Senator Raphael Warnock faced criticism Sunday for a tweet about Easter, saying the “meaning” of the holiday “is more transcendent” than the actual resurrection of Jesus.
The tweet was deleted, but was picked up by websites such as Mediaite and Daily Wire.
“The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” said the lead pastor of the New Ebenezer Baptist Church account. “Whether we are a Christian or not, through a commitment to help others, we can save ourselves.”
There are about 2.3 billion Christians around the world and Easter is one of the holiest days of the year that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. “By doing so, He conquered death and redeemed us from sin if we believe in Him,” according to Christianity.com.
Allie Stuckey, author and podcast host, tweeted: “There is nothing more transcendent than the resurrection of the God-man, Jesus. Literally: His resurrection transcends our finite conceptions of science and rationality. That the Word became flesh, dwelt among us. , then was he killed for our sins only to conquer death 3 days later? “
Warnock gave a Sunday service in which he spoke in part about life and how, with the coronavirus, this season has been “a season of separation.”
“A lonely season,” he said. She pointed out how Mary Magdalene was crying alone outside the tomb of Jesus, and related her experience to how much of life’s suffering, even with support systems like family and friends, is done in solitude.
“There is a way we all hold the shadows at bay, just so we can survive,” he said.
Mediaite noted that Warnock got some advocates on Twitter. MSNBC anchor Joy Reid disagreed with former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis for tweeting that Warnock was spreading “a false gospel and heresy.”
Ellis said that the human condition cannot save itself.
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“The absolute truth and the only meaning of Easter that matters is the literal and physical resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we must accept him as Lord and Savior.”
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She called Warnock a “false teacher”.
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Reid noted that Warnock is the pastor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s church.
“Ma’am, I’m going to take @ReverendoWarnock’s opinion, as pastor and scholar in the Word over yours, if you don’t mind.