Two of Macon's learned religious stalwarts throw verbal punches over their conflicting views on whether the Holy Bible is inerrant from cover to cover.
They are Dr. William Cummings, a former priest, consultant and teacher; and Erick Erickson, a conservative blogger, radio host and publisher of The Resurgent. Both of them write weekly columns for a local newspaper.
Erickson believes the Holy Bible doesn't contain errors, that the scriptures were written by men who were inspired by God. Cummings also believes the scriptures were written by men who were inspired by God. But as Cummings puts it, "Divine inspiration did not erase their humanity." That, he says, lead to some scriptural errors.
Several weeks ago, Erickson scolded Cummings over his biblical positions. Cummings didn't respond at the time. But a few days ago, Cummings returned the scolding by attacking Erickson over a couple of his recent offerings. Those were Erickson's assault of the First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon's recent approval of same-sex marriages and of Erickson wrapping his arms around "The Nashville Statement."
A group of religious leaders from around the country met in Nashville last month and cobbled together the statement. It's a 14-point doctrine that primarily stated the group's belief that the Holy Bible is inerrant and reaffirmed the group's belief that homosexuality is a grievous sin.
Erickson was one of the original signers of the statement.
While taking issue with the First Baptist Church's position on same-sex marriages, Erickson pointed out that the Bible condemns homosexuality and is highly explicit in its condemnation. Erickson's right about that, Cumming wrote, while quoting Leviticus 20:13 which says "They must be put to death."
Cummings also underscores other Old Testament passages dealing with disobedient children, people who curse their parents and people who commit adultery. Cummings suggests that those who believe in inerrant scriptures might want to round those sinners up, take them to the Macon Coliseum and stone them to death as the Bible instructs.
He also cites New Testament passages that say women must be silent in church and that a slave's master will attack him during the night and cut him to pieces.
In wrapping up his opinions, Cummings writes, " ask Erick if he really wants to stone all those people. Will he follow scripture, or, will he, as he says of others, "'excuse and explain it all away, lying to himself that he has a biblical basis to do the un-Biblical?'"
Erickson hasn't responded to Cummings' attack yet. But Erickson hasn't been one to shy away from controversy or from an opportunity to attack those who attack him.
Before the the Cumming/Erickson feud ends, it could make the recent Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor light middle-weight title fight look like a church social without the $300 million purse.
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