Welcome back to Defenders Voice. This is Paul Kattupalli. Thank you for joining us today. This morning I was reading this opinion column in The Washington Post by attorney Rachael Denhollander. She made very interesting and important points. She spoke to New York Times and The Washington Post, two days in a row, in the wake of Atlanta shootings. She is the attorney hired by RZIM to represent the victims of Ravi Zacharias.
She is a very influential Christian attorney. She was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential women in the world. She investigated Larry Nassar, former USA Gymnastics national team doctor. As a kid she was abused by this doctor. Then 16 years later, she exposed Larry Nassar and hundreds of other women came forward with their stories of abuse. Larry Nassar is now in a federal prison. He will die in prison.
The same attorney who investigated Larry Nassar is now investigating Ravi Zacharias. I felt like the ground beneath my feet was shaking. Where have we come? What a mess we made!
Her Washington Post opinion column started with the heading: “How churches talk about sexuality can mean life or death. We saw that in Robert Long.”
Her first sentence was ‘Ideas have consequences’. That is profound. Ideas do have consequences. “How churches talk about sexuality can mean life or death. We saw that in Robert Long.” Our blessed Savior told Peter, ‘You are Peter. Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it’ (Matthew 16:18). Jesus built his church with eternal consequences. Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 3:15, ‘Church is the pillar and foundation of truth’. Life or death, heaven or hell depends on what we teach in our churches. But we’ve lost the seriousness of the church. We turned it into places of entertainment. If we ruin our churches, we will wide open the gates of hell before our communities. We read in Acts 20:28, ‘the church of God, which He bought with his own blood’. The church is so precious in the sight of God. God shed his own blood to build it. It is unconscionable that church leaders are engaging in abuse of people who come near them.
Then she wrote, “Teachings that place the burden and blame for men’s sexual addictions on women are rampant in conservative theological circles”
She made the same point to the New York Times. Our first instinct is to blame women in our lives. Our forefather, Adam blamed Eve for his sin. In the Bible, sin is very personal. We read in Revelation chapter 20, when the sinners stand before God in the Great White Throne judgment, ‘the books were opened, the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works’ (Revelation 20:12). No blame game is allowed when sinners stand before God. But, somehow we started this false teaching that we can blame other people for our sins.
Then she wrote,
“The secular “boys will be boys” mantra was repeated in nearly every mainline Christian book on marriage and purity with the explanation that men got to “sexual sin…naturally – simply by being male.” There is seemingly no understanding that many activities chalked up as “every man’s struggle” are actually crimes and shouldn’t be normalized at all.
That is so true. Everyone is doing it. So, this should be considered normal. The secular world does not believe in God or God’s commandments against sins. But we followed the secular world. We have normalized sins.
She talked about how the Southern Baptist Convention failed to stop the abuse among its churches. “When numerous SBC presidents and leaders ignored and deliberately covered up reports of abuse by prominent pastor Darrell Gilyard, for example, allowing dozens more women and teens to be assaulted, they left destruction in their wake.”
When Darrell Gilyard came forward with reports of abuse, SBC presidents and leaders ignored them. We’ve seen the same pattern with RZIM. When women reported on Ravi, their claims were dismissed.
Then she concluded with this sentence,
“Sexuality divorced from personhood is the foundation of objectification and violence.”
How profound and insightful.
When we look at someone lustfully on the screens of our computers or when we touch them inappropriately, we ignore the fact that those persons were created by God in His image.
Rachael Denhollander wrote a book titled, What is a girl worth? She is teaching the words of Lord Jesus Christ to our generation. Jesus took a little child and said,
“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14)
Even a child is so precious in the sight of God. If you look at last week’s shooting in Atlanta and today’s shooting in Boulder, Colorado – in both cases the killer’s age is 21 years-old. At 21 years-old, you are barely understanding this world. They took guns and killed scores of people mercilessly. Young people in their 20s, now are the most godless people in our generation. What are we doing to reach them? When was the last time we fasted, bent on our knees and begged God to intervene for this generation?
This is spiritual warfare. There is so much demonic activity going on. Satan is on steroids going after these young people. Unless we pray there is no hope for this generation. Look at today’s shooting in Colorado where 10 innocent people were killed. The officer Eric Talley was one of those victims. His father said, ‘He loved his kids and his family more than anything. He didn’t want to put his family through something like this, and he believed in Jesus Christ’. Father of seven children, he was a devout Christian. He loved Jesus and ran straight towards the shooter to save people from being shot. He took Jesus’ words seriously. Sacrifice. His seven children would never see him again in this world. They would not be able to call him ‘dad’.
These are serious times which are trying our souls. Francis Chan once said, ‘take off your Ravi Zacharias life jacket’. We relied on Ravi’s arguments for the existence of God rather than experiencing God in our own lives. Now, God himself intervened and tore that jacket off. We are now in water helplessly flapping our hands over the waves of secularism. Remember Peter on the sea of Galilee. When he was caught in the storm, the waves were swallowing him, he cried out to the Lord, ‘Lord, save me’, ‘Lord save me’.
Jesus said, ‘Satan was a murderer from the beginning’ ( John 8:44). Satan loves to kill people. That has been his daily activity from day one of his fall. He is a behemoth. Like a bulldozer that flattens everything in its path, he is destroying everything we consider precious. How can we stop him? We should get on our knees and pray. There is no other way to stop him.
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