I Don’t Think I’ll Listen to This Pastor’s Advice

I’ll admit, I tried to listen to this sermon and I got too bored to finish it. So I’ll just leave Rev. Craig Hagin of Rhema Bible Church in Oklahoma with a piece of advice:

Think about what you name your sermons. Otherwise, you’re just giving people like me material.

Only in church would “think” be considered a dirty word…

Come to think of it, that may be the most accurate sermon title I’ve ever heard.

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  • Art_Vandelay

    I thought I’d give him the benefit of the doubt that he just picked a provocative title so I attempted to listen. I only made it 12 minutes but I can verify for certain that he’s basically just saying “Don’t think for yourself.” So really no different than every other sermon ever delivered.

    You weren’t kidding either about it being boring…that has to be the least engaging pastor I’ve ever heard. No wonder he needs provocative sermon titles.

  • Katarn

    ugh (shudders), listening to that guy breathe. He needs to move the mic further from his mouth please.

    O, yeah and he makes no sense.

    • ZenDruid

      The stereotypical mouth breather.

    • Glasofruix

      He needs to move that’s for sure, the holy spirit seems to be a tad too rich in calories for him…

  • Don

    Typical cult teachings…..Become one of us…………..one of us………. conform………..obey………….

  • Matthew Baker

    They don’t even hide the cult language anymore.

  • Katarn

    At 16:13 “maybe I touched the stove for too long.” yeah actually that would be correct. Steel has a very high heat conductivity so it would have to a very quick touch to not get burnt but wood, now that’s something you can stick your hand into.

    (Why am I listening to this?)

  • Mitch

    Boom, I don’t think I need to go beyond 6:40. “It’s time for you to stop thinking and start letting him think for you.”

    Because advancing humanity goes so well when people don’t think for themselves.

    • The Other Weirdo

      Religious people aren’t interested in advancing humanity. They’re stuck in whatever time period their holy books were written in, and are just waiting for the upcoming apocalypse.

  • more compost

    I live in the city where Rhema is located. I tend to avoid even driving past the campus, because the STOOPID field emanating from there might turn my brain off totally, and I might forget how to drive.

  • Cyanmoon1

    6:12- “What happens if you’re not thinking thoughts that are higher than your thoughts?”

    What the hell does that even mean?

    • Art_Vandelay

      It means to let Jesus think for you. What that means…I have no clue.

      I actually feel bad for this kid. Being the son of mega-church parents, I’m almost positive he had no choice but to be a pastor. I don’t think he wants to be there. He doesn’t look comfortable, he has nothing particularly profound to say, his jokes are terrible, and he’s panting like a black lab that just spent the day chasing squirrels. He just comes off as a kid that was born to be part of the family business, despite where his talents may lie.

      • Cyanmoon1

        But, like, how can you think thoughts that are higher than your thoughts? As soon as you think them, THEY’RE YOUR THOUGHTS. I think I get what he was trying to say, but…

        If one is ham-fisted with one’s mouth, can we say such a person is ‘ham-tongued’? This man is ham-tongued.

        • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

          I know, my brain broke trying to parse that. (And I still don’t get what he was trying to say. Maybe I need to smoke moar weed.)

        • Ella Warnock

          That was always my problem with prayers that were supposedly “answered.” Sounded a lot more like whatever I finally figured out my own self to deal with the problem.

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      Dude, HE’S high.

      • Mitch

        Leave it to Jesus.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Funny, you never hear Joe Klein telling people that they should think.

  • BentleyOwen

    That is a creepy institution. They say on their website that “our purpose is to play a key role in the end-times revival that will usher in the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” http://www.rbtc.org/index.php/about-us

  • The Other Weirdo

    Not exactly a new idea, though. Martin Luther famously said, “Reason is the enemy of faith.”

  • Cattleya1

    No wonder the US has the problems it does… when a troglodyte like this can actually get up in front of an audience every Sunday and spout this kind of nonsense. And that audience/congregation is there of their own ‘free will’ – I wonder how they will all vote?

    • Mitch

      However the good lord (probably speaking through their pastor) tells them to vote.

  • houndies

    looks like he doesn’t have a problem thinking about cheeseburgers, pizza and chickenwings.

    • Oranje

      To be fair, I have no trouble thinking about pizza.

      In fact, it’s official. That’s what I’m having for dinner.

      • houndies

        yes, I love pizza too. it seems though, that it may be all this guy thinks about. he certainly didn’t think about his sermon. preaching doesn’t seem to be his forte that’s for sure.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

    Accidental Honesty FTW!

  • http://www.last.fm/user/runawayuniverse runawayuniverse

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  • Charlie

    What would you expect from a speaker using an iPad?

  • Rain

    Errr yeah he assumed most everyone “read that scripture” before, because, like, it’s in the Bible. Lol.

  • Rain

    I didn’t get much farther than the part where he gets his authoritarian yippy-hoo-haw-ding-dong-jollies insulting everyone in the audience by calling them too lazy to read. That was plenty enough for me.

  • Ben

    WOW. Was that an infomercial or some weird nonsensical ramble. I tried to follow some logical links between what he was saying and all I heard was an incoherent bable. Is this shit mainstream in the US? Here in Australia we regard organisations like this to be cults. Time to be scared if an idiot like this can preach to a couple thousand or more.

  • jdm8

    I was scrubbing through the preview thumbnail, he spends a LOT of time leaning on the podium/lectern.

  • Paula M Smolik

    Today’s message: Don’t eat. Ooh, that was mean. :D The body is a temmmple!!??

  • kelemi

    Don’t think. In 1933 the Germans didn’t think and they blindly followed Hitler.

  • Gaberax

    Good to see the mentally deficient have a career path. Preaching from the Good Book.

  • Guest

    This dude needs to take a public speaking class. He should also consider reading his material choices, before going on stage.

  • alconnolly

    In the cult I was raised in there was a quote drilled into us from before we could talk. “if you think think think, you’re gonna sink sink sink, cause you stink stink stink”

    • Tobias2772

      WOW, all the negativity of religion in one little kid song verse. ouch

  • Rob McClain

    I think therefore I…wait…if I don’t think then I cease to exist. Which makes me eligible for sainthood, no?


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