As predicted, the Pirate Christian Radio’s host, Chris Rosebrough, does a number on Diego Simila, and what a dog’s breakfast it is.
Yes, a fellow critic hands him a sermon by Diego and he does a critique on it.
Rosebrough has quite a following amongst cessationists and Reformed theologists, but I have to wonder how they can possibly listen to the bloke for more than a few minutes.
That snarky, sarcastic overdubbing tone and continual interruption is really a strain on the ear. There’s an element of arrogance and pride to the way it is produced.
I love the Word of God as much as anyone, and I’m happy to listen in to theologians and ministers who have a different perspective about theology, but there’s something about the pirate’s spirit that just doesn’t line up with either the Spirit or the Word.
For instance, I listened in to the White Horse Inn for a discussion led by Michael Horton earlier today, and, whilst I didn’t agree with every point they made, at least the spirit of the conversation between three cessationist, Reformed ministers was articulate, constructive and well worth the thirty minutes or so I gave it.
Most of what they said I would totally agree with. I would have loved to have joined in, and I am certain I would have been received graciously.
But the pirate just doesn’t cut it in the grace stakes.
In fact, I was so distracted by the tone of the criticism that I was moved to wonder whether God would bother to listen to Pirate Christian Radio.
Chris’s critique of Diego’s message, given to a youth group from a separate church to his own, was just way over the top sneery, unpleasant and irksome.
Whilst he may have been reasonably correct in some of his doctrine when he spoke over the top of Diego’s sermon, he completely missed the point of what Diego was teaching, veering off into some other doctrinal perspective.
This is mainly because he approaches everything from his own Lutheran evangelical, cessationist point of view, which definitely gets in the way of anything useful or worth listening to.
I had to wonder what the point of the pirate program actually is apart from giving Chris and his regular listeners an avenue for relieving his frustration with other Christians.
Word and Spirit
He knows the Word, but I do not think he knows the Spirit.
Therefore he understands exegesis to a point, but he doesn’t grasp preaching or teaching in the same way the Apostles did throughout the Book of Acts, or the significance of some of the topical teaching in the epistles (as they were originally written), or the prophetic nature of some of the letters, such as Jude, Peter and Revelation.
It’s like he’s stuck in a time-warp of post-modern deconstruction of the words and sentences of other ministers. It’s as if he is seeking some kind of recognised position in the Body by comparing his own theology with that of ministries God uses to serve other people than Rosebrough’s flock.
I know God loves Chris as much as he loves Diego, and as much as He loves the other ministries Rosebrough was crunching during that broadcast as he tore into their sermons with the same level of intense sarcasm and snarkiness I’ve ever heard from Chris.
I have nothing against critiquing sermons, but this was unlistenable. It was juvenile. It was carnal. It is terribly sad for a Christian minister to publicly talk about people this way and think he has a point.
What was it James said about blessing God with the tongue one second, then cursing people with the same tongue the next? The tongue is a fire that sets a blaze of destruction.
God loves Chris, even more than Chris loves God.
But I do not think God tunes in to Pirate Christian Radio.
Or if He has to because of His omnipresence, it’s with a heavy heart, a grieved Spirit, not with any sense of approval for the way in which it’s delivered.
God is better than that.