Bishop Love: No Negativity!

Meet Bishop Lester Love, the self-acclaimed “Voice of Hope.”

Bishop Love refuses to preach on sin, or any type of negativity whatsoever!  Ya just can’t make people feel good that way.  So, when you go to hear Love speak, be sure he will do everything in his power to inflate your self-worth and insure you’re a happy sinner.  Yes, a sinner!  But, a happy one!

If he’s not preaching about sin, he won’t be preaching repentance; and if he’s not preaching those two things, he’s not preaching the gospel.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

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25 Responses to Bishop Love: No Negativity!

  1. Nic Boyd says:

    ???? WOW It’s all about me…..
    So he is all about preaching to the good that is in us so it can rise up? Yeah that’s what we need more filthy rags because iCan iWill iMust

  2. Robert L. says:

    Well, heres another viewpoint on it, from Dr.Steve McVey from http://www.gracewalk.org ministries.
    Since ” Christ came to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” then sin is no longer the issue,
    therefore he preaches the love of God.

    http://www.gracewalk.org/apps/articles/web/articleid/68737/columnid/6277/default.asp

  3. Nic Boyd says:

    Ya know if this guy got turned on to Christ and started preaching the Word of God in humility… we really need to pray for him and his followers.

  4. Nic Boyd says:

    @Robert L. Does what Steve McVey teaches line up with what we see in Acts or Isaiah? What did Peter preach on the day of Pentecost? What was Isaiah confronted with when he was in God’s presence?
    Actually I think Chris Rosebrough from Fight for the Faith recently did a review of one of McVey’s sermons, it’s worth listening to.

  5. Frank says:

    I would seriously question if someone is a true believer if they refuse to preach about sin. Sin is THE reason Christ died on the cross.

  6. Frank says:

    In reply to Robert’s posted link: In Mr. McVey’s “Lie #8″, he states that the Holy Ghost does not convict of unbelievers of sin. My question to Mr.McVey would be who does then?

    This man Mr. McVey needs to read his Bible and find the truth. Many of his teachings in his videos are not just apostate, they are downright blasphemous to the Holy Ghost.

  7. stan says:

    This guy is like a doctor that will not cause any pain for a patient, so he refuses to use a needle, or will not do any procedure that makes him uncomfortable even if it is necessary to save his life; but, prescribes only feel-good medicines despite the patient’s needs.

  8. John Dunning says:

    I’ve just listened to the video you linked to @Robert L and I have to say that, if Steve McVey is correct in his assumptions about remaining quiet about sin, then the apostle Paul had it dreadfully wrong. When I read the book of Romans, which is nothing short of a masterpiece in my opinion, why is it that for the first three chapters of the book, he is determined to make everyone guilty and accountable before God for their sin?

  9. Paul Gesh says:

    An Ear-Tickling pulpit pimp!

  10. ray says:

    The gospel according to ” Bishop ” Love

    ” Tell me whats right about me , tell me what’s good about me” , and then the good in me will grow and hopefully push aside the not so good things in me.
    ……………………………….
    Are you kidding me! . This guy would be much better off doing the motivational speaker circuit.

  11. Robert L. says:

    The Holy Spirit does not convict the believer of sin, but of righteousness. Now, you might say that
    is just semantics, or a play on words….but consider when you do something wrong. The Holy Spirit comes along and says ” Now Robert, you shouldn’t have done that, for you are a righteous child of God” The part I play is to repent ( turn away from that behaviour ) and agree with God that I shouldn’t have done that, it was wrong, and is no longer part of my new identity. I don’t have to ask for forgiveness because I’ve already been forgiven. It was done 2000 years ago, when all the sinI would ever commit was something would happen in the future.
    The unconverted isn’t convicted of his sin (s) either, it natural for him to behave in the manner that agrees with his fallen nature. The issue is, he’s dead spiirtually. His problem isn’t that he’s a drop down drunk and need to get sober. He needs new life. In the New Testament, after the cross, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit comes to convict the unregenerate of one (1) thing only ; unbelief.

    At least, thats always been my understanding of this verse:

    He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement (John 16:8-11)
    “And when he comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see Me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” – John 16:8-11

  12. julie says:

    Funny thing about Love’s theology, instead of freedom, it sounds an awful lot like legalism to me. “I can I will I must!” Ignore sin and therefore repentance and pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, guys!

    No, thanks, I’ll take the gospel of Jesus Christ instead.

    Regarding LaVey, uh what does Jesus mean when He says, “When the Holy Spirit comes He will convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.” See John 16:18-11
    LaVey is right that our problem is our sin nature, not just our individual sins. He says the all consuming problem of the unbeliever is that they don’t believe in Jesus Christ. Last time I checked, this IS a sin? Actually I’d go one step further: our all consuming problem is that we are under God’s wrath for our sin. We need someone to take God’s wrath for us. This we have in the person of Jesus Christ.

  13. ali says:

    Joel Osteen, Lester Love, McVey…..

