Perfect Doctrine and Flawless Deeds
By Kevin Hammons
August 17, 2017
“‘By this, all will know that you are My disciples: your perfect doctrine and your flawless deeds.’”
Oh wait! The Jesus didn’t say that. This is the right quote:
“‘By this, all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.’” (John 14:35*)
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.…
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up does not behave rudely, is not provoked…” (1 Cor 12:1-2,4-5*)
In all candor, I must confess that when I first heard that Gianforte had ‘assaulted’ a liberal reporter, my gut reaction was: “Hit him again Greg!” Was that a very Christian reaction on my part? Nope. Was Gianforte’s ‘assault’ devoid of love? Yup.
When Gianforte promised the Missoulian that he would “set aside his own personal ideology whenever necessary in order to uphold Montana values,” was he falling back to the typical political weasel words to duck out of the difficult discussion of world views? Yup.
However, Greg Gianforte dared to question the old earth theories of orthodox humanism, something that far too few Christians are willing to do. Do his weasel words rise to the level of “denying Christ”? Seriously? Who would honestly think that, especially when considering the other stances he has taken?
Citing Gianforte’s weasel words and apparently short temper to question his ability to endure the relentless assaults of the liberal media would be a raising a valid concern, but very few of us would be able to withstand it either. This is why we are called to pray for our leaders. (1Tim. 1:-4) Even the best of them are only human and need all the help they can get.
Vindictively calling into question Gianforte’s faith as is done in this original article, goes too far in this case and is devoid of Christian love. As the new publisher of The Mountain, I apologize to Greg Gianforte for the tone of this article, even if it was published before my tenure.
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* Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Was Gianforte Denying Christ in His Pledge to the Missoulian?
By Jesse Wanskasmith
May 25, 2017
The Missoulian’s May 14th editorial endorsement of Greg Gianforte has some asking if Gianforte’s pledge to “set aside his own personal ideology whenever necessary” violated Matthew 10:33 (ESV) “But whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” It’s an argument that’s been made that casts a shadow on the Greg for Montana victory. After ‘body-slamming’ a reporter a day before the election, Gianforte’s less than honorable behavior raised more questions about his dedication to his faith (1 Peter 2:12). This is particularly important as his desire to hold public office has brought his faith into the limelight.
1 Peter 2:12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.
A Christian that cedes to the world by allowing our troubled state’s alt-left movement, is the opposite of what we as Christians are called to do. We can not deny the reality of Christ and submit to the editorial department of a liberal media outlet – it’s akin to denying Christ himself (Acts 4:16-20).
Acts 4:16 NLT “What should we do with these men?” they asked each other. “We can’t deny that they have performed a miraculous sign, and everybody in Jerusalem knows about it. 17 But to keep them from spreading their propaganda any further, we must warn them not to speak to anyone in Jesus’ name again.” 18 So they called the apostles back in and commanded them never again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? 20 We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.”
The Missoulian editorial points out the lack of respect for the Christian faith in its context and wording, saying Gianforte is “completely blinded by his private religious tenets.” That’s a decisive way of saying Christian faith is blind to the science-only reality without even using the word Christianity! From a Christian’s perspective, the unbelievers are the ones blinded by God (Isaiah 6:10), not us.
“Unfortunately, Gianforte has a concerning tendency to sometimes lose sight of the big picture. And on certain critical issues, he appears to be completely blinded by his private religious tenets. For example, when asked whether he agrees with the scientific consensus on evolution and the approximate age of the Earth, his answer was “I can’t honestly say because I wasn’t there.” That answer, coming from an engineer, is revealing – and deeply troubling. He absolutely must not allow his ideology to drive his public votes on things like science funding… The candidate who is best prepared to take on this enormous challenge right away is Greg Gianforte… but only if he holds firm to his promise to set aside his own personal ideology whenever necessary in order to uphold Montana values. …Gianforte repeatedly assured the Missoulian editorial board that he can and will do just that. The people of Montana must hold him to that pledge.” – Missoulian Editorial, May 14, 2017.
Isaiah 6:10 NLT Harden the hearts of these people. Plug their ears and shut their eyes. That way, they will not see with their eyes, nor hear with their ears, nor understand with their hearts and turn to me for healing.”
Now that the Missoulian has retracted their endorsement, Mr. Gianforte should right himself and be “renewed in the spirit” (Eph 4:23) and take a righteous stand with God first and not be acting in accord with covenants from unbelievers to parse one’s faith.
Ephesians 4:17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.