Pope Andy has spoken.
So glad we have him to tell us what we have to and don’t have to believe. Meet the author of Selective Scripture: My life on the theological cafeteria plan.
December has apparently proven to be an interesting month for the Rev. Andy Stanley, son of a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and lead pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta — one of the largest congregations in the country.
Though it is only now breaking in to the open, the Baptist world has been rocked by a Dec. 4 sermon in which the son of famed TV evangelist Charles Stanley discounted the importance of believing in the virgin birth of Jesus.
The rest of the pathetic piece here.
He’s too smart to call a moron. Wait. I know. Heretic.
Words mean things. The implications of his statements are far-reaching:
- he renders all the prophets false. Pope Andy should remember that false prophets were stoned. He might have been stoned when he spewed this heresy, but that’s a different post. In fact, that is probably the most charitable assumption that could be made in Pope Andy’s favor.
- He dismisses two thousand years of Church history. But he answers to no man, so screw history. You may recall the early Creeds that were a summary of the necessary beliefs to be considered a Christian. Right in there is “born of a virgin.”
- C.S. Lewis once presented a trichotomy: “Jesus could not just be a good man. He was either a liar, a lunatic, or [exactly who he said he was] Lord.” Pope Andy makes Christ one of the first two.
- Yesterday, January 1st, was the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. Pope Andy makes the Mother of God, just mom. Her humility, her obedience, her example: no big whoop to Pope Andy.
- Since he makes our Lord, just an ordinary guy, Pope Andy has more in common with the pseudo religion of Islam than he does with Christianity. Islam is a political system; Pope Andy is a multi-millionaire charlatan.
It may be 2017, but I’m kinda missing 1017, when heretics were more . . . expeditiously dealt with.