He Gets Us, yes, but He also saves us

He Gets Us is an interdenominational Christian movement that aims to promote the inclusivity of the Gospel, but does this approach border on error? Yes Jesus was a friend of sinners, however He didn’t leave them in their sin. Instead He transformed their lives bringing, healing, deliverance and salvation. What do you think?

He Gets Us recently caused a stir in Christian circles when it aired a video at the American Superbowl, the advertising opportunity of the year, encouraging believers to wash the feet of people very different to them and their place in society. It’s a call to ‘Love your neighbour’, including gang members, marginalised people, members of another faith, young women seeking abortions, LGBTQI alligned people etc.

It’s main message – “Jesus didn’t preach hate. He washed feet”. It’s a brilliantly thought-out, beautifully illustrated, thought-provoking one minute clip. A video clip that certainly makes people feel loved no matter who they are. So why has this been the topic of so much conversation and why have others sought to present a more balance perspective of the Gospel?

Northern Ireland Pastor and YouTube creator, Jamie Bambrick believes that the advert, “while well-intentioned, fails to convey anything of the Gospel to the hundreds of millions who have seen it.” He has provided his own take on what he feels He Gets Us should have broadcasted

He Gets Us – Which of these videos best represents the authentic Gospel?

“How would our contentious world change if people, especially those with opposing ideologies, took off their shoes and washed each other’s feet?” This is the question He Gets Us asks, presenting a symbolic example of how believers should humble themselves today, while dignifying and valuing others.

In contrast, the Irish pastor’s video captures his reaction to the He Gets Us Super Bowl advert, providing a powerful collection of Christian testimonies. His video entitled, ‘The Christian Super Bowl Ad they SHOULD have made – He Saves Us’ has gone viral.

Jamie Bambrick, who is an associate pastor of Hope Church in Craigavon created this alternative ad featuring examples of the many types of people Jesus saves. With an emphasis on 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. (NIV – UK Version)

“Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

“I felt like the original advert was a missed opportunity of sorts,” Pastor Jamie told CBN News. “I felt like it may have been well-intentioned … there’s a degree of truth there that Jesus loves and serves everybody. However I don’t believe the message presented in the original video is the best and most effective message that could have been conveyed.

“Essentially, what it came across as doing was putting a sort of Jesus-shaped stamp of approval on the ideas, the values, and the actions of our generation that are common today, which, in many cases are not things of which Jesus approves of. The Gospel message does not just leave sinners in despair. It’s the message of salvation from our sin.”

He Saves Us

Both videos use the lyrics of the song, Never Tear Us Apart, by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence
“What you know is true | Don’t have to tell you | I love your precious heart | I | I was standing | You were there | Two worlds collided | And they could never tear us apart.”

As believers we are instructed in 2 Timothy 2:15 to rightly divide the word of truth. In Hebrews 4:12 we read that the “Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

We cannot compromise the truth of God’s Word to be inclusive. Yes He Gets Us, but He also washes us clean, sanctifies and justifies us. Yes He Saves us, but this takes repentance from our sin… and a working out of Jesus’s instruction to ‘Go and sin no more.’

Also read: Hope for backsliders… God wants you back!

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