Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:18)

The Inclusive Non-Gospel Comes Emerging Again

Those of you who keep an eye on my work here at Apprising Ministries and/or my other website Christian Research Net know that my ordination is with the Southern Baptist Covention. This also happens to be the same autonimous [read: spiritual loophole] SBC which Erwin Raphael McManus belongs to.

I base this short work on the promo video which recaps the past year at Mosaic where distinguished futurist and cultural architect Erwin McManus – of the Barbarian ego – now holds court. And by the way, before anyone starts whining about this not being “official,” one arrives at the video by scrolling to the bottom of the page of the church website–just under Mosaic Hard Core Values–to * Click here for more videos from Mosaic *

And just the same as McManus’ own Emergent teaching of the so-called human potential, this is all quite glossy and polished. However, as you listen to the lyrics of the song which plays for effect – which I find is very well done and moving – be sure and note that at 0:51 it says:

So take these words and sing out loud, ‘cuz everyone is forgiven now; ‘cuz tonight’s the night the world begins again.

Lovely sentiment; but this is the universal atonement of Christ taught by Emergent Hollow Men like Rob Bell, and it is absolutely not true. Jesus did not automatically reconcile the entire universe and all of mankind back to God. And the argument is not based upon Calvinism (which I do not hold to), nor is it Arminianism.

But as you saw in Erwin McManus: the Process of Becoming when presented with the opportunity to clearly state the Gospel of Jesus Christ the man who wrote The Barbarian Way appears too timid to even follow his own words:

The civilized build shelters and invite God to stay with them; barbarians move with God wherever He chooses to go. the civilized Christian has a routine; the barbarian disciple has a mission. The civilized believer knows the letter of the law [e.g. like all men aren’t already forgiven]; the barbarian disciple lives the spirit of the law.

The civilized love tradition; the barbarian spirit loves challenges [e.g. following his own personal agenda]. The civilized are satisfied with ritual; barbarians live and thrive in the mystical. For the civilized disciple, religion provides stability and certainty; for the barbarian, a life in God is one of risk and mystery. (78,79)

Men and women, the more I examine the teachings and life of Erwin McManus, lead pastor of Mosaic, the more I come to believe that there would seem to be much more to this Mosaic of Pain.