Andrew Wilson:

I don’t think Steve Chalke, Brian McLaren, Tony Campolo, Rob Bell and co are reading the Bible through a Jesus lens, as much as they are reading Jesus through a selective, progressive postmodern lens, and then reading the rest of the Bible through that. The end result, ironically, is that while the Jesus we find in the Gospels fits well with the rest of the scriptures—as you might expect, given that he inspired them—neither the Jesus of the Gospels, nor the Bible, fit particularly well with the pastiche of Jesus that the Red Letter guys want to promote. When all is said and done, the biblical Jesus cannot be squeezed thorough the fine mesh of the progressive Jesus tea-strainer. Given the choice, we’re probably better off with the biblical one.

Read the whole thing for his examples from Jesus. You can watch the first part of the dialogue between Wilson and Chalke here:

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3 thoughts on “The Pastiche of Jesus that the Red Letter Guys Want to Promote”

  1. Casey says:

    That is a well crafted paragraph by Andrew Wilson. Well done!

  2. JOE says:

    REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR BLOG,IT HAS BEEN A WEALTH OF INFO AND BLESSING ,JUST RECENTLY MY WIFE AND I WATCHED THE DR.BUTTERFIELD INTERVIEW,WE FOUND IT TO BE POWERFUL IN THE FACT THAT GODS WORD ROCKED HER WORLD.IF NOT FOR THE BLOG WE MAY NEVER SEE THESE THINGS.THANK YOU

  3. Mark says:

    Thanks for drawing our attention to this. The second debate is up on the website and is just as good. AW again handles the topic very well.

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