Nullifying Astute Observations

I came across the video below thanks to a YouTube video with the title: “Francis Chan is Both God and Man”.

By taking one sentence out the 15 minute talk and imposing his own interpretation of that sentence onto his pack of followers, the site owner not only misconstrued what Chan was saying, he also caused the latter part of the video to be ignored.

In that latter part of his talk Chan makes some very astute and pertinent observations about the challenges and opportunities to be faced by the church in a Covid-19 changed world. Challenges that will be even greater for his intended audience – the church in Hong Kong where Chan now lives.

He also speaks about how believers have been equipped to face those challenges by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Prior to watching this I’d only seen one previous example of Chan preaching. In that previous talk he’d been speaking about his first personal experience of God’s miraculous healing at work. Of course, that talk was also the target of misnamed “discernment ministry” hatchets.

Apart from the two videos mentioned above I know little about Chan -except for the fact that he’s become a favourite target of those misnamed “discernment” ministries.

I wanted to share this video because of what Chan had to say about times ahead. I believe he has read the situation well and all followers of Jesus will benefit from hearing what he has to say without being distracted by the accusations of his denigraters.

And what are those distracting accusations?

That Chan is claiming to be both man and God.

And what was he actually saying in the phrase being highlighted and misconstrued on more than one site?

He was addressing the fact that a believer indwelt by the Holy Spirit is something different to a person not indwelt by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit within equips and enables the believer, changing the believer into something and someone new.

I seem to recall Paul saying something along those lines, about someone in Christ being a new creation, and Peter wrote something that the Chan condemners ought to find equally offensive if they want to be consistent:

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

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Addendum 16 August 2020

I’ve now seen there are at least 4 videos posted in the last four days (as of 16th August) highlighting the same 10 second excerpt of Chan’s 14 1/2 minute talk and making the same god-man accusations.

Considering Chan’s video was posted almost four months ago, it seems obvious that at least three are parroting what they picked up from one of the others.

Maybe Jesus should have added ravenous parrots in sheep’s clothing to his warning about ravenous wolves.