Pastor Jim Garlow (author, historian, theologian), of Skyline Church in San Diego, CA has written the books dispelling their ongoing deceptions. He clarifies that they (the authors of such rhetoric and faulty “research” like this Karen L. King, and Dan Brown, author of DaVinci Code) of course would like you to believe that “the church” led a smear campaign against Mary Magdalene as a way of putting down women because Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ designate to be the leader of the church once he had passed on—not Peter, James, John, etc.
This is historically invalid by virtue of the fact that it was Pope Gregory the Great in the year 590 who equated Mary Magdalene—who is of course set free from the demons, the devils that were within her, in a New Testament text—with an unnamed person in an adjacent text who was a prostitute. This wasn’t a smear campaign–it was merely sloppy scholarship. That story stayed, unfortunately. It took center stage, and the two were equated all along.
Mary Magdalene comes from Magdala, which as a town was associated with prostitution, so that may have contributed to the error. There’s no evidence in the New Testament that she was a prostitute (emphasis mine). Nor is there a shred of evidence that the church was trying to lead a campaign against women and thus created this line.
Nor did the church engage itself in killing 5 million women in what may be called gendercide—the killings that took place between 1400 and 1700, approximately, were primarily carried out by the state, and it was more like 100 thousand not 5 million. It would have depopulated Europe had he been accurate.”
Pastor Garlow is not the first to dispel the deceptions, nor will he be the last. Scholars, pastors, and theologians have dispelled all of this throughout history. Still, the left persists in a campaign of confusion. They try to twist Christianity, foundational Judeo-Christian values and history itself so as to paint morality as the baseless, mistaken, “anti-woman” perspective. In our book, “Ladies and Gentlemen” that I co-wrote with Dr. Dathan Paterno, we proclaim a simple reality about their twisting of facts: They lie.
Their goal is to make the heroes of our time the Sandra Flukes, Lady Gaga, and, ironically the Muslim extremists. We are, in our fiber as Americans, morally driven. There is not a law in any municipality, state, or Country in history that is not based on someone’s version of morality. All law is based upon it, so to contend that one faith should not judge morality is simply the accuser doing exactly what they are accusing the other of doing.
This is where Americans set themselves up to fall prey to the distortions of the leftists, amoral, and radical Islam. Put simply, American morality is weaved throughout the US Constitution, and the hearts of American people, themselves. We mistakenly presume that all people have a basic morality that establishes that one should not lie, cheat, steal or kill. Our mistaken contention fails when faced with one whose God is simply not God. If one’s God is self, or the theology of Political Correctness, or Allah, they are playing by a whole separate set of rules.
Gary DeMar has written extensively about this at American Vision. He lays out the methodical recruitment tactics of the left driven by their disdain of Jews and Christians. He explains that in their attempt to dismantle our culture, politics makes for strange bedfellows. Feminists work arm in arm with radical elements of a political force that would mutilate women, for example. In the final analysis, the only answer is that it is hate that drives them—hate for Judaism, hate for Christians, hate for all that is American. There is simply no other explanation.
Case in point: A primary basis of the theology of self says all others come after self. Therefore, it is okay to lie, cheat or steal only when serving that god (the god of self). Simultaneously, the theology of political correctness says that one can deny the personhood of what you know to be a baby, based simply on the fact that it doesn’t fit well into your “Politically Correct” schema. Finally, radical Islam teaches that it is not only acceptable and expected that a “good Muslim” would be willing to lie, cheat, steal, or kill to glorify Allah, but it makes you a better Muslim, if you are willing to do so (aka Honor Killing).
While this is a massive distortion of anything that establishes a peaceful, workable republic, those who would like to undermine freedom and institute their brand of tyranny will continue to spout this rhetoric, in hopes of being the “last theology standing” in the end.
In plain terms, once again for those who are gullible—they lie. But then, the Bible already said they would. Little do they know, they are simply pawns in a dance that has happened throughout History, and we have the facts to see right through them. In the end, we know who wins.
As one commenter, “LeftWingLoser” wrote below the New York Times story online:
“Here’s what I think is the most interesting part of this and many other stories about Jesus. Humanity has spent staggering amounts of time trying to disparage, debunk and eliminate His omnipotence or existence. NO other figure in humanity has suffered such abuse. The reasons are obvious. For non-believers who live by moral relativism, the existence of Jesus makes them soulless. For those who hate the Catholic Church, the hatred is toward a belief in one man’s ability to dictate dogma. This leads me to unquestionably believe that HIS existence as the Son of God is irrefutable and the reason for his placement in time and place GOD chose and the subsequent destruction of evidence supporting HIS existence is absolutely perfect because of the frailty of mankind. When you die, you will find out the answers…man tries to provide. What you TRULY need to realize is that you can’t comprehend what you can’t begin to understand.”
Well-said, Left Wing Loser.