“GREEK NUGGETS OR FOOL’S GOLD?” (Part 2 of 2)

 Eric Berne published a book called “Games People Play”. A brilliant best seller.
A theological sequel called
“Games Pastors Play” have Pastors hoping it doesn’t sell one copy!
There is a chapter called

“THE GAMES OF THE GREEK GNOSTIC PASTOR -
HOW MANY GAMES DOES YOUR PASTOR PLAY?”

 #1FEAR OF MAN” a.k.a. “Gasp! Wheeze! Sacre Bleu! Shock! Horror! I’ll be disowned by my Bible College lecturers” (Prov 29:25) a.k.a “My loyalty to God and God’s words is lower than my loyalty to my denomination, church Constitution and fellow pastors”

 #2 “PRIDEFUL HUMILITY” a.k.a. “Aw! Schucks! I’m nothing” (Col 2:18) a.k.a. “I am writing a book on humility and how I attained it” a.k.a. “Wow! Really! Do you think I should have been on the 1611 Translation Committee?” a.k.a. “God is only a sovereign not Almighty” (Gen 17:1)

 #3 “WHITEWASHED TOMBS” a.k.a. “I hope people don’t find out how little I know” a.k.a. “I’ve painted the outside of my theological house in white, but I hope no-one knocks at the door and smells who I really am” (Matt 23:27) a.k.a. “I know little about the English language so I must astound my congregation with my pathetic Greek knowledge to earn my salary.” a.k.a. “But Emperor, you have no clothes on!”

 #4 “DESIRE FOR GREATNESS” a.k.a. “Gee Professor! I think you’re wonderful” a.k.a. “I love the praise of men more than loving the praise of God” (John 12:43)

 #5 “SOULFUL PRAYERS” a.k.a. “Switch the points! I want the train to go on that line” a.k.a. “My will God, not thy will be done” a.k.a “I never read the King James Bible believing it is perfect” a.k.a. “I never read the King James Bible with a desire for the Holy Ghost to help me understand it” a.k.a. “I ‘pray’ that God will know he has chosen the wrong word.”

 #6 “THE PEA UNDER THE CUP” a.k.a. “Mummy! Mummy! How come it’s under that cup now?” a.k.a. “That cloud has no water” (Jude 1:12) a.k.a “The Greek Game” a.k.a. “I simply look up the back of a Strong’s Concordance and chose another English word.”

 #7 “THE ITCH” a.k.a. “Doctor! Doctor! It won’t heal” (Deut 28:27) a.k.a. “After their own lusts, they have chosen me as Pastor, having itching ears” (2Tim 4:3) a.k.a. “What’s this Rash?”

 #8 “PIZZA DREAM” a.k.a. “Too many ingredients” a.k.a. “Widely absorbing what other commentators say but not believing and studying the English of The King James Bible.” (2Tim 2:15) a.k.a. “Casting down vain fantasies of the mind” (2Cor 10:5) a.k.a. “I’m a legend in my own mind”

 #9 “BREAKFAST CEREAL” a.k.a. “Puffed Wheaties and Coco Pops” (Col 2:18) also known as “Theological Balloon-itis” a.k.a. “Theological chair shuffling on the Titanic” a.k.a “HIV-ITIS of the theological world”

 THREE TOOLS USED BY PASTORS TO FIND FOOL’S GOLD

 1. THE GREEK GAME. This game can be played by anyone with a Young’s Concordance.

2. Words are chosen from a GREEK LEXICON rather than a Concordance. Can be played by anyone. Usually by a Pastor with limited understanding of the Greek and less knowledge of the English.

3. TOTALLY FALSE STATEMENTS a.k.a. WILFUL IGNORANCE are made having little Greek knowledge eg ‘agape’ and ‘phileo’ and hundreds of others. Can be played by anyone.

 
Ah! ‘The Greek’ preacher! What must we do? (Matthew 15:14)
As has been said “Head for the hills when Pastors ‘Squeak the Greek’ ”

Commonly known as GREEK-ITIS a.k.a. STIFF-NECKED-ITIS and virtually impossible to cure.
“A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. (Prov 17:10)

 
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 Harley Hitchcock

Thursday 9th September 2021





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