Snipers Sermon Illustrations

Snipers Sermon Illustrations

We live in a day where—in some seminaries and colleges and educational institutions that bear deceitfully the name of "Christian"—some professors are theological anatomists wielding dissecting knives that cut at the Bible's milk veins. Some teachers are inexorable censors who sit now, like Jehoiakim of old before the fireplace in the summer house, Bible on knee, penknife in hand, calmly and with critical delight, mutilating the only reliable franchise of our Christian hopes. Sinful snipers they who aim their ill-grounded propositions against the Scriptures. They show their kinship to Diocletion who tried to exterminate the Bible in the thirtieth century, to Celsus who tried to undermine its message, to astute Prophecy who hurled his venomous shafts at it, to Hume who wielded cogent weapons against it, to Vol­taire who flung arrows tipped with fire at it, to Ingersol who spat infidelic sputum in its lovely face, to Tom Paine who tried to drown it in infidelic ink.

The Gospel Witness (June 8, 1961) gives this characterization of these Bible critics in pulpits and those sinful, sometimes senseless, snipers at the Word of God:

"They be knaves with pulpit robes reluctantly thrown over their thievish breasts—clever liars, swindlers who look too innocent to be quite guiltless, hirelings who hunger for the pelf. They are killers of men, bandits who thrust weapons into souls and slap the young, the unsuspecting and the frank. I could respect, in some grim way, the vulgar infidel who blasphemes openly and on purpose, and rejoices in his pitiful bellowing, mistaking the very blatancy for courage; but the man in the pulpit who insults the Bible on which he lives, and wriggles out of the professions by which he climbed to the pulpit he dishonors, I charge with worse crimes than those which blackened Barabbas or damned Iscariot."

These Bible critics who summon the Bible to appear at the bar of human reason, under the guise of "scholastic revelation" remind me of a rill setting in judgment on volume of a river, of a candle summoning the sun to appear for judgment for not being bright enough, of a stagnant pond summoning an ocean to judgment for being too shallow.

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