Monday, 30 March 2009

"Knowing": Are Mormons Grasping at Straws?

My wife and I went this weekend to see the new Nicholas Cage movie "Knowing". She likes science fiction and I like action and adventure movies so it suited us both. Pop corn and drinks at the ready we were not only coming to watch an entertaining film but we were more than curious to spot all the Mormon themes said to be woven through the plot.

It had been drawn to our attention that Mormons have been blogging excitedly about the Mormon motifs and symbols in the film. Typical was this observation on Mormon Insights:

Although definitely NOT a LDS film, KNOWING contains many themes (throughout, even to the end) that are consistent with LDS theology. These themes go far beyond the mere "latter-day" theme. I am not going to give these themes away, because half the fun for the viewer is finding them. There are some clear religious elements to the story.

There is a more detailed comment on the Adventures in Mormonism blog. I should warn you that the blog is definitely a spoiler, and the writer does give fair warning. The writer has also been very busy and kindly linked each "theme" through to a Mormon source that explains the Mormon teaching.

The main themes identified (so far) are a tree of life in an open field motif, which is related to Lehi's dream in 1 Nephi 8; pebbles that are seen as having an echo in Joseph Smith's seer stones; the concept of being "Together Forever", a recurring theme; and the portrayal of an exodus and a remnant.

The film has clearly Judeo-Christian motifs the main ones being apocalyptic and that is a clue to the way Mormons would read Mormonism into the story. Mormonism is a Christian cult and many Mormon themes are lifted, often wholesale, from the Bible. But to a Mormon Mormonism is the whole world and they cannot see beyond it. However, each time they see Mormonism we saw Christianity and since Mormonism is a direct counterfeit of Christianity I know where I would attribute my sources.

The tree of life is a motif in the early chapters of Genesis (Gen.2:9-3:24) and again in Revelation (Rev.2:7; 22:2, 14).

Being together forever is a Mormon theme inasmuch as they teach that families can be together forever (as families) but the idea is common and people with no faith often use it in the sentimental way that is familiar enough. Certainly being together forever with the Lord is a Christian theme (2 Jn.1:2).

Surely I need hardly point out that themes of exodus and remnant are at the very centre of Judeo-Christian teaching and the ideas that pop up again in the Book of Mormon are obviously lifted from these Christian sources.

As to the "seer stones" first it seems odd that Mormons should get excited about such an embarrassing episode in the life of Joseph Smith, his involvement in treasure seeking and occultism. Then it should be pointed out that the stones in the film do not perform the same function as Smith's seer stones.

Finally, the central theme of the film is Christian beginning to end. The main character's father is a pastor, his family Christian; he has lost his faith but will he find it again; his work has him address questions of free will and determinism; the main theme is biblical apocalypse; the issues and questions are of an eternal nature. It certainly made us think seriously about our own Christian walk but are there Mormon themes? Like Mormonism itself it depends on how you squint but if you look straight at it the answer is no.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Religioscope: France: Kolob Order blends Mormonism and Freemasonry

Mormons, Freemasons, Symbolist Orders, Rosicrucianism, UFOs

I don't think we're in Kansas any more Toto!

The order is the brainchild of a Frenchman who goes by the pseudonym Adama. He is both a Freemason and a Mormon convert and Sunday school teacher. In the independent Mormon magazine Sunstone, it is reported that the founder converted to Mormonism in 2005 and a year later started the Kolob Order after studying the Book of Abraham, an early Mormon scripture.

Religioscope: France: Kolob Order blends Mormonism and Freemasonry

Saturday, 21 March 2009

The Shack

In a recent radio interview, The Shack author, Paul Young, told the interviewer he did not hold to the traditional view of the atonement in that he does not believe Jesus Christ bore the punishment (i.e., penalty) for man's sins when He died on the Cross. Look at a partial transcript here.

He also stated, with regard to this topic: "I don't know if you're aware, but that's a huge debate that's going on in theology right now within the evangelical community." That debate, to which Young refers, is the new theology (or as we call it the new spirituality) that is entering Christianity through contemplative and emerging figures such as Brennan Manning, Brian McLaren, and Marcus Borg.

This "huge debate" states that a loving Father would never send His Son to a violent death on behalf of the sins of others. And while they do not deny that Jesus did physically die on a Cross, they insist that His death was not to be a substitutionary act wherein He was punished for our sins. Rather, they say, He was killed by man, not for man. And he was a perfect model of sacrificial servanthood. As Episcopal new spirituality author, Alan Jones, states, "Jesus' sacrifice was to appease an angry God. Penal substitution was the name of this vile doctrine" (Reimagining Christianity, p. 168).

