Mega-Church Minister Decides Jesus was Wrong About Salvation

You know what you don’t see every day? A minister suggesting Jesus was insane. But you're getting ready to see it today.

You know what you don’t see every day (thankfully)? A minister suggesting Jesus was insane. But today is going to be one of those days.

Last year it was Shannon Kershner, minister of the nearly 6,000 member Fourth Presbyterian mega-church in Chicago who declared that whole, “No man comes to the Father except by me” comment of Jesus a bit kooky.

This year, it’s Michael Walrond, Jr., minister of the nearly 10,000 member First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem doing the same thing. In a now viral clip of the mega-church minister speaking to his congregation, Worland proclaims:

"There was a time when you would see people in the pulpit say, 'well, if you don't believe in Jesus you going to Hell. That's insanity in many ways because that is not what Jesus even believes. And so the key is you believe in God. And whatever your path is to God I celebrate that. Personally I celebrate that," he said to a smattering of applause. "Again, we have enough in this world that divides us we need to find those things that bring us together. And if God cannot bring us closer together then something is wrong, not with God but in how we think we know God and understand God."

Precisely how do you know and understand God, Pastor? It seems there are two approaches:

  1. Trust what God has revealed about Himself in the Holy Bible
  1. Trust what you feel should be true about Him

One is built largely on an unchanging, fixed point of reference (understanding that human interpretation of Scripture will cause some discrepancy in our approach). The other is predicated upon personal preferences, necessarily affected greatly by cultural fads and societal pressures.

If you trust the first, the notion of salvation through any path except Christ is what is “insane.” It requires you to discount the actual statements of Jesus, as well as the authoritative writing of Luke who affirms that there is but one name under heaven by which we can be saved.

But if you trust the second, as Pastor Worland appears to do, a few questions arise.

  • You clearly believe Jesus was wrong about being the only way to the Father, so why trust Him on anything else?
  • You clearly believe that Jesus is threatening non-followers with Hell and making false statements about being the only path the Heaven, but this would be sinful correct?
  • And if He is a sinner, why follow Him as a Savior?
  • And if you don’t really buy into the Jesus as Savior aspect of Christianity, who exactly is Jesus and why do you bother to pretend you worship Him?

Of course this all prompts the real dilemma: if you’re not going to really trust or worship Him at your meetings, why wouldn’t you just exhibit the honesty to stop calling the church the First Corinthian Baptist and call it what it is – First Church of Worland.

Comments
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Ronliv2
Ronliv2

Jesus said that He came to seek and to save that which was lost. We are the ones, who by our sins have separated ourselves from God. God has offered a way back to relationship with Him through His Son Jesus, Who verifies over and over in the scriptures that this is so. To say otherwise is to spit in God’s Face and to reject the only way of fellowship with God that He offers us.

Reaganite
Reaganite

Jesus appears in Times Square. CNN cuts away to Adam Schiff who says the Russians are behind it. MSNBC brings on a panel to discuss their grievances against God. The View says, "Maybe He can speak to Pence so the Veep won't appear so crazy." ABC covers it live but only because David Hogg shows up to demand that Jesus join his gun confiscation movement.

bllck100
bllck100

When a person operates from a naturalistic or materialistic view point, it rules out supernatural explanations by default. Therefore, if Jesus appeared in the center of times square with bolts of lightning, thunder, fire and other extraordinary demonstrations of His presence and then spoke to us, most would come up with a natural explanation for this: mass psychotic delusion, drunken stupor, dark matter event, or too many pot heads in times square. Bottom line, it would not prove anything to those who do not want to believe.

bllck100
bllck100

That already happened 2000 years ago. Most did not believe Him then and most would not believe Him now. Most Christians are not trying to condemn people to hell, only repeating the teachings of Jesus on Hell. Jesus and Christians desire is that none should go to hell and therefore it is necessary for us to warn people about it. This sometimes comes across as condemning people.

NWRED
NWRED

No better example of a false teacher or prophet. This and clergy getting in involved in sexual scandals is destroying the church. Most of this is by individual but some by denomination. This shows why people need to get into the Bible and prayer for themselves. If it the individual the denomination should step in. At one time it was one believed it was the heretic that left the church, we now have the church leaving the people.