Here are some lowlights from false teacher Chuck Currie’s latest sermon: Immigrant Rights Sunday: A Sermon On John 20:19-31. The shortcut to this link is http://wp.me/p1wGU-2TH .
The “sermon” is a train wreck of bad theology and bad thinking, but it is illuminating in highlighting a false teacher. As a public service I listened to it all (the FDA considers it a substitute for Syrup of Ipecac, so listen to it at your own risk). Seriously, I urge people to know just how rampant fakes are in the church today. While Chuck only led one small failed church, the United Church of Christ puts him out there as a mouthpiece for their denomination. That speaks volumes.
Sometimes I feel sorry for those misled by false teachers like Chuck, but other times I think they get what they deserve. This wolf in sheep’s clothing has taken off the sheep’s clothing and is pure wolf. If they were real Christians they should have gotten up and left, or at least made sure he never took the pulpit in their church again.
Note that he picks one passage, explains why he thinks it doesn’t belong in the Bible, then switches to politics. Some of the more egregious errors and issues:
- Your first question might be, “What does the passage about Thomas seeing the evidence of Jesus’ resurrection have to do with the rights of illegal immigrants?” The answer, of course, is “Nothing. It is just a random scripture read to help pretend that what follows is somehow associated with historic Christianity.”
- He claims that the Gospel of John was written 100 years after the resurrection. Conservative scholarship places it at 50-70 A.D. (partly because no destruction of the temple is mentioned), but even Liberal scholars will put it at 90-100 A.D. Claiming it was written in 130 A.D. isn’t just Liberal, it is crazy-making-this-up-as-I-go-along-Liberal. This Gospel was quoted by church fathers, some of whom were John’s disciples, many times before 130 A.D. (what a great author to be quoted before you wrote something!). Chuck offers no support for his fantasy date. But a late dating is crucial to his underlying theme that the writers were forgers and liars. Such is the desperate position of anti-Christians. They hate the eye-witness claims of John, so they must position the whole book as lies. Hey Chuck, just because you are a serial, unrepentant liar doesn’t mean the early Christians were.
- If the early Christians didn’t think the physical resurrection was true they wouldn’t lie about it. They’d stop being Christians! Why endure the persecution if you “knew” your religion was false? They had access to 1 Corinthians 15 from within a couple decades of the resurrection, so they knew essential that doctrine was. In the same way, if a false teacher like Chuck really believed what he taught he’d have his church send out reverse missionaries. After all, if there are other ways to salvation besides Jesus, as Chuck claims, then the loving thing to do would be to encourage everyone to adhere to their local religion and avoid any conflict or persecution.
- He brags about preaching for “marriage equality” (not in the Bible) and support for gun control (not in the Bible). But even his prior Liberal (and failed) church didn’t like his illegal immigration views. I suppose he thinks they were all racists.
- If Chuck thinks the Gospel of John is inauthentic, why does he bother to preach from it?
- He references global climate change as if it is a real issue for the church to deal with.
- He claims that John was made up, but quotes it when it serves his purpose. The passage is a classic one to demonstrate the reality of the physical resurrection, but Chuck thinks it is a lie.
- Chuck thinks Jesus’ mission is to give unlimited rights to illegal aliens. Of course Chuck just calls them “immigrants.”
- He forgot to mention Romans 13 and the role of government and how Christians should obey laws.
- It never occurs to him to share the real Gospel with illegal immigrants — or anyone else, for that matter.
- He talks about loving our neighbors but is wildly pro-abortion, even advocating taxpayer-funded abortions.
- He plays the race card about those questioning Obama’s birth certificate. What a joke. People don’t like Obama because he is a bad President with bad ideas. He thinks it is racism because no other President was asked to provide a birth certificate, ignoring the fact that it has never been a question in the past. Don’t you think Clinton would have loved to have been asked for his BC? It would have drawn attention away from the serial adultery and credible rape allegations against him. BTW, race-baiting is nothing new for Chuck (click the link for a funny episode). And remember, he supports taxpayer-funded abortions, which will increase the ratio of abortions in the black community to beyond the current ratio of 3x to that of whites. That’s real racism.
- Another sermon with no cross and no Gospel — just droning on with politics disguised as religion. He advocates for the “Dream Act.”
Warning: Be sure to save your comments if you post at Chuck’s site. He has a history of deleting comments, only to then lie about what the comments really said. Should we be surprised that a false teacher would do such a thing?
Some other considerations about this false teacher:
For starters, he never demonstrated why we should listen to him. Let’s look at some facts about Chuck’s leadership and executive experience:
- Very Liberal “reverend”
- Very Liberal denomination
- Very Liberal city and state
- Failed church
Hmmmm . . . see anything wrong with that? How can orthodox pastors like Mark Driscoll preach long, “boring” (in the traditional, secular sense) verse-by-verse sermons in Liberal places like Seattle and grow their church attendance dramatically, while people like Chuck have every demographic in their favor yet produce an epic FAIL? Must be those UCC ejector seats! What is it that qualifies Chuck as an expert here on religion or politics, especially when it is proven that Liberals fail at basic economics?
Some more of Chuck’s views:
- Jesus is not the only way to salvation
- Jesus is pro-abortion, including partial-birth abortion and taxpayer-funded abortion
- the Holy Spirit told him and the other Liberals in the UCC that God has changed his stance on marriage, parenting and homosexual behavior (now that’s blasphemy!)
- you should take first grade girls to gay pride parades (something about millstones comes to mind) . You’d think that even his atheist wife (he’s apparently not much of an evangelist) would prevent that abuse of their children.
- the book of John doesn’t belong in the Bible
- gets more excited worshiping Charles Darwin more than he does Jesus
- the Gospel of Thomas does belong in the Bible
- it is acceptable to lie and libel people on blogs as long as you think you won’t get caught
- Christians have as much to learn from other religions as they do from us (really? I don’t remember Jesus saying that . . . what does Islam have to teach about Jesus that the Bible doesn’t?)
- and so much more!
You’ve been warned. Run, don’t walk, from Chuck and the UCC.