Beloved do not miss this point. The question Oprah was asking was not a technical question about church membership. She was essentially presenting her beliefs that everyone goes to heaven. That we all serve the same god. Thus, do you have to be of the Christian faith to be in relationship with God and the correct answer is yes. Many will be serving false gods but if Carl had managed to finish the verse, he would have been left with no choice but to admit that the Bible he claims is all he has, states that you must go through Jesus Christ. You must be a Christian. Continuing with the uglier portions:
Our thing is to say, hey, if you allow God, if you bow your knee, admit your need of God, and if you do that, and Lord " there's a moment where my repentance matters, and it's right now, I am handing over the keys, if you do that"I think the premise of Christianity is looking in the mirror going, alright, I'm not going to make it, I can't do enough, God I need you, and in that moment, I believe there's a rescue of salvation that you can't counterfeit any other way. -- Carl Lentz
Beloved, who is God in the scenario described by Pastor Lentz? You are! Turning over the keys only makes Him your chauffer. Salvation is not a matter of this life. It is not a matter of being overwhelmed with this life. It is not a matter of needing God to help with the day to day grind. It is a matter of eternity. It is nice that he mentions repentance here but it is wholly disconnected from any sense of why? Why does our repentance matter? Lentz danced around the subject of hell all interview long and never once mentioned it. Perhaps he just wanted to be seeker friendly. Or perhaps he understood that his host does not believe in hell. Either way, it is spiritual malpractice to use words like sin and repentance without discussing why. Because without the realities of heaven and hell, salvation becomes a temporal Band-Aid when an eternal tourniquet is needed.
Just look at the result beloved! The premise of Christianity offered by Carl Lentz makes no mention of Jesus Christ. No mention of sin and the need to repent. No mention of our desperate need for a Savior. No mention of His Lordship. His description sounds like how we believed as pagans regarding the concept of God. That when we are at our moment of need, we cry out. Like the drunk around the toilet bowl swearing he will never drink again. Like the adulterer facing the reality of losing his family. We looked in the mirror and cried out but it was all carnal. We wanted relief from our pain but we did not see anything differently. I tell the story about my salvation all the time. In 1998 I said the sinner's prayer after watching an infomercial. My life was a mess. I realized I was not going to make it. That I could not do enough. There was no rescue of salvation because my motivation was all carnal. Fast forward four years when I was visiting a church and hearing the Gospel. The Holy Spirit drew me throughout the sermon. I began to understand that I was a sinner. That I was wretched. That my sin was offensive to a holy God. With the weight of my sin becoming unbearable I crawled to the altar and said the sinner's prayer again. This time however, I understood what repentance meant. This time I viewed sin differently. I saw it as God sees it.
Beloved this is crucial to understand. What Carl Lentz believes is the premise of Christianity is not but he acts like it is. He is trying to convince the unsaved to believe there has been a supernatural change when there has been none. Just realize you need help and voila! You are a Christian! No Carl. That is not the Gospel. Perhaps the most embarrassing part of the interview is when discussing Jesus Christ; Oprah stated what she firmly believes:
"Jesus came to show the way; this is how you do it." -- Oprah Winfrey
No Oprah. Jesus is the way. There is no other way. Not through your Universalist beliefs with Rob Bell. Not with your new age mysticism. He is not saying this is how you do it. He is saying you cannot do it at all without me. He is exclusive in every sense. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess the name of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He does not need nor seek your approval. Any pastor worth his calling would flatly denounce such a false and heretical statement.
Reverend Anthony Wade -- October 19, 2016