Wrapping up, what do we have to do?
Be aware that Brain McLaren called for Emergents to infiltrate Bible believing churches, and slowly begin to affect the churches from within, by stealing away the youth. The older people in the church will die off, the youth will take over, and soon idols will be trucked inside, with a rock band standing in the middle of them.
Musically, Contemporary Christian music is slowly insinuating Emergent beliefs into your consciousness. Nobody’s really doctrinally analyzing the words in CCM to see if it lines up with the Bible. If it sounds good, it makes its way up the charts. Let me explain music for a minute, and very few of you will undertand this. There’s seven notes in the western scale – I iim iiim IV V vim and viidim. The chord progressions usually involve I IV V in Western music, because the major chords are strong chords. They resolve. The diminishing of the 3rd in a chord makes it minor. The minor chords, depending on their voice in the scale (iim,iiim and vim) are darker. They create undertones. So, what musicians do to write a song is to use I, IV and V to make the song, and add a minor tone to it to give it richness. iim is brighter than vim, and iiim is the darkest note of all. So if you take C, F, Dm and G, it’s a rich song, and it resolves. Here’s where it gets complicated.
I wants to go to IV, which wants to go to V, which immediately makes you think of I again. Play C, F, G C and it’s done. Resolved! Contemporary Christian music is starting to have a lot of songs that go I, iiim, IV, V IV I IV. Or… C Em F G C F.
It doesn’t resolve. There’s no completing. it raises a feeling that everything’s relative. You know, that Emergent buzzword. Incidentally, when jazz began to change from Big Band jazz (based on Tchaikovsky, believe it or not) to modern Jazz in the ’50’s, Jazz began to feature a lot of movement towards IV as well. “Everything’s relative, man.” By listening to songs that do not resolve, it subtly changes you and prepares you for “Maybe there’s no absolute truth.”
Once you start thinking like that… the Emergent church has you.
How to fix this? Get a proper understanding of God. Get yourself DEEP in the word of God. I’m constantly recommending the One Year Discipleship course by David Cloud, as well as the Way of Life Encyclopedia and Things Hard to Be Understood book. You can get all three ebooks for $25, I think it is.
Make sure you’re going through those, with your Bible open. Get deep into Bible study. Don’t let me determine your doctrine, let the Bible develop your doctrine for you!
A good rule of thumb is, if the world says swim downstream, start swimming upstream, because what the world says is usually the opposite of the Bible.
Remember, Jesus Christ is not difficult to follow. He loves you and gave His life for you. Accept his atoning sacrifice for you.
There is absolute truth. You CAN know it. it’s in the Bible.
6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Malachi 3:6 (KJV)