Kevin Miller has an article at CT’s Leadership Journal reflecting on the departure of Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, and Don Miller from evangelicalism. Ten years ago, these three were supposed to be the leading lights of a new kind of Christianity. But where are they now? Miller writes:
Why has this happened? Is it a fluke, an anomaly that the three leading voices for a new evangelicalism have all, to one degree or another, left the church’s teachings and worship?
Is this a morality tale about celebrity’s corrosive power, a power Jesus understood and fled from (John 6:15)? Well, yes, but I think it’s something much deeper, something that points not just to them, but to us, not just to three voices but to hundreds of thousands of evangelical ears, mine included.
True, Brian, Rob, and Don, being creative souls who long for beauty and truth, flew too close to the sun. But evangelicalism fitted them with wings of wax.
As a movement, we treasure the individual getting right with God, the religious born-again experience, the innovative way to do mission. Sounds good, but when individual trumps communal, experience trumps received teaching, and innovation trumps the Great Tradition, you get exactly what we’ve all just lived through. It can go no other way.
Miller goes on to note that all three of them became untethered from the teaching and worship of the church. Read the rest here.
(HT: Tim Challies)