Andy Stanley and His “Deep and Wide” Tour: What Happened to the Narrow Way?

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

I wrote in an article recently that I had contacted In Touch Ministries about Andy Stanley.  Dr. Charles Stanley heads In Touch Ministries. I have loved and respected Charles Stanley for years.  I simply wanted to find out what (if anything) he was doing about his son’s false teaching. I asked if Dr. Stanley was still inviting Andy to preach at his church.

I received this in response:

Dear Geri,

“Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and questions with us. It is a privilege to correspond with you.

Please understand Dr. Stanley does not critique other pastors, churches, or ministries; this includes his own son, Reverend Andy Stanley, pastor of Northpoint Community Church. You asked if Dr. Stanley has disallowed his son from preaching at First Baptist Atlanta. We are not aware of any such ban, as Reverend Andy Stanley does occasionally join Dr. Stanley in taping special birthday or holiday messages. We hope this answer, though brief, has been helpful. Thank you again for contacting us. May the very best of God’s blessings be yours.” (Emphasis added)

So, evidently Dr. Stanley does not think that being a “Watchman on the wall” is of any importance.  The Bible does not support Dr. Stanley’s view:

 “When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.  Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul” (Ezekiel 3:18-19).

I wish to make clear that I am not judging the Salvation of Andy Stanley. I pray that he will understand that the slippery slope on which he finds himself is leading to all sorts of errant teaching.  His words are NOT from the Word of God.

I also pray that Andy’s father, Charles, will be convicted of his need to rebuke the false teachings of his son. For that matter, I pray that Dr. Stanley will see that he is called to be a watchman on the wall. All of us who are born again are called by God to be watchmen.

“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.  By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction (2 Peter 2: 1-3).

If the reader is not aware of the errant teachings of Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church,  Here are two articles I wrote about this:

The Apostate Teachings of Andy Stanley of North Point Church

Andy Stanley: The Virgin Birth is of No Importance – Charles Stanley Should Ban His Son From Preaching at His Church

Andy Stanley’s Deep and Wide Tour: “Reclaiming Irresistible”

My comments are indented

From deepandwidetour.com

ONCE UPON A TIME OUR FAITH WAS IRRESISTIBLE.

Was the Gospel ever “irresistible?” This infers that “once upon a time” all of mankind could NOT resist the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is simply not true.

I’m convinced it can be again, and last year during our inaugural Deep & Wide Tour, I discovered I wasn’t alone.

Thousands of church leaders showed up at each event to learn how to better navigate the complexity and opportunity of growing our churches and expanding our influence in a post-Christian culture.

A Post Christian culture?  I think that Andy Stanley is not studying the Word of God. If he was, he would clearly see that we are still in the “Church Age” but that more people reject the Gospel than embrace it.

So this fall, I’m going back out on the road to keep the conversation going and the adrenaline flowing. This time around, we will be discussing:

  • The New Jesus introduced for the world
  • The best-kept secret of Christian apologetics
  • New approaches to evangelism and evangelistic preaching
  • A fresh approach to preaching and teaching the Old Testament

The NEW Jesus?  Could anything be more telling about the heretical teachings of this man?  How completely arrogant to tell his followers that he has discovered the NEW Jesus?  There is ONE Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ, and He changes not!

A fresh approach to preaching and teaching the Old Testament?  Andy, I have recently read that you said that preaching from the OT is completely unnecessary for the believer!  Is that your “Fresh approach?”

As always, I can’t promise to fill your cup, but I will certainly show up prepared to empty mine. The day will be structured around these four talks along with two Q&As. The content will be practical, actionable, and field-tested. I’m confident you will find much to adapt and apply to your current ministry context.

Don’t worry about not promising to fill the cups of your attendees – your promise to “Empty yours” is scary at best.  But Andy, your people will surely fill your bank account at $129 a pop!

As a bonus, everybody who registers will receive a free copy of my soon-to-be-released book, Irresistible.

