Update: Continuing his series, Young speculates about what Jesus would say to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. In both of these “sermons,” Young emphasizes man’s free will choice to accept Jesus to be saved, “You can receive [Jesus] or not. That’s the deal.”
Young even quoted Ephesian 1:7, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Does Young even know the context of this verse (Eph 1:3-14), which is God’s spiritual blessings given to believers, in Christ? Here, Paul says God gives all spiritual blessings only “according to the purpose of his will” (verse 5), “according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will” (verse 11), and “to the praise of his glory” (verses 12, 14) (emphasis added). Is there any evidence here that human “free-will” decision is involved in God’s election of believers to salvation?
As to what Jesus would say to Lance Armstrong, according to Pastor Young, Jesus would tell Armstrong to stop lying and turn to God. The cyclist is only a “prayer away” from accepting Jesus as the truth. Again, in Young’s teaching, God has nothing to do with a person’s salvation, because this salvation depends wholly on a person’s own decision.
Obviously, Young has never read or understood these Bible verses and numerous of other related texts:
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:45).
The Lord opened [Lydia’s] heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul (Acts 16:14).
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).
What would Jesus say to Kim Kardashian? “Make me famous.”
Really? But Ed Young of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, says so. In the second sermon of his “What Would Jesus Say To…” series, he focused on Kim Kardashian, who has 17 million Twitter followers and one of the most googled people in the world.
Does Jesus really want to be merely famous? Is that all that he gave his body and blood for? Jesus might be the most famous person in the world, but he is despised, rejected, ridiculed and blasphemed by a huge majority of people in the world who “know” him.
And what would KK say? Maybe something like, “Jesus loves you all, and has a wonderful plan for your life, even how much your life may be totally depraved like mine.” Maybe she would say exactly what Young preached to his poor, lost, shepherdless sheep, “Your past doesn’t determine your future.” Really? But the Bible says that if death or Judgment Day overtakes your past of rejecting Christ as Lord and Savior, rebellion against God, self-righteous unrepentance, and unbelief, then your future is very clear and definite: eternal hell!
Obviously, the Bible is not part of Young’s preaching. What’s the Scripture text? None. Just pick out some random Biblical sayings out of thin air. And if there’s no Scripture text to expound, where’s the exposition of God’s Word? None. Just all kinds of moralistic, therapeutic, deistic, and CHRISTLESS preaching.
So, on Judgment Day, what would Jesus say to Kim Kardashian, LeBron James, Ellen DeGeneres, Lance Armstrong and other unrepentant celebrities on which Young will focus in his series?
Depart from me, you workers of lawlessness! Do you not know that … the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who practice homosexuality, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God? For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. And your portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. (Matt 7:23; 1Cor 6:9-10; Rom 1:18; Rev 21:8)