“Jesus is appearing to Muslims all over the Middle Eastern world,” he told The Christian Post. The Bible scholar, who wrote a forthcoming book on the Islamic State terror group, admitted “that makes some believers uncomfortable — you know, Jesus appearing to someone. I remind them, ‘have you read Acts Chapter 9 recently? Who did Jesus appear to while he was on the road to Damascus? Saul of Tarsus.’ We don’t need to put God in a box. Believe you me, God can work apart from us.”
I didn’t realize that toast, waffles, and moldy carpet were so popular in the middle east. Or perhaps Jesus is appearing in mud puddles or other unusual places.
Joking aside, let me say what I really hate about this. There are lots of things: First off, that stupid article appeared on my google news. That’s such a poor article it ought not to get coughed up on the internet until I’m getting close to finishing reading it all. Secondly, the credulous tone of the Christian Post is really painful to see. I’m not expecting a kind of spanish inquisition from whoever interviewed him, but basically they print everything he said as if it’s flat-out fact; there isn’t even a pretense to skepticism or concern with – you know – reality.
The pastor is not at all surprised by God’s miraculous move within persecuted churches, recalling a visit to China where he met with a Christian missionary. The missionary and affiliated Christian churches practiced their faith in that country much like persecuted churches did in the book of Acts. In Communist China, many Christians, if they wanted their churches to survive, had to go underground.
In fairness, the Chinese had a bit of problems with Christian missionaries. That problem was called the Taiping Rebellion and it resulted in 20-30 million dead. Somehow when he’s talking about churches “going underground” I don’t think he means 6′ deep. Of course the rebellion was only ostensibly christian, and most “real” christians would look askance at the “Taiping Heavenly Kingdom Movement” Let’s hope jesus doesn’t have anything like that in store for the middle east. Appearances of jesus are a bad omen for everyone involved.
But we don’t need to look hard to tell what’s going on: the pastor’s got a book he’s selling. And he made sure to let us know that he has another book (purporting to explain ISIS) on the way. Oh, and if you look on the publisher’s site you’ll discover that the good pastor is available to come do public speaking. Supposedly he spent 6 years on “Unanswered” – I hope the quality of his book on ISIS doesn’t suffer because he’s rushing to publish it.
Why do so many apologists just jump right in and start lying as soon as they begin making noises? Does anyone really think that the pastor spent 6 years writing what appears to be a thin bowl of gruel? Maybe the pastor spent 6 years travelling around eating good food and touristing, then came home and banged out this whacking great 220 page monster? I see it has a recommendation by none other than Lee Strobel, and lots of great reviews on Amazon. So it must be true.