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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Huckabees second heresy

Besides changing the US constitution, Huckabee also wants to change the bible.



I was raised as a fundamentalist Christian and we railed against heretics. It was our main complaint about liberal Christians... that they did not adhere to the whole word of God.

I was taught that it is heresy to either add or remove from biblical teaching. I couldn't help but think about that this week when Huckabee said he wanted to re-write the US constitution to adhere to the bible:

"I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And thats what we need to do is amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than trying to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family."
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Holy smokes! Isn't rewriting the constitution to fit the bible a heresy of American values? Of course, lots of people pointed this out.

But less mentioned is Huckabee's second heresy -- and that's reduction of the bible. As I was taught so carefully in my fundamentalist church -- it is heresy to reduce biblical teaching.

Colmes: When you make statements like that, changing the Constitution in keeping with your God.

Huckabee: On two things. The context is two things. Human life amendment, which I support and which has been in the Republican platform since 1980. And by the way, Fred Thompson doesn’t support it, nor does John McCain. And yet it’s part of our platform and it’s a very important part of our platform to say that human life is something we’re going to stand for. And the second thing is traditional marriage. So those are the two areas in which I’m talking about. I’m not suggesting that we re-write the constitution to reflect tithing or Sunday school attendance. I want to make that very clear.
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But why not tithing? The bible is very clear about tithing ... certainly much more clear than it is about abortion! Who is Huckabee to add abortion but remove tithing from the bible?

Isn't it heresy for Huckabee to reduce biblical teaching down to just two items? Conservative Christians use to claim so.

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