- 20 march 2010 -

Brian McLaren Wants His Own Gospel

a couple quotes from heretic brian mclaren. here is the video.

these start at about 1:12:

"i think the book of romans is the wrong place to go to get a definition of the gospel. i think you have to get a definition of the gospel from Jesus. matthew mark luke and john, that's where He's defining the gospel...

i think the book of romans isn't defining the gospel, its solving a problem created by the gospel...

...the gospel is the message of the kingdom of God and the message of the kingdom of God is a message of reconciliation, calling all people together into one unified new humanity..."

and these are at about 2:46
"i mean this is a completely different understanding of the gospel than so many of us were taught and so many of us assume and that's why i think this question is so important. if we open up the question "what is the gospel?", we have the possibility of a new kind of christianity.

...the good news is the kingdom of God is at hand, it's available, we can reach out and touch it..."

no brian, the good news is that, even though you are a wretched sinner, Christ died for you. repent and believe. here's what God says the gospel is:
"but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us"
- romans 5:8 ESV
"now i would remind you, brothers, of the gospel i preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word i preached to you—unless you believed in vain. for i delivered to you as of first importance what i also received: that christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures"
- 1 cor 15:1-4 ESV
we do not DECIDE what the gospel is...God TELLS us what it is...

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