Is Brian McLaren is a heretic or a fresh and welcome voice? A Winnipeg Free Press article reports:
People in southern Manitoba will get a chance to make up their own minds next month when McLaren speaks at Refreshing Winds, the bi-annual Canadian Mennonite University worship conference. The theme of the Feb. 3 to 5 event is Here In This Place: Worship In Context.
In the article, Brian McLaren is quoted on his views of the new kind of Christianity. He says that we need to “recapture being followers of the way of Jesus” in contrast to the “old kind of Christianity,” that was “unmoving, defensive and used to being in control” and defined by institutions, doctrines and belief statements. He also says we need to rediscover what the Bible says about the three great crises of our time – the fate of the planet, the gap between rich and poor, and violence. (Does he mean, rediscover and remake some new doctrines and belief statements?)
For McLaren, Christian faith should be “less about what happens after we die and more about what God is doing in the world today… more about what God is doing in the world, not just what God is doing in our hearts.”
When Christians limit God’s activity “to my soul, we shrink the frame of God’s work, turn it into sentimentality, something that doesn’t fit in a world of suffering,” he adds.
As for worship, it also needs to be bigger than individual Christians and their needs, he says.
Otherwise, it’s only a “celebration of our pleasant, middle-class lifestyle… I’m all for celebrating, but we also need to keep in mind the needs of the world.”
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God already told us what he is doing with the world (John 3:16), and it’s all about giving us a new heart and saving us from the wages of sin so that we will not perish. We don’t limit God’s activity to our own souls, because the message of the gospel of Jesus is for saving lost souls. As for worship, it never was about us. Worship is about God. It’s not a celebration of us, but praise unto the Lord who alone is worthy of our praise.
For those who are going to listen to the supposedly refreshing emerging wind at CMU this week, remember – the Bible has warned us that “we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming.” (Ephesians 4:14)
Beware the emerging wind that blows into Winnipeg tomorrow. This one has a windchill factor that will numb your brain and whisper all kinds of crafty new tricks and schemes into your ears. If you must go, dress appropriately.
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