Today many Christians are trying to design their own form of Christianity, ending up with nothing more than a postmodern relativistic form of Christianity. Jimmy Carter’s new interview in the Huffington Post, which you can read here, exemplifies this view.
In Jimmy Carter’s view, “God inspired the Bible but didn’t write every word in the Bible.” If the Bible isn’t God’s Word completely, then how do we determine what we should obey and what we can ignore?
Carter essentially answers that question when asked about Scriptures that talk about women not teaching men or speaking in church: “Every worshipper has to decide if and when they want those particular passages to apply to them and their lives.”
He also said, “Jesus never said a word about homosexuality.” Technically, one could say he was correct, because Jesus never broached the subject while He was on Earth. However, he’s missing the bigger picture; because Jesus doesn’t address an issue directly, that doesn’t mean it’s not addressed elsewhere in God’s Word. Also, certain sexual sins weren’t controversial in His time but were understood to be an abomination to the Jews and thus didn’t need to be addressed by Him. Jimmy Carter, again, was showing his designer Christianity with that statement, ignoring the parts of the Bible that are politically incorrect to support and rationalize his position. He even supported same-sex marriage, though only in civil ceremonies. Doesn’t he realize that he was negating the fact that God created marriage, not man?
In the end, Jimmy Carter’s view of Christianity is a watered-down Gospel that weakens the faith of Christians and puts a stumbling block in front of non-Christians. He teaches Sunday School, and I can’t help but wonder, does he teach biblical Christianity or the Jimmy Carter designer version of Christianity?
All of us must conform our lives to fit the Bible, not conform the Bible to fit our own beliefs and lives.