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Lord, give us the grace to love and accept those needing Your salvation, while also holding fast to Your testimonies of holiness.

Among the most entertaining parts of the Super Bowl every year are the TV commercials. But this year, I have to say, I was shocked.

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During the recent Big Game, you might have seen the commercial that shows various “foot-washing” scenes: a policeman on one knee washing the feet of a presumed prostitute; an oil worker kneeling to wash an environmentalist’s feet; a white woman washing an immigrant’s feet; a black woman washing the feet of a “progressive” activist; a priest kneeling to wash the feet of a gay man; an older woman washing the feet of a younger woman in front of an abortion clinic.

The commercial closed with this message: Jesus Didn’t Teach Hate.

I confess to being completely confused by all of this. So, I went over to the HeGetsUs.com website, and there I read the following:

“…to love our neighbor requires altering our plans and path to be kind to people without ever expecting anything in return … put yourself in the other person’s shoes and … attend to their needs like you would take care of your own. Jesus modeled this by washing his disciples’ feet — the teacher humbling himself before his students. Jesus wasn’t blinded by quick judgments, and neither was the Samaritan. …”

It pains me to have to be critical of this campaign, but this is biblically incorrect at the darndest of levels and sends a message that is actually damaging. It is very difficult for me to criticize this group, which is funded by wonderful Christian men and women, some of whom I know. But I must stand and state the truth.

 

True, Jesus did not teach hate. But He also did not teach indulgent “tolerance.”

The messaging of He Gets Us mixes the parable of the good Samaritan with the account of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. And it does so in a damaging way.

Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, His followers — those who were committed to His message. The account of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet in John 13 begins with Jesus making a statement of spiritual discernment: “ … Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean … ” (John 13:10 NIV).

Jesus makes the spiritual evaluation of His followers: They are clean. The good Samaritan in the biblical parable did not wash the feet of the injured person; the Samaritan made no statement concerning spiritual status. The story of the good Samaritan is directed to those in spiritual authority, so that they should be authentic in their care of people.

Combining the foot-washing of Jesus’ disciples (whom He deemed to be spiritually clean) with the story of the good Samaritan (which is directed to spiritual authorities who need to be authentic) only results in a mixed message of “tolerance.”

The image of a person of authority bowing and washing the feet of a person who represents a controversial cultural agenda sends the message that Jesus accepts any lifestyle, and that no repentance from any lifestyle is ever needed. As we read above, according to He Gets Us, “to love our neighbor requires [us to] alter our plans and path.”

This is heresy — as plain as it comes. It is those who are not the followers of Christ who must alter their paths! Christ came to seek and save the lost and His message is to receive Him and sin no more.

Some will say that this is a conclusion of “hate” — a conclusion of intolerance. I believe that it is instead a conclusion of love at the highest level, because being right before God requires repentance and a regeneration in His image. And the result of not being right with God is clearly described in the Bible in many passages. Essentially, eternal separation from Him. So is it hate to share biblical truth or is it in fact true love?

If you want to do an experiment, watch the count of the number of views of this video next Sunday morning. Liberal churches across America will be using this video to help them preach their message of tolerance.

To understand fully why Jesus washed the feet of a group of men who followed Him, we must look at what He said when He did that: “ … nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him” (John 13:16 NIV). Jesus’ washing the feet of His disciples is not to be understood as an example of His kneeling to the agenda or lifestyle of the disciples, but rather as an exhortation that they are to humbly submit to His true message — just as He Himself had submitted to the one who sent Him: His heavenly Father.

True, Jesus did not teach hate, but He did teach that we are to be salt and light to our generation. Paul says this best: Let love be sincere, hate what is evil, hold on to what is good (Romans 12:9 NABRE).

Do you think this commercial may have missed the mark? Can the Church find a better way to love people while still being faithful to call out sin?

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Joe Druciak
February 23, 2024

He gets us is nothing more than an organization for the LGBT message that Jesus would accept their sinful lifestyle. And that true Christianity is hateful.

Randy Waller
February 21, 2024

Dear Mr. Kubal,

Having read several of the comments below, I encourage you to write a follow up piece sharing how and why your view has changed or remains the same.

You fired a shot across the bow of HGU. Are you going to leave it at that and move on? If so, you would be like what Rush Limbaugh called “the drive by media.”

My guess is you have talked with your friends at HGU. It would be good to hear something about those conversations if they happened.

I have one point where I disagree with what you said. I believe your accusation of heresy is the result of a misinterpretation of the HGU statement on the Good Samaritan. Every person I know who is serious about loving their neighbor as themselves can tell of how they have had to alter their path or agenda (not their mission) to help others.

Thank you.

Paul
February 19, 2024

I’m not a theologian by any stretch of the imagination, so take my comments as coming from someone who isn’t a John MacArthur-esque apologist.

I think that how people are going to take these commercials will depend on what they want them to be saying. Some will see them as saying that Christians should accept all lifestyles as okay because Jesus would. Some will see them as saying that we should be willing to interact with those whose lifestyles are contrary to God’s laws and desire for our lives. Some will see them as saying that we should not judge others but be willing to minister to others with love as Jesus would. I think it is a case of someone seeing what they want to see.

I can understand that some will see it as calling on Christians to accept and even condone non-Biblical lifestyles because “that is what Jesus would do”. However, I am choosing to see it as “sitting with the tax collectors” as Jesus would do. I looked to John 8 and the story of the woman who had committed adultery. Jesus said that he who is without sin cast the first stone, and the Pharisees at least had the ability to see that none are sinless.

However, Jesus said he didn’t condemn the woman but added the parting shot, “. . . go, and sin no more”. (KJV)

I take the commercials as a call to be willing to meet with those who are sinning and be willing to interact with them and try to plant the seed that the Holy Spirit may grow it within them. I don’t take it as a call to accept and condone sin.

One thing is sure, it is generating conversations, and I guess that is a place to start.

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    Rodrigo
    February 20, 2024

    I think You missed something important that Paul already explained above: feet washing is for/between believers. (People that born again.) And Jesús didnt reject anyone who came to him…in REPENTANCE.

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Ezra W Hodgson
February 18, 2024

I can’t think of one human being that Jesus didn’t die for. Nor is it my ministry to be critical of how Holy Ghost is working on molding another into His image. Our way is to Love one another and let Jesus radiate through us.

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Delores
February 17, 2024

Thank you Dave for articulating this:
From an article I read from The Washington Stand written by Rob Schwartzwarder. (Sorry to say I didn’t record the name of the article) :
There is no love in affirming something God has declared to be harmful to human flourishing, whatever that sin might be. The apostle Paul writes, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?” He then catalogs as “unrighteous” idolatry, adultery, homosexual acts, theft, greed, drunkenness, and more (I Corinthians 6:9). Then he writes of the practitioners of such things, “such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

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Sarah Crupper
February 17, 2024

Thank you, Dave, for helping us be able to put all this into words we can share with others. You have hit “the nail on the head” about what is going on with this campaign. Now we pray. Maybe this will open doors for conversations about the real Biblical Jesus. Our prayers will make the difference.

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Lani Kirsch
February 16, 2024

I have been disturbed by these commercials for a long time. I’m glad people are speaking out against them.

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DC
February 16, 2024

Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
C.S. Lewis.

If a nest of wild hornets
Were left in a room,
And the creatures
Allowed to go free,
They would not compel
You to go ‘gainst your will
They’d just make you
Willing to flee.
“The Hornet Song”

Father, Break strongholds!

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God!
Revelation 22:18-19

Father, Your Hand is Mightier than ours.
I trust You. Direct our steps to You, Your ways, precept and principles. Help us to see from Your perspective- not ours!
Amen.

Fleeting thought: Isn’t tolerance of sin the reason why this country is in the dire shape it is in today?

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    Tom McGovern
    February 16, 2024

    Fleeting thought- It’s not the sinners that are winning the battle it is the sleeping church that is losing the battle. I am asking every intercessor what is your church or prayer team doing to reach the lost?

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      Keith and Megan Johnson
      February 16, 2024

      So glad you asked Tom.

      Your groups do not hold the patent on empathy nor reaching the lost. To specifically answer your question, as redeemed sinners ourselves, we believe that 60 years of following Jesus, pastoring one-on-one in the trenches with deeply hurting sinners whose lives have actually been transformed is just as powerful, and sometimes more powerful, than smooth emotional campaigns full of empty promises. Just because you don’t hear of the quiet ministries most evangelical Churches offer, does not mean the Church is sleeping. It simply means that we do not openly tout our victories for the world to see.

      Because you specifically asked, we would like to draw your attention to the benefits of what you claim is the “sleeping church” that is brought to businesses and surrounding communities. Not only is the evangelical Church’s first priority to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ but visitors hear messages of encouragement, conviction, and empowerment from individual members as well as from the pulpit who meet their spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional needs. Sermons help us connect with God; promote accountability; encourage us to imitate Christ-like behaviors through morality and good manners; opens our eyes to the hurting needs of others; give visitors an opportunity to connect socially while families reconnect with each other to strengthen the bonds of love that nurture everyday worries. The Church’s therapeutic benefits enable individual members and visitors to learn the true meaning of reverence for God and forgiveness, to find the deeper meaning of life, reflect on gratitude, give back to the community, learn how to reckon with diversity to gain victory and overcome trials; provide individual and collective prayer ministries; and fills our hearts with song.

      More specifically, members of our Church promote social and welfare services when we take special interest in and actively feed, clothe, and provide shoes for children and the elderly living in the community. Members pay for medical care, prescriptions, and supply transportation to and from medical appointments; members cook and deliver meals; they comfort and carry the emotional burdens of the heartbroken, the suicidal, and grieving; they plant flower gardens, mow yards and other lawn care; provide financial assistance in emergency and time-sensitive situations such as car repairs, medical bills, and funerals.

      You might want to re-look at the “He Gets Us” website when you speak of the sleeping church because your leftist ideology apologizes for Jesus, the original Creator of His Church. He would not recognize the church you’ve described in any of your posts so we wonder whether you realize that you have not been able to support any of your positions from Scripture. Jesus is very real and His Word is active in Hebrews 4:12 because “the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

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Tom McGovern
February 15, 2024

Here is more info for those that are interested in setting up prayer teams in their churches. There have been over 100,000 people asking to know more about Jesus through these campaigns. Please get your church signed up. Gloo partners with HGU and other campaigns including Luis Palau Association and K-LOVE and several others to deliver Explorers looking for meaningful connection to your church. Each campaign is designed to reach a certain demographic who are seeking support on slightly different topics, but all want to connect with someone on life’s deep issues. It is up to the church to bring Jesus to the lost. Look at all the additional resources gloo gives you to help minister too including videos, teachings, and podcasts. Here is a link to some of the campaign partners, which are always changing. https://help.gloo.us/en/articles/6934953-what-campaigns-are-reaching-explorers

    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 16, 2024

    To be honest Tom, if the advertisements and “He Gets Us” website are representative of the Churches and organizations that answer your call, those over 100,000 suffering souls will never hear the transforming power of the Gospel.

    You offer temporary empathy but not the only permanent solution that exists. Your repeated resistance to the hundreds of rebukes on this site make us wonder, are you, yourself, Saved by Grace? Do you fully understand the Cross and resurrection of your beloved Savior of Whom you profess to believe.

    Do you realize that none are righteous and that we all have sinned (Romans 3:10), that Jesus provided a way of Salvation by Grace through the Cross (Romans 3:25), that through faith alone and not by works that we receive His Salvation (Romans 3:25, 5:2, 8) so that He gives us an entirely new life by transforming us into new creatures (Romans 5:3-8, 6:4b).

    We leave your heart to Jesus even as He exhorts His disciples in Matthew 7:16 and again emphasizes in Matthew 7:20 that we “will know them by their fruit.” The fruit that your posts bear in this thread do not reflect Scripture. Your very own words ” . . . not to get them saved . . . . ” indicts your own misunderstanding of Who Jesus Is. The heartbroken are seeking the Bread of Life in Matthew 7:9 but your groups are responding by starving them for eternity. Simply let the Holy Spirit woo them instead of trying to do His job for Him.

    I am a Pastor who has walked with Jesus in the trenches for nearly 60 years so I empathize with the heartache the lost and newborns in Christ experience. I do not leave them in their pain nor expect others to fill the gaps that organizations like yours create. Hurting souls need Jesus’ transforming power immediately, not hours, days, or weeks after the crisis or even later when some “Church” can get to them.

    Over recent decades, we have watched well-meaning groups fall prey to subtle infiltration of relativistic ideology that distorts Biblical truth as that relativism gains more and more ground in American culture. Jesus requires Biblical accuracy not vague emotions that leave out His power to heal and transform. The Great Commission blends His great empathy with the victorious transformation of His Cross. It is not emotion that washes the sinner, it is His blood that cleanses the soul.

    Again, we pray for the true Biblical intentions of your heart and that Jesus untangles this distorted gospel to reveal His Saving power.

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      Tom McGovern
      February 16, 2024

      HGU/gloo is not my organization. I am part of a church prayer team that follows up with the responders that want to know more about Jesus that are near our zip code. I present the gospel the best I can backed up by scripture. Some get saved but most do not. In fact, most we never hear from again. Jesus left the 99 for the 1.

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        Keith and Megan Johnson
        February 16, 2024

        Understood and amen. This is the first, most encouraging post we’ve seen relative to “He Gets Us.” You’re absolutely correct about leaving the 99 for the one. Thank you for standing in the gap.

Tom McGovern
February 15, 2024

Brothers and Sisters: We are on the same team. HGU is really getting a bad rap in this commentary. Please understand these ads are designed for the lost to want to hear more about Jesus, not to get them saved. If someone responds to an HGU ad or one of the many other campaigns that are going on, the respondent’s text or email gets sent to the local church prayer team to connect with them. It is the local churches responsibility to tell them about Jesus and present the gospel message. Please start a prayer team in your church and get signed up. The link is https://www.gloo.us/resources/campaign/hgu. The more churches that get signed up and the more respondents to the ads the more resources HGU sends to that city/state/region. Please don’t criticize a ministry that is trying their best to reach the lost the way God is leading them and is paying over $100m annually to fill up our churches. I am way more concerned about a sleeping, critical, church than I am a woke church. I am not looking back over my shoulder to see what the woke church is doing. I am advancing and taking territory for the kingdom. The harvest is great and the workers are few. Are we a faithful people or a fearful people? I just spoke with a high school girl that wanted to give up and commit suicide but reached out for help through this campaign. I prayed with her on the phone. She already knew Jesus as her Savior but is in a dark place. She is so sad and alone and is open to have my wife follow up with her. So grateful for HGU and that she didn’t give up.

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 15, 2024

    We understand you are sincere and frustrated with us, Tom. However, The Great Commission commands everybody to share the Gospel, including individuals and especially groups who claim to be Christian, such as the “He Gets Us” website.

    Both the commercials and the website present a false depiction of Jesus and we (Keith and Megan) are not comfortable supporting a secular message. It is unfair on your part to persist in asking us to compromise God’s Word so as to present a unified position to the world of something that is Scripturally untrue.

    How can it be that you and the other sponsors are surprised by the response from the evangelical community. When you subtlety present the Church as an institution that should change to accept sinful behavior without offering redemption in Jesus Christ, this is, in and of itself, divisive, particularly because we are called in 2 Timothy 2:15 to rightly divide the Word of God.

    Redemption is all about turning away from sin and obedience to God’s Word, it is not about accepting sin. Using empathy to manipulate emotions so later, after those emotions are hooked, depending on other sources (Churches) to fill in the gaps of the Gospel that your group left out is not an honest introduction to our Savior. Jesus is both empathetic and just.

