The Curiously Disappearing Video

The video of Andy Stanley commenting on his approach to Adam & Eve through the Scriptures is “no longer available due to a copyright claim by The Rocket Company.” For what it’s worth the Rocket Company has Andy Stanley in their lineup for a free online preaching event in June (along with Charles Stanley & Crawford Loritts).

The video started making the rounds when it was posted at Here I Blog. North Point has provided a response (of sorts) to a reader which has also been posted at Here I Blog. I would encourage you to read it for yourself and make your own assessment. Here are my thoughts.

First, the statement is more of a non-statement. The only material point made in regard to the video is this: In the part of the interview in question, Andy discusses the importance of “approach” when speaking to unbelievers. He was not commenting on the infallibility of Scripture. Got it. But Stanley’s comments impinge on the doctrine of infallibility which is why so many people took notice and presumably why North Point felt the need to issue a statement. In that light is it too much to ask that a pastor who inadvertently “steps in it” would offer a clear and concise statement to clear the air? We’re no closer to knowing Stanley’s position on infalibility after the statement than we were before.

Second, in place of a definitive statement Stanley’s assistant directs inquiring minds to (presumably) find answers in his latest book and/or message series. Since the assistant points to the book for “more information” and innocuously describes the sermon series as “helpful” I doubt the media will offer any dazzling clarity but I hope I’m proven wrong.

Third, this “response” is virtually identical to that offered by Stanley when a sermon illustration created concern over his stance on homosexuality. That response offered neither clarity, substance, or comfort.

Disappointing…

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Author: Jonathan P. Merritt

Happily married father of six. Associate pastor for education at Edgewood Baptist Church (Columbus, GA). Good-natured contrarian and theological Luddite. A student of one book.

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