We, at least Boyd and I, talk a LOT about money hungry thieving pimps pretending to be “ministers” hawking their wares like vendors at a circus. Most if not all of these thieving pimps would NEVER give ANYTHING away for free. Roderick Edwards has seemingly fallen in line with the lying thieving pimps, attacking the character of a man who has done the opposite of what the pimps do and exactly what Jesus commanded His disciples to do;
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep. “Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town. I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
Jesus was instructing His disciples not to sell their spiritual gifts but to give them away freely, as they received their gifts freely from Him. Teaching is one of those gifts yet “Railing Roderick” would rather accuse an elder of “buying his influence” rather then recognizing a generous man doing EXACTLY what he feels led by God to do.
I have a plaque that hangs behind my desk at the tennis academy that bears my name. It reads “No good deed ever goes unpunished” and I’m sorry to say but this supposed “Christian” has made those words come to life with his unfounded accusations against an elder who has faithfully served the Body of Christ. Dr. Kenneth Talbot’s crime? Giving away free books, DVD’s and scholarships to deserving students he feels God has led him to feed.
Wait! Unless the recipients of Dr. Talbot’s generosity came to his Seminary, or house, or whatever, to pick up the freebies, he had to send them which means, unless Dr. Talbot has a flock of carrier pigeons in his backyard (do you sir cause that would be cool), he had to pay for this out of his own pocket!
Dr. Talbot, you have some nerve to do these things! Anathema to you sir (but I think Boyd might adopt you!)!!!!
I say break out the green wood and let’s roast this heretic, this Dr. Talbot! How DARE he be generous to those he cares about and wants to see become better Christians and teachers/apologists/pastors! Again, anathema to this Dr. Talbot!!!
How dare Dr. Talbot give away scholarships to deserving students who may not have the coins to benefit from his Seminary! How dare he show charity and love for others rather then enlarge his bank account! I think Dr. Talbot needs to spend more time here at Theology Today learning from the pimps we criticize for doing the OPPOSITE of what he’s done!
See, Dr. Talbot hasn’t figured out quite yet that its better to have bad theology and a big bank account then to have solid theology and freely give to those in need. Apparently you get hammered either way so it’s better to be rich and criticized then poor and criticized……forget about feeding the sheep Dr. Talbot you are supposed to be FLEECING them!
OK. Now its time to be serious……….
I find it HIGHLY hypocritical of Roderick Edwards (no news there huh) that he could even SPEAK about ethics and morality when his has been questioned here here here and here and he has failed to respond to ANY of the SEVERAL ethical concerns raised.
I wonder what 2000 years of Christianity would say about that, huh Roderick. Wonder what Calvin and Luther and Warfield and whoever else you stumble across on Wikipedia would say about HYPOCRISY……..Jesus had this to say;
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
The bottom line? Roderick got his hat handed to him by Dr. Talbot in a debate here here and here (1) and when no one came to his defense he lashed out just like a spoiled little boy who didn’t get his way. This is EXACTLY the way he acted during his 15 years as a Hyper Preterist. Ironic huh?
The only thing Roderick Edwards gives freely is grief and bad theology, something he has an abundance of. He is the PERFECT example of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
I also find it interesting how Roderick compares what goes on in the world (politicians, his office) with Dr. Talbot freely feeding the sheep as he’s commanded to do. I guess since Roderick is OF this world he’s only talking about what he knows. Perhaps Roderick should turn off Fox News, shut down his computer, and spend some time with Jesus…….since that probably won’t be happening anytime soon a psychiatrist is DEFINITELY in order.
Yep, a wolf in sheep’s clothing is putting it mildly where Roderick Edwards is concerned.
Well, that’s going to wrap it up around here for 2009. I want to thank each and every one of my faithful readers for your support and prayers during what has been a difficult 2009 here at Theology Today.
On behalf of Boyd Miller and myself, we would like to wish you a healthy, happy pimp and wolf free 2010! May God Bless Each and Every One of You and if Jesus doesn’t return we’ll be back in 2010!
1). Preterist Blog has disassociated itself with Mr. Edwards