Source: The Broken Messenger
Comments: Brad gives a thorough assessment of Slice, as a whole – probably the best holistic view to date.
The more I read Slice of Laodicea, the more I find myself concerned as to how close this blog is treading into the legalistic crass, and the arrogant kind of elitism that has firmly entrenched itself in some Reformist circles. What a few days ago was just a few concerns, is now a host of them as I have become more familiar with the blog. Given Slice’s longevity, I think that its time that those who blog and affirm TULIP, Calvinism and Reformist teaching to take a hard look at one of thier own, and if justified, to stand up against the kind of blogging that resorts to ridicule and false triumphalism that appears to be mainstays in much of its content.
And itâ€™s not as if the comments on Slice are any kinder. In fact, most that seem to appear on Slice (allowed actually) are overwhelmingly those that are like-minded and often even more egregious, outrageous and spiteful than what is said on Slice. Usually, itâ€™s difficult to take issue with a blogâ€™s comments because it is often the case that blogs allow a wide range and lattitude of views and opinions from the content that is posted by the author. But Slice moderates all posts that are shown on its blog, predetermining what they deem worthy for discourse
The ability to spot flawed biblical application and exegesis is also a problem for Slice from time to time. Take for instance Sliceâ€™s post on Paul Proctorâ€™s almost â€œprophetic revelationâ€ that Kyle Lakeâ€™s death may very well been an â€œAnanias and Sapphiraâ€ like moment for the Emergent Church. In this article, Paul concludes with the following jaw-dropping analysis as to circumstances surrounding Kyleâ€™s death, saying that it was due to Godâ€™s immediate judgment on Kyle, a conclusion that should have raised major red flags with Ingrid:
Although they obviously miss their beloved pastor and his fanciful messages, the real tragedy here would be missing the message that God was sending; but then sometimes the hardest things in life to understand and accept are the obvious.
And while we are talking about being biblical, has anyone considered admonishing Ingrid for treading dangerously close to a place she is not qualified to go?
A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. â€“ 1 Timothy 2:11-12
I can imagine that Ingrid feels insulated because of her readership (as boasted of in the comments section here) and on the basis that she is only a blogger and a radio host. But one easily notes the â€œinstructionâ€ that is espoused daily on a narrow section of the church.
But here is my real issue with Slice: Where is the humility? Where is the patience and forbearance with brothers and sisters, who though misguided and in error, are often sincere and seeking Christ? And where on earth is the kindness? If the response is merely that one qualifies in all these things because truth is being â€œexposed,” well, it doesn’t work. If youâ€™re means nullify the ends, itâ€™s not truth. There is right and wrong way to admonish and teach. Christ set the example and instructed us to judge in righteousness â€“ something youâ€™ll hear frequently from Slice as a defense of their activities. But righteousness includes love in all its qualities, specifically: love is patient, kind, gentle, humble, rejoices with the truth, and keeps no record of wrongs (1 Cor. 13:1-6).
From what I continually read, Slice of Laodicea frequently does not follow Christâ€™s standard of admonishment. Instead, it smacks of Ephesus, a church that Christ rebuked with a harshness that nearly equaled that of Laodicea, and did so for its departure from its first love – a love under which we are to love one another as Christ loves us. And its also very important to note that this rebuke from Jesus came even though he acknowledged that the Ephesians had cherished right doctrine and had even endured suffering (see Revelation 2).