2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but, having itching ears, will heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts;
Integralism may well be the word and praxis that is soon to follow post-modernism. Post-modernism has done its job in de-constructing. But how to re-construct is another matter! Ingetralism may hold the answer for this seemingly fragmented and pulled apart world.
Brian Mclaren is a supporter of this idea! He supports and recommends a book by Ken Wilber called “A Theory of Everything”…
Emerging postmodernism agrees that modern reductionistic rationalism needed to be stopped or “deconstructed,” and it sees that relativist pluralism “worked” as a chemotherapeutic agent, but it doesn’t mistake this dangerous short-term medical necessity as a long-term regimen for health. It seeks to move beyond relativistic pluralism, and sees “emergent thinking” and “integralism” as better alternatives to both modern reductionistic rationalism and relativist pluralism. (For more on emergent thinking and integralism, see my book “A Generous Orthodoxy,” or Ken Wilber’s “A Theory of Everything.”) [Brian McLaren: The Three Postmodernisms]
Those of you new this blog may not have heard about Ken Wilber, here’s what he’s all about:
Father Thomas Keating and Ken Wilber reveal:
The Future of Christianity
Do you want to bring your Christian faith into alignment with the modern world? You are among friends. We also left the traditional church and looked for a different kind of relationship with God in many places, before we re-discovered this new vision of Christianity taught by Father Thomas Keating and Ken Wilber. We are so excited by what they shared with us that we created The Future of Christianity DVD set to introduce these inspiring concepts to individuals like you who are seeking a new kind of modern relationship with Jesus Christ. [source]
Ken Wilber believes that the truth can be found not in a truth but in seeking the truth. He calls it “Integral Methodological Pluralism” which, simply put means — everybody is right! They are right because in their quest for the good the true and beautiful no human mind is capable of producing 100% error. So, the quest itself is not to find who is right or wrong, but rather to find a way that all various truths can fit together. Each personal way for the truth seeker therefore becomes an important piece to fit into the puzzle. This is all found in one of his books called “The sociable God” this book emphasizes an holistic approach in becoming a whole. Holism means that: the Whole is better than the sum of its parts. If you apply this to the quest or the journey of the truth seeker, then you can see that the journey actually becomes the destination of truth. Little wonder then that the labyrinths lead to nowhere, it is the journey, not the destination that is the all important goal. This is pretty much what Brian Mclaren was saying when he spoke about “Statements bring about States” but “Questions bring about Quests”. It’s not the destination that is important but rather the journey.[check out this]
Paul says something different though:
1Co 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
1Co 9:25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
1Co 9:26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.
And there are rules to this race if you want to win:
2Ti 2:5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
The rules mean we must hold faithful to the Word of God and keep to sound doctrine:
Tit 1:9 holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict the gainsayers.
So, what does this New Kind of Christianity mean?
Well take a look at this article:
“The modern world lies under a pervasive sense of anguish, of being abandoned, or at least experiencing God as absent. Yet events that seem to turn our lives upside down and inside out are part of God’s redemptive plan, not only for us, but for the world in which we live. God may be preparing a great awakening for the world, if God can find enough people to cooperate in this mysterious plan.”
Father Thomas Keating is a writer, teacher and founding member of the Spirituality branch of Integral Institute. At the age of eighty-one, he continues to be a prominent voice in the Christian Centering Prayer movement through the organization he founded, Contemplative Outreach, an international network committed to renewing the contemplative dimension of the Gospel in daily life.
It helps that Fr. Thomas also has an unusually open-minded attitude towards the meditative practices of other traditions and has studied with spiritual teachers from a variety of Hindu and Buddhist lineages…[source] (Please be sure to check out the ‘contributions’ listed below this article, from the titles you will understand that this “New Kind of Christianity” is esoteric and is aligning itself with mystical eastern practices.)
Make no mistake about it Brian Mclaren holds to a universalistic theology. He says so in his new book where you can download a chapter pre-released called “Making Eschatology Personal“!
God’s integrated judgment, then, could never be merely retributive – seeking to punish wrongdoers for their wrongs and in this way balance some sort of karmic cosmic equation. No, God’s judgment would have to be far higher and better than that: it would have to be restorative. It would aim far higher than merely convicting people of wrong (which is easy); its goal would be universal repentance, universal restoration, universal reconciliation, universal purification, universal “putting wrong things right,”
So, in thinking more about this, I guess we have to figure out what “Sound Doctrine ” is and isn’t. Doctrine, no matter where it comes from must be tested:
1Ti 6:3 If any man teacheth a different doctrine, and consenteth not to sound words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
We must test everything and be critical of it (see my last post on this HERE):
1Jn 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world.
How do we test the spirits and the false prophets words?
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Scripture, that is how!!! Regardless of how we feel about it, scripture stands outside of us and is not subjective but is absolute because it comes from an Absolute God. There is a Spirit of Truth and a Spirit of lies, how can we tell the difference?
The bible is our measuring tool and it has the answers!