The Red Pen – Critical, Religious Analysis

Like “Jesus or Squirrel” there are other websites that have witty and thought provoking commentaty about American Christian-ism as it is being marketed in the mass media. Then there are other blogs that take criticism to a whole new level. The Red Pen is one of those sites, in my critical opinion.

Chris Jensen is a self proclaimed “fundamentalist Bible-believing Christian” who feels that most Christian authors “are well-intended, but that they are writing more to what they believe people desire to hear than what God might think of their teachings.” What should be done about it? Well, Jensen is on a mission from God to clean up this mess. Comparing himself to David going up against the terrible Philistine Goliath who was dragging God’s name in the mud, Jensen is going to put an end to the current day’s giants’ offenses—apparently like David, also by throwing stones.
Think of this blog as though it were a sling in my hands, and the analyses you read here to be like smooth stones hurled faithfully toward their targets. What are the targets? The targets are those recent texts that have, to a degree, misled believers and impaired their walk with Jesus Christ.

So with the following verse as his mission statement “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears…” (2 Timothy 3:16, ESV) Jensen goes after his first two big offenders, Rick Warren and Rob Bell. An example of his analysis is below where he takes issue with the title of Rob Bell’s book, Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile:
Your title implies that Christians aren’t saved. This is, of course, a biblical impossibility. Jesus taught that many who consider themselves to be Christians would not enter the kingdom of Heaven.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Matthew 7:21 (NKJV)

Christ is clearly referring here to those who are not truly “Christians” according to the biblical definition of the term. Unclear in an attempt to sound bold and provocative.

wow. brilliant. thank God for this correction. my ears were soooo being ticked.

If you want your favorite Christian authors scrutinized by The Red Pen so they line up without compromise to Jensen’s interpretation of scripture, contact him directly at teacher@redpen.org. You can contribute financially to him by sending money to his P.O box.

As for me, I think I’ll rely on the Holy Spirit to speak to me of what is real and what is man-made religion:
As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you, remain in him. (1 John 2:27 NIV)