Joel Hunter is a pastor from right here in my home state. You would think I would be proud. Pastor Hunter leads a megachurch called Northland that refers to itself as a Church Distributed. That basically means that the church does not have a set building, but is a church set up around the relationships of the congregation. Literally, the services are simulcast around the nation. The one thing that always gets my false teacher warning bells going is that word “megachurch”. I have yet to hear of a pastor of one of these churches who is Biblically sound. Jesus knew the gospel would not be welcome, so when I hear of a church that boasts a membership of 12,000 plus, I always wonder if the message is true or just a bunch of feel good bunk.
But Pastor Hunter seems like the real deal on the surface: a registered Republican and a staunch opponent to abortion. When I heard that he would be giving the Benediction after Barack Obama’s speech at the DNC Convention in Denver on Thursday, I decided to investigate. After all, what is a staunch pro-lifer doing at the DNC convention giving a closing prayer? Actually, the pastor answered that question with this golden nugget: they asked him to do it. Man of God will serve Satan because Satan asked him to – makes sense to me. Maybe we could all use that excuse. Why did you take those drugs? Because my friends asked me to. Luke-warm Christianity, I know the Bible says something about that – something about being spit out?
So I started my search to find all the holes that I knew must be a part of this “pastor’s” character. Hunter when asked more specifics about his acceptance of this opportunity said, “We are expanding the agenda of what’s pro-life. [Who is we and how do you expand what is pro-life; either you want babies to live or not?] When you consider poverty, environmentalism and war…those are the issues that are being addressed by the Democratic Party.” Okay…so Republicans or conservatives don’t address those issues? Give me a break. See how these people twist words? He didn’t say it, but he meant making sure there is no war so nobody dies because that is the only way war can be categorized as “pro-life”. And what poverty and environmentalism have to do with pro-life, I have no idea. At the Northland church’s website I read that Pastor Hunter was named one of the top fifteen religious environmental leaders. What is that!? It means that he works with respected members of the scientific community to call attention to human-caused threats to the environment. How is that spreading the Gospel? More like spreading the lies of Global Warming. Perhaps the pastor should get a group together on cow farting which is far more dangerous to the environment than humans. So I see that this guy really is all about the liberal agenda. He just happens to claim to be pro-life. But any man that can pray after a candidate who doesn’t vote against abortion and even worse, infanticide, is not a man of God. Any man that can tell Steve Waldman of beliefnet.com that the Democrats “could arguably steal the title of the pro life party” is double minded. This guy actually believes that if Obama came out with an abortion reduction agenda that it would go a long way in getting the evangelicals trust and that that would be huge. Is this guy for real? Obama supports letting living, breathing babies die if they survive a botched abortion. He’s not getting my support anytime in the next century.
Pastor Hunter says on the church’s website, “The church, at large, is missing a way to benefit from differences without compromising our beliefs.” Too bad the Pastor doesn’t listen to his own words because he is compromising what should be his first love: Jesus Christ. Members of Northland must stand up and walk out just as Obama should have left Reverend Wright years ago. I will finish this with a comment left on beliefnet.com at the end of the article from a church member named gt: “My heart is so heavy. Have you noticed that God has been withholding blessings on Northland for the last 11 months or so? I have-ever since your abandonment of Israel in the name of reason, and you never addressed the issue to us as you said you would. Now you are joining ranks with those who kill the unborn, also in the name of reason. Where does the boundary of peacemaking end and standing against evil begin? Proverbs 14:12 May the Lord again stir your heart until you obey. I love you dearly, but after 17 years I now know that I must leave Northland, and it breaks my heart.” Guess who else’s heart is broken, gt?