Welcome to BCNN1’s The Gospel According to Greenleaf Episode #28. This episode is titled, Why Grace “Gigi” Greenleaf Should Not Become the New Pastor of Calvary Church
In these two episodes, there’s been a push for Grace Greenleaf to take over as pastor of Calvary Church. Following the investigation by the IRS which revealed that the Greenleafs owe major back taxes, some have suggested to Bishop James Greenleaf that the only way for the church to retain its good name is for new leadership to take over the church after the bishop and first lady address the IRS investigation and announce their divorce before the church congregation. Lady Mae Greenleaf, of course, believes that she should be the one to take over the church. However, the show appears to be setting up their daughter Grace “Gigi” Greenleaf to fill this role. Deaconess Connie tells Lady Mae this to her face, declaring that Grace is the only “disinterested party,” after which Mae accuses her daughter of plotting a “coup.”
While Grace may not be plotting a coup, the show does seem to be setting her up to take over the church, whether she does so willingly or seemingly unwillingly. There are four problems with this.
1. As we said last time, Pastor Grace “Gigi” Greenleaf is a whore and is living in fornication with the investigative journalist Darius Nash, or should we call him “Narius Dash.” Oddly, with all of the rebukes and biting remarks that are slung from scene to scene on this show, Grace’s ongoing fornication with Nash — who, as sure as I am black, will betray her and the church — has escaped scrutiny. Why? Because the people directing and writing this show know that in most churches, particularly black churches, women in leadership can be whorish and get away with it while the men who are whore-mongers will be crucified and shamed, not only before the congregation but before the community. Obviously, living in unrepentant sin of any kind is automatically disqualifying for anyone seeking to lead a Bible-believing church. First of all the pastor who should be a male must be the faithful husband of one wife. And the wife must be female. If single, as the Apostle Paul was, the pastor must refrain from sexual immorality of any kind.
2. Not only is “Pastor” Grace “Gigi” Greenleaf living in sin and is a hypocrite but she is also a nauseating busybody. She walks about with the typical air of someone trying to “fix” all of the problems in the Greenleaf family and in the church. Don’t these people make you sick. They make you want to roll your eyes real hard from the right to the left. She is quick to advise and rebuke other Greenleafs and their associates, but she ignores her own conniving, wicked life. It is a classic example of what Jesus warned against: judging someone for the mote in their eye while one has a beam in their own eye. Although, to be fair, it seems as though most of the people on Greenleaf are carrying about pretty big beams in their eyes. Nobody has a mote, especially in the Greenleaf family.
3. The directors and writers of the show are slowly but surely setting up Grace to be the hero of the homosexuals who want to be members of Calvary church (Don’t be shocked when you see a scene of the abomination of the homosexuals marching in to defile Calvary church. Unless the writers and directors take our wise advice and stand with God and the majority of God’s church against the sin and abomination of homosexuality — we do hope that they will repent for their own good. For their Christian audience are very funny people, they vote with their feet and won’t tell you anything). If “Pastor” Grace “Gigi” Greenleaf takes over the church, it is very likely that she will open up membership for people who are openly living in the abomination and sin of homosexuality, including so-called married homosexuals, to join and lead in the church. While every church should aim to reach all people with the Gospel, no church should allow people who are living in open sin to become members or to lead in the church, this includes adultery and fornication as well as other sins. As we mentioned in the 11th episode of this podcast series during Season 2, the example of Watermark Church in Dallas, TX, provides a good template for all churches to follow when dealing with this matter. The church revoked the membership of a member who refused to repent of the sin and abomination of homosexuality.
