I posted the following comments this evening over on Team Pyro’s thread entitled You say you want to be a teacher? Oy!.
“an historical perspective grants one is the knowledge that the history of church fairly bristles with men (and women) who have couched deadly, damning error in fine and lovely words. Central, essential doctrines have been and are being denied and perverted by the nicest folks, in the sweetest words.”
In my view the point made above easily ranks among the greatest problems and weaknesses within the modern professing church; namely that there’s little or no understanding of church history.
Furthermore there’s little or no understanding of basic doctrines or of the basic tenets of the Christian faith itself.
In fact the professing church has been generationally dumbed down so far and for so long by ungodly, compromised, church-growth apostate leadership that their hapless sheep have no scriptural or historical depth of root in themselves and are therefore highly susceptible to the doctrines of demons.
When a shepherd fails to properly feed his flock and fails to provide them with adequate protection you can be certain that those sheep will be consumed with disease and rent by ravening wolves.
Yet sadly too many within the professing church, even – and sometimes especially! – within its leadership are quick to “pooh-pooh” this type of complaint away and dismiss it as hyperbole or perhaps as unfounded generalizations but the truth of the matter is inescapable and plain for those with eyes to see.
It’s a well worn cliché, but those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it. The enemy’s bag of tricks and the hearts of men are no different today than they were in the garden and whether we fancy our world as modern, post-modern, Christian or post-Christian it’s still God’s footstool and the fullness thereof is His.
Let’s never lose sight of our eternal hope of glory in the midst of our temporal struggles, nor let us forget the simple fact that unregenerate man is a corrupted and twisted image bearer who is in desperate need of a Savior, the risen Lord Jesus Christ.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
10:16 PM, April 13, 2007
“In simple English words not using Latin words from Reformed terminology – yes, I believe we are born sinners, we need a redeemer to rescue and redeem us from condemnation, we repent and put faith in the Redeemer Jesus, who is our substitionary atonement for sin, we are then justified by faith and made righteous in His sight through Jesus and are sanctified by the Spirit. Is this what you are asking me what I believe?”
My sacred-underwear tailored Mormon neighbor would wholeheartedly agree with the statement above.
Unfortunately he’s changed all the meanings of those words to fit within his false theological construct. I wonder if the emergents consider the LDS and JW’s to be Christ followers? Has anyone publicly come out one way or the other on this subject from the emergent camp? It seems to me that many, if not most, of the emergent types are so phobic of absolutes that I wonder if they’d have the stomach to tell a Mormon Missionary or a Jehovah’s Witness that they’re just plain wrong and that their “truth” – so called – is actually a lie from the pit of hell?
One thing (among many) that concerns me about the overarching uncertainty principle espoused and embraced by the emergents lies in the stark contrast between their “Generous Orthodoxy” and the slam-dunk false-doctrinal adherence of groups like the Mormons and JW’s. Unlike the emergent cult’s “You’re down with God? Sweet, bro!” approach, the LDS & JW cultists I’ve witnessed to are so well trained in their understanding of their cult’s version of the scriptures and their false system of faith plus works that they’d turn the average professing Christian into a spiritual pretzel in about five minutes flat.
Please understand I’m not trying to hijack the thread, I’m just curious to know how the emergents with their dearth of doctrine are equipped to bear witness of the true Jesus Christ to the kingdom of the cults, or if they’re even interested in trying.
10:45 PM, April 13, 2007