By Janette Walker
Now there’s a question, and I doubt I’m the only one to ask it, or wonder upon it.
I have to let you know up front I’m a Christian. I almost hate using that term because now days the very word is associated with hypocrites. I don’t want to be considered a hypocrite but the truth is, I’m a sinner. Not close to perfect in anyway, and although I want to do what’s right, I fail time and time again. That’s why I need Jesus. It’s only through Him I have any hope at all in reaching heaven.
That’s my belief and I’m sticking to it.
Back to gullible Christians. I’m going to use one example although many come to mind. I may write an article regarding others, but for now I want to focus on one person in particular-not because I have any ill will toward the gentleman I’ve chosen to bring out my point, I wish him well-as a great example of how gullible Christians are.
Back in 1973 a man named Mike Warnke wrote a book entitled The Satan Seller. The book tells of Warnke’s orphaned childhood and his introduction into Satanism as well as detailing Warnke’s participation in sexual orgies, alcoholism, and drug dealing; his rise in the ranks of Satanism to the level of “high priest”; presiding over Satanic rituals including magical spells, summoning demons, ritual sex including a ritual kidnap and rape; the attempt on his life, how he found Jesus and yadda, yadda.
The book launched Warnke into stardom within evangelical communities, and Mr. Warnke’s ability to deliver punch lines to leave your gut aching and your soul lighter gained him stardom in the Christian world as a Christian comedian. His 1978 album, Hey, Doc!, became the most popular Christian comedy albums ever produced.
Anyway, in 1985 Warnke received national coverage when he appeared on the first major news report on Satanism. After his appearance on 20/20, he became a well-paid expert on Satanism and was frequently cited as an expert on the occult by Christian radio host Bob Larson and the Chick Publications stable of authors. Six years later-allow me to repeat that-SIX years later, and millions of dollars richer Cornerstone magazine launched an investigation into Warnke’s life and testimony and guess what folks. That investigation turned up damaging evidence of fraud and deceit.
Unfortunately the Christian community went after Warnke as though he had rabies which, in my opinion at the time, and still stands today, was completely wrong and not at all in keeping with what Christ would have done. However, the one thing Christians are good at is shooting their wounded instead of attempting heal them; love them, except them; forgive them. I believe the reason the Christian’s reacted so strongly against Warnke when the truth came out was because they had fallen for the created lie hook line and sinker and heaven forbid they point the fingers at themselves and say, “Well gosh, we never did check the man’s story out for ourselves.” They were angry because they’d been deceived, as though THAT had never happened in history before. Yet, why were they deceived?
I believe Christian’s are gullible because more often than not we want so desperately to SEE a “sinner” find Christ, especially if that person was a worse sinner than any of us could have ever been. (Though most people, Christian people, tend to forget that to GOD sin is sin and he doesn’t have a 1-10 scale to cauterize our short comings. There is no better or worst in HIS eyes.)
When we hear of someone ‘testimony’ and think it’s better than ours we sometimes place that person on a pedestal; taking our eyes off of Christ, looking to man for wisdom instead of Christ and that’s when we become gullible.
I’m a wife, mother, daughter and a child of God. I don’t have all the answers, but I try to point people to THE ONE who does.
I make mistakes, and I’m a sinner. It’s why I Love Christ. He holds me up when I don’t think there is anything left.
I enjoy reading, writing and playing video games. I don’t watch much TV because I don’t have the time for it. On a few occasions I do get to watch a movie. The ones I’ve enjoyed the most are: The Little Mermaid, Ice Age, and Transformers to name a few.