Man have people turned on Driscoll! As best I can tell, in exactly one year he went from posterboy to piñata.
Public opinion really turned when Mars Hill Global was announced. Fair enough, I think MHG is a bad idea. But what he’s being smacked around for now is that he says he is Reformed Charismatic. Is this enough to take someone from hero to zero? Really?
I’ve heard MD mention it, and another (sympathetic) speaker quote him, and a few things are clear:
- He’s speaking to specific audiences, who will understand the nuanced meaning he’s going for.
- He’s talking about tempering the crazy from both the Ultra-Reformed and Ultra-Charismatic camps.
- He’s basically saying that he has a Reformed soteriology and he isn’t a cessationist. He would agree that the Spirit’s primary work is in pointing people to the Son, but also believes that ministry is done in the power of the Spirit, that there is a spiritual battle going on, and that the Christian needs to keep in step with the Spirit. Who’d argue?
Men for whom I have a great deal of respect are arguing it’s impossible to be a Reformed Charismatic. DJPJ at least sees the rhetorical skill in the phrase, fair enough too, given his oratory skills, but he ultimately argues that the title doesn’t make sense.
I’ve got no problem with Phil Jensen deciding he’s not on board with the phrase – his critiques are always thoughtful. But something broader has swept through Sydney. Driscoll has somehow become one of the bad guys, and “Reformed Charismatic” is his weak link to attack. The real message seems to be: He’s not on our team anymore.
I was at neither of the last two MTD Ministry Intensives, so this is based on what filters out, but that’s ok. Only a few are at the day, the rest of us hear what filters out. It seems that the obvious subtext of this year’s conference day was why last year’s was a mistake. If you were there and disagree, that’s great, but I’m talking the message that has actually got out.
That message is that Driscoll is now on the nose.