WE ONLY HEAR WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR

George is concerned that his wife Martha’s hearing is going and that she is not willing to get hearing aids.  A friend suggests a plan, “Ask her what is for dinner several times and get closer each time until she answers.  Then you can tell her what just happened.”  George asks from the den, then the hall, and then the living room, “Honey, what’s for dinner?”  Finally in the kitchen he asks yet again, “Honey what’s for dinner?”  She turns to him and says, “I’ve told you four times, we’re having spaghetti”

Last week’s blog was a good example of the our amazing capacity for selective hearing.  My comments on Benny Hinn’s divorce elicited two responses.  Those that thought he was wrong, and those who thought I was wrong (for “criticising” him).  Even though I said repeatedly that I was just a vulnerable as Hinn, people wrote and said, “You are just as vulnerable as him”.  Even though I concluded my comments by saying that divorce was not the unforgivable sin and repentance, restoration and reconciliation was what I was looking for, people said, “You should be praying for his marriage”.   Yes, we are all vulnerable, yes, none of us are without sin, and yes we should pray for Benny Hinn.  That was not the point I was trying to make!  My point was God’s word is the final authority on everything, not our personal sentiment or experience.   No one has a right to redefine God’s standard to fit their situation.

When Jesus addressed the issue of marriage and divorce, it was actually in response to a question asked by the Pharisees. (Matt 19:3)  Based upon their interpretation of Moses’ teaching in Deut 24:14, the Pharisees believed a husband possessed the right to divorce his wife if he found in her ‘erwat dabar’, which can be translated “anything indecent”.  The intended meaning for the Hebrew words became obscured in the course of time. As a result, the Jews had heated discussions about what constituted cause for a valid divorce.  Just as we do today.  Jesus clears it up, ONCE AND FOR ALL, and says, “If a man divorces his wife and marries another, for any other reason except adultery, he commits adultery”. They were offended and sought for a way to kill Him.  Why?  Because at least some of them would have been divorced and wanted to justify themselves.  They only wanted to hear what they wanted to hear.

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The Church in North America has clearly become compromised on God’s standard of divorce and remarriage.  But that is really just a symptom of a bigger problem.  Some of the biggest names in ministry today have twisted the word of God to make it fit the American dream of fame, fortune… and folly.  We have high profile preachers who are living in greed and avarice, committing adultery, marrying and remarrying, and are accountable to no one.  The example to the Body of Christ is abysmal and indefensible.  Paul warned us, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers” (2 Tim 4:3)  But we only hear what we want to hear.

When we talk about pharisaism in the church today we almost always think of it as “legalism”.  Not true.  When Jesus told His disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees He was referring to their teaching.  “Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Matt 16:12)  “And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (Matt 15:9)  Therefore the leaven of the Pharisees, at least in part, is believing what we want to believe irrespective of God’s word.  Almost every time Jesus spoke, the Pharisees were offended.  He continually cut across the grain of their pre-conceived beliefs.  When you read the gospels, the crowds too were in Jesus corner only as long as he didn’t say anything that offended them personally.  There is a great expression.  If you throw a stone into a pack of dogs, the one that yelps is the one you hit. This is often how we react to God’s word.  It’s all fine and dandy until it affects us personally and then we, like the Pharisees, get offended.

The leadership crisis in the Church is much worse than many might think.  Most of us don’t know the half of it and I am not going to be the one to air the dirty laundry.  Others will however.  Senator Grassley from Iowa has been investigating six televangelists.  He wants to know why they are using money given for charity to buy corporate jets, mansions and Rolls Royces (one preacher owns 2 of them).  So do I!  One ministry that is not even part of the investigation owns 31 mansions around the world reserved for the exclusive use of their family.  Last year they brought in $170 million dollars and used almost none of it for missions or ministry to the poor.  What is wrong with Christians that they continue to defend these people and worse yet send them money?  “But just look at the lives being touched!”   Just because someone got healed or saved through a ministry… the ends never justifies the means.

I wonder if the real issue is that many of us are just too content with the bar being set low.  In the guise of grace and forgiveness, we too can live the compromised life without any feelings of guilt or shame.  Look, God’s word is either true or it isn’t.  Its time to stop hearing only what we want to hear.

