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The gospel according to Whitney sermon series. Really?


Even before the ink has dried on her tombstone there is already a pastor claiming there’s a gospel sermon series self motivational (me, myself and I) pep talk series based on Whitney Houston. What can I say?

Is calling people to Whitney more important than calling people to repentance and faith in Christ? Is this what is meant by being ‘relevant’? (sob)


10 responses to “The gospel according to Whitney sermon series. Really?

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  2. Pieter Stok February 29, 2012 at 06:01

    The Whitney thing – I’m speechless!! How …?? The clip – it’s great!

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  5. marcus March 27, 2012 at 18:46

    in the black community that’s how we deal with tragedy. MANY preachers preachers did but this isn’t anything new. i preached sermon series called:
    the gospel according to the movies
    the gospel according to donald trump
    the gospel according to nursery rhymes
    the gospel according to the tipping point
    and many others. souls were saved, lives were transformed and God was glorified. i hit on sin, grace and the cross. but that’s just part of creative preaching, it’s not a gimmick or anything like that. it’s taking the familiar and using it as a tool to point people to Jesus.

    we are suppose to be fisher of men, but you can’t catch a fish using the wrong bait. and you can only clean a fish AFTER you catch it.

    • Acidri March 27, 2012 at 19:30

      God draws fish and cleans them by His spirit if we faithfully preach the gospel. We dont have to use our carnal antics and methods.

  6. marcus March 27, 2012 at 19:01

    also….that particular pastor wasn’t calling people to “whitney” he was using her song titles as sermon titles. he had scriptures to back up every song title. it’s very easy to preach whitney’s life and God’s grace if you’re a gifted preacher. whitney’s story is really our story. we are all struggling with something. we all want to be delivered from our demons. not everyone conquers their demons and whitney’s a good example. we preach grace and the need for people to know that no matter what they are struggling with they still need to stay connected to God. do some research on whitney and it’ll make you cry as it points to the real struggles of Godly people. black people were really wanted her story to end on a high note but it didn’t happen and we are all wondering what happened and how can we end on a high note. it’s a very preachable moment.

    • Acidri March 27, 2012 at 19:33

      Marcus, Its better to be faithful to the word than successful in our own means of drawing crowds. Paul said to the corinthians:
      For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 cor 2:2-5

  7. Marcus September 13, 2012 at 15:05

    Acidri the bible also says, “To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people SO THAT BY ALL POSSIBLE MEANS I MIGHT SAVE SOME. I DO ALL THIS FOR THE SAKE OF THE GOSPEL, that I may share in its blessings.” 1 Cor 9:20-23.

    • Acidri September 13, 2012 at 22:36

      Rightly said, “so that by all possible means I might save some. I do this for the sake of the gospel” ….but where is the gospel with all these gimmicks and fantasies being paraded before unbelievers? Paul in his day went to the gentile unbelievers in Athens and reasoned with them in the market places…he allowed to be called a seed picker ( Acts 17) …he went to Philipi and Thessolonica was flogged and chased out for the sake of the gospel…in Corinth they said he wasn’t eloquent like the Greek orators…he humbled himself and stuck to preaching the gospel ….to the weak Christians he slowed down and tried not to stumble them ( see how he dealt with christians struggling food offered to idols in Corinth) ….in Corinth he chose not to have any pay as a worker or apostle and this sothat the gospel would grow and spread while his rights and privileges were of little consideration….as he preached the gospel. His message did not change from focusing on man’s sin and God’s grace through death of Christ on the bloodied cross for whoever would believe…..did Whitney ever sing about the cross? I don’t know. I choose not to follow gimmicks but point direct to the cross like Paul. I urge you too not to look to popular gimmicks but to trust the power in the gospel to save the unbeliever who hears the undisputed gospel….how will they hear if no one preaches faithfully? How will some on e preach if they are not sent….Marcus we need more faithful preachers out there rather than entertainers.

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