Charles Stanley?

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  1. Lorelei

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    My mother and grandmother have been watching his program. She was asking me what I thought about him. I read his statement of faith and don't see anything blatantly wrong with it. Does anyone know anything about this man and his ministry? Is he scriptural?

    If anyone knows I would appreciate your opinions. Let me know if you do or do not like him and why. Thanks!

    ~Lorelei
     
  2. Mike McK

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    I like him.

    I used to listen to him and, as far as I know, everything he says is right on.

    I don't listen to him now because his preaching style is kind of hard to listen to. I still enjoy reading his stuff.

    I do believe that some people may have a problem with him because his wife ran off but I don't hold him responsible for what his wife did.
     
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    I like him.

    If I lived near his church, I would be a member. I have only been a visitor when in the area.

    His books are very informative and easy to read.

    His church chose to keep him as Senior Pastor when his wife left him.

    As with many successful ministers, there will be people who dislike him, but I truly believe that he is sincere.
     
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    Like any ministry, there are critics of "In Touch", but Charles Stanley's ministry had a large part in me turning my life around. His son, Andy Stanley is an incredible preacher too. I recommend listening to his programs.
     
  5. dianetavegia

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    Mark, my cousin goes to Andy's church. I've not heard him. She and her boyfriend (a preacher in the process of getting a divorce) really like him.

    Diane
     
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    I've heard him on TV and lsitened to literally hundreds of his tapes. Last February We went to Chicago to Moody to hear him and we weren't disappointed. (Of course we heard Tony Evean, Joe Stowell, and Franklin Graham too!) Diana, how far is to Dunwoody? (Atlanta)
     
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    Andy is awesome.
    His church is redefining ministry.
     
  8. dianetavegia

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    Mark, it's 48 miles from my church to Dunwoody. I use our church on Mapquest because they don't have our subdivision loaded yet and the church is 2 miles from my garage. LOL

    Are you going to be in Dunwoody?

    Diane
     
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    At one time Charles was a leader in the conservative movement of the SBC. However, he has changed some of his thinking since his divorce. He now teaches that it is ok for women to pastor which is against the teachings of the Bible. He should step down.
     
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    As much as I disagree with women pastors, I don't think he should be expected to step down over a disagreement on a non-essential.
     
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    Charles Stanley is a gifted public speaker, but by his own admission was not a good husband. He is now divorced, he did not rule his own house well, he is not Biblically qualified to be in the ministry. Being able to lead a family is one of God's prerequisites to being able to lead a church.
     
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    I agree.
     
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    this is from Biblical Discernment Ministries&gt;&gt;&gt;
    http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/exposes/stanley/general.htm

    it seems stanley has compromised alot with error
     
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    I watch him on TV when I can and have found his books to be invaluable.

    I don't agree with his latest compromises, but he is still a good preacher...
     
  15. Mike McK

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    Honestly, I followed that link and it looks like the kind of half baked stuff you see on av1611.com.

    The condemn him for simply being in the same room with some people, quoting from some guy's book (and they never bothered to tell you what he said or why it was wrong), and for many things which they don't detail.

    Evidently, they have a problem with anyone who tries to reach out to people who are hurting or who are trying to overcome emotional problems.

    Until they can show some substance to their accusations, I write them off as the same kind of crackpots as av1611 and David Cloud and that crowd.
     
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    If I'm ever in town, I'd love to stop by and listen to Charles Stanley preach.
     
  17. Lorelei

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    Thanks for your responses. I listened to one of his sermons yesterday and it was pretty sound and I liked what he had to say, but that is one sermon. I appreciate all of your thoughts and advice. Since my mother seems bent on watching someone, I am trying to steer her in the direction of sound doctrine. I appreciate all of your insights on this matter.

    ~Lorelei
     
  18. dianetavegia

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    Mike McK mentioned problems with the link provided. I use that page for general information but also have found it to find problems with EVERYONE and not all 'problem's' are worth mentioning. However, I have read some actual quotes there and verified them myself. I always share it with a warning.

    Now, in this instance just being at the same conference doesn't make one guilty. Jesus ate with sinners! Like I always say and usually get in trouble for saying it... 'I can sleep in my garage but it doesn't make me a car'. Things are not always what they seem. Stanley has a great gift. His wife divorced him with no reason given. He did his best to keep this from happening and I believe they'll reunite one day and maybe soon. I had read that they 'date' occassionally. MANY pastors have problems because they have to put their congregation and the Lord's work ahead of their wives. Not every woman is CALLED to be a preachers wife!

    I do not agree with his stance on women preachers. His sermons are good. Loreli, If they don't listen to him, they might listen to Robert Schuller and then I'd have a REAL problem! :eek:

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  19. Mike McK

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    Oh, this doesn't even scratch the surface of my problems with them.

    They condemn him for promoting Colson's book, "The Body" but they won't tell you what's wrong with the book. I happen to have that book and I believe it's something that every church leader ought to read.

    They condemn as blasphemy the following statement:

    "You want to know how valuable I am? You want to know how much worth I have? You want to know what gives me self-esteem? God thought I was valuable enough to die for."

    But the Bible is clear that God did this out of His great love for us.

    In one paragraph, they try to tie him in with Neil Anderson, a true heretic, for no reason. There is no relationship between the two and no explanation is given.

    They condemn one of his assistants for daring to use the word "visualize" and accuse him of New Age beliefs. What they don't tell you was that his use of the word had nothing to do with New Age beliefs and was perfectly innocent.

    I could go on but it's just silly.

    As do I. I believe that he did everything reasonable to reconcile.
     
  20. Johnv

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    Now now, I don't have a problem with either guy, although I don't agree with everything they have to say. I really do like Charles Stanley's preaching style, though.

    It's intersting, though, that as these men are approaching the end of their careers, that we find ourselves discussing them and our likes/dislikes. Have we come to a point in time when we'll be losing some great communicators of the last century? Who will replace them in the next?
     

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