An Open Letter to Mick Mooney

To Mick Mooney:

Having read your post – WWJD: What Would Jesus Do? Do You Really Want to Know? (link below) – I feel the responsibility to rebuke you.  And since your post was public, my response is public.

It is, of course, a bad thing when someone sins.  What’s worse, however, is when someone encourages others to sin.  What’s worst of all, though, is using the words of God to encourage others to sin – because it makes it seem as if God Himself is okay with sinful behavior.  In this post you have written, you are doing what’s worst of all.  You are selectively referring to – and distorting – passages of the Bible to make a point that violates the very spirit and intent of the Bible.  You are proving that the most despicable kind of lie is the half-truth – a lie disguising itself as the truth.

You say Jesus “had become friends with prostitutes, was hanging out with ‘sinners’,” but that’s misleading.  The truth is the prostitutes and sinners, precisely because they were ashamed of their prostitution and sin, came to hear His teaching about righteousness (Luke 5:8; 19:7-8).

You say Jesus bought “people who were already drunk yet another round of beers,” but the story of turning water into wine gives no indication that the people at the wedding were drunk (John 2:1-11).  And the people Jesus designated to pass on His teaching – the apostles – warned repeatedly that drunkenness was something to be avoided, not embraced (Romans 13:13; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Peter 4:3-5)

You use the example of Jesus defending the woman caught in adultery from being stoned as if He had justified her behavior.  Yet He told her, “From now on sin no more” (John 8:11).  Therefore, your analogy supporting abortion is based on the misrepresentation that Jesus had no problem with adultery – which He obviously did (Matthew 5:27-30; 19:9; Luke 18:20).  His opposition was to stoning – not to a moral standard.

When you say that Jesus opposed the Pharisees you are right, and when you suggest that He despises how the modern-day institutional church merchandises His life and truth you are right as well.  However, when you go on to suggest that the alternative Jesus offers is to leave people in their drunkenness, adultery, abortions, and other sins – and even to justify those behaviors – you have done Him and your readers a terrible wrong.

In response to the Pharisees’ laws, you are presenting Jesus as offering lawlessness or licentiousness as an alternative.  On the contrary, Jesus’ alternative is a greater law than that of the Pharisees (Matthew 5:20).  For example, while the Pharisees said adultery was bad, Jesus said that even thinking about it was bad (Matthew 5:27-30).  The Pharisees’ laws went only so far as outward behavior (Matthew 23:25-28) while Jesus’ laws went to the heart – where sins – like adultery, abortion, and drunkenness – first take root.  A person who took Jesus’ rules concerning adultery seriously would never commit it because he or she would never engage in the thoughts that could ultimately lead to that act.

Therefore, Jesus’ opposition to the Pharisees is the half-truth of your post.  Your lie is about the reason for His opposition.  You suggest He had no moral standards, when the truth is that He was opposed to the Pharisees because 1) while they had good standards they did not live up to them (Matthew 23:3) and therefore were hypocrites, and 2) their standards were not high enough – that is, they practiced their righteousness only before men instead of before God who sees the heart (Matthew 6:1; 23:5).

The greater law of Jesus is love.  Love forgives sin, but it does not condone sin.  Therefore, I can forgive you for writing a post like this, but I cannot condone it.  I cannot condone it because it is particularly reprehensible – making victims of readers who are only casually familiar with the Bible.  They will recognize your allusions to actual Bible passages but lack enough knowledge to understand exactly how you are distorting them.  I can forgive you because you did not come up with this idea on your own.  You were influenced to think this way, and those who influenced you therefore deserve more condemnation than you do.  You’ve simply bought into modern society’s cherished hope that Jesus, if He exists at all, is upset only by religious hypocrisy, and, other than that, practically “anything goes” when it comes to the pursuit of human pleasure.

Your post presents a false dichotomy: either side with those who think adultery, abortion, drunkenness and other such things are okay or else be a Pharisee.  There is a third way, and it is the way of Jesus.  The way of Jesus is to live up to the moral standards of God – to walk before Him thinking only thoughts of which you’re sure He’d approve.  The way of Jesus is to get the log out of our own eyes for the specific purpose of then being able to remove the speck from our brother’s – not to go around saying that foreign objects in the eye are not such a bad thing.

