I was having a discussion about this video today with some fellow students. (You don’t have to read the article although I think I agree with it).
The discussion I was having was, I think, partly to do with my fellow students who generally like Mark Driscoll’s stuff (I’ve never read any of his stuff but I’ve heard that it’s good… only ever come across him in a negative light recently).
I made a comment on Twitter with a link to that video, and I think they were of the opinion that although they wouldn’t express themselves like that, in general what he said was true. In other words, he was saying what he was saying intentionally to stir people up and provoke a reaction.
I think I’m still of the opinion that saying “God hates you” is pretty indefensible, Biblically: there are two references in the Psalms to God hating the wicked / sinners, but nothing in the New Testament. Of course, as he says, we are “objects of wrath” (Ephesians 2:3) – but then that same passage goes on to say “BUT because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ”.
I just think pastorally, saying “God hates you” is an utter no-no. More importantly, it’s actually unbiblical.
Even if Driscoll has an “in your face” kind of style, I think it’s unacceptable to be saying things like that.
Just wondered if anyone had any opinions on the matter :)
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