Brian D. McLaren John 14
Brian notes that he is frequently asked whether he believe that "Jesus is the only way?" His response is "the way to what?" Brian asking about the kingdom of God coming to earth andwhat that means and how we can participate in it. We will look at some of his statements. Brian writes about The Secret Message of Jesus and assumes that he is exposing a time release revelation about the kingdom. However, the KINGDOM of Christ which exists as the Church of Christ has existed for 2,000 years: you cannot see it, smell it and especially hear it when the musicians are acingout the Words of Jesus Christ.
Because the Qahal, synagogue or Church of Christ in the wilderness was devoted ONLY to Rest, Reading and Rehearsing the Word of God. No human has a right to pass judgment on any part of it: all are expected to PREACH it by READING as the direct command demands.
The Synagogue in the Wilderness continued to the time of Christ. He endorsed it and the ekklesia is defined in the same terms. The church has no culture-dependant rolle to play beyond teaching that which has been taught. There was no preaching or singing as an ACT until long after Constantine. The Campbells defined:
Church is A school of Christ
Worship is reading and musing the Word.
By definition a Disciple of Christ is a studentof what Christ wrote in the prophets and prophecies made more perfect. That is the only way NOT to be marked as a false teacher.
We have noted in our other review that the gospel was always the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM. Those who were added to the Church by Christ were added to His Kingdom. Christ is now ruling on His throne and he needs no princes or princesses.THOSE BEHEADED FOR THE WORD AND THE TESTIMONY ARE NOW REIGNING WITH CHRIST
Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
Ep.5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Ep.5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Ep.5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
The Kingdom of God is he Kingdom of Christ
Col.1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Col.1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his bodys sake, which is the church:
Col.4:11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.
CHRIST IS NOW REIGNING AS KING AND PRIEST1Cor. 15:23 But every man in his own order:
Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
1Cor. 15:24 Then cometh the end,
when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father;
when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
1Cor. 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
1Cor. 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
1Cor. 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet.
But when he saith, all things are put under him,
it is manifest that he is excepted,
which did put all things under him.
1Cor. 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him,
then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him,
that God may be all in all.
Those who were "beheaded" for their testimony have now been reiing for 1,000 years which is indeterminate. When Christ comes we will rise to meet Him in the air.
Therefore, those looking for a literal kingdom on a literal earth in literal Jerusalem may be getting ready for a surprise.
He notes that religions associated with Jesus have a bad track record: that is what Jesus promised you and not "a rose garden." The track record is always made by people seeing godliness as a means of financial gain and therefore develop TURF which has to be protected: this is not unlike historic Serfdom where the Lord gets a large holding from which he extracts labor and money.
There is nothing that the church or any person living or dead could do which alters the Biblical Text one jot or tittle. Therefore, what the MASSED MULTITUDES masked as Christians do should never be used as a weapon.
He thinks that the failure is based on asking:
“Is Jesus the only way to get to heaven after you die?”
Or, put in another way:
“Is personally hearing about and believing in certain statements or concepts about Jesus Christ the only way to avoid burning forever in hell?”
Well, all we know is what we read in the Bible and it speaks specificially to those who have heard the gospel. We will just have to leave the rest up to Jesus Christ who may burn up some Located Missionaries who take the pay but refuse to go.
I am quite certain that our opinion has little to do with the facts. However, Brian McLaren is going ot use one positive statement by Jesus and write a bok about it when there are dozens of passages which absolute prove that those who do NOT obey the gospel will be damned. Of course, Christ in Isaiah 30 defines the PURPOSE for hell in the first place: the marks in sight and sound of God driving His enemies into hell are the wind, string and percussion instruments that Lucifer--the singing and harp-playing prostitue brought into the Garden of Eden to wholly seduce Eve.
Only Jesus Christ gets to decide whether a person has REJECTED the gospel invitation: those who write books and hold workshops may have to stand in for those not informed by the ONLY funded role as Evangelist who MUST God. Rather than trying to give them AMNESTY, how can people escape hell when they don't go preach.
For the End time Babylon Mother of Harlots who uses "lusted after fruits" John says of them:
Rev. 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
Rev. 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;
Rev. 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
Rev. 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
ALL musical terms speak of enchantment or sorcery.
