Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Consequence of Christless, Man-Centered Preaching
This guy is the pastor of an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church. He's gotten some media attention for praying for the death of our president. I'm not going to bother reviewing this sermon. I'm guessing that most are able to see that this guy is missing the entire point of the passage. God said he was going to strike down all the males and used a Hebraism for males--"those who piss against the wall." It would seem to make a little more sense to say that you shouldn't piss against the wall based on this passage. Why would you want to be struck down? But that would miss the point as well. God is not providing an instruction manual on how to urinate. The pastor also uses this as an example of why you need to use the KJV--because they retained this powerful pissing language. I think it would be wise to retain more of these Hebraisms but the KJV also cleans up some of these Hebraisms too. What was offensive in one generation is not offensive in another and so the KJV just watered down some other Hebraisms. This pastor is certainly not preaching Christ and when people stop preaching Christ they look for life principles everywhere.
I don't think we should waste our time talking about how ridiculous Steven Anderson is. If we have opportunity we should encourage him to preach Christ instead of all this nonsense. But more importantly, we should see this as the logical conclusion of not letting the Scriptures speak by interpreting verses in context and with the knowledge that all of Scripture is really about Jesus and not how to be a good husband or how to be successful or whatever else your hobby horse might be. If you choose a non-potty related life-principle people probably won't think you're silly but you'll be doing the exact same thing as Steven Anderson and neglecting your duty to preach Christ-crucified.
Posted by Chuck Wiese at 8:33 PM