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; 4 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…