Friday odds and ends: Living Biblically, and pamphlets on Catholicism and segregationism

Let’s get caught up on a few odds and ends that have collected on my plate:

Living Biblically
Episode Eight: Show Hospitality
CBS, originally aired 4/16/18

Rabbi Gil, one-half of Chip’s “god squad” religious advisors (the other half being Gene, a Catholic priest), confides that he discovered his wife is having an adulterous affair with a fellow rabbi. Sympathetic Chip obeys the Biblical admonition to show hospitality by inviting the rabbi to live with him and his wife until he can get his life back together. As one would expect from a comedy show, Gil wears out his welcome in a hurry. Chip’s wife, Leslie, wants the rabbi out, pronto, but Chip hesitates. However, he soon realizes that by allowing Gil to stay, he’s only enabling the rabbi to delay moving on with his life.

No Gospel here, folks. How many episodes left? Only three? Wonderful!

Breaking news alert: Just found out that CBS has cancelled “Living Biblically” and will not air the remaining three episodes. 😁

Is Roman Catholicism Biblical?
By William C. Irvine
eBook version
CrossReach Publications, 2018, 15 pages

New Zealander, William C. Irvine (1871-1946), a missionary to India, was most noted for his Christian apologetics book, “Heresies Exposed.” It’s not clear exactly when this short pamphlet was originally published although the latest references date it to the early 1920s. Some of the briefly-reviewed topics include Rome’s idolatrous statuary, the church’s low view of Scripture in comparison to its traditions, the papacy, Mariolatry, the mass, the confessional, and Purgatory. Despite the subsequent window dressing changes introduced at Vatican II, Rome still teaches the same core doctrines. I wouldn’t recommend this pamphlet because of its brevity. You can find much better and more contemporary resources on the internet for free. Check my Links page here.

Is Segregation Scriptural?
By Bob Jones, Sr.
eBook version
CrossReach Publications, 2018, 23 pages

The first church my wife and I attended after accepting Christ in the early 1980s was independent, fundamental Baptist. Fundamental Baptist churches are independent to a large degree, but network with other like-minded churches via pastor conferences, missionary support, and seminary support. Back in those days, there were three main camps of IFB churches. On a scale of increasing conservatism, there were those that aligned with John R. Rice, like my church, those that aligned with Bob Jones, Jr., and those that aligned with Peter Ruckman.

Because I’m interested in the history of fundamentalism, this ePamphlet caught my eye. Evangelist Bob Jones, Sr. (1883-1968) was one of the leaders of the fundamentalist movement. He founded Bob Jones College (later University) in 1926 and was one of the pioneers of religious radio broadcasting. His legacy was carried on by his son, Bob Jones, Jr. (1911-1997), and his grandson, Bob Jones III (1939-).

Jones Sr., based in South Carolina, was an outspoken advocate of racial segregation and viewed the growing Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s with great distress. In this 1960 radio address, Jones appeals to Scripture to support his views:

“And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.” Acts 17:26

Yes, from this single verse, Jones and other Christian White segregationists proposed the “kinistical” argument, that God meant for all races to stay within their preordained geographical boundaries. Jones argued that because sinful White men had disobeyed God’s laws and forcibly brought Blacks to America as slaves, the segregationalist policies in the South had to be maintained.

From our vantage point, this is a difficult address to read. Jones was on the wrong side of history and, more importantly, on the wrong side of proper Biblical hermeneutics and Christian charity. But it is a good reminder to us that anyone, including believers, can twist Scriptures to support their sinful purposes. Bob Jones University did not accept unmarried Black students until 1976, eight years after Bob Jones, Sr.’s death. The university enforced a policy prohibiting interracial dating until 2000. To order the ebook version of this historical oddity, see here. To view online for free, see here.

For more on Kinism, see below:

What is kinism? Is it biblical?

13 thoughts on “Friday odds and ends: Living Biblically, and pamphlets on Catholicism and segregationism

  1. Tom, thanks. I am glad you wrote this. Sadly, there are vestiges of this still lingering in many places, justifying racial discrimination with the Bible. Our national association finally got around to rescinding articles from decades ago that established that our association was for white churches only. Even then, many argued how strong to make the statement. I have contended with this personally some, in fact, as my own 13 yr old granddaughter happens to be of mixed heritage. It is, and has changed, but even now there are pockets of discrimination remaining.

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    1. Thanks, Wally. Up here in New York we liked to the think we were “progressive” when it came to racism, but it was still widespread, just not legally sanctioned. Throughout history, the church has sometimes allowed itself to get straitjacketed by the surrounding culture rather than being salt and light. I don’t think too many are quoting Bob Jones these days and that’s a sad legacy for someone who was a prominent Christian evangelist of his era.


      1. I know that mindset is very common, that us hicks down here have the market on racism cornered. It is true that it was much more institutionalized down here for sure, but people’s hearts are the same. I used to laugh at some Italian friends I knew from New Jersey…well not really laugh I guess. They hated everybody except Italians and Germans. From where they came, that was a diverse bunch of prejudice.

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      2. I was harassed constantly in junior high and high school for being Polish. That was during the height of the “dumb Polak” jokes. I swore the first thing I was going to do when I turned 18 was change my last name to Smith or Jones.


      3. Funny how that worked out. By the time I turned 18, changing my last name was the last thing on my list. Hey, if you don’t mind my asking, how did it go Wed. at church?


      4. Well, I don’t mind you asking at all, Tom! I meant to update you and just did not. Sorry for that. It was a blessing. I got a lot of things off of my chest, and I think the Holy Spirit moved me to get done for my pastor exactly what he wanted. Nobody was upset or distressed at all, which is a good thing. I believe I spoke truth, and what can anybody say to that? Nothing, right? I probably did cross over the line from just “teaching,” to actually preaching, but given my subject(Revival), it was appropriate I believe. I have to tell you, I really liked it a lot, Tom. I felt alive in crazy ways.

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      5. Thanks, Wally. Yup, sounds like the Lord used you to challenge folks! We all need a good spiritual kick now and then. “…he who hates reproof is stupid.” – Proverbs 12:1

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  2. Breaking news alert: Just found out that CBS has cancelled “Living Biblically” and will not air the remaining three episodes. 😁~… \o/

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