Thursday, August 19, 2010

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Now Supports Gay Marriage

Elisabeth Hasselbeck now supports gay marriage ...and is confused about abortion.

It wouldn't matter so much what she thought or said, except that millions of viewers watch ABC's "The View" television program and have come to know her as the "conservative" on the show. They have also seen her on FOX News with Hannity and others.

In 2008, she strongly supported California's Proposition 8 and marriage as only between one man and one woman.

Now she says she has changed her mind.

She told Adam Buckman at
FANCAST, "I actually support gay marriage," and said she is conflicted about what she believes about abortion.

Hasselbeck told Buckman, "I would rather change a heart than a law. Always trying to mandate, mandate, mandate this or that is not the way that I believe this country should be run."

I have spent my entire life introducing people, privately, from the pulpit, and on radio and television to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. A relationship that truly changes the heart.

That is the Great Commission of Christianity.

But I am well aware that morality can and must be legislated, until all hearts are changed.

The apparent change in her beliefs are disappointing, not only because she has caused people to believe she was a conservative, but a biblical Christian as well.

But there is an alarming back story to this that reflects a deep concern to many, including myself.

She said, "There are so many gray issues, be it abortion or gay marriage---there's a lot of discussion to be had."

No moral absolutes.

She continued,
"I wish there was more focus on the in-between, gray area than [just] smacking a label on somebody."

None of us like labels, but these comments reveal a deeper issue within the Christian community. As people seek the "gray" area, they are usually seeking a verbal cover, due to tolerance turned on its head, for their embrace of relativism. And a safe social position.

In a study of more than 3000 youth and their take on moral, religious and theological issues, those taking the survey coined a new phrase that they thought best described their findings---"
Moral Therapeutic Deism---the New American Religion" and called this generation the "Whatever" generation.

The lack of true biblical teaching in so many Christian churches has led to a confused, re-branded form of civil Christianity that emphasizes self reliance to a point that it bleeds over into a rather narcissistic focus on therapeutic benefits to its adherents. And a "whatever" attitude toward fundamental social issues.

This new brand of Christianity believes that:

1. A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on Earth.

2. God wants people to be good, nice and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.

3. The central goal of life is to be happy and feel good about one's self.

4. God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.

5. Good people go to heaven.

The researchers found that most teens and adults for that matter had little to no idea as to what the basic theological tenants of biblical Christianity are about.

The researchers found that the deity behind Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is very much like the deistic God of 18th century philosophers rather than the biblical God.

They concluded that this seductive, but radical transformation of Christian theology and Christian belief replaces the sovereignty of God with the sovereignty of the self. Relativism has replaced biblical absolutes and sin is excluded from the picture while doctrines as fundamental as the justice of God and the sanctity of life are discarded as out of step with the times and an obstruction to self actualization.

They learned that Truth has been sacrificed on an altar of a relativistic understanding of truth, Christianity has, in too many cases, been actively colonized from within its own institutions of faith by a replacement that bears little resemblance to the "faith once delivered" and Christian institutions have accommodated themselves to the contemporary dominate culture to a degree that there are hardly any distinctions between the two.

According to the researchers, we have failed to teach our children basic biblical doctrines while they have become indoctrinated with a very non-biblical worldview and a new version of paganism.

Which leads us to more focus on the so-called "gray" issues.

We have lost our way because we have declared the Moral Compass to be obsolete and not compatible with our culture.

We need a great spiritual awakening.

_________________
Gary Randall
President
Faith and Freedom

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13 comments:

  1. Gary, I attended your church when you were a pastor. I miss your sermons. Keep up the good work.

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  2. It would be nice if things were always as clear as moral absolutes. However, it's a complicated world with lots of variables.

    You, yourself, have compromised on your moral absolute that governments should not intervene in religions.

    You want the local government to block the construction of a mosque facility in NY at ground zero.

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  3. Unfortunately, what is said about today's youth is true. I've been a substitute teacher in SW WA for over 20 years and have seen youth change. Today, when God gives me opportunity to witness, their response is most often a "whatever" type response. Many don't believe in God. No rationale or reason, they just choose to believe it, so therefore they are right. After all, it's THEIR belief, so it's as good as mine.

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  4. We have been here before.

    Good Christians grumbled and fumed when women demanded to be equal to men, when people demanded to be allowed to marry a member of a different race, when slaves demanded their freedom, and even when scientists first proposed the earth was round, not flat.

    In every one of these cases, good Christians resisted, and today, good Christian don't know what the fuss is about.

    God is not changing, but our understanding of His will is.

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  5. I agree God is not changing, but you define "understanding his will" as evolving enlightenment. We all agree there is much to learn about God, however the fundamental beliefs of biblical Christianity are not complicated. The Ten Commandments are not complicated and are a good place to start if you want to serve God in the strength of Jesus Christ.

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  6. I agree totally and completely. Everything I have been reading goes in this direction. Without a great move of God bringing us to repentance, America is gone, self-destructed. A very sorry state. Read Farah of WorldNetDaily and sense his great sadness.
    Except the Lord build the house, we labor in vain that build it. Ben Franklin quoted this from memory and led the Continental Congress in prayer and bible study. The sad thing is that our leaders are like us.

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  7. "But I am well aware that morality can and must be legislated, until all hearts are changed."

    So, in other words until you are able to convert the everyone to your particular brand of Christianity, you are not only willing, but eager to use the full force of government to force everyone to live as if they adhered to your brand of Christianity. And this differs from Sharia law how?

    "The researchers found that the deity behind Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is very much like the deistic God of 18th century philosophers rather than the biblical God."

    Oh, you mean 18th century philosophers like the founding fathers? Maybe that's why they had the foresight to found this nation with a secular rather than sectarian Christian government.

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  8. The founding fathers based our constituion on Gods priciples, and they made statements say as such!

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  9. @3:37

    No one is arguing over the Ten Commandments. The commandments do not address the "culture war" issues of our day -- gay marriage, abortion, etc. We're not debating over murder or lying.

    Christians who pretend that they understand God's will when it comes to gay marriage conveniently forget our history. I can assure you that those who used the force of the Bible to deny interracial couples the right to marry, women the right to vote, and slaves their freedom believed it to be God's will with as much fervor as you do. Today these battles are an embarrassment to Christianity, and, in fact, we hold those positions to be "non-Christian."

    Yes, "understanding His will" is evolving enlightenment. We are only human and we make mistakes. To believe otherwise is to ignore the past and to repeat our mistakes.

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  10. Elisabeth Hasselbeck and the like will join the ranks of the ignored.

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  11. 1226 good Christians complained about killing unborn babies and still do . Comparing same sex marriage to womens rights is only understandable to a world view as yours , not to the basic understanding of Christianity and Judaism for the past 5000 years .

    Having said that, the concern over gay marriage may indeed be reduced with it as a matter of fact happening in our culture . Just as divorce rates have also been accepted as normal. As kids living together before they get married , but it will still be considered a negative behavior . Just that we don't call our kids abombinations when they shack up for the most part . But when sexual revolution began , it was not acceptable to many more of the population as it is now .
    It does not mean divorce is not still Bibically considered a negative .. Womens rights are not considered a negativly Bibically .

    Trying to share your view with a different world view is not easy . But I think you should consider your audience if you want to appear as though you are sincere and not just being insulting .

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  12. @anonymous at 2:29 AM, August 20, 2010 -- very good point. The comparison to sharia law is apt and hopefully will cause some to reconsider the role their personal beliefs should play in society.

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  13. I don't believe God is unclear about gay marriage in the Bible. That is not a grey area. Elisabeth should study before commenting on a world wide stage.

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