William Abraham was a wonderfully gifted theologian who sought to reform the Methodist church. He went to his eternal reward on Oct. 7. Here is wonderful example of his grace and brilliance:
I have wanted to see this for many years, and finally did. Absolutely great! I love seeing excellence. And to think that so many are consumed with excellence when it is only for a perishable wreath? How much more ought I as a Christian shoot for excellence! (I Cor. 9:24-27) It also makes me long for churches to be more like a great restaurant.
I imagine many of you are aware of the recent unpleasantries (yes, a mild word!) between Beth Moore and John MacArthur. I thought you might find my letter to Pastor MacArthur of interest:
Dear Pastor MacArthur,
I heard you preach in person right after Christmas 1977. I was with fifteen friends. We were on our way to a Campus Crusade for Christ conference in southern California. I was a young convert to Christianity. Your message clarified that my faith in Christ was real. Thank you!
In my twenties and early thirties, I was the director of Campus Crusade for Christ at Stanford University. I went through some deep waters of doubt during that time. During one of my lowest moments I heard you deliver a message over the airwaves. It was a great encouragement to me. I wrote you a letter saying so. To my surprise, you wrote back…a personal letter. I still have that letter. Thank you!
In my late thirties and early forties, I had a radio show here in Austin. Most of the time I interviewed authors and leaders of various backgrounds. You were one of my guests and stayed for the entire hour. That alone is quite a commitment, but my show was on Saturday afternoons. Since Sunday is a big day of ministry for you, I was impressed you would give me the entire hour. Thank you!
Most recently, I met one of your sons. Business brought him to Austin. We had breakfast together. I couldn’t believe how much he looks like you! I thought I was looking at the man I heard preach when I was that three-month old Christian. Your son said you are the real deal: a great dad who is uncomfortable with the praise of men. I was tremendously encouraged to hear all that. Thank you!
My own convictions about men and women in the home fall roughly in the complementarian camp, though I might be one of the “softer” types that seems to be a non-category for you. I won’t get into the hermeneutical weeds on that issue because this a short letter not a theological treatise.
I humbly ask you to reconsider the tone of what you said about Beth Moore. For the record, I’ve had my own concerns about her teaching as well. However, your tone came across dismissive and condescending. At the very least, it seems one of you should have mentioned to the chortles of the crowd that this was no laughing matter. Instead, it seemed that you, Todd Friel, and Phil Johnson had no problem with the loud laughter of those gathered that day.
I am now sixty-one and the beneficiary of over forty years of your ministry. From listening to you over the years, I have every confidence that you will seriously consider what I say in light of Scripture. Thank you!
David (George) Moore
,,,A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM
Thanks to Jake Meador’s terrific book (interview forthcoming), In Search of the Common Good
HT: The Way of Improvement Leads Home
My friend, Roger Berry, sent this my way. Christian faith in action!