By Tim Brown
It seems that the religious hypocrites are teaming up with the Socialists and Communists in our country to crucify Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore, just like the Sadducees and Pharisees did to Jesus.
The latest example of this comes in the person of Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public-policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.
In a series of tweets attacking Judge Moore after the Washington Post hit piece came out, Russell Moore wrote, “Christian, if you cannot say definitively, no matter what, that adults creeping on teenage girls is wrong, do not tell me how you stand against moral relativism.”
Christian, if you cannot say definitively, no matter what, that adults creeping on teenage girls is wrong, do not tell me how you stand against moral relativism.
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) November 13, 2017
Clearly, Moore must have an issue with Mary, the mother of Jesus, whom most scholars believe to have been between 13-16 when she was betrothed to Joseph, and Joseph was called a “righteous” man (Matthew 1:19).
Moore probably would have took issue with the great Scottish reformer John Knox who married Margaret Knox née Stewart when she was only 17 and he was 54.
Perhaps he would be outraged and called many men in America’s history who used to marry young wrong for taking young wives in their teens.
It’s not wrong. I won’t say it definitively, but the issue is one of how God made us. Everyone knows exactly what puberty represents. It represents a boy becoming a man or a girl becoming a woman.
In that fashion, the body matures so that there can first be marriage and second that union can produce children. We are not talking about pre-pubescent children here.
Furthermore, a man seeking a woman should first ask permission from the one who has authority over her, namely her father, before he seeks to date or marry her.
The problem in our culture that is different from cultures of the past is that we don’t raise children to be mature until they are often in their twenties. In the past, young men and women were fairly mature by 15 years old. This “adult adolescence” is a modern phenomenon, and Moore is going right along with the culture on this one.
He then continued his rant.
“A church that worships Jesus stands up for vulnerable women and girls. A church that worships power sees them as expendable,” he tweeted.
A church that worships Jesus stands up for vulnerable women and girls. A church that worships power sees them as expendable.
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) November 13, 2017
“There are girls and women in our churches, right now, wondering where they can turn as they are molested by predators,” he added. “I know Jesus’ answer. What about that of the church?”
There are girls and women in our churches, right now, wondering where they can turn as they are molested by predators.
I know Jesus’ answer. What about that of the church?
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) November 13, 2017
Well, I agree, but a church that worships Jesus also stands up for people accused without any evidence and we should seek to care for those who have actually been sexually assaulted, but we should also seek to care for a good man’s reputation who may be wrongfully accused, as well.
Judge Moore has a great reputation and tremendous character under fire and has proven he is the real deal. I can’t say the same about Russell Moore.
Here are a few of Russell Moore’s own ethical and moral stands.
- He can’t call a mother who pays to have her baby murdered a murderer, but a victim
- He believes judges should follow unlawful and unconstitutional mandates to recognize “marriage” between sodomites
- Apparently, decided he knows God’s law better then God does when it comes to executing justice in society against evildoers
- Has shown he shoots from the hip while being blatantly ignorant of history
When it comes to Russell Moore, President Donald Trump got it right when he tweeted, “Russell Moore is truly a terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for. A nasty guy with no heart!”
Let me give Mr. Moore some biblical reference for what I mean.
Why is all of this coming out four decades after it allegedly happened? If we’re talking sexual misconduct allegations, consider what Deuteronomy 22 has to say about it.
22 “If a man is found lying with a married woman, then both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel.
23 “If there is a girl who is a virgin engaged to a man, and another man finds her in the city and lies with her, 24 then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city and you shall stone them [n]to death; the girl, because she did not cry out in the city, and the man, because he has violated his neighbor’s wife. Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.
25 “But if in the field the man finds the girl who is engaged, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lies with her shall die. 26 But you shall do nothing to the girl; there is no sin in the girl worthy of death, for just as a man rises against his neighbor and murders him, so is this case. 27 When he found her in the field, the engaged girl cried out, but there was no one to save her.
28 “If a man finds a girl who is a virgin, who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her and they are discovered, 29 then the man who lay with her shall give to the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall become his wife because he has violated her; he cannot divorce her all his days.
30 “A man shall not take his father’s wife so that he will not uncover his father’s skirt.
Notice, if a sexual assault were taking place, the woman is to cry out and if she doesn’t, what does that tell you?
