Open Letter to Sarah Palin
Dear Sarah Palin:
You profess to be an Evangelical Christian. So, I have several questions to ask you:
you really think that you can truthfully call yourself an Evangelical
Christian political leader when your own household is
still unrepentant and living in sin?
As a professing Evangelical, why do you keep making excuses for your teenage daughter who is an unwed mother?
Why are you sending a message to teenage Christians that fornication is OK and marriage is optional and at their convenience?
You contend that what goes on in your household is a private matter. This is not a private matter. Private conduct is a reflection of a person's true character. The way a woman rules her household is a reflection of her true character. And anyone who wants to be considered a true Evangelical political leader must rule well her own household: "One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)" 1Timothy 3:4, 5.
Sarah Palin, if you do not know how to rule your own children, how shall you rule the children of God?
Instead of ruling your house well, you boast that you are "proud of Bristol's decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents." The Bible condemns this indulgent attitude: "It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you. . . And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned"(1Corinthians 5:1,2).
Instead of expressing shame and sorrow that your household disobeys the Bible, you disgrace Evangelicals by defiantly allowing your daughter to remain a fornicator and your grandson unsanctified.
Shame on you, Sarah Palin!
O ye hypocrite!
And if Larry Kroon, pastor of Wasilla Bible Church where you attend, gives his blessing to your daughter and grandson living in an unsanctified state, shame on him. He deserves a public rebuke.
O ye hypocrite!
Wasilla Bible Church's ’s five core commitments are listed on their Web site http://wasillabible.org/corecommitments.htm:
The Centrality of Christ
By God’s grace everything in the life of this church will revolve around the reality of Jesus Christ – who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do. In the words of the early Church “He is Lord” and will be recognized as such in this church with an absolute allegiance that lifts Him above all others in our hearts, in our homes, and in our congregation. It is His commands that we will obey, His warnings that we will heed, and His promises that we will hold. In every endeavor we will rely upon His power, cherish His presence, and honor His name. We will, in sum, love Him. (John 14:6)
The Authority of Scripture
In order to experience and enjoy the centrality of Christ in our congregational life, we will submit to the authority of the Scriptures. They will be the foundational source of information and direction guiding our exploration of Christ’s reality. The Bible will be used to determine our doctrine, to shape our practice, and even, when needed to settle our differences with the conviction that it is the very Word of God. In all the confusion of varied opinions and above all the claims of religious authority we will hold to the scriptures as the Truth for both faith and practice. In them God has spoken and to them we will listen. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17)
The Priority of Prayer
We will devote ourselves to prayer. In everything we will turn our hearts God-ward and make our requests known with a bold confidence in our Lord’s promise that “everyone who asks receives;and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened." We will work with painstaking diligence and unrelenting perseverance at the full pursuit of that promise for God’s good in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Because there is so much that we cannot do and so much that He will do we will meet every desperate need, every heavy burden, every anxious worry and every deep desire with prayer. In all things we take it that our first task for God is to ask God. (Colossians 4:2)
Authenticity in our Spiritual Life
We are not here to pretend. We desire a real and genuine relationship with God and we will settle for nothing less. We recognize that means that we must be real and genuine in all our life toward God. As Jesus put it, “true worshipers will worship in spirit and truth, for such people the Father seeks to be his worshipers.” We are committed to being such people and will heed our Lord’s call to guard ourselves against all forms of hypocrisy. For us it is a simple matter: we want to live the full reality Jesus made known and there is only one way to really do that – and that is to live it from the heart. At a time when it is extremely hard to live authenticity and yet very easy to look
authentic, we choose the hard course. We will live the God-ward life without pretense or we will not live it at all. (John 4:24)
The first commitment asserts: “In the words of the early Church 'He is Lord' and will be recognized as such in this church with an absolute allegiance that lifts Him above all others in our hearts, in our homes, and in our congregation."
Now as a “Bible” church, how can you truthfully say that you have an absolute allegiance that lifts Him above all others in our hearts, in our homes, and in our congregation? “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints” (Ephesians 5:3). How can you truthfully claim absolute allegiance that lifts Christ above all others in your hearts, your homes, and in your congregation when you allow unwed mothers and their bastard children to continue to live without the sanctity of marriage?
O ye hypocrites!
The second commitment states: ". . . we will hold to the scriptures as the Truth for both faith and practice. In them God has spoken and to them we will listen."
The Bible declares: "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience" (Colossians 3:5).
Does Pastor Kroon approve of your unwed daughter living in an unsanctified state? Or because you are the governor, does he ignore the shame that it brings on the church and on Christ?
O ye hypocrite!
And the fourth core commitment boasts: “We . . . will heed our Lord’s call to guard ourselves against all forms of hypocrisy. . . At a time when it is extremely hard to live authentically and yet very easy to look authentic, we choose the hard course. We will live the God-ward life without pretense or we will not live at all.”
Now, how can you say that you are an authentic or true Christian when you allow your unwed daughter and bastard grandson to continue to live in an unsanctified state? Oh, the sinful message that it sends to Christian youth! To think that Christianity has fallen into such a disgrace that whoredom is no longer condemned in the church by professing Christians! Instead of condemning fornication a sin, the Church condemns feeling shame a sin!
Sarah Palin, as a professing Evangelical political leader, you smile and wink in approval of fornication!
It is a disgrace.
It is a disgrace to Wasilla Bible Church.
It is a disgrace to the Church – the body of Christ.
It is a disgrace to Christ.
Instead of instructing your daughter in the way of righteousness to marry and sanctify herself and her child, you allow her to willfully live the life of an unrepentant sinner. But her body is not her own. Paul instructs us in his first letter to the Corinthians (chapter 6):
13 Now the body is not for fornication, but for the
Lord; and the Lord for the body.
. . .
know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is
in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in
your spirit, which are God’s.
And Paul continues in chapter 7:
It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own
wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
I wonder. . . did Pastor Kroon counsel Bristol and Levi Johnston, the father of the child, to marry? If he failed to instruct these youth to marry and sanctify their relationship and sanctify the birth of their bastard, shame on him!
Woe to the cowardly pastor who fails to instruct wayward youth to repent!
O ye hypocrite!
Does Wasilla Bible Church instruct their youth according to the Bible? "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity" (1Timothy 4:12).
O ye hypocrites!
Sarah Palin, rule your household well. Shame and godly sorrow that leads to repentance is the way of righteousness. Instruct your daughter in the way of righteousness - to marry as quickly as possible. “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
Until you bring your children under subjection, you are not fit to represent Evangelical Christians in public office.
Woe to the indulgent mother who smiles and winks at her wayward child that walks the path of unrighteousness!
In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not (1 Samuel 3: 12, 13).
O ye hypocrite!
Shame on you, Sarah Palin.
Serving our Lord Jesus Christ and Savior,
Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.