I like to listen to other preachers via podcast because it gives me an idea of what is being preached to the church. I listen to those who have large audiences because they’re obviously saying things that the public wants to hear. I listen to learn and I listen to observe.
When I’m caught up in the place where the speaker is caught up, it’s inspiring and I usually wish I could have a conversation with him/her.
Sometimes I am so appalled by the words that are coming out of thier mouths that I have to back it up and relisten, just so I’m sure I heard them right.
I listened to a man this morning talking about the perspective you should have when people move out of your life. His message was encouraging as far as looking at a friend moving away as a tool for God to teach you to not be too dependant on someone. He went on to say that if someone you love moves away or takes a new job, then they were never actually ‘with you.’ It’s a statement that makes no sense, but only served as the platter for a mutilated scripture (the only scripture he used) to puncuate his message.
He quoted 1 John 2:19. “They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.”
I guess, to the thousands of listeners this man reaches, it makes sense. You have to not know the Bible to make it work and even if that’s what the Bible meant, it says nothing. These people got all dressed up to go to church. Thier pastor recorded what he preached for a podcast that millions will listen to. They’re looking to learn something about God to grow spiritually and this is what they get.
A motivational speaker dressed up like a preacher speaking a message that tantilizes their ears based on his own opinions and he throws in a scripture verse that doens’t even make sense in the context of his message. It’s grotesque.
The conext of the verse he used is this:
Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. – 1 John 2:18-19
So, according to this preacher, if a friend moves away or gets another job he’s the anti-christ.
We need to study the Bible ourselves and check everything people are telling us. Most of this stuff makes no sense, but it takes people on an emotional roller coaster and makes them feel good for going to church. And we wonder why the majority of Christians can’t have an intelligent conversation about their faith. Not to mention the throngs of people who are walking away from the whole thing.
We’re in a generation that want answers and want something real. This motivational speaker type pastor era that uses random sentences from the Bible to make a message sound religious is nauseating. You’re supposed to use your voice and position to teach the Bible. You’re not supposed to use the Bible to teach your position.
Here’s what the passage that was used says a few verses later:
“I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.” – 1 John 2:26