Eric Metaxas has now gone anti-vax. On both Twitter and his radio show he has pushed conspiracy theories related to vaccines and COVID-19. This post looks at Eric Metaxas descent into becoming an anti-vax and finds it ironic that the Bonhoeffer author would most likely be challenged by Bonhoeffer himself. Bonhoeffer with how he viewed community and sacrifice would most likely encourage Christians to take the vaccine. Its irresponsible for someone like Eric Metaxas to spread conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 vaccine.
“Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.”
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.
Luke 9:23-24 NIV
There has been some developments recently with Eric Metaxas. I have been writing about him for a while but its time to do another update. The last time I wrote about Eric Metaxas I asked the question if he was being radicalized in a similar manner as to how some are radicalized into Al Qaeda. Its an issue as radicalization on the internet is a concern among law enforcement agencies. You can read the post in, “Are White Evangelicals Being Radicalized? Are There Growing Similarities Between Eric Metaxas Who Said He Would Die for Trump’s Cause and Al Qaeda’s Anwar al- Awlaki?” Eric Metaxas was supposed to represent the intellectual side of evangelicalism. He attended Yale and was a part of the culture at that Ivy League school. Then he wrote books about William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Metaxas was viewed as an academic heavy hitter and intellectual. He was supposed to the big gun when it came to a deeper, intellectual faith. Today he pushes conspiracy theories and is now anti vax. What happened?
Eric Metaxas Has Gone Fully Anti-Vax
The roots of Eric Metaxas going fully anti-vax began last year. In May of 2020 Eric Metaxas had Kent Heckenlively on his radio show. Kent Heckenlively is known for his anti-vax conspiracy theories and pushed a documentary on the plandemic. This blog wrote about it last year in, “Evangelical “Intellectual” Eric Metaxas Continues His Decline as he Hosts Anti-Vaccine Conspiracy Theorist Kent Heckenlively on his Radio Show.” On March 28, 2021 Metaxas discouraged people from getting the Covid-19 in the following tweet. Note I am blocked my Metaxas I grabbed the tweet from Warren Throckmorton’s website.
On April 9, 2021 Eric Metaxas on his radio show pushed conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 vaccine. Metaxas declared that the pandemic is over and also is saying that the vaccines people are using are not approved by the FDA. (Note the vaccines were approved by the FDA you can read about that here, here, here, and here) He pushed a doctor, who I will not name at this site, who pushes conspiracy theories about the vaccine. Metaxas is intent in saying that the vaccine can have long term health consequences as well. Metaxas said that he is going to educate and share the information with his newsletter subscribers. Metaxas also said that the New York Times is persecuting him again. And then Eric Metaxas is now pushing the My Pillow guy. You can watch this in the video below. Start at about the ten minute mark.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Would Take the Vaccine and Its Time to Cancel Eric Metaxas
I find it incredible. It stuns me. That the man who many evangelicals hold in high esteem would advocate something that Dietrich Bonhoeffer would disagree with. Years ago in a Bible study at National Community Church we read The Cost of Discipleship. Bonhoeffer wrote about serving and sacrificing for others And he wrote about this in the context of following Jesus and how the gospel is cheapened so that eventually grace could be sold for monetary profit. Also in the book Bonhoeffer the following which I will lift from Wikipedia.
Unfortunately, “monasticism was represented as an individual achievement which the mass of the laity could not be expected to emulate”; the commandments of Jesus were limited to “a restricted group of specialists” and a double standard arose: “a maximum and a minimum standard of church obedience.” This was dangerous, Bonhoeffer says, because whenever the church was accused of being too worldly, it could always point to monasticism as “the opportunity of a higher standard within the fold – and thus justify the other possibility of a lower standard for others.” So the monastic movement, instead of serving as a pointer for all Christians, became a justification for the status quo.
Bonhoeffer remarks how this was rectified by Luther at the Reformation, when he brought Christianity “out of the cloister.” However, he thinks that subsequent generations have again cheapened the preaching of the forgiveness of sins, and this has seriously weakened the church: “The price we are having to pay today in the shape of the collapse of the organised church is only the inevitable consequence of our policy of making grace available to all at too low a cost. We gave away the word and sacraments wholesale, we baptised, confirmed, and absolved a whole nation without condition. Our humanitarian sentiment made us give that which was holy to the scornful and unbelieving… But the call to follow Jesus in the narrow way was hardly ever heard.“
Bonhoeffer believed in a sacrificial Christianity where faith was not cheap. He warned of cheap grace and in this context this blog believes that Bonhoeffer would be getting the COVID-19 and encouraging other Christians to take it also. It would be in direct contrast to what Eric Metaxas is doing.
Its really time for the world to put an end to this dangerous nonsense. People like Eric Metaxas out of ignorance are going to get people killed. And contribute to the problem. Metaxas needs to be challenged and called out so that we can end this pandemic and move forward. Oh and by the way, the pandemic is not over. Many want it to be, but me especially. But the pandemic is still ongoing. People like Eric Metaxas are deeply irresponsible and their reckless behavior is deadly. Its time to cancel such irresponsibility. People like Eric Metaxas should not have a platform. With platforms and power comes responsibility which Eric Metaxas has none of. If this is the intellectual side of evangelicalism then Metaxas shows us how ethically and morally bankrupt it is. The rot in evangelicalism runs deep.