Peter Liddle - 2x2 Worker in UK
Peter Liddle is a 2x2 worker in the UK and was the companion to Percy Watkins when Percy Watkins committed suicide.
Peter Liddle publicly stated at the funeral of his companion Percy Watkins (who committed suicide) that "[Jesus Christ] said that no one is good, not even himself." Here's the exact quote and context.
One other thought, Percy was a humble man. The verse that's been coming to my mind is the time that man came to Jesus and he said 'Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.' Jesus had a lot to do with sinners, he had a lot to do with self-righteous religious people, and he had a lot to do with some of the best men living on earth at that time, and He said that no one is good, not even himself. No one is good but my Father in Heaven. We're thankful for that- that none of us are good, we all need the mercy of God - we all need the cleansing that Jesus affords, and we're grateful for the hope that we have today.
Now how in the world could someone professing to be a Christian think that Jesus Christ (God in the flesh) is not good? And to top this off, why in the world would someone be grateful that "none of us are good" (including Jesus Christ)? How in the world could you have any comfort without the perfect, good, sinless Messiah?
What the Bible Actually Says
Mat 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Jesus Christ asked the man "Why callest thou me good?". It's a rhetorical question. He could have said "Why are you calling me 'Good Master'. Only God is good. Therefore, are you calling me 'Good Master' because you see that I am God? Jesus Christ told him to keep the commandments. The man says he did (he lied). Jesus Christ caught him in his lie, and the man went away sorrowful. The whole conversation revealed that the man loved money more than God and had broken the commandments of God. The man failed to admit his sin and need of God (the very One he was talking to. There is similar conversation with the woman at the well in John 4. But she sees her need and finally realizes who she is talking with - Jesus Christ, God: See below
Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. ....The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Joh 4:26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.... And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
My Comments On Peter Liddle's Public Speech
Peter Liddle's Reply
It's unfortunate that the sentence, "One other thought, Percy was a humble man", was not included at the beginning of the paragraph quoted, as this might have made my point clearer. Jesus' words came to mind in reference to the humility we saw in Percy. I think that every one of the numerous people present at Percy's funeral - people who knew him - would say that Percy was good; but to be called good meant very little to Percy.
My Comment on Peter Liddle's Reply
You may say to me, "Brad, you're being too harsh", "Peter was just trying to apologize." and I say "No, let me explain."
Years ago, when I was mistreated by the workers and beginning to see their craftiness and manipulation, I was talking with a worker, who quoted two verses to me and made a statement. He quoted two verses and used them in a way to insinuate they meant something different than their context indicated. And then his statement was obviously supposed to be a conclusion of those two verses. That's how we make reasoning. You state your beliefs and arrive at a logical conclusion. But his conclusion was ridiculous. So I told him, that the verses he quoted were not about the situation, and his conclusion was wrong based on those verses. He replied and told me that he simply quoted two verse and made a statemenet. In other words, he was just quoting scripture to make things sound good, and made his statement as to his intentions regardless of the scripture. And this is again what I see with Peter Liddle. His misquote got caught. His twisting of scripture got caught. The belief of the 2x2s was exposed. He admitted he misquoted scripture and doesn't want to debate it. I believe they hate the light of day.
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