Friday, May 22, 2009

ABC's Nightline Asks Does Satan Exist

I have no idea how I missed it, but thanks to the blog Ethos (or ethos) I learned that a couple of months ago, ABC’s Nightline held a debate addressing the question of the existence of Satan (or satan). The panelists include, Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church, Annie Lobert, an ex-prostitute and founder of a ministry called Hookers for Jesus, Deepak Chopra (moan) and “bishop” Carlton Pearson (groan). The blogger, a pastor at a church in Sanford, Florida, highlighted the differences between Mark Driscoll and Cartlton Pearson. The pastor’s blog reads as follows:

Watch Nightline’s Face off “Does Satan Exist?” here. Mark Driscoll, of Mars Hill Church, takes on the self proclaimed enlightened one, Deepak Chopra and Mr. Twisted Scripture, Bishop Carlton Pearson.

I thought Mark did a great job in presenting the Biblical view and account of Satan. He was very articulate, concise and authoritative sounding. Annie Lobert, an ex-prostitute and founder of the ministry, Hookers for Jesus shared about her encounter of coming to Christ after being tormented by demonic forces, an incredible story of redemption.

Chopra spouted out his normal dribble of enlightenment and self deification. Pearson demonstrated yet again why he should be branded as someone teaching heresy and nowhere on the radar of teaching sound, Biblical orthodoxy. Watch the show.

The debate is definitely worth watching. Mark Driscoll and Annie Lobert both stated their positions well. The pastor accurately described Carlton Pearson’s performance as scripture twisting. Poor Deepak Chopra is confused.

Need for Accountability Among Christian Men

J. Lee Grady has written yet another great commentary. Grady is the Editor of Charisma magazine and writes a monthly column in the magazine and a weekly column on-line. The strength of his articles include his willingness to tackle controversial subjects and even if his views may be unpopular.

Recently, Grady has written an article addressing the need for Christian men to have meaningful male friendship. In the introductory line, he states “the epidemic of moral failure among men in the church today is directly tied to our lack of healthy relationships. He goes on to say that Christian men need (1) “Pauls,” who serve as spiritual fathers; (2) “Barnabases,” peer-level encouragers who support and challenge us; and (3) “Timothys,” younger men we inspire and mentor. This is a message that my pastor has been communicating to the men in our church for a long time. I have also taken that message and shared it with Christian men outside of our church. Grady adds, “Jesus destroyed the macho myth by demonstrating that the strongest masculinity is gentle and approachable.” There are other great quotes in the article, which is entitled “Meaningful Male Friendship in a Disconnected Age". (Read article in entirety here).