While the interview with emerging church proponent Brian McLaren ("McLaren wants churches to move beyond charity," May 10, Page G-2) should be alarming to Christians, many will, no doubt, embrace such thinking as "fresh." The emphasis of Jesus Christ's warning in the final discourse to his disciples (Matthew 24) was of deception within the church, four times more frequent than that of the worldwide calamities preceding his second coming.
One of McLaren's errors is to reject the idea of absolute truth. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father but by me" (John 14:6). So many "Christian" books and movements are finding widespread acceptance by the church, but are rife with marketing, nonbiblical psychology and faulty theology. It's one thing to recontextualize the Gospel for a culture, but quite another to redefine Christianity, become adoctrinal and deny that Scripture is the unchangeable truth of God.
Those of us who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are called to be critical thinkers; never blindly accepting what an author, movement, or even our own pastor says without personal Bible study (Acts 17:11).