    “Be Watchful, be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

    Sadly, the church is neither watchful, sober nor vigilant and so… ‘Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked man ruling over a helpless people’. Proverbs 28:15

  14. David says:

    The OLD CROSS and the NEW
    by A.W. Tozer.

    All unannounced and mostly undetected there
    has come in modern times a new cross into
    popular evangelical circles. It is like the
    old cross, but different: the likenesses are
    superficial; the differences, fundamental.

    From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy
    of the Christian life, and from that new
    philosophy has come a new evangelical technique
    - a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching.
    This new evangelism employs the same language as
    the old, but its content is not the same and its
    emphasis not as before.

    The old cross would have no truck with the world.
    For Adam’s proud flesh it meant the end of the
    journey. It carried into effect the sentence imposed
    by the law of Sinai. The new cross is not opposed
    to the human race; rather, it is a friendly pal and,
    if understood aright, it is the source of oceans
    of good clean fun and innocent enjoyment. It lets
    Adam live without interference. His life motivation
    is unchanged; he still lives for his own pleasure,
    only now he takes delight in singing choruses and
    watching religious movies instead of singing
    bawdy songs and drinking hard liquor.

    The accent is still on enjoyment, though the fun
    is now on a higher plane morally if not intellectually.

    The new cross encourages a new and entirely different
    evangelistic approach. The evangelist does not
    demand abnegation of the old life before a new
    life can be received. He preaches not contrasts
    but similarities. He seeks to key into public
    interest by showing that Christianity makes no
    unpleasant demands; rather, it offers the same
    thing the world does, only on a higher level.

    Whatever the sin-mad world happens to be clamoring
    after at the moment is cleverly shown to be the
    very thing the gospel offers, only the religious
    product is better.

    The new cross does not slay the sinner, it
    redirects him. It gears him into a cleaner
    and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect.
    To the self-assertive it says, “Come and assert
    yourself for Christ.” To the egotist it says,
    “Come and do your boasting in the Lord.” To the
    thrill-seeker it says, “Come and enjoy the thrill
    of Christian fellowship.” The Christian message is
    slanted in the direction of the current vogue in
    order to make it acceptable to the public.

    The philosophy back of this kind of thing may be
    sincere but its sincerity does not save it from
    being false. It is false because it is blind. It
    misses completely the whole meaning of the cross.

    The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for
    the abrupt, violent end of a human being. The man
    in Roman times who took up his cross and started
    down the road had already said good-by to his friends.
    He was not coming back. He was going out to have it
    ended. The cross made no compromise, modified nothing,
    spared nothing; it slew all of the man, completely
    and for good. It did not try to keep on good terms
    with its victim. It struck cruel and hard, and when
    it had finished its work, the man was no more.

    The race of Adam is under death sentence. There is
    no commutation and no escape. God cannot approve any
    of the fruits of sin, however innocent they may appear
    or beautiful to the eyes of men. God salvages the
    individual by liquidating him and then raising him
    again to newness of life.

    That evangelism which draws friendly parallels
    between the ways of God and the ways of men is false
    to the Bible and cruel to the souls of its hearers.
    The faith of Christ does not parallel the world, it
    intersects it. In coming to Christ we do not bring
    our old life up onto a higher plane; we leave it at
    the cross. The corn of wheat must fall into the ground
    and die.

    We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves
    as public relations agents sent to establish good will
    between Christ and the world. We must not imagine
    ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to
    big business, the press, the world of sports or modern
    education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our
    message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.

    God offers life, but not an improved old life. The
    life He offers is life out of death. It stands always
    on the far side of the cross. Whoever would possess it
    must pass under the rod. He must repudiate himself and
    concur in God’s just sentence against him. What does
    this mean to the individual, the condemned man who
    would find life in Christ Jesus? How can this theology
    be translated into life? Simply, he must repent and
    believe. He must forsake his sins and then go on to
    forsake himself. Let him cover nothing, defend nothing,
    excuse nothing. Let him not seek to make terms with God,
    but let him bow his head before the stroke of God’s stern
    displeasure and acknowledge himself worthy to die.

    Having done this let him gaze with simple trust
    upon the risen Saviour, and from Him will come life
    and rebirth and cleansing and power. The cross that
    ended the earthly life of Jesus now puts an end to
    the sinner; and the power that raised Christ from
    the dead now raises him to a new life along with Christ.

    To any who may object to this or count it merely a
    narrow and private view of truth, let me say God has
    set His hallmark of approval upon this message from
    Paul’s day to the present. Whether stated in these
    exact words or not, this has been the content of all
    preaching that has brought life and power to the
    world through the centuries. The mystics, the reformers,
    the revivalists have put their emphasis here, and
    signs and wonders and mighty operations of the Holy
    Ghost gave witness to God’s approval.

    Dare we, the heirs of such a legacy of power, tamper
    with the truth? Dare we with our stubby pencils erase
    the lines of the blueprint or alter the pattern shown
    us in the Mount? May God forbid. Let us preach the
    old cross and we will know the old power.

    A.W.Tozer
    the Cross

  15. Cop says:

    No sin, no negativity and a great song to make you FEEEEEL GOOD.