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42 Responses to WE ONLY HEAR WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR

  1. Karen says:

    AMEN!! We need to make sure that the pedestals that we put Pastors on are as high as their standards. (I hope that made sense to more than just me). Any church leader for that matter. AND we need to hold them accountable when the standards drop. I often reach for 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus when I question people in these positions. It is amazing how God anchors my perspective and helps me to see straight. Each one of us is perfectly happy to go along with ABC (already been chewed) sermons or doctrine so long as it agrees with whatever the “situation of the day” is at that time. But woe to the Pastor or elder board that makes a decision that raises the bar, and inconveniences our not so stable reality on what God is teaching us. We are all guilty of looking for something “easily swallowed” when we are looking for a good TV evangelist
    or pastor.
    Mark. thanks for setting the bar so high.

  2. Betty says:

    JESUS I PRAISE YOU, for giving Pastor Mark the courage to let you speak through him, no matter what other people say or think and for helping him to stand on your solid foundation.

    Some time ago, Pastor Peter Y. said:”It is very important where you go to church”, but at the time I thought, it did not matter much to me, as long as you go to church, but I could not forget that commant he made and soon realised,[which I explain this way]when you are hungry, you will go look for food until you find it, and it works the same way in our spiritual life,[including TV.programs] and it is sad to say,we do not have enough Preachers like that.

  3. Ed says:

    “What is wrong with Christians that they continue to defend these people and worse yet send them money?”

    I think a church, more than just about any other institution, should be very transparent in its finances to avoid getting lumped in with the bad apples. So on that note, if someone wanted to know more about Church of the Rock’s finances and where its money goes, is this information public?

  4. Steve says:

    My rants on the last blog were purely of my own moronic sense of humor. I think you can all forgive me. But praise God for someone who stands up against these guys. The word of God is final for the Christian and no exceptions. Mansions? Oh we’ll be getting mansions all right, and they’ll be better than anything this earth can offer. Thank you Pastor Mark for sticking to your guns and the Bible on this one. Pastor Mark, have you heard of the Maitreya? The world teacher they call him. He’s been advertised as the christ who will unite all religions. I thought you might want to check out what this guy’s all about.

  5. Mark Hughes says:

    Steve, don’t know who he is but there is no shortage of these guys,
    Ed, In Canada all charities have AGM’s where members review the financials. The annual reports are all published on CRA’s website. There is also an accountability group called Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) that has very demanding standards. Our church is a member. There is probably no church as squeeky clean as us. If you are going to be in the public speaking your mind…you had better not have skeletons in the closet.

  6. Isaac says:

    Getting our personal sentiment out of the way and just being obedient to God is hard, but so worth it. For me it’s come in a series of choices. I’ve chose to do what God asked me to do, even though it was incredibly hard, and he rewarded it. The next time He asked, I was more easily obedient cuz I saw how he blessed me the first time. This has happened enough now that I find it fairly easy to do the scary things God asks me to do cuz He’s proven Himself faithful to me so many times. I think it boils down to trusting God. What’s also been a big help to me is that God told me through prophecy that I needed to build my faith the way a weight-lifter builds muscle. God Bless ya’ll.

  7. Sally says:

    I am concerned when we as christians start to believe bad reports from secular media about our fellow christians and I find it condescending when one is classed as having selective hearing when we don’t agree on certain subjects.
    God indeed has called us to live in holiness and it is good to confirm those solid foundations but He also said to esteem each other better than ourselves. What is our underlying motiff is it love or is it to make ourselves look better?

  8. Tamara says:

    I believe it is a pastor’s job to do exactly what Mark has done… to hold high the standard, to speak God’s truth, and to draw attention to behaviour that is damaging to the body of Christ. If you are a coach, training an athlete for the Olympics, it is your job to point out to that athlete where they are missing time and where they are erring, so that they can improve, do better and press on to win the prize. Not everyone is a coach… but if you are training for that prize, you want one who knows and obeys the rules of the game, don’t you? Remember that Olympic athlete who was the favored to win the gold… who skated into the wrong lane because he was following his coach and his coach led him astray? If your coach is not alert, he/she could lead you right off the path. That is a huge responsibility.

