Has Anyone Seen John Hendryx? by Pastor John Samson
Has anyone seen John Hendryx? I don't just mean in the last week or so? I mean, ever!
In preparation for last Sunday's sermon I was seeking to use a profound quote from Mr. Hendryx, and as I was using powerpoint, wanted to find a photograph of the man to go with it. Guess what? The man's photo is hard to find. There's this one, found here, but it is so blurry, it is hardly useful. I mean, could you, using just this photograph, spot this guy if he was walking past you along the street? I couldn't!
I am not normally one for conspiracy theories but... why the dark sunglasses and blurry photograph?
Though I have felt for some time that John Hendryx is a good friend of mine, it just dawned on me... you know, I've never actually seen him. Oh, I send e-mails to him, and I get responses... but who exactly is responding?
I've talked on the phone to a guy who SAID he was John Hendryx. I asked, "is that John?" he said, "errr.. yeah" and he mumbled something about monergistic regeneration... but was that REALLY him? Would I hear the same voice if I called again at a different time of the day? Or would another guy answer and repeat the same monergistic mantra? When we do call and hear stuff like "yeah, like Luther the German dude said 'Here as I stand or fall in limited atonement, simul justus sola fide and gloria'" - shouldn't it make us just a little suspicious?
So the real question is this - have we all been duped? Can anyone out there prove the guy exists?
The one blurry photo with dark sunglasses just adds to the mystery of this master spiritual guru and teacher. Who exactly is this man? How can he have written so much and have so much influence and yet no one has taken a clear photo of him???
Hmmm... is John Hendryx his real name??? Is he a real person??? Does he only appear to be real (donatist heresy revisited)? Does he walk on water before breakfast?
Or is John Hendryx a name used by a group of writers? Maybe that's it. Is he legion (many)? Is that why he is such a prolific writer?
Oh, the questions just keep coming...
and unless there is a clear photograph out there - speculation as to the true identity of John Hendryx, I'm afraid, will always be with us.
And if we find that there is no John Hendryx as such, how do we handle this news?
For one thing, I think we'll really have to guard against the hysteria of supposed Hendryx sitings (like the people who think they have seen Elvis in Memphis or just outside Las Vegas in the last week or so)... It would definitely spawn a new media frenzy if the truth came out.. look for "the Reformed National Enquirer" to jump on the story in a heart beat.
The latest rumor I hear is that Hollywood is working on a new movie... "The Hendryx Code." Its filled with murder, intrigue and conspiracy stuff about what is actually in the pearl necklesses he is giving to people. Some speculate that the pearls contain some sort of aroma that lulls synergists into orthodoxy... but nothing is actually proven at this stage.
Can anyone out there help me? Marco, Charles, Nathan, Eric... have any of you.... has anyone at all... ever actually seen John Hendryx?
And John... if you really ARE real, can you give us a sign? - a clear photo of yourself or something? Please don't just quote "blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe!" That's eisegesis of the biblical text. The real John Hendryx would know that... the real John Hendryx taught us that! But... come to think of it... was that really John teaching us?
I am so confused right now. I think we all are.
We believe brother John, please help our unbelief! Tell us plainly, are you the John, or should we look for another?