Every now and then I hear a sermon that just makes my head explode. It’s one of those “Jump, frog” conclusions.
When a Baptist pastor stops and looks at the current world situation, they make certain conclusions.
when an emergent person stops and looks, they make other conclusions.
Here’s the info in the sermon: there’s a welsh town with 10,000 people in it. A youth mission paid the money to go to Wales, do common modern day evangelism, and got 100 desision cards filled out. a year later, how many were in the churches? 3.
Instead of making the Ray Comfort conclusion (“Hey! There must be something drastically wrong with our evangelism methods!”) the decision is that somehow we’ve gotten the concept of God wrong.
He talked about the need to re-invent the concept of church, and we might want to re-think our concept of God.
A Baptist pastor with more than a year’s experience in the pulpit would say rather: “No! We need to get back to the Bible!”
The Bible explains the concept of God. We as humans do not need to assume a meditative pose, and think, “What do I think God is like?” You’re already on the wrong path. It’s already revealed in the Bible. Just read the thing and believe it.
- We do not need to re-invent the Church to suit us. We need to remake ourselves to suit the Church.
- We do not need to re-invent the Bible to conform its message to our society. We need to recondition our lives to conform to the Bible.
- We do not need to re-think ANYTHING. God has written it just as He wanted it in the Bible. He promised to preserve it, and will. We need to read it and heed it.
It’s very simple. Buy a King James Bible. Read it. Try to understand it. If you don’t understand a word, look it up. Begin to conform your life to the Bible.
When Colossians 1 tells you not to lie, guess what? It means… God doesn’t want you to lie. How do I conform my life to that verse? Uhhh… tell the truth. Don’t lie.
You can always spot those new-generation Emergents. The way they talk is so typical. The way they phrase sentences is designed to create an air of uncertainty. That way when they propose their heresies, you end up accepting it with relief. “Ah! No more uncertainty.”
The pastor in question even mentioned being brought up Southern Baptist. He mentioned it several times, and added that he always thought that anyone who was not Southern Baptist was probably a little off. Then he added, “Until I met some good Presbyterians.”
As good an argument as I can think of for Biblical Separation! You’re a Baptist, know proper Baptist doctrine, befriend some people of another denomination, and eventually you’re a Calvinist, referring to anything worldly as “Armenianism”.
Get BACK to the Bible. That’s your answer.