89 thoughts on “No True Scotsman”

  1. This really is a fine example of that old adage; “For every complex and difficult issue there is a simple and direct answer. And it is usually wrong.” And there was me thinking it had something to do with faith and grace. Duh!

    1. I’ve often wondered why, when EVERY Christian follows and believes the bible. Some Christians call themselves bible believing like they are the only ones that do?

      1. “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” George Orwell
        “All Christians are equal, but…..”
        You finish the sentence. Best answer gets my unused but cushion.

        1. Dear Jezz1966:

          … Bible-believing Christians who are also fundamentalist and dispensational are more equal.

          Christian Socialist

          PS: For what I said, I ought to be punished, not rewarded. You can keep the butt cushion 😉

  2. I can’t understand what he’s saying, but they’re a lot of verses listed there so it must be a really deep and infallible statement. Good enough for me! ::swallows hook, line & sinker::

      1. I love that approach. Any statement you make can be followed by several references. Most people looking at the statement will apparently say, WOW! (note CAPS usage) It MUST be in the Bible! Look at all those references. When the references are only vaguely related to the subject.

        Favorite example: My church’s standard of faith and practice has a section on which Bible to use. (KJ V of course.) It maintains that others are to be avoid because of pronoun usages, thee for you, etc.

        The Bible references to back up this point are John 1:1, and Psalm 119:89. “In the beginning was the Word…” and “Forever O Lord the word is settled in Heaven.”

        I personally have never seen a stronger case for avoiding pronoun substitution. 😀

  3. He probably thinks he sounds clever, and doesn’t even realize that he’s shifting the meaning of the words “fundamentalist” and “dispensationalist” between their first usage and their second. Or maybe he’s really sneaky, and does realize it, but hopes his readers won’t. Anyway, cue that lovely quote from The Princess Bride.

  4. I deeply resent being called a Fundamentalist. I believe the Bible, but I am definitely not a Fundamentalist.

    I shall now walk around and be offended all day, just like a Fundamentalist. After 24 hours, I promise to get over being called one.

  5. Dear Jeffery Mallory:

    You directly violate the ninth commandment.

    Christian Socialist

    PS: Out of curiosity, was Jeffrey one of the guys pictured in Darrell’s ‘Rapture Practice’ post?

  6. This guy, among so many others, wishes that “Christianity” could be copyrighted with a caveat regarding that anxious feeling that the Rapture will happen five to ten years from now. Among other beliefs and doctrines.

    I am going to guess that he is expressing disappointment with certain Fundies getting too anxious over last night’s Blood Moon.

    Hence “NOT every Dispensationalist is . . .”

    Is this what he’s talking about?

    1. Dear Aaron:

      The lunar eclipse thing has been around for epochs; but now it means something…

      Christian Socialist

      PS: The ‘exclusive rights’ thing is a marketing strategy to encourage customer loyalty.

  7. “No Scottsman wears underwear under his kilt.”

    “Nay, beh a’m fae Scottland sin I were beh a wee lad ‘n I nay be lett’n me nuggets rehn free under me kilt!”

    “You mis-heard me. I mean no TRUE Scottsman wears underwear under his kilt. I know because my grandfather was Scottish, and he told my dad, who told me.”

    “A dinna onerstaun…”

      1. Of course, regimental standards do allow for the wearing of flesh-coloured hose, for protection against the Highland cold. Also bras for those in need of extra back support.

  8. Oy. The term “Bible-believing Christian” just sticks in my craw. There is more scripture in one Catholic mass than in a month of Sundays (and Wednesdays) in my fundy upbringing.

    1. And I know exactly how my fundy relatives would reply if I said that. “Listening to the Bible being read and actually BELIEVING what’s being read are two different things!”

      **shudder**

    1. In case you were wondering why my phone is getting so much action these days, I have been commuting between Chattanooga and Minneapolis for work each week. Someone had to keep Delta in business.

  9. So in typical fundy fashion he found a few verses that have the word “dispensation” in it. In true fundy fashion, even though the definition of the word used in its context has nothing to do with fundy dispensationalism, the fact that the word exists proves fundies are right.

    That shouldn’t stop them though. Even if a word isn’t used the concept can be found and preached HAYMEN?! So these transgressors of Gids Word need to turn from their dark ways HAYMEN?!

  10. One may be a fundamentalist of some other religion, such as Islam. The same might even be true of dispensationalism. As for a Bible-believing Christian necessarily believing either one or the other, aye, Scotsman’s knickers.

  11. Well, maybe the brother DOESN’T have a theology degree, but according to his facebook page he DOES work at “Walmart and Serving the Lord Jesus Christ” So, there’s that.

  12. Reading through his facebook page was both sad and disturbing. Is there a diagnosis in the American Psychiatric Association DSM for people that just get fixated on some religious doctrine and cannot talk about anything else?

    I once knew a guy like this who got a job as a convenience store clerk. He couldn’t keep the job because he had a compulsion to discuss IFB doctrine with every single person who came in the store – customer, employee, vendor…he just couldn’t talk about anything else but credobaptism and KJV onlyism.

    1. Hmmm. I hadn’t thought of fundamentalism in DSM terms. That is an interesting idea.

      Fundamentalism does seem to generate psychological disorders, though. Think about the desire (and in a very real sense, when one is not personally threatened belief is nearly equivalent to desire) that those who do not believe the same way you do should suffer eternal torture.

      Then, too, the Biblical description of God is that of the Ultimate Narcissist. Not being content with being supreme and glorious, He must ensure that everyone and everything acknowledge it. Seems to me that the desire to force the issue could cause one to ask if God has any insecurity issues.

      I will see if I can look up some things. The DSM would be interesting, in any case.

    2. Informally, that’s known as a religious mania.
      I don’t think that’s a DSM term, though.

      One of the most famous cases was that of the 18th-century poet Christopher Smart, who was put in an insane asylum after he started insisting that everyone on the street should stop and pray with him. Smart’s very famous contemporary, Samuel Johnson, believed that his confinement was unjust. “I would as lief pray with Kit Smart as with any man,” said Johnson.

      1. One of my early memories was when I was eight years old convincing my dad to let me get baptized because I didn’t want to go to hell. The Church of Christ we went to had done a good job teaching their doctrine about what God required. I knew if I wasn’t baptized I’d burn in hell for eternity.

        Looking back, it feels like child abuse. It was trauma.

        1. You know, we all have different flavors of the same ice cream. I’m Nazarene, and grew up thinking if I wasn’t entirely sanctified I’d burn in hell.

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