I love preachers who have character, compassion, and concern for others, but I have disapproval, disdain, and disgust for those think they are called to “build bridges” rather than preach the Word, the whole Word, not only the Gospel to a dying world. Paul told us to “preach the word…reprove, rebuke, exhort…” “Exhort” means to advise strongly or urge earnestly. However, when we reprove, rebuke, and exhort we usually become controversial and Heaven knows preachers must never be controversial. We are told that modern preachers must never make people feel uncomfortable. However, I think that is exactly what we must do: Preaching truth will make people mad, sad, or glad, and principled preachers do not adjust their message to satisfy their hearers. They challenge their hearers to adjust their lives to fit the message!
Since the terrorist attack on America, many blinded eyes have miraculously received sight concerning incompetent government and irrational religion, but until I am proved wrong, I still believe most Americans (including preachers) are using a white-tipped cane as they walk the streets. Before the dust and smoke cleared from the attacks, religious leaders stumbled over each other to get to television cameras to absolve Islam from any guilt. In doing so, they displayed political correctness and private cowardice. They will be recognized as cheerleaders for our destruction. Those sickly, smiling clergymen wearing panty hose, silk shorts, lace around their shirts, and sniffing French perfume from frilly handkerchiefs made me ashamed to be an American, let alone a preacher.
Most Americans want leaders with hair on their chests, bone in their backs, and a brain in their heads. Many clergymen lack all three. Leaders who are afraid of adverse public opinion and being labeled “conservative” (gasp!) or “Fundamentalist” (gasp! gasp!) are moral cripples who are not aware of their limp and crooked walk. Such leaders, in a crisis, are as useless as a milking stool under a bull. When courageous leaders such as Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Jerry Vines, Pat Robertson, and others. spoke the truth about Islam, unprincipled politicians, preachers, and pundits fled from them like the mythical vampire flees the rising sun.
Soft religious leaders are now “building bridges” (of mist) between Christianity and Islam, and the uninformed who cross that “bridge” of mist will fall into a noxious swamp of unbelief.
It is astounding that religious leaders would come to the defense of a religion that produced such a massacre of innocent people, but men such as television preacher Robert Schuller did. He even had a Muslim imam (cleric) on his television show! (Many thinking people know Schuller as the Biggest Phony in America.)
Another soft, “sensitive,” silly preacher is Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Commun-ity Church in Illinois, and I think he is President of the League of the Willfully Blind! According to Voice of the Martyrs website, Hybels also had a Muslim leader in his pulpit on October 7, 2001. Faisal Hammouda said, “We believe in Jesus more than you do, in fact.” Did Bill correct him with the truth that Muslims do not believe Christ is divine or that he died for our sins and rose from the dead? No, Bill Hybels wants everyone to feel warm and fuzzy. He may think he is showing love, but love is not love without truth. Without that truth, his “love” would encourage Muslims in their unbelief. Our concern should not be interreligious tolerance but regeneration of the lost. Maybe he should try to “build bridges” between Islam and the thousands of widows and orphans of those who died in the September attacks. See if that works.
Preachers like those above would rather appear tolerant than right. They have become the deaf, dumb, and blind priests of feel-good religion. I have enormous pity for them. They could be accomplishing so much good, but instead are doing irreparable harm, but no doubt, they feel warm and fuzzy.