On Easter Sunday, ordained minister Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) claimed that the Christian holiday meant to honor Jesus Christ’s resurrection is about more than just Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves.—Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) April 4, 2021
Workers sent it out without the senator’s permission. Conservatives, notably those on the religious right, pounced on the tweet almost instantly. Jenna Ellis, a former counsel for former President Donald Trump, slammed the accusation as “heresy.”
Christian author Benjamin Watson called the sentiment “heresy.”
“Easter is not a story for moral motivation toward good works. The resurrection reveals our INABILITY to save ourselves in this life or the next, proving Jesus alone holds that power. Urging people to help others need not come at the expense of doctrine. To do so is heresy,”
Let’s just presume it didn’t go down particularly well:
Politics aside, this is false teaching. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
Romans 1:16 https://t.co/wanGby2thI
— Kristi Leigh (@KristiLeighTV) April 4, 2021
“This is a heresy”:
This is a heresy. We cannot save ourselves. https://t.co/KJXvzSqlXA
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) April 4, 2021
On Easter Sunday, no less:
Just casually tweeting out some heresy on Easter Sunday https://t.co/eQMKp5Z4Y7
— Cliff Sims (@Cliff_Sims) April 4, 2021
Maybe he didn’t go to school that day?
Literally not the meaning of Easter at all https://t.co/mnPt5u7Vf9
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) April 4, 2021
Choose Your Own Adventure theology is a cancer. https://t.co/yT6w4dZcdx
— Ellen Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) April 4, 2021
I feel like we could use a lot more theological discussion in this country. This is a statement that seems made only to appeal to people who don’t know much about Christianity. https://t.co/C8zuWVz6Xk
— Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) April 4, 2021
No. The resurrection of Christ is the entire meaning of Christianity – without it there is death and the grave for Christ. https://t.co/2vkxMfCiUA
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) April 4, 2021
— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) April 4, 2021
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Col.) said Sunday on social media, “Jesus, uncanceled.” ???
The only thing more obnoxious than “cancel culture” is the people who refuse to learn what it is or how to use the term correctly. For the record, Christ was not chased from his job and compelled to open a Substack account because of a “bad” joke or opinion. He was murdered by the Roman Empire based on false allegations of blasphemy brought by religious authorities. Also, and perhaps we shouldn’t think too hard about this, Christ was never “canceled.” He was victorious over death. That’s the whole point.