What Would Jesus Say to Ellen DeGeneres? Ed Young is Now Channeling Jesus

I’m trying to be generous here, no pun intended, but when I saw that apostate Pastor Ed Young, down in the metroplex, preached a sermon this weekend entitled: “What Would Jesus Say to Ellen DeGeneres,” I realized once again the truth of 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Do people really sit and listen to that garbage? Do people really think that is a sample of biblical preaching? Or did I miss the passage that said: “we preach Christ crucified, and every other fanciful desire of our hearts.”

Does Ed Young ever actually open the Bible and read it? Does he know that he is charged as a pastor/teacher to actually teach sound doctrine from the Bible, and not preach social media? Do the people in his congregation ever check what he says with what is actually in the Bible? This is the same Ed Young that went on an anti-Calvinist tirade back in July and accuses us of, well, wearing skinny jeans. That was the “meat” of his accusation against Calvinists. Again, instead of reading the Bible to see what Calvinist actually believe, he charged us with … bad fashion. I’m so ashamed…

The Bible charges pastors to preach sound doctrine, to preach the gospel, in season and out of season because the gospel is the power unto salvation. The gospel is the message about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and is to be the center of our preaching. It is the message that God uses to convert the sinner and edify the saint. It is the message that leads to salvation and eternal glory. But Ed is putting forth something more akin to a one-act play in high school.

I know that Ed is trying to scratch an itch (ahem) that his congregation has, but trying to put words into the mouth of our LORD is not the way to go about it. After all, we actually know what Christ would have said to all of these characters, because He has said all that He is going to say in the 66 books of the Bible. Ellen, Kate Perry, Lance Armstrong, LeBron James, Jerry Jones and Kim Kardashian do not get special messages from Jesus.

Goodness, instead of actually preaching the Bible, Ed thinks he is channeling Jesus. He has stepped into the shoes of the King of kings and the Lord of lords and is now speaking ex cathedra in how we should reach the lost for Christ. In other words, Ed thinks he knows better what to say to Ellen and those others than Jesus and the apostles, for we already know what Jesus would say about homosexuality. Anywhere the Bible speaks to it, that is what Jesus believes and holds to. Even though He never spoke directly to it in His earthly ministry, He did so indirectly.

Matthew 5:17-18 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

This not only shows He knew the Law, but affirmed all that was found in the Law, including the passages which He gave us that said homosexuality is an abomination to the LORD. Jesus is the LORD that spoke those words in the first place. Those who make the case that He never spoke about homosexuality don’t understand Jesus, the great I AM.

Ed Young seems to think it’s OK to channel Jesus and preach such fanciful sermons. But in doing so, he is also thinking himself wiser than the Apostle Paul who wrote: For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord… Paul spoke about preaching the gospel some 19 times in 1 & 2 Corinthians. He was focused on not preaching himself, or any other message, except the gospel. Somehow Ed knows better?

Paul went on to say to Timothy that he should preach the word (which focuses on Christ) in season and out of season because the word was able to convince, rebuke and exhort. It is God’s word that builds up the body of Christ. It has the power to redeem, edify, change hearts, bring new life and make us acceptable to the Father.

This doesn’t mean that we cannot use such people like Ellen DeGeneres as examples, but to craft entire sermons on them and what Jesus might say? This it way out of bounds of the calling of a pastor. We don’t preach what Jesus might say, we preach what He, and the rest of Scripture, did and does say: repent and believe in Jesus Christ for salvation.

But then again, who am I to say anything at all. My church barely has 50 people in it on any given Sunday. Ed Young has 24,000 people listening to him. Who knows, maybe he is right and I am wrong. Maybe I should be more like Ed Young and buy some baggy jeans and be more culturally relevant. After all, if numbers say anything at all, then Ed Young must be right, right?

I wish there were some passage of Scripture to help me on this. Wait, already I can see that I’ve made a major mistake. I should punt Scripture and use man’s wisdom. After all, the Bible says that man’s wisdom is wiser that anything God says, right? O how I wish I just had some passage to help me along. I wish Jesus had something to say about it all…

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

How about that, and I didn’t even have to channel Jesus for the answer…


9 thoughts on “What Would Jesus Say to Ellen DeGeneres? Ed Young is Now Channeling Jesus

  1. I just flat-out love you, Pastor Timothy. I haven’t read all your archives and I suspect we strongly disagree on some point[s], but not on this one. I assure you Ed Young’s views are not shared by most Baptists, Southern (my late pastor W.A. Criswell,1st Baptist, Dallas) or Northern (e.g., my little American Baptist church here in Maine, which also “has barely 50 people in it on any given Sunday”). I am forwarding this one to my pastor. It will lift him up.


