Not Confidential to Christ Church Elder Dale Courtney:

Dale Courtney, whose Right-Mind.us blog is a repository for the ugliest of “Christian” thought, brightens our Sabbath with this little gem:

The following bumpersnicker was seen by my friend, Rose B:

“Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8″

So you don’t have to look it up, here’s Psalm 109:8

“Let his days be few; and let another take his office.”

(Right-Mind.us, Nov. 14, 2009, Dale Courtney).

Now, some of you might find that amusing. Other than that I pity your viciously calcified hearts, I have no use for you.

Others of you will write and tell me that Matthew 18 says I should confront Courtney in person. That would be ideal, except that Dale has banned me from his blog and email accounts and hasn’t answered phone calls from me, and grace prevents me from humiliating him by going into detail publicly about the two times I’ve tried to talk to him in person. Further, public error and sin justifies public rebuke — I’m certainly no Paul and God knows he’s no Peter, but the pattern is there in Galatians. Clear?

So, with that in mind, let me say to Dale:

Your gleeful delight in wrongly using Scripture as a joke to reflect your hatred for Obama, coupled with your congregation’s enthusiastic reliance on imprecatory prayer to condemn him and others, reveals you to be a man entirely unqualified by character to be a deacon or elder in any Christian church. It also renders you incapable of assuring anyone who reads your “joke” that you truly are a Spirit-birthed man. I beg you to repent, for your sake and for the sake of the Lord Jesus and his Gospel, and I rebuke your pastor for continuing to allow you to sully the Biblical office of elder and to foul the waters of the Gospel with your words.

Amen.

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