I saw this video from Matt Chandler and it has summed up my anger with what poses as the “church leadership” more succinctly than anything that I have seen since we started on this journey to understand, recover from and shine the light on the corruption of the American evangelical church.
That these false shepherds have lost the gospel, both missing the spirit of it and the letter of it, and are teaching worldly lessons that cannot save, while allowing the lost to believe that they not only saved, but often qualified for church leadership.
The link to the entire talk, entitled “Shepherds and Unregenerate Sheep”, is here.
He goes on to talk about his bitterness toward the what I think you could call Churchanity following this experience.
He, like us, became itinerant, but God’s ultimate call for Matt Chandler has been to send him back into evangelicalism as a missionary to the dead church. “To reach the lost in the culturally Christian south”
The bitterness he describes is something that we wrestled with constantly for the first year after we left Bel Air, working always to ‘never let the sun go down on our anger’. We are still in jeopardy of falling into it when the evil spirit that we walked away from tries to punch a hole back into our world, but God has given us a wonderful tool bag to pull from on how not to allow righteous anger to turn to bitterness, and how to move quickly into humility.
I need to spend some time writing about that.
But… for today… if you are in danger of falling into bitterness because of the unrepentant sin of a pastor who is in the pulpit lying to his dying congregation, remember that you are just as unworthy of Christ’s love, attention and sacrifice. And then listen to this piece by Voddie Bachum.
After you remember where who you are in relationship to God and where you stand, then when you go back to deal with the problem of the dead church posing as the living church and loving your enemies, praying for those who persecute you, and finding the right balance of speaking the truth in love is not so difficult.
But don’t stop calling out the negligent homicide that is going on by men like the ones that Matt Chandler is describing.