Truth Is The Emergent’s Biggest Problem

By John Henderson

I have said often that I have no intentions of “debating” emergents—neither for the purpose of convincing them nor of getting the best of them.  I still have to debate them after a fashion because they still impact on the unsuspecting and ill-informed and thus mislead dear folks who are desperately in need of truth.  I see them as more than some recent movement suggesting the church needs to take a modernized approach to winning people to the church.  Even in that, they start off on the wrong proposition.  Our job is never to win people to the church.  It is to win people to Christ.  When they are won to Christ, they are automatically part of the Church.

It has also become apparent that they are not merely focused on changing the structure and mission of the church.  They are clearly part of the larger package of the socio-political movement known as the progressive liberal movement that involves Marxist principles, secular & religious humanism, modified-atheism, liberation theology, and Saul Alinsky methodology.  They are part of a clearly-defined evil trinity of social non-principles, political dictatorship, and religious counterfeiting.  They present the evidence of their nature regularly and consistently.

Their arguments have no absolutes and no authority.  They rely completely on philosophical approaches of opinion and interpretation.  They have no clue of truth in the arena of rational ideas.  When faced with truth that they are unable to deny or avoid, they always implode and fall back on vacuous assertions without substance.  They cannot deal in substance.  They can only make explanations in their own context of irrationality and bias and cannot comprehend the conspicuousness of hard facts and revelation.

They know they are lying and eventually come to a place of believing their own lies. They are incapable of being honest about their own ideas because they do not take truth seriously and build only on emotion and experience.  They are closed off from reality because they live in an alternate universe of their own making.

The job of the Christian is rather simple.  Just be biblical.  That is what wins.  Rob Bell may try to convince people that “love wins” as he defines some unbiblical idea of “love” but Christian love is founded in biblical truth, not universalism’s deceptions.  Being biblical will so infuriate them (and they do become intensely infuriated when faced with truth) they resort to the methods of a playground fight among fifth-grade boys:  They impugn Christians’ character; they attack Christians with clichés; and all of their answers completely lack substance.  Once the Christian is able to speak for himself or herself, the “ads” against them where they had not been able to respond become obvious as the deceptions they are.

The rule of thumb is simple:  Stick with truth.  Don’t waver from truth.  You do not even have to explain truth all that much.  Truth explains itself and emergents cannot deal with it.

2 responses to “Truth Is The Emergent’s Biggest Problem

  1. The proponents of the emergent church reminds me of Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They prided themselves on their reputation for knowledge and wisdom, and no doubt thought they could shed some light upon Job’s suffering to bring about a wrongful confession on Job’s part. In all their effort to comfort Job with their superior attitude and mind-set ultimately God had the final word. In the end God set the record straight on who was right concerning who God was, is, and always will be.

    Job [42:7-8] “And so it was, after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.”

    God tells them without hesitation that they had not spoken of Him what was right. They tainted the truth to satisfy their own brand of justice, sound familiar. If anything they had pictured God fighting against Job as if Job was God’s enemy. They had twisted the truth concerning who prospers and why and who is punished and why. They placed Job in the wrong category, saying that he must have sinned, denying God the sovereign right to test Job with or without Job’s consent. Job had accepted the fact that the righteous are sometimes afflicted here upon earth as God deems, not man, and shall be rewarded in the life to come. Equally true is that the wicked can prosper here, despite what man thinks as right, but shall be punished in the hereafter.

    As John wrote: “The rule of thumb is simple: Stick with truth. Don’t waver from truth.” Good advice!

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