    He must have read Joel Osteen’s book.

  16. Grant says:

    Ah the attack of the Giant “I” that ‘s even invaded the church’s “worship” songs

    BTW Bro Love was famous back in the late 60′s as well

  17. Frances marie says:

    What a privilege it is to be able to hear the Word and know it in our hearts Wow the Truth that set us free from sin, now will keep us free from the apostates/false apostles…we read it in the Word….and for those in the church who may be sleeping if any in our own assembly we can wake them up in love and in hope He is Our Hope Jesus Christ and Him Crucified, buried and Resurrected!!!! Amen keep on keeping on

  18. Frank says:

    Actually Robert, the Holy Ghost convicts before we do something wrong, not just after. If a preacher does not preach this out of the Bible to an unbeliever, then he is not doing his duty. Christ died to save sinners, not for our “Best Life Now”. Not saying that you support Osteen, lol.

    “How will they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10.

  19. 501Ken says:

    I’m not surprised by this. This is the same guy who was all over YouTube singing secular songs in the pulpit and changing a few of the words to make them sound “christian.”

  20. Street Preacher says:

    So many things to comment on on this one….! Ok firstly, The Bilbe says that there is none righteous, no not one Romans 3 v 10, or none that is good Romans 3 v 12. Isaiah 64 v 6 says our righteousness is as filthy rags……..so how can you look for good in a man and how can that “goodness” become better by focusing on it? It is not even there to start with! Come on Lester you are loving them to Hell!
    Preach the Law, preach sin and the wickness of man, make them see the need of a Saviour! Jesus Christ the Righteous, slain for sinners on that Tree! Salvation through God the Son by His finished, perfect work on Calvary! Preach the Cleansing Blood, Preach a New Creature in Christ, Born Again by the regeneration of the Holy Ghost and the washing of the water of the Word! Come on man.
    What I see in the clip above is a bunch of sentimental blokes, enjoying a new age positive thinking seminar, feeling good about themselves. I can, I will, I must…..yeah, you can do it, save yourselves, you dont need anyone else…….all the best with that. Hope you like hot weather.
    Oh and dont you love how at the end the guy commenting how he can do it and through positive confession etc etc…. and right at the end he mentions Christ, just to keep it “christian”.
    Sigh.
    I need a Saviour, I cannot save myself, I might die today, no guarantee that there is a tomorrow.
    Weath, happiness and self esteem will mean nothing on the Day of Judgement.

  21. Doug says:

    “Preaching” that feeds the flesh starves the spirit.

  22. Doug says:

    This comment isn’t about Bro Love as an individual, but a type-those who believe that emotion and experience trump Scripture put there faith in their ability to engender emotion. That is sad. Any gifted speaker/actor can capture emotions. This Brother Love, or T.D. Jakes, or Jesse Duplantis etc.
    can get a crowd going…but you will never see them getting out of the way of the Gospel, letting the Holy Spirit quietly move hearts and minds. If they trusted in God instead of their ‘abilities’ they wouldn’t shout and jump up and draw attention to themselves. It has been stated many times, but John MacArthur is a fine example of a Bible teacher who simply expounds Scripture and leaves the Glory for God.

  23. Carolyn says:

    Bishop Love’s “Hour of Power”……same grandiose self exaltation…
    ….bad weeds…same lie started in the Garden of Eden…if you believe in yourself, you can, you will you must…tares having root systems that run through the soil unrestricted.
    Matthew 13
    27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
    28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
    “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
    29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest.

  24. Frances marie says:

    Hello to all….one thing is this Sin is always an issue Christ came to save us from sin, not out of it…..we will always be dealing with sin in our lives…but His Victory on the Cross gave those of us who Believe Victory over sin….anything that takes the place of Christ and the Cross and Why,
    is a different gospel…doesn’t save,,,,,builds up in error to those who hear it…tickle their ears, so they will not have to think that they are sinners saved by His Marvelous Grace……….keep focused on Christ and what He did….and you can have victory over sin, and the devil, for he is always after us….keep in the Word….Truth………

  25. Kiwi Dave says:

    Bishop Love can preach all the positive messages he likes. He is not a man of God, and certainly not serving or sent by the Living God. This is what the LORD commanded Isaiah to preach:

    “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” Isaiah 58:1 KJV

    Yet again, the LORD commanded Jonah to preach the same message against sin to Nineveh:

    “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.” Jonah 1:2 KJV

    Then Jesus Himself spoke of how Nineveh would rise in judgement because the repented of their sins once they heard the Word of The LORD preached by Jonah:

    “The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.” Matthew 12:41 KJV

    “The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.” Luke 11:32 KJV

    Bishop Love most certainly fails miserably when we see the example set by John the Baptist:

    “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Matthew 3:1 – 3 KJV

    “Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
    As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Luke 3:1 – 6 KJV

    Bishop Lester Love should have read his Bible, and what the Apostle Paul was preaching – only one message:

    “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” I Corinthians 2:1 – 5 KJV

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