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Tony Campolo: On Being "Born Again" by Centering Prayer
Commentary by Roger Oakland
Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology of Eastern University in St. David's, Pennsylvania. He is founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education and the author of many books. He is a well-known conference speaker who is noted for his agenda to liberalize evangelical Christianity in order to make it acceptable for the twenty-first century. One of his recent books is titled Speaking My Mind: The Radical Evangelical Prophet Tackles the Tough Issues Christians are Afraid to Face. On the back cover, the following statement is made:
Brian McLaren is also a well-known author and speaker. Many agree McLaren is the leading proponent for a rapidly developing trend within Christianity called the Emerging Church. Campolo's publisher, W. Publishing Group (a branch of Thomas Nelson Publishing), chose McLaren to write the only endorsement on the back cover of the book. McLaren, who has authored books such as A New Kind of Christian, The Church on the Other Side, More Ready Than You Realized, and The Secret Message of Jesus, states the following:
Please notice Brian McLaren's reference to "a time when the term 'evangelical' is up for grabs" and the proclamation that "his voice needs to be heard." For those of us interested in Bible prophesy, such a statement causes us to pay attention. You see, there once was a time when an evangelical was a person who had a deep reverence and trust for the Scriptures. Further, that person had to believe the only way to heaven was by accepting the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the cross for our sins, and that hell was a literal place where the lost would spend eternity.
Not so today! As McLaren so clearly states, the definition of what it means to be an evangelical is now "up for grabs."
I have read a number of Campolo's books and listened to his messages. Yes, Campolo is a perfect example of someone who is influencing minds and producing "a new kind of Christian." I will quote Campolo on a number of issues so that you will be able to examine his ideas in comparison with what the Bible teaches.
As we will see, the words of Isaiah will be very appropriate when we compare what Campolo says with what God has said in His Word: