Elementary questions about the Emergents and the Bible.
without getting into debates, I’d love for some simple answers to these questions. Because I’ve got a conclusion, based upon their teachings, and I’ll state it at the end of this post.
The Emergent says that we don’t have the Gospel right yet.
But i Cor. 15 says 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (KJV)
So, whose right? Your teachers, your feelings, or your Bible?
“well, the Bible can mean anything to anyone.” is one response I’ve seen.
Well, no… I think that everyone reading 1 Cor. 15:3 above would agree that when it says that “Christ died for our sins” that means only… that Christ died for our sins. I mean, what else are you getting out of that? The Yankees win the pennant? Skies will be sunny and warm tomorrow? All I can get out of that to mean is…. that Christ died for our sins.
That He died for our sins according to the Scriptures I can only interpret that the Scriptures said that Christ would die for our sins, and that the manner of His death was prophesied. Sure enough, that’s what it means.
“He was buried.”
What other meaning can that have?
It means Christ was put in a tomb.”And He rose again the third day.”
What else can that mean? I ask you honestly, what else can that mean???
Well, if it sounds to you like Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures was buried and rose again the third day…. I’d say that we’ve had the Gospel right all along.
So, here’s the conclusion.
The Emergents do not believe the Bible. Corrent me if I’m wrong, please! I don’t want to be accused of mis-representing you! But if you can read two simple verses like 1 Cor. 15:2-3 and still say we don’t have the Gospel right yet… then you do not believe your own Bible.
What you believe and trust is your own feelings.
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)
Or you trust that your own desires are far above the Bible.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) Philippians 3:18-19 (KJV)
Does the Bible say, “trust your feelings?” THat’s not the Bible, that’s Star Wars.
1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:1-7 (KJV)
What does it mean, in your eyes, if you disregard the words of the LORD, and substitute instead your own feelings, desires, wants, and what you THINK it should mean vs. what it says?
It means that you have placed yourself as god instead of God. You value your own philosophies over that of God’s word. Read again Phillipians 3:18-19 – if you think that way, then those verses are talking about you.
I beg you, seriously, read God’s word, the Bible. Read it. Learn what He thinks. He tells you, right there in black and white. He tells you what He thinks is important. And a LOT of that actually resonates with what you Emergents think is relevant.
Think it’s important to feed the poor? Yup. God’s word says that.
Think it’s important how we treat each other? Oh, yeah, God does too.
Think it’s more important we not cheat or lie or steal from each other than to pray? The Lord Jesus says if you’re about to make an offering unto the Lord and remember that there is someone you’ve angered or hurt, go make it right, THEN come back and pray.
That’s what the Bible says. Maybe you should try reading it.