In the Name of Contextualization

I came across the following youtube footage from the friends at Pyromaniacs:

That was disturbing, but not so surprising since much of that kind of “preaching” is common in Asian-American churches. It’s another example of Asian-American pastors imitating from American “pop” Christianity. In this case, it’s a bad example of copying. Since Phil Johnson has already commented much on the subject of contextualization (for instance, here, here, and so on), I want to refrain from rehashing it here, except to point out that this guy does not represent all Asian-American pastors. That is, there are many faithful Asian-American pastors who proclaim the sanctifying word, with reverence.

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4 thoughts on “In the Name of Contextualization

  1. “I want to refrain from rehashing it here, except to point out that this guy does not represent all Asian-American pastors.”

    Are you making your conclusion based on one sermon?

  2. No, I am not making conclusion based on one sermon. I’ve listened to several.

    While he tries to connect with his audience using contemporary jargon, the pulpit is no place for terms like “perpetual orgasmic experience” (as in his recent Exodus 5 message).

    People who generally talk like that from the pulpit generally operate under the assumption that you have to make the Bible relevant. However, what I and many others are saying is, no. We don’t make the Bible relevant; it already is. Many ministers would do all of us Christians a favor by not trying to make the Bible relevant. By so doing, it often takes away the authority and sufficiency of Scripture, and reverence for God and his word.

    True preaching or biblical preaching is exegetical, expositional, propositional, redemptive-historical, doctrinal, theocentric, Christological, pneumatologically-dependent, and doxological. And that is what I long to see in Asian-American churches and for all churches everywhere.

  3. “Many ministers would do all of us Christians a favor by not trying to make the Bible relevant. By so doing, it often takes away the authority and sufficiency of Scripture, and reverence for God and his word.”

    Please provide one or two examples from this video clip.

    • Ben,

      Frankly, I don’t have the time or interest to exegete every aspect of this video clip, though I have already given an example of my concern in the previous reply (e.g., his Exodus 5 sermon).

      Did you understand what I said in my previous reply? If you did, you wouldn’t ask me this question. If you don’t see it in this video or elsewhere, may God grant you biblical and theological discernment.

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