“the Tiger Woods of heresy”

April 28th, 2009 Post by

A friend who works in politics just sent me the following press release that ran across his desk. He thought it was hilarious. I’m passing it on because it features our own Chris Rosebrough! And some delicious quotes.

Joel Osteen Wins First Ever ‘Worst Easter Sermon Award’

INDIANAPOLIS, April 28 /Christian Newswire/ — Chris Rosebrough, captain of internet based Pirate Christian Radio and host of the Fighting for the Faith Radio program announced on Monday that Joel Osteen is the winner of the “Worst Easter Sermon Award” for 2009.

“Every Christmas Christians whine and complain about secular and atheistic efforts designed to take Christ out of Christmas yet more and more Christian pastors have committed an even worse offense and have removed Jesus Christ and His victorious resurrection from the grave from their Easter sermons,” said Chris Rosebrough. “Far too many pastors have played the role of Judas and have betrayed Jesus. Rather than being paid 30 pieces of silver, these pastors have sold Jesus out for the fame and adulation that accompany having a ‘growing, relevant ‘man-centered’ church’.”

Said Rosebrough, “These Churches have stopped preaching the offense of Christ Crucified for Sins and His resurrection for our justification and have traded the Biblical Gospel for empty feel-good platitudes, and self-help mythologies that scratch itching ears.”

Rosebrough decided that it was time to raise awareness of this serious and growing problem within Christianity and to call these pastors to repentance by holding a contest on his radio program whereby his listeners would decide which sermon was the Worst Easter Sermon of 2009.

In preparation for this contest, Rosebrough screened nearly 100 sermons from churches across America and picked the 5 worst ones to be contestants for this new ‘award’.

The sermons Rosebrough picked for this year’s contest included:

A sermon that explored the “deep” spiritual lessons of the movie Slumdog Millionaire .

A sermon entitled “Beer Babes & Baseball”

A sermon entitled “Livin’ Venti” that encouraged people to live life to the fullest.

A sermon entitled “You Have Come Back Power”

And a sermon entitled “Easter in the Octagon”

This year’s winner of the first ever, Worst Easter Sermon Award went to Joel Osteen’s sermon “You Have Come Back Power”.

Commenting on Osteen’s sermon Rosebrough stated, “Jesus didn’t die and rise again on the cross so that you can have ‘come back power over life’s set backs’. Osteen completely missed the point of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and as a result he missed the entire point of Christianity.”

Said Rosebrough, “I wasn’t surprised that Osteen was the first winner of this award. Osteen is like the Tiger Woods of heresy, he takes false teaching to a whole new level.”


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  1. April 28th, 2009 at 13:57 | #1

    “Living Venti” was pretty awful, too. It’s not really a fair fight with Joel Osteen in the running!

  2. Dennis Peskey
    April 28th, 2009 at 13:58 | #2

    The only difference is Tiger knows what he wants to do and why; Joel doesn’t have a clue. My thanks to Chris for doing what no mortal man should have to do – listen to the one hundred worst Easter sermons. I could tell by his voice this was a heavy cross to bear.

  3. Rev Jason Wagner
    April 28th, 2009 at 15:22 | #3

    What can be said for Joel is that he’s consistent. I could have been awakened from a deep sleep, presented with these titles and told to guess which one was his, and I’d have needed one moment to guess correctly.

    He may be the “Tiger Woods of heresy,” but it is because Joel is consistent in his view that brings every word of Christ captive to you and your dreams.

  4. Quinn M
    April 28th, 2009 at 17:45 | #4

    Wow. Just wow. At my congregation, the homily started in the funniest/most appropriate way. “Isee a lot of visitors here that I haven’t seen in a long time. Well, let me tell you, I’ve noticed! And allow me to remind you that there are services here again next week at the same time!” The next week, the place was packed.

  5. Jonathan Schultz
    April 28th, 2009 at 21:25 | #5

    I didn’t need to be told which one was Joel’s on that list. And Chris isn’t the only media person I’ve heard point out the impressive degree that his Easter sermon was found to be lacking.

  6. Quinn M
    April 28th, 2009 at 22:02 | #6

    Though, I have to admit some interest as to the Beer, Babes, and Baseball.

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