David Platt- By Fear or Love

By Brandon

David Platt is intense. Hearing him for the first time last night at the D6 Conference, I was overwhelmed by his passion and priority on the Kingdom. There are some great take-away points that I share with Chris Spradlin that you should definitely read on EpicParent in his post Parenting Tips from David Platt.

One thing that my mind keeps going back to from Platt’s session is the grief/pain motivation for Kingdom expansion. He estimated that, at best, 2/3 of the world is without Christ and is headed toward eternal hell. There was no question in my mind that this reality weighs heavy on his soul.

Maybe it’s semantics, but there is something different between these two people:

1) someone who loves and enjoys a relationship with God so much that they desperately want others to share him, and

2) someone who loves and enjoys a relationship with God and fears what will happen to those without him.

David Platt makes a compelling case for the supreme value of knowing Christ and yet, during his talk, the emotional weight shifted from a desperate love to a desperate fear. I don’t think this is a matter of great importance, but I did find it interesting and would love to hear your thoughts.

But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.

By the way, I highly recommend reading Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.

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Filed in: Uncategorized • Friday, September 23rd, 2011


Had to come back to this after listening to McKnight on Monday. This seems exactly like the condition that McKnight described. The motivation for the early proclaimers seemed to be the deep conviction that this Jesus, through his death, burial and resurrection, is King and Messiah instead of the conviction that 4 billion people are going to hell.

You are right, the motive doesn’t matter as much, but I do think that McKnight is right in another thing. If the problem is going to hell, then the solution is to make decisions instead of making disciples.


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