|Is Brian McLaren becoming an enemy of the Cross
of Jesus Christ? While his signature and endorsement on the
back of such books as Tony Campolo's Speaking My Mind and
Dave Fleming's The Seeker's Way, was horrible enough,
that was mild compared to what he has now done.|
the midst of Purpose Driven mania and an apparently sleeping church,
Brian McLaren has endorsed a book that calls the doctrine
of the Cross a vile doctrine. (p. 168, Reimagining Christianity
- Alan Jones)
That book? None other than Alan Jones' new
Christianity. Alan Jones is an interspiritualist and
mystic in every sense of the word. Take a look at the Living
Spiritual Teachers Project, of which Jones is involved.
This group of about twenty-five includes Zen and Buddhist
monks, New Agers and even Marianne Williamson and her Course
in Miracles. The goal of this group is to destroy the belief
that Jesus Christ is the only way for redemption and to integrate
other world religious beliefs into Christianity. For those
who may wonder if this could possibly be true, take a look
at the Living Spiritual Teacher's poster child - it is none
other than Wayne Teasdale himself.
Not only does Alan Jones believe the Cross
to be vile, he says that the spiritual practice of contemplative prayer will draw Christians into the realms
of all other world religions. Now on this point, we have to
agree with Mr. Jones. He couldn't be more right.
But what is Brian McLaren's name doing on
this book? Listed two weeks ago in Time magazine as one of
25 most influential evangelical leaders, McLaren claims to
be a believer. But would one who is bought with a price deny
the One who's blood was shed for him?
Right now there are two groups of people who are rushing interspirituality and contemplative prayer
into the world's midst.The first group consists of those who
are not afraid nor do they keep secret the beliefs they hold.
They include such as Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, Wayne Teasdale, Bede Griffiths, Robert Schuller, Tilden Edwards, Alan Jones, Marcus Borg and the list
The second group, and in a sense a far more dangerous group
because they outwardly wear the clothing of sheep, are nothing
more than disciples of the first group. They include, to name
a few: Richard Foster, Brennan Manning, Bruce Wilkinson, Eugene Peterson, John Ortberg, John Eldredge, Bill Hybels, and yes Rick Warren and Brian McLaren.
In time,we believe this second group will
merge with this first group, proudly and openly. With Brian
McLaren's help that task will be accomplished far sooner than
some had expected.
Now the question is: Are true Christian leaders, pastors and
lay persons going to speak up to defend the faith? Or will
we wait, silently wait, as the Church did in Germany in the
30s, hoping that everything will work out just fine? Christianity
and evangelicalism are being reimagined all right. But what
will we call ourselves when that reinventing and reimagining
who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs
up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber....
Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved..." - Jesus (John