Matthew Paul Turner

Posted: September 18, 2008 in Christianity
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Last night, I had my first opportunity to see Matthew Paul Turner. He was the opening act for The Afters. I knew nothing about him before the show, but the more I found out the less I liked. He basically just reads parts of his books to the audience. If you want to see him, let me save you some time. Everything he did tonight you can watch on Youtube. Most of what he read was his account of stories from his conservative Baptist background. There were some funny lines, but most of what was read was negative in someway. Not really an uplifting message for what was a youth event. The best thing he did all night was speak on World Vision.

As I was listening to him speak, I noticed his choice of words was very Emergent Church. I thought I was reading too much into it, since it was a Catholic sponsored event. When I got home I checked out his websites. Not to my surprise, listed as his friends were liberal Emergent Church leaders. Mr. Turner seems to disdain anything evangelical or conservative. His uses his blog to attack or poke fun at conservative church leaders, including Max Lucado and John MacArthur. Here is what he had to say about MacArthur:

Theologian, preacher, ego without a sex drive Dr. John MacArthur is fighting another one of his big wars, and apparently, this one is the most important one of his violent career: The Truth War! So if you’re Emergent, searching, postmodern, have a little doubt, not sure about the validity of every single word in the Bible, Catholic, or otherwise human, THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU. There is nothing in MacArthur’s book that isn’t available from the Apostle Paul’s biblical works. GOOD PR SCALE: I’ll give this travesty a 2 [out of 10] just for the scary snake cover! No reason to scare your readers with reptiles.

Enough said about where Mr. Turner stands. Standard Emergent philosophy, question everything and answer nothing. They like to question the Gospel, question the validity of every single word of the Bible, and pretty much everything in it. Yet you hardly ever hear a decisive answer on any of the questions. They claim to live in a world that is not black and white, but gray. He may not like the label Emergent, because he claims not to like labels. But his words put him in that category.

I am not sure why the Catholic church would bring him in. I guess they fall into the trap of feeling the need to bring in someone edgy and hip to reach youth. These type of guys are very popular with young people, because they encourage them to make their own truth. Question Christianity and whatever you find to be true is true for you. I guess maybe another reason for bringing him is that the Catholic church is traditionally anti-evangelical as well.

As for me, I will put my trust in the Bible. I will not put my trust in my own head or heart, because our hearts are desperately wicked and deceitful. I feel sorry for those in the Emergent church who are conservative and evangelical, because they get lumped in with their liberal counterparts. We need to worry less about making Jesus our buddy and friend, and worry more about making Him our Lord and Savior. But maybe that statement is too evangelical for some people.

  1. Matthew says:

    Interesting insight about Matthew Paul Turner. For what it’s worth, I think you misheard him. Matthew is a man who loves the Lord with all His heart and is using his gifts and talents to help others find and encounter the loving and relational Christ that has impacted Matthew’s life. Jesus comes first and foremost in Matthew’s life and is evident in the stories he tells. I for one am impressed that Matthew tears down the walls in his own life to be so vulnerable with us about his journey. My prayer is that myself and other Christians can also become and be that vulnerable so others can see the “light” that dwells within us.

    Press on…

  2. Jason Taber says:

    I applaud his being open and transparent. Christians need to be more like that. The fact the Jesus is most important in his life was not portrayed in the stories he told here. Jesus was only used in comedic ways and was never mentioned seriously. Most of what I wrote about comes from reading his blog. It is hard to write on merely what he said, because there just wasn’t much there. He was good as crowd warmer, if that was his purpose. But if there was a message to be heard, the people I talked to didn’t get it. He came across as an angry Christian with an axe to grind. After reading his blog I came to the same conclusion. I am not saying the man is evil, just that I disagree with his take on life and Christianity.

  3. While the Brethren even say they Believe the Bible is the Word of God, they too clearly do have this unholy, desperate and complicated need to reinterpret almost every passages of the Bible suitable to their own liking.

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