Andy stanley no dating for one year
Tweet to @Dr Michael LBrown I really appreciate Pastor Andy Stanley's call last month for Christians in America to live like real Christians – and I absolutely agree with him that if we do, in just one year's time the nation would be positively affected.But he was way off in his call for Christians to take one year off from the culture wars, as if the only way we could live like real Christians was to refrain from engaging the culture. Some of his other comments were even more dangerous. Despite headlines on gay websites proclaiming, "Atlanta pastor rejects anti-gay rhetoric of his dad" and "Megachurch pastor rejects his father's bigotry: Jesus would want you to bake a gay wedding cake," Pastor Stanley did issue a clear call to holy living in a California pastors conference in April.That's why I've said for many years that America is messed up because the Church of America is messed up, and the Church here is messed up because the leaders are messed up.That means if repentance begins with us (leaders and believers), the nation will be positively affected.The problem is this picture of marriage results in expectations that we unload on our spouse.The weight of these expectations will rob your marriage of love and joy.It's got to be the other way around – and specifically when it comes to this issue." He could not be more wrong. Often in history, it was only one person or just a small group that faced down a sinful consortium and refused to go along with the compromised crowd.Now, we are supposed to question the unambiguous teaching of the Word because of a supposed lack of consensus.
Pastor Stanley also said that the church should be the "safest place on the planet" for gay youth, which could be taken in one of two ways.Plus, the issue here is not one of serving a gay couple but of participating in something that causes us to violate our conscience – like a Christian photographer asking two men to pose in a romantic kiss for their "wedding" pictures, or that same photographer doing a porn shoot in order to serve the world, or that same photographer shooting a fundraiser for a new Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.But worst of all is his call for Christians to "take a break" for one year from the culture wars. Or is it only issues having to do with homosexuality, in which case we should sit idly by if the Supreme Court makes a disastrous decision on marriage in June, or when our kids come home from school crying because of the latest gay indoctrination assembly they had to sit through, or when yet another believer is fired from his or her job for having a politically incorrect viewpoint? Perhaps the same counsel could have been given to Christians fighting against other social ills in the past, including slavery and segregation? Michael Brown, a Jewish believer in Jesus, is a biblical scholar, apologist, worldwide speaker, and activist.Second, the reason we stand against the redefining of marriage and the normalizing of homosexuality is not because we are bringing our politics into our spirituality but because we are bringing our spirituality into every area of life, including our politics. I am a moral conservative, and that because of God's Word.Third, Pastor Stanley said, "Serving people we don't see eye to eye with is the essence of Christianity.