Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Importance of Dogma and The Fraying of Protestantism

I didn't want this gem from Boniface at Unam Sanctam. Most of you have probably heard of this Rob Bell guy, a non-denominational (as though there is such a thing) pastor who has gone public with a dirty little row that most Protestants have been trying to ignore, namely, the question of hell and damnation.

More and more, you've seen the big names in Protestantism ditch the whole idea of hell. Have you ever heard Joel Osteen mention it? Joyce Meyers? Paula White? TD Jakes? Anybody?

Bueller? Bueller?

My guess is that you haven't. The fact of the matter is that we've come a long way since Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. This practical denial of hell on the part of so many pastors has creeped into the pews, but nobody really wants to admit it. Bell's treatise on the subject and the willingness of moderns to promote anything offensive to God has resulted in a lot of publicity for a topic that is admittedly uncomfortable.

Boniface's take is that this whole incident shows why Protestantism is untenable. The edifice is collapsing amidst a wild and unruly combat of Bible verses being slung about with no real appreciation for the fact that everyone is basically just relying on their own understanding in ciphering what the Holy Spirit was trying to say.

Anyways, check it out. It's worth your time.

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