Skip to comments.Andy Stanley Was Wrong to Call Obama “Pastor in Chief”!
Posted on 01/28/2013 11:36:35 PM PST by John Leland 1789
Andy Stanley is pastor of a megachurch in Atlanta and is considered a leader in Evangelicalism, often speaking at Willow Creek Community Church functions and other interdenominational gatherings. His father is Charles Stanley, a famous Southern Baptist megapastor in the same city. Andy grew up in his daddys church but drifted away from his daddys Baptist roots. Baptists might humorously say that when his daddy baptized him, he did not hold him down long enough or deep enough!
In 2010, a survey of U.S. pastors found Stanley to be the 10th most influential living preacher. In January of 2009, he was one of the speakers at the National Prayer Service following Obamas first Inauguration. In January of this year, he spoke at the pre-inauguration service attended by Obama, Biden, the cabinet and some members of congress and all their family members.
During his 12-minute message Andy called Obama the Pastor-in-Chief for speaking to each family individually following the Sandy Hook murder spree. I think Andy was wrong, maybe sincere, but wrong in both accepting the invitation and praising Obama as Pastor-in-Chief. This was an Episcopal service which also had two rabbis attending. He did not ring the bell as preachers say.
He said that he purposely chose to speak from the New Testament and not succumb to the temptation of staying away from Jesus. For that he is to be commended; however, he chose to speak on Christ washing the Disciples feet in John 13. He then said that Jesus was saying, "This is what you're supposed to do for each other." Good point; however, the leaders he spoke too had not professed to being born again Christians! There was no proper application to them.
Mark Galli, editor of Christianity Today, asked Stanley if he was not endorsing Obamas views by preaching at that service. Andy said that if Christ had been fearful of guilt by association, He would not have come to earth. He added, So I do not make decisions based on guilt by association. I grew up in a culture that was all about that. Like many New Evangelicals, Andy took the opportunity to take a swat at his Fundamentalist background. However, he is wrong. The Fundamentalist culture is not all about that. Committed Christians are concerned about associations as well as actions and affirmations.
Furthermore, he is wrong about guilt by association. If you wallow with dogs, you will get up with fleasscratching. Solomon warned in Proverbs 2:20, That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. We are not to shun evil men but never give them any support in their evil words, works, or ways. Solomon should have heeded his own warning.
Andy said he would refuse to pray at a bill signing that was contrary to biblical principles but not for something as general as the Inauguration. He added, I have people in my congregation who have far more disturbing views than he does. I preach to them every week! Andy is a better thinker than that. He knows there is a massive difference in his giving his stamp of approval at the political event and his preaching to people who have walked into his church!
Stanley makes the same mistake other religious leaders make. Our major responsibility is not to reach people with the message of Christ, as important as that is, but we are to do right in all matters, even if we reach no one. Serving Christ is not about crowds, cash, or converts. It is about obediencedoing right even when no one understands or tries to understand.
I wonder if Andy would have spoken or prayed at the wedding of King Herod whose daddy was the infamous Baby Butcher of Bethlehem. There was a little problem in that Herod had divorced his wife and taken his half-brothers former wife. What a mess. But it was a big chance to reach people for Christ. However, Im sure John the Baptist was absent that day. In fact, he would not have been invited since everyone knew he taught the truth.
No doubt, many preachers would have numbed their consciences and been thrilled to give the invocation for the occasion. Mark 6:20 reveals, For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. It is obvious that King Herod had some connections with John, even doing many things and was pleased to hear him preach. But like many men, he did not listen and obey the message he heard.
Herod had taken his brothers wife and was living in adultery. John, not interested in climbing the clergy ladder, told him it was sinful. Not a good career move. At Herods birthday party (no Baptist preachers were there; although John was nearbyin prison), Salome did her lewd, seductive dance and Herod promised her anything she wanted. Having been prompted by her wicked mother, she asked for Johns head. She got it. And John got his ticket stamped for Heaven. Herod chose to decapitate John rather than displease his wife.
No, Andy Stanley and similar preachers are not in the mold of Elijah, Ezekiel, or John. Those prophets were addicted to truth, and did not try to walk a tightrope between right and wrong. They could not be bought. They were able to say no to evil and yes to God. No doubt they would have challenged modern politicians by name to forsake wickedness, adultery, perversion, and lying.
