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Notable among these are Michael W. Although he is a Roman Catholic, the book is published by Multnomah Press, the printing arm of Multnomah College of the Bible, an alleged evangelical institution. In spite of his gross heresies, Manning has been well-received into evangelical circles. Smith, the members of U2, and many others. What is glaringly absent is any scriptural testimony of salvation. Manning went on to become a Franciscan priest and though he is no longer active he continues to attend and promote the blasphemous Catholic mass.
Manning preaches a false antinomian, psychology-influenced gospel, meaning he believes a person can be saved and continue to live in the grossest sin without repentance.
Manning uses biblical terms but he redefines them, giving them unbiblical meanings. His writings are filled with half truths and statements of truth followed by contradictions to those statements. This is not the gospel and it is not scriptural evangelism. While it is certainly true that God loves sinners that is only a part of the matter; God is also holy and will judge every infraction of His law.
Jesus frequently warned about Hell, and warned, in fact, that most sinners will go there. Manning mentions in particular some people that he has met: a female prostitute, a woman who had an abortion, and a male homosexual Ragamuffin , pp. He claims that all of these are saved even though they justify their sin and have no intention of turning from it. Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. The church members at Corinth had lived in all sorts of wicked lives before they were saved, but after they believed on Christ they were changed, and Paul warned them about going back to the old life.
He warned them, in particular, about fornication. There is a world of confusion and doctrinal error in this one statement. First, the Scriptures instruct churches to reject those who claim to be saved but who live in gross sin 1 Corinthians 5.
Third, Manning claims that forgiveness should be given whether or not there is repentance on the part of the sinner, but the Bible says there is no forgiveness without repentance Lk. Fourth, Manning claims that God accepts the homosexual whether or not he repents and changes, but the Bible says the sinner must repent and those who are truly saved are changed.
Fifth, Manning teaches the heresy of infant baptism, whereas the Bible says baptism is for believers only Mk. Sixth, Manning defends the Catholic priesthood, whereas the New Testament says every believer is a priest in Christ 1 Peter , 9. Seventh, Manning defends the unscriptural Catholic sacraments even though they have no support in the Scripture.
Manning even claims that those who take the mark of the Beast will be saved. To the contrary, the book of Revelation plainly states that all who take the mark of the Beast will suffer in Hell. In The Ragamuffin Gospel he encourages the use of mantras and emptying the mind. This is as close as Manning comes to describing how to receive the gospel, and it is unscriptural. The Bible does not invite the sinner to relax in the presence of God and half believe, but to repent and to believe fully from the heart.
The model for our faith is Abraham, who was not weak in faith Rom. Manning suggests that the sinner does not need to think anything. To the contrary, the Bible says he must believe the gospel, which is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ for our sins 1 Cor. If one would be saved, there is a lot to think about! Manning promotes visualization, instructing people to visualize what Jesus might have looked like p.
This is vain idolatry. Manning promotes silent meditation. He once spent six months in isolation in a cave in Spain. He meditates in silence each day. He spends eight days a year at a Jesuit retreat center in Colorado during which he speaks only 45 minutes each day. His primary spiritual director is a Dominican nun. She is the founder of The School for Contemplation and believes that God is within every human being.
The meditation promoted by Manning is pure Hinduism. I practiced it as a member of the Self-Realization Fellowship Society prior to my salvation, and I know people who have become demon possessed by practicing it. It is no surprise that Manning is popular in evangelical circles, in light of the popularity of Roman Catholic meditative prayer techniques. On a research visit to the Vineyard Church in Anaheim, Calif.
Merton spent the last 27 years of his life in a Trappist monastery devoted to Mary Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky and promoted the integration of pagan practices such as Zen Buddhism and Christianity. Surely they recognize the voice of one of their own in the following statements. Thus after the fashion of the theological modernist Manning puts Jesus over against the Bible, ignoring the fact that we know nothing about Jesus apart from the Bible.
And Manning despises doctrinal dogmatism, ignoring the obvious fact that any definition of who Jesus is and what He did is based on biblical exegesis and is doctrinal. A phobia is an unreasonable fear of something, in this case, homosexuality. In fact, according to Manning, one of the most serious moral issues of our day is the rejection of homosexuality in the part of Bible believers.
Multnomah Press has been confronted by Bible believers in regard to the doctrinal errors of Brennan Manning and his book, but they continue to publish it to this day. Beware of The Ragamuffin Gospel. Way of Life Literature. Back To Top.
The Ragamuffin Gospel
For more than 15 years, Manning's bestseller The Ragamuffin Gospel has reminded us that Jesus did not come for the pretty, pious and powerful. Instead, he came for the "bedraggled, beat-up and burnt-out" ragamuffins who desperately need his grace. Dispelling the myth that you must work to receive God's gift of grace and joy, Manning, a fellow ragamuffin, reveals the true nature of a freely-given and unrelenting grace that's available to all. Drop the burden of never measuring up and revel in the comfort of a God who loves you for who you are - not for who you think you should be. Are you bedraggled, beat-up, burnt-out? We continue to see Him as a small-minded bookkeeper, tallying our failures and successes on a score sheet.
“The Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning
Several years ago I attended an Easter Service where communion was to be served. She read the part where Manning describes how Jesus overturned the customs of the day by dining with anyone who would eat with Him — sinners, Pharisees, all were welcome. The rules of table fellowship, as practiced by Jesus, said that it did not matter who you were or what you had done. If you would dine with Him you have to open the door and let Him in. The Easter lady explained that Jesus showed grace by inviting sinners to His table. She then did the exact opposite by inviting sinners NOT to partake of the communion that was about to be passed around.
The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out