I have been called a Bible thumper by Christians and non-Christians simply because I quote scriptures to back a position on a topic as if it was a bad thing to do so. I Googled “Bible thumper” and found: “Used as a disparaging term for a Christian, especially a fundamentalist or
evangelical Christian, considered to be overly zealous in haranguing or censuring others” and “In the bible thumper’s opinion all moral issues are determined by what the bible says, chapter and verse, as the bible thumper quotes.” The slur comes from preachers that thump on their Bible while preaching to emphasize the Bible as the authority. It is interesting to me that the words “Christian” and “Baptist” started out as slurs.
Some quotes to me personally: “You bible thumpers are making the rest of us Christians look like uptight Right Wing Bigots! Get out of GOD’s way! Bible Thumpers just thump and talk. They like to show off what they know of scripture… You can use as much scripture as you like to back up your position, you are as a clanging bell! I don’t care how much scripture you know! I have learned more scripture through music than any bible study class. Your apparent extensive knowledge of the Bible is annoying.” and on it goes.
While I understand some preachers do harangue and belittle people with the Word, most do not. I decided to see who quoted scripture to make a point. It turns out Jesus was a Bible thumper because he quoted scripture and said, “It is written.” The Matthew, Mark, Luke, James and Paul, quoted scripture. Many preachers from many different denominations would be called Bible thumpers today: Leonard Ravenhill, Billy Sunday, D.L. Moody, Martin Luther, John & Charles Wesley, George Whitfield and others.
The Bible is the proper authority and says that a Christian thing to do is preach the Word. The Word will either bring a person to repentance or make them mad. I do not try to make anyone mad. If quoting scripture makes me a Bible thumper, then so be it.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” II Timothy 3:16. “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” II Timothy 4:2-3.
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