    There is also a place for people to come alongside, to cheer the best effort even if it wasn’t good enough. There is a place for people to come alongside with bandages after you run yourself into a ravine. But if you want to get back up and move on and not lose that prize… you need someone who is going to tell you when it is time to get over yourself and get your eyes on that prize. There is absolutely a place in the body of Christ for people to intercede in prayer. There is also a place for people to preach, and to be alert to sin as it creeps into the body, and to draw attention to that. I think that Mark’s point is being made with regard to pastors/spiritual leaders…. those who are supposed to be leading, who are simply not leading, or are leading astray. Who holds the leaders accountable? To choose your ministry at the expense of your marriage is an error. To choose to prefer to serve millions of souls, over and above your one wife, is an error. For a person like Benny Hinn to lose his wife, and then to simply continue on with business as usual, sends a message to all who follow him that divorce is just ‘one of those things’. If nobody stands up and challenges that message, then the poison just keeps flowing.

  9. Sally says:

    Who are we to say what the Lord has said to Pastor Benny about his situation. I know for myself the Holy Spirit speaks directly to me, as I am sure He does to each of you. We do not know what Pastor Benny has or has not done to reconcile his marriage.
    I know that sometimes no matter what you do you cannot reconcile a marriage when the other party does not want to and I am speaking from experience.
    Does that still make it necessary to target the man negatively for continuing on in his ministry?
    To me standing up for truth does not include running our fellow brothers and sisters into the ground when they are hurting; or going along with secular media rumours when we don’t know all the facts.
    And even if one of our brothers and sisters have fallen; is it not up to us not to forgive and pray for their restitution. Are we in the Body of Christ doing that?
    I know that one will say you can prove any point that you want with scripture but again I say that love covers a multitude of sins and it is better when brothers dwell in unity.

  10. Tamara says:

    Sally, my parents are divorced, and so I experienced what it was like to be part of a family in a church community going through such a painful circumstance. It wasn’t pretty. We as a church are far, far removed from what we should be, when it comes to caring for one another, loving one another, not sitting in judgment over other people when their lives implode. I understand what you are saying, and I love that your heart is for compassion and grace in these situations. However, I don’t see this particular conversation as being about ‘throwing stones’, or killing the wounded, but rather about realizing that we as the church are riding way off the rails on some very important matters. How do we talk about that in a way that doesn’t wound each other? I don’t know.

  11. Laura says:

    Bless you Pastor Mark for having the “guts” to approach subjects most pastors won’t touch. We, the congregation need pastors like you who aren’t afraid to preach the Biblical truth even though it’s not that popular. We don’t need to be coddled and made to feel that all will be well. WE NEED THE TRUTH!!
    There used to be a difference in the way Christians and non-Christians lived their life. We are in such a blase’ society now, everything is pretty much gray, no black and white because it makes people feel uncomfortable.
    Thank you Pastor Mark for speaking up, the world needs a lot more men like you!! God bless you!

  12. Karen says:

    I personally do not feel that Benny Hinn’s (I’m just using him for an example)marital strife is any of my business. What I feel is my business though is how he shows himself “in the name of Christ” to the world. There are a lot of misguided preachers out there, who are influencing people that are searching or are lonely and are looking for something to fulfill their empty lives. We as Christians/Believers, need to make sure that our walk and our talk are consistent everyday and that our walk/talk is consistent with God’s love. If we can’t model what God’s love is, and what the walk/talk should look like, then people are going to start questioning the wisdom of following God.
    There are a lot of pastors/preachers that are compromising the bible to suit their own needs. We as Believers need to know the word of God, know what He says about walking and talking the Christian life. It sometimes will be up to us to set the bar instead of counting on leadership to do that.
    I truly hope that I do not sound like my walk and my talk are perfect…I spend quite a bit of time with my foot in my mouth. I know that with God’s love and direction, I won’t be able to taste what I stepped in earlier!

  13. Victoria says:

    Oh how I wish I could talk to you directly….I have so many questions about whether I am making the right decisions about my Christianity, and I know you are the one to answer them. Taking advice from other people that claim to be Christian, but have only twisted Gods word, to suit their own needs ,is a problem I come across often. I personally, am not perfect, but I try to make up for my errors in life in other ways:for example, I was a radio d.j/host for CJSR FM 88.5 radio, in Edmonton for 5 years, and I used my position to reach out to the younger kids in the underground electronic music scene,(kids on dope,victims of abuse, and generally lost souls that tuned in to hear my show on the radio.I played from 3-6am on Wednesdays.)Anyhow they didn’t realize I was trying my best to be a good Christian, and often promoted my church as a welcome place for all…I also read a few psalms in between mixes and talked about God often. It worked! I managed to completely help fill our church on more than a couple of occasions. Many people asked for help, and how they could change the path their life was taking and I explained to them, they needed to have a personal relationship with God. I told them they had to change the things they knew were wrong with their life, and trust that God would send them a sign that he was listening. On more than one occasion this proved that what I was saying was real. To make a long story short, unless your are a pastor, you shouldn’t preach your ideas about Christianity because the only things you have to compare it to is your own personal relationship with God.And lets be honest, how is that relationship doing? Is it successful or are you just pretending it is?
    You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.
    Thanks for listening.
    Victoria

