In this new gospel, the great « evils » to be redressed do not call for any fundamental change of direction in the human heart.
For all his off-the-cuff casualness, McLaren is nothing if not deliberate. He has an agenda, and it’s to reset altogether the church’s understanding of the gospel.
What we should be doing, however, is looking at the culture—whether high or low—and asking the question, « At what points is this antithetical to the Word of God? »
Challenges to the Gospel
The consequences of Adam and Eve’s rebellion are even more profound than at first appeared.
Wrath and worth are perfectly matched together. The former takes the measure of the latter and expresses itself accordingly. One is as precious as the other.
This book discusses the question: « What image or understanding of the atonement does Scripture present as primary? »
Maybe you don’t know, but there is a heavenly dilemma over you.
Most pointedly, I don’t believe this book tenderly and clearly warns individual sinners of their peril or calls upon them to flee to Christ as the only remedy for their sin before God.
Pastors, please don’t model your church after Starbucks, Disney, or Toyota. Teach your flock what God has to say to the church.
This book leaves so much unsaid, to state it as charitably as I can, that what the person would gain from your book itself is not Christianity or the gospel of Jesus Christ.
So essential is the gospel to the Christian life that we need to be saturated in it in order to be healthy church members.