Phil Johnson has what looks to be another thoughtful post, regardless if you agree completely with his convictions or not. It is profitable to see such an exchange between him and Adrian Warnock on the topic of discernment and speech. It begins like this:
The esteemed Dr. Warnock has made yet another post (plus a bonus follow-up comment)
objecting to the look and feel of our polemic against some stylish doctrines and ministry philosophies which have borne notoriously rotten fruits.
Specifically, he suggests that in last Monday’s Pyro-post I ought not to have criticized Willow Creek’s pragmatic, program-driven ministry philosophy without first saying something really nice and affirmative about them.
These are, of course, issues we have discussed with the good Doctor before. I was going to let it pass this time, but he e-mailed me, inviting my reply. So let’s analyze Dr. Warnock’s view of “discernment” a little more closely.
He insists that “we really must be looking for the good in people, especially in those who have not denied important aspects of the Gospel.”
Click through to read the entire post, entitled “If you can’t say something nice…“