  14. Tara says:

    Wow.
    The opinions on marriage (both positive and negative) on this blog are really interesting, to say the least. People have said if one person doesn’t want to reconcile there’s nothing you can do. True – but there’s something God wants to do and that’s restore your marriage. He restored time and time again in the Bible! I wouldn’t base my marriage stand on what I can do, but what God can do. I’m not sure that there are any stories in the Bible of God telling someone to give up and get a divorce (I’m not being sarcastic – I seriously don’t). My theory is this: I think satan gets a hold of one spouse and tells them to leave or cheat, etc. and then gets a hold of the other and tells them that it’s ok to divorce and remarry. Destroy the covenant of God? Check. That’s what satan’s here for people! I also think it’s sad if satan told someone that marriage restoration is impossible based on the actions of a mortal man and they believed him – because nothing’s impossible with God and God doesn’t say “oohhhh… ok, you don’t want to reconcile so I’ll just give up and tell your wife to move on”. If we give up that’s a different story. For all we know tomorrow would have been the day when a marriage would have been healed and today was the day when a person threw in the towel.
    And no we don’t know what God tells others, but His Word tells us that marriage is for life so we DO know His Will for this. Enough excuses. Don’t even try to say that maybe God’s Will is for someone to get divorced. True, we can’t force someone to stay but while a spouse is living in sin it is our responsibility to pray for their salvation and not just give up. If your spouse was committing any other sin you would pray for them.
    In the case of Benny Hill, maybe he is praying for the restoration of his marriage while he continues his ministry. I have no idea.
    And I know people who are divorced who did not know God’s Will and God’s Word at the time. I would never judge them or try to make them feel bad for being divorced.
    But if you do know The Bible now, there’s no reason to think that divorce is an option.
    Sorry – maybe I’ve strayed from the topic at hand, but when I hear the word “marriage” my ears perk up and I just need to speak about the sanctity of it.
    p.s. People I know who are divorced have also had pastors tell them it’s ok to get divorce and remarried…so I’m glad to hear your views on marriage, Pastor Mark.

  15. Sally says:

    Obviously Tara you didn’t have a husband who left you for another woman and would not give up that other woman no matter how much praying or standing on God’s Word that one did. There is only so much one can do and then when God tells you it is over you move on in His Peace and His Love.
    I know several people that were or are in the same situation as I was and even though we had Pastors who tried as much as we did to reconcile our marriages it did not turn out that way.
    Yes I am all for staying and trying to reconcile a marriage and I know God does hate divorce because that is not his best for us. But even more than that is our relationship with Him. He is a Great God and so loving even in the midst of pain and great suffering He restores to us our peace and joy.
    In the meantime I will continue to pray for those who are going through this trauma that the Lord will uplift and restore what the devil is trying to steal from them and us in the Body of Christ.
    Our battle is not against flesh and blood it is against our adversary the devil and it is up to us as soldiers in an army to continue to fight against all his plans and wiles against us.
    Just in case one has the wrong impression, I do appreciate you, Pastor Mark and how you do take a stand for righteousness and truth and will continue to pray for your right to do so. I may not always agree with the way you say things but I applaud your attempt to “raise the standard.”

  16. Tara says:

    I do have a husband who left and who has not left his other life – yet.
    It hurts, I know, and only by the Grace of God have my wounds been healed.
    You’re totally right about a personal relationship with God. He is THE only thing that has proven to be faithful over and over again. And He will again. And I can’t wait for my husband to know that, too.

  17. Sally says:

    My heart goes out to you Tara and I pray that your marriage will be restored.

  18. Wanda says:

    Awesome blog Mark.
    Keep it up.
    You get me laughing (at myself) alot.
    Life is funny….and oh-so-special.
    May you continue to live happy, healthy and wise.

