Brian McLaren has written a chapter in a book called The Love: Of the Fifth Spiritual Paradigm, published by The Oracle Institute.
On page two of this book is a Prayer for Mother Earth by Joyce Pace Byrd, a spiritual guide who has a collection of poetry called Poems from the Labyrinth. On page 4 is Sophia and Sustainability by Bernice H. Hill, senior analyst at the C.B. Jung Institute, who writes on page 5: “It is written that Sophia pre-existed God and gave birth to the male godhead.” In chapter ten of The Love, sandwiched between The Metta Sutta: The Buddha’s Teaching on Love by Karen Lang and Why Are There So Many Religions? by Barbara Talley (member of the Bahai Faith which promotes a belief in one continually unfolding religion), is Brian McLaren’s contribution called Good News for All People.
But what exactly is McLaren’s good news for all people? Is it the good news of the gospel, that Christ was our substitute on the cross where He died for our sins and was resurrected so that we might have eternal life through Him?
In the following section McLaren explains why his understanding of the Christian message will be good news even for non-Christians:
Even if only a few would practice this new way, many would benefit. Oppressed people would be free. Poor people would be liberated from poverty. Minorities would be treated with respect. Sinners would be loved, not resented. Industrialists would realize that God cares for sparrows and wildflowers so their industries should respect, not rape, the environment. . . . The kingdom of God would come not everywhere at once, not suddenly, but gradually, like a seed growing in a field, like yeast spreading in a lump of bread dough, like light spreading across the sky at dawn.44
In most matters of historical, theological importance, McLaren is quite doubtful that one can be sure of anything. He considers the Bible to be mostly narrative.45 He concludes that only persons who naively do not realize that their understanding of the Bible comes from Enlightenment foundationalism think that terms such as authority, inerrancy, infallibility, revelation, objective, absolute, and literal are appropriate to justify ones view of the Bible.46 By making the Bible mostly narrative,47 McLaren hopes so save it from yielding a clear theology and create space for his own planetary salvation gospel.
Source- Emergent Delusion
A Critique of Brian McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy
Further proof that McLaren’s “good news for all” is another gospel is further evidenced by the mission and beliefs of the publisher of The Love, The Oracle Institute:
The Mission of the Oracle Institute shall be to serve as an Advocate for Enlightenment and a Vanguard for Spiritual Evolution.
The Oracle Institute was founded in 2004 by Laura George and a group of like-minded souls who believe that the world is on the verge of a major Spiritual Paradigm shift, the likes of which we have not seen since Jesus left the planet. The Oracle founders also believe that we have the ability to co-create with God – and with you – to manifest the future we seek. To us, our collective future depends on earnestly seeking and then holding fast to: Truth, Love, and Light.
In their description of The Love, The Oracle Institute states:
This international collection of essays, articles, and poetry explores the core message relayed to us by the great prophets: Love is the Way. The narrator of this work is Laurel from The Oracle Institute, who believes that humanity is at the dawn of the New Millennium – the prophesied era of peace and Love which represents the fifth stage of humanity’s collective spiritual evolution (…) the enlightened teachers assembled in The Love also have an urgent warning: We shall not survive this critical juncture of human history nor reach our God-given potential unless we embrace each other, our planet, and the animals which now depend upon us for their survival. Therefore, until a unifying theosophy emerges to end sectarian strife, humanity should adopt the simple yet elusive … religion of Love.
Besides their New Age bent and tolerance of any religion except for Christianity, the symbol of The Oracle Institute (see: theoracleinstitute.org) is the Pentagram.
Many Neopagans, especially Wiccans, use the pentagram as a symbol of their faith similar to the Christian cross or the Jewish Star of David. It is not, however, a universal symbol for Neopaganism, and is rarely used in actual rituals and spells that Pagans and Wiccans actively practice in. It is more of a religious symbolism that is commonly explained by reference to the basic understanding that the five points of the pentagram represent the four elements air, earth, fire, and water with the addition of Spirit as the uppermost point. As a representation of the elements, the pentagram is involved in the Wiccan practice of summoning the elemental spirits of the four directions at the beginning of a ritual.
The outer circle of the “circumscribed” pentagram is sometimes interpreted as binding the elements together or bringing them into united harmony with each other. The Neopagan pentagram is generally displayed with one point up, mostly because of the “inverted” goat’s head pentagram’s association with Satanism; however, within traditional forms of Wicca a pentagram with two points up is associated with the Second Degree Initiation and in this context has no relation to Satanism.
Wiccan and Pagans do not believe in Satan or what Satan traditionally represents. They instead worship gods such as Gaia, The Horned God, and often Norse, Greek, and Egyptian gods.
It’s no surprise that McLaren’s ‘good news’ gospel fits into the pages of a book published by such an organization. In his book Everything Must Change (pp.262-263), Brian McLaren suggested following the global model of Jim Garrison, now the director of Wisdom University, a school of esoteric/occult studies (www.wisdomuniversity.org).
From what he said at Northwest Nazarene University in 2009, it sounds like McLaren’s good news for all people is not about saving lost souls, but saving the earth…
For three days in February this year at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, Brian McLaren, a leader of this movement, redefined Christianity. He said the term “the world” in John 3:16 is not talking about spiritually lost people, but is talking about the Earth. They then showed a film by the Sierra Club.
He says Jesus came to save and die for the Earth? He then said the term “Kingdom of God” is not a spiritual term or a religious term, but it is a political term and that it meant God’s eco-system or God’s global love economy.
Source: Defining The Emergent Church Movement by Nathan Jones
This is not the gospel of the Bible, but this is the direction that McLaren and his new kind of Christianity is headed. Only those whose feet are firmly planted on the Rock (Jesus Christ) and His Word will stand firm while those who compromise and ignore it will continue to slide down the slippery slope of deception.
“He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” Matthew 12:30
This should shed some new light on the upcoming Refreshing Winds 2011 conference with Brian McLaren which is being promoted in the December MB Herald. Where is the discernment? Do the Mennonite Brethren leaders know they are promoting a teacher whose ‘gospel’ resonates with neo-pagans and will lead many away from the truth? Shouldn’t the readers of the MB Herald and members or contributors to CMU or the MB Conference of churches be extremely alarmed about this latest promotion? Why are they condoning this teacher who preaches another gospel? Will anyone speak out? Where are the watchmen?
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:13
Note: While one of the main missions of the MB Herald is to “teach and equip for ministry by reflecting MB theology, values and heritage and by sharing the good news,” they have included a disclaimer in fine print that says “Advertising and inserts should not be considered to carry editorial endorsement.” As this magazine is distributed to the Mennonite flock, the sheep will just have to be discerning enough to know what is spiritually safe and unsafe. But are they? Reader beware.
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*Also find Refreshing Winds review Parts 1-5 HERE.
*NEW (May 2011):
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