Will He Take His Nobel Peace Prize To Hell?

In 1997 or 98 I wrote an article about Jimmy Carter called “Jimmy Carter: False Teacher.”  I published the article on the Internet and mailed it to every major newspaper in Georgia, the State both Carter and I call home.  It was a hard article for me to write because when I was a federal prison convict in 1976 and Jimmy Carter was President of the USA, he had dazzled me with his attention when I sat near him at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC.


I know that's a hard picture to get in focus.  Suffice it to say that through a miraculous series of events I had been allowed to be furloughed from federal prison to attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC.  Anyway, that's another story.   The point is because Jimmy Carter had bestowed his powerful--literally charming--smile on me that day, for years Jimmy Carter was my unquestioned example of a Godly political leader.


But as the years passed and I was given the chance to graduate from Westminster Seminary, where they take Holy Scripture very seriously, I began to have my doubts about Jimmy Carter as a Bible teacher or an example of Christian leadership.  All doubt was removed when I heard about statements Jimmy Carter had made in an editorial he wrote in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution newspaper.


This is the article I wrote:


JIMMY CARTER: False Teacher



Jimmy Carter needs to be muzzled because he's devouring people alive. Evidence for this is found in a recent Atlanta Urinal and Constipation editorial written by Carter.

Carter says, "As a conservative Baptist, I am deeply concerned about arguments that have driven wedges between people. I have in mind abortion and homosexuality."

And why is he concerned?

Carter states his position clearly. "the leaders of the early church treated homosexual acts the same as fornication, prostitution, adultery" No argument there. Next, he quoted 1 Cor. 6:9,10, "Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." Who can go wrong quoting the Word of God?

But then Jimmy Carter made an absolutely mind-boggling statement that proves Jimmy Carter is either in the last throes of senility or Jimmy Carter is nothing more than one of satan's most effective agents. He wrote, "Then he (the Apostle Paul) immediately goes on to say that all these acts listed in 1 Cor. 6 had been forgiven."

And that's it. Fini! Jimmy Carter said that the Apostle Paul said the "acts had been forgiven."

Do you see it? Carter says nothing about those acts being forgiven to those who had repented of those sins and accepted the sacrifice of Christ Jesus on Calvary as atonement for those sins. His words, in context, can only be interpreted to mean that Jimmy Carter accused the Apostle Paul of saying the list of sinful acts described in I Cor 6:9,10 had been forgiven. Period.

I'm going to go real slow here and do my best not to sound sarcastic. Anybody who claims to be a christian--who calls themselves a "conservative Baptist"--and does not know that the Apostle Paul would be tempted to throttle them if they suggested people could be forgiven for sins without repentance and faith in Christ Jesus, then that person is, like I said, either terminally senile or a lying rampaging agent of satan.

Forgiveness for sins comes through repentance and faith in the finished atoning sacrifice of Christ Jesus on Calvary. Either people understand that about the Bible or they are totally deceived about what the Bible says. God has not forgiven sinners who have not repented. Period. In fact the God of the Bible promises to send sinners to suffer the torments of a fiery hell for eternity if they do not repent.

There is a lot of talk these days about how God hates sin but loves the sinner. And that's true. God does hate sin; and he loved the sinner enough to give Himself in Christ Jesus to pay for the sins of those who repent and accept His sacrifice. But God does not love unrepentant sinners. Listen to ex-Presidents and others all you want, but the fact is God hates not only sin but unrepentant sinners. If all us sinners don't accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we'll get a chance to see His hatred come Judgement Day.



The article generated some attention in Georgia.  It was published in local papers and discussed in adult Sunday School classes and from behind pulpits in several churches throughout the State.  But Carter never bothered to deny anything I said, even went so far as to make it clear he would not deny my accusations.


Then there was silence about Jimmy Carter, the Bible teacher.


Jimmy Carter maintained his role as the unofficial spokesman for Southern Baptists until October, 2000, when he announced that he would "no longer be associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest denomination of Protestants in the USA."


Please don't get the idea that I think disassociation with Southern Baptists and the Southern Baptist Convention is grounds for going to hell.  In fact, I would normally see that as a positive development.  I was raised a Southern Baptist but now I have personally been gaveled from the pulpit into silence in my home Southern Baptist Church and prevented from telling people who go to the church where my daddy is buried about the sinful collaboration with legalized child sacrifice not only myself but all us citizens of the USA presently participate in.  The next Southern Baptist Church I tried to belong to formally withdrew fellowship from me in what amounts to the Southern Baptist version of excommunication and the Amish shunning because they didn't want to be associated with my attempts to break free from my present enslavement to the sinful federal government that has legalized child sacrifice and exiled the God of the Bible from the counsels of law and government.


