The Scene: A small tan modern apartment in downtown Toronto with a 70’s interior design feel.
Male Graphic Designer: By the way, I finally listened to that Tim Keller sermon on anger.
Me: Good, isn’t it? Makes Pastor B’s sermon on anger all wrong.
Male Graphic Designer: I see Tim makes a lot of points that Pastor B missed. But I don’t know…
Me: What do you mean? Pastor B is wrong—biblically wrong. Pastor B cherry-picked Bible verses to support his argument. You need to consider all that the Bible says on a subject and then change your views when faced with the truth. You “are” allowed to be angry, but we need to be slow to anger, not never feel anger. Righteous anger is good and Godly. All those verses in Proverbs say it. TK all the way.
Male Graphic Designer: TK is speaking truth but I believe Pastor B.
Me: But if TK is right and Pastor B is wrong than shouldn’t you believe who is right?…Who is speaking truthfully?
Male Graphic Designer: I chose to believe Pastor B.
I chose to post this real life conversation I had with a fellow Christian because I feel that in the Christian world we worship our pastors and leaders and not the truth. Especially celebrity pastors of large church organizations, i.e. Mark Driscoll, John Piper, Tim Keller, Rob Bell, Gregory Boyd, the list goes on. We never question them or find fault in them, and defend them even if they are clearly wrong or not preaching what the Bible clearly states. Our celebrity worship culture has infiltrated the North American church. American Idol Pastor 2013.
Many of these pastors I have listed are great. Tim Keller and John Piper are absolutely fantastic but they are men…fallen men who are not perfect. Gifted but not perfect and thus cannot be our saviour against our sins. Mark Driscoll makes good points but many times is a bully, rude, insulting, and aggressive to people he is in conservations or debates with. And Christians defend his behaviour! Just because someone you may like makes some good points, is charismatic and popular doesn’t excuse this type of behaviour. Just because he’s good to his wife doesn’t negate the fact that he’s wrong and should be called out about it!
Now, with Rob Bell and Gregory Boyd… They. Are. Heretics. Full Stop. Yet people who have been following them cannot see their right hand from their left. They have drank their Kool-Aid so much they can’t tell if they are drinking water or bleach. Many Christians follow these men and others to a blinding fault. Not looking to see if they are biblically correct, not listening to critics or just common sense arguments that counter the false teachings of these men.
Our modern Western Christianity has placed finding truth in church leaders and not the Bible. Church leaders can be wrong, in fact many times they are but the Bible isn’t. Western Christianity cares more about the preacher than what they are preaching because if we really cared about truth than men like Rob Bell, Gregory Boyd and so many others, they wouldn’t have a church or a large following or be best selling NYTimes authors. Modern Western Christianity cares about how you preach and not what you preach.
The only way to know if a preacher is preaching the truth is to go to the Bible, listen to critics and arguments that go against their teachings and than go back to the Bible. The Bible is where God relieved his Truth.
“…test everything; hold fast what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21
Are you defending, or still choosing to believe a pastor’s preaching even when truth or Biblical correction is in front of you? You are probably idolizing that pastor. Idolize truth. Idolize God.
* Here is the link to the Tim Keller sermon: The Healing of Anger. http://sermons2.redeemer.com/sermons/healing-anger