Posted: September 3, 2016 in HOT TOPICS
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There is an account in the book of Galatians (Chapter 2: 11-14) where Paul publicly admonished Peter because he was removing himself from the message of grace and going back into law. So much so was Peter’s error that it almost divided the church to such a degree, that had Paul not traveled to Antioch at this most crucial time in the early churches history, the damage caused by one man could have set the church back years, even decades, if not generations. Even Barnabas was caught up in Peter’s theological mess. All because one man’s (Peter) error in judgment. How sad that now we are beginning to see something similar taking shape within the modern church, and like Peter, it has to do with bad theology, which, if not corrected, will cause untold spiritual harm to the current church world.

Paul makes it clear in his letter that at no time should we lay hands on anyone suddenly, as well, Paul makes it equally clear that we should ‘know’ those who labor among us. This should be the rule for all pastors or evangelists when dealing with someone who might not be either in the faith, or a recent convert. Which brings me to my thoughts on Greg Laurie allowing Mel Gibson the stage to discuss Hollywood films.

I am confused, even puzzled at this recent decision which would allow someone who has a public record of bad life choices be allowed a platform on a gospel stage to influence countless lives by someone who for the most part, has never shown one sample of good fruit of being born again (John 15:1-8). Yet Laurie not only welcomed Gibson on stage, he even supported and endorsed his latest movie (one by the way which glorified a Seventh Day Adventist). Truth is, (and this must be clearly understood) Pastor Laurie’s decision to bring the Hollywood star on stage before many in his crusade was his right, after all, it’s his ministry. Yet, the issue though is the message it sends to the church, not that Greg Laurie had the right to do so, but that his actions were one which if anything, lends confusion to others who might not fully understand the spiritual dilemma certain actions might bring. If Mel Gibson has not been truly saved, born again in Christ, and is simply doing a public relations photo op for the recently announced The Passion 2 – The Resurrection, then his presence at a evangelistic event where the gospel will be preached is one which was pure flesh, and worse, another example of how far the church is departing from the truth these days.

More and more these days I’m seeing ministries enticing, even joining up with secular people (actors, pop stars, musicians, politicians, athletes) all in a feeble attempt to garner relevance with the world, much less the church. Yet what is getting left out in this admiration for popular sinners these days is salt – in this case salt which would bring about conviction and not friendship. Jesus made it very clear in Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” (emphasis mine)

Notice what Jesus said? If the salt (the essence of the Holy Spirit and with power) is gone, either by lukewarmness or worse – blatant compromise with the world, then no longer are you able to bring the gospel to the lost, but worse, you will find yourself being cast out because of that very act of compromising the gospel for relevance. This is why the word says that friendship with the world…”You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.“( James 4:4)

But that is the state of the modern church today, accepting anything (or anyone) these days who desires to seek an audience to either influence the body of Christ, or gain from it, in this case the gain is money. Yet I suspect that in Greg Laurie’s case, his intention was…well..to be honest, I don’t know what his intentions were. Either way, only Greg knows why he has chosen to reject sound, biblical doctrine of not entangling himself with the world, and instead, allowing not only his people, but many a believer to be swayed by someone who has never shown to this day any fruit of being born again. That is the problem with the modern church as I see it. Being infatuated by Hollywood “saints” instead of calling the sinners to repent. All of this is yet another example of what’s occurring within the church today – compromise, for the sake of relevancy. Yet the only thing which is being compromised is the word, and when the church loses it saltiness, then we truly will have no ability, or stomach, to deal with the true darkness which is rising up around us, because we’re too busy sipping beers with the world’s famous players, while losing the game. God help us.


From my desk in China.

Email me at: christopher152@gmail.com


  1. ray lyne says:

    David Richard Swann, MLA is a medical doctor and Canadian politician. He currently serves as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Mountain View, and is a member of the Liberal Party.
    He has called for shutting down or defunding Christian schools that refuse to set up homosexual clubs on campus and transgender bathrooms.
    This is on top of the new sex-education programs that are being introduced globally that will sexualize children from 5 years old on.
    The gay lobby is a determined and extremely powerful organization that will not be happy until it has silenced the Church and completely corrupted the whole community.
    This has been their agenda for well over 40 years as the following statement that is called the gay manifesto clearly demonstrates. I remember reading this when I was living in Sydney in 1974, it was in the editorial section of a gay newspaper.
    We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all-male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together. Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us.
    Every government and media organization are currently in collusion with this perverse agenda and are actively not only supporting it but changing laws every day to enforce it.
    The gay lobby in the early days found a strong ally in the communist party as the Marxists saw this as a way of breaking down western Christian laws and values.
    It is the same with what is happening today with the rise of Islam in the west; once again it is being strongly supported and driven by Marxist left wing socialists for the sole purpose of eradicating our Christian heritage.
    Many people believe that democracy won the Cold-War, but with the gradual rise of Marxist socialism it has become very clear that the communists have really been victorious.
    The Christian Church is currently in the greatest war that it has ever had to face in history and for the most part Christians seems to care little about what is happening, or are unaware.
    The Bible prophesied this war in Ezekiel chapters 38-39 being the Battle of Gog and Magog.

  2. So Mel Gibson is not a Christian by your judgment. So he has made some public failings, many preachers have done the same and regular “born again” Christians as well. That does not mean they are not Christians.

    Many people become better Christians and become more useful to God after they have had major failings. Like when Peter denied Christ three times.

    Also, Catholics are known for living more sinful lives than evangelicals, only God can say whether they are a true Christian or not.

    • Sarah says:

      Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).

      The emotions and desires of flesh has no place in the kingdom of God. God looks at the hearts (spirits) of people. He warned us to do the same. We must know the work of those who labor among us. God blessed some of us with the gift of discernment. With this gift, the people are able to detect which spirits (good or evil) are operating through people. God does not leave His people on the dark. This is a great and spiritual truthful article.

    • ajc says:

      Actually, we ARE to judge people by their fruits. Mel’s fruit doesn’t seem too good to me.

      • Michael Fortner says:

        Again, a handful of public mistakes. What if all your mistakes were made public? Oh, you don’t make mistakes. Ok. Moses missed up, David messed up, Peter messed up, I guess we should throw them out too, because of their mistakes.

        He is not an evangelical, but is a Catholic. But he has nonetheless made some Christian movies.

    • ajc says:

      His movies are emotional garbage. Off. If he wanted you to know about Christ, he would tell you to read the word but of course that would not make him rich and famous. He is an adulterer, racist and beat his girlfriend up. ajc

    • ajc says:

      that’s right Michael Only God Not you ajc

  3. ajc says:

    Michael David repented – really repented and he paid dearly for his mistakes – he lost 4 sons. Peter messed up out of fear. It broke his heart.

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