Back in 2017, we asked the question “..should a senior pastor in a movement represent his associate pastor as a ‘legal advisor’ when he is not qualified as such?” Fast forward to 2019, we now ask the question – does this same ‘associate pastor’ (Simon McIntyre) have the right to ask a potential C3 pastor about his sex life? In his latest Fighting For The Faith YouTube review, Ps. Chris Rosebrough ‘takes a turn to the dark side’, referring to a section of his FFTF data base he calls ‘the creepy category’. Ps Chris states:
“When you’re dealing with something like this, that’s this important where the implications, the consequences are as extreme as they are as it comes to, like, sexual sins and things like that. That being the case, when you see things like this, red flags should going off and waving, and horns should be blowing in your head, and you should be hearing the danger sirens going off – and things like that. This is a red flag – ‘run’ is the best way I can put it.”
In the Fighting For The Faith review, we see a segment where John Pearce, the Executive Director for C3 Church Global, is interviewing Simon McIntyre, the Regional Director for C3 Europe, about ‘pastoring pastors’. The segment Ps. Rosebrough references is very disturbing in light of what questions should be asked of a godly pastor. Is the private sex life of potential C3 pastors any business of C3 leadership?
We could ask the question, knowing that C3 unbiblically ordains women to the pastoral office, does Simon McIntyre get to be the one making what amounts to be ‘lurid’ enquiries?
Who is Simon McIntyre? Let’s let him speak for himself:
I’m an Australian living in London, married to an American – a New York girl, Valerie. I have a London Transport Freedom Pass, which enables me to travel free in London, and gives my age away. Three children, eight grandchildren, mostly happy (me that is), still excited about the future, and loving what we do.
I am a Senior Team player with C3 Global – an international church family; we pastor a church in London (c3fulham.com), and oversee our C3 European churches – a great privilege, and hugely rewarding.
I write for fun, and hopefully a living, and if not I’ll still keep writing. I have an aerobatic pilots license (not much chop in cloudy UK), a theology degree (helpful in all weather), and great friends.
This is what Phil Pringle says about me. “Simon is a work colleague and close friend of mine. He has always peered into the way we are to interpret and live out the Christian faith, in manner that doesn’t blur our spirituality, deny this world or minimize our humanity.”
A CEO of the Australian ABC wrote the following: “Simon is a sharp Christian thinker – a believer anchored in the real world, someone who sees things differently. I have always enjoyed watching him seek to understand and explain how his faith fits his life and his life fits his faith. The musings of McIntyre are always interesting and insightful, challenging and alarming: just like the man himself.”
And in light of Ps. Rosebrough’s warning about Simon McIntyre, let’s look at the biblical requirements of a pastor – and note, it does not include intimate questions about his sex life:
“Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.” 1 Timothy 3:1-7
In this YouTube presentation Ps Rosebrough also addresses the ministry of Reggie Dabbs – a man who often shares a platform with C3 pastors at various conferences.
Source: Ps. Chris Rosebrough, Fighting For The Faith, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjC-tYUybkI&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0QVX8lNoqPaMvwwhIKsfFKQZunKK5lF6yPfE45XnulSCanjnwB4yq4HMM. Premiered June 6, 2019. (Accessed June 7, 2019.)
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