Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
In His book A New Kind of Christianity, Brian McLaren writes that, “The second coming of Christ is without biblical warrant for it leads us to believe that in the end, even God finds it impossible to fix the world apart from violence and coercion.” (That McLaren’s view of Armageddon). A new heaven and earth are unnecessary he says, because “good will eventually prevail by peace, love, truth, faithfulness, and courageous endurance of suffering.”
What the Bible called the Parousia or full manifestation of Jesus Christ, McLaren calls the “Incarnational Return” which according to him will, “signal the full arrival, presence, and manifestation of a new age in human history. It would mean the presence or appearance on earth of a new generation of humanity, Christ again present, embodied in a community of people who truly possess and express his Spirit, continuing his work.”
Of course, never mind that there is no Scripture to support any of what McLaren so dogmatically asserts. It is just old Post-Millennialism re-imagined, and it just seems so appealing because it promises that man will finally fix everything that has gone wrong.
Personally, I’m betting on Jesus Christ who declared in Revelation 21:5, “Behold I make all things new, and he said unto me write, for these words are truth and faithful.”
Closing – This is Kile Smith. You have been listening to Bible Teacher and author, Dr. Bill Shade, Director of Advanced Studies for Source of Light Ministries International. Our college-recognized, three-year, Bible Institute curriculum is now available online. We invite you to visit us on the Web at advancedbiblicalstudies.net – that’s advancedbiblicalstudies.net and begin a systematic study of God’s Word today.