I know there is some buzz out there about this and my upcoming posts. Let me be clear: I’m not name-calling. And for those of you that think I’m talking about a sexual disfunction, get your head out of the gutter.

Here’s the definition of impotent: im⋅po⋅tent  –adjective 

1.not potent; lacking power or ability.
2.utterly unable (to do something).
3.without force or effectiveness.

In contrast to that, I believe strongly that the Gospel is POTENT:

po⋅tent –adjective 

1.powerful; mighty:

Do you ever just get fed up and think you can’t take it anymore? That’s me right now with some “preachers”. It started a few months ago when my wife and I were up real late and watched a TV preacher on one of the Christian channels preach his money gospel (more on him later in this series).

Then some friends at Innovation3 showed me some YouTube videos of an impotent preacher. I’m not going to name call or personally attack any of these guys, I’ll just stick with calling their sermons “impotent”. 

Starting tomorrow, I’ll begin sharing who gets me upset. Why? There’s a holy anger stirring in me. I can’t stay silent. I also know there are non-Christians that read this blog and I want them to know that I don’t agree with these guys and that they give Christians a bad name. Basically, I’m trying to tell my Twitter, Facebook and blog friends that (like in the book unChristian) have bad thoughts when they think of Christianity, we’re not all like that. 

Christ, when he was on the Earth, was the most harsh to the “religious”. I seem to remember him calling them “brood of vipers” – ouch! Please know that Christ’s message was potent, life-changing, challenging, and not for everyone. I’m not saying He was loved by all. What I am saying is that what these guys are teaching is weak, lame (again, look up the definition) and terribly off-course. 

Please note: I’m simply going to post their video and let you listen to them and come to your own conclusion. I’ll let them hang themselves with their own words. Friends, I know this is controversial and some think I’m wrong for doing this. If these men were mentally handicap or challenged in someway, I’d shut my mouth. I have a HUGE heart. But these men are cocky, proud, loud, bold and are messing up a lot of people.

Final thougths: we are to speak the truth in love. I’ll share a few comments below each pastor’s video clip and then share my heart. Let’s not get in to name calling or negativity. If you want to speak the truth, speak it in love. Tomorrow I’ll begin to share specific examples. 

What about you? Do you believe the Gospel is potent? Are you seeing transformation happen?

Greg Atkinson

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