I don’t know if the following comments by Don Lemon are the dumbest things he has ever said – they certainly are up there – but they definitely are the easiest to disprove out of just about anything.
You see, recently, the Catholic Church stated once again the same view that Christendom has had on homosexuality since the founding of the church 2,000 years ago that homosexuality is a sin, that same-sex unions cannot be blessed, and that God does not bless sin.
Because the far-Left hates the Church and all Christians, they attacked the Catholic Church for upholding the views it has always had and which very clearly come from the Bible, which is the very Word of God.
But CNN host Don Lemon had perhaps the dumbest take in all of this.
Lemon appeared on ABC’s “The View”, and responded to something co-host Meghan McCain said: “You got engaged to your fiancé, Tim, in 2019, and this morning, we learned that the Vatican has said that the Catholic Church won’t bless same-sex unions since ‘God cannot bless sin.’ They go on to say that this does not imply a judgment on persons, but I want to know, do you think this sends a damaging message and how do you feel about that given that obviously you are engaged and going to get married?”
Quick sidebar, let no one ever again say that any member of the McCain family is a conservative. Asking “do you think this sends a damaging message” alludes to the idea that it is a damaging message to say that same-sex unions cannot be blessed and that God can’t bless sin. No true conservative will stand against God or His Word. That she, undoubtedly, voted for Biden ought to tell people she isn’t a conservative.
In any case, Lemon proceeded to share the following gem:
“Well, I think there are – listen, I respect people’s right to believe in whatever they want to believe in their God, but if you believe in something that hurts another person or does not give someone the same rights or freedoms – not necessarily under the Constitution because this is under God – I think that that’s wrong and I think that the Catholic Church and many other churches really need to reexamine themselves and their teachings because that is not what God is about. God is not about hindering people or even judging people.”
Let’s go over this one point at a time, shall we?
First, it’s not about individuals believing in whatever they want to believe in God. God’s Word is clear in the Bible, particularly on this matter: homosexuality is a sin. It is an abomination to Him. It is evil. If someone believes in a god that thinks homosexuality is permissible, they are not believing in the Lord, but a fictitious god conjured up from their own imagination.
God is not someone’s imaginary friend who will approve of just about everything that they do. God is the Ruler of the Universe and all creation. His own morals stand above the supposed “morality” of those whom He has dominion over. If your own morality stands in clear and direct contradiction to God’s, you are in the wrong. There is no other way around that.
Secondly, who in the world ever said that God is one who allows people to have the freedom to do whatever they wanted? Adam and Eve got kicked out of the Garden of Eden because they did what they wanted (an oversimplification of events, granted, but still) and disobeyed God in the process. The one rule they had in paradise was not to eat the fruit which comes from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They distrusted God, which was the original sin, believing in the word of the serpent that they would not die if they ate of the fruit, and this distrustfulness and disobedience cost them eternal life in paradise.
People defying God is literally what doomed humanity, so what makes anyone think that God just allows people to do whatever they want? Furthermore, if God doesn’t restrict people in this way regarding homosexuality, then it would naturally follow that all sins and egregious acts are permissible under God, right? Since God doesn’t hinder people’s “rights” and “freedoms”, right?
So the raping of women would be permissible, the slaughtering of children would be permissible, the kidnapping and torture and murder of humans would be permissible, the abuse of animals would be permissible, the defiling of young girls would be permissible, the theft of other people’s belongings would be permissible, the Holocaust would be permissible, Holodomor would be permissible, the killing of 500 million people (roughly 100 million born people and 400 million unborn babies) killed by the Chinese communists would be permissible, and every sin and heinous act of man would be permissible by God.
So why stop at homosexuality? If someone wanted to kill and maim Don Lemon, they would be allowed to because “God is not about hindering” the “rights” and “freedoms” of people. God forbid that someone would even think to do such a horrible thing, but hey, Don Lemon seems to believe that God is okay with such things, so why would he himself not be okay with that?
And let no one come to me arguing that “Jesus set us free” and that that means we are free to do whatever we want. Anyone who makes that argument is seriously ignorant of what that means. Jesus sets us free, indeed. What does that mean? First, by “us”, it means Christians. Jesus did not die on the cross for everyone’s sins. It’s not like He is buying everyone a round of drinks on Him, allowing us to do whatever we want following His crucifixion. “Us” means those who follow Him, not everyone in the world. Secondly and lastly on this point, He has set us free from the PUNISHMENT of sin, not free to perform sin.
