Saturday, April 29, 2006

"CHANGING the Gospel Message"

"The church’s repackaging of the same message through new media communicates the same message, and postmodern cultural proponents are unable to access or accept it. It is a message that postmodern people cannot interpret, understand, or integrate into their worldview."

"The church must rethink its theology and message content to connect to the postmodern culture."

-Jason Clark, from his blog-28 April 2006 at 6.13 am

So, after 2,000 years I guess we have finally arrived at a point in human history where we now have a generation for which the gospel of Jesus Christ is no longer relevant. Ever since the time Christ walked the earth the Holy Spirit has used the gospel message to reach the lost to Jesus Christ in repentance of sin in spite of every culture difference, race, societal make-up, political structure, religious background, wars, poverty, prosperity, language, family, or monetary status. But the one thing I guess God didn't take into account was POSTMODERNISM. Don't worry, we have...the Emergent Church Movement to figure this one out!

This attitude to believe we must "rethink" the gospel message because someone doesn't respond to it is not that complicated to figure out. The bottom line is, someone is choosing not to respond to the gospel message. They are rejecting Christ. They are telling Jesus Christ to go away. They don't like him. They don't want him telling them what to do.

So if we can't change the person to come to Jesus then change Jesus so he can come to that person. Rethink Jesus, rethink the message, rethink the scriptures, rethink God's judgement, and even rethink the substitutionary atonement of Jesus on the cross. Rethink ME...I'm postmodern, I'm different, everything is new (umm wait, maybe not).

It's really the same old defiant rebellious ancient lie from the garden called PRIDE. What a contrast this perspective is to that of Martin Luther's when he spoke of studying the scriptures with humility asking God to teach him.

Sorry Jason, Brian, Tony J, Tony C, Leonard, Doug, Dan, Rob and all the other usual suspects in the Emergent Church Movement who have decided to place themselves above God by deciding they need to change His words but if you think you need to change the gospel message to accommodate so called postmodernism then I have one thing to quote to you (so it's not me saying it)––

"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."

-Galatians 1:8-9

Maybe you ought to rethink your rethinking.



Blogger Alan said...

This is great ! Keep it coming.
The truth always cuts to the core no matter which side you are on.
Thanks for having the guts to say it like it is .

12:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're really slammin' Emergent. I think it is appropriate to do in this case :-)

6:44 PM  

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