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March 7, 2011

The Emerging Church

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

The Emerging Church is creating controversy.  Conservatives of Christian orthodoxy are digging in for tough conversations opposing this new trend.

I do not intend to define this movement.  The internet provides plenty of material for anyone interested in seeking  an understanding about this.  Each person can do their own research.  I prefer not to attempt such a defining of this movement as the interpretation can vary with different individuals.  Many pastors in the Emerging Church would disagree with definitions or explanations of certain facets of this movement.  Since I cannot speak for, or represent, the many positions, it would be unfair for me to interpret exactly what the Emerging Church is.  However, I believe there is enough general agreement among the leaders of this movement for me to make certain comments.

I am not one to shy away from my opinion.  I do state my concerns.  What I believe is needed is more clarity of what the Emerging Church believes and adheres to as truth.  They, (and I use the term to refer to the declared leaders of this movement) seem to focus more on relationships and experience than biblical truths.  Some of the leaders seemingly are not sure the Bible is sufficiently clear!

Such assumption would certainly lend itself to experience rather than biblical teachings.  This, likewise, makes it more comfortable when they refuse to state a position on matters such as homosexuality or same-sex marriage.  They refuse to be clear on such positions as they do not want to offend either side. 

That is an immediate red flag for me!  If a church movement is biblically based —  you do have a position on such topics!  You hold the Bible consistently true in all  matters.  Acceptance of Scripture as the divine Word of God gives a firm position for your life and conduct.  There is no “pick and choose” what part of the Bible you accept and apply to your life.  The entire Bible is relevant and firm on all issues.

The leaders, however,  seem to pick and choose theological positions without being consistent.  They do not hold to the authority, inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible.  Without such a commitment, it allows fluid positions!

I suggest you research this movement.  If you are a Christian committed to the inspired Word of God, you may discover agreement with my concerns.  Anytime there is a ‘new wind’ blowing in spiritual matters, it should behoove us to equip ourselves to be confident of truth.

Perhaps the church certainly needs to emerge as a vibrant, dynamic force in society today, but let it be based on the sound and tested teachings of Scripture.

Again, you have heard my opinion!  But search for truth yourself.  Don’t let another person interpret truth for you.  Be alert . . . be discerning . . . and above all, love!

“Watch your life and doctrine closely.  Persevere in them . . .”  (1 Timothy 4:16)  “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”  (2 Timothy 4:3)




  1. Thank you so much for this post…I sent it in my daily devotion today because it is so timely. I have been following this movement for almost two years and I find it increasingly disturbing. Our young people are escpecially vulnerable.

    It’s good to have you back sending the emails. Thank you.

    Comment by Jody Jeffers — March 7, 2011 @ 5:45 am | Reply

  2. How well said. Too many doctrines these days, Confusion is what it is, the devil’s work. “God is not the author of confusion..”

    Comment by D. White — March 7, 2011 @ 6:04 pm | Reply

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