I'll be honest here... I've known people to imbue their pastor with a moral authority far beyond his station, as if his every word was from God.... and I don't get it either.
He's just a man. Presumably he has studied the Bible and knows it extremely well... supposedly he has been Called to be a pastor by God, and has the vocation and the heart to preach and uplift his congregation... but this isn't always the case.
As far as I'm concerned his moral authority is contingent on how closely and well his teachings follow the Bible and the loving spirit of Grace. If he departs from either, I have no further use for him. A preacher who departs from the Word is just a self-aggrandizing stand-up pundit, and a pastor who lacks loving compassion is a wagon with no wheels.
In God I trust.... all others pay cash in advance.
Yet, for every flamboyant preacher who makes big news by saying or doing something highly controversial, there are a thousand who labor diligently in obscurity, not seeking publicity or notoriety, simply tending the needs of their congregation and preaching the Word with humility and compassion. You rarely ever hear about them because people who are quietly doing what they're supposed to do don't make exciting news or generate ad revenue.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Hes just nuts...
guy is probably in the closet.
Wow. He managed to condone both abusing your child for failing to conform to totally arbitrary stereotypes and degrading women as nothing more than objects to be ogled at in the same paragraph. And without any run-on's, too. Impressive. Although he did have an incomplete clause.
I'm getting to the point where my brain can't process anymore violent, hateful extremism, and as a means of psychological self-defense all I notice is the grammar.
He is no different than Phelps of the Westboro baptist church. Pond scum.
Here is the Partor's background:
Berean Baptist AcademyPastor Sean Harris has been the Senior Pastor for Berean Baptist Church and Academy in Fayetteville, NC since 2006. He served as a member, lay teacher and deacon at Berean from 1987 until he became the Senior Pastor position. As the Senior Pastor, he oversees Bereanís ministry to over 1000 residents of Fayetteville, the education of over 400 students, and a staff of 80 employees.
Now retired from the military, Sean entered the US Army on May 5, 1987 in Boston, MA, trained as a fire support specialist, and graduated US Army Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA. Most of his career was spent in the 82d Abn Div where he served as a forward observer, team sergeant, platoon sergeant, firing battery first sergeant and division fire support sergeant major.
His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 7 oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with 7 oak leaf clusters), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with Arrowhead), Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 2 bronze stars), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Master Parachutist Badge (with bronze star), Air Assault Badge, and Ranger Tab. He has deployed to combat four times with the 82nd Abn Div in Panama, Southwest Asia, and Kosovo.