Saturday, October 31, 2009

For Those Who Would Change the Wind

Henri Nouwen
1932 - 1996
Priest, Professor, Author

"Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure."

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Henri Nouwen, the now deceased Catholic theologian, hardly seems an appropriate spiritual mentor for bible believing Christians.

Consider the following quote from Nouwen:

Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God’s house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God. — From Sabbatical Journey, Henri Nouwen’s last book page 51, 1998 Hardcover Edition

The above quote from Nouwen is in direct contradiction to the biblical record as to how one must be saved (justified). Ephesians 2:4-9 makes it abundantly clear that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. There is only one path to Christ and any message to the contrary is a false gospel.

Galatians 1:6-9 says that the preacher preaching a false gospel is accursed."

Karen said...

Anon., rather than picking and choosing quotes from Nouwen out of context -- and then making your assessment that he will be condemned in the final analysis (how dare you?) -- I suggest you read him a little more widely.

He is one of the great inspirational leaders and theologians of our time. If you miss what he has to offer, you are missing a lot.

You, and we all, can learn a lot from him, both about God's love for us and about unconditional love for each other.

Anonymous said...

Karen, perhaps you could enlighten me about which portion of the quote is out of context?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you should pay more attention to the theology, instead of following the sound of the piper's flute.

Check this reference out

http://www.christiandiscernment.com/Christian%20Discernment/CD%20PDF/General/04%20Nouwen.pdf