In a statement, the church said: “Following the example of Jesus, Watermark loves and welcomes people of all backgrounds, economic statuses, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and struggles. Also following His example, we encourage people to turn away from sin and to follow Jesus. As directed by Scripture, Watermark makes a distinction between regularly attending and being a formal member of our church. We don’t remove someone’s formal status as a member for struggling with sin – whether that sin is pride, materialism, or sexual sin. Every member of Watermark needs God’s grace to stand firm in the midst of temptation and His forgiveness for the times we fall short. An individual’s formal relationship with us as a member is only changed when someone no longer desires to resist sin and/or refuses our help, care, and encouragement. Even if someone’s formal membership status is removed, our desire is to continue to love and care for them, and they are always welcome to attend Watermark and be reminded of the grace and truth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”
It will be a shame if the most successful mainstream television show about the church in recent history becomes a vehicle for pro-homosexual propaganda and used to influence the thinking of thousands, and possibly millions, of individuals on this matter.
4. Finally, Greenleaf casts the running of the megachurch as a family affair. Church leadership should never be dynastic or kept in the family like a business. The church is God’s church not one family’s church. And every family/church that tries to do that ends in disaster. While there are many examples of parents, children, spouses, and siblings all being engaged in ministry together, it is not true that just because God calls the husband and father to serve as pastor, that his wife, his child or children, or any other member of his family is called by association. In fact this is very rare. The pastor’s wife being the “first lady” does not automatically qualify her to be pastor when her husband dies or if they get a divorce and he decides to step down. Family ties do not automatically carry over into the church, and many current church leaders need to stop trying to enlist their uncalled family members into church leadership. Relation by blood does not necessarily a great leader make.
In closing, let me say here, that our dear sister Oprah needs to get rid of the current director, writers, and creator, Craig Wright, who are trying to take the Greenleaf show into a dark, “deep-six” direction. We would lovingly encourage her to get the Blue Bloods creators Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess or The Good Wife creators Robert and Michele King to take over the show and slowly but surely turn this ship around and have the Greenleaf family become a force for good dealing with other people’s drama like the Blue Bloods family and The Good Wife. For in most cases the pastor’s family is not a force for evil but a force for good dealing with everybody else’s evil. It is time for the Greenleaf family to get their act together and not be the drama and become solvers of other people’s drama as is the case with most pastors and their families. The show will be more honoring to God and more honoring to Jesus Christ and will expand the audience to not only mostly black people but to everybody because it is based upon biblical principles of doing good by the few to solve the problems of the many such as Blue Bloods and The Good Wife. Besides that, you are going to run out of storylines focusing on one family, trying to take them deep-six.
In closing, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can be forgiven of your wicked sins of the past no matter how dark, God is available to hear your prayer of confession and to hear you ask to be saved from sin and from the punishment of sin which is eternal hell and separation from God. And you can begin a light-filled relationship with God Almighty today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s laws. You have done some bad things. You have broken the commandments of God. So have I. And so has the Pope. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” We die physically because of sin and we go to hell to burn forever, to be tormented forever because of our sin. God does not put us into hell; we put ourselves into hell because of our sin.
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ, the loving Lord of glory, preached more on hell than anybody in the Bible. He preached more on hell than he did about Heaven. He said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Now that is bad news, and I know most people do not want to hear any bad news. But you have to hear the bad news because the good news is good news because there is bad news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins. He is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world, your sins and mine. And all we have to do is trust Him and believe that He died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you and me so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
And please believe these words found in Romans 10:9 & 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Saved from what? Saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell.
If you believe in your heart on the Lord Jesus Christ, that He died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer and mean it from your heart: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life — even some of the sins being brought out in this show called Greenleaf. I am sorry for my sins, and today, please have mercy upon me a sinner. I believe with all of my heart that You died for me, was buried, and rose again. Now, Lord I pray that You would fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins and to follow You for the rest of my life for Your glory, praise, and honor, and, from this point on, to be the shining light that You want me to be. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, and for His sake, Amen.
Beloved friend, if you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to GospelLightSociety.com and read my pamphlet titled, “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, my beloved, may God bless you and keep you. We look forward to seeing you for the next Gospel According to Greenleaf podcast.