Rev. 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Rev. 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Rev. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Rev. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Rev. 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
DOGS were excluded from worship in Philippians 3: these were the emasculated praise singers who worked for the Mother Goddesses.
Brian thinks that we rest our dangerous belief on John 14:6, where Jesus says,
I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
Brian does not think that this has to do with heaven or hell but "a way into a better life for all BEFORE death."
Very false: Believers are promised the walk of Jesus ot be despised and rejected of men. If you find that people love to use your books instead of the bible for church, and find yourself applauded at all of the workshops, then you are fairly marked as NOT having hung out your hide to be whacked by the World.
God HIDES Himself from the WORLD and the WISE. The World is the KOSMOS word pointing to the musical worship promoted by Phythagoras: one of the sects to be silenced in Romans 14. The others to whom God would not speak were the WISE.
2Pet. 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly [sophizo] devised fables,
Fables are myths from MUO [to shut the mouth: music forces the lambs to be silent before the slaughter]Muthos 2. fiction (opp. logos, historic truth)
embroidered lies Poikilos
2. of Art, p. humnos a song of changeful strain or full of diverse art, Pi.O.6.87; “poikilon kitharizōn” Id.N.4.14; “dedaidalmenoi pseudesi poikilois muthoi” Id.O.1.29; of style, “lexis poiētikōtera kai p.” Isoc.15.47 (Comp.); “skhēmatismoi” D.H.Is.3.
Fables are myths from MUO [to shut the mouth: music forces the lambs to be silent before the slaughter]
Sophis-tês ,A. master of one's craft, adept, expert, of diviners, Hdt.2.49; of poets, “meletan sophistais prosbalon” Pi.I.5(4).28, cf. Cratin.2; of musicians, “sophistēs . . parapaiōn khelun” A.Fr.314, cf. Eup.447, Pl.Com. 140; sophistē Thrēki (sc. Thamyris) E.Rh.924, cf. Ath.14.632c: with modal words added, “hoi s. tōn hierōn melōn”
II. from late v B.C., a Sophist, i.e. one who gave lessons in grammar, rhetoric, politics, mathematics, for money,
goēs A. sorcerer, wizard, Phoronis 2, Hdt.2.33,4.105, Pl.R. 380d, Phld.Ir.p.29 W.; “g. epōdos Ludias apo khthonos” E.Ba.234, cf. Hipp.1038; prob. f.l. for boēsi Hdt.7.191.
2. juggler, cheat, “deinos g. kai pharmakeus kai sophistēs” Pl.Smp.203d; “magos kai g.” Aeschin.3.137:
John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
John 17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
John 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Brian says that the message is not going to heaven after history, but about the kingdom of heaven coming to earth in history. The goal of Jesus was to not to "constrict" but to expand the way into the kingdom. This reminds me of the New Wineskin dogma using a "rubber wineskin" able to expand ot fit everyone.Matt. 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate:
for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be which go in thereat:
Matt. 7:14 Because strait is the gate,
and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.
Matt. 7:15 Beware of false prophets,
which come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves
Brian D. McLaren connects any "exclusion" to "the Pharisees" or "the judgmental" or "the hypocrites" but NEVER Christ.
SCRIBES AND PHARISEES WERE DOCTORS OF THE LAW WHO TOOK AWAY THE KEY TO KNOWLEGE
Scribes were BOOK WRITERS and Pharisees were PREACHERS. They wrote THEIR OWN accounts specificiall so that they WOULD NOT HAVE TO TEACH WHAT CHRIST TAUGHT. That was the only way for mercinaries to sell sick sheep and consume the widow's "tithes and offerings" in exchange for clergy prayers and songs.
Matt. 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
If you can see them lecturing, waving their hands, hawking books (corrupting the Word), singing, clapping or playing instruments THEN you can call them hypocrites.
