On Dr. Warren Gage, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, and Knox Seminary

I am concerned over portions of the internet exposure that the Gage case has excited. Some have jumped to conclusions without any examination of the facts in the case, and are in ignorance of the ins and outs of the case. I really don’t want to say much about this case, as I don’t know all the ins and outs, either. But be warned, people. The internet is a great place for posting ridiculous accusations against the board of Knox Seminary. It would be easy to jump to the conclusion that the board hadn’t done their work. But that would only be the case if such conclusion-jumpers hadn’t bothered, methodically, to sort out all of the facts in the case, listened to all 180 hours of Gage lectures (which at least some have done), etc. Folks, this is a potential time-bomb. There needs to be much prayer, and much humility of heart, and no quick conclusions. To Dr. Gage I send this message: humility of heart, brother, humility of heart. Be willing to be corrected. None of us has arrived. Do not bull-headedly (and I’m not saying you are doing this) force your own agenda into a power play between the church and the seminary, even though it appears it might be a bit late for that.

Update: in view of misunderstandings that have arisen in view of this pastoral advice, some clarification is necessary: I offer no advice to anyone that I do not first offer to myself. I don’t know if Dr. Gage will read this post, but if he does, then he should know that I do hold him in high respect. The above comments have not been offered with any kind of “snideness” about them.

There also needs to be made a distinction between what the board has decided is problematic in Dr. Gage’s teaching, on the one hand, and what is profitable in his books, on the other. Some have accused certain faculty members of duplicity in recommending Gage’s books on the one hand, and then “turning” on him later. This commits the “poisoned-well” or “genetic” fallacy. If I have a problem with much of what N.T. Wright says, that does not mean that I have to reject everything he says. Surely, Dr. Gage is more orthodox than N.T. Wright. His books have many valuable insights, and can be recommended. But, as with ALL books, they must be read with discernment. Even the most orthodox theologian is wrong sometimes.