On the Self-professed Claim of Defection by Anne Rice
And so we have it, Anne Rice has left the building. She announced recently to the world that she is done with Christianity but still ‘committed to Christ’.
I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being ‘Christian’ or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen
Ms. Rice’s comments ring with an interesting commentary, but unfortunately she is off kilter. You cannot be committed to Christ and reject Scripture. You cannot be committed to Christ and be pro-homosexual for the Word is clear that God created the woman for the man and using our body parts for unintended purposes is an insult to our Creator. (1 Cor. 6:9; Romans 1:22-27) You cannot be committed to Christ and be pro-feminism for God has made each gender with a designated function and purpose which is unrelated to debates of worth and value. Men are men and women are women and we are different by design. You cannot upturn the rank, role and responsibilities of mankind and still claim Christ.
You cannot be committed to Christ and be a secular humanist for to put man above God is to exalt idolatry over proper worship. See the first commandment – and that restriction includes making men gods. It is also the case that you do not have to be a Republican to be a believer, nor do you have to divorce your brain at the door. You do not have reject science for pure and right science supports all the God has said. Only conjecture-driven, pseudo-science opposes the Word of God.
All that being said, I will admit that some of her comments ring loudly with a smattering of truth. Rejecting a quarrelsome and hostile group is a good thing. In fact, remember the words of Paul when he said that “the Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” (2Timothy 2:24-26) We should avoid those pitfalls, yet that does not mean we reject the church or Christianity for the true followers of Christ concur with all that Scripture teaches.
She continued in her internet posting with another commentary –
My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn’t understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me. But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been, or might become.
Here is another definitional problem whereby Ms. Rice has confused true biblical love with worldly sentimentalism and emotion. To her, God is a tolerant Lord who accepts everyone and who is the epitome of a hippie-Jesus love affair god with no sense of justice, holiness or truth. While it is true that God is love, He is also a jealous fire and a God of wrath who will utterly destroy all those who continue in their sins and transgressions.
So Ms. Rice has left what she was really never a part of to begin with as John tells us, “They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us.” (1John 2:19) She defected from a false religion of her own device and has in the process embraced even more error. Pray that the Lord opens her heart to see Him clearly.