Video of the week

Well lets see if I even remember how to do this.

HA! Excellent. Anyway this is a video I found …well its more like an audio with some pictures but it will do. I have decided to take a good look at what folks call the emergent church. I figured Brian Mclaren would be a great place to start. Now it seems to me that this interview gives us a good glimpse into some of this man’s thoughts, not only on Hell but on the atonement itself.  The fact that no one in the scriptures speaks of Hell more frequently or vividly than Jesus Himself should bring some of Mr. Mclaren’s comments into question immediately. The idea that somehow the Kingdom of God is not brought to earth without violence is in my opinion errant, simply because there is nothing more violent than hanging naked from a tree that you have been nailed to, while bleeding to death from one of the several beatings you have received the hours before you were to be executed. The idea that Hell is somehow a doctrine of a God who resorts to violence if He can’t get His way ignores the biblical truth that God violently hates sin and is a just God. Now I personally think that Brian is smart enough to understand what repentance is.  Not to mention what unrepentant existence would mean in the face of a Holy God who offers one such expensive mercy. I’m just not so sure he could sell it as well.

Any thoughts?

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5 responses to “Video of the week

  1. He had me at ‘the cross is a distraction’. Wow! How far from Pauline orthodoxy can we stray Mr. Generous? Its really too easy with this guy…he’s obviously a heretic who deserves the full weight of rebuke. But, does he get it? No, listen to the interviewer wet himself at Brian’s statements. In the words of a good friend. Oy vey!

  2. Rob

    Claiming to be wise, they became fools.

    The cross is the intersection of justice and mercy. If justice (and judgment) is not demanded, then how would he explain to Jesus the need for the cross.

    Disturbing…

  3. anna

    Apalling… just apalling. I guess he is ashamed of the gospel. 😦

    And clearly he does not understand the principle of forgiveness. Forgiveness does not absolve and forget. When we forgive, we merely cede to God the right to judge and punish. The wages of sin is death… .

    But I’m preaching to the choir here…

  4. Raspberry

    Perhaps Mr Mclaren should just go the whole way and come up with his own plan of salvation, since he seems to think God has got it all wrong at so many points ?!!!

    I’m just a greycoat fool in these super enlightened bluecoat days, but I’m going to stick with the traditional view of the Cross all the same.

    “…we do not know we cannot tell what pains He had to bear, but we believe it was for us He hung and suffered there.”

    Yes, that’s it.

  5. windy eberly

    “And clearly he does not understand the principle of forgiveness. Forgiveness does not absolve and forget. When we forgive, we merely cede to God the right to judge and punish. The wages of sin is death…”

    Anna, that is so well put and exactly right. I really should go to church more, I might here some good stuff like that.

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