As a church staff we have recently read Mark Driscolâ€™s book Radical Reformission and we are currently in the middle of Rob Bellâ€™s book Velvet Elvis. In both of their books, chapter six seems to be their most radical chapters. For Driscol it is his acceptance and even encouragement to drink alcohol, specifically beer. For
Is there a difference? You bet. I may not agree with Driscolâ€™s view on alcohol, but I have heard him speak and heard his heart (and doctrine) and have absolutely no hesitation in standing beside him in order to reach our world for Christ. I have recently come to understand that if we cut off other brothers and sisters who are Christians, just because we disagree with them on a peripheral issue, it is analogous to cutting off our arm. As churches we end up hopping around, handicapped, bleeding, and we wonder why the world says, â€œno thank you.â€
Both argue for church culture to change, both say they desire to see people saved â€“ but one is a serpent and one is a saint. Bottom line — foundational doctrine is very important. Without a solid foundation, trampolines (with springs) collapse. (see Bells introduction).
Sounds like a correct and an incorrect living interpretation of …..
(1 Cor. 9:19-23).
Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings (1 Cor. 9:19-23).
In Truth & Love,
Your Brother in Christ Jesus,
Drew Boswell says
thanks Mark — right on!