Ed Young, pastor of the multi-campus Fellowship Church in Texas, a Southern Baptist congregation, described recently in a sermon what he thinks Jesus would say to entertainer Ellen DeGeneres, a lesbian who is “married” to her partner and who has been hugely influential in popularizing the homosexual rights agenda to this generation. Young said that if Christ were to sit down for an interview with DeGeneres he would say, “Ellen, I love your heart. I love you where you are, but I love you too much to allow you to stay the same. You are awesome, but live under my authority; live by my word.”
Young said that Jesus would “applaud her comedy, he would applaud her life-being” and that Jesus “accepts Ellen” (“Ed Young: Jesus Would Tell Ellen DeGeneres,” Christian Post, Feb. 4, 2013). Young also believes that Jesus would reprove Christians who are “mean and ill-spirited toward the gay community.” This sermon was one in a series of “What Would Jesus Say To...” various famous people living today. The one featuring DeGeneres was accompanied by advertising artwork at the church’s web site depicting the lesbian entertainer seated at Jesus’ right hand at the Last Supper. Ed Young’s “Jesus” is not the Jesus of the Bible, for the Jesus of the Bible never said anything remotely like this, but Young himself is described in 2 Timothy 4:3-4.
He is one of the preachers who is willing to scratch the ears of this apostate generation: a generation that has rejected God’s Word and is itching for something contemporary, a generation that wants a cool type of Christianity that is quiet on repentance and takes the fire out of hell. As compensation, Young lives in a $1.5 million mansion and flies in a private jet (“Prominent Grapevine Pastor Linked to Luxury,” WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, Feb. 5, 2010). We don’t need to vainly speculate about what Jesus might say to a lost sinner. He would say exactly what is recorded in Scripture, as follows: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. ... He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (Luke 13:3; John 3:36).
Young speaks much about love and compassion, but if he had real love for sinners he would warn them of eternal destruction and demand that they repent and flee to Christ for safety before it is too late. As for those “mean and ill-spirited” Christians Young refers to, I don’t who they might be, but it is an act of great compassion to preach the gospel to sinners, and the gospel begins with the bad news that God is holy and hates sin and every individual is a lost sinner destined for eternal punishment apart from salvation through the blood of Christ. In the Epistle to the Church at Rome, Paul spent nearly three chapters on this “negative” theme before he even mentioned the grace of God in Christ, because unless a sinner understands the holiness and justice of God, he will never understand the grace of God.
(Friday Church News Notes, February 8, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)