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Friday, February 10, 2006

Brian McLaren: Turning Aside To Myths


BRIAN MCLAREN:
TURNING ASIDE TO MYTHS
Apprising Ministries, February 10, 2006


"For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you."

"I will have to admit that I find it a little odd looking around at the various writings about Brian McLaren where his non-stand about homosexuality (or about anything else for that matter) actually has surprised people. There is little chance that McLaren is ever going to come down on the side of what the Bible says about this forbidden lifestyle because of his own views on Scripture. In fact, this becomes near impossible now through his involvement with “living spiritual teachers” like Alan Jones and Marcus Borg. You see their warped view of Christian spirituality, twisted as it is by the practice of neo-pagan mysticism only figures to draw McLaren further away from believing what Holy Scripture says. This is also tied to how McLaren approaches the Bible because the Emergent spiritual director follows a very allegorical “Alexandrian School” approach to Holy Scripture so he would not readily see what it clearly appears to be saying when read at face value.

Space allows just one quick example concerning what the text of the Bible coveys as to the Creator’s position about the practice of homosexuality where allegory has no place. We turn to Romans chapter one where the inspired Apostle Paul is talking about God’s wrath against sinful conduct, which is being progressively revealed throughout this Age of Grace, but will one day be fully poured forth in judgment. The Lord tells us He feels mankind has no excuse to claim he does not know what His Creator expects of His creatures. The original Greek itself speaks of a willful suppression of the Truth about God, a conscious effort to “hold down” what is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them (v.19). If one is to rightly comprehend what is being said here in the Bible it is critical to understand that Paul is writing about mankind in general and not simply to a first century culture..."
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http://www.apprising.org/archives/2006/02/brian_mclaren_t.html