09 Aug The Emergent movement is an open dialog
Christianity is a set of truths, facts about God, Jesus, Sin and Salvation to name a few, it is an exact science, NOT an open dialog, a philosophical dialog, not be debated like some Greek philosophy open form as to what is true, like some pagan religion, but that is exactly what the Emergent movement is, is based on, no truths other than what you except as truth. But true Christianity is a set of dogmatic truths that are not open for debate, truths about God, Jesus, Salvation, what is Sin and how we are to live that are established by God, recoded in the scriptures, the bible for us to know. It is not a ‘Your OK I’m OK’ philosophy with what every we believe individualy to be true about God, Jesus, Sin and Salvation is truth.
The Emergent movement is based on Christianity being an open dialog, open debate as to what truths you as a individual hold to be true, and what ever that is, is OK.
Now I say this lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of me, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according the Christ. Col 2:4 & 8
The leaders of, and churches that are part of the Emergent movement pray on three kinds of people, the unsaved of course, and week Christians who do not study the word of God, and ones who chose to follow men, make men their god in stead of being grounded in the word of God, letting it establish their beliefs and set of truths or a plumbline as God calls it in Amos 7:8, defining all things, And not following Jesus over man.
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2Pet 2:1
For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Mat 24:24
I heard Chuck Smith a long time ago say during a teaching session, “If I or anyone every says something that does not alien up with the word of God, you must both disregard it and call them on it.” And when I heard that, the Holy Spirit branded that in to me, made it part of my foundation. The word of God in my foundation for all truth, I judge all things by it. I have never and will never follow a man or a church, or make my own list of what is sin and what is not. I follow Jesus, the Jesus reveled in the scriptures, who is God come in the flesh, who said if you love Me you will keep my words, commandments, and He wrote them all from Gen 1:1 to Rev 22:21.
I do not care if someone boast a church of 20,000, has written a dozen best sellers, the bible stands as the final authority on all things with me. I will not stand before any man on judgment day, I will not be judged according to the gospel of Rob Bell or Brian McLaren or Doug Pagitt or even my own, but rather the Gospel according to God in Jesus who is God and will judge all men according to the written word of God.