“I Don’t Care What You Use as an Illustration to Preach the Gospel, Just Preach the Gospel, Baby.” – Daniel Whyte III: Ed Young to Preach Wrestling-Themed Series and Interview WWE Stars Including The Undertaker, Ric Flair, Sting, and Ted Dibiase

Ed Young, senior pastor of Fellowship Church of Grapevine, Texas (Left) and Mark Calaway, a World Wrestling Entertainment superstar commonly known by his stage name The Undertaker (Right).
(PHOTO: COURTESY ED YOUNG)

Texas megachurch pastor Ed Young is going to have a professional wrestling themed sermon series in which he will interview notable wrestlers like The Undertaker, Ric Flair, Sting, and “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase.

The senior pastor of Fellowship Church, a multisite congregation based in Grapevine, Texas, recently announced that the four-week series will begin on Sunday, Sept. 9.

In a Thursday interview with The Christian Post, Young explained that he had considered centering a sermon series on wrestling for years given how often it appears in the Bible.

“One of the most used metaphors in Scripture regarding the Christian life is that of a wrestler,” said Young, citing as examples Ephesians 6:12 and Jacob wrestling with an angel, as described in Genesis 32:22-32.

“It’s a staple in our culture so I thought wouldn’t it be cool to interview some of the most popular wrestlers in the world, to have them at Fellowship, and then to speak out of the Scripture regarding wrestling?” Young said.

Each of the four pro-wrestlers will be interviewed, with three of the interviews being live and a fourth being prerecorded. Young declined to comment which wrestler would have the taped interview.

Fellowship Church’s main worship stage will also have a wrestling ring constructed on it, with one section opened up for the congregation to better see him and his interviewee.

Young explained that this was his way of using “word pictures” and enforcing the metaphor of wrestling with God, which he said would be the key theme of his sermon series.

“The whole series is wrestling with God and it’s a match that everyone needs to lose,” said Young, noting that he did not consider the series to be “Christianity 101.”

“It’s really probably Christianity 401. But we’re using 101 techniques, a big overarching picture everyone can connect with.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski