The false comfort of fatalism

One aspect of NewSpring’s apologists that has genuinely surprised me has been the repeated appeal to fatalism, the idea that because everything is predestined it is inevitable, uncontrollable and acceptable. It has been invoked to disqualify criticism of NewSpring’s leaders’ bad behavior on the basis that God made them do it. For example, one commentator ...

What harm could come from quoting Kierkegaard?

A day or two ago I asked if NewSpring’s leaders might be inviting trouble by¬†embracing Soren Kierkegaard’s liberalism. Here’s an example from John Rich about where these ideas can lead. What lesson should an allegedly Bible-believing Christian such as meself take away from such thoughts? Keep reading the Bible, believe in the bedrock truths of ...

Did someone put ignorance on the agenda?

There’s a curious sequence of posts coming from NewSpring’s leaders this week. Perry Noble led the way, boasting about how God prepared him to lead 10,000 people by making him a theological and ecclesiastical know nothing. I did just about everything you could do in a church and in all of that God was preparing ...