    Rather than scold us, we ask your group to simply add the Gospel to your commercials and your website, perhaps similar to how Pastor Bambrick presented the Gospel in the link we posted for you in an earlier thread. “He Gets Us” has very creative writers available to them so we’re sure they could easily include the transforming power of the Gospel.

    Although many of the hurting souls that contact “He Gets Us” may realize they need help, they may not understand their need for a Savior. The very basic Romans Road can be simplied by explaining why we need Salvation, because none is righteous and we’ve all sinned (Romans 3:10); how God provided Salvation through Jesus’ Cross (Romans 3:25); how, through faith in Jesus Christ we can receive His Salvation (Romans 3:25 & 5:2, 8); and the benefits of Salvation by Grace through new life by becoming a new creation (Romans 5:3-8 and 6:4b). Jesus literally transforms us.

    We pray that He blesses the Biblical intentions of your heart.

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Patricia Romanoski
February 15, 2024

He gets us but do we get Him? He who is without sin, let him judge. Jesus came as servant and ministered to the least of these. He would have talked to everyone and even today He desires that all would come to Him in repentance not condemnation. Salvation is a free gift for anyone who believes. I believe the intent of this ad was good but that it set a message that confused the unbeliever and offended the religious. There is no compromise to the TRUTH.

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Tami
February 15, 2024

We cannot truly love people if we do not care that they be freed from the horrors of sin. I have had to break out of any passive self-preservation I had that prefers we all just get along. I found I was allowing the enemy to cause me to compromise and that is not Holy Spirit’s way.

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Joan
February 15, 2024

The full gospel of sin and repentance is not taught in many churches. The teaching or mention of Hell has been replaced with ” separation from God”. This serves the unbeliever well as they are separated now. Jesus spoke of hell. What has happened?

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Rick Milordi
February 15, 2024

I agree 100%, the “He Gets Us” ad is a message of complete tolerance to the sins of the world ! We are to love the sinner but “hate” the sin. All of us are sinners and MUST repent and turn away from sinful behaviors and “mirror” the Image & Likeness of Christ: which is to be HOLY AND WALK HUMBLY WITH OUR GOD THE FATHER ! This is a just an “ear tickling” message of God loves you the way you are and its OK to continue in sin ! It is a message of heresy and deception. The Godly believers in Christ must NOT alter their plans & paths to tolerate sin ! We must “stay the course” and be salt & light in a dying & devolving World

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Joli Cullen
February 15, 2024

I agree that we need to teach truth not tolerance and that is the most loving thing to do because it is the truth that sets people free. I agree that we need to be very careful to not cause confusion. I agree that there are churches all over the United States that preach what itching ears want to hear and not the Word of God. I’m in pro life ministry and my husband calls 175 churches weekly before one will allow us to come share a Biblical view of Life. Just last week, my husband spoke with a pastor who was fired after we came and shared a sanctity of life message that is based on what the of Bible says. It actually has happened many times. There is a great need in our nation’s churches to get back to preaching the Bible.
But I also agree with washing the feet of the unsaved, I personally don’t think it’s a practice reserved only for those who have been redeemed. I washed the feet of the children during a special outreach Easter event. I felt that’s what is what God wanted me to do. The attendees were Catholic, unchurched and some of the children were believers. God moved mightily during that service. I also heard about another ministry that ministers to women who are victims of sex trafficking washing their feet and watching as God moved so mightily in these women’s hearts to break down that wall of shame that they feel. I am in pro life ministry and would love to wash the feet of the women that went through with the abortion, the escorts, the workers, anyone, if I could.

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Va. Knowles
February 14, 2024

THANK YOU FOR TAKING A STAND FOR BIBLICAL TRUTH!! AMEN,to everything you said!! There is NO ROOM AT ALL FOR “COMPROMISE”!! WAKE UP CHURCHES!!!!

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Joanie Olbrich
February 14, 2024

I too was conflicted regarding the commercial. When the Name of Jesus is being announced to over 130 million people, who am I to not like it. There is an agenda here and it is a Woke cultural influence that has contaminated the churches. If we do not stand for the Power of the Gospel to save us from the sinfulness, and pain and destructive ways that were shown, then really what do we have to offer. There is a mighty Revolution of Righteousness going on in many brave people. It is the Sanctifying Fire of God carried in our hearts and our minds.
Take your stand and keep standing. We are not here to condemn the hurting confused people, but we are here to minister to them love and Truth so they can be set free. May the Holy Spirit continue to fall upon people and set them free.

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Steve Lloyd
February 14, 2024

I get it. The ad is an attempt to strip away most aspects of God by isolating a single aspect as if that is all there is. The ad tries to shame us admitting that God has no character beyond love. They fracture God into lots of pieces and wave around the one piece that might force us to affirm their beliefs.

How could you not love the work the Family Planning Clinic does after God has given you all that love?.

How could you not affirm any behavior after God has given you all that love?

How dare you not lovingly do what I want after God has given you all that love and told us that the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as you love yourself.

It is a very limited view of God that doesn’t account for all of God.

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Keith and Megan Johnson
February 14, 2024

I think what bothered me the most was how the sponsors of the commercial felt the Gospel wasn’t “soft” enough to draw in sinners. They literally left out the redemptive work of Jesus on the Cross so as to appeal to sinners’ emotions. Without the Cross, there is no Salvation.

Others compared Jesus’ washing of Judas’ feet as validation that humble, heartfelt service was the most powerful motivator to draw sinners into the kingdom. Just as the “He Gets Us” commercials left out the redemptive work of Christ, they also ignored the Biblical truths that Creation, conscience, and dreams are just as powerful motivators that draw sinners to Christc as is empathy. The difference is that these other methods utilized by the Holy Spirit spur sinners on to Salvation, whereas the commercials and website leave sinners to wallow in their own sin. Without preaching the redemptive work of Jesus on the Cross, the website preaches a false gospel. 

Jesus did not wash the feet of the Pharasees or Sadducees. Yes, Jesus did wash Judas’ feet even though He had foreknowledge of Judas’ betrayal and, yes, Jesus modeled supernatural forgiveness through His unrequited love for Judas. Jesus was humility personified and humility is without favoritism, prejudice, nor does humility discriminate. Through Christ’s patience, mercy, and loving-kindness, Jesus still called Judas His “friend” in Matthew 26:50 when Judas arrived with the mob to arrest Him.

Jesus washed their soiled feet, a menial task reserved for the lowest of Gentile slaves, as the Greatest among them became the Servant. He came to serve, not to be served, “for by His wounds you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24. 

Washing His disciples’ feet was about our Lord’s humiliation in servanthood. Washing was a common metaphor for cleansing and water represents God’s Word.

The Suffering Servant’s washing of His disciples’ feet modeled spiritual cleansing of their hearts when He said in John 13:8 “if I do not wash you, you have no part in Me.” Jesus cleanses those who place their faith in Him by confessing their sins and turning from those sins. Jesus told Peter in John 13:10b that he and the other 10 eternally blessed disciples “were clean” because they had experienced Jesus’ cleansing redemption.

He then said in John 13:10-11 that one of them was not clean because Judas’ heart had rejected Him. Jesus wasn’t kneeling to Judas’ sin as the “He Gets Me” commercials imply, He modeled love to one who despitefully used Him to offer Judas one last chance to repent but also as a caution not to betray Him.

We love our enemies or those who hurt us by praying for them, by offering them a cup of water, by feeding or sheltering them, but not by omitting Jesus’ redemptive work on the Cross, the most critical aspect of the Gospel. Jesus still gave Judas the full Gospel even as He washed his feet. Unlike Judas, the suffering souls attracted by the empathy portrayed in the “He Gets Us” commercial, are not given the full power of the Gospel, they’re only given an incomplete description of the Gospel.

Galatians 1:8-9 warns us that there are consequences to omitting the full Gospel. When man adds to,  or changes, the Gospel because he thinks it’s too harsh, he’s saying that God isn’t sufficient enough to connect with sinners. When the Gospel is changed to accommodate man’s emotions, the meaning is that God isn’t empathetic enough to connect with man. The point of foot washing in Scripture was to illustrate an example of humility, of the inner attitude, not the outward rite. Washing Judas’ feet or any other individual’s feet is meaningless without Salvation by Grace. 

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Victoria Papke
February 14, 2024

As a born-again Christian, who could have been any one of the “bad” people depicted in this commercial, I was overwhelmed with joy when I saw this commercial. It did not speak to me of tolerance but of love. I thank God that millions of people, who don’t know Jesus, saw depicted in this ad, His people, and the love that is required of us to show what Jesus showed. Jesus washed the feet of Judas. Jesus loved Judas, because He created him, as He loves all people. He didn’t tolerate his actions. Judas made the decision to continue in his sin. With the loving action of washing the feet of a sinner comes a breaking of satan’s stronghold on that person. If someone would have showed me love like that, I would have come to Jesus much earlier in my life. Jesus can use anything to bring about His will. Look at Cyrus. If there are wrong or ulterior motives behind the message God can deal with that also. Satan has no problem showing his power through the entire Superbowl, but let a Christian message come through and the Christians rip it to pieces. Why don’t we rip Satan’s messages to pieces instead? Let’s attack the enemy, not each other.

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    Tom McGovern
    February 15, 2024

    Well said. I know a pastor that got fired because he allowed a stinky, poorly dressed, homeless man wander into his church and meet Jesus. The man was so overwhelmed with emotion when he encountered Jesus and his forgiveness he got loud and wailed with tears of joy but that homeless man didn’t fit the profile of their members so the church board fired the pastor. The church is not the judge. Mercy overcomes judgment. Jesus help us.

Fran Anderson
February 14, 2024

These commercials bother me so much. I knew it was mixed messaging. Thank you so much Dave for being csndid..
I pray the Green family will receive revelation of Biblical truth and be awakened. Father have mercy in Jesus Mighty Name deliver from false doctrine.

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Tom McGovern
February 14, 2024

I am so grateful for the business community reaching the lost through hegetsus. God will do a great work through marketplace ministry and has already started. One time somebody approached the famous evangelist DL Moody, criticizing his methods. “ I don’t like how you do evangelism, Mr. Moody“ the man boldly said. Moody looked at him, inquiring “how do you do evangelism?” To this the man sheepishly admitted “I don’t”. Moody replied “well sir, I like how I do it better than how you don’t”

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 15, 2024

    It’s not about the method, Tom, it’s about the Gospel. Touching images without Jesus’ redemptive context still yields unsaved sinners who mistakenly think they’re Saved.

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 15, 2024
      Tom McGovern
      February 15, 2024

      I agree. Love this ad more than the Super Bowl ads but who am I to tell them how to spend their money at $14m a minute? Not sure if this ad was used previously or in other campaigns but they are constantly developing new ads. I am sure if each of us were given $100m to spend on the kingdom we would all have different ideas on how to best reach the lost. I am just grateful the business community is partnering with the church. Does your church have a prayer ministry team signed up with HGU to respond to the texts when they come in? It is the church prayer ministry team that presents the gospel.

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        Keith and Megan Johnson
        February 16, 2024

        Hey Tom, we just saw this response and your other reply about you, yourself, doing your best to share the Gospel and enjoying the “Jesus Saves Us” video. We appreciate your explaining that you are, in fact, spreading the Gospel even if “He Gets Us” does miss the mark.

        Yout sharing this fact encourages us because at least one group (your own Church?) recognizes the importance of Salvation by Grace. Again, thank you for standing in the gap.

        May God bless the works of your hands in His service and the Biblical intentions of your and your Wife’s hearts!

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Vashti Monica Ford
February 14, 2024

This is an on time explanation of how God’s Holy Word is being twisted to excuse sin. Thank you have clarified that. Maybe Christians should begin to create God’s true message for those events.

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Lisa
February 14, 2024

Revival, the Revival we are contending for, in Jesus name. It will come when the Body of Christ is in One Accord, as it was in the upper room, in the Book of Acts. How will we get in one accord, in Unity?? By taking our marching orders from Jesus, the Head of the Body. How are we going to get our marching orders? By Hearing the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ spirit (Rhema) John 10:4 says My sheep know my voice. This means we Christians can truly hear the voice of our shepherd. And, also knowing the Truth as it is written in the Bible (Logos). John 1:1 says In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This is JESUS, the Word, the Word of God as written in the Bible. So, we need both the written Word and the current voice of Jesus to get it right and function in unity with our Head (Jesus) and unity with the body (each other). Sooo, if we don’t know Truth and we don’t hear from Jesus if what we are doing is correct, we will be out of step and out of unity with what Jesus wants, and the rest of the body will be puzzled bc it is not what they are seeing in the Word or hearing from their Shepherd. I decree: Every Christian who is a true sheep will know the Truth as it is in the written word, and will hear the voice of their shepherd and discern what Jesus wants them to do, in Jesus name. And then we all will be in Unity and Jesus can bring the Revival He LONGS to bring on this earth. Amen.

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MG
February 14, 2024

After spending 6 years engaging principalities, rulers, and authorities and praying for our political system to change, I became mentally and spiritually exhausted. I took an hiatus from this “spiritual warfare” and sought out the scriptures to find the will of God for my life. I could not sustain my sanity with my world view and my understanding of my role in it. Through months of reading the word and meditating on it, I realized my whole focus did not line up with the teachings of the Scriptures. First of all, true spiritual warfare that we can influence, takes place in our minds, not anywhere else. Decreeing and declaring prayers over governments, territories, or the heavenlies is simply nonsense. Ephesians 6 makes it very clear that our response to the principalities et all, is to put on the full armor and then stand when they try and influence us. It says to stand 3 times. There is no mention of us to attack them. In fact our relationship with them is not adversarial, for in Eph 3:10, we are to demonstrate the manifold wisdom of God to them! You cannot demonstrate something to them and at the same time fight against them.

With this understanding, I moved on to realize that God is implementing His plan to redeem His entire creation. Of course the cornerstone of this plan is Christ His Son. God is building His Kingdom here on earth, not to transform nations but to gather a people to represent His Kingdom on earth. Gods number one desire has been to have relationship with the human race that He created. This happens when people enter His Kingdom. All true believers bring people into the Kingdom, as we are literally the body of Christ. To do this, we must be transformed by the Holly Spirit in us, so the world sees us as in the world but not of the world. What trait demonstrates the difference? It is love for one another. The world sees a church divided, a church fighting each other within, and a church fighting outward to change our nation. The world looks at our behavior and wants no part of it. I don’t blame them! This advertisement during the superbowl might seem unbalanced in its message, but it is trying to counterbalance the extreme behavior of the church that has alienated Christ from the world,
Since I have seen the error in my ways, I have changed my focus to loving people and helping those in need. They now see Christ, the Holy Spirit who lives in me. I now see fruit bearing from my efforts. I saw absolutely no fruit coming from my previous approach of trying to change political and governmental systems. I have much more peace and I feel like I am being led by the spirit again.

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Bridget E Colp
February 14, 2024

I agree with your statements concerning this ad. My husband and I came to the same biblical conclusion that you brought forth. I pray that this ad does not hinder the truth of the Word of God and His Righteousness. We must all repent of our sins, receive Jesus then we are clean and follow Him.

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Ellen
February 14, 2024

Thank you for this deeply thought-through response to the Super Bowl ad’s mixed messaging. True, we ARE to reach out in love to our enemies and those who do not see things biblically, but condoning sin is not biblical at all. As my pastor-son explains, the Hebrew word for repentance is “tshuva”, meaning to turn, to do a 180, but to turn to a Person…the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who loves, forgives and strengthens us sinners to walk in His ways. I agree with the comment pointing out Jesus’ telling the woman caught in adultery, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” Thank you!

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Chuck S
February 14, 2024

Pastor Jamie Bambrick posted an alternative to this ad which, I thought, was much more effective. It is worth finding if you haven’t seen it.

