Video: Megachurch Pastor or Mega Fool?

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Megachurch pastor Andy Stanley, son of TV evangelist Charles Stanley, told Kirsten Powers of Fox News that he “finds it offensive that Christians would leverage faith” to defend the institution of marriage.

He was commenting on the latest effort to defend freedom of religion in the State of Kansas.

“Serving people we don’t see eye to eye with is the essence of Christianity. Jesus died for a world with which he didn’t see eye to eye. If a bakery doesn’t want to sell its products to a gay couple, it’s their business. Literally. But leave Jesus out of it,” said Stanley.

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In other words, America’s self-appointed megachurch pontiff believes Christians should separate religion from politics.

Now, to be fair, pastor Stanley is probably very sincere about his dictum. He no doubt believes that the kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of man are mutually exclusive spheres of engagement where never the twain shall meet – a view held by many Evangelical leaders of our times. (And we wonder why we are loosing the culture war? But I digress.)

Moreover, he is probably convinced that the only legitimate activity Christians should be  involved with is witnessing the love of Jesus to the lost and recruiting them into his church. Anything less would be, well, distracting and compromise the goal of American Christianity (megachurch growth).

It’s also hypocritical, says the mega-pontiff:

“Jesus taught that if a person is divorced and gets remarried, it’s adultery. So if (Christians) don’t have a problem doing business with people getting remarried, why refuse to do business with gays and lesbians.”

This is where one must ask: IS THIS MAN FOR REAL?

Even if we overlook his leap in logic — and this is not an easy given his gross intellectual dishonesty — for surely he agrees that not all Christian bakers in the State of Kansas have discriminated against homosexuals simply because homosexuals have sex with the same sex. Surely he knows the issue is not, strictly speaking, about same-sex, sex.

And surely he knows that the baker’s in Kansas are concerned with, what any Christian business person in Kansas is concerned with – the survival of the institution of marriage and requisite freedom of a person’s conscience from a state coercion.

Is such a not-so-subtle yet ever so important distinction lost to the mega church pastor?

As I was saying, even if we overlook his gross intellectual malfeasances. What we cannot overlook is that he is – and many of his cohorts as well – a willing shill for the left-wing media.

Its enough already that the media constantly beats the drum of politician-correctness, and that their allies in Hollywood take great pleasure at berating Christians in movie after movie – for of all things – believing in the institution of marriage.

But when one of our own – a supposed Christian leader allows himself to be used as a stooge of the loony left one can only conclude that he is either ignorant or a willing accomplice.

Here are the facts.

First, his comments have allowed the secular media to leverage his status as major evangelical leader to further beat down sincere Christians and entrench the legitimacy of gay marriage.

And second, he is a hypocrite. He tells Christians not to “leverage their faith and keep Jesus out of it” and yet he allows himself to be leveraged by the enemies of Christ.

Honestly, if he tries to uses the line that he’s not here to take sides on “political issues because Christ’s kingdom is not of this world”- he’s unworthy of his calling as a pastor.

Here is a proverb for the megapastor: “when the media calls for comment on gay marriage keep your sanctimonious pontificating to yourself. Even a fool seems wise when he holds his mouth.”

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Tristan Emmanuel is director of development and contributing editor at BarbWire. He is also co-publisher and CFO of BarbWire Books - a publishing company dedicated to promoting both the biblical worldview and Christian and conservative authors. Emmanuel is CEO of He is also the author of two books Christophobia: The Real Reason Behind Hate Crimes Legislation and Warned: Canada’s Revolution Against Faith, Family and Freedom Threatens America. Emmanuel holds a Master’s of Theology from McMaster Divinity School. He also loves to sing classical music.

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