WOW!  Andy Stanley is not just raking in the money for his tour, but he is presenting his soon to be published book!  What an entrepreneur Pastor Stanley has become!

The church changed the world once. There’s still much about our world that needs to change. To be the catalyst it once was, the church must rediscover irresistible. If the thought of that makes your heart beat a bit faster, you’re the type of leader who will benefit from our day together. source

If the reader can stomach reading more from this promotional hogwash, here is the link:

Deepandwidetour.com

As discerning believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we should be able to see clearly that the teachings of Andy Stanley are becoming more and more errant and heretical.

We should be praying for both Andy Stanley and his father, Charles Stanley.  We should pray that God will open the eyes of Andy, and will convict the heart of Charles to speak truth to him, no matter the outcome.

We must put God and His Word FIRST – over and above family and friends.

How Can I Be Saved?

A Sermon for Sunday

Shalom b’Yeshua

MARANATHA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy Stanley: The Virgin Birth is of No Importance – Charles Stanley Should Ban His Son From Preaching at His Church

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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3: 16-17).  (Emphasis added)

I bolded “All Scripture” to stress to the reader how critically important it is for the child of God to trust every Word of Scripture – Genesis to Revelation.

Andy Stanley teaches his church members that the “whole” Word of God is not inerrant.  It is called “Spot inerrancy.”  So some of the Bible is infallible but not all of it.  REALLY?

So, which portions of Scripture are we to take as infallible?  Oh, Andy makes sure that he points his church members to the Scriptures they can trust.  Does this remind you of someone?

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”  (Genesis 3:1).

And we know how that story ended.

No Need for the Old Testament

Andy Stanley tells his congregation that the stories of the OT such as the Garden of Eden, Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the Whale, and many others are merely fairy tales. He blames those who have taught these “Fairy tales” to children as Biblical truth, as the reason why so many young people leave the church when they enter college.

Most of my readers know that I am a Jewish Christian.  Andy Stanley deeply offends me when he discards the Old Testament. But more importantly he offends God!  The coming of our Messiah, Jesus Christ, is foretold in so many Scriptures in the Old Testament (Messianic Prophecies) and fulfilled in the New!

When Jesus spoke, he always quoted from the OT.  Jesus was the fulfillment of the Law and the prophets. HOW can this arrogant pseudo-teacher of the Bible divorce the Old Testament from the New? 

“My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.  For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.  Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.  Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things” (James 3: 1-5).

Now Stanley says the Virgin Birth of Jesus not Important

From wnd.com

Is Virgin Birth Important to the Gospel?  by Joseph Farah

Article from wnd.com    <Click here to read article

Wondering if Charles Stanley is Watching and listening to his son

I love Charles Stanley. For many years, Dr. Stanley was “my” pastor via the TV. I was not being fed in Charismatic churches of which I was attending.  I always searched the Word to make sure that what I was hearing from Charles Stanley was indeed true.

I understand that Dr. Stanley had some very rough years after his wife divorced him. I also have read that he had a falling out with his son, Andy.  But things were patched up between them, and Dr. Stanley continues to have Andy come to his church and preach!

THIS is not acceptable.  If Charles Stanley is inviting Andy to preach to keep the relationship between them “solid” then to me this is putting his son before the Lord Jesus Christ.  I know about this, being a Jewish Christian. I have lost almost my entire family because of my beliefs. 

“Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.  For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.  Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law” (Luke 12:51-53).

When I am saddened at the loss of my family, I go to the Scriptures above. They bring me peace and even joy; knowing that my love for the Lord and His Word reigns supreme in my heart and in my life. I love it that our Lord said these words to comfort us.

As long as Andy Stanley continues his heretical teachings, I will write about him.  I fear for the souls of those who sit under the errant teachings of this man.  I shudder to think of Andy Stanley one day standing before God if he does not repent.

We should pray for him that the Lord open his eyes to the lies he is believing and teaching.

His church members hang onto his every word.  God help them all.

Shalom b’Yeshua

MARANATHA!