We need, as Christians, to be aware of what is true doctrine and what is not; especially where it belittles the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.

Monday, 16 March 2009

An Open Letter to Mormon Church Leaders

This letter has appeared on the internet recently. It is very unusual and, since it is anonymous, it might be easy to dismiss. Many years experience as a Mormon and involved in ministry to Mormons I can vouchsafe that the circumstances described here are accurate to life, the struggle with family, church and conscience very real for very many Mormons and the controlling nature of the Mormon Church real. Why do Reachout do what we do? This is why.

Dear Elder (Name):


As one who suffers from within, I write this letter to inform you of the magnitude of a growing problem. I am fully active, fully worthy, and fully apostate. I remain active solely for the sake of immediate and extended family unity, and to preserve my marriage. The fact that I cannot act upon my knowledge about fraudulent church history and doctrine has created a considerable dilemma for both the church and myself. The church is filled with people like me, and if you do not address this dilemma, the church will collapse from within. This letter, therefore, is an appeal for your consideration of my personal dilemma, and to serve as a witness against you if you fail to act.


I am writing this letter anonymously because I fear the power of your unrighteous dominion. It is not acceptable for you to claim that you personally would not wish for those like me to suffer or fear. The “Strengthening Church Members Committee” has proven its reach in the true style of “1984 Thought-Crime” investigations and “Ministry (councils) of Love” discipline. Yes, I fear you, I loath your tactics and I forcibly serve you. If you doubt my claim of forced servitude, then you would be wise to withhold your assessment until the end of this letter. I am writing with the futile hope that you (or anyone) will care enough to resolve this growing and unavoidable tragedy within the church; the tragedy of those who know the truth and cannot act upon it without destroying their families.


I come from 1837-convert lineage. I grew up in the Mormon Colonies in Mexico; I was hyper-valiant in my youth; I completed reading the full set of scriptures by the age of 16; I had all the missionary discussions and missionary scriptures memorized before even getting my call to serve; I served a very successful mission in Mexico; I attended BYU; I married in the temple; I served in four different bishoprics, high council, stake executive secretary, gospel doctrine instructor, young men’s president, high priest group leader, and various other callings; I was a student of the gospel, and was known for my answers to difficult historical and doctrinal questions; I have attended the temple more than 800 times, and virtually have the whole thing (all ordinances) memorized; I am a set-apart ordinance worker; I am currently serving in three ward and stake callings; IN OTHER WORDS: I deserve your respect, and am not engaged in any unworthy activity, so before you categorize me into some convenient slot, think again.


I have five children, two returned-missionary-temple-married, one attending BYU, and two active in the youth program. My wife and I have lived our nearly 25 years of marriage completely united in our commitment to a gospel oriented home. My wife is one of the most valiant, unquestioning, devoted members you will ever meet. Our happiness in marriage was centered in the gospel. We have faithfully performed all of the home-strengthening practices (FHE, daily prayer and scripture study, etc) throughout our married years. Our children are strong in the church because we as parents gave them that foundation. We are your typical success story.


This changed approximately two years ago. The story about how it changed is long, complicated, and spans years of personal study, personal observation, and experience. Rather than rehearse the entire journey, I will only summarize the end results. Suffice it to say that I have discovered reliable unchallenged facts about church history, church operations, church doctrine, and church culture that have brought me to the undeniable conclusion that the church is not true. Not only is the church not true (meaning that it is not what it claims to be), but the church purposefully withholds (even denies) vital information that would lead ANY thinking person to the same conclusion. Finally, church leaders even boast about the moral and ethical justification for acting this way. This is the behavior pattern of a cult; it is inconsistent with the church’s own articles of faith; and it is the central reason for the growing groundswell of revolt from within. To ignore this fact is the height of arrogance. You are either stupid or you are devious; whichever you choose, you lose.


