Chad sent me a link to Ingrid’s post on the death of Kyle Lake, pastor of University Baptist Church. In it, she revels in the fact that he was an emergent pastor, preaching an “unclean” gospel in a new-agey style. She stops just short of calling it an act of God to cleanse his church.
In the proud tradition of fundamentalism, Ingrid has made it clear that Slice of Laodicea does not welcome dissenting opinions in the comments. Well, in the proud tradition of Addison Road, I’m going to leave my dissenting comment here. Feel free to comment below. Feel especially free if you disagree with us.
“So what are we saying here, Ingrid? That the Old Testament God finally showed up and began cleansing the church of her heretics? That a church built near a liberal university is in jeopardy, in constant danger of falling into perdition?
You think he was a heretic. Fine. You think he was a wolf among the sheep. Fine. You think his brand of new-agey preaching precludes him from the pantheon of bible-thumpers. Fine.
But to revel in the death of a young father, a husband, a friend to many, and a servant of all, this is just too much.
Grieve. Grieve as all God’s children should grieve when death asserts his temporary dominion. Grieve as Christ did when he saw the suffering of others. Grieve as if we were a people of love, with all of its attendant joy and sorrow.
Grieve, or be silent.”
In the fine tradition of never admitting error, it seems Ingrid has instead chosen to simply remove the article from her main site. Well, in the interest of full disclosure, I’m reprinting it here, in it’s entirety.
David Cloud of the Fundamental Baptist News Service reports this on the electrocution of emergent pastor and author Kyle Lake while conducting a baptism. He left a wife and small children. David Cloud writes:
Pastor Kyle Lake was electrocuted on Sunday, October 30, minutes after the congregation had prayed, “Surprise me, God.” The pastor of the liberal University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, had preached a strange New Agey-like sermon about living life to the
fullest, in which he said: “Live. And Live Well. BREATHE. Breathe in and Breathe deeply. Be PRESENT. Do not be past. Do not be future. Be
now. … Get knee-deep in a novel and LOSE track of time. If you bike, pedal HARD and if you crash then crash well. … If you’ve recently experienced loss, then GRIEVE. And Grieve well. At the table with friends and family, LAUGH. If you’re eating and laughing at the same time, then you might as well laugh until you puke.”
This Baptist church gets its name from nearby Baylor University, which is a liberal institution supported by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Professor Roger Olson of Baylor’s Truett Seminary
has espoused the heresy of Open Theism, which claims that God does not perfectly know the future and makes mistakes. In March 2004 Baylor’s school paper came out in support of homosexual
marriage and said it is wrong to “discriminate”.
against someone because of “sexual orientation.”