Second, and this is just in passing, but verse 22 is exactly what Jesus was thinking of when He said, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone” because the hypocrites said they caught the woman in the act of adultery, but they were disingenuous by only bringing the woman to put to death. The man was nowhere to be found and Jesus knew it. He wasn’t doing away with the death penalty, but upholding the law.
Third, verse 28 is often cited as rape and is mocked by people that a person who is raped must somehow marry the rapist. The idea here is that there are two non-married people who engage in sexual intercourse and both are found out. They are obviously attracted to one another and the response is that if you’re going to do that, then you must pay the bride price and marry the girl, love her and take care of her, not use her as a sex object.
So, the Bible is clear on this issue about sexual misconduct.
Now, as to the charges. Not one of these women has gone under oath to testify to alleged sexual allegations, not one. In fact, the girl referenced as being 14, was more than likely 17 and met the age of consent in Alabama along with the other women who alleged to have dated Roy Moore. She also has a history of making false sexual misconduct against pastors in the area, according to people who know her.
Does Moore bring this up? Nope. He completely disregards that and assumes Roy Moore’s guilt, which is an unbiblical, immoral and unethical stand to take.
That leads us to the biblical mandate that two or three witnesses establish a matter (Deuteronomy 17:6; Deuteronomy 19:15; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1; 1 Timothy 5:19; Hebrews 10:28). We are talking about people put under oath and if their testimony is found to be false, they would receive the same penalty as the person they are attempting to provide false testimony against. We are not talking about a story showing up in the Washington Post.
“A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin which he has committed; on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed.” -Deuteronomy 19:15
Russell Moore also called on evangelical Christians to be the “most dogged opponents of sexual predation and violence in the universe.”
I’m all for that, but I’m also for following God’s law and mercy and justice, as Jesus taught. Therefore, it appears to me that Russell Moore has done little more than drag Roy Moore before the people, thinking he is upholding righteousness when, in fact, he is doing nothing more than the Pharisees did to the woman caught in adultery and that is perverting the law and justice.
Fortunately, while Russell Moore is pontificating on that which he does not know, 50 pastors have voiced their support for him against the allegations, which he has denied.
Moore’s wife Kayla posted the letter to her Facebook page Sunday after days of controversy surrounding her husband and allegations he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old in 1979 when he was 32-years-old. Three other women said Moore pursued them as teenagers.
Moore denies the charges.
In their letter, the pastors said Moore was an “immovable rock in the culture wars,” and has met attacks with a “rare unconquerable resolve.”
“It’s no wonder the Washington establishment has declared all-out war on his campaign,” the letter notes before urging voters to support Moore in the Dec. 12 election against Democrat Doug Jones.
The full text of the letter, along with signatures, is below. A note on the letter said church names were listed for identification purposes only.
After the letter was published on AL.com, Tijuanna Adetunji of the Fresh Anointing House of Worship in Montgomery, said she was not contacted about the letter and did not give permission for her name to be used.
“I was not asked about this story or allegations,” Adetunji said.
The letter states:
“Dear friends and fellow Alabamians,
For decades, Roy Moore has been an immovable rock in the culture wars – a bold defender of the “little guy,” a just judge to those who came before his court, a warrior for the unborn child, defender of the sanctity of marriage, and a champion for religious liberty. Judge Moore has stood in the gap for us, taken the brunt of the attack, and has done so with a rare, unconquerable resolve.
As a consequence of his unwavering faith in God and his immovable convictions for Biblical principles, he was ousted as Chief Justice in 2003. As a result, he continued his life pursuit by starting the Foundation for Moral Law, which litigates religious liberty cases around our Nation. After being re-elected again to Chief Justice in 2012, by an overwhelming majority, he took another round of persecution for our faith as he stood up for the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman.
You can know a man by his enemies, and he’s made plenty – from the radical organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU to the liberal media and a handful of establishment politicians from Washington. He has friends too, a lot of them. They live all across this great State, work hard all week, and fill our pews on Sunday. They know him as a father, a grandfather, a man who loves God’s Word and knows much of it by heart, a man who cares for the people, a man who understands our Constitution in the tradition of our Founding Fathers, and a man who deeply loves America. It’s no wonder the Washington establishment has declared all-out war on his campaign.
We are ready to join the fight and send a bold message to Washington: dishonesty, fear of man, and immorality are an affront to our convictions and our Savior and we won’t put up with it any longer. We urge you to join us at the polls to cast your vote for Roy Moore.”
