No worries, it was destined to be

The following exchange with my old friend Jamsco amused me. Mostly because I was pretty sure we’d been over this before. Keep in mind we’ve known each other since we were children and he is one of the two early Selenoth readers, so we are pretty straightforward with each other.

VD: It’s always easy to detect the inversionists. They cannot tell the truth because, knowingly or not, they serve the Father of Lies. Piper’s words directly belie the words of Jesus Christ himself. That tells you everything you need to know about the man and his teachings.

JS: I suspect, Vox, that if you actually read Piper’s devotional you’d (1) agree with 85{de336c7190f620554615b98f51c6a13b1cc922a472176e2638084251692035b3} of it, and (2) see that the above description is whole inaccurate and deceptive.

VD: Every single thing of Piper’s I’ve read to date has not only been materially wrong, but egregiously so to the point of being insulting to the intelligence. I still haven’t forgotten how tornadoes are the murderous fingers of the Jesus Christ as he slays the innocent and the wicked alike as per God’s perfect plan.

JS: I see you haven’t forgotten it, nor did you learn it from him. He said nothing of the sort. Read it again. Confirmation bias is real.

VD: You claimed that Piper “said nothing of the sort”, Jamsco. That may or may not be true. But he certainly WROTE it.

“Why would God reach down his hand and drag his fierce fingers across rural America, killing at least 38 people with 90 tornadoes in 12 states, and leaving some small towns with scarcely a building standing, including churches?

“God alone has the last say in where and how the wind blows. If a tornado twists at 175 miles an hour and stays on the ground like a massive lawnmower for 50 miles, God gave the command.

“Jesus rules the wind. The tornadoes were his.

“But before Jesus took any life in rural America, he gave his own on the rugged cross.”

JS: I didn’t know he’d written this. Obviously I agree with what he says here (and I think it’s biblical), but you’re correct – he wrote it.

Just to be fair to Jamsco, I will point out that the fact that I previously posted on the subject doesn’t mean that he read that post. Also, I have not read the referenced devotional, and so it is possible that the description to which I reacted is inaccurate and deceptive. I tend to doubt it on the basis of every previous reading of his writings, but I admit that it is possible.

And no, I’m not going to bother to check, because I was neither created nor destined to take the man seriously. I am content to leave it up to you, gentle readers, to adjudicate the truth of the matter.