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Sorry Dan, but I cannot hardly stand to hear Terry Virgo anymore. Although he has a lot of knowledge and speaks well, I am concerned that he may have been bewitched - caught up in the superstar idolatry which is so rampant in what passes for real Christianity today. Is he completely deluded? Naive? Or was it simply a momentary lapse of judgment or wisdom? Why else would he allow his good name to be used to promote a degrading book which touts blatant misogyny as Christian virtue? http://timothymichaellaw.com/2012/01/10/mark-driscoll-and-ed-young-how-to-be-a-misogynist-and-sell-booksAnd, frankly, Dan, I do not understand your continuing to promote him long after your trenchant explanation of why you did not wish to attend New Frontier's Brighton misadventure a couple of years ago. Things have not gotten better, certainly, and the cult of personality continues to grow.
Hi Anonymous,Thanks for your detailed comment - as you know well, by now, I always welcome differing views!Firstly the Driscoll connection: Yes I have seen the latest tome to come out from "that" ministry. I confess I haven't read it, and don't intend to. Tim Challies fair review I think was enough for me - I can guess at what is within those pages. I suspect we agree there. I have not changed my Driscoll concerns or dislike (although I try to appreciate the good within his ministry such as it is).Do I like the warm connection between Terry and Mark Driscoll? No, if I am honest - not particularly. But I was never that chuffed on the connection between Terry and C J Mahaney!I liken Terry in my mind to Albus Dumbledore (if you are not familiar with that character from J K Rowlings books - he is the Headmaster who frustrates Harry throughout the volumes by seeming to "always think well of people". Actually in the final end - we are shown that he was fully aware of some of the misdeeds of some he always seemed to give a free pass to).I continue to appreciate and value Terry's ministry for the following reasons;1. He always seems to impart the Presence of the Holy Spirit when I hear him preach (to me, one of the marks of a true New Testament apostle).2. His emphasis on the grace of God is a vital neglected one in the Church today. And I hope that his connection to Driscoll, would have a positive impact. I truly fear for Driscoll's influence of preaching on women.3. He is one of the few true leaders who manages to "hold the tension" as Ern Baxter put it - between reformed doctrine and charismatic experience. Stanley Jebb broke the tension. C J Mahaney has broken the tension and both fell on the side of reformed doctrine. Terry still manages to appreciate both. I love nothing more than being in a meeting hearing him speak in tongues (and have it interpreted!) and then preach a weighty 50 minute sermon.As for the "cult of personality" - frankly Anonymous, I don't think it (if there is one) is self-motivated by Terry at all. He is a very "reluctant hero" and does not seek the attention, fame, adoration that men such as C J Mahaney and Mark Driscoll have shown to have.That's just my views Anonymous - as much as I appreciate yours.Do I wish that he wasn't as close friends with Driscoll? Of course I wish it - but I respect him enough to trust that it is a friendship he has chosen carefully! Does that mean I like Driscoll's toilet-mouth and his abusive methods as well as his near-perverse obsession with sex? Absolutely not!And if Driscoll was invited again to a Newfrontiers conference - then I STILL wouldn't go! I hope that clarifies things a bit from my point of view.
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