What I have discovered about being a pastor is that I don’t have to “be the norm.” It is okay to use other means to bring out a message in the Bible. Sometimes I wonder if Christians worship the Bible more than the author. There have been times where I use a scripture and apply it to a message a secular music artist may be using and draw truth from it. I will also use scripture to contradict what a musician may view as truth. If I don't use the Bible enough...some may say talk. If you use the Bible too much some may talk.
So being a “free thinker” has it’s risks. To have a blog and be completely transparent means some people will like you. It also means others will not like you…in fact some people will even pray “that God would take you out.” Now I know this sounds completely farfetched but this happened with me and I have the proof for you to listen to (about 5 minutes). All throughout Jesus earthly ministry you see him using the pop-culture of the day to proclaim the message. Throughout the apostle Paul’s missionary journeys you hear him using methods that may in fact cause many “Christians” to squirm. The only thing is that these “Christians” who did not approve what Jesus others in the New Testament were doing....they were actually given the label “Pharisee.”
If you take a stand for what you believe and are transparent in how you do ministry…you can expect the Pharisees to come knocking. I think I have read one of, Rick Warren’s book and used a quote from it in a message awhile back. Because of that one quote I had people emailing me telling me he is a witch, sinner, awful person and that I am as well for quoting him. Oh…and the email was from “a fellow brother in Christ” who likes to post comments on my blog “anonymously.” To those kind of people I say man up and put your name on there.
When I first heard my name used in a message I was deeply offended and hurt. To be completely honest with you when I heard this pastor say “he quit trusting the Lord” or “he one time zealously served the Lord” or “was overcome by the world” or “suckered by invitation of Satan” or “preach the Bible but don’t preach what God would have you to preach” (what the heck does that mean anyway) or my personal favorite “gave up to get fame and fortune” (uh…I still live in Waupaca a blue collar town and LOVE IT!) this all becomes a badge of honor. For me it reminds me why I pastor the way I pastor…to welcome the hurting and abused by the “institution of church”. These kinds of comments remind me why I do this thing called, “That’s Not My God.” So thank you…to all of those anonymous commenters, you preachers who use my name in a negative way. You are simply stating the case for my cause. I once was so beat down by the system and ready to give up. But...the picture on this blog sums up where I am at now. I have turned another page and don't dwell much anymore on my "past hurts" because they are healed and gone. However, another thing central to scripture is to forgive and NOT forget.
I will not reveal the name of the person you hear in this clip. He mentions mine freely but I will not mention his and take the higher ground. I choose to take the high road because with 22,800 hits on this blog and many from the Free Believers, Sanctuary, and That’s Not My God…I am quite sure the comments would flood this ministries site.