Things I Think
First was the passing of noted “apologist” Dave Hunt, then the death by suicide of Rick Warrens son Matthew on Saturday.
The latter tragedy revealed the legacy of the first.
Dave Hunt spawned this era of so called “discernment ministries”…largely a group of untrained and uneducated laypeople whose stock in trade is to find someone to condemn in the Body of Christ.
They operate out of a suffocatingly narrow theological box disconnected from both church history and modern science.
They see those who disagree with them as agents of the enemy of our souls, minions of the anti-Christ come to usher in the “New World Order”.
The enemies list is long…from Catholics to Calvinists to psychologists to scientists…anyone outside their camp is the enemy of God and thus, theirs as well.
On Hunt’s website you can read all about “The Shameful Social Gospel” and “Psychology and The Doctrines of Devils”, along with attacks on Calvinists, Catholics, and almost everyone else who isn’t a pretribulational dispensationalist.
Hunt was very influential in forming the thoughts of many pastors and lay people on these subjects, particularly in regards to mental illness, which he called a “misnomer”.
When the horrible news came of our young brothers death by his own hand I knew what the response from that camp would be.
Matthew wouldn’t be eulogized or mourned and his legacy would be smeared…because his father was on the enemies list and he suffered from mental illness.
Still, those who knew and loved the younger Warren spoke of his heart, his sensitivity, his love of God and people and yes, his struggle.
It didn’t take long for Hunt’s living disciples to spring into action and I’ve read hundreds of comments on their websites and Facebook pages that reflect their training.
They questioned the young mans salvation and hinted that it might have been divine disapproval of his father that led directly to his death.
That’s the public legacy of Dave Hunt.
I’d rather have Matthews.
2. One of the biggest challenges I face is not hating the haters and dividers…lest I become one of them. It’s not easy.
3. I have to file for unemployment today. Remembering what some of my brethren said about the unemployed has had me sick to my stomach and sleepless all weekend.
4. You move from despair to hope when your internal talk track changes from “what am I going to do now?” to “what is God going to do now?”
5. It’s probably not theologically correct, but the beginning of baseball season has always spoken to me of resurrection.
6. I wonder how many of the people who assured us that Roger Ebert went to hell did so with a tear in their eye.
7. Christine Scheller is one of my heroes.
8. Evidently there are those who mistakenly believe that after conversion they are no longer in need of grace. I need all I can get…
10.“And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends.”(Job 42:10 ESV) Kingdom principle?