Dear Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, and Tony Campolo,
When I read the following from Gil Rugh's sermon I thought of you guys. So here are some of his thoughts which I am sure you guys may never read but maybe others who think you guys are doctrinally sound will read this and maybe the Lord will begin the process of conviction:
"False Teachers Are not to be Tolerated.
When you fellowship with false teachers and false doctrine, you break fellowship with God's people.
False apostles do not come in and say, "We want you to worship Buddha." They say, "We, too, are servants of Christ. We love him and have a passion to honor him." But they also bring teaching and doctrine contrary to apostolic and prophetic revealed truth. Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore, it is not surprising if Satan's servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, "...whose end will be according to their deeds..." as Paul writes at the end of verse 15.
The seriousness of false doctrine and false teaching is stressed repeatedly by a reminder of their destiny. Peter will strongly address this issue in chapter 2. We are not dealing with a variation or difference of opinion. The matter is much more serious before God when His word is at stake. His word is His character. In 2 Peter 2:1, false teachers who rise up from among the people of God "...will secretly introduce destructive heresies." The point is important because God is telling us how false teachers accomplish their work. They come up from among believers and also present themselves as genuine believers, but secretly introduce heresies. "
Secretly introduce" is a translation of a Greek compound word. Basically, it means to bring something in alongside something else, but it also includes a flavor of doing something secretive or covertly underhanded. False teachers bring their teaching and doctrine in alongside the word of God, but in a way that is subtle, not obvious. Their goal is to corrupt the truth of God, to lure the people of God away from God's word and faithfulness to their God."
by Gil Rugh
"Destructive Heresies in Today's Church" 1996