September 4, 2008

Adrian Rogers' Straw Man

The Straw Man Fallacy is committed when a person simply ignores a person's actual position and substitutes a distorted, exaggerated or misrepresented version of that position. This sort of "reasoning" has the following pattern:
1.) Person A has position X.
2.) Person B presents position Y (which is a distorted version of X).
3.) Person B attacks position Y.
4.) Therefore X is false/incorrect/flawed.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because attacking a distorted version of a position simply does not constitute an attack on the position itself. One might as well expect an attack on a poor drawing of a person to hurt the person.

One of the distortions Rogers constructs is his Straw Man does not believe in original sin.
Naturally every Calvinist does and Rogers and his denomination subscribes to a belief closely related to Arminianism concerning original sin.
Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his
original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined
toward sin. -BF&M

When the straw man's god takes a baby in his hands Rogers puts these words in the mouth of that god, "I'm going to harden your heart and then I'm going to cast you into hell." Predestined for Hell? Absolutely Not! p. 16 This is a distorted view of Calvinism. If Dr Rogers did this intentionally with thought then it is a malicious lie and if he did it unthinking and unintentionally then he is recklessly ignorant. Either way Satan is the source of this lie.

This misrepresentation has created agony in the lives of Calvinist who have to endure accusations from loved ones who believe Adrian Rogers' lie. Many tears have been shed over this lie. Calvinist fathers have been separated from their daughters over agony that grandchildren may arbitrarily be sent to hell by an unloving "god". Adrian Rogers is responsible for creating a god that is lifeless and dead. God in heaven ultimately sits insulted by this.

This tender baby inherited a nature corrupt and in bondage to sin and is under condemnation. Dr Rogers' denomination altered this belief to conform to the unbiblical "age of accountability" so as soon as they are "capable of moral action, they become actual transgressors". This unbiblical belief was set in concrete by the 1925 BF&M.

added Sept 7: Actually this post should be titled Adrian Rogers' Straw "god"
On p. 17 of his booklet he states: "So, God takes a lump of clay and says that this is for heaven and this one is for hell. These I'm going to keep, but these I'm going to destroy." "I'm going to create a whole stack of vessels, and then I'm going to take a rod and break them all?" "That sounds more like a madman."

If you are a Calvinist Dr Rogers has set you up to be destroyed by your friends who hear and believe what he has said. Your god is a madman! Naturally his god is a god of love. "A love worth finding?" Do you see what he is doing with God?

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