Adrian Warnock quotes a South African New Frontiers leader
and violently advances the kingdom of God?
My response. Absolutely not.
My prayer is that we can learn from the Word, from Christ himself to renounce violence as he did. To learn from him that his kingdom is one of peace, mercy, compassion, love, faithfulness and hope where violence has no place.
Talk of violently advancing the kingdom of God has no place whatsoever in Christian teaching. Not only is it not of the kingdom but in today’s climate it is positively dangerous. We only have to think about how many terrorists has believed they were advancing the kingdom of God.
To be as fair as possible here is a fuller quote to judge context.
Oh and by the way we could also discuss much else about the use of this text. For example it separates Jesus and the Bible in an unhelpful way (one that is incompatible with the prologue to John’s gospel as one example). It also does not support the central point that he is trying to make (that it is the word that brings faith). See Romans 10:17:
The “word about Christ” here cannot mean the Bible. The context surrounding it makes that clear, plus of course there is the minor detail that the Bible was not yet available (you have to take the very earliest possible dates of the gospels to believe any had even been written, given the lack of interest in any of the details of the life of Jesus it seems unlikely Paul was reading them).
Instead the focus is on faith coming from hearing about Christ. Hearing rather than reading.
No I won’t be rushing to read this book or listen to these sermons (at least not to help me grow in faith).