Pastor Randy White
Rev. White has been the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Katy, Texas since August, 2003. He and his wife, Shelley, have been married 25 years and have two grown children. Rev. White hosts an excellent Thursday evening Bible Study online that you can do here.
In our final segment today, we look at a sad story of an athlete many American football fans look up to as a role model. From what we know, this man was raised in a strong Christian, conservative family, but sadly by his own admission has now apparently abandoned his faith in the one true God. This happened in part because of the influence of a false teacher who was invited in by a team chaplain to speak to the team before a game years ago. That athlete is Aaron Rodgers and the man who influenced him was Rob Bell. And Bell has apparently convinced this high profile athlete and role model that the Bible cannot be trusted.
In our first segment, we visit with Pastor Randy White and look at the history of Martin Luther’s reformation, marking its 500 year anniversary this year. We discuss how most believers identify non-Catholics as Protestants, but is this accurate?
SEGMENT 1 & 2
CHURCH HISTORY, THE REFORMATION, AND RELIGION
- On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 statements of objection to the Catholic church on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. This is typically credited as the start to the Protestant Reformation.
- Like most movements, it would have happened anyway. Luther was a man in the right place at the right time.
- Just like there was dispensationalism before Darby, there was reformation before Luther.
- Peter Waldo 300 years before Luther was preaching against indulgences, calling the Pope the Antichrist, and translating the Bible into the common language of France.
- Wycliff railed against the pope, against indulgences, and worked to bring the Scripture to the common man 200 years before Luther.
- John Huss (founder of the Moravian Brethren) taught that Christ alone was head of the church – 100 years before Luther.
- In addition to Waldo, Wycliff, Huss, and others probably the biggest boon to Luther and the reformation was the printing press, invented 70 years before Luther.
- Luther capitalized on the new technology to his advantage.
- The general spirit of the day was reformation. The renaissance era brought new attitudes and technologies that enabled a more relaxed life, thus a greater emphasis on learning. From 1300-1700 society changed in almost every way.
- To this day, non-Catholics are almost always called “protestant.” This is not entirely accurate.
- The Christian world can be divided as follows:
- Protestantism (Reformed)
- Arminian (Wesleyan, Methodists)
- Calvinist (Presbyterians, Lutherans)
- The Radical Reformation (the free church movement)
- Evangelical (SBC, EFCA, non-denom)
- Fundamentalist (IFB, IFCA)
- The Christian world can be divided as follows:
A GREEN BAY CHAPLAIN INVITES ROB BELL TO DECEIVE THE PACKERS
“In 2008 Rob Bell had a chapel service [with the] Green Bay Packers, and afterwards Aaron had some questions about hell and things he had been taught as a kid at a Christian church in California,” the ministry leader describes. “So Rob Bell had a big impact on him.”
According to the magazine article, Bell’s influence has led Rodgers to publicly announce that he does not believe in a literal hell:
The two men struck up a friendship. Bell sent Rodgers books on everything from religion to art theory to quantum physics, and the quarterback gave him feedback on his writing. Over time, as he read more, Rodgers grew increasingly convinced that the beliefs he had internalized growing up were wrong, that spirituality could be far more inclusive and less literal than he had been taught. As an example, he points to Bell’s research into the concept of hell. If you close-read the language in the Bible, Rodgers tells [the writer of the article], it’s clear that the words are intended to evoke an analogy for man’s separation from God.
The article’s author also quotes Rodgers as saying he no longer identifies with any religious affiliation – and that the QB thinks “organized religion can have a mind-debilitating effect, because there is an exclusivity that can shut you out from being open to the world, to people, and energy, and love and acceptance.”
Sad story. Ten years ago I often said, ‘I wish Aaron Rodgers would speak up about his faith in Christ.’ He could have influenced so many fans for the kingdom of God. I’ve prayed for him for many years, still do, and now recently I have been saying that I hope Aaron Rogers stays silent about his (departing the) faith. Rob Bell is a world-conforming, man-pleasing apostate and false teacher. I understand that most Green Bay Packers fans care most about touchdowns and wins, but Packers fans who are true Christians should be more concerned about Roger’s eternal destination and spiritual issues, those he influences, and will pray for him to repent and return to the God of Truth.
Read on air during today’s program: Clutch QB off-target with bad theology