REDalert Ministries: Emergent Church
WHAT IS THE EMERGENT CHURCH?
These Christians have decided that they must fit in the Postmodern. They believe that moderism thininking can NEVER fit in our culture so we must make it fit. They also believe that many if not most of the "truth" in Scripture are metiphors. They believe in Deconstructivism, that there is no Hell, and many other "mystery" like beliefs. Rob Bell is one of the major leaders for the movement. Be wary, he has a series called Nooma. In one of his series he mentions about Peter and walking on water. It sounds wonderful in how he describes it for the viewer, but you must listen carefully to what he is actually saying. He mentions that when he "rereads" scripture of what was actually spoken it was not that Peter needs faith, but Peter needs to realize that Jesus has faith in him.
Words like Missional, Mystery, and emergent will be seen with dealing in their philosophy. Link for some more words: http://carm.org/emerging-church-terminology
They want is to think about the Scriptures and make sure it does not necessarily mean what our modernist have thought about Scripture. There could be a "deeper" and more "mystical" truth to still find. You must realize that God does have a form of mystery he also has revealed a lot of who he is his Word. If you need a direction geth the book "Systematic Theology" by Grudem. We need to take time to truly study without expecting a mystical reveal from the Holy Spirit. Christians and the culture in this world has been taking on the spiritualism of searching by inner development. We must be very careful that we don't allow our desire to know God to be clouded by the mystical spiritualism that many of these pastors and leaders are presenting to us in their books and their words. There are many books that our out in the flow of the churches that are being accepted without question because of the power that the words present with the TAG of GOD on it.
They can sound very slick and full of wisdom, but we must remember it is not what men say but what God states in his word. You may need to take time to learn from your pastor or find educational books that teach you how to study and interpret Scripture. We often think by reading it straight out that it will reveal, but we often fall into the trap of using Scripture out of context. Learning to interpret is vital, and you must learn to understand what is going on in the Scriptures as you read it. The Emergent Church is making truth mystical where it could or may not mean as what it means.
The Truth we have been told may not absolute according the movements truth. They want the truth to fit the culture. We must make sure the Gospel reminds the people that they are sinners, and it's by the Saving Grace of Jesus Christ that they don't have to pay for their sin as long as they accept him, turn from their sin, and wholeheartedly follow Jesus. We must realize that being a true follow of Christ means to want to do what Jesus commands in Scripture, share the Gospel, and make Disciples.
I have a video that I would recommend by Bobby Conway on the Emergent Church. It is about 1 hr and 30 min... so make time Please!
by -Odid- on 2013-09-29 06:02:51