DECEIVING AND BEING DECEIVED
By Paul Proctor
July 18, 2007
Lane Palmer, Youth Ministries Specialist for Dare 2 Share Ministries in Arvada, Colorado, recently wrote a guest column for The Christian Post titled "I Want To Be A Transformer!" Using the much-hyped new movie, Transformers as both an attention getter and springboard to the "higher spiritual truth" he wished to convey, Mr. Palmer passed along a rather common and dangerous misconception about the Christian life and the role of believers.
After gushing over the new film for three full paragraphs, he wrote that he was "guilty of glaring geek-ness," I suppose as a humorous attempt to relate to the young techie crowd he was reaching out to in order to win their confidence and more effectively segue them toward his main point which he finally got around to in the fifth paragraph, saying:
You know what else? I'm also guilty of not being a Transformer myself.
Going on to explain, he added:
God calls each and every one of us to be transformers. Check out what I mean:
Instead of titling his article "I Want To Be A Transformer!" he should have titled it, "I Want To Be Transformed" because, you see, that's what the verse of scripture he quoted was really about - being transformed by God, not transforming others.
One demonstrates helplessness and humility - the other, an egocentric and humanistic haughtiness.
As if that wasn't enough, Mr. Palmer closed his article with a rather dominionist-like exhortation to "Let God transform your mind so you can go transform your world!"
So, I sent him the following email message:
Well, a couple of weeks have passed and I have yet to see a correction published at The Christian Post, which is unfortunate because he has essentially forwarded false teachings that who knows how many thousands of young readers will now in turn, pass along to others.
As is so common these days, thanks to the church growth movement and the perverted pragmatism of the "new spirituality," secular tools were once again used to construct a secular lie disguised as a spiritual truth.
"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." - 2nd Timothy 3:13
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Paul Proctor, a rural resident of the Volunteer state and seasoned veteran of the country music industry, retired from showbiz in the late 1990's to dedicate himself to addressing important social issues from a distinctly biblical perspective. As a freelance writer and regular columnist for NewsWithViews.com, he extols the wisdom and truths of scripture through commentary and insight on cultural trends and current events. His articles appear regularly on a variety of news and opinion sites across the internet and in print.
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Instead of titling his article "I Want To Be A Transformer!" he should have titled it, "I Want To Be Transformed" because, you see, that's what the verse of scripture he quoted was really about - being transformed by God...