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Christopher
February 14, 2024

Just a quick question? Didn’t Jesus wash Judas’ feet when he knew the whole time that he would betray him? There is a time to tell people the truth in Love. People really need to know we care. however we do need to pray for real Holy Spirit conviction to hit the world. We need revival. We need humility. We really need to be the hands and feet of Jesus. What does that look like. Jesus loves the Jew and the Greek. The lost and the saved. The spiritually clean and the spiritually. What does a balanced perspective look like. There is an equation that our church coins, grace plus truth equals love. I pray that since now these folks have the worlds attention with their commercial, that they can get to root of the gospel. Jesus Christ came in to the world to save sinners of whom I am chief. That we are all in need of a savior. That the lost will come to their senses and come running to the father, where he will meet them, where they are at, however he will not let them stay as they are. Lord help your church to love the lost into the kingdom, but that your Holy Spirit will convict them of sin. Lord open the eyes of the blind. Help us to see you as you are and not as we want to see you. Help us to submit to your Lordship. In Jesus name amen.

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David
February 14, 2024

Had this been an accurate depiction of Jesus, the mainstream media would have come unglued, if it made it on TV at all! The women on “the View” would be calling for all Christians to be killed. Let’s don’t forget the demons always recognized Jesus and who he was. The antichrist spirit in this country doesn’t have a problem with this ad campaign because they dont recognize the real Jesus

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Bryan Eagle
February 14, 2024

While I understand and agree with your main point, you completely lose me with the concept that Jesus washed his disciples’ feet because they were clean. He washed Judas’ feet, too! That decimates your point, as far as I can tell, and you completely omit that inconvenient truth.

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 16, 2024

    Some Christians think faith-based messages commercialize the Gospel but our own concerns were never with the idea of faith-based commercials that actually present the Gospel; as we’re sure you know by now, our concerns were simply that the Gospel was never presented.

    It’s also interesting that a pattern has emerged in those who disagree with us that they tend to ignore the substance of our Gospel concerns as Strang did here when he name-called to define those of us with a different opinion from his as “narrow-minded.” Name-calling and mockery is a tactic of the left to silence and shame to avoid engaging in the substance of debate. Strang may not be a “progrsssive,” but he uses liberal and far-left methods. He never addressed the Gospel, only what he thought was the beauty of the commercial.

    We’ve been re-reading some of the posts on this thread because many have offered insightful applications into Biblical text. You’ve been a very busy man, Tom, because we’ve discovered several of your posts that we missed. You remained passionately engaged in the conversation and we considered carefully your thoughts.

    We cannot express enough our appreciation of your willingness to follow-up to share the Gospel with the lost and hurting within your zip code because you are correct that the workers are few to bring in the harvest.

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Tom McGovern
February 14, 2024

I have previously posted comments but feel led to post more. The Christian business owners and venture capitalists and Servant Foundation that give more than $100 million annually to fund the hegetsus.com budget should be thanked by their fellow believers for doing what God has called them to do. I have been a follower of Jesus for 46 years and am a retired small business owner. I have supported many Christian causes through my business and still do on a personal basis. These ads were never designed to be theologically correct. They were designed to get lost people to know Jesus and have the Bible believing church follow up with them and speak truth. These business people understand marketing, technology, and social media in a way the Church does not. The people funding this are model Christian businessmen and women that I look up to as a previous business owner and only wish that I could have had the resources and impact for the Kingdom that they do. They have given up their wealth to employ some of the brightest minds to reach the lost through television, radio, billboards, and most importantly social media. Young people live on social media and are being bombarded with woke and a dark culture. What are you and your church doing on social media to reach the lost? My wife and I have ministered to the people that respond to these ads for the last two years helping them to get to know Jesus and get connected to a bible believing church. What are you and your church DOING to reach the lost? If you don’t get your church signed up for HGU the woke church will gladly reach out to them. How many of you have prodigals that refuse to talk to you about God or the Bible and you can only pray and hope that a believer can reach them? How many of you would boycott Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A? Wake up Church or the woke church will.

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    Suzanne
    February 14, 2024

    I can tell that you are upset with those who criticize this advertisement. I didn’t see this ad, but I doubt that those in the world have any idea what or why Jesus washed the apostles feet. The only thing they know is that someone bending down as low as their feet and washing them is a very humbling position and a loving deed. If the world saw this, their response would not be a Bible interpretation response, but a surprised response at the way someone would love them in spite of their world view. We can only change a person’s world view by loving people. Everyone has their own view of this act of love. I can tell that the intent of this message is better than whatever misinterpretation by Christians would be. That’s because this ad was thought out to catch the eye of those who are in sin, not those who already believe. Both sides are right, but let’s give each other grace like Jesus would and let God use this ad to touch peoples lives.

    Ask a few people who aren’t saved what this ad meant to them and see if they give you a theological reply about being spiritually clean. Let’s stay united and keep on asking God what to do to reach the lost. I did not listen to your you tube video, Tom. But thank you for your heart of love for the lost. When you get to heaven, you will find how many people began thinking about your ad and wanting to know more about Christianity. The above critic may very well be doing something to reach the lost. You don’t know where their heart is, but God does. Don’t be offended at people’s opinions; just stand your ground and do what God tells you to do and God will do the rest.

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 16, 2024

    Tom, true Christians actually do sacrifice time, treasure, health, and exhaustion for the sake of the Gospel. We’re sure that you probably sacrifice too.

    The Gospel is not about theology, it is about Jesus’ own redemptive sacrifice on the Cross. Without the Cross, there is no redemption. It is much easier to give out of one’s wealth to hire talented professionals to create touching images than it is to actually counsel and live down in the day-to-day trenches with society’s unlovely sinners. We’re not saying your sacrificial sponsors avoid the trenches, we’re merely saying that they do not labor for Christ any more, or any less, than any other Christian who is truly sold out for Jesus. We should all be thanking each other and praising God that we’re privileged to labor on His behalf.

    To answer your question about what we’re specifically doing as well as what most evangelical Churches in our region are doing, we’ll re-post here our response when you revisited this question later in this thread.

    The sponsors of “He Gets Us” do not hold the patent on empathy nor reaching the lost. As redeemed sinners ourselves, we believe that 60 years of following Jesus, pastoring one-on-one in the trenches with deeply hurting sinners whose lives have actually been transformed is just as powerful, and sometimes more powerful, than smooth emotional campaigns full of empty promises. Just because you don’t hear of the quiet ministries most evangelical Churches offer, does not mean the Church is sleeping. It simply means that we do not openly tout our victories for the world to see.

    Because you specifically asked, we would like to draw your attention to the benefits of what you claim is the “sleeping church” that is brought to businesses and surrounding communities. Not only is the evangelical Church’s first priority to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ but visitors hear messages of encouragement, conviction, and empowerment from individual members as well as the pulpit who meet their spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional needs. Sermons help us connect with God; promote accountability; encourage us to imitate Christ-like behaviors through morality and good manners; opens our eyes to the hurting needs of others; give visitors an opportunity to connect socially while families reconnect with each other to strengthen the bonds of love that nurture everyday worries. The Church’s therapeutic benefits enable individual members and visitors to learn the true meaning of reverence for God and forgiveness, to find the deeper meaning of life, reflect on gratitude, give back to the community, learn how to reckon with diversity to gain victory and overcome trials; provide individual and collective prayer ministries; and fills our hearts with song.

    Members of our Church promote social and welfare services when we take special interest in and actively feed, cloth, and provide shoes for children and the elderly living in the community. Members pay for medical care, prescriptions, and supply transportation to and from medical appointments; members cook and deliver meals; they comfort and carry the emotional burdens of the heartbroken, the suicidal, and grieving; they plant flower gardens, mow yards and other lawn care; provide financial assistance in emergency and time-sensitive situations such as car repairs, medical bills, and funerals.

    You might want to re-look at the “He Gets Us” website when you speak of the sleeping church because your leftist ideology apologizes for Jesus, the original Creator of His Church. He would not recognize the church you’ve described in any of your posts. Jesus is very real and His Word is very active in Hebrews 4:12 because “the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

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Daniel J Chapman
February 14, 2024

Will there be any measurable way to know if the commercials worked to draw unsaved to the Lord? And also, if they had any undesirable effect?

On here are almost 30,000 views and almost 500 comments, but what of the target audience? I suppose it will take time and would likely be anecdotal?

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    Tom McGovern
    February 14, 2024

    The only way to get measurable results is through the people doing the ministering and I can speak from personal experience that people are receiving Jesus, being healed, delivered, and attending our Bible believing church. When I was in business for 43 years I knew the importance of measurable results but how do you measure someone’s heart? Who is counting? Not me. Too many lost to reach. Many of these people we will never hear from again and only a seed of truth ever gets planted but I hope that seed of truth speaks louder than the influencers of social media.

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      Judy McDonough
      February 14, 2024

      Tom, thank you for your ministry! This is so encouraging to hear about. I pray for continued impact.

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Kurt Manshardt
February 14, 2024

You may be forgetting a very important verse in God’s word God’s word very clearly states ye that love the Lord hate evil nobody can properly love the Lord without hating evil

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    Tom McGovern
    February 14, 2024

    Jesus hated sin but loved the sinner. Jesus didn’t come to save the righteous but to save the sinner. Mark 2:17 Last night’s scripture in 21 Day of Prayer. Jesus help us.

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      Keith and Megan Johnson
      February 16, 2024

      Jesus did come to Save the sinner Tom because He hated sin. You cannot have love without the Cross. We love Him because He first loved us . . . so much so that He died for us. 1 John 4:19; John 3:16; and Romans 5:8.

Glenda D. Miiller
February 14, 2024

while I agree with what you are saying, and that the analogy of Jesus washing the Disciples feet wasn’t the best one, we will never reach those people in need of salvation without the spirit of a servant and putting away resentment. To me the message of the commercial was don’t judge but reach out in love. Like the song “Let the Beauty of Jesus Be Seen In Me”. Don’t compromise the truth of Gods word but you have to reach people first.

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 16, 2024

    God’s Word is what reaches sinners Glenda. The Bible says the Holy Spirit uses Creation, conscience, and dreams to reach sinners. It does not have to be emotion.

Hj
February 14, 2024

2ndTim 4: 3
Remember, as well, that there will be those seeking teachers, that will say what is asked of them to say..
“they want to have their ears tickled”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Timothy%204:3&version=NASB

Eileen
February 14, 2024

This commercial twists God’s Word and is designed to make sin acceptable in the eyes of people who don’t read the Bible and understand the true message of repentance and forgiveness from Jesus. Jesus forgave repentant sinners and told them to sin no more. This is a call for us sinners to seek to change ourselves to be more like Jesus, not to accept living in sin as something that is acceptable to God.

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Judith Kowalski
February 14, 2024

These commercials “Jesus gets us” just didn’t sit right with me when I first heard them. Something did not ring true. The more I heard the commercials the more I realized what they were saying. It’s all about love. Yes, but where is the accountability for sin?
Even Jesus said to the women caught in an adulterous act. Where are your accusers?
They had all put their stones down. and walked away. Jesus said neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.

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NanJohnson
February 13, 2024

When we see a person like this, the first thing to do is meet any need that one may have and then share with them the story of Jesus and Salvation. If they receive Christ, proceed to stay in contact with the person as Holy Spirit leads through prayer and even fasting. Then that one can be discipled in what the Bible says about right living and why it’s the best way. It may take a long-term relationship over time and commitment to that man or woman. Usually it’s more effective if both are the same sex because we understand each other better. Invite them to your church or your home. Always accept their “nos” with great love and patience; pray daily about the relationship. If they decide not to relate to you any more, accept that, but it’s possible to continue in prayer for them as you are led. Luke 14:13, 14 “ But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just. “

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bobhuseby
February 13, 2024

WHAT an interesting forum of replies!! I will be reading these for several days as this surely has created a record for number of responses. Love all you guys and remember JESUS is LORD !!!! Ha haHallelujah

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Keith and Megan Johnson
February 13, 2024

The Babylon Bee satire site published this article about the “He Gets Us” commercials. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

https://babylonbee.com/news/people-on-way-to-hell-relieved-to-learn-jesus-gets-them

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    Suzanne
    February 14, 2024

    Oh yikes! I didn’t hear the song, but after seeing the ad and hearing the song, it seems sinners took it a different direction about He Gets Me. The devil is pretty sly. You are right, it is sad.

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    Tom McGovern
    February 14, 2024

    What do we expect from the liberal media but twisting and spinning everything n their favor? If there is only one person that texts into HGU that they need help in their struggle with homosexuality and a believer responds to their text and can get them on the phone or meet in person and they receive Jesus as Lord there is a celebration in heaven. I celebrate too.

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      Keith and Megan Johnson
      February 16, 2024

      Tom, the Babylon Bee is a Christian conservative satire site, not a liberal site as you assumed. Unfortunately, much of the site’s satire tends to be prophetic, not in the Biblical sense, but in the truth sense. The message that repentance is not necessary is the message “He Gets Us” portrays.

Linda Tuggle
February 13, 2024

Excellent overview of a potentially confusing cultural deception. Thank you for keeping is alert and informed of Truth

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Carolyn Tormala
February 13, 2024

Absolutely, it missed the mark! Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life! He is not a compromiser with what He Himself declares to be evil. So sorry for such a confusing ad!

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Nancy Krueger
February 13, 2024

I agree Jesus came to seek and save us the sinners from our sins. We need to examine our hearts and motives, so we can repent and make things right with the Father.

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Lindy
February 13, 2024

I don’t understand why Dave Kubal wrote this article before talking to those who were trying to reach the world with the gospel. Dave said he knew some of these people sponsoring the ad, so why not talk to them first before criticizing their efforts. If a conversation had taken place, maybe it would not look like Christians are fighting and criticizing one another. We are operating no differently than the world. This was a missed opportunity to show the world a different way to disagree. Yes, there were problems with the ad but why is one Christian organization attacking another. Very disappointing and disheartening.

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    Mary Beth
    February 13, 2024

    Lindy, I saw no attack here, I only saw disagreement. I didn’t even see vitriol. Today it seems that any form of disagreement is considered divisive. If truth is what divides us, then we are in good company – Yeshua was also accused of being divisive, and He admitted He was when He said He did not come to bring peace, but division. See Matt 10:34-39, Luke 12:51-53. Are you sure Dave had not already expressed his thoughts to anyone, or is that an assumption? I admit that I choose to give him the benefit of the doubt in this situation, perhaps because I agree with him – but I think it is an important issue to discuss because it can be so misleading. True spiritual unity has nothing to do with compromising in order to not disagree. Unity of the Spirit comes only as we individually align with Him – His Word, His will, His purposes, His mind, His heart, etc. – and then as a result find ourselves in alignment. I pray in agreement with Yeshua’s prayer in Jn. 17 – that we may be one even as He and His Father are one.

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 16, 2024

    Lindy, the problem with the commercials is that they replace the Gospel with emotionalism. Touching images do not Save people; the Cross of Jesus Saves them.

Grant Windholz
February 13, 2024

Lord God Almighty 🙏, thank you so very much for your grace and mercy to be sent out internationally during the Super Bowl commercials, for billions of people to witness! For a world of lost, fearful people to open their eyes to see Jesus Christ as their true Savior 👍!!!! To actually have a relationship with Him with trust and prayers 🙏 ❤️!

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David
February 13, 2024

If I were still an unsaved person , sitting on the couch, watching this game , and saw this commercial, I’d come away thinking “Alright! Cool! I’m good with Jesus no matter what I do , no need to seek any further” . I don’t even have to wash anyone’s stinking feet! That’s the “Christian’s job”. Absolutely the wrong message if this is the target audience , but if this commercial is meant for Christian’s, then I’m to love people by loving their sin also. Another wrong message. Telling people the truth is loving them. Withholding the truth is hating them. Jesus didn’t teach us to hate.

