The Emerging Antichrist
By Jim Fletcher
In a recent blog on his website
— and another for Beliefnet — self-described “author/activist/speaker” Brian
Mclaren let slip the fangs behind his thoughtful smile, again.
Mclaren, a leader of the
so-called Emergent community (a coalition of center-left Christians who lament
the influence of conservative Christians), urged readers to beware the
proponents of eschatology. In his blog, Mclaren mentioned the internet claims
that Sen. Barack Obama is an antichrist-type figure. He wrote:
“Over the last few weeks,
have drawn needed attention to some more and less subliminal messages coming
from the McCain campaign. These TV ads, they explain, seem to target Evangelical
Christians in profoundly disturbing ways, using language and imagery that would
have a special effect on Evangelicals (especially devotees of "left-behind"
eschatology), inspiring anxiety of the most primal spiritual form: fear of the
He’s irritated, of course, because some Christians have alleged that Obama has
some of the skills of the coming antichrist, as described in the Bible. Notice I
used the word “coming.” And therein lies the rub.
Besides the fact that Mclaren and his “Matthew 25 Network” have openly endorsed
Obama for president (an aside: how can Emergent leaders — who talk constantly
about feeding the poor and working for justice for the oppressed — endorse the
most pro-abortion presidential candidate in history?), this poses another
problem for Emergent.
They don’t believe in the “end-times.” In their world, eschatology is for the
naïve, mentally dull, and hucksters. In his personal blog piece, Mclaren ended
with a subtle, clever, and nasty jab at those Christians he considers to be
“A reminder to us all…don’t believe everything you hear, even if it’s on ‘the
Get it? Christians who have simplistic views of the world (black-and-white) are
those who would refer to the Internet as “the internets,” so says spiritual
healer and bridge-builder Brian Mclaren. Wikipedia describes it thus:
used humorously to portray the speaker as ignorant about the
or about technology in general, or as having a provincial or folksy attitude
George W. Bush
first used the word publicly during the 2000 election campaign. The term gained
cachet as an
following Bush's use of the term in the
second 2004 presidential election debate
Emergent and their pals have contempt for Bible-believing Christians, and
Mclaren’s “internets” jab is typical garbage rhetoric from a liberal Christian.
Yet his hubris evidently keeps him from seeing the hypocrisy inherent in
The “internets” comment cuts both ways, although Mclaren intends it to be a
one-way street. You, the reader, must be careful that you discern what you read
on Mclaren’s website, or any other website.
Back to eschatology.
Emergent presents its own view of reality, and it is at odds with
Bible-believers’ reality. In his blog, Mclaren attempts to ridicule the
discussions of a “messianic” figure in this year’s presidential campaign:
McCain approved TV ads have linked Senator Obama to the – gulp – Anti-Christ,
using imagery and language Evangelical Christians would resonate with.”
Now, we’ll leave for another discussion the fact that Mclaren’s hypocrisy and
extreme bias prevents him from decrying, say, Madonna’s disgusting comparison of
John McCain with Hitler. He’s got a one-track story and he’s sticking to it.
But the attempt to portray “evangelical Christians” as weird Bible thumpers is
unacceptable. And his own naivete (is that what it is?) helps make the world a
more dangerous place.
It is documented that Hamas and other Arab terror groups are gleeful over the
prospects of an Obama presidency. Mclaren endorses Obama. Hence, terrorists are
emboldened by the West’s “useful idiots” who don’t see the world as it really
is. In Mclaren’s world, international politics is a gauzy dream-world in which
dialogue and goodwill can usher in the
Kingdom of God. It’s the
same theme Rick Warren peddles.
How unfortunate for Israel
that people like the Emergent folks have some influence in society. If there are
no end-times (except on the “internets”), then there is no legitimacy to Israel’s
claims to the land. If there are no claims to the land, then “Palestine” is demanded, the 23rd Arab
state in the Middle East.
is established, can we expect that Hamas — a partner in the Palestinian
Parliament — will continue with its openly stated goal of eliminating the Jewish
state, through violence?
Does Brian Mclaren care about the genocidal foundation of Hamas, or is his brand
of peace and justice the exclusive burden of the Jews?
I don’t know if Barack Obama is the antichrist. I don’t think about it and, by
the way, most of the Bible-believing Christians I know do not make that claim.
It is an effective way for the Brian
Mclarens of the world to tar Christians as ignorant.
But I do believe an antichrist figure is coming. John spoke of him. Paul spoke
of him. The world has not yet seen him, simply because no truly world-dominating
figure has ever arisen.
He is coming.
Just not in Brian Mclaren’s world.