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28 May, 2008   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

Controversy is Sometimes a Painful Necessity   Will Metzger

Perhaps some will say that "the gospel is a person (Jesus), not a doctrine." This is a false dichotomy. The living word and written word are not enemies, but friends. As much as I agree with presenting the person of Christ, not just flinging concepts at people, Christ must be defined. A content-less Christ will not save anyone. Just as we saw the word of God is used by people in various ways, similarly Christ is redefined to fit people's preconceptions. Biblical illiteracy abounds and the possibility of misleading people about Jesus is real. This means that the written word is absolutely necessary to explain who Christ is. (In our explanations of who Christ is, we do not pit the Gospels against the apostolic letters. Both are equally inspired. Red letter Bibles can be misleading, unless all the sentences [not just those of Jesus] are in red!). ... [Read More!]


12 May, 2008   Postmodernism  

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McLaren is particularly misleading when he's suggesting, as he does quite emphatically at times, that somehow the church went off the rails early on, and that only now are (some) Christians beginning to understand what Jesus was really saying. While McLaren occasionally adds nuances and qualifiers, this ahistorical account runs through [his Everything Must Change] book. In this respect, his message is oddly reminiscent of the ahistorical narrative of church history that dominated the evangelical/fundamentalist churches of my youth. Between an idealized first-century church and the present moment, when the preacher was calling on you to make a decision for Christ, there loomed a great wasteland-all those centuries in which the church failed to heed the plain words of Scripture. ... [Read Link]


14 April, 2008   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

Church Discipline? "But That's Judgmental"    Martyn Lloyd Jones

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves". But how is that to be taken? I cannot beware of "false prophets" if I am not to think, and if I am so afraid of judging that I never make any assessment at all of their teaching. These people come in sheep's clothing; they are very ingratiating and they use Christian terminology. They appear to be very harmless and honest and are invariably very nice. But we are not to be taken in by that kind of thing; beware of such people. Our Lord also says, "Ye shall know them by their fruits"; but if I am not to have any standard or exercise discrimination, how can I test the fruit and discriminate between the true and the false? So, without going any further, that cannot be the true interpretation which suggests that this just means being free and easy, and scripture can not be telling us to have a flabby and indulgent attitude towards anybody who vaguely uses the designation Christian. That is quite impossible. ... [Read More!]


3 April, 2008   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

Christianity Without Doctrine?   JC Ryle

A religion without doctrine or dogma is a thing which many are fond of talking of in the present day. It sounds very fine at first. It looks very pretty at a distance. But the moment we sit down to examine and consider it, we shall find it a simple impossibility. We might as well talk of a body without bones and tendons. No man will ever be anything or do anything in religion, unless he believes something. No one ever fights earnestly against the world, the flesh and the devil, unless he has engraven on his heart certain great principles which he believes. ... [Read More!]


16 March, 2008   Postmodernism  

Is God Angry at Sin?    Link

It wasn't long ago that Grand Rapid Michigan was known as one of the leading areas of our country for Reformed Christianity. Unfortunately, much has changed there, and in this article on the Reformation Theology blog you'll learn of one emerging megachurch that has established a dominant foothold in that area by promoting a more palatable view of God and the bible that challenges much of what Christians had previously believed. I've personally had a chance to dialog with some of the proponents and attendees of Rob Bell's church, and was stunned by how radically different their views are from mine, even on very important issues such as the Atonement. You simply scratch your head and say "are we reading the same bible?". I would dare say that the belief system that they promote, in Grand Rapids and counter to Reformed Christianity in general, comes awfully close to being another religion altogether than the one I hold dear. For that reason, and with Rob Bell's growing global popularity through his two books (Velvet Elvis and Sex God) and teaching tours, I feel it's important for blogs to talk about his views. Once again, and I can't say it enough, there is much to be concerned about when popular bible teachers arise with some new view of things. Conversely, there is much safety to be found in sticking to the old paths of protestant Christianity, which is where I will remain regardless of how numerous the innovators are that surround me. ... [Read Link]


6 March, 2008   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

Reverence Challenged by New 'Incarnationalism'    Listen

I'm pleased to share with you today this posting from guest contributor Tom Chantry. Listen closely as Tom speaks with you about the "Incarnational" trend that has found popularity within various postmodern revisions of Christianity. Tom notes that some "popular preachers seem determined to lower the view which their congregations have of Christ - bringing Him to the same level as ourselves and even becoming crass and vulgar about Him". This comes through an emphasis on Christ having been incarnate with us, therefore we are supposed to maintain a very human regard towards Him. Too often however, this is carried out to an extreme which robs our thinking of the reverence that is due Him. ... [Play/Download MP3]


24 January, 2008   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

The Treasure of Truth is Not Shaped by The Age   Charles Spurgeon

Brethren, let me ask you, do you imagine that the gospel is a nose of wax which can be shaped to suit the face of each succeeding age? Is the revelation once given by the Spirit of God to be interpreted according to the fashion of the period? Is "advanced thought" to be the cord with which the spirit of the Lord is to be straitened? Is the old truth that saved men hundreds of years ago to be banished because something fresh has been hatched in the nests of the wise? Think ye that the witness of the Holy Ghost can be shaped and moulded at our will? Is the divine Spirit to be rather the pupil than the teacher of the ages? "Is the spirit of the Lord straitened?" ... [Read More!]


