This morning, in response to my series on “Is the Holy Spirit a Liar?”, Christopher Kirk publicly called me a liar on his blog – after telling me I am not allowed to respond on his blog.
This crosses the line from a vigorous and needed debate on the important issue of scripture’s status and authority, into personal attack with no opportunity to directly respond.
More fundamentally, though, Christopher Kirk has now borne false witness – against himself.
In his blog, he says I lied about his views because he has “affirm[ed] that the bible is Divinely inspired, authoritative and God’s Word at all times. I also do not believe that personal revelation is greater than scripture.”
Whenever I’ve challenged someone’s extreme ideologies, I always quote or cite their own writings.
In my blog series challenging some of Christopher Kirk’s views, I did that.
So let’s quickly review what he’s said – in his own words on his own blog and on Facebook.
On now claiming he has always “affirmed” the authority of the Bible:
“God can tell you to go directly against scripture.” (Kirk, April 3, 2013, on Facebook)
“I do not believe that the bible is the final authority in any matter.” (Kirk, Jan. 30, 2013, on Facebook, emphasis added)
“We do not need a bible to be … discipled.” (Kirk, Jan. 31, 2013, on Facebook)
“It is the Holy Spirit that leads us into all truth. So the final authority is The Holy Spirit.” (Kirk, Jan. 31, 2013, on Facebook)
I guess, then, that Christopher Kirk has “at all times” believed that the Bible is “authoritative” … except when he has some personal revelation to the contrary.
On now claiming to have always “affirmed” that the Bible is “God’s Word”:
“The bible is NOT the Word of God.” (Kirk, April 1, 2013, on Facebook)
“Jesus is The Word of God, NOT the bible.” (Kirk, Jan 31, 2013, on Facebook)
The Bible “is not The Word of God.” (Kirk, September 2, 2012, on his blog)
I guess, then, that Christopher Kirk has “at all times” believed that the Bible is the Word of God … except when he hasn’t.
I have found that those who have been unopposed for so long in promoting their existential ideologies within the Body of Christ – especially in the organic/simple church community – are shocked when challenged.
I have no doubt that my critique of Christopher Kirk’s views stung. But my focus was always his views, as expressed in his own public writings, and never his character or him personally.
To now, however, openly deny his own views and to claim he never held them, and to then call me a liar when I simply quoted and responded to his own words, is a new low. It crosses the line from civil debate into dishonest ad hominem attack.
Chris, I think you are better than that.
If you believe it, own it.
You wrote it, man up to it.
And please, be honest about it!
As an update, Christopher Kirk now says he does not accept the doctrine of the Trinity, because he has not himself received any personal revelation about it. And so it goes, as we jettison the discipline and authority of God’s written Word in lieu of our own subjective autonomy…