Saturday, August 09, 2014

Driscoll: theologically conservative but culturally liberal

"But despite his popularity in the evangelical world, Driscoll’s ministry has proved to be highly controversial because of his unconventional ways and dubious methods, which he describes as ‘theological conservative and culturally liberal’."

~The Driscoll Controversy

The problem is that that's a false dichotomy. That's assuming that theology has nothing to do with how one lives in the culture, which is in fact the heart of Easy Believism. HOW you live reveals what your ACTUAL theology is. What you believe is lived out. So to say you are "theologically conservative" is a lie if you are a liberal culturally. Liberalism comes from a worldview which isn't biblical.

To believe Driscoll is theologically correct while understanding he is "culturally liberal" (or "relevant" as the Emergents like to say), is to admit that theology as NO BEARING on one's life. It is merely saying confession is "good enough", not both confession and possession.  1 John is huge on this.

1Jn 1:6  If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;

1Jn 2:3  By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 
1Jn 2:4  The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 

1Jn 3:3  And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 4  Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 

1Jn 3:7  Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 
1Jn 3:8  the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 
1Jn 3:9  No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 
1Jn 3:10  By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. 

1Jn 4:5  They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. 
1Jn 4:6  We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

This is why Driscoll is where he is right now.

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