Hupokritikos 2.suited for speaking or delivery, actor's art, acting a part, pretending to. Hupokrites 2. of an orator, poikilos rhapsodist, pretender, dissembler, hypocrite , interpreter, expounder l EposA hypocrite is: A. A. Poikilos 2. of Art, p. humnos a song of changeful strain or full of diverse art, Pi.O.6.87; “poikilon kitharizōn” Id.N.4.14; “dedaidalmenoi pseudesi poikilois muthoi” Id.O.1.29; of style, “lexis poiētikōtera kai p.” Isoc.15.47 (Comp.); “skhēmatismoi” D.H.Is.3.NO: Christ does not speak to the Scribes and Pharisees who are hypocrites: they are so far removed that they SELL the free water of the Word (Isaiah 55) by cutting and pasting.
A hypocrite is: B.Epos A. vácas 'word', 'hymn', cf. eipon):
1. song or lay accompanied by music, 8.91,17.519.
IV. in pl., epic poetry, opp. melē (lyric poetry), iambeia, dithuramboi, etc., “rhaptōn epeōn aoidoi” Pi.N.2.2 ; “ta Kupria epea” Hdt.2.117, cf. Th.1.3, X.Mem.1.4.3, Pl.R.379a, etc. ; “epea te poiein pros luran t' aeidein” Theoc.Ep.21.6 ; “nikēsas epos” IG3.1020 ; poētēs epōn ib.7.3197.9 (Orchom. Boeot.), cf. OGI51.37 (Egypt, iii B.C.).
The Nicolaitans were always the pagan musical clergy who TRIUMPHED over the Laity.
Nikaō , Ion. nikeō Democr.249, Herod.1.51, also GDI1413.16 (Aetol.), SIG265.4 (Delph., iv B.C.), v.l. in Apoc.2.7; Aeol. nikēmi Theoc.7.40, AP7.743 (Antip.); also in impf. nikē cj. in Pi.N.5.5, cf. Theoc.6.46: Ep. impf. 1pl.C.
Phoebas, ădis, f., a priestess of Apollo; hence the inspired one, the prophetess
Matt. 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye devour widows’ houses,
and for a pretence make long prayer:
therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
Matt. 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte,
and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves
Matt. 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?BOTH ISAIAH AND EZEKIEL IDENTIFY THE MEANING OF THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES CALLED HYPOCRITES BY JESUS.
Matt. 13:11 He answered and said unto them,
Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,
but to them it is not given.
Matt. 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance:
but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Matt. 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables:
because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Matt. 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith,
By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand;
and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
Matt. 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross,
and their ears are dull of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed;
lest at any time they should see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and should understand with their heart,
and should be converted,
and I should heal them.
Matt. 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Just like all of what Ezekiel calls workshops of evil where prophets swarm to steal words one from another.
Ezek. 33:30 Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people
still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses,
and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying,
Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD.
Ezek. 33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh,
and they sit before thee as my people,
and they hear thy words, but they will not do them:
for with their mouth they shew much love,
but their heart goeth after their covetousness.
The best (or worst) example of hypocrites who have no intention of listening to the Word:
Ezek. 33:32 And, lo, thou art unto them
as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice,
and can play well on an instrument:
for they hear thy words, but they do them not.
Ezek. 33:33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,)
then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.
Brian D. McLauren rejects being judgmental but may be accused of rejecing John 14:6.
Lucky for us, we don't have to decided unless they conspire to "infiltrate and divert" the church house of widows and honest working people. We can just obey the direct command to PREACH the Word by READING the Word and "teaching that which has been taught." You cannot DODGE the fact because you are more graceful than Christ.Only those who have been baptized INTO Christ have been CLOTHED with Christ. Only the Bride is given Christ as their hiding place:
Matt. 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests,Watch out for those who invite you into the WIDE gate!
he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
Matt. 22:12 And he saith unto him,
Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?
And he was speechless.
The wedding garment is
Enduo to sink into
The ONLY spiritual covenant was made with Abraham. Only those who Obey will be saved and NOT damned.
IF YOU DO NOT WEAR CHRIST AS THE WEDDING GARMENT JESUS SAID YOU WILL BURN IN HELL
Gen 26:5 Because thatWherefore then serveth THE LAW?
Abraham obeyed my voice,
and kept my charge,
and my laws.
