What Would Jesus Say To…

My wife called me the other day and I could tell from her tone of voice that something had upset her.  She informed me that she had listened to a sermon review by Chris Rosebrough of Pirate Christian Radio.  She then proceeded to tell me that Chris had done a sermon review of a series that Ed Young, Jr, was going through down at Fellowship Church outside of Dallas.  Apparently Mr. Young (sorry, after listening to the review myself, I can’t in good conscious call him a pastor of the Gospel of Jesus Christ) has started a series on what he “imagines” that Jesus would say to several famous people alive today.  In the episode that Chris Rosebrough reviewed, Mr. Young was teaching on what Jesus would say to Ellen Degeneres. 

The message itself is about 40 minutes long and really reveals what Ed Young believes about the Gospel.  I will admit that he does say that the lifestyle that Ellen chooses to live, one of homosexuality, is a sin, but it is only in the last 3-4 minutes of the message that he does this.  The rest of the message is Ed Young “speculating” on what Jesus would say and he spends an inordinate amount of time “speculating” that Jesus would highly affirm Ellen.  While I do agree with Ed Young that we Christians can be extremely harsh and hard on those not in the faith, I do not agree with Mr. Young’s caricature of what I would consider proper evangelistic preaching on sin and repentance.  Matter of fact, I don’t recall Mr. Young once calling on Ellen to repent of her lifestyle.  He basically says that Jesus would say to her that her choice of lifestyle “is not the best choice”  which sounds eerily similar to Joel Osteen’s views on the homosexual lifestyle.

If you care to listen for yourself, here is the link.  You will need to skip forward in the program a little past half way to find where Chris reviews the sermon, but there is a lot of stuff that might be of interest if you listen to the whole thing. 

By the way, Chris, if you happen to read this blog, I have to say that I am beginning to wonder if you are going “soft” lately as there were several places in the sermon by Mr. Young where I thought you could have easily commented on his improper use of the scriptural passages he was using to justify and explain his reasoning.  Maybe you were leaving your thoughts out so that I could think of what I would say as I was listening.

Daily Roundup

Incredible Images of the Milky Way – If these images don’t fill you with awe of God and make you feel incredibly small, I fear you have too high an opinion of yourself.

The Shorter Catechism Explained – This is a link to a .pdf file that clarify’s, through a series of questions and answers, the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

John the Baptist’s Doubt – Even with his doubts, there remained in John a deep, unshakable trust in Jesus. Jesus would tell him the truth. He just needed to hear from him again and so do we.

Some People Just Don’t React Well To Anesthesia – Lets through a little levity into our Monday morning.  This is a hilarious video of a woman who is just waking up from anesthesia after having her wisdom teeth removed.

Chris Rosebrough’s Museum of Idolatry – I am constantly amazed at the things church’s will do. 

Quote:

As the minister speaks to the ear, Christ speaks, opens, and unlocks the heart at the same time; and gives it power to open, not from itself, but from Christ…. The manner of working of the reasonable creature, is to work freely by a sweet inclination, not by violence. Therefore when he works the work of conversion, he doth it in a sweet manner, though it be mighty for the efficaciousness of it. – Richard Sibbes

 

Museum of Idolatry

Extra, Extra, Read All About It – Spiderman kiss recreated at Church by the Glades in Florida.

I bet Chris Rosebrough is apoplectic over some of the stuff he puts on his Museum of Idolatry website.   The lengths Pastors (cough) will go to to be relevant to their congregations is just astounding to me.  Check it out at this link if you dare.

Daily Roundup

Are We Too “At Ease” – Interesting article that ought to make us think about the way we look at our lives in the Western world.

Future Grace Revised Edition Book Recommendation – I have read the original version twice and highly recommend that if you haven’t read it, or even if you have, that you get this book and devour it.

Delaware the First State to Outlaw Spanking? – Another sign of the times in governmental control over our lives and our ability to raise our families.

Mark Driscoll Needs to Repent – Chris Rosebrough reviews Mark Driscoll’s latest sermon on Esther.

Creeds and Confession in the Contemporary Church – An audio file where Dr. Carl R. Trueman discuss’s the important role of creeds and confessions in the church through his book The Creedal Imperative.

Elements of Productive Bible Study – Part 2 – The second part of yesterday’s initial post on Bible study.

Quote:

By entertaining of strange persons, men sometimes entertain angels unawares: but by entertaining of strange doctrines, many have entertained devils unaware. – John Flavel

Chris Rosebrough’s Museum of Idolatry

Obviously not for the faint of heart, but it is what the evangelical community has had to resort too since it can’t be the true Church.  With songs and preaching like this, it won’t be long before the evangelical church’s have to resort to even more vile things to draw a crowd.  These video’s were inducted into the Museum of Idolatry from Ignite Church in Joplin, MO, and they certainly deserve the induction.