I don’t have a bone to pick with Bill O’Reilly. I really don’t. Sometimes he is right and sometimes he is wrong – it’s a roll of the dice. Because of that I almost never watch his show. He just isn’t what this Christian would consider a sincere seeker of truth, since he usually only shares his personal opinion rather than researching the facts and seeking the truth. But, last Friday on the O’Reilly Factor he fully displayed his blissful ignorance of Biblical Christianity and needs to be corrected because he is leading numerous souls astray.
The first huge problem with the show was that Bill O’Reilly was giving his take on what the Duck Dynasty controversy was all about, without first reading Phil Robertson’s interview in GQ magazine. As I said, he is more of an ideologue than anything else, and a politically correct one at that.
O’Reilly claimed Phil Robertson, the patriarch of Duck Dynasty, was “misguided by targeting specific groups of people to damnation”.
The truth is that Phil Robertson did not “target” specific groups of people to “damnation.” Rather, he accurately paraphrased the Apostle Paul almost word for word when asked to define “sin”.
Phil Robertson answered GQ by giving a whole list of sins including adultery, prostitution, homosexuality, bestiality, etc. which sinners must repent of if they desire to enter the kingdom of God. He did not single out any one particular sin, he simply spoke the truth and listed numerous sins and spelled out the eternal consequences of all sin. The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (which Robertson paraphrased):
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
So, Bill O’Reilly is greatly mistaken from the get go. He then went on to define what “Christian philosophy” teaches. But Biblical Christianity is not a man-made philosophy or system. Rather, Biblical Christianity is divinely inspired truth which reflects reality, and allows fallen man to have a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. O’Reilly is what I would call a cultural Christian, not a Bible believing Christian. A Bible believing Christian believes the entire Holy Bible. The Bible in numerous places states that all scripture is God breathed, and it is to be used to “correct” sinners and lead them to a saving faith in Christ:
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
A cultural Christian on the other hand thinks along these lines: “Jesus lived, he was a very good man and taught a lot of really good stuff, but he wasn’t God. Some of the Bible is obviously true, but certainly not all of it. The Bible is man’s attempt to discover God, not God’s revelation of Himself to man. And since I’m a good person I will probably go to heaven.” People making such claims in effect make Jesus out to be an evil liar or a deranged lunatic, since Jesus claimed over and over again that he was literally “God” and acknowledged that the holy scriptures were indeed true by constantly quoting from them:
Jesus said to Philip, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” – John 14:9
Jesus also said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” -John 14:6
The Bible warns about man-made philosophies:
“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” - Colossians 2:8
O’Reilly on the other hand claimed, “If you adhere to the Christian philosophy, you know that Jesus was quite clear. All judgments about the consequences of sin are to be made by God and God alone. We’re all sinners. Because of that the gospel of Luke 6:37 mandates that Christian human beings refrain from judging others.”
Well, the “we’re all sinners” part is correct, but O’Reilly is twisting scripture and taking it out of context exactly like the secular humanists and liberals do. If one is going to quote scripture one has to first compare it with the rest of scripture to rightly divide the Word of God. The full context of Luke 6:37 is found over in Matthew 7:1-5. Carefully read what Jesus said:
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
In context, Jesus was not saying “do not judge”, since we all make numerous judgments every single day. Rather, when judging others we must judge righteously and not be a hypocrite. In other words, don’t condemn a homosexual of his sin if you are also committing sexual sins yourself. The command to judge righteously is repeated many times in scripture. For example Jesus also said:
“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” – John 7:24
The Apostle Paul even wrote just a few verses before the passage which Phil Robertson paraphrased the following:
“Do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!” – 1 Corinthians 6:2-3
Mr. O’Reilly claims that Christians should not judge or condemn others of sin, yet he himself judges and condemns Bible believing Christians for his perceived sin of condemning sin. That is being a textbook hypocrite. If a Christian cannot speak the truth about sin, then a person cannot repent, and therefore cannot be saved. Period. O’Reilly’s man-made “Christian philosophy” is extremely un-biblical.
Besides, the article in GQ which O’Reilly didn’t read, flat out quotes Phil Robertson where he says he never judges someone on whether they are going to heaven or hell. He let’s God sort it out. Robertson said:
“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
Then O’Reilly continued his flawed analysis of Phil Robertson and blatantly twisted scripture again in order to further silence Christians:
“So, Mr. Robertson’s vision is flawed according to Luke. As I said last night this controversy is helping anti-Christian forces in the USA… he is actually hurting his own cause. Having written a book about Jesus, I know this much: Jesus was adamantly against bad behavior that injures other people. But, he would not condemn a woman in his presence who was an adulteress.”
Wrong. Wrong. Right. Wrong. Perhaps O’Reilly should have read the entire Bible before writing a book about Jesus, which he obviously does not know very well. The adulteress woman to be stoned which O’Reilly alluded to is written about in John 8:1-11. To fully understand this passage in context one has to understand that this historical event was a criminal plot thought up by the Jewish scribes and Pharisees to trap Jesus so they could murder Him.
The scribes and Pharisees marched right into the middle of a crowd which was listening to Jesus teach and they hauled with them an extremely frightened and embarrassed woman, charged by them, of committing adultery. The scribes and the Pharisees were a pack of proud, mean, arrogant, unloving, evil vipers which had no feeling, compassion, or concern for that woman whatsoever. They were just using her as a piece of bait.
