Lane Chaplin counters Barnabas Piper’s post, “MacArthur v. Driscoll: It’s discouraging to young Christians like me.”
Chaplin lists several reasons he’s encouraged by what happened with the Strange Fire Conference:
- It shows that popularity doesn’t matter to everyone.
- I’m reminded that, no matter how bleak it may look at a time, the truth eventually wins out (he’s referring to a video that emerged, proving that Driscoll lied).
- People are talking about theology again.
- There is a clearer divide of where people and their character stand after this.
- Fads fade.
I agree with Lane: Piper’s response to the whole thing is just another example of a stripped down evangelicalism that hypocritically picks and chooses what issues beyond the gospel are important and what issues are not. They are willing to fight for their causes, but if they think something isn’t worth fighting over, then they simply cry “divisive!”