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.