Welcome to BCNN1’s The Gospel According to Greenleaf Episode #27. This episode is titled, 3 Issues from “Chain of Command”
A lot of things happened in the latest episode of Greenleaf, but we’d like to focus on three big points.
FIRST, PASTOR GRACE GREENLEAF IS A HYPOCRITE JUST LIKE SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH TODAY AND SHE IS A WHORE. While she is trying to be a leader in her father’s church and leading a legal effort for the victims of her uncle’s sexual abuse and trying to keep everybody else, including her father and mother who have started divorce proceedings, on the Straight and Narrow, she is whoring around and shacking up with a man she is not married to and who is an out-and-out atheist as so many women in the church are doing today. Ironically, it is this man, Darius Nash, played by Rick Fox, who actually calls her and others in the church a hypocrite. There is a sinister and wicked double standard in the Greenleaf’s family church as it is across America and in many so-called evangelical churches. Women can secretly whore around with men inside and outside of the church and the pastor, the pastor’s wife, and others who know all about it don’t say anything about it. But as soon as a man who is a leader in the church does it the church tars and feathers him.
Hypocrisy is a crisis in the church today. Many people purport to be following God’s Word faithfully in the public eye, but their lifestyle behind the scenes is the opposite of what Christianity is about. Many of us have logs in our eyes, yet we walk around condemning the speck in the eyes of others. The shaking of the head of Grace ‘Gigi’ Greenleaf about the sins and failures of her family members is absolutely disgusting. We need to be reminded of Jesus’ words, that practicing righteousness before men in order to be seen of them will not get us any rewards from God. If we speak and act in a manner that seems correct with a heart that is far from God, our worship and teaching is in vain. We should take heed to Jesus’ words, “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”
SECOND, BISHOP GREENLEAF & LADY MAE’S STUPID, FORCED DIVORCE PLOT. The second issue with this episode is the seemingly forced divorce plot between Bishop Greenleaf and Lady Mae. Rarely do the show’s writers force anything. It is asinine that Bishop Greenleaf had divorce papers delivered to his wife when he is the one who committed adultery with her sister multiple times, and wanted to (or should have wanted to) keep the marriage together just to shock her into staying with him. Nobody has ever done something so stupid to have divorce papers drawn up to scare the other party into staying with them. Even non-Christians are not that stupid. Shame on the director of Greenleaf and shame on the writers for this episode to try to force something so ridiculous, who apparently are out of touch with common sense and much less the church. Oprah needs to hire some real Christian advisors who are actually in the church and who can give her believable stories that can keep the series going for twenty years, that can be both convicting and helpful, and that will not bring any shame on the Name of Christ. This kind of stupidity would have never happened on great shows such as Blue Bloods and The Good Wife, which Greenleaf should aspire to be like.
THIRD, WITH HER MUSIC CAREER COLLAPSING & HER ILLICIT RELATIONSHIP WITH JABARI FALLING APART, ALL OF A SUDDEN, CHARITY GREENLEAF WANTS TO PREACH. (THAT’S RIGHT, CHARITY GREENLEAF IS JUST ANOTHER BISHOP’S DAUGHTER WHO IS ANOTHER CHURCH WHORE. BUT AGAIN THAT’S ACCEPTED NOT ONLY IN THE FAKE GREENLEAF CHURCH, BUT IN CHURCHES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE SHE’S A WOMAN, BUT BISHOP GREENLEAF AND WHAT HE DID IN THE PAST IS A LOW DOWN DIRTY DOG, EVEN THOUGH LADY MAE COMMITTED ADULTERY HERSELF, AND IN THE PRESENT BISHOP GREENLEAF IS NOT YIELDING TO THE TEMPTATION OF A FINE WOMAN WHO IS THROWING HERSELF AT HIM.) The third issue involves Charity Greenleaf who abandons the music tour she worked so hard to start, comes back home, and announces that she wants to preach, describing it as ‘moving forward with her career.’ She even shares a sermon idea with her father which made her preacher father roll his eyes out of his head like never before. Bishop Greenleaf sarcastically responds by telling her a parable: ‘Did I ever tell you the story of how I wanted to be a baker once?’ Charity says, ‘No, Daddy. You didn’t.’ Bishop Greenleaf responds as only he can, with a wicked grin and angry eyes, ‘Of course I never told you, because I never wanted to be a baker.’ He wisely tells her, “Being called to preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is not a Plan B for when something else fails.”
You can’t choose to be a preacher. You have to be called to be a preacher. Preaching is not a job, it is a calling. If you ain’t called by God, you can’t preach. We have so-called preachers who are falling out of the ministry, quitting out of the ministry, and killing themselves out of the ministry. They were never called by God to preach in the first place. They were called by their father, they were called by their mother, or they were called by somebody who said, “You have a head like a preacher,” or “you sound like a preacher.” And none of that makes you a preacher. Too many people treat the preaching like it’s another career path like law or politics. In the manner of the preachers Paul described in Philippians 1: 14-16, some preach Christ for money, some preach for prominence, some preach for status in the community. Unless you can say with Paul, “For me to live is Christ,” then you have no business preaching the Gospel.
In closing, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can be forgiven of your wicked sins of the past no matter how dark, God is available to hear your prayer of confession and to hear you ask to be saved from sin and from the punishment of sin which is eternal hell and separation from God. And you can begin a light-filled relationship with God Almighty today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s laws. You have done some bad things. You have broken the commandments of God. So have I. And so has the Pope. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” We die physically because of sin and we go to hell to burn forever, to be tormented forever because of our sin. God does not put us into hell; we put ourselves into hell because of our sin.
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ, the loving Lord of glory, preached more on hell than anybody in the Bible. He preached more on hell than he did about Heaven. He said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Now that is bad news, and I know most people do not want to hear any bad news. But you have to hear the bad news because the good news is good news because there is bad news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins. He is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world, your sins and mine. And all we have to do is trust Him and believe that He died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you and me so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
And please believe these words found in Romans 10:9 & 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Saved from what? Saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell.
If you believe in your heart on the Lord Jesus Christ, that He died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer and mean it from your heart: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life — even some of the sins being brought out in this show called Greenleaf. I am sorry for my sins, and today, please have mercy upon me a sinner. I believe with all of my heart that You died for me, was buried, and rose again. Now, Lord I pray that You would fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins and to follow You for the rest of my life for Your glory, praise, and honor, and, from this point on, to be the shining light that You want me to be. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, and for His sake, Amen.
Beloved friend, if you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read my pamphlet titled, “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, my beloved, may God bless you and keep you. We look forward to seeing you for the next Gospel According to Greenleaf podcast.