Facebook. I would be interested to hear what your responses are. Personally?
I am sick to my stomach. If “Morals are for men, not God”, that means that God is immoral. It sounds to me as though he is worshiping some other God, but not the Christian God.
You will never hear a word about the love, compassion and mercy and God coming from this man, he glories in what he believes to be “God’s Judgement”.
.by Kirk Bookmyer on Thursday, 12 August 2010 at 14:59.Prologue:This note explains why evil occurs in the context of God’s plan and decreed will being done. It reveals a theological framework of thought that most people have not taken the time to consider. It uncovers the sentimentalism we have toward children. Why should children not be harmed? Is it because they are cute and cuddly? Is it because they are innocent? Or is it because God says not to sin against Him?
David realized in Psalm 51 that he had only sinned against God. Does that make sense to you? In the same way the rapist only sinned against God! And the rapist will be judged accordingly (no rape ever goes unpunished) the death penalty in this world is a picnic compared to the hellfire that is awaiting the rapist. But before you applaud justice for the rapist, please consider and realize that the raped child still must be assumed to be under the wrath of God for the crimes that that child is currently committing toward God. And it was that way from his birth and continues to be so unless this child is atoned for by the death of Jesus Christ and then is regenerated because of the atonement by the Holy Spirit. Only the death of Christ (and always the death of Christ) accomplishes the realized removal of God’s wrath.
Those with discernment will see that this note leaves everyone guilty and God just in determining who to save, if anyone. God is going to judge the child and the rapist both. And it could be that the rapist’s sins are forgiven and covered by the blood of Jesus while the child is not forgiven. Or they both (the rapist and the child) could be saved by the atonement. Or, they could both be damned. Or, the child could be saved and only the rapist damned. Since everyone is guilty God can do what He wants to do. And that is final (God has spoken). Are you OK with God playing the role of God?! Or, do you want to have a say in the matter, as if you were God?
For he says to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Romans 9:15
You will say then unto me, Why does he yet find fault? For who has resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who are you that replies against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why have you made me thus? Romans 9:19-20
God ordains the most evil acts of men! My God doesn’t have one evil thing happen that He didn’t intend to happen. Did you read the book of Job!? The devil is God’s devil. He can do nothing that God doesn’t plan for him to do. Morals are for men not God! That is your rebellion. You want to judge your God. Who are you O man to talk back to God?!
Child rape is the judgment of God on the evil child. All children are born under wrath of God and that is why they are tortured and why they die? Why do you think abortions are so prevalent? Cannot the God who stopped an unbeliever from sinning in Gen. 20:6 stop the murder of “so-called” innocent children that are aborted every day?
You see I can explain these things as a Calvinist and still exalt God as all powerful and sovereign in the process. You think this is a “black mark” on my God’s record. Boy are you in for a shock on the day of judgment if you don’t get with the truth and love it! The most hideous thing in human history is the murder of Jesus. But God PLANNED IT and brought it to pass from the beginning of time! Sure he used the wickedness of men. He let out just enough restraint of of these men at the right time to accomplish it.
It was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer! Isaiah 53:10
The dress rehearsal for it was Abraham being willing to kill Isaac!
Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Acts 2:23
So, what is a child being raped to God? The child deserves hell before and after he is raped, does he not?!
Epilogue:This note has drawn a lot of fire from critics. It seems people see the words rape + child + theological explanation (that they are unfamiliar with) = pedophile.
This is unfortunate but not totally surprising. The shallow thinking among people (especially Christians about God and the things of God) is rampant and ever expanding. This lack of depth of people is ruining the ability to communicate in the realm of social circles, politics, and unfortunately churches. It is like the Old Testament is being relived in the church age. We have our own tower of Babel and our own judges each doing what is right in their own eyes right along with the people just like in the Book of Judges. Where is the apostolic authority? Where is the Christian who even wants apostolic authority? We all agree that the bible is the final authority. But then we each interpret it that way we like to and functionally we become our own authority. And to the extent that we actually have misinterpreted and then gone on to misrepresent the Holy Scriptures we are in great spiritual peril.
I am currently in a debate of sorts over this article. Based on this article I am being identified as everything from a pedophile to a false-teacher. Yet, no one has actually stepped through the text to actually discover how to interpret it. Should I be surprised. If they take the Bible lightly how much more will they take my writings. If people are superficial in their interpretation of the bilbe and get it wrong. How much less will the respect the meaning of my writings. This is all very humbling, indeed.
What is it that people are actually objecting to? They are objecting to the idea that God is the first cause of all things. They object to anyone who asserts that God causes bad things to happen to people. Usually they say things like, “Why does God allow/cause bad things to happen to good people?” It is the age old question of why does evil exist if God is love. And this note touches a nerve with people because of all people they see children as innocent. Some even deny the doctrine of original sin, because they cannot accept a God who imputes Adam’s sin onto seemingly innocent babies. Others come up with an age of accountability to excuse or minimize the rebellion and the related penalty for the transgressing children. Children are the sacred cow of so-called Christians. They have exalted an idol in their own image (their kids) to the status of a god in their minds. Oh! Of course “good Christian” people will deny any such thing with their lips. But there hearts are to a fault with their children and not on God. This is immoral to the core. It is totally contrary to Apostolic Christian Teachings.
A particular critic thinks that erring in doctrine is a gnat that can be swallowed. He see this article as a camel that must be killed. Why? Well it is the thinking of the day. The world (which has invaded the church) says to tolerate almost any belief system. The only exception is people who believe they and they alone have found the truth. The world says get along with everyone and don’t offend anyone. Offense is the cardinal sin of today. People with this mentality are running the visible church straight to hell.
Well, I as a follower of Jesus, am OFFENDED by this tolerant attitude. And that makes me a threat to the system that is running this world. It is a worldly system that emphasizes the happiness of man over the truth of God. The bible in general is held in high esteem on their lips (speaking of professing Christians) but it is just as lightly esteemed in practice as any atheist’s attitude toward it. And this is the dividing line. Real Christians are getting wise to the foolishness that passes for wisdom in churches today. And the lies that are mistaken for truth along with sentiment that is called love is being revealed to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see God in Christ Jesus by the Power of the Holy Ghost!