They smugly marched right on in and said to Jesus:
“Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?”- John 8:4-5
The scribes and Pharisees pitted Jesus against Moses, and anyone reading the New Testament will discover that they exalted Moses above God. The Law of Moses was everything to them, and they were extremely confident that they had finally placed Jesus’ neck in a noose.
If Jesus publicly condemned the adulteress he would have been proven to be a hypocrite and false teacher because he had already said to the scribes and Pharisees:
“I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” – Mark 2:17
On the other hand, if Jesus let her off the hook and did not condemn her to death he would break the Law of Moses (Deuteronomy 22:22) and also be proven (in their eyes) to be a false teacher.
They were not concerned about “purging evil from Israel” or anything like that. They were just there to abuse the Law of Moses to trap Jesus in front of a crowd of his followers so they could finally get rid of Him.
According to the Law of Moses both the man and the woman who committed adultery were to be put to death. Why did they only drag in a woman? Where was the man?! You see, they cared nothing about her at all, and weren’t even remotely obeying the Law of Moses themselves. They were complete hypocrites.
Not only that, but in order for someone to be condemned by the Law you had to have at least two “eyewitnesses” that were willing to swear to their testimony – not easy considering the act of adultery. Where were they? And if the scribes and Pharisees truly caught her in the act themselves, how did they know the exact time that her act of adultery would take place so that they could quickly barge in, grab her, and haul her off to Jesus while he was still teaching that morning at the Jewish temple? The entire situation reeks to high heaven. Are you seeing how evil their plot was? They obviously set her up and entrapped her from the get go, and were willing to illegally murder her if need be to kill Jesus.
Well, Jesus the Son of God knew exactly what to do in this seemingly no-win situation:
“But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’ And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’
“She said, ‘No one, Lord.
“And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.‘”
Notice, Jesus did not condemn her under the “Law of Moses” which the scribes and Pharisees were misusing, but He did tell her flat out and straight to her face: “go and sin no more.”
Bill O’Reilly’s flawed philosophy cuts “go and sin no more” right out of the Holy Bible. That is a terrible abuse of scripture. Then O’Reilly shared more of his personal opinions:
“And time after time the Nazarene persuaded folks that his way of living was worthy because it was so compassionate. Homosexual Americans should not be demonized. Just like devout Christians should not be demonized, and people of strong beliefs should understand the big picture. Portraying gay Americans as sinners gives license to harm them. It is insulting and demeaning. Jesus would persuade, not condemn.”
What absolute non-sense. Nobody is being demonized. Homosexuals are just sinners, and it is not being insulting and demeaning to point out that fact. Rather, it is the truth and also an expression of a Christians love for them. God hates their sin so much he destroyed four entire cities by fire and brimstone because of it (Deuteronomy 29:23). Homosexuals need to understand that homosexuality is a sin so they can repent and be saved by accepting the free gift of pardon which Jesus purchased for them on the cross — just like everyone else on the planet. Homosexuals are not exempt from the Almighty’s perfect holy standard, nor are they any more special than anybody else. Hasn’t O’Reilly, A&E, and the homosexual lobby ever heard of: “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? I mean grow up people. The Bible believing Christian is simply speaking the truth in love. The homosexual then has a free choice to believe the truth or not, just like any other sinner.
Lastly, O’Reilly is greatly mistaken about Jesus never condemning others. Jesus condemned sinners very often and extremely bluntly at times, especially the teachers of the Law. Does this sound like Jesus was using some gentle persuasion tactic on them:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. … You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?!” – Matthew 23:27-28,33
Am I saying scream at people? Of course not. Jesus, unlike us, knew exactly what those scribes and Pharisees needed to hear at the time, and also where they were going to wind up if they did not repent and accept Him as Messiah. But Jesus did condemn sinful behavior and spoke the truth about it even if it hurt someones feelings. He never once just gave sin a free pass. For example, Jesus said to the rich man who was trying to work his way to heaven (which by the way cannot work):
“‘If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.’ But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving;” – Matthew 19:21-22
Jesus also said to the cripple he healed at the Pool of Bethesda, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” – John 5-14
Jesus never preached: “Live and let live brother. Do whatever you want. God will forgive you. Party on! Oh, and don’t spread the gospel or condemn sin because that might hurt someones feelings.” Satan himself preaches those lies.
Bill O’Reilly then (to my utter amazement) pointed his own pen at himself and proudly proclaimed to his entire television audience: “There is no one more involved in protecting Judeo-Christian tradition in America than me.” I heard Billy Graham came in a very distant second.
He continued, “I fully understand how the far-left secular progressives want to change this country. And in order to do that they have to marginalize people of faith. People like Mr. Robertson who oppose unfettered abortion, gay marriage, and other S-P causes. But you win the battle by reason and by putting forth the strongest argument for the greater good of all Americans.”
Drew Magary, the author of the article in GQ, which as I said O’Reilly didn’t read, wrote that Phil Robertson personally told him to write the following in his article which he did:
“You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”
Wise words indeed. The fact of the matter is that Americans are losing the culture war because of cultural Christians like Bill O’Reilly and not because of Bible believing Christians like Phil who boldly do what Jesus commanded them to do, which is to make disciples of all the nations by proclaiming the Truth:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20
The Apostle Paul further explains that we have to gently “correct” the opposition (as Robertson did), not be silent concerning sin as Mr O’Reilly desires: “… be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” – 2 Timothy 2:24-26
I pray that Bill O’Reilly comes to his senses soon and stops spreading un-biblical non-sense. Concerning Christianity, at present he certainly does not know much about what he is talking about. Perhaps in the future by the grace of God he will.
Have a blessed day.