The Emerging Church

From Pulpit Magazine Introducing the Emerging Church part 1 and part 2 more to follow. If you’re concerned at all about this issue this is an excellent series so far and the comments are good too.

I am curious because I haven’t read anything from any of these folks mentioned in these articles that I would call sound doctrine. Maybe Driscoll–he just seems like a neat guy. I can see how attractive the concepts of church that are discussed in the emerging/emergent circles could be. I am looking forward to the rest of this series from John MacArthur.

Further Links: Part 3

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2 responses to “The Emerging Church

  1. Copied and pasted here… accicently put this comment under the wrong post at first. Duh.

    Inteesting article so far. I can’t tell for sure if MacArthur is for or against the emerging movement. Sometimes it seems as if he is very against it, as in part 1 where he starts by talking about the Church’s battle for truth, and infers that the ECM and Emergent are another such battleground. However, in part 2 he makes salient points about the differences between “emergent” and “emerging” and that too often they are lumped together by outsiders and critics. And he uses quotes from Mark Driscoll that seem to clarify what the ECM is, and even exonerate it of the charges of false teaching. Nothing in Driscoll’s quoted comments indicates a bent toward the heresy or relativism charges that MacArthur, as well as many of the comments for both parts 1 & 2, make.

    I think its interesting when people try to classify Mosaic as “emerging” or even completely misclassify it as “Emergent”. What I know of either could fit on the head of a nail, but from my understanding of the latter Mosaic is most certainly NOT in that category.

    As to the former, Alex McManus (Erwin’s brother) sometimes refers to Mosaic, and to Alex’s part in it as well as his organization, the International Mentoring Network, as part of the “emerging church movement”. Perhaps in some ways, but in other ways, not so much.

    What most people critical of Mosaic miss in all the hype and what I call “window dressing” (cool vibe, music, lights, video and mulit-media, etc. as well as the flowery language in Erwin’s writing) is Erwin’s solid, no-compromise teaching of Scripture each week. One of my best friends is not a follower of Christ but has come with me to Mosaic many times over the years. She often leaves the service very angry at Erwin for his uncompromising stand on who God is and what it really means to have a relationship with Him, even though she really likes him as a person. My friend comes from a “God and me have our own understanding and relationship outside the rules and requirements of ‘organized religion’” aka the Church. And Erwin’s adamant and constant instistence that the only way to have a relationship with God is through Jesus enrages her every time she comes. How dare he “judge” her just because she doesn’t do it the way the Bible says she must.

    Erwin is just as uncompromising in other areas of Scripture as well. He doesn’t see the Bible as up for debate. It is, and must remain, the authoritative inerrant Word of God. What he does see as completely up for grabs is church tradition. Sadly, there are those out there who confuse the two and think that tradition is synonymous Scripture. That’s where I think people get so upset at him and want to label him “emergent.”

    I remember back in the mid-90s Erwin did a series of classes at our Life Univeristy (Wednesday evening classes) on postmodernity. He taught what it is and how it came about, then moved into what the Church’s response ought to be, and what it ought NOT to be. I remember him being adamant that there are some things the Church could not lose sight of as our culture shifted worldviews. One of those was Absolute Truth– that is, we cannot succumb to the relativism of postmodernity when it comes to Truth; the Truth of Scipture, the Truth of the Gospel and the truth that there are absolutes, and those absolutes can be known through Scripture. Erwin has held fast to this conviction for all the 13 years I’ve known him and listened to his teaching. So if relativism is truly a characteristic of the ECM, as MacArthur charges in part 1, than Erwin does NOT belong in a taxonomy of its leaders.

    Just my two cents… or, maybe that was more like 10.

  2. Lu

    You and me both. Looks like we’ve got some learning to do.

    Josh

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