There are guys who really dig Andy Stanley.
I am emphatically not one of them.
I’ve never dug his whole “one point preaching” thing which assumes (among other things) that Christians (or at least, non-seminary-graduated-pastor-types) are idiots who need to have Biblical truth premasticated for them and spoon-fed in only the gentlest, most non-challenging way possible.
Guys that preach verse-by-verse through books of the Bible– that is just cheating. It’s cheating because that would be easy, first of all. That isn’t how you grow people. No one in the Scripture modeled that. There’s not one example of that.
Yeah. Not one example.
Like, for instance, not Nehemiah.
Look, Andy…we don’t see very many examples of “one point preaching,” either. And…?
V-B-V isn’t the only way to teach the Word; it is however an amazingly effective way.
Contrary to what Andy says. “That isn’t how you grow people.”
…darn. And here I thought that people were growing just fine in expositionally focused churches and movements like Calvary Chapel, Acts 29, Harvest Bible Chapel, Johnny Mac and Grace Community, and others. Darn those pesky facts getting in the way and blowing up a perfectly good baseless assertion! Darn them to heck!
I honestly don’t know why anybody takes this guy seriously – oh, no, wait, I do…he’s a chief Growthinista. For the Growthinista, apparent results in the nickels-‘n’-noses department trumps all. Alrighty; allow me to revise and extend my remarks. I honestly don’t know why anybody who self-identifies with one of the aforementioned expositionally focused churches and movements likes this guy.
Another gem from Andy:
All Scripture is equally inspired, but not all Scripture is equally applicable or relevant to every stage of life.
Apparently, all Scripture isn’t in fact profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, or instruction in righteousness; to be thoroughly equipped unto every good work, the man of God had to wait nearly 2000 years for the Lord to finally and graciously raise up Cap’n One-Point-Preachin’.
Give me multiple-point preachin’ Spurgeon any day over this character.
Again: Why does anybody take this guy seriously…?