March 22, 2011

Martin Bashir a bridger?

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(note as of 2-24-2015: I am no longer a Pirate Christian supporter.  On 9-2013 there was an update on the Ingrid/ChrisR situation - please go here: http://www.purposedrivel.com/2013/09/a-great-announcement.html  Ingrid and Chris had reconciled.  This was a good thing.  We were all friends again.)

 Further update here:
http://www.purposedrivel.com/2015/02/tullian-and-nadia-birds-of-feather.html
I am no longer a Pirate Christian supporter.  Too much hypocrisy, too many double standards, too many false accusations. I apologize for all the confusion.  I pray it won't happen again.)
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Saw that a few foolish people were making the joke that Martin Bashir is now a 'bridger' because he interviewed, shook hands with Rob Bell, etc.
Person A: FYI: msncs's Martin Bashir is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC (from a friend/pastor at said church).
Person B: He's a bridger because he had a conversation with a heretic, admitted to shaking his hand and the purpose of the interview was to sell Bell's book. It doesn't matter what Bashir actually said, he's clearly compromised and lent his credibility to a heretic.
Person A: That's right! I guess that makes me a bridger for bringing it up. I've earned Ms. Schlueter's ire.
So how could anyone even make a working joke that Martin Bashir was cooperating with and promoting Rob Bell?  A joke has to have some element of truth to it to work.  You take the truth and twist it cockeyed to make people think of it a new way.  That is humor.  But you have to have a recognizable core of truth, otherwise it is just not even funny.  It flops, unless you bought the original straw man propped up by Person B, months ago, as being the truth.

1. Bashir isn't running a Christian talk show or Christian conference/worship service.  And even if he was:

2. He is actively UNDERMINING and backing Bell into a corner in the interview.

Would that Dr. Horton had done that at Saddleback! If men of God were willing to do what Bashir did in front of false teachers, I would rejoice that they go. But if they don't have the fortitude to do it in no uncertain terms.

False teachers do not generally invite the bold men of God, those who will correct their false teaching plainly, to their conferences.  They don't do it, because they "...will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths." 2 Tim 4:3