The Mennonites who recently had Brian McLaren in to speak at their university, and those who promoted the conference, should take note of what he is now saying as he jumps to the defense of Rob Bell who has recently come out with a controversial new book on hell. Here is what McLaren says in his attempt to critique a critique by Albert Mohler on Bell’s views on heaven and hell:
McLaren responded, “[H]e (Mohler) is wrong to assume that Rob is saying his story is better than Jesus’ story. Rather, Rob is suggesting that Jesus’ original story (as he interprets it) is better than the version many hold and proclaim today.”
No articulation of the gospel today can presume to be exactly identical to the original meaning proclaimed by Christ and the apostles, McLaren argued. He said Christians therefore should proclaim their interpretation with “humble confidence” rather than “a naive and excessive confidence.”
McLaren also disagreed with Mohler that Bell was questioning the interpretation of the gospel he received because he was in search of a “popular or palatable version.” Bell, already a “wildly popular” megachurch pastor and author, started to question the version of the gospel he received because he was convinced from his studies in scripture that it wasn’t the best interpretation, he said.
“He (and many of us) may be wrong,” noted McLaren, “but if we’re wrong, it’s not simply because we are trying to pander to ‘contemporary culture.'”
–Brian McLaren Defends Rob Bell against Mohler’s Critique
Menno-lite suggests that McLaren and Bell are indeed wrong, simply because they are listening to the father of lies. It’s obvious for the discerning Christian to easily spot. Brian McLaren and Rob Bell are leading the new kind of Christians with their new kind of Bible interpretation method called deconstructionism. And the new kind of Mennonites are following in their footsteps down this wide and dangerous path.
[Read the rest of McLaren’s defense of Rob Bell at the above link.]
Deconstructionism – is it a valid way to interpret the Bible?
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