I have a feeling (since I cannot imagine a different possibility) that you already know about this problem. You already know that the church is not what it claims to be; you already know that Native Americans are not the Lamanites of the Book of Mormon; you already know that the whole story of the BOM is not accurate or historical or even a translation of gold plates; you already know that the Book of Abraham is not a translation of the papyri that it claims to be; you already know that the first vision account is not reliable or accurate; you already know that church history is a warped version of real history and real history paints a pretty bleak picture of church origins and behavior; you already know that spiritual “special witness” experiences are not what the average member believes them to be; and you already know that as prophets, seers, and revelators, you do not possess any such gifts as they are understood by the average member. You receive and even encourage unqualified trust in your special abilities, and you know very well that those abilities are not special at all. You may be talented administrators, but you are not prophets, seers, and revelators, and you know it. Yet you allow members to revere and honor you as such. You are either self-deceived or you are willing deceivers. You know that members believe and teach that you have had personal physical visitations from Jesus Christ, and you know that you have not had this experience. Yet, you are willing to allow members to perpetuate this myth for unknown but unavoidably dishonest reasons. This is a pattern, not an anomaly. You know you are not what you claim to be (or what church culture teaches about you); and you allow this false perception to continue. What does that say about you and your integrity?


So, after coming to this awful realization that things are not what they claim to be within the church, what are my options? This journey was so disruptive and internally tumultuous that I chose to travel it alone. I was absolutely certain that there were solid faith sustaining answers to each disturbing fact. Finally, after I had absorbed the magnitude of the truth, I tried to share it with my wife. To her horror, she saw that her husband had gone into the unthinkable realm of “apostasy”. At first, she resented me for even looking; then she denied the possibility that any of it could be true; then she tried to stand on the shaky ground that even if it was true it did not lead to the conclusions I had made; finally, she clings to the defensive posture that I cannot be smarter than you (how can so many good men be wrong and her imperfect husband be right?). This is where you come into the picture. This is where the church comes between me and my wife in our marriage relationship. This is where the damage is done in countless other relationships. Do you think that you can escape responsibility for this damage? Do you doubt your complicity in creating this wedge? Can you understand how people like me come to a point of powerless resentment against the church? I suspect that you cannot understand such things, because if you did you would use your influence to make necessary changes.


There is nothing more ironic than the saying that “A man can leave the church, but he can never leave it alone.” The truth is that “A man can leave the church but only if he leaves ‘alone’”, or “A man can leave the church but the church can never leave him alone.” You would gladly split up my family rather than allow my knowledge to draw them away from the church. You have proven such intent in both policy and practice.


I am trapped in the church; of that there can be no doubt. And yet I perceive that you do indeed doubt such an idea. It seems foreign to you that I would claim to be trapped in an institution that glorifies agency. But surely you can see the cultural elements (which you support) that limit my options. Extended family relationships are high-pressure control mechanisms. My leaving the church for doctrinal or historical reasons would have a devastating and disruptive impact on the entire family network. You glorify those who leave their families to join our church and at the same time you demonize those who would leave the church for whatever reason. You stereotype those who obtain damaging “truth” as intellectuals and apostates. You encourage an atmosphere of exclusion against those who have information that would damage faith, even when that faith is founded upon false data.


Your efforts of withholding and denying truth have had the result of destroying personal integrity. I know things that I cannot openly speak about, even with those closest to me. I lie in temple recommend interviews so I can go to the temple to see my own children get married, and because my wife is comforted by the image of a temple worthy husband. I lie to my children when they question an aspect of church history or doctrine, because the truth would place them in the same pressure cooker I am in. I lie to my wife because she finds the truth so disturbing. I lie because telling the truth is more painful than a comforting lie. And I learned to lie from you. You are lying to the membership by your silence (and denial) regarding information that is vital to faith. People base their faith on incorrect information; you know this; and you remain silent. You lie for the same reason that I lie; because people prefer a comforting lie over a disturbing truth. I am trapped here because of the culture you have created, and I am reduced to using the same tactics you use at the expense of personal integrity.


Your understanding of the culture you created and perpetuate through established programs is dismal. You preach adherence to the guidance of the brethren; you promise blessings for obedience to programs and leaders; you build a structure of dependence and hierarchical authoritarianism; you inculcate an environment of conformance without regard to individuality; and you do all of this with the stated intent of blessing and improving lives, relationships and family bonds. Your programs have evolved into a culture with the opposite effect than the one you intended; members feel constantly inadequate regardless of their effort; families pressure struggling children with bad advice that comes from your talks and books; you raise the bar, a blatant slap in the face to those who do not fit within your misguided program. Programs flounder not because of poor execution but because they are poor programs. When such negative results reach your ears, you are saddened that the poor members just do not see the vision; that they cannot learn the vital lessons. It never occurs to you that your inspiration and leadership is the flawed element. Either you are uninspired or uninformed, but your leadership is causing more suffering than blessings. But this is not really about bad programs. Rather, it is about faulty foundations. I do not expect you to acknowledge that the church is not what it claims to be, but I demand that you acknowledge your part in the failures. Stop blaming failure on the members. It is cheap and dishonest.