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    Sean
    February 14, 2024

    I disagree but it is a respectable comment David. I’m the one who wrote a book below about what I found that has a bit of a different take. Reading other passionate and intelligent takes on the effectiveness of the commercial has me searching my heart for sure.
    If one does digging then they will eventually be led to the Bible right from the He Gets Us site, but perhaps much is lost because people just won’t go that far? Then again, we will attract with honey more than vinegar. Going out there on live television, during one of the most televised events know, it probably isn’t a great idea to just all out call people sinners?

Linda Killman
February 13, 2024

I totally disagree with you and I hate to say that but I think you’re coming from a perspective of judging before loving and expecting submission before understanding. We’re not reaching the lost if we expect them to react in a certain way before we reach out to them in love. We’re not condoning their lifestyle when we do that but we are showing them they can be loved.

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 16, 2024

    Linda, we’re told to leave the heart to the Holy Spirit but to observe the fruit in one’s life. This is not about judgment, it’s about drawing responsible conclusions. Matthew 7:16, 20 and Matthew 12:33.

    Do you not think sharing the Gospel is love? Touching images do not Save people; the Cross of Christ Saves them. John 3:16.

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Connie Haas
February 13, 2024

Right on target Dave…I felt embarrassed by this confusing message while watching the game with someone who is not yet saved. We are not to bow down and accept every kind of sin without dealing with it. Repentance is the message that changes people’s lives and trajectory!

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Penni
February 13, 2024

Really? Must the family of God fight with each other while the world is dying for lack of a Savior?
The message I saw was that God is love. He is here to love us where we are. As believers we are His
hand and feet. Read Mark 9 38-41.

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 16, 2024

    Touching images do not Save sinners; the Cross of Jesus Saves them.

    Penni, you’re misunderstanding Mark 9:38-41 because these commercials misrepresent the love of Christ when they leave out Who our Savior really is. Jesus is both empathetic and just.

    The Gospel of repentance is missing in these commercials and on this website.

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Keith and Megan Johnson
February 13, 2024

We vehemently disagree Sean. Where is Scripture in the commercials? Where is Scripture on the Home page? Why is Scripture not even mentioned until embedded deep within the website after a verrry lengthy humanistic “explanation” of a secular guess of what Jesus was about. Redemption is completely omitted.

The real, first and foremost question is “Do We Get Him?”

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    Tom McGovern
    February 16, 2024

    The people HGU is reaching with these commercials is not interested in scripture. They have been beaten over the head with a bible, many by their parents and now are living a life style where they have been accepted and won’t even talk to their parents. How many of you have prodigals? We are losing a generation and expect them to meet Jesus on our terms and not theirs. These ads are not condoning sin they are trying to get the viewer to identify with the sinner and seeing a loving believer that is willing to serve them. Unfortunately, that is not the church they have come to know. If the viewer takes the next step and responds to the ad then the text or email goes to the local church by zip code to follow up and give them the gospel message and scripture to go with it. Will your church prayer team get signed up and minister to them person to person? The Church must be involved. Please help.

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      Keith and Megan Johnson
      February 16, 2024

      Tom we’re already reaching the lost through the Cross of Christ. No, we’re not expecting sinners to meet Jesus on our terms; we’re asking sinners to meet Him on His terms. It’s called the Gospel.

      Unrepentant sinners do not have a problem with believers, they have a problem with God.

Sean
February 13, 2024

Come on Dave, you can do a little better. Like, you, I did a little research. After doing so I actually think the advertisements are brilliant, and I’m saying that as a born again believer. I can be so quick to judge sometimes! Don’t be like me, be like the Bereans!

There will be other click-paths, but here was the first one I took:
https://hegetsus.com/en/connect
Then I scrolled down to the bottom and clicked on Reading Plan 5 “Who did Jesus Say HE was?”
Then I read this interpretation/ synopsis. Look, please (with GENTLENESS AND LOVE) correct me if I’m wrong, but how can we say people are misled by what is being read here? And, because like a good Christian you are, you start to think, “well that is somebody’s interpretation”. Okay, but then it actually links to whatever Bible translation you prefer to read the Holy Scripture itself.

START QUOTE:
“He wants us to get him.
When people first met Jesus, some were impressed; others were just curious. The manner of Jesus’ life was so different, no one would deny.
Some were open to what Jesus taught; others got angry or defensive. A few walked away.
Some followed him for the show. What’s your next trick, Jesus? He was doing something outside of traditional religion, that was for sure.
There were some honest skeptics among them, with real questions. Still, some were already convinced when his life matched his words.
This man walked a single path. He taught a revolutionary message. He loved like nobody else they had ever met.
It was the first century. If you asked anyone in Israel about Jesus, they had likely heard of him. In just three years he became the famous, next-door rabbi who captured the heart of a nation. Anyone would tell you Jesus did things a little radically, reason enough why he was both loved and hated.
Listen to what he taught—it’s like truth that they had heard their whole lives but now on a whole new level.
Watch how he treated people—some thought it was scandalous the way he invited just anyone and everyone to follow him. Some thought he lacked discretion on who he welcomed to the table, but if you were the one so lucky to sit next to him, you would say he changed your whole life.
And have you heard him pray? It was like he was right there talking face to face with his dad. No one had ever prayed like that before.
Nothing about Jesus was as people expected. To be honest, no one expected this hometown rabbi to pay attention to the fringe—the lost, the wounded, the one barely hanging on. But he did. No one expected him to serve anyone in need. Yet there he was, helping people everywhere he went.
Neither did anyone expect the wind to listen when he ordered it to hush. Or for thousands to be fed from a boy’s lunch of fish and bread. Or for bodies ravaged by severed spinal cords, detached retinas, and ovarian cancer to be made whole in a snap. No one dreamed their dead child would sit beside them again at the supper table. But all that happened.
Who is this guy? Who is Jesus? Maybe you’ve wondered that too. Sure, we’ve all heard stories, but once and for all, let’s get the truth right from the source.
In one book of the Bible, the Gospel of John, Jesus described himself seven different ways. Each time he painted a word picture. He said, “I am… bread, I am… a shepherd, I am… the vine.” Each picture is fascinating and bold, with plenty of room for questions and exploration.
He wants us to know him. The real Jesus invited those he met to “come and see” (John 1:39). He invites us to come and see also. And he invites us to follow him.
Not only does he get us. He wants us to get him.” END QUOTE

You are now encouraged to read the Bible. That is wonderful is it not?

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    Truth4Him
    February 14, 2024

    Yes, absolutely – sad for the false witnesses here. May God show them mercy if they fail to recant. Jesus gets us, but only a tiny remnant seem to get Him!

Beth
February 13, 2024

I agree

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Nadine Lutrick
February 13, 2024

Dave Kubal, you are speaking absolute TRUTH!!! This is biblical, foundational TRUTH. Soooo good and well spoken!! God’s blessings be upon you for being bold and courageous enough to stand firm on the truth of our Lord God’s Word!👍👍👍👍✝️

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    Truth4Him
    February 14, 2024

    Please read the comments by Tom McGovern for a more accurate stance.

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      Keith and Megan Johnson
      February 17, 2024

      Actually Truth4Him, the Gospel is the more accurate stance and is missing in the commercials and on the website.

      Touching images do not Save; the Cross of Jesus Saves. John 3:16.

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D.M
February 13, 2024

I did not see this ad but I agree with your assessment of this Super Bowl ad. This is exactly how Jesus’s words are twisted to justify accepting the sinful behaviors of mankind all under the umbrella of Christianity. To me this is what is “using Gods name in vain” and clearly why God warned there will be a “falling away” and that “judgement begins at the house of God” I appreciate getting email updates and pray for the concerns you bring to light. Thank You and prayers for you and all your staff.

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Billie
February 13, 2024

Another article with more comments.

“Controversy erupts over He gets us: Jesus superbowl ad”

https://americansreport.com/controversy-erupts-over-he-gets-us-jesus-super-bowl-ad

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Craig Hobson
February 13, 2024

I didn’t see the commercial during the Super Bowl but have seen multiple HeGetsUs commercials. Well meaning isn’t always Biblical meaning. I’m confused on the very statement that He Gets Us. We were created in the image of God, He created us to know Him, love Him, serve Him, and obey Him. Jesus knows me, knows my heart, and my life, yes. As I learned about Jesus, I personally gave my life over to Jesus, to honor Him, serve Him, and bow down my desires to Him so He could make me a new creation. Seems a lot of time is spent on talking about “us” and that Jesus “understands why I choose to live my life for me.” Last I checked Jesus shared some words with “us.” Jesus said, “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” “If anyone comes after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” Call me simple, but shouldn’t it be that “I get the opportunity to follow Him”?

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Jan Decker
February 13, 2024

I totally agree with the above article……I do wonder why Jesus washed Judas’feet at the last supper, knowing what was in his heart to do.

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skye alison
February 13, 2024

Thank you for saying this!! I agree, it is painful to say this as it is a message being spoken by well meaning godly people. But you’re so right. Jesus did not indulge sinful behavior. He clearly said “Go and sin no more.” Thank you for this.
Dear Lord, I pray God the message on these commercials will not become lines of division in your church. Give us discernment, Lord, to see what is your truth – even when well meaning fellow believers are espousing what may ‘sound right’ to the ears of many. Amen

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Billie
February 13, 2024

An article with comments by Christians to consider:

“Christians are livid over ‘He gets us’ superbowl add: Pure blasphemy”
https://www.westernjournal.com/christians-livid-gets-us-super-bowl-commercial-pure-blasphemy/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=aa-newsletter&utm_campaign=can&utm_content=firefly

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Truth4Him
February 13, 2024

I think your criticism is too harsh. Nothing in the foot washing video is unscriptural. Our Lord even washed the feet of Judas, His betrayer! It is actually a great illustration of demonstrating love for enemies – how they will know we belong to Christ.. Recall the words of Mark 9:38-41 where Jesus warned the disciples not to judge those who share His message imperfectly. Seeds are planted in hearts that the Lord is fully capable of nurturing to maturity. ‘He gets us’ is to be commended, not condemned!

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    L.A. Watkins
    February 13, 2024

    You are among the first in this comment string of “righteous indignation” to note the obvious (congratulations! You get HIM) … that the Lord, according to the Word, washed the feet of a man, Judas, who had a certain fate of everlasting torment.
    { ev·er·last·ing / ˌevərˈlastiNG / adjective / “the damned would suffer everlasting torment” }

    This fact was apparently lost on many or most who commented here by equating the act of washing the feet of sinners with somehow approving of that persons’ lifestyle. This “otherism,” it seems to me, is exactly the type of love-less religious attitude the commercial was attempting to counter.

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      Keith and Megan Johnson
      February 13, 2024

      LA Watkins, you might want to scroll down and review some of the other 430+ posts on this thread because .
      . there is an unusually high number of people who disagree with Dave Kubal that normally do not post on this site. Makes one wonder whether the site is being spammed to ensure secular ideas are mixed in with Truth to confuse what Scripture actually says. Remember in Genesis 3:1, “Indeed, did God say . . . ?” 😉

      What was lost on you was that the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, the most important element of the Gospel, was left out of all of the commercials and the website. We suggest you review John 8:11.

    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 13, 2024

    Truth4Him, the entire commercial was unbiblical. It is not His job to “get us,” it’s our job to get Him.

    Washing His disciples feet was a teaching moment and symbolic of His spiritual cleansing of His disciples’ hearts. In contrast, in John 13:10, Jesus specifically said that not all of His disciples were spiritually clean.

    On a practical level, had Jesus not washed Judas’ feet, such isolation of Judas would have created a distraction from His message because His disciples’ natural curiosity would have caused their minds to wonder why Judas was singled out.

    Remember that Jesus did not wash the feet of the Pharisees nor the Saducees and washing Judas’ feet did not insulate him from the consequences of his own sin.

    This was the primary message of the Gospel that was missing from both the commercials and the website. It wasn’t Jesus’ empathy for sinners that Saved us from Hell, it was His redemptive work on the cross that Saved us.

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      Truth4Him
      February 14, 2024

      Jesus does get us – understanding full well our flawed human condition. Those who fail to see the beauty of that footwashing demonstration are the ones who don’t get Him. Sadly, they instead cause an alignment of such reactions to those of the Pharisees when Jesus associated with prostitutes, tax collectors, drunkards and gluttons. They similarly viewed those scenes as endorsements of sinful lifestyles, rather than illustrations of patience and love for lost lambs. Those shouting amen get Jesus – while others desperately need our prayers. Peace and hope to all!

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 17, 2024

    You’ve misunderstood Mark 9:38-41. Jesus was both love and just. He was not one-dimensional.

    What is unbiblical is that the Cross of Christ is missing. Without the Gospel, noone can be Saved.

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James Alfano
February 13, 2024

I agree. This commercial didn’t sit right with me, couldn’t figure out why. Thanks for explaining it.

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Carol
February 13, 2024

I really appreciate your article and I feel you are spot on. These commercials always trouble me because they are so seeker friendly they are not scripturally accurate. I really appreciate how you so clearly illustrate what it is that has been bothering me

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Emily Ching
February 13, 2024

In each foot washing scene, the feet of the unrighteous “victim” were being washed. If the intended message was “love your enemies,” why were the unrepentant not washing feet? Jesus calls us to love our enemies and pray for them, but never to submit to immorality and not call out sin. This ad is evidence of spiritual warfare twisting the truth to deceive people and to divide the Church.

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    Truth4Him
    February 15, 2024

    We cannot presume that all whose feet are washed there were unrighteous based upon appearance. Realize indeed that the washers are humble enough to recognize their own sinful nature apart from regeneration through Christ. Seeds of love have great potential to produce gloriously fruitful gardens. Prayers for repentance of those yet to discover the transforming power of the real Yeshua!

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      Keith and Megan Johnson
      February 17, 2024

      Yes Truth4Him, the “washers” were humble enough to recognize their sinful nature, the problem is that the “washees” did not recognize their own sinful nature. It’s called repentance and the Gospel was omitted from commercials and the website.

Robert E. Brook
February 13, 2024

I agree with the commentator. Jesus accepts us on his terms. His forgiveness in unconditional and our repentance also must be unconditional. Repentance means turning away from our sin and going the other direction. If we want Jesus’ forgiveness, we must give him our full repentance. Jesus did not teach unconditional tolerance, he requires conversion.

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Cindy
February 13, 2024

Thank you Dave for providing the distinction (context always matters) between the two parables and after going to their website to get understanding and clarification of what the commercial message was all about, then “speaking the truth in love”.
Ephesians 4

John 8 is Jesus’ example of what you mentioned above.

Prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus, may all who believe in You for salvation, continue daily in your word, and be a Berean who daily searchied the scriptures to verify even what the apostles taught, for Jesus said those who do so shall know truth and the truth shall set them free. Acts 17:10-11 and John 8:31-32

Thank you for Holy Spirit and 1 John 1:9.
Thank You for mercy and grace to “walk holy as You are holy.”

Lord Jesus, we pray for Your leading to be faithful witnesses to those around us. LORD Jesus, we come before your throne of grace and pray for those that do not know You. We pray that You would work on their hearts that they may have soft hearts like the good soil and that You would send faithful witnesses as seed sowers of Your good news to them, and faithful witnesses who would water the seeds of truth, confirming your truth to them personally in a way that You open their eyes to see and ears to hear spiritually and that they would believe in their hearts for salvation and confess with their mouth the Lord Jesus. We look to You as Holy Spirit brings the increase. We trust You.