It is also accompanied by a list of signatures from the following pastors:
In your service,
Dr. Tom Ford, III, Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama
Pastor Stan Cooke, Kimberly Church of God, Kimberly, Alabama
Pastor Jonathan Rodgers, Dothan, Alabama
Pastor Joseph Smith, Pine Air Baptist Church, Grand Bay Alabama
Dr. David E. Gonnella, Pastor, Theodore, Alabama
Pastor Mike Allison, Madison, Alabama
Dr. Terry Batton, Christian Renewal and Development Ministries, Eufaula, Alabama
Pastors Tim and Elizabeth Hanson, Smiths Station, Alabama
Pastor Mark Liddle, Dominion Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama
Pastor Steve Sanders, Victory Baptist Church, Millbrook, Alabama
Dr. Richard Fox, retired Baptist pastor
Dr. Randy Cooper, Pastor, Warrior, Alabama
William Green, Minister, Fresh Anointing House of Worship, Montgomery, Alabama
Maurice McCaney, Victory Christian Fellowship Church, Florence, Alabama
Pastor Jamie Holcomb, Young’s Chapel, Piedmont, Alabama
Pastor Paul Elliott, Young’s Chapel, Piedmont, Alabama
Pastor Rodney Gilmore, Covenant Christian, Gadsden, Alabama
Pastor Mark Gidley, Faith Worship Center, Gadsden, Alabama
Pastor Bill Snow, Edgewood Church, Anniston, Alabama
Pastor Michael Yates, Webster’s Chapel, Gadsden, Alabama
Pastor Mark Holden, Webster’s Chapel, Gadsden, Alabama
Pastor Joshua Copeland, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Anniston, Alabama
Pastor Bruce Jenkins, Young’s Chapel, Piedmont, Alabama
Pastor Keith Bond, Young’s Chapel, Piedmont, Alabama
Pastor Jim Lester, Fannin Road Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama
Pastor Thad Endicott, Heritage Baptist Church, Opelika, Alabama
Pastor David Floyd, Marvyn Parkway Baptist Church, Opelika, Alabama
Pastor Bruce Word, Freedom Church, Gadsden, Alabama
Pastor Paul Hubbard, Lakeview Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama
Rev. Carl Head, Lakeview Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama
Pastor Duwayne Bridges, Jr., Fairfax First Christian Church, Valley, Alabama
Rev. Edwin Roberts, Adams Street Church of Christ, Enterprise, Alabama
Pastor John McCrummen, Open Door Baptist Church, Enterprise, Alabama
Rev. Mickey Counts, Open Door Baptist Church, Enterprise, Alabama
Rev. Alex Pagen, Open Door Baptist Church, Enterprise, Alabama
Pastor Glenn Brock, Eufaula, Alabama
Rev. Tim Head, Montgomery, Alabama
Pastor/Elder Ted Phillips, Christ Church, Odenville, Alabama
Tim Yarbrough, Elder, Trinity Free Presbyterian, Trinity, Alabama
Pastor Myron Mooney, Trinity Free Presbyterian, Trinity, Alabama
Jerry Frank, Elder, Trinity Free Presbyterian, Trinity, Alabama
Pastor Jim Nelson, Church of the Living God, Moulton, Alabama
Pastor Earl Wise, Millbrook, Alabama
Rick and Beverly Simpson, Summit Holiness Church, Alabama
Pastor Lane Simmons and Margie Dale Simmons, First Assembly of God, Greenville Alabama
Rev. Charles Morris, Pastor Grace Way Fellowship, Evergreen Alabama
Dr. George Grant, Pastor, Parish Presbyterian Church
Pastor David Whitney, Cornerstone Church (Pasadena, MD)
Dr. Peter and Roseann Waldron, St. Francis Anglican Church
Pastor Franklin and Mrs. Pamela Raddish, Capitol Hill Independent Baptist Ministries
Dr. Michael Peroutka, Institute on the Constitution
Reverend Bill Owens, Coalition of African American Pastors
Shame on you, Russel Moore! You should be standing with these pastors. When will the Southern Baptist Association stop playing politics and start adhering to the Word of God and rid themselves of modern day Pharisees such as Russell Moore?
Republished with permission Freedom Outpost
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