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).