The emergent church pastor [McLaren], who views the Bible more as an "inspired library" rather than a legal constitution, also praised "Evolutionary Christianity" as a faith perspective that allows for the discussion of Darwin and evolutionary theory as opposed to orthodox views that raise arguments to the theory.
How much more refreshing it would be if McLaren would speak instead of being freed from sin through salvation in Jesus Christ!"[I]t enables us to do theological reflection on the theory of evolution and on evolution as a beautiful ark of history and ark of creation," explained McLaren. "Personally, that has freed me in so many ways. It's raised my vision of who and what God would be. It has certainly raised my excitement on what it means to be a Christian."
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. (Romans 6:5-7 ESV)Of course, we can't expect Emergent Church leader McLaren to declare such a thing, since his version of Christianity cannot be found within the pages of the Bible.
"My Christian identity is more about joining God in the healing, restoration and development and evolution of the world moving toward a brighter, richer and deeper future," he said.Hm, would you like a little Dominion Theology with that social gospel? But then, the two go hand in hand. As for me, my Christian identity rests in the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:8-11 ESV)Only God can restore, renew, or regenerate, and I'm quite certain He doesn't need my help with that.
Read the entire Christianity Today article here.