Published from a comment.
“It’s ok to lie to children”, “There is no original sin”, and “We are born sinless,” says a Baptist pastor.
Greg’s sermon on the 28th of May 2017 was on the topic of heaven from his series on “frequently asked questions”. As usual, there were many embarrassing unbiblical bungles in Greg’s “sermon”, but let’s review the ones that must not be neglected as they were weighty mistakes and if left unaddressed could mislead the church.
Greg’s began by citing the common questions about heaven.
“Where is heaven?”
Greg says “Heaven is up, but where is up?” and then Greg laughs, he shows pictures of a milky way galaxy, directs his laser pointer at the different part of the galaxy and repeats, “where is up? Here, here or here?” He then irreverently says “Jesus looked up and prayed, but there is no up” Greg closed the question by stating “no one really knows where is heaven” This phrase “no one really knows” became the underlying theme of his sermon. In pretending to be ‘scientifically informed’ and smarter than his audience, Greg ended up ridiculing Christ, the Creator of the Universe.
Greg’s next question on Heaven was, “Will my pets be in heaven?”
Greg informs the church that his wife is convinced that her pets will go to heaven. Greg then raises a question, “won’t pets need a saviour to go to heaven?” and provides his wife’s answer to his hypothetical question. According to the pastor’s wife, who has been listening to her husband teach and preach the bible for over 20 years, “pets don’t need a saviour because unlike her husband, her pets are perfect and sinless, and therefore don’t need a saviour.” As silly as this comment may be, it is not entirely wrong, Greg’s pets at least don’t watch or show porn in the church. Back on point, in that sermon, Greg quoted his wife so often, it was hard to tell who was preaching, Greg or Greg’s wife. Greg says in passing that only humans have souls, but “no one really knows.”
Greg misuses Isaiah 11:6 to suggest that our pet may go to heaven.
Isaiah 11:6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.
But that verse is talking about a new heaven and new earth, which means all creation (including all the animals) will be newly created!
Greg tells the church, we need to change our answer to this question depending on who is asking the question.
According to Greg, if a theological student asks, then the answer should be, “Absolutely not, animals don’t go to heaven” but if a 6-year-old is asking, then the answer is “of course, fluffy is going to heaven.”
This would be funny if it were stand-up comedy, but a pastor encouraging the congregation to lie to children is no laughing matter. If Greg was suggesting that we do not hurt the children’s feelings, then there are many other answers that would be less deceitful, while ensuring the child’s hopes are not destroyed.
One could say that we God made pets for us to enjoy here on earth, God has prepared far better things in heaven, and based on Isaiah, animals in heaven will better, they will not grow old, fall sick and die.
Greg closed the questions by saying again that “No one knows, and the Bible is silent on the matter.” But the bible is not silent on the matter; it’s just silent to Greg because Greg does not sufficiently read or study the Bible.
Will babies and children who die young go to heaven?
It’s hard to tell if this whole topic was a big joke for Greg. His demeanour seems to indicate that he does not believe that there is such as place as heaven. He states that there is no original sin and that children are born sinless, so Children may go to heaven when they die young but that no one really knows.
But again, the Bible is not silent on this topic; Greg is simply ignorant about the verses that speak to this subject. When his son with Bathsheba died, Kind David declares in 2 Samuel 12:23, “But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”
Unless Greg believes that King David, a man after God’s own heart is going to hell, the verse clearly indicates that King David, inspired by the Holy Spirit knew he would see his son again in Heaven.
Greg avoided taking a clear position on any of the questions by saying that “We don’t really know because the Bible is silent on it.”
Should we accept this ill prepared, half hearted sermon from a pastor who takes home about hundred thousand a year? Possibly more with all the benefits and kickbacks. In other jobs, people have to work extremely hard to make that kind of money, but a pastor has all week to prepare for a 30 minute “sermon”, and that’s what we got.