Archive for April 17th, 2007

Watchdawggie PadawanApparently unable to find anything else of Rob Bell’s to critique today, Ken decided to pull out a sermon from Mars Hill two years ago that wrongly cited Nelson Mandela with a quote (ironically used by Nathan in the article below, and wrongly attributed there, as well).  SHAME ON YOU NATHAN (and Rob) – don’t you triple-check your quotes?

Apparently, Ken does, as he notes from another site that:

This quote is often found on the Internet incorrectly credited to Nelson Mandela from his Inauguration Speech, 1994, especially the last sentence of that quote, “As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” (emphasis his)

So let me get this straight – Rob Bell (and our own beloved Nathan) mis-attributed a quote (two years ago) that Ken’s own research shows that people often mis-attribute to Nelson Mandela.

That’s the kind of good Christian research we need, right?  Right?  (Right now, I am recollecting someone’s words about ’straining gnats…’)

Or, maybe this was to also set up Ken to take the quote, then, out of the context of the remainder of the sermon and slander Bell by twisting its meaning to be something other than what it was.

Sure enough.

Ken quotes 2 Timothy 3:2

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self. (emphasis his)

So here, the point Ken tries to make is that Rob is trying to talk about the love of man and the underpinnings of abject humanism.  The problem is, though, that Bell is actually talking about God giving us all a purpose in being here, a mission to accomplish with HIS aid and HIS Spirit, and that we often sell God short in what can be accomplished, via our own fears and insecurities.

So, Ken, once again has set up a straw man, and burned himself down…

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