“Christianity in its institutional forms has really been a dualist religion, meaning always seeing the world in terms of good and evil, us and them, in and out; you know–black and white… always seeing the world in very binary terms. …Eastern religion has held out that there’s something beyond dualism.” — Brian McLaren gushing about what he admires about Eastern religions like Buddhism.
The quote above from Brian McLaren of the Emerging Church movement is in the YouTube video below. McLaren and other Emerging Church leaders like him seem to despise the God of the Bible while they attempt to portray themselves as his representatives. Its the age-old tactic of them transforming themselves into ministers of righteousness which Paul warned us about in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15. If you become familiar with this movement of impostors, you will notice that one thing McLaren, Rob Bell, Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, and others have in common is their disdain of the idea that Jehovah (and by default, Jesus) is superior to all other gods.
Yet in the midst of McLaren knocking “dualism” in his quote above, he contradicts himself by embracing and introducing his own brand of dualism by proclaiming Eastern religions are better than Christianity in that regard, an “us and them,” “either … or” comparison that is itself dualist. Since they hate the superiority of God so much, I’m sure they would cringe if they were to read Isaiah 40-46 where the Lord repeatedly points out his superiority. I decided to do a compilation of some of those verses in honor of God’s frankness on the issue to highlight this false doctrine Emerging from their spiritual blindness.
18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? … 25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Isaiah 40
23 Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together. 24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you. Isaiah 41
8 I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Isaiah 42
11 I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. Isaiah 43
6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Isaiah 44
5 I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me … 18 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else. … 20 they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. Isaiah 45
9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me… Isaiah 46
Amen, Lord. That’s why I will forever worship only you.
Harry A. Gaylord