The Outlaw Preachers

I finally got around to listening to the first “Outlaw Preacher” podcast today. It came out late last month.

Who are the “Outlaw Preachers?” I’m not sure if you’ve run into them at all, but they are a new band of pastors and other Christians who have been stirring up some dust in the more wild regions of the internet. This band of “law breakers” has been causing trouble and plans on causing more.

This is a group of folks I’ve been following for a while. They’ve come under a bit of heat because of their association with Jay Bakker, a very influential and controversial Pastor.

Bakker’s ministry is grace focused and that emphasis led him to reach out to the Gay community with acceptance a few years ago. As a result of this acceptance Bakker has lost a lot of support and is now the target of a great number of “Heresy Hunters.” These “Heresy Hunters” have begun condemning anyone who is connected to Bakker by virtue of association.

I was curious about what this group is all about so I decided to find out. One of their ringleaders, Khad young, is an old friend of mine. We used to ministry together many years ago…

Last time I talked to Khad I asked him what this whole “outlaw preacher” thing was all about…

his response: GRACE

Being an “outlaw preacher” has very little to do with doctrine, and quite a bit to do with love. They belive that God loves everyone and so should we. Love is something that needs to be shown even with those we disagree with.

Take a look at to hear the first Podcast

go to and listen in on the conversation

  • Dave Hasey

    Interesting. There was a time 30 years ago or so, when some pastors focused on bar ministry, a few even becoming bar tenders. Likewise, they were ostracized, but found that that was one place where people would really talk. The organization "Word Make Flesh" in many of the hovels of the world, is reaching out to the most downtrodden, and in the eyes of many, despicable creatures, loving them with the love of Christ.

    The big question is "Where do the two intersect? Where do love and doctrine (or theology) come together?

  • Jim

    Having listened to the first podcast (I'm going to listen to the precasts too)I was struck by a number of things. First of all the moniker "Outlaw" confused me. Since when does preaching the power of the love and grace of God make you an outlaw?
    I then sat and thought about it for five minutes and winced. My own experience of the Christian orthodoxy tells me that indeed, the idea of God as an all loving, all good divinity is quite threatening to many Christians.

    I think the fear is something like this: If we believe in God's infinite love and endless mercy in this life, will we be ambushed in the next with, "Surprise! You let yourself become weak and impious believing in my mercy, your going to Hell!"

    If indeed this is the belief (and not me just making up stories)then it shows a fundamental lack of understanding in not only how God operates but in who he is.

    Now I'll admit that God is scary. Anything with the power he possesses is innately terrifying if considered for any length of time but despite his awesomeness it is Love, not power, that make up his essential character.

    Another interesting point raised, very close to the beginning, is about how many Christian's relationship with God is defined by the bible, as opposed to their relationship to Christ. I personally find the two almost inseparable because when I am lacking in one the other becomes murky and confusing rather than brighter and clearer.

    Also something Bill mentioned in his blog (but not really in the podcast) is how any acceptance of Gays and their lifestyle, or even Gays as people, gets you instantly ostracized by the majority of churches. WTF? All people are loved equally by God no matter who they are. He made each and everyone of us unique and worthy of love. While it's true many Gays live in sin, why are they being singled out when compared to straight couples in premarital relationships or joined couples in extramarital relationships? Am I missing something? Is there a reason these people are being targeted with anger and condemnation?