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Ten Commandment debate:
takes the side of God
How to Quit Church Without Quitting God:
7 Good Reasons to Escape the Box
The ACLU wants religious documents out of government buildings—and
so does God. "It’s a case of the ACLU tripping over truth,"
says Martin Zender, iconoclastic author of How to Quit Church Without
Quitting God: 7 Good Reasons to Escape the Box. "The Ten
Commandments in no way reflect God’s attitude today toward mankind.
The ACLU doesn’t know that; they’re just trying to eliminate God.
Who cares? They’ll never get rid of God, but in the process of trying
they’re protecting us from Jerry Falwell."
Zender claims that God replaced the Ten Commandments "years
ago" with a message of grace. "But somehow," Zender says,
"the Religious Right never got the message."
The Christian Law Association’s Web site shows a picture of a stone
tablet, which reads: "Display the Ten Commandments – An Important
Step in Promoting Morality." Zender calls this "a joke,"
warning that posting the Ten Commandments will be a giant step backward
for morality. "It will make people worse," he says, "not
better. The Decalogue produces frustrated religious hypocrites who damn
other people for not being as moral as them. How moral is it to damn
Zender is quick to point out that all this is by divine design.
"The Ten Commandments were meant to be contrasted with the grace of
Christ. Jesus delivered us from thou shalts and thou shalt nots, but
nobody could have appreciated that without the backdrop of law. I’m
not saying it’s okay to covet your neighbor’s wife now. I’m saying
that we refrain from it now because of God’s love in our heart, not
because we have to obey God’s rules or else. It’s ‘want to’
versus ‘have to.’
"Going back to the Ten Commandments from this era of spiritual
enlightenment is like ditching the space shuttle for a donkey cart. Wake
up, Jerry. God has done something spectacularly new."
Zender, 43, is a freelance, self-educated believer who writes frankly
on subjects as controversial as death, sin, evil, hell, sex, free will,
and the devil. His Web site is www.martinzender.com.
His favorite saying is, "Believe in God, no matter what the clergy
say." Media interviews & review copies available on request.
For Immediate Release Contact: Kelly A. Stokoe
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE
May 2 is the 50th Annual National Day of Prayer (NDP). Under the
guidance of Chairman Shirley Dobson of Focus on the Family, Christians
across America will be praying for our national leaders and beseeching
God to provide protection, peace and direction for America.
What’s wrong with that?
Plenty, says Martin Zender, author of How to Quit Church
without Quitting God. Dubbed "Martin Luther in
Hiking Boots," this iconoclast charges something’s rotten in
pew-land and NDP is merely the most prominent current example.
What are Zender’s objections to NDP?
National Day of Prayer is scripturally incorrect. Its
foundational prayer is taken out of context. NDP’s prayer, beseeching
the Israelites to, "…Seek My face and turn away from their wicked
ways," was a specific prayer that was relevant thousands of years
ago. One explicit condition was that supplicants were to pray toward
Solomon’s temple, which no longer exists. In other words, the
entire foundation of NDP is built on a false premise, which makes
it out-of-touch, out-of-date and erroneous for 2002.
Secondly, Jesus condemned public prayer when He said,
"Go into your own room, shut your door and pray to your Father
privately". NDP directly contradicts Christ’s command.
According to Zender, "The entire premise of NDP is that God
responds to numbers, and that He doesn’t know what He should do unless
we tell Him—loudly and repeatedly. Rather than man needing help from
God, NDP assumes that God needs help from man."
Thirdly, NDP runs contrary to the most powerful prayer in the Bible,
"Thy will, not my will, be done." Shirley Dobson and her
adherents say they want what God wants, but nobody bothers to ask Him
what that might be.
Finally, NDP doesn’t work. Shirley Dobson has lamented in Focus
on the Family, "We (The United States) are known as No. 1 in
violent crime, No. 1 in divorce, No. 1 in teen pregnancies in the
Western world, No. 1 in voluntary abortions, No. 1 in illegal drug use,
and No. 1 among industrial nations in illiteracy".
Strange situation for a nation praying like crazy.
Indiana author Martin Zender is an experienced media
personality whose book, How to Quit Church without Quitting God: 7
Good Reasons to Escape the Box, is revolutionizing how we understand
Martin is available for interview please call Kelly A.
Media kits and review copies available on request.