EMERGENT HERESY PART 2
Today we consider Rob Bell's teaching. He is another leader in the movement and the author of the recently released "Velvet Elvis". Consider this quote from the book;
"Who does Peter lose faith in? Not Jesus; he is doing fine. Peter loses faith in himself. Peter loses faith that he can do what his rabbi is doing. If the rabbi calls you to be his disciple, then he believes that you can actually be like him. As we read the stories of Jesus life with his talmidim, his disciples, what do we find frustrates him to no end? When his disciples lose faith in themselves.....Notice how many places in the accounts of Jesus life he gets frustrated with his disciples. Because they are incapable? No, because of how capable they are. He see what they could be and could do, and when they fall short if provokes him to know end. It isn't their failure that's the problem, it's their greatness. They don't realize what they are capable of....God has an amazingly high view of people. God believes that people are capable of amazing things. I've been told I need to believe in Jesus. Which is a good thing. But what I'm learning is that Jesus believes in me....God has faith in me."
There are too many Scriptural errors in this statement to cover in one blog, but let me make a few observations. First, take note of Bells statement that Peter loses faith in himself. Is that what Scripture tells us, that Peter sunk because he lost faith in himself. Would not the Bible indicate that it was Peter's faith in Christ that got him out of the boat and the lack therein that led to his sinking? Secondly, note his reversal of the gospel. If Bell is correct then we are told to believe in Jesus to know how great we are, but the Bible would indicate that we are to believe in Jesus to see how great He is! Do you see the blatant man centerdness in these statements? This is the consequence of a movement like the Emergent movement, the exaltation of man and the devaluing of God. Not only is truth up for grabs, but so is the glory of God.
I must give you one more statement from Bell, in speaking of the church he says that Jesus;
"left the future of the movement (the church) in their hands. And he doesn't stick around to make sure they don't screw it up. He's gone. He trusts that they can actually do it."
Is that what Gods Word says? That Jesus left us with the church and did not stick around to make sure we do not screw it up? Do you hear the exaltation of man? What he is saying is that we are so good and capable that Jesus does not need to have any part in what the church is doing. The only problem with his statement is again Scripture would teach differently. Scriptures like Jesus saying, I am with you always (Matt. 28:20), and apart from Me you can do nothing (John 15:5). Then there is the problem for Bell of the Holy Spirit that came to dwell with us.
So again we see that when tested with Scripture, much of the teachings of the Emergent movement does not stand. It is a man centered heresy that many embrace. I am sure at Congress this weekend Mclaren will say the right things and use the right words and call for authenticity and evidence for true faith. Things on the surface we all would agree on, but it is when you get beyond the surface statements and see the underpinnings of those statements that you realize you are dealing with a movement that strikes at the foundation of Biblical Christianity.
blog you later,