What would Jesus do (WWJD)?  Certainly not what you propose.  For if God’s intention was to leave us in our sins (as your post suggests), then what need was there for Him to subject Himself to rejection, torture, and death?  Did mankind really need the crucifixion of the Son of God in order to make them feel okay about getting drunk, having an abortion, or cheating on a spouse?

Mick, I pray that you’ll repent and seek to undo the damage you have done with your post.  (Until then, I’ve written this post on your behalf.)  Jesus is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.  He came to lift us from our sins – all our sins, whether they be sins like adultery or sins like religious hypocrisy.

WWJD: What Would Jesus Do? Do You Really Want to Know? | Mick Mooney.  (2 min read; 302 words)

33 Replies to “An Open Letter to Mick Mooney”

  1. Thanks Mike, for a very thoughtful and penetrating response. Mick’s article is full of half-truths and using Scripture in that way is indeed a serious obstacle to the truth that Jesus taught and lived out for us to follow.

  2. Thank you for your thoughtful response to this article. It really disturbs me to hear so many in the church believing that a constant moral standard is the reason Jesus called the Pharisees a brood of vipers, instead of realizing that it was because they set aside the commandments of God for the traditions of men. The word you used in your reply, “lawlessness” really hits the nail on the head… that’s what many Christians are turning to. I may have to feature this reply on my blog (if that’s okay). It is really helpful.

  3. Lael,

    You are welcome to use this post (and anything else I write). For this very reason I do not copyright any of my work. You do not even need to attribute the words to me. What matters is that we magnify the truth and encourage those who truly love Him.

    We who love Jesus Christ give our best to be lights for Him in this world – to reflect His luminous glory to a wayward generation, a generation from which He has graciously plucked us. As Paul said, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord abstain from wickedness” (2 Timothy 2:19).

  4. A very well written response. This is a very good reminder of the freedom Jesus was actually talking about. Not one that is reckless and self righteous, but a freedom to have an open, loving relationship with Him.

  5. Yes, Aaron.

    As Paul wrote: “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13)

    1. Sir, you do realize misquoting or taking something out of context does not make it your opinion, right? If one were to take something from The Bible and say it means something it clearly doesn’t (as evidenced by other things in The Bible which contradict what one is saying that it says), that is not one’s opinion, but a false statement. Opinions are how we feel about things, yet are often confused in this day with facts. A misconstrued statement is still not what the statement means, no matter how one dresses it up. You cannot change what something means when there is direct evidence within the same text that contradicts what you have said it means. This is the same way you find out what is heresy and bad theology, as opposed to the truth. You have to look at how it lines up with the whole. And that applies to anything, not just The Bible.

  6. I feel the point of this is missed. while many Christians preach “God Hates ______…” Jesus actually radically loved. Jesus didn’t condemn, Jesus went, Jesus saught. I believe the point is that Christians get stuck in a bubble and avoid bars, avoid and preach against homosexuals, the basic Matt 25 principle. we forget to go out and love people “where they are” just as Jesus did. zacchaeus, the Samaritans. I will go as far as to say, we forget where we came from, maybe that’s where God wants us cos we have known and have been healed from. I don’t say enter into sin to save, but the ability to have compassion because we have been there. it’s a level 13 kind of love. hotels don’t have 13th floors, airplanes don’t have 13th row. superstition tells us 13 is bad. we need to be the church, the body of christ to take it to the 13th level. I work in a motorcycle shop and have tattoos. I want to see bow and tie believers with the ability to witness to the biker gang. too scary for most christians? this is the point. LOVE DON’T HATE.
    -JESUS OVER EVERYTHING

