QUOTE: “The importance of poetry and novels is that the Christian life involves the use of the imagination, after all, we are dealing with the invisible. And, imagination is our training in dealing with the invisible, making connections… I don’t want to do away with or denigrate theology or exegesis but our primary allies in this business are the artists.” – Eugene Peterson
TRUTH: While the KJV uses the phrase “Lord Jesus Christ” 81 times throughout its version, Eugene Peterson completely eliminated that phrase from his version. How convenient!
QUOTE: “The New Testament says the church is the body of Christ but for the last 100 years the hands and feet have been amputated. The church has been nothing but a mouth for 100 yrs.” – Rick Warren
TRUTH: In the last century there have been more martyrs in the church than in all 19 centuries before that. In the last century more copies of the Bible have been distributed than in all 19 centuries before that. In the last century more people have come to know Christ than in all 19 centuries before that.
QUOTE: “The reason the Hebrews didn’t enter the promised land was because of their lack of faith and lack of self-esteem robbed them of their fruitful future. They never fulfilled their destiny because of the way they saw themselves.” – Joel Osteen
TRUTH: “So the LORD said, ‘I have pardoned them according to your word; but indeed, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the LORD. Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice, shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it.'” (Numbers 14:20-23)
QUOTE: “The church has been preoccupied with the question, ‘What happens to your soul after you die?’ As if the reason for Jesus coming can be summed up in, ‘Jesus is trying to help get more souls into heaven as opposed to hell, after they die.’ I just think a fair reading of the Gospels blows that out of the water. I don’t think that the entire message and life of Jesus can be boiled down to that bottom line.” – Brian McLaren
TRUTH: “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” – Jesus (John 3:36)
QUOTE: “I don’t think we’ve got the gospel right yet. What does it mean to be ‘saved’? When I read the Bible I don’t see it meaning, ‘I’m going to heaven after I die.’ Before modern evangelicalism nobody accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior or walked down an aisle or said the sinner’s prayer.” – Brian McLaren
TRUTH: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.” – Jesus (Matthew 7:21)
QUOTE: “Stop preaching sermons, start telling stories” – Erwin McManus
TRUTH: I don’t even know where to start! Copy these verses in BibleGateway.com or so and see for yourself. Nowhere in the Bible does preaching equate to telling stories: Matthew 4:17, Matthew 10:7, Matthew 24:14, Mark 3:14, Mark 6:12, Mark 16:15, Luke 4:43, Luke 8:1, Acts 5:42, Acts 8:4, Acts 8:35, Acts 10:42, Acts 14:7, Acts 28:30-31, Romans 10:14-17, 1 Corinthians 1:17, 1 Corinthians 1:23, 1 Corinthians 2:4, 1 Corinthians 15:12, 2 Corinthians 4:5, Galatians 1:8, 2 Timothy 4:1-2