…guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith…. (1 Timothy 6:20-21)

Apprising Ministries presents the following from a “May/June 2007” interview with Guru Brian McLaren of the neo-liberal cult of the Emergent Church at The Wittenburg Door:

DOOR: Could you elaborate on the spiritual breakdown you had in the early ’90s, which led to the A New Kind of Christian trilogy?

MCLAREN: In the early and mid-‘90s, I starting (sic) doubting the systematic theologies I’d inherited. I didn’t know you were allowed to believe in God outside of a prescribed systematic theology. So, I had to go through kind of a deconstruction and reconstruction. The process was really scary, because I had no guarantees. I remember reaching a very low point and thinking, “I’m either going to have to be dishonest and pretend that I still believe in a theological system that doesn’t work for me anymore or I’m going to be honest about my doubts and questions.”

I kept thinking, “I might lose my whole faith,” but I couldn’t squelch the honest questions that kept arising. I think this is one of the agonies of these things, you don’t know how they’re going to turn out. It’s a very high-risk thing but you don’t have any choice if you’re trying to be honest. I think you have to do it–doubting and questioning as an act of faith, as strange as that may seem.

DOOR: How did you get through this?

MCLAREN: It sounds trite, but I kept praying. I stayed close to God. I didn’t let my doubts about ideas pertaining to God drive me away from the God who was always far above and beyond my best ideas of God, not to mention my worst ones.

Well Brian, I personally have a couple of questions for you: I have also “kept praying,” and I have “stayed close to God”; and the one true and living God of the Bible, “Who was always far above” has led me to believe that you are an apostate and a liar. So where do we go now Brian? Which of our existential and subjective experience is actually from God? How would we know? Test everything. Hold on to the good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

And a word to the wise – Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (Acts 17:11) If these people are called noble by God for testing out the Apostle who received the Gospel directly from Christ Himself, then you had best be testing Brian McLaren who is one of those O so erudite Emergent Apostates-R-Us who denies the Master who bought them (2 Peter 2:1).