Leviticus is the second book of the Bible. It is considered by most to be part of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible written by Moses. It is called the Torah by Jewish people. Leviticus 18:22 refers to amoral people (from the writer’s standpoint) and that includes homosexual people which is what launches Dean Banks into action.
Dean A. Banks, MCIWD, DD has written an article in the Examiner.com titled Paul: apostle or apostate? Banks struggles throughout his article to make Paul look like someone who actually doesn’t follow the teachings of Jesus.
If you don’t believe any other thing I say in this article please understand that the “DD” in Banks’ biography stands for “Doctor of Divinity.” A Doctor of Divinity studies about the Bible. He doesn’t study the Bible. Mr. Banks may not even believe the Bible to decide to have a DD.
I am working on a doctorate in Bible Studies. There is a world of difference in those two degrees.
Banks starts his article out by saying that he is surprised he didn’t get more criticism after he attacked Paul. It’s not surprising. Before you get criticism you have to be taken seriously.
Banks shows his ignorance in his very first comments about Jesus prohibiting public prayer. Jesus didn’t prohibit public prayer. Jesus condemned hypocritical public prayer. It is one thing for a person with tears streaming down their face to ask God to heal a child or thank Him for providing for their family and a totally different thing for a person to stand up and thank God that they are a good person; “Thank you for making me such a great person, God.” That is prayer that Jesus condemned in the gospels in different ways.
Banks’ tired use of the term “religious right” is also laughable. You see the Pharisees and Sadducees were the religious right of the day. They were the ones who used rules to judge people. Both Jesus and Paul criticized them.
What about Paul’s apparent agreement with Slavery?
I suggest that Mr. Banks read the tiny book of Philemon about the relationship of Paul and a runaway slave named Onesimus.
Paul was spreading the gospel of Christ. He was introducing what we believe to be the fundamental truth of life to those (Gentiles) who had never heard it. To preach social reform would have taken from this.
Sadly, I don’t have the space to really present a comprehensive “position paper” on Mr. Banks comments. I can say that it makes me sad because people like Banks prey on those who have no knowledge of spiritual matters and think they are getting an un-biased commentary.
Paul wrote 13 epistles, 13 books of the 27 books of the New Testament. This includes the book that is widely accepted as the major doctrinal book of Christianity, the book of Romans.
If he is an apostate a lot of smart people have been misled. I trust Paul over Banks.
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