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Sean
February 13, 2024

Yes, the commercial misses the mark, and further demonstrates why the faith of some is hated, while the faith of others is lauded. It really goes back to even why people hate Jesus- they do not like truth that points out to their sins. Tim Tebow wasn’t hated so much for sharing his faith, he was hated for pointing out the sin of abortion. When others simply state they are “blessed” like so many influentials do (athletes, Hollywood types, etc), giving credit to God but fail to ever talk about sin, it is actually a disservice to those who need the message the most- the unsaved.

The latter type don’t risk the “offending” part as it may cause unpopularity or hurt their own “brand”. So immediately those with discernment can question the motives of the person. Do they bear fruit? For example, just because Ice Spice calls herself a “Christian” on social media doesn’t mean she bears fruit (wears an inverted cross and makes sure to throw up baphomet signs as soon as the camera pans over to Taylor Swift’s luxury box). The Super Bowl is rife with symbology and has become a spectacle beyond the game itself.

However, if you are on IFA and reading this article, let alone this commentary, you are “the choir” so to speak. The ads may not be meant so much for those who have steady spiritual meat in their diet over milk. This article does very well articulating the confusion many of us are experiencing about these commercials as we ask, “who is this for?”. But, God has already opened our eyes. By contrast, the largest group of Super Bowl watchers wouldn’t have their spiritual eyes open yet.. I’d say that what this article challenges whether these commercials are even fit for “milk”! They might be more like the junk food people are physically eating during the big game, but spiritual food instead.

It is the age-old paradox of getting the message of Jesus to the masses, but doing so in a loving way. When those who are sharing the Gospel are truly living in grace, they will deliver the message in grace too. I hope that’s us. Where are the “good” churches putting up the biggest cash so that the most authentic messages can get out there rather than junk?

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Rosemarie
February 13, 2024

I totally agree that the message was about tolerance. I was very troubled with the one in front of an abortion clinic, portraying the pro-life prayer warriors as being indifferent to the girl’s situation. That is a total misrepresentation of the pro-life movement. They are praying for everyone involved: the women going in, the workers and the baby. Thank you so much for your article.

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    Truth4Him
    February 15, 2024

    How do you know that the foot washer wasn’t praying the young woman would choose life for her baby? Perhaps she prayed with her!

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      Keith and Megan Johnson
      February 17, 2024

      Pro-lifers generally do pray for the life of the baby and often do pray with the Mothers who allow them. They also pray for the abortion workers and everybody directly and indirectly involved.

      We would have loved to have seen an image of a repentant abortion worker washing the feet of a pro-lifer.

Bruce Little
February 13, 2024

Did Jesus get and understand those selling in the temple to make money to live? Did he get and understand the Pharisees who sought to undermine his message and methods? Quite the opposite!

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Dawn Beth
February 13, 2024

https://x.com/j_bambrick/status/1757419713825517684?s=20
I just saw this and wanted to share, this is the Jesus commercial we should be seeing

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Janice Rhodes
February 13, 2024

I felt the commercial misrepresented Jesus. Since I am very visual the images troubled me because you don’t have time to discern the message. The underlying theme was “tolerate everything our culture offers”. In other words, I’m okay and you’re ok. The one image in front of an abortion clinic is what impacted me the most. It clearly was saying abortion is okay. Is that really what we want Jesus to be saying to the public? I worked at Planned Parenthood in the past and I’m so glad I didn’t see this type of commercial that would affirm what I was doing. Thankfully, people prayed for me and Jesus spoke the hard truth to me. For this, I am grateful.

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Sue
February 13, 2024

Very well said. We need to pray that God will remove the confusion and lies that were perpetrated in this “commercial”

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Tom Muldoon
February 13, 2024

My grievance is that the visible church did not help me find a good job, and now a former pastor is encouraging me to buy another car when I fear that I cannot afford it and must keep the old car. I think you are right about this commercial and holiness. Sometime in the study of God one must encounter God’s predestination, and the natural man doesn’t like that.

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Stacie
February 13, 2024

When I saw the pictures, not the video/commercials. . . This made me sad and mad. These commercials to fuel the lie. Those that are already confused in these situations aren’t getting the true message of them needing Jesus as their Savior and what our role is as a Christian. I’m also sad about who is behind this funding that say they are Christian.
Heavenly Father I pray that those that watched this, feel conviction and that it wasn’t correct and to look it up. I pray it leads them to look up the word of God and they see for themselves truth. I pray that Christians stand up to tell the truth about the lie of these commercials.

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Marie Hodges
February 13, 2024

It was not the true Gospel. God did not teach this at all

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Suzanne Bonne´
February 13, 2024

Amen thank you. This week I have been called unloving by 2 people who are buying into this ideology. One is an AOG pastor. I just learned that the head of the AOG church in America has told its pastors they must not speak about politics. Easy to see then how deception and compromise sneaks in.

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Pamela Kay
February 13, 2024

Thank you for this explanation and teaching on this. You made this very clear and it is Very Excellent in explaining why this is not good doctrine, or correct. Your explanation cuts out all the confusion that this creates; and probably for many in the church as well. You should run this following every one of those commercials–if that were possible. It certainly needs to be put out for the public to see and read !! And, also through every Christian news group that will share it, in one way or another. Again, Thank you….

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    Pamela Kay
    February 13, 2024

    I should have added that we as believers should always have a heart of humility and Christ’s LOVE. Nothing bothers me more than for a Christian to share the message of Christ’s LOVE and TRUTH, in a hateful or haughty prideful way. I have observed so called, Christians, using the Word of God like it was a weapon to cause harm on the heads of those who are sinners in need of a Savior, and in need of repentance. That is so distasteful and causes harm to the message of Christ as well. If we are followers of Christ, we need to be balanced out by the Holy Spirit, letting our gentleness be evident to all. Another scripture says, a gentle word can break a bone. In other words, a gentle word it is far more POWERFUL in CHRIST, than a harshly spoken word of correction to someone’s life. We need to remember where we were before we came to the GRACE and MERCY of Christ Jesus !!

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      Keith and Megan Johnson
      February 13, 2024

      Yes Pamela but it isn’t our empathy that Saves the lost, it is hearing of the redemptive work of Christ that Saves them.

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ji.
February 13, 2024

Why should we be held to this person’s interpretation of scripture. I don’t know ow where the reference to the Samaritan story came from but that message was to have compassion on those in need. Unless the recipients had dirty feet I don’t see the application. As for the foot washing, I believe the original was just a lesson in humility for the disciples. That I believe the washers accomplished.

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 17, 2024

    Ji, you are correct that the Good Samaritan did not wash the feet of the injured man, the Good Samaritan was an example for the hard-hearted in authority to follow. This parable does not apply.

Steve
February 13, 2024

I asked the Lord what he thought of this commercial after it aired and he said, Ephesians 5:6. In context:

1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not become partners with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

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Dennis
February 13, 2024

Yes,
BLM hate used this in 2020… &
Say the name…

Ekklesia NEEDS TO PREACH ROMANS 1:32 !!!!
Affirming EVIL is just like,
The same as doing EVIL
Per YeHoVaH

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Gyendolyn Renkes
February 13, 2024

Amen ! What is” preached” in this commercial is doctrine of demons.

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Vince
February 13, 2024

Thanks for addressing this Super Bowl ad. The message just supports churches, who accept sin and lifestyle contrary to fellowship in Christ and acceptance of salvation through repentance. A poor steward of millions of dollars. I’m not sure how you condone the gentleman behind it as being good intentioned. It is very clear what the intent was by the final product. Again, thanks for speaking the truth against the lie.

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Angie
February 13, 2024

I understand your concerns but I do need to point out that when Jesus washed the disciples feet Judas was a disciple. I think washing feet of even people who will betray, dishonor and ultimately hand us over to our killers is an ultimate act of true love. I am in absolute agreement that as Christians we should be committed to living an obedient life according to scriptures. I believe we must always speak truth and demonstrate truth but always in love. My point is 123 million viewers of an over hyped, secular event heard about Jesus Sunday night! This is good, as an intercessor it is my prayer that these people would be led by The Holy Spirit to seek truth, to desire truth and most importantly accept the most gracious invitation they will ever receive to make Jesus Lord of their life. The commercial did not present the full gospel (it was a 1 minute commercial) but it did introduce Jesus and I believe someone watching needed to know that Jesus washes the dirtiest of feet. It was an advertisement WE need to be the story.

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    Missy
    February 13, 2024

    Agree! I was thrilled Jesus Name was on the tv during the Super Bowl too and believe Holy Spirit is drawing people to the Father even now! I intercede for them that in their dreams Jesus visits them. I love the Christmas story of when the angels went to the dirty and stinky and poorest shepherds in fields and declared “Fear not, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for ALL the people…” (Luke 2) Faith, Hope, and Love…and the greatest of these is love. For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son! To God be the glory!

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      Keith and Megan Johnson
      February 13, 2024

      Missy, it’s Jesus’ redemptive work on the Cross that Saves singers, not emotionally driven commercials.

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 13, 2024

    Angie, Jesus washed His disciples’ feet as a symbol of His spiritually cleansing their hearts. He even said one was not clean (Judas).

    Review some of these other posts on this same example because although Jesus did exhibit love for His betrayer, He clearly did not condone Judas’ sin and said it would have been better had Judas never been born.

    It is not our love for our enemies that Saves the lost, it is the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross that Saves them.

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      Truth4Him
      February 15, 2024

      Yet, the way they will know we are Jesus’ disciples is by showing His love through humble service to them. Only then will they listen to the Gospel message of what He did to redeem us.

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        Keith and Megan Johnson
        February 17, 2024

        The Bible says the Holy Spirit uses Creation, conscience, and dreams to draw sinners to Christ, not simply touching images that do not Save. Only the Cross of Christ Saves sinners.

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S Forster
February 13, 2024

The sad thing is that this does not accurately depict Jesus. All that money was spent and failed to show Jesus in his true light. The commercial implies that Jesus accepts everyone no matter how they are living- and we that follow him know this is an incomplete statement. He accepts you when you know you are a sinner and you accept him and you repent from your SINS. The commercial shows no turning away from sin! We should challenge them to remake the commercial!

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    Ramona
    February 13, 2024

    But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
    Romans 5:8

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Hannah
February 13, 2024

I hadn’t seen the commercial yet, but when I saw the title “He Gets Us,” I knew something must be off with the messaging of the commercial. The Gospel is not about Jesus “getting us,” it’s about him showing us our need for a Savior and providing a way for salvation.

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    Asher
    February 13, 2024

    Hebrews 2:17-18 Thereforre he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

    For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

    ‭Philippians 2:5-8
    Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

    He most definitely gets us.

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      Keith and Megan Johnson
      February 17, 2024

      Of course He gets us because He created us. The real question is . . . do we get Him?

Gail Segars Rainey
February 13, 2024

I would like to make a comment before praying. Those who are Jesus’ true disciples were shown by their Shepherd and Teacher, the Son of God, that love first comes with humility. Jesus was showing His disciples that God loves His disciples who are devoted to Him.. Judas was a traitor and it cost him a life to eternal hell. If you truly love your son, your daughter, your friend, your spouse, would you tell them a lie or the truth? Would Jesus ask you to “wash the feet” of the Hamas demons from hell beheading and torturning defenseless Israeli citizens of all ages? Jesus is teaching us how to serve the Body of Christ which is a way of rolemodeling being a disciple of Christ and to evangelize with our testimonies.
Dear Heavenly Father, we pray that you give your Church discernment of spirits, as we need today more than ever before. We ask for wisdom and revelation from Holy Spirit as we read Your divine instruction book for our lives on this earth and in the millennium. Thank You, Lord, for showing us true love by forgiving us of our sin when we truly repent and as You have shown us through the sacrifice of Your Only Son in Whom we may all receive eternal life in His presence for eternity when we accept Your gift of salvation through Yeshua HaMashiach. And Lord, thank You for this wonderful group of intercessors who are being radically obedient to Your call to intercession. In the Most Holy Name of Jesus, Amen and Amen.

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    Truth4Him
    February 15, 2024

    Beautiful prayer – but your prior comment seemed to deny Jesus’ clear teachings on His command to love and pray for our enemies – yes, even Hamas. John 3:16 is clear that He died to redeem all who will come to repentance!

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      Keith and Megan Johnson
      February 17, 2024

      Jesus did not wash the feet of the Sadducees nor the Pharasees. He washed only His disciples’ feet because they were already spiritually clean. He declared that Judas was not clean because He had already rejected Jesus in His heart. Jesus would not have washed the feet of members of Hamaas because they reject Jesus.

      Jesus washed Judas’ feet to give him one last opportunity to repent but Judas declined.

      Having said that, you are correct that we are to pray for the Salvation by Grace of all of our enemies, including Hamaas. However, we did not interpret Gail’s post as saying we should not pray for our enemies, she simply described Hamaas truthfully as “demons from Hell.” She did not address whether or not we should pray for our enemies.

Nancy Gibson
February 13, 2024

This is a Cheap Grace ad… “love one another” requires justice, mercy and humility. Micah 6:8.

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Marianne Allen
February 13, 2024

There are times to be the Good Samaritan and times to share “Repent and believe the Gospel.”

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    Marianne Allen
    February 13, 2024

    Stay in touch with the Holy Spirit n don’t judge when Jesus’ Name is used in a good way. “ Mark 9:39-40

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    Neal Youngquist
    February 13, 2024

    Agree! We need to meet people at their point of need with seeds of love and compassion. The repentance part will follow in due time if we are faithful to model God’s love. ” But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

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      Ms Mary
      February 13, 2024

      Yes! While we were still sinners!

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        Mary Beth
        February 13, 2024

        Well He had to make atonement for us while we were still sinners, or He never would have been able to do it. That in no way meant He condoned or tolerated our sin – He died a bloody, horrible and painful death because of our sin. Bypassing that fact doesn’t bring people into true repentance.

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          Keith and Megan Johnson
          February 13, 2024

          Amen Mary Beth.

      Keith and Megan Johnson
      February 17, 2024

      Repentance is not dependent upon whether or not we model love. The Holy Spirit can Save any soul with or without us.

      Salvation is also not based upon how we behave, it is based upon the Cross of Christ. We don’t Save, the Gospel Saves.

Audrey
February 13, 2024

Excellent

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Walter-Henry Hoskins
February 13, 2024

The He Gets Us Campaign is a starting point of awakening the senses us some who say they “are believers,” but it is in word only. I for one thought it was a good, thought-provoking message. There are far too many other things happening around me to disagree with, He Geet Us is not one of them. Pause, reflect, receive.
– Waltr Henry-

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Leslie
February 13, 2024

Thank you so much for for this well-articulated article. I agree wholeheartedly!

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Rhonda K Chesnutt
February 13, 2024

The Holy Spirit within me cringed. There was no “go and sin no more” message here. There was no repentance. I believed we are called to Love the sinner but Hate their sin. If we require nothing and just accept all others what scripture tells us that?

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Mary Ann Canfijn
February 13, 2024

Thank you for this clear delineation. It goes to show that there are those trying so hard to accommodate
a decaying culture. It will take people who know the Word of God to discern whether the portrayal of
such ads is true to that Word. May God help us to beam the light of the Gospel! It is the only thing that will cut through the smog and pierce the darkness. In the meantime, may the mention of Jesus draw
many to inquire after Him. In the end, He gets us, because He’s the One seeking us.

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    Ms Mary
    February 13, 2024

    Yes, we don’t need to accommodate their sin, but we need to show the love of Jesus, even before they accept Him.

