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A Letter to my Church

To my church and the believers in Scotland:

As has been widely publicised, Brian McLaren is going to be teaching in Glasgow this forthcoming week.  I am greatly concerned for you.  I have spent time with him and read some of his books and I want to strongly warn you concerning him.  In person, McLaren is captivating, compelling, and convincing.  He has profound insights and some legitimate critiques of the modern practice of the Christian faith.  Rightly so, he is a strong proponent of living a life that is like Jesus would live if he walked our streets instead of us.  I cannot be more fully in alignment with that notion, it is biblical and a correct understanding of scripture and that is why he is such a influential false teacher.

It is not that all his ideas are wrong, but some of his teachings take strong biblical notions (like above) and tweak them so as to arrive at extremely unbiblical conclusions.  Using the above example, he strongly, and rightly purports living like Jesus would but then he greatly reverses the clear teaching of the bible by concluding that you do not need to believe in Jesus to be saved but merely live like him.  A clear false teaching!  Clearly opposite to the teachings of Jesus.

McLaren is especially dangerous to Scotland because here he finds desperate soil, clergy seeking to do anything to reaching the under 30’s who have almost completely abandoned the church.  In our desperation we must not seek a different gospel to appeal to them, but instead to shamelessly embrace and more importantly actually live out our faith perfecting holiness out of reverence for Christ.

Many times in the New Testament we are warned in words like these in 2 Peter 2:1, “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.  They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.”

Please, be on your guard, standing firm in the words of the bible, many will not be ready next week and will be swept away by the cleverness of McLaren.  Now is the time to prepare.  Even if you are a fan of McLaren, read this paper by Mike Wittmer, who teaches theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.  It is a highly researched document highlighting 6 false teachings of McLaren that stand in stark opposition to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and clear New Testament teachings.  This document  was presented at the Evangelical Theological Society, which is America’s most prestigious and academic gathering of Christian evangelical intellectual elite.  It is a well documented sifting of McLaren’s major anti-biblical teachings which I hope you find helpful.
These are important days.  Be ready.

Your concerned pastor,

Brian Ingraham.

4 Comments on “A Letter to my Church”

hannah, December 4th, 2008 at 6:16 pm

hi brian

thanks for your insight into this, i do not feel prepared to hear brian mclaren, i did not know what he taught and believed. As a student at icc, i have heard many people saying he is ‘controversial’ whatever that may mean, many people probably do not know what to expect.

Brian, December 5th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Couldn’t agree with you more….just listened to Driscoll last night talking about the “Emergent” idea, he addressed the concerns well.

Katie Harrington, December 8th, 2008 at 2:41 am

thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this. As I am going through seminary it is easy for all of us to grab hold onto anything that has to do with Christ and the Bible. Especially since Multnomah is definitely a Bible based school.

One of my professors did warn us about this guy and I have perused what he has said and yes he is quite convincing but he is definitely not theologically sound. His ideas are off course and not saying what the Bible is teaching.

I will be praying for your church and for Glasgow that he won’t influence anymore people into his way of life. I know that you train up the leaders well and I pray that all of you will stand firm and let people in Glasgow know that he is a false person in his Biblical teaching!!

God Bless you and everything that you stand for.

neal, December 8th, 2008 at 10:07 am

i’d love to hear some of these “profound insights and some legitimate critiques of the modern practice of the Christian faith”. That sounds like something worth hearing.

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