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BEWARE OF CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE HYPOCRISY

 

 

 

By Paul Proctor

January 26, 2007

NewsWithViews.com

Last fall I wrote a couple of articles on the troublesome Christian Bookstore industry, the first of which was entitled Beware of Christian Bookstores!

It began this way:

"Want a shock? Go to your favorite Christian website, more specifically, to the page where they sell books. Type the names of known heretics and false teachers into the site's search engine; names of authors from the church growth movement, emerging church movement, Word Faith movement and even the New Age and see what pops up on the screen for sale. Brace yourself though, because you're probably going to be surprised. Believe it or not, some Christian bookstores are even selling the published works of homosexuals, pagans and occultists! But that's not all."

In a follow-up column, I published an open letter to American Family Association's, Tim Wildmon, questioning some rather disturbing contradictions between what he publicly opposes and what AFA offers for sale in their American Family Resource Center online. In the open letter article entitled, Dear Mr. Wildmon, one of my questions to him was:

"Why do you interview authors like Brian Flynn on your Worldview Weekend radio program about the dangers of new age mystical practices like Contemplative Prayer, as if you oppose it, when you've been selling the books of New Age and Contemplative authors from your American Family Resource Center all along?"

After apparently taking some heat for it over the last few months, Wildmon rationalized it all away in a brief yet revealing response published by his dear friend and loyal associate, Brannon Howse, over at ChristianWorldviewNetwork.com:

Tim Wildmon, President of the American Family Association Responds

Now, there's this little pious piece from the Southern Baptist Convention's own Baptist Press, criticizing Wal-Mart for selling pro-homosexual books over the internet - informing their readers that entering words like "gay" into Wal-Mart's online bookstore search engine would reveal problematic authors and titles:

Wal-Mart still dabbling in support of homosexual agenda

In all their righteous indignation, the Baptist Press had this to say:

"By offering book selections that cater to the gay and lesbian crowd, America's top discount retailer is demonstrating a desire to satisfy a vocal minority at the expense of losing the support of a large demographic that helped make Wal-Mart the successful business it has been for years�

But across the country, Southern Baptists are hard at work spreading the word about Wal-Mart's behavior. Donna Garner, a retired English teacher, is an example of a leader in the grassroots effort to help Wal-Mart live up to the family friendly description the company gives itself.

'I think we've done a pretty good job in our country of letting Wal-Mart know we've not been pleased at all with their decision to back the homosexual agenda,' Garner, a member of Highland Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, told Baptist Press.

Garner is part of a vast network of Christian women who use e-mail to monitor cultural developments such as Wal-Mart's initiatives toward improving its service to homosexuals�

'I just think it's very sneaky of Wal-Mart and really unnecessary to carry those books on the Internet,' Skeet Workman, a member of Garner's e-mail network and a Texas Baptist leader, said. 'They present one face in the store and yet they cater to another group online.'"

So, what's wrong with that, you ask?

Well, if you go to the ChristianResearchService.com website, click on the Master List, scroll down to the section subtitled, Homosexual/Lesbian/ Transgendered/Pro-gay, and enter each of the names listed there into the Southern Baptist Convention's LifeWaystores.com search engine, (select keyword: "author,") you will find numerous examples of the double-standard that continues unabated in the online Christian bookstore industry.

"Woe unto you�hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness." - Matthew 23:27

Related Articles and Websites:

1. Beware of Christian Bookstores!
2. Dear Mr. Wildmon
3, Tim Wildmon, President of the American Family Association Responds
4, Wal-Mart still dabbling in support of homosexual agenda
5, Christian Research Service
6, The Master List
7, LifeWay Christian Stores
8, American Family Resource Center

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Paul Proctor, a rural resident of the Volunteer state and seasoned veteran of the country music industry, retired from showbiz in the late 1990's to dedicate himself to addressing important social issues from a distinctly biblical perspective. As a freelance writer and regular columnist for NewsWithViews.com, he extols the wisdom and truths of scripture through commentary and insight on cultural trends and current events. His articles appear regularly on a variety of news and opinion sites across the internet and in print.

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