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      Keith and Megan Johnson
      February 13, 2024

      How is that Biblical Ms Mary? The Bible says some come to know Christ through Creation while others come to know Christ through conscience. Christ even uses dreams to draw others to Himself. It is the Holy Spirit that woos the lost sinner, not our emotions.

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Kathy G
February 13, 2024

You are so right in your explanation so thank you. So many of the commercials were steeped in witchcraft and to Christians can’t even get it Biblically correct is such a travesty. God forgive us!

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Terri
February 13, 2024

I too had a check in my Spirit for what the agenda might be behind their message. I dug deep into their “About us” at the bottom of their page and found some statements that were kinda vague but not all bad. One statement that gave me some hope but I am still holding it loosely:
It was under “Frequently Asks Questions” :
“Who do you believe Jesus is?
We believe there is something in the story of Jesus for everyone.
That’s why fans of the campaign and those working on it include people who are curious about this man and his story and want to explore it for themselves, those reconstructing their faith, and those who believe in their hearts that Jesus Christ is the son of God. All of us work together relentlessly to share the transformative power that unconditional love, forgiveness, and sacrificial generosity have to change us, our families, our communities, and our country.
It wouldn’t be hard to guess that many of those backing the campaign believe that Jesus is who the Bible says he is. He Gets Us is an initiative of Come Near Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to sharing the life and love of Jesus, that believes Jesus was human and divine, he rose from the dead, and more. No matter who you are and what you believe, we’re glad you’re here.”

I am still concerned but hopeful they draw some to Christ.

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 13, 2024

    It is not the transformative power of unconditional love that transforms the lost Terri, but the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross.

    Christ’s redemption is not in the commercials or on the Home page.

Billie
February 13, 2024

Please note, the NFL is an entity where adult men play a child’s game and adult females cheer them on.
Please note, as the wife and mother of combat veterans, NFL players do not go to war on a football field-they play a child’s game on a child’s football field.
Please note, the NFL is a liberal political organization.
The anti-Christ spirit of the NFL could easily usher in the anti-Christ.

After looking up the commercial and site, although Jesus is miraculously 100% divine and 100% human – Jesus Christ, the Promised Jewish Messiah, Savior of the World was not Human. Hegetsus.com plagiarizes the Bible about the life of Jesus Christ to fit their political social justice agenda (Democratic Party arm) without the truth of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. When God’s inspired history is interpreted to fit a desired message contrary to His Truth, it is apostasy. No genuine Christian would ever flippantly state, “He gets us” in referring to Jesus. Jesus is Holy and He paid the penalty of our sin debt that we may be received into the Kingdom of Heaven AFTER “exclusive” belief in Jesus Christ and repentance for our sin.

If a Christian wants to reference or share a teaching with someone for whatever reason, send that person to a reliable site for Biblical teaching, like:

The War of 2024 Part 1 -Jack Hibbs
https://youtu.be/W8_9QVOWiq4?si=69vp0HFIAD-BkJHG

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Jean Dukes
February 13, 2024

I know it’s a cliche, but we are to love the sinner and hate the sin. As Christians, we need to demonstrate love to all, even those we don’t agree with. If they don’t experience Christ’s love through believers, how will they ever know Jesus? We are to be His salt & light.

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 13, 2024

    The Bible says Salv is not dependent upon us, some come to know Christ through Creation, conscience, and dreams. The Holy Spirit is not dependent upon emotionalism.

Lisa
February 13, 2024

Sorry, but that’s ridiculous. Washing feet in Jesus’ time was a posture of servanthood and humility. We are to emulate him in this attitude of serving everyone, not just those considered “clean”. This is exactly the attitude that turns people away from the church. God judges people’s hearts. That’s not for us to do.

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    Rhonda K Chesnutt
    February 13, 2024

    disagree

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 13, 2024

    What turns people away Lisa is not hearing about the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross. The Holy Spirit is not dependent upon our emotionalism.

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Karen Stavrinakis
February 13, 2024

Initially, I was excited when I learned about these commercials. I felt the same uncomfortable feeling about the one I saw (I did not see both.) If we do not acknowledge the sins in all of our lives, how can we be repentant? Christ started His ministry (as did John the Baptist) with repentance. We need to humble ourselves, repent, and draw near to God.

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Brenda Remus
February 13, 2024

My spirit felt VERY UNCOMFORTABLE watching that ad. Thanks for the explanation and it’s good to know that I wasn’t the only one feeling this way.

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Theiline Heckelmann
February 13, 2024

Wholeheartedly agree. Thank you for articulating so well.

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Norma Brown
February 13, 2024

The secular world, those who vaguely know the origin of feet washing, and even the agnostic might think the well meaning of this commercial is “humility.” Not knowledgeable of the biblical meaning, those persons would either think this an act of insanity, one of tolerance, or be curious to learn biblical truth. Many biblical scholars, and ministries do not teach the act of washing feet, nor practice in their churches. The greatest effects of this commercial, then, raises questions for the Church and the secular world to look into the reality of the message portrayed, and in so doing, learn the love of Jesus in and for their lives.

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    Christy
    February 13, 2024

    How long were you agnostic before you got Saved? 50 years for me. He gets us promotes the misinformed, and eternally deadly, concept that it’s really all about being nice to people, helping folks, and being a good citizen. NONE of that leads to Salvation. I did all those things and yet was headed straight for Hell. Heaven is not the place decent people go when they die. Diluting the true Gospel of Salvation just reinforces these agnostic misconceptions.

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Kathleen Small
February 13, 2024

It’s deception on a high level. Leading people astray, even out of a good heart, is still leading people astray.

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Patti
February 13, 2024

Love the person NOT their lifestyle.

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Mark
February 13, 2024

The reason Jesus washed their feet is to demonstrate what the disciples are to do for one another.
Joh 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Jesus also washed the feet of Judas but remember that He pointed out Judas was on the road to destruction (Mark chapter 14). It would have been better if he had not been born. Good article.

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LarryW
February 13, 2024

I concur with this response. It is another example of cleverly twisting words and concepts, especially words of the Holy Bible to create acceptance of satanic “woke”, “new normal” thinking and indoctrination. It is similar to when the serpent in the Garden told Eve that ‘God didn’t really mean that she and Adam would die’ (paraphrasing) if they ate from the tree of knowledge. The “hater” label has become handy to use on anyone who simply disagrees with the “woke” religion and sinful behavior. Frequently, the one judging another through use of the word “hater” is the real hater who hates Christians and the Word of God itself. God will ultimately judge all of us — especially the “false teachers” within churches who lead others away from His Word using “new” interpretations of His Holy Bible.

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Claudia
February 13, 2024

Jesus always forgives but He also said, “Go and sin no more” John 8:11

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Pastor Eric J. Hanson
February 13, 2024

The commercial did indeed send a seriously flawed message. I am surprised that there are real believers who are part of the group that put this on.

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    Christy
    February 13, 2024

    Anyone can claim they are a Christian or anything else for that matter. You will tell them by their fruit.

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David Fassett
February 13, 2024

I thank those behind the He Gets Is campaign to reach the people of American who have not committed their lives yet to Jesus. To break through the media barrier so that truth may be heard by those who would never hear it otherwise.

As has been said context is everything especially in a controversial topic and one contrary to culture today. The viewing context is people who are watching the Superbowl. We know from recent studies indicate the vast majority of people in America today do not have a Biblical worldview. Given that context of viewership the ad is likely taken out of context intended and interpreted as a clergy/religious approval of the tolerance of all lifestyles without repentance or contemplation or any change in heart or direction. The majority of viewers do not have a Scriptural basis to see the bigger picture of necessary repentance as part of the invitation of Christ to become a son or daughter of God. Culture today in America is that all must accept without repentance every lifestyle and that the lifestyle defines the identity of the person.

So a beautiful portrayal of meeting the needs of those in need and to love others even whom are different than you as you would want to be loved. But likely taken out of context by the vast majority of those who viewed it confirming a false narrative prevalent in the current culture.

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Susan
February 13, 2024

OUTSTANDING Tues 12:15 pm webcast on this commercial! Dave and Judy, thank you so much!

I do ask that you possibly reconsider your way of putting up comments from others as you do the live prayer time. I find them distracting. They can easily put their comments in the IFA website and people can read them if they desire. I personally am interested in whomever is talking as the official speaker on the webcast.

But I love IFA and am so grateful for your ministry! You have helped me immensely.

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jefferis peterson
February 13, 2024

Compromise of Biblical Teachings is heresy. Heresy is to over emphasize one aspect of the truth to the exclusion of the whole. The idea that Jesus “gets” abortion as part of his acceptance is demonic at the root. Tolerance of sin was never his method. “Neither do I condemn you, but Go and Sin no More.” This message is saying murder, adultery, sexual perversion are all acceptable in His sight because he “gets us.” Yes he forgives us, but he doesn’t endorse our behaviors. He accepted prostitutes and tax collectors, but the didn’t encourage them to continue in their professions.

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Maria Griffith
February 13, 2024

I think this as needs to be seen in context with all their ads over the past year. They are all just off of truth. Even my husband who claims to be an atheist has said in the past “that’s not what the bible says”.

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Carol
February 13, 2024

Thanks for this explanation. When I saw this commercial, my spirit was bothered but I didn’t know why. now I understand. Thanks again.

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Bev
February 13, 2024

I did not watch either the game or the ads. As I read down through the comments, however, what I see over and over is confusion. God is not the author of confusion. Neither is He blessed or honored by confusion. That should settle the question of the source of the ad. That said, the testimony of Jackie Pullinger, missionary to Hong Kong’s drug addicts, records her saying she stood on the streets preaching but not one person was ever saved. Then Yahweh told her to demonstrate His love. That is the rest of her testimony and it is powerful. Yahweh blessed her actions because she has been obedient to what He said to her. The church in America has too many board rooms making decisions on the right actions to take and until the church starts being obedient to Yahweh, it is wasting its time and efforts. The Spirit of God blesses only what He ordains.

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Naomi
February 13, 2024

I also didn’t understand these commercials and felt troubled in my spirit by them. I was pretty sure that 1) they were either too obscure to be an understandable gospel message or 2) they were teaching a new gospel which would be worse!

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Judie Walauskis
February 13, 2024

Nothing but false teaching, it’s always about tolerance, not standing for truth.

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Robyn
February 13, 2024

In all due respect…Please consider the audience that is viewing this commercial. It is the average person who has no theological background or biblical literacy. The Bud Light drinking , chip eating , often “ “four letter word using,” American.
Yes there are Christians watching too.
But to whom is this commercial targeting??
The insights in this article are respectable and in certain contexts can be completely accurate and appropriate in calling out the inconsistencies of facts &truth. Think: showing this to a church audience or divinity students. They might notice the points you have brought to light.
God used a lot of people as his leaders who we’re t always completely acccurate in their actions & witness.

Admittedly, I have no theological background but have walked in God’s grace & truth for many years.
Realistically, in the few seconds of viewing this commercial, one would take away a basic message of “sacrificial love.”
Washing another’s feet or helping someone when “down” does not mean that we espouse to their belief system or lifestyle.
This message seems clearly intended for those who are confused with the gospel message of grace or have given up on Christianity .
There is certainly a time and place to draw a line between offering Grace and adopting / tolerating another’s life views. We are “in the world but not of the world. “
The message could have certainly been more Biblically accurate , but at face value , we see a message of “gospel grace that is foreign to this world and this brings HOPE to those that so desperately need it…

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    Lynn Hopwood
    February 13, 2024

    Thanks Robyn-While I agree with what Dave has said I have to remember the target audience and that I would have been attracted to this commercial in my pre Jesus days.

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    Mark
    February 13, 2024

    It’s great that they reach out to the audience that they do. However they can do that and still be biblically accurate. In some of their commercials I think I would be more confused than anything else if I didn’t know the Bible at all.

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    Lisa
    February 13, 2024

    I agree! I’m honestly appalled by all the comments saying the ads were not biblically accurate or condoning sin. That’s not the point of the ads. They are trying to show the spirit of Christ’s humility and love for people, which we are to emulate. Jesus doesn’t tell us to judge people to determine if the ate worthy of love. Just love people and God will take care of the judgment.

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      Christy
      February 13, 2024

      But what’s the message then? I just got Saved 3 yrs ago at 50 yrs old. I was agnostic for 50 years. This message doesn’t point towards Salvation. It’s almost like a rebuke of Christians for not serving well! THAT’S what I would’ve taken from this in my agnostic viewpoint!

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 13, 2024

    The issue here Robyn was that the Gospel was not presented, but instead, mere feel-good emotionalism that said nothing of Christ’s redemptive work on the Cross.

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Georgann Bennett
February 13, 2024

I have been bothered by this series for a while. Yes, Jesus was fully human and He has walked in our shoes, so to speak. But He is also fully divine and has the right to make demands with the expectation of obedience. An unbalanced focus on either aspect of Jesus leads us astray.

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Bonni
February 13, 2024

First, let me say I am a strong conservative, born again, a strong upholder of God’s word and a Christian of 40+ years.
What I got from this ad was that we care for others despite our disagreements & that we don’t allow those disagreements to prevent us from sharing God’s love and His gospel.

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Mari Williams
February 13, 2024

It absolutely missed the mark!
The LORD JESUS CHRIST washed the feet of His disciples. . . .
There is no scripture to support their ad that JESUS washed the feet of sinners!
The TRUTH is that HE gave His life on the cross for us sinners!
He told the woman caught in sin to, ” Go and sin no more.”
In Luke 7:38 the scriptures tells of a woman who washed JESUS’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair which was her expression of repentance and love and gratitude,
I heard that the ad was paid for by a wealthy person, not by a Christian organization.
It is NOT the Gospel truth and in no way is a true representation of Our Lord Jesus Christ who tells us all who would follow HIM to go and sin no more.

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Jim Crawmer
February 13, 2024

That’s how I felt also. Too generic. Too fluffy. If the trumpet does not make a clear sound nobody will know what to do. How about this? Instead of Jesus gets us, say Jesus died for us, Jesus rose again, Jesus is coming again, or Jesus is Lord! There is great pressure now-a-days to compromise on the word of God. But, Jesus said narrow is the way to eternal life and few are going because they want the broad way that leads to destruction. The Bible says , “Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers–none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God. (1Co 6:9-10) Repentance is mandatory because faith without works is dead. May the Lord help us to preach the truth in this ear-tickling age. The real truth that will set the captives free.

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Sharon
February 13, 2024

Love the sinner. HATE the sin.

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Michael
February 13, 2024

Throughout history, man has continually tried to make God in his own image. This is a form of pagan idolatry; and a direct violation of God’s commandments. The Love of Jesus truly is available for every person, but each person must come to Christ on Christ’s terms.
If a follower of Christ is washing the feet of someone else, out of compassion and a desire to manifest the love of Christ to that person, that is always going to be pleasing to God; but as this article has so clearly stated, washing feet is not even remotely related to “tolerance.” Anyone who says that it is, is blind to the deception that ‘tolerance’ is nothing more than a boat ramp to the lake of delusion that is in flood stage and now almost covers the earth.
The heart of God is always open to any person, of any lifestyle, who is moving towards repentance, but tolerance that condones wickedness, and considers it virtuous to let others make destructive choices without warning them of the consequences, is as far removed from love as any hatred ever was.

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    Christy
    February 13, 2024

    “Throughout history, man has continually tried to make God in his own image”
    THIS is exactly what this whole campaign is!

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jeffrey daly
February 13, 2024

Spot on, Dave ! Thanks for speaking the TRUTH and calling out this heresy! Yes! It’s time for personal and national repentance, not for “tolerance” of life styles contrary to His Word. Thanks again. Great word!

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Scott Jones
February 13, 2024

Great analysis of a mixed message, that in the end is blasphemous. Jesus loved sinners enough to die an agonizing death for them. But there is a requirement – the must repent and turn from their sin, agreeing with God that they are indeed sinners and need a Savior. None of that was in view in the He Gets Us ad.

