mē genoito

May it never be! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.” (Ro 3:4)

Christianity vs. McLarenianity

In the last few years some Christians have been warning and denouncing the emergent movement as outside the pale of orthodoxy. Unfortunately, we’ve been criticized as alarmists, divisive and uncharitable. In the past false teachers like McLaren have been deliberately obtuse, obfuscatory, equivocal and pretentiously flowery in his language, during the beginning of the movement. Sadly, many Christians have been deceived by his Socratic style of false teaching, resulting in the rapid growth of the emergent heresy.

The only glimmer of good as a result of McLaren’s success is that he is becoming more arrogant and thus more bold in revealing his true nature. The wolf is finally becoming more obvious behind the sheep’s clothing.

In Sun Tzu’s Art of War “know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss”.
Even if you are confident that you will not be deceived by McLaren, it is every Christian’s responsibility to give an answer to those who might be open to his false teaching. “A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!”

I commend this long but excellent critical article of McLaren’s new book by Kevin DeYoung. DeYoung list 10 problems in his review.

Problem 1: A Stifling Approach and Sweeping Caricatures

Problem 2: Internal Inconsistencies

Problem 3: Insistence on a Borrowed Story Line

Problem 4: An Evolutionary Lens

Problem 5: Baffled By the Bible

Problem 6: The Liberal Lens

Problem 7: A Barn Full of Straw men

Problem 8: Missing the Trees for the Forest

Problem 9: Canon Within a Canon

Problem 10: No End In Sight

Conclusion: We’ve Seen This Before

Read the full article and the details of the list of problems here.

Also, here is Al Mohler and friends’ take on it.

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