Popular Texas megachurch pastor and author Robert Morris preached before hundreds of inmates at the state’s largest prison last week, assuring that God is not “mad” at them.
The 58-year-old Morris made a surprise visit last Wednesday to the delight of members of the 36,000-member Gateway Church’s newest campus: Gateway Coffield.
The H.H. Coffield Unit in Anderson County houses over 4,000 inmates in East Texas. Since the Southlake-based church opened up its Coffield Campus last November, hundreds of inmates have attended the service and over 1,000 have made decisions for Christ.
At least 439 men gathered for the Gateway Coffield service held last Wednesday expecting to hear a sermon from the campus pastor, Stephen Wilson. However, they were excited when Morris appeared on stage. They greeted him with an ovation.
“I’m actually more glad to be here than you are glad that I am here,” Morris told the inmates. “I have been looking forward to this since we started this campus. I wanted to be here so I am glad to be here.”
“We love you guys very much and our vision when we started was to not just pipe our services in but was to have a campus here,” he continued. “The reason is because you have gifts and callings from God that you need to use for the kingdom of God.”
In his sermon, which was shown at Gateway’s seven other campuses this past Sunday, Morris told the inmates that “we’ve all made mistakes.”
“The Bible is pretty clear about that,” he stressed. “All have sinned. All have come short of the glory of God. We have all made mistakes and yet God, in His Grace, uses all of us.”
Morris explained that revered Old Testament figures like Abraham, Moses, and David were all “jerks” to some extent.
Morris pointed to Abraham, whom he called a “heathen.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith