Summary: Principles you will find in the emerging church.
THE EMERGENT CHURCH
Five years ago the phrase, “The Emergent Church” was a generic term to describe any innovations, cutting edge technology, or new methods that were being used by new churches to do ministry. However, the generic term emergent church has taken on a technical phrase that is filled with new theology and new methodology.
Many in the emergent church wanted to find new ways to do things, so they turned to new methods. But when they gave up their attachment to biblical methods, they began adopting any and every method to get the work of the church done. They would use any and every kind of music, any and every type of art, and any and every type of speech.
However, we should be careful of attacking the emergent church, because we are in a transition period and we might be attacking some of our friends who think they are innovated because they are using new methods. Five years ago I would have used the word emergent church, but today I would withdraw from it with horror because of what it has become.
The emergent church feels they are under grace, and as such, they are antinomian. Here are the principles you will find in the emergent church:
1. Regarding some in the emergent church tolerate gross language of all kinds.
Better Look Now Because The Rotten Fruit Is Emerging
In a previous article I mentioned that when he was busy warping the minds of the students at Wheaton College last year Tony Jones, a very prominent spokesman for the new cult of liberal theology that is the Emergent Church, defended the absurd position of Christians who think using vulgar speech is perfectly appropriate. During the Question and Answer segment Jones was asked about the EC’s de-emphasis on personal holiness and its toleration of profanity.
And this was his answer: In his best spiritual fourteen-year-old pout Tony Jones said: “People in the Bible swear. And we need to re-think the cultural context of swearing.” So here is a minister who claims to be sent by Christ, whom Zondervan—his publisher—says “is the National Coordinator of Emergent Village . . . [and] also a doctoral fellow and senior research fellow in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary,” presenting an apologetic actually endorsing the use of profanity by the Christian.
Amazing; the reasoning held by Jones is that of a child who has gotten into trouble and then thinks he’ll get out of it simply by saying, “Well, he did it too!” Now I draw your attention to Why is the Emerging Church drawn to deconstructive theology? where Jones actually manages to drop the “f-bomb” in regard to God’s Word itself! Jones says:
I think the Bible is a f***ing scary book (pardon my French, but that’s the only way I know how to convey how strongly I feel about this).
Really Tony; don’t you think it’s rather pitiful that your vocabulary is so limited that this is how you speak about the Word of God you are supposed to proclaim to your fellow “Christ-followers?” O wait, I almost forgot that this language is quite common among the subversive emergent “followers of Jesus.” If the reader also finds this kind of talk offensive then please just take my word for it and spare yourself going to the post itself. Ken Silva, see http://apprising.org/.
2. Regarding some reject all types of holiness such as abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, and other historical things that represent Christian separation. As a matter of fact they repudiate the idea of separation.
3. Regarding multiple ways of salvation. Some have extreme tolerance for all religions, cults and other ways to Heaven. Spencer Burke was an evangelical who had leanings towards universalism, but in his latest book he became a blatant Universalist.
So what is the bottom line? When the emergent church endorses other ways to Heaven, then they themselves have probably not embraced Christ for Christianity must be Jesus only.
4. Regarding open inspiration. Some in the emergent church believe in open inspiration (non-verbal plenary inspiration), and they have embraced types of human and scientific explanation of the miracles in the Bible, as well as inspiration itself. As an illustration they would not preach the exact words of the gospels because they claim Jesus spoke Aramaic, and the Bible is written in Greek. So they say no one can accurately quote Jesus. This is not only a problem with inspiration, but inerrancy. Remember inspiration guarantees the accuracy of words, inerrancy guarantees the accuracy of content.
5. Regarding sexual abnormalities. Some in the emergent church accept a person’s homosexuality, while they would be against homosexuality as doctrine. This means a person can remain homosexual and be a good Christian. Many would endorse ordination of homosexuals.