Emergent Church

January 13, 2007

The Emergent Church is a growing problem in America. To put it short, the emergent church is seeking to reinterpret the Scriptures, and to make ‘Church’ a place to go to relax and enjoy good coffee and have fun. They are acting like the world, and compromising the Scripture’s authority.

Psalm 119:11 says, “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”

Scripture is the authority of the Christian, and he ought to glorify God and enjoy Him in all his actions. If Scripture is not the authority, how can Christians be a light to the world? Scripture must be the authority, and the emergent church is not uplifting that goal. Rather, they are tearing it down.

Many will claim that Christians should sped less time accussing and rebuking the brethren and spend time evangelizing and attacking cults. What if the brethren are wrong, and they seek to destroy the very foundation which true Christianity lies upon? If Scripture is removed, we become like the world. The authority of Scripture ought to be most important in our lives.

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2 Responses to “Emergent Church”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Yea I think that is a big problem in lots of churches. But on the other hand, making certain ministries in a church have a more relaxed and ‘fun’ focus, can be useful for outreach.

    I don’t think that very many people who were not raised in a Christian family are going to accept an invitation to church to study the advanced dichotomy of good and evil.

    But, if you say to a non-Christian, “Yea why don’t you come shoot some hoops with us, and then we’ll have a little Bible study time too.” That person is much more likely to accept that invitation.

    That brings up the other argument. Christianity is not supposed to be “shooting hoops and having a little Bible study.” So churches need to make sure that if they take the more fun, relaxed approach to evangelism, that they tell new comers that being a Christian is hard. It’s not supposed to be easy.

    Do you see what I’m saying? You’re right, turning Christianity into a cream puff faith is crippling. But, as long as you make clear that Christianity is hard; then the fun, relaxed outreach can be good.

  2. Matt Wells Says:

    I agree that ‘cream-puff’ Christianity is wrong, but saying it’s hard, and then being relaxed is something that just cannot be done.

    Saying that basketball is hard, but then becoming relaxed about it, and not training or playing properly will not give you team unity or benefit your fitness and talents.

    Same applies to Christianity. Becoming a Chrstian is the hardest thing that you will ever do, and being relaxed about it is not the answer. We must preach the Gospel firmly and strongly. If we present it relaxed and fun, than others will get the wrong idea, and will become soft and relaxed Christians. Christianity must be presented as a ‘hard thing’, not something that is full of fun and entertainment.


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