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Ken Hutcherson: No Work, No Food

Timothy Kincaid

December 5th, 2008

Rev. Ken Hutcherson, pastor of Antioch Bible Church, is fond of the spotlight. Sadly, that spotlight often reveals a person who is hard of heart and full of bitterness towards his fellow man.

I’m sure there are few who are unaware that this country is currently experiencing difficult times. Many people are finding themselves, due to no fault of their own, to be facing financial difficulties and some are suffering severe hardship. The Seattle Times has an article about how tent cities are springing up due to the foreclosure crisis and the rising unemployment rate.

Thirty-five year old Karissa Vaugh in Seattle is a tent city resident.

“As soon as I lost my job, I kinda of lost my place to live and came here,” Vaughn told CBN News. “This is something that, you know, it could happen to anybody. And the preconceived notions I had maybe before about homeless people are out the window.”

Aaron Beachage once lived in a $1,200 a month apartment. He now lives out of his van parked at the tent city.

“I have been homeless about three months,” he said. “I found myself in this predicament through my job as a truck driver, losing my job.

Although Karissa Vaugh may have had her notions about homeless people challenged, but Hutcherson appears to have held onto his views:

“Our Saviour died to keep us off the cross. I don’t think he’d be satisfied keeping us in tents,” Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Wash., said.

“I think the Bible gives it to us straight, if you don’t work, you don’t eat,” he said. “We’re supposed to give hands up, not hand outs to the point of letting people stay the way they are.”

As someone who is fairly conservative and skeptical about many social programs, I’m frankly shocked. Though raised in conservative Christian circles, I find this example of heartlessness to be extreme beyond anything I’ve experienced.

I do support the idea that education and responsibility is preferable to a lifetime of cash disbursements. And I recognize that there are some few who are lazy and will abuse any charity.

But come on!! Times are hard and people are hurting. And there just aren’t many people who are willing to brave Seattle’s winter in a tent if they had other options.

And as for what Our Saviour gave to us straight, we can find that in the 25th Chapter of Matthew:

34″Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

41″Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44″They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45″He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46″Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

For the sake of Hutcherson’s soul, I sincerly hope he was misquoted.

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JT
December 5th, 2008 | LINK

Good luck finding that soul. He’s repeatedly demonstrated that, like the Grinch, his soul is several sizes too small for his big mouth.

Narc
December 5th, 2008 | LINK

“We’re supposed to give hands up, not hand outs…”

And that’s exactly why Jesus made his followers pick up all the trash on the beach at the Sea of Gallilee before they could have any of the loaves or fishes.

AlexM
December 5th, 2008 | LINK

Timothy, your previous article may be about attacks on Christianity, but I believe the true attack on Christianity is by people like Ken Hutcherson and James Dobson. These people espouse a faith system extremely un-Christ like, yet at the same time they attack more moderate believers — those who truly try to follow what Christ taught — as ‘unchristian’.

David
December 6th, 2008 | LINK

Timothy,

If you think this is extreme behavior….have I got some stories for you!

Thom
December 6th, 2008 | LINK

Nice piece, and nice follow-up. I don’t know how these people can miss Jesus’ radical message- God is Love, and what you do to other people, my beloved, you do to me.

Ephilei
December 6th, 2008 | LINK

Among other things, Hutcherson gets his theology about the cross wrong. Jesus didn’t die to keep us off the cross but as an example and to show us the way to the Cross.

Bill Ware
December 6th, 2008 | LINK

On Nov 30, on a Charisma forum thread about praying for Obama as President, a quote similar to yours of Matthew 25:34-40 was followed by this:

More than three years ago, a family kicked their son, a sophomore in high school, out of the house when they found out he was gay. The parents of a classmate of my older brother took him in and raised him as one of their own till he graduated from high school and headed out on his own.

Jesus asks in Matthew 7: 9 “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Which were true parents to this young gay boy, the ones who kicked him out on the street, or the ones who took him in? Obama wants to ensure that those who find themselves in this sexual minority are treated the same, under the law, as everyone else. Surely he knows what uncalled for discrimination against a minority is all about.

If there are earthly parents who will look after, not only their own children, but the child of their neighbors as well, how much greater is the love of God for all his children, the product of his varied creation, no matter how they are born? So, who is following Jesus’ teaching for those citizens who are lesbian or gay by nature, Obama who is promoting equal treatment for all, or those of you who would treat our lesbian and gay neighbors like crap?

You may pray for Obama however you wish. As for me, I pray that he will follow Jesus’ teachings and promote understanding for God’s gay children and ensure they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Not all Christians have forgotten what Jesus’ Gospel teachings are all about.

kevin
December 9th, 2008 | LINK

Hutcherson is a demogogue and con artist. God will have his retribution on him soon enough.

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