In a sermon entitled “When Gracie Met Truthy,” the seventh in an eight-part series on what it means to be a “Christian,” preached on April 15, 2012, Southern Baptist mega-church pastor Andy Stanley proclaimed heresies pertaining to grace and homosexuality. He described a couple in his church who divorced when the wife discovered that her husband was in a sexual relationship with another man. Instead of disciplining the man, the church allowed the homosexual couple to move to another “campus” of North Point Church and work together as a “host” team. They were allowed to do this until it was discovered that one of the men was still married and therefore was “living in adultery” (Al Mohler, “Is the Megachurch the New Liberalism?” May 1, 2012). The homosexuality was apparently never an issue. Stanley told of how the wife showed “forgiveness” by bringing all of the parties to a Christmas service (her and her daughter, the former husband and his homosexual partner and that man’s daughter). But proper forgiveness as defined scripturally requires repentance (Luke 17:3). Stanley is promoting the psycho-heresy of “unconditional forgiveness,” which is blind emotional mysticism. (See The God of End-time Mysticism, a free eBook available from Way of Life, www.wayoflife.org.) This is not surprising, since Andy’s father, Charles, has promoted psycho-heresies for many decades. Andy concluded by telling the congregation that because of the cross Jesus does not condemn men, even if they cannot or do not leave their life of sin. This flies in the face of Jesus’ teaching that those who do not believe are condemned already (John 3:18) and that if men do not repent they cannot be saved (Luke 13:3-5). Stanley has replaced biblical “grace” with cheap antinomian license, which is the “grace” that is acceptable to the crowds who love mega-churches today. Contrast Paul’s teaching on grace as follows: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee” (Titus 2:11-15).
(Friday Church News Notes, May 11, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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