Archive for October 16th, 2008

The prodigal’s older brother

Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Recently, I’ve been studying Luke 15 and the parable of the prodigal son. The Lord Jesus Christ told this parable to address the self-righteous Pharisees. The Pharisees were upset that the Lord showed mercy and grace to sinners – he even dared to eat with them! As part of my study, I listened to a sermon entitled “Let’s Hear It For the Other Son.” Apparently, the man who delivered this message completely missed the point the Lord was making. Following are some quotes from his message:

I like the guy.

This kind of guy is what this Bible conference is all about.

Young people, you be like the brother who stayed home.

This guy over here is exactly the guy you ought to be.

It’s a wonderful party when a prodigal comes home, but it’s a continual party for the brother that never went into sin.

This man continually lifted up the older brother as an example for the young people to emulate! This man wanted his listeners to be just like the Pharisees that the older brother represented! What does the Bible say about the Pharisees? A generation of vipers (Matthew 3:7); hypocrites (Matthew 15:7); hearts far from God (Matthew 15:8); blind guides (Matthew 23:16); self-righteous (Luke 16:15). How could anyone want young people to emulate that? Sure, the Pharisees were good at keeping the letter of the law, but their hearts were far from God. Our young people need to hear messages that will draw their hearts close to God, not messages that tell them how to live the part of a self-righteous, unsaved, Pharisee. The use of the older brother as an example of someone to copy is a complete twist of this scripture and completely ignores the purpose why Jesus told this parable.

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by gahammerle

If you disagree with me

Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

I have found out that some of my posts have been misunderstood which resulted in someone being upset with me. For future posts, I will endeavor to explain what I mean more clearly. I also have enabled anonymous comments so if you disagree with what you think I mean, you can post a comment without revealing your identity. Hopefully, this will prevent future misunderstandings. If you do have a disagreement, please provide scripture as that is the best form of correction. As always, please don’t take anything I post as truth without studying the topic and corresponding scriptures for yourself.

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by gahammerle