‘the feet of clay that shall crumble’


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!


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