Sometimes it really does seem like I pick on poor old John Kenneth Jenkins Sr., the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering (FBCGotK) more than I do the other pimps. And maybe I do. After all, he’s such a low hanging fruit. And it’s actually kind of interesting to watch him as he tries to work himself out of the Pulpit Pimps Minor Leagues to the Pulpit Pimp Major Leagues.
What’s not so interesting is watching him compromise what few principles he may still have by bringing in men and women who want to devour the congregation and destroy it with their noxious stands.
FBCGotK signed up for a Leadership Conference coming up shortly. So the plan is to bring in men and women who can help develop Christian leaders within the church. With the right development, members of the church would be able to go out and establish more congregations where there pretty much are none. That’s the kind of leadership we’re talking about, right? Unfortunately, not. That isn’t the kind of leadership we are talking about.
Here’s the line up.
With one exception (maybe), the speakers have, at best, a questionable connection to Christianity. The planned speakers are:
- Colin Powell
- Bill Hybels
- Mark Burnett
- Andy Stanley
Okay, except for the fact that he is appearing with the current slate of speakers, I don’t have much to complain about Andy Stanley.
Most of you know Colin Powell. And many of you may know he holds a pro-abortion stance . And he endorses the idea of equating homosexual “marriage” to normal, or heterosexual marriage . An example for godly men? Really?
I understand that the Leadership Conference is packaged by Willow Creek. And I understand that John Kenneth Jenkins didn’t actually invite Colin Powell to speak. In essence, the roster is what it is. But the question I have to ask is: Why would he work with a “Christian” group (Willow Creek) that would present a man with such clearly anti-Christian values? And why would he invite them to speak in his church, where he claims to be God’s mouthpiece to the members of FBCGotK?
Then there is Mr. Burnett. While I am not a fan of reality shows (I really hate them, but I can’t seem to find Scripture to prove that God thinks they’re an abomination), I can say the man did a number on the Bible with the miniseries by the same name. The Noah’s Ark leaked, Jesus (aka Surfer Dude) was confused about why he was here, Paul was so much less than apostolic, and Samson had dreads, and a British accent.
For a person who says he wants to be busy “Developing Dynamic Disciples”, John Kenneth Jenkins sure is piping some poor examples into that $55 million mausoleum and memorial.
On the other hand, by hosting these things, he establishes contacts that will do him well as he fights his way out of AAA to the Big Leagues. While I cannot and will not say the man is not saved, I can say that his interest is mostly for himself and making himself as large as possible; usually to the detriment of the men around him.
John and a host of other pimps have nothing more in mind than making themselves look large even if it ends in the destruction of the men and women whose souls he and the rest of the leaders/elder keep watch over (Hebrews 13:17).