Yesterday, John Shore made a comment on his Facebook wall about an accusation that Christians seem to bring against him. This is it:
Oh no! There are Christians out there who think I’m “not aligned with God’s word”! How will I sleep tonight? How will I zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
I understand his point of view. I agree he deviates from the Bible when it conflicts with what he believes is true, but don’t we all to some point?
From his comment, you know he is not going to be affected by someone telling him he is moving away from God or in disagreement with God, but people keep saying those to him hoping he will change. I don’t want to be cold, but he doesn’t care, so why do people keep addressing him? Same reason I do I suppose. I don’t want to see him leading people astray with his beliefs when they conflict with scripture. I know there are people out there hurting and searching and his words appeal to them, because that is what they want to hear. Doesn’t mean it is true, but it “tickles their ears”.
For the time will come when people will not put up with healthy doctrine but with itching ears will surround themselves with teachers who cater to their own needs. They will refuse to listen to the truth and will turn to myths. But you must be clear-headed about everything. Endure suffering. Do the work of an evangelist. Devote yourself completely to your ministry. (2Ti 4:3-5)
His supporters rally behind him with support and comparisons of him to Jesus. One person made a comment about how the Pharisees and scribes killed Jesus because they thought he was not aligned with God’s word. Another person, who identified as transgender, thanked him for speaking the words they needed to hear when they felt rejected by the church and God. There is an audience for him, and it seems to be increasing as he moves away from traditional Christianity and forms his own group that wants to embrace everyone and says that the word of God is subjective to personal experience.
There are so many people that the church has hurt through rejection of them, abuse of power, and leading a false life. How many times have we seen ministers and people in the church condemn a way of life or sinful behavior only to be found out to be practicing their own sinful behavior in private? How many leaders have cheated on their spouse or stolen money? Pursued monetary compensation over tending to their flock? The church has put out such a false message that it is no wonder that people are distrusting of it and will move towards those who seem to be less condemning, because all of us sin.
The church should be speaking out against all sin, but there are so many sins that we seem to deem acceptable or tolerable. Abortion is bad, but it is ok to be participating in a sexual relationship while going through a divorce. Homosexuality is wrong, but it is ok to not tend to the poor and hungry. No wonder people turn from the church and listen to those who deviate from scripture. At least their message is consistent. No real double standard there, but their message won’t save.