Preacher With Bad Theology

I read the following quote yesterday from a memorial service.

“… was a good person and God would not judge him on one act,… “

The person he is talking about really isn’t the important issue so I won’t share the link.  But why would a pastor say something like that?  That is just ear tickling to try and relieve the grief of the family and friends.  But worst of all it is a lie.  Remember the post just from Sunday?

For One Sin …

For one sin God banished our first parents from Eden. For one sin all the posterity of Ham fell under a curse which remains over them to this day (Gen 9:21-22). For one sin Moses was excluded from Canaan, Elisha’s servant smitten with leprosy, Ananias and Sapphira cut off out of the land of the living.


Attributes of God – AW Pink

This is a short list of people judged for one act. There are many more in the Bible.

What about Achan? Joshua 7:1-26

What about Achan’s family?

Joshua 7:24-25 (ESV)
24 And Joshua and all Israel with him took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver and the cloak and the bar of gold, and his sons and daughters and his oxen and donkeys and sheep and his tent and all that he had. And they brought them up to the Valley of Achor.
25 And Joshua said, “Why did you bring trouble on us? The Lord brings trouble on you today.” And all Israel stoned him with stones. They burned them with fire and stoned them with stones.


2 thoughts on “Preacher With Bad Theology

  1. Hmmm…

    I guess this preacher was motivated by a desire to bring comfort to the bereaved family.

    Noble motive, but a better idea would be to tell the truth, which is possible to do in a loving way.


    Berean Wife Reply:


    I know if I was in charge of planning a funeral I would want the true gospel shared even if it might make someone uncomfortable. I remember a man sharing his testimony that he was converted as the direct result of a sermon for a funeral. People are more open during such times it seems.

    I’m amazed that a pastor would ever say he “was a good person.” Have they never read?

    Mark 10:18 No one is good except God alone. ESV

    Sad. And to think they are leading a flock. 🙁

    Berean Wife


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