Personal Jesus demands blood from his priests

We’ve talked about this idol named “Personal Jesus” quite a bit on this blog. Meditating on his identity today I started piecing together his characteristics and noted his similarity with another “Lord”, namely Baal.

1 Kings 18

And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth. And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria. And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly: For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.) And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts. So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself. And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord Elijah? And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me? As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not. And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD from my youth. Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the LORD’S prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water? And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me. And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day. So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah. And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim. Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table. So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken. And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire underAnd they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded. And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God. And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there. And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

Neither “deity”, Baal or Personal Jesus, hates divorce or remarriage, neither “deity” condemns the shedding of innocent blood (whether it is Naboth at the hands of Jezebel or the unborn at the hands of modern Jezebels) if it enriches their followers, neither have a problem with matriarchy, both require the sacrifices of their priests. Before we had the gouging themselves with lances seeking “the lift”, not they denigrate leadership and masculinity. In the case of Baal, the priests pierced themselves to win the attention of their “god”, today they pierce themselves in the New Testament sense, that is, on what Paul would call the “grief” of marriage. Rainey, Dobson, Mohler, Driscoll and their followers call for greater sacrifices hoping that “fire” will fall and prove their “god” to be true. They cannot just walk away, they are invested, their strategy must give success (in the form of marriages) and the string of failures only serve to increase the frenzy of their desperate attempts.

Like Elijah, 7000 have not bowed the knee. We know our God will answer. We know Jezebel is going to be thrown down and consumed by dogs. We know that the priests of Personal Jesus are going to die at that brook because Personal Jesus doesn’t answer (and the marriages they “cover” are living proof of it). These Baal worshipers are proving every day that their sacrifice is NOT being accepted. The mocking has already begun. These are the days of Elijah……..

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11 thoughts on “Personal Jesus demands blood from his priests

  1. Not sure if you meant to leave comments disabled GIL. Obviously I enabled them.

    Before we had the gouging themselves with lances seeking “the lift”, not they denigrate leadership and masculinity. In the case of Baal, the priests pierced themselves to win the attention of their “god”, today they pierce themselves in the New Testament sense, that is, on what Paul would call the “grief” of marriage. Rainey, Dobson, Mohler, Driscoll and their followers call for greater sacrifices hoping that “fire” will fall and prove their “god” to be true. They cannot just walk away, they are invested, their strategy must give success (in the form of marriages) and the string of failures only serve to increase the frenzy of their desperate attempts.

    The bold part above is the thing, isn’t it. Its more than just the confirmation bias or I sometimes call it the-comfy-chair. Those things are instinctive work arounds for facts and factors that would topple the settled world view. I suspect the frenzy increase from these folks is a combination of confirmation bias and some self awareness that they are too far in to change tactics now. Not to mention a fair amount of peer pressure and fear.

  2. I didn’t know I could disable comments at all. WordPress changes more often than I post.

    I think the questions that are being asked by Jezebel’s priests are:

    A) Why isn’t God making this work?
    B) When are people going to realize that I don’t have access to God?
    C) How long can I keep pulling this off?

  3. Something about ‘Personal Jesus’ also sounds Gnostic. The Gnostics didn’t care about any of those things either.

  4. Yeah, their is a bunch of hippy-dippy “searching for self” that goes on. Being true to ourselves, finding ourselves searching for deep inner truths within ourselves that has a very Gnostic bent. The churchianity variety of this just calls this inner self Jesus, and he is imminently malleable and infinitely subjective.

    I was thinking a lot this week about the intersectionality (feminist word) between feminists experiences and those of Solomon in Ecclesiastes, he searched the vanities for meaning and contentment and realized their vanity. Feminists are not so wise.

  5. Did I ever mention to anybody how much I hate homophones and how they really screw with my inner writers ear? Their/there/they’re is one of my least favorite sets. His grace is sufficient in my weakness.

  6. “Personal Jesus” is a joy robbing s.o.b. Good eye on the Ba’al prophet’s self-cutting and it’s modern parallel, the Misandry Treadmill.

    Also from the article:
    “I believe that the human oxytocin system — oxytocin being the hormone of love, fundamental to birth and bonding, even in adulthood — is growing weaker.”

    Wow, whoring around has even wider spread consequences that I first realized. Notice the doctor doesn’t dare go there, but instead talks about pollution (Al Gore will save us!) and relying too much on epidurals. Imagine how much more likely is a woman aborting her child when she’s giving the best of herself away. They’re developing problems emotionally bonding with their children during breastfeeding now for Christ’s sake! It would explain all the feminist (read: slut) venom at the joy a new, emotionally healthy mother experiences.

  7. It is important to realize that Baal is a ‘national’ god who serves the government of Ahab and Jezebel, and those who follow the ‘Personal Jesus’ also seek the approval and protection of the government. The Personal Jesus, like Baal, is a national god whose purpose is to enlarge the influence of the government. The LORD did not want a monarchy for Israel, and the monarchy proved to be a disaster from the reign of Saul onward.
    I appreciate GIL calling out the Priest of Baal and hope that many of God’s people will do so publicly and often. They will probably get kicked out of the ‘temple of Baal’ but that is a good thing. Who your enemies are define you much better than who your friends are.

  8. I like the comparison of Ball prophets to Christian family leaders. Before I read this, and was out running, I wondered what would happen if we were able to force Piper, Dobson and the rest, to give a Red Pill sermon on the condition that it would be a man-only audience. I thought this because I wouldn’t have the patience to argue with them for years and think growth could happen much quicker if they had to deliver a practice sermon of the patriarchy they are fighting instead of having a never ending debate. Instead of being so afraid, just deliver it, and then we could talk, at least that is how it works in my pretend reality. Then I tried to guess what their biggest objection would be post-sermon, and of all the options the one answer that made the most sense to me was that they would be afraid of losing everything they worked for, which includes respect and recognition. They’d be a schlub just like me, and that troubles them more than changing their message.

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