The Daily Collegian, an editorial was printed on November 21st that was critical
of my methodology. Because the editorial was copyrighted, I can not duplicate
it here. If you care to read the original editorial, please go to this URL.
responded and the Collegian printed my response on their web site, with a short
description in the paper itself. Here is my response.
Posted on December
4, 2008 4:54 AM
Willard Preacher responds to columnist's argument
I do not respond to columns like Jessica Turnbull's "Preacher's threats distract
from message" (Nov. 21), but this one is different. You see, Jessica is trying
to claim authority for her column by asserting things that just are not true.
Worse than that, she is holding Christianity up as something it is not, nor has
"The exchange ended with Cope making a threatening remark about
being armed. 'If I am insane, you ought to seriously be concerned that I don't
pull out my knife and slit your throat,' Cope said."
did not take the time to view the video that went along with the article. The
remark I made was a rhetorical remark made to point out the fact that Nat Jackson
did not believe what he was saying. From the video it is clearly evident that
no threat was made. No one who was there nor the administrator quoted in the article
thought so. The only one who thought so was Jessica. That is not even close to
journalism's ethical standard of objectivity.
"But Jesus spoke a message
of love that was difficult to hear," she wrote.
In fact Jesus did not speak
of love. His message was primarily about repentance and the consequences of not
repenting. His very first message was this: "From that time Jesus began to preach,
and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand"
In the gospels,
He used the word repent or some form of repent in 26 verses, perish in nine verses,
condemnation in 10 verses and love in terms of God's love for us in only one verse.
And even that one time was more balanced toward condemnation than love.
only verse where Jesus spoke of God's love is John 3:16-21,35: "For God so loved
the world, that he gave his one and only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
But in this same context,
love is mentioned only once but various aspects of condemnation are mentioned
more than nine times. Jessica's statement about Jesus speaking a message of love
does not agree with what was written.
Her statement isn't even reasonable.
A man is not killed for publicly loving the audience. According to Jesus, the
reason He was hated was this: "The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because
I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil."
According the Jesus,
He was hated because he testified to the world that they were condemned in their
sin. In fact, the secret of the power in His ministry was not based solely on
love, but also upon hatred.
Jesus was not killed for standing up and telling
people He loved them. He was killed for standing up and telling the people that
if they did not repent, they would perish.
"The Willard preachers do not
represent every Christian," she wrote.
We don't represent ANY Christians
at Willard. We represent Jesus. We are there to defend God against His detractors.
In truth, we represent the way Jesus said the Church was SUPPOSED to be viewed.
Jesus said His followers would be afflicted, arrested, beaten and persecuted.
He said that we would hated by all men. He said that everyone who even wants to
live a godly life WILL suffer persecution.
"Jesus' message is about relationships,
ones that are personal and respectful," she wrote.
Jesus' message was about
only one thing. The only issue that He spoke about ever was whether or not we
love God as we ought. If we love God, and love our neighbors as we ought, everything
else falls into place. Every other message in His entire ministry is an offshoot
of this one issue.
Jesus never showed respect for that which is not worthy
of respect. In two instances He called women dogs. He called Herod a fox. He called
His own disciples wicked and perverse. He called those who debated with Him fools,
blind, snakes, vipers, sons of the Devil, murderers, hypocrites, wicked, adulterous,
stupid and blockheads. All one has to do is simply read the encounters that Jesus
had with His detractors.
"How can anyone believe a message of love through
an angry debate?" she wrote.
There are numerous places in the Bible when
Jesus spoke in anger. Here are just a few of the many.
When He drove the
moneychangers out of the temple with a whip, was He smiling and speaking in a
subdued voice? No, He was angry.
When He rebuked the Pharisees He was angry.
Mark 3:5: "And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved
for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand.
And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other."
He rebuked His own disciples, He was really ticked off. Matthew 17:17: "Then Jesus
answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with
you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me."
When He debated
with the Pharisees, and called them morons, He was angry.
"Ye fools and blind."
The word translated "fools" is the Greek word moros,
from which we get the English word moron.
"A personal discussion with a
Christian is more representative of Jesus than yelling back and forth. The Willard
preachers contribute to the exchange of ideas by standing day after day on the
steps. But I don't want the message of Christ to become lost in the angry confrontations
that seem to result from the preachers' style of evangelism," she wrote.
find it hard to believe that Jessica has EVER read the Bible. The Bible says this
about Jesus and His (and our) relationship with the world.
"Ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake."
Matthew 24:9: "Deliver
you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations
for my name's sake."
Mark 13:13: "Ye shall be hated of all men for my name's
Luke 21:17: "Ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake."
John 15:18: "Ye know that the world hated me before it hated you."
15:19: "Therefore the world hateth you."
John 15:25: "They hated me without
John 17:14: "The world hath hated them."
I could go on
and on. Christianity was NEVER supposed to have a good reputation. Christianity
is SUPPOSED to be hated. Your view that Jesus was well liked and loving is not
in agreement with what The Bible says about Him. He was despised and killed, not
loved and accepted.
"So after decades of shouting at passing students, is
this style of debate helping anyone?" she wrote.
Yes. We have posted a sampling
of the letters on our Web site, Fruit
of the Ministry, for those who are interested in what our ministry produces.
Jessica, what do you want? You say you are a Christian, but apparently
you don't want Christianity in the way that Jesus said it was supposed to be.
You want it to be acceptable to the world.
Luke 6:26: "Woe unto you, when
all men shall speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false prophets."
is the main fault of most Christians. They want to be loved and accepted by the
world. Jesus said that anyone who loves the world more than Him will not make
Think of me as the solution to this problem. I am restoring the church
to it's destined place of being hated.
Clarence "Bro" Cope is the Penn State