Monday, July 30, 2007

Anyone want to talk to the Emergent Church?

Scripture is clear, Jesus told His disciples in John 14:6, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me." Do we really need to have a "conversation" about this people? God is sovereign and He is in the business of saving souls. He did it right the first time when He inspired the 1st century authors to pen the New Testament. His message is clear and concise, and the instructions on how to "do" church are right there in His word. We don't need a barbecue pool party instead of a proper baptism. We don't need to be relevent to attract a large crowd. Yes, concern for the lost going to hell is our motivation, but that doesn't mean that getting large numbers means getting large numbers of converts. Jesus told us in Matthew 7:13-14, "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." Get that? Few who find it. Conforming our standards to those of the world is the exact reason that the Gospel (or it's watered-down variant) is not effecting salvation. Let's have a conversation about how to be true to the Gospel and share it the way it is in plain truth, not muck it up with post-modern mumbo jumbo designed to tickle the ears and stroke the ego. Matthew 7:6 says, "Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces." The Gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing. It must be so, otherwise it is not the Gospel. If we talk about how to make it better or change it to become more palatable or senseless, we cannot expect victory for God.

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