By Jeremy Griffin
I've read posts for and against thIs clip. I'm not going to tell you what I think. Instead, I want to ask you a question?
When you say to a pastor, "Good word pastor, that blessed me..." How often do you disagree with what that pastor has just said? When you say, "That was a bunch of crap!" after hearing a word from a pastor, how often are you in agreement with what was said?
Point being, we generally gravitate to what we already believe and we find solace in more influential folks then ourselves when they say the same thing we are saying.
On the influential Christian scene I tend to enjoy hearing from Francis Chan, Erwin McManus, and E. Stanly Jones. I'm not so blind to not realize I like these guys because they foundationaly build on what I already believe. I go to the church I go to because they teach what I already believe.
I hope we can all realize, regardless of the message being taught, we ourselves are foul-able and imperfect just as those we choose to listen to and endorse.
"I bring this up because some from Chloe’s family brought a most disturbing report to my attention—that you’re fighting among yourselves! I’ll tell you exactly what I was told: You’re all picking sides, going around saying, “I’m on Paul’s side,” or “I’m for Apollos,” or “Peter is my man,” or “I’m in the Messiah group.”
I ask you, “Has the Messiah been chopped up in little pieces so we can each have a relic all our own? Was Paul crucified for you? Was a single one of you baptized in Paul’s name?” I was not involved with any of your baptisms—except for Crispus and Gaius—and on getting this report, I’m sure glad I wasn’t. At least no one can go around saying he was baptized in my name. (Come to think of it, I also baptized Stephanas’s family, but as far as I can recall, that’s it.) (1 Corinthians 1:11-16 MSG)"