Ripping Out the Truth

Don’t like a Bible passage? Just rip it out! That seems to be the mindset of some. Most anti-Bible folks just rip the thoughts of God or His “rules” from their minds; but some take it a step further. In fact, Lord of the Rings star Ian McKellan says he routinely tears out the Bible page with Leviticus 18:22 when he finds a copy of the scriptures in his hotel room, apparently attempting to make the scriptures more gay-friendly. The passage condemns homosexuality, saying, “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable” (NIV). The Contemporary English Version says it plainly: “It is disgusting for a man to have sex with another man.”

According to Popeater.ca (Canada) and reported in Prophecy News Watch (Nov. 6), the openly homosexual McKellen asserted in an interview with Details magazine that his actions have inspired others to follow his example. “I got delivered a package of 40 of those pages that had been torn out by a married couple I know,” he said. They put them on a bit of string so that I could hang it up in the bathroom.”

Not only is McKellan defacing property that doesn’t belong to him, he is badly mistaken if he believes that the ripped out pages change one smidgen of God’s Word. Matthew 24:35 tells us that God’s words will never pass away. Paul says we are not to pervert the gospel (Galatians 1:6-9) and John, in Revelation 22:18-19, said we are not to add to or take away from the scriptures.

I don’t know whether McKellan claims to be a believer, but he sounds like a “natural” man. In the Amplified Bible, 1 Corinthians 2:14 describes the natural man: “But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.”

McKellan says he is “not proudly defacing the book,” because his choice was “between removing that page and throwing away the whole Bible.” It seems a better choice would be to heed the Word of God!

What would you tell Sir McKellan, if God gave you an opportunity to share the truth of scripture?

Want to read more? "Exposing the Devil's Work" (on Christian worldview), or "Lorem Ipsum" (on biblical discernment)

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