Have you ever thought about how similar Legalist, Marketers, Emergents, and Liberals are? What do Marc Grizzard and Brian McLaren have in common?
Marc is inviting you to burn Bibles:
Come to our Halloween book burning. We are burning Satan’s bibles like the NIV, RSV, NKJV, TLB, NASB, NEV, NRSV, ASV, NWT, Good News for Modern Man, The Evidence Bible, The Message Bible, The Green Bible, ect. These are perversions of God’s Word the King James Bible.
We will also be burning Satan’s music such as country , rap , rock , pop, heavy metal, western, soft and easy, southern gospel , contemporary Christian , jazz, soul, oldies but goldies [sic], etc.
We will also be burning Satan’s popular books written by heretics like Westcott & Hort , Bruce Metzger, Billy Graham , Rick Warren , Bill Hybels , John McArthur, James Dobson, Charles Swindoll , John Piper, Chuck Colson, Tony Evans, Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swagart, Mark Driskol [sic], Franklin Graham , Bill Bright, Tim Lahaye, Paula White, T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn , Joyce Myers, Brian McLaren, Robert Schuller, Mother Teresa , The Pope , Rob Bell, Erwin McManus, Donald Miller, Shane Claiborne, Brennan Manning, William Young, etc.
We will be serving Bar-b-Que Chicken [sic], fried chicken, and all the sides.
Mclaren is inviting some to be Hindu followers of Jesus:
I don’t believe making disciples must equal making adherents to the Christian religion. It may be advisable in many (not all!) circumstances to help people become followers of Jesus and remain within their Buddhist, Hindu or Jewish contexts … I don’t hope all Jews or Hindus will become members of the Christian religion, but I do hope all who feel so called will become Hindu or Jewish followers of Jesus. (A Generous Orthodoxy)
One seems radically exclusive, the other inclusive, what similarities can there be? They are both Pelagians. Pelagianism was an early church history that put salvation in man’s hands. Both Grizzard and McLaren emphasize what we do over what Christ has done. For Legalist it is a set of rules, dos and don’ts that make you a Christian. For Marketers it is all about the newest and most effective methods. For Emergents it is about “deeds not creeds”, living the kingdom life. For Liberals it is all about how we live, the social-gospel. Some profess the gospel, some assume, some redefine, and others deny, but all allow the Gospel to be eclipsed by works.
The central message of Abraham, of the Bible, is given in the first two words of verse 3, but first I need to set you up with verse 2. Here is the message, “And Abraham… And Abimelech… But God…”; the Gospel is not about what we do, but what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. We sin, God saves. We are unfaithful, He is faithful. What makes us Christians is not our morality, but our message.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:1-9 (ESV)