"I believe that Alan Chambers is a good man with good intentions. It is his messaging that concerned me recently and prompted me to resign"

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JohnBrian's picture

Here is a link to the Mefferd show audio


Chambers criticized Mefferd after that show and then apologized here:


from the article:

Dr. Robert A. J. Gagnon, associate professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, has called for Chambers to step down as president. Mefferd agreed with Gagnon, which then prompted Chambers to go on the show.

But the interview convinced neither Mefferd nor Gagnon to recant their call. In fact, it further confirmed their concerns, they said.

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I'm not sure I agree with Chambers' comments, but I'm also not so sure I understand the backlash. His general theological position seems pretty consistent with the way church discipline is practiced (or more accurately, not practiced) in the average church. I can't tell you the times I've heard "So and so is a Christian--he's just backslidden. We need to pray that God will open his eyes." or "So and so made a profession of faith, but he's not walking with the Lord."

Am I missing something? Is it just an issue of the nature of the sin?

Again, I don't necessarily agree with his conclusions just that I'm not sure why there is such outrage at the basic theological paradigm he's suggesting.