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Reality TV star Kim Kardashian's recent comments on Twitter about her church attendance provided fodder for not only celebrity gossip in the secular media and blogosphere, but surprisingly also for a Christian radio station.
Internet radio host Chris Rosebrough of the show "Fighting for the Faith" devoted a segment on Friday to answering a question that he posed: "Kim Kardashian's designer spirituality, is it biblical Christianity?"
The model and reality TV star tweeted recently that "I would be lost if I didn't go to church to reflect back on my whole week. Today's service was awesome! Thank you so much @brad_s_johnson! Extra special! Needed that!" Kardashian attends Life Change Community Church in Agoura Hills, Calif., and its pastor is Brad Johnson.
Rosebrough, whose bio on Twitter identifies him as "Captain of Pirate Christian Radio," also asked during the show, "Is Kim Kardashian really, truly having her real needs addressed by the pastor of her church, or is this designer Christianity for a girl who has a fetish for designer handbags and clothing?"
"There's a lot of designer spirituality out there that parades as Christianity when it isn't," he said during the show. "Christianity is not the kind of thing that you smorgasbord together for the things you want to craft for your own Beverly Hills style spirituality."
Rosebrough describes his show as a "program that dishes up a daily dose of biblical discernment, the goal of which is to help you think biblically, help you think critically, help you compare what people are saying in the name of God to the Word of God."
During the show he had much criticism of Life Change and Johnson, and said he was not convinced that the Kardashians are "hearing the real story of Christianity."
Johnson told The Christian Post Tuesday that although he did not want to talk about Rosebrough specifically because he does not know him, he wanted to address the issue of Christians using their circle of influence to criticize other Christians.
"My comments are general and it could be [about] broadcasters, it could be journalists, it could be pastors. We can choose to use our platform to judge and to rail against what we perceive to be wrong with other people who are Christians or we can, in fact, use our platform for a greater good, which is to proclaim God's kingdom and what God has accomplished for us in Christ," Johnson said.
"It's always been sad to me when Christians attack Christians because it feels to me like a misuse of the limited time we have to do good. I've always been hesitant and I would encourage this gentleman to be hesitant to speak ill of someone that he has never spoken to," he said.
Rosebrough said that one of Johnson's sermons that he listened to categorized sin as "hurts, habits and hang-ups" and "sounds like psychological, purpose-driven spirituality that has some Christian language to it."
Johnson was at one time an associate pastor at Saddleback Church, which has a Christ-centered recovery program called Celebrate Recovery. Saddleback's CR program parallels verses and principles in the Bible along with the steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to help people with addictions or "hurts, habits, and hang-ups."
"Kim Kardashian, her mother and the other folks at the church are not getting what the Bible teaches, they are not being taught great doctrines of scripture," Rosebrough said during the show. "God doesn't permit people to approach Him on their own terms. God made the narrow way for us to be saved and receive from him freely the forgiveness of sins."
However, when CP repeated Rosebrough's critical opinion of the Kardashians and Johnson's theology at Life Change, Johnson said it's best that someone approaches the person they have a problem with to get to know them.
"It's certainly presumptuous of anybody to speak about anybody else without having spoken to them. So, for him to pretend to know what Kim thinks… or he seems to be questioning her motive – she wants a 'designer church' like she wants designer bags – how would he know that ... aside from knowing her? I think that is why Jesus taught us that we should always talk to people instead of talking about them."
Johnson was recently interviewed by CP about the release of his book, The Four Laws of Forgiveness: How to Forgive Yourself and Others. Johnson developed the concepts for his book while doing a sermon series about forgiveness. Small groups from the church also used the weekend messages for study and discussion.
The book was created in the church while its congregation was "really engaging in the word of God" and the book finally emerged, he said.
Christian Post reporter Alex Murashko contributed to this article.