About the author: Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at ClashDaily.com and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.

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  • BoatRocker

    Absolutely agree with the article. Absolutely and boldly disagree with the use of feminine terms to describe bad qualities (“bearded lady Jesus”). I stand boldly and fearlessly against all uses of feminine terms as character flaws, and masculine terms as virtues. Let’s stop sexualizing everything and go back to terms like “weak” or “spineless”, and “strong” or “have a backbone”.

    • mcrognale

      This ^

    • Laticia

      It’s a bad quality in a man to be feminine. Femininity in its self is not bad…If your fender is female. To me it is the ultimate insult to be seen as masculine.

    • Dale Patterson

      There’s a reason for men to be manly and women to be womanly… it’s what God created, and it’s what we are intended to be… Anyone who has confusion about that should probably do some introspection and not put it on everybody else… God created you the way you are, but he didn’t create you to be confused about your gender… He created man, and then he created woman… That’s that…

      • ort

        You aren’t understanding. Boat rocker isn’t confused about their gender, they are saying that equating wrong with negative feminine terms and equating right with strong masculine terms is plain wrong.
        There is no need to vilify the femininity of a woman by using degrading terms.

        • Laticia

          That terminology is vilify femininity in a man. Not in a woman. It is bad in a man.

    • Hal Slusher

      Bearded lady Jesus is a good metaphore it shows how we warp things to fit our demented view of the world.

  • RhondaOR

    Some theologians say Jesus didn’t say the Sermon On The Mount. Calling one “good for nothing” definitely doesn’t sound like something Jesus would say. I believe that was added by man. It figures Giles would use such an unloving passage. Thanks for ruining my Sunday morning with your distortions of Christ, the G-d of Love.

    • JTM

      Some theologians would say you’re an idiot. Whatever you don’t like Rhonda just remove it from the Bible.

    • Bulldog74

      You’re headed down a slippery slope, saying “well, I believe Jesus said this but surely He didn’t say that.”
      What if someone was to say “Jesus never said ‘everlasting life,’ that was added later so that believers wouldn’t become discouraged with their lot in life?”
      Eventually you end up with a God created in your own image, rather than the other way around.

    • George F Somsel

      You remind me of the Jesus Seminar—voting on what you think might have been original to Jesus and what was not. I’ve always found the prospect of voting on that asinine since what is needed is EVIDENCE. Do you have manuscripts which lack this? I know more than a little about theology and textual criticism and also tend to think Rudolf Bultmann had a real point in stating that the gospels were the teaching of the Church rather than a history of Jesus’ life (as we understand history), but the gospels are all we have regarding Jesus—accept it or reject it, but don’t try to remake it in your own imagination. In the Garden the Serpent said “for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” [Gen 3.5]. That is man’s problem—he thinks he knows it all.

    • Dale Patterson

      Blasphemy… nothing is to be added or taken away from what the Bible says…Jesus Himself said I have come not to condemn the world but to save the world… At the same time he also added that the rules all still apply from the Old Testament… However what changed was that your way of Atonement became in Christ…

  • 4lifeandfreedom

    For certain, the “religious leaders” of our time are in sync with the Pharisees of Jesus’ time. God is still looking for the man to stand in the gap. Someone said last night: I can’t believe there are so many who do not believe in God.” There are too many church leaders who are comfortable in the skin of their non-profit status and the loophole money and benefits it affords them, that they do not speak out–simply preach to the “choir.” Sincere altar calls are few and far between these days. “God is Love” is the cry of those who do not want to submit to Him, figuring that a loving God would not send them to an eternity in hell. Satan is having a heyday in recruiting more to join him in his everlasting eternity, which is not Heaven, by the way!
    A blessed Resurrection Day to everyone who understands what it commemorates. He is living, not dead. Behold, He arose from the dead that we might be truly free, and that freedom is what we should be seeking.

    • Hal Slusher

      Beware many call themselves Christians yet do not follow Christ. Like the fools who decry Christianity for evil things the religion did. These acts were performed by heathens parading as Christians.

  • Judah

    Mr Giles, Thank you for this powerful and timely article. Through no fault of my own,
    i have now been unemployed since November of 2013. I am living out of my car and
    yet,..i am actually thanking God for my circumstances…because it has taken my mind off of carnal/temporal things and put it on Him and His eternal things. VERY SOON,
    Judas,..the one that holds our money,.is going to betray us all…then OUR TRUDGE
    will begin. Jesus said,.Let not your hearts be troubled,..these things ARE SUPOSED
    to happen,…in the context of eternity,..the Trudge will be very hard,..but wont last
    long. We must keep our eyes on Him,..our eyes on the prize,.and we will be with Him forever. I thannk God for separating me out from THIS WORLD,.even though it IS
    difficult,..he allowed it BECAUSE He Loves me. Thank you for this article.