  19. Victoria says:

    Quick question….Why is it Mark,that you seem to always respond to “Steve,”yet rarely comment on the woman that write in. They have shared their stories,that relate to your blog and you never say anything to them…Who the heck is Steve?
    Victoria

  20. Mark Hughes says:

    I have no idea who Steve is… but I guess it clearly means I must be a sexist.
    I actually don’t have much time to respond to every post but I do appreciate hearing the stories.

  21. Isaac Bueckert says:

    Someone mentioned above that we should deal with areas where the church has gone off the rails, but without hurting one another. One quick suggestion to help that would be everyone putting their last name on their blog posts.

    From my experience, blogs are horrible for people just tearing right into each other. When people can monologue and be anonymous, they say the worst kinda stuff. This blog is excellent compared to even the CBC.ca comments, or any other blog I’ve seen, which it should be since we know Christ.

    God bless ya’ll.

  22. Steve says:

    Hey, I’m just typing. Men have feelings too. Sniff!

  23. Steven says:

    Mark rocks!!!! by the way this is a different Steve…………keep it up!

  24. Steven says:

    Mark I live in Curitiba, Brazil, my parents have been missionaries here for over 20 years. My wife and I have been following your online videos for over a year. I’ve had “word time” for years, but your sermons really get me inspired and I look forward to it every week. GBY

  25. Victoria says:

    Mark, I’m in love:) with your honesty. Not very many people could admit they are sexist. (Don’t cry,Steve, we love you too….) I feel like I have met some really kindred souls on this blog.Thanks for that Mark, thanks be to God.
    Victoria

  26. Steve Nehasapeetapetalon says:

    Sob!I’ll get over it.Sniffle.

  27. Sally says:

    I just wanted to comment on your comment about blogs Issac. When people create their own blogs they are giving other people permission to comment on their blog. The word comment on the bottom gives others authority to comment or criticize what the person is blogging about. If one does not want to hear criticism then one should not blog!

  28. James says:

    Exactly Sally
    Issac (and others new to blogging), it is important to keep in mind when “blogging”. Slang for a web log, interactivity is key. Without a comment option “Blogs” are simply a another page of information (true or false) on the web.
    Blogging should be a place where faceless opinions prevail and customs and traditions from all corners of the world can meet and be discussed. I think that there is a certain amount of baggage and barriers are instantly overlooked as contributors do not have a change to “prejudge” each other. Words prevail and that is why God’s word seems to be reaching so many people in these new
    B (Blessed) Logs! Thank You Mark and staff for embracing the future. God Bless us all

  29. Steve says:

    On another note, I thought people might like to hear something cool about Haiti. On Feb 12, 2010, the President of Haiti cancelled the annual marti gras and called his nation to 3 days of fasting and prayer. Over 1 million Haitians attended this gathering. When the Prime Minister arrived he said nothing but stood there weeping for over an hour. 3000 conversions were reported and 101 of them were voodoo preists.
    I think we should set up gatherings like this in Canada and the United States. I believe our nations are in trouble and we as Christians need to come together as well and interceed with prayer and fasting for our nations.

  30. Isaac says:

    Hey there James.

    I hope I didn’t come across as being against comments or open opinions. I love honest dialogue, and I’m on this blog quite a bit.

    I just wanted to suggest that some people (not on this blog really) use the anonymity of the web to spout out the worst kinda crap, cuz no one knows who they are and they don’t have to look anyone in the eyes while they do it. There can be real lack of respect or decency.

    I also love the fact that it allows us to see what opinions people have about stuff. And maybe it is better to have some anonyminity.

  31. Sally says:

    Yes that would be great except Haiti had to go through such a devatating natural disaster to come to it. Can we do it without an earthquake?

  32. Gord says:

    It seems like a lot of people need to be shaken (by natural disaster) out of their misconception that they are in complete control of their lives, before they realize how small they are and how much they need God’s help.

  33. Sally says:

    It is time for a Joel 2 awakening where we humble ourselves and repent for our wicked ways. I pray that we do this willingly before the judgment of the Lord which is coming, falls upon us!

  34. Steve says:

    Amen to that! There’s some scary rumors floating around in the States of things we would never want to happen. Let’s pray like you said Sally that we will willingly repent.

