The Emerging Church, Part 1

There is a lot of talk these days about the “Emerging Church.” Perhaps I lack contemporary spiritual savvy and because of my naivete, I thought the Christian Church “emerged” 2,000 years ago, described in great detail in the book of Acts. A radio commentator recently shared that understanding the “Emerging Church” was like “trying to nail jello to the wall.” I think it is easier to understand than that. My son went to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) a few years ago and did some intern work in a very large church in the area where he went to school. The church decided to take all of the crosses out of their facility so as not to offend anyone. After all, if they kept looking at them they might get the idea that we are miserable sinners who desperately need a Savior. Galatians 5:11 describes the “offence of the cross” as something to be expected from the world——read it. (The Greek word for “offence” is skandalon from which we get the word “scandal.” i.e. The cross is a scandal) Now please tell me that the REAL reason we are removing this offence, is so the world will feel more comfortable in today’s church. Ironically, the members of the aforementioned church were offended by the cross! There are many other cutting edge ideas that abound, guaranteeing that guests/first time visitors will not be offended by the narrow mindedness of Christians. Among these are piping in secular music to make the first time inquirers of the faith feel at home. Songs by punk, new wave, and other contemporary secular groups are played at the threshold of the service. This way, the visitors will feel welcome and think: “Boy oh boy, Christians are cool!” Of course there are a few of those pesky scriptures we must forget, but that is the price we are willing to pay in the “Emerging Church.” i.e. “What does Christ have to do with Belial;” and “be ye not unequally yoked;” and “be ye holy for I am holy;” and “how can two walk together except they be agreed.” The true Christian church will never leave the teachings of the Bible. There are a plethora of churches and denominations today, who have left the entire Word of God in the rear view mirror and are caught up with a new, contemporary, less offensive “gospel.” They are SLOWLY blending in with the world, and that is the entire strategy, as the stage is gradually being set for the end times’ one world religion, one world currency and one world government. The “Emerging Church” omits those nasty doctrine like sin, the need of repentance, the reality of hell (where the great majority of people are going according to my Bible), and the need for holy living and separation from the world. But there is plenty of “grace” in the “Emerging Church”—that is, abused and misused grace—i.e. “…turning God’s grace into lasciviousness” (Jude 4), in other words, a license to sin without guilt or the need to repent. This is a great strategy for those who believe they can have the world and the faith together. Romans 6:1 “…Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid…” I have found that God’s remnant has been given discernment about these concerns, yet the great majority are caught up in Saint Vitus’s dance. Entire “Christian” denominations are now in full acceptance of the sin/abomination of sodomy, even accepting their ordination into the Gospel ministry! They have left the Word— Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26-27; I Corinthians 6:9, etc., etc. The Christian Church does not need a new name, new adjectives, a facelift, psychobabble, nor does it need the erroneous teachings of man————-it simply needs to be the church from the Bible that was founded and described in detail in the book of Acts. Blessings, Pastor Steve


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