United Methodist Jim Winkler, General Secretary, General Board of Church & Society and a man who spends much time fighting for abortion rights, has written an article regarding the National Health care debate - "Word from Winkler — Congregational malpractice."
Mr. Winkler's views here should be a chilling reminder of the terribly un-biblical direction much of the United Methodist's church leadership is headed; human dignity is being stressed over human depravity. Winkler isn't concerned folks get proper health care as much as he is interested in making the message (the very Gospel) of Jesus Christ acceptable to worldly men.
Winkler and many others in the leadership of the United Methodist Church (of which I am a struggling member) will unashamedly resort to scripture twisting reaching gymnastically proportions. Case in point, Mr. Winkler states the following:
The provision of health care for all without regard to status or ability to pay is portrayed in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:24-35). In a conversation that began with the question of how one might obtain eternal life, Jesus asserted that one must love God and one’s neighbor. In response to the next question as to who one’s neighbor is, Jesus told of a Samaritan, an outsider, who coming upon a wounded traveler, provided him with health care. Jesus described the duty to provide health care as owed regardless of the merit or ethnicity of the person in need, and owed to the limit of one’s economic capacity. By the way, this is from #3201, “Health Care for All in the United States,” 2008 Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church.
The parable of the Good Samaritan begins with a question posed to Jesus by a Scribe (a legal expert in the law); one of the religious elite usually accompanied by a few Pharisees as well. The only groups of people Jesus confronted head on with their self righteousness; a character flaw, by the way, not an health care issue.
Notice Jesus' words to him after he had answered - "Do this and you shall live." Isn't this the promise of the law? Keep the law and you will live. Problem is, no one can keep the law, we all fall short of the divine standard, which should have made this scribe drop to his knees with a confession of guilt. Instead he tries to justify himself (v.29). Winkler misses this on purpose!
The Pharisees, scribes, Sadducee's etc... had consistently demolished the true meaning of God's word. In fact, they were the "spiritual gate keepers" during this time, and had little concern for God's truth. You will remember - their hate for the Truth ultimately tacked Jesus to the Cross!
Winkler may think defending "health care" reform is a virtue, but he is as far from the Truth as were the religious elite of Jesus' day.
Make no mistake - nothing is more evil than false religion. Winkler and many others may attempt to cloak themselves in robes of biblical truth, but are nothing less than missionaries of self righteousness.
When was the last time Winkler addressed the world's unbelief? as if a government run health care law was more important? When was the last time Winkler and his co-horts trusted the holy spirit and not worldly devices?
The scribe would have believed the wicked, especially the Samaritan, were to be hated because they were God's enemies. Winkler refers to the Samaritan as an "outsider" attempting to make a very subtle point that the "outsiders" of our modern day are those without health care, poor, or hungry. Nothing could be farther from the truth!
Winkler would have been Truthful and scriptural if he said the "outsiders" were the broken hearted sick in sin. The very folks Jesus came to save and the very folks this scribe would have kept out. Jesus used the Samaritan for good reason, the scribe would have rather died than even touch the dirt of Samaria. This parable is about the spiritual condition of the scribe, not a lesson in health care.
Helping those in need is every Christian's privilege. Notice also the Samaritan used his own money, about two days of wages, and showed mercy without a "law" commanding him to do so. Yet the scribe had the law, and the Samaritan did not. According to Winkler, if your a Christian, you would (must) support state run "charity", that which takes, not freely gives, from some folks and gives to others. This is the exact opposite of what true biblical Christianity teaches.
[Please recall in Acts 4 - Ananias and his wife Sapphira]. God desired free selfless and sacrificial giving, not an outward act whereby they wanted to "look like the church" but were in reality a heart filled with deceit. I wonder how Winkler would address this topic. I bet he would have had no problem at all accepting Ananias and his wife's contribution; not as Peter's rebuke of asking them why Satan had filled their hearts! That wouldn't be very pragmatic and some other "christian" may be "forced" to go without health care or even food! In short, their 'gift' would be welcomed by Winkler as I see it.
Winklers last comment is worth noting "Any congregation that doesn’t seek health care for all of the uninsured should be sued for malpractice!"
Winkler is indeed living by the law as ignorantly, hypocritically, and absorbed in a satanic self righteousness that is only perhaps exceeded by the "religious elite" of Jesus' ministry.
I would ask Mr. Winkler what the Bible says about suing another brother or sister, but a man who defends the murder of the unborn is probably not particularly interested in anything that God's word says that exposes his twisted theology.
Winkler and men like him "have their reward in full" (Matt 6:2). I pray they are exposed and refuted as often as their mouths speak lies. I also pray they repent.
The scriptures are clear - Winkler's theology is a "tare" in the church, and they are accursed anti-Christs which must be exposed.
8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!
9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!
10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
HT: Eternity Matters "Another reason it's hard to stay in the Methodist Church"