John on September 22, 2006 at 2:12 pm
Beloved, even though we will have differences may we be careful to honor our Lord in how we express those differences with fellow believers in our personal conversations with each other. Let us remember that it is written: “Let your speech be always with grace” (Colossians 3:16). Here is another very good reminder from A.W. Tozer on the grave importance for all of us who are in Christ to be in unity.
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3)
Well, it’s good to know that we have Ken on record as strongly against uncharitable speech. It does make one wonder though…
When Ken called Rob Bell a “tool of Satan” and a “viper” (even while saying he may or may not be a brother — which is it, man of discernment?), was he “endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit?” He has at one point or another called almost everyone on this blog “spiritually blind.” Was that “lowliness and meekness?” Reading almost any post on his own blog, Apprising Ministries, one would be hard pressed to describe it as “seasoned with grace.”
Even some of Ken’s defenders (Tony R. and Henry F. come to mind), have suggested that we “look past” the “zeal” and focus on the real issues. Of course the verses Ken cited above don’t say anything about looking past the zeal, do they? Rather they seem to be saying “reign in the zeal.”
Ah, but that’s the gimmick isn’t it. Rick Warren and Rob Bell are not real believers. Most of the people at their churches are not real converts. Therefore there is no need to watch our words about them. So it’s not as if Ken has excused himself from doing what these verses say. Oh no, beloved. They simply don’t apply to his unique ministry. The sooner we all realize it, the sooner we can get it straight and make sure our comments to him are seasoned with grace.
Drifting back to earth, I’d say Ken is the last man in 10,000 to be offering this sort of advice. Long ago, I wrote that I had not accused Ken of hypocrisy (though I did accuse him of legalsim). At least with regard to this one post, I’m forced to revise my assesment. There is simply no other word for it.
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