Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Does God Love Everyone?

David Pawson. Keith Green. John Piper. Mark Driscoll. Paul Washer.

To an extent these men are very different. What they share in common - in my perspective - is an ability to be very provocative. Saying things that come across as outrageous, challenging, offensive, outspoken without a hint of compromise in a spirit of love. Like the brethren in Berea, it's my job to check what they're saying against scripture and make my own conclusions.

I have a maverick/provocative/unconventional streak in me that refuses often to fit with the status quo. So it's no wonder these kinda guys appeal to me. Not only that the fact that they endeavour to follow Jesus Christ and His Word also means that they're not just doing what they're doing to gain a fan club or appease people. So whatever they have to say always leads me to do some research to see if it's so.

All of that to say, when I came across this video it reminded me of that element of leaving people feeling uncomfortable and challenged. Potentially offended and put out. The guy doesn't help by his demeanour which is hardly compassionate and soft. Yet that's perhaps the point. He evidently isn't there to give people a hug. He's here to slap people across the face with his view on God's Word and challenge people to check themselves.

Sometimes we need a good slap.

I'm not saying I agree with what he has to say. I'm not saying I disagree with what he has to say. I don't agree with everything Pawson, Green, Piper, Driscoll and Washer have to say. What I do, though, is check it for myself and come to my own conclusions. This is a touchy subject and a combative approach, but I implore with you, move beyond his rhetoric and your feelings and check the content for yourself and by the grace of God reach a conclusion that fits with His Word and His Way.

For His Name's Sake
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1 comment:

www.20six.co.uk/lloydd said...

Notice he wears his watch on his LEFT wrist.