Brian McLaren of the Emerging Church is an Apostate and a Liar
Published August 9th, 2007 by Ken Silva
in Emerging Church, Brian McLaren, Apostasy
…guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge" – which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith… (1 Timothy 6:20-21)
From a "May/June 2007" interview with Brian McLaren at The Wittenburg Door:
DOOR: Could you elaborate on the spiritual breakdown you had in the early ’90s, which led to the A New Kind of Christian trilogy?
MCLAREN: In the early and mid-’90s, I starting doubting the systematic theologies I’d inherited. I didn’t know you were allowed to believe in God outside of a prescribed systematic theology. So, I had to go through kind of a deconstruction and reconstruction. The process was really scary, because I had no guarantees. I remember reaching a very low point and thinking, "I’m either going to have to be dishonest and pretend that I still believe in a theological system that doesn’t work for me anymore or I’m going to be honest about my doubts and questions." I kept thinking, "I might lose my whole faith," but I couldn’t squelch the honest questions that kept arising. I think this is one of the agonies of these things, you don’t know how they’re going to turn out. It’s a very high-risk thing but you don’t have any choice if you’re trying to be honest. I think you have to do it—doubting and questioning as an act of faith, as strange as that may seem.
DOOR: How did you get through this?
MCLAREN: It sounds trite, but I kept praying. I stayed close to God. I didn’t let my doubts about ideas pertaining to God drive me away from the God who was always far above and beyond my best ideas of God, not to mention my worst ones.
Well Brian, I have a couple of questions for you: I have also "kept praying," and I have "stayed close to God"; and the one true and living God of the Bible, "Who was always far above" has led me to believe that you are an apostate and a liar. So where do we go now Brian? Which of our existential and subjective experience is actually from God? How would we know?
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)