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Friday, November 13, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

NazNet highlights the topic on its site. But officially it does not take a biblical stand against the Emerging Church.

Naturally that could not happen, for NazNet settles for an errant Bible. That is, the Word of God is not granted us by a deity who knows how to perfect His communications skills.

Therefore, NazNet sets forth the Emerging Church topic and lets it fly. Relativism counts most.

Why does not a site that boasts on being a friend to the holiness Church of the Nazarene declare biblical convictions concerning Scripture and the bogus Emerging Church?

One, of course, cannot expect that kind of bold declaration from the overseers Founder and Moderator Dave McClung, Moderator Chaplain Barbara Moulton, Moderator Hans Deventer, and Manager Scott Cundiff.

These persons waffle when opportunistic. They are not grounded in biblical insight. They pose as experts concerning biblical faith but in fact they are amateur pied pipers luring the unsuspected reader.

These individuals have created a site that has no sound scriptural base. It is more in league with theological liberals than evangelical, holiness scholarship.

Now here is a biblical definition of the Emerging Church that can be trusted:

Once you proclaim that there are no absolutes, you put yourself outside Christianity.

Christianity is constructed on the biblical absolutes or it's not Christianity.

There are all kinds of prostitutions of Christianity; but God knows Christianity when He sees it. And when He sees the real thing, it's based on His absolutes as set forth in divine revelation.

The Emerging Church basically is the throwback to hippies with religion tagging along somehow somewhere.

The Emerging Church won't say anything absolute about homosexuality or abortion. That means it's a cowardly conclave that wants more of self than God's truth.

God's truth is set forth in Scripture. Regarding homosexual practice, God abhors it. Regarding killing womb babies, God abhors it.

Therefore, when the Emerging Church plays chicken on such ethical concerns, it sides with the dark powers. God is light. The Emerging Church cohabitates with compromise and that lifts it outside the genuine company of believers.

The Emerging Church is a fad. It is a giggle kind of group that is self-centered in that whatever plays best for the constituents is what goes.

Christians are not on Earth to play best for self. Christians are here to live out the inerrant biblical ethic—period.

The Emerging Church boasts of its swing dance group, its happy hour, its hiking clubs and so on and so on. Whatever serves self’s giddy get-up this Friday works for the Emerging Church.

That's a far cry from biblical commissions to live out holiness, go into all the world to make disciples of Christ, and be separate from worldliness unto God's impress.

The Emerging Church is touted among some today as The Latest in religious zeal, even at times including the term “evangelical” in its description.

All this is so much untruth in advertising.

This Emerging Church self-based flimflam will dissipate for it has no actual substance. Its little candle will light itself dry. However, while it sputters, it will destroy truth in some quarters and thwart the gospeling of the Earth.

The world is crazy. Yes. And part of that nuthouse stuff is the Emerging Church.

With that, farewell to those who pride themselves on having discovered something new. It’s nothing more than the old hippie bag with a religion of self-preoccupation.