Andrew Koenig Dies, Kirk Cameron Preaches

Kirk Cameron on hearing about the suicide of his former co-star on Growing Pains.
"It is with great sorrow to hear about the final outcome of the search for my old friend Andrew. I hope everyone will be sensitive to the Koenigs and give the family some private time to reflect and to grieve the loss of their beloved son. At a time like this, we all are reminded of the briefness of life and the importance of being ready for our eternal destination. My prayers will continue to be with Andrew's family."
Sensitive to the Koenigs? Actually, using his friend's suicide as a promotion for his evangelistic campaign isn't loving at all. Evangelism based on eternal security is fear based. It isn't good news and Jesus wouldn't have said this.

When his friend died, Jesus wept.


Brandon Freeman said...

I respectfully disagree with you on this one, Captain. I think the comment was valid, and wasn't making any kind of statement on where he thought Andrew was headed.

Chad Estes said...

Brandon, I didn't suggest that Kirk's statement was insensitive for implying an eternal destination for Andrew. I'm suggesting it was an insensitive time to bring up that issue at all.

What does he hope to achieve with that statement, specifically in this situation?

What if he would have said something like this:
"At a time like this, we all are reminded of the briefness of life on this side of eternity. It reminds me how important relationships are and I'm grieving that I don't have more time with Andrew now."

ConcernedCitizen said...

The fact is Chad, every single person on the face of the planet is in relationship with Christ. The real question is whether He is your friend or executioner. Wake up. One's eternal salvation is more important than temporal relationships.
You see Kirk promoting his ministry. This is indicative of your lack of honest concern for Biblical evangelism.
In fact here is a quote from a beloved man, C.H. Spurgeon:
“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that.” – Charles Spurgeon
"We have an unchanging gospel, which is not today green grass and tomorrow dry hay; but always the abiding truth of the immutable Jehovah." (C.H. Spurgeon)

"If the Lord's bearing our sin for us is not the gospel, I have no gospel to preach." (C.H. Spurgeon)

"The heart of the gospel is redemption, and the essence of redemption is the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ." (C.H. Spurgeon)

"When we preach Christ crucified, we have no reason to stammer, or stutter, or hesitate, or apologize; there is nothing in the gospel of which we have any cause to be ashamed." (C.H. Spurgeon)

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