Clay Peck’s Impossible Dream: Drug Addiction vs. the Gospel
Scandal-ridden Grace Place is located in downtown Berthoud, Colorado.
This cult is led by Pastor Clay Peck, who long ago decided
“To dream the impossible dream” (The Impossible Dream Lyrics, Man of La Mancha):
PASTOR CLAY’S IMPOSSIBLE DREAM
“For years Pastor Clay Peck dreamed of planting a new, gospel-centered, creative and contemporary congregation”. http://graceplace.org/about/
There was, though, a large obstacle to Pastor Clay’s dream: “I smoked marijuana almost daily and abused alcohol every chance I got.” (Clay Peck, My Journey Out of Legalism, 15 Jan 2000, http://www.formeradventist.com/stories/claypeck.html)
The gospel message was plain:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free“. (Luke 4:18 NIV, Holy Bible)
So could Pastor Clay beat his addictions? Was he ready “To fight the unbeatable foe“? (The Impossible Dream Lyrics, Man of La Mancha):
A WILD AND CARNAL OUTREACH TO THOSE DISCONNECTED FROM THE CHURCH
You see, Pastor Clay wanted: “To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause” (The Impossible Dream Lyrics, Man of La Mancha): to “reach out to people who were disconnected from God or from church.” http://graceplace.org/about/
He ran into so many people in the bars and nightclubs who were disconnected from God.
And this had something to do with the Gospel?
Pastor Clay likes to think:
“And the world will be better for this:
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,
To reach the unreachable star” (The Impossible Dream Lyrics, Man of La Mancha)
And Pastor Clay’s hard work actually did result in a church.
Just not the kind that he had envisioned — the kind where the oppressed could be set free (per Luke 4:18).
GRACE PLACE — “NOT PARTICULARLY CHRISTIAN”
“More than 50 percent of Americans drink coffee everyday — three to four cups each, more than 330 million cups a day and counting.” (Rome Neal, Caffeine Nation, CBS News, 11 Feb 2009)
“It is true, by the way, that Christians will be different from non-Christians. But nowhere does the Bible suggest that we should be odd.” (Clay Peck, My Journey Out of Legalism, 15 Jan 2000)
ITS A DRUG
“I can remember the first cup of coffee I did drink,” says coffee drinker Nora Harvey. “I got a big buzz. I was like, ‘This stuff is legal?'”
Bennet Weinberg has written two books on coffee. His latest is called “The Caffeine Advantage.” Weinberg says caffeine is the world’s most popular drug.” (Rome Neal, Caffeine Nation, CBS News, 11 Feb 2009)
INSTEAD OF SETTING THE CAPTIVES FREE, GRACE PLACE MAKES THE CHAINS HEAVIER
Mind you, “Clay talked about the importance of keeping the gospel of grace the main thing.” http://graceplace.org/about/
“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves, neither allow you them that are entering to go in.” (Matthew 23:13, Holy Bible)
It would be one thing if Pastor Clay wanted to enjoy a blunt in private, but when he deliberately pushes “the characteristic and hallmark drug of our time” (Rome Neal, Caffeine Nation, CBS News, 11 Feb 2009), he keeps addicts in bondage to their substance dependency.
So now you know why his dream of starting up a gospel-centered church is Pastor Clay’s “impossible dream”.