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Bart Campolo Disturbing Article

Posted in Bart Campolo, Emergent Church on May 5, 2008 by Billy Creighton

Bart Campolo (son of Tony) wrote an article entitled, “The Limits of God’s Grace” published in Youth Specialties’

It is rare for a writer to be this honest about the functional sovereignty of his own mind in determining the object of his worship. In other words, Bart Campolo is an idolater of the first-order. (Something tells me, though, that there won’t be any “protests” planned against his views.) Here’s an excerpt:

“Some might say I would be wise to swallow my misgivings about such stuff [like God's sovereignty, wrath, hell, etc.], remain orthodox, and thereby secure my place with God in eternity. But that is precisely my point: If those things are true, then God might as well send me to Hell. For better or worse, I simply am not interested in any God but a completely good, entirely loving, and perfectly forgiving One who is powerful enough to utterly triumph over evil. Such a God may not exist, but I will die seeking such a God, and I will pledge my allegiance to no other possibility because, quite frankly, anything less is not worthy of my worship.

Please, don’t get me wrong. I am well aware that I don’t get to decide who God is. What I do get to decide, however, is to whom I pledge my allegience. I am a free agent, after all, and I have standards for my God, the first of which is this: I will not worship any God who is not at least as compassionate as I am.” (end quote)

It may have been just this sort of hubris that David Wells had in mind as being “scandalous to the postmodern ear” in his book, Above All Earthly Pow’rs. Commenting on Romans 1:18ff (“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men …”) Wells said:

It is no small scandal what Paul has to say here. What is revealed to all people everywhere? It is not that God is loving, though He is. It is not that He is accepting, though sinners may find acceptance with Him. It is not that we have natural access to Him through the self, though the Greek poet was not wrong to say that “In Him we live and move and have our being” so “He is not far from each of us” (Acts 17:27-28). It is not that we can find Him on our own terms, though He should be sought (Acts 17:27).

No, what is revealed is the fact that He is wrathful. It is true that this disclosure comes alongside the fact that the creation also bespeaks His glory and the greatness of His power. Yet the greatness of His power and His glory do not obscure the fact God is alienated from human beings. Indeed, His glory is precisely the reason that He is alienated!

There is, as a result, already a faint foretaste of final judgment as the consequences of sin visit their retribution upon the sinner. This is scandalous to a postmodern ear, but locked in that scandal is the key to meaning in the world and in that meaning there is hope. (page 202-203)

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