Brian McLaren’s Truncated Gospel at GC2009

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By David W. Virtue

On July 16 at a Eucharist of the 76th Episcopal General Convention in Anaheim, Brian McLaren, emergent church activist and author, delivered a sermon with the title “We live in a strange time in relation to the E-Word.”

He then proceeded to say, “For many of us, the word evangelism evokes ugly and morally tainted associations with colonialism, religious supremacy, and shabby televangelism. As a result, many Episcopalians would say that evangelism may be Southern Baptist or Pentecostal, but it’s not Episcopalian, thank you very much. May I humbly propose that the time for this reactionary prejudice against evangelism is over? May I further propose that from this day forward, we see E-piscopal and E-vangelistic as a holy union joined together by God, and what God has joined together, no one should put asunder. Amen?”

……….Writes McLaren, “If Christian moderates and progressives seldom if ever share their faith with love and enthusiasm, what will their future be?”

The truth is that moderates and progressives don’t have a Biblical gospel to share. They do not have a vigorous understanding of the atonement or bodily resurrection. They have abandoned sound Christology and basic doctrines of the faith for new rhapsodic notions of inclusion and diversity, the new buzz words of Episcopal dogma that do not lead to the foot of the cross.

………….McLaren says that to rediscover the good and true essence of evangelism, we need to rediscover evangelism in a more biblical light. He cites 2 Corinthians. “There we see evangelism as our call to demonstrate and proclaim a new creation in Christ. We see our call to live and invite others into a new way of life. We see evangelism as recruiting early adopters to be part of a radical new beginning for the human race – which Paul calls the new creation in Christ.”

Nowhere in either Corinthian epistle are we seen as “recruiters”, but as forth-tellers of a gospel of redemption that begins at the cross. Consider these words of Paul from II Corinthians…“For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life….For we are not peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity…”

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