Falsehood and Truth
D.M. Loyd –Jones said that William Barclay was the most dangerous man in the Christendom.
There is no doubt Barclay is an engaging and in places edifying writer. Yet he believed very few of the doctrines the church and scriptures teach.
He did not believe in the virgin birth.
“We are not compelled to accept this teaching “in the literal and physical sense” he wrote.”
He believed that many of the miracles had natural explanations.
He did not believe Jesus was divine I quote “If you were to read some of Barclay’s writings regarding Jesus, you would be convinced that he believed in the Saviour’s deity. For example, in his discussion of John 1:1, the famous theologian said that Jesus was “have the very same character and quality and essence and being as God.” But when two acquaintances of this writer visited with Barclay at his home in Glasgow, in the spring of 1970, the distinguished professor strongly denied that he believed that Jesus was divine, and he insisted he never had endorsed that idea. He claimed that the Lord himself believed that he was divine, as did others, but personally, he did not. When Paul was cited as evidence to the contrary, the professor snapped: “I don’t care what Paul said.”
He did not believe in the atonement, “Barclay repudiated the doctrine of the substitutionary nature of the death of Jesus. He denied that, in the divine scheme of things, Christ had to die to atone for the sins of humanity (see Isa. 53:4-6; Rom. 3:21-26). The Lord himself expressed it like this: the Son of man came to “give his life a ransom for many” (Mt. 20:28). But Prof. Barclay believed that to literalize this statement was a “crude” approach to a passage that was merely an instance of the “poetry of love.” The real power of Jesus’ death, he suggested, was in its benevolent, selfless example — nothing more.
He did not believe in a eternal hell, “Though Jesus taught more about the topic of “hell” than did any other biblical character, Barclay denied the existence of eternal torment. The punishment of hell is “not to be taken literally” he said. In fact, as historian J.D. Douglas observed, “Barclay was a universalist (one who believes that all people will be saved ultimately).” In one of his books the professor declared that man “cannot drift beyond the love and care of God.” Supposedly, the Lord God will “never leave or forsake” any person — regardless of the depth of his depravity. For all his learning, the Scottish expositor knew nothing of the concept of God’s justice and wrath.”
There is a great amount of truth in his’ writings yet being riddled by error makes caution necessary in reading him.” The article I have quoted ends with the writer saying “William Barclay frustrates me and delights me. He makes me angry, yet he teaches me. I despise his theology, but I thrill to many truths I have learned from him. I listen to him, and I ignore him. I recommend his writings, yet with a grain of salt (no, a bucket of salt!).”
All quotes from Jackson, Wayne. “The Enigmatic William Barclay.” ChristianCourier.com.
I make the point that we must know what we believe and compare what we read and hear to what God’s word says. We may agree to disagree in many matters but the core truths of Scripture are non negotiable .
Soft shoe shuffle
These two were the each famous dancers. However they each had very different styles. Astaire was taller and danced up in the air most of the time while Kelly was low and close to the ground. It was apparently very hard to choreograph them when they worked together. They met in the middle and held back their individual style to work together.
The differences between individual Christians make cooperation a challenge sometimes.
Paul speaking of the different parts of the body working together and sometimes subordinating to others is a pertinent truth in this egocentric age.