Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What is the Greatest Threat to Christianity?

Brian McLaren answers the above question with the following:
misguided Christians, just as the greatest threat to Islam is misguided Muslims and the greatest threat to Judaism is misguided Jews. Religious insiders can do harm to their religion in ways that outsiders never could. This is especially true in a pluralistic world, where religions are credible to the degree they bring benefits to outsiders. (source)
Has McLaren read the New Testament? Just taking the seven letters to the seven churches of Revelation reveal that Christ was not concerned with the early Christians being culturally insensitive and "misguided." His concern is that they would not be a peculiar people. Some had become lukewarm, tolerant of false doctrine, worldly, and forsaking their first love.

Liberals repeatedly tell the church, "be like the culture and you'll be relevant until the culture changes." The orthodox repeatedly proclaim, "be like Christ and you'll always be relevant."

As always, one of the greatest threats to Christianity is to listen to and follow wolves like McLaren.

For more:
Farewell Old Friend: Saying Goodbye to the Emergent Church
Thesis | Brian McLaren and Emergent Soteriology: From Cultural Accomodation to the Kindgom of God - Full Series
I Don't Think That is What Palm Sunday is All About
I Don't Think This is What Good Friday Means
I Don't Think This is What the Empty Tomb Means
I Don't Think This is What Easter Means
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McLaren on Hell and Universalism . . . Again
Hades, Hell, and McLaren's Eisegesis
The Clarity of Ambiguity: The Erosion of the Perspicuity of Scripture in the Emergent Church - the Complete Series
Where to Begin?: 10 Emergent Must Reads 
"A New Kind of Christianity" - A 11 part review and critique of McLaren's book
Revelation and the Ambiguity of Justification: McLaren Adds to the Confusion
Does McLaren Reject Penal Substitution?: A Review of the Evidence
Hamilton: McLaren and Whole Foods Stores
SBTS and McLaren: A Response to SBTS Panel Discussion
The Evolving God: McKnight's Critique of McLaren
The Future of the Emergent Church: McLaren Weighs In
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Will the Two Become One?: Emergents Turn to Process Theology
God's Many Names?: Emergent Pluralism in the Extreme
Theology Thursday | Don't Be Fooled: The Conversation Is Not Open To Everyone 
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