Discerning people already know that Tyler Perry was called to preach far before he revealed that God called him to preach in his late teen years. (By the way, God has called many young men around that age to preach.) Contrary to his pastor’s discouraging remark, Pastor Perry preached a meaningful Bible message that would encourage and bless the heart of any Christian and actually point unbelievers to Jesus Christ. Here is what he said:
There’s a little bit about me you may not know ’cause everybody knows Madea, the plays and a bunch of other stuff but you may not know that when I was in my late teens, early 20s I went to seminary school. I was a minister in my church. I actually preached and prayed for people.
And I remember doing my first sermon and the pastor got up after I was finished. It was so bad all he could say was ‘if God called you, he’ll qualify you.’ So I prayed and I said ‘God what is that about.’
And the Lord’s voice spoke to me and said ‘your ministry won’t be in a pulpit.’ I said ‘Oh, Thank God.’ But through television and films. And even though sometimes, I’d do movies that are not Christian movies, I am still a Christian but I’m also an artist who wants to do a lot of things.
Perry’s message was based on Genesis 22: 1-14, where God asked Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice in a test of his faith. He shared from the perspective of Isaac who was no doubt anxious as he saw the sacrifice being set up.
I feel like there are many of us today who are going through so much anxiety. We’re riding high, everything is fine, things are going really, really well and all of a sudden we see a knife as a threat. Something’s going on. The doctor’s called and say ‘hey, I need to talk to you. We’ve found something.’ You see the knife, you see the wood, you see the fire and you’re wondering, are you the sacrifice?
All of you with great anxiety, I came to talk to you … I came with good news. You are not the sacrifice.
In that very next verse after Isaac asked, he said ‘where is the sacrifice?’ Abraham said to him ‘God Himself will provide the sacrifice. Now you have to understand in the Old Testament they were living under the law so they needed the blood of an animal to atone for their sins.
Why are you nailing yourself to a cross that Jesus has already come down from?
Watch the video from the sermon below.
We believe that God could use Tyler Perry in a great way to help revive the church and see millions saved if he would embrace his calling, submit to God, and not be concerned about what others will think of him, nor be concerned about trying to be politically correct. Don’t let Tyler Perry fool you. Like Oprah, he is an old soul and old school. They both know God loves you, but God is nobody to play with.
P.S.: NOTE TO TYLER: There are serious consequences for not accepting and embracing your call to preach. Here is a thought: at least preach a serious Gospel message to millions of people as a pastor character in Madea’s Family Funeral because, as we suggested to you before, it is time to kill Madea.