Daily Proof-text, Deuteronomy 13:1-5

“Suppose there are prophets among you or those who dream dreams about the future, and they promise you signs or miracles, and the predicted signs or miracles occur. If they then say, ‘Come, let us worship other gods’– gods you have not known before– do not listen to them. The LORD your God is testing you to see if you truly love him with all your heart and soul. Serve only the LORD your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. The false prophets or visionaries who try to lead you astray must be put to death, for they encourage rebellion against the LORD your God, who redeemed you from slavery and brought you out of the land of Egypt. Since they try to lead you astray from the way the LORD your God commanded you to live, you must put them to death. In this way you will purge the evil from among you. (Deu 13:1-5 NLT)

I say proof-text because this was about a political rebellion against God, because you know, Deuteronomy was a vassalage treaty with YHWH. Worshiping other gods amounted to treason.

Yet, what is Harold doing? Harold is leading people away from God. When they, who have invested so much into their worldview, and it comes crashing down around them…. guess what…

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13 Replies to “Daily Proof-text, Deuteronomy 13:1-5”

  1. Well, I guess if Camping is still here tomorrow, since he’s 89 he’s likely to face God’s death penalty and judgment before long, so it’s not worth trying to get any courts to enforce it.

  2. I don’t believe Camping has broken any law. He has the right to free speech, and others have the right to find his speech convincing.

    Or, as a legal eagle explained it to me when I was worried about a relative, that person, who was neither incompetent nor ill, had the right under the law to make foolish decisions.

  3. Anna, whilst he has the right to free speech, as minister of God he is required to hold a higher standard. The warnings against false teaching/prophets in Scripture are quite severe. Something about millstones, necks and the deepest oceans.

    1. Oh, geoff, I totally agree Camping is misguided if not immoral. Whether Camping is a con man or is self-deluded, either way, it’s very sad. I tend to think it’s the latter, and I doubt he thinks of himself as a false prophet; I suspect he would consider those who disagree with him to be the millstones.

      And I think the fact that the bible is full of warnings about false priests and prophets tells us that they are always with us: it’s weeds and wheat all over.

      But I don’t think what he did was illegal, at least not under U.S. law, which has very strong protections for both free speech and freedom of religion.

  4. Just no one have a go at Choo Thomas, the self-proclaimed “favoured daughter of Jesus”. If anyone knows when the End is, it’s gotta be Choo!

  5. Anna :
    Oh, geoff, I totally agree Camping is misguided if not immoral. Whether Camping is a con man or is self-deluded, either way, it’s very sad. I tend to think it’s the latter, and I doubt he thinks of himself as a false prophet; I suspect he would consider those who disagree with him to be the millstones.
    And I think the fact that the bible is full of warnings about false priests and prophets tells us that they are always with us: it’s weeds and wheat all over.
    But I don’t think what he did was illegal, at least not under U.S. law, which has very strong protections for both free speech and freedom of religion.

    Well, we could debate whether the US _really_ has free speech and freedom of religion.
    I’m more concerned, really, for the poor people whom he mislead, many of whom will be now confused, angry, etc.. I hope some one over there is reaching out to them..
    I’m reminded of:
    James 5:19 My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone turns him back, 5:20 he should know that the one who turns a sinner back from his wandering path will save that person’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

    1. Surely, I hope people are reaching out to them, and to Camping as well. It’s a sad situation all around.

      re U.S. freedom of speech and religion, I would say it has more than most countries. However the Patriot Act gives me the willies, and certainly the historical record of the U.S. as opposed to its stated ideals often betrays those ideals — a situation with which thoughtful Christians are well familiar.

  6. There is no god.

    Don’t let that stop you Christians from calling for a bunch of people to be murdered though. It never has before.

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