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Driscoll Quote

Posted in Christian Theology,emergent church by sosipater on October 11, 2006

Love this quote by Driscoll. 

A good friend of mine and noted missiologist named Dr. Ed Stetzer has rightly said that the gospel of Jesus Christ must be both contended for (Jude 3) and contextualized (1 Cor. 9:19-23).

Relatedly, the hottest theologies today are reformed and emerging. Reformed folks have a legacy of being great defenders of biblical truth, while also being less skilled at contextualizing the gospel for various cultural groups in America. The result is sometimes an irrelevant orthodoxy. Emerging folks are skilled at contextualizing the gospel but often woefully weak at contending for the timeless truths of sound doctrine. The result is sometimes a relevant heterodoxy.

My hope is that what emerges is a blessing of both teams, so that contenders for the gospel become better at evangelism, and contextualizers of the gospel walk away from some of the heretical doctrines (e.g. denial of the inerrancy of Scripture, penal substitutionary atonement, hell, and male pastors) they are considering by returning to Scripture and the legacy of faithful teachers who have guided the church in previous generations. In short, I hope for an uprising of cool Calvinists who can preach the Bible, teach the truth, fight the heretics, plant churches, evangelize the lost, comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable, and compel men to be manly.

You can find the source from 9Marks here.

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  1. Jesse said,

    “cool Calvinists” heh heh

    I think it’s dangerous (intellectually speaking – as in; veering off into error) to think in terms of reformed vs. emerging. The basic assumptions of the emerging movement are our only hope for cleaning out the error many Christian groups have accumulated over the decades.
    I admire Driscoll’s desire for truth, but how can we reach the heretics if we’re fighting them? That smacks of insecurity, Mark. Has Driscoll achieved timeless technical perfection in his theological system? A little humility would be nice, less rhetoric, please.
    Oh, and I can’t find the part about compelling men to be manly in the passage about the great commission in my Bible. What page is that on? Can somebody help me? (I did find a few verses in Psalms/Proverbs that warn against being “brutish”, though.)

  2. sosipater said,

    C’mon Jesse, tell us how you really feel…er, I mean think!

    Well, fighting, contending, whatever you want to call it. I think we have gobs of Biblical examples and commands to contend for the Gospel. I *think* that is Driscoll’s point. Sometimes that means fighting, sometimes not.

    I didn’t really get the “vs.” vibe that you did, just that he was describing what he felt are the pro’s and con’s of each “movement”. The question is, is he right and how can we encourage one another to find the Biblical middle road between contending and contextualizing. I find that to be the struggle of being Christians in the world but not of it, and BIBLICALLY, i.e. TRUTHFULLY loving our neighbor at the same time.

    Manly = Spiritual Leader of your home/Husband of one wife/Providing for your family materially/Sacrificially loving your family/Speaking the truth against error respectfully, etc. That is what I take he means by manly. I guess I could be wrong.

  3. kennicon said,

    What a great quote by Driscoll: “I hope for an uprising of cool Calvinists who can preach the Bible, teach the truth, fight the heretics, plant churches, evangelize the lost, comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable, and compel men to be manly.” Isn’t that the extended version of 1 Timothy 3:1-7? (And yes, I’d include the Calvinist part in there too, because I believe the apostles were ABSOLUTELY Calvinistic in their teaching). I think your assessment is absolutely correct Russ — where do we sit with contending/contextualizing? I think he does hint toward reformed being a “vs.” thing with Emergent, simply because I know his thoughts on Emergent (and also know how outspoken he is about being reformed). Emergent dips into syncretism, and that’s what Driscoll has pointed out before. As I said in my last blog post — culture can NEVER trump biblical truth, ever. We cannot preach love and not preach wrath. We cannot give hugs without exhortation. We cannot preach self-help and “relevant” topics and not expository. We cannot lead churches as CEOs or self-made men. These are the dangers Mark speaks of — these are the heretical dangers of Emergent.

  4. sosipater said,

    When Driscoll said fight the heretics, I did not take that to mean he was talking about emergents. Again, as has been said elsewhere, the emerging name can be applied to a wide group, and I think certain characteristics of emergents are good, while others are bad. The percentage of good to bad will differ based on what group or individual you are speaking of.

    This is a good, thoughtful conversation though. Thanks for commenting guys.


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