Archive for April 14th, 2008

Medical records recently uncovered by CRN.info reveals that head writer at Slice is missing a funny bone. Never mind that Jesus hung out at parties with sinners and probably occasionally laughed or smiled. Ingrid’s version of Jesus must have been a party pooper.

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Slice of Laodicea had a little commentary on Granger Community Church’s “Tight Like Spandex” from their “I Love the 80s” sermon series. The title was eye catching. I went and watched the entire sermon. I was pleasantly surprised. If Slice had watched the whole sermon, they might have been pleased themselves.

The worship band opens up with an instrumental version of Van Halen’s “Jump”.

After “Jump”, they sing a couple upbeat worship songs and show a couple goofy videos. And then the pastor gets up and preaches a sermon with the opening of a description of Spandex. The analogy was a bit of a stretch. However, once he gets past the spandex, he preaches a tough sermon on obedience. It’s not about pleasing the flesh at all. He even talks about Hell, law, and judgement. In one example, he talks about hundreds of churches that Granger supports in India and how the people they’ve lead to Christ are going to suffer persecution. Persecution, he explains, can show that we aren’t following a safe, fake Jesus. In addition, the pastor reports that around 1000 new converts to Christ were going to be baptized by one of these Indian churches.

Did Slice watch the entire service? What part, besides the opening, didn’t they like? What part of the sermon did they dislike? Can’t they praise God that 1000 people were going to be baptized in India in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ? My suspicion is that it’s just about style.

This whole thing brings to mind this verse: Phillipians 1:18 “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.”

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Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.
John 7.24

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Once again, Ken Silva attempted to take on Erwin McManus, claiming that his doctrine is no different than the new-aged philosophers of our day. Even though Silva has been proven wrong time and time again on this subject, he has to keep the juicy headlines coming to keep his hits up. What good is a prophetic discerner without a large, blind and angry following, ready to email and repost everything they have said?

Anyhow, I though this quote from his article was quite telling of where most of the ODMs stand on the gospel. It also shows the lovely twists they put on their stories. After informing the world that McManus had taught a seminary class at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA, he reacts to McManus saying that Spiritual leaders are essentially cultural architects who shape their culture. Silva’s response:

“Uh-huh, right. So that’s what caused each Apostle save John to be brutally murdered. These ambassadors for Jesus Christ were shaping their culture. Hardly”

What a strange quote from a man that is attempting to shape culture with the gospel. I mean, he runs two websites, does countless radio interviews, and apparently hears from God about who he should attack next. Despite all this, Ken Silva actually believes that the gospel has no power or affect on culture. You see, contrary to Mr. Silva, I actually believe and know that the gospel is good for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness. If that doesn’t have a huge affect on the world and culture around us, something is wrong.

editor’s note: research tactics and quote splicing techniques used by ODMs may have been utilized in the making of this article.

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