If Mr. Lentz really believed that taking the life of an unborn child was an offensive act before God, he would have said so. But instead, the pastor softened his response by stating that he would prefer to know a person’s name and beliefs before making a determination as to whether or not they have
sinned. The pastor stated that, “I think our job is still to help people-not necessarily change how they think-but try to point them to what God has said, what we believe the Bible [has] to say”. Furthermore, Lentz offered his gospel which was that “We believe God is good, that He loves everybody, that Jesus was here to set people free, and that’s still the good news of the gospel.” He also advised that people have to live with their own convictions.
Is this truly the best that an influential church’s leadership can offer people: some non-convicting, unbiblical direction about abortion and only a portion of the gospel? If so, the world should not listen to the Church, because we have nothing of value to offer.
But the Church does have something of value to offer a lost world. We hold the truth of Scripture which directs people away from sin (death) and to Jesus Christ (life). Scripture’s direction is, at times painful to receive but it is ultimately a message of hope, redemption, and mercy. The Church’s responsibility is to pursue a change in the way people think (a Biblical term called ‘repentance’) by reasoning with people by way of the Scriptures.
Pastor Lentz has a problem. He has chosen the doctrine of cool over the doctrine of Jesus Christ. Many other churches have done the same. They have valued the opinion of man rather than the truth of Christ. They have preferred to win people by softening the blow of the gospel. As a result, the Church has become, in many ways, irrelevant.
Abortion is the taking of a life, the life of a baby. Until people concede this truth, there will be endless debates about the issue and more babies (a.k.a. young human beings) will be killed.
"The Church’s responsibility is to pursue a change in the way people think (a Biblical term called ‘repentance’) by reasoning with people by way of the Scriptures."
The defense of abortion makes no logical sense. It ends the life of an individual based upon the value that individual holds in the eyes of another human being. If a baby is deemed as too much of a bother or not worthy of life, he or she is terminated. Why don’t we treat everyone, not just unborn people, in the same manner? We could then be free to kill our pre-adolescent children because they are too much of a responsibility. We could violently end the life of a woman because she is not as beautiful as we want. We could target a man for death because he is deemed as not living up to his potential. In other words, we could kill based upon whether another human being meets our expectations. For any group of people, other than the unborn, this is called murder, hatred, and genocide.
Carl Lentz’s answer about abortion is disappointing but not surprising. By how he defined the gospel, he sounds like he does not know the whole truth. He seems to have the part about God loving people but it sounds like he should also study the wrath of God.
Jesus came to the world out of love to save and free people from sin. He did not come to free us to live our own convictions, unless those convictions agree with His word. The gospel of Jesus Christ is about a holy God paying the penalty for sin so that those who follow Him will be saved from God’s wrath and enabled to live out the commands of Christ, not the convictions of what they subjectively deem as right.
Pastor Lentz’s answer on The View reveals a pastor whose work is worthless and who teachings benefit no one. My prayer is that he repents and submits to the rule of God.
- Pastor Randy
1 Clark, Heather."‘God Is the Judge,’ Hillsong’s Carl Lentz Tells ‘The View’ When Asked Whether or Not Abortion Is Sin". christiannews.net. Christian News Network, 2 Nov. 2017. Web. 7 Nov. 2017.