    1. I want to see this as well to reach the dudes on bikes with the tattoos. I am a grandma in my late 60’s and teach bible studies on everyday living and bible basics to men out of prison they are men with tattoos but stripped of their bikes due to the incarceration.
      I have found most to be not only polite but very accommodating of a old gramma. I found them to be wanting love and acceptance just like myself. I have found them to be confused with the Bible yet others have read and read and are quite astute on the accounts just not good when it comes to application and living it out. So that has been my job to show them the way the Lord would have them go according to His word not my ideas or agendas. I tell them I am there to simply enlighten them and it is not my job to tell them what they are to believe or do or not do. That is God’s job.
      I said all that to say most are very gracious, accepting and eager for acceptance and are really not scary once you get to know them. And I am talking in some cases ex-Hells Angels type dudes. I will take a tattooed biker dude in my corner any day as they will do anything for you. I feel very protected by them. And when one gets out of order others will step up quickly to protect me.
      I have also found them to be notorious liars as that is all they have to do while behind bars for years on end. But most want a way out of that life and never want to go back.
      I have found most are grown up little boys with great big chasms inside due to upbringing or the lack of it and just need love and acceptance, and some have become like sons to me.
      Others there mock and sit in our classroom only because they have to spend their time in a mandatory meeting. But once I find a way into their hearts all that goes away. But trust takes time to build and many frankly are not going to trust again. Pray for these men. They did not get there because they had a lovely life and upbringing. Many hardly read. They need God and when I see one find Him, Oh Glory how it makes what I go thru, worth it all. I have seen a quivering lower lip as one met his Savior just as I told him he would. We only communicated by our eyes he let me know and I let him know I knew he met Him. If you can convince them Jesus is real and loves them you have drawn in one huge fish.
      I am currently in need of several easy reading study bibles. I like to give them the ESV or the HCSB with Bible helps in them. Thompson Chains are also nice as are the Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible. Anybody got some they no longer want? Used are good…..thanks for listening.

      1. Thanks, A, for the story of dealing with bikers. It rang true. Years ago, in a small ElCajon, California 4Square Gospel church, only having just been laid hold of by Jesus, I stood uncomfortably in a circle with others having group prayer. When the pastor asked if I’d pray aloud, I began to stammer, overly aware and vexed by a terrible case of self-consciousness. At that moment, a young guy by the name of Ken, an honest to goodness former Hell’s Angel, dropped a burly arm across my neck and whispered, “Hey man, it’s not YOUR righteousness.” That was forty years ago and yet seems like yesterday, as is the case in genuine Spirit filled learning moments. God Bless, Kenny, wherever he might be, and you also, A, for sharing your insight. Much appreciated. Peace and Grace.

  7. I completely love this! My husband’s mother is a recovering alcoholic and to think that Jesus would have contributed to her alcoholism is disgusting! We are so afraid of the word “judge” that we have watered down the word of God. It’s okay to judge someone’s actions and say “that’s not okay”. It’s not okay to judge another’s heart or to condemn them to Hell. Jesus didn’t come to contribute to our sin but to deliver us from our sin.

  8. Well written response. A couple thoughts:
    > You say Jesus “had become friends with prostitutes, was hanging out with ‘sinners’,” but that’s misleading. The truth is the prostitutes and sinners, precisely because they were ashamed of their prostitution and sin, came to hear His teaching about righteousness
    Fair point, but I believe the author was suggesting that it would cause a scandal for a respectable young man to hang out with such a crowd. I think from the perspective of the mother in Mick’s article, it was embarassing for her son to even engage with these people. However – how can you help without engaging? How can you improve the lives of others without empathy?

    > You use the example of Jesus defending the woman caught in adultery from being stoned… His opposition was to stoning – not to a moral standard.
    I disagree with your interpretation here. If Jesus was opposed to the act itself of stoning, he would have said so. I think You who are without sin, throw the first stone” is a metaphor for judgement, equivalent to saying “who are you to judge the sinner, for we are all sinners”. I think the author is suggesting he would be opposed to the anger and vitrol of the protests.

    > The way of Jesus is to live up to the moral standards of God – to walk before Him thinking only thoughts of which you’re sure He’d approve.
    I think he’d agree. That said, I don’t think violence or anger or shunning the lowest in our society is what Jesus would do, which I think is what the author is trying to say.

  9. Anonymous,

    “I believe the author was suggesting that it would cause a scandal for a respectable young man to hang out with such a crowd.”

    I think you are right about that – and that’s part of my objection. That is, the author was misrepresenting what the Scripture says. When you say “hang out with such a crowd” it implies that Jesus was going to them and engaging in whatever they had going on. The truth is quite different. Sinners and prostitutes were coming to Jesus. He was a teacher of righteousness, in the vein of John the Baptist. And the sinners and prostitutes were coming to hear His teaching. My point was that the author was twisting the Scripture. I stand by that point.

    “I think from the perspective of the mother in Mick’s article, it was embarassing for her son to even engage with these people. However – how can you help without engaging? How can you improve the lives of others without empathy?”

