Making Excuses for Sin and Evil
There have always been apologists for evil. But here I especially refer to those who should not be such apologists. We expect those committing sin and engaging in evil to seek to justify and whitewash what they are doing. But we should not expect others to do the same – especially Christians.
Yet I find this happening time and time again. Sinful activities and evil actions are constantly being excused and made light of by various Christians. Instead of resisting sin and promoting righteousness, far too many believers today are siding with sin – and sinners.
Instead of siding with God, they actually side against him. Yet they still claim to be followers of Christ. Let me offer a few recent examples of this. They could be replicated many times over, but are representative of how some believers side with evil while resisting God.
The issue of homosexuality is one such area where countless Christians have decided that God is wrong on this issue while sinners are right. In one case I wrote a piece about some Christian pop star that came out declaring his homosexuality – all the while betraying his wife and kids.
Most believers were rightly shocked by this outrageous behaviour, but I actually had one Christian jumping to his defence and attacking me! He claimed I should not be ‘putting the boot into this guy’, said he needs help not condemnation, and said he likely was paying a big price for coming out this way.
I was rather staggered by that reply, so I sought to respond to him. I of course questioned his claim that I was putting the boot in – is that what defending biblical truth has now become? So was Jesus putting the boot in when he proclaimed truth and challenged unrighteousness? Or the prophets, or the disciples?
And I mentioned that it goes without saying that such people need help. Indeed, in my article I had clearly stated that we should pray for him. But sadly no genuine help can be given to someone as long as they are shaking their fist at God, calling him a liar, and rejecting his Word.
Until such a person repents and agrees with God, there is little help that we can give him. Making cheap excuses for him and trying to defend him sure is not helping him. That simply further condemns him in his sin. Sorry, but Scripture makes it clear that we must warn the sinner of his way, and the consequences of it.
I certainly challenged this critic’s claim that the musician would pay a high price. The truth is, homosexuality has been the flavour of the month for decades now. By turning on God and embracing the lies of Satan as he shamelessly claims God made him a homosexual, that he cannot change, and that this is who he is, he will be roundly praised by the world, and by plenty of clueless Christians as well.
He has now gone from being a nobody to a superstar, being celebrated, honoured, praised and cheered everywhere, especially by the secular media. He has now guaranteed his career will be enhanced enormously from here on in. In fact, he even secured a gig at an upcoming homosexual pride festival.
As if he was just some poor victim who is being “honest” here. Yeah right, when someone makes excuses for known sin, rejects the clear teachings of Scripture, and calls God a liar for insisting he can radically change people, that is not being honest but defiantly rebellious. There is nothing at all virtuous about such “honesty” – it comes straight out of the pits of hell.
My second example comes from another key area where we have millions of clueless Christians defending evil. I refer to all the Christian apologists for Islam. They clearly know nothing about the political ideology known as Islam, but apparently know little about their own faith as well, since they seek to tell us how similar both faiths are and that we must just basically embrace Islam and Muslims – no questions asked.
In this particular occasion I had featured one example – of many – of Muslim athletes at the Rio Olympics treating Israeli athletes abominably. I said there were many such incidents, and I highlighted one in which an Egyptian Muslim wrestler refused to shake the hand of his Jewish opponent after he lost to the Israeli.
Yet I actually had a Christian rushing to the defence of the Muslim, saying we should feel sorry for him and that he had little choice, and so on. I replied by reminding him that this was just one example of many, that Islam has featured Jew-hatred throughout its 1400-year history, and that I would not allow foolish excuses for anti-Semitism on my page. He kept on trying to justify this guy’s actions, saying he was under great pressure, etc., no matter what I and others said. Under the guise of some sort of Christian compassion, he simply allowed cheap excuses for this ugly anti-Semitism to go unchecked.
Even when I pointed out plenty of other examples of this, including Muslim athletes refusing to get on buses with Israeli athletes (what pressure did they face?), he still did not seem to get it. I finally posted a link to an important article which fully explains the reprehensible behaviour we see being played out at the Olympics.
I refer to a 2012 piece by Nonie Darwish, “Why Muslims Must Hate Jews.” Let me quote from this important article:
Recently, a Pakistani religious leader, Pirzada Muhammad Raza Saqib Mustafai, said: “When the Jews are wiped out … the sun of peace [will] begin to rise on the entire world.” The same preaching is routinely done not only by clerics, but by politicians – in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and elsewhere. This is not just Ahmedinijad; it is at the heart of Islamic theology that world peace will be established only when all the Jews are wiped from the earth. But few people in Western media are alarmed by this kind of rhetoric or care to expose this dreadful dark side of Islam’s obsession with Jew-hatred.
I do not believe that one has to be an authority on human behavior or group thinking to find out the obvious pathology in Islamic Jew-hatred. It is time for all of us to uncover and expose this atrocity against the Jewish people. We owe that to humanity and the truth.
She examines how this has been part and parcel of Islam from day one, with Muhammad up to his ears in this. She continues:
Mohammed portrayed himself as a victim of Jews, and Muslims must avenge him until judgment day. With all Arab power, money, and influence around the world today, they still thrive at portraying themselves as victims. Sharia also codified into law the duty of every Muslim to defend Mohammed’s honor and Islam with his own blood, and allowed the violation of many commandments if it is for the benefit of defending Islam and Mohammed. Thus, Muslims are carrying a huge burden, a holy burden, to defend Mohammed with their blood, and in doing so they are allowed to kill, lie, cheat, slander, and mislead.
