SPARKLE CREED SPARKS A FUROR
By Akin Ojumu
Regardless of how often you grace the Church assembly with your presence, the Apostles’ Creed is something you are probably familiar with. Even if you are a nominal Christian, who goes to Church once a year on New Year’s Eve, you must have recited the Apostle’s Creed on one of those rare visits.
Written about 150 years after the death of the last Apostle, the Apostles’ Creed encapsulates the Christian doctrine as taught by the Apostles. While not specifically found in the Bible, the Apostles’ Creed succinctly summarizes the fundamental beliefs of Christianity in a few short words.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.
Well, what do you know? Like everything else that he corrupts into rottenness, Satan has desecrated the Apostles’ Creed. There’s now a new wokenized version of the Apostle Creed. Written to appease the LGBTQ+ moral debauchery, the “Sparkle Creed'' is the unholy version of a Holy thing. This creed of reprobate minds is a distortion of a sacred ordinance.
Thus, the “Sparkle Creed” reads:
I believe in the non-binary God
whose pronouns are plural.
I believe in Jesus Christ their child
who wore a fabulous tunic
and had two dads
and saw everyone as a sibling child of God.
I believe in the rainbow spirit
who shatters our image of one white light
and refracts it into a rainbow of gorgeous diversity.
I believe in the church of everyday saints
as numerous, creative, and resilient
as patches on the ace quilt.
Whose feet are grounded in mud
and whose eyes gaze at the stars in wonder.
I believe in the calling to each of us
that love is love is love.
So beloved, let us love.
I believe, glorious God, help my unbelief.
As can be expected, this open assault on an ancient Christian credo has drawn the ire of the Christian community. Labelling it as nothing but idolatry, heresy, and absolute insanity, irate Believers vociferously lambast the viral clip of a progressive Lutheran church, led by a female priest, reciting the “Sparkle Creed.” This is yet another attempt at sanctifying ungodliness in the public space.
Like other Christians who have seen the Sparkle Creed, I’m as mad as hell. Incensed, infuriated, enraged, and outraged – those adjectives don’t even begin to describe the righteous indignation rushing through my veins. To even compose myself, put my thoughts together, to write this is a herculean task. In my fury and furor, though, I’m reminded of the parable of tares sown among the wheat.
“Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. “But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away...” (Matthew 13:14-30).
This world is the Lord’s field, Satan is the enemy, and true Believers are the Lord’s servants. The job of the Lord’s servants is to sow seed – which is the Gospel of salvation – in the field of the Master. The wheat are those who are saved through the preaching of the Gospel. Resistance from Satan is to be expected. As the seed of the Gospel is sown, the enemy of God is surely going to come and plant his tares in the midst.
“So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. “The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth…”’” (Matthew 13:36-43).
Nevertheless, the foundation of God shall stand. The will of the Lord shall prevail. At the end of age, the Master’s wheat shall be preserved, and the enemy’s tares shall be burnt up in the lake of fire.