1 hour ago, Xan said:
Latest from Gary:
Remind me never to get stuck in a ditch and expect Gary to pull me out.
Yeah, given the choice of the whole "keeping separate from the evil World" thing and being the good Samaritan, Gary knows which he prefers.
Which is why I made this, a few years ago - it still applies, including the snark about vehicles:
15 minutes ago, Mrs Ms said:
He is such a taker, so this is truly bonkers. Presumably he means don’t lower your standards by giving an inch in theological matters, but it sure reads like physical stuff.
Going by what he has said in his sermons, I'm pretty sure he means not to get close to worldly people - literally or in any other way.
He has a whole routine in which he says pretty much what he posted above, and often refers to the gist of 1 Corinthians 9:19-22 (although I don't think I've ever heard him read it, because he usually reads passages he agrees with):
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
He implies that Paul was wrong, or at least warns his listeners not to take it so far that they actually hang out with worldly people, or, even worse, actually try to become all things to all people. He scorns those who spend time with drinkers, dopeheads, cussers, scantily clad folks and the like, to win them to Jesus.
And of course, he's as grossed out as a toddler seeing a hated vegetable on his plate at the prospect of actually talking to gay people. I think he tosses a tract, from a distance, at anyone he suspects of not fitting his rigid idea of gender and sexuality.
Don't help, don't go into any scary places like poor neighborhoods, prisons or hospitals. Just stay home and pray.
Oh, and then post on Facebook about praying.
I don't think Gary would actually be tempted by any habits of other people, since self-righteousness and attention are his drugs, and he gets a huge supply of what makes him high.
But the whole "peculiar people," keep separate, don't let them pull you down bit makes a great excuse for his laziness. Gary's not bringing blankets to the homeless, or talking all night to a troubled man in a bar, or helping any of his non-saved family members with their everyday needs.
But it's only because he's trying not to get pulled into their ditch. 🙄