Read previous posts in this series:
- The Narrative Question
- The Authority Question
- The God Question
- The Jesus Question
- The Gospel Question
- The Church Question
- The Sex Question
- The Future Question
I have rarely read a book where I went back and forth chapter by chapter, but McLaren has made me do just that. I felt like the last two chapters were awful and incomplete; but this chapter was excellent.
Far from advocating a form of “every religion leads to God” attitude, which McLaren has been accused of repeatedly, he advocates an attitude of respect. I would phrase it differently and say that the Holy Spirit is powerful enough to convict people of their need for Jesus and as long as you are willing to let us share the message of the Gospel, I am not going to persecute or ridicule you. Of course, I do not believe Jesus is just one way of many. He is the truth, the life and the way. And for that reason, I don’t need to attack you in order for His Gospel to come through. Convicting people of their need for the gospel is not my job. My job is to simply share the Jesus of the Bible.
Did I agree with everything McLaren said? No, his interpretations are still a bit of a stretch for me, although I think he hit onto quite a bit of truth in his exegesis of John 14.
Next week, I’ll probably write some kind of conclusion of the whole book. McLaren is one of the few writers who manage to disappoint and encourage me in the same books.