    • Judah

      I was once an executive officer on an A team and a helicopterr pilot in the Army..now I AM NOBODY as far as society is concerned,..yetm HE says
      i am NOT a nobody,..i am a king and a preist in His eyes

      • Hal Slusher

        Sometimes God has to reforge us and temper us through troubles.

  • Bandimore Fox

    I love how people can sit and say In Jeremiah’s day, in Matthew’s day, in Jesus’ day, when the truth of the matter is none of us were there! I was not even on this planet when Christianity became the religion of the day.

  • Mys77

    Jesus was not meek, weak, or complacent…… why are our religous leaders?

    • Lynx Eye

      Because they are “religious” and not Christian. They went to seminary as a career, not a calling. There is also the matter of the Joel Osteens of the world who say they are ministers of the Gospel, and do lie for fun and profit.

  • Mikebark

    Start by putting you money where your mouth is. You are supposed to sell everything you own and give your money to the poor. Until you do that, well, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, etc.. No matter how little you think you own, you are rich by somebody else’s standards. Think of the homeless. That is how you should be, wandering from town to town, preaching the word, depending on the kindness of strangers for a roof over your head and food in your belly. Did Jesus have a home? Do not try to tell me about the bible and Jesus until you are willing to live by their words. BE THE EXAMPLE.

    • Hal Slusher

      Sorry comrade. we are to be shepards of all God gives us. We are not to sit in a grass shack starving

    • ort

      Uh, no.

    • DetroitRock

      Mike, I do admire your interpretation of what YOU are called to do. And that is good! However, not all of us CAN do what you are called to. For many of us, we do our very best, and we provide that $$ that is needed by people like you!

      Don’t forget that! Someone has to support the efforts of those called to Preach and Minister to both the sick and the poor. Just don’t be negative to those of us that cannot follow as you do.

      • Mikebark

        I’m not called to do anything, but I’m calling on you to prove your faith by doing what your book says. Sell everything and give your money to the poor.

      • Ben Name

        Maybe the problem is the need for money?

    • sandraleesmith46

      Picking and choosing what to follow; always a bad practice. When God calls one to be homeless, it doesn’t mean He calls ALL to be so. The first time He sent His disciples out thus, but NOT so the second time. Neither did He tell Peter to sell his home and put his family on the streets. You have to use the WHOLE as context, not pull out passages you like, or don’t like, on the basis of which to build or define your “doctrine”!

    • 19gundog43

      Wrong. Jesus only told the rich young ruler to do that to test his love of what he hung to. Jesus never told everyone to do that. Please read and understand scripture so you don’t make yourself look dumb.

      • Mikebark

        Jesus and Paul both said to own nothing. Read it yourself. It’s not difficult to understand until you try to interpret like you are doing so you can opt out.

        • Bulldog74

          Why didn’t Jesus tell his friend Lazarus, a well-off homeowner, to sell everything and give it to the poor?

          • Mikebark

            Because Lazarus probably knew Jesus before he became a well known charlatan (or he was in on it).

          • Bulldog74

            Right…”Gee, being a carpenter is boring, I think I’ll start a movement, tick off the authorities and get myself killed, but won’t it be worth it to sucker all those people for the next couple of thousand years.”

          • Mikebark

            I’m sure getting himself killed was not in his plans as going to prison for decades is not in the plans of most felons in our time.

          • Ben Name

            Being a carpenter looks like fun! They made some great records.

          • Bulldog74

            Yeah, it was a shame poor Karen succumbed to anorexia…

      • AlexM

        So, nothing of parable here, and only one person has to sell all he has? Matthew 6:19 only apply to one person too? Luke 12:33, who was that addressed to?

        This looks like cherry picking with a vengeance.

      • Ben Name

        It’s a metaphor.

    • amused

      And do you do that?

      • Mikebark

        Absolutely not. I am an atheist. I don’t believe in any of this BS, but I know what your bible says and I’m calling the bluff of these hypocrites. Until I see them following the teachings in their own book how can they pretend to teach others?

      • Ben Name

        Do you?

  • scottymoore

    Great stuff. As we can see a lot of us Christians are being trampled on because there is hardly anyone living what they believe. Those who have risen up to speak out publicly seem to have mixed messages and perceptions of God and his calling out to all mankind to repent and believe. This leaves a bad taste in the souls of the lost and apathetic people of our culture that just want to be catered too and live any way they choose, doing what’s right in their own eyes.
    Yet, in the midst of all of this, God’s hand is at work refining and disciplining his disciples to learn of him and what it means to truly love and obey him, just like we love and obey our own sinful desires.
    Destruction comes before reconstruction, and humility before revival. Let us bow down in prayer and rise up in action.