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Zoe Ella
February 13, 2024

It is imperative to be able to accept someone as they are, without agreeing with their ideas. They exist, they have the inherent right to be held with respect to their dignity as a human being whom God created. That does not imply agreement with everyone. (That way lies chaos and insanity) Do not hate people. Accept them for who they have decided to be, or who they are, as you prefer to look at it. Also, hold to your own being, your own understanding. You are not less than they. You, too, have inherent dignity. Hold to your beliefs while acting in a non-hateful way, even if you are hated for that.
There is a movement to weaken or destroy culture, such as organized religion (Church and others)and to destroy the family unit, perhaps even the connections such as the loyalty of deep friendship, so that a new culture, dependent on the state as God, can be imposed. You can read more about that elsewhere. However, for the moment, read “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley and then “Brave New World Revisited” , also by Huxley, written 5 years later, and explaining why the original story. It is an eye opener. In the meantime, hold fast without hate and judgment (discernment, yes, absolutely!) Judgment belongs to God.

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Carlida
February 13, 2024

True. Jesus taught, proclaimed, and MODELED His live for all mankind. His death on the cross was for us all, not only a select few. He accepted is where we are, and CHALLENGED us to become HIM. He does not leave is in the state in which He found us. We are challenged to BECOME HIM. This dies not mean we cannot wash feet or live the unlovable

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Lisa Gauger
February 13, 2024

Correct. Amen.

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Angela
February 13, 2024

Dave Kubal’s assessment of these ads is right on. The “He Gets Us” ads is another attempt to draw people to Christ without confronting with Truth. The Good Samaritan parable and the account of Jesus washing His disciples feet is twisted ever so slightly to make Jesus “palatable”. These ads will just add to the confusion of who Jesus really is and I’m sure the enemy loves it.

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    Christy
    February 13, 2024

    That’s the whole point. The Father of Lies has been twisting The Words of God from the beginning!

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Pam WRIGHT
February 13, 2024

When I watched the ads during the Super Bowl, I did not take away from the pictures of the foot washing that the people being served were perfect, and in a good relationship with God. What I saw is that we as Christians must love them as Christ loved them. No one is too dirty or too sinful to be loved by God. We don’t condone sin, and know that repentance is necessary, but we will never be able to bring them the gospel if we show them that we think we are better then they are. We are all sinners, and Christ understood that long before He gave His life on the cross for us. Does He get us? Yes He does, and was still willing to die in our place! Thank God for those two truths!

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    Christy
    February 13, 2024

    So what was the message to the Unsaved? That Christians aren’t being very good servants, like Jesus wants them to be?
    And this will bring people to Salvation how?

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Mary Liwe
February 13, 2024

Disagree! This is a conversation starter with those folks who have a bad taste in their mouth about a Christian. The lost need the salt and light of the believer. There’s time for that redeemed person to get a lifestyle change that only the Holy Spirit can affect,

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 13, 2024

    They left out the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross. Hardened hearts only grow harder with age. We’re unsure how hearing half of the Gospel offers a lifestyle change to a hardened heart.

Marcia Benson
February 13, 2024

Thank you for the opportunity again to send concerns as well as prayers to our state and country’s leaders. The Lord is so gracious and loving. Praying for wisdom in all these situations. God bless you all and this amazing ministry the Lord has called you into.

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Russell Mushakian
February 13, 2024

Excellent representation of truth!

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Ashley
February 13, 2024

Well, I did not agree with the commercial either, for its undertone of affirmation. With that being said I did not see any other ministries, or pastors, or those with high platforms who are Christ followers come together and make a commercial to put on TV for the world to see. The only thing I pray is that this commercial would reach those who need it the most, and they would find Jesus, the real Jesus in this.

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Marybeth
February 13, 2024

I found the commercial confusing. It’s unclear who the target audience is and what the message is. I agree with John Douglas that before criticizing the ad we should understand what the intention is. What I do know is this: hypocrisy on the part of Christians is, to our own shame, the reason many friends and family and non-Christians in general, do not come to Christ.

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    Mari Williams
    February 13, 2024

    I beg to differ.
    All the hypocrisy in the world on the part of Christians or perhaps of just Church-goers cannot prevent anybody from coming to Christ–The Holy Spirit’s power to draw His chosen to Himself far outweighs the sin of others even of those who would try to hinder somebody from following Him. I know.

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Carolyn Berilla
February 13, 2024

As a longtime Believer, I am appalled at the intense criticism of this very worthy effort to reach the lost! This ad wasn’t intended for Biblical scholars/Pharisees.
Talk about straining a gnat and swallowing a camel!!! It is “His kindness that draws us to repentance.” If I was a trans, a Muslim or just had an abortion and saw the beauty of humble love being demonstrated towards me by people I knew didn’t agree with me I would become thirsty for more & be drawn by that Light. I saw no acceptance of the sin in this ad only a love for the sinner. The ad was beautiful!

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    Mari
    February 13, 2024

    We are told to preach the Gospel.
    But would you not agree that the ad misrepresented the Gospel?
    Jesus died an agonizing death on the cross of Calvary as payment for our sins.
    Nowhere in the scriptures does it show Jesus washing the feet of sinners.
    And wouldn’t you agree then when we realize what it cost Jesus to forgive us that we are more than willing to follow His instruction to “Go and sin no more”?
    Whereas, foot washing would not bring home to us the enormity of our sin and how much it cost The Lord Jesus Christ to save us? And worse, foot washing would not have the same impact to help prevent a person from falling into that same sin again–especially one involving abortion? Babies lives are at stake, especially here in Massachusetts. So, I pray for all those who were misled into thinking that foot-washing cleanses us from our sin would meet a real Christian and learn about our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ who died a horrible death on Calvary’s cross and shed his Blood to save us from our sins.

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 13, 2024

    Where was the Gospel in the ad Carolyn? The redemptive work of Christ on the Cross is what Saves the lost and was missing from the commercial, not someone’s kindness. Your outrage is a little revealing.

Martin
February 13, 2024

Yes, those commercials appear to be a New Age hyper grace message of a sin tolerance expression of love. True love requires repentance .!True love requires the death of self.

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    Christy
    February 13, 2024

    It was about being a nice person and good citizen. Which is not the Gospel message of Salvation.

    But back when I was agnostic this ad certainly would’ve reinforced my misinformed view that if there is a Heaven, I would get into it cause I was a nice person and good citizen. A DANGEROUS message that leads people to Hell!

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Catherine
February 13, 2024

Lord, lead these into truth with love – these cannot be separated. Thank you Lord for articles like this that show clarity. We are honored to be included in Your holiness Lord; show many the truth of Your word, and cancel these confusing mixed messages. Redeem this ‘commercial’ in Jesus’ name.

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Asher
February 13, 2024

““to love our neighbor requires [us to] alter our plans and path.”
This is heresy — as plain as it comes. It is those who are not the followers of Christ who must alter their paths! Christ came to seek and save the lost and His message is to receive Him and sin no more.”

No, this is not heresy. This is what Jesus taught. The Good Samaritan altered his plans and path to take care of someone in need. Ministering to the needs of others often takes us off our path and out of our comfort zone.

Also, as others have pointed out Jesus washed Judas’ feet and Peter would even later deny him. Feet washing does not condone sin. Before Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery “go and sin no more,” he said “neither do I condemn you.” It was that act of unconditional love and an encounter with Jesus that empowered her to go and sin no more.

As a street minister I have seen people delivered, and give their lives to Jesus just by the simple act of washing their feet. I pray for all of us to have a genuine encounter with the love of Jesus and for the judgment and condemnation to be replaced with true unity.

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    Christy
    February 13, 2024

    But who was this ad for? How does this ad lead the Unsaved to Jesus for Salvation? It seems to me like a rebuke of Christians for not being good servants, like Jesus wants them to be. Is this even true? Most of the churches I know have MULTIPLE ministries that help the needy, in a plethora of ways.

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Karen Peters
February 13, 2024

Wow! Thanks Dave, for your perspective which puts into words what many of us felt but maybe couldn’t express. We must never lose sight of the ultimate, uncompromising holiness of Jesus. Unfortunately many are on the “broad” road, and there will be much gnashing of teeth on that final day! We are not to relax even the least of these commandments, Mathew 5:19. I, for one, don’t want to be among those “whom He never knew,” Mathew 7:23. May we pursue Bridal intimacy and Holy Spirit discernment (Mathew 25), and please, be ready!

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Bob Fox
February 13, 2024

I love the ministry that this website represents but the writer of this article has missed the mark I think. I’ve been a pastor for 35 years and I’ve got a masters in theology and I’ve been a Christian for 60 years I think Jesus is well represented by loving the unlovely, even by washing their feet. I do not think that indicates that Jesus agrees with their spiritual, beliefs or lifestyle. Jesus intervened to save the life of a woman caught in adultery. He showed her incredible kindness. He probably healed many people who were full of sin, even the grossest sins. He touched them. He even touched lepers.

I know the author met Well, but I think that his article does not represent Jesus is in the Bible. I think Jesus would wash the feet of anyone, if he felt that that would help him understand the love of God , the kindness of God, which leads to salvation

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    Maggie
    February 13, 2024

    Pastor Bob, in response to your last statement “I think Jesus would wash the feet of anyone, if he felt that would help him understand the love of God, the kindness of God, which leads to salvation” But He didn’t, why didn’t He? He only washed the feet of the His disciples. For you to say that the writer of this article missed the mark and did not represent Jesus of the Bible is in error. I had a pastor who had a dream about a man in hell going around picking people up by their hair look in their face and drop them. Someone asked what was he doing to which he replied, “I am looking for the preacher who told me I was ok!”

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 13, 2024

    Bob, how could you, with all of your knowledge, have possibly missed the Gospel that was not presented? We’ve studied God’s Word for well over 40 years and it is the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross that Saves, not a feel-good message that leaves the sinner mired in their sin.

Patricia L Wenzel
February 13, 2024

Thank you for speaking TRUTH!! When I saw this commercial, I too was disturbed by the message released. The efforts of the anti-Christ government has often focused on “hate”.

I would suggest a more correct and helpful message would be, “hate the sin, love the sinner”.
“Be angry, but do not sin.”

An even better message might have been, “Come to Christ Jesus, for He will set YOU free from the oppression that lies, steals and destroys in this present age.” OR “Jesus ❤️ YOU! HE will set you FREE!”

May the Lord continue to give you the wisdom and courage to stand for TRUTH!!
Pat

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S Aldridge
February 13, 2024

I guess I had a different take on the ad. Sometimes in order to get the chance to preach the gospel, you must show kindness not condemnation. Jesus made it clear when He sat with sinners and winebibbers that only the sick need a physician. You can be gracious in order to help others see the truth of the need for repentance.

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Vareena
February 13, 2024

Imagine if the commercial showed immediately after every act of “mercy” that the sinner REPENTED.

What a powerful demonstration of the TRUE Gospel that could have been, resulting in actual Kingdom Harvest fruit.

The fact about seed is that it can only produce after its own kind – weed seed will never produce wheat.

The Holy Spirit only convicts of Truth.

The Holy Spirit convicts hearts and minds unto Eternal Life when God’s Truth is preached.

Moreover, the Holy Spirit is not a spirit of confusion.

The Holy Spirit will not convict the pre-saved with a counterfeit gospel.

Mercy without Truth is Enabling.
Enabling is disabling.
Disabling doesn’t promise Eternal Life for any involved.

The great falling away (apostacy) is occurring through the preaching of a false Christ with a counterfeit gospel.

When countless and increasing professing Christians embrace deception and promote a counterfeit gospel to the pre-saved, tragically bowing to demonic agendas and the lawless spirit of this age, it is heartbreaking since a false Christ is powerless to save.

Only Truth will save – and Truth has a name: Jesus Christ.

John 14:6 –
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me.

If the purpose of the commercial was to lead people to salvation, I suggest that the commercial “repents” by being updated with Truth – perhaps show the sinners repenting and receiving Jesus, and be rebroadcast.

Imagine that?!

Then when the pre-saved download a Bible app to explore God’s Word of Truth because they experienced a spark of Holy Spirit conviction, there will be no confusion about the True Gospel from the one and only True Jesus Christ that will lead to their Eternal Salvation.

May professing Christians have the courage and conviction to defy fleshly desires for the accolades and approvals of men who move in the spirit of this age; may professing Christians arise to boldly live and share Truth for His Great End-Time Harvest to manifest.

Dave – thank you for boldly and courageously sharing Truth in Love.

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Denyse Synave
February 13, 2024

The whole NFL spectacle is godless, vulgar, and without talent and creativity.
It is mind numbing.

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Peggy
February 13, 2024

I can tell the author of this article reads the Bible.

These commercials sound like a push for ecumenism.

The Pope has been engaging, among other elites, sports figures to recruit youths to his Catholicism (which is Latin for “universalism” or one-world religion). The Pope claims to be head of the Catholic church. But the Bible states Jesus is Head of His Church.

The images in the “He Gets Us” commercials promote the Pope’s views on things like open borders and priests blessing gay unions. Furthermore, sports figures are today’s idols. Some Christians worship them. I’ve seen a pastor show more enthusiasm toward an upcoming Sunday afternoon football game than he did his Sunday morning sermon. A football game consists of violence and idolatry. Think about it. We sing hymns like dirges. But we shout and jump out of our chair when our favorite player injures another player and scores a touchdown.

The theme song for “The Jesus Revolution” is “They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love.” It was written by a priest to promote ecumenism. Well-known actor Jonathan Roumie is a strong believer in ecumenism. He’s become the new “Jesus image.” An idol. When a youtuber talks about Jesus, they show Roumie’s face. I’m even seeing young Christians use Roumie’s face as their avatar.

Jesus warned us in Matthew 24:24 that even the very elect would be deceived.

Christians need to exercise discernment by holding everything up to what the Bible says. Which means we’ve got to read the Bible. Hosea 4:6 warns us, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge….”

As far as Jesus washing feet, there’s more to it. We should read the whole chapter and the ones before and after, rather than taking one line out of context. We can’t read the Bible in bits and pieces taken out of context.

“Tell me what I want to hear” instead of “what I need to hear” is popular but dangerous doctrine.

Thank you for your courage.

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Terrie
February 13, 2024

Dear Heavenly Father, you are the only one who knows every hair on the head of each individual who saw this commercial. You alone know their hearts, souls, minds, background, beliefs, strengths and weaknesses perfectly. My prayer is that you will enable each person to take what they saw and apply it in exactly the way they need to in order to draw them to yourself—whether it be an immediate revelation or a stepping stone toward an ultimate reconciliation with you. I thank you for this IFA discussion because preaching to the choir is also necessary, and all of the insight is worth hearing in order to better understand ourselves, others and you. I ask that you help us be genuine disciples of Jesus—with his heart and mind—and that the Holy Spirit would be our guide in every situation where we are called to be your representative. I ask these thing in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Mike Kustic
February 13, 2024

Why are supposed Believers so afraid to speak the truth? Jesus called sin, Sin. He gave mercy to those who knew they didn’t deserve it, but asked anyway. The Church is not supposed to be led by culture, Rather Culture Directed by the Church, which is supposed to be led by the Bible, the word of God. Heaven is real, as is Hell. All will spend eternity in on or the other. Every one Must alter his or her life to, and in accordance with God’s Word or they have chosen rebellion against God, or eternal separation from him. Because he loves us and gave us free will, he will honor our choice even if is Hell. Not a pleasant thought but True Love does not Force His will on anyone. This is why we can’t bow to culture, wrong is still wrong even if everyone is doing it. Right is still Right even if nobody is doing it.

