By Leonardo Blair ,
Mar 12, 2018
A note from Pastor Kevin Lea follows this article.
(SCREENSHOT: VIMEO) Michael A. Walrond Jr., leads the more than 10,000-member First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York.
NEW YORK — Michael A. Walrond Jr., one of New York City’s most influential pastors who leads the more than 10,000-member First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, is coming under fire online for telling his congregants that the belief that Jesus is the only way to Heaven is “insanity.”
Prior to preaching one of his sermons at First Corinthian just over two weeks ago, Walrond asked the congregation to recite their purpose statement, which he said “shape[s] our identity as a congregation.”
“We are an ever evolving community of visionaries, dreamers, and doers who have been called by God to live the lives we were created to live; commanded by God to love beyond the limits of our prejudices and commissioned by God to serve,” the statement read.
It was while explaining the statement to those who were not familiar with the church’s position that he explained his multiple ways to God concept.
“If you are a person who believes in God, these words can apply to you, no matter what your faith background. We get so twisted in this country and in many cultures, to create divides and boundaries and barriers between human beings because of our faith difference,” said the pastor, who was named “One of the Lord’s Foot Soldiers” by Newsweek magazine. “Think about it. That we use the thing that we think makes us closer to God, the very thing to divide us from one another at times. And that makes no sense and so I’m not one of those people.”
“There was a time when you would see people in the pulpit say, ‘well, if you don’t believe in Jesus you going to Hell. That’s insanity in many ways because that is not what Jesus even believes. And so the key is you believe in God. And whatever your path is to God I celebrate that. Personally I celebrate that,” he said to a smattering of applause. “Again, we have enough in this world that divides us we need to find those things that bring us together. And if God cannot bring us closer together then something is wrong, not with God but in how we think we know God and understand God.”
A 57-second clip of Walrond’s statement was posted to Facebook by Kevin O. Davis, minister of music at Friendship Baptist Church in Texas, sparking a massive debate online. More than 32,000 people have viewed the clip and many have condemned Walrond for what they say is an apparent contradiction of Scripture.
Bishop Robert E. Smith, Sr., founder of Total Outreach for Christ Ministries, Inc. and Word of Outreach Christian Center and Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas, said Walrond is both “right and wrong.”
“The preacher on this video is both right and wrong: he’s right in that all roads do lead to God; but this God is both love and a consuming fire. If you meet Him on the Christ road of His love you live, but any other road, be it religion, philosophy, or a miscalculation of the Person of Christ, the lake of fire is waiting!” Smith said.
The Christian Post reached out to Walrond through his church on Monday but
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Note from Pastor Kevin Lea: The last day’s apostasy (departure from biblical faith) is upon us. The professing church is losing its witness and will be cut out by God. But the remnant church of true believers will be taken to be with Jesus when He “catches us up” (better known as rapture – 1 Thess 4:17) before He pours out His wrath on the unbelieving world, starting with the opening of the first seal (Rev 6:1). If there was any courage at all in Walrond’s professing church congregation, all ten thousand of them would have gotten up and left, shaking the dust off of their feet as they went to find a real Pastor to be discipled under.
Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell [unbelieving Jews], severity; but toward you [Jew and Gentile church], goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you [unbelieving, professing, Church members] also will be cut off. And they [Jews] also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. (Rom 11:22-23) NKJV
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thess 4:15-18) NKJV
Will you be left behind? If you agree with “pastor” Walrond, then the answer is yes. Better to repent and embrace the truth of salvation in the biblical Jesus alone while there is still time.