“I’ve been a minister for twenty years…With each passing year I’ve watched the Church I love become polluted. I’ve watched it slowly grow more and more malicious, more and more bitter, more and more toxic. I’ve watched it devolve into something that often barely resembles Jesus—and it’s been heartbreaking.” – John Pavlovitz
And so, the good pastor penned an apology on behalf of those responsible for destroying his beloved church.
The church ‘barely resembles Jesus’ because THE CHURCH IS NOT JESUS.
The church is actually, Jesus’ Bride.
A guy is a minister for twenty years and hasn’t figured this out?
How is the church more malicious today than it was back when it was nailing Jesus to a cross?
It’s not clear on whose behalf he is apologizing.
But they’re very bad people!
Polluted, malicious, toxic, bitter people.
The kind of people that really need Jesus.
Horrible, despicable, vile sinners!
They’re breaking his heart!
How do you fix a broken heart?
You write a few dozen sanctimonious paragraphs scolding the bride that Jesus adores.
To be fair, it’s not all churches that are toxic and bitter.
It’s just those OTHER churches.
The churches where Pavlovitz isn’t on staff.
The pastor says:
“I’m sorry that the brutality and hypocrisy of Christians has caused you to wash your hands of a benevolent, humble Jesus who is really nothing like them.”
Jesus is nothing like those people.
Jesus is like you, right Johnny?
“I’m giving you a new commandment…to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” –
John PavlovitzJesus Christ
Of course, Jesus only had three years in ministry.
So you’ve got seventeen more years of experience than Jesus!
I’m not a fan of your blog, Pastor Pavlovitz.
You’re a pandering political progressive parading in pastor’s pajamas.
You go on and on about what Jesus thinks yet never quote Jesus’ words.
You never cite scripture while assuring me that the Bible informs your opinions.
Next time you want to write an apology, write one for the guy in your mirror.
A flawed, discouraged, reluctant, but still striving ‘non-pastor’.