P&P Interviews Michael Marcavage Regarding the “Booze and Tattoos” Article

By J.D. Hall - Posted at Polemics Report:

We’ve heard it all, folks. As polemicists, deflections avoiding substantive discussion typically come from either (1) misdirecting accolades of the good qualities of the person or institution questioned or (2) firing accusatory bullets toward the messenger. Examples of these common deflections…

NewSpring plays Highway to Hell on Easter, but did you hear about their young singles outreach? Saddleback is a Purpose Driven pseudo-church, but did you hear about how they’re eradicating AIDS in Africa? Elevation Church’s Grand Poobah has a kids’ coloring book instructing the little minions-in-training to “follow their visionary,” but did you hear about all their record-breaking baptism numbers? Or for the latter category of deflection…

Hillsong leadership said they had no idea a tv-famous gay couple was leading their choir , but Michael Brown wrote that it was a bunch of “internet rumor” from a bunch of gossips (even though it wasn’t). Steven Furtick is tired of being criticized for, well, everything, and so he does his famous “Hey, Haters” video minimizing the discerners as mere “haters.” Perry Noble gets tired of people pointing out his doctrinal shallowness, and so he calls them “asses” and if they complain about the music they “suck as a human being.”

Sadly, what I saw from some toward the just-the-facts news reporting of Michael Marcavage at Christian News Network was that they pulled from one or both of those deflection categories. Even sadder, it came from some people who actually have substantive and scholarly blessings to bestow upon the church who could have spent their time, rather than raging against the reporter, addressing issues like: ...

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