Most preachers today dont say yes or no, thereby not making anyone angry. They have developed a new word that means anything to everyone: Yo.
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in a way, Obambi is a pastor — a shepherd. Just that he’s an evil one, following the wolf, rather than the main shepherd....
Can't argue with THAT !
Pastor Joel Hunter from Florida was there also. These men are just groupies of Obama and try to justify their association with him by twisting scripture.
Of course Obama is not pastor-in-chief, he’s “Imam-in-Chief”.
I was thinking more like ‘Commissar-in-Chief’ or ‘General Secretary’.
Andy would not know a Pastor if he fell over him... His “church” is a seeker friendly entertainment center that lacks a moral base ....
In the sermon, you referred to the President as "Pastor in Chief." That phrase has caused a great deal of anxiety among people.
First, I understand the anxiety. If I had read that in isolation, it would give me concern as well. So I don't fault anyone. Apparently there was one pool reporter in the room, because they didn't allow any media. In fact, they didn't even announce who was speaking. This was as private as they could make a ceremony for the President private. The pool reporter wrote his or her story and mentioned that I said that, which I did. But of course, he or she didn't have time to give the entire context. So I don't fault anyone for the reporting or the confusion around that. But here's what happened.
In mid-December, the President went to Newtown [Connecticut], to the high school, and gave this address on television. I knew the President got there early. Each of the families who lost a child was taken to separate a classroom. So this would be 20-something classrooms. In the classrooms were the parents, siblings, in some cases grandparents. And the President got there early enough and went to every single classroom, and spent time with every single family individually.
It's still emotional for me to think about. As a pastor, I've walked into homes where people have lost children, teenagers. The grief and emotional toll it takes on a pastor to sit with a family, to listen, to be eye to eyeit's excruciating. The President had done that with every single one of those families before he walked into that auditorium to give what I thought was an incredibly appropriate and powerful message.
I'm sitting there on my couch watching this, thinking,How is he doing this? I would be exhausted after a single interaction with a family. All these classrooms. And he sits through all that, and then he gives his speech. I turned to Sandra, and said, "Tonight he is the Pastor in Chief, isn't he?"
[At the pre-inaugural service,] I knew that I didn't want to get up and just launch into a sermon. When you're in an environment where you have no personal connection with anyone in the roomand I certainly didn'tas a speaker, you want to find a personal connection. I thought,Well, here is something that I felt deeply and here we have all these clergy on this stage.
So I said something like, "Mr. President, I don't know the first thing about being President, but I know a bit about being a pastor. And during the Newtown vigil on December 16th after we heard what you didI just want to say on behalf of all of us as clergy, thank you." And I added, "I turned to Sandra that night and said, 'Tonight he's the Pastor in Chief.'"
So that's the context. I wasn't making a declaration that he's our Pastor in Chief. But I can understand how that got reported.
I smell apostate pastor, just like Rick Warren and Joel Osteen. Mega apostates.
His explanation doesn’t make it any better. I wonder if he referred to George Bush as Pastor in Chief. After all, he spoke many times after 911 and to each family member. That was certainly a more trying time that this was.
He just sounds like a typical butt kisser. Can’t stand any of these so called Pastors.
Who knows if he said it about Bush? Probably did. Doesn’t make it mutually exclusive. Your comments make it obvious you don’t know anything about him. A “butt kisser” he most certainly is not.
I love the smell of arrogance and ignorance...
I love Dr. Charles Stanley.
Andy must be breaking his heart with stuff like this.
I read it, but it doesn't change a thing. Andy Stanley is an apostate, believes on mixing the church with the world to draw a crowd and pretent its God doing it.
The man remains an Obamanite, and no Bible-believing Christian misses what wickedness Obama is involved in and how wicked he is.
Dr. Boys' point is that Andy Stanley is not Biblical preacher, and we have plenty of Biblical preachers as models to be able to discern the difference. Andy was wrong to pump up Obama's ego, when Andy should know enough about Obama's background to realize that the CT shooting and other shootings are largely the result of a public education system the type which Obama approves, first of all because it creates more Obamanites.
Obama didn't act like a "pastor" in CT ! He acted just like the Psuedos that he is.