You know what grinds my gears…

Today I finally finished listening to a talk by Mark Driscoll (American Pastor) and I am SO glad its over. Throughout the talk Driscoll was arguing against the movement known as ’emergent Church’ and subtly attacked the theological studies of a number of writers, such as Rob Bell and Brian Mclaren. EVERYONE has the right to express a view on someones theology but how it is done is CRUCIAL.

If you have a bit of time to hear the talk out you will notice that the way in which Driscoll preaches makes you feel bad about the second cup of tea you had this morning! Its subtle but manipulative. Also if you listen to his comments on the writers he is critiquing there is a clear misrepresentation of what was said in the first place. A good example of this is his view on Rob Bells question about Jesus being of virgin birth, Let me clarify. In Velvet Elvis, Bell asks the question ‘what if Mary wasn’t a Virgin…’. Now this sounds bad, however in context Bell is asking us ‘was not Jesus life more significant then his Birth’. Bare with me on this, Bell goes on to say he believes the Bible is Truth and that Jesus was born of Mary and that is Truth, but the whole purpose of Velvet Elvis is to ask the question is Jesus still relevant to a world that desires facts.

Now my point in this blog is not to play the attack game but to ask you all to READ things for yourselves. The bible states in 1Thessalonians 5:21 ‘Test Everything. Hold onto the Good’. So test everything. Which ironically is the point of Velvet Elvis. The Truth will out and no question will cause the truth to break so when you are told to not question what ‘the bible says’ or ‘tradition’, remember this verse.

J- Out

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One thought on “You know what grinds my gears…

  1. Sorry for commenting on one of your older posts, but I only just discovered your blog and like to start at the beginning!

    I had to comment on this post in particular because it is exactly how I feel about this whole situation. THe irony is that I probably agree with Driscoll’s theology more than Bell’s but the way the guy comes across puts me off. Bell on the other hand seems to refuse to be drawn in to these debates, which for me puts him in a better light.

    You are also spot on about the mis quoting of Rob Bell’s book and the way people seem to be more concerned about the things he doesn’t say rather than what he does say! In the part you talk about Bell is actually asking if our doctrines have become more important than our faith – a valid and salient point.

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