“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

This of course is from Hamlet.  The one I’m thinking from is also from England, and is no lady, but then he isn’t a man either.  Or at least not what God intended man to be.  Likewise, when I don’t fear, love, or trust in God above all things or when I hate, lust, or lie, I’m not the man the Lord would have me be either.

Who I speak of is British actor Ian McKellen of Gandalf fame.  In an interview in Time magazine (December 2012, 62), the “longtime advocate for gay rights” and proud homosexual is asked, “Do you still rip Leviticus 18 out of hotel Bibles?”  He does, and the man doth protest too much, methinks.

I don’t rip pages from the Book of Mormon or the Koran.  Why does this unapologetic homosexual feel the need to play Thomas Jefferson or Marcion with the Bible?  Does he really think ripping out pages changes anything?  More importantly why does he care that they are in there?  Because he’s not so far gone as to care what the Bible says.  He wants some of the Bible just not all of the Bible.

That would be me too.  When my parents were on this side of heaven, I wished there wasn’t a Fourth Commandment.  When I’m paying my taxes, I wish I could rip out Paul’s admonition to pay your taxes.  The evolutionist, feminist, abortionist, want to rip out the passages that bother them.

Funny no one to my knowledge wants to rip out the Passion of Christ, “It is finished.”  “He is not here; He is risen.”  We only want to rip out the Law, but the only answer to the Law is the perfect life and innocent death of Christ. We can’t deal with the condemnation of the Law, whether written in our hearts or on the printed page, by ripping out pages, by doing better, by trying harder, or by punishing ourselves.  God’s Word is going to have the last say.  It both bespeaks us guilty in ourselves and righteous in Christ.  You can’t have one without the other.

In America you can rip out as many pages of the Bible as you want.  If you try it with other books you’ll be accused un-American censorship.  If you try it with the Koran, you’ll be decried by politicians.  You’re safe tearing pages out of the Bible, but methinks when you protest that much you’re saying more about yourself than about God or His Word.


About Paul Harris

Pastor Harris retired from congregational ministry after 40 years in office on 31 December 2023. He is now devoting himself to being a husband, father, and grandfather. He still thinks cenobitic monasticism is overrated and cave dwelling under.
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