Cal Rusher (on the right): "I have a complete copy of Romans. Have you ever read it?"Armin Church (of the left): "I've read nearly all of it except Romans 9. Our pastor tore that out of our Bibles and warned us that it doesn't mean what it looks like it means."Cal: "Well, there are other parts of the Bible like Ephesians 1 and 2, but if you didn't get the message with that, then this could change everything..."Armin: "He tore that out too. Can I read it?"
Jim, I can't help but wonder if this story is based on true events.
Much good humor is, Eddie. In this case, what I see are non-Calvinist pastors and teachers who have to explain why some texts from the Bible don't mean what they appear to mean. A pastor turning hermeneutics on its ear to discount what the Bible says amounts to nearly the same thing as going around and tearing those passages out of his church member's Bibles.
Bob (left): "May I see your essay defending your teaching of the prosperity gospel, Mister Thompson?Thompson: "I'm afraid not, Bob - this essay is only for spiritually mature eyes."