Sometimes I’m told that I shouldn’t be critical of Pete Rollins for denying revelation and the resurrection of Christ because his message can reach people that I can’t. My response is that’s probably true, but what message is he reaching people with? It does no good to jump into the quicksand to rescue your friend if you forget to bring the rope. You’ll both drown.
Yesterday a blogger named Ranger posted this comment from my September 3 post on Pete’s writings: “Honestly, I disagree with Pete, but enjoy his writing. Unfortunately, I read him first because a friend of a friend became an atheist after reading Rollins and thinking that Satre and Camus did it much better, and if this was all Christianity had to offer in response to Existential criticism, then it wasn’t worth believing. I’m sure there was much more to the story, but since it wasn’t a personal friend (and since I now live on the other side of the world), I couldn’t invite them out for a cup of coffee to discuss the historic Christian response to the existential crisis.”
Ranger reminds us that a false gospel not only won’t bring anyone to Jesus, and it may actually drive them further away.
On a personal note, I have the idea that Ranger is living in China, where I spent two wonderful years about 20 years ago. Ranger, if you’re reading this and that is true, ni zai nar?