15 January, 2008   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

We All Error In Bible Interpretation, But . . .   William Plumer

The knowledge of God possessed by angels and by the spirits of just men made perfect in heaven, is very different in degree from that possessed by even good and able men on earth. Here all men are liable to err, and all men do err. No man on this earth is without some wrong view, or some ignorance, which mars his knowledge. This is no reason for sloth or discouragement; but is a good reason why we should be humble and careful and teachable, and pray for divine light and guidance. It is far different in heaven. There they do always hold the face of God. Matthew 18:10. They do not hope for anything, for they already possess all good. Romans 8:24. "Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known." 1 Corinthians 13:12. Knowledge without any mixture of error belongs only to the heavenly state. And yet a great part of the knowledge which the inhabitants of heaven have - concerns the very things which good men are learning in this world. Those above know perfectly what we know in parcels only.


17 December, 2007   Postmodernism  

The Truth War and 'The Last Man Standing'    Link

It's the book that Emerging Church innovators love to hate. They'll tell you they hate it because it misrepresents them (no surprise there). Really though, many of them hate it because it takes their Jell-O out of the box and deep freezes it so that you can finally nail it to the wall. (They hate the Jell-O analogy too, but if the shoe fits). One of my all-time favorite Team Pyro threads was Phil Johnson's Q&A post on Lordship Salvation. In today's post, Phil takes that same Q&A approach and applies it to John MacArthur's Truth War book. I call it "the last man standing" format because Phil accepts all challengers, allowing them to state their gripe about the book, and answers them one by one. It must be exhausting, I don't know where he's gets the energy. Remember that the Emerging Church Movement is something altogether different from the Church Growth Movement (which I've spent a lot more time talking about), so if you are unfamiliar with it, before reading Phil's post, listen to his Beginner's Guide to PostModernism (free download). That's one of the best intro teachings you will find. Then be sure to keep up with the comments on Phil's Truth War post throughout this week. I recommend it for adults only though, being that postmodern pastors will be commenting there, and knowing their propensity to express themselves using their full range of personal . (*It's pretty sad that there has to be language disclaimers when I link to pastors.). ... [Read Link]


2 November, 2007   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

A Revision of Evangelical Doctrine, Now Underway   Philip Ryken

I do not think for a moment that the church should aspire to become irrelevant. There is always a need for Christians to speak the gospel into their own context. Rather, my concern is with the ever present danger of over-contextualizing. Consider what happens to a church that is always trying to appeal to an increasingly post-Christian culture. Almost inevitably, the church itself becomes post-Christian. This is what happened to the liberal church during the twentieth century, and it is what is happening to the evangelical church right now. ... [Read More!]


31 October, 2007   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

The Emerging Submerging of The Reformation

It's no secret that many in the Emerging Church Movement would prefer that this day be erased from their calendar. No not Halloween, though I'm sure we won't find many Emergents out today wearing Martin Luther costumes. I am instead referring to Reformation Day. One critic of Emergent correctly noted the widespread historical revisionism in the Emerging Church, saying: "All the great heroes of the faith end up becoming fools. And the antiheroes - the fools who compromise and who don't take a stand - become the heroes. It's turning history on its head; they undo the Reformation so they can go back to a quasi-Christian, medieval spirituality". ... [Read More!]


18 October, 2007   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

Scripture List: Truth, Knowledge, and Pluralism

Here's a short list to keep on hand for dealing with the Emerging Church Movement. It's not an exhaustive list, but it does demonstrate instances in the bible when statements and people are true. For example, people can tell the truth and thus be true witnesses, or they can lie and be false witnesses. If you are not familiar with the postmodern notions of this movement, what I'm saying may seem obvious to you, however these are the very things under attack today in many circles. If the Emerging Church wishes to remain faithful to scripture, it must speak of truth and our ability to know it as sweepingly and confidently as scripture does. Part of our faithful Christian witness is to insist that there are truths to be believed and obeyed. ... [Read More!]


5 October, 2007   Postmodernism  

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We have a lot of old versus new comparisons here on Old Truth, and this week Steve Camp offers one more for us. Holding up an example of the old way pastors spoke about our Lord Jesus Christ, he rightly wonders whether the culturally-oriented megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll has gone off the rails with this kind of talk: "Roughly two thousand years ago, Jesus was born in a dumpy, rural, hick town, not unlike those today where guys change their own oil, think pro wrestling is real, find women who chew tobacco sexy, and eat a lot of Hot Pockets with their uncle-daddy. Jesus' mom was a poor, unwed teenage girl who was often mocked for claiming she conceived via the Holy Spirit. Most people thought she concocted the crazy story to cover the fact she was knocking boots with some guy in the backseat of a car at the prom." ... [Read Link]


4 October, 2007   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

The Sin of NOT Fighting For The Truth   John MacArthur

As always, a war is being waged against the truth. We are on one side or the other. There is no middle ground--no safe zone for the uncommitted. Lately the question of truth itself--what it is and whether we can truly know it at all--has become one of the major points of contention. We also happen to be living in a generation when many so-called Christians have no taste for conflict and contention. Multitudes of biblically and doctrinally malnourished Christians have come to think of controversy as something that should always be avoided, whatever the cost. Sadly, that is what many weak pastors have modeled for them. ... [Read More!]


 

 

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