So I saw the big and supposedly long awaited interview between John Piper and Rick Warren and I thought it was a fine interview and gave people a chance to see they think about what Rick Warren believes as if there was any question as to whether he might just actually be a Christian.
Well, what I am about to say, I feel needs to be said, and is probably too subjective for some, so if you get offended, sorry ’bout that.
My assessment of the interview and responses to the interview is that the neo-reformed group (those of the Desiring God or Gospel Coalition crowd, i.e., the neo-calvinist/fundamentalist folk)…
seem to not be able to handle theological diversity,
They just can’t do it.
Most, if not a very large majority of the neo-reformed group, in my opinion, are at risk of being so narrow-minded about the supposed rightness of their particular take on Christian theology and views of God…
that they cannot handle or even accept that there might just be other takes on Christian theology and understandings of God that could be right too or as valid as the Reformed (read: modern Calvinist) take on things.
In fact, it is very difficult for them to conceive that there may be brothers and sisters in the Lord, like Rick Warren, who just might be “saved” too! I say this because one neo-reformed blogger said something to the effect of “I am not saying he is not a Christian….” (revealing his struggle to accept that possibility).
Who do these guys think they are?!
They think they have the only right and only proper take on Christian theology and understandings of God and the Bible but they do not.
They do not have special insight into the mind and heart of God – they are finite and fallible humans trying to understand the infinite and infallible just like anyone else, even Rick Warren.
It’s really getting tiresome to be honest. It’s arrogant, prideful, and downright sickening. In my limited understanding, to me, this breaks the heart of God to see this kind of attitude.
I also admit to having much trouble seeing much if any grace or graciousness among the neo-reformed and their interactions with others. They may be all for the “glory of God” but I am deeply concerned that in that quest they end up really being more concerned for the glory of man or the glory of their own theological constructs.
These are dangerous times my friends. I admit I am not perfect either, I have many flaws and can get prideful too (I took a conversation on the importance of theological education too far the other day and it sounded tragically arrogant and prideful as in you can’t possibly be a good pastor if you don’t have an MDiv. Yup, it pretty much went that far and I regret that and will now need to back off and watch myself – and yes, I had to confess my error in all that). We all face these kinds of temptations and, may God help us all, we need each other to overcome those kinds of temptations.
Like I said, may God help us all.