"When I deal with the story of Adam and Eve, I am quick to say, 'Hey this is one of those odd stories. This is that story you heard growing up about two naked people running around in a garden and who can believe that!" -- Andy Stanley
Try and remember that Andy Stanley calls himself a pastor. As do tens of thousands of people in his congregation. Who amongst us has not reflected upon the beautiful story of creation and thought, "Oh yeah, the story about two naked people running around in a garden." I would say this misses the mark but that is too great an understatement. What kind of pastor starts relating any biblical story by undercutting it before he even tells the story! Hey this story is crazy y'all! Who can believe that God would create two human beings and place them in a garden! How nuts is that? Makes you wonder what Andy does with stories about God stopping the sun, flooding the earth, shutting the mouths of the lion for Daniel, saving the three Hebrew boys, parting the Red Sea, parting the Jordan River, or I don't know"being resurrected from the dead? But that garden story and the running around naked, yeah that one is a little odd. Are you serious? You start your discourse on Scripture by doubting it? By legitimizing uncertainty for those who do not wish to believe and you think that is being responsible? Makes one wonder if any of Scripture is held in any regard by Andy Stanley:
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. -- John 17: 17 (ESV)
The Word of God is truth -- period. So truthful that it sanctifies us from the pollution of untruths in this world and even in our own pulpits. But only if it is presented that way. Once we start dabbling in doubting any part of it, we open the door for anyone to dismiss all of it. Unfortunately, Stanley would conclude:
"And there are many creation myths but here is why I believe this actually happened. Not because the Bible says so but because in the Gospels Jesus talks about Adam and Eve and it appears to me that He believed they were actually historical figures and if He believed they were historical then I believe they were historical because anyone who can predict their own death and resurrection and pull it off, I just believe anything they say." -- Andy Stanley
So let me see if I got this right. You do not believe the story of Adam and Eve because the Bible says so but because Jesus said so and the source of your knowing Jesus said so is the Bible? Talk about a logical disconnect and circular unreasoning that can only come from relying upon fallible human wisdom! Stanley claims to believe anything Jesus said; how about these:
For the words of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. -- Hebrews 4: 12 (ESV)
Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path. -- Psalm 119: 105 (ESV)
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. -- Psalm 119: 11 (ESV)
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. -- Romans 10: 17 (ESV)
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. -- Mark 13: 31 (ESV)
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. -- Psalm 119: 9 (ESV)
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. -- Colossians 2: 8 (ESV)
The Bible says that words of eloquent wisdom actually empty the cross of its power! Whenever we start to fancy ourselves as wise in our own eyes we are in dangerous territory. We are taught that not the slightest dot over an "I" will be done away with from the Word of God until Christ returns. Collection of ancient documents? Maybe to someone who built their house of cards on reason instead of faith. Maybe to someone who thinks shepherding is an outdated concept. Maybe for a purpose driven, mega church hireling who is more concerned with entertaining the goats then he is with the actual Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Andy Stanley is a dangerous man for the body of Christ. He consistently takes anti-biblical stances on a range of topics. The efficacy of prayer? Nope; it is all due to leadership that the church grows. The inerrancy of the Bible? Nope; just ancient documents man. The necessity for the sheep of God to be tended to? Nope, that is so passe dude. You cannot get to the person of Christ without the Word. The Book of Romans teaches us that only the Gospel is the power of god unto the salvation of men. Not human wisdom and carnal reasoning. Jesus is the Word and the Word is Jesus. To pretend otherwise is simply heretical.