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A little small “p” prophecy

When I look ahead to the next 25-30 years, I am not so concerned with the folks who are bunkering down in their tribe and taking shots at the other side. They are who they are, and in 30 years they will be doing the same thing.

But, rest assured, they’ll be still clinging hard to their doctrine. It’s who they are.

On the other hand, I am quite concerned with the gospel-centered movement that seems to eschew any type of ripple in the water not caused by that which is of first importance.

I’m afraid that with all of the talk, handshakes and bridge-building, we might lose our love for the truth. This makes me nauseous just thinking about it.

The truth of the gospel is big enough and powerful enough to provide a model and motivation for forgiveness and grace amid disputes. It can bear the freight for robust theological discussion and debate.

What it can’t support is being shelved in favor of other things, even under the veil of gospel influence. 

Note: This post is not about Driscoll’s book or his ministry. I simply reference it because it is relevant news in the blogosphere and the storyline relates to my concern without being my concern.

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Erik is a pastor at Emmaus Bible Church (EmmausBibleChurch.org), a church plant south of Omaha. Converse with Erik on Twitter at @erikraymond.