A while back in Emerging Church To TransFORM Outlaw Preachers here at Apprising Ministries I talked about the EC group TransFORM, which is a network created by Steve Knight of Emergent Village. As I’ve said before, most all of the familiar names in the Emergent Church existential rebellion against the final authority of the Bible are to be found within; and it’s very important for you to realize that the EC has now also embraced a bunch of self-described, largely biblically illiterate, Outlaw Preachers (OPs) who’ve come slithering up all around gay-affrming “pastor” Jay Bakker.
OPs include such EC luminaries as self-described “Queer Affirming” ELCA “pastor” Nadia Bolz-Weber, who was recently featured at the EC apostasia-palooza Christianity 21 put on by heretical EC “theologian” Tony Jones along with his equally heretical quasi-universalist “pastor” Doug Pagitt, and practicing lesbian “Christ-follower” Adele Sakler of the EC group Queermergent. Because the EC is pushing its gay-affirming agenda into evangelicalism it has now been more than happy to embrace Bakker and his OPs posse.
Bakker’s even become good friends with Jones and with leading EC guru Brian McLaren; in fact, Bakker told us earlier:
My latest sermon was on @BRIANMCLAREN What I really think of him! http://www.revolutionnyc.com/in-defense-of-brian-mclaren/ (Online source)
Then today not long ago Bakker tweeted:
But there may bad news for Bakker and the OPs though because we’re already seeing Dissention Growing Around The Emerging Church over McLaren’s new book and he appears to have commited a tactical blunder that’s likely to backfire even more. You see, Brian McLaren has made the choice to finally come straight out with his rejection of the verbal plenary inspiration of Scripture in favor of destructive higher criticism of the Bible as well as his belief in Open Theism/Process Theology, which we get a peek at in the following.
In Setting the Stage for the Biblical Narrative, chapter 5 in A New Kind of Christianity (ANKoC)—the title alone is revealing enough—McLaren tells us there was a time when he “began losing faith” in the way he once read the Bible. However, McLaren goes on to share that he was then fortunate to be able to learn “from Christian scholars” such as “Protestants” like Living Spiritual Teacher and Progessive Christian scholar “Marcus Borg” and Roman “Catholics” like “Richard Rohr,” a leading instructor of Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism as well as another Living Spiritual Teacher.
On page 268 as footnote to the above chapter in ANKoC McLaren muses:
As we will see again when we read the story of Job in response to the authority question, it may help us here [in Elohim's “coming-of-age" story] to see “God” not simply as the real God, but as a character in a story, seen and described unapologetically from a human point of view. This character is thus rendered in starkly human terms, which excuses the character for displaying less emotional maturity that we might expect in an actual deity.
This character seems, if we’re honest, rather limited in foresight (threatening and then not imposing the death penalty with Adam and Eve, not anticipating Cain’s violence to Abel), and somewhat insecure and threatened by human potential, worrying first that humans “will become . . . like us” (Gen. 3:22) and later that “nothing will be impossible for them” (11:6).
And it’s this type of liberal/progessive rubbish, highly recommended by Jay Bakker, that your youth have been fed for years now in your evangelical churches by EC dreamers with their mystical god of myth who’s little more than merely a bigger version of themselves.