Mohammed must have felt deep and extreme shame after what he had done to the Jews, and thus a very good reason had to be found to explain away his genocide. By commanding Muslims to continue the genocide for him, even after his death, Mohammad expanded the shame to cover all Muslims and Islam itself. All Muslims were commanded to follow Mohammed’s example and chase the Jews wherever they went. One hundred years after Mohammed’s death, Arabs occupied Jerusalem and built Al Aqsa mosque right on top of the Jewish Temple ruins, the holiest spot of the Jews. Muslims thought they had erased all memory of Jewish existence.
Mohammed’s genocide of the Jews of Arabia became an unholy dark mark of shame in Islamic history, and that shame, envy, and anger continues to get the best of Muslims today. In the eyes of Mohammed and Muslims, the mere existence of the Jewish people, let alone an entire Jewish state, delegitimizes Islam and makes Mohammed look more like a mass murderer than like a prophet. For Muslims to make peace with Jews and acknowledge that Jews are humans who deserve the same rights as everyone else would have a devastating effect on how Muslims view their religion, their history, and the actions of their prophet.
Then and now, Mohammad and Muslims clearly chose the first worldview and decreed that any hint of the second must be severely punished. Jews must remain eternally evil enemies of Islam if Islam is to remain legitimate. There is no third solution to save the core of Islam from collapsing; either Mohammed was evil, or the Jews were evil. Any attempt to forgive, humanize, or live peacefully with Jews is considered treason against Islam. How can Muslims forgive the Jews and then go back to their mosques, only to read their prophet’s words, telling them they must kill Jews wherever they find them? It does not add up, if someone wants to remain Muslim.
That is why the number-one enemy of Islam is, and must remain, the truth. If the truth exposes Islam’s unjustified Jew-hatred, Muslims will be left with an empty shell of a religion, a religion whose prophet was a murderer, a thief, and a warlord. Without Jew-hatred, Islam would self-destruct.
These lengthy quotes help us to get a clear picture about what is now unfolding in Rio de Janeiro. If Christians were a bit more literate concerning Islam and its history, they would not have to resort to cheap excuses to defend such appalling behaviour.
Plenty more such examples could be provided of believers making excuses for sin, justifying evil, and defending the indefensible. It is time for this to stop. Believers should only be concerned about defending God and his Word, not his enemies and opponents.
5 Replies to “Making Excuses for Sin and Evil”
Amen to that brother!
Around 100 years ago the The Armenian Genocide, also known as the Armenian Holocaust occured. It was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of 1.5 million Ottoman-Armenian citizens inside their historic homeland, which lies within the present-day Republic of Turkey. The starting date is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders from Constantinople to Ankara, the majority of whom were eventually murdered. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly and infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre. Other indigenous and Christian ethnic groups such as the Assyrians and the Ottoman Greeks were similarly targeted for extermination by the Ottoman government, and their treatment is considered by some historians to be part of the same genocidal policy. Most Armenian diaspora communities around the world came into being as a direct result of the genocide.
About 10 years ago plans for memorials were talked about in my local paper and many in the Turkish community protested. Many in Government have not wanted to upset Turkish Muslims for e.g, https://theconversation.com/100-years-on-australias-still-out-of-step-on-the-armenian-genocide-39792
The inversion of the truth,”flipping the script”, group think bullying and propaganda, the end justifying the means – seem to be the order of the day, born of desperation. With letting go of belief in the truth Jesus describes, what does it matter? It seems the highest high is to be above the law committing unbridled evil in plain sight and getting away with it. Bullying the scapegoat reveals the worst in human nature.
Hi Bill, I’ve given a lot of thought to your essay on homosexuality and Islam. When considering homosexuality from a broadly anthropological viewpoint, it would appear that it becomes an indicator of when a society/civiliastation is getting close to its “use by date” . When observing civilisations from ancient times through until today, homosexuality appears to manifest itself at their zenith of prosperity when decline is not too far off. Is it possible that the Prophet Amos observed homosexual tendencies in the wealthier sections of both Judah and Israel, I wonder?
Maybe it can also be used as an indicator that the return of our Lord Jesus Christ is not that far off.
When considering the prophet Muhammad, from my understanding, his only contact with Christianity in his formative years were with people who had only known God from an Old Testament perspective. I would be interested to know your views on how much influence if any, Old Testament Theology had in shaping the way Muhammad wrote the Koran.
Kind regards, Kelvin Nairn.
This is history! The Arabian Peninsular was “a spiritual wilderness” for orthodox Christianity in and from the time of The Council of 325,and through the time of Muhammad in 8th century. The common thread of Christian thinking was Arianism,long swept aside in The East and West of the old Empire. Bear in mind that Muhammad’s wife claimed to be “christian!” When confused about his visions/dreams she suggested it was the Angel Gabriel(?) He was also advised by an Arian Monk! It is suggested, by a few thinkers, that Islam was born of the Arian Heresy.
Let us all be One with The Trinity. Now we are called to the test and to defend The Faith=True Word of God.
The Islam problem is not new! Check this reference: http://shoebat.com/2014/09/25/muhammad-founder-islam/