Facepalm of the Day

While persuing one of the many pieces of mail that come through the office, something caught my eye. This particular paper is essentially a collection of mini sermons and bible studies from evangelists and pastors throughout the land and of a very conservative bent. One of the contributors has this to say, which I offer as facepalm fodder.

“Today, we face, I believe, the greatest threat that the church has ever faced. But today, the threat comes not from without, but from within. Liberalism, apathy and doctrinal error are the order of the day. The rise of the so-called, Emergent Church, culminated with Rob Bell’s book, Denying a Literal Hell, challenges the very foundations of the Church. Oh, but it will survive and be here until called out in the Rapture.”

Clearly he was talking about Joel Watts!

I didn’t go with a WP’s quote function because I wanted to reproduce it just as it appears.

To his credit, he does make some statements that are quite right before and after this, but there are also a number of things that could be said about this one piece, which I won’t, except for this: nothing like a little evangelical alarmist hyperbole to stoke the fires of revival, eh?

Αυτω η δοξα


1 thought on “Facepalm of the Day”

  1. I don’t know; if it was hyperbolic then it was only mildly so. Liberalism, apathy, and doctrinal error are all real and serious problems within the church. No denying that. A literal hell is a foundational belief of the Christian faith (e.g., the Apostles’ Creed mentions Jesus descending to hell and the final judgment, which entails hell for the wicked even if not stated explicitly). Maybe the guy could have left off the bit about the Emergent church and not said “greatest” in the beginning, but it wasn’t that bad overall.

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