  35. S says:

    So Pastor Hughes, out of curiousity, do you do weddings, and if you DO, would you ever marry a couple where one or both of them had been divorced in the past? Is this an absolute black, or an absolute white, or would it be a judgement call, depending on each situation…?

  36. Just Wondering says:

    Speaking of standards, I’d like to address something I’ve noticed frequently at church.

    As a 30-40 yr old female who attends COTR, I’ve been pursued by a lot of Christian guys with less than honorable intentions, ranging in age from 18 to 63. Not cool. It doesn’t matter if I’m sitting in church, or in the hallways or getting coffee. Frankly, I’m beginning to feel like I’m in a meat market instead of a church. I jokingly refer to them as “vampires,” because given the opportunity, they would suck the life out of a confident, vibrant, ambitious woman who is passionately focused on Christ and knows where she’s going, because they lack those traits and see her as merely an object for their own self-gratification. Some of them are womanizing players, juggling multiple women at a time, manipulative and dishonorable, and it doesn’t matter whether they are on a ministry team or not.

    What’s most disconcerting is that the term “Christian guy” no longer means anything to me because I haven’t found their behaviour to be any different than that of a non-Christian. Nothing sets them apart.

    When I come to church, I go there to serve on my ministry team, worship God freely and passionately, learn from the message, and speak words of life to my brothers and sisters in Christ. I am not there to be lusted after and treated like a cheap piece of meat, but that’s what happens, Sunday after Sunday. And I’m even careful that I don’t dress immodestly because I don’t want to lead any men astray!

    It’s degrading and disturbing and very unsettling, and it no longer feels like a place where I can just go and be safe. I’ve seen guys I’ve never met be brazen to the point of sitting right down beside me and get too physically close the point of sitting partially on my chair, and then hit on me and be too familiar with me–during the service no less. Several have told me that they’ve been watching me for quite some time and will go into detail about their observations, which are freakishly accurate and completely unnerving. I feel like I need to constantly have my guard up. What’s worse is that I feel myself starting to become cynical towards all single or divorced men who call themselves Christians, because I’ve seen way too many examples of them conducting themselves as anything but.

    What to do?

  37. Ginny says:

    Thank-you, Pastor Mark for holding up a high standard on the divorce issue, as Jesus did. Let’s hold the standard high, (especially for public leaders who amass millions because of their own greed), but, for the ones who have lost all their hopes and dreams, and are traumatized through continued rejection from the Church, let’s give a message of hope and restoration, like Jesus did with the Samaritan woman.

  38. Evelyn says:

    To respond to Just Wondering’s comment I do believe it is not the men’s behavior we have to be concerned with. It may be our judgmental attitudes. My attitude goes back to the way my father treated me as a child.

    I suggest that you read Wild at Heart by John Elderidge.

    This book opened up my eyes as to why God created Men in the first place.

    I pray that you find what you are looking for.

  39. Victoria says:

    I have to agree…it sounds like you have some old baggage from the past and are suffering from paranoia. I am too suffering,and need at least one arms length from ANYONE that comes near. If they don’t respect the distance I keep with my body, then they are tresspassing on my spirit and I let them know. Communicating with those during fellowship times, will only define your expectations of others more clearly. I also recommend an anti-anxiety medication for the level of stress you feel, it really helps. God will tell you what to do somehow, just be ready to accept it when it comes.
    Victoria

  40. Mar says:

    Having just been brought back to my faith…These blogs really help in many ways. Not only the blogs but the church in whole. Never have I ever felt so welcome and at home.
    For anyone feeling alone and feeling as though they are an “outsider” I can tell you by my own experience, you will feel welcome and truly loved in this place.

  41. cj says:

    karen, you said people should hold their pastor accountable. start by holding this pastor (mark hughes) accountable. he is nothing but a tv, movie addict/supporter.

  42. Karen says:

    cj:
    I don’t think that Pastors that stay up to date on the latest movies/TV shows are bad. Because Mark has an opinion about these areas, means that he is staying current and relevant. Have you truly listened to one of his sermons? Listened to him speak in person? Not being from Winnipeg, our family only gets to “see” Mark/COTR once a year on tour. (Once a week on TV or the internet.) His heart is pure, and his motives are clean, and he believes what he preaches. From what we can see, Mark lives what he loves, and that life is rooted in God’s word. How many people can say the same?

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