Proving time and time again that he has no discernment, former Southen Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has endorsed Andy Stanley’s objectively wretched new book “Not In It To Win It” saying that the Northpoint megachurch impastor has “championed the primacy of reaching people as the task of the church” and that we should ‘wrestle with the questions” he raised in his book.
Stanley has been on our radar recently, after saying it doesn’t matter if the bible is true, so long as it’s ‘mostly reliable’, and saying that the “foundation of our faith is not the whole bible.
He’s said before that everyone is a little racist, claimed that ‘you have to offend white people’ or else they’ll never repent of racism, said from the pulpit “here’s an uncomfortable fact: white people fear black men” and went on a woke Critical Race Theory tirade by arguing “it’s not enough to be ‘not racist,’ you must be ‘anti-racist,” before telling them that they’re all racists in their hearts.
None of that matters to Greear, who apparently wants to promote him and give his blessing to Stanley, writing:
“‘For as long as I’ve known Andy Stanley, he has championed the primacy of reaching people as the task of the church. As he often says (quoting James, a first-century leader of the church), ‘We ought not make it hard for the gentiles who are turning to God.‘ I believe the issues Andy raises in this book are the most pressing questions facing the church right now, and they get at the heart of the Great Commission itself. I invite you to wrestle with them thoughtfully and prayerfully, as I have. If we are to represent Jesus in this generation, we must be people full of grace and truth, and that is no small challenge. Even in places where you come to different conclusions than Andy, you’ll be richer for having wrestled through these issues.’
Note that Greear repeats Stanley’s out-of-context butchery of Acts 15:19-20 “Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.” One of the ways Stanley has made it easy for the gentiles to turn to God is basically writing off the whole old testament, saying we need to “unhitch” our faith from it, and opening up his church service with a Led Zeppelin concert.
As previously stated, in his book Stanely, who has mastered the art of clucking his tongue and speaking in an exasperated tone like everyone should come to his conclusion, makes the case that choosing sides in the current political and social war only sidelines the church. Instead, he says churches should remain neutral so as not to alienate anyone, using his own church’s response to the pandemic, (he closed down for a year and routine blasted Christians and lamented the fact that churches were fighting the government to stay open and have their services, saying he was embarrassed by it.) the death of George Floyd ( who he called “this generation’s ‘Samson‘ in a since-deleted tweet) and the 2020 election, where he’s said Christians can vote Democrat and run as Democrats all the want, and that there’s nothing wrong with it, repeatedly claiming an absolute equivalence of the current political parties.
Apparently, Greear feels much the same way and points to Stanley as the one to get the message out.