Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dynamite Eugene Peterson Interview

Bob Abernethy recently did an interview with Eugene Peterson for the PBS program Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.

Abernathy asked Peterson to share his thoughts on the so-called prosperity gospel:
Well, I think it’s a lie. I think it’s just a downright rotten lie. It’s nowhere in Christian tradition, so how does this get going in our culture? It’s greed is what it is. It’s greed given a spiritual name: God will bless you. I want to ask these prosperity gospel people, do your people ever die? Do the people in your church ever die? What do you do when they die? Where’s the prosperity in that? I don’t have much patience with them, to tell you the truth, because I think they’re defrauding people.
Peterson was also asked to share his thoughts on the ethos of mega-churches:
The minute the church and pastors start saying what do people want and then giving it to them, we betray our calling. We’re called to have people follow Jesus. We’re called to have people learn how to forgive their enemies. We’re called to show people that there is a way of life which has meaning beyond their salary or beyond how good they look.
The interview runs 6:48. You will want to watch the whole thing.

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