Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Me-thinks "Rethink" Stinks

Two recent articles that refer to the influence of Robert Schuller on a new generation of leaders are quite disturbing. As "traditional" ways of following Christ and interpreting Scripture are thought to be ineffective and outdated, new strategies of leadership that have more in common with secular marketing strategies than biblical methodology are being promoted. One of the articles is titled "Rethinking Revised" by Roger Oakland of Understanding the Times Ministries. In it he describes his experiences and observations while attending the recent Rethink Conference that was headed by Schuller and featured well-known names in evangelicalism (Erwin McManus, Bill Hybels, Chuch Colson, George Barna, Lee Strobel, Dan Kimball, John and Nancy Ortberg among them) as well as more secular figures such as Larry King, former President George H.W. Bush, and Rupert Murdoch.

The second article, "Robert Schuller – The Humpty Dumpty of Evangelicalism" is an excellent analysis of some of the deep flaws in Schuller's theology. It seems that the discernment level among Evangelicals today is appalling low. But if it is low among the leaders, there is even less discernment among those who follow these leaders. May articles like these help people avoid the false and deceptive directions being promoted by these leaders.

For further consideration:
Rethinking Robert Schuller
Erwin McManus Teams Up with Robert Schuller - Could Have Far-Reaching Effects
Rethinking Culture
What is "Rethinking"?

Crosstalk Program on Rethink Conference/Evangelicalism

Here's one article which doesn't find anything wrong with this picture (read this too if you wish and make up your own mind):
Kay Warren and Robert Schuller (and the Re-Think Conference)

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