Earlier this evening, I saw that Justin Taylor tweeted a link to Ed Young Junior’s sermon from this past Sunday. It’s titled “Cool-aid: Homeboy.” At the 27:29 mark, he begins about a 12 minute attack on reformed churches. You can download it here, listen below, or watch at the bottom of this page.[audio:http://cdn.creativepastors.com/podcasts/mp3/20120624_coolaid.mp3]
Among other things, Young accuses reformed believers of being non-evangelistic. Or to put it in Young’s words, “They pimp God not to reach people who are dying and going to hell.” He also charges reformed Christians with preaching the social gospel, with being more concerned with digging wells in South Africa than with sharing the gospel anywhere.
This sermon is bound to generate lots of discussion. While it is true that there is much to critique about reformed Christianity, this doesn’t strike me as the way to do it. It deals not at all with biblical doctrine but resorts to false accusations and caricatures that assume the very worst of reformed Christians. Justin Taylor probably said it best, calling it “a sad mixture of prideful boasting and sinful slander against fellow pastors and brothers.”
I think the charges deserve to be answered, and I’m sure such responses will be forthcoming from many different places. In the meantime, it will be good for everyone to remember not to respond in kind. The most important thing is not to be vindicated but to remember Jesus who, “while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Pet. 2:23). Pastors, with this spirit, be ready to “hold fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching” and “to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict” (Titus 1:9).