March 27, 2011

Discernment

I have been crying "discernment" for at least three years now.  We need discerning men in the pulpits of Christ's Church.  Mars Hill is a Church where the pastor is loved by most everyone in his congregation.  He preaches love and he uses A LOT of Bible.  His elders support him in his teaching.  Does this make someone a good pastor or teacher?  More importantly, what is God's instruction for people who find themselves in this very real and more increasingly common life situation - of being under such a teacher?  Just pray and keep the peace?  Kevin answers this question at the very front of his review.  God bless you as you consider these truths.

Please set aside some time and read this excellent and God-honoring review of Rob Bell's new book, Love Wins.  The review was written by Pastor and critically acclaimed author Kevin DeYoung.
http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2011/03/14/rob-bell-love-wins-review/#more-3855

With you for His glory

1 comment:

A. M. LaMouria said...

If you are in a Church sitting under like minded teaching as that of Rob Bell (or maybe you worship at Mars Hill itself), even if you maintain the integrity of the gospel in your own life, are you being obedient to God's command to guard the deposit of faith once delivered? Can you really claim to be a part of building the Kingdom of God?
Wouldn't you have to speak up against unorthodox teaching in order to be obedient to God? Wouldn't this by nature create disharmony and disunity in your congregation? Can you be faithful to God and man in this situation?
I believe the biblical testimony is "no". Those who try to balance the two are failing at both - one internally, their inner differences with those they worship with and under (this is not the unity of THE SPIRIT) which Paul teaches); and the other externally, not able to be obedient to God because you are unwilling to accept that God could possibly require you to say "no" to worshiping with friends and/or family. Christ said this would cause some people heartache, and many would fail (Matt 10:37; Luke 18:18-30)
If you are clinging to "unity" within the body in order to avoid the hard work of protecting the gospel or even looking into the biblical testimony that you have heard refutes false teaching, you are yourself misusing Scripture to position yourself in a place of absolution. But ignorance is not an option with God. He has put it all plainly before us and told us we are responsible for what is given to us.
I urge you to be discerning because I love God first and care for the proper representation of His glory and because I care for you to be presented mature and blameless at the day of His appearing, not because I desire to be critical of you or feel self-righteous compared to you. You know if my words are meant for you. May ever decision in your life reflect your passion and loyalty to the only One who deserves it. God Bless.