Note: This was originally posted on my personal blog in December, 2005.
From my warped way of thinking there is a difference between many of the Christian TV & Radio hosts mentioned a few entries back.
Some of the men mentioned, I consider Preachers. Others, I consider commentators. Still others, I consider teachers. Nearly everyone in the list were graduates of seminaries. I know that Harold Camping is not a minister. He makes that clear whenever someone phones in and calls his “Pastor” or “Reverend”. I’m also pretty sure that Chuck Colson has never been ordained.
Here is my list and how I view them:
PreachersFrederick K.C. Price (Ever Increasing Faith)
Jerry Falwell (Old Time Gospel Hour)
Charles Stanley (In Touch)
I enjoy a bible thumping preacher. I mean no disrespect to Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, or some of the others. Certainly, they are preachers, as are most of the others listed below. My own preference is a preacher who can look into the camera and tell it like it is. Some of the others are what I would call ‘feel good’ preachers that take a middle of the road stance. They don’t like to step on any toes. I like a preacher that smashers your toes with a sledge hammer and doesn’t sit on the fence. It’s just my preference.
Whenever I look at John Hagee, he reminds me of Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe on the podium at the United Nations. That’s a compliment. He has passion.
Jerry Falwell also has no problem taking a position on subjects. That’s a plus.
Fred Price reminds me of Richard Pryor. There is a physical similarity. Plus, he is a bold speaker.
Charles Stanley, who is one of my favorites, barely makes the ‘preacher’ list. He is not as forceful as the others, but none the less, is a great preacher. I also consider him to be an excellent teacher.
TeachersTony Evans (The Urban Alternative)
Chuck Swindoll (Insight For Living)
Jack Hayford (Living Way)
David Jeremiah (Turning Point)
Kenneth Copeland (Believer’s Voice Of Victory)
I dropped Kenneth Copeland off my radar screen many years ago. He’d be standing there then all of a sudden starts ‘talking to God in tongues.’ Sorry, just don’t get the whole idea of that. I also don’t want to hear his wife (or any woman) preach. That’s my interpretation of the bible. I don’t care if entire religions are looking the other direction on that one.
The others above are very good teachers. Their ‘sermons’ are more of a feel good nature. Yes, they are preachers; but I consider them more teachers than preachers.
CommentatorsHarold Camping (Open Forum)
J. Vernon McGee (Through The Bible)
Chuck Colson (Break Point)
I’ve put Chuck Colson in this list, but I don’t know where else to put him. He’s not a preacher and I don’t consider him a teacher. Since he spends so much time so social commentary, I’ll put him here.
The two others are good at explaining many of the verses of the bible. J. Vernon McGee has an entire five years series on that.
Harold Camping hosts a call in program and answers questions about any verse or theme. I used to listen to him every evening. But I understand that over the last decade or so, he’s gone a little looney with predictions as to the date of the end of the world and the relevance of the church. He always did have good commentary and was great at explaining parts of the bible. I still listen to him; however when he gets a little goofy, I just tune him out.
There’s a fine line difference between many of the men mentioned above. Of course, the following is just my explanation.