Well I just read another article about Jimmy Carter. Yep,you guessed it–it made me sick! Actually it made me angry. So, I decided to write an article. After considering all the things that could be mentioned–support of abortion, belief that gay marriage is fine, that’s it’s time to have a gay president, etc.,etc., I decided there are too many issues to deal with. So, I’ll just mention one, because it explains all the others.
As you might already know, the former president (Wow! Hard to imagine) is touring to promote his latest book— his own study Bible! Really! It’s called, “NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter”. It “contains the full text of the New International Version of the Bible and the former president’s prayers, reflections, and asides”. Sadly this corrupt version and this confused man will rake in millions. Now consider this.
When Paul Raushenbush, senior religion editor of “The Huffington Post”, asked Carter if he believed the Bible is God’s word, Carter answered,” the basic principles of the Bible are taught by God, but written down by human beings deprived of modern day knowledge. So there is some fallibility in the writings of the Bible—There are many verses in the Bible that you could interpret very rigidly, and that makes you ultimately into a fundamentalist”.
Well that explains why he does what he does. When you deny the infallibility of the Bible you leave the door open for every whacked-out, off-the-wall, nut-case view point imaginable. Without the infallible Word of God to depend upon we have no sure standard by which to live. Naturally that leads to people like Carter spewing their personal opinions out on gullible people who believe them to be true. That’s sad indeed!
We have had leaders who were ignorant, lots of them, and leaders who were wicked, and at least one who is both! It is not a minor matter when someone seeks to pervert God’s Word and leads people into believing that sin isn’t sin. This is the same guy who tried to divide and destroy the SBC by calling for a new and more liberal Baptist convention in 2008, which he said constitute an “historic event for the Baptists in this country and perhaps for Christianity”. If that isn’t oozing with pride I don’t what is. I just wish to God that he would stop calling himself a Christian and a Baptist–he is neither. And, he’s not alone! There are multitudes who espouse the same view points and they are not silent about it. Neither should we remain silent in denouncing them. Think about it!