Until we are saved by the Lord through Christ Jesus, we are slaves of sin. That is what is meant when I say that humanity was doomed following the original sin of Adam and Eve. Their sin is passed on to every single human on Earth, with the exception of Jesus Himself, being the Son of God and being divine. He was born free from sin, obviously. But everyone else is born in sin and we will die in sin if we do not repent. We are set free from that sin by Jesus Christ, not automatically, but through repentance of our sins and in trusting in Him as our Lord and Savior.
But this setting us free does not mean giving us license to sin to our heart’s content. Yes, Jesus saved the adulterous woman who was about to be stoned to death when He called on whomever was free of sin to cast the first stone, but He then told the woman to “sin no more,” so He definitely did not find her actions permissible. Forgivable, yes, upon repentance, but not permissible altogether.
Lastly, the idea that God is not about “judging people” is one of the most ignorant and easily refutable takes I have ever heard, and that’s saying something.
You can literally Google “bible verses about God’s judgement” and one of the first links will include 100 verses about that very topic.
For example, the few that I will share with you:
2 Corinthians 5:10: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”
1 Peter 4:17: “For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”
Revelation 20:11-15: “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
John 3:18: “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
Romans 14:12: “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”
And Don Lemon ought to be particularly cautious given the following verse:
Matthew 12:36-37: “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
The fact that there even is a concept of sin indicates wrong-doing. That there is a concept of wrong-doing indicates a concept of righteousness. That there are both concepts indicates that there is reward for the righteous and punishment for the evil doer. That there is a concept of punishment for the evil doer indicates a judgment of the evil doer.
The idea that God doesn’t judge people is one of the most misguided and foolish things I have heard said about the character of God.
Eventually, Lemon even had the audacity to lecture people of faith:
“So I would say to the Pope and the Vatican and all Christians or Catholics or whomever, whatever religion you believe out, you happen to belong to out there, ‘Go out and meet people and try to understand people and do what the Bible and Jesus actually said if you believe in Jesus, and that is to love your fellow man and judge not let ye be not (sic) judged. So instead of having the pew hinder you, having the church hinder you, instead of being segregated in the church or among yourselves, go out and have a barbecue and meet people and start breaking bread with people and getting to know them…”
This article is already quite long, so I will keep my analysis as short as possible.
First, that he misspoke in the “judge not lest ye be judged” thing kind of already indicates that he does not understand what the Bible and Jesus actually said whatsoever.
Second, this is not about men judging other men, but about GOD’S judgment, which he claimed He is not about, despite the MOUNTAINS of evidence to the contrary. The Vatican isn’t the ones judging same-sex unions, they are merely restating the MILLENNIA OLD BELIEF in what GOD HIMSELF says about homosexuality. God judges homosexuality because it is a sin, and He does not bless sin, so He does not bless same-sex unions.
Third, “love your fellow man” does not mean we tolerate the evil of man. A parent loves his child, but what love is shown when they tolerate evil acts of the child? A parent who approves or even just tolerates evil acts by their child holds no love for them at all. Love includes reproaching and rebuking of evil. God loves His creation and brings even great sinners to Him.
David committed adultery and murder, which God punished, but out of love, not hatred. God rebuked David and brought him back to Him.
Moses committed murder against an Egyptian guard which led him to be on the lam for 40 years, yet God brought him to Him and made him a leader of what would eventually be known as God’s chosen people.
Abraham committed adultery by bedding his servant, Hagar, because he was impatient when it came to God’s promise of a child and that he would become a father to many nations. Still, God brought him back to Him and delivered him his promised son.
Saul of Tarsus hunted down those who believed in the Lord Jesus with the help of Roman soldiers, sending countless believers to their deaths, and God rebuked him, punished him with blindness, but redeemed him upon his repentance of his sins, becoming one of the most important figures in early Christendom.
We all sin, but there is no excuse for it. We are forgiven of it if and only if we ask for such forgiveness. No person holds love for his fellow man if he tolerates or approves of that man’s evil.
Finally, and to finish things off, Don Lemon has no right to judge believers (as he was doing in that segment, whether or not he realizes it) given his own sins and evils, claiming he somehow knows God’s character better than Christians do, and then go on to encourage Christians to step away from God and towards Man. Whether or not he realizes that that’s what he was doing, it is. Encouraging people to get out of the churches and go to a barbecue to “get to know people” is a roundabout way of saying “leave the Lord and come join us Man in our world.”
Satan would love for nothing more than for believers to fall for such deceit, abandoning God and His teachings and His ways in exchange for the teachings of Man.
Shame on Don Lemon for doing the devil’s bidding in encouraging believers to abandon God, as subtly or as unwittingly as he did. And that last bit was not the only example of him doing this either, as he "encouraged" the Church and Christians to "reexamine themselves and their teachings." Doing so would be to follow the teachings of Man, not of God.
“You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
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