'Great Emergence' changing Christianity
What is happening in our Churches today? You probably have seen some of what is contained in this blog begin to appear in your very own Churches. Please read the red highlighted quotes below and follow the links for yourself. But for the benefit of those with limited time, here is a summary of what was said:
- Christianity is changing - a Great Emergence
- Traditional Christianity does not meets peoples spiritual needs
- Embrace a path to the divine through spiritual practice
- Emergent Christian’s sense of social justice is entirely different from standing Protestant views
- Who God is and how to find salvation are not the primary questions
- Extremism can be found in a person’s faith when they exclude others that do not share the same faith
The Bible makes clear that we as Bible believing Christians are not to take part with any other faiths that do not believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the fact that through his atoning blood, Jesus is the only road to reconciliation with the Almighty God.
However, that is what this emergence/ecumenical movement is doing; joining together with other faiths in an attempt to reform the world for the common good of mankind, (social justice). This is not biblical, nor is it the mandate of the Christian Church. We are to be a light unto the world, a separate people, who are called to go into all the world to preach the gospel, (not compromise the gospel in order to be less intolerant of other views).
The book of Revelation, chapter 17, is all about a global religious system that comes together in an attempt to cure all the ills of this world. But when man tries to do what only God can do, our efforts become an abject failure. It is not the responsibility of mankind to build a glorious kingdom here on earth. In fact, due to mans efforts, it will take the return to earth of Jesus Christ himself to keep mankind from completely destroying himself, (Matthew 24:22).
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 NIV
Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. Anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work. 2 John 1:9-11 NIV
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14 NIV
From the articles:
Well-known writer and speaker Phyllis Tickle is bringing her message of an
"The Wisdom Centre was -- and continues to be -- inspired by the realization that traditional religion does not meet people's spiritual needs. Since its inception, the Wisdom Centre has cast a wide net and welcomes all that embrace a path to the divine through spiritual practice," says its website.
"There are certain commonalities among Emergence Christians; . . . they share a sense of the communal. They are deeply Trinitarian in a way that western Christianity has not been for 1,000 years. They're definitely concerned about the standing doctrine of atonement. Their eschatology is entirely different from Protestantism. Their sense of social justice is entirely different from the standing Protestant or Roman Catholic point of view.
Hundreds of Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and atheists have convened at a
church in an effort to try to understand one another. The Global Faith Forum kicked off Thursday at Texas in Keller and Pastor Bob Roberts, Jr., is hoping the crowd will be open to listen to one another and even build friendships. NorthWood Church
"For me, questions as to who is God and how do we find salvation, are not the primary questions I’m seeking and seeking to answer at this forum," he wrote. "I’ve come to acknowledge that theologically there are irreconcilable differences in some of what I believe and what others believe. But, how we relate to others, and how we work together in the world is everything."
THE KEY challenge facing the world “is the role of religion in the public square”, former British prime minister Tony Blair has said. “Is it a force for good or a force for ill? A force for healing or for conflict? A force of reaction or a force for progress?” he asked.
He continued: “We are, understandably, preoccupied with the threat posed to us by violent religious extremism.” But the issue was wider. Even where there was not extremism expressed in violence, “there can be extremism expressed in the idea that a person’s identity is to be found not merely in their religious faith, but in their faith as a means of excluding the other person who does not share it”.
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