I found reading the book to be a very distasteful exercise. The problems with Ortberg’s book and theology are many. He assumes francis schaeffer escape from reason pdf mysticism is valid, and his heroes themselves are actually mystics. Ortberg is a popular evangelical pastor.
In the first century Paul wrote to the Romans, whom he had not met. Evidently he assumes that we are incapable of thinking deeply about the matter. He wants to help you be you-ier. The Bible describes sanctification as a process of becoming more like Christ.
This is not a reasonable exposition of Romans 12:2. Ortberg also mimics Emergent writers. One day there will be a glorious harmony between God and all that he has made. God wants no one left out. This implies universalism and glosses over the issue of coming judgment. He is coming again and is going to judge the present world.
That fact never comes up in Ortberg’s book. Who are the “Evangelical Heroes”? When I began reading about “ME” in this book I knew immediately there were problems with it. Ortberg has written curriculum with mystic Ruth Haley Barton. He praises the Roman Catholic Saint Benedict. He cites New Age writer Teilhard de Chardin favorably. The answer is that many are doing just that.
Schaeffer’s book is an amazing contrast with Ortberg’s. Schaeffer’s book starts with the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a true moral guilt before the infinite-personal, holy God. This is from the third paragraph of Schaeffer’s book. How did our heroes become Roman Catholic mystics?