Early on in my “conversion” to Calvinism I relied heavily on a couple well known Calvinistic apologists for my education.
I remember one in particular wrote a scathing article about Rome focusing on a man from Catholic history named Bernard of Clairvaux.
I read the article carefully and indignantly and marked that Bernard as a heretic in my mind.
In later years, I was compelled to go to the fount and read Luther and Calvin for myself.
Imagine my horror in finding that both revered Bernard.
They both quote him approvingly early and often.
In modern parlance, they ate the meat and spit out the bones.
They noted the errors, rejoiced at the insights, and his writings helped the Reformers change the world.
They also forced my mind open with a crowbar and my heart with their wisdom.
“This is a victory for the cause of Christ. Let’s just hope their claim to not support the agenda and teachings of the EC is true. Jackie Alnor comments: “And Phoenix Preacher bloggers have a collective conniption fit! PP’s leader, Michael Newnham says: “Heitzig just breathed new life into the ODM movement…they are now empowered as never before.” Translation ODM means “online discernment ministries” which is a derisive term.” … Ken Silva comments: “Today however, I was contacted by Nelson Walker, who is a pastor at Calvary of Albuquerque (CoA) where Skip Heitzig is Senior Pastor. What pastor Walker told me was that CoA happens to have “beautiful facilities” that are also sometimes used by others, which would be the case of this National Worship Leader Conference. He told me that this was not a CoA event, but even so, Leonard Sweet has been asked “not to speak though he will be in attendance. Pastor Walker said that CoA was in not supportive of the Emerging Church.”
“And that would lead me to Breaking: Sweet Silenced by Newnham and his comment “Fear and loathing wins again…” The comments section is most enlightening; apparently it’s better to simply ignore false doctrine than it is to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. (Jude 3)”
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The ODM’s have the pole set, the ropes at the ready, and the fire started for Leonard Sweet.
I just want to know what false doctrine he’s teaching and what sacred truth he denies before I add my match.
I stopped burning heretics at others words years ago.
Leonard Sweet is flesh and blood…a person.
He claims to be a Christ follower who takes the path less traveled.
That would make him family.
For what reason are we ruining his name and shunning his ministry?
I’m still waiting for an answer…