It seems these days that you can do just about anything and call yourself a minister or claim you’re trying to reach the lost for Christ. I read three stories today that in my opinion make a mockery of the Christian faith while the promoters of the actions claimed to be Christians. Is it any wonder America’s Christians are looked at with disdain by a growing segment of our population?
One story reported on several churches who serve beer and some who even craft their own beer as a way of getting people to attend their church. Some of them just have meetings in bars to discuss the Bible while others serve beer inside their church during services. During one of the services, a “transgender” guy got up to tell how he grew up in a church that believed animals didn’t have souls. Since his dog had recently died, he said he wanted to share a song with the church group “in defiance of that because Gunner was my friend, and he has emotions and a personality, and I had a relationship with him that’s as real as any relationship I had with any human being.” The focus and praise was taken away from God to his dog. Wow, that’s really a phenomenal way to grow closer to Christ, SMH.
Another story talked about a female “Christian” minister who takes pride (with the emphasis on pride) in being a minister unlike any other. Nadia Bolz-Weber claims she grew up in a Christian fundamentalist home but once away from home, she dabbled in all kinds of religion, including witchcraft. Now her claim to fame (i.e. exalting herself) is that she wears really cool tattoos all over and uses profanity while explaining scripture. Bolz-Weber also describes herself as progressive and likes to focus on “experience over rules,” never mind the fact the Lord constantly tells us his rules should direct our experiences. Her main message is “God doesn’t love you more if you do good things, or if you believe certain things. God … offers you grace regardless of who you are or what you do.”
The third story covered a young man named Patrick Blute who had an idea to take Britney Spears’ songs and put them in a musical that tells the story of Jesus. I don’t know where he got the idea that Britney’s lust-filled, self-exalting lyrics would be the perfect format to relay Christ’s message of repentance from sin and salvation by God’s grace to do God’s work, but I’m pretty sure it didn’t come from the Holy Spirit.
If anything, I believe these things show that not everyone attempting to do ministry has been ordained by the Lord. The people in these stories omit the 7 basic principles of Christ’s doctrine, promoting a false gospel. We must determine what is truly of God because when it comes to ministry, some were sent and some just went. Those who just went without a calling simply hijack Christianity for selfish purposes.
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: 2 Peter 2