  2. Great points. Sermons like that are an embarrassment to Biblical Christianity. He makes it sound like Jesus has to apologize to these people for dying on the wretched behalf.


  3. Jesus would say to Ellen, “Love your show! And look, Christianity is a broken-telephone-game.
    I started with simple things – all connected to love. A lawyer asked me how to get to Heaven and I gave him the Good Samaritan Parable. I literary took the most hated and most ‘unclean’ according to the religious authorities and made a hero of the Samaritan. I also told that learned lawyer (learned people often lack humility and wisdom) that all the Commandments and all scripture can be put into one sentence: Love God, Love Neighbour, and Love Yourself.

    So Ellen, on your show, would you start the telephone game again, and let’s not get it broken.
    The answer to all questions is LOVE. To not love is an abomination (Leviticus). Say that to the homophobes who quote Leviticus to damn the homosexual.

    And Ellen, keep on laughing and listening to people. I love your theme song, “Show a Little Love Today,” and your parting message of being “kind to one another.” I’m glad you didn’t say “love one another.” Humans, particularly those preachers, don’t understand that word. Maybe, I should have used kindness. Take care, Ellen.” Jesus.


  4. paula key again.

    I have a site stories4hotbloodedlesbians.com. I am a Christian lesbian who loves God and I know God delights in me. The reason I am writing about my site is not for selfish promotional reasons, but to explain that lesbians in many parts of the world are being raped and murdered and its largely due to the American evangelicals that visit. For example, evangelicals gave workshops in Uganda two years ago to police, teachers, government employees and church goers. Their message was all the usual – homosexuals are sinful, unnatural, and will destroy families and Uganda. Result: Incredible response.
    a) The Uganda parliament within weeks of the evangelicals departure introduced a bill to hang homosexuals. b) A newspaper followed with the heading “Hang Homosexuals” and printed pictures of gay men and women. c) One of the pictures was of David Koto, a gay activist. Weeks later he was murdered in his home – nothing was taken. Even as his family was burying David, religious ministers stood nearby chanting the sins of homosexuals.

    In South Africa, the “corrective raping” of lesbians is so frequent that it is making news world-wide and the UN and Amnesty International are putting pressure on the government.

    In many Islamic countries, “honour killings” of lesbians is frequent and again, this is part of a religious condemnation of homosexuals taken to its extreme.

    In conclusion, I have this site for lonely and frightened lesbians. I receive hits (visitors) from all these countries including the Islamist ones. I have a “lay ministry” to lesbians, as Jesus had to the Samaritans, lepers and other outcasts of society. I do not mind if you remove the actual site name, but please leave the rest intact. Our Christianity must be seen as a loving force.

    Thank you.


  5. I earlier commented on Uganda and the horrific visit of American Evangelicals, but I used my website. Can you print it withou my website’s name?


  6. Hi Loving Pastor,
    I was blogging about the fact that when Pastors’ sermons contain hate, they can have a devasting effect on communities. I blogged a website where I offer comfort and God’s blessing to lesbains world wide. Sometimes, I mention this website as a way for lonely, frightened or struggling lesbains to visit. Some sites do not like this action and see it as a cheap way to promote a site. Since my second comment didn’t appear I thought I had offended you.

    In this second comment, I mentioned about the devastating effect of a group of American Evangelicals (Rick Warren, Scott Lively and others) who gave workshops in Uganda. They used the same old words: degerates, family destroyers, country destroyers, child molesters – all against homosexuals. These workshops were given to police, teachers, government officals (Rick Warren is a friend of the President’s wife). About two weeks after the evangelicals left,
    a bill was introduced in parliament entitled, “Hang Homosexuals” and a newspaper took that title for its front page. This newspaper printed names and pictures, and one of them was of David Koto, gay activisit. He was murdered in daylight and no item was taken from his home.
    Even when David was being buried by his family, church ministers (sponsored by these evangelicals) stood shouting insults and Bible quotes.

    I can give you my site, if you think that I am a devoted God-loving lesbians, ministering to the modern Samaritans (lesbians and gays)


    • Paul or Paula?

      You can leave your site address, I don’t mind that. But you need to know that I stand with Scripture in the condemnation of sin, whether it be homosexual/lesbian behavior, or adultery. I do believe in the power of the gospel, knowing that the gospel is truly the only power to rescue someone from the bondage and slavery of sin (See the book of Romans). So you need to know up front that I have no intentions of affirming gays and lesbians in that lifestyle. They need to repent of their sinful behavior, actions, thoughts and deeds, just like the rest of us and our sinful behaviors. Just because they are gay or lesbian, does not mean that God gives them a pass for their sinfulness, just as HE doesn’t give us a pass either.



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