Scott on September 22, 2006 at 3:11 pm
Ken Silva over at Apprising Ministries has posted a letter/email that he says he received from Northern Ireland. Apparently, the purpose of this recent post is to demonstrate how vital Ken’s ministry is as it reaches around the globe, “saving people” from the death and deceit found within the evil confines of the Emergent Church movement (among other things).
And guess what at the end of this post he asks for money. How very TBN of him!
I know I shouldn’t be cynical, but given the ongoing exchanges that have taken place on this blog between the “Reverend” Ken and others, I think my cynicism is justified. Ken feels called to criticize, demonize, and exercise anyone from the Church who believes that men like Rob Bell have anything of substance to add to the body of Christ. In the mind of Ken Silva, the faith of anyone is suspect who looks positively upon men like Billy Graham, Rick Warren, Bill Hybles, Charles Swindoll, Rob Bell, Dallas Willard, etc. Cries of “Heresy!” and “Apostasy!” should be echoing from the lips of all “true believers” (“true believers” being defined as anyone who agrees with Ken).
Do I think that Ken just wrote the email himself as a gimmick? I honestly don’t think so. I don’t believe that he would go that far to try and prove that his ministry is vital and necessary. Does the email communicate a sad, unfortunate, and even puzzling story? Yes (though let me point out that it is a one-sided description of the events). Does the email prove that Ken’s ministry is vital and is a ministry that should be supported so that he can devote himself to it full time and even begin a speaking tour? I’m not so sure.
If one were to read over many of the articles over at Apprising Ministries, or the articles over at Slice where Ken regularly spews his views upon unsuspecting travelers to the site, I think many Christians would question whether that kind of “ministry” is necessary or should be supported financially.
There are other ministries out there that do it “stronger, better, and faster” (to quote the 6 Million Dollar Man) and that don’t make wild accusations while positing groundless suppositions and ridiculous assumptions. If you are concerned about things like the Seeker Sensitive movement, the Emergent Church, the Purpose Drive Life/Purpose Driven Church series, etc, you might want to check out these very respectable, very credible, and very orthodox organizations:
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