January 05, 2007

Ford's Pastor Was UN-CERTAIN Of The Truth

Gerald Ford has been laid to rest amid great pomp and circumstance. With the technology of our day, millions upon millions of people all around the world were able to view the funeral of one of our nation’s former leaders.

In attendance at the President’s funeral were many heads of state from many different nations; nations whose official religion--or only allowable religion--is not Christianity. So there was an unbelievable opportunity for a “global missions outreach” as Ford’s former pastor, The Right Reverend Robert Certain, brought his message from John chapter 14.

John 14 is a crucial part of the Gospel story because it lays forth, without, ambiguity Jesus’ own words concerning the true nature of man’s salvation. With our culture of relativism and subjective theology, John 14 is a beacon of light which shows the way of salvation.

The critics can’t complain that these were the words of someone else putting their spin on something Jesus may or may not have said, for the Bible is clear quoting Jesus Himself.

The disciples inquire as to where Jesus is going as He tells them He is going to prepare a place for them. Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life…”the pastor read and abruptly stopped before finishing the sentence.

Those of you listening who know this passage well know that what the pastor chose not to read is Jesus exclaiming, “No one comes to the Father except through me.”

This was not an oversight; this was a clear dilution, or outright side-stepping, of the truth of Jesus—that He is the unique, the exclusive way to heaven. There is no other—yet the pastor of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church omitted this important part of Jesus’ words. And why?

Well, remember this Summer when the Anglican Church in America appointed Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori? This new leader of the Episcopal church said, "If we insist that we know the one way to God, we've put God in a very small box.”

And so it would seem Pastor Certain is very UN-Certain about the message of salvation. This was more than an opportunity squandered; this was wanton perversion of the Scriptures. I wonder how he sleeps at night?


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