  • Hal Slusher

    Jesus told this to a rich man to show that while he followed the law he wasn’t willing to take the big step. Jesus said there will always be poor among you. He also said a man to lazy to work should starve.

    • michael

      “He also said a man to lazy to work should starve.” Not so.

      That was Paul in 2 Thess.3:10, that one who will not work should not eat.
      Jesus said if you feed the hungry you feed me. Matt 25.
      Somewhere in the space between those 2 principles is Christian charity, helping where needed out of love, but not being used by our love being abused.

      • Hal Slusher

        So what part of lazy did you miss

        • michael

          I missed the part where Jesus said it.
          You can make a point without adding to His words.
          Of course if it is in the “Book of Hal” I may have missed that quote.

          • Hal Slusher

            You are right I misquoted I was wrong. However Jesus made it quite clear you must repent.

          • Ben Name

            why does it only work if Jesus says, Lazy?

          • michael

            elementary: if you quote someone, be accurate.
            Caesar did not say “Give me liberty or give me death!”
            Patrick Henry did not say “I came, I saw, I conquered.”
            The originator of a quote and the setting gives it context. Without context the meaning and application can change.
            Then there is the idea of sacrilege in putting words in God’s mouth. There is a commandment concerning “not taking the Lord’s name in vain”. My opinion is misquoting Jesus to back a point is using His name in vain.
            Besides, I did not disagree with the point, I gave the proper scripture reference which supported the point being made.

          • Ben Name

            The mouth and brain of origin is usually, well actually, always part of the CONTEXT.

  • Johnny

    Trust & Rely on God & All Will Be Well.

    • 4lifeandfreedom

      Ever read the Book of Job? He allows the trials to strengthen us and our faith in Him.

      • Hal Slusher

        Ever read the end where Job ends up with far more then he lost.?

      • 19gundog43

        What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

  • flyovercindy

    Wow Doug – great “get-my-butt-off-the-couch” message for today! Thank you, I believe I will go out and “salt” for Jesus today, anyone care to join me?

  • jong

    I have not come to bring you peace but, the sword. Children will disagree with parents and brother with brother. The only thing to follow is what GOD says not the world. And with things like homosexuals he has made his word very plain.

  • BBLEE

    Amen, Thank You.

  • ort

    We all need to remember this when we are called “intolerant”, “haters”, etc.
    If we are “of the world, the world will love you as its own.” If they hate us, great! It means we aren’t one of them.

  • ansonheath

    Not just sins of commission, but omission!

  • willowa

    Good job Doug! Another, although certainly related to ‘standing up’, Christian issue I would like to raise; Christians are being slaughtered all over the world, primarily in Muslim areas, WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE by American Christians (we certainly can’t expect it from our government!)? Are we a brotherhood of Christ, or is it every man for himself and the Devil take the hindmost, for he surely will! Take a lesson from the Jews. They raise money, etc, to help Jews, from all over the world, especially those being persecuted, immigrate to Israel. WE, on the other hand, sit with our righteous thumbs in our righteous….ears (so we can’t hear the suffering of fellow Christians?) and do very little to help our brothers and sisters in Christ! Out there-don’t you listen to the news? In the Middle East, Africa, there are assembly line slaughterhouses for Christians!! It is time to act, not just sit in church on Sunday and feel like we have really accomplished something! (Perhaps we fear an infusion of Christians who have lived, and in some cases nearly died for their faith as something we will never understand).

    • sandraleesmith46

      Look up Walid Shoebat, I believe you’ll find what you’re looking for.

      • willowa

        Good point and I am aware of him, but where are the American churches, the ‘Mega’ churches and their help, or at least cries of indignation?

        • sandraleesmith46

          Protecting their 501(c)3 status of course! Won’t hear a peep from them, even if they’re not trying on “Chrislam” for size…

  • DetroitRock

    Excellent article and you speak the Truth! It’s very refreshing to me! This is primarily why I no longer attend my Church. For the last 3-4 years we have one of these “wimpy” pastors, and I cannot stomach him!

    I have instead decided to throw my support and my $$ To Pastor Bradlee Dean. For those who don’t already know of him, he is a heavy metal rocker/drummer in the band “Junkyard Profits” and he speaks on Radio as “Sons of Liberty”. He is bold, unafraid and is determined to bring the message of Christ to the youth of today, by visiting schools, doing concerts for these kids, followed by sermons, that provide very teachable moments! This is where our future is! and I aim to support it in any way I can.
    I encourage any others who feel like I do, to only follow and support those who are doing the real Lords work!