But Jimmy Carter's problem with the Southern Baptist Convention is another matter entirely.  In an article published in the "Baptist Standard" in October 23, 2000, Greg Warner quoted Carter when he described the root of Carter's falling out with the Southern Baptists.


"Most disturbing," Carter said, "has been the convention's recent decision to remove Jesus Christ, through his words, deeds and personal inspiration, as the ultimate interpreter of the Holy Scriptures.  This leaves open making the pastors or executives of the SBC the ultimate interpreters."


Look closely at what Jimmy Carter is saying.  He is suggesting that his personal image of Jesus Christ, "through his works, deeds and personal inspiration" is to be the "ultimate interpreter of the Holy Scriptures..."


Such a strategy is well known today.  Hardly a day  passes without some homosexual writing me and castigating me for judging him and his homosexual actions when Jesus Christ told me not to judge anyone at all.


Fact is, virtually everyone in this nation, pagan and Christian alike, have conjured themselves a private Jesus who they look to as the final grantor of license to act.  Not surprising, these private Jesuses are willing to grant sanction to anything the individual really feels like they need to do.  I have literally heard many times when Christians, in the throes of trying to understand what to do about an unwanted pregnancy, decided to "pray about it" and after praying about it believed they received permission from "Jesus" to go kill the person God had conceived.  Christian congregations across the land elect abortionists to sit on their deacon boards.  It is only a slight exaggeration or perhaps no exaggeration at all if reports are true, that christian churches comprised of majority homosexual members are very close to making the act of fellatio or anal intercourse a new sacrament.


How do they do this?


They have listened to all the Christians like Jimmy Carter who think all you have to do to understand the will of God is ask, "What Would Jesus Do?"


The problem I am discussing is as old as the Christian Church.  In fact, the Apostle Paul addressed exactly this same situation in Corinth, the Church filled with carnal people who called themselves Christians.


In II Corinthians 11:4, the Apostle Paul said, "For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him."


In other words, it has long been the standard method for apostasy to masquerade as Jesus Christ--"another Jesus" as Paul named it.


But the Apostle Paul did not mince words in explaining what such people would receive for their confusion, "II Cor 4: 13For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."


In Galatians 1: 8-9. the Apostle Paul was even more specific about what would be the end of those who presumed to distort the words of Holy Scripture, creating a private Jesus contrary to the One who was crucified on a Roman cross for the sins of the world and was raised on the third day as the Savior of those who would come to Him in repentance and faith, "8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."


What is the point?  The point is we are not to teach about any other Jesus except the One the Apostles knew.  Jesus Christ is not a matter of private interpretation any more than Holy Scripture itself is a matter of private interpretation.  The Apostles themselves delivered unto us an image of the Lord Jesus Christ in the words of Holy Scripture.  But not just the Apostles, so too did all the prophets of old reveal to us that which we were to believe about the Lord Jesus Christ.  In fact, the entire edifice of Holy Scripture, from beginning to end, is a complete revelation in words of Jesus Christ.  But God does not stop with that revelation.  Jesus Christ did not leave Himself without witness even for those who ignore Scripture.  There is One here now who works within and on every person on this planet to reveal the knowledge of what the Apostle Paul called "the light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."


If the Bible is correct, to Christians as well as to the world, this is the most important subject that can be mouthed by the mouth of man.  Those who blithely say "What Would Jesus Do" as if the answer is self-evident and easy to understand and a matter of some functional biblically illiterate's private interpretation of the character of Jesus Christ will give an account someday for the confusion they bring into this world.  They will give an account just as Jimmy Carter will give an account, just as I will give an account.  I'm just glad I'm not in Jimmy Carter's shoes.  He can take his million dollars US and take his chances on hell, and I'll take the Jesus delivered unto me by the Apostles through the Holy Spirit of God.


Obviously I have only scratched the surface in this subject.  If you want to understand the totality of what I believe God has taught me, read my book THE JESUS THAT PAUL KNEW.  It's in print and you can order it at http://www.christiangallery.com/catalog.htm


God help us all to know the Jesus that Paul knew!


Neal Horsley, October 11, 2002

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