What Are We Left With?
I got the terrible news and the link almost at the same time.
The news of the death of Michael Spencer hit me hard and I was trying to find ways to keep busy and hide my grief from a little boy who doesn’t understand this part of my world.
This link came in and the loss was multiplied.
“First Satan raised up ecumenical deceiver Chuck Colson supported by false prophet Pat Roberstson and J. I. Packer to betray the scriptural Gospel compromising with the sacramental one of Roman Catholicism. Then Satan raised up anti-Israel preacher John Stott and Replacement Theology Restorationist Roger Forster to deny that Jesus died to save souls from a permanent conscious hell because they teach none exits. Then Satan raised up Tony Campolo and his son Bart to deny that things Scripture calls “sin” are sin, stating that portions of God’s Word with which they disagree will either be spiritualized away or ignored. Then Satan raised up Mike Bickel’s assortment of predatory perverts, drunks, homosexuals, and mystics — the Kansas City False Prophets who propagated an over-realized eschatology of Kingdom Dominion Theology fueled by failed prophetic predictions. Then Satan raised up Rick Warren to replace God’s peace plan with Rick Warren’s multi-faith one and replace the scriptural kerygma of Gospel presentation with a seeker-friendly one based on the marketing psychology of Peter Drucker, Bill Hybels, Robert Schuller, and New Age mystic Ken Blanchard. Warren’s “Purpose Driven Lie” is not built on biblical theology but on popular psychology which downplays sin. Then Satan raised up Steve Chalk to deny that Jesus died for sin because it would make God a child abuser in his view.”
“Then Satan raised up corrupters of God’s Word itself seeking to replace Scripture with counterfeits of it such as Eugene Peterson’s The Message. Then Satan raised raised up a list of heretical authors writing popular books at fundamental odds with scriptural doctrine such as The God Chasers, The Prayer of Jabez and other such specimens of pseudo-spiritual junk. Then Satan raised up someone to write The Shack which not only denies the scriptural Gospel but amounts to blasphemy. Satan even raised up Gayle Irwin to endorse it. “
The article was prophetically titled “What Are We Left With?”…
The IMonk is gone…and we’re left with a big hole in cyberspace where sanity reined,where thoughtful dissent and discussion of ideas flourished without the demonization of those thinking out loud and deeply about their faith.
I didn’t always agree with Michael, or even always get along with him.
I was always aware of his gifts to the body, the most important being the gift to allow people to think out of barbed wire boxes and meet Jesus for themselves.
Outside of the Gospel, there is no greater gift a pastor can give.
The Lord has given and the Lord has taken away…and I wonder what we’re left with.