  • sovereigntyofone

    My parents told me as a child, son, if you want to get along with people and not (fill in the blank ) them off. Never talk about Sex, Religion, or politics.
    Like many children, I didn’t listen to my parents all the time. Why? because if people don’t speak their minds, then the ones that do, will walk all over them given the chance.
    I’m not one of these ” The meek shall inherit the earth ” followers. I believe that God gave me a brain to think with and work out most if not all of my problems without going ” wimpy ” and asking for him to do everything for me. I seek God’s guidance spiritually and I do not depend on him for anything other than that. When I think of a lot of so called ” religious ” people out there, one song comes to mind that Janice Joplin once sang ” Oh, lord, won’t you buy me a color t.v. ” But as they say to each his own and who am I to judge others, I am not God and only he will do the judging when the time comes.
    Until then, all I can do is live as God would want me to live. Am I perfect, not in the least, last time I tried walking on water I slipped and busted my ( fill in the blank).
    Just my 2 cents worth.

  • Oldchopper

    Whenever someone tells me, “Chopper you’re a good man”, I tell them I’m two kinds of good; No good and good for nothing. Scripture tells us that not one is good except for the Father. As a sinner I hang on dearly to that belief.

    • 19gundog43

      But never, never forget we are Children of the KING!! The King’s Kids!! We have his Royal Blood flowing in our veins. Jesus said we would judge and rule over angles. We are to be Kingdom warriors. Not puny mice.

      • Oldchopper

        I agree but mans goodness will be known after Jesus has set up His Kingdom. Abraham and the prophets were commended for their obedience, faithfulness and righteousness, not for their goodness.
        I’ll always be considered unworthy of God’s mercy as a living man until He judges me through the blood of His Son on Judgment Day.
        I daily strive to be holy and righteous but fall short of His goodness.

  • Thomas Steele

    Letter to Doug Giles, I am glad that you can be saved by the Lamb Slain Before the Foundation of the World. No rebellion in that title. Jesus came to save sinners, not get involved in politics. Why would the God of the universe get involved in petty politics when His purpose is to save rebellious hearts such as yours. Hopefully, I am the last genuine child of God who reads this heresy from this false christ, but if I am not, I encourage all others who call on the name of Jesus to do so and follow those men of God who have you focus on the Kingdom of God rather than on the fallen kingdoms of this world. From now on, emails and posts from this site will go to junk mail with all the other wicked posts that satan throws my way. Be strong in the Faith and be not deceived by crafty words of false prophets such as the writer Doug Giles.

    • sandraleesmith46

      Do you NOT comprhend the meaning of the title of “King of kings”??? That’s the title Jesus claimed on the day whose anniversary we celebrate this very Sunday, and it’s WHOLLY politcal! Why do you think He criticized the Pharisees (lawyers/politicians of His time)? They weren’t simply religious leaders. Doug is right on the mark here! It’s you that have missed it, following your plastic, fake; truly “another Jesus”, precisely as He, Himself, warned us against! I still remember the first and ONLY genuinely “salty” preacher I ever encountered; it was fifty years ago, but he made an impression! Sadly, that church probably wouldn’t allow him to darken their doorways now, let alone pastor them! Did you know the Holy Spirit has LEFT most of the churches, not just in the US, but especially here? People whi think like you are why He did, over thirty years ago!

    • TRex

      You’re a clown. I’m glad the multitudinous Christians who helped found this great land didn’t think like this retreatist. Thomas Steele. I’m sure Giles and ClashDaily will be glad to see you leave. I know I will.

    • sargeant rock

      I have been a minister, pastor, bible teacher and missionary for over 20 years and I have seen this ‘complacency’ and compromise of the truth as well as the “pastoral appeasement” of the people erode away at what Jesus so clearly taught. The salt that Jesus spoke of seems to be gone.

      Jesus called the leaders of His day “vipers”, does that sound complacent?
      Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple with a knotted cord, does that sound complacent?

      YES, Jesus came to save sinners, but he also criticized the self-righteous Pharisees for their corruption..

      Jesus said in Matthew 10:34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”

      Yes, Jesus was gentle, but He was also strong and did not tolerate evil in any form.

      I read no heresy in what you have written, only truth because Christians today have failed to take a stand for Christ against the tyranny and oppression that has come upon the Church of Jesus Christ His followers.

      Jesus told His disciples in Luke 22 “…he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one” I wonder why He said that if He was as passive as some of these pastors, churches and self-righteous Christians claim He is…

      • AlexM

        “Luke 22 “…he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one” I wonder why He said that “

        Perhaps you should just read the continuation in Luke 22:37, very next verse. That should explain it.

