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
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Catalyst tension 2010
Our appetites for...food, sex, sleep, etc are high motivators in our lives
Desires are the drivers of our lives
Each appetite creates tension...because we always want more
Respect / Recognition / Fame / to be envied...jealousy
God created them and Sin distorts them
Never fully and finally satisfied
Always whisper NOW and never later
Step 1 admit your reality
Your reaction to your appetites that are never and fully satisfied will determine the path and destination of your life
The internal battle must be won before the external war can be fought
Gen 25 Jacob and Essau
Both have appetites that are out of control
Birthrights and blessings deeply desired
Finances and inheritance
Position and respect-given authority over the rest of the family
Blessing...anointing and unique connection to God assumed
Essau: mans man fight club
Jacob: metrosexual, making dinner
Older bro never need younger bro
Younger bro always wants and needs something from older bro
But when the older bro needs something... The younger bro says hey let's pause while I figure out what I can get out of this. Negotiation trade.
The stupidest trade ever...because of inability to defer gratification
Who would throw away....for .....
Because we can't wait we want it now
Without this I will die! Bull... The appetite creates a brain impact bias and magnifies it completely out of proportion. Survival instinct on crack! Brain is lying to you and this is why you will have buyers remorse. And the brain does focalism where we see 1 thing and blur and forget everything else.
This happens every time an appetite gets provoked
This decision / these decisions are what Destroy the future!
Now decisions: good and bad are unleashed into the future like a bullet from a gun
The future essau: Moses lineage, Jesus, MatthewS gospel...
Look at your bowl again
It would be better if you died than if you did this
You are about to lose your future
YOU must mature enough to reframe your appetites
And God let's this happen.. Because the responsibility is OURS
This is the privilege and responsibility of freedom
If the appetite gets control
You will compromise everything to get it
10 years from now...
What do you want to see...desire to b an elder is a good thing
Control how you get there
What is your bowl of stew?
What are you desperate for to create excitement or ease the pain?
Talk yourself off the cliff?
What is not illegal or immoral that you do but you wish nobody ever found out about?
Make no private decision that can't stand up on a public stage
This pushes the appetite back into the right context
The Jonathan Edwards reality
And you are not just trading your stuff you are trading others hope, faith, etc.
Or lose to good plans God has for you!
Labels: Catalyst 2010