Posts like this make me profoundly sad. In fact, it makes me wonder if this author really can know the peace and grace of Christ (I’m not suggestion this person is outside of Christ, only that they’ve not realized the work that Jesus accomplished between us and God).
This post is not meant to be a criticism of the opinions expressed about Driscoll (we’ve rehashed that conversation dozens of times, though it does seem odd the author would criticize Driscoll without actually reading the book itself). Rather, I want to address the assumptions made by the author about the relationship between us and God, and I want to do so because it seems lately that I’ve been seeing these assumptions made by Christians in many different streams of theological thought.
Consider the following statements, which are representative of the piece:
Scripture says we are to fear HIM:
He destroys the HOLINESS and FEAR for Christ Jesus. There is nothing worth taking from Driscoll’s pig stye to sift through and find truth. Go to Scripture and find the pristine reverence for Christ, held up above all people and all of Creation, set apart as Master, Righteous One, and without spot or blemish, never acting like the pigs, dogs, and vipers of His day.
There is nothing, absolutely nothing in this piece that speak of the intimacy we have with Jesus. Nothing in it speaks of the great love that God has for us.
Consider, for example, the consistent and overwhelming use of the metaphor of God as father. It is so overwhelming that when Jesus is asked by his disciples how to pray he begins with "Our father in heaven". Or consider that Christ is consistently pictured as the bridegroom of the church, which is the exact comparison Jesus uses for himself when his disciples’ actions are being compared to that of the Pharisees. We also have the description of Jesus as older brother, and we are called adopted sons into the family of God.
The descriptions of God I get from many Christians, and this article in particular is far from the familiarity and intimacy of a brother, father, or husband, instead God is pictured as this unapproachable, unreasonable, petty tyrant who is looking to punish anyone who forgot to dot an I or cross a T.
Its almost like verses such as:
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
Have been forgotten.
Ultimately, theology such as the one represented in this article is a Christless theology because Christ is our mediator. His work is the work that created the easy familiarity of brother, husband and father with God. The only way that God is an ineffable, unapproachable deity is if Christ’s work didn’t work.
And if you think this Christless theology is confined to an obscure blog dedicated to re-publishing, and re-hashing the same old critiques against Driscoll, I invite you to read this group of comments. Here’s some highlights:
Ultimately we (all people) live under the threat of eternal death if we worship improperly, do we not?
The Bible does not say God is “love, love, love.” It does say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.”
Great reminder that we are not approaching "the man upstairs" but the King of glory!