Saturday, November 10, 2007

Comparing John Wesley and Rick Warren

Rick Warren is often criticized for excessive evangelistic zeal. Which is a really strange thing to criticize someone about. Anyway, Michael Spencer defends Warren and compares his evangelistic fervor with that of John Wesley:

At this point, I can say everyone needs to find and read every word written by Iain Murray on John Wesley, particularly on what everyone can learn from the early Methodists about evangelistic zeal.

You see, Murray acknowledges that Wesley had some theological problems, but for some odd reason, Murray hasn’t gotten the memo that any theological error at all disqualifies what you do in evangelism from being commendable.

The seeker model isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in many ways, and I am not a fan of much of what has been done with it. But I do believe that if we look closely at those men- across the spectrum- who have an evangelistic zeal that overflows into what their church says and does- you’ll find that it’s the same Holy Spirit, calling people to Christ, energizing Christians to love and take risks for Jesus sake and for the lost.


jim said...

Willimon has some different things to say concerning Warren in his most recent podcasts.

Ken L. Hagler said...

Thanks for the link! I don't know how you do it all but thanks for the stuff you find.

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