Congressman King Should Stick with Being a Congressman
By Todd Friel
Who is Steve King?
A. A Las Vegas Mime.
B. A Congressman from Iowa.
C. All of the above.
While someone might think the Congressman should be a mime, nobody in their right mind would say that Steve is all of the above. But that is precisely what the Congressman has said about Jesus Christ.
The Bible describes Jesus Christ as the eternally existing Son of God who died to offer complete forgiveness of sins and everlasting life to those who would repent and put their trust in Him. Based on this description, who is Jesus Christ?
A. The non-eternally existing Son of God who is the brother of the Devil.
B. The eternally existing Son of God who died to offer complete forgiveness of sins.
C. All of the above.
On September 7, Congressman King informed 2600 non-discerning Iowans, “Do not doubt Mitt Romney’s patriotism or his faith and his love for Jesus Christ our savior.” Sorry, Mr. Congressman, Jesus is not all of the above.
Mormons believe that Jesus was once a man who became divine while his brother the devil took a highway to hell. When the Congressman lumps Mormons in with orthodox Christians, he is effectively saying that details about Jesus do not matter.
Details do matter.
I John 2:22 and 2 John 7 make it abundantly clear, if you do not understand Jesus rightly, then you do not have the right Jesus. Should you happen to believe that the only authoritative lines in the Bible are written in red, then consider the words of Jesus Himself, “He who does not honor the Son, does not honor the Father” (John 5:23). In other words, if you think that Jesus is the non-eternally existing brother of the devil, you do not believe in the right Jesus.
The early church understood this and fought battle after battle to defend the Biblically described nature of Jesus Christ. The council of Nicea deemed men heretics for believing that Jesus only had a similar but not the same nature as the Father.
In 325, Athanasius called Arius, “the spawn of Satan” because Arius believed that Jesus was merely a created being. The Athanasian Creed, which has stood for centuries, sided with Athanasius and made it plain: if you do not believe in the right Jesus, you will perish. It states in part:
For this is the true faith that we believe and confess: That our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is both God and man.
He is God, begotten before all worlds from the being of the Father, and he is man, born in the world from the being of his mother — existing fully as God, and fully as man with a rational soul and a human body; equal to the Father in divinity, subordinate to the Father in humanity.
One cannot be saved without believing this firmly and faithfully.
Congressman, you truly seem like a nice fellow, but please, if you are going to discuss theology, do your homework first. According to every early church creed and the words of Jesus Christ Himself, your constituents’ souls depend on it.
Todd Friel is the host of the nationally-syndicated Wretched Radio and TV Show.