by Dennis Diehl
I’ve heard a lot of foolish preaching in my time. Bathsheba was named so because David lusted after her while she was taking a bath. A man was found days after being swallowed (200 year old urban legend). Scientists have found missing time in the universe and it must be because Joshua stopped the earth from rotating for about a day to kill more of Israel’s enemies, and so on. The examples of foolish stories given to illustrate the mythologies of the Bible are endless.
In the COG ministry, those most given to foolish preaching tend to give the longest sermons on the most speculative of topics. Rambling is raised to an art form.
But there is a style of preaching that beats them all. Ron Weinland, the dominant half of the Two Witnesses spoken of by John the Divine, or at least John on Drugs, in the book of Revelation, has a style that works very well to keep the human mind's unconscious marginally informed by the foolishness of preaching.
Let’s notice how this kind of preaching programs the mind. There is no real content in this style. There is no real theology, no historical understanding or truth of any matter for the most part. It is meme (mind virus) stimulation misusing the Bible as the feed and the member as the fodder.
Let’s take a look at the example of foolish preaching from a recent sermon.
After noting that he will be speaking in upcoming weeks in Detroit, he says that he will confine his Church visits to the South and won’t be traveling north in winter due to unpredictable traveling weather. Detroit? If I had been a teen in that audience, I’d have busted up. It’s February. Who moved Detroit?
“Sometimes we may expect big things to happen…but that’s not how it works.” This implies he knows just how it really works when he has no clue how it works.
“All of these are thunders…the worst drought in 50 years.” Why do we fail to ask, “Well, 50 years ago must have been a Thunder that pooped out.” Kinda like today being the hottest day since 1921. Well, it got hot then so what’s the big deal?
“New people can go to the interviews and that can be a stumbling block to some..” Ya think?
“There are questions that can be EASILY answered.” Not really. One can give easy answers but easy and correct are not the same thing.
“We are the only true Church that is God’s.” No comment
“..how God is leading his Church and me as his end time prophet.” And you know this?
“As I teach, and lead and guide the church….we yield.” Well except that part about if found false anything less than quitting preaching is insane.
“That was inspiring and exciting..” This spoken in light of God not allowing Ron to give a sermon on Trumpets that would prove not to be true.
“People came to understand and see…the vast majority did.” Are you sure?
“This is exciting… all stated in these interviews concerning these time lines ...does not in any matter take away from my role as end time prophet... I hope we understand that.” Uh huh
“It’s not our choice.” No Ron, it is our choice. Life is choices.
“Do you know what God’s purpose in doing that was? These trials serve to bring to the surface impurities.” And you know this? Maybe they bring foolishness to the surface.
“There are sins in people’s lives that they are not addressing as they should be. ...you cannot receive more that God has for us.” You know, blame the member for questioning sermon content and accuracy.
“God has given one year, 2008, as a type of the past 6000 years.” Uh huh
“The 50th truth did change the all the major timing in the interviews.” Phew! Close call there on me being a false prophet.
“It would be wise for you to listen…” Or not…
“No one contacted me back. They don’t want to go into this.” Yes they do.
“What became clear was that he wanted me to declare myself a false prophet…nothing happened.” How unreasonable.
“Why go into explaining anything to them…they don’t even keep the Sabbath.” Doh! What were we thinking!
“They can’t handle the truth.” Either can you.
“There is no need to have anymore..” (interviews) Yes there is.
We get the point. This style of preaching simply reminds people of how they are to think. It is liberally sprinkled with “God wants us to know.” “It is obvious to us as God’s people.” “You have to have the Spirit of God to even begin to understand what has happened.” “I think we all understand this even if others don’t.” “We know…” and many other such phrases that make the audience feel either special or at least unwilling to wonder why they don’t feel this way.
It is mind virus contagion at its best and worst. It does make people sick and they do spread the infection to others until it runs its course.
It’s one style of foolish preaching. Any others that come to mind?