Sermon by Pastor Jay Bakker. For February 3rd, 2013 at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, NY.
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Love the pic! this was such a fun time in my life, I look back and smile,,,
I thought it was interesting, Jay bringing up the story from Matthew 15 about the woman from Sidon, with the demon possessed daughter; I’ve actually always liked that story. It seemed to me to represent a tipping point in terms of extending the gospel (and therefore the hope of Salvation) to the gentiles. I’m a big fan of Oscar Wilde and he was quite fond of that story too. What he had to say about it was this: “Christ, like all fascinating personalities, has the power of not merely saying beautiful things himself, but of making other people say beautiful things to him.” To Oscar’s mind, Jesus comment about “the little dogs” was not intended to blow the woman off, but as a “test of faith”. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I like the idea that salvation is not simply a matter of obeying the inscrutable demands of an impersonal deity (with Jesus acting as a sort of deputy or high school principal); rather it is born of a continuous dialogue amongst the children of God.
In the same document (a letter he wrote while rotting in prison), Oscar also said this: “The fact that God loves man shows that in the divine order of ideal things it is written that eternal love is to be given to the eternally unworthy”. It’s true that the Bible is filled with complications, contradictions and inconsistencies, but if there is one thing Jesus makes perfectly clear, it is that he came not for the righteous, but for sinners. A doctrine that reduces the gospel to a formula of getting into heaven by “being good” (or even worse, appearing to be good) strikes me, at best, as misguided and at worse, outright heretical.
I should say something serious and topical, but all I have to contribute at this late our is that that family photo is amazing.
Bro. Jay, I came on this site to sign up for the newsletter. I thought I already had, but I haven’t rec’d an e-mail as of late. So I’m checking in to see what you’re up to. You have been on my mind and I continue to pray. Thank you for posting this sweet pic of the Bakker family. My hope for you is that you see it and have wholeness of heart. I have ordered your books. They have rec’d great reader reviews and I am glad to hear from the personal side of you. Here’s to you and Jesus, up close and deeply personal. Love you bro! You are a dear one indeed! CCardoza, Fresno CA
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