Call me a jerk, negative, cynical, whatever, but this guy is trouble for the gospel in America. He says, in response to Larry King’s questions about the exclusivity of the Christian faith, “I don’t know if I believe that they’re wrong.”
What?! I’m telling ya, this guy is mainstream and beloved by many Bible-believing Christians in a way that Benny Hinn or Creflo Dollar never would be. I’ve heard people talk about how they like to listen to him because he’s so smiley and positive.
Smiley and positive?! What about watered-down?! Or, better yet, wrong?!
It’s one thing to say, “I’m a fallible human being who might not interpret God’s Word correctly in all places and who doesn’t feel comfortable making definitive pronouncements about an individual’s eternal status with God .” It’s entirely a different thing altogether to speak as if there is not sufficient authority from Scripture to say that God makes a certain claim with regard to the exclusivity of the method of salvation. The difference, of course, is the ground of the authority. Me versus the Bible as God’s Word. Fine. That’s a justifiable distinction. But, to say “I don’t know if I believe that they’re wrong” is like saying, “I think the Bible does not conflict with the claims of these other religions and has enough room for everyone.”
Seriously, have we so capitulated to postmodern relativism that we can’t now say anything definitively about what the Bible claims?
BTW, wanted to point out, for the fourteen millionth time, as if Christians in America don’t know this, that the mainstream media doesn’t know what the heck they’re talking about… It says, “Evangelism’s Rising Star” instead of Evangelicalism’s Rising Star.