So, I am angry to the point of despair. I do not expect you to do anything with this information, except try to track me down and deal with me through your secret “committees”. I would resign today if I thought my family could remain intact. But I will continue to coax my family closer to the truth with longsuffering and gentle persuasion, and when they can see the real story without demonizing their father, son, and husband, then I will relish our departure and be rid of you and your unrighteous dominion. Someday I will not be so afraid of your influence, and I will confront your abuse of power directly.
Your success is over. You had a small window of opportunity to be forthcoming and open, and you have missed it. History is against you. Science is against you. TRUTH is against you. As you become more closed and protective, you will appear more ridiculous from the outside. Even though you will probably interpret this result to be “prophecy fulfilled,” the result will be the same. Enjoy your last breath of illusory comfort, because it will not last.


I am not alone. I am part of a growing community of knowledgeable members who will not be silenced for long. You have no idea how to deal with us because you fear our power. You fear it because you know that truth is on our side. I would feel pity for you except for the inexpiable arrogance that you currently display without remorse. The law of the harvest will be your undoing. You have sown seeds of benevolent deception; you shall reap a harvest of faithful rebellion.


Disrespectfully:
Faithful Apostate

Thursday, 12 March 2009

HBO, Mormons Square Off over Airing of Sacred Rite / U.S. and World News

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- HBO on Tuesday defended its plans to depict a sacred Mormon temple ceremony in an upcoming episode of "Big Love."

The drama about a Utah polygamous family will show an endowment ceremony Sunday.

HBO said it did not intend to be disrespectful of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and apologized.

"Obviously, it was not our intention to do anything disrespectful to the church, but to those who may be offended, we offer our sincere apology," the premium cable channel said in a statement issued Tuesday.

But the ceremony is an important part of the "Big Love" story line, HBO said.

There seems a certain inevitability in this story. It is inevitable that so-called Mormon "sacred ceremonies"  will figure in the controversial HBO TV series Big Love, an every day tale of polygamists; inevitable that the Mormons would complain bitterly; inevitable that the officials of the church would not encourage a boycott of HBO but that their very public statement to that effect would trigger a "spontaneous" movement among grass roots Mormons to do just that; inevitable that the makers of the programme would be depicted as careless and inaccurate  in their portrayal of Mormonism.

After all it is written somewhere - surely - that only Mormons can tell the Mormon story. of course, in that case you would never get to hear about this part of the story because it is all too "sacred" to talk about.

Just to clear up a few problems and inaccuracies in the story, inaccuracies whose source is the Mormon Church so you may judge for your self whether you would get anything like the true story if it was left to Mormons to tell it. In an official statement church leaders have said:

"Certainly church members are offended when their most sacred practices are misrepresented or presented without context or understanding,"

Now here is a conundrum. There is no indication that these leaders have actually viewed the scenes so how can they possibly know whether they misrepresent or take out of context Mormon "sacred" temple ceremonies? We are told that an expert in these ceremonies was on set to guide the directors and actors in achieving accuracy.

The article tells its readers that Mormons take a vow not to talk about these ceremonies outside the temple. If these leaders have seen the scenes, how are they to correct them if they can't discuss them? That's the problem when you blur the line between "sacred" and secret. They blame you for getting it wrong, even though they probably haven't viewed it, and will not tell you how to get it right because they won't talk about it.

Mormons seem easily offended and one has to ask whether it is right to simply roll over every time they cry foul. What is the definition and nature of "offense" in every day life? Is there really an offense simply because someone "takes offense"? Or is offense proven as much by the intention of the assumed offender as the feelings of the one offended? Mormons really need to tell the difference between something that is offensive and something they simply don't like or would prefer didn't happen. They call my church apostate and that is offensive but I don't feel the need to issue a press statement every day of the week; I get over it and get on with life.

