Archive for the ‘pseudo-theology’ Category
And when will the media declare her to be a cutting edge go to ‘Christian author’ because she’s dabbled in dabbling in a decontextualized clothing experiment? Because it has happened before… as you know… that someone who takes the Bible out of context and experiments with bits of it without understanding is feted by the media and becomes a darling among those who also lack any exegetical or theological sense…
Too much biblical scholarship these days is nothing more than an attempt to make ancient people look like modern thinkers. Paul, for instance, was not one bit interested in women’s rights or gay rights or anything of the sort. He preached the Gospel and left it to God to change lives.
Putting Paul in a modern Hipster outfit may make exegetes feel better, but it’s nothing more than a caricature of Paul. And the same holds true of all such anachronistic wishful thinking.
Stop drafting ancients for your modern wars. They DON’T CARE! They weren’t feminists nor egalitarians nor socialists nor democrats nor republicans nor blacktavists nor any other subset of modern political ideology.
Were they aware enough of the Bible to know that there was a Gospel in it named ‘Matthew’, millennials would have Jesus say this at the end of it-
‘Go into all the world and make millennials happy and draw them into a ‘church’ that serves them rather than a place where they can learn to be servants, and lo, I am with you always, or until you find something better to do, amen. Oh, and yes, there’s an app for that’…
Or so it would seem…
Mark Driscoll, the larger-than-life megachurch pastor who has been accused of plagiarism, bullying and an unhealthy ego that alienated his most devoted followers, resigned from his Seattle church Wednesday (Oct. 15), according to a document obtained by RNS.
The divisive Seattle pastor had announced his plan to step aside for at least six weeks in August while his church investigated the charges against him. Driscoll’s resignation came shortly after the church concluded its investigation.
“Recent months have proven unhealthy for our family—even physically unsafe at times—and we believe the time has now come for the elders to choose new pastoral leadership for Mars Hill,” Driscoll wrote in his resignation letter.
He’s not so much resigning as simply stepping aside for 6 weeks or so. Doesn’t mean he won’t come back. Doesn’t mean the Church is free of his deceptive manipulative ways.
In his resignation letter, Driscoll noted that he was not being disqualified from future ministry.
Of course he would say that, because he has no intention of leaving a lucrative gig that gives him the recognition and wealth and power he craves.
“I’m a guy who is highly competitive,” Driscoll said in a 2006 sermon. “Every year, I want the church to grow. I want my knowledge to grow. I want my influence to grow. I want our staff to grow. I want our church plants to grow. I want everything — because I want to win.” Driscoll conceded that he wouldn’t be content with remaining the same. “That’s my own little idol and it works well in a church because no one would ever yell at you for being a Christian who produces results. So I found the perfect place to hide,” he said. “And I was thinking about it this week. What if the church stopped growing? What if we shrunk? What if everything fell apart? What if half the staff left? Would I still worship Jesus or would I be a total despairing mess? I don’t know. By God’s grace, I won’t have to find out, but you never know.”
There’s nothing of Jesus in any of that. There’s nothing of Jesus about Driscoll’s ‘ministry’ or ‘church’. It’s an idol factory, with Driscoll as the chief idol. He’ll be back.
Hagee believes Israel is the center of the universe.
On yesterday’s broadcast of the “Hagee Hotline,” televangelist and Christians United For Israel founder John Hagee issued a stark warning to America that the Ebola crisis is God’s judgment on America for President Obama’s failure to adequately support Israel. “I want every American to hear this very clearly,” Hagee said, citing Joel 3 to warn that God will judge any nation that seeks to divide up Israel and declaring that “our president is dead set on dividing Jerusalem. God is watching and he will bring America into judgment.” “There are grounds to say that judgment has already begun,” Hagee continued, “because he, the president, has been fighting to divide Jerusalem for years now.” “We are now experiencing the crisis of Ebola,” he stated, as well as threats from Islamic radicals and even civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri all as a result of God’s judgment on America due to Obama’s policies.
There are two kinds of people who believe Hagee: the invincibly ignorant and the insane. If you believe him, which of those are you? Because he doesn’t understand the Bible at all and he doesn’t teach the truth. Accordingly, only those who themselves don’t understand the Bible thanks to invincible and impenetrable ignorance or just plain insanity are his followers.
Aside from the fact that he says nothing at all about the book itself, that Rick Warren felt compelled to advertise himself illuminates his true purpose. Grudem… Recommended by Warren… I’m sure Oprah liked it too. It’s a shame that a certain journalist who loves to sling theological misprision hasn’t been asked to blurb it too.