Jay Bakker's Revolution Church celebrates gay marriage bill with rainbow communion bread

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TylerR's picture

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I have really tried to understand why people take such un-Biblical positions on issues which are so clear-cut. I know the reasons, I just don't understand them!

1. Typically they have a low view of Scripture

2. Therefore the Bible does not contain final authority for Christian faith and life

3. Their exposition of Scripture is frequently non-existent or pitiful

4. They play to emotions rather than Biblical truth

5. Their worldview tends to be amazingly man-centered

6. Their theology, such as it is, is frequently heretical and un-Biblical

7. This last charge is meaningless to them, because to them, God has not spoken authoritatively and decisively on anything

The reason Bakker is evidently enjoying success in his new "bar/church" venture is because he is not confronting his "congregation" with their sin. The Gospel is clear on this matter - repent and believe (Mk 1:14-15). It is so sad to see such heresy enjoying such apparent success. I doubt a Bible preaching man could garner a fraction of the attention Bakker is getting, or even a fraction of the congregation.

It breaks my heart that this heresy is considered Christianity. 

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Joel Shaffer's picture

TylerR wrote:

I have really tried to understand why people take such un-Biblical positions on issues which are so clear-cut. I know the reasons, I just don't understand them!

1. Typically they have a low view of Scripture

2. Therefore the Bible does not contain final authority for Christian faith and life

3. Their exposition of Scripture is frequently non-existent or pitiful

4. They play to emotions rather than Biblical truth

5. Their worldview tends to be amazingly man-centered

6. Their theology, such as it is, is frequently heretical and un-Biblical

7. This last charge is meaningless to them, because to them, God has not spoken authoritatively and decisively on anything

The reason Bakker is evidently enjoying success in his new "bar/church" venture is because he is not confronting his "congregation" with their sin. The Gospel is clear on this matter - repent and believe (Mk 1:14-15). It is so sad to see such heresy enjoying such apparent success. I doubt a Bible preaching man could garner a fraction of the attention Bakker is getting, or even a fraction of the congregation.

It breaks my heart that this heresy is considered Christianity. 

I don't know if Bakker is even enjoying "success."  Even with the Bakker name and the media to do stories like this, his church in Brooklyn at the most had 60-70 people.   In Minnesota, he is relying on the media to do stories on him such as his rainbow colored communion bread.   I'd be shocked if there are more than 50 people at his church right now.  

Bakker and Tony Jones (he was serving the rainbow colored bread) are part of the emergent church.  The emergent movement has somehow been able to market itself with articles such as this and even used to have a publishing arm through Zondervan and other Christian publishers, despite only about 100 churches, most of which have an average attendance of about 40-70. Its an almost dead movement that needs articles such as this to demonstrate to the world that it has a pulse.  

TylerR's picture

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Why are these folks so good at publicity? Is there some hidden trick? Or is their heretical, counter-Christian theology what draws media? 

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

iKuyper's picture

TylerR wrote:

Why are these folks so good at publicity? Is there some hidden trick? Or is their heretical, counter-Christian theology what draws media? 

Trust me, if you serve communion with some multicolored loaf, you'll get publicity..lol

Ecclesia semper reformanda est

TylerR's picture

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Trust me, if you serve communion with some multicolored loaf, you'll get publicity..lol

Good point!

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Wayne Wilson's picture

We tried a putting a scarlet "A" on the wafers a while back in red icing, so the adulterers would feel welcome, but it didn't work. The kids ate 'em all before the tray made it half way around the church..