In the real world, outside the rarified (stifling?) atmosphere of Mormondom people do shrug off so much in their every day lives and if they don't they are considered touchy. But Mormons have always been good at playing the martyr, considering themselves "persecuted" if someone challenges their faith in Joe Smith, offended if someone tells their story for them in a way that they don't like, victims because someone slams a door in their face. If they ever met real persecution - as millions of Christians do around the world every day - I don't know what they would do.

Led no doubt by the Mormon hierarchy, the article refers to "members of this fast growing religion". Nothing could be further from the truth. Mormonism is currently in a state of almost complete stagnation, growing at a mere 2-3% and with its convert rate sticking at around 300,000 per annum. The drop out rate is getting on for 80% and at any one time around 1 Million Mormons are waiting for their names to be removed from church records. "Fast growing religion"? Their going to fall out of bed in a minute.

Finally, there is the central issue of the series - polygamy. The story reports:

Despite earlier assurances from HBO, it once again blurs the distinction between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the show's fictional non-Mormon characters and their practices," the church statement said.

HBO contends that throughout its three-year run writers and producers of "Big Love" have continued to make a clear "distinction between the LDS church and those extreme fringe groups who practice polygamy."

The problem is that the characters portrayed in the series are Mormons; just not Salt Lake Mormons. One of the greatest scandals of the Salt Lake Mormon Church is their stone-faced denial of any responsibility for polygamy. They keep insisting that other Mormons are not Mormons; that there is no such thing as Mormon fundamentalism; that they alone are permitted to tell this story. But the Mormons instigated polygamy, practiced it widely for the best part of a century and abandoned it only because the civil authorities made them.

It is simply shameful that the Salt Lake church should wash its hands of something that is integral to their faith and show not a jot of sympathy for or solidarity with those who consider themselves more faithful to the original vision of Mormonism. But Mormons have always been good at shrugging off responsibility and refusing to own the problems and then blaming others.

 

HBO, Mormons Square Off over Airing of Sacred Rite / U.S. and World News

Prophets and Predictions

We are living in days when more and more 'doom' prophecies are being published. This article will not say that they are all wrong; many of them will be in line with the events that Scripture predicts. My concerns here are not with the actual content of the prophecies but with the timing and our reaction to them. (A longer article will appear on www.reachouttrust.org in a couple of weeks dealing with the testing of prophet and prophecy too)

Reaction to doom prophecies

The reaction to these prophecies, by some Christians, is panic and fear. The latest David Wilkinson prophecy is such a one. He begins:

"I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message to all on our mailing list, and to friends and to bishops we have met all over the world. AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. IT IS GOING TO BE SO FRIGHTENING, WE ARE ALL GOING TO TREMBLE - EVEN THE GODLIEST AMONG US. For ten years I have been warning about a thousand fires coming to New York City. It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires—such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago." (Capitals in the original).

He then ends:

"Note: I do not know when these things will come to pass, but I know it is not far off. I have unburdened my soul to you. Do with the message as you choose."- http://davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com/

Is it true? I do not know, but for many panic and fear has set in. The timing is an issue I want to bring up here. First this is an 'urgent message' and he is 'compelled by the Holy Spirit'. However, he has been talking about these things for 10 years and now not far off. Does God frighten His people like this, without the encouragement of who He is? With such an emphasis on the calamity it is possible to miss the elements of security that is in the message from Psalm 11.

I guess that many responded to the message in the same way because in days since then the messages have been centred on our relationship with our Lord and not on the pending doom. God will bring what God will bring; God will allow what God will allow; but He does not change in His relationship to His people. If He wants to protect us from the calamities as he did with the lands and possessions of the Israelites in Egypt, He will and if He wants to provide supernaturally as He did with Elijah at the brook and then with the widow in Zarephath, He will. If he allows Christians to be killed then He will receive them into His Kingdom with open arms (see Stephen in Acts 7:55-58). In all of this, God is sovereign and the attention is on Him not what is happening.

Prophetic words or practical advice?

This brings me from what are put forward as prophetic words that must be tested to the practical advice that can so easily be accepted as being from God because the man is a prophet!

"First, I give you a practical word I received for my own direction. If possible lay in store a thirty-day supply of non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials. In major cities, grocery stores are emptied in an hour at the sign of an impending disaster."

I received this same advice (store food) over 35 years ago, at that time as a young Christian I responded but these days I see things very differently. Is this right, should we as Christians be storing up food for ourselves on this earth?

