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R-Rated: Preaching Those Unsafe OT Texts

Don't dismiss the difficult passages of the Old Testament, preach them!

R-Rated: Preaching Those Unsafe OT Texts

The Bible is not a safe and sanitary book. One doesn't have to look far in its pages for bloody battles, brutal gang-rapes, cities destroyed by fire, and most of humanity wiped out in a flood—and that's just the beginning of Genesis. Christianity's critics often claim that the God of the Old Testament is a genocidal maniac, a wife-beater, slave-driver, and an oppressive tyrant we need to be rescued from. It's not uncommon to hear folks within the church pit Jesus against the God of the Old Testament.

So how do we deal honestly with these passages? As we preach through Scripture and come across such blood-splattered pages, how do we approach the blatant sex and violence, the greed and lust for power, the strange ceremonial laws and ritual sacrifices that seem so foreign to us today? How do we preach the R-rated passages of the Bible?

This series is designed to help you with precisely that question. Though these passages can be tough at first glance, I've ...

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Greg Hollifield

July 08, 2015  1:29pm

Excellent insights! Thank you, Joshua.

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July 07, 2015  8:49am

I thought it was a SICK article. -=80) People take way too many things liberally and at face-value, and they never see the BIG picture; they focus on this one snippet of which they are not properly edified about. Like LGBT groups like to cite the polygamy and other things that happened (that are also considered wrong) in the OT as the God condoning such acts...when He really doesn't. I also read that polygamy was a way to have many offspring to help with work and protection around the home as times were hard and birthing success rates were very low. How does the flogging scene in "The Passion of The Christ" fit into deliberate delight in gratuitous vice to degradingly stimulate the viewer? O_o

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