Exposing the Heresy in Dr. Alex McFarland's Narrow Worldview
In a recent article titled "Who Can Really Make a Difference in This World?", Dr. Alex McFarland makes the audacious claim that only those led by "God Almighty" can effect meaningful change. This perspective is not just narrow; it's dangerously exclusionary and, frankly, heretical. We at Stop Pastoral Abuse vehemently disagree and challenge this worldview.
First off, let's tackle the heresy. Dr. McFarland's assertion that only a person led by God can make a difference is a slap in the face to the biblical teaching that God's grace is available to all. The Apostle Paul, in Romans 2:14-15, makes it clear that even Gentiles can do what the law requires, guided by their conscience (source). So, Dr. McFarland, are you suggesting that God's grace is selective? That's not just bad theology; it's heretical.
Secondly, the fear-mongering tone of the article is psychologically damaging and contradicts the teachings of Jesus. In Matthew 6:34, Jesus advises, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself" (source). Dr. McFarland, your article seems more interested in inducing anxiety than offering the peace that Christ promises.
Moreover, your article implies that only "born-again Christians" are poised to make a difference. This is not just narrow but also dismissive of the contributions of people from other faiths and belief systems. The Bible itself offers examples of non-Israelites like Rahab and Ruth who played significant roles in biblical history (source, source). Are you suggesting that God's plan only includes a select few?
Your reliance on the story of Esther is also problematic. While Esther's story is inspiring, it's crucial to remember that she acted in a specific cultural and historical context. To generalize her experience to everyone is to ignore the complexities of modern life. Theologian Walter Brueggemann points out that biblical narratives should not be oversimplified to fit modern agendas (source).
Furthermore, your article promotes spiritual elitism, a dangerous notion that the Bible warns against. James 4:6 states, "God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble" (source). Your article seems to encourage a form of spiritual pride that is antithetical to biblical teachings.
In conclusion, Dr. McFarland, your article is not just flawed; it's a theological misstep that promotes exclusion, fear, and heresy. We at Stop Pastoral Abuse challenge you to consider a more inclusive, compassionate, and biblically sound approach to the complex issue of making a difference in the world.