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March 22, 2011

Church and Worship

Evangelical ain’t what it used to be…..

by Jeff Miller

Sometimes we at RPC are more aware of what’s going on in the secular culture than in the church culture around us. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s often hard to tell the evangelical church from much of anything else of late. There is a large controversy concerning the fragments of the ‘Emergent’ Church movement and, most recently, some writings of it’s leading proponents. Tim Challies is a blogger who pays attention to these things and writes often about them. Here is an interesting post concerning today’s evangelical supposed virtues.

When the PCA began, it was generally was at the heart of the Evangelical church in America. Much has changed in the last 35 years and many in Reformed circles are distancing themselves from the label, while trying to retain its original usage. It will be interesting to see what the next few years hold in this regard.

Comments
1. On or around Mar 22, 2011 at 8:56 p.m. peggy drinkard said...

Just watched the Martin Bashirs interview with Rob Bell at this link last night: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.godandculture.com%2Fblog%2Fmsnbcs-martin-bashir-on-the-paul-edwards-program&h=e093f

I thought it was very telling and supports your bloggers comments.

2. On or around Mar 23, 2011 at 7:27 a.m. Jeff Miller said...

Peggy, I listened to the first half or so last night & will finish tonight or tomorrow. Bashir is right re: integrity/honesty in writing. Words mean things and ideas have consequence. Taking sections of words out of context (from historical docs) ranges from dicey to ludicrous. To do that with Scripture (and as a pastor) is untenable, inexcusable and is less slippery slope than falling over the cliff.

Still, it's ironic to me that the academics more rigor when it comes to proof/accuracy of Biblical tests than the do with any other work of antiquity and the believers (who ought really to push toward where the academics are in this regard) allow anyone within our ranks to say anything and people who try to check the error are often the ones slammed for being judgmental.

The beauty is that God's word prevails and pushes through both logical/academic/historic testing and triumphs over our distortions and error. His people will always hear His voice. He is not mocked, He doesn't sleep. These 'new' ideas are indeed, very old and tired attempts at recreating a more tame God in man's image. Won't work.

3. On or around Mar 25, 2011 at 11:22 a.m. peggy drinkard said...

and for those who are interested...here's a very good article by Dr. Mohler:http://www.albertmohler.com/2011/03/16/we-have-seen-all-this-before-rob-bell-and-the-reemergence-of-liberal-theology/

I think he sums up the whole mess pretty concisely.

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