But I'm a fan.
I've read several of his books. I have The Message on my shelf and crack it open at times. We don't always see eye to eye, but I don't have to. He reminds me a lot of my mentor and friend Bill Treadwell (read more here), who also had that old, grizzled, wizened, Jedi thing going for him.
In an interview this past week with Timothy Dalrymple, Peterson implied that to have community means not having a litmus test. Here's the exact quote:
But the people who are against Rob Bell are not going to reexamine anything. They have a litmus test for who is a Christian and who is not. But that’s not what it means to live in community.Here's my issue with that: it seems that throughout the NT and in particular the last-half of Paul's letters, community is defined by the litmus test of Christ as Lord of all my life. The Christian church is in submission to Jesus' authority over every area, such as:
- Sexuality (1 Thes. 4.3-8)
- Speech (Eph. 4.29)
- Money (1 Tim. 6.17-19)
- Marriage (Col. 3.18-19)
- Parenting (Col. 3.20-21)
- Emotions (Eph. 4.31)
- Freedom (Gal. 5.13)
- Government (Rom. 13.1-7)
What's more, in the disciplinary passages (e.g. 1 Cor. 5), we see the call to remove people who are out of line with Christ's lordship and unrepentant in that sin.
I recognize that it's popular and culturally acceptable to say we ought to accept everyone. In a sense, I can see how that's a good thing. But I also know that the Christian community who live under the Lordship of Jesus does indeed have a litmus test: is what Jesus wants done getting done?
But that's just me thinking thoughts...