Opponents of megachurches are ‘stinking selfish’, megachurch pastor says

10 Mar

Pastor Andy Stanley, son of Dr. Charles Stanley, recently said in a sermon:

When I hear adults say, “Well I don’t like a big church, I like about 200, I want to be able to know everybody,” I say, “You are so stinking selfish. You care nothing about the next generation. All you care about is you and your five friends. You don’t care about your kids [or] anybody else’s kids” … If you don’t go to a church large enough where you can have enough middle schoolers and high schoolers to separate them so they can have small groups and grow up the local church, you are a selfish adult. Get over it. Find yourself a big old church where your kids can connect with a bunch of people and grow up and love the local church. Instead… you drag your kids to a church they hate, and then they grow up and hate the local church. They go to college, and you pray that there will be a church in the college town that they connect with. Guess what? All those churches are big.

He later retracted his remarks when people got offended.

(My experience of an American megachurch…)

(Against the megachurches…)


8 responses to “Opponents of megachurches are ‘stinking selfish’, megachurch pastor says

  1. bluebird of bitterness

    March 10, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    The size of the church has nothing to do with it. My parents (God rest their souls) raised five kids in a very large non-denominational church; we went to Sunday morning worship, Sunday School, Sunday evening worship, youth group, midweek prayer meetings, Bible studies, etc. — our lives pretty much revolved around church. All five of us left it as soon as we had a choice in the matter; two of us ended up joining different churches, while three remained permanent church dropouts. I’ve seen the same thing happen with kids raised in churches of every size, from the very small to the very large and everything in between.

    • bluebird of bitterness

      March 10, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      This article just popped up in my inbox. The author makes some very good points.

      Are Big Churches Better At Discipling Children?

      • Will S.

        March 11, 2016 at 3:34 am

        I am inclined to agree, in general, with her POV, about cross-generational influences being positive, and even that of older youth.

    • Will S.

      March 11, 2016 at 3:32 am

      I agree to a point BoB, in that I’ve been part of some larger congregations (several hundred, anyway) that have been solid churches; and I’ve also been part of some very tiny congregations that have likewise been similarly solid. However, I think somewhere, there’s a tipping point, e.g. when you only get to know people in your ‘cell group’, and not many beyond…

  2. feeriker

    March 10, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    [Stanley] later retracted his remarks when people got offended.

    “Being a famous megachurch pastor (who is also the son of another famous megachurch pastor) means never having to think before opening your mouth and flapping your lips and tongue.”

    Then again, when there’s no brain to think with in the first place, it’s probably a moot point.


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