Friday, March 18, 2011
If an orthodoxy cannot withstand questions, it is already dead.
Teachers will face a double judgment
Yes I have Rob Bell's book, and no i haven't finished it. But the conclusions of the book are already in grave doubt because of the methodology of his arguments.
- His exegesis is terrible. He heads into using word studies as a way around difficult biblical realities. He often pulls texts from their paragraph because the paragraph itself wouldn't support his conclusions. He also simply ignores major texts that would work against his argument.
- He starts the book with a presupposition and reaction. A presupposition that God is so loving that Hell cannot possibly be what the bible and historical orthodoxy postulate that it is; and he didn't like what someone said in a note at his church art exhibit.
- His trying to lump Origin into being a representative of orthodoxy is suspect at best. Universalism is not part of the great big stream of historical orthodoxy.
- His use of questions as a rhetorical device is deeply manipulative and a dodge of responsibility. "Have you quit beating your wife," sort of questions.
- Don't do a good job with exegesis. Their logical and theological fallacies are often terrible.
- They use word studies and find obscure definitions to dodge difficult realities.
- In trying to be relevant they avoid the fact that the cross is a stumbling block.
- They don't like Gods wrath (and other things) so they seek to remove them.
- They quote historical [Ancient / Future] texts conveniently and often out of context.
- They say "i'm just asking a question" like it gives them license to speculate on anything.
- While deconstructionism is all fine and good for paradigm shifts, this group increasing tells you what they are against and don't like while being unable to clearly articulate their dogmatic doctrines.
- Ignore the Corinthians passages about love
- Ignore Matthew 18
- Gossip and slander through blogs and justify it through rationalizing it as truth telling / prophetic thus showing them to tip their hand that the means does justify the ends. They have no sense of ethics in how they accomplish their inquisitions and can justify almost anything with a defending-truth mantra of some sort
- Rarely show compassion in their confrontations
- Ask for repentance but show no initiative of reconciliation
- Are smug, arrogent, and prideful concerning truth in ways that are very ugly to those inside and outside the church