    I wasn’t trying to defend the straw-man mother in the author’s story. I was defending the stories in Jesus in the Scripture from Mick’s misrepresentation of them. Both engagement and empathy can be found in Jesus, but He did not abandon God’s moral requirements in the process. On the contrary, He heightened those requirements by applying them to the heart and not just outward behavior.

    “I disagree with your interpretation here.”

    My essential point was after the stones were laid aside, Jesus said to the woman, “From now on sin no more” (John 8:11). That’s not an interpretation. It’s quotation of what He said.

    “I don’t think violence or anger or shunning the lowest in our society is what Jesus would do, which I think is what the author is trying to say.”

    If that were the point he was trying to make he could have easily done so without suggesting that prostitution, sinning, drunkenness, and abortion are behaviors that are fine with God. Everyone knows Jesus was merciful; my point was that mercy is not the same thing as lawlessness.

  10. You wrote…

    You use the example of Jesus defending the woman caught in adultery from being stoned as if He had justified her behavior. Yet He told her, “From now on sin no more” (John 8:11). Therefore, your analogy supporting abortion is based on the misrepresentation that Jesus had no problem with adultery – which He obviously did (Matthew 5:27-30; 19:9; Luke 18:20). His opposition was to stoning – not to a moral standard.

    But you missed the whole point of this story yourself, Mike. Jesus stooped to write in the dirt. What did he write? One pastor who I used to sit under suggested that Jesus began writing the sins of the accusers until embarrassed each one of them dropped their stone. To me, that SO seems like Jesus…and not too far from the kid in Mick’s parable.

    Is your problem with what he said really about sin and misinterpretation of Scripture? Or is it with yourself? Do you take the commandments a step further? Do you chastise yourself for even looking lustfully at a woman? And if so, where does THAT insanity stop? Just go all the way and castrate yourself to reduce the hormones that make you look and want.

    I think that misses the WHOLE point. And if you can’t see where your line of thinking more closely adheres to that of the Pharisees, then it’s you that I pity and ask God to forgive, not Mick. I just wish he’d extended his argument to include and embrace homosexuals.

    Because just as with other social mores that have effected a RE-interpretation of the Gospels over the centuries–women keeping their heads covered in church and remaining silent, for example–the 3rd century mores about gay relationships will go down the same way.

    Quit splitting hairs over thou’s and thou shalt not’s and get back to love! Isn’t that what Jesus boiled the whole kit and kaboodle down to? Yet the church absolutely SUCKS at it, unless you think, dress and do as they do! (again, the point of the parable). Quit espousing hate as a “right doctrine.” Quit pretending to have the market cornered on the MIND of God. It is so stinking pharisaical, I don’t even know what else to say. “They were drinking wine, but they weren’t getting drunk?” PLEASE HELP ME LORD!

    I’ll end my rant there. But it was no surprise to read your response. I wonder how many other believers got their tailfeathers ruffled and fired off a half-cocked response like this one but were afraid to post it. Props to you for having the cahonays even if you are horribly misguided and blinded by your American (mythical) Christianity.

  11. Chris,

    I see that you take your stand with Mick. Well, at least you know where you stand.

    What Jesus wrote on the ground, the Bible does not tell us. What it does tells us, however, is that after Jesus got the scribes and Pharisees to tacitly admit their sin He said to the woman “sin no more” (John 8:1-11). Thus Jesus made clear that religious hypocrisy and adultery are both sins. For this reason He was crucified: He made known to people their sins (John 7:7).

    You are doing what your pastor did: filling in the blanks of what Jesus wrote on the ground with your own imaginings. This is what Mick and so many today are doing: creating a Jesus of their own imaginings instead of accepting Jesus as the Scriptures present Him.

    2 Corinthians 5:21 says “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Would you change it to read “…so that we might keep committing the same sins…only now without remorse because Jesus is not really bothered by our sins”?

    If so, you invite this judgment from Him upon yourself: “Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:23).

    I am convinced from the Scripture that everyone is going to heaven, but to say that this means sins don’t matter, or that there is no judgment for them, is to completely misunderstand the mercy of God.

