“Christian” radio station WORD-101.5 FM in Pittsburgh fired talk show host Marty Minto for discussing the recently deceased Pope’s final destiny. In an answer to a caller’s question, Minto expressed doubts concerning Pope John Paul II’s entrance into heaven. The three year running show, “Talking Truth with Marty Minto” asked, “Can You Handle The Truth?” From the sound of things the stations management answered with a “no.” The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports the firing .
“As far as I’m concerned, I was doing what I’ve always done on the radio — look at events around the world from a biblical perspective,” said Minto. “I’ve always been willing to talk about controversial subjects.” Apparently, the biblical way of salvation proved too controversial for the Pittsburgh station who didn’t want to “alienate listeners” with references to John 3.
“I said the question of whether a person is born again is something personal, something between an individual and the Creator,” Minto said. “I believe it was a legitimate topic to discuss.” General manager Chuck Gratner disagreed.
In the days following the Pope’s demise, many rightly lauded the pontiffs’ “courageous stand against Communism, his bold defense of human dignity and human life, and his robust and substantial defense of truth in the face of postmodernism,” but most evangelicals covered their mouth’s when it came to the question of whether those good deeds could merit God’s favor. After all, if anyone could be justified by their own moral goodness, surely John Paul II would be a shoe-in. (Galatians 3:10-14) At least that’s what the theological silence seemed to be saying to millions as leading evangelical voices hit the mute button on the protestant reformation.
Minto said, “I made it clear that the discussion was not an attack on the character of the pope but, rather, a look at the teachings — not only of John Paul, but the Catholic Church in general.” Reformed protestants believe that God grants salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. The Roman Catholic Church denounces that theological affirmation and anathematizes any one who holds to it. Its a sad day when a so-called “Christian” radio station deems the heart of the gospel as off limits for discussion.