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False Teacher of the Day #35: John MacArthur on Brian McLaren and the Emergent Church

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Brian McLaren is one of the foremost false teachers of the progressive Emergent Church movement in the world today. Along with one of his theological clones, Rob Bell, they have successfully deceived millions of people into believing a false and damnable gospel of inclusivity.

Brian McLaren believes and teaches that Christ is not the only way to Heaven and that all religions have something to bring to the table when it comes to having access to God.

In his book, A New Kind of Christianity, McLaren contends that the Scriptures have been misinterpreted over the centuries and, instead should be interpreted through the lens of a wider religious culture.

โ€œIโ€™m recommending we read the Bible as an inspired library. This inspired library preserves, presents, and inspires an ongoing and rigorous conversation with and about God, a living and vital civil argument into which we are all invited and through which God is revealed,” he writes.

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“Scripture faithfully reveals the evolution of our ancestorsโ€™ best attempts to communicate their successive best understandings of God,” he continued later in the chapter. “As human capacity grows to conceive of a higher and wiser view of God, each new vision is faithfully preserved in Scripture like fossils in layers of sediment.โ€

McLaren’s view of Scripture not as the authoritative Word of God, but as a series of biased human interpretations of God’s revelation, leads to the destruction that has now amassed on the Church at large. Much of McLaren’s ideas of the Emergent Church have infiltrated mainstream Evangelicalism. Even the current woke movement in the Church–through Critical Race Theory–has embraced the notion that special interpretive power should be afforded to those with diverse “experiences” in life. We should not seek to understand the Scriptures in the manner intended by the original authors, rather we should seek to re-interpret the Scriptures through our own experiences and the experiences of others around us, discarding any objective truth.

The gospel of Brian McLaren largely becomes a gospel of social justice and activism that seeks not to save the souls of the lost, but to build a man-made Utopia on Earth made up of progressive ideals such as financial equity, social contracts, and the absence of objectivism that people may find “offensive.”

John MacArthur has strong words for McLaren and those in the Emergent Church movement.

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