    1. Mike,
      I Loved the response and felt it was very well written and explained. I also agree with everything you said in it. Spot on, and yet said with love. I didn’t feel there was condemnation, but confrontation. You didn’t spout your “knowledge” (opinions) but let Scripture speak. I enjoyed it so much after reading the original post by Mik, and thinking much of what you said in my mind. I usually simply avoid these “internet arguments because they often “go nowhere” in my mind, but I felt like this was absolutely helpful and hope the Lord uses it to lead some towards Him.

      I do however have a question about the above statement in this response:
      “I am convinced from the Scripture that everyone is going to heaven, but to say that this means sins don’t matter, or that there is no judgment for them, is to completely misunderstand the mercy of God.”

      Where in Scripture does it say that everyone is going to heaven?
      I read you post even and am more concerned because for whatever reason you have also bought into the above mentioned lie (“Creating a Jesus of their own imaginings instead of accepting Jesus as the Scriptures present Him.”).
      Believe what you would like, even use the original languages, but Scripture states:
      1. Everyone Needs Salvation in order to go to Heaven
      “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
      “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
      “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21
      2. Jesus Died For Our Salvation – This is the “Good News”
      But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
      And would it really be considered “Good News” if God just LET EVERYONE into heaven in the end? Wouldn’t it simply be NO News. Because weather you know it or not matters little. In the end we all get to be in heaven so lets not worry about it.
      3. Salvation Is A Gift
      The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
      4. We Are Saved By Grace
      And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. (Romans 11:6)
      5. Salvation Comes Through Faith
      To him that … believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (Romans 4:5)
      6. God Saves All Who Call Upon Him
      Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)

      I have stopped because after reading further into your “discussion” on your other article I have realized you aren’t seeking truth and you are not open to it. You have made up your mind and those who read your writings and fall away because of it I fear for. I pray that the Lord can change your mind because it will have to be Him. You cannot avoid what Scripture says. You cannot simply apply Scripture the way you want it. There is a heaven and there is a Hell. “Good” people go to both. Sinners go to both. Why would Christ have come to die if everyone goes to Heaven?

      I would love to believe what you say here, but its not what Scripture says. It would be nice to believe that everyone around me will end up in heaven, but that’s not what Christ says.
      I hope you take this response to heart. Don’t simply seek to refute it, but think about it and allow the Spirit to work.

  12. “You are selectively referring to – and distorting – passages of the Bible to make a point that violates the very spirit and intent of the Bible. You are proving that the most despicable kind of lie is the half-truth – a lie disguising itself as the truth.”

    Interesting that you say this, because you seem to fall guilty of your own accusation. It is somewhat humorous to me that you claim to know the “very spirit and intent of the Bible”. You are human, Mike, and one who was not around when the men and women of ancient times were writing these stories. You do not know the exact historical context, or the true intent of the Bible; for that is up to the author. Our best bet is coming to our own conclusions. Your conclusion is correct for your life, however I can tell you that your conclusions definitely do not fall in tandem with my conclusions. It almost seems offensive to me, to the Bible, and to God that you would even attempt to degrade someone else’s understanding with your own subjectivity.
    Lastly, a quick example of how you yourself distorts texts from the Bible that violates the intent. Like I said, we cannot claim the intent. But it does seem clear that love is an intent. You take random snippets of let’s say Leviticus, or Romans, and hold them up saying that homosexual acts are sins. Distortion. Violation. And what I would consider the “most despicable kind of lie”.

  13. Emily,

    Your argument is muddled. On the one hand, you say that none of us can know the true intent of the Bible and yet on the other hand that I am distorting its true intent. You are arguing less with me than you are with yourself.

  14. Correct. I know exactly where I stand. And I’m ALWAYS (emphasis beyond what a computer can convey) going to err on the side of “Love your neighbor as yourself.” More Christ-followers need to be more concerned with this precept than they are with “right interpretation” of the Scripture. Jesus made it pretty dadgum simple when he boiled the WHOLE of Scripture/Law into two commands. We fail at them daily, but they should still be our dual goal–love God, love others. Instead, we’d rather judge and puff ourselves up with presumptuous knowledge. That is the antithesis of who the Christ was, who did not even consider equality with God something to be grasped. Yet, his follower’s believe that they can KNOW beyond all doubt the mind of God. Somewhere the simple message of Jesus and the humility he displayed all the way to the cross has been lost on Christians, but we can agree to disagree on what the spirit and intent is. Hope to have made you at least consider an alternative to your fundamentalist theology.

