Three years ago Al Mohler asked, following an Andy Stanley sermon, if the megachurch is the new liberalism.In that sermon, Stanley told the story of two men in his church involved in a homosexual relationship. Stanley told the congregation that the men were forbidden from serving in the church, not because they were in a homosexual relationship, but because one was still married and therefore committing adultery.Where the battle rages the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace to him if he flinches at that one point If all the Christians for just one year ... would quit smoking weed, would quit having premarital sex, would quit committing adultery, would pay their taxes and every church just foster one kid; in one year our nation would feel different” Oh, really? Which, really shouldn’t be surprising considering how liberal his teachings are becoming.
Stanley suggests that churches should “take a break” from the culture wars for a year, but the problem is that the culture war is directed AT Christians and the Christian faith, and we must defend where the battle rages. When most of the Church has false teachings, the behavior will be in accordance with the false teachings.
This reminds me of a quote often If I profess, with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity. (For example, when a church teaches that homosexuality and abortion are okay with God, then sexual immorality of all types becomes okay.)Andy Stanley continues to swing more and more towards affirmation for those practicing homosexual behavior.
That’s why we’re having the camp."So I got comfortable, maybe too comfortable, talking about this and here’s the deal. I don’t think for a minute that after this message, and I’ll be as compassionate--I mean, passionate--as I can be.
After many years of that, and now I’m an adult pastor with adults and I’ve heard all kinds of stories and dealt with, I mean, just every imaginable situation. I’m 48, and I’m absolutely convinced that what the Bible has to say about sex is not only true and it’s not only relevant, but beyond that, it’s kind of common sense. But even if you don’t believe the Bible is inspired, as we’re gonna see today, there is something the Scripture says, in fact, there’s an insight we’re gonna look at today that modern psychiatrists and psychologists have their terminology for, but it was back here, 2,000 years ago. Actually, I won’t be very compassionate, just passionate, and I’ll give you my Scriptures and I’ll argue and be loud.
As Chris Rosebrough pointed out, nothing could have been further from the truth. Below the sermon review is a good article expressing and addressing the issues with Andy Stanley’s teaching.