Sunday, September 04, 2011

Matt Redmond notices how a pastor manages to fit his own checklist of false repentance on something

Fascinatingly, Matt Redmond points out that within days of Driscoll posting his thing about effeminate anatomically male worship leads he was also posting about false repentance and seven different forms it can take. Redmond, interestingly enough, notes that at least 4, 6 and 7 are prominently on display in Driscoll's non-apology about posting about effeminate worship leaders. But by framing "the real issue" as whether gender is designed or constructed 1 and 5 were easily displayed in the non-apology. After all, since there's this crisis of a lack of real men in the church wasn't it necessary to speak up strongly about the problem of effeminate worship leaders?
Now we are all capable of false repentance in all sorts of areas in our lives but if you and I learn any lesson from Driscoll's facebook scuffle this summer may it be this, that as soon as you dump legions of stuff out there and have a high profile it becomes all the easier for people to put together the realization that you or I or Driscoll can simultaneously talk about signs of false repentance while displaying them. Driscoll showed us 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7 in his check list of signs of false repentance. That's not a small matter but I am a small person so my pointing this out is probably just an outworking of personal conviction and observation, all of which may be flawed.

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