Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"Christians" Offended by the Cross?

It has been a very long time since I've done any post on the so-called "Emergent Church" matter. When I was still doing my radio program, we dealt with the subject quite often and I did quite a few blog posts calling attention to the aberrant, if not heretical, views of some within that movement—a movement compared to "nailing Jello to the wall" when you try to find out what they really believe. It varies, as the Emergent/Emergence movement (and they don't like being called a movement) is not monolithic.

Having laid that groundwork, I wanted to link you to this article by Roger Oakland, one of the contributors to Lighthouse Trails publishers. We had Roger as a guest on our radio program a few times prior to 2009, and he was always an engaging, knowledgeable guest. His column today focuses on the cross of Christ—the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord, the nature of the Gospel and the nature of the atonement. The EC types have real issues with the cross as it turns out, or better yet, they have real problems coming to grips with the reality of the substitutionary atonement of Christ—a key biblical doctrine. They seem to be more inspired by Fosdick than by Scripture itself, sadly.

And despite what postmodern-types say, Scripture is clear. Postmoderns find clarity and certainty very problematic, and there lies a key reason why their theology is so messed up. The Apostle John said that Scripture was written so that we might KNOW we have eternal life. The "mystery" postmodern Christians love to wallow in is really no longer a mystery, because as the Apostle Paul declared, the mystery has been revealed to us—Christ, God Incarnate crucified, reconciling His people to Himself.

In the end, so much of this EC stuff is exactly what was predicted in Scripture, people who want a form or veneer of spirituality but rejecting the real power and truth of God as revealed IN Scripture. It ultimately is yet another form of rebellion. In the meantime, check out Roger's article. It's a good overview of an important issue.

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