Brian McLaren has written an article for the Huffington Post answering the question “Why Do Evangelicals Dislike Me So Much?” The article is a response in part to the forum on his book that was held at SBTS. He basically accuses some evangelical leaders of being mean-spirited purveyors of dead tradition, and he says that these evangelical leaders have manipulated their followers into hating him. He justifies his own dissent from orthodoxy in this way:
“When my conscience tells me that I’m hurting people by complying with religious conventions,â€¦ I start asking questions. That’s why I wrote my book, and that’s why I’m willing to get into trouble for it.”
McLaren’s article is really bad, and I’m not going to refute it point by point. But I do want to remark about this last line. McLaren thinks that he would “hurt” people by preaching the substitutionary atonement of Christ, that the Bible is the inspired word of God, eternal life, and eternal judgment. He couldn’t be more wrong. Those who follow his message will end up denying the only truth in this world that leads to salvation. Rather than leading people away from “hurt,” McLaren leads them to “hurt” that will not end. This is not loving nor is it the way of Christ, no matter how much McLaren says that it is.