Posted by: judy | February 23, 2011

Parents be warned! 2011 Jubilee Speaker: Meet Gabe Lyons

Dear Parents:

Please read, watch, and listen to Gabe Lyon’s philosophies and ask yourself if anything aligns with Scripture. He is not only influencing college students and ministry staff but quite possibly your church leadership.

Gabe’s organization, Q Ideas that Create a Better World, describes itself:

“Q educates church and cultural leaders on their role and opportunity to embody the Gospel in public life.

We believe that exposure to old and new ideas is the best way to stimulate imagination for ways the Gospel can be expressed within our cultural context”

A sampling of ideas explored on the website:   Can We Learn Positively from Karl Marx?  Ann Rice Quits Christianity, Identifies with Growing Sentiment {earlier she converted from nothing to Roman Catholicism}

{As you continue to learn about Gabe Lyons, remember this is a favored speaker for CCO/Jubilee, the conference your college student might have attended or is influencing your student’s College ministry group}.   What do you think?

2011 Jubilee Conference: Meet Gabe Lyons:

Gabe Lyons was at the top of the Christian food chain several years ago. He was a graduate of Liberty University, Vice President of a prominent Christian organization, and co-founder of Catalyst, the nation’s largest gathering of young Christian leaders. There was only one problem: he was embarrassed to be called Christian. So Lyons set out on a personal journey, leaving his comfortable job to found Q, a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good. He also commissioned stunning research, which became the basis of his landmark book, UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters. As a respected voice for a new generation of Christians, he has been featured by CNN, The New York Times, Newsweek, and USA Today. Gabe, his wife Rebekah, and their three children live in New York City.

Gabe:   “Our calling as Christians isn’t just to show up and state the Good News but it is to show up and embody the Good News so the rest of the world can understand and catch a glimpse of what this kingdom come looks like”

{Gabe does not use Scripture to support the above statement-fact. However, there is Scripture to the contrary.}

Matthew 28:19-20 — “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you . . . “

Mark 16:15-16 — “go into al the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation”

Luke 24:47 “repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations; beginning from Jerusalem.

{Scripture instructs us to not only passively “state” the Good News but to boldly “proclaim” it to the Nations}

Gabe: “This is our opportunity church. The next generation isn’t leaving your church because they don’t want to be Christian. The next generation is leaving your church because they’re looking for a community that can come along side of them & help them learn what it means to be Christian.”

 {No Scripture referenced in the video for the above statement-fact; however Scripture does shed some light on the predicament of young adults leaving our churches as Gabe rightly identifies}

Perhaps victims of “easy-believism” : 10 Reasons NOT to ask Jesus into Your Heart   {HT Defending.Contending}

 2Timothy 4:3 — “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aide to myths.”

Parable of the Soils, Matthew 13:3-23 — “Behold the sower went out to sow . . . Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had rise, the were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.”

Jesus explains the parable, Mark 4:16 — “In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; and they have no firm root in themselves, but are temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.”

John MacArthur’s Notes — Salvation: The power of the gospel delivers people from lostness (Mt 18:11), from the wrath of God (Ro 5:9), from willful spiritual ignorance (Hos 4:6; 2Th 1:8), from evil self-indulgence (Lk 14:26), and  fromthe darkness of false religion (Col 1:13; 1Pe 2:9.) It rescues them from the ultimate penalty of their sin.

John 17:17 — “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”

Dear Parents, Please do not mistake passion for truth.




  1. The video begins with the assessment that, whereas churches used to be the center of culture, they are now on the periphery, on the outside looking in. He refers to this as the new reality. Sorry, Gabe, but it’s the old reality. It’s the reality. It’s always been the truth.

    Luke 6:22: Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake.

    John 7:7: “The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.

    Only with Constantine did the church become the center of the culture. And look how pathetic the “church accepted” became from that point onward. Even in the Reformation, the great divines could not shake off the desire to keep church and culture entwined — hence Calvin’s Geneva and Luther’s round up and persecution of the anabaptists. (I have a book to lend to you called The Reformers and Their Step-Children — it stopped my life for a whole summer.)

    What else is not new is the desire of the church to hunger and thirst and pine away for the opportunity to be on the inside, to be relevant, not to look like the culture (as Keller says in his comments at Q). Oh even just a dry morsel tossed from the table of the world is better than to be labeled “irrelevant” “unenlightened” “ignorant” “neanderthal” “unauthentic” …. shall I go on?

  2. Thank you for this coverage of one who has been flying under the radar. So much is happening, so rapidly, that it virtually impossible to track–so I very much appreciate the analysis.


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