McLaren says “I don’t fit”

In a Christian Week review about Brian McLaren’s recent lecture series at Canadian Mennonite University, he was quoted to say:

“If you can’t be a Christian unless you believe world is 6,000 years old and was created in seven literal days and anyone who hasn’t said a certain prayer will experience eternal conscious torment and literal flames of hell forever, well then by that definition they’re speaking the truth. By that definition I don’t fit.

“But if you define Christian as someone who is sincerely seeking to follow Christ and acknowledges there’s an awful lot of slip-ups and foul-ups and mistakes along the way, well I certainly fit.”

Because a spiritual life with God, McLaren says, isn’t just about what you believe.

SOURCE: McLaren creates a safe place for doubt
Churches need to welcome the questions, says controversial author
http://www.christianweek.org/stories.php?id=1518

See Parts 1-5 of Menno-lite’s more detailed review on McLaren’s sessions at the CMU Refreshing Winds conference, here:

McLaren’s Refreshing Winds at CMU – Part 1
https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/mclarens-refreshing-winds-at-cmu-part-1/

McLaren’s Refreshing Winds at CMU – Part 2
https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/mclarens-refreshing-winds-at-cmu-part-2/

McLaren’s Refreshing Winds at CMU – Part 3
https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/mclarens-refreshing-winds-at-cmu-part-3/

McLaren’s Refreshing Winds at CMU – Part 4
https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/mclarens-refreshing-winds-at-cmu-part-4/

McLaren’s Refreshing Winds at CMU – Part 5
https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/mclarens-refreshing-winds-at-cmu-part-5/

Note: McLaren appears to have a better “fit” with the neo-pagan gospel than he does with the true gospel of Christianity.

*** UPDATE:

Brian McLaren Leads Commitment Ceremony At Son’s Same-Sex Wedding

McLaren family wedding ceremony included “traditional Christian elements.”
http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2012/09/brian_mclaren_l.html

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2 thoughts on “McLaren says “I don’t fit”

  1. McLaren’s right.

    It’s not just about what you believe.

    It’s about those right beliefs producing right actions flowing out of a regenerate heart.

    McLaren is as relevant to biblical Christianity as Oprah and Tom Cruise.

    Olives, you may want to pay less attention to the raging theological seppuku in the MB conference, lest you end up like Arthur Pink and become embittered. Just a thought from someone who knows how dangerous it is to focus on the negative.

    • Thank you Mennoknight. As you well know, To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

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