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.
Christ’s Death Guarantees Justification & Glorification for the Elect – I know that in this day and age, many do not believe that Christ died only for an elect group. I used to not believe in this doctrine, but the more I read and studied the Word of God, the more I believe it to be true.
How To Read the Bible – What is the Bible all about? There are two ways of reading it and Tim Keller shows that the Bible is ultimately about Christ.
Who’s Worse, Oprah Winfrey or Joel Osteen? – Todd Friel takes a look at Joel and Oprah on Oprah’s Lifeclass.
Two Recommended Free Resources from Desiring God Ministries – Go grab these two resources and be blessed.
Brothers, Live a Visible, Exemplary, Everyday Life – How do we live our lives as Christians? This ought to make you think about that, especially those who lead the Church.
To be an atheist… – It sure does require a lot of faith, and pride in that faith, to be an atheist.
Does Hebrews 6 Teach That A Christian Can Lose Their Salvation? – Better know the backstory when you read through this passage of Hebrews.
And shall we not rejoice and give thanks? Should we refuse, would not the stones cry out against us? Rejoice then we may and ought. But, O let our rejoicing be in the Lord and run in a religious channel. This, we find, has been the practice of God’s people in all ages. When he was pleased, with a mighty hand and out-stretched arm to lead the Israelites through the Red Sea, as on dry ground, ‘Then sang Moses and the children of Israel. And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand and all the women went out after her. And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the Lord. For he hath triumphed gloriously.’ When God subdued Jabin, the King of Canaan, before the children of Israel, ‘then sang Deborah and Barak on that day, saying, “Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel.”’ When the ark was brought back out of the hands of the Philistines, David, though a king, danced before it.
And, to mention but one instance more, which may serve as a general directory to us on this and such-like occasions: when the great head of the church had rescued his people from the general massacre intended to be executed upon them by a cruel and ambitious Haman, ‘Mordecai sent letters unto all the Jews that were in all the provinces of the King Ahasuerus, both nigh and far, to establish among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and the fifteenth day of the same yearly, as the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow unto joy and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy and of sending portions one to another and gifts to the poor’ [Esther 9:20-22]. And why should we not go and do likewise? – George Whitefield
Joel Osteen and Oprah’s “I Am” Lifeclass – Do not call yourself a Christian if you buy in to any of this. I don’t care if Osteen has 40k + members and Oprah has millions of followers, this is flat out heresy. See Oprah’s Lifeclass site for more info.
Regeneration by J. C. Ryle – Regeneration is so important. Without God’s regenerating work in our lives, we cannot be born again.
How Does Gay Marriage Affect You – Denny Burk looks at on aspect of it that we will have to deal with if your state normalizes gay marriage.
A Poem on Hebrews 3:13 – The last few lines of this poem are especially poignant.
While I don’t normally delve into politics, this quote by Douglas Wilson is right on the mark. You can read the entire article that this was taken from here:
When a rape results in a pregnancy, this means that we are now dealing with three people instead of two. Two of those three are innocent, and one of them is guilty. Take a case of violent rape. The pro-choice ghouls want to do two things — first, they want to go easy on the guilty one, refusing to execute him, while executing one of the innocent parties for something his father did, and secondly, they want to make out anyone who objects to this arrangement as the callused one. – Douglas Wilson
Why God is Against Interracial Marriage – J. D. Hall will get a little under your skin with this post! Hall claims to be from Arkansas, and with an attitude like this, he just might be.
When Christians Sin Part 1 – I’ve been listening to Tim Conway the last couple of days and these three sermons are incredibly relevant. I highly recommend you give up 3 hours to listen to them.
Joel Osteen, and Others, On The Prosperity Abomigospel – It is called the Prosperity Gospel, but it is an abomination to God’s Gospel, hence my renaming it to the Abomigospel.
What I Am Doing You Do Not Understand Now – Much of the Christian life is spent trusting Jesus now and understanding him later. This is as hard for us to grasp today as it was for Peter in the upper room.
Classic Articles on Reformed Theology – A collection of articles and some complete eBooks on the Monergism website dealing with Reformed Theology.
Our closeness to God is connected to how much sin we hold on to. Jesus stresses this very point in John 14:21, “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Don’t you ever forget that there is a direct correlation between keeping Christ’s commandments and receiving expressions of love from the Father. There is a direct relationship between the smile you perceive from Christ Himself and obeying His commandments. There is distinctly a connection between submission to Christ and your ability to feel the reality of Christ’s presence. – Tim Conway from When Christians Sin Part 2.
Staying in His Lane – Al Mohler takes a look at a recent interview that Joel Osteen did this past week.
The Many Motivators For Personal Holiness – A 4 minute video interview with Kevin DeYoung on his book, The Hole in Our Holiness.
Introduction to the New Testament – Louis Berkhof’s Introduction to the New Testament in 3 formats.
Conduct Worthy of the Gospel in Corporate Worship – If there is gospel etiquette for the gathered church, it starts with evaluating my heart.
What Does Sola Scriptura Mean – Just in case you ever wondered.
When Study isn’t Study – What is proper Bible study.
We can no longer assume that just because a church is Southern Baptist it therefore genuinely understands the gospel and knows how it works to save sinners. – Tom Ascol