Most Broadway plays are God-mocking, but it sounds like this off-Broadway play addressed an interesting topic in an even-handed way. Source: How Far Would You Follow Your Pastor?
When a pastor changes his theology, does he have a duty to let his congregation know? Should he make the shift subtly, in the hope his people will follow, or does he have a responsibility to make his view plain and let the chips fall where they may? This is one of the many intriguing questions raised by a recent off-Broadway show called The Christians. The play, written by Lucas Hnath, is no mocking send-up of evangelicals; in fact, it deals seriously with the most serious subject of all: hell. Waiting for the Right Time Pas tor Paul is a winsome preacher whose storefront church plant has grown into a mega church. The thriving congregation has just paid off a massive building debt, and Pastor Paul marks the occasion by telling the worshipers that henceforth the church will no longer believe in a literal hell. After he finishes his sermon, a shocked associate pastor walks out, followed by 50 members with more to come. Over the course of 90 minutes, the play gives a remarkably thorough and fair treatment of the arguments for and against the existence of hell, as well as a complex and realistic portrayal of church politics. For example, the congregation takes note that Pastor Paul’s revelation coincided with the payoff of the church building debt. One member suspects he has disbelieved in hell for some time but hid his belief to avoid splitting the church while still in debt. Pastor Paul doesn’t deny this, but he sees his silence as virtuous forbearance rather than cowardice. He defends his decision to keep his view a secret by saying that he was “waiting until the people could handle it.”
I have long noted how the “Christian” Left “pastors” either lied at their ordination vows or changed their minds later and failed to disclose that they were no longer Christians. There is no other way that those who deny Jesus’ divinity, his exclusivity for salvation, the authority of the Bible, and so on, should have ever been permitted in the pulpit. And the latest example, of course, is the pro-LGBTQX agenda. People like Beth Stroud, whose well-documented premeditated acts were designed to win her congregation over and then play on their sympathy when she “changed her mind.”
These pastors, such as Rob Bell, Tony Campolo, etc., have supported the anti-God agenda for years then “come out” when it is most profitable for them. Very Christ-like, eh?
2 thoughts on “Pastors who lied at their ordination vows or changed their minds later . . .”
Integrity is important. One can see the moral and doctrinal are inter-related. Good post.
I’m guessing that some of them are simply lazy and don’t want “real” jobs, thinking being a pastor is an easy task. I’m sure it can be ego massaging as well. Such were never truly convicted in their faith at the start.
But certainly those that lose their faith or find their faith clearly altering from sound doctrine have a duty to step down.