A brief post on Bryan Loritts behavior on Twitter and his blocking people left and right. Plus what got me blocked. In addition I also print the emails that Bryan Loritts sent me where he accused me of slander. Also this looks at yet one more reason why the celebrity pastor model is flawed and needs to be scrapped for the health of the church.
“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”
“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.”
“My people have been lost sheep.
Their shepherds have led them astray
and turned them loose in the mountains.
They have lost their way
and can’t remember how to get back to the sheepfold.
Jeremiah 50: 6
Does Bryan Loritts need anger management therapy after his behavior on Twitter?
These last few days have been busy but I want to get this information published as it reveals more to the story. There are several things to cover including another email exchange with Bryan Loritts, his behavior on Twitter and finally I need to point out yet again another fallacy to the notion of a “Celebrity Pastor.”
Attempts to Get a Statement from Bryan Loritts
As part of my efforts to get statements (I am still working it by the way as I need to reach out to John Bryson) I have sent several emails to differing people or organizations. I have emailed both Tristan Farmer and Jon Tyson at Trinity Grace Church, and neither has responded to my request for a statement on the situation. I did get this statement from Brian Lowe who is the SE Acts 29 director. I turned that into a post. Then there is Bryan Loritts. Bryan Loritts left a comment on this post which you can read in the link. I sent Bryan the following email on August 24, 2016:
Do you have a statement on the Fellowship Memphis situation? You said
you wanted to correct some facts. If you would like I would be happy
to publish anything that you would like to say. But you are entitled
to your side of the story.
Bryan sent me the following email in response:
What’s a phone number for you?
My feeling is that he wanted to get me on the phone and use his power and “authority” to bully and try and get me to take the post down. Bryan Loritts is into damage control. Having had an exchange with Bryan in March of 2013 I decided to be much more cautious in how to engage him. I decided that email would be the best format to do so. But Bryan still didn’t respond, so on August 25, 2016 I published the following post called “An Email Exchange with Bryan Loritts in March of 2013 Helps Shine Light on the Alleged Cover Up of Rick Trotter’s Voyeurism in Fellowship Memphis.” On August 25, 2016 I sent Bryan another email which you can read below:
If you want to give me a statement I will gladly publish it. You had said that there are things you would like to clarify. If you want to write that up into a statement I will gladly publish it. You are free to email that statement to me.
Bryan in response emailed me the following:
You have slandered me. I’m coming to you in the spirit of Matthew 18:15 wanting to talk to you directly. If you believe in Jesus and are committed to loving your neighbor you’ll find a way for us to talk. Also there’s one vital piece of information you are missing that will completely change all your conclusions.
Again, I ask what’s a number to contact you so we can chat?
That last email is the final email I received from Bryan Loritts. I was accused of slander but on Twitter things got very hot and Bryan demonstrated yet again the reason why I think Bryan Loritts needs anger management. (Calling Jack Nicholson!)
Behavior on Twitter
Bryan Loritts choose to go after Amy Smith on Twitter even calling her naïve. He blocked people left and right in a very aggressive way that honestly reminded me of how C.J. Mahaney’s Twitter account is run. What responsibility! What manliness! Preach about being a man but remember that you are exempt from what you teach and expect others to do. Plus in the spirit of Neo-Calvinism and the celebrity pastor circuit when you have been allegedly engaged in illegal misconduct you flee. You act like Jonah and you run! Here’s how Andrew (Caldwa) reacted on Twitter to being blocked after asking Bryan Loritts a question.
With that Bryan would block people left and right on Twitter. It left some people stunned. Bryan Loritts has become a very arrogant person. The guy I remembered speaking with and hanging out with late on night after TCX in the downtown Minneapolis Hilton in December 2002 has been replaced by someone who has bought into the Reformed Industrial Complex. What does that mean? It means publishing contracts, and it means hitting as many conferences as possible. Above all else it means you don’t gave a damn about a person that was hurt or wounded, even if it was someone who was in the bathroom of the church you led and were responsible for. Nope what matters is the almighty nature of the “sovereign American dollar.”
What Got Me Blocked on Twitter
So what was the obscene or questionable thing that I did that led to me being blocked by Bryan Loritts on Twitter? Did I say something profane? Did I say something over the top? Did I say anything rude? Did I say anything distrustful? No here is what I did. The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Conference (ERLC) took place in Louisville, Kentucky on August 25, and 26th. Correct me if I am wrong but its my understanding the ERLC is led by Russell Moore. Bryan Loritts was one of the featured speakers along with Matt Chandler, Trevin Wax and Jared Wilson and so many more. On Twitter Bryan Loritts asked for prayer before he preached at the ERLC. I Tweeted back that I thought prayers would be more appropriate for the women and underage females that were caught in the restroom at Fellowship Memphis and the Downtown Church. And as a Christian to call for praying for the those that were hurt is the obscene act that resulted in Bryan Loritts banning me. Now here is what I find incredibly ironic. Bryan was preaching at the ERLC and here is this guy at this conference that is all about engaging the culture with the Gospel and how the culture is in a crisis. And yet Bryan Loritts can’t admit that he was allegedly involved in the destruction of child pornography. He can’t call child pornography a sin. He can’t call voyeurism a sin. He can’t call the alleged cover up a sin. Maybe the ERLC should have stopped its conference and dealt with one of its speakers instead if they are concerned with the culture. That is just a suggestion. But asking for prayers for the people whose trust was violated in the Fellowship Memphis restroom is what got me blocked. Now compare that behavior with the comments I have been approving on this blog from people at Fellowship Memphis and Downtown Church. Last night I approved a comment form someone who drunk the Kool-Aide who called me sick and obsessive. My response was “Great I’ll work on my resume and apply to Chris Davis and Richard Rieves Downtown Church!”
Another Reason why the Celebrity Pastor Model is Flawed
Bryan Loritt’s behavior is deeply disturbing and it shows the problem with the celebrity pastor model. Let me ask this question…who keeps someone like Bryan Loritts in check? Who is he accountable to? After all Bryan has largely lived in a bubble his entire life. Did he ever have a performance evaluation? Did he ever have to work with a boss to improve performance? Did he ever have a boss have a difficult conversation with him about habits at work or time management? I would venture to say no….he’s lived on the circuit and chases the next conference and more. This model is flawed. Bryan Loritts should not have been teaching or even speaking at Russell Moore’s ERLC. But what about Cru’s Christmas Conferences? Bryan Loritts is a popular speaker with Cru. Is he on the schedule to speak at any of the Christmas conferences at Cru? That is something that I am going to look into in the days to come. As a Cru alumnus who planted the chapter at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2000 to 2002 that is very high on my list of concerns.
The celebrity pastor model needs to be dismantled. Its killing and destroying the evangelical Christian faith. Bryan Loritts is now exhibiting the same problems that C.J Mahaney and individuals like Mark Driscoll did when their corruption came to the surface. They deny, they flee and they run. Is it any surprise why Bryan Loritts has held at least three jobs in the last two years? He ran from Memphis to New York City, and now he ran to the San Francisco Bay area. The Gospel and what celebrity pastors teach applies to everyone else – but not to them. Not just that but do you notice how their behavior in the end is similar? We need to dismantle the celebrity pastor model as it is hurting the church and the faith. Plus it attracts unhealthy people who love to be in the spotlight and bask in the power and fame. The celebrity pastor model represents the world more than it does the Gospel. As always know that I love you guys!