This is a RED FLAG post!
You’ve heard warnings about the emerging global spirituality that men like Brian McLaren are promoting. Here is Marc Gafni’s World Spirituality site where he explains the goals. He even calls it panentheism which is exactly what it is. He’s excited about it. Also Brian McLaren has written an essay in a book at the New Age Oracle site with flagrant New Age gurus of every religion.
This international collection of essays, articles, and poetry explores the core message relayed to us by the great prophets: Love is the Way. To underscore God’s most primordial and preeminent commandment, both classic and new selections are presented in this anthology, including the work of current best-sellers as well as Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners: Wendell Berry & Bill McKibben on Love of Earth; Madeline L’Engle & Susan McElroy on Love of Animals; Barbara Hand Clow & David Suzuki on Love of Family; Maya Angelou & Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar on Love of Community; Sharon Olds & Oriah Mountain Dreamer on Romantic Love; Mahatma Gandhi & Chris Mercogliano on Love of Learning; Alex Grey & Patrick Bernard on Love of the Arts; Stephen Dunn & Henry Reed on Love of Self; Aung San Suu Kyi & Andrew Cohen on Love of Freedom; Brian McLaren & Barbro Karlen on Unconditional Love; and Archbishop Desmond Tutu & Rumi on Love of God. The narrator of this work is Laurel from The Oracle Institute, who believes that humanity is at the dawn of the New Millennium – the prophesied era of peace and Love which represents the fifth stage of humanity’s collective spiritual evolution: First Spiritual Paradigm: All is One 14 billion BCE (pre-Big Bang) Second Spiritual Paradigm: Female Monotheism 25,000 BCE – 5000 BCE Third Spiritual Paradigm: Polytheism 5000 BCE – 50 CE Fourth Spiritual Paradigm: Male Monotheism 50 CE – 2000 CE Fifth Spiritual Paradigm: Epoch of Enlightenment soon, hopefully! Yet, the enlightened teachers assembled in The Love also have an urgent warning: We shall not survive this critical juncture of human history nor reach our God-given potential unless we embrace each other, our planet, and the animals which now depend upon us for their survival. Therefore, until a unifying theosophy emerges to end sectarian strife, humanity should adopt the simple yet elusive … religion of Love. [source]
In a book called ‘The Love’ Brian McLaren is one of the authors. This book is one of a few that seeks to bring about a world wide spirituality and to close the distinctions between different religions and to become united in the name of love. As they say, there is one truth that is true in all spiritual paths and that truth is the golden rule, to love one another, even your enemies.
I have written about the Golden Rule before. But this unity is in no way biblical unity which is the only way we can be at peace and the only way we can be united with God. The only way there can be a true union of people from diverse backgrounds is through Christ. We are told in Ephesians that the wall of partition is broken down, even between Jew and Gentile. But that wall is broken down only through salvation in Christ. This is omitted in this new kind of unified spirituality. The salvation of the cross is pretty much a divisive thing because it says to the world that we need Christ and ONLY Him and that He did the work and whatever WE do is counted as filthy rags. It is often called the offense of the cross. People are offended by it.
Now we all as Christians recognise the symbol of the cross and what it means to us. On this site that Brian McLaren is affiliated with as one of the authors check out why they use the pentagram as their symbol. Just click on the images and a video will start explaining the significance of the pentagram. And not only that, just scroll down to the end of this page on the site and you will see the publishing hallmark which has a pentagram that looks like it is in the side of a mountain. Brings to my mind the passages found in Daniel about the mountain being made of no hands. Are they suggesting that this unification is the last kingdom that Daniel prophesied about? Yet, we know that this mountain is Christ’s and no man can cut this mountain down!
Dan 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon its feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them in pieces.
Dan 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken in pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing-floors; and the wind carried them away, so that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
Whatever mountain they are building it is not Christ’s that is for sure. What they are building is the last kingdom of earth that is built by man which is an unholy alliance of many religions. Do not be fooled by this. Do not become unequally yoked with unbelievers no matter how much you love them in Christ. If you love them, then share the blessed hope that only Christ and what He did on the cross can offer.
…Here you will learn about how they see historical spiritual paradigms and it is no surprise to me that Ken Wilber’s name is mentioned here. There has always been a link between Ken Wilber and Brian McLaren as well as other leaders of this New Spirituality that they are promoting.