‘the feet of clay that shall crumble’

PEACE… PEACE…..

Brian McLaren recently addressed 650 Anglican bishops attending the Lambeth Conference, a meeting he says was characterized by “a loving atmosphere” and “a deep spirituality centered in Bible study, worship, and prayer.” McLaren tells ChristianToday.com that he envisions a new era for Christianity, which “is more about the Christian way of life than it is about a rigid and polemicized systems of belief.” OneNewsNow

For those readers that have never heard of Brian D. McLaren…

…is an author, speaker, pastor, and networker among
innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists.

He is a frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs. He has appeared on many broadcasts including Larry King Live, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and Nightline. His work has also been covered in Time (where he was listed as one of American’s 25 most influential evangelicals), Christianity Today, Christian Century, the Washington Post, and many other print media.  About Brian McLaren – Blog ‘Everything Must Change’

 

In an article (Emergent Evangelism – November 2004) for Christianity today Brian McLaren wrote concerning the ‘The Broadened Gospel’

 

For McLaren, the gospel is not primarily informational but relational/missional. That is, imparting information about how to be individually saved is secondary to inviting people into relationship with a king and with members of a kingdom whose foremost concern is wholeness for a broken world, rather than an insurance policy for eternal destiny.

The gospel, McLaren said, starts “with God’s concern for the world, in which God creates a community called the church, comprised of persons who stop (or repent of) being ‘part of the problem’ and choose instead to join God as ‘part of the solution’—thus simultaneously entering a mission and a community in which one is accepted by grace, through faith in Jesus.”

 

Mr. McLaren has found, that if you get rid of the issue of SIN, then the church shall attract a multitude of folk. The only problem is that…

‘part of the problem’

… is the problem and it is a MAJOR PROBLEM. We are “dead in our trespasses and sins”. “We are enemies of God, without hope, and without God in the world”.

 

The evangelical take on salvation has for half a century stressed all three tenses of salvation: past (saved from the penalty of sin), present (saved from the power of sin), and future (saved from the presence of sin). So the Emergent emphasis on “salvation within history from sin by grace” need not be set against “salvation beyond history from hell by grace.”

I can assure you that no one, at least in their right mind, will never choose the thought of hell in comparison to thoughts of heaven, but to find oneself as a sinner is quite a challenge. Therefore diversion away from sin tends to make the gospel a little more palatable to the flesh.  If a ‘preacher of the gospel’ has difficulty with the doctrine of ‘sin‘ , and more importantly telling the world that that is why Jesus Christ became a man and died, he might consider a different calling, ‘for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, but while we ere yet dead in our trespasses and sin, Christ died for our sin‘. To build one’s eternity upon any other foundation will most assuredly crumble!

malachi

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For The Proverbial Palate- 08.02.2008

My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;  Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5

 

“The one and only method of teaching men the true religion was established by Divine Providence for the whole world, and for all times: that is, by persuading the understanding through reasons, and by gently attracting or exhorting the will.” Bartolome de Las Casas (1474-1566)

The above quotation by Bartolome de Las Casas states that the “only method of teaching men the true religion was established by Divine Providence for the whole world….” I don’t want to strain at a gnat here, but really one should say that the ‘only method of teaching men the fear of the LORD and a knowledge of this God is established by Divine Providence…’

Now those of you that follow my writings understand that I think one of the greatest enemies of the cross is ‘religion’. Those who brought the Lord of Glory to the tribunal was religious folk, if you please. I can almost assure you that when de Las Casas spoke of religion, it was not in this since, but my point is still this…

Man can learn a lot of stuff. We can teach one to read, to write and the principles of mathematics. Some can be immersed pretty deep in the things of human intellect but human wisdom can not teach nor perceive the things of God.

I have watched for some years now and found that religion is making the same futile attempt to educate churched children about the things of God. This is something that the Lord put on my heart while thinking on these truths.

“Religion’s main focus is transforming ‘bad people’ into ‘good people’. Yet the word of God says that ‘good people’ are such by the transformation and the renewing of ones mind, and that by the word of God. So in essence the individual that does not have the power of the Living Word present in their life is nothing more that a ‘good person’.” Pastor Dennis Daniel

Now before you email me and rebuke me with scripture such as “train up a child in the way he should go” and that “fathers are to bring up the children in the admonition of the Lord”, remember, I am a pastor and I agree with all of the scripture that exhorts us as parents to train our children in the things of God. But this training is not where we learn to “fear the LORD and gain a knowledge of Him”

According to the proverbs this fear and wisdom does not come from teaching in Sunday school or instruction from our parents, although they are both important, but from an intimate fellowship in and with the word of God. Consider the exhortation…

  • receive my words
  • hide my commandments with thee
  • incline thine ear unto wisdom
  • apply thine heart to understanding
  • criest after knowledge
  • liftest up thy voice for understanding
  • seekest her as silver
  • searchest for her as for hid treasures

This is much more than just going to church. This is a picture of a man that has such a desire, not only for the word of God, but a hunger and thirst that the Spirit of truth will empower this same word, in order for it to be lived out on a daily basis in this man’s life. In other words the testimony of this man will be the ‘expressed image of Christ’… then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

Blessings in His rich and faithful word my friend.

malachi