It was added because of transgressions,
till THE SEED should come to whom THE PROMISE was made;
and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Gal 3:19
But after that (THE) faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster (THE LAW). Gal 3:25
Verse 25 is not a complete sentence.
WHAT? FOR ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:26What I mean to say is: FOR as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Gal 3:27
 quicumque enim in Christo baptizati estis Christum induistis
quīcumque (or -cunque ), quaecumque, quodcumque (also separately:
Enim why because, for, for instance, namely, that is to say, I mean, in fact I. To corroborate a preceding assertion, yes indeed, yes truly, of a truth, to be sure, certainly, indeed: A. To prove or show the grounds of a preceding assertion
Enduo (g1746) en-doo'-o; from 1722 and 1416 (in the sense of sinking into a garment); to invest with clothing (lit. or fig.): - array, clothe (with), endue, have (put) on.
THE SAME PAUL MADE FALSE TEACHING DELIBERATE.
Eph. 5:26WEB That he might sanctify [same as A holy spirit Acts 2:38]
and cleanse it
with the washing of water
[INTO] the word,
WEB In endu denotes either rest or motion within or into a place or thing;
Washing of water into:
Enduô assume the person on, enter, enter the contest,
Washing of water into:
Vulgate In the Word. Il.; en paidotribou the school of the training master.
Matt. 22:13 Then said the king to the servants,
Bind him hand and foot, and take him away,
and cast him into outer darkness;
there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matt. 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.THOSE WHO ARE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST ARE ADDED TO HIS KINGDOM: THE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Polus a multitude, mighty, most
Kletos invited, welcomed summoned
II. Subst. klētē (sc. ekklēsia), h(, convocation, LXX Ex.12.16, Le.23.2 (pl.).
Oligos little small, few in number, slight number.Aeschin. 2 162 Yes, my accuser says, because I joined Philip in singing paeans when the cities of Phocis had been razed. What evidence could be sufficient to prove that charge? I was, indeed, invited to receive the ordinary courtesies, as were my colleagues in the embassy. Those who were invited and were present at the banquet, including the ambassadors from other Hellenic states, were not less than two hundred. And so it seems that among all these I was conspicuous, not by my silence, but by joining in the singing—for Demosthenes says so, who was not there himself, and presents no witness from among those who were. Dem. 19 128
Eklektos picked out, choice, pure
BRIAN MCLAREN DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO BESTOW GRACE.
Is. 43:9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.IN CHRISTIANITY ONLY CHRIST IS THE SAVIOR OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED.
Is. 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand
that I am he: before me there was no God formed,
neither shall there be after me.
Is. 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD;
and beside me there is no saviour.
Is. 43:12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed,
when there was no strange god among you:
therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.
Is. 43:13 Yea, before the day was I am he;
and there is none that can deliver out of my hand:
I will work, and who shall let it?
Is. 43:14 Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel;
For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles,
and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.
Is. 43:15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.
Is. 43:20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls:
because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my people, my chosen
Is. 43:21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.
Is. 43:22 But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob;
but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.
1Cor. 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;PREDESTINATION rests in THE SEED of Abraham: Abraham was not a Jew and he lived before the curse of the Law added because of musical idolatry.
1Cor. 1:24 But unto them which are called,
both Jews and Greeks,
Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
1Cor. 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men;
and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1Cor. 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren,
how that not many wise men after the flesh,
not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
1Cor. 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world
to confound the wise;
and God hath chosen the weak things of the world t
o confound the things which are mighty;
1Pet. 4:13 But rejoice,
inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings;
that, when his glory shall be revealed,
ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1Pet. 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye;
for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:
on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
1Pet. 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:
and if it first begin at us,
what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
1Pet. 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved,
where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God
must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Heb. 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet,
moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house;
by the which he condemned the world,
and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Heb. 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place
which he should after receive for an inheritance,
obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Heb. 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country,
dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob,
the heirs with him of the same promise:
Heb. 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
That is the only covenant known to the Jews, to the Muslims who used parts of the Old Testament and to all Christians. If it is not known to the LOST then those who fiddled instead of going out and getting hurt as warriors against principalities and powers in high place..