I want to put a few thoughts forward here as to why I think such advice is not from the Lord. First, it is selfish! It is looking after me and not caring about anyone else. Will you share such food with the 'heathen' down your road? Will you stay within your barricaded home eating your food and not bothering what is happening outside? More than that, will you defend yourself even to the point of killing those who seek to come and take your food away? All this may seem farfetched but I don't think so if we really lived through the days described in the prophecy.

But there is another side to this and Dave Wilkinson mentions it on his blog on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 under the title, "Who Dreamed up this Plan for Survival?" He takes through the story of Elijah and the ravens in I Kings 17: 2–3 and then the widow of Zarephath and ends with the words:

"The evidence is overwhelming: God—our adviser, counselor and survival expert—has a detailed plan for every one of his children, to help us face the worst of times!"

Please tell me where in this passage the Lord condones the storing of food for 30 days?

Every day the ravens brought the food. If the ravens didn't show up at the command of God, Elijah went hungry. He did not have a 30 day supply – he did not have a day's supply; the Lord provided day by day as he needed. Even the brook was supernatural to continue running in drought – there was a supply from a natural spring somewhere that God had created.

Even when he went to the widow – did she have a 30 day supply – No! She had enough for one meal and that didn't even include Elijah. Every day there was still the same amount of meal, just enough for her and her son but every day for as long as needed there was enough to eat for them and Elijah! The lesson is not to try to work things out naturally but it is to trust the Lord. If it is His judgment then He takes care of His children as He wants!

He is to be central in all this but if we get our eyes focussed on the timing or what can we do to protect ourselves we take our eyes off of the Lord and that is catastrophic.

Our place is to keep our eyes on Him and seek Him as to what he will do for us and what he wants us to do for others. Preaching imminent doom and gloom will not help many because most will not believe, as in the days of Noah, preaching the answer in the love and protection of Christ will give everyone the opportunity to find Him.

What does the Bible teach us should be our reaction to falling stock markets, potential riots and the general anti-Christian atmosphere around today?

"You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end." - Matthew 24:6

"But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." - Luke 21:28

Whereas these Scriptures are placed in the very end times, I believe the lessons the Lord gave our really relevant to us in today's world. We will hear of actual wars and then we will hear just rumours but whatever – do NOT be frightened. These things must take place but I am in charge of them. And when you see all this happen don't be stooped over with dread but stand up straight lift up your heads and look because your redemption is very near!

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Anglican Church of Canada Portrays Jesus as a Recovering Racist

We have known for some time that when it comes to issues of faith Canada has fallen out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down. This is another example of how totally out of touch with reality and sound biblical exegesis you get when  you are driven by a profoundly liberal social and political agenda. This Lent they give us Jesus the racist. All I can say is come soon Lord Jesus because look at what they are doing with your holy name.

"In a brochure on '2009 Lenten Meditations' put out by the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC), Jesus is portrayed as a recovering racist. 

The brochure's reading for March 27 is taken from Matthew 15, which relates the familiar story in which Jesus has a discussion with a Canaanite woman. According to the ACoC, "This is not a story for people who need to think that Jesus always had it together, because it looks like we've caught him being mean to a lady because of her ethnicity.""

Anglican Church of Canada Portrays Jesus as a Recovering Racist

Monday, 2 March 2009

Brian McLaren speaking at Spring Harvest

It has been reported that Brian McLaren will be at Spring Harvest Skegness, weeks I and 2. He will be involved in afternoon seminars and the evening Celebration.

Wendy Beech-Ward Director of Events for Spring Harvest is quoted as saying, "I'm sure our Guests will be inspired by his experience, insight and vision for Church mission". But inspired to do what?

The title for this year's Spring Harvest is "Apprentice – walking the way of Christ" and if I had booked for either of these weeks, I would now be demanding my money back because of false advertising. But am I over reacting?

When you study the comments that he makes and the teaching he is giving I do not think so. McLaren appears to undermine the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary; the sufficiency of Scripture; and indeed the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and Christianity.

How can such teaching enable me to walk in the way of Christ?

I believe these aspects of the teaching of what is often described as the 'Emerging Church' are dangerous and can only lead to a Christianity that is compromised.

Please check things out for yourself with the quotes found on the following articles:

Brian McLaren Quotes

Brian McLaren Quotes 2

Is this really sound Biblical Christianity? Should this teaching be given a public platform at Spring Harvest? Shouldn't you complain if you are due at Skegness during these weeks?

Have your say!