Monday, January 29, 2007

Lifeway, Homosexuals, and Hypocrites

It seems that Lifeway Christian Stores may once again be showing the hypocrisy at the top of our Southern Baptist Convention. Ethics (as reported by the Baptist Standard of Texas) is reporting that Lifeway may need to look at their own shelves before they point to retailers such as Wal-Mart and their "pro-gay" authors. The report states,

"Baptist Press last week bemoaned that Wal-Mart is "still dabbling" in support of "the homosexual agenda," despite warnings of a boycott by religious conservatives. A writer challenged readers to type the word "gay" into the search engine for Wal-Mart's online bookstore, reporting that more than 1,000 titles turn up.

On Friday
Paul Proctor at followed two earlier columns warning about Christian book sites that promote authors who are "heretics and false teachers" with a similar challenge.

"[I]f you go to the website, click on the Master List, scroll down to the section subtitled, 'Homosexual/Lesbian/ Transgendered/Pro-gay,' and enter each of the names listed there into the Southern Baptist Convention's search engine, (select keyword: 'author')," Proctor said, "you will find numerous examples of the double-standard that continues unabated in the online Christian bookstore industry." did just that, counting 13 of 32 authors on the
Christian Research Service list in LifeWay's product database."

This is a problem indeed, but it is no surprise. Walk into any Lifeway store and you will find book after book by heretic Brian McLaren, "smiling" motivational speaker Joel Osteen, and many others who propagate a false gospel. The report continues:

In October Proctor reported that LifeWay removed about 14 books on yoga and Eastern mysticism from its cyber-shelves after hearing from Christian Research Service Director Bud Press and customer complaints.

But these books are still for sale:

The Joy of Being Wrong: Original Sin Through Easter Eyes and Raising Abel: The Recovery of the Eschatological Imagination by James Alison. Alison, a gay Catholic priest, is also author of Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments Catholic and Gay.

The report goes on to list many more such titles and author's still found on the shelves of the bookstore that is supposed to represent the most biblical denomination in the country. When will we wake up? When will people of the book begin to actually care about what the book says?

Soli Deo Gloria

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