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According to Christianity Today and World Magazine, Compassion International sued Teen Mania for breach of contract after failing to follow through on Child Sponsorship advertising last year. Teen Mania then refused to refund CI’s invested $160,000.
Teen Mania is said to have disregarded the suit resulting in the Court awarding Compassion International the full amount plus court and attorney fees.
World Magazine reports that a warrant has now been issued for the arrest of Ron Luce.
Wow! While most were supportive, some were angered by my inclusion of the word “compromise” in the title of the post regarding Tebow’s recent announcement that he would not follow through with his speaking engagement at First Baptist Church in Dallas. However, I am comforted by the insight of Dr. Al Mohler in his recent coverage of the controversy.
Did Tebow actually compromise on serious convictional issues in scripture about the “Exclusivity of Christ” and “homosexuality?” I am inclined to think so.
Read Mohler before you decide. He documents the kind of pressure applied to Tebow to withdraw from his speaking engagement as revealed in the articles extracts below.
Remember, it is always wrong to be “lovingly winsome” if it means portraying biblical truth as “hatefully offensive”.
“…controversy quickly shifted to secular outrage that Tebow would agree to speak to a church known for such beliefs.
Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports warned, “Tim Tebow is about to make the biggest mistake of his life” by speaking at “a hateful Baptist preacher’s church.” Doyel described Jeffress as “an evangelical cretin” guilty of serial hate speech. Of course, Doyel engaged in hateful and slanderous speech of his own by associating Jeffress with the truly hateful Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas. Jeffress “isn’t as bad as Westboro,” Doyel admitted, “But he comes close. Too close.”
Other sportswriters piled on. Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post offered his own warning to Tebow: “After a season on the sidelines, the ball’s in your hands, Timmy. Better not fumble this one.”
…Writing at The Huffington Post, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush made it clear the controversy wasn’t just a matter of Jeffress’s tone, conceding, “while Dr. Jeffress has a tendency not to sugarcoat his feelings,” he is nonetheless voicing what evangelical Christians “have been saying for a long time.” The central scandal here is the belief that Jesus is the only Savior and that homosexual behavior is sin. In terms of the larger public debate, it is the issue of homosexuality that has predominated the larger public debate… “
…Evangelical Christians are now called upon to think strategically about what it means to speak truthfully and lovingly to a society that increasingly sees us as the moral outlaws.”
It’s a sad day in the Kingdom!
Antinomian “worship leaders” using their so-called liberty as occasion for drunkenness and vile vulgarities has now become all to common. Little wonder, local churches reject biblical standards and flagrantly refuse to administer anything akin to restorative discipline. If you do, you are labeled a cult. If you don’t, you are called a “grace” church.
“…it is increasingly common to hear about worship leaders getting drunk after church services and dropping f-bombs while they boast about their “liberty” in the Lord.”
“One of my closest ministry colleagues posted this on his Facebook page last year: “There was a knot in the pit of my stomach this afternoon after I hung up the phone with a friend of mine who pastors a growing church in our city. He relayed to me an anguishing story of how some members from his worship team were hanging out with other worship leaders in a key local church. He reported to me that his team came back from that hang-out experience quite perplexed as the f-bombs were flying from the openly and unashamedly drunk worship leaders.”
Another pastor told me that he sent a number of young people from his congregation to train in a ministry school known for its worship. All of them came back to his church with a drinking problem, the result of hanging out with other “worshipers” in the ministry school. And on and on it goes.”
- 38 percent of ministers have admitted to having a one-time or ongoing affair since they began their ministry.
- Even more have admitted to looking at pornography via their computers at home and or at their church office.
- 77 percent of ministers surveyed admitted that they do not have a good marriage.
- 1,500 pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches, never returning to the ministry.
Dr. Robert Jeffress is the senior pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. Dr. Jeffress has been honored with the Daniel Award for his steadfast commitment and boldness in proclaiming the uncompromising Word of God.
The following statements are extracts from an interview Jeffress did with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News.
Now here is an SBC minister that I can follow:
“I think one reason is a lot of Christian leaders have the wrong idea about Jesus,” Jeffress replied when asked the question. “They see Jesus as this little, wimpy guy who walked around plucking daisies and eating birdseed and saying nice things, but never doing anything controversial. The fact is, Jesus did confront his culture with truth — and he ended up being crucified because of it.”
“Wimpy pastors produce wimpy Christians — and that is why we are losing this culture war,” he emphasized.
“I believe it’s time for pastors to say, You know, I don’t care about controversy, I don’t care whether I’m going to lose church members, I don’t care about building a big church. I’m going to stand for truth regardless of what happens.”
According to Gallop, Americans rate the honesty and ethical standards of the medical profession— nurses, pharmacists, and doctors — the highest of the 21 professions tested. Since 1999, Nurses continue to enjoy the highest trust of the public.
It’s obvious that Ministers have a serious “reputation problem” as trust in the profession continues to decline. I submit that this is now a “status confessionis” issue for the true church. But more on that later.