The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

A desperate orthodoxy

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It has been a little interesting to watch not just the immediate engagement over Rob Bell’s Love Wins but also the spread of it and the reaction to it. Some of it has been useful, but some of it has been a little desperate. It is as if some of the people with a reputation for being cutting-edge, relevant, front-line, ahead of the game, theologically savvy, culturally aware, movers and shakers in the Great Game of modern evangelicalism, are trying with all their might to prove that they are just that, and orthodox to boot. Recycled material, obvious material, lists of material (with their own contributions prominent in them) – all of it looking more like an attempt to surf the wave and demonstrate engagement than anything else.

Is it genuine concern for the glory of Christ? Is it pastoral concern for the flock of God? Is it genuine interest in the kingdom of Christ?

Or might there be a danger that at least some of it is an attempt to make sure that those writing and speaking are not left out, and that people remember that they are the great guides, the ones who speak truth, the almost-omniscient gurus who can be relied upon to keep their finger on the pulse and tell us how to think, or – at least – that they are still there and saying something also?

I am grateful for the men who saw this coming and blew the trumpet of warning. I think it is often helpful that others have spread the word. I am not so sure about all those who have joined the ruckus, as if merely to demonstrate that they have a horn, too.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Tuesday 15 March 2011 at 17:24

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  1. You know Jeremy, I sometimes get concerned that an awful lot of Christians really don’t believe in the Sovereignty of God, and the continual progress of Christ’s church at times like this.

    I’m all for calling out false teachers, and encouraging the spiritual growth and strength of all Christians, and we should be active in all that, BUT, Christ will build His church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.

    Sometimes we do appear desperate don’t we, whether it is responding to Bell, or the latest travesty of justice in the courts, is not God sovereign, does he “need” us? Does his glory and the welfare of the Church depend so much on us responding immediately to such things?

    I’m just sitting here preparing a sermon on David’s return to Jerusalem after the Absalomic rebellion. He meets Shimei, Abishai wants to take off his head, what is David’s response?

    2 Samuel 19:22, 23 “22 And David said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should be adversaries to me today? Shall any man be put to death today in Israel? For do I not know that today I am king over Israel?” 23 Therefore the king said to Shimei, “You shall not die.” And the king swore to him.”

    Christ is king, and not all his enemies need to be slaughtered, and certainly not by us Abishais.

    Certainly as you note not the whole story, but some of it? Am I responding because I am offended, or because Christ is offended? And well let’s face it, Christ can handle himself! (Though we should of course defend his honour!)

    Paul Wallace

    Tuesday 15 March 2011 at 17:34


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