I know this might strike you as odd, but I have no intentions of watching the The Bible on the History Channel. Besides the fact that I’m a stick in the mud and I hate going with the crowd on such things, I do have reasons for not doing so. Here are my reasons:
1. First, this show is going to be someone’s interpretation of the Bible and what it means. Most of those on the list behind the series are not those I would give a lot of credibility. There are a few that I might have lunch with, but Joel Osteen is not one of them. As one member of my church put it, “Joel Osteen is a step in the right direction, considering that these programs typically quote John Dominic Crossan and Bart Ehrman, but you are still much closer to Egypt than you are to Jerusalem.“
For those of you who don’t know, John Dominic Crossan and Bart Ehrman are favorites of the liberal media because both men have fully affirmed the lefts unbelief by not believe in Scripture either. They are like a group of blind idiots sitting around affirming their blindness to one another, thereby worthless to humanity in the long run.
2. I am a stick in the mud! The way I figure it, if it is a trend and popular in Christianity, then there is probably something wrong with it. For instance, I still haven’t seen Mel Gibson’s Passion of Christ, even though there were pastors every where saying that if I didn’t go see it, I could not be a good Christian. I kept trying to tell people that we are to preach Christ crucified, not movie Him. Considering I get that from Paul, I think I’m in safe company. Nonetheless, people flocked to that movie and supposedly millions were saved. The only man I know who got saved from that movie is now more pagan than Gibson himself.
I also failed to jump on the WWJD bracelet band wagon. The message of Christ is not: what would He do? It is: what did He do? He died on the cross because we cannot do what He did. Only He can. That is the point of the gospel, not trying to mimic Him in some cheap, tawdry form of moralism. If we could do what He did, then we would need the gospel.
I’ve also noticed that a lot of those who were wearing those bracelets are now jumping on another trendy exercise in the church, that of getting tattoos. I also happen to know that Jesus WOULD NOT GET A TATTOO! It was against the Law, which He came to fulfill, not make it OK for us to break.
I also failed to jump on the Promise Keepers, Purpose Drive Life, Purpose Driven Church, Purpose Driven Calendars, Purpose Driven Pencils, Purpose Driven Toilet Paper, Purpose Driven T-shirts, Purpose Driven Youth Rallies and lady’s groups, and the Experiencing God, bandwagons. Those things are trends and trends are dangerous in the church because they can be very misleading. I know, many people were “helped” by these things, but for the most part, you could reduce the all that these things said that was true to Scripture to a page of information. It would have been better for people to get together under someone called to preach the gospel, and listen to them, say, 52 Sundays out of the year. If the pastor is faithfully preaching God’s word on Sunday, you don’t need Purpose Driven Promise Keepers on Saturday. By supporting such groups, the church inherently ends up propping up men who should not be given such authority in the church, especially Rick Warren. Your typical small-town pastor who faithfully preaches every week does far more good in a year than someone who is as misguided as Warren does in 15 years.
3. I don’t watch these programs because people expect me to. I know as a pastor I’m expected to watch it and give my critique of it. But truth be known, I would much rather just do my job and teach/preach the Bible so that if you want to watch the show, you can determine on your own whether or not the show is being truthful to Scripture. There are far too many books, shows, blogs, web sites, movements, etc., for me to become an expert on all of them. I will comment on those I do learn about, but for the most part, I have to be faithful to my calling and trust that the Holy Spirit will work in your life for you to be able to determine if something is worthy.
Allow me to also say that that I’m not going to get the DVD and teach it in Sunday school. I already have a perfectly good Bible that I can use to teach the truth with. There are books and DVDs I will use in Sunday school, but if something appears on the History Channel, I suspect that there will be a great deal of compromise on the part of those who make it.