  15. Thank you for writing this. Its so easy to distort the Bible to justify our weaknesses and failures. There are a million ways to “interpret” and “infer” what we think might be some sort of obscure lesson from the Bible, but the reality is there is One Way, One Truth, One Light in an infinite universe of darkness and lies. God’s plan is simple. We’ve got to hold ourselves and each other accountable. I will definitely be reading more of your blog. Thanks again.

  16. I posted the above comment before looking further into your articles. After reading I realize that you have done exactly what I wrote we should be careful not to do- interpret and manipulate the Bible to meet our own idea of what God’s word is. I retract my previous comment and have learned a valuable lesson about jumping to conclusions!

  17. Amy,

    Though it may not seem so to you, I have not manipulated God’s word. On the contrary, I have spent years studying, praying, and practicing it. What I write are things about which God has convinced me from His word – things I would not have believed any other way. I think the Bereans had it right, and we do well to imitate them (Acts 17:11).

  18. There is a reason you only cite biblical text in SOME of your articles- the articles/statements that are not biblical do not have and verses listed to support them. For example- in stating that there is no Triune God you do not mention the many many verses where Jesus prays to God the father. Who was he talking to in Gethsemane? When he talked to his diciples about God the Father who is he talking about? When a voice descended from heaven and said “this is my son with who I am well pleased,” who was talking?
    You are in a position to influence many and will be held accountable. Speak only the TRUTH or say nothing. I read that you believe all will enter heaven so maybe you are not worried about the consequences of your actions, but the Bible says, “be not deceived, God is not mocked.” You can be separated from Him for eternity.

  19. Amy,

    Although not every post I write has a biblical citation in it, the vast majority do. And even the few that don’t are surrounded by links to posts and pages that contain many citations. Moreover, whenever I am challenged or questioned on any post, I am always ready to offer more. I do not expect anyone to believe anything I say unless the Bible supports it.

    Your questions about Jesus and the Father are valid and, if you continue reading all the relevant posts, you will find the answers to these and other valid questions. I do not expect you or anyone to immediately drop a well-known tradition just because I have challenged it, but I do provide substantial material to study for those who put the Scriptures of God above the traditions of men. In the meantime, remember that we are called to trust and love Jesus our Lord and no one can go wrong sincerely doing that. His name is Jesus Christ, not Jesus Trinity. The Bible calls us Christians, not Trinitarians. We are the body of Christ, not the body of the Trinity. Even if you ultimately decide that you want to keep thinking God is a trinity, do not loosen your grip on the One who died for you (2 Corinthians 11:3).

    You are right that I should either speak the truth or else say nothing. You are right that we should think soberly about the consequences of our actions. You are right that God is not mocked, for we shall be judged for every idle word that comes out of our mouths (Matthew 12:36). But what are we to do when we fear God, read His word in faithfulness, and then find things that we did not expect – “great and mighty things that we did not know?” (Jeremiah 33:3). Shall we hide these things because we fear men more than we fear God? Shall we shrink from making known the glories of His love and righteousness? Shall I hoard His riches to myself? I am just a beggar who has found bread and is telling other beggars where he found it (2 Kings 7:9).

    It is true that I say that everyone is going to heaven, but it is also true that I say Christians by and large today are living far below the expectations of righteousness that the Lord has for us. This is why Mick Mooney’s post was so disturbing: he is encouraging Christians to lower their standards even more!

    God wants a people for His name who live worthy of His name. That means purity in thought, word, and deed. American society today has become shockingly decadent. Judgment is coming. God will protect us through that judgment, but only if we live in the way He taught us to live when He walked the earth.

    It is time for Christians to return to Jesus. It is fine with me if you reject me, but whatever you do, renew and deepen your relationship with Him. Call on Him with all the sincerity of heart you can muster. He will hear you and He will strengthen you. He will be righteous and true. He cannot be otherwise.

  20. I see you have taken the “eye for an eye” approach when deciding how best to deal with this article. (“And since your post was public, my response is public.”)

    How Pharisaical.

  21. Paul,

    Mick Rooney expressed an opinion and I disagreed with it. I don’t understand what that has to do with an “eye for an eye” or with Pharisaism. Nor do I even see what “eye for an eye” has to do with Pharisaism.

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