        • sargeant rock

          I suggest you read my opening line…

          • AlexM

            I did read it. Unless you are making an ‘appeal to authority’ for yourself, it doesn’t add anything to explain the apparent confusion you expressed over what Jesus is reported to have said in Luke.

          • sargeant rock

            I have no confusion, and I see no point in this discussion…

          • AlexM

            You wrote “I wonder why He said that”, which indicated a degree of confusion, and possibly an interpretation of Luke that was, one might say, unconventional.

            But if you’re unwilling to discuss the point, or uncertain enough to, I can understand that.

          • sargeant rock

            Sir, with all due respect, that was in response to the pacifist statements by Mr. Steele concerning Jesus… I am fully aware of what it means, it appears he is not…. enough said…

          • AlexM

            I appreciate you may be fully aware of what it means ; it is something of a pity that this does not come through, and that, unintentional though it may be, your reply reads as if it means the opposite of what it generally taken to mean. (I did not figure Mr Steele’s opinions worthy of great note here : anyone who can refer to Mr Giles as a kind of Christ, false or otherwise, lost my serious attention at that point.)

  • 19gundog43

    Amen Doug! Jesus calls us to be warriors not wimps. No wonder the hymns like “Onward Christian Solders marching as to WAR!!” has been scrubbed from most hymnals of today’s sorry excuses for churches. We are in a war whether we like it, want to or will admit it. Only a remnant is going to survive and it won’t be the prissy Colgate smile “your best life now” preacher’s followers. It will be the get down dirty frontline un-PC, steel-for-a-spine warrior men and women.

  • foxxybey

    The real God, the Creator of the Universe gets no joy at the death of the lost.

  • ADRoberts

    The church of last days, Church of Laodicea, is just that. They are good for nothing because they are NOT salt. They don’t preserve. They don’t rub in wounds to get the attention of society. They are invisible- worthless.
    FACT: If you are able to get along with the world, you ARE an enemy of God. (Paraphrase right out of the Bible)

  • 4lifeandfreedom

    And what of those “Christian” leaders in the churches who have stood by their “pro-life” stand of: “it is never right to take the life of the unborn, EXCEPT in cases of rape, incest or the life of the mother?” Having been told yesterday by a present Christian state representative who taught in a Christian school, that he has had that position since 1976 because that was the Southern Baptist convention’s, along with other ministers of the Gospel, and was the only stated position taken by anyone at that time. I informed him that NRLC had a statement that included the “life of the mother” only, knowing that there had never been a prior case of the mother’s life being in jeopardy, and I also heard that stated by Dr. C. Everett Koop in the early 80′s, as he had completed 35 years in pediatric medicine.
    My question to this legislator and to Billy Graham and Luis Palau’s associations in 1998 was: “how can anyone who claims to know God’s Word and teaches and preaches it believe that a child conceived through rape and incest is not a child?” Well, Billy Graham is ill right now, and I hope you will respect that and not question what he has said or done,” was one response and “Mr. Palau has the same position as his mentor Billy Graham.” Well, I researched and through Life Dynamics in Denton, TX discovered that Rev. Graham’s father-in-law was a missionary to China and he performed abortions their, so the former formed his position t respect the latter. How absurd!

  • Ann Wilson

    Good point Doug.

  • sargeant rock

    You are so right Doug.. I have been a minister, pastor, bible teacher and missionary for over 20 years and I have seen this ‘complacency’ and compromise of the truth as well as the “pastoral appeasement” of the people erode away at what Jesus so clearly taught. The salt that Jesus spoke of seems to be gone.

    Jesus called the leaders of His day “vipers”, does that sound complacent?
    Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple with a knotted cord, does that sound complacent?

    YES, Jesus came to save sinners, but he also criticized the self-righteous Pharisees for their corruption..

    Jesus said in Matthew 10:34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”

    Yes, Jesus was gentle, but He was also strong and did not tolerate evil in any form.
    When I read posts such as the one by mr. steele, you can hear the “self-righteous” indignation and complacency loud and clear.

    I read no heresy in what you have written, only truth because Christians today have failed to take a stand for Christ against the tyranny and oppression that has come upon the Church of Jesus Christ His followers.

    Jesus told His disciples in Luke 22 “…he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one” I wonder why He said that if He was as passive as some of these pastors, churches and self-righteous Christians claim He is…

  • Ben Name

    If that “good for Nothin’” was a Libtard! Har Har Har.

  • Jeepers

    We need to hear this! thanks.

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