Mark Driscoll posts abound on the internet these days. I don’t usually “beat the bandwagon drum”….and instead often opt for topics that might have been the latest news….a few years ago. But Driscoll has piqued my curiosity.
Last night I listened to a dozen or so of his You Tube videos..listening to him talk about the Twilight series, The Shack, Thomas Kincaide paintings, TULIP, how to know if you are one of the elect, yoga…the movie Avatar. You won’t find his videos on God Tube. He is a bit too….ahhhhh…..irreverent for God Tube.
in spite of myself, I found myself actually liking him. Believe me I was all set not to based on the quotes I read beforehand... some were included in my last post.
The guy has a gift for public speaking…for preaching. He is hilarious. If his career as a preacher ever falls through, he is shoe in for stand up comedy. I was entertained by most of what he had to say. And challenged.
Challenged because I disagree with him on many points. Eternal conscious torment, penal substitution, God hating sinners, his opinion of The Shack as bordering on demonic immediately come to mind.
Although I would rather look for points of AGREEMENT, the points of DISagreement are, oftentimes, what clarifies what I do believe and why I believe it.
Did I find any points of agreement? Well in a roundabout way I did….
In a sermon about why God is just and hell is right….
We are all hypocrites. We all want to receive mercy and give justice.
And sometimes I hear them declaring…buried within their sermon..(what I believe to be) truth….in spite of themselves….
In another sermon, while explaining the gist of the 5 Points of Calvinism versus the 5 Points of Arminianism…concerning Irresistible Grace, Driscoll says this:
if God wants to love you, God wants to save you, God wants you to meet Jesus....you can fight and argue but eventually he's going to change your heart and you will meet Jesus.
Is that not the heart of Christian Universalism? If God wants you to meet Jesus…you will meet Jesus. Eventually, he will melt the hardest heart, bend the stubbornest knee….and every tongue will (joyfully) proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord.