***Update***: The video is back!
Well, hand it to pastor Mark Driscoll, he doesn’t care about being politically correct.
You may want to get some popcorn before watching this. It’s great.
Will everyone who doesn’t know about Jesus go to hell?
It greatly disturbs me when well-known pastors and preachers and authors get invited onto television studio sets where the lights are on them and the world is listening to them and the interview inquires of them, “If you don’t know Jesus, are you going to hell?” and they squirm or they change the subject or they appeal to the emotions or they tell a story… they do anything but say, “Yes. Yes…”
[Jesus is the only way to salvation. Are there any other ways?]
New Age-ism. NO!
Jehovah’s Witness-ism. NO!
Nice people. NO!
Good people. NO!
Generous people. NO!
Religious people. NO!
I have a hard time deciding who helps atheists out more:
The honest, aggressive, loud dicks like Mark Driscoll who probably push more people away from Christianity than they bring in…Or the hipstery, sweet, Jesus-loves-everybody folks like Rob Bell who don’t “correctly” follow Christian theology, who are apolitical, and who are not anti-gay/anti-abortion… but may draw more people into the faith in the process.
Unlike the similar schism in our own movement between the “angry atheists” and the “accommodationists,” I don’t think you can say “We need both kinds” in this case.
The two types of Christians here have very different objectives — Driscoll wants to save souls for the afterlife and he thinks he knows how to do it because the Bible gives him the directions. Bell leads the charge to “be more like Jesus” because that makes for a better world for all of us; saving people almost seems incidental after that.
You can’t have it both ways. These are two different interpretations of how to live according to the Bible. They’re not both right, and only one (if any) will win out. There will be a schism in the Protestant world before those sides come together.
(Actually, neither one is right when it comes down to it… but you know what I mean.)
Meanwhile, the two kinds of atheists simply have different tactics of getting people to accept the truth — but we’re working toward the same goal.
(via Christian Nightmares)