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Apostasy, Emergent Church

Why does Brian McLaren Agree with Christopher Hitchens that the Bible is Evil?

Brian McLarenWho does Brian McLaren think he is?

As a leader of the Emergent Church, he’s brazenly trying to lead and gather others into a new understanding of Christianity, yet his justification for developing this “New Kind of Christianity” (as one of his books is entitled) is the same as atheist Christopher Hitchens’ reasons for rejecting Christianity. In one case, modification of the Christian faith is necessary, and in the other, the destruction of the Christian faith is necessary. Either way, they both have in mind the abolition of orthodox Christianity.

Compare these two statements:

If I cannot definitively prove that the usefulness of religion is in the past, and that its foundational books are transparent fables, and that it is a man-made imposition, and that it has been an enemy of science and inquiry, and that it has subsisted largely on lies and fears, and been the accomplice of ignorance and guilt as well as of slavery, genocide, racism, and tyranny, I can most certainly claim that religion is now fully aware of these criticisms.

                                                      Christopher Hitchens–god is Not Great (p.229)

For us to be naïve about the “eye of the beholder” regarding the Bible renders us vulnerable to repeating yesterday’s atrocities in the future. Slavery, anti-Semitism, colonialism, genocide, chauvinism, homophobia, environmental plunder, the Inquisition, witch burning, apartheid—aren’t those worth taking care to avoid, for God’s sake?

                                                        Brian McLaren–A New Kind of Christianity (p. 85)

Both of them are blaming the Bible and the Christian faith for some of history’s worst atrocities and injustices. While Hitchens’ solution is all-out war against religion, McLaren’s solution is to revise Christianity. He says that he and others are on a “quest to find other ways to cherish, understand, and follow the Bible.”

For some reason it hurts me to think that so many Christians could so easily be led astray by McLaren. How can they even believe that the God they love and trust is close to looking like the god that McLaren paints? According to McLaren (and Hitchens) the Judeo-Christian God of the Bible is a racist, sexist, genocidal, homophobic, slaveholder whose words encourage his followers to behave in egregious and evil ways! And as Christians, we all stand around with our hands in our pockets, looking down, kicking the dirt, and feeling guilty.

I say “NO!” This is not the character of my God or his Word! The history you are proclaiming is a lie! Those who held fast to the Word were the HEROES of history. They were the greatest scientists, abolitionists, and suffragists. Their work gave us the greatest freedom known to humanity. They gave birth to charity and compassion. They led the great reform movements. They opposed communist and Nazi tyranny. (As Albert Einstein even acknowledged, he had no respect for the church until he learned of the Confessing Church of Nazi Germany.)

It has to be asked: What history are Hitchens and McLaren reading? And does their perverted view of history justify the abolition of orthodox Christianity? Why has McLaren been so lazy in trying to understand Christian history, so much so that his views line up with the world’s most infamous atheist?

Does McLaren have any concern at all that by leading people away from orthodox Christianity he may be betraying God and breaking His heart? And what should be of even more concern to him (and us) is that the “Christians” who committed the worst atrocities were those who did exactly what McLaren is doing—doubting the gospel and trying to make it more palatable to the world by blending it with liturgical rituals, science, philosophy, tradition, Old Testament law, other religions, sociology, and any other number of competitive truth claims.

Yet the Good News of Jesus is the most beautiful message of love and hope the world has ever heard. Why does it need to be changed?

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About Diana Lesperance

I'm passionate about Jesus and I love to defend the gospel of grace and truth. I have a large and active family that keeps me busy and overwhelmed on a daily basis.

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Why am I WAITING for “Shalom?”

"They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven . . ."
(1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10a)

The word "shalom" in the Hebrew has many meanings which indicate restoration, renewal, friendship, peace, safety and so on. At one time, God placed his creation in a perfect garden--a place of safety, security, provision and peace--and we disobeyed God, losing 1) our relationship with God and 2) paradise.

Since that time, we've attempted to bring back both of these losses in our own way. Religion is our attempt to gain back our relationship with God, and politics is our attempt to gain back paradise.

The solution to both of these losses is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet the world refuses to believe the good news! Instead they try to attain the restoration--the shalom--in their own way through their own effort.

I believe that the kingdom of God is restored in the hearts of men as they receive Christ's finished work, but the kingdom of God doesn't come physically to earth until Christ comes.

Any effort to bring about the promise ahead of time in our own strength is akin to Abraham going to Hagar for fulfillment of the promise instead of waiting with Sarah for the birth of the promised child through whom the nations of the earth would be blessed.

The evangelical church is rushing en masse to bring about shalom through their own effort, power, and influence. Men like Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Jim Wallis, and Donald Miller are losing their faith in the promise of Christ that he would prepare a place for them and they're attempting to restore paradise now.

I want to let it be known that I'm WAITING for shalom. I won't be a part of their dream. They are moving ahead of God rather than waiting on God and they will create another Ishmael as a result.

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