The Secret Message of Jesus

By: Brian Robertson


As regular visitors to know, t is very seldom that I take the time to recommend a book, but I’m going to do it now and in a big way.

I stumbled across a copy of a book I was totally unaware of which, apparently, the entire world may already have heard of. The work is called The Secret Message of Jesus : Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything .

There’s a lot to be said for what I’ve discovered about the book — it has been getting great reviews from evangelicals to mystics, frankly, although some of the more Fundamentalist groups have apparently suggested there is a special warm spot in Hell heating up for the author. That alone makes me begin to side with him.

To give you a bit from the official blurb about the book from Thomas Nelson:

“In The Secret Message of Jesus you’ll find what’s at the center of Brian’s critique of conventional Christianity, and what’s at the heart of his expanding vision. In the process, you’ll meet a Jesus who may be altogether new to you, a Jesus who is…

* Not the crusading conqueror of religious broadcasting;
* Not the religious mascot of partisan religion;
* Not heaven’s ticket-checker, whose words have been commandeered by the church to include and exclude, judge and stigmatize, pacify and domesticate.

McLaren invites you to discover afresh the transforming message of Jesus-an open invitation to radical change, an enlightening revelation that exposes sham and ignites hope, an epic story that is good news for everyone, whatever their gender, race, class, politics, or religion.”

Ok, so that alone should wet the appetite of a good number of you out there. I don’t want to get into the details at this point, but let me quote one other source. It is from a review on the Amazon page from readers, and I think it says it remarkably well:

Margie Miller writes:

“This is a wonderful book. While reading the scriptures time and again several years ago, I discovered that in 84 places that I could find and mark, Jesus calls the message of the kingdom his “gospel”….his “good news”. Therefore, I have preached only the kingdom of God on earth ever since. I refuse to teach or preach “salvation theology” because I believe it was a later development, certainly nothing Jesus emphasized.

This is the first book I have read that agrees with my findings. I welcome it in a needy world.”

“Nuff said. For now, I leave you to ponder how such a book is a direct comment on how each and every Christian should be a mystic — meaning aware of the Presence of God by experience. Then again, I’ll probably blog about it next chance I get. Anyway, please, look for the book and, if you’ve read it, feel free to leave your comments!


Brian Robertson



[How funny, Brian, I am just becoming aquainted with his writing and what is called the ‘emerging conversation’.

Thanks for posting the reviews!

One thing I’ve noticed in reading from his critics is; they all seem to be defending an entity called Christianity instead of encouraging going deep into God.]


[I stumbled across this site and the review you posted of McLauren’s book. Just from reading your blog, I want to sincerely encourage you to seek the truth in the Scriptures. It can be dangerous when we begin making truth relative or subjective; isn’t that what the world is doing now in this postmodern society–truth is what each individual decides to make it? That seems oddly like making one’s own self the “authority” on what is right and wrong. While it may be appealing to seek God through experiences, these experiences are only subjective not objective. That appears to coincide much with the relativity of the current American beliefs. I encourage you, Rev., to seek the truth in the authoritative, objective Scriptures, reading verses in context and engaging in exegesis (where you search out what it says and then form stances and beliefs) rather than doing eisegesis (spelling?) where one searches for proof texts to make the Scriptures say what one wants it to say.
For the glory of Christ.]


[I am very encouraged by Jen’s post for us to rely on the scriptures as the ultimate authority on our experience of God’s love in Jesus Christ. My concerns about emergent theology is that it does not value scripture as authoritative, and perhaps throws out organized religion in its totality instead of valuing the Christ-centered and biblical parts. In the last days there will be many false prophets seeking to lead even the elect astray.
I believe that biblical literacy without love in action and experience is the concern of the Christian mystic. more Love is our aim, to open to God’s love in order to be filled with it and shared it with others. This requires the power of the Holy Spirit, given to us in a regeneration gift that is salvation, resulting sanctification, and God’s works in and through us to build the kingdom of God]


[I’m a huge fan of McLaren. I also would suggest his book ‘A Generous Orthodoxy’.

Contrary to popular beliefs, the emergent movement does not invalidate Scripture or disregard it as authoritative. It simply puts it in its proper place, as the writings of men under the influence of the Holy Spirit. We believe these writings to be God-breathed, but not God-written. For example, Muslims believe that Allah literally wrote the Koran, and then handed it down to Mohammad. Jews and Christians believe that the Holy Spirit guided and directed men to write down the Scriptures we consider to be the Bible.

The argument only comes into play because many these days have gotten to the point where they worship the Bible, rather than the God the Bible tells us of. The early patriarchs had no written Bible. In fact, we can fairly deduce that when God called Father Abraham out of Ur, that Abraham had no idea about who God even was. But God entered into a covenant, a relationship with Abraham, and through that covenant, Abraham found righteousness.

Mysticism is much the same way, we rely on the Scriptures as our guidelines and pathways for God through the teachings of Jesus. But ultimately, reading the Scriptures only allows you knowledge, it does not give you faith or power. We only achieve faith and power through prayer and contemplation. Just the same as reading the Bible does not save you, only your faith in Jesus. This is why we seek to live out the Gospel, because if our faith is not proved by our works, it is useless. Kind of like a screen door on a submarine.

In Christ]