Bend it Like Timmy Brister!Bend it Like Brister!
American sports commentators were all abuzz a few weeks ago when soccer superstar David Beckham announced he was moving from Europe to play soccer in Los Angeles. Beckham is known for his incredible free kicks in which the ball seems to “bend” past opposing goalkeepers into the goal, thus prompting the popular phrase and later movie title, Bend It Like Beckham.
Beckham’s amazing ability to “bend” what should be the straight path of a kicked soccer ball reminds me of a Reformed Calvinist blogger who is able to “bend” the truth in a similar fashion. I’m thinking of none other than Timmy Brister, the man whose own seminary called his blog, “juvenile.” Timmy is a prime example on how one can use a blog to bend facts and figures into whatever one wants the truth to be.
Take Brister’s supposed “research” on the altar call. As a sycophant for Tom Ascol and James White, Brister’s “research” consisted mostly of the same Iain Murray sources which Brother Bob Ross has thoroughly debunked time and time again. Showing that he has a sense of humor, Brister calls his sources, “credible information.” Makes you wonder how “research” is taught and conducted at the SBTS, doesn’t it?
At another point Brister makes the statement, “Ironically, the decisionistic regeneration style .... has perpetuated much of this faulty understanding of conversion where if you pray a prayer, walk down an aisle, or do some other mechanical formula then you have unlocked the heavenly code, are converted, and assured of going to heaven regardless if there are any evidences of the Spirit's operations in the sinner.” http://provocationsandpantings.blogspot.com/2006/03/
I challenge Timmy Brister to name one Southern Baptist pastor or evangelist who believes that a “mechanical formula” can “unlock the heavenly code” and save a sinner! Put up or shut up, Timmy! I made a similar challenge to Steve Camp months ago and I’m still waiting for an answer. Hello?
Another example of Brister’s “research” involves his “More About Billy Graham” article in which Brister quotes an alleged interview of Graham by Robert Schuller.
Brister’s article alleges that over the years Billy Graham has made heretical statements. One would hope that if a student attending the BILLY GRAHAM SCHOOL OF MISSIONS AND EVANGELISM at Southern Seminary accused Billy Graham of heresy, then that student would provide meticulous, detailed research supporting his allegations. Not so with Timmy Brister!
Brister quotes an alleged interview with Graham by Robert Schuller and provides no source for the interview. None! Nada! Zip!
Amazing, isn’t it? A seminary student attending a school named after Billy Graham accuses Billy Graham of heresy and provides no source for an especially damming interview. Even more amazing, at one point Brister provides video commentary, saying, “[R.S. trips over his tongue for a moment, his face beaming].” But what is Brister’s source? Again, none, nada, zero.
I have two more questions for Timmy. What is your source for Robert Schuller’s alleged interview with Billy Graham? And, did you actually watch the interview?
Apparently when it comes to “bending” things, David Beckham has nothing over Timmy Brister. Keep that in mind the next time you read something by Timmy. Are you really getting the straight truth? Because no one can Bend It Like Brister.
[For more on Timmy Brister's sloppy research and attacks on Southern Baptists, see Timmy Brister Attends Billy Graham School Yet Attacks Billy Graham's Methods and Timmy Brister Attacks Altar Calls in Southern Baptist Churches]