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KIRK SUMPTER
February 13, 2024

Leviticus 19:19 – a very short verse with momentous implications for today. It forbids 3 types of improper or illicit mixtures. A puzzling verse for me in many ways, but it’s message has taken on a clarity today in the conversation in these comments. “Kilayim” (in Hebrew) means “improper mixing”, and it results in “tevel” (in Hebrew) which means “confusion”. Illicit mixing results in confusion is the concept or principle. The message in this ad was not pure, unadulterated Biblical truth – it was a mixed message and a misapplication of Biblical truth. And a half-truth is not really truth at all – the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It is actually more dangerous than a bald-faced lie. The warning in the Torah is clear. I cannot ask God to use something that is not the truth of His Holy Word, and it is apparent that the enemy is using it to breed confusion. Thank you, Dave, for clarification in the midst of that confusion.

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Janet
February 13, 2024

“He Gets Us” does not get it; this group misunderstands the message of the gospel, which is repent and follow Christ’s example. “Go and sin no more,” was Lord Jesus’ message to the woman caught in adultery. This commercial sent a most anti-Biblical message to the unbelieving world.

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Bradley Johnson
February 13, 2024

I appreciate the desire to holdfast to the truth, yet I am concerned at a time when Christ is striving to unite the Church and bring about a worldwide revival that we need to seek the Truth that unites us and not those things that further separate us. All churches have misconceptions and beliefs about our Lord. The enemy has used this to divide and conquer the Church. Some churches reverence the Word, other purity and holiness, others celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit, still others find strength and comfort in rituals and traditions, and those that promote God’s grace and love. I believe the Lord wants us to find the areas of truth on which we agree to build up the Church. As some try to dissect Jesus’ parables/allegories to demonstrate their inadequacies instead of focusing on the main point, we should extend grace to others seeking to share Christ while not sacrificing truth. The Truth is a person, Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

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Missy
February 13, 2024

I haven’t researched HeGetsUs to really know their goal. When I watched the commercials, I only thought of Jesus washing MY feet. Made me remember when my pastor once washed my feet as well as the other’s on staff and it was the most humbling thing I had ever experienced. Did it bring up “repentance” within me? You bet it did. As well as “forgiveness.” If Jesus walked this earth again in our time, I figured I would see Him at the homeless campsites washing feet. If He was here and just walked around washing people’s feet, saved and unsaved, what would be the reactions from those whose feet He washed? Some would repent… Peter after the great catch of fish… some would scoff and think they deserved it… the chaff. Maybe putting myself as the washer of the feet of murderers, fornicators, liars, righteous, pure would cause me to forgive others or to repent from sins I’m still bound to or unknown within me? Jesus washed Judas Iscariat’s feet in John 13 and did state that he was not clean, but He did wash his feet. Jesus does not have to repent, but I do think of MY need of repentance while I think of His washing my feet. Jesus does not need to be forgiven, but I need His forgiveness and I need to forgive others. As far as Jesus “getting us,” I think He does.

Father, If the organization is not of You nor in Your plan, I pray for it to dismantle and be gone. If it is from You and part of Your plan, I pray it fulfills Your purpose. Destroy evil agendas. I also pray to You, the Lord of the harvest, to send out workers into Your harvest field because You said the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. (Matt.9:37&38). May Jesus be lifted up over the whole world, because He said He would draw all people to Himself. (John 12:32). I pray for a downpour from Your Spirit to convict people of our sins in which it causes us to truly repent bringing forth Holy Spirit fruit which can be seen growing where it has not been… and that lush fruit of Your Spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are seen by others and draws more people to Your heart. Thank You, Jesus, for coming to seek and to save the lost, for I once was. IN Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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Gina
February 13, 2024

My thoughts were that they were trying to portray the hands and feet of Jesus to people other than Christians. This is where Jesus spent most of His time. Our world needs us and it’s time we get over the us and them. He is the judge and we are not. Just my thoughts.

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Julie
February 13, 2024

“Jesus accepts any lifestyle, and that no repentance from any lifestyle is ever needed.” This is heresy — as plain as it comes.

Agreed, Dave.

This commercial looks like it is lecturing Christians to accept any sin: abortion, gay unions, etc. I’m not sure if that is what the sponsoring group intended, but it does seem to echo what I see on social media when people following a false “Jesus” berate Christians to be “inclusive” – their meaning being, accepting of all sinful lifestyles.

Jesus came to save sinners, but He never left them to wallow in sin. “And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:11) “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

Jesus died to save mankind. You can’t get anymore inclusive than THAT.

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Holly Neale
February 13, 2024

In all of the years I have watched Super Bowl commercials I have seen advertisements for beer, phones, snacks, etc but it is not very often I see folks invest millions of dollars to talk about Jesus, whether these commercials hit the mark of the biblical teachings is not the issue, in my heart they are speaking to people that are lost, afraid, don’t feel worthy of Jesus and this could be the opportunity that gives them hope and want to learn about Jesus, turning to him. This is a starting point, not an ending…….

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 13, 2024

    These commercials offer false hope because they rely on emotionalism rather than the complete redemptive work of Christ on the Cross.

Cindy McRae
February 13, 2024

I have mixed emotions about it. Jesus is love and shows compassion to sinners. That is spot on. If this commercial brings someone to want to know Jesus, who has never heard TheTruth of who He is, then Praise God. Let the Holy Spirit use this as a tool to get these folks to seek Jesus further. I do see that they miss the point totally about repentance

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    John Douglas
    February 13, 2024

    Hi Cindy, if our primary goal is to make people repent, then I would agree that the maker of the commercial missed it but if our primary goal is to love people and leave it to the Holy Spirit to bring them to repentance as we demonstrate to the lost His kindness, then we can be working with God. Knowing the Truth will set them free. The Truth is the person (Christ in us) that they see in us as we stoop down to serve them. This commercial is probably as much for the Christian as it is for the lost. And I pray that it will open up our eyes to see how we are working against the very things that Jesus wants to do through us.

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      Keith and Megan Johnson
      February 13, 2024

      The problem is John that the Truth is not presented in these commercials. The redemptive Cross of Christ is missing.

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        Hj
        February 14, 2024

        Keith and Megan, you state it exactly right, each time. Repentance is so hard, at first. It seems to be continual, as well..unless I could be sin free.
        Thank you for being strong in the word and consistent. I got saved late in life and it’s been a struggle ever since.. and I found out when I was 53 years old that I had been violated by my biological mother when I was about three so now I know why my whole life has been messed up.. that Discovery was 18 years after my salvation

Joseph Burns
February 13, 2024

Very good discernment, and well stated post concerning, “He Gets Us”. When two mind sets compete on any venue, and only one winner can be declared, there is always conflict, and many times war. In the battle of good against evil we fight against an opponent that does not believe in truth, that is, the Lord Jesus Christ , is completely emotionally unbalanced, and will implement any strategy to win. The subtle strategies of the enemy of Truth would outwit and overcome God’s children if provision for this scheming had not been addressed. Thank you Holy Spirit.

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Kaba
February 13, 2024

I think one of the biggest mistakes we make as Christians in the western world is to preach a gospel of “God loves you”. That is not the gospel that Jesus or the disciples preached. Yes, God does love us, but that message preached to unbelievers can tend to make them comfortable in their sin. “Oh, God loves me and he would never send me to hell because he is a God of love and a God of love would not do that”. I have known so many unbelievers who believe that, and have formed God into their image of what they think love is, and what “love” would or would not do. We must begin to preach repentance again and that God is holy and righteous and commands all men everywhere to repent and believe in the one he sent. We must preach once again that when we come to Jesus we are laying down our lives to follow (which means obey) him, and it doesn’t matter what the culture is saying, we must hold fast to the truth of the word, so that they have a chance to be saved, and so that we don’t just remain as salt that has lost it’s savor. It is the most hateful thing to do to tell them that God loves them “just the way they are” and leave it at that. We need to remember the “go and sin no more” part. If we don’t hold up the light of the truth, who will?

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David Anderson
February 13, 2024

You’re right on brother and I’m so glad to hear you say these things it reassures me that your heart is still loyal to the Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel. There is another gospel being preached here which is really no gospel at all. To all those allowing this deception into your life let me quote the Apostle Paul; Galatians 1:6 “I am amazed how quickly you are deserting the One who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel!” You shock me! Jesus warned us of false prophets coming among us and the deception they would preach. You better take a fresh look at Matthew 24:11 and seek repentance from who you have become. SHAME ON YOU!

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    Hj
    February 14, 2024

    Another mindset or popular type of thinking in the last 88 years is AA..which promotes “a god of our understanding”.. which they openly declare can be anything you want it to be.. and has confused the foundation of our country greatly. The foundation of our country being God’s word.. meaning- has confused in the minds of people who hear that..and it is unfortunately very popular

PW Masters
February 13, 2024

I think your level of self-righteousness is what turns people away from Jesus instead of meeting them where they are at presently. Call yourself prophetic but I say pathetic. I will be unsubscribing from your ‘prayer’ for America. Be careful of the condemnation coming your way.

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    Christy
    February 13, 2024

    Things of The Spirit will always be offensive to those in their flesh. Thats not going to be avoided, Jesus said the world will hate you because they hate me! We are never instructed to make Jesus more palatable. Jesus is not trying to win a popularity contest. If more people accept Jesus but it’s not the real Gospel of Jesus, guess what? They’re still going to Hell! That’s not a blessing to them!

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 13, 2024

    Interesting, PW, that you name call (“self-righteousness;” “pathetic,” “condemnation”) but offer no rationale nor explanation for your verbal attacks. Perhaps you might want to review John 8:7.

Mark
February 13, 2024

I too was a bit confused.,without sharing the truth of the gospel,all that we are doing is removing dirt from peoples feet.We should be more concerned about removing the sin from their soul with the presentation of the gospel or Jesus Christ. along with the washing of their feet.

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David
February 13, 2024

“Go, and sin no more.”
“Repent and believe the gospel.”
“Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.”

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Karen Secrest
February 13, 2024

I still believe Mario murillo was right on when he said many years ago, :beware being so open minded your brains fall out.”
Jonathan Cohen, reminded in his bookHarrb8nger II that it is Repentance And a turning away from sin to prevent even corporate judgment

It’s interesting how rarely you hear the word sin used.
Franklin Graham announced the definition of Cowardice not tolerance.
This message made me look at my beliefs more closely and how biblical doctrine is applied.
This has been an informative week. A speaker advised pastors not to be politically active
Another is being threatened for questioning ballot integrity in her state.
So many issues. We seek Holy Spirit for clarity and how to stand.
Thanks Mr
Kubal for the clarification

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    Hj
    February 14, 2024

    Karen, as followers of Christ we’re always supposed to be politically active, – remember that is how our country was founded, as the colonists were fleeing England,and first went to Holland for Refuge and found perversion there- and so then they came here.. and even though there has been political discourse amongst America’s citizens since her founding.. God’s word has always been the anchor that held these different ideas together, in a unified country. It is only since we have stopped teaching the Bible to children, and our schools have become detached from God’s word-, that this has emanated up through our society-, resulting in the foolishness we are now observing,..and sadly- the sin and tragic outcome and abuse that’s happening to the family and to children

Darlene Estlow
February 13, 2024

I agree with you. Even Judas had been with Jesus for 3 years. Jesus had a parable about letting the wheat grow with the tares which happened with Judas. It is a reminder that we need to serve even those who are unsaved, but I’m not sure this ad makes clear what Jesus’s love is.

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Alberta Boss
February 13, 2024

Thank you for your take on this. I believe we are called to love people, but also, to hold onto what the Bible tells us is right. Love the person, don’t accept the sin.

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Diana Prout
February 13, 2024

We are to love one another as Christ loved us. The world will know that we are Christians by our love. However, the message of the commercial missed the opportunity to present scripture – John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-10, and Romans 6:23.

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Kathy
February 13, 2024

On the surface I think He gets us is inviting a person who is so wrapped in their lifestyle to think maybe I should consider Jesus and clean up my act. Having said that too look deeper is to humanize Jesus to a point of tolerance for our sinful selfs. Yes Jesus is the God man, yes He does “understand/gets” us because he was the Creator and created but he was also without sin. That is why he spoke with authority. He came to save to lost not by “getting” us but by dying on the cross so we could “get” him. I do not agree with this movement in the least the more I hear things they say. It is twisting scripture to make God more appealing. People need to remember He is holy we are not and when we must stand before Him to give an account, will we be found holy? Of course not. Will we be found just? Of course not. Nothing we do would ever be enough no matter what lifestyle we are in. We have to be born again and that can only happen when we repent…not try to fit in with the world. Be careful people! Rightly divide the word of truth, and let the Bible speak for itself. Don’t water down God’s word and try to make it palatable. For your sake understand that we are in the last days and Jesus tells us that deception will be rampant. Test everything by God’s word and do not for your sake cherry pick verses to justify anything! I thought the article was well written and articulate. Thank you.
By the ways Living in the Days of Deception is a new book out by Pastor Jack Hibbs and he explains ways the world/Satan will deceive us in the last days.

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Greg
February 13, 2024

Did Jesus washing Judas’s feet say he was tolerant of Judas’s sin of stealing money or selling Him for 30 pieces of sliver?

I don’t see their message was one of accepting the sin. I feel it was saying we (Christians) will meet you where you are and show Jesus’s love.

Maybe it was too vague and that gives room to be critical.

All I want to know is how many visited their website and downloaded the Bible app and are reading it?

I am seeing a lot of Christians acting like Pharisees.

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    Keith and Megan Johnson
    February 13, 2024

    And we are seeing a lot of false Salvations because the Gospel is not being presented. The redemptive work of Christ on the Cross is missing.

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    Hj
    February 14, 2024

    I will use the bible..God’s word..as the test..not their commercial’ s website

Elaine
February 13, 2024

I also read that the ceo of hobby lobby contributed to the commercial. It made me see the commercial as positive not negative. Love the neighbor. The second most important commandment.

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Suzanne
February 13, 2024

I understand your premise of these commercials Jesus accepts Everything…however, when we go to Jesus do we have it “all together”, are we not sinners all? But thru His truth & redemption we are made whole…my prayer is that this message to “come as you are” will touch many to do that & not think He doesn’t call us all. I am a conservative Believer, yet my prayer is God will use these commercials to touch many who would not otherwise reach our to Jesus & receive Him as their Lord & Savior…then He can mold then to be the people He desires, as He does for us all. Blessings…

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    Hj
    February 14, 2024

    That was the other thing…when we first are aware of our sin..we are defensive..or sense that we need to “clean up first”.. before realizing our need for a savior. Do we not still struggle with feeling that..” We need to do better”?. What we need is ongoing repentance

Gail Malone
February 13, 2024

Amen.

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Susan
February 13, 2024

Yes, That commercial was not biblical.
Jesus washed the feet of those disciples committed to Him, and the Truth of God.
We don’t love people when we tolerate nd allow behavior that destroys them and often those around them. Instead we speak truth in love and help them to know Jesus. Because He transforms us

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Lisa
February 13, 2024

When I saw this commercial I felt something was amiss in it, but did not know what it was. Thank you for clarifying what I sensed.

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Susan
February 13, 2024

I think you have missed something. In John 13:10-11. Jesus said “you are clean, but not all of you.” For He knew the one who was betraying Him
Jesus proceeded to wash Judas’s feet too, His enemy, the one who was about to betray Him. He certainly wasn’t kneeling to Judas’s sinful agenda.
I don’t go to a liberal church or support the woke agenda, but I do believe most Americans need to get out of our comfort zone and go to people we would normally avoid, not to show them tolerance, but to show them that Jesus’s love is for everyone.

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