I am going to forcefully limit myself to a single post about Ray McCauley unless he does something this hypocritical or annoying again, otherwise I could continue ranting eternally.

Ray McCauley, popular South African televangelist, founder and leader of a 40 000 strong congregation and the Rhema Bible Church, which even has its own channel, is getting divorced for the second time.

Times Live: Pastor Ray to Divorce Again

Charisma News Online: South African Pastor Ray McCauley to Divorce

This is certainly not the height of religious or Christian hypocrisy, I'm aware, but this is most definitely not righteous, and not enough people are calling him on this. When he broke the news to his congregation he did so by inviting 300 pastors over to tell them first, just to keep them on his side during this debacle. Christians, in my experience, avoid divorce at all costs. The churches offer intensive marital therapy and couples' counselling, all to protect the "sacred covenant" of marriage instead of just admitting that the church, let alone marriage, is a money-making racket like no other. Ray McCauley himself is worth over R30 000 000 today.

The Bible clearly and explicitly states that divorce is immoral, but the nature of Christianity is such that anyone can sin because a simple confession purifies you of sin so that you can live on guilt free. How people reconcile this with religion being the basis of morality will always astound me.

Online Confession

Matthew 5:32
But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

My initial thought when I read this was that it was easy for men to work around this verse to make it that divorce only taints the woman but not the man, until I saw these...

Matthew 19:9
I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.

Matthew 19:6
So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate

Ephesians 5:31
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh

1 Corinthians 7:10-11
To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

So how exactly does Pastor Ray McCauley reconcile what the Bible says, indeed, what he preaches, with how he is living his life? I do not have a problem with divorce, I have a problem with hiding behind medieval morals when it suits an institution financially, but then doing the complete opposite simply because their faithful, sheep-like congregation will never question their motives or morals because they're too blind to think for themselves, let alone for someone else as well. I don't have a problem with the average Christian who considers themselves literal interpreters of the Bible getting divorced, although I do have a problem with the Bible itself since it is dangerously open to interpretation and many have taken advantage of this. However, the average Joe Soap can hardly be expected to be a well-read theologist, nor can they be expected to conform to some idealistic, painfully simplistic, irrational world-view, despite their belief system. But a leader of an entire Church franchise and tens of thousands of people going against the word of God is not just annoying. It's irresponsible.

More hypocritical Christian thought leaders.
Cheating minister guilty of murdering his wife.
Methodist pastor guilty of immoral conduct.
New Jersey pastor pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud.
DeKalb pastor found guilty of molesting a teen.
Youth pastor John Picard found guilty of 42 charges of sexual battery.
Ted Haggard admits to homosexual interactions and buying meth.
Kent Hovind, creationist astronomer, sentenced to ten years in prison on charges of fraud.

etc etc the Pope etc etc

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Comment by Reggie on March 21, 2010 at 1:05pm
Post rationalization is a powerful thing.
Comment by Todd on March 21, 2010 at 6:46pm
Ambrose Bierce had it right a century ago when he defined a christian as

One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.

If religion were a country, hypocrisy would be it's biggest export. The funny thing about the verses against divorce is that they are not only in the "new testament, but some of the verses are attributed to Jesus. Christians selectively quote the "old testament" all the time, but they have much less wiggle room here. Of course, they still manage to simply ignore these verses when it suits them.

Unfortunately, this guy can be a giant hypocrite because his followers are stupid enough to let him get away with it. Sure, he may lose one or two, but the majority will remain and continue to give him money.


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