"The Bible is the best-selling book of all time--all time. But the fashion-smart editors of GQ have unequivocally decided that the Good Book isn't worthy of our facetime. No, this is not a twist on words. I'll let you read GQ 's very own printed words: "The Holy Bible is rated very highly by all the people who supposedly live by it but who in actuality have not read it," is how the presumptuous, judgmental critical review opens. Way to paint Christianity with a broad brush." -- Jennifer Leclaire
Seriously? First of all, is GQ now considered a Christian publication? What did you expect? A glorious review of a book that makes no sense to them? Perhaps what is sadder is the fact that GQ is correct in their snarkiness. The vast majority of people who shout the loudest about establishing a theocracy here in America could not survive under one. How else do you explain the exploding biblical illiteracy rates amongst churchgoers? Lifeway Research found that only 45% of churchgoers read their bibles more than once per week. Considering that one time is more than likely the counting of Sunday service, 55% of churchgoers never read their own bibles. Further consider that the one time the 45% give themselves credit for reading the Bible they are in a church that barely reads the Bible anymore. You might get a verse fragment wrenched horribly out of context to proof-text a topical sermon point but expository preaching is bordering on extinction. Most people who attend church regularly know that God loves them, has a wonderful purpose for their lives and is waiting to throw open the windows of heaven if they would stop being greedy and selfish. Never mind that Jeremiah 29:11 and Malachi 3:10 are not even written for them or that God is equal parts wrath and love. They will simply never hear it.
Perhaps Jennifer would be better off examining why Andy Stanley says that we do not need to use the Bible to establish our faith anymore. That he now teaches that we can use historical proofs and eye-witness accounts as opposed to teach the infallibility of scripture. Or perhaps she can examine why Bill Johnson and his henchmen all teach that experience trumps doctrine. That we do not worship a "book." That's right. To Johnson the Bible is just a book and to Stanley it is just a collection of ancient manuscripts. Forget divine inspiration. Forget that Jesus said He is the Word. Maybe Leclaire should spend some time investigating why Joseph Prince teaches his adherents that they can discard the Ten Commandments. Or why Perry Noble once re-wrote those same commandments. The church and solid biblical doctrine are indeed under attack but not from the likes of GQ Magazine. The attack is coming from within and is led by people carrying a book they do not bother to read nor understand. GQ is not that far off it appears. The Squidster continues:
'"Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced," the review continues. Um, yeah, well, man didn't produce it. The Holy Spirit inspired Scripture. Spiritual things are spiritual discerned, according to 1 Corinthians 2:14, and foolish men can't understand them. Foolish men will call the Word of God foolish out of ignorance and the devil's blinding.' -- Jennifer Leclaire