Along with the rest of the world, many of us watched the live coverage of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. With the rise of liberalism, politically correctness in the Church of England, ‘relevant’ preaching and media hysteria about the wedding breaking traditions, it was not surprising to see a spiritual downgrade on full display at this event.
THE ‘TRADITIONAL’ CHRISTIANITY THAT PREACHES CHRIST
The wedding service started with an orthodox message of Jesus Christ, the Trinity and the sanctity of marriage between man and woman alongside scripture readings from the Song of Solomon. Although New Testament passages on love such as 1 Corinthians 13 or Ephesians 5 were absent regarding how husband and wife are typologies of Christ and His church, the gospel was present: Christ dying for our sins.
The formal message of Christ and Him crucified came through the traditional marriage service of the Church of England and did not shy away from the core tenets of the Christian faith. However, these are the traditions New Apostolic Reformation churches like Hillsong are attempting to usurp. You sometimes see images of traditional churches slapped on Hillsong advertising to make it appear as though they are connected to the historic Christian faith – but their overall disdain towards traditional Christianity, taking over established churches and reinventing them around the cult of their leaders is very concerning.
THE ‘NAR/LIBERAL/HILLSONG’ CHRISTIANITY IN ATKINSON INCARNATE
And then ‘Rowan Atkinson’ made an appearance. A liberal charismatic Episcopalian bishop, captivated more by ideals and liberalistic musings than the Word of God, took the stage.
The preacher, Michael Curry, is a very good example of a ‘preacher’ gutting the Christian faith and replacing it with their own ideals, vain imaginings and assumptions – giving the congregation a message they think they want to hear. The Christian faith strictly forbids this nonsense by a Christian minister and commands them to “preach the Word, in season and out of season.”
Although Curry mentioned Christ’s death in passing, it was void of the Christian message. While Christian ministers point to Christ and His sacrificial death for the forgiveness of sins, Curry pointed to the dying heart of a man, Martin Luther King, who started nothing more than a ‘love revolution’ movement. Now the whole world just needs to get along and sing kumbayah as one big happy New Age family. Singing to his own lyrics of ‘love is the way’ and losing the plot with ‘fire, car engines and jet engines’, he came across as someone who wanted to be like, if not greater in speech, Martin Luther King. While King opened with ‘I have a dream’, Curry closed with ‘Imagine… Imagine’. And it was not surprising to later see many followers in the NAR churches worldwide heap praise on Curry for his message of love and ‘fire’, showing their sad ignorance of the fact that Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, is a gay-rights activist. And a proponent of liberation theology
While we may question what others at the wedding thought of his ramblings, we were not expecting to receive messages pointing to a tweet from an Australian newspaper. They compared the cringe-worthy Curry to Rowan Atkinson from ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ – likening the American Episcopalian Bishop’s preaching to the Australian Hillsong cult. Again, the world is seeing a modern day downgrade of Christianity when men like Michael Curry present humanistic ideals and pontifications instead of taking the opportunity to share the saving gospel of Christ with an viewing audience of 2 billion worldwide.
The Daily Telegraph posted:
“Forget Rowan Atkinson in Four Weddings And A Funeral, Michael Curry turned The Church of England into Hillsong when he let loose on the Royal Family tonight.”
Source: Daily Telegraph, FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/dailytelegraph/posts/10155341334831105, Published May 19, 2018. (Accessed May 20, 2018.)
In the posts of the link to the DT article below, people were not impressed with his antics, calling him as a ‘lunatic’ or ‘plonka’ who ‘spoilt wedding’. The Daily Telegraph article even backed up their claims with the embarrassing faces of the Royal Family trying not to laugh, looking bemused and so on.
Clearly Brian Houston only saw the blurb advertising the Daily Telegraph article and did not bother to read the article itself. Instead of considering the feedback, he foolishly retweeted the advert on Instagram and attempted to treat the comment as a compliment.
“Hahaha. I love this. What a powerful, powerful message on love. Thanks for the compliment @dailytelegraph“
Source: BrianCHouston, Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi-QfsFH09Y/, Published May 20, 2018. (Accessed May 20, 2018.)
If Brian Houston considered that a powerful message on love, he’s missed the whole point of what a Christian minister’s role is – to preach the Word of God, in season and out of season. And now the world laughs, watching Hillsong and Houston misread the Telegraph’s commentary, taking what was truly an insult as a compliment.
Brian Houston and Michael Curry are exactly who the church needs to be rid of. The church is not to bend the knee to a world that encourages breaking with traditions that are biblical. When we do, we look like Michael Curry and Hillsong, disqualifying ourselves from being taken seriously at all.
“Imagine this tired old world when love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial redemptive. When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an everflowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary. When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields down, down by the riverside to study war no more. When love is the way, there’s plenty good room, plenty good room, for all of God’s children. Because when love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we are actually family. When love is the way, we know that God is the source of us all and we are brothers and sisters, children of God. My brothers and sisters, that’s a new heaven, a new earth, a new world, a new human family.
And let me tell you something, old Solomon was right in the Old Testament, that’s fire.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin – and with this, I will sit you down, we’ve got to get you all married – French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was arguably one of the great minds, one of the great spirits of the 20th century. A Jesuit, Roman Catholic priest, scientist, a scholar, a mystic. In some of his writings, he said from his scientific background as well as his theological one. In some of his writings, he said as others have, that the discovery or invention or harnessing of fire was one of the great scientific and technological discoveries in all of human history. Fire to a great extent made human civilization possible. Fire made it possible to cook food and to provide sanitary ways of eating which reduced the spread of disease in its time. Fire made it possible to heat warm environments and thereby made human migration around the world a possibility, even into colder climates. Fire made it possible, there was no Bronze Age without fire, no Iron Age without fire, no industrial revolution without fire. The advances of science and technology are greatly dependent on the human ability and capacity to take fire and use it for human good.
Anybody get here in a car today? An automobile? Nod your heads if you did, I’m guessing, I know there were some carriages. But those of us who came in cars, the controlled harnessed fire made that possible. I know that the Bible says, and I believe it, that Jesus walked on the water, but I have to tell you I didn’t walk across the Atlantic Ocean to get here. Controlled fire in that plane got me here. Fire makes it possible for us to text and tweet and email and Instagram and Facebook and socially be dysfunctional with each other. Fire makes all of that possible and de Chardin said that fire was one of the greatest discoveries in all of human history. And he then went on to say that if humanity ever harnesses the energy of fire again, if humanity ever captures the energy of love, it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire.
Dr King was right, we must discover love. The redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world. My brother, my sister, God love you. God bless you. And may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.”
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