Check out the video below, then please read Brian McLaren's comments below (in blue) about the "Olive Branch Interfaith Peace Witness".
In THIS ARTICLE McLaren speaks of worship, prayer, and the peace of Christ.
I am confused.
How can you have prayer, worship and how do you "pass the peace of Christ to one another" with those who are at enmity with Jesus Christ?
To understand my question, here is a description of the 2008 Interfaith Peace Witness from their website:
On Friday, March 7th in Washington, DC, people from across the United States will attend religious services at over a dozen different houses of worship and centers of faith at noon. Then we will come together for a public witness and demonstration against the war, including inspirational and diverse speakers, opportunities for civil disobedience, and the creation of a "rope of hope."
Brian McLaren dresses up his language with such spiritual terms and phrases but they mean nothing unless he is pointing to the Jesus on the cross. We cannot have true peace apart from reconciliation to God through the penal substitutionary atonement of the cross where Jesus took upon himself God's wrath and became the propitiation for our sins. (Romans 3:25, Romans 5:7-10)
Below are several quotes from Brian McLaren's article:
"When we gather for worship, we pray for peace. We sing of God's passion for reconciliation. We celebrate forgiveness and peace, not revenge and division. We preach about the Prince of Peace. We pass the peace of Christ to one another. We celebrate a holy meal which dramatically enacts peace with God and peace with one another.
...how important it is for all people of faith to gather regularly, Sunday by Sunday or whatever day it may be, to encourage one another and stimulate one another toward love and good deeds. Perhaps this is how we should see all our gatherings for worship, fellowship, teaching, and prayer - as peace groups meeting to plot goodness and prayerfully conspire for the common good and contagious peace in our homes, neighborhoods, nations, and world."
Brian McLaren is not speaking about the same Jesus taught in the Bible.
Don't be fooled.
Galatians 1:6-9: "I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed."