The Teachers Tongue will receive the heavier judgement.

I have started with scripture (James 3:1) to emphasize that being a teacher (master) is a very serious call for any person. It carries with it a greater weight of judgment from God. So with this in mind, how should we hold the likes of Brian Mclaren. Is he a teacher and is he clear in what he teaches, and indeed is he a master in the Word of God?

I have posted before about how McLaren has used unclear tactics so he can engage in conversation, he believes that clarity is somewhat over-rated. In a post called “From Crystal to Cobwebs…where the truth does not abide” redflag1.gifI have gone into some detail concerning his book called “A Generous Orthodoxy”, which by its very title should raise a red flag to some. But unfortunately some people are always running for the next big thing to tickle their fancy.

What a Generous Orthodoxy may include according to McLaren, is this:

“I must add, though, that I don’t believe making disciples must equal making adherents to the Christian religion. It may be advisable in many (implies not all) circumstances to help people become followers of Jesus and remain within their Buddhist, Hindu, or Jewish contexts.

“ meditative practices, about which Zen Buddhism has said much. To talk about different things is not to contradict one another; it is, rather, to have much to offer one another” (A Generous Orthodoxy, p. 255.)

Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t Christ offer the only Way. I do not think that for one minute that Zen buddhism can offer me what Christ can. That would be going backwards for me. Why would anyone who has been saved from whatever it was they were into before Christ want to remain in it? We are called from our old life and into a new one. We are made into New Creations. Why go back? The letter to the Hebrews states this:

Heb 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those once having been enlightened, and having tasted of the heavenly gift, and becoming sharers of the Holy Spirit, and tasting the good Word of God, and the works of power of a coming age, and having fallen away, it is impossible for them again to renew to repentance, crucifying again for themselves the Son of God, and putting Him to open shame.

A ‘Generous’ orthodoxy is definitely the right word for McLarens teachings, it is down right unorthodox when compared to the scriptures.

In the second foreword to Dan Kimball’s book (The Emerging Church) Brian McLaren writes:

Our understandings of the gospel constantly change as we engage in mission in our complex dynamic world, as we discover that the gospel has a rich kalaidoscope of meaning to offer, yielding unexplored layers of depth, revealing uncounted facets of insight and relevance. No doubt as we look back and see ways in which our modern understandings of the gospel were limited or flawed”

McLarens gospel is changing and he is unsure about what the gospel really is it seems to me. I found an interesting thing on McLarens web-site which I thought I might share with you. In it he seems to be a little uncertain about what the gospel actually is. He is being quoted as saying that no-one has a grasp of the gospel. But let us consider that he has also been quoted in saying that our understanding of the gospel always changes. (see above) I guess it would be safe to assume that the gospel remains allusive to us mere mortals, or to those of us who are not into a New understanding.

Anyway first the interview done by someone annonymous which I found on McLarens Web-site. He avoids a simple question by answering with a question:

Q: Hold on. That bothered me too. You wrote, “Which reminds us that none of us has a complete grasp of the gospel…. It’s very dangerous to assume you’ve perfectly contained the gospel in your little formula.” I think with all the other change going on, one thing we’ve got to hold firm on is the gospel. A: What do you mean when you say “the gospel?”

Q: You know, justification by grace through faith in the finished atoning work of Christ on the cross. A: Are you sure that’s the gospel?

Q: Of course. Aren’t you? A: I’m sure that’s a facet of the gospel, and it’s the facet that modern evangelical protestants have assumed is the whole gospel, the heart of the gospel. But what’s the point of that gospel?

Q: What do you mean? I guess it’s so that people can spend eternity with God in heaven in an intimate personal relationship as opposed to … the alternative. You don’t seem to agree. A: Well, for Jesus, the gospel seemed to have something to do with the kingdom of God.

Q: Which is the kingdom of heaven, which is going to heaven after you die. A: Are you sure about that?

Q: Aren’t you?

Lately something has really struck me about the titles of the new books that are coming out. They are all very mysterious and in trying to grasp what is being taught by these men it is very much like trying to grasp a slippery snake. We have “The Secret Message of Jesus” by Brian McLaren – ” The Lost Message of Jesus” by Seve Chalke another emergent – “The Seekers Way” – by Dave Fleming. Check out their web-site it calls us to live a life of mystery. With all these Lost Secrets Mysteriously appearing — well it sounds like a New Revelation is well under way.

Brian McLaren endorsed the back cover of Dave Fleming’s book, “The Seeker’s Way,” by saying:

“I’m a huge fan of all Dave Fleming’s work,”

I have to wonder is he a fan of Fleming when he says this?

“A seeker admits the limits of particular belief systems and acknowledges that God is far bigger than any human being’s conceptions.” “The path of Jesus does not lead so much to assurance as to adventure and transformation.”

Jesus does not lead us to assurance? I have a blessed assurance because scripture says this:

Heb 3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if truly we hold the beginning of the assurance firm to the end;

Heb 6:11 But we desire each of you to show the same eagerness, to the full assurance of the hope to the end;

The book “The Seekers Way” is very New Age to say the least, especially if you consider that a whole chapter is dedicated to Wayne Teasdale, and his eastern mystical inter-spiritual ways. He was monk and a supporter of dialogue (ooo, there’s McLaren’s favourite word again conversation) between the world religions and believed that there is a global spirituality and worked towards that goal.

If he indeed is a teacher, then God’s judgement will fall. God’s word cannot be trifled with.

Rev 22:18 For I testify together with everyone hearing the Words of the prophecy of this Book, if anyone adds to these things, God will add upon him the plagues having been written in this Book.

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