I didn’t think Brian McLaren could shock me anymore, but he’s really outdone himself.
He seems to be an unstable man who doesn’t even know who he is. McLaren describes himself as an “evangelical, post-protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/Calvinist, anabaptist/anglican, methodist, Catholic, green, incarnational, emergent.” (see McLaren’s book, A Generous Orthodoxy, subtitle)
He has discounted the reliability of Scripture, stating that he cannot know that the records of Jesus are accurate with “absolute, undoubtable, unquestionable certainty.” (The Church in Emerging Culture: Five Perspectives)
He has asserted that Christianity is not the only way to the Father. He has openly lauded Buddhism, asserting that Gandhi was saved. McLaren said Gandhi “sought to follow the way of Christ without identifying himself as a Christian.” (A Generous Orthodoxy, p. 189)
Consider what he has said about other religions, “My knowledge of Buddhism is rudimentary, but I have to tell you that much of what I understand strikes me as wonderful and insightful, and the same can be said of the teachings of Muhammad, though of course I have my disagreements. … I’d have to say that the world is better off for having these religions than having no religions at all, or just one, even if it were ours. … They aren’t the enemy of the gospel, in my mind…” (A Generous Orthodoxy, p. 62-63)
McLaren has discounted the doctrine of Hell, stating that if the doctrine of Hell is true, then the message of Christ and of His cross is “false advertising.” In a podcast interview where the doctrine of Hell was discussed, he commented, “Does it make sense for a good Being to create creatures who will experience infinite torture, infinite time, infinite – you know, never be numbed in their consciousness? I mean, how would you even create a universe where that sort of thing could happen? It just sounds – it really raises some questions about the goodness of God.” (January 2006 podcast interview with Leif Hansen)
McLaren dismisses what the Bible says about homosexuality. He wrote, ““Frankly, many of us don’t know what we should think about homosexuality. … We aren’t sure if or where lines are to be drawn, nor do we know how to enforce with fairness whatever lines are drawn. … Perhaps we need a five-year moratorium on making pronouncements” ((“Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question,” Christianity Today blog, January 23, 2006)
And he has also mocked the atonement of Jesus. He said, “The traditional understanding says that God asks of us something that God is incapable of Himself. God asks us to forgive people. But God is incapable of forgiving. God can’t forgive unless He punishes somebody in place of the person He was going to forgive. God doesn’t say things to you – Forgive your wife, and then go kick the dog to vent your anger. God asks you to actually forgive. And there’s a certain sense that, a common understanding of the atonement presents a God who is incapable of forgiving. Unless He kicks somebody else.” (January 2006 podcast interview with Leif Hansen)
Again, I didn’t think he could shock me anymore. Yet, he has. He has endorsed Barack Obama. Obviously, McLaren is not concerned with the lives of the unborn.
While it is a nice commercial, it is a lie. Barack Obama does not care about families thriving. He is cut out of the same, “It takes a village” mold. He is a dangerous politician. And Brian McLaren is a dangerous false prophet.
This past week, our family worshiped with a church in Omaha, while we were away attendng a wedding. Pastor Phil Kayser gave a great message on the dangers of the emergent church. You can listen to it here. I encourage all Christians who stumble upon this blog to listen to this message. Don’t miss it!
Beware of Brian McLaren. Beware of any church that denies the doctrines of the Word. Beware of any pastor who endorses Barack Obama.
HT – JKL