Dear Chris R., Chris P. and anyone else who thinks I have to prove emergent is right. I want to share something with you. I don’t have to prove anything. I’m not emergent, although I know people who I fully believe will be in heaven who claim to be emergent. Truth will always defend itself. I don’t have to prove it. If I’m wrong in my assessment of Mr. Silva that will prove itself. If I am wrong in my defense of Rob Bell that too will prove itself.
I’ve never met Mr. Silva, I can only assess him based on what I read and what I read lacks credibility of any nature. Chris Rosebrough, I respect you. I do. I have found your personal blog to be something that is well done. I don’t agree with all of your posts, nor your stances but you listen. I don’t find that with many who are in the camp you associate with. I disagree with your interpretation of Luke 18 if you’re saying that it only has to do with justification. As the last verse says, ” everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.â€
But I want to be very clear on this. I am done sitting back and watching Mr. Silva use non sequiturs to attack men like Rob Bell. Mr. Silva is correct, his fruit will speak for itself. We need to use more than links to our own articles to prove our point. It is my belief that Mr. Silva is a dangerous poison that is being used by the Enemy to wound the body of Christ. When it comes to what he posts I will stop at nothing to show the ludicrous jumps in logic he makes. My fellow contributors may have a greater sense of compassion for him than I do and that is fine, but I have met Rob. I know men who know him. Men, who I greatly respect. Men who love God.
I understand that you may know Mr. Silva, and as such you may have a greater scope to evaluate him on. I imagine you might say many of the same things that I just said about him. You may even care deeply for him and believe with all your heart that he is right in what he is doing. This is where we will degenerate into something of a circular argument because the perspective that we are coming from is so far apart.
I simply do not see anything Christ like in what Mr. Silva puts into print. Please understand this, as long as he attacks men he’s never met, uses poor logic to “prove” his points and generally spreads deceit and lies I will stand against that. You are welcome to come, read and tell me I’m wrong. You can always post a different view in the comments but don’t ask me to prove anything is right. That’s not what I’m trying to do when I’m talking about Mr. Silva. I’m simply attempting to point out the errors he’s using, and before you ask me to prove his errors spend some time here and read the posts. There are plenty that already do that for me. I’m not out to prove the emergent movement is right. I’m not out to do anything other than warn people that Mr. Silva is dangerous.
I’m done sitting on the sidelines and allowing him to hurt people in the name of religion.