Apparently, Andy Stanley does not like to be criticized.
Then my advice is, get your beliefs right.
Andy Stanley is opposed to a literal understanding of the Bible. If you ask him to his face, he will tell you, yes – the Bible is inspired.
The question is, how does he view “inspired”?
It’s a big question. It’s one that most Evangelical pastors can’t answer honestly.
Inspired comes to us from “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16–17, KJV)
The word Inspired, as I’ve said before, is θεόπνευστος in the greek. Theo – God and Pneustos – breathed. Breathed in from God = in spired (in spire to breathe in, as opposed to ex spire, to breath out. The term expired really refers to “last breath”).
Did God breath in the spirit of God into the words of the Bible?
Andy Stanley will tell you yes. Then his sermon on Sunday will tell you no.
When theological liberals (and Andy Stanley is indeed a theological liberal) claim to believe in Inerrancy and Inspiration of Scripture, what they’re really saying is, “I believe in making a lot of money – please don’t fire me.”
My questions are this – do you believe there are errors in the Bible? Yes or no?
Andy Stanley will tell you no. And his Sunday sermon will hint he believes there are.
My next question is this – do you believe God literally chose the very words of Scripture? Yes or No?
It’s so funny – the average “just got saved last week” Christian who hasn’t been taught anything believes that. I believe that, and I’ve been saved for a while.
Andy Stanley will either say no, or he’ll say yes – and his Sunday sermon will tell you no.
Next Question – do you believe Jesus Christ is God? yes or no?
Andy Stanley will tell you – again – yes. And his Sunday Sermon will hint “No… but that doesn’t matter.”
See, the point is, Andy Stanley firmly believes in Jesus Christ – but not the Bible. It’s an untenable conviction.
But Andy isn’t quite sure what he believes about Jesus – because he confesses Jesus Christ dying for us. But he denies the Bible.
Do you find some of the Bible’s stories about God unsettling? Do you ever wonder how you can trust Jesus if it requires you to believe everything in the Bible is true? Does Christianity seem like a fragile house of cards that may tumble down in the face of scientific or archaeological discovery? Before you abandon your faith, it’s worth exploring this question: What if the Bible isn’t the foundation of the Christian faith? — Andy Stanley
Read that and tell me if that doesn’t scare you. Here’s what scares me – he said this years ago and still has a job.
Question one – “Do you find some of the Bible’s stories about God unsettling?” My answer – no.
Question two – “Do you ever wonder how you can trust Jesus if it requires you to believe everything in the Bible is true?” My answer – um… this is a question designed to elicit a pre-determined answer. Let me explain. Trusting Jesus does require me to believe everything in the Bible is true, because Jesus Himself taught this. If you do not believe everything in the Bible is true, you do not trust Jesus Christ!!!
Question three – “Does Christianity seem like a fragile house of cards that may tumble down in the face of scientific or archaeological discovery?” My answer – no. My rebuttal question is this – “Does scientific theory consistently account for the facts we have in evidence? Answer – no. So – why are we required to determine whether or not the Bible is true when scientists find seals and coins proving the Bible, and they deny the very evidence of what they’re holding?
question Four – “What if the Bible isn’t the foundation of the Christian faith?” Answer – but it IS.
You may claim to believe Jesus Christ. You may try to claim salvation because you believe He rose from the dead.
But Andy Stanley dismisses the Virgin Birth as myth or “Stories”. He claims to believe he’s saved because Jesus rose from the dead, but he’s not answering the central question of the Gospels – “Who do ye say that I am?”
Andy Stanley doesn’t believe in the virgin birth – so he denies the deity of Jesus Christ.
Anyone who denies the deity of Jesus Christ is not saved. They do not have eternal life. They will not go to heaven. They face an unbearable eternity of unending suffering and torment in Hell.
“One of the challenging things about the Christmas season and one of the challenging things about the Christmas story is, in fact, the Christmas story – the Christmas story as it relates to the birth of Jesus. Because there is so much miraculous, there is so much amazing, there is so much that’s really unbelievable about it and a whole lot of people just don’t believe; and I understand that. Maybe the thought is that they had to come up with some myth about the birth of Jesus to give him street “cred” later on. It is interesting because Matthew gives us a version of the birth of Jesus. Luke does, but Mark and John don’t even mention it; and a lot has been made of that. And you have heard me say some version of this a million times, but if somebody can predict their own death and resurrection, I’m not all that concerned about how they got into the world, because the whole resurrection thing is so amazing and, in fact, you should know this. Christianity does not hinge on the truth or even the stories about the birth of Jesus, it really hinges on the resurrection of Jesus.” — Andy Stanley (emphasis mine)
This is a red herring – Andy’s trying to distract you by saying things that SOUND good, so you’ll “Amen” – and you completely miss the part that he’s calling the Virgin Birth a myth. By adding the words “the truth” to the virgin birth, Stanley provides himself with deniability. He tries to give himself wiggle room.
The facts are this – Christianity hinges upon the truth of Jesus Christ. If He is not God in human flesh, then it doesn’t really matter if he rose from the dead! It means he atoned for his own sins, because all men sin.
But Jesus Christ is without sin. He is sinless. He perfectly kept the law so we do not have to. He is without sin and knows no sin.
If Jesus Christ was not virgin born, then He would inherit the curse of sin and death from Adam, and would not be able to atone for us!
Fortunately for us, Stanley is wrong.
Christianity DOES hinge upon the truth of the virgin birth! I’m very concerned about the truth of this, because the Bible tells us. If it tells us, then it’s important.
His church should do the only right thing, and dismiss him immediately.