Gospel-Centered Movement, TGC, YRR, Calvinists, Jared Wilson
Over at The Gospel Coalition website, Jared Wilson has published the Top 125 Influences of the Gospel-Centered Movement.
Now, I admit at first, I had assumed that he was talking about all influential Christians. As I read more of his intro, I saw that he was really referring to the YRR (Young, restless, and Reformed) folks, aka Calvinistas (as referred to by the Deebs at The Wartburg Watch. Other names include, New Calvinists, or Neo-Calvinists, and Hyper Calvinists (but Jared didn’t name those three).
Taking a look through the 125 names, please note the lack of women listed. Also, take note of the number of men who are listed who are known to have been caught up in sexual scandals, clergy sexual misconduct, covering up sexual abuse, heavy-handed church discipline, spiritual abuse, hiding pedophiles, permanence of marriage belief, harmful to wives of domestic violence, etc. It’s almost a Who’s-Who list of evil (it’s kind of weird these abusive wolves would even be in such a list, but I guess they were “influential” at one time or another).
I, along with others, had a Twitter conversation with Jared. I was curious to know how the survey was done, who he reached out to. I wanted to know if he went outside of his own circle to ask people. How many people did he ask? I guess I’m slow because when I think of influential leaders, in my mind, they are from different camps and for different reasons. I would ask people outside of my circle in order to have a wider spectrum of contributions.
It didn’t occur to me that this group is so insular. I know, I know, I should have known, but I keep giving them the benefit of the doubt thinking they would venture beyond their borders because it’s a big world out there and God can work in people across denominational and doctrinal boundaries. Or maybe it’s because I do not fit in a box. People would have a difficult time labeling me. I don’t like labels. But apparently, this group does.
So, here are some tweets from the conversation. I tried to give enough so you can sense the tone and tension (which I found to be over-the-top).
As I said, that is a portion of the conversation. But here’s the thing – I couldn’t figure out this “gospel-centered movement” phrase. Aren’t all healthy Christian churches gospel-centered? But then he implies that only the YRR group is gospel-centered? Wait just a cotton-pickin’ minute!
It turns out I wasn’t the only one who noticed:
So, there you go. We knew this group liked to insert the gospel word wherever they can, but this seems to be going over the top.
So my questions for you are:
- Would you have assumed that the Gospel-Centered Movement referred only to the YRR crowd? Or for any gospel-believing Christian?
- I would be curious to know who you would name as most influential in your life. Feel free to name a few.