i am a chan fan. when i hear/read francis chan, i am attracted and repulsed simultaneously. and not just chan, but there are several fresh voices (david platt, c.j. mahaney, matt chandler, and others) who preach a message that exhorts christians to “live biblically.” my theology has changed drastically over the last couple of years, largely due to the challenge laid down by these godly men. i want to pursue god recklessly.
several days ago on out of ur, chan was interviewed (on video) by mark driscoll and josh harris about his reasons for leaving cornerstone church. it’s a compelling interview and you should take a fifteen minutes and watch it.
in the interview, driscoll asked chan a question that startled me, and i would really like my brilliant readers to weigh in on it. i had to run it back and listen to it again. driscoll asked (and i paraphrase), “you seem to believe that sanctification happens through poverty, suffering, and simplicity. what do you do when god blesses? what if god wants to sanctify you not through poverty, but generosity? and not through suffering, but blessing? and not through simplicity, but complexity?”
it seems to me that driscoll was asking, “were you feeling spiritually uncomfortable because your church was growing and you were selling lots of books? is that why you left your church?”
so what so you think, scholarly friends?