In the 1880’s until, well, today – a “New breed” of theologian arose. They harkened to the teachings of the German “Rationalists”, who questioned the Bible, based upon the import of the teachings of Darwin. The new rationalists say Isaiah was written by two men (apparently both named Isaiah) and that four authors wrote Genesis, nicknamed J, E, P, & D. They considered Genesis a “semitic Myth”, they did not believe in the ressurection, and denied the existence of Hell.
You know what? I don’t think they deny its existence any longer. Pretty much a day in the flames, and you stop denying it’s existence.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon encountered their teachings, where it had earned the nickname of the “Downgrade controversy”. Here’s his reponse…
Find if you can, beloved, one occasion in which Jesus inculcated doubt or bade men dwell in uncertainty. The apostles of unbelief are everywhere today, and they imagine that they are doing God service by spreading what they call “honest doubt.” This is death to all joy! Poison to all peace! The Savior did not so…
So, if we combine old world Greek Orthodox with the weird spiritualist practices of Roman Catholocism with Hinduism wrapped up in the Beatles… we can make a container where the old teachings of the old world rationalists such as Harry Fosdick are presented upon an unsuspecting Christianity… we may reject it, but the young kids are eating it up.
I read where there was a missions trip planned, where a church youth group was literally getting ready to go overseas to preach the Gospel. And the Youth Group leader told them the night before they left, they were not to preach the Gospel to anyone they met while over there. Why? He’d been reading Rob Bell’s “Love Wins”.
That’s a Youth Leader. He should know better. A lot better. He’s supposed to be leading the kids. He’s supposed to have his faith SET. He’s supposed to know his doctrine. If he can read “Love Wins” and not recoil in righteous anger over outright blasphemy… he shouldn’t have been teaching in the first place!
“Emergent doesn’t have a position on absolute truth, or on anything for that matter. Do you show up at a dinner party with your neighbors and ask, ‘What’s this dinner party’s position on absolute truth?’ No, you don’t, because it’s a nonsensical question.” –Tony Jones (http://theoblogy.blogspot.com/2005/11/nationalyouthworkersconvention.html)
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 (KJV)
Tony Jones’ quote is what we call a “Straw Man” argument – the Emergents are champions at building them. Do I ask guests at a dinner party their position on absolute truth? Well, if it’s a Pastor’s convention, yes. If it’s a dinner for friends, they’d have to be Christians anyway… so I wouldn’t bring it up.
But do I ask a church its stand on Doctrine before I join?
Oh, yes I do. I need to see their statement of faith. If they do not believe the Bible to be God’s word, Inspired and inerrant, then… I move on.
Folks, the church is the pillar and ground of the truth. The essense of the Emergent Church is this: Truth cannot be conclusively known. Truth is relative. Truth changes.
Well, in the second article in this series, I blew that out of the water with an elementary logic argument. “A cannot be A and not-A at the same time.”
“We cannot know truth!” Claims the emergent leaders.
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6 (KJV)
If you do not know Truth, you do not know Jesus Christ, and you are not saved. I know truth. Why don’t you?
“What’s true for you may not be true for me.”
Matt Slick has a great comeback for that…
“If what is true for me is that relatavism is false, then is it true Relativism is false? If you say no, then what is true for me is not true and relativism is false. If you say yes, then relativism is false.”
THe issue is, nothing in what the Emergents are saying is new. It’s the same drivel that Fosdick was spouting in the 1930’s. It’s the same that Spong and Borg and Tubingen and Wellhausen and a thousand other modernist heretics have spouted for 200 years – “the Bible is a myth, blah blah, we must be social christians.”
And if you believe this nonsense… and a lot of young people do… you’re not saved. You’re in GRAVE danger of going to Hell when you die.